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Reading up on the economy

By Danielle Sonnenberg

Special to amNewYork

Bookshelves are groaning with business books trying to explain the financial meltdown. With 401(k) plans evaporating quickly, people are looking for advice about how to navigate the treacherous economy. Here are a few must-reads:

2009 Action Plan

By Suze Orman

Suze Orman’s “2009 Action Plan” is a practical...

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Bob Ross Tribute Party

"The Joy of Painting" host Bob Ross is

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By Emily Hulme

• At Gallery Bar, 120 Orchard St., Thursday 8 p.m.-1 a.m.

Painter Bob Ross may have been a hipster hero ahead of his time.

The afro’ed host of the “Joy of Painting” made his own way, painting happy little clouds and trees in half an hour, and future cool kids everywhere watched him after school.

Ross passed away in 1995, but his spirit...

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Boosh on iTunes

By Emily Hulme

The Mighty Boosh season 3 trailerUploaded by Fouithebrave

Like I said, "The Mighty Boosh" has come to Adult Swim. But if you don't have cable, you can still watch; new (to us) episodes will be downloadable on iTunes one week they air.

And according to a spokesperson at BBC America, the likely plan is that AS will air season three and then go back for seasons one...

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'World War Z' by Max Brooks

By Emily Hulme

(BTW: This is a fake trailer, thought there is a movie adaptation in the works.)

I just finished Max Brooks' "World War Z," an oral history of the zombie war that nearly eradicated the human race at the turn of the millennium. It is a scary, scary book, but not quite for the reasons you might think. Yes, the undead are frightening, but the human reaction is terrifying....

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Snuggie/Slanket/et al. Showdown

By Emily Hulme

Gizmodo has a funny piece comparing the Snuggie vs. Slanket vs. Freedom Blanket vs. Blankoat vs. wearing your robe backwards. The Slanket comes out the winner, only because the Blankoat costs $330 -- I didn't even know that thing existed.

I also didn't know that the Freedom Blanket was the original product. Would you wear it while eating Freedom Fries, perhaps?...

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'Hair' cast models spring fashions

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From left to right, "Hair" cast members Allison Case, Kacie Sheik and Sasha Allen (Photos: RJ Mickelson/amNY)

Bryce Ryness

From left to right, Gavin Creel, Will Swenson, Darius Nichols and Caissie Levy

By Julie Gordon and Jessie Pascoe

The 1967 musical “Hair” is famous for its young hippie cast members shedding their clothing in a passionate...

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'Guest of Cindy Sherman' filmmakers

By Robert Levin

Special to amNewYork

Paul H-O (short for Hasegawa-Overacker), was the host of “Gallery Beat,” a public access show in the 1990s that brought an everyman’s perspective to the often close-knit, incestuous New York art world. He never attracted many viewers, but the art community genuinely appreciated the show.

“That’s the thing that...

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American Swing

By Robert Levin

Special to amNewYork

Plato’s Retreat, the iconic swingers club of the late 1970s-mid 1980s, is such an apt subject for a documentary that one wonders why it’s taken more than two decades for someone to make “American Swing.”

Co-directors Jon Hart and Matthew Kaufman fill their telling of the New York institution’s story with astonishing...

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More on "Sit Down, Shut Up"

ere's another promo for "Sit Down, Shut Up," my soon-to-be favorite prime time cartoon after it premieres April 19.

And here's another fact I learned today: Josh Weinstein is one of the executive producers! Weinstein was a Simpsons writer and one of the creators of "Mission Hill" (which, visually SDSU sort of resembles, now that you mention it). His partner Bill Oakley, had originally...

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Duelling Battlestar parodies

These are both pretty funny in their own way (that is if you've seen "Battlestar Galactica"; if you haven't, well, you're missing out).

Battlestar Helvetica

Muppetstar Galactica

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