Spike Lee talks music, his latest film and the time he pissed off Frank Sinatra
It used to be that a song had a verse, then a chorus, then a verse, then a chorus, and it was pretty repetitive; very conventional, Vendafreddo said. Townshend and The Who started writing expanded sequences and it became narrative. The Whos 1969 double album Tommy is the first true pop masterpiece and it brings it all together. Its rock n roll in a new way. The Whos Tommy will be presented from Jan. 14 to Feb. 15 at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. The rock opera is based on the 1969 double concept album by The Who. Jim Corti, the shows director, thinks the music is a huge part of the shows appeal. Every song from the album was on top of the charts, Corti said. Then it was done as a rock concert for a while. It wasnt until 1993 when Townshend teamed up with Des McAnuff that it became a rock opera (on the stage). There is also a movie version of the show, which came out in 1975.
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When the Medium Is the Message: Illustrator Ian Wright Uses Torn Paper Collage to Create Unique Images of Three Philadelphians
His film was on PBS [Monday] night, Evolution of Criminal. There’s a lot of talent out there, its just the same old story. Its a matter of getting the financing to get it done. It seems like every year, theres always one black filmmaker who’s nominated for the big awards, like Ava DuVernay [director of Selma and the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe].
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Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano, a Center City law firm specializing in workers compensation has commissioned Wright to create large-scale portraits of three clients to hang in the central staircase of their new offices at One Commerce Square (2005 Market Street, 18th floor). Three individuals who suffered serious workplace injuries will be the subject of Wrights powerful torn paper portraits. The clients are: Fran Elliott, a ticket writer for the Philadelphia Parking Authority, George Beerley, who worked for 30 years as an operating engineer, and Barbara Daquilante, who had worked as a food service worker for 31 years before she was injured. Wrights medium will be the clients own filesstuffed with legal correspondence, government forms, medical records, test results and the collected detritus of 21st century lawsuits. Wright will create eye-popping, multi-layered portraits crafted from cut, torn, sculpted and folded (not to mention spindled and mutilated) paper. If I can take all of the pain and anxiety and yes, hope, thats in those documents,” he said, and turn it into something that shines with the humanity of each individual, Ill be pleased. Although his choice of materials and technology may shift, the one consistent element in Wrights work is his commitment to portraiture. Beginning with his earliest illustrations for the British rock music New Musical Express newspaper until today, the human face has been at the center of his work. Whether using recording tape (Sting), salt (Grandmaster Flash), paper cones (Jimi Hendrix), push pins (John Lennon) and most recently, torn paper (the rapper T.I.), Wright playfully adopts both analog and digital methods to draw arresting pictures that are both provocative and insightful.
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