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Laugh Yourself Silly on New Years Eve
with Paula Poundstone

An interview with Paula Poundstone
By Mariah Fleming

Looking for a uniquely fun way to ring in the New Year? Start your celebration with comedian Paula Poundstone, who returns to the Mesa Arts Center on Wednesday December 31st at 8 PM. Recognized as one of Comedy Central's 100 greatest stand-ups of all time, Poundstone is also one of a select group voted into the Comedy Hall of Fame in 2010.Paula Poundstone And she's an American Comedy Award winner for Best Female Stand-Up. Tickets are flying so snap up yours now: Mesa Arts Center.

If you've missed Paula Poundstone in her role as a regular panelist on NPR's top rated, very funny "Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me" weekly news quiz show (heard internationally on NPR via the Internet and podcast) she regularly appears on late night talk shows including David Letterman and Craig Ferguson. She appeared in the 2013 Showtime documentary "Why We Laugh Too: Women of Comedy" with Joan Rivers and Whoopi Goldberg.

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Review: Jazz Pianist & Composer Beth Lederman's "Las Sombras"

By Kyle Harris

Any recording is a marker of the artist’s vision at a point in time and Beth Lederman is at a very good place in the arc of her career. Her latest release “Las Sombras” is a noteworthy landmark in her career as a jazz pianist and composer. “Las Sombras” offers an intimate perspective of the music Lederman is most committed to; traditional jazz, Latin and Brazilian styles, original compositions, and re-harmonizing traditional melodies.

Lederman has earned genuine respect in her native Arizona and beyond for her unflinching commitment not only to musical excellence, but also to balancing her other equally important roles as a mother, teacher and wife. “Las Sombras” is a testament to her years of learning, practice and sacrifice condensed into 53 minutes of thoughtful jazz performance.

On “Las Sombras”, an original composition, Lederman clearly and convincingly demonstrates she has a pianistic “voice”. “But Not For Me” and “Things Ain’t What They Used To Be” pay homage to Gershwin and Ellington, showing respect and her ability to interpret these classic charts with a fresh reading. Her original composition “Las Sombras”, as well as “Nature Boy”, and Djavan’s “Flor De Lis”, are sung wonderfully by Kay Peper, highlighting Lederman's Latin and Brazilian sensibilities and technique.” Everything Must Change” by Bernard Ighner features a supportive, yet insightful arrangement that gives chanteuse Sherry Roberson all the space required to focus the listener on the lyrics.

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