September 12, 2012 |
If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now. It's just a spring clean for the May queen. Or something. Led Zeppelin's lyrics may mystify occasionally. But there's no doubting that the British heavy-metal gods knew how to wring pure dramatic power out of Jimmy Page's intricate guitar fingerings, Robert Plant's tenor shrieks, John Paul Jones' ferocious basslines and the late John Bonham's brilliant baroque drumming. So there's a certain poetic justice in the fact that Led Zeppelin is being honored this December by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts alongside another musician known for his primal urgency, Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy. Whether loudly bemoaning his woman troubles or bringing his guitar down to a hushed confessional, Guy has been praised by Page himself (among many others)
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 25, 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 2, 2012 |
Dustin Hoffman may be winning a Kennedy Center Honor, but on the awards gala's red carpet Sunday he said he's not thinking much about his legacy as an actor. In his profession, he said, nothing lasts long. "Like signing your name on cake in icing on a hot July day," said Hoffman, who also commented on meeting President Obama for the first time earlier in the evening. "He said, 'I didn't know you were so short'; I said, 'I didn't know you were so tall.'" (The actor and the president are 5-foot-5 and 6-foot-1, respectively.)
December 30, 2013 |
A nail-biter of a football game ruled Sunday night in TV ratings as the annual Kennedy Center Honors fell from last year. The Philadelphia Eagles beat the Dallas Cowboys 24-22, drawing plenty of viewers for NBC's "Sunday Night Football. " According to preliminary numbers from Nielsen, the match-up attracted an average of 23.9 million viewers in prime time and a rating of 8.1 in the key 18-49 demographic, way up from last week. The contest earned a household rating of 16.8, the third-biggest number this season for the NBC Sunday night NFL package. GRAPHIC: Best of 2013 | Entertainment and culture Going against the big NFL game from 9 to 11 p.m., the 36th annual Kennedy Center Honors on CBS drew a 0.9 rating among young-adult viewers and an average of 7.1 million people overall.
December 2, 2012
WASHINGTON - Dustin Hoffman was praised for his perfectionism as an actor and David Letterman was applauded for "original and crazy" television comedy as they and five other artists were celebrated Sunday at the annual Kennedy Center Honors gala here. The honorees, seated with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, were rounded out by Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy, Russian ballerina Natalia Makarova and three British rockers from Led Zeppelin. The awards show leapt from the grace of the pas de deux to the growl of the blues, punctuated with some raucous laughter in between.