Netflix joining program lineup of 3 cable-TV providers

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 25 April 2014 06:47

Netflix's Internet video service is about to join the programming lineup of three small cable-TV providers in the U.S., a breakthrough that acknowledges the growing popularity of online entertainment.

The agreements with Atlantic Broadband, RCN Telecom Services and Grande Communications gives Netflix's subscription service a channel on the TiVo boxes that the three cable services provide their customers. Netflix will debut on Atlantic and RCN on Monday and then will expand on to Grande's service by end of next month.

Exploring literary Dublin and Bloomsday

Written by HELEN O’NEILL,
AP writer
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:31

James Joyce immortalized this misty port city in his literary epic “Ulysses,” though many Dubliners freely admit they haven’t read a word of the stream-of-consciousness novel. That doesn’t stop them from throwing a huge celebration every June 16, honoring the day in 1904 when the fictional Leopold Bloom perambulated through the streets of the author’s hometown.

Every year, thousands of Joyce lovers and tourists, many in period costume, flock to the capital to retrace Bloom’s steps. The faithful devour “innards of beasts and fowls” for breakfast, plunge into the once-famous gentlemen-only bathing spot called the Forty Foot, and descend on Davy Byrnes’ pub for that famous literary lunch: a gorgonzola sandwich and glass of Burgundy.

Michael Pink’s original ballet ‘Mirror, Mirror’ probes the underlying themes of Snow White

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 17 April 2014 15:26

A wicked stepmother, a poisoned apple, a demon-filled magic mirror and haute couture. What more could you ask for in the balletic retelling of a classic folk tale?

MAM’s ‘Uncommon Folk’ showcases vast holding of folk art and works by self-taught artists

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 17 April 2014 14:30

Young Girl With A Cat, oil on canvas by Drossos P. Skyllas (ca. 1955). –Photo: MAM

You don’t have to wander far into the Milwaukee Art Museum to realize it’s not merely a world-class architectural gem, but it also houses a spectacular trove of art of all genres.

Facebook launches system to alert you when friends are nearby

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 24 April 2014 15:07

Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are in close proximity using a new feature the company is launching today.

Man sues 'X-Men' director for sexually abusing him as a teen

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 19 April 2014 18:22


A man who claims he was sexually abused by X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer said that he reported the molestation to authorities at the time, and he does not know why charges were never pursued.

Public radio host Ira Glass puts on his dancing shoes for Riverside Theater appearance

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 17 April 2014 15:10

Ira Glass with dancers Monia Bill Barnes and Anna Bass during a recent show. –Photo: Courtesy

Public radio personality Ira Glass said he never thought a stage show combining radio and modern dance would work. Despite success to the contrary, he still questions the concept.

Expect an energetic, upbeat show from Fitz and the Tantrums

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 17 April 2014 14:17

Fitz and the Tantrums may take their name in part from group leader Michael Fitzpatrick. But fans who’ve seen the band live know his energetic counterpart Noelle Scaggs on vocals and tambourine is indispensable. 

Bollywood Oscars taking place … in Tampa Bay?

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 24 April 2014 08:54

The so-called Bollywood Oscars have been held in Macau, Singapore, London — and now, Tampa?

Hundreds of Indian film stars and thousands of Bollywood fans have flooded this city for the International Indian Film Academy's awards extravaganza, four days of song-and-dance performances and movie screenings. The event caps off with the awards ceremony Saturday.

Five great features that the Amazon smartphone is expected to offer

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 19 April 2014 04:13

A report this week in The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone has prompted industry analysts and technology blogs to muse about what the device might offer.

Michelle Visage does drag, Yiddish and motherhood

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 17 April 2014 14:47

Michelle Visage

Fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race know Michelle Visage as the mama hen at the judges’ table. She dispenses wisdom like a buxom, dolled-up Pez dispenser — and you’d better listen, because this woman knows what she’s talking about. Her career began as one-third of the 1980s girl group Seduction (“Two to Make It Right”), which became her entré into world of drag balls and club culture. A dear friend of RuPaul, Visage took her rightful place at the Drag Race judge’s table during the program’s third season.

Out on video
'Carrie' remake explodes without bombing

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 17 April 2014 14:03

Why do filmmakers insist on remaking good movies when there are so many more bad movies worthy of their attention?