How do we cope without the soaring melodies and communal experience of Handel's 'Messiah'?
CHICAGO — Imagine a Christmas season without Santa.Or Christmas trees.Or mistletoe.The vicious coronavirus pandemic can’t stop any of these. But, unfortunately, it’s robbing us of something similarly essential to the holiday season: live performances of George Frideric Handel’s [“Messiah\.”](Normally at this time of year, “Messiahs” would be blossoming in churches and concert halls across the United States. Virtuoso singers would be delivering its sublime arias. Magnificent choirs would be thundering the “Hallelujah” Chorus.Early music groups would be attempting to re-create the way the piece ...
Grammys 2020: Beyoncé leads with 9 nominations; Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Rich have 6 each
Will Beyoncé become the belated queen of the Grammy Awards with her field-leading nine new nominations? Or will Queen Bey, as the vocal superstar is fondly called by many of her fans, leave largely empty-handed — as in 2017, when her then-field-leading nine nominations resulted in just two wins in minor categories?Those are just a few of the intriguing questions raised by Tuesday’s announcement of the 2020 Grammy nominations. After Beyoncé, the three top contenders — with six nominations each — are Taylor Swift, English dance-pop singer Dua Lipa and rapper Roddy Rich. Alabama Shakes’ singer Br...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
10 things — series, specials and movies — to watch inside your Thanksgiving 2020 bubble
Health experts are urging that you skip big gatherings and stay inside your bubble this Thanksgiving to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a traditional feast, both at the dinner table and by bingeing small-screen TV and streaming content. A cornucopia of holiday specials and new movies await, plus a few shows to discover before your post-turkey nap.Here are 10 suggestions for what to watch, from nostalgic comfort food for the eyes to the finest in current filmmaking. And don’t forget the best viewing option of all, a virtual visit through FaceTime, ...
Detroit Free Press
My worst moment: Julia Stiles and the grocery thief who was actually her costar
For the first two seasons of the conspiracy thriller “Riviera” on the Sundance Now streaming platformAt the start of Season 3, however, Stiles’ character has extricated herself from this family and relocated to London where she teaches art history. “She’s trying to get back to some sense of normalcy,” said Stiles. “And then in walks Gabriel Hirsch, played by Rupert Graves, and he offers her a job that she can’t refuse, which promises more adventure than what she is currently doing. They go to Venice and they’re trying to track down a Picasso that had been stolen and is being sold on the black ...
Life at the Epstein estate: Maxwell kept photos of topless girls, aide testified
Ghislaine Maxwell regularly took topless photos of girls who visited Jeffrey Epstein’s Palm Beach, Florida, mansion and kept an album of the photos on her desk in Epstein’s home.That’s according to excerpts from a June 1, 2016, deposition of Juan Alessi, the former maintenance man and house manager of Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion, unsealed Friday from a 2015 defamation lawsuit brought against Maxwell by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who has said that she was manipulated and sexually abused by Epstein and that Maxwell and that Epstein directed her to have sex with a number of their prominent friend...
Album reviews: The War on Drugs, Nick Cave, Tanya Tucker
The War on Drugs“Live Drugs”(Super High Quality *** 1/2)Adam Granduciel is a perfectionist, a studio obsessive who builds up the War on Drugs’ atmospheric music from painstakingly layered guitars and keyboards on songs that cast a hypnotic spell as they embark on journeys of discovery.Acclaimed albums like 2014’s “Lost in the Dream” and 2017’s Grammy-winning “A Deeper Understanding” are the product of Granduciel’s vision. But the Drugs are anything but a one-man band.The other five members of the Philadelphia sextet, beginning with bass player Dave Hartley, all make key contributions to the Dr...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Medvedev overcomes Nadal to set up Thiem clash in London final
Russian Daniil Medvedev will get his chance to win the ATP Finals trophy for the first time after he completed a 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 win against Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals.Medvedev will play Sunday's final against Austria's Dominic Thiem, who eliminated world number one Novak Djokovic over three sets in the other semi-final earlier.
Tour guide offers virtual visits to Jewish London, raises charity money
A London tour guide who popularized “The Jews of London” walking tour has transitioned during the coronavirus pandemic to the online world. Ian Fagelson, 68, a retired lawyer, has been offering his popular tour online since October, with all proceeds going to Jewish charities.Fagelson’s in-person tours used to attract 25-35 tourists, but his first virtual tour clocked some 130 participants, and his second “outing” drew 430 visitors from around the world, including Israel, and raised more than $15,000 for UK Jewish charities.The tour takes in the history of the Jews in London from the arrival o...
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Review: 'Small Axe,' a London anthology on Amazon Prime and a 2020 screen highlight
“Small Axe.” Huge, beautiful, vibrant impact. Here, reader, is some of the richest and most rewarding viewing around right now. And right now is when we need it.The first three BBC films in co-writer and director Steve McQueen’s five-part London anthology, narratively disconnected but a wondrous whole nonetheless, premiered on Amazon Prime Friday, with new installments added weekly. I can’t force you to watch it. I can only try to convey why these stories (many from real life), taking place among London’s West Indian communities in the late 1960s through the 1980s, have so much to offer to any...
‘Mourinho’s nastiness can make Spurs champions’ – Klinsmann excited by progress in north London
Jose Mourinho’s “nastiness” will help to turn Tottenham into serious contenders for the Premier League title, says Jurgen Klinsmann.The highly-rated Portuguese tactician has reached the one-year anniversary of his appointment at Spurs.He was asked to succeed Mauricio Pochettino in north London due to the enviable list of trophies he boasts on an impressive CV.Mourinho was tipped by many to bring long-awaited silverware to Tottenham, with his methods delivering tangible success wherever he has been.Goal 50 Revealed: The best 50 players in the worldIt could be that he forces Spurs into contentio...