• Son of a Beach

    Screw Skull and Bones

    By: Pursuing Fame and Fortune - Jun 19th, 2015

    Time was when parents bragged about their kids getting into Ivy League Schools then on to law, medicine or an MBA. Not anymore.

  • Baylor Bullies

    Sicilian Deep in the Heart of Texas

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 16th, 2015

    The oldest of seven children from an immigrant family in Brooklyn Dad was the first to attend college. With a pharmacy degree he worked three jobs to help support the family. He left home to focus on the goal of becoming a surgeon.

  • Audra Mcdonald in Concert at Tanglewood

    Tony winner plays Ozawa Hall on Sunday, July 19th

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 18th, 2015

    Known for her recent role as Billie Holiday, multiple Tony award winning actress and singer, Audra Mcdonald takes center stage at Tanglewood on July 19.

  • On the Porch

    Meeting the In Laws

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 18th, 2015

    Mom married under one condition. That after their internships and residencies the young doctors would return to Boston and her family. Josephine and James Flynn were shocked that their daughter married an Italian even though he was a surgeon. Dad eased into it with pipes on the porch.

  • Talking with Chicago Star Faye Butler

    Currently on Stage at Goodman Theatre

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jul 19th, 2015

    Faye Butler describes herself as an actor who sings, not a singer who acts. She's a theater and musical star in Chicago and nationally and has won many awards and honors for her work. She currently plays the cleaning lady, Cassandra, who knows the source of her name only too well, in the current Goodman Theatre production, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. I interviewed her about that role and her other stage and cabaret work. She let me in on a few secrets about her voice, her vocal practices -- and her dreams. (Also see our review of the play.)

  • Annual Naumkeag Garden Party

    Saturday, July 25th in Stockbridge

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 22nd, 2015

    Naumkeg needs your support by attending the annual Garden Party.

  • Blue Moon Roof Top Party in Pittsfield

    July 31 Benefit to Support Pittsfield Farmers Market

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 22nd, 2015

    Dance drink and enjoy the stars from the Blue Moon Rooftop in downtown Pittsfield. It's a benefit for the Farmers Market.

  • Wyatt Earp King of the Wild Frontier

    Encounter with Gunslinger in Virginia City, Nevada

    By: Susan Cohn - Jul 23rd, 2015

    By the time he took part in The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona Territory, Wyatt Earp was already famous; after that October afternoon in 1881, he was a legend.

  • James Flynn Flynn Letter to My Dad

    Posted October 26, 1940 On the Occasion of My Birth

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 23rd, 2015

    My grandfather James Flynn was noted as a man of few words. This is a verbatim transcription of a rare note that he wrote to my father on the occasion of my birth. On many levels it is a remarkable document.

  • Family Business

    Sons in the Great War

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 24th, 2015

    Starting with a tavern in Gloucester around 1910 then in Boston my grandfather James Flynn ran hotels, bars, speakeasies and nightclubs. Booze and entertainment was the family business. During the war that's just what my Uncle Arthur, later a judge did. In the air-force, as an officer, Uncle Brother landed planes from a tower in England. The good life was, and still is, the Flynn family business.

  • The G

    Witness for the Prosecution

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 26th, 2015

    Poet, archivist, photographer, raconteur Gerard Malanga lives with books and cats in Hudson, New York. Time was in leather he performed a whip dance with the Velvet Underground.

  • Aboard the Yacht Rachel

    Tennis and Yoga!

    By: Melissa de Haan Cummings - Jul 26th, 2015

    More tales of the Ancien Regime recalling Marat's lists composed in the bathtub. But in Annisquam not Paris where they eat cake and sail by moonlight.

  • Uncle Freddy

    Dove of Peace

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 26th, 2015

    Like many urban poor during the Great Depression my colorful Uncle Freddy was a card carrying member of the Communist Party of America. He was better red than dead.

  • Freddy's Music Unlimited

    Take a Walk on the Wild Side

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 26th, 2015

    Brilliant and eccentric he was an actor in the WPA. After a breakdown moved to Boston and the care of my father. Opened a record shop where I worked for him on Saturdays now and then.

  • Remington

    The Write Stuff

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 27th, 2015

    A fine arts major I expected to spend my life as an artist. That has proved to be more or less true with as many facets and tangents as a cubist composition. A rejected gift of an old Remington upright typewriter changed everything.

  • Arnie Reisman Martha’s Vineyard Poet Laureate

    Clara Bow Died for Our Sins

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 27th, 2015

    As I inscribed in my book for him Arnie Reisman was my first and best editor starting with the Brandeis Justice and then Boston After Dark. I have enjoyed reading his first book of verse Clara Bow Died for Our Sins.

  • Paul Natkin Superstars

    Exhibition at Ed Paschke Art Center in Jefferson Park.

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jul 28th, 2015

    Paul Natkin told an attentive audience about shooting Bruce Springsteen in Minneapolis on his Born in the USA tour for a Newsweek cover. That shoot was described in a story about Natkin in the Chicago Sun-Times. "That's when my family believed I was a real photographer," he said. That publicity also led to five years as the staff photographer for the Oprah Winfrey Show.

  • Art Critic Francine Koslow Miller (1951 to 2015)

    Mass College of Art Professor and Art Forum Correspondent

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 29th, 2015

    Since the 1980s Francine Koslow Miller had been a formidable presence in the Boston art world as a critic for Art Forum, professor at Mass College of art and organizer of exhibitions and projects. As an alumna of Brandeis she was defender of the Rose Art Museum when there was a plan to sell the collection and close the museum. She died this week at the age of 64.

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

    Wynton Marsalis Returns to Tanglewood

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 15th, 2015

    On August 20, 2012 Wynton Marsalis shared an appearance at Tanglewood with bass player Christian McBride. Last night he returned to Ozawa Hall with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. This superb group of New York based musicians presented a program of traditional big band music from the 1930s and 1940s in the first half and works by members of the orchestra, including Marsalis, in the second.

  • Three Irish Lads

    Two Nugents and a Flynn Set World Record

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 14th, 2015

    My grandfather and two Nugent in laws set a world record in 1898.

  • O' Maley Birthday Party

    Renting the Hockey Rink with Pizza

    By: Melissa de Haan Cummings - Jul 14th, 2015

    On the way to Ipswich for a birthday party. Renting the hockey rink with pizza to celebrate.

  • Cancer

    Panic Attack

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 20th, 2015

    My mom, Dr. Flynn, had an instant cure for cancer of the elbows.

  • Thoreau or, Return to Walden

    David Adkins Bonkers in the Woods

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 21st, 2015

    If you have read Walden and think you know Henry David Thoreau guess again. The world premiere Thoreau or Return to Walden written by and starring David Adkins, directed by Eric Hill presents the New England transcendentalist and abolitionist as an eccentric just short of lunacy.

  • Hook

    Abstract Art

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 22nd, 2015

    Cracking the code of complex concepts for most people it helps to have a humanizing hook. What is the anecdote and eureka moment that allows us to connect with daunting aesthetics and technologies? It is the sizzle which enhances the flavor of the steak.

  • Kerouac

    On the Road in Barcelona

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 23rd, 2015

    Alone in Barcelona reading On the Road.

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