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Maggie Rogers: Two Nights Only — The New York-based singer-songwriter burst into the cultural consciousness with her ethereal synth-folk single, “Alaska,” after astonishing Pharrell Williams with it during an NYU master class. When a clip of this moment—one featuring creative intimacy between a promising newcomer and a visibly moved, venerable icon of the industry—was posted online, it quickly went viral, garnering hundreds of thousands of views. While her roots are in folk music, Rogers’...
A lot of things stand out about summer in New York City, but one of them, certainly, is the weather. It can be brutal at times, sure—the hair-melting heat can be a bit much for this writer to handle—but when it’s on, it’s really on. And when the weather is on, and a beautiful day evolves into a nice, crisp evening, there isn’t much better than going to an outdoor movie screening among friends,...
One of the reasons so many actors’ careers seem like disappointments after winning an Oscar is that the award often bumps them into another pay grade, and suddenly character actors or former B-listers are receiving offers just as lucratively terrible as the biggest names in town. This goes double for women—or is it half? Great, mainstream roles for women over a certain age are still so rare, even with an Oscar, that a fair...
Do you ever have the thought, as you binge-watch a TV show, or listen to a song, or see a film, that, really, there’s something familiar about everything? That no matter how creative a melody, line, or surprise ending is, you’ve encountered some variation of it already—and yet, when done right, it feels like something special and new? That was my experience with the The Incredible Jessica James. On the surface, we’ve seen it before:...

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