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By Kevin Cowherd | May 31, 2001
LET'S SAY you're planning to get hitched and want something a little different for immediately after the ceremony, instead of everyone standing on the church steps firing up Marlboro Lights and snapping unflattering pictures of you with their disposable cameras and thinking: How long before we get some food here? If this is the case, you may want to call the Birdman. The Birdman is Daniel Vitilio, a 39-year-old Kingsville man who started a business nine years ago called "Wedding Doves for Love."
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By Dorothy Fleetwood and Dorothy Fleetwood,Contributing Writer | June 25, 1995
Get ready for a bang-up weekend as Fourth of July celebrations crowd the calendar. Some of the biggest and the best celebrations of the summer are scheduled over the holiday weekend. Three of them are in Pennsylvania. The Kutztown Folk Festival opens July 1 at festival grounds in Kutztown for nine days of family activities and fabulous food.Through its many stage programs, the festival provides opportunities to discover the culture and lifestyles of the Pennsylvania Dutch. There will be presentations about the Mennonite religion and its many different sects; one on Pennsylvania Dutch humor; and one on snake lore.
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By Rashod D. Ollison | November 6, 2003
AS A BOY growing up in the Dirty South (Arkansas, to be exact), I didn't hear a wide variety of music. Soul. Blues. Gospel. A little funk. That was about it. (Fusion, jazz, hip-hop, folk, alternative rock -- all that stuff came later in high school and college.) The music that enlivened the house was like the food in Mama's kitchen: greasy and flavorful, Southern style. She loved Aretha and Gladys Knight, the Temptations. And if a Johnnie Taylor cut or a Bobby Womack ballad came on, Mama would close her eyes, shake her thick curls and wave her hand in the air -- the same moves she did in church occasionally.
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By MILTON KENT | November 24, 2005
There will be turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and all the necessary Thanksgiving accouterments around City football coach George Petrides' house today, just like usual. But dinner will be early, just as it has been for the past 12 years, since the City-Poly football game was moved from this day to accommodate the entrance of Baltimore city public high schools into the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association. "I never thought of it [coaching on Thanksgiving] as work," Petrides said.
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By Erika Hayasaki and Erika Hayasaki,Los Angeles Times | April 18, 2007
NEW YORK -- The diary is a 70-sheet spiral notebook with candy wrappers and a used pair of chopsticks taped inside. A picture of Donna Summer is glued to its cover next to a scratch-and-sniff pizza sticker that - after 27 years - still smells like pepperoni. Its cursive-scrawled pages hold Becky Ciletti's most intimate pubescent thoughts and secrets. The 39-year-old freelance magazine writer came to this bar on a rainy April night to read the mostly embarrassing excerpts - food-fighting, French-kissing, babe-loving and all - to nearly 100 strangers.
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By RASHOD D. OLLISON | May 22, 2008
My playlist this week is typically eclectic, as I check out CDs old and new. From spirited jazz to progressive disco, these albums have been among my favorites in the past two weeks. BRIAN BLADE & THE FELLOWSHIP BAND Season of Change A few readers lately have e-mailed me wanting to know what's happening on the jazz scene. "Do you even like jazz?" one guy wanted to know. Yeah, I do. I have about three or four shelves at home heavy with jazz CDs -- classic Miles, Monk, Coltrane, Betty Carter and many others.
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By Rashod D. Ollison | February 10, 2005
IT WASN'T until I started hanging in clubs after college that I found house music. The friends I made in Philly, New York and, especially, Chicago loved the stuff. Initially, I found much of it too repetitive, the beat too hard. I'd sit back in the clubs and watch folks on the floor writhe, jerk and sweat away to the pounding, mechanical music as if they were all possessed. Wall to wall, back to back, they were slaves to the beat. And I'd sip my cocktail, thinking: "Nah. I don't get it."
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | December 7, 2006
The way she saw it, there was no other choice. Deniece Williams had to make it. It was the early '70s, and the aspiring 20-some- thing singer-songwriter from Gary, Ind., had just landed in Los Angeles to work as a singer for Wonderlove, Stevie Wonder's backing group. "I remember coming to L.A. with an 18-month-old and a 3-month-old and $17 in my pocket," says the four-time Grammy winner, who performs Saturday night at the Hippodrome Theatre as part of the all-star WSMJ Smooth Jazz Christmas show.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | October 24, 1993
Given its status as a popular art, you'd think the most important and influential rock and roll also would be among the most commercially successful.And to a degree, you'd be right. After all, there's no disputing either the sales base or stylistic impact of acts like Elvis Presley, the Beatles, James Brown, Michael Jackson or Madonna.Even so, there are still some bands that have been enormously important to the sound and shape of rock despite the fact that their albums didn't sell squat.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | August 13, 2003
It was time to flip the groove, strip it down and build it up again. In 1979 and 1980, black music, which has always dictated what's next in pop, broke free of disco's velvety excess and polyester pretensions. The melodramatic strings and relentless 4/4 beats of the music had grown tired as Afros across the country shrunk into tight, greasy Jheri Curls. And blacks and Latinos in the South Bronx - folks who couldn't afford the admission into the posh discos of Manhattan - planted the seeds of hip-hop, a movement that would eventually flower into a billion-dollar industry.
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