MasterChef US Season 4: Where are they now?

May 31, 2014 | Posted in REALITY TV | By

My Italian Kitchen by Luca Manfe.

With the start of a new season of MasterChef airing in the United States, I thought it would be interesting to take a look back at least year’s group of contestants and find out: where are they now? Are they still pursuing a career/work in the food industry somehow, or have they gone back to their other “day jobs”?

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Who will win MasterChef Season 5?

May 29, 2014 | Posted in REALITY TV | By

MasterChef Season 5 contestants Whitney Bray and Courtney Lapresi.

Although only the first episode of MasterChef Season 5 has aired, I’m willing to go out on a limb and make my prediction for this year’s winner. I don’t have any “inside information” or access to spoilers, but based on…

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MasterChef Season 5 Episode 1 Recap and Review: May 26, 2014

May 28, 2014 | Posted in EPISODE RECAPS, REALITY TV | By

MasterChef Season 5 official promotional image.

It’s that time again…MasterChef time! Season 5 has just begun, and once more I will be doing episode recaps so you can follow the action at home—and chime in with your thoughts and opinions on each episode…

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MediaWest*Con 34: Post-convention report

May 27, 2014 | Posted in CONVENTIONS | By

MediaWest*Con 2014 dealers room.

2014 marked MediaWest*Con’s 34th year as the self-proclaimed “definitive gathering of Science Fiction/Media fandom”, held annually in Lansing, Michigan over the Memorial Day weekend. I question whether that description truly applies any longer…

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August: Osage County Is An Intense Ensemble Film

May 26, 2014 | Posted in MOVIES | By

August:Osage County is a drama film that is set in the plains of northern Oklahoma in the hot month of August. It has been billed as a black comedy/drama, although I personally did not see it that way. The film

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Gil Evans Orchestrates the Music of Jimi Hendrix

May 20, 2014 | Posted in JAZZ, ORCHESTRAL MUSIC, ROCK | By

Jazz lore tells it, that in 1969, before Jimi Hendrix met his demise, he had discussed a collaboration with the jazz arranger Gil Evans and jazz trumpeter Miles Davis. Believe it or not, Jimi even discussed bringing Paul McCartney into

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The Who: Quadrophenia and More in Atlantic City, February 22 2013

May 18, 2014 | Posted in CLASSIC ROCK, LIVE MUSIC | By

Roger Daltrey on stage with The Who, February 22 2013.

Quadrophenia has long been my favorite album by The Who, so I was thrilled to hear they would be taking it on the road again for the “Quadrophenia and More” Tour in 2012-2013. However, many expressed concerns over…

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A Pair of Miles Davis Quadraphonic Records: Bitches Brew and Live Evil

May 9, 2014 | Posted in VINYL RECORDS | By

Bitches Brew Quadrophonic LP Miles Davis shocked the jazz world in 1970 when he sold his soul to the God of Rock n’ Roll, more precisely the grooves of Sly and the Family Stone. Miles threw away the acoustic instruments

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The Hoosiers are back with The News From Nowhere

May 9, 2014 | Posted in ROCK | By

The Hoosiers - The News from Nowhere

Perhaps it makes me a bit of a “cranky old rock dinosaur” or music snob to state that there have been very few new rock bands in the past decade that have really grabbed my full attention and interest. The Hoosiers are one of those precious few…

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The Avant-garde Blue Note Sessions of Don Cherry

May 7, 2014 | Posted in JAZZ, MUSIC | By

Trumpeter Don Cherry is best known for his side man roll in the Ornette Coleman Quartet. Don contributed to some of the most groundbreaking and controversial albums in the history of recorded music, Free Jazz, The Shape of Jazz to

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