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Tomorrow Belongs to Me

October 24, 2007 By: Andrew Category: Reviewings

Go to Andrew's new site to read more about me! Wee!Pardon the shameless self-promotion, but can I just take a moment to plug the brand-new location for all of my future reviews: >Entertainment Criticism.Com<.

Sounds official, no?

In honor of the grand opening, I have uploaded most of my back catalogue of reviews along with a new one, an extremely in-depth and hard-hitting analysis of the Broadway musical Legally Blonde.

Read them for free now because, if all goes according to my dastardly plan, you will have to pay (as in money) to read them one of these days.

That Face

October 23, 2007 By: Andrew Category: Sightings

Sydney Bristow knows Paul!I really have run into very few celebrities since coming to New York. Which is odd because I was under the impression that this city was 75% celebrities, 24% investment bankers and 1% normal people like me. It could be that I just find myself so comfortable and at ease when I am around celebrities that I simply do not notice when they are right in front of my face. Ha!

One notable sighting this past weekend came when I saw >Cyrano de Bergerac< with the lovely Ms. Sidney Bristow (a.k.a. Jennifer Garner). Although, I’m not sure it counts as a “sighting” if I paid to see her. Oh well. I heard whispers that Paul Newman was in the audience. Did not see him, however, until going to the grocery store the next day (see picture at right).

Think of the Time I Save

October 16, 2007 By: Andrew Category: Musings

I just finished it last night!I have found that New York is home to some of those really rare creatures that people used to have a lot of but now have fallen out of style. You know the ones – they used to have big buildings that only carried these things and if you had one you looked somewhat intelligent. What were they called? Oh yeah. Books.

Because you pretty much have to rely on public transportation to get around up here, there is plenty of time to brush up on the classics or discover some new ones. So far, I have read:

The Westing Game (Ellen Raskin) – Does anybody else remember this elementary school gem? It makes a lot more sense if you read it after having graduated from the fifth grade. And it’s still very fun!

Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) – So I promised several people I would read this one. I got to page 10 and had to stop. If I wanted to read about a series of never-ending social gatherings… oh wait, I don’t.

Interview with the Vampire (Anne Rice) – I’m not saying it’s classy. I’m just saying it’s entertaining. Does anyone else get that great false sense of accomplishment when they finish a book like this in three days?

The Children’s Hospital (Chris Adrian) – It’s very satisfying to pick up a book at random in Barnes and Noble and be completely impressed by what you find inside. This one is about pediatrics and the end of the world. Really fascinating.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith) – This one is next… don’t tell me how it ends!

Dog Eats Dog

October 09, 2007 By: Andrew Category: Musings

Buy Me! Take Me Home! Love Me Forever!I would have never considered it before, but New York is a very dog-friendly city. Not a day goes by in which I do not see at least 10 people walking their pups down a busy street. I don’t know why I always assumed a big city would be inhospitable to dogs. They just always seemed like they needed a back yard to thrive in. But as long as you walk them regularly, I think dogs make really good sense in the city. Tons of fun. Super adorable. And willing to guard your multi-million-dollar 30-sq.-ft. apartment while you are away.

Maybe it’s because I’m a boy or maybe it’s simply because I hate kids (no joke… where do they get off being so demanding? What’s that all about?), but I have never really considered what the names of my children will be. I do, however, know what the name of my next dog will be along with the exact breed. As pictured at left, I will own I shaggy yet sensible Border Terrier in less than three years. Mark my words. Until then, I will just have to be jealous of everybody else’s pooch as they pass me on the street. Sigh.

Welcome to the ’60s

October 04, 2007 By: Andrew Category: Mixings

I feel the need to make this EP thing a monthly segment. Any objections?

So what could possibly be better than incessantly peppy ’60s pop tunes? That’s right! Incessantly peppy covers of ’60s pop tunes. What a neglected niche in our great musical universe.

Vonda!       Phil!       Jann!       Michael... McDonald!       Natalie!

1. It’s in His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song) | Vonda Shepard | Songs from Ally McBeal | This title may not look familiar, but if you look it up on iTunes you’re certain to recognize its infectiousness. Too bad Vonda couldn’t have released this album as a standalone piece rather than a TV soundtrack (not that there’s anything wrong with Ally McBeal… does anybody else miss that show?). This one’s good anytime.

2. You Can’t Hurry Love | Phil Collins | Hello, I Must Be Going! | Why listen to The Supremes’ version when you can have the former frontman of Genesis do it ten times better? I would say this one is best listened to while waiting in line for soup at >Hale & Hearty<. It’s so delicious… but you’re not gonna get it anytime soon.

3. Downtown | Jann Arden | Uncover Me | If have not yet heard the sublime sounds of this Canadian treasure (thanks a lot for overshadowing her, Chantal Kreviazuk!), do yourself a favor and check out this album. It also features a pretty spot-on rendition of Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain.” The best place to enjoy “Downtown”? Duh. Greenwich Village… or anywhere south of 23rd Street, for that matter.

4. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough | Michael McDonald | Motown | You just try listening to this guy without looking at the liner notes and tell me he sounds white. It’s impossbile. Put this one on while making your way through the throngs of people in Times Square. It gives you some semblance of hope that you’ll make it out the other side alive.

5. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) | Natalie Cole | Greatest Hits | Does anyone remember if this was the song that rolled during the closing credits of that modern Lindsay Lohan classic, The Parent Trap? If not, it should have been because it is the perfect exit music. Stick it in your ears when heading home for the evening after leaving a movie or Broadway show. (P.S. This girl is my sister…)