August 7, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - The NASA spacecraft Juno, en route to an unprecedented exploration of Jupiter and the origins of the solar system, lifted off Friday from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Juno launched aboard an Atlas 5 rocket at 12:25 p.m. into clear skies. The craft soared over the Atlantic then conducted two "burns" to set it on the right trajectory for a five-year, 1.7 billion-mile trip to Jupiter. "Today, with the launch of the Juno spacecraft, NASA began a journey to yet another new frontier," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said.
October 20, 2015 |
Philly's newish Irish Heritage Theatre has made its way through two-thirds of Sean O'Casey's Dublin Trilogy. Last season featured The Shadow of a Gunman , that drawing back of the curtains on a tenement apartment and its inhabitants during Ireland's War of Independence. Two years later in O'Casey's Dublin, it's another apartment, in perhaps another tenement, as Juno and the Paycock make their way through the wreckage of one war even as they're listing into another: the Irish Civil War. This being classic Irish theater, between bombings and shootings, there's lots of yarn spinning, drinking, a bit o' hoofing and balladeering, and gossip galore in Juno and the Paycock . Kirsten Quinn's Juno, matriarch of the Boyle clan, seems to be always tidying up, forehead creased with worry, sharp eyes cutting through whatever nonsense her ne'er-do-well husband, "Captain" Jack (Ethan Lipkin)
December 14, 2007 |
Juno, a bittersweet 16, is named for the Roman goddess of fertility. Had she time to reflect, the smartmouth might snark that the unusual name foretold that she'd be a "fertile Myrtle," conceiving the first time she had sex. But the Minneapolis high school junior is too busy chugging SunnyD and juggling choices. Abortion? Teen motherhood? Adoption? An improbably endearing comedy about a decidedly unfunny situation, Juno marks the sparkling screenwriting debut of Diablo Cody, the distinctive sophomore effort of Jason Reitman ( Thank You for Smoking )
January 3, 2008 |
I begin this new year with greater hope for our culture. That is saying something, given our pop culture's violence, gratuitous coarseness, hyper-commercialism, and obsession with sex and celebrity. I can sympathize with parents who are increasingly tempted to gather their children and retreat to the catacombs. But don't head down there just yet. This last year saw something that we should take heart in. No, it wasn't the American public's stout rejection of a slew of anti-American "war on terror" movies such as Redacted and Rendition.
January 10, 1995 |
Opera always has had a political and a moral message to deliver to its audiences, and sometimes the messages can reach across centuries with equal effect. Handel's opera Semele seemed a particularly wry choice to open the Washington Opera's winter series, for the work satirizes self-aggrandizement and high ambition, characteristics of large capital cities at any time. The opera, composed hurriedly in 1744 to a text by William Congreve, elicited some of Handel's finest writing, and yet the work was not a success for Handel nor has it been an enduring success otherwise.
June 22, 1988 |
Sean O'Casey's tragi-comic masterpiece, Juno and the Paycock, returns to life in all its high color and rousing vigor in the production that the Gate Theater Dublin has brought to Broadway. Sponsored by the Circle in the Square Theater as an event in the first New York International Festival of the Arts, the revival affords American theatergoers a rare opportunity to experience as if on home ground one of Ireland's notable contributions to the world repertory. The Gate's Juno, which opened last night and continues through July 2 at the Golden Theater, has been seen in Israel and at the Edinburgh Festival.
December 20, 2007
In homes with teenage girls across America yesterday morning, the big story was that teen TV star Jamie Lynn Spears is three months pregnant. The 16-year-old sister of pop singer and celebrity train-wreck Britney Spears has her own Nickelodeon show, Zoey 101, about a smart, resourceful girl attending a well-to-do boarding school on the California coast. Dealing with a teenage pregnancy has not been among the story lines of Zoey 101, though that is the plot of the new movie Juno, which many are saying has Academy Award potential.
June 8, 1993 |
When it comes time, every half-decade or so, for the mortal citizenry of John Lyly's Gallathea to sacrifice a virgin to the god Neptune, what's the father of a comely young girl to do? Why, outfit the lass in male clothing and pack her off to the forest until some other virgin is duly dispatched, that's what. And so it comes to pass, in the Red Heel Theatre's current production of the 16th-century comedy, that the disguised exiles Gallathea and Phyllida meet in the woods and fall in love, each believing the other to be a handsome young man. Meantime, the goddesses Venus and Diana are engaged in a tug of war involving Venus' son, Cupid, and a couple of Diana's nymphs.