September 12, 2013 |
Following a highly public spat last year with advocacy groups for Latino Americans, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., announced Thursday that its annual honors recognizing artists in various fields will feature two Latino names. Musician Carlos Santana and opera singer Martina Arroyo are among the five talents recognized in the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors. The other honorees are Shirley MacLaine, Billy Joel and jazz pianist Herbie Hancock. The annual ceremony is scheduled to take place Dec. 8 at the Kennedy Center and will be broadcast on CBS on Dec. 29. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times In 2012, the Kennedy Center was criticized by two Latino advocacy groups for the lack of Latinos in the awards' 35-year history.
May 21, 2013 |
Carol Burnett, the trailblazing comedienne whose variety show was a top draw on CBS for over a decade, was named the winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Tuesday. Burnett, 80, will receive the award in an Oct. 20 in a ceremony to be broadcast Oct. 30 on PBS. “It's almost impossible to be funnier than the people in Washington,” said the star, who clearly hasn't lost her sense of humor, in a written statement. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Despite a career that spans Broadway, film and television, Burnett remains best known for “The Carol Burnett Show,” which ran from 1967 to 1978.
May 17, 2013 |
After saluting just two Latino performers in 35 years with its Kennedy Center Honors awards, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts says it has revised the selection process to be more inclusive. The changes were announced Thursday in a news release that didn't mention that they were sparked by Latino groups' protests last year over the dearth of Latino honorees. Plácido Domingo in 2000 and Chita Rivera in 2002 have been the only ones, out of more than 170 winners since 1978.
January 8, 2013 |
After receiving criticism from the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, the Kennedy Center is revisiting its artist selection process for the Kennedy Center Honors. The Kennedy Center has announced that an 11-member artist advisory panel along with Kennedy Center board members will review the way the Kennedy Center selects honorees. Among those on the review panel are Broadway actor Rául Esparza, actress Debbie Allen and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Representatives of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture will be on the panel, as well as Joseph Polisi, president of the Juilliard School in New York. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures The Kennedy Center said it also has formed a Latino advisory committee, which will meet quarterly, to help foster collaboration with the Hispanic community.
December 26, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week Dec. 23 - 29 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES Toddlers & Tiaras: A pageant in Lexington, Ky., is the setting for this new episode (9 p.m. TLC) Cheer Perfection: Alisha brings in a super tough coach to whip the team into shape in this new episode of the reality series ?(10 p.m. TLC). Fast Foods Gone Global: This new installment looks at how American-based restaurant chains alter their menus to please European palates (10 p.m. Travel)
December 4, 2012 |
Fresh off receiving the Kennedy Center honors this weekend from President Obama, the surviving members of legendary British rock group Led Zeppelin -- Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones -- stopped by the Ed Sullivan Theater for a visit with their fellow honoree, David Letterman. First, the bad news: The group did not perform, they did not announce a reunion tour, and they did not perform any devious acts involving sharks. Nor did they open up much about their music career, their feelings about other high-profile British acts of their era, or their famously debauched past.