BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — FX's new adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" includes a younger Scrooge and Bob Cratchit and a darker take on the Charles Dickens classic.
LONDON (AP) — On a sunny summer day in the United Kingdom, cast and crew can be found inside a studio — sprinkled with snow. It's the seasonal disorder of television shows and films.
LONDON (AP) — Vincent Van Gogh left behind just one painting of a British scene, but a new exhibition shows that London was a big influence on the Dutch artist.
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento dead at 91
NEW YORK (AP) — Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento, who wrote musical works inspired by the lives and literature of Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Casanova, Elizabeth Barrett...
Today in History for February 7th
Today in History
Today in History
Today is Thursday, Feb. 7, the 38th day of 2019. There are 327 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 7, 1962, President John F. Kennedy imposed a full trade embargo on Cuba.
On this date:
In 1795, the 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, dealing with states' sovereign immunity, was ratified.
In 1812, author Charles Dickens was born in Landport, Portsmouth, England.
Child carolers spread holiday spirit throughout town
LUNENBURG, Mass. (AP) — When was the last time you ever saw a Christmas caroler?
The image of a huddled troop of singers going door-to-door to spread holiday cheer has become an everlasting hallmark of the holiday season, yet you hardly ever spot any of these mobile minstrels outside of Christmas cards or TV specials.
Such had been the case for the streets of Lunenburg until one determined 7-year-old decided caroling is a tradition well worth embracing.
Today in History for December 19th
Toni Braxton is in the holiday spirit with Lifetime movie
NEW YORK (AP) — Toni Braxton has been nominated for Grammys again for her latest album, but these days the singer is also focusing on acting — and flexing her producing muscles.
"I find that I really love everything about film and film-making," the multiplatinum-singer said in a recent interview. "I just really love movies, whether TV or anything that's dealing with film."
Today in History for June 9th
Publisher mixing recipes with classic novels
NEW YORK (AP) — Two beloved novels are coming this fall in special culinary editions, as curated by Martha Stewart, among others.
Dear Annie: The other day, I was working from a cafe close to my house. As I sat there for a few hours, I saw a number of men spitting on the sidewalk as they passed by. Men in dirty clothes, men in fancy suits, young men, old men -- it seems to be a trait shared by all types of men. Fond as I am of finding and cultivating common connections between humans, I find this habit disgusting. Why is it that men choose to spit in public so often? Am I the only one who notices this? And what should I do if I see another drooling delinquent? -- Wondering Woman
Today in History for February 7th
Stir up a Victorian Christmas Pudding, Pittsburgh style
PITTSBURGH (AP) — One of the traditional highlights of an English Christmas is the plum pudding served at the end of the meal - dense, rich, and dripping with rum butter or other boozey glaze.
It used to be a standard in Pittsburgh as well, if the recipes in the old cookbooks in the Heinz History Center archives are any indication, and it merits a return.
"Soulful Sounds of Christmas"
Holiday story written by Chika Kaba Ma'atunde. Presented by Ensemble Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; $36-$50; 3535 Main; 713-520-0055, ensemblehouston.org.
"A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas"
Charles Dickens' classic tale returns. Presented by the Alley Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $44-$80; 615 Texas; 713-220-5700, alleytheatre.org.
The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com
Audible.com best-sellers for week ending December 22:
1. Artemis by Andy Weir, narrated by Rosario Dawson (Audible Studios)
2. Gather 'Round the Sound by Paulo Coelho,Yvonne Morison, and Charles Dickens, narrated by a full cast (Audible Studios)
3. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, narrated by Wil Wheaton (Random House Audio)
4. Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris, narrated by the author (Hachette Audio)
5. Origin by Dan Brown, narrated by Paul Michael (Random House Audio)
Who better to ask about Christmas than Scrooge?
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- Sentinel & EnterpriseRiverfront Family Theatre Takes on 'Christmas Carol -- Radio Show Version'December 6, 2018
- Houston ChronicleOn Stage: ‘Christmas Carol’ and ‘Nutcracker’ returnNovember 21, 2018
- Watertown Daily TimesMaranatha will present Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol'November 21, 2018
1. "A Christmas Carol" at Meadow Brook Theatre
This holiday classic has been a local stage tradition for the past 36 years. The Charles Dickens story was adapted for stage by Charles Nolte. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. $22 and up. 207 Wilson Hall, Rochester. (248) 377-3300.
2. Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Little Caesars Arena
It is only a slight exaggeration to say that Charles Dickens invented Christmas. Prior to his classic 1843 tale "A Christmas Carol," the holiday had been neglected and for the most part forgotten.
Who among us is not fond of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol?” Mama. Because of the ghosts. Mama never liked the story. I enjoyed it because of the redemption of Scrooge.
A significant tale of the Christmas holiday, “A Christmas Carol” tells of the three ghosts who visit Scrooge on Christmas Eve. The ghost of Christmas Past. The Ghost of Christmas Present. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come.
"Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight"
Pop-music-influenced holiday musical. Presented by Theatre Under The Stars. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; $30-$108; Hobby Center, 800 Bagby; 713-558-8887, tuts.com.
"Soulful Sounds of Christmas"
Holiday story written by Chika Kaba Ma'atunde. Presented by Ensemble Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, through Dec. 30; $36 to $50; 3535 Main; 713-520-0055, ensemblehouston.org.
Jesters Dinner Theatre’s Scott Moore Performing ‘Scrooge’ Title Character for 30th Year
Scott Moore first performed as the title character in "Scrooge: Bah Humbug!" in 1987 at the Dickens Opera House in Longmont.
Now the owner of Longmont's Jesters Dinner Theatre , Moore has made the musical version of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" an annual staple — and has played the greedy and grumpy but redeemable Scrooge every year.
"There are a lot of other holiday shows, but this is just kind of our thing," he said. "It's not too long. It's upbeat. It's funny. It's so much fun."
TV picks for Dec. 20: ‘America’s Badlands,’ ‘The Indian Detective,’ ‘Scrooged’
Start treating us good
Many Minnesotans have made the road trip to Americas Badlands, but even frequent visitors will learn a few things in this documentary that provides a 75-million-year history lesson, as well as some footage of wildlife you probably didnt catch from your car window.
Today in History for December 19th
SIOUX CITY | As a young girl, Adrienne Jansen memorized each line of Clement C. Moore's "Twas the Night Before Christmas," because she enjoyed the poem so much.
"It was something that my grandmother would read every year," she remembered. "I still think of my grandmother whenever I hear the poem."
Jansen, youth services manager for the Sioux City Public Library, said the holidays are the perfect time to create lifelong memories through literature.
Ballet Fantastique’s “An American Christmas Carol” once again will grace the Soreng Theater stage of the Hult Center for the Performing Arts.
Producer-choreographer mother-daughter duo Donna and Hannah Bontrager have completely reimagined Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” originally published in 1843. The Ballet Fantastique version is set in the era of 1940s jazz, accompanied by the soulful vocals of local jazz singer Halie Loren.
RICK BROWN: Find the pardon for your Christmas past
For many, Christmas is a time when the past is conjured up again. It was for Charles Dickens. He was struggling in his writing career in 1843. His last couple of books had not sold well. His finances were tight. And his past revisited him.
When he was 12, his father was placed in debtors' prison and Charles was placed at Warren's Blacking Factory pasting labels on pots of "blacking," a mixture used for polishing boots. He worked 10 hour days, six days a week.
Christmas in Ohio: Nutcrackers, Victorian village, Nativity
Six-foot-tall nutcrackers, a life-size Nativity display and a Dickens Victorian Village: These are some of the ways Ohio says "Merry Christmas!"
“A Christmas Carol” especially designed for children will be presented at the Westport Country Playhouse at two performances on Sunday, Dec. 17.
Based on the classic story by Charles Dickens, the play will be produced by TheatreWorks USA, of New York. The afternoon performances are geared for age 6 to 13.
Great expectations justified for Dickens on film and TV
CLEVELAND, Ohio – "The Man Who Invented Christmas" opened Nov. 22 to mixed reviews. The sentimental and fanciful account of how Charles Dickens wrote "A Christmas Carol" showed up like the Ghost of Christmas Present, promising a bounty of seasonal good will and cheer.
Family elements draws performers, audience members to ‘Traditions of Christmas’
Rick Taylor is no stranger to “Traditions of Christmas.”
In the past three seasons, he and his wife played Santa and Mrs. Claus, and he has performed during the “Stomp” segment and as a member of the adult chorus during the Charles Dickens scene.
This year, Taylor’s fourth with the Radio City Music Hall-style show, he’s taking on his biggest role yet – director.
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Adam Naylor, Boston University
(THE CONVERSATION) It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…
FITCHBURG -- Hayrides, roasted chestnuts and Charles Dickens characters all sound like set pieces from a time gone by, but this weekend's downtown holiday event, "Memories of Main Street" is looking to the future, according to organizer Joel Kaddy.
"This is something to attract people to Main Street, to be outside, to promote our Main Street," he said.
He had just finished speaking to the members of the Manchester Athenaeum. He had witnessed the harsh conditions of the manufacturing workers in their city. They were experiencing a 15-20 percent unemployment rate. He had visited schools where children were illiterate, filthy and dressed in rags. 57 percent of children born to working class children in Manchester died before they reached the age of five.
Clocktower Theater Company Returns With ‘Christmas Carol,’ Sets 2018 Season
A nascent theatrical troupe brings Ebenezer Scrooge, his ghostly companions and a timeless Christmas message back to the Scranton stage this weekend.
Clocktower Theater Company presents Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story, “A Christmas Carol,” from Friday, Dec. 8, through Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Theater at North, 1539 N. Main Ave., Scranton. Tickets range from $15 to $25.
Hale Centre Theatre’s ‘A Chrismas Carol’ is a beautiful tradition 33 years in the making
I recently celebrated the completion of my 29th trip around the sun with an evening at the Hale Centre Theatre’s 33rd annual production of “A Christmas Carol.”
The tale is a Charles Dickens classic and has been around since the mid-1800s, but it was the fact that the Hale Centre Theatre has been performing it for over three decades, and longer than I’ve been alive, that really impressed me the most.
MANISTEE — One of the world’s most beloved stories of Christmas hope, redemption and love will take center stage in Manistee this weekend.
Veteran stage actor and director Dr. Rick Plummer has adapted the Charles Dickens classic from 1843, “A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost-Story of Christmas,” into “A Tuneful Christmas Carol.” The one-act play opens Thursday, Nov. 30 and runs through Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts at 101 Maple St.
Actor tours country playing every one of 43 characters in ‘A Christmas Carol’
CULPEPER, Va. - One man portrays every one of the characters – all 43 of them – in “A Christmas Carol,” which he has performed in venues nationwide about 70 times.
“This play has followed me around for most of my artistic life,” said actor John Hardy, an associate artist with the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia. “I got my actor’s union card doing ‘A Christmas Carol’ off Broadway in 1983 when I played Scrooge’s nephew, Fred.”
Rome High drama students are putting a twist on Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic by injecting a fairy-tale touch into each role, especially with the Big Bad Wolf playing as the formidable Ebenezer Scrooge.
“A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol” will open for the public Saturday at 7 p.m. A second performance will be Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Each performance will take place at the school’s auditorium at 1000 Veterans Memorial Highway.
Christmas might be "the most wonderful time of the year" for many but not for Bob Cratchit's Victorian family in a realistic version of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" that plays through Dec. 17 at Clear Creek Community Theatre.
"It's not quite the Disney version," said director and sound designer Robert Leslie Meek, explaining that one man's redemption in the story didn't cure all that ailed 19th century London.
"Even in Christmas present, money was tight," Meek said.
Want a night out with some fine actors, inspired dancers or enlightening music? This guide gets you there.
Craig Lucas' dark holiday comedy. Presented by 4th Wall Theatre Company. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, through Dec. 16; $17-$53; Studio 101, 1824 Spring; 832-786-1849, 4thwalltheatreco.com.
'The Man Who Invented Christmas' — New
Daily Journal movie reviewer Pam Powell says 4 out of 4 stars.
(Paramount) Charles Dickens mixes real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today. PG (104 mins.)
'Coco' — New
Daily Journal movie reviewer Pam Powell says 4 out of 4 stars. Read the review on page B3.
Need, generosity rise during holidays, Westmoreland County nonprofits report
Although Norman Rockwell's painting "Freedom from Want" shows a richly laden Thanksgiving table, the reality for many people is closer to Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."
The fact that "want is keenly felt" during the holidays also makes it a time of increased charitable activity in Westmoreland County, nonprofit officials say.
"In the next few weeks, people will donate all sorts of things. The community's so generous," said Debbie Thackrah, president of Feeding the Spirit.
Every year it feels like we go straight from Halloween to Christmas without even a thought for the glorious holiday we call Thanksgiving. I have often wondered if Thanksgiving would be more of a real holiday — instead of a dinner, parade and football game day — if we decorated and listened to music beforehand. So, in the spirit of turning Thanksgiving into a real holiday instead of a glorified reason for stretchy pants, here is a genuine, honest-to-goodness, awesome list of Thanksgiving “carols,” if you will.
Dickens comes alive in ‘Man Who Invented Christmas’
Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" is an expected part of the Christmas season, but did you ever wonder about why he wrote it? What was his inspiration and motivation? How did he come up with these characters?
Christopher Plummer has this to say about retirement _ never
NEW YORK (AP) — At 87, Christopher Plummer isn't just working — he's busy.
He has five movies scheduled for release, including "A Christmas Carol" origin story called "The Man Who Invented Christmas." And he plans to work until the very end, literally.
"I love my work. I love what I do. And I'm so sorry for a majority of people who do not like their jobs, and can't wait to retire, which of course, is death. I'll never retire. I hope to drop dead onstage. That's what I really want to do."
The latest animated Pixar release follows the adventures of Miguel, a singer who finds himself in the mysterious Land of the Dead. Opened Wednesday.
"The Man Who Invented Christmas"
How did Charles Dickens come up with "A Christmas Carol?" This biopic, starring Dan Stevens and Christopher Plummer, provides the backstory. Opened Wednesday.
OPENING WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22
“COCO” (digital and 3-D) — Pixar’s latest takes place on Dia de los Muertos, when a 12-year-old Mexican boy who dreams of becoming an accomplished musician finds himself whisked to the Land of the Dead. Voice cast includes Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt and Edward James Olmos. Directed by Lee Unkrich and co-director Adrian Molina. (PG for thematic elements.)