Archive for the 'Entertainment' Category

How Did I Miss This?

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Yesterday Pat and I were over at the Walker for their annual show of the best of the British TV ads. They were quite entertaining, as always. While we were there, I became aware that the Walker is going to have a musical performance in late February called “Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then“. This brings [...]

Kneehigh

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Tonight Pat and I went to the Guthrie to see the Kneehigh Theatre’s production of “Brief Encounter” by Noel Coward. This was a truly ingenious production, working in portions of the 1945 movie version of the play. This may well have been the best night of theater we’ve had.

Born Too Late

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

This afternoon I was reading a New York Times book review of A Strange Eventful History: The Dramatic Lives of Ellen Terry, Henry Irving, and their Remarkable Families by Michael Holyrod. These were major theater folks in the 19th century. Irving is described as having been an innovator since he “introduced numbered seats, free programs [...]

Movie Idea

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

There have been a number of hit movies in recent years focusing on people in music. These have included the movie about Ray Charles, one about Johnny Cash, and another on the session musicians at MoTown. Given that movies about people in music have been doing well, I propose that a movie be made about [...]

Impressive Testimonials

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

Today’s NY Times had an obituary for Fayard Nicholas. Fayard was an extremely accomplished tap dancer, often performing with his brother Harold. Fred Astaire once told the brothers that their dance sequences in the movie “Stormy Weather” made it the greatest movie musical number he had ever seen. The late Gregory Hines is reported to [...]

Unexpected Twist

Sunday, October 30th, 2005

Yesterday, Pat and I went to watch a live broadcast of “A Prairie Home Companion”. This show had something of a Halloween orientation, including a number of songs that focused on “darkness and morbidity”. An interchange before one of these songs included: Garrison Keeler: “Does this song include death?” Adam Granger: “No, but it does [...]

Hendrix, Pre and Post

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

The NY Times Book Review contains a review of the Jimi Hendrix biography written by Charles Cross, Room Full of Mirrors. The review contrasts the music scene after the debut of Jimi Hendrix (Led Zeppelin, the Who, heavy metal) with what had preceded him, which the reviewer summed up – “everything before him sounds like [...]