April 6, 1992 |
In 1979 we dramatized the dilemma of 19th century women, especially women writers, through a discussion of "Snow White. " There was a good Queen who pricked her finger with a needle, watched blood fall on snow, gave birth to a girl, died and was replaced by a wicked Queen, who became stepmother to Snow White. When a mother figure becomes self-assertive in a society that discourages independence, we suggested in our analysis of the story, it is as if the good mother dies and is replaced by a wicked stepmother.
March 1, 1999 |
Brian Assanowicz and Victoria Baldwin, the Scrapplefest King and Queen, wave to loyal subjects yesterday at the Electric Factory. The two were chosen to preside over the festival, hosted by WWDB-FM Radio, which is designed to celebrate the unique culinary item. The three-hour afternoon event featured samples of original scrapple recipes. Hatfield Quality Meats, which produces several kinds of scrapple, presented Mayor Rendell with a bust of himself made by students at Moore College of Art. It was cast in scrapple.
May 7, 2007 |
Elizabeth II enjoyed the Kentucky Derby, but the real queen of England was at the Electric Factory on Saturday night. Her name is Amy Winehouse, and she is nothing short of a nouveau soul sensation. Her breakthrough album, Back To Black, with its clever postmodern amalgam of '60s soul, Motown and Spectorian girl groups, is currently blowing up in all formats. Before the show, the sold-out crowd at the Electric Factory just kept their fingers crossed that Winehouse would show - Fleet Street, in its inimitable tradition of creating media icons and then destroying them, currently is painting Winehouse as boozy and unstable - but she not only showed up, she showed plenty.
July 14, 1987 |
When the character of Amanda Cory reappears on "Another World" the week of July 27, she won't be recognizable to the show's longtime audience. "Little" Amanda (she was about 9 when she disappeared from the small screen) is now "big" Amanda, who will be returning home from boarding school. Portraying Amanda is daytime newcomer Sandi Ferguson. Although Ferguson is new to soaps, and this is her first recurring acting role, she's used to performing in front of an audience. You see, she was named Miss Western Pennsylvania and participated in the 1984 Miss Teen U.S.A.
May 16, 1991 |
President Bush took the queen of England out to the ballgame here last night. The Memorial Stadium fairly swayed in excitement. The bare spots on the field were gone. The chalking of the diamond was perfect. The sun seemed to hang in the evening sky a little longer. Tony LaRussa, the manager of the Oakland Athletics, said before the game: "I think everybody is aware that there will be two couples here tonight who are different from the rest of us. " In her first look at the national pastime, the queen met the players before the game and then took a seat in an upper-deck box enclosed in bulletproof glass.
October 28, 2003 |
It is 11 a.m., the crack of dawn for royalty, but the Queen of Soul has already ascended her throne. She's powdered, ponytailed, and poised to meet her subjects. In the world of pop music, the word diva is tossed around like a chewed-up Frisbee, and icon is as played-out as a Madonna makeover. However, there is but one queen, and it's not Mary J. Blige. "I really don't see the similarity," Aretha Franklin replies dismissively when asked to compare her style with that of Blige, known as the Queen of Hip-Hop.
February 16, 2007 |
I never thought I'd say this . . . but here goes. I miss Meg Ryan. Especially this time of year, when soggy romantic comedies starring the likes of Mandy Moore (!) remind us that since Ryan abdicated her throne with 2001's Kate & Leopold, no actress has come along to make Valentine's Day movie-going safe again. Say what you will about Ryan's twinkly persona, but nobody this side of Doris Day had a longer run as a romantic-comedy queen. And the movies she made - even the misfires - were at least fun. I'd gladly catch Ryan - playing three women, no less - in Joe Versus the Volcano again before watching Sandra Bullock trot out one of her wounded lonely-hearts or enduring an endless string of Renee Zellweger scrunchy faces.
June 21, 1990 |
I am holding in my hand one of the new five-pound notes the British have just issued to replace the old model. The queen, tightly curled and rampantly tiara-ed on a field of pinkish blue, has been updated from her 1962 persona. "It makes one look so old," Her Majesty is reported to have said. Indeed. There is the double chin, the fleshy fold around the jaw, the line from nose to mouth, the crinkle under the eye. There is the look of a woman past middle age, the girl gone deep inside the sagging flesh with only the eyes to signal that she is still within.
September 19, 1995 |
Leona Helmsley has been given another 150 hours of community service by a Manhattan federal judge who found that she had her employees do some of her original 750 hours, ordered for her 1989 tax evasion conviction. A lawyer for the "Queen of Mean" said that she tried to do the hours "in good faith" at a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital but that it became impossible because hospital staff "gawked at her" and were "less than charitable. " The judge found that it was when she was allowed to do tasks at her home that she "did obtain the help of household employees.
June 18, 1987 |
Early in The Fool and the Queen, the Czechoslovakian performer Bolek Polivka - during an amiable chat with the audience - refers smilingly to the spectator and "the human here" on the stage. Polivka's smile and the fact that his English is not perfect somewhat vitiates the implication that an audience is somehow less human than the performers they have come to see. As the show develops, however, the "spectator" comes to the conclusion that Polivka knew exactly what he was saying and that the smile might have been meant to deliberately mask the earnestness of his remark.