February 20, 2016 |
Carrie Underwood won the fourth season of American Idol back in 2005, but five superperforming LPs, a pile of Grammys, and numerous unforgettable singles later, you could argue that the 32-year-old sweetheart from Oklahoma is bigger than the show that gave her her start (as well as most of the other winners). She's the crossover country artist that could - à la Shania Twain, Taylor Swift, and Faith Hill. Last fall's Storyteller is just as charming as the rest of her discography - folksy, twangy, and hewing to some classic country tropes: trucks, jealousy, gossip, and revenge.
November 13, 2015 |
TO THE world at large, Alan Cumming is an author as well as an in-demand actor in film, theater, and TV, where he portrays Eli Gold, the Machiavellian campaign manager for Illinois Governor Peter Florrick, played by Chris Noth, on "The Good Wife. " But none of those worlds align with his self-description. "I love writing and telling stories in various forms. I feel like I'm a storyteller when I think of myself," he said in a recent interview with the Daily News . "I think I'm an artist in various forms, but I'm really a storyteller, whether I'm taking a photograph or writing or acting.
August 6, 2015 |
Seven-year-old Joanna Harris loves to tell stories, ones already written and ones she writes herself. When many of her classmates decided to rehash Disney movies during a school program, she wrote "Ocean Tale," a harrowing adventure featuring two mermaids almost captured by an evil fisherman. (Spoiler alert: Surfer Girl saves the day.) Then the Paoli girl and her family spent July 4 visiting all 10 Once Upon a Nation storytelling benches around Independence Hall, where they learned the program was sponsoring a contest to celebrate its 10th anniversary.
May 23, 2015 |
Steven Wilson has a reputation for crafting meticulously designed, progressive albums of his own, along with his bands Porcupine Tree and No-Man. He has also remastered and remixed classic recordings from King Crimson, Yes, and Roxy Music. Once, he was reticent about touring, but that melted away with time. Starting in earnest with the 2008 album Insurgentes , his solo career has bloomed comparatively late. When on tour, as he is now - with a date Thursday night at the Keswick Theatre - Wilson likes to get out and see what your town is all about.
April 3, 2015 |
Eric Vincent has been a Philadelphia jazz-punk musician, stage composer, detective, and producer/audio engineer. When he added author to that list eight years ago, he saw a way to combine all those elements into a fictional whole for what became three novels ( Urban Warfare , The Satellite Agent , and The Cleopatra Affair ), known as the "Pyramider Trilogy. " He released the trilogy all at once on Valentine's Day, feverishly went the all-digital publishing route to control its delivery, and created a companion sound track, in which he played the role of his trilogy's hero, Tristan Boumann, "chief," as he puts it, "of the Pyramider spy-mob.
June 18, 2014 |
* FARGO. 10 tonight, FX. "IS THIS WHAT you want?" - Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) to Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman), FX's "Fargo" There's a brief scene in tonight's "Fargo" finale that I rewound at least five times - and will probably watch a few times more - because: a) I'd never seen anything quite like it; b) I couldn't believe I was seeing it; and c) I wanted to see exactly how it was done on the remote chance that I'd ever need to replicate it. Even telling you that blood was involved shouldn't constitute a spoiler for either the scene or the 92-minute episode, which caps a season in which plenty of people got capped, and we had ample time to admire the look of red on white.
January 22, 2014 |
Luna Theater's crackerjack production of The Pillowman , Martin McDonagh's terrifying, almost-funny play, adds to Luna's roster of profoundly edgy, creepy shows. Luna has carved out a niche market for itself that is much like McDonagh's, whose grotesquely weird and grim entertainments such as The Lieutenant of Inishmore , The Beauty Queen of Lenane , and The Cripple of Inishmaan have become staples of the contemporary stage. "The first duty of a storyteller is to tell a story," Katurian Katurian says to his brutal interrogator in an unnamed police state.
April 9, 2013
Bob Martin is a former Inquirer writer and editor Did you know Ralph Vigoda? Probably so, if you read this newspaper and followed the major events of the 1990s and early 2000s. Such as the collision of a plane and a helicopter over Merion Elementary School 22 years ago that killed seven people, including U.S. Sen. John Heinz. Or the arrest and murder conviction of John duPont in the 1990s. Or the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Each of those stories was deftly reported by Ralph, an Inquirer staff writer who died 10 years ago today at 53. To say that he was a superb journalist would be accurate but incomplete.
April 20, 2012 |
BalletX looked like a new company when its Spring Series opened Thursday night at the Wilma Theater. In many ways it was. Founded in 2005 by Matthew Neenan and Christine Cox, the contemporary ballet company has performed regularly ever since, but not frequently enough to sustain a dedicated roster of dancers. Instead, it relies mostly on freelancers and guest artists, with just a few returning each season. I hadn't seen the troupe recently, so it was a pleasant surprise to find so many dynamic, gutsy, high-energy dancers on stage.
February 23, 2012 |
AS THE unofficial family historian, Marian Bradley knew everything about everybody, going back several generations. She knew about the Bradleys in Ireland and her mother's family in Italy. She could tell family stories that kept listeners enthralled - at great length. "She would get you listening after the first two sentences and have you laughing after five," said her brother, Edward J. Bradley, retired president judge of Common Pleas Court. "She would have everybody in stitches.