When the composer Ricky Ian Gordon saw Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies” on Broadway in the early 1970s, it was unlike anything he’d watched on a stage. “He was creating this musical theater that felt like foreign film to me,” Gordon said in a recent interview. “And I wanted to make something in the theater that felt like foreign movies.” “That’s what ‘Follies’ was: a musical about broken lives and disappointment,” he continued, adding an expletive for emphasis. “I thought, ‘That’s what I want to do.’” Gordon, now 65, did go on to create art inspired by those subjects — in the process becoming considerably better known in the world of opera than theater. In a coincidence caused by pandemic delays, not one but two of his operas are opening nearly simultaneously before this month is out, and both involve the darkness Gordon adored in “Follies.” “Intimate Apparel,” at Lincoln Center Theater, for which Lynn Nottage adapted her own play, deals with lies, deceptions and thwarted … [Read more...] about One Opera Opening Would Make Any Composer Happy. He Has Two.
Graphic: New York Magazine New York Magazine today announced that it’s expanding its print and digital crossword offerings. New York’ s flagship 21x21 puzzle by Matt Gaffney , which has run on alternate Sundays online and in each print issue, will increase its cadence to weekly, appearing online every Sunday night. Additionally, New York will launch a new daily Vulture-branded midi 10x10 puzzle and newsletter constructed by Malaika Handa and Stella Zawistowski , who have collectively created puzzles for outlets including the New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal , The Atlantic , and more. The Vulture 10x10 will be entirely focused on entertainment, giving Vulture’s audience of pop-culture obsessives a puzzle of their own. To accompany these changes, the magazine will reimagine its print crossword pages, running one 21x21 puzzle and three 10x10s in every issue. All puzzles will be available on desktops and mobile devices at nymag.com/games . The … [Read more...] about More Crosswords!
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring, giving President Joe Biden a chance to nominate to the bench. Breyer, 83, has been a pragmatic force on a court that has grown increasingly conservative in recent years, trying to forge majorities with more moderate justices right and left of center. READ MORE: Man Who Sold Gun Used In Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue Hostage Crisis Federally Charged NBC first reported the justice’s plans. Breyer has been a justice since 1994, appointed by President Bill Clinton. Along with the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Breyer opted not to step down the last time the Democrats controlled the White House and the Senate during Barack Obama’s presidency. Ginsburg died in September 2020, and then-President Donald Trump filled the vacancy with a conservative justice, Amy Coney Barrett. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer during an interview in his office, in Washington, DC. (credit: … [Read more...] about Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Announces Retirement; Biden To Fill Vacancy
(CNN) — Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer plans to retire, setting up a seismic confirmation battle at the start of a midterm election year as President Joe Biden tries to find his footing with his agenda stalled and Democrats divided in Congress. Breyer, 83, is expected to stay on until the end of the court term and until a replacement is confirmed, a well-placed source familiar with the matter told CNN. READ MORE: DWSD Working To Repair Dozens Of Water Main Breaks He informed Biden of his plans last week and will formally announce his retirement at a White House event with the President as early as Thursday, two sources told CNN. Although Biden’s pick will not change the balance of the court, given that Breyer will almost certainly be replaced with a fellow liberal, the new nominee is expected to be much younger and could serve on the court for decades. The court currently has six conservative justices appointed by Republican presidents, and three liberals appointed by … [Read more...] about Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Plans To Retire
Moments after he was sworn into office, President Joe Biden made good on the first of dozens of promises he had made to immigrant communities on the campaign trail—bursting out of the gate with the repeal of some of the Trump administration’s most aggressively anti-immigration policies and the introduction of a vast legislative package that would create a path to citizenship for eight million people living in the United States. On that day, Biden looked to his pro-immigration supporters to be exceeding their highest expectations. “President Biden delivered on day one,” said Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, president and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. “It was a strong signal that this was a new and different administration.” It took six more days for the first of those promises to be broken. The decision to maintain the Department of Homeland Security’s extensive contracts with private prison companies , breaking a key campaign promise to end the practice, is … [Read more...] about Biden Keeps Trump Immigration Policies—and Stephen Miller Is Loving It
On Thanksgiving Eve, Stephen Colbert dedicated a chunk of his Late Show monologue to a certain tax-avoiding billionaire, Elon Musk—by all accounts the richest man in the world. “For some reason, there’s always lots of billionaire news,” offered Colbert. “I’ll give you the latest in tonight’s installment of my long-running segment: ‘Rich people, they’re just not like us. Us pay taxes.’” With that, Colbert dug in, addressing Musk’s little Twitter feud with Bernie Sanders over the Vermont senator’s suggestion that Musk pay his fair share in taxes. “First up: SpaceX founder Elon Musk… has been a little prickly ever since Democrats suggested the wealthy pay any taxes,” explained Colbert. “For instance, recently Bernie Sanders tweeted, ‘We must demand that the extremely wealthy pay their fair share. Period.’ To which Musk replied, ‘I keep forgetting that you’re still alive.’” It was a bizarre reply, all things considered. “Hey, buddy: You cannot talk … [Read more...] about Stephen Colbert Blasts Elon Musk for Not Paying His Fair Share in Taxes
WASHINGTON (AP) — Liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring, giving President Joe Biden an opening he has pledged to fill by naming the first Black woman to the high court, two sources told The Associated Press Wednesday. Breyer, 83, has been a pragmatic force on a court that has grown increasingly conservative in recent years, trying to forge majorities with more moderate justices right and left of center. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to preempt Breyer’s eventual announcement. NBC first reported the justice’s plans. Breyer has been a justice since 1994, appointed by President Bill Clinton. Along with the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg , Breyer opted not to step down the last time the Democrats controlled the White House and the Senate during Barack Obama’s presidency. Ginsburg died in September 2020, and then-President Donald Trump filled the vacancy with a conservative justice, Amy Coney Barrett. Breyer’s departure, expected … [Read more...] about AP Sources: Justice Stephen Breyer to Retire; Biden to Fill Vacancy
Conservatives may not agree with liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer on much. But they should celebrate his legacy as he retires later this year, because he has stood up for judicial independence — something Democrats now oppose. It was Breyer who wrote the majority opinion in National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning (2014), in which then-President Barack Obama tried to declare the Senate in recess so he could appoint left-wing board members to the NLRB. The Court smacked Obama down with a 9-0 unanimous opinion that included Obama’s own appointees, Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Breyer delivered a careful rebuke to Obama’s attempt to exceed his constitutional powers. Breyer also joined a part of the majority opinion in NFIB v. Sebelius (2012), the Obamacare case, in which he agreed efforts to force the states to accept the Medicaid expansion violated the Tenth Amendment — an argument Democrats had ridiculed. And Breyer respected religious … [Read more...] about Pollak: Stephen Breyer’s Legacy of Defending Judicial Independence
Ted Kennedy and Joe Biden appear with Stephen Breyer after his nomination to SCOTUS by Bill Clinton. Photo: John Duricka/AP/Shutterstock Democrats everywhere were undoubtedly pleased to learn that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has reportedly decided to retire at the end of this term, giving President Biden an opportunity to make good on his campaign promise to appoint a (relatively young) Black woman to the Court. It’s a relief in no small part because Breyer had pretty outspokenly resisted pressure to announce his retirement at the Biden administration’s earliest convenience. And it prevents a repetition of the debacle wherein the revered liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg opted not to step down when a Democratic president was in office only to pass away just in time for Donald Trump to rush a favorite of ideological conservatives, Amy Coney Barrett , through a Republican-controlled Senate as her replacement. Breyer’s major excuse for his initial refusal to … [Read more...] about Stephen Breyer and the End of the Apolitical Supreme Court
Photo: Ron Sachs/CNP/Getty Images Justice Stephen Breyer has cultivated a reputation as a pragmatist on the bench. With reports today that he intends to retire, he’s shown a willingness to be a realist in the realm of politics, too. The decision, made while Democrats still hold a narrow majority in the Senate, paves the way for President Biden to make good on his promise to nominate the first Black woman to the Supreme Court. The 83-year-old Breyer, who clearly enjoys his position on the highest court, had previously hemmed and hawed about the timing of his exit, and the progressive advocates who openly called for him to step down were scolded for being either uncivil or counterproductive . But Breyer, who in a prior life was chief counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, could see for himself what happened when Ruth Bader Ginsburg, having declined to retire during the Obama administration, died weeks before the Trump presidency ended. “This is a huge step in … [Read more...] about Stephen Breyer Secures His Legacy