Updated 2:19 am, Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Photo: Nariman El-Mofty, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 In this Wednesday, March 14, 2018 photo, Egyptian director Ahmed El Attar, sits in a room at his office in Cairo, Egypt. State censors have banned a play, that is part of the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival, the day of its Cairo premiere, saying it could not be shown without the removal of five scenes. As a result El Attar cancelled two showings of Before the Revolution, a two-actor piece that depicts oppression and stagnation in Egypt before its 2011 popular uprising. less In this Wednesday, March 14, 2018 photo, Egyptian director Ahmed El Attar, sits in a room at his office in Cairo, Egypt. State censors have banned a play, that is part of the Downtown Contemporary Arts ... more Photo: Nariman El-Mofty, AP Egypt's censors … [Read more...] about Egypt’s censors lift ban on play ‘Before The Revolution’
By "Sunday Morning" contributor Bill Flanagan of VH1 If you had not heard about it before, I'll bet you've heard a lot about it lately. But it must be said -- in recent years a lot of the rules The Beatles changed seem to have changed back. Let me count the ways. No one did more than The Beatles to establish the album as an art form. After "Revolver" and "Sgt. Pepper," the single, the 45, seemed like kid stuff. We wanted to put on an LP, lie down on the rug and get lost in a musical journey, preferably while wearing headphones. There are still great albums being made, but good luck finding them. It's not like you can wander into your local record store and ask the hippie behind the counter what's new and hip. Now, it's an iTunes world, and singles are back to being the main currency of popular music. What's wrong with that? Well, as the great record mogul Ahmet Ertegun said to me just before he died in 2006, "A dollar a song was a crap business model when we were selling 78s in the … [Read more...] about The Beatles: You say you want a revolution?
Before "Zoo" was a TV series here on CBS, it was a novel from the prolific pen -- actually, make that PENCIL -- of author James Patterson. Here with the fine print is Anthony Mason: James Patterson, the bestselling author on the planet, works out of an office -- his "inner sanctum" -- at his home in Palm Beach, Florida, overlooking the Atlantic. This is headquarters for the publishing empire The New York Times called "James Patterson, Inc." -- the creative roost of a writer who's produced 73 #1 best sellers and sold 325 million books. And he does it all by pencil. "I just can't believe you produce all this not on a computer," said Mason. "Yeah, well, thank God I don't work on a computer," Patterson exhorted, "because then I'd be really prolific!" The words "writers block" aren't in Patterson's vocabulary. With a team of co-writers he puts out the Alex Cross mysteries, the Women's Murder Club, Michael Bennett and Maximum Ride series, and his shelves are lined (and file cabinets … [Read more...] about James Patterson’s reading revolution
My father Richard and his pal Joe Miller would start drinking coffee in our kitchen before 7 on most mornings. Occasionally, they would be working on an idea to make both of them rich, but more often it was a discussion of world events. The topic for most of 1958 was Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution. As I recall, Richard and Joe were enamored with the progress the revolutionaries, with their ragtag appearance, were making in the attempt to overthrow Fulgencio Batista. Hey, Batista was a dictator, and with this fat guy in the Soviet Union, Nikita Kruschev, promising to the West, “We will bury you,'' we had a bad opinion in Fulda, Minn. of people considered to be dictators. OK, Nikita had a different title, but we saw him to be an awful Commie dictator. Castro’s revolution became officially successful on Jan. 1, 1959. You had to be much more locked into international politics than Richard and Joe to realize at that moment the Castro plan was also to become an awful … [Read more...] about Fidel, revolution, pitch framing and the mystery of Class B baseball in Minnesota
About 1,500 Prince fanatics descended on Minneapolis Sunday to see a reunion of Prince & the Revolution -- without Prince -- at First Avenue, where they famously made the 1984 movie "Purple Rain." Some clubgoers were disappointed that Prince never showed (even though some of his gear was reportedly ready for him). The "Purple Rain"-era Revolution played for more than 90 minutes, with guitarist Wendy Melvoin handling most of the lead vocals. Even though the musicians had only a couple days of rehearsal, the Revolution found its funky groove with ease. "I'll take a tight team over nine virtuoso musicians any day," judged Questlove, drummer of the Philadelphia-based Roots and the DJ for the post-concert party. The self-proclaimed No. 2 Prince fanatic said events "like that don't happen every day." "It was magical," bassist Brownmark said after the concert. "I hope it'll happen again." This was the first true Revolution reunion since they disbanded in late 1986. It was organized by … [Read more...] about The Crawl: A Revolution without a Prince