March 21, 2014 |
Many singer/songwriters have written songs of political protest, and others have delved into sci-fantasy. But no songwriter other than Paul Kantner has produced surprising works - hits, even - that touched on both sci-fi and politics. As cofounder/guitarist of Jefferson Airplane in the '60s, then Jefferson Starship in the '70s, Kantner turned psychedelic rock into his own socially conscious, freedom-seeking platform. On Friday, Kantner brings his newest version of Starship (featuring original and new members)
January 26, 2014 |
Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) is readying his men to make the biggest score of the century. The 18th century. Return with us now to the barnacled high-water mark for piracy, when merchant ships plied the Spanish Main at their peril. Black Sails (9 p.m. Saturday on Starz) is a bawdy, bodacious, and brutal eight-episode series set on the island of New Providence (the Bahamas) in 1715. It may take you a while to figure out who's who in this big, sunburned ensemble, so allow me to give you a head start.
January 24, 2014 |
* BLACK SAILS. 9 p.m. Saturday, Starz. PASADENA, CALIF. - Cheltenham High. Harvard. Penn Law. Jonathan E. Steinberg's background doesn't scream "pirate. " But the Melrose Park-raised co-creator of Starz's new pirate drama, "Black Sails," has never been afraid to go big: His first show, "Jericho," started off with a bang - and a mushroom cloud over Denver. Now Steinberg is working with Michael Bay ("Transformers") and others to recreate an early 18th-century world populated by a mix of historical and fictional characters (including a few from Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island )
August 30, 2013 |
SAY BON VOYAGE to CBS3 reporter Oren Liebermann , who is leaving the station to embark on an around-the-world trip with his wife of one year, Cassie Kramer . "It's a big world, and we haven't seen enough of it yet," Liebermann told me about why he and Kramer, an English-as-a-second-language teacher at Kensington's Stetson Charter School, decided to take the plunge. Get ready to be jealous of this itinerary: Italy, France, Spain, Ireland, Hungary, Kenya, Israel, Nepal, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Japan, Peru, Chile, Argentina.
August 16, 2013 |
CHEATING HAS become so commonplace in sports it's surprising Rock-Paper-Scissors conglomerates haven't caught competitors using scissors that can cut rock. Today's cheatgate involves accusations levied against America's Cup defending champion Oracle Team USA in what is being called potentially one of the biggest scandals in the regatta's 162-year history. Oh, the humanity. "For sure," said Italy's Luna Rossa skipper, Max Sirena, when asked whether he thought Oracle cheated when it admitted it modified its boats without permission of the Measurement Committee.
July 20, 2013
Special Events American Sailing Tours Daily, 90-min. Delaware River tours on Chinese junk-rigged schooner. Informative History Sail, musical Tropical Sail or romantic Sunset Sail. American Sailing Tours - Pier 24, 401 N. Columbus Blvd. www.americansailingtours.com . $40-$50. Dog Days of Summer Hot Dog Cook-Off & Celebration Hot dog & toppings competitions. Historic Headhouse Square, Second & Pine Sts.; 215-413-3713. Free admission; $5-$25 food and beverage tickets. 7/20. 1-4 pm. Electric Run Evening 5k with music and light installations all along the course Fairmount Park, 4231 Ave. of the Republic; 215-685-0274.
April 14, 2013
A Memoir By Debbie Reynolds and Dorian Hannaway William Morrow. 306 pp. $28.99 Reviewed by Carrie Rickey To be a fly on the wall the night Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor tucked into a pumpkin pie and deep-dished their mutual ex-husband, Eddie Fisher, as they watched The Last Samurai ! Unsinkable , Reynolds' second memoir in 25 years, includes such vignettes. She recalls from a polite distance prompting her daughter, actress and writer Carrie Fisher, to describe it on the dust-jacket as a "tell-some.
March 4, 2013
Sunsets, seafaring, and ports of call. This website offers an endless ocean of daydreaming for travelers who can't resist the wide-open sea - or the bikini-clad girls sunning themselves on the ship decks in the pictures. Name: InterSailClub.com What it does: It's a planning and booking platform for chartered sailing vacations. What's hot: I did backflips when I clicked on "Who's on Board?" and up popped a color-coded map of the ship that showed me which berths were available.
August 18, 2012 |
BOSTON - The world's oldest commissioned warship will sail under its own power for just the second time in more than a century to commemorate the battle that won it the nickname "Old Ironsides. " The USS Constitution, which was first launched in 1797, will be tugged from its berth in Boston Harbor on Sunday to the main deepwater pathway into the harbor. It will then set out to open seas for a 10-minute cruise. The short trip marks the day two centuries ago when the Constitution bested the British frigate HMS Guerriere in a fierce battle during the War of 1812.
July 17, 2012 |
PRINCETON — The audience arrived Sunday at the McCarter Theatre Center for H.M.S. Pinafore primed for immediate enjoyment, ready to giggle at the sprightly tunes, ahhh at the pretty scenery — and with every reason to do so. Opera New Jersey's second production of its summer season is an artistic success on every front, a hit that happily has four more performances spread among Princeton, Morristown and Asbury Park. The Tim Saternow-designed production, seen at the Santa Fe Opera and the Berkshire Theater Festival, is set on a handsome, reasonably realistic ship's deck, with an abundance of doors allowing numerous surprise entrances and symmetrical choreography by Jennifer Paulson Lee. The anatomy of this triumph, however, begins with director Michael Unger's keen strategic awareness of what this operetta is and isn't.