January 23, 2008 |
Indie rock stars come in a variety of styles, but not many wear tight, blood-soaked T-shirts as they plunder Native American lands. But in "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," the sardonically frolicsome, unabashedly sophomoric emo musical that premiered Sunday at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, America's seventh president is transformed into a moody hipster icon with a strange penchant for mutilation, both of himself and others.
January 20, 2008 |
The next offering at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, the world premiere of the musical "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," can be traced to a cafe in New York's East Village, where director Alex Timbers and composer Michael Friedman met a couple of years ago on a "professional blind date," as Friedman puts it.
December 12, 2007 |
'Is he a president whose accomplishments we should celebrate or a president whose failures we should apologize for?" It's a question certain to spark a fierce debate about our current chief executive. But before we begin lamenting the divisiveness of modern politics, it's worth remembering that Americans have elected more than a few presidents through the years who have been celebrated by some even as they have been deeply detested by others.
January 26, 2007 |
A LINE from Andrew Jackson has been making the rounds lately: "One man with courage makes a majority." This aphorism is today known as Jackson's most famous saying. It adorns T-shirts, mugs and posters. The ACLU and the Christian Coalition invoke it. Politicians repeat it endlessly, including, recently, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. But did Jackson really say it? Curiously, although everyone has heard it quoted from him and therefore "knows" that he said it, no one can pinpoint when or where.
October 11, 2004 |
This being New York, where everything except a hot dog is cruelly, wildly expensive, perhaps it was inevitable that a ticket to the Museum of Modern Art would rocket to $20, making it the most expensive urban art museum to visit in the country. Remember, this is the home of the $50 gourmet hamburger, the $100 Broadway ticket, $1-million average co-op price. So for a dose of culture, naturally, you fork over an Andrew Jackson.
February 10, 2004 |
President's Day is coming, so be prepared to hand over an Andrew Jackson if you're heading to Dumont Dunes. The federal government will collect fees Feb. 11-18 at the off-road-vehicle destination near Baker. The Bureau of Land Management will charge $20 per primary vehicle and for campsites, or you can save $2 through advance purchase. So many people are using the dunes that more revenue is needed for maintenance, road access, toilets, medical aid and staff, the bureau says.