April 19, 2013 |
With his 40th birthday looming in July, Rufus Wainwright seems too provocative for middle age, but old enough to seize the opportunity for a concert that goes beyond typical song-based appearances. So, on Sunday at the Kimmel Center, Wainwright's contribution to the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts will begin with a 45-minute version of his opera Prima Donna , followed by a large chunk of his Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall program, both with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.
February 23, 2012 |
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Seasoned composers have written far worse operas than Rufus Wainwright's maiden effort, Prima Donna . Much of the music is simply beautiful. Never does it sound like a cheap pop opera or a series of strung-together songs. It is a true opera. Yet Prima Donna's U.S. premiere this week by the New York City Opera is generating an operatic tempest with no critical consensus in sight. Popular, charismatic, and breezily audacious, singer/songwriter Wainwright, 38, is either a hero or an interloper, depending on who's listening.
December 15, 2010 |
IN YOUR FACE, New York! Forgive us. That's not exactly in the holiday spirit. Let's start again. In this season of giving, Philadelphia just got the perfect gift: Cliff Lee's a Phillie again. "This is Christmas and your 21st birthday and getting your driver's license and meeting your soulmate all rolled into one," said Joann Leszczynsky, of Fairmount. "I can't believe I'm seeing a dynasty in Philadelphia. " The pitching ace thumbed his nose at the piles of cash that the New York Yankees were offering him and, instead, returned to Philadelphia, the city where he won a pennant and - almost - a world championship.
August 19, 2010
1. Convinced that the 40-year-old quarterback is a prima donna who just wants to get out of training camp? 2. In favor of welcoming back the future Hall of Famer with open arms? 3. Hoping that coach Brad Childress and the rest of the Vikings give him the cold shoulder? 4. Tired of this story?
August 7, 2009
ONLY A few hundred feet from Citizens Bank Park sits The Turf Club, a place where men armed with knowledge, advice and insight seek to improve their fortunes by playing the ponies. Sometimes they win, often they don't, and sometimes they go on ridiculous runs that are hard to explain. Kind of like the last 7 days of Ruben Amaro Jr.'s life. Or the last 48 hours of it. Consider: J.A. Happ, nearly traded for Toronto's Roy Halladay, threw a 10-strikeout shutout Wednesday night against the Colorado Rockies, one of the hottest-hitting teams in baseball.
September 6, 2006 |
Bill Lyon was an Inquirer sports columnist for 34 years At the plate, he paws at the dirt, takes root like an oak and, holding the bat like Thor's hammer, points it, one-handed, out toward some distant dot on the horizon, where soon he will mash yet another home run. In Philadelphia, where we gleefully eat our own, a new hero is on the ascent. Ryan James Howard is his name, and swatting pitched balls jaw-dropping distances is his game. He has elevated himself right up there on the town's marquee alongside Allen Iverson, the Little Big Man, and Donovan McNabb, to whom is entrusted the care and feeding of the city's hottest passion.
April 6, 2006
THE WORLD is full of people whose egos are bigger than their accomplishments, but we don't know of a city with a higher per capital number of puffed-up chests than Washington, D.C. - especially at 545 Seventh Street SE, otherwise known as the U.S. Capitol. Yet, what inflates must also deflate, and this week we're witnessing the air going out of two of the biggest gas-bags in Washington. First, on the Republican side, is the retreat and surrender of former House Majority Leader Tom "The Hammer" DeLay.
March 20, 2004 |
With the Sixers and the St. Joseph's Hawks, local managers and CEOs are getting a firsthand look at how team karma - on the basketball court and in the workplace - can influence the fate of an organization. The Sixers seem to be self-destructing as superstar Allen Iverson and his new coach, Chris Ford, go at it. Ford benched Iverson for not practicing. Iverson called the benching wrongheaded as the team struggled to make the playoffs. Across town, meanwhile, star guard Jameer Nelson led the St. Joe's Hawks to a 27-0 regular season.
December 14, 2001 |
IIT WAS A night of "shopping, interrupted" for waifish thesp Winona Ryder, who was busted Wednesday for shoplifting about $5,000 worth of clothing at a tres chic Beverly Hills boutique, police said yesterday. Could it be that the 30-year-old actress' recent string of box-office duds have netted her bupkiss in Hollywood swag? Or is this a call for help? Discuss! The "Girl, Interrupted" star was charged with grand theft and possession of prescription drugs without a prescription, Beverly Hills police spokeswoman Stephanie Ochoa said.
June 25, 2001
AL PORTA (letter, June 20) says, "I'm fed up with prima donna basketball players plastered all over the media. These guys make millions. . .and next year the fans will pay double for their seats . . . while the fat-cat owners will be in Florida. " All true, and I didn't have a problem with this except that at the end of his letter he says "Go Flyers!" Excuse me, Al, but hockey players as professional athletes are also "prima donna millionaires" whose teams are owned by Fat Cats who charge the fans lots of money to see a game.