Monthly Archives: December 2011

SNL: Jimmy Fallon/Michael Buble

ZOË RICE: A thinly veiled metaphor – an alumni hero is back in town, and the cast is letting him in through the back door to party. I think it’s apropos to open with a nostalgic sketch,…

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Review: Changó’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes, By William Kennedy

NAVA BRAHE: I haven’t read that much about Cuba in my life, fiction or otherwise, and my knowledge of the country’s history is poor. But, after reading William Kennedy’s novel, Changó’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes, I now know a Cuba that fascinates me on an entirely different level – one that entangles a fictional Ernest Hemingway, homegrown revolutionaries and a sprinkling of organized crime worthy of Hyman Roth, Johnny Ola and the rest of the cast of The Godfather Part II.

HOWARD MEGDAL: I come to Chango as nothing less than a devotee of William Kennedy’s Albany novels. I devoured Roscoe when it published, nearly a decade ago, and I have hungered for another visit with the 20th Century’s most interesting city (Kennedy’s Albany, if not Albany itself) ever since. This newest edition did not disappoint. Continue reading

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Review: Conversations with Christian

AKIE BERMISS: I am never worried when I pick up a record with Christian McBride on it. In the long time that I’ve been listening to him live and on record, he has never disappointed me with subpar playing.  Its…

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Harry Morgan Remembered

NAVA BRAHE: To me, Harry Morgan is best known as Colonel Sherman Potter from my very favorite television series, M*A*S*H. I was rather young when the series first debuted, and my parents weren’t that particular about what I watched back in those days. Granted, prime time television was ridiculously tame compared to what’s on there now, and for the record, even though I absorbed countless episodes of All in the Family and its ilk, I turned out fine; at least I think so. Continue reading

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SNL: Katy Perry/Robyn

ZOË RICE: Ok, so the Trump debate is a good, timely topic to spoof. But relying on Darrrell Hammond’s impression wasn’t enough. We’ve seen countless Trump impressions before, and none are as buffoonish as the real thing. I think a version of the actual debate (adding some extras, maybe Palin? Some clever hypothetical candidate-replacements? ) would have worked better.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Poor Darrell Hammond: they bring him back, and don’t bother to write his part. Based on what I heard on Fresh Air, he’s been through enough abuse already. Continue reading

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Kansas Hires Charlie Weis

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT: So apparently Kansas’ main priority in hiring a new head football coach was to find someone who would fit into Mark Mangino’s old coaching gear.

CHRIS PUMMER: Kansas wanted to make a flashy hire, and the did it with Weis. But we all know the big name isn’t always the best pick. Continue reading

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SNL: Steve Buscemi/The Black Keys (Hulu version)

ZOË RICE: Although Armisen’s voice and cadence used to be more Obama-like, I got a kick out of his frustrated president. Clever chart, good writing, and one of the more solid opens in several weeks.


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Modern Family: Week 9 in Review

KIP MOONEY: At least they got the “Express” part right.

Tonight’s episode, titled “Christmas Express,” is far too busy to get nearly anything right. In fact, this is the first holiday episode the show hasn’t nailed. The complaints often lobbed…

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Capuano or Marquis?

CHRIS PUMMER: Nobody is likely to remember Chris Capuano as the one that got away for the Mets, but the lefty did strike a pretty fair deal with the Dodgers. Certainly I think it will be better than…

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Euro 2012 Draw in Review

MIKE CUMMINGS: For me, the two storylines from Friday’s Euro 2012 draw were Groups A and B. Group B is the all-time, nastiest of the nasty, the one Group of Death to rule them all. Group A? Well, my rec league team could win Group A, and our median age is somewhere north of 40.
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