'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E32 Reunion, Playing Favorites: The Aftermath

Abby Lee Miller, star of Lifetime TV's Dance Moms
Abby Lee Miller, star of Lifetime TV's Dance Moms
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on the Dance Moms season 4 finale, Abby Lee Miller and her Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) were in LA for Nationals, their biggest annual competition. Abby cut the Select Team after they lost to the Elite Team, who won their 4th National title. Sadly, Abby and Christi Lukasiak had one of their legendary arguments, and after, Christi and daughter Chloe left the ALDC. On this week's Dance Moms reunion (season 4, episode 32), "Playing Favorites," the moms discuss Abby's favoritism; Maddie Ziegler talks about her success; Abby rival Cathy Nesbitt-Stein stirs the pot; we see video premieres for Mackenzie "Mack Z" Ziegler's "Shine" and Todrick Hall's "Freaks Like Me."

Neil Young Calls Out President Obama and CSNY at Philly Show

Neil Young's Storytone album
Neil Young's Storytone album
By A.D. AMOROSI

On the cusp of releasing two versions of his latest album, Storytone, and a new autobiography about his first love (Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars), Neil Young caused a stir during his recent sold-out shows at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music by dissing President Obama, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and the curious state of married bliss (remember, he did just leave his wife of 36 years Pegi Young, for actress Daryl Hannah).  Then again, it wouldn’t be much of a Neil Young event if the veteran songwriter didn’t raise some sort of ruckus.

David Lynch and Mark Frost's 'Twin Peaks' to Return to Television in 2016

L to R- Eric Bressler, David Lynch and Robert Hakalski at PhilaMOCA, Phila PA - Photo ©A.D. Amorosi 2014
David Lynch (center) at an appearance in Philadelphia, PA, with Eric Bressler, owner of PhilaMOCA (left), and photographer Robert Hakalski (right)
By A.D. AMOROSI

After dropping hints over summer 2014, David Lynch and Mark Frost – creators of the mysterious Twin Peaks television series – revealed it would again hit the airwaves in 2016 on Showtime, 25 years after the original ABC series ended. Lynch and Frost have mentioned revisiting the spooky show in various interviews of late, noting a scene in Twin Peaks where “Laura Palmer,” the good-girl-gone-bad character whose murder was the series’ starting point, stated "I'll see you again in 25 years." She wasn’t kidding.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E31 Season 4 Finale: Chloe Leaves the ALDC

Christi Lukasiak and daughter Chloe leave the ALDC on Dance Moms season 4 finale
Christi and daughter Chloe leave the ALDC on Dance Moms season 4 finale
By REESE AMOROSI

Last week on Dance Moms, studio owner Abby Lee Miller and her Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) were in LA for Nationals (their biggest competition of the year), and Abby announced that she's opening a studio there. This week on Dance Moms season 4, episode 31 "Hollywood Here We Come, Part 2" (the season 4 finale), Abby considers pulling one of the assigned solos and having Maddie Ziegler compete instead; Abby's nemesis, Cathy Nesbitt-Stein, has her Candy Apples team do a group routine that spoofs Maddie's acclaimed dance in Sia's "Chandelier" video; in a move many fans alternately hoped for and dreaded, Christi and Chloe Lukasiak leave the ALDC.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E30 Hollywood Here We Come, Part 1: Season Finale

L to R: Abby Lee Miller and Cathy Nesbitt-Stein on Dance Moms
L to R: Abby Lee Miller and Cathy Nesbitt-Stein on Dance Moms season 4
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, Abby Lee Miller presented her annual dance concert, and Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) members performed 45-second solos to audition for a spot at Nationals. This week, on the first half of the Dance Moms season 4 finale (episode 30) titled "Hollywood Here We Come, Part 1," the team is in Los Angeles to compete at Nationals, and Abby rewards Kendall Vertes, Chloe Lukasiak and Kamryn Beck with solos. Meanwhile, Maddie Ziegler is on Jimmy Kimmel Live! with singer Sia (Maddie stars in her "Chandelier" video); Cathy Nesbitt-Stein from the Candy Apples Dance Center (CADC) challenges the ALDC to a dance-off; Abby announces she's opening a studio in LA.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4, E29, 45 Second Solos: Chloe's Foot is Fractured

Christi Lukasiak and daughter Chloe, stars of Dance Moms on Lifetime
Christi Lukasiak and daughter Chloe, stars of Dance Moms on Lifetime
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, Nia Frazier's tribute to the late Maya Angelou and the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) group routine both won 1st place. This week on Dance Moms S4 E29 titled "45 Second Solos," the girls have that much time to impress studio owner Abby Lee Miller in hopes of securing a spot at Nationals. They do this during the ALDC's annual dance concert, which this year is dedicated to Abby's late mother and is titled The Story of Maryen Lorrain: One for the History Books. There's mama drama when Kamryn Beck from the Select Team is invited to vie for a solo, and it escalates when Christi Lukasiak finds out that when her daughter Chloe beat Kamryn, Abby lobbied the judges to reverse their decision.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E28 Another One Bites the Dust: Nia Wins 1st Place

Holly and daughter Nia Frazier from Dance Moms on Lifetime
Holly and daughter Nia Frazier from Dance Moms on Lifetime
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, the parents kept a scorecard on how many times studio owner Abby insulted their daughters, and the resulting argument between Abby and Holly Frazier (Nia's mom) led to the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) being pulled from competition. This week on Dance Moms season 4, episode 28 titled "Another One Bites the Dust," Abby and Holly put their differences aside, so Nia Frazier gets to do a solo in tribute to the late Maya Angelou, and she wins 1st Place. Also, Sarah Reasons from the Select Team is invited to perform with the Elite Team, as is Kayleigh Cavanaugh, a dancer Abby met in auditions.

David Lynch Returns to Philadelphia for Art and Film Exhibitions

David Lynch at his "The Unified Field" exhibition at PAFA in Philadelphia, PA
David Lynch at The Unified Field exhibition at PAFA in Philadelphia, PA
By A.D. AMOROSI

This week, David Lynch returned to his alma mater, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) for The Unified Field, a retrospective exhibition of his work as a painter, past and present. He also appeared at the Prince Theater with the Philadelphia Film Society for a chat discussing his work in cinema. I was lucky enough to attend both gatherings to speak with Lynch, and will hit yet another pre-opening of The Unified Field (with Lynch in attendance) before its official start on September 13.

Laurie Anderson among Featured Guests at FUTURE FEMINISM Event in NYC

The team behind Future Feminism Exhibition and Event, Sept. 11-27 in NYC
The team behind FUTURE FEMINISM exhibition and event, Sept. 11-27, NYC
By A.D. AMOROSI

When pianist and singer Antony and friends Kembra Pfahler, Johanna Constantine and CocoRosie’s Bianca Casady and Sierra Casady host their FUTURE FEMINISM exhibition and event series running September 11-27 at The Hole NYC, they’ll present a call to arms in the name of archetypal feminine values. The event showcases famously independent women such as transgressive spoken word artist and actress Lydia Lunch, poet Anne Waldman, performance art queen Marina Abramović and Laurie Anderson.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E27 The Understudies: Abby Cancels Group Number

The Dance Moms scorecard on season 4, episode 27
The Dance Moms scorecard on season 4, episode 27
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, studio owner Abby Lee Miller began the process of deciding which of the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) teams (Elite or Select) and soloists will be performing in the upcoming Nationals (their biggest annual competition). This week on Dance Moms season 4, episode 27, "The Understudies," Abby designates Chloe Lukasiak and Kendall Vertes as stand-ins for Maddie Ziegler, who has a potential scheduling conflict due to an acting gig. Meanwhile, the moms are tired of Abby comparing their kids to Maddie, so they keep a scorecard detailing the offenses. Abby keeps score in her head, and when she's had enough, she retaliates by secretly pulling the group routine.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E26 No More Crybabies: Nia Rocks as Lead Dancer

Nia Frazier, star of Dance Moms on Lifetime
Nia Frazier, star of Dance Moms on Lifetime
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, studio owner Abby Lee Miller temporarily moved Chloe Lukasiak from the Elite Team to the Select Team, and moved Ava Cota from Select to Elite. Chloe wound up in the winning group, but Ava struggled and was dismissed from the Elite Team (but, apparently, not the Select Team). This week on Dance Moms season 4, episode 26 titled "No More Crybabies," the three youngest Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) members do solos to determine which of them will compete at Nationals; Jeanette Cota missteps by entering daughter Ava in a competition without consulting Abby; and Nia Frazier dances the lead role in the group routine.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E25: Chloe Gets Revenge, Christi Gets Crafty

L to R: Christi Lukasiak and Jeanette Cota from Dance Moms on Lifetime
L to R: Christi Lukasiak and Jeanette Cota from Dance Moms on Lifetime
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, studio owner Abby Lee Miller enlisted Jade Cloud to compete against Chloe Lukasiak, and the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) went up against the talented Studio Bleu team. This week on Dance Moms season 4, episode 25 titled "Chloe Gets Revenge," both of Abby's teams are entered in the Believe Talent Competition in Washington DC, but she keeps Jade on the Elite Team and moves Chloe to the Select Team. Maddie Ziegler has a great week dancing to a song written about her by Rachel Sage; Ava Cota has a tough week because her prop is hard to handle.

Glamorosi Recipes: Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Honey Mustard Glaze

Glamorosi Recipes Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Honey Mustard Glaze
Glamorosi Recipes: Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Honey Mustard Glaze
By REESE AMOROSI

If you enjoy sweet and salty food pairings like fleur de sel caramels or melon and prosciutto, chances are you will love this recipe for bacon-wrapped dates. The combination of sweet and chewy dates, salty and crispy bacon, and gooey melted cheese is a decadent taste and texture sensation, and the honey-mustard glaze takes it completely over the top. Bacon-wrapped dates are quick and easy to prepare; make them once and you won't need to look at the recipe again. Stuff the dates with whatever cheese you like, or for a change of pace, you can use nuts (try almonds) instead of cheese. Preparation: 35 minutes total (15 minutes prep, 20 minutes baking); yield: 36 pieces.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E24 Abby-phobic: ALDC vs. Studio Bleu

Sisters Maddie Ziegler and Mackenzie Ziegler from Dance Moms
L to R: Sisters Maddie Ziegler and Mackenzie Ziegler from Dance Moms
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, Maddie Ziegler was away taping an appearance on Ellen, so Abby Lee Miller turned to other members of the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) to perform winning solos, and Christy with a Y antagonized Abby so her daughter, Sarah Hunt, was cut from the team. This week on Dance Moms season 4, episode 24 titled "Abby-phobic," Jade Cloud, a member of the Abby's Select Team, is invited to perform with her Elite Team. Jade competes head-to-head with teammate Chloe Lukasiak, and the group goes up against one of their toughest opponents, Studio Bleu.

Philadelphia's Chhaya Café Moves to New East Passyunk Avenue Location

Sausage Gravy and Cornbread Waffle with Fried Egg at Chhaya Café
Sausage Gravy and Cornbread Waffle with Fried Egg at Chhaya Café
By REESE AMOROSI

When Chhaya Café moves to its new location at 1819 East Passyunk on August 21, chef and owner Varnana “V” Beuria will have a larger home for her daily breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch nook. This is necessary due to the popularity of Chhaya, previously located two doors down at 1823 on East Passyunk Avenue, also known as South Philadelphia's "Restaurant Row." The concepts that V made popular at Chhaya's former space will remain: creative twists on classic dishes combined with pancakes, waffles and crepes, plus salads, sandwiches and beverages including a satisfying selection of teas and fair trade coffees.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E23, 3 Soloists One Star: Christy with a Why

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

Previously on Dance Moms, studio owner Abby Lee Miller choreographed a duet for star pupil Maddie Ziegler and Gino Cosculluella (during which Maddie got her first kiss), and the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) Elite Team took first place in a competition against the Candy Apples team. This week on Dance Moms season 4, episode 23 titled "3 Soloists, One Star," Maddie is in LA taping the Ellen show, so Abby assigns Kendall Vertes, Nia Frazier and Chloe Lukasiak solos to see which girl will come out on top. Christy with a Y repeatedly provokes Abby, and it leads to her daughter, Sarah Hunt, being dismissed. Her behavior is why we and some viewers call her "Christy with a 'Why?'"

Animal Lovers "Go Grey" in Celebration of World Elephant Day

The 3rd annual World Elephant Day
The 3rd annual World Elephant Day is August 12, 2014
By REESE AMOROSI

August 12, 2014, is the 3rd annual World Elephant Day, an event to raise awareness and build support for African and Asian pachyderms. Organizers are asking for help for elephants, as they are currently endangered due to human greed: they are slaughtered for their ivory tusks and exploited as performing animals. On World Elephant Day, supporters will spread the word by wearing grey, using the hashtag #GoGrey on social media and changing their avatars to grey, and urging politicians to enact and enforce laws protecting elephants. For info on how to "Go Grey," the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and its 96 Elephants campaign has a helpful article.

Glamorosi Recipes: Roasted Eggplant Dip with Yogurt, Mint and Walnuts

Glamorosi Recipes: Roasted Eggplant Dip with Yogurt, Mint and Walnuts
Glamorosi Recipes: Roasted Eggplant Dip with Yogurt, Mint and Walnuts
By REESE AMOROSI

Although eggplant (aka aubergine) is available in markets year-round, in my area (the Mid-Atlantic US), August is the magic month in which many gardeners see this fruit from the nightshade family come into season. Purple eggplant is the most common, but it is also available in white, yellow, green, and mottled; I've used the different varieties in main dishes, appetizers, salads, breads and more. One of my favorite ways to prepare eggplant is in a dip with yogurt, mint and walnuts. I was inspired to make this eggplant dip after eating a Persian meal back in the 90s; this is my personal recipe refined through trial and error over the years.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E22, Kiss or Get Off the Pot: Maddie and Gino Duet

Gino Cosculluela and Maddie Ziegler on Lifetime's Dance Moms
Gino Cosculluela and Maddie Ziegler on Lifetime's Dance Moms
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, studio owner Abby Lee Miller had two Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) teams compete head-to-head. The new Select Team beat the original Elite Team, but was it fair? The Select girls were older with more training and experience, better choreography and prettier costumes. This week on Dance Moms season 4, episode 22 titled "Kiss or Get Off the Pot," the Elite Team works to get back on top, and to do it, they'll compete against Abby's nemesis, Cathy Nesbitt-Stein, and her Candy Apples team. For that showdown, Abby pairs her star dancer, Maddie Ziegler, with former Candy Apple Gino Cosculluela. During their duet, Maddie will get her first kiss.

Remembering the Atlantic City Pop Festival on its 45th Anniversary

A poster from the 1969 Atlantic City Pop Festival
A poster from the 1969 Atlantic City Pop Festival
By A.D. AMOROSI

Currently celebrating its 45th anniversary, Woodstock Music & Art Fair at Max Yasgur's 600-acre farm in New York’s Catskills – August 15 to 18, 1969 – is certainly the best-known and most widely regarded rock festival of our time. Still, it can’t beat the three-day event which occurred weeks before Woodstock and featured many of the same acts: the Atlantic City Pop Festival – August 1 to 3 in 1969 – at the Atlantic City Racetrack.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4, E21: "Double the Moms, Double the Trouble"

Abby Lee Miller, star of Dance Moms on Lifetime TV
Abby Lee Miller, star of Dance Moms on Lifetime
By REESE AMOROSI

When we last saw the cast of Dance Moms on the season 4 midseason finale (original airdate April 15, 2014), studio owner Abby Lee Miller brought in a "Select Team" to compete against her Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) regulars, aka her "Elite Team", and she moved her favorite student, Maddie Ziegler, to the new group. Now, on Dance Moms season 4, episode 21, "Double the Moms, Double the Trouble," Maddie's back on the Elite Team (Kalani Hilliker is no longer with the ALDC), and Abby deals with "double the mothers, double the problems, double the drama," including a fistfight between new moms Tami and Christy.

Bravo Stars Shine in 'Top Chef Duels' and Kevin Sbraga's "Culinary Collective"

Curtis Stone and Gail Simmons of Bravo's Top Chef Duels
Curtis Stone and Gail Simmons from Bravo's Top Chef Duels
By A.D. AMOROSI

The next two-week period is a good one for fans of Bravo’s Top Chef. While its Season 7 victor Kevin Sbraga initiates his “Culinary Collective” (four nights of fine dining surprises along Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Row, August 4-7) with a pre-party at his namesake restaurant on August 1, Top Chef’s new spinoff series, Top Chef Duels, begins on August 6, and the list of returning chefs is impressive.

Legendary Bluesman Johnny Winter Dies in Switzerland at Age 70

Johnny Winter
Johnny Winter
By A.D. AMOROSI

This summer has not been kind to musical legends. In June, we lost heavenly vocalist Jimmy Scott and New Age pioneer Paul Horn. In the first weeks of July we've seen the deaths of jazz bassist extraordinaire Charlie Haden and drummer/producer Thomas Erdelyi, a man known best by his stage name Tommy Ramone. To hear now that Texas bluesman Johnny Winter died on July 16 in Zurich, Switzerland, is yet another devastating loss. We are saddened by the passing of all of these of musical greats.

Serrano Restaurant and Ranch Road Taco Shop Join Forces for Pop-up

Pomegranate Guacamole from Ranch Road Taco Shop
Pomegranate Guacamole from Ranch Road Taco Shop
By REESE AMOROSI

Meghan Carnevale may have learned to love food while hanging in her Italian grandmother’s kitchen, but it was while living in the South of France for a year that she took her craft to the next level. That Carnevale successfully experimented with Mexican tastes and spices (at the urging of her Texas-born husband) while in France set the stage for her Philly-based food truck, Ranch Road Taco Shop. Starting on July 16, she brings Ranch Road's Mexican street food to Old City Philadelphia’s Serrano Restaurant with drink pairings to go with her cuisine.

America Celebrates National Fried Chicken Day - Sunday, July 6

Fried chicken from Federal Donuts in Philadelphia, PA
Fried chicken from Federal Donuts in Philadelphia, PA
By A.D. AMOROSI

With Sunday, July 6 being National Fried Chicken Day, it’s hard to think about much of anything else. Good weather. Great friends. Wild entertainment. Fantastic health and wealth. Nah. Our thoughts are with deep fried birds and whatever we can find to eat with it.