December 29, 2011 |
Dear little girls and Gleeks of America: You can't have "Wicked. " Give it back, OK? When I first saw "Wicked" on Broadway in 2003, it seemed clear that the show was a subversive satire designed expressly for disillusioned middle-agers like me. With metaphorically disturbing scenes of mob rule, and intimations of fascism and genocide, the show sent the audience home thinking about an angry, ignorant, violence-prone populace running roughshod...
May 8, 2011
Sunday Mother's Day Brunch Where: Jasmine (Bellagio) Highlights: Sunday brunches abound, but if you want to splurge on Mom, this is a prime choice. Info: (866) 259-7111, http://www.bellagio.com/restaurants/jasmine.aspx Thursday-May 15 Helldorado Days Where: Downtown Las Vegas Highlights: A Wild West-themed Vegas fixture since 1935, the events include a parade and a contest to find the longest beard and longest mustache Info: (702)
August 11, 2011 |
"Glee," Fox's breakout musical series about a group of misfit high schoolers, has become a sensation in its two years on the air. It's earned an army of hard-core fans who identify themselves as "Gleeks" and charted more Billboard Hot 100 hits than any recording artist in history — including Elvis. Now, the show's creative team is attempting to bring its magic to the multiplex with a new 3-D concert film opening Friday. Directed by Kevin Tancharoen and culled from two Izod Center shows in East Rutherford, N.J., "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie" features series regulars such as Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith, and is aimed to appeal to fans with its collection of musical numbers and dressing-room interviews.
August 12, 2011 |
If the weekly musical comedy TV series "Glee" is a belted aria calling for outsider inclusivity, "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie" plays like a coded jamboree for club members only. Which means if you aren't a "Gleek" — to use the terminology for the show's fans — you might still appreciate the talent on display and the energetically sung playlist of arena pop and musical theater nuggets, but be lost as to why Gwyneth Paltrow is there singing Cee Lo Green's "Forget You," or why a nerdy-looking young paraplegic is suddenly on his feet for a rousingly choreographed version of the '80s hit "Safety Dance.
December 13, 2011 |
A recent subplot on "Glee" features an anguished dad trying to quash his son's dreams of becoming a professional dancer because, he reasons, show business is so fickle. And indeed it is — as Fox has witnessed to its chagrin this fall. A rare TV/music double sensation just last year, "Glee" — an over-the-top romp about a high-school show choir filled with colorful characters — has officially entered its awkward middle years. Some of the stats are about as inviting as pimples and braces.
May 21, 2010
MOVIES David Carradine tribute This four-day celebration of the late American actor David Carradine will have double features on Thursday through Saturday at the New Beverly Cinema and a grand finale of rare films, as well as 35-millimeter and video performances on Sunday at Cinefamily's Silent Movie Theater. Sunday's event will be hosted by longtime Carradine fan and "Kill Bill" collaborator Quentin Tarantino. New Beverly Cinema, 7165 W. Beverly Blvd. 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat.