The road to an Academy Award wasn’t easy for Anthony Katagas. The East Williston native did something some young men would never do: choose a path away from the family business. The road less-traveled proved difficult but worthwhile for the Wheatley School graduate, culminating in a Best Picture Oscar as producer of 12 Years A Slave.
“I was very proud, very humbled by the experience because there are a lot of really worthy and great filmmakers that didn’t get [an Oscar],” Katagas said in an interview with Long Island Weekly.
On the cover of the new Los Lonely Boys album Revelation is a cartoon heart with a flame coming out of the top, a knife going through the middle of it and three roses around its middle. That imagery says so much given what this power trio has been through and what they’re about. Brothers Henry, Jojo and Ringo Garza were playing a show at Los Angeles Downey Civic Theater back in February of last year when frontman Henry wound up tumbling into a darkened orchestra pit he didn’t realize was there when he rushed forward to slap hands with fans near the front of the stage. Despite the fact that he was able to get to his feet with help from his brother Joey, the band’s guitar-playing vocalist was in bad shape and had a narrow brush with death.
All Music in Plainview has maintained its subterranean location for close to 30 years — a feat worth noting as the music industry tends to change faster than a thrash metal chord progression.
Multiple musical genres have come and gone since the store in the Plainview Shopping Centre first opened in 1984; New Wave gave that 80s sound to everything, hip-hop moved from the street to the studio, hair metal gave music a glossy shine, grunge cleaned up at ticket booths and the intrusion of auto-tune into the mainstream insulted the sensibilities of music lovers everywhere.
When one thinks of the cello, images of tuxedoed musicians waiting at attention in the orchestra pit of a philharmonic is what generally comes to mind. So it’s easy to see why the site of a young black girl playing the same instrument while busking in the heart of New Orleans might come off as a bit odd. But if you knew anything about Leyla McCalla and the musical journey she’s taken, you wouldn’t be shocked at all. After all, this is the same person who has recorded and toured with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, one of the black groups that play bluegrass and old time mountain music. And the New Jersey native is also the same person whose first album, Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes, is a musical mash note to not only the late Harlem Renaissance great, but the Haitian folk songs of her youth. It all came to fruition after McCalla made the decision to uproot from New York City and relocated down south to New Orleans back in 2010.
American Hustle — Inspired by the F.B.I.’s ABSCAM sting operation of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Captain Phillips — Thriller based on the 2010 book, A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs and Dangerous Days at Sea, the true story of the 2009 Maersk Alabama hijacking.
Dallas Buyers Club — Biographical drama set in the early days of AIDS treatment when AZT was still in experimental trials and AIDS patient Ron Woodruff was fighting the FDA to use unapproved yet effective drugs in treating the epidemic.
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