Arts and Entertainment

Sun Spots: What’s Happening in and Around Our Community in October

  Friday thru Sunday, October 10 – 12 7:30 p.m./Sunday 3 p.m.: Shakespeare’s Sonnets @ BAM Opera House.  As a part of the 2014 Next Wave Festival, Shakespeare’s sonnets have…

From the Bookshelf: “Falling Sky” by Rajan Khanna (Pyr)

The surface of the Earth has become the domain of the Ferals — animalistic, zombie-like humans taken over by the mysterious virus known as the Bug. What’s left of civilization…

Hip Hop Review: Introducing RCA’s Tinashe; ‘Aquarius’ Lands At #16

R&B singer, songwriter and dancer Tinashe Jorgen Kachingwe, also known by her stage name Tinashe, heated up the airwaves last summer with the released of her single, “2 On” Ft….

Big Gaff @ The Movies: “The Good Lie” is Compelling Cinema

This is too easy. The economic system we live under pays you for working. I won’t be paid for this review. It is a pleasure to spread the word about…

In the Aisle Seat: Keeping Blues Alive! Letting It Live in Brooklyn …

New York City (The Big Apple) is internationally known as both the financial and cultural capital of the world. In recent years, its borough of Brooklyn has become one the…

From the Book Shelf: “I Want My MTV” by Rob Tannenbaum and Craig Marks

If the MTV era of the 1980s meant something to you, if it was an essential part of your musical and television life, then “I Want My MTV” should be…

Big Gaff @ the Movies: “The Equalizer” Adds Screen Credit to Denzel’s Filmography

I first saw Denzel Washington in the play “A Soldier’s Story” in New York City in 1981. The production was off-Broadway, presented by the world famous, Negro Ensemble Company. He…

Check This Out: One of A Kind Comedy Show to Make History

After years of talking to others about producing a comedy show starring disabled artists, Damon Rozier, a wheelchair bound comedian, decided last year to stop talking and to do it…

The Sounds of Music

Mariachi is a traditional style of Mexican music. With its folk-like form, the music is played on violins, trumpets, an acoustic guitar and occasionally even a harp. Since the 18th…

Hip Hop Review: Def Jam Recordings Celebrating 30th Anniversary

The house that Rick Ruben and Russell Simmons built in 1984 is celebrating its 30th anniversary in style this month. The prominent Hip-Hop label announced a concert at Brooklyn’s Barclays…

Hip Hop Review: Chris Brown’s ‘X’ to debut high on Billboard’s 200 Chart; Announces Tour With Trey Songz

Things are finally looking good for multi-platinum Grammy Award winning singer Chris Brown, aka Breezy, after having a rough year. It’s been a difficult 12 months for the 25-year-old Virginia…

Sun Spots: What’s Happening in and around our community for September

Tuesday, September 30 Tuesday, September 30 6p.m.: Optional Allusions Part II @ Cheri Restaurant: Art and dining are combined for this two part exhibit, also featuring photographs by John Pinderhughes…

Big Gaff @ The Movies: “No Good Deed” Defies Critics

I have mentioned that I am the prejudice movie reviewer. I will head for a theater with a notion of the worth of  the film I will see.  I might…

From the BookShelf “City of Stairs” by Robert Jackson Bennett (Broadway Books)

Reviewed by Ealish Waddell “City of Stairs” takes place in a fascinating alternate Asia, a world where the mundane and the miraculous have struck an uneasy truce. For a thousand…

Big Gaff @ The Movies – Coming of Age Tale Makes For Great Adult Film

I am not a preacher, but I often send out a message with the same passion used by those who speak from the pulpit. My message is that if you…