Tuesday, February 23, 2016

AP's interactive look at Oscar-nominated films

Top nominated movies for the 88th Academy Awards

Of the 57 films receiving Academy Award nominations this year, “The Revenant” led the pack, with 12. 
Films with two or more nominations, visualized by number received:

The Big Short
Bridge of Spies


The Danish Girl
Ex Machina
The Hateful Eight

The Hateful Eight

Inside Out
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant


Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs


Sunday, August 16, 2015

DJ Sam Pace to host White Party at Shrine Tuesday night

WHITE PARTY: Shrine Asian Kitchen and Nightclub at Foxwoods Resort Casino will hold a White Party Tuesday, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., hosted by breakthrough female DJ (in a male-dominated electronic dance scene) Sam Pace. Attendees who show up in theme get free admission; advance tickets are available for $10 online at shrinefoxwoods.com, and will be sold at the door for $20.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Cirque Eloize iD at Foxwoods impresses

We went in thinking that the Cirque Eloize show "iD" at Foxwoods Resort Casino would be the weaker of the two long-run shows this summer. July's "The Supernaturals" entertained a month's worth of audiences with flash, tricks and the guiding video image of popular illusionist Cris Angel.
But the Cirque Eloize show is right up there in entertainment value -- and even wins in terms of physical prowess and skilled acrobatic routines. (Not that it's a competition between shows, but two summer shows at the same casino are a competition for visitors' dollars and time.)
Cirque's skilled and inventive team manages to create routines that inspire wonder with their catchy, pounding music and startlingly good dance moves. Fans of modern dance should be very pleased.
These generally outstanding performers inspire awe in a fast-moving show that also has its tender moments of athletic beauty.
Moves by some of these agile athletes are other-wordly at times (especially one double-jointed young woman who bends backward impossibly). Those moments take on the look of a computer-generated film graphic instead of live performance, in a good way since it is live. And there are times of clenched-jaw concern by the audience, when the daring bicycle rider is scaling a tall, boxy set piece by simply rocking back and forth and peddling and balancing. Or when a number of other tricks are performed on trampoline, rollerblades or tall pole.
The show features a "West Side Story" theme, but you never get much of a Cirque story line in these shows
it's there for rough inspiration in the various routines. Performances continue through Aug. 30; tickets are $30 for kids, $40-$80 for adults. See www.foxwoods.com.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Stephen Colbert on Seinfeld's Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee (streaming Wednesday)

"The Supernaturalists" at Foxwoods: The smiles and raised eyebrows are no illusion

If you're looking for summer day trips and entertainment options that don't involve sand or a sweaty trail lined with poison ivy, you could do a lot worse than Goodspeed Opera House's "La Cage Aux Folles" or some of the area music clubs and larger venues, not to mention Hamden's Friday night series of concerts that's free and typically sastisfying.
But for big-time Las Vegas-style wows, it's impossible to beat Criss Angel's new touring show "The Supernaturalists," which recently made its debut at Foxwoods Resort Casino's Fox Theater. Angel put this whole thing together (he's a bit of an empire builder, say colleagues) and is only in the show via taped segments and a live video feed at one point from his Vegas base, where he stars nightly in a glitzy show at the Luxor.
For this show, which is at Foxwoods through July 23, Angel (left) and Foxwoods officials have been promising to revolutionize the magic ensemble experience with flash, fun, thrills, top illusions and the latest technology.
Based on Thursday's packed-house show at Foxwoods, this group is well on its way to a hit touring show. I don't have enough experience with live magic ensembles to know if it's revolutionary, but it was a fun time for ages 8 and up (some of the flash and bang of special effects could be too intense for younger kids).
Handling the larger tricks is "The Illusionist" Landon Swank (above center), an affable chap lacking the edgy appeal of Long Islander Angel but capable nonetheless. Providing the mind-blowing aspect is "The Mentalist" Banachek (South Africa, above right)), whose experience on stage shows.
Easy-on-the-eyes  Krystyn (U.S., above left) has a razor blade eating act that's tough to watch; “The Escape Artist” Spencer Horsman (U.S.) does a heart-pounding Houdini escape from a container of water, “The Dog Conjuror” Johnny Dominguez (Columbia) provides a jolt of fun and delight with a well-conceived segment, “The Joker” The Great Maestro (Mexico) and his  brassy assistant provide the yuks at various points,, and “The Joker” FiFi (U.S.V.I.), “The Manipulator” Stefan Vanel (France) and"The Street Magician" Adrian Vega (Spain) also make solid contributions.
Angel's stated aim of making the show move with tech and the ensemble's collaborations is basically true, and it pays dividends especially during a few segments to send the show into a higher gear.
A couple of three technical glitches (a camera-wielding showgirl who didn't know how to correct the focus on her cam for the overhead screen) and an audio dropout as Angel talked on tape about the Houdini trick) didn't manage to ruin the night for this happy crowd. 
At $35 plus for tickets and good word-of-mouth, "The Supernaturalists" should keep packing them in for Foxwoods, which with this special engagement has moved beyond the tired "Legends" shows it has had for several summers.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Truckin' with the Haven String Quartet

Don't overlook the truck, Music Haven's String Quartet truck, that is, which will be taking to the streets during the International Festival of Arts & Ideas starting this weekend. Here's a release from Music Haven, which teaches city kids to make music and works its own magic onstage or on truck:
June 13-18, 2015
Music Haven's “String Quartet Truck”
In conjunction with the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, the Haven String Quartet brings classical music to the streets of New Haven with the String Quartet Truck. You already know The Cupcake Truck and The Cheese Truck, and now get to know the String Quartet Truck!
The truck stops at various locations throughout New Haven from June 13-18; for the full schedule, visit http://artidea.org/stringquartettruck.  For daily updates during the festival, visit stringquartettruck.comfacebook.com/musichavenct, or follow us on Twitter @The_SQ_Truck.
Admission: Free

Saturday, June 13, 2015
6:30-7:00 p.m.  On the New Haven Green (just before the Darlene Love concert)

Monday, June 15, 2015
12:30-1:15 p.m.  Cedar Street between Congress Ave. and York Street (near the food carts)
2:00-2:45 p.m.  Corner of York and Chapel Streets (near Yale School of Architecture)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
12:30-1:15 p.m. Westville Village (corner of Whalley and West Rock Avenues)
2:15-3:00 p.m.  Union Station

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
12:30-1:15 p.m.  Corner of Chapel and Temple Streets (next to CitySeed Downtown Farmers’ Market — Opening Day!)
2:00-2:45 p.m.  In front of Columbus Family Academy (corner of Blatchley and Grand Avenues)
3:30-4:15 p.m.  Scantlebury Park (139 Ashmun Street)

Thursday, June 18, 2015
6:00-6:45 p.m.  Broadway Parking Lot

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

DJ Steve Angello at Shrine tonight

SHRINE Asian Kitchen & Lounge at Foxwoods Resort Casino will mark the third night of special events to celebrate its seventh anniversary tonight (May 19) with DJ Steve Angello, formerly one-third of top-selling progressive house act Swedish House Mafia. SHM sold millions of records globally and became one of the top-grossing live acts in the electronic dance music genre. Now based in Los Angeles, notes publicists, Angello owns Swedish label Size Records and remains one of the most sought-after DJs and remixers on the international scene.