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The hospitality industry loves and fears Anthony Melchiorri, host of Travel Channel’s “Hotel Impossible.” A “fixer” of struggling hotels, Melchiorri is known for a no-nonsense approach and a keen ability to discern deceit.  

Melchiorri’s track record for success is astounding. Starting as a part-time night auditor of an Embassy Suites in Kansas while serving in the United States Air Force and taking business classes at night, he transitioned to his native New York City where he oversaw a rebirth for the historic Plaza, Lucerne and Algonquin hotels.   

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Twenty years after his death, Kurt Cobain’s influence on music, fashion and culture, continues to grow, according to Seattle-based music journalist, Charles R. Cross in his new book “Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain.”   

Cross has been surveying the music scene more than 25 years with an emphasis on Seattle artists. His 2001 biography of Cobain, “Heavier Than Heaven,” won the 2002 ASCAP Award for outstanding biography. He is also the author of “Room Full of Mirrors: The Biography of Jimi Hendrix” and co-author of “Kicking & Dreaming,” with Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart.  

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“Beneath The Harvest Sky”, a drama of remarkable depth and beauty, is set to premiere at theaters throughout Maine on Friday, April 25 – one week before it opens nationally.  

Dominic (Callan McAuliffe) and Casper (Emory Cohen) are two high school seniors – best friends of antithetical character - determined to leave their small Maine border town amid a backdrop of the potato harvest, sex, drugs, rock and roll, love, death and betrayal.  

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It’s fitting that Mike Mills has plans to celebrate Record Store Day in Maine at Bull Moose in Scarborough on April 19. The former bassist for R.E.M. and co-writer of some of the band’s most enduring songs makes a point to seek out the best music stores in most every town he visits. 

“I still go into Wuxtry Records in Athens,” Mills told me in a phone interview. R.E.M’s Peter Buck was behind the counter at Wuxtry 35 years ago when Michael Stipe was a frequent customer. The store was a catalyst in the formation of one of rock’s most influential bands. “I’ve been to Mississippi Records in Portland, Oregon. I was in Amoeba in Los Angeles not long ago. I hit record stores whenever I can,” Mills said.   

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Tuesday, 01 April 2014 14:19

Record Store Day is coming!

The seventh annual Record Store Day, a global celebration of and for music lovers who support indie record stores, is set for Saturday, April 19.

Hundreds of limited-edition vinyl and CD releases will be part of this year’s celebration – many created with full cooperation of the artists.  

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Nearly four years in the making, “Beneath the Harvest Sky,” the debut narrative drama from award-winning filmmakers Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly, is set to premiere in theaters throughout Maine on April 25- one week before it opens nationally.  

For Gaudet and Pullapilly, partners in film and in marriage, bringing “Beneath the Harvest Sky” to the big screen is the realization of a dream they have had for many years. “Hopefully, after people see this, they will look at us as filmmakers who make professional, narrative films,” Gaudet told me in a recent phone interview. “I think we’re still looking to legitimize ourselves after we did a self-released documentary.”  

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Only a handful of active rock bands make it to their 50th anniversary. Even rarer are the bands still seeking a challenge as they get there. The Scorpions will hit that milestone in 2015 and are still looking for new ways to rock you like a hurricane.  

Klaus Meine, lead vocalist for the Scorpions since 1969, says his band received an invitation from MTV to perform a series of acoustic-based “Unplugged” shows in a venue of their choice. Seeing it as an opportunity to rework classic material, pull out some rarities and introduce a few new songs, the Scorpions readily agreed. 

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Wednesday, 26 February 2014 00:50

David Steinberg on ‘Inside Comedy’

David Steinberg’s Showtime series “Inside Comedy” is back for a third season each Monday at 11 p.m.  

Steinberg knows funny. He rocked the TV establishment of the late ’60s on “The Smothers Comedy Hour,” made Johnny laugh in more than 130 guest appearances on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” (second only to Bob Hope) and stepped behind the camera to direct episodes of “Friends,” “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” 

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Tuesday, 18 February 2014 20:27

‘This is Spinal Tap’ turns 30

‘This is Spinal Tap’ turns 30    

There are two kinds of people in this world - those who will immediately react to the phrase “These go to 11!” and those who will stare at you like you’re from the Isle of Lucy.   

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Tuesday, 04 February 2014 19:31

Meet The ‘Bakery Boss!’

‘Cake Boss’ Buddy Valastro gives back on new show      

 In the land of custom specialty cakes, Buddy Valastro of Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey is not only “The Boss,” he is king.  

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