Dirty Dancing bops to its own beat in LR

While the downtown St. Patrick's Day parade crowd witnessed Celtic dancing, audiences at Little Rock's Robinson Center Performance Hall focused on footwork of another kind: Dirty Dancing. Dirty Dancing -- The Classic Story on Stage, the touring production that opened with two shows Saturday, was light on its feet. True to the 1987 film, the two-hour-show (add to that a 20-minute intermission) hit every line, every lift, and, yes, every problematic plot point. The story about underage Frances "Baby" Houseman becoming dance partners -- and ultimately romantic partners -- with hunky, older dance instructor Johnny Castle (all so his dance partner Penny can take time off for an illegal abortion that Baby tricks her doctor dad into financing) during a 1963 family vacation in the Catskills just seems creepier three decades later. But the capable cast, stirring choreography and catchy retro tunes make Dancing wholly digestible and downright delightful. Sparse transportable set pieces kept action moving and kept the attention on the performers, backed by an eight-piece orchestra. Co-leading a company of 24, Kaleigh Courts was endearing in the role as Baby, balancing the right coming-of-age combination of awkwardness and maturity. While he might look more Peyton Manning than the late Patrick Swayze, actor Aaron Patrick Craven played Johnny with swagger. And the man can move, especially in his numbers with leggy Anais Blake (Penny), and in the triumphant final number, "(I've Had) The Time of My Life." Added scenes and songs didn't memorably add to the production. Though well-intentioned, a Martin Luther King moment -- when all the white ritzy resort guests abandon their croquet and golf plans to take in the "I Have a Dream" speech and then all sing "This Land is Your Land/We Shall Overcome" -- seemed particularly forced. Nobody puts Baby in a corner ... and nobody puts social consciousness in a musical about shimmying. Dirty Dancing -- The Classic Story on Stage will be Continue Reading

Review: Kid Rock’s Omaha show was good, but it could have been better

The most poignant thing said Saturday night didn’t come from Kid Rock’s faux-Senate speech, and it certainly didn’t come from the lyrics of “Bawitdaba” or “Po-Dunk.”Instead, it came from the lips of Rock’s DJ, Paradime, who spouted off in between songs about how Kid Rock used to be one thing and now he’s something else.If you haven’t followed along with his career, Kid Rock was once the “American Bad Ass” singer mixing hard-charging rock ‘n’ roll with incredibly cocky rhymes. Somewhere over the years, he’s drifted into some Southern rock and solidly country territory.Paradime mocked his pal, comparing his old rocker-meets-rapper style with his new, cowboy-hat-wearing self.It was tongue-in-cheek, but it was also hilariously (and perhaps unintentionally) laser-focused in mocking the difference between old Kid Rock and new Kid Rock.His dual persona bled hard into Saturday’s absolutely packed show at CenturyLink Center.It was good.It could have been better.Amid loads of pyro, a pair of pole dancers and dozens of Kid Rock’s hits including “Picture,” “Cowboy” and “All Summer Long,” the friction between his various genres was made all the more apparent by sudden shifts in style.And not just in the direction of the songs but in wardrobe. Rock switched out an ostentatious black Nudie suit for an all-denim look before returning in a Run-DMC-style Adidas track suit.Oh, and then there were the random interludes that seemed to do nothing but eat up time.There was his “Senate speech,” which came after the set-opening bombast of “The Greatest Show on Earth” and immediately killed the momentum of the concert. It also only seemed to serve as a pander to a generally conservative fan base. (I mean, is he really running for Senate? Ever? I doubt it.)Later, an all-too-long drum solo and a Kid-Rock-plays-everything series of Continue Reading

SXSW cancels The Roots concert after ‘security concern’

An Austin concert set to star The Roots was abruptly canceled because of an unspecified “security concern,” event organizers said Saturday night. Police swarmed the Fair Market venue as the South by Southwest performance was called off, about a half hour before the hip hop show was scheduled to begin, according to the Austin Statesman. Questlove, the Philly-based band's drummer, warned fans about the cancellation on Twitter and then deleted his tweet. “Uh, welp can’t say much but for those in Austin waiting in line to see us tonight. Tonight’s show has been canceled,” he wrote, before nixing the tweet. “They’ll make official announcement but I’d rather save ya’ll the trouble of waiting in life.” The cause of the security concern was not immediately known. Cops in Austin did not respond to a request for comment. The cancellation follows a mysterious string of serial bombings that have killed two people in Austin and injured several more. A 17-year-old boy was killed Monday when he tried opening an explosive package left on his front porch. Sign up for BREAKING NEWS Emails privacy policy Thanks for subscribing! Tags: the roots texas sxsw Send a Letter to the Editor Join the Conversation: facebook Tweet Continue Reading

Demi Lovato celebrates 6 years sober at show with DJ Khaled

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TSO serves up pictures, Pine and a little basketball therapy

Tucson Symphony Orchestra on Friday night offered the perfect antidote for Tucson's NCAA hangover: A musical stroll through an exhibition. What better way to forget Thursday's University of Arizona Wildcats' ugly early exit from the tournament that we had expected we just might win than immersing ourselves in beautiful music.And Modest Mussorgsky's "Pictures At An Exhibition" featuring a series of brilliant animation and illustrations, is arguably one of the most  beautiful works ever composed. Under the baton of Brazilian-born guest conductor Marcelo Lehninger, the orchestra performed the 10-scene piece with glorious gestures from the terrific horns and winds, rumbling thunder from the percussions and sweeping majesty from the strings that helped us forget, even if it was for just 35 minutes.The illustrations by a USC team led by Michael Patterson and Candace Reckinger included a menacing gnome, a journey through dark catacombs, a sepia-toned scene of people strolling through a gallery and colorful newly-hatched chicks dancing once they are freed from their shells. The images allowed us to visualize the music perhaps not exactly as the 19th century composer had intended, but in a way that made the solitary trumpet opening of Mussorgsky's familiar and beloved Promenade resonate with renewed spirit.The animation also prompted some among the 1,500 people in Friday's Tucson Music Hall audience to giggle. Cartoons have that effect on you, no matter your age or where you are when you see them."Pictures" anchored the TSO program, but it was far from the only highlight. The concert opened with Dmitri Kabalevsky's Overture to his 1938 opera "Colas Breugnon," which the TSO had performed just once before, in 1967. The work opens with a crush of percussion from a half-dozen TSO players banging drums and a timpani, playing marimba and xylophone and crashing cymbals. Lehninger performed the five-minute work with a dynamic energy and  dramatic Continue Reading

Voodoo Chile at 50: How a bitter row helped Jimi Hendrix to reinvent the blues

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Electric Ladyland. Producing hits such as All Along the Watchtower and Crosstown Traffic, the album is held up as Jimi Hendrix's masterpiece – and will be performed live tomorrow by an all-star band at the Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival. But the song at its heart, Voodoo Chile, would never have been recorded if it weren't for a bitter argument, and an epic all-night jam that changed the course of rock history. On the night of May 2, 1968, Hendrix found himself in a fix. He and his manager-producer Chas Chandler were barely on speaking terms. The band that Chandler had assembled, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, looked on the verge of collapse after bassist Noel... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles  Subscriber-only events  Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for free To continue reading this article log in to your Telegraph account. Or register now, it's free. Register Log in Registered customers can access one Premium article per week HALF-PRICE OFFER Unlimited access to exclusive stories. Half price for one year. Access all Premium articles Subscriber only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days, then just £1 per week Start free trial Enjoy a year of Amazon Prime, worth £79, with an annual subscription Continue Reading

Theron calls idea of arming US teachers ‘so outrageous’

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Actress Charlize Theron says the idea of arming teachers after recent U.S. school shootings or "adding more guns" to the situation is "so outrageous."The South African says: "I have a very personal experience with gun violence. I lost my father to gun violence."She added: "I just don't understand when people try to make the conversation, the argument that the fix is more guns. It is so outrageous to me."Theron spoke Saturday at the Global Education and Skills Forum being held in Dubai.Theron says people should "listen to our kids" to solve the problem, speaking just after three students talked about the Feb. 14 Florida school shooting that killed 17 people. Continue Reading

Kimberly Wyatt confirms Pussycat Dolls reunion

Kimberly Wyatt has said "everybody's on board" with a Pussycat Dolls reunion.The 36-year-old singer has revealed that the 'Don't Cha' hitmakers - which was also comprised of Nicole Scherzinger, Jessica Sutta, Ashley Roberts and Melody Thornton - are planning on getting together for a reunion for the first time since they parted ways in 2010, although she insists that she doesn't yet know what the girl group will do together.She said: "We've been talking but everybody has their own lives and own agendas and things. Most of everybody's on board. There's still a few steps to be taken to make it happen."We are all just in a place in our lives where we've been off on our own adventures and now we'd like to get on stage and have fun."It could be a tour, it could be a TV show, it could be new music, it could be a lot of things. It could be big work shops. Everything and anything that would help spread the message and help make a difference. A real difference to women and boys."Kimberly also noted that this year is the ideal time for the group to reform, as she praised 2018 as the "year of female empowerment".She added: "I know most of the girls are 100 per cent on board and want to make it happen. But everybody's got to be on board."This is the year of women. This is the year of female empowerment and I feel that from the moment I stepped on stage for the first time with the Dolls and Pink was performing with us and Carmen Electra and I was next to my best friend Ashley Roberts in my stilettos and fish nets and when that curtain opened I felt the most empowered. "It was the most I'd owned my space and sexuality and my femaleness ever before. And they gave me so much confidence to know that I can own that and I don't have to be afraid of someone taking that away."As long as I own my space and stand for what I stand for and I have good morals and I try and do good in the world. Pussycat Dolls really instilled a real confidence in me."The 'Buttons' singer thinks that it's Continue Reading

St. Patricks Day & 1 Year Anniversary!

Join us St. Patrick's Day weekend on the farm. In addition to our cider, we will be serving STRANGEWAYS BREWING by the glass, or try a snake bite (equal parts cider and beer mixed together)!SATURDAY: 12PM-6PMWe will have Irish Bangers and Brasied Cabbage with Apple and Onion plates available all day Saturday. Bring your wee little ones, a leprechaun will have hidden "golden nuggets" throughout the orchard for them to hunt!SUNDAY: 1PM-5PMSunday we will be serving Snake Bites and Strangeways all day. This is our one year anniversary and we have a great day lined up! For more information look at the Anniversary event on Facebook!https://www.facebook.com/events/974639212693960/ Continue Reading

St. Patrick’s Day Big Band Celebration

The Emerald Community Campus is holding a St. Pattys day fundraiser party featuring the Corsair Blue Jazz Orchestra on March 17th from 7:00 pm 11:00 pm at 2120 Oregon Pike, Lancaster PA.  Ticket are $20 a person and include Hors Doeuvres.  There will also be a cash bar with signature green drinks.  Dancing and Big Band Era Costume is optional!  ALL PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT OUR ACCESS TO OPPORTUNITIES AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM FOR AT RISK YOUTH. Please purchase your tickets at Emeralde.org or Eventbrite.  Continue Reading