Goodnight, Starman: Remembering David Bowie

David Bowie
David Bowie
By A.D. AMOROSI

David Bowie didn't seem like a man who would ever die, but rather go on forever-and-ever until he popped like a bubble or flamed out like a comet. Bowie was to me – and others like me who held his work as Pop scripture – a beacon, a prism, an avant-garde seal of approval. This wasn't just passive listening or a set of albums and shows – Bowie birthed a new world that touched on Burroughs, Rechy, Kubrick, Dylan, Czukay, Mackie, Brecht and beyond, without aping their sound and vision.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces 2016 Inductees

Cheap Trick
Cheap Trick
By A.D. AMOROSI

The 2016 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced, and without a doubt, all of its nominees are deserving of the honor: rap act N.W.A. along with 1970s era rockers Chicago, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple and Steve Miller. The induction ceremony will be held on April 8 in Brooklyn's Barclays Center with HBO televising the event later that spring. While delighted for the Class of 2016 (especially Deep Purple who practically birthed heavy metal with "Smoke on the Water") one question must be asked: why not Chic, Nile Rodgers' influential disco band, who in its 10th year as a nominee, still failed to win induction.

New Releases (and Re-releases) Commemorate Frank Sinatra's 100th Birthday

Re-releases commemorate Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday
By A.D. AMOROSI

On December 12, 2015, Frank Sinatra would have been 100 years old.  He was always protean and strong, a sound and vision of the smart American male who had, in the words of author Gay Talese, "survived as a national phenomenon, one of the few pre-war products to withstand the test of time, "even in an age when the very young seem to be taking over, protesting and picketing and demanding change." Sinatra is the music of America's 20th Century, its swing, sway and romance. Though it's grand to celebrate his catalog of music and film at any time, marking 100 years just seems appropriate.

Glamorosi Recipe: Vanilla-Poached Quince and Membrillo Quince Paste

Glamorosi Recipe Membrillo (quince paste) with Manchego Cheese and Marcona almond
Membrillo (quince paste) with Manchego Cheese and Marcona almonds
By REESE AMOROSI

My late Father was a professional horse trainer, and in his job he traveled and befriended people in all walks of life. So, when we wanted something – no matter how obscure – my Father knew someone who had it. Such was the case for the elusive quince (Cydonia oblonga), the ancient, yellow, lumpy relative of apples and pears that some believe was the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. Quince is a rare find: it's not widely grown (in 2012 The New York Times reported that the USA's "entire quince crop covers a paltry 250 acres" compared to 350,000 acres of apples) and it's almost never seen in stores. My Father, of course, knew a man with quince trees on his land, and every Fall he'd invite us to pick as much of the fragrant fruit as we desired. We'd gather the quince (or, more accurately, I'd gather quince while my Father and his friend talked horses) and then spend months cooking through our repertoire of quince recipes.

Spike Lee's 'Chi-Raq' Adapts Ancient Greek Play to Show Modern Chicago Violence

Spike Lee's Chi-Raq - the film and soundtrack released on December 4, 2015
Spike Lee's Chi-Raq film and soundtrack released on December 4, 2015
By A.D. AMOROSI

Director and writer Spike Lee has done smart and sexy film, hard satirical film and Afro-conscious socio-political film in his past with, respectively, She's Gotta Have It, School Daze and Do the Right Thing. Those early flicks created the blueprint for his films to follow (save for Inside Man, his heist drama anomaly). With Chi-Raq, Lee's new "joint" released on December 4, Lee merges all three concepts into one bawdy, colorful dramedy based on Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, the 5th-Century B.C. play in which women organize sex strikes to stop men from making war. Lee's modern setting is present-day Chicago with warring gangs and black-on-black violence as the reason the women withhold sex.

Vetri Named Best Italian Restaurant in America

Chef Marc Vetri and food writer Rick Nichols at the 2015 Great Chefs Event
Chef Marc Vetri and food writer Rick Nichols at the 2015 Great Chefs Event
By A.D. AMOROSI

Executive chef and culinary entrepreneur Marc Vetri is known nationally for his annual Great Chefs Event for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation and his Eatiquette program that provides healthy dining options to school cafeterias. This week, however, Vetri and his business partner Jeff Benjamin won acclaim for something more personal: Vetri's self-titled boutique restaurant at 1312 Spruce Street in Philadelphia was named the Best Italian Restaurant in America by Time Out Magazine.

David Bowie Drops 'Blackstar' Single and Video, Launches 'Lazarus' Musical

David Bowie
David Bowie
By A.D. AMOROSI

Starting with the preview of his art theater musical Lazarus at Off Broadway's New York Theater Workshop, David Bowie fans are having their best week ever. On November 19, Bowie will drop his new single, ★ (pronounced "Blackstar") and its accompanying video, both from the album of the same name that will be released on January 8 2016, his 69th birthday. November 19 is the same day that Blackstar is available for pre-order, something fans should jump on quickly as differing packages featuring clear vinyl, die-cut covers and lithographs all sold in limited editions will be available at davidbowie.com.

Sebastian Schipper Film 'Victoria' is a One-Take Wonder

A still from the Sebastian Schipper film Victoria
A still from the Sebastian Schipper film Victoria
By A.D. AMOROSI

Cineastes and critics still in awe of Orson Welles' 1958 film noir Touch of Evil and its 3-minute, 20-second opening tracking shot, take a seat. Director Sebastian Schipper's new film Victoria is a rare, magical treat, a film that was made in, as its poster states, "One city. One night. One take." Victoria was shot in a continuous, 134-minute take across 20+ locations in Berlin, Germany – cafes, nightclubs, etc. The English and German language flick that won three awards at the Berlin International Film Festival 2015 opens wide on October 30.

Peaches Brings Her 'Rub' Tour to Philadelphia and Washington DC

Peaches by Daria Marchik
Peaches
By A.D. AMOROSI

Fifteen years after her debut, 2000's The Teaches of Peaches, Merrill Nisker – aka Peaches, Canada's queen of rude electro – is continuing to seed the sexual path she's long tilled with her new album, Rub. There is but one major change: "Everything is much the same as when we started, but it's taken 15 years for people to get it," says Peaches during a recent interview. "People wondered if I was a one-trick-pony with all the albums and tours in-between my first album and Rub, but I've lasted. It's nice to stick around and reap the rewards." On October 25 and 26, audiences in Philadelphia and Washington DC (The Trocadero and the 9:30 Club, respectively) will learn just what Peaches is teaching.

Miley Cyrus Announces Club Tour for Fall 2015

Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz will tour clubs this Fall
Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz will tour clubs this Fall
By A.D. AMOROSI

As soon as Miley Cyrus finished hosting the season opener of NBC's Saturday Night Live (SNL) on October 3, the singer's PR team went into full-swing and sent post-midnight press releases announcing a special limited-run club tour that would start on November 19, 2015 in Chicago, and includes dates in New York City, Washington DC, Detroit, Philadelphia and Boston. For this tour, Cyrus is accompanied by Her Dead Petz aka Wayne Coyne's Flaming Lips, who, with the singer, released the internet-only album Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz. Tickets go on sale October 7 at 4 p.m. EST at http://www.Ticketmaster.com.

Pope Francis in Philadelphia: It's Hard Out Here for a Pope

It's Hard Out Here for a Pope sticker in Philadelphia
It's Hard Out Here for a Pope sticker in Philadelphia
By A.D. AMOROSI and REESE AMOROSI

For the third and final leg of his visit to America, Pope Francis hit Philadelphia for a two-day stop – September 26 and 27 – and an itinerary that includes a mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul, a prayer stop at Independence Hall, a concert in his name at the Festival of Families event at Eakins Oval and, on the 27th, a large outdoor mass that begins at 4 PM on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. For all the deserved holy pomp and circumstance, there are many humorous elements on display during Papa Franciso's visit.

Glamorosi Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Glamorosi Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower Soup
Glamorosi Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower Soup
By REESE AMOROSI

I'm not a fan of steaming or boiling vegetables; I prefer to roast vegetables because it intensifies their flavor and achieves a crisp-but-tender texture and a tasty caramelized coating. My Roasted Cauliflower Soup – pureed smooth then garnished with florets – works for refined and rustic meals and can be served hot or chilled. This soup can also be made with Brocco-flower or Romanesco; it can be made vegetarian by using vegetable stock instead of chicken; it can made dairy-free by omitting the milk or cream (and if you're not in a soup mood, simply roast the cauliflower then sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese – it's ridiculously good). Prep: approx. 90 minutes; yield: 5-6 cups.

Philadelphia Record Exchange Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

Purling Hiss will perform at the Philadelphia Record Exchange 30th anniversary party
Purling Hiss will perform at the Philly Record Exchange 30th anniversary party
By A.D. AMOROSI

It is often said that the record business is in a steady decline and that no one sells physical copies of their releases anymore because music is now online (and frequently stolen, at that). The now 30-year-old Philadelphia Record Exchange belies that lament by continuing to sell vinyl, CDs and cassettes – used and new – to the masses AND staying independent. To celebrate, Philly Record Exchange will host a 30th Anniversary Block Party with acts such as Ben Vaughn, Strapping Fieldhands, Dixy Blood, Purling Hiss, Aye-Aye, Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band, Watery Love, Rosali, Monkey 101, and Wasted America on location at 1524 Frankford Avenue on Saturday, September 19, beginning at 1 PM.

Glamorosi Recipe: Salsa Verde with Avocado

Glamorosi Recipe: Salsa Verde with Avocado
Glamorosi Recipe: Salsa Verde with Avocado
By REESE AMOROSI

Despite the fact that I cook Mexican food at home, we still enjoy ordering from the taquerias and taco trucks in my neighborhood. The sauces that come with the orders are often too hot for me (I'm a spicy food wuss) so I keep my own milder versions on hand including salsa verde, a flavorful green sauce made with fresh tomatillos. For my recipe I use one poblano or half a jalapeno, but you can use whatever pepper you fancy. If you don't care for cilantro, don't use it (or try parsley); the sauce will still be delicious. We use salsa verde on Mexican food, of course, but it's tasty on almost everything; lately I've been adding to grilled tofu.
Preparation: approx. 20 minutes; yield: 2 to 2.5 cups.

Jay Z Showcases TIDAL Artists at Made in America Festival

Tanlines will perform at the 2015 Made in America festival
Tanlines will perform at the 2015 Made in America festival
By A.D. AMOROSI

When Jay Z, Live Nation and Budweiser combine forces for the fourth annual Made in America (MIA) festival, they'll have headliners such as Beyoncé (September 5) and The Weeknd (September 6) along with major alterna-rockers (Modest Mouse, Strands of Oaks), rappers (De La Soul, Meek Mill) and more. The surprise highlight of the 2015 MIA fest (with an expected 70,000+ attendees per day on Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway) however, is Jay Z's other business venture, the TIDAL streaming music and content provider that will have special stages and offer members-only access.

'Top Chef' Alums Mike Isabella and Jennifer Carroll to Open Restaurant

Chef Jennifer Carroll
Chef Jennifer Carroll
By A.D. AMOROSI

Bravo TV's Top Chef alums Mike Isabella and Jennifer Carroll will partner on Requin, a French Mediterranean concept that will first exist as a pop-up in Isabella's second location for his Kapnos Kouzina restaurant (due to open early in 2016) in Fairfax, Virginia. Requin, which means "shark" in French, intends to feature Mediterranean fish along with local seafood including an area favorite, Maryland crabs. After the pop-up, Requin will open in 2017 as part of Washington D.C.'s Wharf Development Project as a Southwest Waterfront boardwalk location. The Requin launch dates have yet to be announced.

'Dance Moms' Recap S5 E31 Season 5 Finale: Chaos at Nationals

Abby Lee Miller in the Broadway Baby Shoppe in her ALDC LA studio
Abby Lee Miller in the Broadway Baby Shoppe in her ALDC LA studio
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, studio owner Abby Lee Miller had Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) members Nia Frazier and Kalani Hilliker compete head-to-head, supposedly for a solo spot at Nationals, but when Nia comes out on top Abby changes her mind. This week on the Dance Moms season 5 finale (season 5, episode 31) titled "Chaos at Nationals," Abby changes her mind again, and Nia gets a solo at Nationals, the team's most important annual competition. Also, Abby opens a new studio in Los Angeles, ALDCLA.

'Dance Moms' Recap S5 E30: Nia vs. Kalani, Winner Takes All

Nia Frazier aka Nia Sioux, star of Dance Moms on Lifetime
Nia Frazier (aka Nia Sioux), star of Dance Moms on Lifetime
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, Abby Lee Miler continued her practice of having the girls in the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) compete head-to-head for a solo at Nationals. Last week Maddie Ziegler won over Kendall Vertes; this week on Dance Moms season 5, episode 30 "Nia vs. Kalani, Winner Takes All," Nia Frazer and Kalani Hilliker face-off. Also, the ALDC dances against their main West Coast competition – Murrieta Dance Project (MDP) – and Nia Frazier films a video for her Coco Jones collaboration song "Slay," and it features the fabulous Carmen Electra.

Food Network Launches 'Great American Food Finds' with the Erace Brothers

Adam and Andrew Erace, hosts of Food Network's Great American Food Finds
Adam and Andrew Erace, hosts of Food Network's Great American Food Finds
By REESE AMOROSI

On August 4, the Food Network launched Great American Food Finds, a weekly series with Philadelphia-based green grocers Adam and Andrew Erace traveling the country in search of choice goods.

'Dance Moms' Recap S5 E29 Baby Dance Mama Drama: Maddie vs. Kendall

Cast members from Dance Moms on Lifetime TV
Cast members from Dance Moms on Lifetime TV
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms: after leaving the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) over numerous fights with studio owner Abby Lee Miller, Kira Girard and daughter Kalani Hilliker returned to the team. Meanwhile, Kendall Vertes and JoJo Siwa competed for a chance to score a solo at Nationals. This week on Dance Moms S5 E29 titled "Baby Dance Mama Drama," Kira announces she's pregnant; Kendall and Maddie Ziegler compete for a chance to represent the ALDC at Nationals; Abby announces an opening date for her ALDC-LA studio.

'Dance Moms' Recap S5 E28 Solo Battle, Round 1: Kendall vs. JoJo

Dance Moms star Kendall Vertes
Dance Moms star Kendall Vertes
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, the power struggle between studio owner Abby Lee Miller and Kira Girard (Kalani Hilliker's mom) continued after Kira once again invited a choreographer into Abby's classes without permission. By episode's end, Kira and Kalani walked out on the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC). This week on Dance Moms season 5, episode 28 titled "Solo Battle, Round 1," Kendall Vertes and JoJo Siwa dance head-to-head in a bid to score a solo at Nationals; the the ALDC has a re-match against the Candy Apples Dance Center, who are now being led by Jeanette Cota (Ava Cota's mom), owner of the Broadway Dance Academy; Kira and Kalani return.

Interview: Chef Ron Duprat Discusses Food, Fame and Philanthropy

Chef Ron Duprat
Chef Ron Duprat
By REESE AMOROSI

Chef Ron Duprat fell in love with food as a child in Haiti helping in his Grandmother's kitchen. He moved to the United States at 16, went to culinary school (College Aimee Cesaire, La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine, The Culinary Institute of America), and became a household name in 2009 on Bravo TV's Top Chef: Las Vegas. Since then, he has traveled the world as a celebrity chef, prepared meals for notables including President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, and signed on as Executive Chef at the Montauk Yacht Club. He uses his celebrity to help numerous causes, most notably in his dedication to Haiti, which is still rebuilding after a devastating earthquake in 2010. Glamorosi Magazine recently caught up with Chef Ron to discuss food, fame and philanthropy.

Spike TV Premieres 'Tut' Mini-Series with Ben Kingsley and Avan Jogia

Ben Kingsley, Avan Jogia and Sibylla Deen, stars of Spike TV's Tut
L to R: Ben Kingsley, Avan Jogia and Sibylla Deen, stars of Spike TV's Tut
By A.D. AMOROSI

Like many cable networks, Spike TV is entering the original scripted series mix. This weekend the network premieres Tut, a glossy, three-night, historical drama about the Egyptian boy king that starts its run on Sunday, July 19. Oscar-winning British actor Ben Kingsley leads the cast as King Tut's questionably loyal council with 23-year-old Avan Jogia as King Tutankhamun. Tut was directed by David Von Ancken on location in Morocco; costumes were created under designer Carlo Poggioli who oversaw the making of over 5000 items.

'Dance Moms' Recap S5 E27 Abby vs Kira AGAIN

Maddie Ziegler and Kalani Hilliker, stars of Dance Moms on Lifetime
L to R: Maddie Ziegler and Kalani Hilliker, stars of Dance Moms on Lifetime
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, studio owner Abby Lee Miller didn't show up for rehearsals or the competition attended by her team, the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC). Abby's absence came on the heels of a bitter argument she had with Kira Girard (Kalani Hilliker's mom). This week on Dance Moms season 5, episode 27 titled "Abby vs. Kira… AGAIN," the two continue to fight for the same reason: Kira has once again invited a choreographer into Abby's studio without permission; this time it's Kalani's hometown coach, Alexa Moffett.

Chef Luke Palladino to Open LP Steak at Valley Forge Casino Resort

Luke Palladino's Bistecca Alla Fiorentina for Two
Luke Palladino's Bistecca Alla Fiorentina for Two
By A.D. AMOROSI

Chef Luke Palladino is already famous for Italian restaurants at several casinos in Atlantic City, NJ, a steakhouse in Northfield, NJ, and a still-new eatery in South Philadelphia, Palladino's on Passyunk. On July 14, Palladino announced another project: just like George Washington did when he was still a general, the chef is moving into the Valley Forge, PA area. Only for Palladino, it is a steakhouse – LP Steak – that brings him to Pennsylvania's Valley Forge Casino Resort starting in October, with another as-yet-unnamed concept to follow soon after.