Hips And Hair

20 Feb 19
Alysia Angel

I Today I woke up vomiting long strands of ivy. It poured from my throat for hours, the dark green tips scraping along my throat lining, and I just had to endure it. The trees bowed down and began to pull hard on the ivy, not unlike a sideshow clown who astounds an audience with […]

20 Feb 19
Archy Worldys

Montana Brown caused a stir on the red carpet at the BRIT Awards tonight when she stepped out with a major wardrobe failure. The Love Island star walked in a transparent dress in front of the cameras on the carpet, which had jammed between her butt cheeks. Montana had to stroll down the whole carpet, […]

20 Feb 19
The Sports Wave

NAME: Mack Wilson SCHOOL: Alabama CONFERENCE: SEC POSITION: Linebacker CLASS: Junior RECRUITMENT RATING: 5-star HT: 6’0 WT: 231 lbs   Instincts/Processing: Does a more than adequate job of reading his keys and trusting his eyes. Exploits creases at the LOS to meet ball carriers in the alley as well. Just wish his process was quicker. His decisions of pursuit are usually correct, but […]

20 Feb 19
East Bay Times
It’s hard to overstate the impact of “Hamilton: An American Musical.” Now settling into San Francisco’s SHN Orpheum Theatre for an open-ended stay after a sold-out run of nearly five months last year, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 2015 hip-hop musical about American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton has proved to be a phenomenon and a seeming game changer for American musical theater. Whatever the next “Hamilton” may be still lies in the future — or, more likely, is already percolating under the radar at smaller theaters around the country, with a one in a million shot of making it to Broadway. Miranda’s Tony-, Grammy-, Olivier- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical hit upon a bewitchingly unconventional combination: a sung-through musical employing hip-hop, R&B, jazz and traditional show tunes set amid the Revolutionary War era featuring non-white actors as the Founding Fathers. Hamilton himself — the first Secretary of the Treasury and one of the authors of the Federalist Papers — was an unlikely hero for any sort of musical. But Miranda got inspired when he happened to read Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography of Hamilton on vacation in 2008. That said, the choice of subject may have seemed slightly less strange after the success of Michael Friedman and Alex Timbers’ “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” in 2010, depicting the notorious seventh president of the United States as an emo rock star. It’s fairly remarkable how rare hip-hop musicals have been on Broadway in the first place, considering that the genre has been popular for more than 40 years, and has been dominating American popular music for a while now. “Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk” made a splash back in 1996, and there was a blink-and-you’d-miss-it Broadway run in 2014 of a Tupac Shakur jukebox musical, “Holler If Ya Hear Me.” But previous to the rise of Miranda with his 2008 hit “In the Heights” — which employed Latin and hip-hop music — you’d mostly have look elsewhere than the aptly nicknamed Great White Way for examples of hip-hop pushing a story narrative. Broadway has never exactly had its finger on the pulse of musical trends. At best it sometimes points a finger at them. “Bye Bye Birdie” in 1960 was more lamenting and lampooning the rise of rock ’n’ roll than celebrating it, and 1967’s “Hair” isn’t exactly a rock musical either despite all its hippie kitsch. Similarly, “Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau’s 1984 off-Broadway Reagan spoof “Rap Master Ronnie” wouldn’t exactly count as a rap musical. Still, ever since early ’90s off-Broadway shows like “So! What Happens Now?” and “Jam on the Groove,” there have been any number of “hip-hoperas” or “raparettas” happening here and there around the country. It’s just that they haven’t had that Broadway boost into nationwide ubiquity. The San Francisco Bay Area itself has long been a breeding ground for hip-hop theater artists such as Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Will Power, Aya de Leon, Tim Barsky, Dan Wolf and Tommy Shepherd, and of course Oakland native Daveed Diggs, who shot into the national spotlight as Lafayette and Jefferson in the original cast of “Hamilton.” Even on local stages, however, shows by such luminaries are infrequently staged compared to, say, a zillion productions of “The Little Mermaid” or “Mamma Mia!” The fact that “In the Heights” became similarly popular at local theaters once the rights became available should be an indicator that there’s an audience for groundbreaking fare if there’s a platform for it. While it’s always exciting when something like “Hamilton” breaks out into the spotlight, and all the more remarkable when it debuts there, large-scale commercial theater isn’t usually the place to look for breaking new ground. For that you’ve got to look to the grassroots, to the vital new theater blossoming in your own backyard, and it really depends on theatergoers to embrace and support it and help it grow. In the meantime, though, if you haven’t seen “Hamilton” yet, now’s the time to try to score tickets while it, too, is parked in your neighborhood. Contact Sam Hurwitt at shurwitt@gmail.com, and follow him at Twitter.com/shurwitt. ‘HAMILTON’ By Lin-Manuel Miranda, presented by SHN Through: Currently in previews, main run is Feb. 21-Sep. 8 (longer, if demand warrants) Where: SHN Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St., San Francisco Tickets: $111-$686, 888-746-1799, www.shnsf.com; also, 44 $10 tickets will be sold via a lottery system two days before each performance; http://hamiltonmusical.com/lottery.
20 Feb 19
The Mercury News
It’s hard to overstate the impact of “Hamilton: An American Musical.” Now settling into San Francisco’s SHN Orpheum Theatre for an open-ended stay after a sold-out run of nearly five months last year, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 2015 hip-hop musical about American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton has proved to be a phenomenon and a seeming game changer for American musical theater. Whatever the next “Hamilton” may be still lies in the future — or, more likely, is already percolating under the radar at smaller theaters around the country, with a one in a million shot of making it to Broadway. Miranda’s Tony-, Grammy-, Olivier- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical hit upon a bewitchingly unconventional combination: a sung-through musical employing hip-hop, R&B, jazz and traditional show tunes set amid the Revolutionary War era featuring non-white actors as the Founding Fathers. Hamilton himself — the first Secretary of the Treasury and one of the authors of the Federalist Papers — was an unlikely hero for any sort of musical. But Miranda got inspired when he happened to read Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography of Hamilton on vacation in 2008. That said, the choice of subject may have seemed slightly less strange after the success of Michael Friedman and Alex Timbers’ “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” in 2010, depicting the notorious seventh president of the United States as an emo rock star. It’s fairly remarkable how rare hip-hop musicals have been on Broadway in the first place, considering that the genre has been popular for more than 40 years, and has been dominating American popular music for a while now. “Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk” made a splash back in 1996, and there was a blink-and-you’d-miss-it Broadway run in 2014 of a Tupac Shakur jukebox musical, “Holler If Ya Hear Me.” But previous to the rise of Miranda with his 2008 hit “In the Heights” — which employed Latin and hip-hop music — you’d mostly have look elsewhere than the aptly nicknamed Great White Way for examples of hip-hop pushing a story narrative. Broadway has never exactly had its finger on the pulse of musical trends. At best it sometimes points a finger at them. “Bye Bye Birdie” in 1960 was more lamenting and lampooning the rise of rock ’n’ roll than celebrating it, and 1967’s “Hair” isn’t exactly a rock musical either despite all its hippie kitsch. Similarly, “Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau’s 1984 off-Broadway Reagan spoof “Rap Master Ronnie” wouldn’t exactly count as a rap musical. Still, ever since early ’90s off-Broadway shows like “So! What Happens Now?” and “Jam on the Groove,” there have been any number of “hip-hoperas” or “raparettas” happening here and there around the country. It’s just that they haven’t had that Broadway boost into nationwide ubiquity. The San Francisco Bay Area itself has long been a breeding ground for hip-hop theater artists such as Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Will Power, Aya de Leon, Tim Barsky, Dan Wolf and Tommy Shepherd, and of course Oakland native Daveed Diggs, who shot into the national spotlight as Lafayette and Jefferson in the original cast of “Hamilton.” Even on local stages, however, shows by such luminaries are infrequently staged compared to, say, a zillion productions of “The Little Mermaid” or “Mamma Mia!” The fact that “In the Heights” became similarly popular at local theaters once the rights became available should be an indicator that there’s an audience for groundbreaking fare if there’s a platform for it. While it’s always exciting when something like “Hamilton” breaks out into the spotlight, and all the more remarkable when it debuts there, large-scale commercial theater isn’t usually the place to look for breaking new ground. For that you’ve got to look to the grassroots, to the vital new theater blossoming in your own backyard, and it really depends on theatergoers to embrace and support it and help it grow. In the meantime, though, if you haven’t seen “Hamilton” yet, now’s the time to try to score tickets while it, too, is parked in your neighborhood. Contact Sam Hurwitt at shurwitt@gmail.com, and follow him at Twitter.com/shurwitt. ‘HAMILTON’ By Lin-Manuel Miranda, presented by SHN Through: Currently in previews, main run is Feb. 21-Sep. 8 (longer, if demand warrants) Where: SHN Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St., San Francisco Tickets: $111-$686, 888-746-1799, www.shnsf.com; also, 44 $10 tickets will be sold via a lottery system two days before each performance; http://hamiltonmusical.com/lottery.
20 Feb 19
Patrick W. Marsh

When the drum first started, neither sister wanted to do anything but hide. It was easier that way. They’d watched a few other survivors try to blast apart the monsters wandering the shadows with their guns and bullets, but almost every time the shapes would simply shrug off their popping steel and powder and dive […]

20 Feb 19
Romancing the Dispatcher

  Title: Hard at Work Series: Nice and Dirty #3 Author: Lola StVil Genre: Dark Alpha Romance Cover Design: Maialen Alonso Release Date: February 25, 2019   Blurb When a clumsy waitress spilled a drink on me, I looked up to see who this woman was. Her name is Aria Stevens. She is gorgeous and […]

20 Feb 19
Beneath The Covers Blog

Kill Switch, an all-new standalone dark romantic suspense by Penelope Douglas, is available now! WINTER Sending him to prison was the worst thing I could’ve done. It didn’t matter that he did the crime or that I wished he was dead. Perhaps I thought I’d have time to disappear before he got out or he’d […]

20 Feb 19

I do not know why Sisekelo decided to walk back into my life. Why now?

20 Feb 19
hownottoteach

The caveman and his harem   Ten thousand years ago on the shores of the Mediterranean there lived a tribe of cavemen. Bill was once such caveman. His parents died when he was a child and he was raised by the community. Being unusually tall and muscular gave him some status. He was handy when […]

20 Feb 19
hownottoteach

The caveman and his harem   Ten thousand years ago on the shores of the Mediterranean there lived a tribe of cavemen. Bill was once such caveman. His parents died when he was a child and he was raised by the community. Being unusually tall and muscular gave him some status. He was handy when […]

20 Feb 19
ForbiddenRomantic

  Part One SIGNIFY   Chapter One Rune Alexander commando crawled closer to the fence. A sharp stick poked her ribs but a little pain was the least of her worries. It was hard to slide over the frozen, uneven ground when she had two guns holstered at her hips and a blade in each […]

20 Feb 19
The Roaming Redhead

When it comes to hiking the AT, gear is the talk of the town. Everyone wants to know; “What gear will you be taking? How much does it weigh? Where did you buy it?” For me, I pretty much had to start from square one; I didn’t even know what trail runners were. The Appalachian […]

20 Feb 19
Eagle News Online

Trust and medicine For many years after we moved from Brooklyn to Carmel, Garrett Vink, MD was our doctor.  He was also the school doctor, a member of the Rotary Club, someone you would meet on Main Street, at Wilcox Pharmacy or the IGA. He made house calls. I can clearly remember him being at […]