April 9, 2013 |
WHERE'S EVERYBODY GOING? A longtime victim of crippling social anxiety, New Kids on the Block 's Jonathan Knight left the stage when the group performed in New York last week. About 25 minutes into the show, Knight was supposed to solo on the new ballad "Survive You," but he couldn't get the words out. Donnie Wahlberg kidded him about the silence, and then Knight laughed and walked off. NKOTB finished the song and the show without him. Knight tweeted "I'm sorry . . . " soon thereafter.
March 22, 2013
By Megan Ritchie My daughter, 27 weeks in the oven, enjoys giving her mother a few swift kicks when she thinks I've forgotten she's there. New ligaments stretch over bone, muscles fuse, and nerve connections spark into being: Her movements are indicative of healthy growth, and I cherish them. My bladder does not, but we can't all be happy. I noticed early on that her movements quieted significantly when my hand, or anyone else's, was placed on my belly. I initially took it as stage fright (which she absolutely did not inherit from me)
February 3, 2013 |
Going to see an artist who has had the words paralyzing stage fright written next to her name as many times as Cat Power - the stage name of the singer Chan Marshall - can be a perilous proposition. Would Marshall make it through the show? How was the 41-year-old indie chanteuse coping after being dumped by Giovanni Ribisi and canceling a number of fall shows (including one at the Electric Factory) due to financial and medical troubles? Did she really cut off her long, dark tresses, dye her hair blond, and fashion it into a Mohawk?
February 17, 2012
IN THE AGE of Netflix, watching films can be a solitary pastime. Cinema 16 aims to make it a shared, engaging affair, and one that can never be experienced the same way twice. Tonight three silent, avant-garde films will be screened at International House, accompanied by a live performance of an original score. In previous incarnations, Cinema 16 musicians have ranged from an experimental cello player to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. And the films have ranged from the 1920s to the 1980s, making each evening wildly different from the previous one. Cinema 16 is named for the post-World War II film society created by Amos Vogel in the West Village.
October 9, 2011 |
Scares the hell out of you. Those are words seldom associated with Albert Boscov. Albie? Yes. Mr. B? That, too. Even force of nature , for how he saved his family's department store chain, and thousands of jobs, from near-death bankruptcy three years ago. But his being scared ? Nah. Yet as the 82-year-old merchant-warrior sat still for just a few moments in his Reading office the other day - paperwork on the floor, paperwork on the conference table, a shrinking birthday balloon barely floating above his desk - he used those very words to describe the tumble of emotions associated with Sunday's planned opening of a Boscov's at Monmouth Mall near Asbury Park, N.J. "It scares the hell out of you that it won't work," Boscov said, eyeing a 68-page draft of an advertising circular.
September 21, 2011 |
Question: I was out to dinner with my mom a few nights ago, and we were seated at a table next to a middle-aged couple. I was facing the husband and noticed immediately after sitting down that he was staring at me. I thought perhaps I knew him, so I glanced over and realized he was staring directly at my chest! I am busty, but I wasn't wearing a low-cut shirt. This man continued to blatantly stare at my chest and look me up and down for the next 20 minutes, until he left. I even made eye contact with him at one point and gave him a disgusted look, but that did nothing.
February 18, 2011 |
You would never know it now, but Elvis Presley was so painfully shy as a young man, he suffered from stage fright in his early career. But what if he hadn't conquered his fear of performing? Maybe Elvis never would have become the "King of Rock 'n' Roll," but rather just another truck driver warbling along to songs on the radio as he made his deliveries. It's the same in any public arena. Heavyweight Jesse "Thunder" Ferguson was a terror in the gym, regularly giving Mike Tyson fits in sparring.
January 26, 2008 |
Jan 25, 1982 PONTIAC, Mich. - The amazing San Francisco 49ers achieved the biggest halftime lead, the longest touchdown drive and the two quickest scores in Super Bowl history yesterday in the Silverdome. And then they they almost blew it. Quarterback Joe Montana, who had a great first half and a mediocre second half, won the Most Valuable Player award. But the 49ers survived to edge the Cincinnati Bengals, 26-21, in an entertaining Super Bowl XVI because of other talents.
March 30, 2004 |
TRY TO CURB your enthusiasm, but Jerry Seinfeld hinted on "Extra" last night that he's talking to NBC about a possible return to television. Seinfeld, the father of a girl and boy, says his new comedic inspiration is his family. "Kids and wives are the ultimate comedy," he says. "I just sit in my house and write and watch these people and the insane things they do. " The Seinfeld interview will continue tonight. Should a new Seinfeld sitcom get off the ground, word is that NBC wants to take no chances with its success and would like Jerry's children played by Julia-Louis Dreyfus and Jason Alexander.
October 11, 2003 |
A&E is working on a TV movie about America's first Govinator. See Arnold Run, a biopic about Arnold Schwarzenegger's gubernatorial campaign and equally issues-driven 1973 quest to become Mr. Olympia, is set to be shown next summer. It is billed as "an exploration of Arnold the public figure versus Arnold the private man, told through a blend of drama, comedy and satire. " Didn't we just see that on CNN? No word on casting. Luther's recovery Luther Vandross is talking - and singing again.