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The Dark and Stormy Mixtape

Friday, August 26, 2011

East Coast residents are battening down the hatches to prepare for Hurricane Irene. Here are some songs to pass the time if the rain doesn't wash you (and your laptop) away this weekend.

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Cyndi Lauper Opens Housing for LGBT Youth

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Next month, Cyndi Lauper's 1986 hit "True Colors" takes on new meaning when the True Colors Residence for homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (L.G.B.T.) youth opens in Harlem on September 1. The shelter will be the first permanent housing facility in New York for homeless L.G.B.T. youth.

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'Twitter Watch' Aggregates Tweets from Broadway Insiders

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

For Broadway fans interested in what's happening behind the red velvet curtain, waiting at the stage door may no longer be necessary. Through its new feature "Twitter Watch," the Web site Broadway World has aggregated the tweets of 100 theater stars, producers and critics who are active on Twitter.

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Remembering Motown Songwriter and R&B Artist Nick Ashford

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The legendary Motown songwriter Nick Ashford, who wrote "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "I'm Every Woman" and "Solid" with his wife Valerie Simpson, died on Monday after a battle with throat cancer, according to his publicist. He was 70 years old. Watch classic Ashford & Simpson videos here.

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Live on Soundcheck: Tinariwen

Friday, August 19, 2011

Tinariwen was born in a refugee camp. The band's members met there more than 30 years ago. Now the band is out with a new acoustic album. That album is called Tassill. Watch a video of a pared down version of Tinariwen playing playing "A Dunya" from the album live in WNYC's Soundcheck studios here.

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Gig Alert: Zoé

Friday, August 19, 2011

the Mexican rockers Zoé just released an MTV Unplugged album and are touring it around the U.S. Tonight they stop off at La Boom, a nightclub in Queens.

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Gig Alert: Mickey Hart Band

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Grateful dead alum and "world music" pioneer Mickey Hart plays Brooklyn Bowl Thursday night. Download "I Can Tell You More" here.

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Celebrities Get in on the Game at the US Open

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Will Ferrell, Taio Cruz and Carmelo Anthony are among the stars who will participate in this year's U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. The grand slam will also include 9/11 tributes from Queen Latifah and Cyndi Lauper.

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Beyoncé Fans Document Sold-Out Roseland Shows

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Fans have begun to post their smartphone videos from the week's "4 Intimate Nights With Beyoncé” at the Roseland Ballroom. Check out this video for "Single Ladies" from Sunday's show.

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Look | Celebrating Korea Day in Central Park

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Bulgogi, kimchi, and jeon pancakes were just some of the treats to be had at Tuesday's second annual Korea Day celebration held in Central Park. Korea Day also included music and rice pounding. Check out a slideshow here.

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Fans Get Another Week to Watch John Lennon-Yoko Ono Film

Monday, August 15, 2011

"Bed Peace" is a 70-minute documentary about bed-ins for peace Lennon and Ono held in 1969 in Amsterdam and Montreal. Check out the documentary here.

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16 Contestants Fight to Win American Beatbox Championships

Friday, August 12, 2011

The 16 contestants in the second annual American Beatbox Championships take the stage on Sunday, armed with their voices and some microphones. Check out some images from the first-ever competition and open your ears.

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London Riots Spread to Sony Warehouse

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

A Sony disc warehouse near Enfield, North London was set on fire before midnight on Monday. The warehouse manages the distribution in the U.K. and Ireland of packaged Sony media on Blu-ray, DVD and CD discs.

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A Homecoming: King of Latin Soul Joe Bataan Returns to Central Park

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

On Wednesday night, Central Park Summerstage presents a free concert of old school Latin boogaloo music with local heroes Johnny Colon and Joe Bataan. For Bataan, who is now 69 years old, the Central Park gig will be a kind of homecoming.

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Queen of Soul to Play Charlie Rangel's Birthday Party

Monday, August 08, 2011

Aretha Franklin, fresh off of her Brooklyn debut this past week, will headline Rangel's 81st birthday fundraising gala at the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel on Wednesday.

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Jelly NYC's Free Concerts Move to East Williamsburg

Friday, August 05, 2011

There's been a venue change for the free summer concerts promoted by Jelly NYC. In past years, the pool parties in McCarren Park and at the Williamsburg waterfront got indie fans and hipsters rocking out. But this summer, when the fest moved to Floyd Bennett Field near the Rockaways, sparse attendance forced a change of plans.

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Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson and Martha Wainwright Pay Homage to Shel Silverstein

Friday, August 05, 2011

On Saturday, the sidewalk ends in Central Park. The author, poet, songwriter and cartoonist Shel Silverstein -- known to many for children's books like Where the Sidewalk Ends -- will be lauded in a, um, "Shelebration" as part of Central Park's SummerStage series.

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Aretha Arrives: The Queen of Soul Sings First Brooklyn Concert

Thursday, August 04, 2011

On Thursday night, Aretha Franklin will perform at Coney Island for free as part of Marty Markowitz's Seaside Summer Concert Series.

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Vogueing, Krumping and Tai Chi at the Asia Society

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

An international ensemble of dancers, drummers and martial artists are set to perform at the Asia Society's "Hip Hop Kung Fu" event on Wednesday night.

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Harlem Week Kicks Off with Gospel Music and Urban Fashion Show

Friday, July 29, 2011

Harlem Day was started 37 years ago to pay tribute to the rich economic, political, and cultural history of Harlem. The one-day event morphed into Harlem Week, which has now attracted so many participants that it is more than a month of 100 events that promotes Harlem's proud culture.

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