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January 30, 1987 | By JOSEPH P. BLAKE, Daily News Staff Writer
George Hamilton will star in his own television comedy series called "Spies. " The hour-long show debuts at 8 p.m. March 3 on CBS. Hamilton plays a former secret agent who's persuaded to come out of retirement and put his special talents to use once again as an agent for the U.S. government. The series replaces "The Wizard," which is moving to Thursdays in the 8- to-9 p.m. slot, bumping "Shell Game," which has been canceled and airs for the last time on Feb. 12. BACK TO AFRICA Paul Simon is planning another trip to Africa for a Showtime cable special to air on Feb. 14. The musical will be taped in Harare, Zimbabwe; guests include African musicians Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba, and the groups Stimela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who performed on Simon's Graceland album, which was recorded in South Africa last year.
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July 17, 2006 | By Keith Harris FOR THE INQUIRER
Older pop stars often serve up predictably balanced career overviews in concert - that's a safe way to keep everybody happy, after all. But it also keeps a musician from sharing his own perspective on what parts of his past he values most. Paul Simon's Saturday night show at the Borgata was indeed career-spanning, ranging from his earliest '60s hits to material from his newest album, Surprise. But the set left little doubt what music Simon considers the center of that body of work: his 1986 fling with South African music, Graceland.
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April 30, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
  STILL CRAZY after all these years . . .   Paul Simon and his wife, Edie Brickell , were arrested on disorderly conduct charges Saturday by officers investigating a family dispute, but the couple held hands in a Connecticut court yesterday and said they did not feel threatened by the other. Simon told a Norwalk Superior Court judge that he had a rare argument with his wife Saturday night at their home in New Canaan. A caller from the singers' home dialed 9-1-1 late in the evening Saturday and hung up, Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said at a news conference yesterday.
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June 6, 2011 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Paul Simon's new album, So Beautiful or So What, is his best in over 20 years, his first worth caring about since 1990's The Rhythm of the Saints . Having said that, this return to relevance by a now 69-year-old pivotal '60s generation songwriter, has also been greeted with overheated acclaim. It finds him contemplating his own mortality with sometimes insightful ("The Afterlife") and sometimes banal ("Questions for the Angels") results. The best thing about So Beautiful or So What is that it brought Simon out on the road with a superb eight-piece band for a sold-out show at the Merriam Theater on Broad Street on Saturday night (the first of a two-night Philadelphia stand)
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January 27, 1998 | By Henry Goldman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The audience had gone after offering its appreciative, if not thunderous, applause. The theater was almost empty. Of those who remained, few noticed when Paul Simon slipped inside and took a mid-orchestra seat. He wore his trademark baseball cap and a well-worn leather jacket, gazing up at the stage and quietly discussing the night's performance with an associate. Only seven shows remained before Thursday night, when The Capeman - the project that has consumed his creative life for close to 10 years - opens on Broadway.
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Ripples of unrest were spreading through the pro-Bernie Sanders crowd among the delegates at the first night of the Democratic National Convention when work crews suddenly dragged a keyboard and drums onto the big stage. The attendees waiting for the Vermont senator instead got a music superstar, Paul Simon. There were murmurs that the aging rocker might play Sanders' campaign theme song - "America" - but instead he launched into a 1970 classic - a new theme for calming an already restless Philadelphia confab: "Bridge Over Troubled Water.
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July 31, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, Music Critic
What do artists owe their audience? To play the hits? To give the people what they want, and their money's worth besides? Or is a performer's primary obligation to follow an artistic muse and allow fans to decide whether they want to come along for the ride? I had been flipping Sides A and B of that musical debate around in my mind quite a bit this summer, even before I saw Father John Misty take the argument to extremes last weekend at the XPoNential Music Festival in Camden.
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March 11, 2014 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Staff Writer
Vintage boomer tours have gotten so numerous that acts are now apparently going out on the road in alphabetical tandems. That would explain the charmed Paul Simon/Sting commingling at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday night. In a brisk and deftly paced evening, the two singer/songwriters alternated solo sets with collaborative segments. But the most poignant moments came unexpectedly, when they interpreted each other's songs - Paul Simon singing "Fragile" to Sting's flamenco guitar accompaniment and Sting, after recalling his first show in Philadelphia with the Police at Grendel's Lair on South Street, serenading the crowd with Simon & Garfunkel's "America.
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November 12, 1987 | By David Lieber, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite an appearance that evokes an image of Wally Cox rather than John F. Kennedy, Democratic presidential candidate Paul Simon of Illinois drew a packed house at Swarthmore College Monday. So many people jammed inside the building, lined up in the aisles and even in the windows, that dozens were turned away outside. Simon made them laugh the way Harry Truman did, promised to run an active government the way Franklin D. Roosevelt did, stressed the importance of youthful idealism as John F. Kennedy did and vowed to lead a human rights- oriented foreign policy as Jimmy Carter did. The 58-year-old U.S. senator said, "We have to dream about the kind of nation and kind of world we want to build.
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June 19, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Paul Simon 'n' Edie off the hook Phew , what a relief! Folk and pop legend Paul Simon won't be going to the Big House anytime soon! Prosecutors in Connecticut on Tuesday said Simon, 72, and wife Edie Brickell , 48, will not be charged or tried following their arrest in April for disorderly conduct. The couple, who wed in '92, were nabbed after getting into a shoving match during a domestic argument at their manse in New Canaan, Conn. They weren't in court Tuesday, but the duo did appear at a hearing last month, telling Judge William Wenzel that their fight was atypical of their relationship.
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July 31, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, Music Critic
What do artists owe their audience? To play the hits? To give the people what they want, and their money's worth besides? Or is a performer's primary obligation to follow an artistic muse and allow fans to decide whether they want to come along for the ride? I had been flipping Sides A and B of that musical debate around in my mind quite a bit this summer, even before I saw Father John Misty take the argument to extremes last weekend at the XPoNential Music Festival in Camden.
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July 28, 2016
Paul Simon's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" was an obvious choice for a convention striving to be one - and much more apropos than his "America," the adopted theme of the Bernie Sanders insurgency. Fans couldn't help but notice, however, that Simon had chosen a number that was sung by his estranged former partner Art Garfunkel, of whom he recently told NPR, "Quite honestly, we don't get along. " Simon's rendition was in that way analogous to the Democratic National Convention: a paean to building a bridge sung over the unmistakable crackle of a burning one. Much depends on the Democrats' ability to cobble together this particular piece of infrastructure.
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July 27, 2016
Ripples of unrest were spreading through the pro-Bernie Sanders crowd among the delegates at the first night of the Democratic National Convention when work crews suddenly dragged a keyboard and drums onto the big stage. The attendees waiting for the Vermont senator instead got a music superstar, Paul Simon. There were murmurs that the aging rocker might play Sanders' campaign theme song - "America" - but instead he launched into a 1970 classic - a new theme for calming an already restless Philadelphia confab: "Bridge Over Troubled Water.
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June 22, 2016 | A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
As a unit, composer Tom Kitt, lyricist/librettist Brian Yorkey, director Michael Greif, and producer David Stone do not make run-of-the-mill, feel-good musicals. Next to Normal is their Pulitzer- and Tony-winning chamber ensemble work on bipolar disorder. And the tender If/Then - which comes in a national tour to the Academy of Music on June 21-26 - is a Paul Simon-meets-Stephen-Sondheim orchestrated tale of one woman's parallel lives. This creative quartet takes a complex but successful road to the Broadway musical.
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June 5, 2016
Stranger to Stranger (Concord ***1/2) Given his four-and-a-half-decade, post-Simon & Garfunkel career, Paul Simon's durability is beyond question. What's more impressive though, is his enduring ability to surprise. The 74-year-old songwriter's latest is an 11-song set that brings his various world-music proclivities, playful love of language, and new interests in digital music-making to bear on a percussion-happy collection alive with rhythmic energy. "Wristband" cleverly uses a story about being banned from the backstage area as a metaphor for the American dream's being accessible only to elites - "If you don't have a wristband, then you can't get through the door.
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June 23, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
They had the Hollywood premiere for Obvious Child a few weeks ago, and Gabe Liedman , who plays a stand-up comedian and best buds with Jenny Slate 's lead character in the hot-button indie, walked the red carpet with the stars. "It was cool," he says, on the phone from L.A. But for the 32-year-old comic and Brooklyn Nine-Nine writer, it's even cooler to know that the film opened Friday at the Ritz Five. Liedman grew up in Queen Village, just a few blocks south of the Center City art house.
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June 19, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Paul Simon 'n' Edie off the hook Phew , what a relief! Folk and pop legend Paul Simon won't be going to the Big House anytime soon! Prosecutors in Connecticut on Tuesday said Simon, 72, and wife Edie Brickell , 48, will not be charged or tried following their arrest in April for disorderly conduct. The couple, who wed in '92, were nabbed after getting into a shoving match during a domestic argument at their manse in New Canaan, Conn. They weren't in court Tuesday, but the duo did appear at a hearing last month, telling Judge William Wenzel that their fight was atypical of their relationship.
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May 10, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Getting to be a habit What is this rage for singing priests and nuns who go viral? First, you had Irish tenor Father Ray Kelly , who sweetly sang Leonard Cohen 's "Hallelujah" at a wedding where he was officiating - and got 28 million views on YouTube. Now you have Sister Cristina Scuccia , whose great voice, and taste for Cyndi Lauper , Mariah Carey , and Alicia Keys tunes has gotten her on Italy's version of The Voice and garnered 47 million views on YouTube!! The judges better choose her, or there'll be hell to pay . . . . Simon sighting Paul Simon performed in N.Y.C.
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May 2, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
"AMAZING Spider-Man 2" star Andrew Garfield recently stirred some controversy when he said he brought up the possibility that Miles Morales - the half-black/half-Latino teen who replaced Peter Parker as Spidey in Marvel's Ultimate comic-book line - could replace him as the movie Spider-Man once Garfield spins his last web. While many dismissed the idea, Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso is not among them. "Yeah, I could easily see it happening," Alonso told Tattle Comics Guy Jerome Maida . "I'm excited by the prospect of seeing the world's most recognizable superhero peel back the mask and show a new face and how inclusive that would be and what a statement that would make - and I don't think I'm alone!"
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