November 22, 2015 |
It has been a while since I've seen Black Nativity , perhaps not since the last time Ozzie Jones directed it for Freedom Theater. Theatre Horizon's version of this Afrocentric holiday tradition is a joyful, noisy alternative to all those grim Dickensians and cynical elves. Written as a "gospel-song play" by the great Langston Hughes, it puts the Christ squarely back in Christmas, with a first act placing the manger in pre-diaspora Africa, and a second act in the present day. But there's so much latitude in its meager script and song choices that every production can be drastically different.
November 16, 2015 |
How good are the New York Giants? That question has been asked often at various times during the 21st century, and chances are whoever answered got it wrong. The 2007 and 2011 Giants are the examples every middling playoff contender holds up, saying: "See, if you get in, you can win. " And now it appears coach Tom Coughlin has another one of those teams. This, of course, matters to the Eagles, because they also appear to have one of those teams, and it's entirely possible that only the team that survives the race to win the NFC East will get into the playoffs.
November 12, 2015 |
Allen Toussaint, 77, the New Orleans songwriter and pianist responsible for a long list of hits recorded by artists that included Aaron Neville, Ernie K-Doe, Irma Thomas, Bonnie Raitt, Glen Campbell, Dr. John, Lee Dorsey, Warren Zevon, Robert Plant, Robert Palmer, and Devo, died of a heart attack Monday after a concert in Spain in the midst of a European tour. Tributes poured in from across the music world. "He was one of the most gentle, loving, and wise people I've ever known," Raitt wrote.
November 11, 2015 |
SERVING UP BANANAS laced with marijuana to rhesus monkeys on an island in the Caribbean - all in a day's work for Jon Greene. Well, not exactly, but Jon was the cameraman recording the effect of this unusual repast on the unsuspecting primates as part of a study. Jon, who spent most of his life behind a camera, mostly with Philadelphia's Channel 10, had been hired for this project by a researcher from the Dorothea Dix psychiatric hospital in Raleigh, N.C. It involved lugging heavy cameras onto the island off Puerto Rico, tramping through the jungle, dodging an irate ape that threatened to attack, and setting up the cameras to record the pot-eating monkeys' reactions compared with a control group that got a regular monkey diet.
November 6, 2015 |
The weather will most likely be autumnal, the beaches nearly empty, and the stores on winter hours, but the Exit 0 International Jazz Festival is a good reason to make an off-season trek to Cape May this weekend. This year's fall edition of the twice-yearly festival will be headlined by one of jazz's most venerated ensembles, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis. "It's incredibly exciting to be able to present that level of artist in the fourth year of the festival," says Michael Kline, Exit 0's founder and producer.
October 30, 2015 |
Packers (-2.5) over BRONCOS Let's see: 6-0 vs. 6-0. No edge there . . . Both are teams coming off a bye week. No edge there . . . Denver's defense is No. 1 overall, allowing the fewest yards (281.3), while Green Bay is No. 1 in points allowed per game (16.8). No edge there . . . So it boils down to the QBs - Aaron Rodgers vs. Peyton Manning . Huge edge there, to Mr. Discount Double Check. Maybe a few years ago, the glaring edge would not have been such a big deal, but check the numbers.
October 28, 2015 |
IT IS ALMOST unfair to the 76ers that the NBA demanded teams to cut down to the 15-player roster on Monday. When you've won 37 games combined the previous two seasons, perhaps having an unlimited roster should be considered. But rules are rules, and the Sixers abided by them, releasing guards Pierre Jackson, Scottie Wilbekin, swingmen Jordan McRae and J.P. Tokoto, and center Furkan Aldemir. Joel Embiid, who will miss this season after the second surgery to repair the navicular bone in his foot, is among the 15. After three games, the team will likely get a hardship exemption from the NBA and be allowed to bring in another player.
October 23, 2015 |
PANTHERS (-3) over Eagles Nailed the Birds last week, but not gonna go back-to-back with them. The good news is, they get to play in front of the biggest TV audience on a Sunday night. But the bad news is, they have to play at Carolina. The Panthers are the picture of perfection so far this season with a 5-0 record (4-1 against the spread). Since head coach Ron Rivera turned the switch toward the end of last season at New Orleans, these Southern cats have not lost a game.
October 16, 2015 |
Nelson Agholor did not appear to practice on Wednesday, which was the Eagles' first day back at practice before they host the New York Giants on Monday. Agholor, the Eagles' first-round draft pick, injured his ankle in the Eagles' win over New Orleans on Sunday. When Agholor was asked after practice if he would be ready by Monday, he said it's "day-to-day. " The Eagles also missed linebacker Mychal Kendricks at practice. Kendricks missed the game Sunday with a hamstring injury.
October 16, 2015 |
It's lunchtime at the Ed Sullivan Theater, and Jon Batiste is taking a break in the midst of his 11-hour day to talk about his new job as network TV bandleader of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The 28-year-old jazz musician from Kenner, La. will bring his band Stay Human to the Zellerbach Theatre at the Annenberg Center on Saturday. Batiste - a pianist, singer, and "harmonaboard" player - is part of one of New Orleans music's most prominent families. He's released five albums as a leader - Social Music (2013)