Archive for January, 2010

Oscar® News

Oscar® News

9 Foreign Language Films Advance in Oscar® Race Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 82nd Academy Awards®. Sixty-five films had originally qualified in the category. The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are: Argentina, “El Secreto de Sus Ojos,” Juan Jose Campanella, […]

Some Great Cuisines and the Remembrance of a “Taco Titan”

Some Great Cuisines and the Remembrance of a “Taco Titan”

I may be walking on eggshells for the next ‘graph or two because my publisher has a particular yen for the dish of emperors, Peking Duck—a dish that boasts a heritage that has stretched nearly a millennium. To prepare this specialty is a matter of ample time plus creative culinary acumen. A best bet in […]

Charlie Brown and Gang Grow Up!

Charlie Brown and Gang Grow Up!

In the title of his best selling book, Robert Fulghum explains, “all you need to know about life, you learned in kindergarten.” This is pretty much the case, in “Dog Sees God,” imparting pearls of wisdom and gems of insight from our beloved cartoon comic strip by the iconic Charles Schulz. The Peanuts gang comes […]

As I write my column on this gloriously sunny Sunday

As I write my column on this gloriously sunny Sunday

I, like you I’m sure, am thrilled to see that gloomy and wet week behind us. It was pretty brutal! “The City” Written by prominent playwright Clyde Fitch in 1909, who died before its opening night debut, “all hell broke loose” with outraged responses. Near pandemonium broke out from offended and shocked audience members! Updated […]

“Just a Song at Twilight” Whispers Sorrows

“Just a Song at Twilight” Whispers Sorrows

Write Act Repertory’s world premiere of Willard Manus’ family drama, “Just a Song at Twilight,” features excellent acting in a heartfelt production depicting one family’s travails dealing with hearing impairment in 1930s-1940s New Jersey. Based on his own family’s true story, the show documents sisters Henriette (Lene Pedersen) and Marion’s (Janne H. Kindberg) hearing loss […]

Hands for Hope Presents the 10th Annual Starlight Jazz Serenade

Hands for Hope Presents the 10th Annual Starlight Jazz Serenade

Yearly Fundraiser Benefit Program for Underprivileged Youth The 10th Annual Starlight Jazz Serenade will showcase another outstanding line-up of incredible award-winning jazz musicians and entertainers. The event takes place on Friday, February 5, 2010 at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, sponsored by Budget Car Rental, Daniel’s Jewelers, U.S. Bank, City National Bank, Porto’s […]

“Seascape…” Examines Stormy Relationship

“Seascape…” Examines Stormy Relationship

Containing outstanding acting and fine directing, “Seascape with Sharks and Dancer” depicts the comedic yet turbulent relationship of a young couple in 1970’s Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Ben (Matthew Hannon) rescues a naked Tracy (Christine Weatherup) from the stormy seas and, almost immediately, they fall in love. The couple lusts for each other even though they […]

Really Awesome Improv Going on at Second City

The Second City has been second home to comedy/improv fans on both coasts. Right here, in our own backyard, Hollywood, the theater that has launched the careers of comic greats such as John Belushi, Mike Myers and Tina Fey, to name a few, premieres “The Really Awesome Improv Show,” with a most impressive, quick on […]

Youth in Revolt

Youth in Revolt

Youth in Revolt Runtime: 90 Minutes Not for Children Despite what everyone hears about the rampant sexual activity among today’s teenagers, there are undoubtedly still a huge number of young men who have Nick Twisp’s (Michael Cera) dilemma. He says, “The issue can no longer be ignored: I’m still a virgin. To be honest, I […]

Shen Yun: The Spectacular Show of Chinese Dance and Music

Shen Yun: The Spectacular Show of Chinese Dance and Music

Some shows simply come and go, while others stay etched in memory for many years to follow. Shen Yun Performing Arts easily defines the second category, offering a dazzling spectacle of Chinese dance and music drawing on 5,000 years of artistic tradition. There is a great opportunity to catch this astounding exhibition of cultural expression […]