Posts Tagged ‘alice in wonderland’

The Washington Ballet’s ALICE (in wonderland): Worth the Obligatory Standing Ovation

You could say the standing ovation has lost some of its meaning. After all, just about any Kennedy Center show that's pretty decent or better can be relied on to bring folks to their feet.
But last night, the one the audience gave The Washington Ballet for its production of ALICE (in wonderland) felt utterly well-deserved. [...]

ToDo ToDay: D.C., Bluegrass Capital?

So, bluegrass fans, yes or no: Is D.C. really a bluegrass capital? The D.C. Music Salon says yes—it has been since the 1950s, mostly thanks to a few key groups like The Stoneman Family, The Bluegrass Champs, The Country Gentlemen, and The Seldom Scene. George Washington University faculty member Kip Lornell (who also cowrote The [...]

Dept. of Magical Housekeeping: Sorry Folks, Tim Burton Has No Plans for a Wizard of Oz Remake

Back in March, my colleague Ted Scheinman reviewed Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, for which the director infused for perhaps the fifth or sixth time in his career a well-known popular work with his consummate creepiness. That week, I remarked to Ted: Clearly, this has all been in preparation for Burton's inevitable remake of The [...]

Five Books I’d Read

in which the author discusses five books he'd read, if time permitted.
1. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, edited by Hugh Haughton, illustrated by John Tenniel.
Pop quiz: Without reaching out to any lifeline (parent, friend, lover, child, roommate, neighbor, cab driver, doctor, lawyer, barber/hairstylist, dentist, garbageperson, boss, underling, 1951 [...]

Arts Roundup: ‘Is Rikers Island the Mount Helicon of Hip-Hop?’ Edition

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Morning, readers.
*Above: Witness one of the more awkward moments in the annals of Chevy Chase. Or of Paul Simon. Or, more generally, of Caucasian afropop.
*Seeking to resurrect its hip-hop cred, the Washington Post hosts a poll. The question: Which currently incarcerated rapper will produce [...]

Hacking IMDB: A Sneak Peek at Tim Burton’s Forthcoming Wizard of Oz

You’ve seen his Roald Dahl. You’ve seen his Lewis Carroll. Now see his L. Frank Baum!
Next year, Tim Burton will release The Wizard of Oz: Dorothy’s Relapse. Though the film’s still in preproduction, Arts Desk has obtained a rough version of its IMDB page.
The Wizard of Oz: Dorothy’s Relapse
Director: Tim Burton
Writers: Tim Burton; Henry Selick
Release [...]

This Weekend in Film: Alice in Wonderland, the Red Riding Trilogy, and More Indie Film Stuff

*TIM BURTON DROPS HIS LATEST MEGAWATT PASTICHE THINGY. Burton's go-to pairing, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, are of course involved. But so are Stephen Fry, Alan Rickman, Crispin Glover, and an underused Anne Hathaway. With these types onboard, and a sturdy pair of Buddy Holly-style 3D specs on the bridge of your nose, there's [...]

Reviewed: Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland
Directed by Tim Burton
Before the London premiere, before the posters of a washed-out Anne Hathaway, before the teasers in Variety, and, for that matter, before Sweeney Todd, you knew this was coming. You probably could've cast it too. Helena Bonham Carter, predictably freakified as the Red Queen; Johnny Depp as a curiously layered [...]

Arts Roundup: Rabbit Hole Edition

*Nobody seems to be able to get through a review of Alice in Wonderland without invoking a rabbit-hole metaphor. The Washington Post's Ann Hornaday likes it, though.
*The Washington Post's Monica Hesse profiles Cruella DeVille. Wait, I'm sorry, that's bestselling romance writer Danielle Steele. Apparently she has a pretty great sense of humor.
*The battle over the [...]

Arts Roundup: ‘Poetic Resignation’ Edition

*The Guardian's lit blog posits Twitter as an elegant way to announce one's resignation, cites the case of Jonathan Schwartz, who until yesterday morning served as CEO of Sun Microsystems. His #haiku effort:
Financial crisis
Stalled too many customers
CEO no more.
Schwartz loses points for imagery but recoups on the kicker. Bonus point to Alison Flood for the [...]

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