June 2, 2014
The Italians love playing with colors - especially in their wines. First, they started the modern "orange wine" trend by vinting white grapes on their skins like red wines. Now comes Alter Ego, a dry "white" made by Andrea Occhipinti from Aleatico, a Muscat-scented grape usually made into a sweet red. Occhipinti ( not Sicilian superstar Arianna Occhipinti), is an academic who settled on the volcanic slopes of Lake Bolsena in Lazio (a region that includes Rome) and melds indigenous grapes with innovative techniques.
September 26, 2013 |
HOW MUCH Kanye West can fit inside Kanye West? No matter what you think of the man's talent, there's no arguing that he's full of himself. In a recent interview with BBC Radio 1, across the pond, West declared, "Rap is the new rock 'n' roll. " "We the new rock stars, and I'm the biggest of all of them," he said. "I'm the No. 1 rock star on the planet. " Kanye, is anyone at your level? "I would not be Kanye West if it wasn't for Michael Jackson . " What about Jay Z ?
July 11, 2013 |
Copies of This Town , my friend and former Post colleague Mark Leibovich's soon-to-be released book about Washington culture, have begun to dribble out, and people in the capital are reacting by sorting out who came out worst. There's presidential friend and White House aide Valerie Jarrett, whose colleagues felt compelled to draft a memo, "The Magic of Valerie," defending her reputation. It included the bullet point "Valerie is someone here who other people inside the building know they can trust.
April 2, 2013 |
Sometimes you pick 'em right, and sometimes you don't. This was one of my don'ts. I chose EgoPo's The Life (and Death) of Harry Houdini as one of my three PIFA recommendations in Friday's Weekend section. Although I wasn't naive enough to expect a real magic show on stage, I did expect some stage magic, and not a dramatized Wikipedia biography of the world's most famous escape artist. Created/written/directed by Brenna Geffers (who has repeatedly proved herself an excellent director and who should stick to that)
August 24, 2012 |
As summer becomes autumn, Dito van Reigersberg's fancy turns to frivolity. For the avant-garde performer, that means two things: his Pig Iron Theatre Company's starring role in September's Live Arts Festival, with its new show Zero Cost House , and his musical drag persona Martha Graham Cracker's celebration of her (or is it his?) seventh anniversary of glitz and surprisingly soulful song. After calling Zero Cost House a "beautiful puzzle" about how one's past self and present self meet, van Reigersberg focuses on the marvelous Martha and how, after seven years of a low life in high heels, he keeps that character's experimental edge.
June 3, 2012 |
The frightening Jewish folkloric notion of a malevolent "dybbuk" draws that name from the Hebrew word for attachment — which is exactly what a dybbuk is. It's the lost soul of a dead person that for various reasons is doomed to wander and that can attach itself to a living person. The classic drama The Dybbuk was written in Russian in 1917 by S. Ansky, and it has had its own transformations. A Dybbuk, a 1995 stage version by American playwright Tony Kushner, has never been produced professionally in Philadelphia until now. It's being done by Ego Po Classic Theater in a way that salutes the story — the production bows to the melodrama inherent in this tale (or any tale)
May 3, 2012 |
Brace yourself. OK, now unbrace yourself. Unnamed Source, who gets around, tells Us Weekly that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, who revealed their romancelet only a scant month ago, are getting "serious. " Ego plus ego equals eek! They're talking "getting rings," it says here. (What, we're on a merry-go-round now?) This is not really a story, not a sniff of evidence there's anything at all here, but the faux(?) couple(?) are said to be "talking marriage. " Dizzying, ain't it? A romance that may not be, escalating to an engagement that might be, for a wedding that shouldn't be. Whatever the heck is going on, if KK really wants to become Mrs. KW, first she needs to get her gorgeous, talent-free self divorced from basketballer Kim Humphreys.
March 31, 2012 |
The rich stories involving a golem - a fictional Jewish guardian imbued with the dangerous power to protect at all costs - make perfect sense in light of Jewish history. A golem is like a security blanket, but much scarier: It provides comfort but also must fight oppression. The most famous golem story - they are all tales, with golem springing from an ancient Hebrew word that means a shapeless form - is set in 16th-century Prague. In the world-premiere play called The Golem, which Ego Po Classic Theater opened Thursday night with an experienced cast and unwavering sincerity - there's a neat twist.
March 4, 2012 |
A federal lawsuit against Pennsylvania Health Secretary Eli Avila alleges that, in a cafe snit over an egg sandwich, he barked, "You don't know who I am. " For my money, Avila's greater offense is presuming a fry cook - or anyone - would care. That's because Avila, a supremely qualified doctor, lawyer, and celebrity look-alike (see Gru, from the animated movie Despicable Me ), toils in state government. In star-blind Pennsylvania, of all places. Avila may fancy himself a public-health rock star, but he's a bureaucrat.
October 31, 2011
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Your daring mood will be amplified by the opportunities of the day. Your Halloween alter ego: a risk-taker extraordinaire. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You have a connection to the land and the spirit of the Old West. Your Halloween alter ego: an American Indian, a cowboy or cowgirl, or a country-music star. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You'll be in an expressive if not rambunctious mood. Your Halloween alter ego: a reality-TV star. CANCER (June 22-July 22)