#BornThisDay: Composer, Virgil Thomson

November 25, 1896- Virgil Thomson was born in the heart of the USA. He was an influential & important 20th century music critic & a composer. Thomson was one of a group of ... See the Rest

#BornThisDay: Composer, Benjamin Britten

November 22, 1913- Benjamin Britten  “It is cruel that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness of pain: of strength & freedom. The beauty of disappointment & never satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature & everlasting beauty ... See the Rest

#BornThisDay: Composer/Writer, Ned Rorem

October 23, 1923- Ned Rorem: “Anyone can be gay, it's no accomplishment - but only I can be me.” I am really not much of a fan of symphonic or “serious” music, & although I ... See the Rest

#BornThisDay: Singer, Linda Ronstadt

July 15, 1946- Linda Marie Ronstadt has been providing me with listening pleasure for 45 years, often taking a leading role on the soundtrack to my life’s ups, downs, fears, & tears. Folk, Rock, Punk, ... See the Rest

#BornThisDay: Jean Cocteau

July 5, 1889- Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau I am a hyphenate: ne'er-do-well-bon-vivant-hedonist-reluctant-star-cultural icon-star fucker. My husband is a hyphenate; ... See the Rest

New Armani Code Commercial: “In a World Where Everybody Looks Like Chris Pine…”

Fabulously inscrutable Armani Code commercial featuring Chris Pine, another Chris Pine, two more Chris Pines, and finally Chris Pine as a bartender (with Chris Pine drinking at the bar). Even if you aren't a Chris Pine fan, you'll love the jaunty dubstep version of "Barber of ... Watch Now

First Look: The Brokeback Mountain Opera

The opera, based on the Annie Proulx short story and best movie EVER, opens tonight in Madrid. Here, 75-year-old American composer Charles Wuorinen talks about retooling the tragic love story into an opera. YouTube commenters seem worried that the complex operatic styling will ... See the Rest

Flashback 1960: Maria Callas Arrives at the Cannes Film Festival

Says OperaQueen (perhaps a little bitterly): "A time and ... See the Rest