Life Is an Art Form to Ben Vereen

Photo courtesy of Ben Vereen Between the two of us, we have four left feet. We always wished we could dance. But we can’t. As kids, we did dance vicariously through our sister, who was a talented tap dancer and all around great performer — think Liza, but with an “S” since her name is actually Lisa. She introduced us to a lot of song-and-dance types in our youth. But none left as large of an impression as Mr. Ben Vereen (insert Jazz hands here.) Since the day we started writing about pop culture he has been at the top of our interview bucket list. Not just because of his immense talent and the years of joy he has brought to us, but also because from everything we have read and heard he is

Rob Lowe Prepares for the Apocalypse

Photo by Ed Miller/WTTV Productions Limited In the mood for an end of the world tale that doesn’t involve zombies and is chock full of dark humor? Than “You, Me and the Apocalypse” is going to be right up your alley. With a comet on a collision course to earth, the show’s characters have 30 days to wrap up their lives. The cast is the modern day equivalent of “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” featuring the likes of Jenna Fischer (“The Office”), Megan Mullally (“Will and Grace”) and Mathew Baynton ("Yonderland"). In a recent conference call interview, Rob Lowe talked about his turn in the series as the unexpectedly off-color Father Jude. Lowe described the series, calling it “a boundary pushi

You’ve Definitely Heard Don Randi’s Hands

Courtesy of Don Randi If you’ve ever bopped along to Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boot Are Made for Walkin’, the Beach Boy’s “Good Vibrations” or The Ronettes “Be My Baby,” then as Don Randi would say “You've Heard These Hands.” In fact, that’s the title of the prolific piano player’s new book, which highlights more musical moments from his career than you probably have in your record collection at home. While Randi may not be a household name, it’s safe to say that anyone that’s ever listened to music is familiar with his work. As a member of the legendary Wrecking Crew, Randi played with some of the most iconic performers of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. But his musical journey started much earlier,

Artist Helen Andronis Ibrahim Knows What Her Soul Is Here To Do

Courtesy of Painting by Helen Andronis Ibrahim It’s not easy to walk away from a successful career. But when someone has a calling like Australian painter, Helen Andronis Ibrahim did, it’s almost impossible not to take the risk. As she recounted in a recent one-on-one interview, “I became very sad in my heart when I knew I wasn’t following my path. At some point in my career as a hairdresser, I knew inside of me that I wasn’t following my dream and what my soul was here to do.” Clearly she was open to letting some outside forces guide her to a happier road. “What’s interesting, and what I have come to discover,” she explained, “is that the universe works in mysterious ways. It brings people

Andrea McArdle on Her Career and Spending $1,500 for a Conversation with Frank Sinatra

Photo by Grace Rainer Long Our dad was an ad man when we were growing up. Picture Don Draper, sans the women and booze. One perk of his job was his frequent trips to NYC to wine and dine a client and bring them to the biggest Broadway shows. And after each trip we’d get a new LP. One day in 1977, he brought home the original Broadway cast recording of Annie. After hearing the first note come out of Andrea McArdle’s mouth, we spent the next six months driving our parents, siblings and, probably, neighbors crazy singing as loud and hard as we possibly could. And while (the sun’ll come out) “Tomorrow” was all well and good, we were more the sad but hopeful tune types. So our favorite needle dro

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