November 5, 2014 |
Ahmir Thompson isn't into the "public charity" thing - big names writing big checks under bright lights seems fake, he said, and self-congratulatory. But when the artist better known as "Questlove," a leader of the superstar group the Roots, heard about the plight of Philadelphia's High School for Creative and Performing Arts, he had to act. His alma mater has lost nearly $1 million in funding over the last two years, and 19 staffers since 2011. The city's premier arts school's all-important spring musical was canceled by budget cuts in 2013 and was threatened again this year.
May 27, 2012 |
Redefining Diva Life Lessons From the Original Dreamgirl By Sheryl Lee Ralph Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing. 224 pp. $14 Reviewed by Karen E. Quinones Miller Many people who are asked to describe a diva would say that it's a demanding and arrogant woman who believes she's entitled to having all of her needs met, even at the expense of the inconvenience of others. In fact, diva is often considered synonymous with a less polite word starting with "b. " But in a new book, actress Sheryl Lee Ralph (best known for playing Deena in Dreamgirls, the role reprised by Beyoncé in the movie based on the huge Broadway hit, and stepmother to singer/actress Brandy in the hit television show Moesha)
April 4, 1991 |
He looks every bit the successful businessman: immaculate dark blue suit, beautifully patterned silk tie, gray ponytail, a half-dozen enormous turquoise-and-silver rings, and at least that number of heavy silver bracelets. (We're not talking IBM here.) But singer Richie Havens has always gone his own way. It seemed as if the whole world was listening when Havens, now 50, opened the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair in August 1969 with his song "Freedom. " His singular voice, husky, impassioned, tinged with pathos, was accompanied by his insistent, driving guitar.
April 19, 2012
Paul Bogart, 92, a puppeteer who bumbled into the new medium of television in 1950 and rose to be an Emmy-winning director known for popular shows like All in the Family and The Defenders , died Sunday in Chapel Hill, N.C. Mr. Bogart was recognized as a master of live television, from game shows to high drama, and later as the respected director of filmed shows like Get Smart . Known for his skill in positioning actors for best effect...
November 2, 2012
* MALIBU COUNTRY. 8:30 p.m. Friday, 6 ABC. I'M NOT sure what it is about Reba McEntire that screams "wronged wife," but the singer-actress embarks on her second sitcom Friday in a role that once again has her starting over after marriage to a cheater. In ABC's "Malibu Country," she's doing the leaving, taking her kids and her mother (Lily Tomlin) and fleeing Nashville, Tenn. - and her country star husband - for the Malibu, Calif., house she never even knew she had, hoping to restart the singing career she put aside years earlier.
October 30, 1986 |
Isabel Sarah "Auntie" Austin, dancer, beautician, political worker and civic volunteer, died Monday. She lived in West Philadelphia. Her age was not disclosed. The former Isabel Dickerson grew up in South Philadelphia. After graduating from high school, she became a professional dancer and was cast in a number of New York shows. While working in New York, where she also performed in cafes, she married William L. Austin, now deceased. During World War II, as the dance dates decreased, she got a job at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
January 15, 1999 |
While so many other acts come and go, the Spinners refuse to disappear. Scoring their first hit in 1961, the group is bearing down hard on 40 years in the pop/R&B ranks - and though the five vocalists haven't had a major recording triumph since the early '80s, they are in greater demand than ever. "It's pretty amazing," Bobbie Smith said this week from his home in Orlando, Fla. "We really are working harder than ever. January is probably the slowest month of the year for most acts, but we're completely booked.
July 31, 2012 |
IT'S NOT BILLED as such, but Donny and Marie Osmond's gig this week at Caesars Atlantic City is a journey into the past. And not just back to the 1970s, when the impossibly adorable singing, dancing and wise-cracking siblings solidified their place in the show-biz firmament with their fondly remembered ABC-TV variety show. Instead the program, which runs Tuesday through Sunday, offers a bridge back to the time when the phrase, "The show must go on!" was the mantra of the entertainment industry.
September 29, 1986 |
Paul Rimmeir, the man who takes credit for bringing Buffalo wings to Philadelphia and ribs to Center City, says he will soon open a pasta restaurant in Old City that should surpass his Rib-It stores in growth. Within 60 days, Rimmeir says, Louie Linguini's will open at 104 Chestnut St. with nothing on the menu priced higher than $8.95 and undoubtedly with Rimmeir himself in frequent attendance - bossing the help, sampling the food, deciding what the specials will be. The five Rib-It restaurants - the latest opened last week in a mall in King of Prussia - will have sales of approximately $10 million this year, Rimmeir says.
September 27, 2012 |
ST. LOUIS - With a string of gold albums, a hit TV series and his signature "Moon River," Andy Williams was a voice of the 1960s, although not the '60s we usually hear about. The singer - known for his easy-listening style and his wholesome middle-America appeal - was the antithesis of the counterculture that gave rise to rock 'n' roll. Williams' plaintive tenor, boyish features and clean-cut demeanor helped him outlast many of the decade's rock stars and fellow crooners, such as Frank Sinatra and Perry Como.