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May 09, 2008

Rock out


And here we thought jammies were something we sat around in all day while "working."

Turns out they're actually a mashup of jam bands and the Grammys, which makes some kind of musical stew in which the Grateful Dead is almost always an ingredient and, curiously, Joan Osborne and Doug E Fresh can slip in as condiments.

Highlights of this week's 7th Annual Jammy Awards in New York included a lifetime achievement honor for Phish, whose members got on stage together for the first time in years...but didn't play. (More) confusion among the assembled patchouli-doused clove smokers ensued.

Chevy Chase took to the piano and gave a glimpse into his secret life by doing renditions of "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and "Sweet Home Alabama" with Keller Williams (String Cheese Incident, Ratdog, and "one-man jam band"). Chase later accepted the Song of the Year award on Williams' behalf, saying, "I want to thank Clive Davis just because I feel like I should."

Trivia: Chase played in a band in college with Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, who went on to decades-long Steely Dan fame (L.A. show this summer!).

Blow-by-blow from the Jammy nosebleed seats here.


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  • So "The Dark Knight" didn't make it into the final five after all, never mind that critical and popular support. Let's just call the comic-inspired mega-hit "The Biggest Snubee."

    Here are the best picture contenders in a race that, two weeks away from the Oscars, seems to be a foregone conclusion ("Slumdog") unless there's a come-from-behind possibility ("The Reader" anyone?)

    "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett; the politically timely "Milk;" rags-to-riches fairy tale, "Slumdog Millionaire," Holocaust best-seller-based drama "The Reader," and Watergate-era biopic "Frost/Nixon."

    Could "Button" and "Slumdog" split the vote, allowing another film to take the prize? Doesn't seem likely. After having clung to "Button" for months as what we thought would be the Academy voters' top vhoice, our money's now on "Slumdog." Momentum can't be ignored.

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  • Mmmmm, chocolate Oscar. Not every star will walk away from the 81st annual Academy Awards with a trophy, but if they hit the high-profile Governor's Ball they can have pastry chef Sherry Yard's gold-dusted candy version. Also on the menu from celeb chef Wolfgang Puck is tuna tartare in sesame miso cones, chopped Chino Farms vegetable salad with ginger soy vinaigrette, Maine lobster and caviar. Serve it up! (Getty Images)

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