Arts & Entertainment

Dark Blues Night lights up Halloween

Friday, 13 November 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 46 By Sue K
There was no trick but certainly a treat for attendees at the Silverlake vineyard on Halloween night, October 31, with performances by top international and local blues artists under the…

Life at 33 1/3: The Beatles remixed: A revelation

Friday, 13 November 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 46 By Carl Meyer
The Beatles, 1 + (Apple) Last week I did a piece on “A Collection Of Beatles Oldies But Goldies!” an official album release from 1966 that went mysteriously missing in…

Classical Connections: Motorola magic

Friday, 13 November 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 46 By Colin Kaye
A good many years ago when I was living back in The Cold Country, I decided to buy a new car radio.  I chose a shiny chrome Motorola and although…

JK Rowling says she’s working on new children’s book

Friday, 13 November 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 46 By The Associated Press
London (AP) - Good news, Harry Potter fans: J.K. Rowling says she is working on a new children’s book.  There could be a bit of a wait for it, though.…

Stallone still packs punch with Rocky fans ahead of ‘Creed’

Friday, 13 November 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 46 By Dan Gelston
Philadelphia (AP) - There’s a scene in “Creed” where the latest brash boxer who challenges the upstart protege of Rocky Balboa barks, “No one cares about Balboa anymore!”

Brilliant young Swedish orchestra makes Pattaya debut

Friday, 06 November 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 45 By Colin Kaye
An enthusiastic audience greeted international violinist Hugo Ticciati and the superb O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel on Sunday, Oct. 25.  Presented by D & M Music Studio…

Carabao helps Pattaya Orphanage raise 1.5 million baht

Friday, 06 November 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 45 By Urasin Khantaraphan
Nearly 2,000 people packed the Alarngkarn Theatre to rock to the sounds of Carabao while raising 1.5 million baht for orphans at the Pattaya Orphanage’s second Love & Charity Concert.

Life at 33 1/3: The album that doesn’t exist

Friday, 06 November 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 45 By Carl Meyer
The Beatles, A Collection Of Beatles Oldies But Goldies! (Parlophone) This is a weird one: An official Beatles-album that doesn’t exist.  Or at least that is what EMI and Apple…

Q&A: On new album, Bocelli celebrates the music of movies

Friday, 06 November 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 45 By Jocelyn Noveck
New York (AP) - Andrea Bocelli’s new album “Cinema,” a collection of songs from movies, is the culmination of a longtime dream. The classically inspired singer fell in love with…

Bieber quits concert because fans won’t listen to him

Friday, 06 November 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 45 By The Associated Press
Copenhagen, Denmark (AP) - Canadian pop star Justin Bieber says he stopped a concert in Oslo after one song because fans got in his way as he tried to wipe…

Classical Connections: Estonian voices

Friday, 06 November 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 45 By Colin Kaye
If you are British or American, you might be surprised to know that the Baltic States, which lie on the Gulf of Finland, are much further to the east than…
London (AP) - Is “Spectre” Daniel Craig’s Bond swansong? We’ll have to wait and see. The British actor makes his fourth appearance as suave secret agent 007 in the Sam…
Macau (AP) - Leonardo DiCaprio says being able to work with his two cinematic father figures on a short film commissioned for the opening of a Macau casino resort was…

Review: Amazon’s cheap Fire tablet does a lot for $50

Friday, 06 November 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 45 By Anick Jesdanun
New York (AP) - The thing to remember about Amazon’s new $50 Fire tablet is that it’s a $50 tablet. It’s not as light or as thin as a tablet…

Review: Microsoft Surface Pro finally has laptop feel

Friday, 06 November 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 45 By Anick Jesdanun
Toronto (AP) - With the new Surface Pro 4, typing on a Microsoft tablet finally feels like typing on a regular laptop. Although Microsoft has tried hard to sell the…

Review: Amazon’s gizmos aim to be assistants for your abode

Saturday, 31 October 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 44 By Mae Anderson
New York (AP) - When I brought home review models of Amazon’s Echo speaker, a sort of smart, voice-controlled speaker, and two Dash buttons that reorder household products with a…

Twitter CEO Dorsey: Tech’s latest would-be comeback kid

Saturday, 31 October 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 44 By Brandon Bailey
San Francisco (AP) - Twitter boss Jack Dorsey, the newly anointed savior of the quirky but troubled microblogging service, is the latest in a long line of tech company founders…
Los Angeles (AP) - YouTube’s top-earning celebrity is a 25-year-old video-game-playing jokester who took in $12 million over the past year. Forbes magazine says Sweden’s Felix Kjellberg, better known by…

Life at 33 1/3: Betrayal and redemption

Friday, 30 October 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 44 By Carl Meyer
Slade, Sladest (Polydor) 1971 - Grisly times for people like me who had grown up with the UK charts and still tried to stay updated on the latest hits and…

Dutch B2F band has the Vineyard swinging

Friday, 30 October 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 44 By Sue K
The fabulous Dutch swing fever - B2F (Big to The Future) band was back in full force, performing at the Silverlake Vineyard restaurant on October 14. 
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