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By Jeff Simon » Thursday, April 28, 2016

There is a scene in Laura Gabbert’s documentary “City of Gold” when Los Angeles food critic Jonathan Gold is accompanied to a favorite restaurant by the New Yorker’s famous humorist and food writer Calvin Trillin. Gold credits Trillin with being one of the earliest American writers to concentrate on the food... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, April 28, 2016

Bob Yari’s awkward but affecting film “Papa: Ernest Hemingway in Cuba” is the first Hollywood movie to be made in Cuba since the revolution. You’re actually seeing its actors disporting themselves at Ernest Hemingway’s estate Finca Vigia.The film is offered as first-person testimony by its scriptwriter to three... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The world of literature is famous for the number of thorny, tantalizing and even indecipherable individualists one finds in its ranks. Even so, you’re not likely to find another writer quite like Geoff Dyer. Dyer will appear at 7 p.m. April 28 in Hallwalls, 341 Delaware Ave., to present his soon-to-be-published book... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Monday, April 25, 2016

Some facts that appeared over the weekend on the tidal reaction to Prince’s death from Brian Stelter, the “senior media correspondent” of CNN: Friday’s top-rated show was ABC’s 20/20 special about Prince. Saturday’s top-rated show was the “Saturday Night Live” tribute to Prince. Per Variety, it had... Read More

By Jeff Simon , Jeff Miers » Sunday, April 24, 2016

When the biopic “Miles Ahead,” which stars Don Cheadle and seeks to capture a moment in time from the life of jazz legend Miles Davis came out, News Arts Editor Jeff Simon and Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers had plenty to say about it. So they said it … to each other in a Facebook chat. An edited version of their... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Sunday, April 24, 2016

Ah, the suspense. It’s killing me. Now that she has announced she will return Tuesday from her self-imposed absence to “Live with Kelly and Michael,” will Kelly Ripa be chirping brightly when Bellamy Young comes to visit  to plug the latest doings on "Scandal"? Will Ripa be her usual sardonic pixie self? For... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Saturday, April 23, 2016

A grand dame of Irish literature, a Jamaican literary prodigy, a Moroccan/American Pulitzer Prize finalist and America’s best known writer and literary activist are the writers who will make up the 2016-17 season of the Babel Literary series.The series was created 10 years ago by the Just Buffalo Literary Center and on... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Saturday, April 23, 2016

My 10 favorite Miles Davis albums, in random order. 1) “Jazz Track”: For the longest time, it was unavailable on CD. On one side is one of the greatest film scores ever created, on the other some of the greatest music of Miles Davis’ sextet, arguably the greatest all-star group in modern jazz. 2) “Kind of... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, April 21, 2016

Consider this cast list: Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Milla Jovovich, Parker Posey, Rory Cochrane, Adam Goldberg, Deena Martin, Cole Hauser, Nicky Katt and, as an unbilled extra, Renee Zellweger. All of them were just starting out when they were in “Dazed and Confused,” Richard Linklater’s much-loved movie... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, April 21, 2016

One of the greatest jazz anecdotes I know is about Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong. Holiday listened as another musician bitterly denounced Armstrong in a concert performance as an “Uncle Tom.” Holiday didn’t disagree but added, with a world of profound understanding that annihilated all other judgment, “Louis... Read More

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