At first glance, a Kiki and Herb cabaret show could come off as a bizarre and politically incorrect, yet addictive, mess. Kiki, with the faded glamour of Norma Desmond, sings deranged takes on Top 40 hits and slurs through tactless banter about current events. Herb, with sprayed-on gray hair and a kitschy suit, hammers a keyboard and sips Canadian Club. A medley might start with “Frosty the Snowman” and end with Patti Smith. From 1993 until 2008, Kiki and Herb, known offstage as Justin Vivian Bond and Kenny Mellman, performed under the guise of failed, septuagenarian lounge singers, earning a devoted audience that included luminaries from the pop, film and fashion worlds. What started small in San Francisco evolved into a Broadway show and ended with a sold-out farewell at Carnegie Hall. And now, after eight years, Kiki and Herb are reuniting for a monthlong engagement beginning Thursday, April 21, at Joe’s Pub, as part of the commissioning program New York Voices. The show, “ … [Read more...] about Kiki and Herb: Kitsch, With a Whisky Chaser
The Nothingburger Awards Season is upon us. If last Sunday'sGolden Globes non-ceremony was any indication, this year's Oscar race is promising to be as shapeless as water. Chastened by an ongoing pandemic and spurned by the Hollywood talent they were trying to honor, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association dramatically curtailed a celebration that had become known as a boozy, boisterous, unbuttoned alternative to the more staid and snooty Oscars. This year, no live Globes party was thrown, no champagne flowed, no delicious gaffes ensued; there wasn't even a proper show to stream. Winners were announced over social media, to largely indifferent audiences and wary artists. The HFPA's choice to assume a low profile was the result of self-inflicted wounds, including dubious business practices, a woefully insular and overwhelmingly White membership and a swag-happy work ethic that could most charitably be described as "star-struck." But the muted vibe of this year's Globes - which … [Read more...] about Awards season this year is already a nothingburger. And that’s OK.
0 Community Corner Looking for something to do this weekend? See the latest upcoming events in and around Tinley Park. Event News , Patch Staff Posted Reply TINLEY PARK, IL — Happy weekend, Tinley Park! See what's new on your Tinley Park Patch community calendar. Check out what's happening and what might interest you before you make plans. Hot tip: If you're hosting an event and want to see it in the next roundup, you can add it to the calendar using this form . As always, it's free to post an event in your community . To reach more people, you can promote your event and share it nearby for $1 per day per community. Here are a few events happening this weekend in the Tinley Park area: Featured Event: What No One is Telling You Free Final Resting/Funeral/Cremation Webinar- Friday Jan 14, 5 pm CST When: Friday, January 14th at 12:00 a.m. Where: On Line Free Webinar What: === >> Click HERE to Register … [Read more...] about Tinley Park Events Calendar: See What’s Happening In The Area This Weekend
1 Restaurants & Bars Those who aren't familiar with the expression are about to become more familiar with the term now that OPA! has arrived in Frankfort. TJ Kremer III , Patch Staff Posted Reply FRANKFORT, IL — There's not really a literal translation for the Greek expression "Opa," but it's often used in the context of something that's being celebrated. And Frankfort residents are about to get a lot more familiar with the term. OPA! Modern Greek Cuisine opened its doors Dec. 13 at 10235 W. Lincoln Highway and has already generated plenty of buzz in the neighborhood. As the name of the restaurant suggests, OPA! specializes in fine Greek dining. This is not the place to get a gyro and a hotdog with fries — there are plenty of other places for that. What diners will get at OPA! is authentic Greek food, with its menu derived from recipes straight from the Mediterranean. The restaurant is the passion project of … [Read more...] about A Celebration Of Life At New Frankfort Restaurant OPA!
MIAMI (AP) – A profane phone call and Jimmy Buffett’s inability to keep his daily planner organized 50 years ago in Miami set in motion events that changed the music world. Those events made the singer-songwriter one of the most beloved entertainers in America. And one of the wealthiest, with a net worth around $600 million. READ MORE: Miami-Dade Police Confirm Shooting Death Of Rapper Wavy Navy Pooh Near Zoo Miami Buffett’s music and business empire includes restaurants, casinos, hotels and beach resorts, a retirement village, a cruise liner, clothing, publishing. And 29 studio albums, and as many live albums and compilations combined, plus a handful of books. The unusual events — unusual for perhaps everyone except for the creative mind that gave the world “Margaritaville,” “Havana Daydreaming” and “Everybody’s Got a Cousin in Miami” — also helped brand Key West as a distinct sound of music and a destination known the world over. “I was able to make a living and live how … [Read more...] about Jimmy Buffett Looks At 50 Years After His 1st Key West Gig
Paul Carter Harrison, a playwright and scholar who in books, essays and award-winning plays provided a theoretical structure for the Black performing arts, linking works by writers like August Wilson to a deeply rooted structure of African ritual and myth, died on Dec. 27 in Atlanta. He was 85. His daughter, Fonteyn Harrison, confirmed the death, at a retirement home, but said the cause had not been determined. In plays like “The Great MacDaddy” and books like “The Drama of the Nommo: Black Theatre in the African Continuum,” both in 1973, Mr. Harrison went beyond the social and political realism of many of his contemporaries, demonstrating how Black American culture is — and, he said, must be — rooted in African tradition, even as it mixed with white, Eurocentric traditions. “The Great MacDaddy,” for example, is on the surface a paraphrased retelling of Virgil’s “Aeneid,” with the hero setting off across the country to find his father’s secret moonshine recipe. But it is also, … [Read more...] about Paul Carter Harrison, Whose Ideas Shaped Black Theater, Dies at 85
0 This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author's own. Arts & Entertainment The internationally-acclaimed Oakton Community College Piano Ensemble hosts a free virtual performance from May 1 - June 1. Oakton Community College , Community Contributor Posted | Updated Reply Treat your ears to an evening of musical mastery as the internationally-acclaimed Oakton Community College Piano Ensemble hosts a free virtual performance from May 1 - June 1. Founded and conducted by Glenna Sprague, Oakton professor and coordinator of music, the Oakton Piano Ensemble has delighted audiences for more than 25 years. Members include Beatriz Levi (Northfield), Jacob Levin (Northbrook), Monika Miodragovic (Chicago) and Jason Nelson (Des Plaines). The group performs classical, ragtime and popular music as well as symphonic repertoire arranged for the multiple pianos. This year's program … [Read more...] about Oakton Piano Ensemble performs virtually starting May 1
Click here to read the full article. Dallas Frazier , a songwriter who broke out with the pop novelty hit “Alley Oop” and went on pen country classics like the Oak Ridge Boys ’ “Elvira,” died Friday at 82. “Dallas Frazier is among the greatest country songwriters of all time,” said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “He could convey infectious fun with ‘Elvira,’ and then write something as stunningly sad and true as ‘Beneath Still Waters'” — a No. 1 hit for Emmylou Harris. “He was a man of kindness, generosity and faith, who overcame a hardscrabble upbringing to offer smiling gifts to all of us.” More from Variety Charley Pride to Be Celebrated With 90-Minute CMT Special Why Charley Pride Was a Pioneer for Country Music as Well as Black Musicians CMAs, Charley Pride Reps Address Speculation That Country Singer Contracted COVID at November Telecast Among those cutting Frazier’s songs were Charley Pride (who had four No. 1 … [Read more...] about Dallas Frazier, Songwriter of ‘Elvira,’ ‘Alley Oop’ and Many Country Hits, Dies at 82
Click here to read the full article. “ Saturday Night Live ’s” cold open took aim at President Joe Biden, the box office heat of “ Spider-Man: No Way Home ” and the nation’s weariness after two years of the COVID pandemic. The sketch saw “SNL” featured player James Austin Johnson returning to the role of the Commander in Chief, who expressed his frustrations earlier in the week in a news conference with reporters about the intensity of the omicron surge. Speaking from behind a lectern, Johnson’s Biden found a handy scapegoat to blame for rising infection rates in regions around the country: “Spider-Man,” the durable superhero whose latest big-screen outing has topped the COVID-batter box office in recent weeks. More from Variety Ariana DeBose on Hosting 'Saturday Night Live' and Queer Readings of 'West Side Story' Kanye West Vows to 'Beat Pete Davidson's Ass' in New Single 'Eazy' Box Office: 'Scream' Set to Dethrone 'Spider-Man' With $36 Million Holiday … [Read more...] about ‘Saturday Night Live’ Cold Open Skewers President Biden and ‘Spider-Man’
Ariana DeBose made her Saturday Night Live debut as host this week, detailing in her opening monologue her Golden Globe win for playing Anita in Steven Spielberg’s rendition of West Side Story . “Now, not many people know this, but ‘West Side Story’ is actually based on another classic tale of star-crossed lovers,” the actress quipped. “’90 Day Fiancé.'” She then discussed how much Broadway has been through the past few years and how it’s “a community that perseveres.” “I believe Broadway changes lives,” she explained. “I mean, hey, it changed mine, and Broadway has this magical ability to bring people together.” It was the perfect segue into a little bit of Broadway from DeBose herself — and Kate McKinnon who crashed her set. Together, they performed a medley from West Side Story featuring songs like “Tonight Tonight,” “I Feel Pretty,” “Something’s Coming” and “America.” After performing, DeBose told McKinnon her vocals were “good,” to which the SNL star joked, … [Read more...] about ‘SNL’: Kate McKinnon Joins Ariana DeBose for ‘West Side Story’ Medley in Opening Monologue