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Martyr or Liar? Interview by Chaunce Hayden


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FOUNDER Robert Gartside

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Chaunce Hayden

PUBLISHERS Jairo Arias Chaunce Hayden

COPY EDITOR

LeAnne Aciz-Stanton

ART DIRECTOR Mark McNabb

ACCOUNT SALES Chaunce Hayden Jairo Arias

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Chantal Cyr Mike Wise Jenny Filicky Chaunce Hayden Amanda-Kathryn

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Naked Truth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 The History Of Ireland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Mancave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Willie McBride’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 20 Percent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Women’s Fashion’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Men’s Fashion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Industry Spotlight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Sinead O’Connor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Kiley McKinnon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Dolores O’Riordan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Between The Sheets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Sno Rules. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Music News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Otto D.

Leanne Aciz-Stanton

Nikki Rose

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Sinead O’Connor

Kiley McKinnon

Dolores O’Riordan

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Alan Tecchio

Chaunce Hayden

WELCOME TO METROPOLIS NIGHTS READ US ONLINE: issue.com/metropolisnights FOLLOW US ON: ADVERTISING INQUIRIES: Please call 201-873-3874 or visit our website at www.metnights.com Based on the cover of this month’s issue it’s pretty obvious what time of year is approaching... you guessed it! St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner and that means so is spring, baseball, warmer temperatures and another brutal winter behind us. If you didn’t suffer with the flu these past few weeks (or as I call it the Black Plague of 2018) consider yourself lucky. In short: This winter sucked ass!  But back to St. Pats or Paddy’s Day depending on how Irish you are or aren’t. I will admit that my pasty white, (formerly) ginger self gets especially jazzed up on March 17, more than any other holiday. When you look like me and lets pray to God you don’t, it’s the only day out of the year when I feel somewhat normal. Girls actually seemed to want to talk to me on this rowdy day. For a few hours out of the entire year when it came to the ladies I became one lucky leprechaun. Of course the years have taken even that from me, but oh the memories.  This year I’ll be celebrating my heritage from the other side of the oceanic rainbow where the real pot of gold shines bright and the Guinness is poured slow and steady. I’ve been living in Ireland for 9 months and I’m curious how March 17 goes down in the wee Irish village where I now call home. I’m told it gets bat shit crazy by the locals, but than again, the locals here have never survived a MacMurphy’s Pub (Ridgewood) night of Irish debauchery. You’re reading the words of a man who has partied on Hoboken’s notorious parade day and lived to tell the tale.  Indeed, I consider myself a hardened veteran of the wearing of the green. While I don’t remember much about long days that spilled into even longer St. Paddy nights, I can testify that what I do recall are some of the best moments of my life. Still, never would I have believed that one day I’d be living in the belly of the Irish beast... yet hear I am. I’m foaming at the mouth with Jamison flavored anticipation as the only American in Monaghan (that I know of) to be representing America on this day of all hard drinking days. While I’m half the man I used to be thanks to the cruel nature of the years gone by, I promise to represent with all the fireball furry I can muster.  Hope every “Irish for the day” one of you has as much fun as I undoubtedly will.

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From Ireland with Love... AMERICA, WE LOVE YOU!

But there are some things we need you to know. 1. First of all, having an Irish great-great-great grandmother who emigrated to America in 1876 doesn’t mean you’re “Irish” “You’re from Ireland? I’m Irish, too!” 2. Sorry, but we almost certainly don’t know your cousins Ireland is small, but it’s not that small.

3. Saying “Top o’ the morning!” is neither charming nor appreciated No Irish person in history has ever  said this and saying it to an Irish person will just cause a lot of cringing. This isn’t Darby O’Gill and the Little People.

4. Also, Irish people are not pirates Sorry, Shaquille O’Neal, but “shiver me timbers” is a phrase used by fictional pirates and not Irish people. Get it together. 5.  Contrary to popular belief, this is a four-leaf clover and not a shamrock All right people, it’s very simple. A shamrock has THREE leaves. And a four leaf clover has nothing to do with Ireland. Got it?

6. There is nothing Irish about the “Irish goodbye” Sure, there’s something very satisfying about slyly leaving a party without saying goodbye to anyone, but unfor-

tunately there’s nothing Irish about the so-called “Irish goodbye”.

7. And don’t even get us started on Lucky Charms Despite what the leprechaun on the packaging might have you believe, we have nothing to do with Lucky Charms. No, we don’t have them here and, no, we don’t feel like we’re missing out on much. We promise.

8. Films like P.S. I Love You and Leap Year are not in any way representative of modern Ireland. Such films would have you believe that Ireland is filled with matchmakers, improbably handsome men and cute hoors who have nothing to do all day except drink pints in quaint pubs and charm American women. Sadly, this is not the case. Also, Matthew Goode’s accent in Leap Year? Not an Irish accent.

9. It makes us cringe when you say the word “pint” OH GOD, PLEASE DON’T. 10. Don’t expect us to be amused by your gas t-shirts “Irish today....Hungover tomorrow”. Oh, good one. Never heard that one before. AND..... It’s St. Paddy’s Day, not St. Patty’s Day Okay? Okay.


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The History Of

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reland is an island to the west of Britain but Northern Ireland is just off the mainland - not the Irish mainland, the British mainland. The capital of Ireland is Dublin. It has a population of a million people, all of whom will be shopping in Newry this afternoon. They travel to Newry because it is in the North, which is not part of Ireland, but can still pay in Euros. Under the Irish constitution, the North used to be in Ireland, but a successful 30year campaign of violence for Irish unity ensured that it is now definitely in the UK. Had the campaign lasted any longer the North might now be in France. Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland. It has a population of half a million, half of whom own houses in Donegal. Donegal is in the north but not in the North. It is in the South. No, not the south - the South. There are two parliaments in Ireland. The Dublin parliament is called the Dåil, (pro-


nounced “Doyle”), an Irish word meaning a place where banks receive taxpayers’ money. The one in Belfast is called Stormont, an Anglo-Saxon word meaning ‘placebo’, or deliberately ineffective drug. Their respective jurisdictions are defined by the border, an imaginary line on the map to show fuel launderers where to dump their chemical waste and bi-products. Protestants are in favour of the border, which generates millions of pounds in smuggling for Catholics, who are totally opposed to it. Travel between the two states is complicated because Ireland is the only country in the world with two M1 motorways. The one in the North goes west to avoid the south and the one in the South goes north to avoid the price of the drink! We have two types of democracy in Ireland. Dublin democracy works by holding a referendum and then allowing the government to judge the result. If the government thinks

the result is wrong, the referendum is held again. Twice in recent years the government decided the people’s choice was wrong and ordered a new referendum. Belfast democracy works differently. It has a parliament with no opposition, so the government is always right. This system generates envy in many world capitals, especially Dublin. Ireland has three economies - northern, southern and black. Only the black economy is in the green. The other two are in the red. All versions of the IRA claim to be the real IRA but only one of them is the Real IRA. The North’s biggest industry is the production of IRAs. Consequently, we now have the Official, Provisional, Continuity and Real IRA. The Real IRA is by far the most popular among young graffiti writers simply because it is the easiest to spell. Hopefully this clarifies things and has answered many previously unanswered questions about the real history of Ireland.

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Calling all mad dogs, drive fast and take chances! Harley Davidson and Suicide Machine got together and came up with one of the most hard core machines I’ve ever seen (and I’m no virgin). These two companies put their men to the test and cross bred a Street Rod with a track kit and created a beautiful snow bike for the 2018 X-Games. The bike started off as a XG750 SR and the engineers after some serious research found a track kit which are only made for dirt bikes that would convert. The fabricators had to basically redesign almost all the drive train from the rear to the primary, including a lot of the front end... And you thought putting a fat tire kit on your bike was cool. This by far is on the top of my bucket list of machines to ride. We bow our heads to all that took part of kicking ass on this one!

Green Like Money

St. Patrick’s Day is one of the busiest $$$ bar days of the year, and the only time you’ll see people enjoying green drinks. Mainly beer and yes I particularly think it’s disgusting. But where and when did these shenanigans start? History states that it started actually as an American fad in and around1915 in Boston. I mean think about it, you can’t turn Gunnies green. Some of the earliest stories actually have nothing to do with St Pat’s but more to do with beer that hasn’t been sufficiently aged. But come this magical day of celebration, the young and even the old will indulge into the mysteries of what turned their beer green. Just keep in mind that it could be fungus depending on the bar and how clean their glasses are!! (Please Drink Green Shit Responsibly)


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This beautiful Decorated Neo-Gothic style Cathedral has a history of land purchase dating as far back as 1810. The church properties history has a tale of being an orphanage, college, and has been open and closed countless times. Even Bishop DuBois reopened the chapel in 1840 for Catholics employed at the Deaf and Dumb Asylum and in the general neighborhood. Work began in 1858 but was halted during the American Civil War and resumed in 1865. The cathedral was completed in 1878 and dedicated on May 25, 1879, its huge proportions dominating the midtown of that time. One of the main architects that has been noted for a large portion of the work was a gentleman by the name of James Renwick Jr. The stained glass windows were added between 1912-1930. The church has even seen terrorism when a bomb went off in 1912 with minimal damage.The cathedral, which can accommodate 3,000 people, is built of brick clad in marble, quarried in Massachusetts and New York. The main block of the cathedral is made of Tuckahoe Marble. An extensive restoration of the cathedral was begun in 2012 and lasted 3 years at a cost of $177 million. The restoration was completed by September 17, 2015. The restoration cleaned the exterior marble, repaired stained glass windows, and painted the ceiling, repaired the flooring and steps, among many restorations. If you’ve never taken the time to go, it truly is a site to see! (Please Pray Responsibly)

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Laura, born September 12,1989 in Belfast, Northern Ireland is a model who refers to herself as “Northern Ireland’s only Glamour model”. This 28 year old lass started her first modeling job for automobile racing championships, during which she was published in motorsport magazines. She then modeled in Europe for racing events and moving onto the French circuit. Lacole has been published in magazines and newspapers across the world. She was featured in the Irish and UK press. She won the title of Beach Babe 2011 in September of that year (what a great year)! TV, radio, BBC news about politics and charity fund raisers for toys. We definitely tip our hats to this young lady. I don’t think you’ll see her drinking anything green that’s for sure.


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Branchburg, NJ

A Pot of Gold at the End of the Pub Rainbow By Amanda-Kathryn (aka Rambles of Red) 1270 Easton Turnpike, Branchburg, NJ 08876 I WILLIEMCBRIDES.COM 201-610-1522 I CHECK OUT WILLIE McBRIDE’S IN HOBOKEN, NJ Okay, I’ll admit it... Sometimes I just don’t want to leave the house, and Netflix becomes my new best friend. Then there are nights that I just feel the need to just hit the road and try somewhere new. If it’s one of those nights for you, I highly recommend putting a little gas in your car and taking a drive down to Willie McBride’s in Branchburg, NJ. Coming from Kearny, I had to take a nice drive on route 78 to 28 to get to this gem of a bar, but trust me when I say, it is definitely worth the commute. Upon entering, I was greeted with a smile of owner, Sean Hession and his wonderful staff. Now I have never been overseas in my life, but this beautiful Irish pub atmosphere is what I’d imagine to see if I were to ever travel there myself. At first glance you will notice the lit fireplaces, which makes even the most aimless of travelers want to stay for a drink or two, and plenty of TVs (including one HUGE projection screen), for you sports fanatics to catch your favorite team.

There’s plenty of bar staff to take care of you, and they are quite attentive making sure everyone gets what they need. From the wood to the walls, to various rooms like the Cottage and the Snug, each have a little history. All of the pieces you see were brought from Ireland, bringing a little piece of Hession’s home in Mayo for you to enjoy while you dine. The Cottage area comes with a doorway similar to an Irish home, a shelf area of spices, and a window view making it perfect for a little dinner party with friends and family. If you are looking for a bigger space for a gathering, look no further than the Mayo Room downstairs. Its perfect lighting and ample space make it the ideal location perfect for any occasion, and there are many catering options to choose from. Outdoor dining areas are available as well, and are quite popular during the summer for brunches or nightlife crowds alike. Now let’s talk about food and drinks. Being an Irish Pub, I ex-


Hession’s chef Freddie, a four-year veteran to the 7 year old business, uses the perfect combination of salt, spice, and sweet in his dishes and believe it or not, most of these culinary delights come from his head! He puts a spin on typical comfort food, adding a little Irish history, and a splash of his own ingenuity, to come up with culinary masterpieces that will keep you coming back for more. To begin, I had the pleasure of trying a sample platter complete with onion soup bites with Swiss and parm, Cajun shrimp and pineapple, warmed bruschetta on crostini bread, country style sausage with cilantro drizzle and potato volcanos stuffed with buffalo chicken, blue cheese and sour cream. I also had the pleasure, no, the blessing, of trying the corned beef sliders. These delectable sandwiches practically melt in your mouth, but get them while you are able! Sadly this treat is not available all the time, and take my word for it, you don’t want to miss them. At this point of the meal I was starting to get a little stuffed, so I decided to take a little break, and try another one of Jodi’s drink suggestions to “cleanse the palate” before dinner. She suggested I partake in Willie McBride’s’ infamous peach sangria, and

it was well worth its reputation. The drink was chilled to perfection, sweet but not overbearingly so, and had little bits of fresh fruit mixed in. It was positively splendid, and if you are a wine person like myself, it is definitely going to be your new favorite. Once my stomach had some room again, it was time for the main course. My choice for the evening was Mr. Hession’s favorite: the shepherd pie. The dish is made with fresh ground beef and veggies topped with mashed potatoes and is basically every food lover’s dream come true. It went very well with my sangria, and is baked to perfection; a must-have if you find yourself needing something warm and craving that Irish cooking experience. With the evening nearing its close, there was only one appropriate way to end the night. Coffee and dessert. Now I am a chocolate lover through and through, so for me it was an obvious choice to have the molten lava cake with some vanilla ice cream. The cake is served warm, as if it just came out of the oven, and the chocolate center melts to make an impeccable finish to my culinary venture. In sum, Sean Hession hits a homerun with his Branchburg pub, Willie McBride’s. It is a flawless combination of Irish history, excellent food and family atmosphere for brunch and banquets alike, topped with live cover band nights and other daily nightlife staples suiting your every need. It is a must see, and a real pot of gold at the end of the pub rainbow. Go and visit both the Branchburg or Hoboken locations. With fantastic food and drink specials, both have a lot to experience and you will not be disappointed; while there, don’t forget to ask Sean about the history and his famous Mickey Blue Eyes record collage.

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pected the staples: bangers and mash, Guinness, etc. but I was blessed in having server, Jodi guide me in my Willie McBride’s experience. Her first suggestion? An Irish coffee Martini. I have to point this out, I am not a chick drink type. This drink; however, had quite a kick to it to go with its smooth taste of Baileys and caramel sauce drizzle. It definitely was a surprise, and a sweet way to start the evening before the real treat came, the food.

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Identity

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Last week I had to endure a case of mistaken identity and this week people cannot be bothered to even remember who I am. Given, my bar is high volume and turns a lot of customers but I can damn well remember every regular, every story, and every drink. I mean…that’s my job…what kind of bartender would I be if I couldn’t do that? Of course, good bartenders can make your drinks lightning fast. Yet great bartenders are those who not only make drinks quickly, but actually engage with the patrons, make them feel welcome, and have their drink ready before they even sit down. I like to think I am the latter.       I began working happy hour shifts years ago to help build business, interact with people, and really generate a nice crowd to stir up the atmosphere. And, or course, help me from going home broke. It irks me to tears when a customer comes in and claims to be the mayor, and I’ve never seen him a day in my life. People like this run two different scenarios. Either they come in the one day I don’t work, religiously, or they drift in every so often, unnoticed, and that makes them “regular” Either way, I’m blowing the whistle on this guy. He perches at the end of the bar, holding his hands up like, “where’s my drink?”

Well, seeing as though I’ve never seen you before and I’m not psychic, you have to verbally convey what you need.        Then begins the fight over the tab. We always hold a credit card for people we don’t know because, well, this is New York…it doesn’t operate on kindness and trust in strangers. Silly, I know. He argues with me how he doesn’t have to do this with anyone else and how I’m being ridiculous. At this point my bar is full and I really just don’t have time to spell it out. I don’t know you, you don’t know me. No...I’m not going to trust you to walk away without some sort of payment. Sorry. He finally coughs up the credit card after a heated debate and tosses out, “what happened to everyone who used to work here?” Now I’m really at my breaking point. “Listen, guy, I’m here five days a week and then some. Funny how I know everyone at the bar…but you. Do not tangle with me.” I put his drink on my buyback and slid his credit card right back to him. “Try your luck upstairs with the other bartender and don’t waste my time ever again.” Surprisingly, he sat patiently until I was finished, paid for every drink, and over-tipped me each time. He never spoke one more word in my direction.

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10 Style Tips For Young Men | How To Dress Sharp As A Younger Guy | Men’s Fashion Advice B y A n t o n i o C e n t e n o f r o m w w w. r e a l m e n r e a l s t y l e . c o m Style Tip #1 – Have Self-Confidence

Before anything else… understand that a big chunk of style depends on a confident attitude. Self-confidence doesn’t just help you engage with women. It’s an internal driving force for remembering who are you are, what you stand for. When you’re in sync with your sense of purpose, it sends a strong signal that affects the “aura” you give off – and even the clothes you wear. So how do you build that confidence? Start by learning from a good mentor. An older guy who exudes confidence the second he makes eye contact with anybody (without coming off as arrogant). Aside from that, master the art of power posing whenever you lack self-confidence. You’d be surprised by how much simple actions like the “Superman pose” can benefit us mentally. Style Tip #2 – Value Style & Image

Entering the real world – you’ve got to open your eyes to the inconvenient truth: books are always judged by their covers. Appearances do matter. Especially when it comes to first impressions. Isn’t a good personality still important? Absolutely. But some people won’t ever be exposed to it if they can’t see past your lackluster “cover.” To nail first impressions, your style and image have to work within society’s system of what’s acceptable – what’s expected of young professionals. Style Tip #3 – Level-Up Your Footwear

In general, being young means you’ve got less disposable income. Budgeting is a must. But at the same time – there’s no excuse for not keeping your clothes in great shape. With just a few bucks, be selective with buying things such as wooden hangers for your suits, shoe trees for your shoes, a reliable iron, and detergent. And then there’s the free stuff – information. Be educated on ironing your shirt properly (so you don’t end up ruining the fabric or leaving marks). You also want to learn how to wash and dry certain fabrics or materials, as well as treating stains on your clothes safely. Those bits of information go a long way – sparing you from making costly mistakes in the future. Style Tip #5 – Nail The Fit

At home, you might still enjoy wearing those baggy shorts or oversized shirts even though you have slimmed down… But outside, remember that fit is king. It’s your top concern in the style pyramid (before you think of fabric and function/style) for any clothing item.

Style Tip #7 – Choose QUALITY Over Quantity

What good is a wardrobe that’s oversaturated with items that either (A) don’t feel good to wear or (B) are difficult to match with one another? The truth is it’s pretty much a dump – where the good stuff gets lost in the mix while the rest have to be cleared or replaced. While you’re still young, this is one of those mistakes you’ll be glad you made. Because it gives you the wisdom to make better purchases (even beyond clothing) at an early age. But also – you should aim to build your own interchangeable wardrobe which includes: A good core of white and blue dress shirts (the backbone of most sharp outfits). Simple ties with dark shades of blue, green or red (a small repeating pattern is fine). Jackets, trousers, shoes with the right colors and textures (which don’t clash with your shirts) Style Tip #8 – Get Rid Of Worn Out Clothing

Certain jean styles might’ve been trendy during your teenage years (like tears, holes or distressed looks). Eliminate those pants (or clothes with similar styles) from your closet right away. You want to move past that rebellious, individualistic phase for good. Upgrade your legwear by sticking to what works: clean, well-fitted indigo jeans. Style Tip #9 – Throw Out T-Shirts & Hoodies

We know that Mark Zuckerberg normally comes to work in a gray hoodie – as if he was running a local gym instead of Facebook. But how many men like Zuckerberg are on this planet? Exactly… The average guy doesn’t have such privileges – and will be judged in a negative way if he wears UN-dressy shirts or tops. That includes different hoodies and t-shirts (especially graphic tees). To play it safe, donate the majority of those items to charity. Save a small portion for home or gym use. Style Tip #10 – Ignore Fashion Trends

Finally, don’t fall prey to the whimsical whims of fashion. Mainstream fashion trends change too fast to really become staples of your style. And young men can’t afford a complete wardrobe overhaul every month. So avoid anything that doesn’t survive past an “in” season (like skinny ties and jeans). Stick to timeless clothing pieces and classic colors, patterns, textures, and combinations (those which have existed since your parents’ and grandparents’ younger years) – since those will never disappoint.

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Style Tip #4 – Take Care Of Your Clothing

No matter what your job is, you’ll most likely wear a high-quality suit at some point in life. So if you’re going to buy one, make sure it’s a classic suit. Consider factors like notch lapels, the proper length of the jacket (the back side shouldn’t completely cover your butt) and a clean, consistent stitching (check this by opening the vents and breast pocket). For any suit that’s off the rack – do take the time to have it adjusted. Some department stores still offer the service, but chances are you’ll need to find a tailor independently. Skilled tailors would know how to make small changes that take it from “mediocre” to “perfect for you.” They could even turn a ten-dollar suit from the thrift shop into a staple of your dress wardrobe. That’s right – it doesn’t matter where the suit comes from. As long as it looks amazing on you!

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Still wearing running shoes all the time (even when you’re NOT running)? Explore other options. Why? It boils down to a traditional school of thought that’s still alive and well these days: you can judge a man by his shoes. People see shoes as a way of measuring your net worth – or assuming your career and social status. So I believe in spending good money on a pair of high-quality dress shoes. It’s a classic type of footwear that works for nearly all occasions. A pair of quality leather shoes is one of the best investments – provided it’s durable and comfortable to wear for many years (with nothing more than some light cleaning and the occasional shine required). It’s not just about looking sharp. These shoes represent attention to detail, and how carefully you present yourself (not giving people any reason to ridicule your young age or starting salary).

Style Tip #6 – Own A Well-Fitted Suit


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A Little Rest for Rambles at Happy Hour with

Annabella’s House of Mozzarella By Amanda-Kathryn aka Rambles of Red


I was quite relaxed throughout my first drink, and was taking in the dimly lit atmosphere around me. There wasn’t any entertainment while I was there, but the music playing and the people sitting with Donna and I made for great conversation. We talked about Italian food, culture, and Annabella’s history. With one couple, Donna was extremely helpful. She took the time to go over different wines, and helped select one that would best accommodate the consumer’s taste. It’s always refreshing to see that sort of help, and it was a privilege to watch Donna interact and share her knowledge with us newcomers. Around this time hunger was striking me, and I wanted to try something other than what was being offered in my college’s cafeteria. I looked at the happy hour menu in front of me, and saw a vast spread of deals to choose from. Some items included were wings, bar pies, and even mini calzones, but it was the Italian Eggroll that piqued my interest. Served atop a bed of arugula, the dish consisted of prosciutto and roasted peppers wrapped in an egg roll shell with aioli sauce on the side. Now Chinese food has always been a guilty pleasure of mine, but this dish put an Italian spin on one of my favorite take out choices. It had a perfect blend of spices with the peppers and meat, and the sauce it was served with was great for dipping and added a little kick to appetizer. Overall it went perfectly with my green tea shot, and is a must try for you happy hour connoisseurs needing a quick bite of comfort food. As the evening drew to its close, I managed to get a word with Mr. Pompeo regarding his future for Annabella’s. He aspires to bring more crowds to enjoy what his new, exciting happy hour has to offer. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my happy hour experience at Annabella’s House of Mozzarella. From four to seven, you can partake in awesome deals on food and drinks alike. You can meet awesome staff, like Donna, and enjoy a fresh take to an authentic Italian experience.

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Sometimes I just need to unwind, and being a college student doing what seems to be 100 papers a week, free time is hard to come by. This Thursday I decided to go out, take some overdue me time, and avoid my English assignment a little longer at happy hour with Annabella’s House of Mozzarella in East Rutherford. Located across the bridge down on Paterson Plank Road, I found the commute simple, and parking a breeze. It was quite refreshing, and a nice change from the usual chaos of my college parking lot. Upon entering William Pompeo and his staff greeted me with smiles, and the pleasant aroma of Italian cooking spices filled the air. I was surprised to see a little market before reaching the restaurant side, where a plethora of bread, cheeses, and meats hung from a little hooded villa area. It added to the comfort and charm of the establishment, and even gave me the feeling of being in an actual Italian mercato. The dining room was conveniently located near the market, and had ample table seating for both small and big parties alike. For corporate types, comfy futon chairs are also available with tables to use as you choose. They are in front of the bar area, and were just what I needed after a long day on campus. Big screen TVs surround both the dining and bar areas, and I was able to catch a bit of the Olympics before heading to a seat at the bar and starting my happy hour experience. Donna, my bartending guru, helped me through my decision on what to try first for the evening. She persuaded me to try the popular Green Tea shot, a blend of peach schnapps, Southern Comfort and sour mix. It was chilled to perfection, and not too sweet to overwhelm me. There are plenty of other options available on the happy hour menu to choose from, including great deals on beer, wine, and even a house martini! I highly recommend this shot to start with, especially if you are looking to try something different besides the usual glass of merlot.


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Sinead O’Connor Claims abusive mother ‘ran a torture chamber’ in emotional Dr. Phil interview.

Not too long ago Sinead O’Connor sat down for a frank and deeply emotional interview about her mental health and experience of abuse, speaking to popular TV psychologist Dr. Phil for the season premiere of his show. In a preview for the episode, she discusses her mother Marie O’Connor, who died in a car crash when she was 19 years old, and her alleged years of physical and sexual abuse. “She ran a torture chamber. She was a person who took delight in hurting you,” she states in the clip.

The Irish singer-songwriter, best known for her cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U”, elsewhere speaks of how she’s “fed up of being defined as the crazy person”. She sparked widespread concerns last month after posting a tearful video to Facebookrevealing she has been in a suicidal state for the past two years. When Dr. Phil asks her to confirm whether she has attempted to kill herself eight times in one year, she simply nods. 


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Dr. Phil appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!  to discuss O’Connor’s appearance on his show, explaining her own personal motivations behind the interview.  “You’ve seen her video she’s posted on Facebook and all, from motel rooms in New Jersey,” he said. “She really has had a difficult time, and she said, ‘Look, I’m in trouble. I need help.’ And she called. She said, ‘I want to de-stigmatize mental illness; I clearly have a problem... Too many musicians are dying. I want to use my life, be a teaching tool. I’m willing to sit down and talk.’”

The musician, who has legally changed her name to Magda Davitt to be “free of parental curses”, wrote a moving thank you to Dr. Phil on her Facebook page. “You really are not quite human you know. You’re a proper real live angel. I knew that from the gold in your eyes. And from the size of your huge heart. One day I hope to be an angel too. I promise I won’t let you down,” the post reads.


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Kiley McKinnon Olympic Freestyle Skier

BY CHAUNCE HAYDEN The 2018 Winter Olympics  in Pyeongchang, South Korea are under away. That means by now all of our readers (most/some) are glued to their televisions; decking themselves out in red, white, and blue (or whatever the colors of their chosen team); and asking “did you see that snowboard cross/luge/figure skating final?”.  MN recently caught caught up with Team USA freestyle skiing aerialist Kiley McKinnon. Do you have a hidden talent and if so what is it? Kiley McKinnon:  I just got asked this and someone brought up speaking gibberish and I actually realized that I do know how to speak that but I would have never said that as a secret talent or hidden talent. I really don’t think I have anything very secret about me, but yeah, I guess that I can speak gibberish, which is super random. What’s your favorite junk food? KM: My favorite junk food would probably have to be ice cream. What’s your favorite food in general? KM: My favorite food, I’ve decided ... I told myself the other day that my favorite food is egg sandwiches because I eat them all the time and I never get tired of them and I went through this week where I ate on every single day and that’s all I craved, so I guess I’d have to say like bacon egg and cheeses or egg sandwich, yeah. What are you majoring in, in college? KM:  I am currently in college and I’m trying to decide what degree I would like to major in, I keep going back and forth with business and communications, I’m leaning more towards communications but haven’t quite decided yet.

What’s your best subject in school? KM: My best subject was science. How do you wake up in the morning, like do you press snooze a bunch of times or do you get right out of bed? KM:  Yeah, I set my alarm way earlier than I need to wake up just so I can tell myself that I have more time to sleep and then I’ll snooze it like 10 times before I actually wake up. Who do you look up to? KM:  I guess I look up to all my teammates, I’d say there’s always times during training or competition seasons where I strive to do how well they’re doing and I don’t know, I guess I just look up to my teammates and my coaches. What’s something everyone gets wrong about your sport? KM: Something everyone gets wrong, is [people think] we don’t know how to ski and that’s always so sad because I don’t like the fact that people think we don’t know how to ski, people also just get our sport wrong in general all the time. They always think that it’s going off like slope style jumps so I always have to explain exactly what it is or else people usually don’t understand, which is understandable. What do you bring with you whenever you travel? KM:  Whenever I travel I always bring the same thing, pretty much the same things anyone else would bring but I always make sure that I have nice over-the-ear headphones for the flight so I can stay quiet and not have to listen to all the noises. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? KM: Weirdest thing I’ve ever eaten... that’s a tough one.


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KM: The best thing about being an athlete is traveling the world and loving what you do. Where is your favorite place that you have traveled? KM: My favorite place is probably Spain. Yeah, we went to Spain last year for world championships and it was beautiful. What’s your favorite work out fuel? KM: My favorite work out fuel would probably... I don’t know, it’s tough, I don’t have one specific thing that I eat, it just depends on the day, what I have in my fridge to eat that day, there’s nothing specific. I usually try not to eat too much before I work out and save it for afterwords. What’s something about your gear, what you wear when you compete that people might not realize? KM: A lot of people don’t realize what we wear just in general for aerial skiing, a lot of the times people either think that we wear like a skin tight racing suit or they just don’t know what it is and for us we wear regular ski pants with the more thin jacket but doesn’t have a hood and we actually zip our coats into our pants so that they stay tucked in when we’re in the air and landing ... so a lot of people I don’t think realize that. What TV show are you obsessed with right now? KM: Pretty Little Liars. What’s your biggest phobia? KM: Spiders or hair, I hate... wet hair. I can’t go in the shower if there’s wet hair in it, but I guess probably spiders are the biggest one though. What’s the last thing you shopped for? KM:  I shop a lot, I like shopping so much. The last thing I shopped for was actually a pair of sneakers. What’s one thing you always have to have when you’re competing? KM:  One thing I always have to have besides like the basic things that I obviously need when I’m competing, I don’t know ... nothing specific other than what I need in order to do aerials really, maybe music to listen to or you know, just having my teammates there with me. Do you have favorite pump-up music? KM: Usually ... Ashley Caldwell, she’s my teammate, she usually decides to become obsessed with a song every season ... She finds some song and most of the time it’s not even a pump-up song, one season it was “Unsteady” from the X Ambassadors, which is like the least pump-up song ever but it became like our song for that season and she played it 24/7. Whenever we played music that was the song she played and it got stuck in our head always and now it’s just whenever we hear it, it reminds us of each other and of that season and it’s kind of happened every season since, so it’s funny. To learn more, visit teamusa.org. The Winter Olympics start live on Feb. 8

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I’ve eaten a flower before. I remember back when I was younger, those little yellow flowers that you could like put under your chin. I’m pretty sure when I was little my brothers, my older brothers told me that you’re supposed to eat them and I think I did but I spit it out right away. What’s the last thing you posted to Instagram? KM: The last thing I posted was a video of me in the photo shoot tent and I was holding the confetti machine in the team USA onesie and I was spraying it everywhere and they filmed it on video. What are you most excited about with the Olympics? KM: I’m most excited about the experiences that I’ll gain from the Olympics, that’s something that I’m looking forward too. How young were you when you started skiing? KM:  I started skiing when I was about 2 - 3 years old and I started doing aerials when I was 15. What drew you to aerials? KM: I think the biggest thing that drew me to aerials was the amount of perfectionism that comes with the sport, I’m a huge perfectionist with everything I do with my life and it really drew me to the sport because I wanted to do perfect jumps. If you weren’t an aerialist what would you be doing instead? KM:  If I wasn’t an aerialist I probably would have graduated college last year with all of my other classmates who just graduated and it’s tough to say, I mean I was in a time in my life where I had no idea what I wanted to do, so now that I’m doing aerials it’s hard to say what I would be doing now if I wasn’t doing aerials. If you had to pick a summer Olympics sport what would it be? KM:  Beach volleyball, I want to play beach volleyball, I keep telling everybody that when I’m done with aerials that I’m going to start my beach volleyball career. What’s your dream career other than what you’re doing now? KM: My dream career if I had never started doing aerials and I had a lot more time on my plate I would have loved to become a veterinarian... I have a golden retriever, she’s everything to me, she’s my life. What’s the hardest part about being an athlete? KM: Probably the hardest part about being an athlete I would say is dealing with ups and downs that you face, especially with aerials being so much about being perfect, I think there are so many days where you’re struggling with your jumping and have to deal with maybe a bad result in a competition and making sure that you put that past you and focusing on the good things, definitely have learned a lot from those experiences. What’s the best thing about being an athlete?


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In Memoriam

The Stunning Death of Ireland’s Music Icon

Dolores O’Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan appeared to be in good spirits the second weekend in January. On the 12th, the Cranberries front woman and her longtime bandmate, guitarist Noel Hogan, spoke by phone about a March tour and starting their first studio album in six years. “She was great,” says Hogan. “We spoke about getting back to work.” Two days later, O’Riordan e-mailed him several fresh songs that would be considered for that next band album. Sadly, those plans never came to be. On the morning of January 15th, O’Riordan was found dead in a London hotel room. She was 46. At press time, the results of an autopsy and toxicology report had not been announced, and police were treating the death as unexplained but not suspicious. (The coroner’s investigation has been adjourned until April 3 “as they await the results of further tests,” according to that office.) The news marked the shocking end for a singer whose steely, siren-like voice and lyrics about both the personal and the political made her one of the most potent stars of the alt-rock era. As U2 said in a group comment, “She had such strength of conviction, yet she could speak to the fragility in all of us.

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Born in 1971, O’Riordan was raised near the Irish city of Limerick, the youngest of seven. She idolized her dad, a farm laborer who was injured in a bike accident that prevented him from working. But a degree of darkness overshadowed her early life. At one point, her sister accidentally burned down the family home. Later, Dolores said that as a child she had been sexually molested by an older man. As O’Riordan told  Rolling Stone in 1995, “I have a lot of secrets about my childhood.”   Initially, O’Riordan was a shy performer, even singing with her


According to former manager Allen Kovac, O’Riordan intentionally decided to set her band apart with politically urgent lyrics; she wrote its biggest hit, 1994’s “Zombie,” about two children killed during a 1993 bombing in England by the Irish Republican Army. Kovac says Island Records urged them not to release it as a single. (In his telling, she ripped up a $1 million check the label offered her to work on another song.) “Dolores was a very small, fragile person, but very opinionated,” says Kovac “Her belief was that she was an international artist and she wanted to break the rest of the world, and ‘Zombie’ was part of that evolution. She felt the need to expand beyond ‘I love you, you love me’ and write about what was happening in Ireland at the time.”

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back to the audience. “There was no big act,” says Hogan. “I think [that] resonated with people.” Despite their newness, the Cranberries were swept up in the Nineties alt-rock major-label bidding fever. Their 1993 debut, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, beget crashing-wave hits like “Linger” and “Dreams,” powered by the blend of the band’s guitar shimmer and O’Riordan’s luxurious, haunted voice. That album and its 1994 follow-up, No Need to Argue, sold millions of records, and the Cranberries even taped an MTV Unplugged. 

Music became her escape. In grade school, her voice stood out: “If I started to sing, then all the others in the room would stop and listen,” she told Rolling Stone. In 1990, she met a local band, the Cranberry Saw Us, and replaced the departing lead singer. Thankfully, they were rechristened the Cranberries. “Dolores came and sang a few songs she had written,” says Hogan. “We were blown away that this small girl from Limerick had such an amazing voice. The fact that she wasn’t already in a band was a miracle.” In the summer of 1994, O’Riordan married Don Burton, a tour manager of Duran Duran; the couple eventually moved to his native Canada and had three kids. But she and the Cranberries soon hit a rough patch. “Dolores gave so much of herself at the gigs,” says Stephen Street, who produced their first two albums. “Perhaps she could have tempered her behavior and been more measured, but that wasn’t her way.” A 1996 tour was cut short while she dealt with exhaustion. “I had to fly to Ireland and take her to a doctor,” Kovac says. “He said to her, ‘You’re not healthy enough to tour.’ My belief was you had to deal with those issues, but I don’t think she ever got through.”  The Cranberries never again repeated their early level of success — their 2001 album Wake Up and Smell the Coffee peaked at 45 — but even as their sound grew edgier and punkier, they never lost their fan base, for whom the troubled O’Riordan remained a relatable pop star. The Cranberries’ music remained in demand, used in soundtracks from The Sopranos and Gossip Girl to You’ve Got Mail. (A sample of “Zombie” threads through “In Your Head” on Eminem’s new Revival.) As Hogan says, “There are songs I hear today that we wrote over 20 years ago and I see and hear people singing along with them.” When the Cranberries broke up in 2003, O’Riordan recorded two under-the-radar solo albums, and the Cranberries regrouped in 2009, eventually releasing one of their strongest albums, Roses, three years later. But O’Riordan’s life remained chaotic. She later claimed she tried to overdose on pills in 2012 and had a drinking problem. Her marriage ended in 2014, the same year she was arrested for stepping on the foot of a flight attendant and head-butting a police officer; a judge spared her from jail after determining she was mentally ill at the time. (“You can’t arrest me — I’m an icon!” she yelled at the police.) She was subsequently diagnosed as bipolar. “Dolores had a lot of things going on in her life over the past 10 years — good and bad,” says Hogan. “But what made Dolores connect with people was her honesty. What you saw was what you got.”

Dolores was so disappointed when we had to cancel the last tour... She did everything in her power to fix the back problem but it persisted and won in the end. – Cranberries co-founder, Noel Hogan


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Again, O’Riordan powered through it all with music. With the end of her marriage, she moved to New York and began working with a new band, D.A.R.K., featuring former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke (who calls her talent “breathtaking”) and DJ Olé Koretsky, who eventually became her life partner. The band’s 2016 debut, Science Agrees, took O’Riordan’s voice into new, electronica areas. But she never fully abandoned the Cranberries, who last year unveiled Something Else, a collection of new and old material played unplugged and orchestrated. In an interview with the BBC to promote it, O’Riordan admitted, “I’ve had health issues the last few years.” Those problems – specifically back pain from years of playing guitar for so many years – led to a canceled tour. “Dolores was so disappointed when we had to cancel the last tour,” says Hogan. “She did everything in her power to fix the back problem but it persisted and won in the end.” 

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Dolores O’Riordan was the lead singer of hits like “Linger” and “Zombie” with the Irish band the Cranberries.

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The day before she died, O’Riordan flew to London (one source says she flew from New York to Dublin, where she stayed for a short while before continuing on to London). There, work again beckoned. She was planning to meet with Youth about the second, near-completed D.A.R.K. album, and she was also carving out time to add her vocals to a new version of “Zombie” by the L.A. metal band Bad Wolves. After midnight on January 15th, O’Riordan left two voice mail messages for Dan Waite, a label executive who had set up the collaboration with Bad Wolves (and who had worked with the Cranberries in the early 2000s). In her messages, O’Riordan talked lovingly about her kids, expressed their thrill at the Eminem sample and sang a snippet of the Verve’s “Bitter Sweet Symphony” (which Youth had produced). “She was in a good space,” says Waite. “I’ve seen a few things saying she was depressed but she was definitely making plans for the week” — including, he says, dinner with him and his wife. Instead, O’Riordan will be buried today in Limerick. 


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pump chump BY ANGELA POMPELLI-BUTLER betweenthesheets@rocketmail.com

If someone is not having sex frequently enough, their stamina is not as good as those that may be having sex on a regular basis. No one wants a two-pump chump. In other words, someone that cums way too fast. The dictionary definition is, “A guy who, during sex, can’t contain his load for more than two measly thrusts. This leaves the woman shocked and extremely unsatisfied”. Unfortunately, this happens more than you think it and for various reasons. One reason for this may be lack of sex. If someone is not having sex frequently enough, their stamina is not as good as those that may be having sex on a regular basis. If this happens to you or your partner, try doing it more often so that the next time you are doing the deed you will not come up short. Masturbation is another way to go. Take matters into your own hands. In other words, get the jitters out before the big show. If you know you will having sex that night, masturbate the night before or the day of. This will help you last longer. You may also try some desensitizing creams. You can usually buy some of these over the counter while some are available by prescription. For you men out there that want to keep it on the DL you may try a self-help book. These type of books will help you outline the problem and teach you how to deal with it without anyone really knowing about it. One to read is the Ejaculation Trainer. I also suggest using condoms, known to help with sensitivity issues. Get the ultra-thin so you can still feel it, but it will leave you less sensitive and hopefully lasting longer. Cock rings may also provide some added time to your sexual experience. Some grip tight around the penis to help constrict the area, while there are some that may also wrap around your scrotum. Does not sound pleasing, but usually does the trick. If all else fails, booze it up! Drink, drink, drink. Your fear and inhibitions tend to go out the window when you are drunk, which can help with performance. Try some hard liquor. Some vodka or gin may keep you going through the night. Just be careful not to drink too much because whisky dick is not sexy either. Kisses,

Angela If you have a story, comment or question you would like to share with BTS, please email me at betweenthesheets@rocketmail.com.


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RIP Warren Miller A huge and important chapter in snowsports has at long last sadly closed. Although he lived a long and lustrous life, Warren Miller finally shed his mortal coil at the age of 93 and is now watching down on all of us from the highest peak of all– Heaven.

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For many years I would dedicate my first column of each ski season to a review of Warren’s own season-starting film of that particular year. It’s ironic and symbolic to me at least that the news of his death now comprises my final ski column of 2018. The man was a true pioneering icon and a beloved filmmaker with his own super unique style. He introduced generations to the thrills and freedom of snowsports for over 60 years. Though he died peacefully of natural causes at his home on Orcas Island, WA, his work will thankfully live on forever.

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His wife of the past 30 years Laurie Miller, had this to say about her husband’s passing; “This is a sad day during which we draw some comfort from the fact that Warren’s legacy of adventure, freedom and humor carries on in the countless lives he touched. Warren loved nothing more than sharing his life’s adventures and hearing literally every day from friends old and new about how his stories inspired others to enrich and enjoy their own lives. All of us are better for knowing and loving Warren.”

Warren Miller

The man’s distinct, droll narration and humorous hijinks on the slopes highlighted his films and made him impossible to be confused with any other filmmaker. Widely considered the original ski bum, Miller’s talents actually went well beyond ski filmmaking. He produced more than 500 films, primarily covering outdoor pursuits, including surfing, sailing, and other watersports. As an artist, cartoonist, and author, he also wrote 1,200 columns and 11 books. Miller was a World War II veteran, ski instructor, ski racer, accomplished surfer, and even a champion sailor! He took up windsurfing when he was in his 60’s, and got into destination motor boating in his 70’s and 80’s. Talk about a renaissance man! Later in his 80’s and 90’s, Miller’s philanthropic efforts provided entrepreneurial training to thousands of youth nationwide, focusing on hard work, ingenuity, and creativity. Perhaps one of his most cited quotes provides insight as to how this man packed so much into one lifetime: “If you don’t do it this year, you’ll be one year older when you do.”

“Warren Miller was a globally loved ambassador for skiing and adventure sports, pioneering an entire genre of filmmaking,” said Andy Clurman, CEO of Active Interest Media, the parent company of Warren Miller Entertainment. “We join generations of Warren’s fans in both mourning his loss and celebrating a life well lived.” His family encourages those who are able, to ski a favorite run or enjoy another activity they love in Warren’s memory. In lieu of memorial gifts, the family also invites those inclined to benefit the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center in Big Sky, MT: www.warrenmillerpac.org. If you’ve ever seen one of his films you can easily imagine his instantly recognizable dry voice saying : “I’ll see you same time, same place next year, only I’ll be watching from a different mountaintop.” To look more in depth into Warren’s amazing life click www.warrenmiller.org. I’ll end off with a couple of cartoons from fellow ski journalist Mike Roth. One is all about the devil versus angel dilemma that especially pressures newbies. The other one is all about the increasing amount of drones being used everywhere lately including ski resorts. Like many things in life, there are both good and bad uses. On that note– Ski ya next season!


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and her lunch with Chaunce Hayden I think I’ve always been the odd ball or the person that everything is blamed on in school. Rose McGowan is starting to sound a little insane. Is that okay to say? Yes, her story about being raped by Harvey Weinstein is compelling and indeed it was very brave to reveal publicly. McGowan gets full credit for the first voice of the MeToo movement. But..... What started as a proud and historic moment in women’s rights and equality has suddenly gotten weird and it’s because of the same voice that started the entire uproar to begin with. If you’ve been following McGowan during her “Brave” book tour you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s fingers down the chalk board cringe worthy every time the actress turned activist speaks. Literally every single time she speaks it’s so uncomfortable and weird that you forget that she’s a powerful voice and instead just quirky.  Case in point: Following appearances earlier this week on Good Morning America and The View to promote her new memoir, Brave, Rose McGowan sat down with Stephen Colbert on  The Late Show  on Wednesday night to further discuss her history with disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and her allegations that the ousted producer sexually assaulted her.  McGowan, wearing a bright orange hoodie, joined Colbert to also speak about her new E! series, Citizen Rose. “That was actually my father’s nickname for me,” McGowan said of Brave’s title. When Colbert asked McGowan about growing up in a cult, she responded, “He thought that was a better alternative to the shithole we all live in, and he might be right.” When asked about Weinstein, McGowan said she was “the architect” of the current movement. Colbert then asked the actress if she was told she was “crazy” when she first came out with allegations against Weinstein, to which she responded, “No, I see things.” The conversation unfolded with McGowan outtalking Colbert during a wide-ranging conversation that spanned from her arrest and her Rose Army message, to the time she sat at the Fox News table during a White House Press

Association dinner during Obama’s presidency. “I realized that I think, psychologically, suits make people insane,” she said of her sweatshirt outfit. She then pressed Colbert, something she did throughout the interview, saying, “Your arms are T-Rex. Why do you have to wear a suit? Who made you wear a suit — what’s the rule?” As much as Colbert tried to keep McGowan on track, even he stumbled at deciphering some of her long-winded answers, which included several bleeps by CBS. Agreeing that they are both “comfortable with discomfort,” McGowan ended the chat by raising her fist in the air and saying, “Be uncomfortable. Be brave.” McGowan responded to a statement issued by Weinstein’s attorney claiming the actress’ recent appearances and comments were an attempt to “smear” Mr. Weinstein with a “bold lie that is denied not only by Mr. Weinstein himself, but by at least two witnesses.” The statement included emails from McGowan’s then-manager, Jill Messick, and former co-star Ben Affleck in an attempt to bolster Weinstein’s denial of the actress’ rape claim. McGowan has said that she immediately informed both parties of the alleged assault. Affleck had initially commented in a November interview, saying he supports McGowan; since his email referenced by Weinstein was sent in July, the appearance contradicts that claim. “Mr. Weinstein has used his power to violate Rose in all too many ways, even resorting to proven espionage tactics in attempt to cover up his crimes,” read McGowan’s response, referencing what was first reported in The New Yorker  about Weinstein using private investigators, including ex-Mossad agents, to track his accusers, like McGowan. She said the use of Messick’s and Affleck’s emails, which occurred months before the first story broke about Weinstein on Oct. 5, prove that “Weinstein was on a fishing expedition to target and coerce potential witnesses.” Messick’s former assistant, Anne Woodward, also supported McGowan’s claim to  The New York Times in October.

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As for the Colbert appearance, McGowan took to Twitter in a series of tweets on Thursday to defend and explain her appearance.  Saying she is “bored of formats and questions” and “done with traditional structure,” McGowan said she “had fun (as much as one can have in this alternate reality) on the @colbertlateshow any press framing it as ‘bizarre’ I just have a different personality than you. I don’t follow protocol. And I will talk about WHAT I WANT. I requested a Dick Cavett free form hangout.” She added, “I am unusual, that IS the point. I do not care for formats or traditional thought. Every interview of mine is different, just like a mood. A lot of you are meeting me for the first time. Don’t compare me to what you would do or be. Be free.” I’ve had my own moments with McGowan over the years. The following is an interview I had with Rose. This was before she came out about being molested by family members and other men who have crossed her path over the years during her Hollywood journey. But if you read between the lines you can almost smell her desire to tell me what she’s become historically famous for these past few months.  Do I think McCowan was raped? No. I don’t think she was raped. Do I think Harvey Weinstein used his power to get a young actress to give in to his sexual perversions? Hell yes. I don’t think McCowan enjoyed having sex with Weinstein. In fact, I’m sure it was disgusting for her. But that doesn’t mean she didn’t give in to his desire with the understanding one favour would lead to fame and Hollywood fortune. I believe it was a trade off and a trade off that as the years past didn’t go as McCowan had planned. A woman scorned? Gross? Yes. Rape? Hmm.... I say no.  Anyway, enjoy the following and see if you can spot the moment where McGowan almost spills on the man she now calls “The Monster.”

Personally, I don’t want any part of it. Next topic. As far as you’re acting career goes you’ve done every thing from comedy to horror. Do you prefer doing comedy over being crushed to death by a garage door? Well I’m an actress so I can do all sorts of things. But isn’t there one genre that you prefer over the other? I think I prefer to do drama only because I’m a little bored with doing comedy right now. I mean comedy is light and fluffy and that’s why I do it. But it’s like eating candy. If you eat too much of it after a while you want a steak. I’m assuming you get offered a lot of parts. What goes into the decision process when you finally decide on what film you’re going to do? Does it suck or does it not suck? Sometimes it’s really as easy as that. I mean I haven’t been acting that long and it’s strange because I’ve become pretty well known very quickly. But I haven’t worked long enough to have the long list of credits behind me. Do you know what I mean? So I kind of get judged on higher expectations than I really should at this point. I can’t really fulfill the expectations people have of me. But don’t worry everyone, I’ll get there! I promise! An actress having fame without the credentials to support it has got to be a weird dynamic to live with. It’s a very weird dynamic. I can’t think of any other industry that... (Pause) If I said if I was a dentist people would be saying things like, “Oh yeah? Who’s teeth have you filled? Have you done root canals?” So when you say, “I say that I’m an actor... but?” I’m immediately put on the defense with people. I find that with many interviewers and even just people on the street. Even though I do get a lot of great feedback from people I still get people who like to put me on the ropes right away. “Oh yeah, well you haven’t done enough dramas!” Hey, I’m just a girl for God sakes! Give me some time. Do you know what I’m saying? Just cut me some slack everybody. I’m trying! Do you still have to audition or do you just get parts based on your name? It depends. “Ready to Rumble” was offered to me. Some things are and some things aren’t. It’s like that with really almost anybody. I mean there are things that I certainly have to fight hard for and things that aren’t such a fight. Is there any part that you fought for recently but didn’t get? No. Well? No, to be honest. You don’t sound sure of yourself.

...I hate fish! I will always hate fish! I hate them as we speak! That’s all I have to say about fish.

Chauncé Hayden: Before we get started is there anything that you don’t want to talk about? Rose McGowan: Well I’ll let you know if something comes up. Let’s start off with Marilyn Manson. What went wrong? All I’ll say is that a word that began with D and ended in S got between us. I just didn’t want to be with someone who would that lifestyle get in the way of our relationship.


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worked with? No, my dream is to have a role that would be so substantial that it earned me an Oscar. That’s really my dream. You don’t need me to tell you that’s not an easy dream to fulfill considering the competition in Hollywood these days among women actors. I guess it’s always been that way. A guy who’s known to about 2 people in Hollywood would get offered something where I’ll have to audition for it. And it’s just based on the fact that he’s a guy. That happens a lot. And you just have to know that. It’s very frustrating and stupid but I’m not going to sit here and go off about it because it’s kind of cliche. But yes, as a women you do have to work harder in Hollywood. There’s a lot less roles to choose from. If you’re a white male there’s going to be a lot more work because there’s a lot more parts to chose from. There just are. Generally there’s one or two girls in a movie. So just by the ratio of what roles are out there it’s kind of tough from that aspect. But again I believe we end up doing exactly what we’re supposed to be doing in life. I mean I don’t think I’ll be auditioning against Brad Pitt for the same role anytime soon. Never say never. Maybe! Now that would be kind of funny! Award show fashions have become almost bigger then the awards show themselves. Not surprisingly, it was your backless dress at the 1998 MTV Video Awards that seemed to start the show more skin craze. Yeah, that was really funny! But then again I have a really sick sense of humor. I think things like that are really funny. I love pulling off pranks. That was my idea of a red carpet prank. The picture of you walking down the red carpet with your bare ass showing still shows up in magazines.  Yeah I know! I’ll be sitting at home and not feeling particularly brash or ballsy and I’ll see a picture of me in that dress in a magazine and I’ll go, “Oh God, what was I thinking!” But most of the time I think it’s pretty funny. At this years Grammy’s Jennifer Lopez tried to out do you by showing more skin then has ever been seen at a awards show. What did you think of her fashion choice? I thought it was a really pretty dress. That’s a different situation. I think she looked great. I read a quote where you said, “If you were ever with

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Well maybe I just didn’t want to do it that much. You go on certain auditions and you meet people but… I mean it’s not that often that you try for something that you really, really love. I mean there was one part in particular that I really loved and I was very close to being cast in, but looking back and seeing how the entire movie turned out, I’m perfectly fine with not doing it. I mean I always feel that I’m going to wind up doing exactly what I’m suppose to be doing anyway. That’s just how the universe works. So you believe in fate I take it. I’ve had a strong viewing of it thus far. So in the face of that, yeah. I read where you’re quoted as saying, “If I was back in the Salem witch hunting days I would of been burned at the stake.” So are you saying that you’re a witch? (Laughs) I think that was just my sense of humor that day! I’m a spiritual person but it’s not like I’m a practicing witch or anything. God knows! But I think I’ve always been the odd ball or the person that everything is blamed on in school.  But you were always innocent of course. Right! I never actually did anything! I was just always the outcast or the black sheep. So that’s really what I meant by that. So what’s this about you hating fish? I hate fish! I will always hate fish! I hate them as we speak! That’s all I have to say about fish. No chance of seeing you at a Sushi bar anytime soon? Actually, I have the misfortune of having friends who like sushi damit! So I have to go. But when I’m there I get those little green beans that they give you for free with salt on them as an appetizer. I have 3 bowls of them and that’s my dinner. It’s really tragic. I’ll go to Matsu Hisa which is like the most expensive Sushi restaurant in LA and I’ll only eat free beans. How lovely. Did you go to the Academy Awards this year? Hell no! I don’t go to things that I’m not really involved in. Although, I like eating Dorito’s watching it at home in sweat pants. It’s fun to pick on people or root for people like anybody else. Do you care if you ever win an Academy Award? Is that a dream? I will! I will! Mark my words. I absolutely will.  Is your ultimate dream to stand in front all of your peers and read down a mile long list of everyone you ever


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a girl sexually, Jennifer Lopez is the one you would pick.” Is that true? Oh God, did I say that! Well, I guess I did. Actually, I don’t like her taste in men. So now I probably wouldn’t want her sexually. So you’re not a big fan of Puff Daddy? Gross! Disgusting! Why do you dislike Puffy so much? I’m just a big fan of intelligence. That’s my main thing. If someone doesn’t have intelligence and humor then I’m not going to get along with you. And Puffy apparently doesn’t have either. Who knows? I don’t really care. But I do think Jennifer Lopez is very beautiful.  How would you define your taste in women? I like women who look like women. I read an interview with Jennifer [Lopez] where she said “I’m 5’6” and people say that I’m a full figured women.” To me that’s just a woman. I just basically think she’s pretty hot! Us girls with curves have to stick together. Listen to me, I’m like a size 0 (laughs)! Yeah, what do you know about curves? Hey, I got the T and the A! What are you going to do! I have what you call “Production Value!” I have little stick legs but the front and the back sticks out so what are you going to do?

about us and the whole time I’m thinking, “What is he talking about?” And to be honest Chauncé, I still don’t know what he was talking about. How do you feel about Corey Feldman today? I would say he’s not a real big figure in my life. You’re currently starring on the hit television show “Charmed.” How do you like it? I love it! It’s really a lot of fun.  Last question. If you could write your own epitaph what would it say? Oh dear....(long pause) That’s too hard for a girl who hasn’t gotten to eat her take out yet! By the way, that’s not the epitaph I want!

Tragic... Rose McGowan’s ex manager ends her life! The Harvey Weinstein scandal took a tragic turn when Rose McGowan’s former manager committed suicide after becoming “collateral damage in an already horrific story” surrounding the mogul’s battle with the actress. Jill Messick, a 50-year-old mother of two, worked as McGowan’s manager in 1997, when McGowan has claimed she was raped by Weinstein. Messick then went on to work at Weinstein’s Miramax until 2003, producing “She’s All That” and “Frida.” She committed suicide on Wednesday after battling depression and bipolar disorder for years, her family said.

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At this point in your career what do you have more of, friends or enemies? You know what, there’s a really great line in the new Oasis album, where [Noel Gallagher] says something about being more distant from his family but all his enemies know his name. I thought that was a little bit apropo. But I’m pretty savvy at this point and I can pretty much spot a rat anywhere. Are there lots of rats out there to be found? Yes, but I try not to let them into my life. I’m what you would call the guard dog at the gate keeping all the assholes out. That leads me to my next question. Corey Feldman seems to have a major problem with you and your former significant other Marilyn Manson. It wasn’t that long ago that both you and Feldman had it out on the Howard Stern Show. To be honest that was so tragic because I had flown in and hadn’t slept all night and all of a sudden I’m blind sided by Corey Feldman. And I was basically just trying to figure out what the hell he was talking about.  You looked stunned by his anger toward’s you both. The whole thing was surreal. I mean I was so tired I was practically hallucinating. I just didn’t feel I was on my toes that day. I mean I was just sitting there on the Howard Stern Show listening to this guy yell and scream

“Seeing her name in headlines again and again, as part of one person’s attempt to gain more attention for her personal cause, along with Harvey’s desperate attempt to vindicate himself, was devastating . . . It broke Jill, who was just starting to get her life back on track. What makes Rose’s inaccurate accusations and insinuations against Jill ironic was that she was the first person who stood up on Rose’s behalf, and alerted her bosses to the horrific experience which Rose suffered.” McGowan has said that Weinstein raped her after she got into a hot tub with him in 1997 at the Sundance Film Festival. Weinstein released a Messick e-mail, which stated McGowan told her the encounter was “consensual” but that the actress later regretted the incident. Messick’s family added of the torrent of claims, “Words matter. Someone’s life may depend on it.” The LAPD also sent three Weinstein sex-abuse cases to the LA County D.A.’s office, making five Weinstein cases that the office is considering. The mogul has strongly denied the allegations. Weinstein’s attorney Ben Brafman declined to comment. Plus, amfAR chairman Kenneth Cole resigned Wednesday night after 14 years, following a controversy involving an agreement to give $600,000 of the charity’s funds from an auction to Weinstein’s creditors for the failed musical “Finding Neverland.”


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...more and more people here are starting to accept that I’m very serious about this. Chaunce Hayden: Just how popular is rap music in Ireland? Max Skiba: For starters here in Ireland people record themselves with their phones rapping and title their videos MC’s. It’s just a different style of rap that we have here in Ireland. There’s Grime and there’s also Hip-Hop, But it’s not as big as it is over in America. What I’m trying to do is make it popular in Ireland by bringing over the rap culture to Ireland. Chaunce Hayden: You’re only 16 years old. What got you interested in rap? Max Skiba: I always liked listening to Tupac and Biggie (Smalls). Not extensively, but some of their songs are quite good. Chaunce Hayden: We’re talking about the 90s. You weren’t alive yet. Max Skiba: My dad knew about them. And we had quite a few conversations about them, But the main thing that got me interested in rap was one song and it was that one song that led me on this path. Chaunce Hayden: Which was? Max Skiba: Logic’s “Fade Away.” I heard that song and

it got my mind thinking. He talked about wanting to do something before “Fading Away” essentially doing something great before death, And from then on I knew I wanted more, I started to get interested in the rest of his music and my first recording session was actually a cover of that very song. Chaunce Hayden: How is your music perceived by the people here in Ireland? Max Skiba: Emmm. They laugh at it sometimes. Clown me a little bit, But more and more people here are starting to accept that I’m very serious about this. With time it will get better. Everybody has to start somewhere and I do believe that, I wasn’t very good when I first started out. It takes time and it takes effort to become great. I’ve been putting in the time and I’ve been working hard to improve myself as an artist and a rapper. Now I see people here in Ireland starting to enjoy the music more. I think people thought that it was just a thing I would grow out of, but they are really starting to enjoy the music. Chaunce Hayden: What are the challenges a white kid from Ireland has to overcome in the world of rap? Max Skiba: At times I feel like the rap culture isn’t big


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doesn’t matter what your skin color is, what sexuality you are or what religion you are. I for one believe you should just be yourself and that is the happiest way you can live your life. Chaunce Hayden: Are there any Irish rappers who have ever been successful that you can name? Max Skiba: Currently, there’s MC Lynchy and MC Pat Flynn. There’s an underground rap movement here in Ireland called LDK that’s Grime rap which is a sub culture of rap music. They aren’t extremely huge but they have a following. And those guys are doing their thing and that’s cool as hell. Chaunce Hayden: How do you think your music will go over by an American audience? Can a kid from Ireland be respected as a rapper? Max Skiba: I think it will be quite a challenge for me because the music can be so different than American Hip-Hop at times, but I feel at the same time it would be accepted because it isn’t a huge deviation, this only applies to my music, as the Grime movement is in a completely different Ball Park I know I’ve got what it takes to make it, I truly believe in myself because of the drive I have, I wake up everyday and I wanna write the next verse, produce the next song. That’s not me being cocky or anything, but I wake up everyday telling myself I can do this. I have to believe in myself because if I don’t who will? You have to believe that you already are what you want to be. If I tell myself I’m a rapper I will be a rapper. Chaunce Hayden: So what’s next? Max Skiba: I need to consider my options. I have a lot more music coming this year, and I’m already writing a few scripts for my next music videos! I still have 3 years left of school and during the time that I’m here in Ireland I plan on expanding my brand as much as I can. I want as many people to listen to my music around the world as I can attract. I plan on doing live shows at any venues or festivals that will allow me the platform to perform. Chaunce Hayden: Any plans to come to America and performing? Max Skiba: That goes through my mind all the time. And some day, definitely, but honestly, I’m focusing on Ireland and the rest of Europe. Right now I’m just happy to be doing what I love.

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enough here in Ireland for me to succeed. People don’t have enough love for this type of music. Yes, of course we have rap here. We listen to the very popular American rappers just like you do in America. But I feel like for me here in Monaghan is a lot harder of a challenge for me. I have to promote myself and I need to work very hard at that end of it to get noticed. Although at the same time it’s also easier here for me because there isn’t much rap here. I can stand out and I can be very innovative with my music. So it’s a little bit of a blessing and a curse simultaneously. However, at the end of the day I’m a white guy in Monaghan, Ireland trying to get my music heard. That alone can be very challenging. Chaunce Hayden: The world has become a small place that’s to the power of social media. How important is YouTube and other social media outlets in regards to being heard? Max Skiba: It’s very, very important. I recently established a Facebook page and I have been using Twitter for a while. Instagram has also been very vital to me as well. If someone comments about my music on any platform I make sure to respond and give them the time of day. They took the time to check out my music, so I want to return the respect and show them my appreciation. Chaunce Hayden: Rappers in America for the most part write about their lives growing up in a country that can be racist and unfair. Poverty and rough streets full of crime and gangs inspire much of raps lyrics. What inspires your lyrics? Max Skiba: Things that I experience here in Ireland are what I connect to of course. My first song I released on YouTube is called “Be There.” I had just broken up with my girlfriend of two years and I was pretty messed up after it happened, It lit a fire that fueled this passion and it inspired me. I needed to express how it made me feel and I used my love for rap to write the lyrics. The words came from the heart. I can’t stop writing about the things I feel and I just released my first project, an EP titled “Self Driven”. The title track is about what makes me so hungry for this game, what gives me the drive. I’m so driven to write about the things I feel I have to overcome here in Ireland. I live in Ireland but I’m Polish and I do experience people not accepting me and telling me I shouldn’t be doing this thing or the other. I normally just brush it off when it happens because I’m so happy because I’m being myself, but I also know that people are different everywhere, no matter where you live. Most people can relate to not being accepted and it


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