July 7, 2011 |
The first question that arises at the prospect of comedian Martin Short sharing the stage with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on Sunday is: What will he do? The possibilities are wide. Maybe his faux-sentimental "Al-Qaeda's Rose" - an Osama bin Laden version of "Candle in the Wind" - for symphony orchestra? A Mann Center-sized multimedia version of "Rehab," his song about Hollywood stars in recovery? So improvisationally oriented is this Canadian-born veteran of Second City TV that he'll follow no strict script at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Mann, in an evening titled "Three Singular Sensations" with Short, composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch, and Broadway leading man Brian Stokes Mitchell.
April 24, 2011 |
The PC story of the week is a controversy surrounding a world-renowned surgeon who resigned a leadership position in the face of criticism over a one-liner he delivered concerning semen. Until last week, Lazar Greenfield was the president-elect of the American College of Surgeons. He invented the Greenfield Filter, a device that has saved countless lives by preventing blood clots during surgery. He's a professor emeritus of surgery at the University of Michigan. He has written more than 360 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, 128 book chapters, and two textbooks.
February 16, 2009 |
It could have been a rock concert for the laid-back set. On stage at the Annenberg Center's Zellerbach Theater Feb. 6, Jon Kabat-Zinn played to a rapturous sellout crowd, there to absorb, even be transformed by, his prescription of hope for a troubled world. Kabat-Zinn, 64, is the country's meditator-in-chief, the molecular biologist who introduced mindful meditation to traditional medicine back in 1979 and who, through the next three decades, ushered it into the medical mainstream.
October 18, 2007 |
Morris "Moe" Shames, 89, of Northeast Philadelphia, a retired shoe-store-chain manager and theatrical booking agent, died Saturday at Abington Memorial Hospital of complications from a fall. For more than 60 years, Mr. Shames booked entertainers for events at synagogues and for local fund-raisers, and engaged talent for Atlantic City casinos and resorts in the Poconos and elsewhere. He was known from Connecticut to Florida, his son Stuart said. He worked with a whole generation of entertainers, including comics Jackie Mason and Henny Youngman, his son said, and more recently booked impressionist Marilyn Michaels and was negotiating to book comedienne Joy Behar, cohost of ABC's The View, for a local fund-raiser.
August 27, 2006 |
Comedy vet Jackie Mason, 75, has filed a $2 mil lawsuit against Jews for Jesus for using his name and image in one of the org's pamphlets. Filed in New York state Supreme Court in Manhattan, the suit seeks the destruction of the pamphlet, which has an image of Mason next to the words "Jackie Mason . . . A Jew for Jesus!?" The pamphlet, which plays with Mason's shoulder-shrugging question-asking shtick, expounds on the similarities between Judaism and Christianity. "While I have the utmost respect for people who practice the Christian faith . . . I am as Jewish as a matzo ball or kosher salami," Mason said.
November 19, 2004 |
If you go directly to your washing machine, flip on the spin cycle, and follow the swift WIZ-a-wiz-a, WIZ-a-wiz-a the washer pounds out, you'll be hearing the neck-breaking beat of comedian Jackie Mason. It rivals the rap rhythm of any hip-hop artist. He may, at age 73, be the last Borscht Belt-style comedian still performing, and he works his Judeo-centric act like a man 20 years younger - and at the highest-end venues. Jackie Mason Freshly Squeezed opened here Wednesday night at the Academy of Music; it will hit New York in March - his seventh Broadway one-man show.
April 25, 2004 |
West Catholic's Kneshia Sheard was as excited about stepping onto the track just minutes after her idol Marion Jones as she was about sprinting across the finish line in first place. Sheard anchored West Catholic's 4x100-meter relay team to a first-place finish in the Tri-State area race yesterday, the final day of the Penn Relays. The Burrs ran a time of 47.60 seconds, beating East Orange, N.J., which was clocked in 48.03. "Marion Jones ran the anchor and won, too," Sheard said, referring to the American sprinter's win in the women's Olympic Development 4x100 race.
September 14, 2003 |
Kevin Kline puts on pounds and padding to play Falstaff in Henry IV, Ellen Burstyn ages many years to star in the adaptation of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, and Boy George adds who-knows-what in Taboo. The Broadway season has some of the usual predictability, but also a promising diversity. Some of the new musicals are decidedly offbeat in theme, and unlike last year, when there were hardly enough candidates to fill out the Tony nominations category, new plays are pleasingly present - which means that producers are more willing to take a chance.
June 27, 2003 |
Jackie Mason makes an apt choice in closing Jackie Mason - Prune Danish with a caricature of Ed Sullivan that's pitch-perfect, down to the voice, the hunched shoulders, and that paranoid Nixon stare. It was on Sullivan's show almost 40 years ago that Mason derailed his then-flourishing career by making an ill-advised rude gesture with his finger. In the best moments of Prune Danish, the digit remains defiantly raised at the the world and its countless lunacies. Eighteen years ago, Mason revived his career with his solo outing in The World According to Me, which won a Tony.
June 24, 2001 |
Sheldon Weintraub was always the life of the household, his wife, Marjorie, says. "He's always been the entertainer in the family. I do dishes. He does fun. " So it was only fitting that after an eye injury permanently sidelined him from practicing podiatry, Weintraub, 66, found a second career in comedy. I took care of Santa Claus once. He had a bad case of mistletoe. Foot jokes are part of Weintraub's schtick, of course, and he makes liberal reference to tofu and fillet of sole and other parts of his favorite human appendage in the five-minute routine he has been honing for use in stand-up clubs.