November 6, 2014 |
How does Chrissie Hynde stay fresh? At a great Tower Theater show on Tuesday night, the key seemed to be this: Start with an identifiable look and sound, and stay the course. Hynde, now 63, formed the Pretenders in London in 1978. Post-punk in their setting, Hynde's melodies relied on memorable riffs and delicious pop sensibilities, with lyrics that spoke blunt truths about love and lust. Her low, purring vocals mixed carnality with vulnerability. And with her dark bangs, black eye shadow, long mascaraed lashes, and svelte frame, she was a lean, mean, empowered-feminist machine.
November 24, 2013 |
Alf Ake Winte, 83, a lifelong pastry chef who emigrated from Sweden and later owned a pastry shop in Havertown, died Friday, Oct. 18, at his home in Newtown Square from a stroke brought on by heart disease complications. Mr. Winte honed his culinary skills as an apprentice pastry chef in Stockholm and Sala, which is about 65 miles outside the Swedish capital. By 1951, Mr. Winte and his future wife, Britt Lundvik, had opened their first bakery in Stockholm, Grev Ture. The two married a year later, and in 1955 they came to America, settling in Denver, where one of his sisters was living.
November 8, 2013 |
IF YOU THINK the movie-ratings system in the U.S. is arbitrary, maybe you should go to Sweden. In the equality-minded Scandinavian country, they're introducing a new rating to highlight gender bias, or rather the absence of it. To get an "A" rating, a movie must pass the so-called Bechdel test, which means it must have at least two named female characters who talk with each other about something other than a man. Like, say, "Thelma and Louise....
October 21, 2012 |
After a wait of several minutes, the doors of a no-frills construction elevator open precisely at noon. We enter the metal-framed box that scales the outside rear of the Royal Opera House ( Kungliga Operan ) of Stockholm, transporting us from the street to our rooftop destination, the Electrolux Cube. At the end of the elevator ride, Ludvig Jureskog, tall, blond, and immaculately attired in a black suit, greets us and the other luncheon guests with flutes of champagne.
August 9, 2012 |
STOCKHOLM - Belarus on Wednesday ordered Sweden to close its embassy in Minsk by the end of the month, a move that comes only days after Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko's regime effectively expelled the Swedish ambassador. The dispute is the latest in a series of diplomatic spats between Belarus and Western nations, especially European Union states that have taken steps against the ex-Soviet country and its longtime leader, Lukashenko, over the stifling of human rights. EU spokesman Sebastien Brabant reiterated the 27-member bloc's "grave concern" about the earlier decision to bar Sweden's Ambassador Stefan Eriksson and said it was "urgently seeking clarification" over Minsk's latest move.
August 4, 2012 |
STOCKHOLM - Sweden said Friday that Belarus had expelled its ambassador for "being too supportive of human rights. " Belarus countered that it merely chose not to extend the envoy's accreditation, calling his activities destructive. The dispute was the latest in a series of diplomatic spats between Belarus and Western nations, especially European Union states that have taken steps against the ex-Soviet country and its longtime leader, President Alexander Lukashenko, over its stifling of human rights.
July 23, 2012 |
If Joel Kinnaman's acting career suddenly goes south (not likely), maybe he can try his hand at criticism. Here's his nutshell on Easy Money — the Swedish crime pic, original title Snabba Cash — in which he stars as a style-obsessed "economics whiz kid" trying to work his way into the superrich, jet-setting Stockholm crowd: "The film operates in a universe that's sort of a crossbreeding between The Great Gatsby and Goodfellas — but in...
December 18, 2011 |
'Rooney who?" is not a question people will be asking much longer. On Tuesday at 7 p.m., David Fincher's adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - the first installment in the U.S. version of Stieg Larsson' s mega-selling Millennium Trilogy - opens in theaters. And there Rooney Mara will be, pale, pierced, and punked-out, hacking into encrypted databases, sleeping with Daniel Craig (and with a woman she picks up at a bar), taking vengeance on a sicko state-appointed guardian . . . if you've read the book (and who hasn't?
October 30, 2011 |
On a dark, soundless side street in the bohemian Sodermalm section of Stockholm, our Stieg Larsson tour group members began arriving. "I've read all three Larsson novels and seen all three Swedish movies," a New York woman volunteered. "I've just read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo ," I said. "Oh, if you've only read the first book you won't get much out of this tour," she said. "That novel takes place mostly in the Swedish countryside. " Despite the lack of enrichment my tour mate warned me about, I was, at least, the first tour group member to arrive, which gave me a chance to chat with tour leader Karen, a sturdy, affable woman wearing a red scarf and warm layers.
April 12, 2011 |
The Minnesota Wild fired coach Todd Richards yesterday after the team missed the playoffs in each of his two seasons and for a third straight season overall. The team's playoff fate, and perhaps that of Richards, was sealed by an eight-game losing streak in March. General manager Chuck Fletcher picked Richards as a first-time NHL head coach - he had been an assistant in the league for only 1 year prior - over several more seasoned candidates. Fletcher refused to second-guess his first major decision on the job or blame Richards for the 12th-place finish in the Western Conference.