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That Was The Week That Was: January 25th, 2016


Iowa: As the first Caucuses of yet another most important run up to the most important Presidential Election of all time, your brain will explode when you see how arrogant Trump was. Bowing out of the final debate because he doesn’t like one of the commentators and losing absolutely nothing for his trouble. Meanwhile, back on the democratic front, it is time to see if Sanders has actually made an impression on anyone or if he polls as unlikely as he looks.

Recorded: Rihanna has been on heavy rotation for the past three days, I thoroughly enjoy the relatively low key, self confident run through modern r&b genres. Sounds Of Separation is awful good and while it took awhile, J. Cole’s singing helps the liver a whole helluva lot.

Live: Bruce Springsteen’s superb show at Madison Square Garden absolutely convinces me I was right to check it out twice instead of once. Although, due to the weather and due to the absence of shows, and also a general growing old and not having the energy I did five years ago,  I am trying to average out at a show a week instead of three a week for the year.

More live: so when are the Kanye West tickets going on sale, and what happened to the AMEX presale? STay tuned.

Sports: Man, that was depressing. Stephen Curry scored a measly 13 points and Golden State still beat the Knicks 116 – 95. What happened to all the years New York was the greatest sports city in the World? It has been 20 years since Sprewell and Houston brought some real excitement to the franchise. Enough already.

Movies: I love bad movies and dumb parodies as much as the next man, and so I went to “50 Shades Of Black” with at least the hopes of eating popcorn and chuckling from time to time. No can do, I couldn’t take the icky scatalogical jokes. Grade: D

Death: Following on the death of Paul Kantner,  original Airplane singer Signe Anderson also died, also 74 years old. Can’t we make 84 the new 74?

Television: I don’t know what that “Live Grease” on Fox was, but it wasn’t live theatre. Theatre happens on, you know, a stage, this happened on stages, with movable audiences trekking around to catch it up in a High School cum soundstage. I didn’t catch it all (though I will probably return over the weekend on VOD), but I was impressed by Juliana Hough’s Sandy, and Aaron Tveit’s a pro. From the 90 minutes I caught, a terrific “Summer Nights” was topped only by a (nearly) Frankie Avalon equalling “Beauty School Dropout” by Boys II Men. Upped a notch for racial integration, but cmon,I wanted a Broadway musical. Grade: B-

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