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Interview with the Sharnhorst

Actor Will Janowitz is most known for his recurring role as Finn De Trolio on The Sopranos, but he’s worked extensively in film, television and stage. His web series SuperEgo featuring production design by TTH’s own Alex Reeves recently premiered on My Damn Channel. For the past year Janowitz has been releasing a series of hilariously weird web videos recorded in a persona he calls John Sharnhorst. This week Sharnhorst will be taking the stage for the first time in The John Sharnhorst Experiment Show at the People’s Improv theater.
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Synthly the Best: Pino Donaggio

Giuseppe “Pino” Donaggio has come a long way from his days of performing classical music in his homeland of Italy. To some he may be best known for composing the romantic number, “Io Che Non Vivo (Senza Te).” This heart-wrenching tune became a commercial success after bringing Dusty Springfield to tears, which led to her decision to record her own version of the song. Springfield’s interpretation, which changed the title to “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me,” went on to be covered by such greats as Elvis Presley and Cher. However, it is Donaggio’s later work that has landed him in Synthly the Best.
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MagaScene: a Chat with
Working Class Magazine

[caps]S[/caps]ince 2007 I have found myself eagerly awaiting each new issue of the Brooklyn-based quarterly web and print magazine Working Class. While each installment may revolve around a different theme, they’re all certain to include unique fashion spreads and art features — and with their gathering of store profiles and street interviews, Working Class has succeeded in creating an accurate portrayal of Brooklyn. In their own words, “Working Class represents a community of local artists in New York. With New York as our vibrant – and sometimes brutal – backdrop, Working Class taps the pulse of the art world and discusses why we all stick around.” Editor-in-Chief Marcel Dagenais let me pick his brain on what running his magazine entails.
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Hittin’ the Links

[caps]I[/caps]t’s Friday once more, the end of yet another weird week out here on the internet. Here’s a look at some of the stuff that stood out to us over this past week:

• Fast Company points out that Paris, the city that helped start the trend of bike-sharing, is now looking to apply the same idea to four-wheeled vehicles

• The folks over at Hypervocal remind us of the true meaning of “close call.”

• The NY Times has a great piece on how in the face of fierce economic woe, burgeoning barter networks are springing up in towns around Greece.

• On the 8th anniversary of the Steve Bartman Incident, let’s take a look at a clip from the recent ESPN Doc about the tragic Chicago character

• And, finally, the proof we’ve all been waiting for: Long live the Yeti.

Beware the Horrors of Tape Piracy!

[caps]W[/caps]hile going through my old records, I came across this quirky old sleeve warning consumers of the pirates in their midst.
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Color Me Bad: A Look at “ColorTexting”

[caps]F[/caps]or those who enjoy using the funny emoticons and array of text color choices in Gmail’s rich text editor to add a tween-age vibe to their conversations, it can be limiting to return to the iPhone’s native texting app, where all the text is black and the speech bubbles are just green and white. Enter ColorTexting, the new app which promises to let you send texts in color.
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The Inside Track on This Year’s NY Comic Con

Whether you want to pick up some tips on your Quidditch technique, meet a potential soulmate on a speed date co-hosted by Storm Troopers, or just drool over Rose McGowan all weekend, it’s likely the New York Comic Convention has something for you. I chatted with illustrator and seasoned Comic Con participant Steve Manale to get the lowdown on all things NYCC-related.
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Happy Birthday, Ed Wood!

On this day in 1924, the world was given the gift of Ed Wood. Like most, we first learned of the now-legendary cult filmmaker when his life served as the inspiration for what may have been Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s last truly great collaboration, Ed Wood. Having become the face of the eternal question “are you laughing with him or at him,” Wood looms large as an unlikely inspiration for artists everywhere. The prolific director’s advice on his craft? “Just keep on writing. Even if your story gets worse, you’ll get better.”
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The Pause Cause:
The Sopranos Get Jurassic

The Pause Cause is the space where we take a moment to take a look at the things that might have skated past us due to the frantic pace of this modern life of ours. Specifically: it’s a collection of photos taken off the TV highlighting moments that warrant a second look. In our debut installment we take a look at a, y’know, typical gangster image from HBO’s classic show, The Sopranos. (No joke, this image really is from The Sopranos, not Dinosaurs.) I’m telling you, a lot of shit happens while you’re blinking.

Synthly the Best

Here at Synthly the Best we’ll be providing stirring synth sounds to enhance your quality of life in the bedroom, board room, and any manner of chamber found betwixt the two. For our first installment on this lovely Saturday afternoon, we launch right in with a true heavyweight: Giorgio Moroder.
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Hittin’ the Links

[caps]A[/caps]s the week draws to a close, here’s a look at a few of the things that captured our attention:

• Imprint highlights memorable moments from last month’s Brand New Conference that took place in San Francisco, with an article that is surely designed to inspire.

• Over the course of the thirteen heartbreakingly beautiful episodes of I Love Alaska, Lernert Engelberts and Sander Plug paint a deeply compelling portrait of a woman, simply by mining the catalog of her internet search queries. The episodes are viewable over at Minimovies. I love I Love Alaska.

• The L.A. Times reviews the two-part Martin Scorsese film that debuted on HBO this week, Living in the Material World. The film explores the life and times of the most mysterious Beatle, George Harrison, and is certainly credited as the reason I’ve been listening to the Fab Four a lot more than normal this week.

• Every Italian Wikipedia page was replaced this past Tuesday with a warning that the Italian edition of the widely popular website is at risk of being shutdown, due to a new law that the Italian Parliament is considering passing. Read about the latest Berlusconi-sponsored scandal on the technology news website Ars Technica.

• Time reports that recent studies have brought researchers one step closer to figuring out schizophrenia — a thought-provoking article for sure. (This time there truly was no pun intended.)

A Sadistic Haunted House in Midtown?

[caps]A[/caps]t 54 West 39th Street, just steps away from the stone lions guarding the New York Public Library, there is a small storefront with windows covered in black plastic. It could be just another boutique in the early phases of construction, but if you stake out the location at night you will see people cautiously entering a hazy room, and every so often you’ll catch someone exiting with wet hair and rumpled clothing, telling stories too awful to be true. Continue Reading this Column →

The People’s Microphone

The other night I was circling the edge of Zuccotti Park when I began to hear a large group of people speaking loudly, in synchrony. I was baffled as to who at the Occupy Wall Street protest was responsible for this stirring set of simultaneous sounds, until one of the friendly protesters explained to me that the use of megaphones was not allowed in the park.
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Who Exactly is Occupying
Wall Street?

[caps]I[/caps] could feel the inspiration quickly fading inside of me as I entered Zuccotti Park Tuesday evening. Expecting a crowd of fellow Jon Stewart devotees, I instead found myself surrounded by what looked to be the very same crusty punks who used to pop out of Tompkins Square Park solely to harangue me for money—even when, on one occasion, they were sporting a brand new iPhone. I felt defeated, let down. Was this a dynamic political protest or a murky pond of lazy opportunism?
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School of Hard Knox
Officially Out of Session

Upon returning from a trip to Italy during which he gathered information for his Rolling Stone piece on the Amanda Knox trial, TTH contributor Nathaniel Rich was convinced the American studying abroad had played no part in her roommate’s murder. In his reaction to her overturned verdict, Rich points out that while many have maligned Italy’s legal system over the course of this trial, Knox in fact may be quite lucky to have been tried there.
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