She was a “powerhouse singer” who had to do things like work as an armed security guard at Wells Fargo to support herself before finally hitting it big as the leader of a soul revival – and then finding out she had pancreatic cancer.
It was a deeply felt and altogether rare appeal from the stage of a Broadway show — and it drew a surprisingly sharp rebuke from Mr. Trump on Saturday morning. The president-elect tweeted that the “Hamilton” cast had “harassed” Mr. Pence by making the statement and had been “very rude.”
New Yorkers will recognize her floating island of water-filtering plants in the Gowanus Canal (Brooklyn’s own Superfund site) and the palm-filled Winter Garden in the former World Financial Center (currently Brookfield Place). But among her greatest projects are the reclamation of an old industrial area in Bilbao and the landscape plans (which were integrated from the start with the built architecture) of South Korea’s new administrative capital, Sejong City.
He produced and promoted everyone from Peter, Paul and Mary through Laura Nyro and John Denver (and Plácido Domingo – Okun was the man behind their duet) to the Black-Eyed Peas and will.i.am.
“I’m glad I got up and went to work on Wednesday morning. This job of mine—it’s changed now. I’m a performer, and in hard times, this job gets harder. I make music when the nation mourns, and my music can sound like hope. I can find a quiet smile even in my sadness. I can help people find their dreams and their promise. This is my job now.”
Megan Garber: “He’s a ‘screw the establishment’ kind of guy; ironically, that political position is what helped him to win the Nobel in the first place. … Noble! Philosophical! Wonderful! There’s another way to see things, though, which is that Bob Dylan has simply been acting, if you’ll allow me to put it very poetically, like an enormous man-baby, refusing to acknowledge his being awarded one of the most prestigious prizes in the world in a way that manages to be both delightfully and astoundingly rude.”
Which Tyson? Which Ross? Which Lin? (Not Jeremy. Michael Jordan and Kareem are on the list, though.) Who else is among the 21 honorees? Click and see.
The 93-year-old, who was the orchestra’s music director for 19 years and remains beloved there, had surgery following the stroke on Sunday.
He combined the mordant blues of his native Mississippi with sophisticated jazz rhythm – and he became a sort of minor deity to the ’60s and ’70s rockers who covered his songs. And those songs could be biting: “What Do You Do After You Ruin Your Life?”, “Your Mind Is On Vacation (But Your Mouth Is Working Overtime),” and “Everybody’s Crying Mercy.”
The man Yo-Yo Ma considers a mentor became BSO principal in 1964 and co-founded the Boston Symphony Chamber Players in 1967.
“In 1971, the Met booked her for four art lectures. Audiences were enthralled. She became one of the hottest tickets in town.” And that was just the beginning.
After starting his career as a much-in-demand session pianist (he put together Joe Cocker’s US band), he spent the ’70s as a rockabilly star in his own right. (Elton John was once his opening act.) “He wore a cocked top hat, and with salt-and-pepper hair past his shoulders and a beard that reached his chest, created an inscrutable image that was equal parts shaman, tent revival preacher and cosmic ringmaster.”
“Leonard had an unusual inflection for darkness: He found in it an occasion for uplift. His work is animated by a laudatory impulse, an unexpected and profoundly moving hunger to praise the world in full view of it. His attitude of acceptance was not founded on anything as cheap as happiness.”
The Supreme Court justice made her official opera debut on Saturday night at the Kennedy Center — after a scattering of supernumerary roles in the past — as the Duchess of Krakenthorp, a small spoken part.
The singer: “The only reason I’m Jewish is probably antisemitism. Think about Soviet Russia – religion is illegal. So there’s no cultural Judaism, no tradition. The only thing that made Jewish people marry other Jews is that they didn’t want to be called ‘kikes’. They knew they wouldn’t hear the word ‘zhid’ come out of their husband’s face when they had their first marital fight. So it’s the only reason a lot of us exist.”
The almost-84-year-old, who most recently starred in the BBC series “Hustle,” died on Friday. “He could play the silliest stuff without it leaving a mark on him. His performance took the edge off the bad writing and filled up the good.”
The Japanese American National Museum isn’t really Takei’s museum, but he’s donated “300 linear feet of banker’s boxes” worth of relics from his eight decades of life as an actor and activist.
You might just think it’s your failure of attention. But that itch to glance at our phone is a natural reaction to apps and websites engineered to get us scrolling as frequently as possible. The attention economy, which showers profits on companies that seize our focus, has kicked off what Tristan Harris calls a “race to the bottom of the brain stem.”
“He was already suffering from a number of health problems. “At a certain point, if you still have your marbles and are not faced with serious financial challenges, you have a chance to put your house in order. It’s a cliché, but it’s underestimated as an analgesic on all levels. Putting your house in order, if you can do it, is one of the most comforting activities, and the benefits of it are incalculable.”
Though he never had a song in the Top 40, “[his] intensely personal lyrics exploring themes of love, faith, death and philosophical longing made him the ultimate cult artist, and [his] enigmatic song ‘Hallelujah’ became a celebratory anthem recorded by hundreds of artists.”
The airy study and the quiet afternoons look awfully nice in the videos, but the life described by my correspondents was one riven by fever and fret, a life of staving off panic and the harsh voices in one’s head. Don’t believe the videos: The most famous writers in the country can’t get over their divorces and take a lot of pills.
“In that era of portable cameras and fast film stock, his simplified approach to filming and imaginative use of natural light broke with traditional aesthetics, in particular the polished images of the 1950s cinéma de qualité in France. He was identified most with the director Jean-Luc Godard, and Coutard’s direct and unorthodox, yet highly inventive, photography became a pure expression of New Wave values.”
“In her new [memoir], Hedren alleges that the director made sexual approaches to her and regarded her as his personal property. … [Two biographers] argue that Hedren’s claims are not supported by others who worked on the films, or by the shooting schedules and other documents in Hitchcock’s archive.”
It’s possible. We capture enough of our loved ones digitally that recreating a version of them is within reach. “A digital bereavement company has captured and analysed torrents of data about your husband to create a digital likeness. His voice, his gait, his idiosyncrasies and mannerisms, the undulations of his laugh – all are replicated with near-perfect similitude. Spending time with your digitally reborn spouse has become a part of your daily routine.”
“For those who don’t realize it, Jean-Jacques first started recording electronic music in 1952, long before the Moog synthesizer was first made for sale in 1967. … “His crazy, happy music has been heard everywhere from commercials, to Sesame Street – in hip-hop songs, in dance remixes and most famously, for decades in the delightful featured music in Disneyland’s ‘Main Street Electrical Parade.'”
He began his solo piano career at age 18 and went on to tour the world and make award-winning recordings, most notably of Bartók and Debussy. Turning to conducting, he co-founded the Budapest Festival Orchestra with Iván Fischer and brought the Hungarian National Philharmonic to an international standard.
“The estranged wife of renowned pianist Vadym Kholodenko has been ruled currently incompetent to stand trial for allegedly killing the couple’s two young daughters, court records show. Sofya Tsygankova will be committed to a state mental health facility for treatment for 120 days in an attempt to restore competency.”
“Mr. Steiner, who won five Tony Awards as a producer, was a Broadway anomaly with a colorful past in a wild assortment of businesses. He operated from his hometown, Cincinnati, and over the years assembled teams of investors that often included his childhood friends, notably Rocco Landesman.”
“The impact of arts education on my career is complete, total, and it saved my life. I no longer thought of school in semesters; I thought of it as: we do a play in the fall, we do a musical in the winter, and we had a student run theater group called Brick Prison which we would do in the spring. I was a writer with a deadline because I really wanted to get a play into Brick. That was the focus of my creative efforts for as long as I can remember.”
Her books White Teeth, NW, and the new Swing Time are clear-eyed about the state of the city in this century: “diverse, vivid, at times cacophonous, stuffed full of dreams and aspirations, of fear and friction, where the houses of the wealthy abut the estates of the poor and tension simmers beneath the humour.”