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We Can Do That

I've been singing the Beatles' "You Can't Do That" for some time, ever since my husband, Robert Rosen, and I heard an Italian band called the Plastic Lennon Band perform it in a club in the hip Roman district called…

Prince: An Erotic Angel

Somehow, despite my actual raspberry beret and my love for "When Doves Cry" and "Kiss," I almost forgot that I had not only seen a Prince concert (with Lenny Kravitz making an appearance) but had also written a short piece…

Wit and More: Alicia Witt

“Our daughter is the antichrist”: This is what I remember Cybill, a middle-aged actress played by Cybill Shepherd in the eponymously titled 90s sit-com, telling her ex-husband about the rebellious teenager Zoey, portrayed with insouciance by Alicia Witt (she of…

Cash-Rich

Waiting for Rosanne Cash. Photo by Barbara Guarino Lester.

In the middle of telling the audience about the “race music” of Memphis’s storied radio station WDIA, Rosanne Cash interrupted herself to say (I’m going from memory), “I can’t believe I’m…

Tiny Desk and "Tiny Stars"

NPR is having its second annual Tiny Desk Contest, a spin-off from its Tiny Desk Concerts. Video entries had to be in by February 2, and I decided last weekend (three days before) to participate. Luckily, Joan Chew, the violinist…

Unsilent Night

Singing with Graig Janssen, on guitar, top, and Joan Chew, on violin, above, at Caffe Vivaldi, NYC. Photos by Laura Bell.

What a great night at the storied Village coffeehouse Caffe Vivaldi, just a couple of nights before Christmas Eve…

Back to the (Village) Voice

My Dec. 22 show at Caffe Vivaldi (see my previous post) made the Village Voice listings, as well as mentions on their other pages online, most notably this one, where I'm right next to Mariah "All I Want for…

Holiday Show in the Village

I'll be playing the cozy Village institution Caffe Vivaldi the Tuesday of Christmas week! Below are the deets, with my spectacular new EP cover, courtesy of the very talented C.G. Reeves, who is not only a graphic artist but also…

Harper by Moonlight

Harper Maiscott, November 2007.

 

My nephew Sean's daughter, Harper, was born on Sept. 11, 2007, giving that date a new meaning for me, a New Yorker who lives about a mile from the World Trade Center. (I've previously posted about…

See Jane Rap!

Jane Lynch at Joe's Pub.

In “See Jane Sing!,” Jane Lynch’s show at the fabulous Joe’s Pub last week, Lynch played a character, but it was not the deliciously loathsome phys-ed teacher Sue Sylvester (Glee), her most famous…