The Crawl: New Guthrie star on ‘The Edge’

Ali Rose Dachis, a 24-year-old St. Louis Park-bred actor with a penetrating gaze, has the ineffable mix of feral hunger and craft that casting directors zero in on when trying to find a star. Now she's appearing in "The Edge of Our Bodies," which just opened at the Guthrie's studio space. "Ali definitely has got the 'it' factor -- great skills, incredible stamina and this big love of investigating the play and its characters," said the play's director, Ben McGovern. In "Bodies," Dachis plays Bernadette, a precocious 16-year-old actor and aspiring writer who runs away from her boarding school. "She talks about everything -- first love, first sexual experiences, dealing with death for the first time," said Dachis. "Each one of those experiences is quite profound and I can easily relate to them. But for the sake of my own health and the telling of this story, I try not to go too far into my own personal life with those memories." Bernadette is neither standoffish nor a bystander in "Edge of Our Bodies." "She drives everything, so we see everything from her perspective and she gets into your head, into your hearts and minds in a different way," Dachis said. When Dachis found out she was cast in Adam Rapp's moody play, she decided to immerse herself in Bernadette's world. She read all the books referenced in the play, including Jonathan Safran Foer's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," Edith Wharton's "The House of Mirth" and Sylvia Plath's "The Bell Jar." She also listened to the music her character talks about, including Otis Redding, Radiohead and the Magnetic Fields. "I had a really good summer," she said. Rohan Preston Andrew Zimmern is coming home -- in more ways than one. Travel Channel announced Monday that the locally based TV personality will star in "Bizarre Foods America," a new series that's an offshoot of "Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern." As the title suggests, Zimmern will tuck away his passport and concentrate on meals here in the USA, starting Continue Reading

New Orleans celebrates 300th anniversary

The show is scheduled Jan. 25-28 as part of New Orleans' 300th anniversary, the 150th anniversary for Tabasco and the 75th for the New Orleans Opera. Photo Credit: AP Photo/Janet McConnaughey By The Associated Press January 23, 2018 9:43 AM NEW ORLEANS — Love, hate and hot sauce are themes of a 19th century comic opera being produced this week as a kickoff to New Orleans' 300th anniversary. It's also the 150th anniversary for Tabasco sauce and the New Orleans Opera's 75th. "Tabasco: a Burlesque Opera" had been stuck in an attic for more than a century when conductor Paul Mauffray found a program from its 1894 tour in archives for the opera company and its predecessors. "At first I thought it couldn't be Tabasco — that Tabasco hadn't been around that long," Mauffray said. But an official history of McIlhenny Co., which makes the sauce, showed that Tabasco predated the opera by 26 years, and that McIlhenny had sponsored the original tour. The company also underwrote the production that opens Thursday. The show is directed by Pacific Opera Project director Josh Shaw, who's known for reimagining Mozart's "Escape from the Seraglio" as a "Star Trek" episode and for Puccini's "La Boheme: AKA 'The Hipsters.'" Composer George Whitefield Chadwick was well known in his day, Mauffray said, and if "Tabasco" had its due, "it would be the founding cornerstone of our American history in the opera. It was not just some little show that was done here once. It was the most popular American opera from the pre-20th century." Opera has been a big part of New Orleans' social and musical scene going back to the late 1700s. Mauffray was trying to learn more of its history when he found the program in a box in 2009. This opera might be rooted in the comical genre that brought fame to the British duo Gilbert and Sullivan. Chadwick attended a music conservatory in Leipzig, Germany, a decade after W.S. Gilbert, and probably studied under some of the same masters, Mauffray Continue Reading

The life of a hotel reviewer: Hang out in lobbies and bars, sleep in king-size beds

Andrea Sachs, The Washington Post Published 10:29 am, Thursday, September 28, 2017 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-7', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 7', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); Photo: Photo By Edmund D. Fountain For The Washington Post. Image 1of/7 CaptionClose Image 1 of 7 New Orleans's Cornstalk Hotel, a 200-year-old manor in the French Quarter; the wrought-iron gate decorated with cornstalks was a gift from the original owner to his wife. New Orleans's Cornstalk Hotel, a 200-year-old manor in the French Quarter; the wrought-iron gate decorated with cornstalks was a gift from the original owner to his wife. Photo: Photo By Edmund D. Fountain For The Washington Post. Image 2 of 7 Fodor's Travel reviewer Cameron Todd takes notes while touring the Cornstalk Hotel with housekeeper Mellene Dilbert, right. Todd is responsible for all of New Orleans, which means inspecting nearly 90 hotels. Fodor's Travel reviewer Cameron Todd takes notes while touring the Cornstalk Hotel with housekeeper Mellene Dilbert, right. Todd is responsible for all of New Orleans, which means inspecting nearly 90 hotels. Photo: Photo By Edmund D. Fountain For The Washington Post. Image 3 of 7 Fodor's reviewer Cameron Todd takes notes and snaps photos during property tours. Among her priorities are cleanliness, spaciousness of rooms and value. Fodor's reviewer Cameron Todd takes notes and Continue Reading

Sports year in review: Fallen stars, a welcome Matt, and a grand Finau among the highlights, lowlights

1 of 23 View 23 Items Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News Brigham Young Cougars head coach Kalani Sitake yells at the ref in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. Related Link See the best sports photos from 2017 Depending on your rooting preference, you might consider our latest trip around the sun to be among the worst sports years ever (sorry, BYU football fans) or one of the best ones yet (congrats, Utah ski supporters) or somewhere in between (kudos and condolences, Jazz faithful). Before optimistically looking forward to your team winning (fill-in-the-blank) championship in 2018 — might as well embrace the hope of a brand-new, unblemished year — let’s review some defining moments that happened in Utah sports during 2017. Rough season Brigham Young Cougars head coach Kalani Sitake yells at the ref in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News BYU’s football season started off with a lackluster 20-6 win over Portland State at home followed by seven straight losses. Though the Cougars ended on a positive note, beating Hawaii 30-20 and winning two of their last three games, the program slunk to its lowest point in decades. The combination of an onslaught of injuries and offensive ineptitude resulted in a miserable 4-9 record and snapped a 12-year bowl streak. The lowlights included not getting across the 50-yard line in a 27-0 loss to LSU, struggling to a 33-17 loss against a subpar East Carolina defense, falling to rival Utah for a seventh consecutive outing and, even worse, stumbling to a humiliating 16-10 loss at home to a UMass team that only won four games. The highlights: Looking like BYU of old for an afternoon in a 41-20 win over San Jose State to end the skid and, well, the merciful end of the season. By beating Hawaii to finish 4-9, BYU avoided being just the second team in school history to lose 10 games. “I Continue Reading

Here are our favorite quotes to celebrate the art and industry of comics

As the anniversary calendar turns, here are our favorite quotes from Comic Riffs’ first seven years: CH-CH-CHANGES… “There is no barrier and no glass ceiling. I have role models who came before me, and feel like I’m in a position to lead by example. A young girl reading comics today does not have to wonder if there is a place for her in this industry!”— Best-selling graphic novelist RAINA TELGEMEIER (“Smile,” “Drama” and “Sisters”) “I just happen to be part of this new acceptance of American comics abroad, and nonfiction comics journalism in general. It used to be just [Joe] Sacco. … Now it feels like comics journalism is expected out of any big news event — from Japan to Occupy Wall Street to economic protests in Europe and turmoil in Africa. It’s no longer such a shock to see it.”— JOSH NEUFELD, comics journalist and author (“A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge”) “I wanted to build a place that becomes a destination for all the types of comics I care about: political cartoons, comics journalism, humor, personal stories. It’s working out how I envisioned, but we’re still building up our voice. This is a publication I want to be around for a while, and there’s a lot to do.”— 2012 Herblock Prize winner MATT BORS, on launching The Nib (which has just left Medium) “Winning the Herblock [Prize] is one of the finest moments in a political cartoonist’s life. Being the first woman to win the prize makes it an extra-special thrill.” — JEN SORENSEN, upon winning the 2014 Herblock Prize for political cartooning — Marvel’s TOM BREVOORT, memorializing comics/animation creator and Milestone Media co-founder Dwayne McDuffie (who died in February of 2011; he was 49) “We have to allow ourselves the freedom to make mistakes, including cultural mistakes, in our first drafts. I Continue Reading

New Year’s Eve music in Memphis

UPDATE: The Southern Avenue originally scheduled to take place at Loflin Yard has been moved to Railgarten, 2158 Central Ave, and admission is free to all. New Year’s Eve means parties, libations and celebrations. But in Memphis – a city known for its rich heritage of music – it also means plenty of concert performances.Sunday festivities will offer a particularly rich mix of artists -- from blues bands to psych rockers to electronic dance DJs -- who will help ring in the new year.Here are some live music highlights for New Year’s Eve: New Year’s Eve on Beale Street, featuring Tito Jackson and B.B. King Band, Fourth and Beale, 8 p.m. FreeThis fall Jackson, formerly of the Jackson 5, announced that he would be the new lead singer of B.B. King’s band. Jackson will also be recording his first album with B.B. King’s Blues Band in Memphis at Ardent Studios, playing his guitar that he affectionately named Katie, in honor of his mother Katherine. Their album will be released April with a world tour to follow in 2018. The New Year’s Eve concert is free and open to all 21 years old and older. The show is part of a night-long celebration of Memphis music, including sets from local performers. The event will also be broadcast live via the street’s social media channels. The lineup kicks off with The Fabulous Exclusive Soul Review Band (8:45 p.m.), continues with Karma (10:35 p.m.) and B.B. King’s Blues Band featuring Tito Jackson (11 p.m.) before a countdown to 2018 and the fireworks finale.   The Hard Rock Café, Annual Guitar Drop and Concert, 126 Beale Street, 5 p.m. General admission $35/ platinum and VIP passes and tables available  Jerry Lee Lewis, Jerry Lee Lewis' Café & Honky Tonk, 310 Beale Street, 8 p.m. Tickets: $150 to $225 Daisyland Presents: New Year’s Eve featuring Continue Reading

New releases from Anderson Council, Chevonne and the Fuzz and more

I get more records and streams than I have time to review, so this week’s column is dedicated to catching up with the old, while presenting a bit of the new. Enjoy, and be sure to check out these bands! READ: More Makin Waves The Anderson Council / “Assorted Colors” / Jem Records ( ) Fans of early Pink Floyd, early Who, Cream, “Sgt. Pepper”/“Revolver” Beatles and other British Invasion rock bands will get a kick out of this anthology of New Brunswick-based The Anderson Council, right down to faux English accents. Featuring four new tracks splattered among the best of three previous releases, “Assorted Colors” takes its title from “Pinkerton’s Assorted Colors,” a fun, energetic art rocker from the 2006 release, “The Fall Parade.” The nod to Pinkerton’s Assorted Colors, an obscure British one-hit wonder from the mid-’60s, also sounds like a blend of Floyd’s “See Emily Play,” The Who’s “Can’t Explain” and The Beatles’ “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite.”Speaking of names, The Anderson Council derived theirs from the same bluesmen who inspired Pink Floyd: Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. Given such allusions, it’s not surprising that “Assorted Colors” isn’t very original, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t enjoyable, especially a contagious passion and an array of tight, intricate harmonies. It’s kind of like a tribute to a time when pop music was very artistic before the record industry got fat, rich, and lazy, then conglomerated and virtually obsolete.Of the four new tracks, the harmonic, innocent-sounding brief encounter of “Girl on the Northern Line” stands out. I also like the jangly escapism and strong counterharmonies of “Fire Island.” Of the nine previously released tracks, the edgy Continue Reading

Singer Tony Bennett, in the midst of a Latin American tour, has released a new book: ‘Life Is a Gift’

At 86, living legend Tony Bennett is in the midst of a storm of activity that could tucker out artists half his age. How does he do it? By staying centered on what the great jazz pianist Bill Evans told him right before he died. “Bill found me and said, ‘Just think truth and beauty. Think truth and beauty.’ That’s become my premise, privately, for all of my workmanship,” Bennett says. “What I do now is gravitate towards truth and beauty.” In his book released last month, “Life Is a Gift,” Bennett tells tales like the above anecdote, compressing a lifetime into clear wisdom that rings true. A companion DVD, “The Zen of Bennett,” currently on the film festival circuit, is getting stellar reviews for its intimate portrait of an artist beloved by millions. Bennett’s entire Columbia records catalogue became available on iTunes this past week. And Sunday night, Dec. 23, Bennett becomes the first non-Hispanic celebrity to star in a primetime broadcast on Univision. He was on the Mexico City leg of a Latin American tour in support of his new “Viva Duets” recording when we spoke. People in Mexico are warm and friendly to him. “They’re wholesome and very family-oriented,” he says. You could say the same about Bennett. His avuncular, gracious manner makes you feel at home immediately in conversation. In the DVD, we see how he sets John Mayer at ease by explaining the backstory to “One for My Baby,” saying it’s like two guys in a bar lamenting over lost love. He got Amy Winehouse to relax over her interpretation of “Body and Soul” by sharing accounts of the great Dinah Washington, whom Winehouse idolized. Though his status in American culture transcends jazz or pop as music categories, once he heard that I love jazz, our chat really took off. “My plight in life is that I’m really upset with the big corporations Continue Reading

Black History Month Events: From museums to churches, a complete guide of events in New York City

Black History Month 2011 is being celebrated throughout the city – in colleges, cultural institutions, libraries, churches and on TV. BROADCASTPBS hosts Tavis Smiley and Alison Stewart will introduce the films.Petey Greene," a documentary about outspoken black shock-jock Petey Greene, who became an activist during the 1960s.Iowa coal mining town. Film is narrated by opera star and Iowa native Simon Estes.Jack Johnson." The Ken Burns’ film follows the life of Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion.Slide Hampton was one of his children. The documentary was produced written and directed by Julie Cohen.Laurence Fishburne's Tony-nominated performance in "Thurgood," the one-man Broadway play about Thurgood Marshall, the civil rights attorney who became a Supreme Court justice.BUSINESSESDonald Bogle discusses the subject of his new book – singer/actress Ethel Waters. Manhattan.NEW YORK CITY COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY (CITY TECH)Brooklyn, celebrates the month with a number of events.Harriet Tubman," a poster exhibit by City Tech Advertising Design and Graphic Arts students, is on display.Professor Ahnee Freeman and the Black Male Initiative presentation on African American painter and sculptor Elizabeth Catlett, narrated by Professor Diane Wilson.Christine Dixon will perform "Harriet Tubman Herself," Professor Tshombe Walker will examine the legacy of Tubman as the embodiment of African cultural survival, and cultural anthropologist Sherrill Wilson, founding director of the African Burial Ground ‘s Office of Public Education and Interpretation, will deliver the keynote address. There will also be a performance by the City Tech Community Choir. Hazel Gibbs at (718) 260.5205 or send email to [email protected] COLLEGEBedford Park Blvd. West in the Bronx.NY1 News reporter Dean Meminger will deliver the keynote address at the college's annual Martin Luther King Jr. lecture.Lehman College, Lovinger Theatre.Carman Hall, Room Continue Reading

June concert guide for Phoenix: Brad Paisley, I Love the ’90s Tour, Slipknot, Cage the Elephant

Brad Paisley plays Ak-Chin Pavilion to kick off a month that also features shows by Slipknot, Cage the Elephant and the hip-hop nostalgia of the I Love the '90s Tour with Salt-N-Pepa and Vanilla Ice. Here's a look at those and other highlights playing the Valley in June.These psychedelic rockers have been at it since the early '90s, setting the tone for their first album, "Spacegirl and Other Favourites," with a hail of feedback that blankets everything as the trance-inducing groove of "Crushed" kicks in. Their latest is every bit as edgy and uncompromising, not to mention just as trippy, bringing a Germanic electronic pulse to the garage on 2010's excellent "Who Killed Sgt. Pepper?" and indulging their love of the 13th Floor Elevators by covering “Dust” on last year’s “Mini Album Thingy Wingy.”Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 1. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $20; $18 in advance. 602-716-2222, of country's most consistent hit machines, Paisley scored his first of 18 chart-topping country hits, "He Didn't Have to Be," in 1999 and sent a record-breaking streak of 10 consecutive releases to the top from 2005 ("When I Get Where I'm Going," a duet with Dolly Parton) to 2009 ("Then"). His biggest hits include four double-platinum singles — "Whiskey Lullaby," "She's Everything," "Then" and "Remind Me," a duet with Carrie Underwood. This tour, in continued support of "Moonshine in the Trunk," features opening sets by Tyler Farr and Maddie & Tae. "Moonshine"  is the singer's eighth consecutive release to top the country charts.Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. $30.25-$60. 800-745-3000, MUSIC: Get the Things to Do app | Latest concert announcements | Top concerts this weekThe Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and consummate showman arrives in Continue Reading