Inception: a review

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: Film , Reviews

The new film staring Leonardo DiCaprio is a BIG idea.  Too big!  The acting is great, the special effects superb, and concept interesting.  Yet after two and a half hours it falls short.  All the elements were there, but it just like a doesn’t hit the spot. The dreams within dreams action is plenty, but beyond the coolness of the concept the film misses the opportunity to explore the subconcious baggage that we all carry and yet are so unaware of; settling instead for raw action for actions sake. All in all, those […]

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Lisa Jackson

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: Music , Reviews

The newest six-song, self-titled EP from Lisa Jackson & girl friday is stark, powerful and provocative. It lacks studio glitz and a perfect vocal performance, yet that may just be what gives it such personality and edge. Lisa Jackson, a Fayetteville Georgia native who has been tearing up the New York City underground, was referred to as a “true rock n roll star” by actress Rosie Perez in Page Six (New York Post) in recent months. With songs like “Night Lite of Jesus,” “Mess,” and “Don’t Get Bitter,” the group […]

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Karen Blixt; Spin This

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: Music , Reviews

Karen Blixt; Spin This is a terrific record. From the percussion and bass reed version of the Monk/Ferro song It’s Over Now (Well, You Needn’t) and her groove enriched version of the Rogers and Hammerstein classic My Favorite Things, to the sultry delivery of the Arnold/Walter classic You Don’t Know me, San Francisco jazz scene favorite Karen Blixt delivers a delightfully entertaining and powerful piece of work with her debut CD Spin This. Together with producer Frank Martin and a who’s who cast of musicians, Spin This brings new life to […]

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Spill Canvas – One Fell Swoop

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: Music , Reviews

Spill Canvas – One Fell Swoop, the sophomore CD is hard to dislike. From the very first note, this hard rocking band is in overdrive. They slow it down for “This Is For Keeps,” “Secret Oath” and “Bound To Happen,” and display moments of moodiness, but the bulk of this collection is pure stadium rock: a wall of sound to bang on the inside of your head – ooh-ra! Founded by Sioux Falls native Nick Thomas, The Spill Canvas is a tight unit, and the production here, while not dynamic, […]

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Copacabana Reopens In Grand Style

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: Reviews

New York City was electric tonight with the rebirth of the legendary Copacabana Nightclub at it’s new location on the corner of 34th Street and 11th Ave. The original club founded by Monte Prosner, in 1940, was referred to as the “Great American Nightclub.” The new club, owned and operated by John Juliano and Peter Dorn, boasts 50,000 square feet on three levels – with a disco and lounge downstairs, the main ballroom — complete with a stage for any occasion on the main level — and a private party […]

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