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Spectacle Report: New Year's Eve

Spectacle Report: New Year's Eve

Whether you’re spending New Year’s Eve in black tie or in your bathrobe, you could do a lot worse in the entertainment department than watching Elvis and the great Tony Bennett. (Although if you are in your bathrobe, you may want to put on an ascot or heels – or both.) Now, unbelievably, an octogenarian,…

Elvis Costello and Standards

Elvis Costello and Standards

What is a “standard?” The dictionary on my desk, as its fifth definition for the word, says that it is “a piece of music that has remained popular for many years.” Which is actually a pretty good, non-partisan description from an old dictionary, since the word is almost always applied to a specific body of…