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Jeff Dennhardt

Jeff Dennhardt


'After the Dance: Conversations on Michael Jackson's Black America' Takes Place at the Schomberg Center, 6/4-6/5
June 4, 2010

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and dj lynnee denise of WildSeed Music NYC would like to invite you to take part in a historic discussion, After the Dance: Conversations on Michael Jackson's Black America, presented as part of the Schomburg's Centennial Year Celebration and Black Music Month.

'IDOL' WATCH: Lee DeWyze Crowned 'American Idol'
May 27, 2010

Introducing your season nine 'American Idol:' Lee DeWyze. In a battle between two tremendously talented contestants, DeWyze was able win America's votes and be crowned champion. After a tough set of performances last night, DeWyze was able to pull out the victory and what many considered an upset over runner up Crystal Bowersox. DeWyze was consistent throughout the season, giving great performance week after week and really honing his skills. DeWyze grew an incredible amount throughout the season and was able to turn himself into an 'American Idol.'

'IDOL' WATCH: The Final 2
May 26, 2010

It's down to two. Soon, American will know who will be the season nine 'American Idol.' Each contestant performed three times tonight: a song of their choice, a song chosen by 'Idol' producer Simon Fuller, and the song each would release as a single if they were to be crowned th winner tomorrow night. Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox are both fantastic singers. Either one could win. So, tonight's performance have the potential to make a huge impact on who the audience votes for to win tomorrow night.

'After the Dance: Conversations on Michael Jackson's Black America' Takes Place at the Schomberg Center, 6/4-6/5
May 22, 2010

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and dj lynnee denise of WildSeed Music NYC would like to invite you to take part in a historic discussion, After the Dance: Conversations on Michael Jackson's Black America, presented as part of the Schomburg's Centennial Year Celebration and Black Music Month.

'IDOL' WATCH: Down to 2
May 19, 2010

Tonight, after more than 47 million votes, we learned who will compete in the finals on season nine of 'American Idol.' At one point or another in the season, each of the contestants, Lee DeWyze, Crystal Bowersox, and Casey James, seemed as though they had what it takes to become an 'American Idol.' Each has shown flashes of brilliance throughout the season and they seem to be the show's three most marketable contestants. In coming down to it, only two could make it to the finals and one had to be eliminated on tonight's results show.

'IDOL' WATCH: The Top 3
May 18, 2010

It's getting down to the wire. We will soon know who will be the winner of season nine of 'American Idol.' Tonight brought about one of everyone's favorite night's of the season: each contestant sang two songs, a judges' choice and a song they chose themselves. The judges always know exactly the right song to pick for the contestants; that's pretty much why they are judges. However, it's always interesting to see what the contestants feel suits them and see what they do to convey themselves as an artist.

'IDOL' WATCH: Down to 3
May 12, 2010

Tonight, 'Idol' learned who would make the top three. Last night's performances were some of the weaker ones we've seen this season, so it was a bit unclear as to who would head home before the night began. The results show featured a wide range of performances, from R&B star Fantasia Burrino to the rock styling of Daughtry and Bon Jovi, and were a great addition to an otherwise somber night.

'IDOL' WATCH: The Top 4
May 12, 2010

The top four sang songs from the silver screen tonight on "American Idol." Film and music star Jamie Foxx served to mentor, the perfect choice, since he has clearly been able to succeed in both genres. Foxx coached the contestants on how to perform for an audience, as he told them they now cannot be just a contestant; it's time to take it to the next level and show the audience who they are as an artist. Foxx made a good point: it's important to be an individual, not just have the best vocals.

'IDOL' WATCH: Down to 4
May 5, 2010

'Idol' kicked off tonight's results show with the top five singing a Frank Sinatra medley consisting of The Lady is a Tramp, It Was a Very Good Year, and Night and Day. The group sounded tight as usual. I was a big fan of the way the guys began the medley, bringing out Crystal Bowersox to sing the second verse of The Lady is a Tramp. Casey James sounded a million times better tonight than he did last night; perhaps he would have done better with a different song? The group sounded great and the solos seem to get better each week.

'IDOL' WATCH: The Top 5
May 4, 2010

The contestants stepped out of their comfort zone tonight on a week featuring pure crooning, something surprisingly lacking from 'Idol' this season. Stage and screen star Harry Connick, Jr. mentored the contestants on the songs of Frank Sinatra, even going so far as to create the arrangements and orchestrations for each song, as well as joining the singers on stage as the pianist. It's nice to see a mentor who put such dedication into his work on 'Idol,' though it is not the least bit surprising that this dedication came from Connick, Jr., always the consummate musician as well as performer.

'IDOL' WATCH: Down to 5
April 29, 2010

When 'Idol' gets down to the top six, each week is a shocker. With so few contestants left, it is nearly impossible to predict who will head home each week and, at this point in the competition, it really feels as though it's anyone's game. Tonight featured a slew of performances and was the first real reminder of how close we are to finding a winner of 'American Idol' season nine.

'IDOL' WATCH: The Top 6
April 27, 2010

Tonight, 'Idol' saw the return of Shania Twain, who joined the audition process in Chicago, as the contestants sang from her vast catalog of songs. Twain is primarily a country artist, which resulted in a marked change for some of the contestants. The majority of the themes thus far have fit nicely into the pop genre and, while Twain's songs are definitely pop, the country influence allowed us to see the versatility of the performers as they tackled a new challenge.

'IDOL' WATCH: Down to 6 and 'Idol Gives Back'
April 21, 2010

Tonight, 'American Idol' presented a special episode, benefitting 'Idol Gives Back,' the historic Emmy Award-winning television event and music celebration, that has raised more than $140 million to benefit charities around the world and across the United States. Tonight, 'Idol' saluted a number of charities, including Feeding America, Save the Children, the United Nations Foundation, the Elton John Aids Foundation, and Idol Aid.

'IDOL' WATCH: The Top 7
April 21, 2010

The top seven contestants of 'American Idol' kicked off the week with a set of inspirational songs led by the incomparable Alicia Keys. Keys was brought in due to her talent as well as her charity involvement, specifically working with families suffering from HIV and AIDS, as the show celebrates 'Idol Gives Back' this week. Some of the performances were perfect for the theme, while other lacked inspiration and felt as though they could have been performed any other week. As the competition heats up, the contestants will have to give standout performances weekly, and some of them failed to grow this week, while others had fantastic showings.

London's National Theatre Run Of REALLY OLD, LIKE FORTY FIVE Concludes April 20
April 20, 2010

London's National Theatre will host the premiere of Tasmin Oglesby's REALLY OLD, LIKE FORTY FIVE beginning tonight, February 3rd. Tamsin Oglesby's furious comedy confronts head-on our embarrassment and fear about old age. It exposes a society in which compassion vies with pragmatism and, by asking unequivocal questions, it comes up with some extraordinary answers.

'IDOL' WATCH: Down to 7
April 14, 2010

"Idol" lost two of its contestants tonight, a consequence of Michael Lynche receiving the judges save last week. After receiving more than 34 million votes, two contestants were voted off, bringing the number down to seven. It was a tough night, as some of the audience favorites went home, but, the remaining contestants are a very solid group that is chock full of talent.

'IDOL' WATCH: The Top 9...Again
April 14, 2010

Tonight, 'Idol' saluted one of the greatest performers of all time, Elvis Presley. Tonight separated out the true performers, as Elvis is the epitome of stage presence. Thankfully, many of the performers were able to live up to his legacy and give great performances. Last season's runner up, Adam Lambert, was aptly chosen to coach this week and, out of all the coaches so far, seemed to have the most constructive criticisms for the contestants. He was almost always spot on with his suggestions and really helped up the ante for tonight's performances.

'IDOL' WATCH: Down to 8
April 8, 2010

In a shocking turn of events, tonight featured the first of the top six gentlemen to head home. Each of the three ladies were called up first, eventually learning that they were each safe on the night. After that, the night was a complete shocker, ending on a sad note for one of the contestants.

'IDOL' WATCH: The Top 9
April 7, 2010

Tonight, the 'Idol' contestants were given the task of taking on the rather extensive Lennon/McCartney songbook. Given the sheer number of tunes to select from and the vast differences in types of songs, it would seem each contestant should have been able to find a song that would suit both their voice and personality. Many of the contestants, thankfully, did so, giving one of the best shows so far this year. As the competition heats up, it's interesting to see the bar set to a new level each week , although, each week it also becomes all the more clear who doesn't belong.

'IDOL' WATCH: Down to 9
March 31, 2010

Tonight's results show was the first real shocker of the season. The bottom three consisted of Katie Stevens, Didi Benami, and Tim Urban and, on a night where Urban was the expected candidate to head home, this he received a stay of execution. Performing on tonight's results show was "Idol" winner Ruben Studdard, Usher, and Diddy alongside Dirty Money and each their songs was done quite well. The night was the first really unexpected results show, but it is often these kinds of results that keep "Idol" audiences on their toes.