Jennifer Lawrence will be a presenter on the 86th Academy Awards, the show’s producers have announced.
She was named best actress a year ago for “Silver Linings Playbook” and this year, she’s a supporting actress nominee for “American Hustle.” She also was nominated for her leading role in “Winter’s Bone.”
Final voting for the Oscars started this morning and will close Feb. 25 at 5 p.m. Pacific time. Academy members can vote online or with traditional paper ballots.
As in the past, the accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers will tabulate and verify the results.
The Oscars will be March 2 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Ellen DeGeneres will host.
Photo of Lawrence at last year’s ceremony by Sara Wood, A.M.P.A.S.
Sid Caesar, who died Wednesday at the age of 91, was perhaps best known as a pioneer in television sketch comedy ("Your Show of Shows"). But he was also a chameleon whose talents were showcased in Neil Simon's 1962 Broadway musical, "Little Me."
In it, he played seven different characters, an insanely challenging night of theater. By coincidence, New York City Center just finished a short Encores! run of "Little Me," featuring Fox Chapel native and Carnegie Mellon University graduate Christian Borle.
The new stage concert version was a hit with the critics, as was its star.
"If Borle were not already a Tony winner for 'Peter and the Starcatcher' and one of the best things in NBC's unlamented 'Smash,' we could consider this a star-making performance," gushed Linda Winer in her Newsday review.
Indeed, the Encores! production added an eighth character at the very end.
I caught the final show February 9 after seeing yet ANOTHER tour-de-force, multiple-role performance only hours earlier. Jefferson Mays, a Tony winner for "I Am My Own Wife," portrays eight decidedly daffy men and women in the critical darling of Broadway, "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder."
From Asquith D'Ysquith Jr. to Lady Salome D'Ysquith Pumphrey, Mays is the very picture of British caricature. Bryce Pinkham co-stars as a poor man of good breeding who discovers he's eighth in line to the title of Earl of Highhurst and will do anything to get it.
Also in the cast is Catherine Walker, a CMU grad who on that day stepped into the role of Phoebe, the only nice member of the D'Ysquith clan.
Playing at the Walter Kerr Theatre, "Gentleman's Guide" is a delight, with Broadway newcomers Robert Freedman (book, lyrics) and Steven Lutvak (music, lyrics).
So, eight hours, two actors, 16 roles. And yet it all made sense. Sid would have felt right at home.
(Top photo: Rachel York and Christian Borle. Credit, Joan Marcus)
Back in the early ’80s, there wasn’t a wilder gig in town than a meeting of Carsickness and The Five.
Thursday at Howler’s, members of the two legendary punk/noise bands will assemble for an evening of trance and oud music that shouldn’t require ear protection.
Carsickness members Steve Sciulli (electronic accordion) and Dennis Childers (drums) will share a stage together, debuting Standing Wave, an Americana trance duo whichthat Mr. Sciulli describes as “imagine King Crimson writing the soundtrack for the movie ‘Deliverance.’ ”
The two musicians had been part of the post-Carsickness Celtic roots band Ploughman’s Lunch in the ’90s with singer Karl Mullen, who is partly responsible for this current reunion.
“When that tsunami hit Japan a while back,” Mr. Scuilli says, “Karl was contacted by a Japanese guy whose prized collection of Carsickness albums was destroyed in the flood. He wanted to try and replace his precious records.
“At that point Karl contacted me and Dennis about a possible Carsickness reunion mainly to record new music. We were all up for it. At the same time Karl’s new Americana band The Wandering Rocks started to take off so the idea was put on hold. Dennis was coming out to see my bands Life in Balance and Raised By Machines, and we started talking about doing something together again.”
Mr. Sciulli and Mr. Childers played together last year in a brief project called The Darkroom, but Mr. Sciulli was looking to do something more intimate.
“The accordion seemed like an organic choice, so as we rehearsed with this new instrumentation we found that the other musicians we were playing with didn’t share our collective telepathy. Besides, we surprisingly had a full and big sound together. And, boy, did we have fun playing together.”
He says tonight’s gig, billed as a “Pre-Valentine’s Day Show: Music for Cynical Lovers,” will be the first time in more 30 years that ex-members of Carsickness
Ploughman’s Lunch will hook up with a Five member, in this case Tom Moran (electric oud/electric sitar/guitar) and wave drummer Katabu Masudi as Moran/Masudi.
“Tom’s been expanding and exploring beyond his musical boundaries for a few years now. I’ve been wanting to set something up with him for a while, and this seemed like a good fit: A pre-Valentine cynical love fest. We’ve always been friends. Music is a benevolent presence constantly available to all and we need to share this presence with those who have restricted hearing.”
Doors open at 8:30 p.m. with music at 9 The show is at 9 p.m. at Howler’s, 4509 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. $5. Call412-682-0320 or www.howlerscoyotecafe.com.