August 8, 2012 |
Heavy breathing is not unusual in Thomas Tallis' 16th-century motet Spem in alium , written for 40 voices that unfold in expanding vocal vistas that stretch as far as the ear can hear. But who would have thought the piece would reach a huge new audience through its association with sadomasochistic sex in the best-selling book Fifty Shades of Grey (Random House, $15.98) by the English author E.L. James? Its heroine is handcuffed to a bed while her control-freak boyfriend torments her with mounting sexual anticipation.
July 15, 2012 |
ASBURY PARK, N.J. — Opera is hardly a component of most seaside resorts, but it has been one for this Shore town in the past — and it will be again. This month, Opera New Jersey expands its two-production season from Princeton's McCarter Theater to Asbury Park's larger Paramount Theatre in a move that won't even be a stretch: Any stage facilities needed for HMS Pinafore on July 27 and Il Trovatore on July 29 already are here — though they often date back to the building's late-1920s construction.
March 20, 2012
Mike Silverstein, 85, a founder of Nina Footwear, a women's shoe company that grew from a SoHo loft to an international concern selling around 10 million pairs of shoes a year, died March 12 in Manhattan. Mr. Silverstein founded Nina in 1953 with his brother Stanley, naming the company after Stanley's first-born daughter and working out of a factory on Prince Street. Their first creation was a fashion clog, which proved popular with the company's target audience, women ages 18 to 30 looking for stylish but affordable footwear.
April 29, 2011 |
It's not just the prom, it's Disney's Prom . So no one smokes, no one sneaks in peach schnapps in a flask, and no one - that's right, no one - gets lucky in the back of a limo. This is all about that magical night when everyone gets together, regardless of the social hierarchy that has been firmly in place for four years, and dreams come true. Wholesome, earnest dreams for wholesome, earnest kids - except for the resident bad boy, that is. But, naturally, he'll turn out to have a heart of gold.
April 29, 2011 |
It's not just prom, it's Disney's "Prom. " And so no one smokes, no one sneaks in peach schnapps in a flask and no one - that's right, no one - gets lucky in the back of a limo. This is all about that magical night when everyone gets together, regardless of the social hierarchy that had been firmly in place for the past four years, and dreams come true. Wholesome, earnest dreams for wholesome, earnest kids - except for the resident bad boy, that is. But naturally, he'll turn out to have a heart of gold.
August 4, 2010 |
Inquirer television critic Jonathan Storm is reporting this week from the television critics' press tour in Beverly Hills. These items originally appeared in his blog, "Eye of the Storm," at Justified hits the FX bull's-eyes - however many of them there might be. "It's hard to hit both targets," FX chief John Landgraf told TV critics Tuesday morning at their summer meeting - and then listed three. "We're always trying to make very commercial, very entertaining, very popular shows," he said.
June 2, 2010
Starting Sunday, Animal Planet will inherit the Discovery Channel's series, "Life," the Oprah Winfrey-narrated documentary series featuring amazing close-up photography of nature. After Sunday's premiere, Animal Planet will continue to air "Life" from 8-10 p.m. Sundays, ending with a marathon of all 11 episodes on July 4. 'Fellas' reunion To celebrate the 20th anniversary of "Goodfellas," Spike TV is bringing together two of the films stars, Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta, at the network's fourth annual "Guy's Choice" awards.
May 29, 2010
Sex and the City 2 A flute of champagne on a runaway train - bubbly, giddy-making, and all over the place. Overlong and overdressed, but its target audience will find its "girls just want to have friends" message hard to resist. R Iron Man 2 At least two too many villains hounding Our Hero, but Robert Downey Jr. carries the day with his self-mocking color commentary on Tony "Iron Man" Stark's action, in and out of the superhero suit. With Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, and Mickey Rourke.
June 30, 2009 |
Watching the video discs of two new DVD/CD concert packs drove home the point how "targeted" (or divisive) musical performers have become in the post- Michael-Jackson age. A GUY THING: Whenever the film director shifts from the Paris stage to audience reaction shots in Bjork 's "Voltaic: The Volta Tour" (Nonesuch, B) , the view shows a sea of guys. This quirky, global pop diva's screechy, incantational vocals and halting, "Bjorklish" ruminations - here revved up with scorching synthesizers and pounding percussion, an all-female brass ensemble and florid tribal costuming and dancing - add up to a heavy, disorienting assault to the senses.
October 1, 2004 |
Turn on BET or one of the MTVs, and displays of conspicuous consumption abound - jewel-encrusted rappers brag about their wealth, celebrities show off luxury homes on shows such as MTV Cribs, and athletes tool about in dwelling-size SUVs. For the target audience - young people, particularly African Americans - the idea is that they, too, should be enjoying the bling-bling lifestyle, even if they are living on a so-so income. The National Urban League Young Professionals is trying to reeducate them with more sensible financial strategies.