Arts & Entertainment

Iconic singer David Bowie dies at 69

Friday, 15 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 3 By Mesfin Fekadu
New York (AP) - David Bowie, the innovative and iconic singer whose illustrious career lasted five decades with hits like “Fame,” ‘’Heroes” and “Let’s Dance,” died last Sunday after a…

Spectacular jazz concert this month in Pattaya

Friday, 15 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 3 By Colin Kaye
There’s going to be a great afternoon out for all the family on Sunday 24th January when the renowned Mahidol University Jazz Orchestra gives an open air picnic concert at…
In an extraordinary first for a rock concert here in South East Asia, the packed hall at the Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre in Singapore for the eagerly awaited Def…

Motorhead frontman, rock icon ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister dead at 70

Friday, 08 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 2 By Sandy Cohen
Los Angeles (AP) - Lanky and long-haired, with mutton chops and moles, Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister looked and lived like a hard-rock hero.  He founded Motorhead in 1975, and continued recording…

Grammy winning singer Natalie Cole dies age 65

Friday, 08 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 2 By Sandy Cohen & Mesfin Fekadu
Los Angeles (AP) - Natalie Cole, the daughter of jazz legend Nat King Cole, who carved out her own success with R&B hits like “Our Love” and “This Will Be”…
Los Angeles (AP) - George Lucas has apologized for criticizing Disney’s handling of “Star Wars” and saying he had sold his characters to “white slavers” in a recent interview with…

Miss Colombia calls Miss Universe mix-up a humiliation

Friday, 08 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 2
Bogota, Colombia (AP) - The Colombian beauty queen who was briefly crowned Miss Universe is making the best of what she calls a humiliating situation. Ariadna Gutierrez told Colombia’s W…

Classical Connections: One hit wonders

Friday, 08 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 2 By Colin Kaye
The other day I was reminded about the old joke about a Yorkshire band-master who asks one of the young brass players, “Aye lad, do you play The Trumpet Voluntary?”…

Dutch Swing Band provides Christmas treat at Silverlake

Friday, 08 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 2 By Sue K
The B2F, or Back to the Future, band from Holland was in full swing with pop, jazz, rock, ballads and more when the 9 member international group performed their favorite…

Moore ‘invades’ Europe to teach us all some lessons

Friday, 08 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 2 By Jocelyn Noveck
New York (AP) - Of course Michael Moore exaggerates.  Of course he engages in cheerful, unabashed cherry-picking.  Of course he sees black and white where most of us see shades…

Life at 33 1/3: The Who’s real golden years – Part 2

Friday, 01 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 1 By Carl Meyer
The Who, The Track Singles 1967-1973 (Track/Universal) Released: October 2015 “The Track Singles 1967-1973”-box is part 3 in a lovely series of the original British Who 45’s, re-issued in replicas…

Classical Connections: Licorice sticks

Friday, 01 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 1 By Colin Kaye
“To what?” I suppose you could justifiably enquire.  The expression is old jazz slang for a clarinet because of course, clarinets are usually black.  I’ve sometimes heard classical players use…

New book chronicles real bear behind ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’

Friday, 01 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 1 By Siobhan Starrs
London (AP) - Lindsay Mattick’s great-grandfather was on his way to fight in World War I when he bought a bear cub he named Winnie, inspiring author A.A. Milne to…

Edith Piaf celebrated on 100th anniversary of her birth

Friday, 25 December 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 52 By Mark Kennedy
New York (AP) - Edith Piaf would have turned 100 this month and never has she been more vital. The cabaret singer who once sang on the streets for spare…
Beijing (AP) - Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh said Tuesday that she has been waiting many years to reprise her role in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” in an upcoming sequel to…

Life at 33 1/3: The Who’s real golden years – Part 1

Friday, 25 December 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 52 By Carl Meyer
The Who, The Track Singles 1967-1973 (Track/Universal) Released: October 2015 Part 3 in this lovely series of original Who-singles takes us through the band’s golden years 1967-1973, when rock was…

Classical Connections: Christmas presence

Friday, 25 December 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 52 By Colin Kaye
Music has become so much a part of Christmas festivities that it’s difficult to imagine Christmas without it.  Or at least, without Christmas carols.  Although carols have become synonymous with…

Keys and Strings at Ben’s

Friday, 25 December 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 52 By Colin Kaye
An appreciative audience recently enjoyed an evening of violin favourites at Ben’s Theater in Jomtien.  The programme featured violinist Jonathon Glonek who made his first international tour at the age…

‘Force Awakens’ satisfies fans, earns $14.1 million overseas

Friday, 25 December 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 52
Los Angeles (AP) - “Star Wars” fans flooded cinemas around the world last Thursday for the first showings of the breathlessly anticipated seventh installment of the space saga, and they…

Personal style wins at Mimosa Proud Awards

Friday, 18 December 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 51 By Urasin Khantaraphan
Personal style won out as the Mimosa cabaret held its Proud Awards to find the last finalist for its Miss Mimosa Queen transgender beauty pageant in Pattaya.
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