Friday, March 25, 2011

Idol Chatter review of American Idol’s March 24, 2011, episode — Top 11 results show

Wow! Shock eliminations on American Idol don’t normally happen this early in the season, but it happened last night in what will go down as a night of surprises. One of the clear frontrunners found himself singing for his survival during the Judges’ Save. What went so badly for Casey Abrams?

Click one of the links below to read about what happened on a night of high drama!

Moncton Times & Transcript: Click here

Fredericton Daily Gleaner: Click here

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Idol Chatter review of American Idol’s March 23, 2011, episode — Top 11 performance show

Last night on American Idol, the Top 11 contestants sang not only for their future on the show itself, but for a pretty lucrative summer job: the American Idol Top 10 summer tour.

Even though there was a Top 13 this year, only the Top 10 get to go on tour across the U.S. -- with a few Canadian cities usually thrown in there, too.

Overall, the quality of the performances last night was outstanding, with a few standout performances by Paul, Scotty, James, Lauren and Naima.

How did everyone do? What did the judges have to say? Who did I pick to go home? Click one of the links below to read my review:

Moncton Times & Transcript: Click here

Fredericton Daily Gleaner: Click here

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Charlieissocoollike: Thoughts from home

Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor dead at 79

Actress Elizabeth Taylor, winner of two Oscars for best actress, died today at the age of 79. She had been ill for some time with congestive heart failure. Here she is in one of her most famous roles as Cleopatra.

And here she is from a television commercial for her perfume White Diamonds:

Monday, March 21, 2011

American Idol castoff Karen Rodriguez to fans: "Keep Following Me!"

Hairy Tease Productions' Sylvia will make you howl with laughter!

(Click on the poster for a larger version.)

If you've ever loved a dog, don't miss Hairy Tease Productions' presentation of the Broadway comedy Sylvia from Tuesday, March 29, through Saturday, April 2, at Théâtre l'Escaouette, 170 Botsford Street, Moncton (855-0001).

Written by A.R. Gurney, Sylvia is a hilarious play centred around a four-legged, salty-mouthed home-wrecking Labradoodle named Sylvia who bounds into the life of a middle-aged couple and turns it upside down. Sarah Jessica Parker originated the Broadway role of Sylvia to rave critical reviews.

"I can honestly say the character of Sylvia is one of the funniest theatrical roles ever created for an actress... and Jane Messervier nails it!" says Hairy Tease director Mike Granville of Messervier, a Moncton teacher who plays the title role.

"Lawren Campbell's three roles as macho dog owner, uppity society matron and an androgynous psychotherapist are pure outrageous fun, while Rhonda Whittaker and Wayne Fairchild are wonderfully real as the dog-besieged couple."

Because the fictional Sylvia was rescued as a stray, Hairy Tease Productions is devoting part of its lobby space to photos and information about real-life Greater Moncton SPCA pets available for adoption. Patrons are also welcome to make donations to the Greater Moncton SPCA while at the show.

Tickets are going fast, especially for the Friday and Saturday shows. Tickets are $15 (plus service charge) and are now on sale at all Moncton Ticketing Network outlets as well as Read's Newsstand in Riverview.

For more information about past and upcoming, click here to visit the Hairy Tease Productions website.

Country singer Ferlin Husky dead at 85

Country singer Ferlin Husky (1925-2011) died on Thursday, March 17, at the age of 85. Here he is singing one of his best-known hits:

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Welcome spring 2011!

If you're reading this, it means it's spring -- which arrived at 8:21 p.m. Atlantic / 7:21 p.m. Eastern this evening! Happy spring!