April 10, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Cookie Monster stands accused of shoving a 2-year-old. Super Mario was charged with groping a woman. And Elmo was booked for berating tourists with anti-Semitic slurs. Times Square is crawling with entrepreneurs who dress up as pop-culture characters and try to make a few bucks posing for photos with visitors to the big city. But some characters are unlike anything you've seen on Sesame Street or at Disney World. They smoke, they use foul language, and they can be aggressive.
March 22, 2013 |
This is a huge day. The Catholic Church of the Dark and Middle Ages printed festival days and saint's days in red ink. Thus the term red-letter day , meaning any day of special import. Well, import this: It's the birthday of Twitter, which first went live on March 21, 2006. Creator Jack Dorsey, who'd thought Twitter up in 2001 but hadn't actually created it until just that day, sent the first self-inputted (that is, nonautomated) tweet message: "inviting coworkers. " OK, it's not "Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you" (what Alexander Graham Bell is said to have said in the first telephonic message, to his assistant, Thomas Watson)
March 16, 2013 |
As Major League Soccer extends its season, teams must prepare more for the elements than ever before. It tends to snow during early March in Colorado, which the Union discovered firsthand. Having Saturday's game against the Colorado Rapids postponed to Sunday because of the snow would have thrown more than a few teams off their game. Traveling is already no fun when there is inclement weather, and dealing with a day's delay didn't make the situation any better for the Union. They had every excuse imaginable to come out with a flat performance.
March 14, 2013 |
Blanka Zizka may be the artistic director of the Wilma Theater and its new production, Under the Whaleback , but when the time came time to create the interior of a fishing trawler on stage, it was all hands on deck. The play, by British playwright Richard Bean ( One Man, Two Guvnors ), focuses on the perilous occupation of North Sea cod fishing out of the port city of Hull and the industry's decay from the 1960s to present. Sound designer Daniel Perelstein and set designer Matt Saunders worked with Zizka to create staging that depicts both the ship's cramped living quarters and the feel of the open sea, and that frames some of the play's larger themes - fathers and sons, comradeship, danger, death, decline.
February 15, 2013 |
WHOOPI GOLDBERG lives on the comedic edge, whether it's on the stage, on set or in her swivel chair on "The View. " She doesn't shy away from the controversial - she welcomes it. Back in 1990, in "Whoopi Goldberg Presents Billy Connolly," Goldberg began a bit by singing, "Where have all the negroes gone?" She urged members of the audience to sing along with her and "follow the bouncing Negro!" Despite early hesitation, they did. "And they said y'all wouldn't do that!" she laughed.
February 7, 2013 |
Flanked by former Flyers Bernie Parent, Gary Dornhoefer, and Bob Kelly, Hollywood movie director and rock musician Rob Zombie talked Tuesday night about the motion picture he is creating about the Broad Street Bullies. Parent suggested that Danny DeVito could play the role of Kelly. Dornhoefer interceded. "Moses can play you," Dornhoefer told Parent, who looked distinguished in his white hair and matching goatee. Zombie said the project is in its early stages, and he attended Tuesday's game against Tampa Bay to visit with some of the Broad Street Bullies - the brawling teams that won Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975 - and to observe the fans.
January 30, 2013 |
PRINCETON - Is any play more perfectly titled than Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance? The Pulitzer Prize-winning 1966 play, now at the McCarter Theatre through Feb. 27, has well-coiffed suburbanites balancing their composure against chaotic forces within themselves and outside the door. Other balances are needed for a successful rendering of this play. As much as one wishes more of them were achieved in this Emily Mann-directed production, there's still plenty happening with such a rich script wrestled into life by high-caliber actors Kathleen Chalfant and John Glover.
January 25, 2013
* SHAMELESS. 9 p.m. Sunday, Showtime. PASADENA, CALIF. - Emmy Rossum has stopped worrying about looking too good. Three seasons into "Shameless," the Showtime series in which she stars as Fiona Gallagher, a harried twenty-something who's raising her siblings with no help whatsoever from their alcoholic father (William H. Macy), Rossum's found a way to bridge the divide between the polished red-carpet persona that's made her the darling of fashion bloggers and her often disheveled character, whose look she also loves - if only for its ease.
January 22, 2013 |
Hipster history. Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson , a rock musical by Alex Timbers and Philadelphia's Michael Friedman, was a huge success in New York. But the Plays & Players production feels as flat as cowpie; what excitement there was at Sunday's performance felt forced, and despite the young audience, there were few laughs and fewer shrieks. Daniel Student's direction seemed slow and flaccid; the slacker delivery sounded as if cast members had barely memorized their lines. Jamison Foreman leads the onstage band, although there isn't a memorable song in the show's 2½ hours.
January 18, 2013 |
LANCE ARMSTRONG was light on the details and didn't name names, but he confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France during an interview with Oprah Winfrey , reversing more than a decade of denial. He mused that he might not have been caught if not for his comeback in 2009. And he was certain his "fate was sealed" when longtime friend, training partner and trusted lieutenant George Hincapie , who was along for the ride on all seven of Armstrong's Tour de France wins from 1999-2005, was forced to give him up to anti-doping authorities.