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Sir Paul McCartney: ‘Retire from what?’

"This is it - the actual one!" Sir Paul McCartney is holding the double bass that belonged to Elvis Presley's original bassist Bill Black. It's leaning in the corner of his office, above his recording studio in deepest East Sussex. "Just imagine," he enthuses like a teenage fan "This was here…" he gestures a couple of feet to his left, "… and Elvis stood here!" He picks it up and starts plucking and singing Heartbreak Hotel. He rests it back on its stand and smiles: "I'd like to think one day this will be in a museum with my little Hofner bass next to it." It's clear Sir Paul is aware of his standing as the world's most successful and famous musician, but seemingly carries the weight effortlessly. He's open, funny, cheerily self-analytical and enthusiastic, especially about releasing his first new album in four years, Egypt Station. The first single to be taken from it is the double A-sided Come On To Me and I Don't Know Sir Paul spoke to the BBC ..

Kendall Jenner Strips Naked for Splashy Photoshoot With Harper's Bazaar

The 22-year-old model goes nude under a clear raincoat for the photoshoot whilst opening up about her battle with 'debilitating' anxiety and 'full-on' panic attacks in the interview with the mag. Kendall Jenner strips completely naked for a splashy photoshoot with Harper's Bazaar. The former Victoria's Secret model, who graces the cover of the February issue of the mag, puts her lean figure on full display as she wears nothing but a clear Chanel raincoat in one of the photos taken from the sizzling photo session. Kendall is seen lounging on a hot pink see-through chair while posing naked underneath the showy garment that features fringe around the hood. With her wet raven-colored locks being tucked under the hood of the designer garment, which she teams with a matching pair of clear boots also from Chanel, she contrasts her porcelain skin with bold red lipstick. For the actual cover of the publication, Kendall looks stylish as always in a red pat..

'X-Files,' '9-1-1' put out call for viewers on Fox

"X-Files" creator Chris Carter left a sprawling mess behind to close the first season of this long-deferred revival, as all hell broke loose around its central characters. The premiere extricates itself from that situation, but does it so awkwardly as to require two or three episodes to regain its bearings.On the plus side, moving on paves the way to take a respite from the show's dense, conspiracy-minded mythology by getting back to more stand-alone adventures in this expanded 10-episode engagement.For ardent X-Philes, the five episodes previewed do have their moments. The highlight, by far, comes in the form of a hilarious homage to "The Twilight Zone" from writer-director Darin Morgan, who famously found a way to inject dark, quirky comedy into the original.As agents Mulder and Scully, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson continue to sporadically exhibit those qualities that made the series pop, from his droll asides to her intensity and skepticism. The show has also embraced th..

Metropolitan Opera opens 'Tosca' with replacements after James Levine suspension

Zeljko Lucic appears as Scarpia, left, and Sonya Yoncheva is Floria Tosca in a dress rehearsal for the Met's new production of Puccini's opera "Tosca." Photo Credit: AP/KEN HOWARD By The Associated PressUpdated December 29, 2017 2:23 PM police chief tells a famous singer he will pardon her boyfriend if she submits to him. Ripped from the headlines? Perhaps — but in the 1800s. "It's resonant because of what's swirling around right now," Sir David McVicar said of his new production of Puccini's "Tosca," which opens at the Metropolitan Opera on New Year's Eve. McVicar's staging, planned about three years ago, lost its original tenor, soprano, baritone and conductor, and its initial replacement conductor. "Honestly, it's a nightmare for me, because we begin with one team and now the entire central team has now changed," he said. Conductor Andris Nelsons was replaced in July by Met music director emeritus James Levine. The Met suspended its relation..

WP Theater Recipient of Generous New Grant in Support of Female Artistic Directors

Off-Broadway WP’s Theater, led by producing artistic director Lisa McNulty, is the recipient of a $250,000 grant from the newly formed BOLD Theater Women’s Leadership Circle. WP is one of five theatres who have been gifted the generous grant in support of women artistic directors across the U.S. The BOLD Theater Women’s Leadership Circle is spearheaded by Carol Dunne, producing artistic director of Vermont’s Northern Stage. The Circle’s mission is to facilitate a network of female artistic directors and empower them to address the barriers prohibiting women from advancing in theatre leadership. Through a formal mentorship program and networking events, the Circle will also help train the next generation of women artistic directors. Read: HOW ONE OFF-BROADWAY THEATRE ENSURES THE FUTURE IS FEMALE Dunne is also a recipient of a $250,000 grant. The other three leaders to receive support from the Circle are Susan V. Booth at The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Eileen Morris at The Ensemble T..

Doctor Who's Billie Piper to Make American Stage Debut in Yerma

Billie Piper in Yerma at the Young Vic in London. (© Johan Persson)Billie Piper (Doctor Who) will bring her 2017 Olivier Award-winning performance in Federico García Lorca's Yerma to the Park Avenue Armory, March 23-April 21. Directed and adapted by Simon Stone, the production originated at London's Young Vic Theatre in 2016, with a return engagement this past summer. Lorca's play is set in 20th-century provincial Spain, where a woman is driven mad in her desire, yet inability, to have a child. In Stone's adaptation, "Piper plays a blogger and journalist who becomes obsessed with her own fertility. Once she and her partner decide to have a child, Piper becomes interpellated into an identity defined exclusively by childbearing." Her infertility not only impacts her own life, but it also begins to destroy her relationships with others. Staged inside the Wade Thompson Drill Hall, the production unfolds within a glass well, sequestering the audience from the world of th..

Musical and Artistic Events on the 20th Anniversary of Sofia Metropolitan

On the eve of marking the 20th anniversary of the launching of the first metro section in Sofia, Metropolitan Municipality and Metropolitan organize free music and artistic performances, the press service of the Municipality announced. The first performance, music in the subway, will be today, January 24, on the terrace of the Serdika 2 metro station. At 12.00, a concert will feature Dixie Boys Band. By the end of the week, in connection with the anniversary, various musical and artistic events are scheduled to take place in the subway. On January 28, 2018, the Sofia metro marks 20 years since the commissioning of its first section between the stations ''Slivnitsa'' and ''Konstantin Velichkov''. On that day, in 1998, the first train of the Metropolitan Underground Railroad traveled on a 6,4 km long and 5 stations. The construction of the first 5 stations began in 1979, when the first sod of the ''Vardar'' Station was made, rem..

Students Eye Current Events for Artistic Inspiration

Seventh grade student Pia Stewart points out art to mother Leigh and brother Toby, a fourth graderIPSWICH — It’s art, but always topical. Last year, the musical Hamilton dominated headlines and was the inspiration behind much of the artwork at the middle school’s winter art show. This year, #MeToo and women in the workplace fed into the class and discussions about why women are underrepresented in history, said art teacher Virginia Eaton. Because the class encourages cross-disciplinary work, students draw on history, current events, and Spanish (which they start in middle school). The end result is art that encourages critical thinking. This year, Eaton said some students picked a woman foremost in her field “who spoke to them.” Drawing on that pioneer’s work, the students set about making art. Stephanie Kwolek, for example, invented the bullet-proof vest and inspired an art vest in return. Ada Lovelace invented computer programming in the mid-1800s — long before computers as we know t..

Off Broadway Theater Cuts Ties With Neil LaBute

Advertisement Neil LaBute, a prominent American playwright and screenwriter known for his portraits of misanthropic and misogynistic men, has been abruptly cut off by one of New York’s leading nonprofit theaters. MCC Theater, a prestigious Off Broadway company, announced Thursday that it was canceling an upcoming production of Mr. LaBute’s latest play and terminating his tenure as its playwright-in-residence, effective immediately. The theater’s leadership repeatedly declined to explain the reason for its action, but on Friday, Blake West, its executive director, said, “We’re committed to creating and maintaining a respectful and professional work environment for everyone we work with.” Mr. LaBute did not respond to a request for comment. The action is a startling development in the 15-year relationship between the nonprofit theater and the polarizing playwright: MCC has been a longtime champion of Mr. LaBute’s work, which often raises uncomfortable questions about sex and power and le..

Interactive art experience DRIP to close its Orlando location this month

DRIP, a truly unique and interactive art experience located on International Drive in Orlando, will be closing its doors at the end of the month after five years of paint-flinging fun. DRIP’s remaining shows at this location will be performed every Friday and Saturday night in January, with the final show taking place on Saturday, January 27. While the doors will be closing at this location, the DRIP team is ready to look toward the future. “Closing this location is bittersweet but exciting for our team. We put a huge amount of passion into everything created in that space and have amazing memories from the team interacting with the guests. We had terrific experiences over the last five years and are eager to re-focus and inject our creativity into the next project,” said DRIP founder and creative director Jessica Mariko. “We appreciate our fans and are looking forward to playing with them again soon.” Since opening their I-Drive location, DRIP has produced over 700 shows, artistic ev..

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