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Melissa Etheridge – She had us at hello

The Medicine Show was high energy at the Wellmont Melissa Etheridge opened The Medicine Show at The Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ with “No Souvenirs,”...

The Academy of Music in Philadelphia is intimate and grand

Scene from "Cold Mountain"Maybe you've read Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier. Perhaps you've seen the movie. But seeing this tale of life and love during the Civil War put to music composed by Jennifer Higdon and libretto by Gene Scheer, puts it in a whole new perspective! Especially when you have the privilege of seeing it performed by Opera Philadelphia at the Academy of Music, a theatre that was fully operational years before the Civil War even started!

“Noura”: A must-see work-in-progress

Award-winning Iraqi-American playwright Heather Raffo has created a poignant play in Noura, now playing a very limited engagement at the Berlind Rehearsal Room/Studio at the McCarter...

Holiday music review  

Out of the Cookie Jar — EXTRA One of the best Christmas traditions has become an annual release of the newest “Christmas Queens” holiday collection,...

Music to keep you hot through the fall

In the Cookie Jar Rita Ora Rita Ora consistently makes good old-fashioned fun pop music, and her latest, "Your Song," is no exception. The breezy...

Jewel lights up the Holiday

The 2018 Handmade Holiday Tour was a one-of-a-kind experience Following the unprecedented success of 2017’s Handmade Holiday Tour, Jewel decided to hit the road again this...

Winter Holiday book wrap up

The winter holidays are a wrap! But, this year there are more books than ever that would make perfect items to give to a...

“The Source” looks at responses to a scandal in the publishing...

NJ Reps new play is a thinly-disguised presentation of a real-life scandal For the past few years, I have been extolling the excellence of plays...

“Real Housewife” Vicki Gunvalson on castmates, Wines by Wives and what...

Vicki Gunvalson from "Real Housewives"With summer here, a new season of The Real Housewives of Orange County is in full swing. Cookie was lucky enough to sit down with the actual "first" Housewife, Vicki Gunvalson along with her business partner in Wines By Wives, Chris Gravagna. Gunvalson talked about her Wines By Wives celebrity wine club, why the gay boys love the Housewives so much and what's next for her in Orange County.

“Salt Pepper Ketchup” examines the effects of gentrification

See Salt Pepper Ketchup before its brief run is over The Passage Theatre Company in Trenton kicks off its 33rd season with Josh Wilder’s play Salt...