"I'm writing about Laura Nyro. What should I say?"
"Who?" This was not the answer I wanted or expected from my mother. After all, I had spent my single-digit years rifling through my parents' old vinyl and found Nyro's pen to be behind many a childhood favorite.
Laura Nyro was born into a forward- ... More >>
Here's a scoop: Facebook is having an IPO today. This under-the-radar stock sale will make billions for investors.
Although everyone is keeping things on the down-low, the IPO means -- I'm guessing here, Wall Street is really not my forte -- that you can buy a share of Facebook stock, currently tra ... More >>
Note: Pop Rocks will return next week.
Labor Day has come and gone, which means the official start of the fall movie season is just around the corner. In fact, two of the more anticipated releases of latter 2011 -- Warrior and Contagion -- come out tomorrow.
After what has been widely rega ... More >>
You know the feeling: it's 11 p.m., you're lying half-conscious on your couch and thinking tonight -- tonight -- is the night you're finally going to go to bed before midnight and get a decent night's sleep. Maybe this will be start of a new chapter in your life, one in which you no longer cl ... More >>
Apu chose an alternate path to citizenshipThere's a scene in The American President -- Aaron Sorkin's pre-West Wing exercise in wishful liberalism -- when President Shepherd (Michael Douglas) describes America as "advanced citizenship." It's a nice thought, especially in the fantastical conte ... More >>
The Social Network was finally toppled at the box office this past weekend by the new Jackass 3-D, but that doesn't mean Rocks Off is done with the story chronicling the beginnings of Facebook and the rise of founder Mark Zuckerberg. You remember our film-score blog, right?
When it was rele ... More >>
Photo courtesy Alley TheatreBrandon Hearnsberger as Philo T. FarnsworthHair Balls has raved about The Farnsworth Invention at the Alley Theatre, the gripping drama about the invention of television. (Yes, we said "gripping drama about the invention of television.")The play is written by Aaron Sorkin ... More >>
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Brandon Hearnsberger as Philo T. FarnsworthTwo people arguing over electrons, cathode rays and how much light it takes to transport a moving image across the country may not sound like a riveting evening to most people -- but they'd be pretty much wrong.
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Bob Dylan's new album, Together Through Life, is out, featuring a song called "If You Ever Go to Houston."We haven't gotten it (don't know whether we'll add "yet" to that sentence; we've been drifting away from Dylan fanhood for a while now). And the lyrics don't seem to be on the usual sites, but w ... More >>