Nearly 50 years ago, the band Chicago set out to live outside of rock ‘n’ roll’s four-sided box — guitar, bass, drums and vocals. Horns took the lead, melding rock with jazz, classical and soul with hits like, “Questions 67 and 68” and “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” Even for a band considered revolutionary by some, Chicago has put up a surprising number of “firsts” in the last two months.
It was too much to hope that someone with Gerard Butler’s charismatic, bellowing swagger would be around for the sequel, “300: Rise of an Empire.” His Leonidas and his oiled-down eight-pack are sorely missed, as are the quotable quatrains of that famous fight, the Spartan trash talk that sings through the ages. So many Persian arrows will rain on them that they will “blot out the sun”? “Then we shall fight in the shade.” There’s nothing that moving in “Rise of an Empire,” a more visually stunning but less thrilling ...
LOS ANGELES — Perhaps atoning for past sins, Hollywood named the brutal, unshrinking historical drama “12 Years a Slave” best picture at the 86th annual Academy Awards. Steve McQueen’s slavery odyssey, based on Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir, has been hailed as a landmark corrective to the movie industry’s virtual blindness to slavery, instead creating whiter tales like 1940 best-picture winner “Gone With the Wind.” “12 Years a Slave” is the first best-picture winner directed by a black filmmaker.
Leavenworth resident Ginger Holladay harmonized with some of the greatest voices of the ’70s — Joan Baez, Linda Ronstadt, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton — but the one people ask about most often is The King, Elvis Presley. Holladay will talk about her career as a Nashville backup singer March 8 after the screening of “20 Feet to Stardom,” one of five award-winning movies showing at Vox Docs Film Festival in Leavenworth.
Kathy Smithson is hoping four directors, five-mini plays and six big nights of theater will help the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center’s bottom line. Mission Creek Players will stage five sketches from David Ives’ “All in the Timing” starting March 14 at the museum. Each vignette carries its own cast, director and theme, but they’re joined by a common thread — the brain-tease cleverness by the contemporary playwright.
QUINCY — Scottish time travel and timeless true love, and some pretty good music and dance, will be highlighted when the curtain goes up on the Quincy Valley Allied Arts production of “Brigadoon,” beginning Friday. Performances are Feb. 28 and March 1, 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. and a 2 p.m. matinee March 8. All performances are at Quincy High School, 16 Sixth Ave. SE, in the Chuck McConnell Performing Arts Center.
On Sunday night screenwriter Bob Nelson will be seated in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles for the Academy Awards. His movie “Nebraska” is up not only for his screenplay but for five other Oscars, including Best Picture. Heady stuff for a self-described “boy from Kent.”
Actress Sue Lawson picked up a black-and-white photo of Henry Davies lovingly, as if the man in the old wooden frame were her own husband. “You can just sit right here and watch the proceedings, because it’s all your fault, you know,” Lawson said to the picture with a chuckle. “The children want me to go through this stuff and see if I can find that proposal letter you wrote to me — the reason I became a mail-order bride.” Lawson is one of five actors portraying Wenatchee-area legends for ...