January 3, 1988 |
A longtime associate of Alwin Nikolais once described the choreographer's flamboyant temperament thusly: "Nik puts the diamond on the pearl that's on the ruby. " Nikolais, for his part, has said that he fights his tendency toward flamboyance. Luckily for his audience, he has so far lost the fight. Nikolais' dances are a lush habitat of vibrant color, pulsating music, labyrinthine settings, and moving bodies whose shapes and colors can change, chameleon-fashion, from moment to moment.
April 23, 2003 |
The first hint that this is not your usual opera comes long before the diaper-clad fat guy sings, before the line of Ku Klux Klan members does a snappy dance in white robes and masks, before the chorus exclaims, "My mom used to be my dad!" The production's very name suggests that something extraordinary is about to unfold on one of London's premier stages: Jerry Springer - the Opera. If your reaction is "What!?" you aren't alone. Springer's television show, as most of the world knows, is about people so desperate to get on TV that they'll bare the sleaziest secrets of their lives - say, the fact that a married father of three is a cross-dresser who's having an affair with the dominatrix granny next door.
April 2, 1992 |
Darcel Gary's recurring nightmare over getting her home fixed is common for tenants like her who live in scattered-site PHA housing. The problems with the scattered site program are so bad that PHA Executive Director John Paone forced the head of the operation to retire on Tuesday, sources say. Shirley Gray, division director for PHA scattered site units and a 31-year PHA employee, was told by Paone to either retire or be fired, sources said....
January 27, 1989 |
The raging argument over the National Collegiate Athletic Association's new Proposition 42 offers a splendid opportunity to deflate that overrated bugaboo, "cultural bias" in academic testing. The new rule requires minimum admissions-test scores and high-school grades as a condition for athletic grants-in-aid. According to coach John Thompson of Georgetown University and other critics, the rule will deny a place in the sun to culturally deprived black youth, and maybe some whites as well.
March 2, 1988 |
It figured that Grace Dawson would back down. Her idea was just too radical and harsh. Dawson is the principal of a Chicago elementary school who shocked the city and received national news coverage by demoting students who couldn't or wouldn't learn to read. When she did this to 250 children, almost a third of the students at the Beethoven Elementary School, their parents were outraged. They picketed. They kept their kids home from school. They demanded that the principal be replaced.
October 20, 2011 |
At age 5, my daughter Sally could make lovely pancakes all by herself. Perched on a stool at the kitchen counter, she measured ingredients, cracked eggs, mixed the batter, ladled it onto the griddle, flipped the cakes proficiently, and proudly served them to the family. So, why, after showing such promise, is she saying at age 25 that she doesn't know how to cook? Somehow, in the years in between, too many other things took precedence. The all-consuming mad dash of studies-sports-friends-etcetera that started in high school continued right through college and then into her working life.
November 7, 1994 |
It is a lunch break for Fran Drescher of CBS' "The Nanny," and a fellow cast member is fidgeting in her lap. It's her dog, Chester Drescher. "I believe in getting jobs for everyone I know and love," says Fran, whose husband, Peter Marc Jacobson, like her, is one of the series' creators and producers. Drescher punctuates the comment with her characteristically nasal, staccato laugh. It's the same piercing laugh that accompanies her all the way to her ATM these days, replacing the snickers one used to hear from people whenever then-CBS Entertainment President Jeff Sagansky would predict "The Nanny" was going to be a hit. Turns out he was right, so Drescher gets the last "heh, heh, hehhhhh.
April 21, 1993 |
Ever in search of shows with appeal to niche audiences, the Society Hill Playhouse has targeted Catholics with Nunsense and Jews with Beau Jest, but if the playhouse's latest show, Miracle at Graceland, appeals to a particular group, it is not readily apparent what it is. Although this musical comedy deals with cult worship of Elvis Presley, its debunking of that phenomenon will not please those who deify the departed King of Rock and Roll....
November 3, 1991 |
Back in the mid-1980s, when Robert Bynum was working in the import-export business, he spent a couple of years in Togo, Africa. The experience was a kind of cultural shock, but not the way you might think. "I noticed there was a lot more happening there at night than here in Philadelphia," Bynum said. "All the hotels had things going on and there were tons and tons of French restaurants. " When Bynum, now 34, got back to the States, he decided he'd try to do something to reshape Philadelphia's nightlife.
December 6, 1994 |
Americans usually look to Washington for solutions to social problems. On Sunday, Washington looked to Hollywood. Hollywood, 1938. Asked to comment on Hillary Clinton's criticism of his proposal to ship welfare children to "orphanages," Rep. Newt Gingrich (R., Ga.), told the panelists of NBC's Meet the Press that the First Lady should hie on down "to Blockbuster and rent the Mickey Rooney movie about Boys Town. " This advice, from the man who yesterday was elected speaker of the House of Representatives, confounded the nation's movie lovers, not to mention its social-service professionals.