Scene: Goth guy in platform boots sings, is terrible, begs celebrity judges to hand him a golden ticket to fame, and when they do not, he is devastated yet still eager to hug them. They are who he wants to be.
If it sounds familiar, it should. It's not American Idol, but Eesti otsib superstaari — "Estonia is Searching for a Superstar" — a show that carries the Idol diaspora into the tiny Baltic nation....
On the way out of the house this morning, on what I knew would be a crazy busy day full of deadlines and interviews, I thought to myself, "Self, better take a back-up mirror selfie in case there's no time for posing leisurely in the grass against a light post." And lo, now it's 5 p.m. and it is coming in handy. My Outfit Monday, just under the wire!
I've been running to and fro in a brand new skirt from the Peter Pilotto collection for Target. I don't always run to the red bullseye for every designer collabo, but the guys at Peter P are among my favorite shape-makers in the game. I'm pleased with my faux-wrap skirt, how the panel in the front segregates the patterns without hurting your eyes too much. It's on clearance now for $24.48. I paired it with my black Express Portofino shirt (apparently a Deal Divas staple) and some tights on the final days of the year when it will be cool enough for tights....
Anyone who's ever had sisters, or has seen a set of aunts kvetch around a kitchen table, knows this much:
Sisters make each other laugh and sob in the same breath. They talk behind backs, or they don't talk at all, and it all means something just as loud.
Jobsite Theater's production of Crimes of the Heart captures that strange sisterly je ne sais quoi.
The dialogue in Beth Henley's Pulitzer Prize-winning play is bold enough for a less capable cast to get through. But Jobsite elevates the words, with directors Kari Goetz and Jaime Giangrade-Holcom guiding the cast through a web of elegant timing. The actors know when to ramble over each other, voices building to a tittering storm, and they know when to hold back, leaving us tight in the silence....
Crimes of the Heartm
Only a wonderfully twisted sister would say, "There's plenty of good, sane reasons to shoot another person, and I'm sure Babe had one." It's one of a million morsels of brilliant writing you'll hear when Jobsite Theater presents Crimes of the Heart at the Shimberg Playhouse at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts starting this weekend. The Southern Gothic comedy tells the story of the Magrath sisters, played at Jobsite by Christen Petitt Hailey, Katrina Stevenson and Katie Castonguay. They reunite back home in Hazlehurst, Miss., after respective stints in jail, Hollywood and perpetual singlehood, to await the death of Old Granddaddy. The play by Beth Henley won a Pulitzer Prize in 1981 and was made into a movie starring Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange and Sissy Spacek. The breakneck dialogue alone is worth the trip. There is a preview performance at 8 tonight, followed by regular performances weekends through March 30. $28. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org....
The women of Oscar opted for embellishments, rich jewel tones and a handful of dreaded nudes, keeping things more formal than edgy-cool. Why? Because it was a MAN PARTY, BABY! The men of Oscar, fed up with being relegated to black all these years, sported a variety of colorful tuxedos with risky details, including one pair of man shorts that will haunt our dreams for the week.
Check out the slideshow above and click on each photo for a rundown of the look. Be sure to pick up a Tampa Bay Times in print today, where the fashion got a lovely full-color treatment beside all the other sharp coverage from our entertainment team....
Oh, heyyyyyyy, celebrity best friends Jennifer Lawrence and Daniel Day-Lewis. What are you doing here? Just being famous and really good looking and super cool at the Oscars last year? Oh, right, yeah.
If you've been reading the blog this week, you know the Academy Awards are Sunday. And if you've been reading the blog for any length of time, you know it's our favorite night of the year....
In one scene from The Gold Rush, Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp sticks some forks in dinner rolls and makes the bread dance. Part of why the table ballet plays so well on screen is the skippy song that accompanies each carb de coté.
The timing has to be just right, which is way harder than it sounds live. It's a challenge that an intimate chamber of 15 musicians from the Florida Orchestra will tackle by playing a live soundtrack to Chaplin's film Friday at the Tampa Theatre and Saturday at the Palladium....
Remember on 30 Rock, when Tracy Jordan set sights on becoming an EGOT — a winner of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony? He sought help from no less than Whoopi Goldberg, because she knows about that kind of glory. Goldberg got Emmys for The View and Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel; a Grammy for her comedy album; an Oscar for Ghost; and a Tony as producer of Thoroughly Modern Millie. You can make like Tracy Jordan and check out Goldberg's standup comedy Friday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. A $150 dinner package includes a premium seat, a preshow dinner and a voucher for free valet parking. Other tickets range from $59 to $125. Show starts at 8 p.m. at 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com....
Bob Newhart had just found out about Sid Caesar.
News of the comic's death was trickling out, and Newhart's wife had just told him about it. Newhart brought it up first.
"That's a huge loss," he said on a call from California. "I knew Sid had been in poor health, but boy, was that an era. I grew up in that era, through Your Show of Shows. Oh, my God. You had Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca and Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks and Larry Gelbart. I think it included every budding comedian at that time. That was the prime. That was what you always aimed for."...
Think back to a time you lost a contest, and then think about what happened immediately after. I'll go first. One time, I lost a part in a school play and spent 4th period crying in a restroom stall while other girls stood on the toilets to smoke. By 5th period, I realized the intrinsic reward in defeat and carried on.
It's the same kind of thing when you're a celebrity. It's just a really humble world full of realistic expectations and results, of spirited competition based in gratitude for just being considered, of really just appreciating the simple HAHAHA OH, WAIT, NO IT'S NOT....
Come next spring, we could be in for lots of come-hither advertising to the tune of "Join us, leave your fields to flower, join us, leave your cheese to sour …"
But with hope, you will not be wasting an hour or two, as goes the next line in Magic to Do, when the Broadway revival of Pippin comes to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. It's one in a lineup of crowd-pleasers on the Straz's 2014-15 Broadway series schedule, released today....
Bob Devin Jones is a busy man. The director is wrapping a sold-out run of August Wilson's 2 Trains Running this weekend at American Stage. And starting today, he's back at St. Petersburg's Studio@620 directing the world premiere of A Question of Words. In the play written by New York's Richard Manley, a reclusive, widowed poet moves in next door to a single advertising executive. Romance, laughs and questions of happiness ensue. Performances are today through Sunday and Feb. 28 through March 2. Tickets are $15-$20, but today's preview is pay what you can. After Saturday's show, the playwright will take questions from the audience. Call (727) 895-6620 or visit email@example.com. — Stephanie Hayes, Times Performing Arts Critic...
This Lang Lang phenomenon, this concept of classical music meets mega rock stardom, has never really been farfetched.
Take Franz Liszt, for one. When the Hungarian composer played piano, he played piano, improvising provocatively, peeling off his gloves and tossing them to the crowd. He inspired so much fanfare, so many vapors, that the writer Heinrich Heine coined the frenzy "Lisztomania." ||| A century later, a toddler named Lang Lang from the small Chinese town of Shenyang sat transfixed by an episode of Tom and Jerry in which Tom plays the Cat Concerto. It was really Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Franz Liszt, and Lang Lang was so into the white-tie glamor of it all, he decided to play piano. ||| Now 31, Lang Lang is one of the world's most famous concert pianists, with a rock star following of his own. He plays at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on Monday and Sarasota's Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Wednesday, riding a recent injection to his already major fame. ||| In January, he performed on the Grammy Awards with Metallica, flames launching from behind his piano while he filled out the band's classic song, One. It was his second Grammy appearance, his first foray into heavy metal....
On my first day as a personal shopper at Dress for Success Tampa Bay, I was nervous. My first client was nervous, too, though, so it made me feel better, like we were going to make it work together.
She talked quietly, slumped, seeming much smaller than she was. We walked together around the shop, and she shared some of the horrible things that had happened to her in a relationship, the fallout. She had lost power in her life....
02/15/14 Music & Concerts
It's hard to believe, but scan the books and you'll see the biggest soloists in the Florida's Orchestra's 2014-15 season have never performed with the orchestra before, or at least not for a very long time.
For an organization with a mission to keep things exciting, Midori and Peter Serkin are major gets. They both join the orchestra's new schedule, released today.
Midori, the violin virtuoso famous since she was a prodigy, plays with staggering urgency. I'm listening to her Tchaikovsky concerto as I type, and it's making the words come faster, faster, until they BUILD TO WHOA, capped by glorious applause! Her January show should be stunning....