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tcm classic film festival 2011…


The 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival Returns to Hollywood April 28 – May 1, 2011.

Last year’s TCM Classic Film Festival was great! This year should prove to be just as much fun. The theme this year is ‘music and the movies’, kicking off with AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951). I would suggest buying a pass to the festival although I went without a pass last year and was able to purchase walk-up tickets. The walk-up tickets were sold just prior to the show at the box office. We had to wait for those with passes to enter first… I made sure to get in line early and only missed out on one movie that I really wanted to see because the theatre filled up.  A pass doesn’t guarantee a seat either, but you stand a better chance of getting in if you arrive early.

Passes may be purchased  from TCM’s website. Passes may also be purchased by phone at 877.TCM.5764 from 10am to 6pm ET business days.

There are four levels of passes:

The Matinee ($299)

  • Access to all film programs starting prior to 6pm at all festival venues Friday, April 29-Sunday, May 1
  • Admission to Club TCM events and panels at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel until 6pm daily, Friday, April 29 – Sunday, May 1
  • Commemorative festival program Continue reading



Oranges are in season…here is my new favorite cookie recipe …it has candied orange peel in it!

Chocolate Orange Biscotti

by Mirepoix

2-1/2 cups almonds, toasted

12 oz. high-quality chocolate chips

8 oz. unsalted butter, completely softened at room temperature

4 large eggs

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. almond extract

2 Tb. instant espresso powder or finely ground coffee

3/4 cup high-quality Dutch-processed cocoa powder, sifted

1 cup candied orange peel

18 oz. (4 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. kosher salt Continue reading

the moth…

“The success of The Moth is one example of

the phenomenon of storytelling that is gaining momentum

nationwide. In The Moth’s case, these narrative

sessions are fast becoming an institution.”

– The New York Times

Have you heard of The Moth? Lots of fun!!!  There are Moth Story Slams in New York, Detroit, Chicago and LA. Most recently, I attended the Moth’s standing room only event at Cliff Bell’s in Detroit. The theme: Winter. Here is how it goes: Everyone has a story right? Well, either you sit back and listen or you sign up for a chance to tell your real life, 5 minute story relating to the theme…sans notes… Continue reading



As I was browsing through the November/December issue of  Departures magazine, a photograph leapt off the page. It was a Richard Avedon image of Dorian Leigh. I originally saw the photo at an Avedon Exhibition earlier this year and his work left an indelible imprint upon my memory. The article in Departures is about the auction at Christie’s Paris on Continue reading

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