May 10, 2013
Nancy Gustafson has canceled her performance as the Duchess of Argyll in Opera Philadelphia's June production of Thomas Adès' Powder Her Face . The singer has been sidelined while recovering from emergency dental surgery, the opera company said. Soprano/mezzo-soprano Patricia Schuman will take the part. She has sung Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro at the Metropolitan Opera, Ilia in Idomeneno at La Scala, Alice Ford in Falstaff at Covent Garden, and Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito at the Salzburg and Glyndebourne festivals.
February 22, 2013 |
A French pastry of a play, To Fool the Eye is the latest production in 1812 Productions' season. Jeffrey Hatcher's adaptation of Jean Anouilh's 1940 romantic farce, called Leocadia in its original French, is directed by Jennifer Childs and produced in partnership with Drexel University's Mandell Professionals in Residence Project at the Mandell Theater. The title, "to fool the eye," is, more or less, a translation of trompe l'oeil , the technique in visual art that creates illusions that trick the viewer, making it hard to tell what's real and what's illusion.
December 20, 2012
Makes 10 servings 3 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks 1 cup milk, hot but not boiling 1/2 pound unsalted butter Salt and white pepper, to taste 3 egg yolks 1. For potato puree: Warm oven to 300 degrees. Add potatoes to large pot of cold, salted water. Bring to a boil and cook until just tender, about 8-10 minutes. Potatoes should just break apart against side of the pot when pressed with a wooden spoon. 2. Drain and place potatoes on sheet tray, then place in warmed oven for 5 minutes to allow excess liquid to evaporate (this allows potatoes to absorb more milk and butter)
December 7, 2012 |
The princess is pregnant! While the news is tinged with some anxiety, given that poor Kate has this form of extreme morning sickness, we'll all keep that stiff British upper lip and hope for the best. Pregnancy is the great female leveler. It's an experience only half of humankind can know firsthand. Modern science and social leaps aside, it's women's work. For princesses and for paupers. Among those of us who have birthed babies, there's a sisterhood that's wide and vast and deep and humbling - and somehow still impossible to explain.
December 7, 2012 |
THE DUCHESS of Cambridge (a/k/a Kate Middleton) left a London hospital Thursday after being treated for four days for acute morning sickness related to her pregnancy. Clutching a small bouquet of yellow roses, the duchess smiled and posed briefly for a photograph alongside her husband, Prince William , before leaving King Edward VII Hospital. She stepped delicately, as she does everything, into a waiting car. The couple's office said she would head to Kensington Palace in London to rest.
December 5, 2012 |
It's official! The cosmos buckles! The time-space continuum, um, continues! The very handsome Prince William , Duke of Cambridge , and his gorgeous wife, Catherine, Duchess Also, Not Coincidentally, of the Aforesaid Cambridge , are officially pregnant. So said Buckingham Palace in a palatial announcement Monday. And it went on!: " The Queen , The Duke of Edinburgh , The Prince of Wales , The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry and members of both families are delighted with the news.
September 16, 2012 |
ROME - The British royal family faced a multinational battle to contain the spread of topless photos of Prince William's wife, Kate, as an Irish tabloid published them Saturday and an Italian gossip magazine planned to do the same despite the threat of legal action. The royal couple's St. James's Palace office condemned the moves as unjustifiable and evidence of pure greed, and said it was considering "all proportionate responses. " The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sued French magazine Closer on Friday after it ran the photos, taken while Kate and William were on vacation at a relative's private estate in southern France last month.
June 8, 2011
THE KILLING. 10 p.m. Sunday, AMC. I NO LONGER much care who killed Rosie Larsen. There - I've said it. For those who've watched AMC's "The Killing," which has just two episodes to go before we presumably learn whodunit, not caring (much) makes me: a) an idiot, incapable of appreciating complex theories regarding potential suspects; b) impatient with prolonged displays of grief (a position advanced by Meghan O'Rourke in a recent piece for Slate ); or c) a person who doesn't like being jerked around.
September 13, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) - Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson is coming to the Oprah Winfrey Network next year. The network announced yesterday that Ferguson will star in a six-part reality series called "Finding Sarah. " On the series, Ferguson plans to open up about her lifelong battles with weight, relationships and finances as she shares with viewers her struggle to rebuild her life. "Finding Sarah" is scheduled to premiere in early 2011. The cable network will launch on Jan. 1. Its full name is OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.
August 9, 2010 |
Emma Thompson (of the upcoming "Nanny McPhee Returns") is bringing a new sense and sensibility to her rewrite of "My Fair Lady," which, in interviews with the Hollywood Reporter and Variety , she described as being about Eliza being "sold into sexual slavery" by her father. That jaunty "Get Me to the Church on Time" dude? She added: "I suppose my cheekiness is in saying: 'This is a very serious story about the usage of women at a particular time in our history.