February 28, 2013 |
San Francisco's Kronos Quartet will play musical chairs this spring. A new cellist, USC graduate Sunny Jungin Yang will replace Jeffrey Zeigler, who is leaving Kronos to pursue solo projects and will join the faculty of Mannes College the New School for Music in New York. Yang, 28, was born in Incheon, South Korea and grew up in Pretoria, South Africa. She studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Distinguished cellist Ralph Kirshbaum served as a mentor at Manchester, England's Royal Northern Conservatory of Music and USC, where Yang earned a master's degree in music.
November 9, 2012 |
The news this week that the Broadway production of David Mamet's “Glengarry Glen Ross” would delay its opening night by nearly a month, to Dec. 8, means that a Broadway already starved for some sizzle this season will have to wait a while longer. Producers said the delay was related to Superstorm Sandy. The storm canceled a few days of rehearsal, requiring opening night to be pushed, and Dec. 8 was the next available ideal night, they said. Yeah, we're skeptical too. So what does the delay change?
September 3, 2012 |
It was my great good fortune to have met Hal David, who was introduced to me by Eddy Wolpin - the man who ran Famous Music in New York's fabled Brill Building at 1619 Broadway. I had been out on the road conducting and playing piano for the Ames Brothers and had decided to quit and come back to New York City to try and write pop songs. In those days, the Brill Building, also known as the Music Factory, was filled with songwriters playing musical chairs, writing with different partners each day. I worked with Hal maybe two afternoons a week.
March 30, 2012
Shark movies have been suffering under comparisons to "Jaws" for more than 35 years, and with good reason: Steven Spielberg's 1975 waterborne frightfest remains a classic. "Dark Tide," directed with hopelessly flagging energy by John Stockwell, barely musters up enough interest to be thuddingly bad. Halle Berry stars as a shark-loving, Cape Town-based marine biologist who's backslid into a life of guided tours since losing close friends to great-white attacks on one of her uncaged, communing-with-sharks excursions a year prior.
January 22, 2012
UNDERRATED Max Von Sydow in "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" : Though much of Stephen Daldry's well-intended adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's Sept. 11 recovery novel comes off heavy-handed and a bit precious, this veteran actor adds a grizzled note of genuine humanity as a mysterious figure from young Oskar Schell's past. Von Sydow doesn't speak a word of dialogue, but his warm, quirky performance says more than any other in the film. Blockbuster video stores : With a '90s revival in full swing, there may be no more vivid time capsule of the decade than these blue-and-gold relics, if you can still find one near you. With most rentals a Red Box-fighting 99 cents, it's a surprisingly workable option when all else fails.
March 4, 2010 |
Concerns by fellow members of the House Ways and Means Committee over Rep. Pete Stark's politics, background and history of controversial statements led to the surprise decision Thursday to have another congressman replace the embattled Rep. Charles B. Rangel as the committee chairman. Stark (D-Fremont) had been in line for the powerful post after Rangel announced Wednesday that he was stepping down until a House ethics panel finished investigating him. On Thursday, however, Stark agreed to step aside in favor of Rep. Sander M. Levin (D-Mich.