July 24, 2016 |
Musicians get political when they seek to change the world around them. Politicians turn to pop music to pump up a crowd with communal spirit and underscore their message, loud and clear. It's often an unhappy marriage. Preachy pop stars risk being seen as hectoring and lecturing when they make music that aims to do more than entertain. (Exhibit A: Bono.) And when presidential candidates - particularly Republican ones - pick songs for rally sound-tracks and emphasize their populist appeal, they frequently face blowback from artists whose political sympathies lean to the left.
May 29, 2016 |
Violinist Itzhak Perlman recently took to his Facebook page over a high-profile issue well outside his usual realm: North Carolina House Bill 2, which eliminated various antidiscriminatory legal protections for a range of people, including those who are gay, bisexual, and transgender, and required people to use only restrooms that corresponded with the gender specified on their birth certificates. Wrote the violinist: "As my fans know, I have spent a lifetime advocating against discrimination towards those with physical disabilities and have been a vocal advocate for treating all people equally.
May 29, 2016
LONG BEACH ISLAND FRI. 7-9 P.M. Dare to get dirty - and artsy - at Kerith Creo's "Time to Get Dirty" pottery class at the Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts and Sciences (120 Long Beach Blvd. Long Beach Twp.), 7-9 p.m. Creo will teach participants how to craft a few introductory projects. Original ideas are welcome, too. Ages 17 and older. $45. See lbifoundation.org or call 609-494-1241. ATLANTIC CITY SUN. 7:30 P.M. '80s musical icons Cyndi Lauper and Boy George stop at the Borgata (1 Borgata Way)
May 15, 2016 |
Turn around, bright eyes! The trendlet Brightly lined eyes, that is. Purple, magenta, turquoise, hot pink, and even sunset yellow pencils (and powders) are doing the viva la summer jig in our makeup bags. Talk about pop! Where does it come from? The '80s, of course. Back in the decade of extravagance and bad fashion, we favored colored eyeliner from the blue and green families. Navy, midnight, hunter, turquoise, and sapphire hues gave Cyndi Lauper's hazel eyes life.
May 1, 2016
Anohni , Hopelessness ; Julianna Barwick , Will ; White Lung , Paradise ; Cyndi Lauper , Detour
September 2, 2015 |
K ANYE WEST has always been a blunt talker, but at the MTV Video Music Awards, in its annual desperate cry for relevance, did the blunt get the better of him? After admitting that he smoked a little before the show, Kanye announced that he would "run" for president in 2020. Hey, if Donald Trump can do it . . . With Kanye announcing so early, black Republican activist Eugene Craig has created a political action committee to back his candidacy. Craig, 24, filed paperwork yesterday to launch "Ready for Kanye.
May 1, 2015
THE MORAL of "Kinky Boots"? That's an easy one: There's no business like shoe business. But (bad) puns aside, it's easy to see why 2013 Tony Awards voters bestowed six statues - including the coveted Best Musical - upon the show based on a relatively obscure 2005 British film which, in turn, was inspired by the true story of a failing shoe manufacturer whose fortunes were reversed by its entry into the fetish-wear industry. The stage version, which runs through May 10 at the Forrest Theatre, is a real charmer, blessed with an interesting, easy-to-follow plot, empathetic characters, a tuneful, eclectic score, enough genuinely funny lines to keep the laughs coming on a regular basis and an infectious energy that never flags.
April 27, 2015 |
When singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper talks about Kinky Boots , the rocker's first foray into composing for the theater, she gets emotional. The mere mention of the Tony Award-winning show - six honors, including best musical and best score for Lauper - sets her to reminiscing about the joy of creating the inner lives of Kinky characters ("something I've done since I was a kid - well, not the Kinky part") and her open-armed acceptance by a community outside her usual rock and roll milieu.
October 14, 2014 |
On a cold-snap Saturday night in a crowded, airtight, windowless Boot & Saddle, Allo Darlin' brought some breeze and brightness. They couldn't help it. With three albums (including the just-released We Come From the Same Place ), the Anglo Australian quartet has experience at crafting sweetly sunny, smart pop with innocent yet contemplative lyrics whose hard jangle and flittering flights of funky fancy are reminiscent of Scotland's Orange Juice. But this band's chiming, charming vocals and effervescent, experiential lyrics come not from a wonky Scot but from Australian singer/ukulele player Elizabeth Morris, a fresh-faced, pixie-haired lass whose light, sharp alto is as open as her expression of glee - often in the lively embrace of sad-eyed bewilderment.
May 3, 2014
A story last Saturday about the singer Cyndi Lauper misstated the location of the Philadelphia production of Kinky Boots , for which she wrote the score. It will run from April 28 to May 10, 2015, at the Forrest Theatre. A story Thursday on a plan to introduce gambling on smartphones and tablets in Parx Casino incorrectly named the state where regulators are considering technology owned by WMS Gaming Inc. The state is Nevada. A story Friday on a Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial debate wrongly referred to candidate Tom Wolf's role in the mayoral campaign of Charles Robertson in York in 2001.