The scene made much more sense when I finally saw Alien.
I'm talking about Spaceballs, the part in which a small space creature rips through John Hurt's chest and starts singing, "Hello, my baby, hello, my honey, hello, my ragtime gal."
I've since seen Alien and just about every movie referenced in Mel Brooks' epic parody of Star Wars, but even without that helpful context, Spaceballs stands on its own. A good parody can do that....
The joy and the plight of any audiobook lies in the narrator.
I commute and listen to many audiobooks on Amazon's Audible app. Most books are pretty digestible, but the complexity of written dialogue can trip up a single reader, causing all nature of vocal sins. Too forceful. Too cutesy. Too many clumsy, clunky caricatures. A lack of synergy with the material you can't really define.
And then, there's the rare audiobook that achieves total tonal pow. I felt those vibes for The Handmaid's Tale audiobook, first released in 2012, given the Audie Award for fiction in 2013. Claire Danes is our narrator, Offred, the Handmaid imprisoned as an incubator in a misogynistic dystopia. There's no mistaking Danes' throaty, movie star voice, but you forget you're listening to the star of Homeland....
What's that smell?
That's the smell of big hair, baby. Slightly tinny, slightly chemical, somehow soothing to the soul. That's hairspray for you. And that's Hairspray for you.
American Stage in the Park is back for another year of picnic entertainment at Demen's Landing Park in St. Petersburg, this time welcoming us to 1960s Baltimore. Our photographer Eve Edelheit had a great time on set snapping shots of the cast in giant bouffant and beehive wigs, a signature of the show. Peep the pics....
We all felt it last weekend.
That final cool chill, that last crisp night breeze of the season. Right around the corner, it will be time to sweat, to squirm with discomfort in the summer sun and suck it up in the pursuit of outdoor entertainment. Because in Florida, that's what we do.
Here, you'll find our Summer Concert Preview courtesy of pop music/culture critic Jay Cridlin. He dug up 52 must-see shows coming to Tampa Bay, from the Chainsmokers to Ed Sheeran to Chance the Rapper to Neil Diamond to U2. The concerts are spread between indoor and outdoor locations. But you can count on being outside for beach days and signature local picnic basket events, like American Stage in the Park. This year's production is Hairspray! ...
Look around next time you're at the opera.
It might be this weekend when you see Tosca with Opera Tampa at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. It might be in June, when The Tales of Hoffmann opens with St. Petersburg Opera at the Palladium Theater.
You'll see all nature of dress, everything from flip-flops and khakis to gowns, tuxedos and opera glasses. You'll see gloves and polos, little black dresses and big Hawaiian shirts. What's right? What's wrong?...
Spring break is over. The kids are back in school, counting the days until a glorious summer reprieve. But we're not ceasing to learn just yet. April affords us an excellent chance to review our alphabet, in the form of things to be excited about in Tampa Bay. To wit:
A is for Alton: Food whiz Alton Brown is at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts April 21....
Working in a newsroom is the surest way to find out people's deepest, darkest secrets.
Yes, sussing out information is what journalists do for a living. But it's not even that hard. Sit around a meeting and talk about a wide enough variety of topics, and your own people are bound to get found out.
That's what happened recently involving our Weekend section graphic designer, Ron Borresen, and a little thing called WrestleMania. In the year that Ron has worked at the Tampa Bay Times, we've seen glimmers of his personal interests come through, including his love for rock music (he's always quick to advocate for Bon Jovi coverage)....
Did you know Katy Perry had a shoe line? It doesn't really matter. Everyone has a shoe line. My cat has a shoe line (it's kind of rote, to be honest, but she doesn't get out much).
However, in the saturated realm of celeb shoe lines, Katy Perry's new collection is exceedingly on-point. The collection dropped in February, and the headline-making design has been one named for Hillary Clinton, pictured above (Perry is a noted supporter). But if you get past that political nugget, you enter a vast wonderland of multicolored foot confections. The styles, many of which are named after Perry's famous friends, are available at Macy's and online. I'll take ten!...
We're going to need a bigger cake. An operatically-sized cake, you could say.
That's because Opera Tampa will be sending birthday wishes to the rafters for Anton Coppola, the legendary conductor from the famous family of Coppolas, who turned 100 on Tuesday.
Performing arts critic Andrew Meacham interviewed Coppola before his return appearance at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa on Saturday, where the maestro will be conducting some of his original works and some old favorites. 5....
If you're like me, you're buying them two or three containers at a time right now.
It's strawberry season, and the fruit is abundant. The Florida Strawberry Festival kicks off this week as well, and we have little red jewels coming out of our ears.
Food editor Michelle Stark has been home making quick strawberry jam, and has the recipe for you in a quick how-two video on our Tampa Bay Times — Food Facebook page. And as far as fun, we have everything you need to have a blast at the festival, including an interview with performers Little Big Town and a full schedule of entertainment....
03/01/17 The Feed
Two women chasing after Oscar glory, but not ready to meet the finish line in their careers. Facing a sexist industry that had no idea what to do with aging actresses, they turned on each other, literally battling it out for the camera.
The 1962 film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? reinvigorated their careers, if only for a moment. It also reinvigorated one of the greatest Hollywood feuds of all time....
Now with video!
At this hour in the day, after last night's late, late Oscars cast, reading feels like a tall order. As me how I know. If you still want a fashion recap but don't want to attempt to process words on a page, here I am describing it for you on video. Don't say we never do anything for you.
Well, well, well.
Remember how Faye Dunaway read the wrong best movie winner? THAT WAS WEIRD.
We're all in a chocolate haze of confusion here at the office, so it helps to focus on one thing in order to concentrate. Let's do that with fashion while others scramble to decode what just happened at the end of The Dullest Oscars In History Until the Last Three Minutes....
Sunday is the special American holiday known as the Oscars.
And what a year it's going to be. If the Golden Globes and Grammys were any indication, the 89th Academy Awards will be a cyclone of sparkle, political opinion and newsmaking moments.
We'll be there to capture it all, of course. I'll be holding down the fashion coverage starting at 6 p.m. Sunday. Times movie critic Steve Persall will be a busy bee, reporting on the winners and losers and turning an eye toward host Jimmy Kimmel. Follow along with our live blog at tbtim.es/tbtoscars. And pick up Sunday's Latitudes section for Steve's thoughts on the battle for diversity on the big screen, plus predictions. Bonus — find out how one of our writers became brief pen pals with Oscar legend Olivia de Havilland, now 100....
How often do you wash your hair?
It's confusing, right? One minute, the pros are telling you to barely ever wash it, to let your natural oils do the work because all that shampooing can be drying. The next, as in, this moment, they're saying, wash more!
The New York Times reports that the people who love women and have to smell them are begging stylists to advocate for more washing, because, well, you stink. A couple days is fine. Ten days of not washing, studded with frequent workouts and a spritz of dry shampoo is not delightful. (This story is from January, but just sailed into my FB feed this morning, so you're getting it now.)...