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The Song’s The Thing, by George Grella - Red Hook Star-Revue
12/22/2021
The Song’s The Thing, by George Grella - Red Hook Star-Revue

The Song’s The Thing, by George Grella - Red Hook Star-Revue

The idea of the “star,” a celebrated and famous performer, isn’t new in and of itself. It goes back at least to the career of pianist Franz Liszt, who in the mid-19th century caused such public sensations during his European tours that he begat a new word, “Lisztomania.” And before Lady Ga...

Beware or F-Boys & Trife-Gyaals This Fall, by Roderick Thomas - Red Hook Star-Revue
12/20/2021
Beware or F-Boys & Trife-Gyaals This Fall, by Roderick Thomas - Red Hook Star-Revue

Beware or F-Boys & Trife-Gyaals This Fall, by Roderick Thomas - Red Hook Star-Revue

To be an F-boy or a Trife-gyaal So what the heck is an F-boy or Trife-gyaal? Pronounced, [eff- boy] and [try-ff-guh-yaal], shortened versions of, F*ck Boy and Trifling Girl. How do either of these terms impact your fall/winter? Ladies, gents and distinguished non-binaries, you’re about to find out...

Gender designation in Italy, by Dario Pio Muccilli - Red Hook Star-Revue
12/20/2021
Gender designation in Italy, by Dario Pio Muccilli - Red Hook Star-Revue

Gender designation in Italy, by Dario Pio Muccilli - Red Hook Star-Revue

Italian linguistic scholars were caught off guard by a wave of criticism of the lack of a neutral form in Italian to call non-binary people, who feel discriminated because of it. While a solution to this has not been agreed upon, proposals include the usage of a schwa (a backwards ‘e’)or an aste...

Joe Ferris Remembered, by Joe Enright - Red Hook Star-Revue
12/20/2021
Joe Ferris Remembered, by Joe Enright - Red Hook Star-Revue

Joe Ferris Remembered, by Joe Enright - Red Hook Star-Revue

On a cloudy November afternoon, a small crowd gathered at the southeast corner of 7th Avenue and 3rd Street in Park Slope for a street naming event. It was the kind of ceremony I suspect Joe Ferris would have liked. Just family members, close friends and political allies. No press, no podium, no sea...

Seventy-Five Years Later, How Wonderful is It’s a Wonderful Life? by Dante A. Ciampaglia - Red Hook Star-Revue
12/20/2021
Seventy-Five Years Later, How Wonderful is It’s a Wonderful Life? by Dante A. Ciampaglia - Red Hook Star-Revue

Seventy-Five Years Later, How Wonderful is It’s a Wonderful Life? by Dante A. Ciampaglia - Red Hook Star-Revue

Art that endures is art that evolves, that speaks to us across time and experience, that fully reveals itself only when we mature into its sensibilities. As Anthony Lane wrote in 2012, “The Portrait of a Lady that I read in my late teens bears the scantest relation to The Portrait of a Lady that I...

Craft Corner: Turn your empty delivery boxes into holiday crafts, by Marie Hueston - Red Hook Star-Revue
12/20/2021
Craft Corner: Turn your empty delivery boxes into holiday crafts, by Marie Hueston - Red Hook Star-Revue

Craft Corner: Turn your empty delivery boxes into holiday crafts, by Marie Hueston - Red Hook Star-Revue

’Tis the season—to get lots and lots of packages! Before you flatten the boxes to put out with your recycling, consider transforming them into holiday crafts. Here’s a step-by-step guide to turn empty cardboard boxes into festive gingerbread houses. Choose your box. For this project, look for ...

A Queens Boy Done Good, Louie Gasparro, KR.ONE , by Mike Fiorito - Red Hook Star-Revue
12/20/2021
A Queens Boy Done Good, Louie Gasparro, KR.ONE , by Mike Fiorito - Red Hook Star-Revue

A Queens Boy Done Good, Louie Gasparro, KR.ONE , by Mike Fiorito - Red Hook Star-Revue

I’ve known Louie Gasparro for over forty years. We both grew up in Long Island City, Queens. In my earliest memory of Louie, he is wearing a red pinstripe baseball uniform. We were both about eleven at the time. “Who’s that kid?” I ask my best friend, Lan. Louie looked like a jock. “That.....

Thanksgiving in the schoolyard, by Nathan Weiser - Red Hook Star-Revue
12/18/2021
Thanksgiving in the schoolyard, by Nathan Weiser - Red Hook Star-Revue

Thanksgiving in the schoolyard, by Nathan Weiser - Red Hook Star-Revue

PS 676 held a Thanksgiving celebration on a windy day in the schoolyard for community, parents and students. The food at this event was a real group effort provided by many people and local organizations. The food was a combination of homemade dishes from parents and school staff as well as donation...

A talk with District 38 Council Member-Elect Alexa Aviles, by Brian Abate - Red Hook Star-Revue
12/18/2021
A talk with District 38 Council Member-Elect Alexa Aviles, by Brian Abate - Red Hook Star-Revue

A talk with District 38 Council Member-Elect Alexa Aviles, by Brian Abate - Red Hook Star-Revue

BA: Thank you for taking the time to talk to me. Is it all right if I jump right in? AA: Yes, of course, I’m happy to. Go for it! BA: You went to Somos, the annual political conference that takes place in Puerto Rico. Did you make some good connections? AA: It’s a good question. Somos is a very ...

"All they will call you will be deportees," column by George Fiala - Red Hook Star-Revue
12/18/2021
"All they will call you will be deportees," column by George Fiala - Red Hook Star-Revue

"All they will call you will be deportees," column by George Fiala - Red Hook Star-Revue

The German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer is known for concluding that earthly life is mostly misery, but making it all worthwhile is art, specifically music. While I’m a bit more positive about life, his comment about music resonates. Last week I took time off from everyday living to travel to W...

DECEMBER OPERA REVIEW, by John Raso - Red Hook Star-Revue
12/17/2021
DECEMBER OPERA REVIEW, by John Raso - Red Hook Star-Revue

DECEMBER OPERA REVIEW, by John Raso - Red Hook Star-Revue

Porgy and Bess Porgy and Bess is the rare American opera which is truly American. The music was written by George Gershwin who wrote many Broadway musicals throughout the 1920s with his brother Ira as lyricist, who wrote the lyrics for the set pieces within the opera. The text is by DuBose and Dorot...

DECEMBER OPERA REVIEW, by John Raso - Red Hook Star-Revue
12/17/2021
DECEMBER OPERA REVIEW, by John Raso - Red Hook Star-Revue

DECEMBER OPERA REVIEW, by John Raso - Red Hook Star-Revue

Porgy and Bess Porgy and Bess is the rare American opera which is truly American. The music was written by George Gershwin who wrote many Broadway musicals throughout the 1920s with his brother Ira as lyricist, who wrote the lyrics for the set pieces within the opera. The text is by DuBose and Dorot...

1919 Studio Sound, by Rocio Gomez - Red Hook Star-Revue
12/17/2021
1919 Studio Sound, by Rocio Gomez - Red Hook Star-Revue

1919 Studio Sound, by Rocio Gomez - Red Hook Star-Revue

New York is a place to be where you can make it in the music business. Or not. Starting from scratch is something very emblematic of New York, the city of immigrants, where people come from all over to start over. They face the duality of being not only a foreign, but also looking for space in a ver...

Everything but the baselines! Gonna start oiling the mitt.
12/15/2021

Everything but the baselines! Gonna start oiling the mitt.

Getting em out there today. Ho ho go!
12/13/2021

Getting em out there today. Ho ho go!

Getting em out there today. Ho ho go!

12/11/2021
11/25/2021
Right now, if you need a shot
11/23/2021

Right now, if you need a shot

Right now, if you need a shot

Peek-a-Boo: Kensington Native Launches Rock Painting-and-Hiding Group Before Halloween by Erin DeGregorio - Red Hook Sta...
11/15/2021
Peek-a-Boo: Kensington Native Launches Rock Painting-and-Hiding Group Before Halloween by Erin DeGregorio - Red Hook Star-Revue

Peek-a-Boo: Kensington Native Launches Rock Painting-and-Hiding Group Before Halloween by Erin DeGregorio - Red Hook Star-Revue

If you’re walking around Kensington, keep your eyes peeled for a surprise sitting by a tree trunk or fire hydrant. Residents have been hiding and discovering homemade, painted rocks in public places around the neighborhood. This initiative is one branch of The Kindness Rocks Project that has capti...

Fond remembrances of my beloved brother Frank by Nino Pantano - Red Hook Star-Revue
11/15/2021
Fond remembrances of my beloved brother Frank by Nino Pantano - Red Hook Star-Revue

Fond remembrances of my beloved brother Frank by Nino Pantano - Red Hook Star-Revue

My brother Frank and I grew up during the Depression of the 1930s. Only a year and a half apart, we were close in age but different in spirit. Frank was the sports guy and I was the opera singer while growing up. When Frank and I were youngsters in Bensonhurst my mother got a call from a neighbor sa...

Amazon opens its first Red Hook facility, by Brian Abate - Red Hook Star-Revue
11/15/2021
Amazon opens its first Red Hook facility, by Brian Abate - Red Hook Star-Revue

Amazon opens its first Red Hook facility, by Brian Abate - Red Hook Star-Revue

It’s been surprisingly difficult to speak with Amazon officials about the large Amazon Flex facility in Red Hook, which is located on Bay St. between Columbia St. and Hicks St. I was told to get in contact with their corporate office before I could speak to anyone but after a lot of phone calls an...

Update on the canal
11/15/2021
Catching up with the Gowanus Canal, by Jorge Bello - Red Hook Star-Revue

Update on the canal

After more than 160 years as a repository of human and industrial waste, the Gowanus Canal is leaving its toxic legacy behind—or under. Last month marked a milestone in the Superfund cleanup of the waterway, as the bottom of the canal north of the 3rd Street Bridge was successfully injected with a...

Column: It seems to always end up with politics, by George Fiala - Red Hook Star-Revue
11/15/2021
Column: It seems to always end up with politics, by George Fiala - Red Hook Star-Revue

Column: It seems to always end up with politics, by George Fiala - Red Hook Star-Revue

In the earlier days of this newspaper, I only occasionally wrote a column. There either had to be something compelling in the local news that I wanted to opine on, or there was extra room in the paper that needed to be filled. But now, as I’m starting to grow up, along with the paper, I’ve made ...

Flood wall plan bypasses Food Bazaar and the Beard Street warehouses, by George Fiala - Red Hook Star-Revue
11/14/2021
Flood wall plan bypasses Food Bazaar and the Beard Street warehouses, by George Fiala - Red Hook Star-Revue

Flood wall plan bypasses Food Bazaar and the Beard Street warehouses, by George Fiala - Red Hook Star-Revue

Hurricane Sandy provided headline opportunities for New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo. In January 2014, Vice President Joe Biden came to Albany to announce a statewide program to protect against natural disasters. As the online news site Politico wrote: “The state would build a $200-million floo...

Taking the big post-pandemic step, by Brian Abate - Red Hook Star-Revue
11/14/2021
Taking the big post-pandemic step, by Brian Abate - Red Hook Star-Revue

Taking the big post-pandemic step, by Brian Abate - Red Hook Star-Revue

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, lots of businesses in New York City and throughout the country have had to close down. However, over the past few months, I’ve noticed new businesses that are opening up despite the challenges the pandemic poses. I’ve had the opportunity to talk to the owner...

Remembering Sheryl Nash-Chisholm - Red Hook Star-Revue
11/13/2021
Remembering Sheryl Nash-Chisholm - Red Hook Star-Revue

Remembering Sheryl Nash-Chisholm - Red Hook Star-Revue

Sheryl Nash-Chisholm February 5th, 1954 – October 11th, 2021 On February 5th 1954 the Lord blessed the late Marion and Leonard Nash with a beautiful baby girl who they named Sheryl Lee Nash. Sheryl grew up in Queens, New York where she received her formal education. She followed her dreams after h...

Sugandha Gupta, Creating Tactile Textiles, by Mike Fiorito - Red Hook Star-Revue
11/13/2021
Sugandha Gupta, Creating Tactile Textiles, by Mike Fiorito - Red Hook Star-Revue

Sugandha Gupta, Creating Tactile Textiles, by Mike Fiorito - Red Hook Star-Revue

I met Sugandha Gupta during a weekend visit to downtown Manhattan with my friend, Steve. I became completely fascinated when Sugandha began telling me about her textile artwork and her unique niche in the industry. Sugandha is from India. But she was born with Albinism, so she is very blonde. Once I...

What if jazz is the original fusion music? What if it was always fusion music, from the very beginning, long before the ...
11/12/2021
Live at the BRIC JazzFest, by George Grella - Red Hook Star-Revue

What if jazz is the original fusion music? What if it was always fusion music, from the very beginning, long before the Tony Williams Lifetime and Electric Miles and Weather Report?

What if jazz is the original fusion music? What if it was always fusion music, from the very beginning, long before the Tony Williams Lifetime and Electric Miles and Weather Report? That is all the truth, so obvious that it was overlooked before Williams and Miles brought the startling, creative roc...

Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch is fun but could use a good edit, by Dante A. Ciampaglia - Red Hook Star-Revue
11/12/2021
Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch is fun but could use a good edit, by Dante A. Ciampaglia - Red Hook Star-Revue

Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch is fun but could use a good edit, by Dante A. Ciampaglia - Red Hook Star-Revue

There’s a small group of filmmakers whose latest work gets me into a theater no questions asked. Wes Anderson is near the top of that list. Beginning with Rushmore (1998) straight through to Isle of Dogs (2018), even as the films went further and further into a meticulously curated twee formalism ...

Quinn on Books: From Underground to Mainstream | Review by Michael Quinn - Red Hook Star-Revue
11/12/2021
Quinn on Books: From Underground to Mainstream | Review by Michael Quinn - Red Hook Star-Revue

Quinn on Books: From Underground to Mainstream | Review by Michael Quinn - Red Hook Star-Revue

Drag queen Linda Simpson has been a unique presence in New York City nightlife since the 1980s. She’s not known for barn-burning performances (her longstanding gig is as a Bingo hostess) or for being a look queen (her off-the-rack outfits veer toward the pedestrian, capped with an out-of-the-bag, ...

Hallelujah! Red Hook ball fields
11/08/2021

Hallelujah! Red Hook ball fields

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11/06/2021

In print!

In print!
11/06/2021

In print!

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