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MAY 30, 2008

Martin, Pollack, Korman: RIP

What a week for passings. Among them: Dick Martin of "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In," which made me laugh when I was a kid; director Sydney Pollack, whose films, such as "Tootsie," I so enjoyed; and now, Harvey Korman, whose stint on "The Carol Burnett Show" was legendary.

Posted by chris at 06:30 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | Posted to Film / TV / Theater Review Remembrance


It's wonderful we can still watch all three of them. A great reason to keep cheering capialitism.

Posted by: Chris Grieb | May 30, 2008 08:14 AM


MAY 29, 2008

Song of the Day #894

Song of the DayThe Andy Griffith Show ("The Fishin' Hole") (audio clip at that link) was composed by the late great Earle Hagen, who passed away at the age of 88 on May 26, 2008. It's a charming TV theme written by a guy who gave us such great tunes as "Harlem Nocturne." Listen also to an audio clip featuring Andy Griffith himself!

Posted by chris at 02:45 PM | Permalink | Posted to Film / TV / Theater Review Music Remembrance

MAY 24, 2008

Happy 125th Birthday, Brooklyn Bridge!

Today marks the 125th birthday of one of my favorite spots in all of New York City: the Brooklyn Bridge. I was there in 1983 when New York put on one amazing fireworks spectacular to commemorate the centennial; this year's Grucci display was lovely but didn't have the scope of the centennial (which featured cascading waterfalls of fireworks and rockets launching from the top of the cathedral towers). Still it was a sweet tribute to a grand span.

The city is celebrating this magnificent structure all weekend with concerts, walking, bike and water taxi tours, and a sparkling lights display from 9 pm to 11 pm every night through Memorial Day. If you're around this town, come join the party. More information is available here.

Posted by chris at 09:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | Posted to Remembrance


I wish I were in NYC to see you!!!

I am coming this summer sometime. You still owe me pizza.

Posted by: Natasha | June 2, 2008 08:03 PM

One thing you definitely should see are the new "waterfalls" operating along the East River.

Check them out here.

Posted by: Chris Matthew Sciabarra | July 14, 2008 05:40 PM


MAY 23, 2008

American Idol 2008: Postscript

As a follow-up to my last post, check out two different views of the "American Idol" finale, one from Stephen Holden at the NY Times and the other from Jim Farber at the NY Daily News.

As most observers know, both contestants end up "winning" in the end. As Chris Daughtry has shown, one does not have to be the actual winner in order to win big... in award-winning albums and sales. Both Davids have the promise of wonderful careers ahead of them. But congratulations to David Cook, who won the 97-million vote finale by 12 million votes over David Archuleta.

Now that the competition is over, I'm turning my attention to the next Fox competitionone of my favoritesSo You Think You Can Dance.

Posted by chris at 08:25 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | Posted to Film / TV / Theater Review Music


The AI finale has just this weekend aired over here in the UK. Well done indeed to Cook - I'm inclined agree with Holden regarding Cook's brave against-the-grain choice of final song.

It's probably true though that both Davids will go on to great sucess.

As to Chris Doughtry's point - I would go slightly further. In terms of similar UK shows such as the now defunct Pop Idol (upon which AI was originally based), and Simon Cowell's own creation The X Factor (effectively the UK "successor" show to PI), those that have come second or third in the popular vote have in certain instances actually ended up being far more successful than the winners. (In particular PI winner Michelle McManus, and first XF winner Steve Brookstein, both of whom have faded into obscurity compared to several of the acts they defeated on the shows!)

Posted by: Matthew Humphreys | May 25, 2008 04:00 PM

Good points, all, Matthew; I understand that the Davids are aiming for a pre-Christmas album release.

Posted by: Chris Matthew Sciabarra | July 14, 2008 05:38 PM


MAY 20, 2008

American Idol 2008: A David Will Win!

Don't ask me; I have no clue who will win tonight's "American Idol" finale. But it's David Cook vs. David Archuleta. Cook's take on "Billie Jean" remains, for me, the most memorable of the performances among either finalist. But I think Archuleta's young teen following might just put him in the winner's circle. We'll soon see!

Posted by chris at 08:10 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | Posted to Film / TV / Theater Review Music


I agree, hard to predict. Tonight is the night in which there's one song they both have to sing, a real apples-to-apples comparison. Of course the song is usually craptastic, but it will be interesting to see whether the style plays more to one's strengths than the other's. Cook, like Daughtry, has a good career ahead of him no matter what happens tonight. In three years, though, Archie's tweener fan base will have moved on.

Posted by: Aeon J. Skoble | May 20, 2008 08:36 AM

i think david c all the way

Posted by: breezy | May 21, 2008 08:37 AM

And David C did win, indeed!

Posted by: Chris Matthew Sciabarra | July 14, 2008 05:36 PM


MAY 15, 2008

Louis M. Spadaro, RIP

I learned today that Louis Michael Spadaro, who was the founding dean of the Fordham University Graduate School of Business Administration, died on Saturday, May 3, 2008 at the age of 94. I met the warm-hearted Professor Spadaro many years ago at New York University at one of the weekly Austrian colloquia, and thanked him for having edited (and written the introduction to) a collection of essays that genuinely excited me as an undergraduate: New Directions in Austrian Economics. The book included thought-provoking essays by Israel Kirzner, Ludwig Lachmann, Mario Rizzo, Gerald O'Driscoll, Roger Garrison, and others... most of whom I ended up studying with at NYU.

My condolences to Professor Spadaro's family and friends.

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MAY 14, 2008

Song of the Day #893

Song of the DaySecret Love, music by Sammy Fain, lyrics by Paul-Francis Webster, was a #1 Oscar-winning Best Song from the 1953 novie "Calamity Jane," in which it was performed by Doris Day (audio clip at that link). Listen also to audio clips from renditions by Connie FrancisTommy EdwardsNancy WilsonBilly StewartOscar Peterson, Joe Pass and Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, pianists Brad Mehldau and Dave McKennaMel Martin and the Benny Carter Quintet, and the Jack Cortner New York Big Band with a super Marvin Stramm on trumpet. Finally, check out an audio clip of Frank Sinatra with Nelson Riddle (and a YouTube video too); Sinatra passed away ten years ago on this date. My love of Francis Albert is not so secret: he was and still is the Chairman of the Board.

Posted by chris at 06:30 AM | Permalink | Posted to Music Remembrance

MAY 01, 2008

Song of the Day #892

Song of the DaySchindler's List ("Main Theme") (audio clip at that link), composed by John Williams, is from the shattering 1993 Oscar-winning score for Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning film. To mark Holocaust Remembrance Day, this track features the magnificent violinist Itzhak Perlman. Take a look at a fantastic YouTube video clip of Perlman, with John Williams. And check out the other John Williams (the great classical guitarist) playing John Williams.

Posted by chris at 05:50 AM | Permalink | Posted to Film / TV / Theater Review Music