Posted inMusic

Skeeter Brandon

SKEETER BRANDON Before he returned to his native North Carolina in the early 80s to work as a gospel singer, keyboardist-vocalist Calvin “Skeeter” Brandon put in time as a sideman with both soul-blues singer Clarence Carter and the doo-wop group the Chi-Lites. Now he’s finally come back to the blues, and though his most recent […]

Posted inNews & Politics

Police Scanner

Wednesday, December 2, 11:00 AM 1351: 351 is clear. Unidentified Caller: –code on this one? Dispatcher: Is that 1351 coming clear? 1351: Coming clear, squad. Unidentified Caller: –code– Dispatcher: What traffic unit was coming in? 1351: 351 is clear. Unidentified Caller: –on this? Dispatcher: 1351, I have you clear. What male officer is coming in? […]

Posted inMusic

Purists and Platypuses

Jazz at Lincoln Center By John Corbett Among the many beefs that have been lodged against New York’s multimillion-dollar Jazz at Lincoln Center program and its artistic director, Wynton Marsalis, is one that says the orchestra doesn’t hire enough white musicians. This is, to my mind, the most defensible of Marsalis’s sins. After all, nobody […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Songs for a New World

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, Apple Tree Theatre. The musical-theater world is always on the lookout for catchy melodies, interesting but not too adventurous harmonies, and expressive but not mawkish lyrics; if a new songwriter doesn’t sound like he’s imitating Stephen Sondheim, so much the better–and rarer. Jonathan (Rent) Larson was the guy to watch […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Body Language

Relativity Chris Aiken and Kirstie Simson at the Dance Center of Columbia College, December 3-5 By Terry Brennan Modern dancers influenced by the minimalist movement–the search for the fundamentals of art–have produced substantially different results. The first generation of modern dancers, Martha Graham and Doris Humphrey, rebelled against ballet. The second generation, including Trisha Brown […]

Posted inMusic

Little Jimmy King

LITTLE JIMMY KING Guitarist Little Jimmy King cut his teeth playing behind the late Albert King, a notorious taskmaster who grew fond enough of his sideman to claim him as a godson (thus Jimmy’s stage name; his birth certificate reads Manuel Gales). Since the elder King’s death in 1992, his pupil has been characteristically blunt […]

Posted inMusic

Saint Etienne

SAINT ETIENNE It’s been four years since this British trio released Tiger Bay (Warner Brothers), its third and still its frothiest fusion of thumping house beats, swinging-60s sex-kittenisms, and bleached Motown soul. In some ways the group was a precursor to airbrushed trip-hop acts like Morcheeba and Mono, but the simple rhythm programs and cheesy […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Cast on a Hot Tin Roof: A Dysfunctional Dixie Christmas

Audience members are asked to supply the key elements of the plot in full view of one another–you yourself might even have volunteered an acceptable suggestion at some time–so there’s no doubt that the Free Associates’ annual Christmas parody is spontaneous and made from scratch. And that’s not easy with Tennessee Williams’s southern-gothic classics, which […]

Posted inNews & Politics

False Start

shachter.qxd Gentlemen: On page 48 of Section One of the November 20 Reader, your film reviewer Jonathan Rosenbaum, discussing older films’ influence on later films, wrote, “the action in Schiff’s version [of Lolita]–like the action in Kubrick’s and unlike the action in Vladimir Nabokov’s novel–begins at the very end of the story [right after or […]