Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Kathy Valentine's Top 10 cultural picks

Trust the Go-Go's bassist to come up with some left-field answers for the Times' weekly "My Ten" column. Head thataway for the fun.

A tribute to Terrence McNally

Frankly, approaching these people to ask for their memories of Terrence McNally wasn't easy. And it must have been exponentially harder for them to answer. I'm grateful they did, and now you can read their testimonies here.

12 subtitled TV series you can stream right now

Best thing about subtitles: they force you to look away from the phone and focus! Here's my selection, and believe me, it was hard to pick just 12.

My tribute to Slings & Arrows

Delighted to write this short tribute to the Canadian series Slings & Arrows, as part of a weekly roundup of cultural offerings. It hasn't aged one bit. Click here.

The Rosie O'Donnell Show

The Rosie O'Donnell Show came back for a one-night-only telethon to raise money for the Actors Fund. I watched it all then wrote about it.

Theater enters the age of streaming

I'm so derelict in posting my links here! And now this piece, from the early days of the NY lockdown feels like a letter from long ago. And it was just about 2 weeks ago.

Anyway, theater has been dabbling with streaming for a while but now the situation has changed. A lot. So, what to do? Here's what some people are experimenting with.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

A roundtable about movie streaming

It was a pleasure to participate in this roundtable about the quality of streaming originals. I think we're cautiously optimistic? Click here for the goods.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The 2020-21 ski passes are out

I broke down what's new for Epic, Ikon and the Mountain Collective for next year. The news that Grand Targhee is finally joining a pass definitely made my day. Click here for the details.

Saturday, March 07, 2020

Spenser Confidential

Mark Wahlberg headlines his new collaboration with Peter Berg, but the movie's real draw is Winston Duke. As long as he's on board, they can turn this into a franchise. My Times review of Spenser Confidential is here.

Coal Country

Not going to lie: I cried a lot at Coal Country at the Public. Another critic's pick — hey, it's just a really good time of the year! — and you can find it here.


Ethan Lipton's Tumacho is back for another round, which is great since I'd missed it at Clubbed Thumb's Summerworks a few years ago. My critic's pick review for the Times is here.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Celine Dion at Barclays Center

I've now seen Celine Dion live three times: at her first NYC show, which was at Town Hall in 1994; at Madison Square Garden in 2008; and last night at Barclays Center. So pretty much every dozen years or so. My account of the Town Hall concert was for the now-defunct New York Newsday and is not online, but the Times just put my review of the Barclays gig online.

Please, meet Bob Dylan

I asked members of the cast and creative team of the Girl From the North Country musical about the first time they heard Dylan. Needless to say, there was a drastic breakdown by generations: You could tell people's ages from their answers. Click here for the feature, which is the Times' Spring Preview.

The Unsinkable Molly Brown

There is such a thing as too much upbeat, even in a musical — as evidenced by Dick Scanlan and Kathleen Marshall's revisal of this Meredith Willson show, which left me completely drained. My review is here.

Monday, February 24, 2020

The Sabbath Girl

I have to admit I initially misread playwright Cary Gitter's name as Gary Gitter, and thought he must be getting a lot of redirects from a certain glam rocker on Google. What a difference a C makes. Anyway, my review of his play The Sabbath Girl can be found here.

Friday, February 21, 2020

How Killington makes snow

I love teaming up with a photographer for a story, and it was a pleasure to work with Caleb Kenna for this visually driven piece about Killington's snowmaking and grooming operation. Click here for the white stuff.