#BornThisDay: Actor/Singer, Deanna Durbin

December 4, 1921- Deanna Durbin really should be just a footnote to me. I truly have a deep love of film history. Although I never really cared for or about her, Durbin ends up holding a ... See the Rest

#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