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November 11, 2013 | By August Brown
This post has been updated, see below for details. Three men, including two members of a Brooklyn rock band, are dead after a fellow musician shot them to death in their East Williamsburg apartments before turning the gun on himself, according to various news reports in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Quoting a law enforcement official, the Wall Street Journal  said that the musician, a onetime affiliate of the band, used a .308-caliber rifle as he moved from floor to floor of the apartment building to find and shoot members of the Yellow Dogs.
November 11, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The New York Police Department has identified three Iranian musicians killed by a former friend in a Brooklyn murder-suicide that left four dead early Monday. Soroush Farazmand, 27, and Arash Farazmand, 28, of the Iranian rock band Yellow Dogs were shot to death along with fellow Iranian musician Ali Eskandarian, 35, at an apartment in East Williamsburg, police said. Police said Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafie, 29, was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on the roof of the victims' apartment.
November 11, 2013 | By Matt Pearce and Tina Susman
NEW YORK - They said they sang in English instead of Farsi because they wanted their music to be heard by the world, but their secret performance space in Tehran was padded with Styrofoam so they wouldn't be arrested for playing forbidden music. Their shows in Iran sometimes had lookouts, and the rockers had to ask fans to come but not to bring their friends, lest they attract too much attention. In other words, they were as punk rock as punk rock gets. But when the band known as the Yellow Dogs eventually fled Tehran to escape repression and claim their slice of indie glory in Brooklyn, tragedy followed.
November 9, 2013 | By Vincent Boucher
For many, the words "Brooklyn style" call to mind the easy cliché of a hipster in a hoodie. Nothing could be further from the dressed-up truth for Michael Kuhle and Adele Berne, the married couple who started men's clothier Epaulet New York there in 2008 with the borough's passion for old-school manufacturing, subtle updates on the traditional and a "small-batch" mentality. Now, after expanding to Manhattan in 2010 and with a thriving online business, they've come West. With the sun streaming through the big corner windows one recent morning, the couple are holding forth at their new Montana Avenue store in Santa Monica and explaining this somewhat surprising turn of events.
November 8, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Saturday night at a black-tie dinner in Chicago, a Dodgers broadcaster will go into the Hall of Fame and it won't be Vin Scully. A shocker? No. Scully is already there. If there is a Hall of Fame that has any connection whatsoever to broadcasting and Scully isn't in it, it's a lousy Hall of Fame. Now, Charley Steiner will be joining him. That means, next year, when fans tune in to Dodgers' baseball, they will be informed and entertained by three Hall of Famers. That's far from the norm, maybe a first, and should make Dodgers fans proud.
October 21, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
It wouldn't be October if there weren't an onslaught of Halloween-themed programming to binge on.  Fox is getting into the spirit with a couple of its Tuesday comedies. Freshman comedy "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," which was recently picked up for a full season, is giving viewers a taste of Halloween in Brooklyn. The episode will center on Charles, played by Joe Lo Truglio, trying to get Halloween-hating Amy to see the joy in the holiday. The pair will have to wear costumes while going undercover on the streets.
October 18, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Fox is giving its rookie sitcom "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" some super exposure. The network not only committed to a full 22-episode season of the comedy about a police precinct full of crazy characters, it said that "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," which stars Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher, would be part of its post-Super Bowl programming plans. Fox will pair "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" with a special episode of "New Girl" after its coverage of the big game ends. FALL TV 2013: Watch the trailers Typically, the Super Bowl, which is played in early February, is the most-watched television event of the season.
October 3, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Times Television Critic
"Brooklyn Castle" (PBS, Monday). "I think that this is a good thing for kids to be exposed to," coach Elizabeth Vicary says in Katie Dellamaggiore's 2012 film about a fearsome and lovable inner-city middle-school chess team, "the idea that truth isn't quite so simple as right and wrong and they're studying on a level where the answers aren't really clear to anybody -- or unclear to me, and I'm very good at it. " Getting a broadcast premiere this...
September 24, 2013 | By Mary McNamara and Robert Lloyd
This week marks the official start of the fall TV season. Some series have already gotten off to a start, including Fox's comedy "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and NBC's thriller "Blacklist" (with the official trailer above). There are almost too many new shows to keep track of  - which is where Times TV critics Mary McNamara and Robert Lloyd can help. In the conversation below, the pair discuss their new favorites  - and, not surprisingly, uncover a few duds along the way. Mary McNamara : Robert, it's that time of year.
September 23, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
I never got to one of the most anticipated panels at Sunday's eighth Brooklyn Book Festival : A conversation between legendary comics artists Art Spiegelman and Jules Feiffer. It wasn't for lack of interest; there was just too much to do. At the same time as Spiegelman and Feiffer were doing their thing, after all, I was moderating a conversation between novelists Meg Wolitzer (“The Interestings”), Audrey Niffenegger (“The Time Traveler's Wife”) and James McBride (“The Good Lord Bird”)
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