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  • NJM Q&A: Robert "Kool" Bell
    a church and every Sunday would be Jazz Night We d play an opening set NJM What early challenge sticks out in your mind RB When we came out with our first record Kool the Gang 1969 we went to the Apollo Theater There was this group called Willie Feaster and the Mighty Magnificents with Skip Sonny and the Pace Brothers They blew us away nearly ran us back to Jersey City We thought Wow if we want to be in show business we have to change our act We can t just stand up there and play So we started to develop our show NJM James J T Taylor joined the band in 1978 for a string of pop hits starting with Ladies Night How did your die hard funk fans react to this change in direction RB Some people said we sold out We tried to keep our identity But producer Eumir Deodato was saying Listen guys you have to make room for the singer now And it was a successful run Recommended Reading Net Gains The History of Pound Fishing NJM When the hip hop era began Kool the Gang became one of the most sampled groups What were your initial feelings about this RB At first we thought That s our lick what s going on There was nothing you could really do But thanks to copyright laws we started getting credit and getting paid There have been some big ones Will Smith with Summertime sampling Summer Madness Diddy and Mase sampled Hollywood Swinging Janet Jackson Madonna The list goes on and on NJM In 2012 the band toured with Van Halen and in 2013 with Kid Rock How did that work out RB I like the challenge When the Van Halen shows were announced people on the Internet said That s not going to work So we strategically planned it We hit them with our rock stuff first By the time we got to Ladies Night they were partying NJM It s difficult for bands to stay together even when some of the members are brothers What is Kool the Gang s secret RB We started at 14 15 years old Our parents were always around driving us to gigs They told us regardless of what happens stay together as a family as brothers Now there have been hills and valleys We argue But that spirit has stayed with us NJM Is there anything you still want to accomplish in your career RB Two things a book and a movie It s an interesting story When our family came to Jersey City everything we owned was in the back of a Bel Air car like the Beverly Hillbillies This could be a sequel Click to enlarge images From left Ronald Khalis Bell George Brown Robert Bell and Dennis DT Thomas Read more Culture Corner Jersey Living NJM Q A articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear

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  • NJM Q&A Critic Frank Bruni: Hungry for Meaning
    things in a larger way To always ask themselves how can I make what I m putatively thinking about in the foreground how can I color in the background to make it that much more resonant and deeper And I want that because I don t really see this as a food writing course I see this as a writing course that happens to cover the universe of food I said in class today that I think all the best food writers don t write about food NJM How do you feel the semester s first class went Any surprises FB I have no idea how coherent any of this was to them I felt a little bit like a doofus because although I think there was merit to what I did I didn t really kind of factor in that for the first hour I would be sitting there twiddling my thumbs I think it was a worthwhile exercise but that felt awkward Recommended Reading For WDHA The Song Remains the Same NJM Impressions of Princeton FB It s a charming charming college town In some ways it feels very familiar Most college towns have the same mix of businesses because they have a similar demographic Princeton doesn t feel dissimilar to it s a smaller version of Chapel Hill NC where I went to school The heart of the campus itself I really think it is one of the most beautiful campuses in the country The kids who go here are very lucky not only because it s an extraordinary school and because the resources available to them are amazing but also because this beautiful campus is not in the middle of a lot of chaos and commotion yet you are is it the Dinky you are a dinky train ride from the city It s the best of all worlds isn t it NJM What if anything do you miss about reviewing restaurants FB The things I don t miss are equal in number to the things I do miss so on balance it s a wash I miss the expense account I miss the fact that I could walk into restaurants without any thought of money in my head I miss a little bit that because you need to have other people at the table to help you order different things you are in better touch with your friends than you are later because keeping that schedule becomes an excuse to get together I saw certain friends more regularly than I do now And when you experience a restaurant and a chef and a kitchen team that are doing great work it s really nice to trumpet that to the world to reward merit Whether you re a movie critic or a restaurant critic you get to take something you love and say to the world please take note of this You ask what I don t miss Eating out every night is a privilege but

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  • Balancing Act: Norbert Leo Butz
    do the female archetypes come in NLB It s an evening of songs based on Greek goddesses songs that are focused on deities For example Aphrodite who was the goddess of sexual unity She was sort of the ultimate feminine goddess She loved having affairs with military men So I sing Kenny Rogers s Ruby Don t Take Your Love to Town which is about a legendary hot wife who goes out looking for love from all these other men NJM Sounds fun Also sounds like unusual material for a guy performer NLB I have three sisters three daughters and 18 nieces believe it or not Butz born in St Louis is one of 11 siblings So it s natural for me to want to explore my relationships with women I ve learned a lot NJM Your daughters from your first marriage are 15 and 17 and you have a 3 year old with your current wife the actress Michelle Butz You ve been living here since 2000 What attracted you to New Jersey NLB My wife and I and so many of the actors out here are people who have found a balance in their artistic lives Our agents and casting directors are in the city that s where the industry is But we also want our kids to be able to walk home from school and play with their neighbors And tree swings I wanted a tree swing for my kids Here you can have that Recommended Reading On the Frontline in the Fight Against Cyberterrorism NJM You and Michelle are part of Midtown Direct Rep the theater troupe based at South Orange Performing Arts Center that culls Broadway actors and actresses from Maplewood and South Orange NLB There s a couple dozen people in MDR really gifted writers and performers and we ve all become friends We have that need to connect so we ll get together and do a play reading in someone s living room And Sandy and Jeremy Sandy Rustin Fleischer and Jeremy Dobrish MDR s co artistic directors have brought great things to SOPAC readings and performances I haven t been able to do as much performing as I d like with MDR but I m working on finding new material we can develop NJM Big Fish ended its Broadway run not long ago What s next NLB I m in a real transition stage I ve been onstage nonstop so I m not going to do any theater for a while I m going to sit back and reassess And I m going to keep singing We tried out Girls Girls Girls last year at 54 Below and it was really well received And it s connected to an issue I feel passionate about I have a gut response to women as victims This is a great night of song and a way of celebrating women There are no photos with those IDs or post 48014 does not have any attached images

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  • NJM Q&A: Bobbi Brown Expands Her Vision
    to designing eyewear BB It was actually a natural progression because as a makeup artist I understand the nuances in people s faces So I created frames in various women s and unisex styles to complement facial shapes and skin tones NJM What was your creative process BB Before I began designing I shopped for glasses and studied iconic shapes Then I created a wristlet bag to hold each pair of glasses and inside is a compartment just big enough for a lipstick and cell phone My inspiration was a silver mini bag I found in France NJM How can shoppers find flattering eyewear BB Our freestanding display has all the tips you need to choose a fabulous pair of eyeglasses or sunglasses so you don t even need a salesperson My three step system is simple First find a frame style you like Second identify your face shape Third choose a color palette Recommended Reading 24 Karat Gold Facial Get Your Glow On NJM What did you learn about eyewear design BB I learned that frame thickness has a lot to do with style The thicker the frame the more fashion forward it is There s a fine line in designing eyeglasses because simple styles can look really smart But if you take it too far they can quickly appear silly Actually each of my frame styles is named for someone I know and several are named for family members NJM How do you personally shop for glasses BB For me its more than just owning functional glasses My personal aesthetic is between a simple Ray Ban and a chic Celine stylish but not too avant garde Sometimes I want a change so I have a pair with a little tortoise on the side and another that s grayish purple NJM What s your next big thing BB My new book Everything Eyes comes out in April The first half is about choosing the right eye makeup and the second half focuses on selecting the right glasses I m really excited about this new venture maybe my styles will even appear on the pages of Vogue View looks at bobbibrowneyewear com Check out Bobbi Brown sunglasses at solstice com and find optical frames at select opticians Click to enlarge images The Bobbi one of the frames available at bobbibrowneyewear com The Katie one of the frames available at bobbibrowneyewear com The Steve one of the frames available at bobbibrowneyewear com The Dakota one of the frames available at bobbibrowneyewear com Read more NJM Q A Style Shopping articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A Dress For Every Occasion NJ Father and Son s Wines Win Big 7 Dining Trends to Watch in 2016 February

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  • NJM Q&A with Patti Stanger
    at Newark Airport and hit the mall and shipped everything home All my cousins still live in the area around Livingston South Orange and West Orange I miss the energy and the mentality too People are quicker they re faster and they get things They re not as physically driven they re not jaded and they aren t all about looks You can actually walk around with no makeup on and a pair of sunglasses with lip gloss and feel ok You don t have to be a size two you can actually eat a bagel or a Jersey sub And I miss whitefish salad they don t really have that in California And we miss the Millburn Deli When you stopped by the Millburn Deli on season four you said you were craving a Friday Special Recommended Reading Charlie Puth Rumson s Pop Prodigy The Friday Special is my favorite It s tuna fish egg salad and Russian dressing with lettuce but the way they cut it is the secret They cut the bread in three pieces and no one ever does that When I went to Millburn High School for 30 cents we used to get a hard roll and their Russian dressing no beef nothing and that was our snack They also had the best iced tea and the best Manhattan clam chowder I m just waiting for a millionaire from New Jersey to be on the show and bring me a Friday Special If you could have the Millburn Deli make you a signature sandwich would you call it the Patti Yeah we should make one It would have Russian dressing for sure but would be gluten free since I m gluten free now and I don t get to eat all that good stuff anymore But I also love their pretzel bread Do you have any tips for Valentine s Day gifts this year I still believe that men need to buy women flowers I m a pink roses girl and it s very hard to find pink roses so my boyfriend would grab them whenever he saw them and he never thought it was a big deal but it still means a lot that he would take the time to do that Flowers go a long way but the statistic shows that women buy flowers not men Women are the first ones to buy flowers whether it s a funeral a birthday or an anniversary Men are last minute thinkers and you have to plan with flowers Have red roses become cliché No Red roses are iconic Would a diamond go out of style I don t think so Red roses say passion Women are never going to lose interest in roses Is there anything to avoid on Valentine s Day I ve always thought stuffed animals were the weirdest thing to give The strangest thing I love for Valentine s Day are orchids because they never die You can keep it alive for

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  • NJM Q&A Archives - Page 3 of 6 - New Jersey Monthly
    Balancing Opinions December 13 2010 The New York Times s editorial page editor has no lack of opinions Read More Actor Jesse Eisenberg Networked In September 13 2010 We sit down for a Q A with Jesse Eisenberg the 27 year old East Brunswick reared actor who plays Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg in David Fincher s upcoming film The Social Network Read More Judge Nelson Johnson Atlantic City s Godfather August 16 2010 A Q A with Judge Nelson Johnson whose book Boardwalk Empire The Birth High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City was made into an HBO miniseries Read More Jonathan Alter Obama Year One July 12 2010 Jonathan Alter writes The Promise President Obama Year One a behind the scenes look at Barak Obama s first year as president Read More Randal Pinkett An Apprentice Moves On June 15 2010 You probably recognize him from his stint on the celebrated NBC show The Apprentice but NJ native Randal Pinkett interests range far beyond television Read More Poet Robert Pinsky The Most American State May 7 2010 What does a three term United States Poet Laureate have to say about growing up in New Jersey Find out in this month s Q A with Robert Pinsky Read More Elena Gorokhova Crumb by Crumb March 19 2010 A Jersey woman reflects on her childhood in the Soviet Union Read More WNBC s Janice Huff Wild About Weather March 15 2010 WNBC News meteorologist Janice Huff sits down for a Q A about all things weather and life in New Jersey Read More CNBC s Jim Cramer Mad About Money January 12 2010 CNBC s Mad Money host Jim Cramer answers questions about being a Jersey guy and let s us know what s going on in the world of high finance Read More Athlete Steve Smith New Giant December 14 2009 New Jersey Monthly staffer Mallory Gelert asks New York Giants star wideout Steve Smith the hard questions for our new question and answer feature Read More Architect Michael Graves Designs in Mind April 13 2009 Michael Graves s designs are known worldwide from the Swan and Dolphin Resort in Walt Disney World to the Alessi tea kettle with the whimsical bird spout a project that propelled Graves to design stardom some twenty years ago Read More Page 3 of 3 1 2 3 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A Dress For Every Occasion NJ Father and Son s Wines Win Big 7 Dining Trends to Watch in 2016 February 2016 Best New Restaurants Table of Contents Subscribe Give a Gift Locate a Newsstand Purchase back issues View older issues Paper Mill Playhouse presents A Bronx Tale Millburn Feb 04 Mar 06 Frozen in Ice at Skylands Stadium Augusta Feb 05 Feb 28 The Beach Boys Morristown Feb 10 SOMA Film Festival South Orange Feb 12 Feb 14

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  • Giving Back: Punkin Chunkin Raises $3,200 For St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - New Jersey Monthly
    of the Year Award recipients Suzy and Ken Press enjoy the 2015 Neighbors Helping Neighbors gala The event raised 135 000 to support after school programs at the nonprofit 3 Pumpkin Chucking Bursts The Bank Photo courtesy of Charitable Organization Marli Grossman left happily accepts a 3 200 check for St Jude Children s Research Hospital from Dimitrios Meleounis center of the Shannon Rose Irish Pub and Dan Downing of Kohler Distributing Company who partnered to raise the funds during the second annual Punkin Chunkin competition 4 Women In Wildlife Honored For Nature Work Photo credit Darren Altman Russell J Furnari left board trustee of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey congratulates Tanya Oznowich the 2015 Women Wildlife Education Award winner Oznowich s work in wildlife education was recognized by the nonprofit at its 10th Annual Women Wildlife Awards reception Recommended Reading Net Gains The History of Pound Fishing 5 Honoree Gets A First Hand Look Photo courtesy of charitable organization Dr Frank Manginello left of the Valley Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit shows off the facility to Mitchell E Rudin chief executive officer of the Mack Cali Realty Corporation Rudin was named the official honoree for the 2016 Real Estate Award Reception and Pynes Putting Challenge to benefit March of Dimes Send pictures of your recent charitable event to socialdatebook njmonthly com for possible inclusion in an upcoming issue Read more Social Datebook articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A Dress For Every Occasion NJ Father and Son s Wines Win Big 7

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  • Giving Back: Mary's Place By The Sea Gets $130,000 To Support Women Battling Cancer - New Jersey Monthly
    March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction which helped to raise 93 000 to support the nonprofit were from left Phil and Marilyn Perricone of Perricone Family Charitable Trust Ronica Cleary reporter from My9 News and Beth and Tim McLoone founders of McLoone s Restaurants 3 New Jersey Students Get Helping Hand Photo courtesy of James Salzano Frank Libutti of PS S Global left congratulates Cento Amici president Bob Zito at Cento Amici s 27th Annual Dinner Auction which helped raise 55 000 to provide need based scholarships to New Jersey students 4 Golf Supports Digital Mammography Van Photo courtesy of charitable organization Atlantic Medical Imaging Foundation s executive director Carla Wyatt center happily accepts a 32 500 check from the Greater Bay Women s Golf Association members from left Marilouise Berdow Marge Levine Sue Webb Jane Davis and Liz Mead At right is Great Bay Country Club general manager Ron Ralston Recommended Reading Chef Michael Symon Joins Borgata 5 Celebrity Gala Helps Youths Courtesy of Whirling Dervish Design LLC Marcy Brenner left and Kari Giordano daughters of the late W Cary Edwards former attorney general of New Jersey enjoy the annual Celebrity Gala held in support of the W Cary Edwards Foundation The event which awards scholarships to New Jersey youth raised 94 000 Send pictures of your recent charitable event to socialdatebook njmonthly com for possible inclusion in an upcoming issue Read more Social Datebook articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A Dress For Every Occasion NJ Father and Son s Wines Win Big

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