January 10, 2016
Hip Hop Family Tree #3, 1983-1984 by Ed Piskor. Pittsburgh cartoonist Piskor continues his authoritative and highly entertaining graphic history of hip-hop, with tales of the early days of Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys, and the Fat Boys. Fantagraphics, $27.99. Metz/Bully. Bang-up double bill featuring Canadian noise rock trio Metz, with Bully, the Tennessee rock quartet fronted by Alicia Bognanno, who put her own stamp on '90s alt-rock on the band's 2015 debut, Feels Like. Tuesday at First Unitarian Church.
June 14, 2015 |
BBC America's wondrous mini-series Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell , a costume drama with spells, monsters, and cutting-edge special effects, has been dubbed by some critics Harry Potter for the adult set. Others liken it to Doctor Who as told by Jane Austen. A seven-part period drama set in the first decade of the 19th century, it's all that and so much more. Premiering at 10 p.m. Saturday, Strange is based on Susanna Clarke's best-selling 2004 debut novel, which tells an alternative history of England.
April 19, 2015 |
What if you discovered that you were the property of a multinational corporation? That it held exclusive rights to the very essense of your being - your unique genetic code? What if you found out, you weren't born but man-made? That you are one of nine identical people constructed in a lab? That's one of the terrifying truths Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany) has to face in BBC America's Orphan Black , a superb, exciting and intelligent sci-fi thriller which returns for its third season 9 p.m. Saturday.
January 24, 2015 |
The supernatural TV series, so long stuck in the familiar territory of ghosts, goblins, and vampires, took a strange and interesting turn last year with several fascinating dramas, including The Leftovers on HBO, ABC's Resurrection , The Returned on Sundance, and, last but not least, the chilling procedural Intruders on BBC America. Each told the story of people who traversed the line between life and death - transgressing both categories. They challenged long-held theological views and our usual way of depicting ghosts as ethereal higher beings.
November 21, 2014 |
WHEN Michael Grant a/k/a "Philly Jesus" was arrested on Friday , the story blew up nationally. Now it appears he's going international. Grant's attorney, Charles Gibbs , confirmed to me that Grant was followed around by a BBC News crew, for BBC Trending, in LOVE Park yesterday, meaning that Britain and beyond will get a taste of Philly Jesus. The BBC was "examining his prolific social-media presence and his ridiculous arrest and prosecution for standing in the park as Philly Jesus," Gibbs said.
November 4, 2014 |
It's like toy soldiers. Like cowboys and Indians. Spy vs. spy. It's just a game. So insists Joe Lambe (Tom Hughes) about his job as a British spy. Beautiful, suave, and thoroughly tortured, Joe is the hero of The Game , a taut, superbly plotted six-part espionage drama set in England in 1972, during the height of the Cold War. It premieres at 10 p.m. Wednesday on BBC America. A game, perhaps, but as Joe knows firsthand, it's one that routinely leads to heartache, pain, and death.
June 20, 2014 |
There are very few places left on the tube that offer well-made, old-fashioned swashbuckling fare fit for adults and tweens alike. It's a role BBC America has played well for some time with richly produced, wonderfully acted series such as Sinbad , Atlantis , and now, The Musketeers . Premiering at 9 p.m. Sunday with a 10-episode first season, The Musketeers is a lush, rousing iteration of the classic Alexandre Dumas story featuring...
May 1, 2014 |
DONALD KAWASH lost his job as a teaching assistant at Temple University in 1972 after 1960s-inspired student protests disrupted his American history course. What to do? Out of work and needing an income, Don turned to playing piano in local bars and parties. His specialty was ragtime, particularly the songs of Scott Joplin, the African-American composer and piano player of the early 20th century. Although he was far from giving up teaching, Don was launched on a parallel career as one of the nation's top ragtime virtuosos, whose playing progressed from local night spots to the Smithsonian, the Kimmel Center, Scotland and more than 200 classic American music shows up and down the East Coast.
November 20, 2013 |
Who is the Doctor, that singular TV character whose show, Doctor Who , has invited that question again and again for half a century? He's a madman in a blue box. A powerful, time-traveling alien from the planet Gallifrey with superhuman intelligence, he's been to the furthest corners of the universe, from creation to the moment of annihilation. He's old, more than 900 years, and instead of dying, he regenerates into a new and different version of himself, allowing a slew of actors to play him over the years.
November 11, 2013 |
A half-century ago, pop music's most popular, most important band had its first of seven straight anni mirabiles . In 1963, the Beatles became an international sensation. A very good year it was. (In a much-discussed June article in the Atlantic, Colin Fleming declared 1963 the quintessential Beatles year.) They released two albums, Please Please Me in March, Meet the Beatles in the fall. In their groundbreaking hit, "Please Please Me," they discovered what they could do in a studio; it got to No. 1 in England.