January 17, 2016 |
How to remain objective when writing about a company you love, with a choreographer you adore, and a dancer you've admired since you first saw him? If you've got a pulse, it's not easy. Especially if the company is Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, which opened NextMove's 2016 spring season Wednesday night at the Prince Theater. BJM performed here in 2004 and 2012, and artistic director Louis Robitaille continues to fill his roster with impeccable dancers. They sizzled to Rodrigo Pederneiras' "Rouge," featuring the stellar company with Mark Francis Caserta, dancing to his hometown audience with a luxuriantly sensual vengeance.
January 8, 2016 |
A COMMON PLEAS judge is expected tomorrow to hear a request by the Rev. Adolphus C. Prince for an injunction to block a second vote on his employment at Zion Baptist Church. The hearing comes one day before Saturday's scheduled revote. In a filing to stop the vote and be reinstated, Prince, also known as A. Carl Prince, alleged that the July 12, 2014, vote that dismissed him was illegal because members were not given three months' notice as called for by the church's bylaws. The complaint said Prince signed a contract or "covenant" when he was hired in January 2012 requiring that prior to a vote, "there must be full disclosure to the church of the facts on which the termination is based.
December 22, 2015 |
Richard Lewis' neurotic bits aren't just a persona. The comic, who once cracked that he was raised by wolves, is hilariously unbalanced. Before performing Friday and Saturday at Helium, he asked that I not review his show. No performer has ever made such a request of me - but who else is like the idiosyncratic Lewis? However, the quirky humorist changed his tune and said that he couldn't stop me. And he had nothing to worry about during Saturday night's late show, the last of four sold-out shows at Helium.
October 3, 2015 |
Life is a cabaret for Robert Kotonly and Rory Paull, a show biz-lovin' team who have just opened the Rrazz Room at the Prince, and who also run a full-time Rrazz Room in New Hope, plus the "Rrazz Room Presents" series at arts centers in Coral Springs and South Miami-Dade, Fla. Their Chestnut Street spot got off to a reasonable start two weekends ago with a near-sellout of the Prince's cozy 156-seat Black Box space for Broadway songstress Karen Mason....
September 21, 2015 |
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Long ago, my mother told me about her former college roommate, who ate packets of butter. Whole packets. Not spread on bread, not in a series of nibbles, but all at once, like throwing back a piece of popcorn. I thought the tale was disgusting but also likely false, a story that grew legs over time. Until, that is, I ordered the Butter Tasting at Etch, a new restaurant in downtown Nashville. All at once, they arrived: malt vinegar butter, smoked Parmesan black pepper butter, ginger cashew butter - all made fresh in-house.
September 5, 2015 |
Spielberg: It won't last Superhero movies may dominate the box office right now, but the genre will soon be as dead as a dodo, as extinct as the dino. So Hollywood's premiere filmmaker, Steven Spielberg , tells the Associated Press. "We were around when the western died and there will be a time when the superhero movie goes the way of the western," says Spielberg, whose Cold War spy thriller, Bridge of Spies , starring Tom Hanks , opens Oct. 16. "These cycles have a finite time in popular culture.
August 7, 2015 |
Mrs. Clooney makes the list According to an ancient prophecy, a sartorially advanced being will save the earth someday. That's why it's so important to keep up with Vanity Fair's annual International Best-Dressed List. The women's list is topped this year by one Samantha Cameron , described by the mag as "First Lady, U.K.; creative consultant for Smythson. " The top 10 includes popster Taylor Swift (No. 2), Prince Edward 's wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex (No. 4)
July 16, 2015 |
Prince Harry: Invictus to the U.S.! Prince Harry raised many a cheer Tuesday after announcing via an online video that he plans to bring his Invictus Games for wounded warriors to America next year. The games, in which wounded veterans compete in Olympic sports, will have its inaugural American edition in Florida. "I have no doubt . . . the USA will put on a great show - no pressure!" Harry said. "What better place to host such a great family event than Orlando?" Held in London, last year's games featured 400 competitors from 13 nations.
June 7, 2015 |
Queen makes a knight of princely grandson We don't know the rules, exactly, but it appears that being a prince doesn't automatically make one a knight, which is this whole other thing that only, like, a king or queen can make you. That's why Prince Harry found himself being knighted by his granny, Queen Elizabeth II , who dubbed him Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in a private thing at Buckingham Palace. It recognizes Harry's decade as a real, honest-to-goodness soldier in the armed forces, with two tours in Afghanistan.
March 17, 2015 |
I ALMOST bumbled it in a column last week - the identity of that tall, handsome, stationary, brown fella outside the Prince Music Theater on Chestnut Street near Broad. In a Twitter poll I did yesterday, I asked some DN gossip followers to answer this question to the best of their knowledge: Just who is that lanky bronze man who is clearly attempting to either a) hail you a cab or b) shield you from the rain and open the door of the theater for you? The answer may surprise you. It did, me. And not one responder to my poll got it right, either.