July 17, 2015 |
INSTEAD of leading today's column with more unsavory Bill Cosby stuff (see below), let's congratulate the 2015 honorees of The Kennedy Center Honors, which celebrates its 38th year in December by honoring six big names instead of the usual five. While it's true that the honorees have gone from mostly high culture to mostly mainstream pop culture over the decades, reflecting the country's changing tastes in the arts, this year's group is impressive: American rock band the Eagles , singer-songwriter Carole King , "Star Wars" filmmaker George Lucas , actress and singer Rita Moreno , conductor Seiji Ozawa and actress and Broadway star Cicely Tyson . Each has enjoyed lengthy, ground-breaking careers.
December 10, 2014 |
T OM HANKS , Sting , Lily Tomlin , Al Green and ballerina Patricia McBride were feted at this year's Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday night, in Washington, D.C. For the first time, the show was hosted by Stephen Colbert , although it did perfectly fine without a host in the years since Walter Cronkite was emcee. But Colbert is coming to CBS, and CBS airs the show (Dec. 30), so it was either him or the cast of "NCIS. " David Letterman , Steven Spielberg and filmmaker George Stevens Jr. saluted Hanks.
November 21, 2014 |
RESISTANCE is futile. Legalized pot is coming. How does Tattle know? Because according to London's Channel 4 News, the family of Bob Marley has teamed up with a private-equity firm to launch Marley Natural. Once Wall Street sees potential profits and tells politicians to jump, the politicians answer the perfectly applicable, in this case, "How high?" (Marley Natural, by the way, was the reggae king's favorite strain of weed, but the brand will also include skin creams, lotions, balm and accessories.)
September 13, 2013 |
WARNER BROS. and J.K. Rowling are going back to the fantasy well with a movie based on "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," her textbook to the magical universe she created in the Harry Potter stories. Rowling will write the screenplay. Gee, if this works, maybe they can start making movies based on textbooks for history and algebra. The story will focus on the book's fictitious author, Newt Scamander, and is anticipated to be the first in a series. Rowling said in a statement that the movie "is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world.
April 14, 2013 |
CHICAGO - Maria Tallchief, 88, one of America's first great prima ballerinas who gave life to such works as The Nutcracker , Firebird , and other masterpieces from legendary choreographer George Balanchine, died Thursday in Chicago, her daughter Elise Paschen said Friday. Ms. Tallchief danced with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo from 1942 to 1947, but her career was most associated with the New York City Ballet, where she worked from 1948 to 1965. Balanchine, the Russian-born dance genius, was not only the company's director; in 1946, he became Ms. Tallchief's husband for some years.
September 14, 2012 |
Here's a list we love for its miscellaneous variety alone. The Kennedy Center Honors are out, and they're great. As you know, or should, they're for "contributions to American culture. " So you don't have to be American, you just have to help make it nice to be American. You got blues god Buddy Guy - and boy, does that road warrior of American music ever deserve it! You got talk-show person David Letterman . . . whaaaat? . . . no, really . . . we could give you a list of 10 reasons why. . . . You got actor Dustin Hoffman , no surprise there.
December 5, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama, in lauding the actors, musicians and others receiving Kennedy Center Honors last night, also was looking for advice. "Everybody likes him," Obama said of Yo-Yo Ma, one of the five artists honored. "You've got to give me some tips. " Obama noted that the cellist has appeared on Sesame Street and said, "I thought about asking him to go talk to Congress. " In addition to Ma, Barbara Cook, Neil Diamond, Sonny Rollins and Meryl Streep also were saluted by Obama and their fellow artists with tribute performances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
September 8, 2010 |
THE KENNEDY Center yesterday announced this year's honorees, and the headliners are Oprah Winfrey and Paul McCartney . That's not to belittle the work of the other honorees - dancer/choreographer Bill T. Jones , country star Merle Haggard , and Broadway composer and lyricist Jerry Herman - but it's hard to top Oprah and a Beatle. The quintet will be honored at the 33rd annual event in Washington on Dec. 5. "I love surprising people; I don't like being surprised," Oprah told the Associated Press.
December 8, 2008 |
Art over politics: Streisand meets Bush Democratic diva Barbra Streisand was visiting the Bush White House last night - and promising to play nice. "Art transcends politics this weekend," she told the Associated Press. The singer-actress-director, a vocal critic of George W. Bush, is among the recipients of this year's Kennedy Center Honors with actor Morgan Freeman, country singer George Jones, dancer-choreographer Twyla Tharp, and the Who's Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey.
October 24, 2005 |
ON BEHALF of the Marian Anderson Award, I am writing to say I could not take stronger exception to your paper's Oct. 20 commentary by Michael Smerconish, in which he irresponsibly criticized our 2005 awardees, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis. Without a doubt, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis are among the most heroic individuals upon which the award has ever been conferred. As he reflects upon his own mean-spirited and unfocused commentary, it is important that Smerconish understand that the Marian Anderson Award is not the first organization to recognize the significant contributions of Dee and Davis.