Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

'Fault' stars

I haven't yet seen "The Fault in Our Stars," starring the fast-rising actress and 2013 Ebertfest guest Shailene Woodley. But I enjoyed an article in the recent New Yorker magazine fiction issue about John Green, author of the book on which the film is based. He lives in nearby Indianapolis; his wife is a former curator at the Indy Museum of Art. At the box office, the movie outran the latest Tom Cruise vehicle!

Nod to 'heavy cat'

I enjoyed, again, the SSG Trio on Wednesday evening at the Iron Post, Urbana. The always entertaining and instructive pianist Chip Stephens at one point asked who liked Barry Manilow and then said Manilow is a "heavy cat" who graduated from the Eastman School of Music and finished, after the great Johnny Mercer died, Mercer's melancholy song "When October Goes." The trio played it; then Stephens sang it, a cappella.

Nick on the skins

Sitting in on drums for Joel Spencer at the SSG gig on Wednesday evening was Nick Zielinski, a recent UI doctoral of musical arts grad in jazz studies. A friend and I loved how well Zielinski listened and responded to Chip Stephens' improvisations on piano; my friend also commented that the drummer looks like Francis Ford Coppola's stunt double. Anyway, nice playing, Nick, and we hope you stick around for a while.

Topics (3):Film, Music, People

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RAPeek wrote on June 15, 2014 at 7:06 am

Maybe you should recheck your sources more carefully.  The author of The fault in our stars is John Green, not David.

Mike Howie wrote on June 15, 2014 at 9:06 am
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Thank you for pointing that out. It's been fixed.

Mike Howie

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