Is MasterChef US Ageist?

April 23, 2014 | Posted in REALITY TV | By

MasterChef: The Ultimate Cookbook

MasterChef is a televised cooking competition series which is popular around the world, and in 2014 will be airing for its fifth season in the United States. The show bills itself as a competition to find “the best home cooks in America” through casting calls held around the country…

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The Misfits: Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable’s Last Movie

April 23, 2014 | Posted in CLASSICS, MOVIES | By

One classic  movie I  saw recently for the first time is The Misfits. I really had no idea what the movie was about, although I thought it was a comedy.The title gave me that impression, along with what little I

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Stewart Copeland’s Orchestral Ben-Hur is a Visual and Musical Triumph

April 22, 2014 | Posted in CLASSICS, LIVE MUSIC, ORCHESTRAL MUSIC | By

Stewart Copeland performs April 19, 2014 with the Virginia Arts Festival Orchestra.

Saturday night in Norfolk, Stewart Copeland rocked the house with the premiere of his Orchestral Ben-Hur. The extravaganza featured Copeland on stage himself, alternating between drumkit and percussion rack alongside the 60-member Virginia Arts Festival Orchestra…

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Being a Convention Dealer: Tips and Advice for Getting Started in the Business

April 20, 2014 | Posted in CONVENTIONS | By


Working the dealers room at various science fiction, fantasy, media or anime conventions can be a profitable part-time—or even full-time—business for many individuals and businesses. Whether you already have a physical storefront and are looking to expand your customer base…

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A Review of the Gothic Drama Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte

April 17, 2014 | Posted in CLASSICS, MOVIES | By

Recently I had the opportunity to see Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte again.  I could not tell you how many times I’ve watched this movie, but it’s probably no less than ten. Over the years I have never lost my interest

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5 Myths About Fan Fiction & Fan Fiction Writers

April 17, 2014 | Posted in FAN FICTION | By

"Supernatural": One of the more popular fan-fiction fandoms in recent years

You’ve probably heard about “fan fiction”, even if you have never read it or written it yourself. “Fandom culture” is becoming increasingly mainstream, and fan fiction is no longer something only enjoyed at private conventions and…

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Fiction Plane: A Great Modern Rock Band

April 17, 2014 | Posted in ROCK | By

Joe Sumner of Fiction Plane. Photograph by sockii.

Fiction Plane may be one of the best modern rock bands you likely have never heard of. (But if you have heard of them before, good for you!) If their lead singer and bass player looks – and sounds –

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Pete Townshend: Who I Am Book Review

April 17, 2014 | Posted in CLASSIC ROCK, NON-FICTION | By

"Who I Am" by Pete Townshend

Who is Pete Townshend? That is the question the famous rocker purports to answer in his 2012 autobiography, Who I Am. With a musical career now encompassing…

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“Audubon’s Aviary: The Complete Flock” at the New York Historical Society

April 10, 2014 | Posted in TRADITIONAL ART AND PAINTING | By

A Must-See Exhibition for Lovers of Watercolor Painting and Art Beginning last year, the New York Historical Society has staged a landmark three-part exhibition of John James Audubon’s preparatory watercolors for his famous art portfolio and book, The Birds of

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“Unexpected Family” by Nate Tanner: An unexpectedly sweet romance

April 8, 2014 | Posted in BOOKS, LGBT THEMES, ROMANCE | By

Unexpected Family by Nate Tanner

If you’re in the mood for a sweet romance about finding love when you’re not looking for it, Unexpected Family by Nate Tanner makes for an easy day’s read and just might fit the bill…

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