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An old friend of mine gained a PhD in the relative clauses of William Shakespeare, with particular emphasis on the later plays. Ground-breaking stuff, she told me, and I’m sure that’s true. My own contribution to Shakespearian studies is rather less linguistic and more alcoholic: I seem to be the first person in centuries of scholarly study of the works of the Bard of Avon to point out that his plays clearly show Shakespeare was a fan of ale, but didn’t much like beer.

To appreciate this you have to know that, even in the Jacobean era, ale, the original English unhopped fermented malt drink, was still regarded as different, and separate, from, beer, the hopped malt drink brought over from continental Europe at the beginning of the 15th century, 200 years earlier. It was made by different people: Norwich…

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Shoots from Missing: Wynter at The Players’ Ring Theatre in Portsmouth, NH.

Paula kicking the Atlantic

Consequence of Sound

Back in May, Faith No More singer Mike Pattonteased new music, writing on Twitter, “The reunion thing was fun, but now it’s time to get a little creative.” On Friday night, the band offered a glimpse of their efforts by debuting two new songs during a set at London’s Hyde Park. Watch fan-shot footage below.

The alternative metal band reunited in 2009, but has yet to release anything since 1997′s Album of the Year. Tomorrow night, they’ll return to the stage to headline Poland’s Open’er Festival.

(Read: Turns out Mike Patton, and not Axl Rose, is the greatest singer of all time)

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Fire Works, a set on Flickr.

George Hamilton, Ashley Kate Adams, Billy Tighe, Camille Saviola, Raymond Bokhour Set for Benefit Concert at 54 Below –

Hamilton will be joined by cast members from Off-Broadway’s Gay Bride of FrankensteinAshley Kate Adams, Billy Butler and Billy Tighe, along with Camille Saviola (Nine, Chicago), Raymond Bokhour (Chicago), Michael Cooper, Hyeyoung Kim and Kevin Bleau.

mostly true

CALLAM RODYA actor, etc.

Theatre school was great. It is great. But it can omit some of the more fundamental and important career lessons. School is, after all, a bubble. It’s not a natural professional environment.

So, with what little wisdom I have regarding a career as an actor, here’s a list of some things I wish somebody had told me in theatre school. Some of these lessons, I had to learn the hard way. Others simply would have saved me a bit of time.

  1. “Stealing the show” is not a compliment. The ensemble is more important than your “moments”.
  2. You’d be surprised how few people are willing to pay for theatre tickets when they aren’t your friends and family and have no personal connection to you whatsoever.
  3. No, you can’t actually play forty and fifty-year-olds in your twenties. At least, no one will pay you to do it.
  4. By the same token, there are very few…

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When I was busking in NYC and people would drop dough in my case, I always made it a point to say “thanks”. Even if I was in the middle of a tune.

@danmcgary in NYC

Health & Family

Corrections Appended: February 26, 2013

1. Routine Care, Unforgettable Bills
When Sean Recchi, a 42-year-old from Lancaster, Ohio, was told last March that he had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, his wife Stephanie knew she had to get him to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Stephanie’s father had been treated there 10 years earlier, and she and her family credited the doctors and nurses at MD Anderson with extending his life by at least eight years.

Because Stephanie and her husband had recently started their own small technology business, they were unable to buy comprehensive health insurance. For $469 a month, or about 20% of their income, they had been able to get only a policy that covered just $2,000 per day of any hospital costs. “We don’t take that kind of discount insurance,” said the woman at MD Anderson when Stephanie called to make an appointment for Sean.

Stephanie was then…

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