| May 8, 2012
| 8:12 AM
Maurice Sendak didn’t think of himself as a children’s author, but as an author who told the truth about childhood.
“I like interesting people and kids are really interesting people,” he explained to The Associated Press last...
| May 8, 2012
| 6:31 AM
Sad new: Children's author Maurice Sendak is dead at the age of 83.
Here is an interview I did with the fascinating artist at his Ridgefield home in 2006 in advance of the children's opera in which he collaborated, "Brundibar.":
By FRANK RIZZO
| May 8, 2012
| 7:42 AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Maurice Sendak didn’t think of himself as a children’s author, but as a writer who told the truth about childhood.
“I like interesting people and kids are really interesting people,” he explained to The...
| May 10, 2012
| 9:55 AM
Maurice Sendak’s home phone number is hidden under a wall in my house. It’s like a secret from one of his books, a dream in code, a treasured key which unlocks memories.
About a decade ago, a publicist from New Haven’s International...
| Nov 8, 2012
**1/2 (out of four)
It's pretty incredible that Steven Spielberg got the real Abraham Lincoln to play himself in “Lincoln,” a recounting of the first few months of 1865 as the president worked to pass the 13th Amendment and end the Civil War....
| Nov 9, 2012
| 11:23 AM
"Lincoln" is a grave and surprisingly subtle magic trick, conjuring the past and an almost ridiculously impressive figure in ways that transcend art direction and the right stovepipe hat. Director Steven Spielberg's latest combines the most commonly...
| May 31, 2012
| 7:42 PM
For every kid with a scraped knee, a skinned elbow, a bumped head and a torn shirt — the inevitable result of being very determined not to learn from one's mistakes — Maurice Sendak was your man.
For every kid who builds forts out of old...
| Apr 14, 2012
| 7:33 PM
The Virginia Arts Festival begins its 16th season on Monday, April 16, and the opening lineup of performers says a lot about where the festival has come and where it's heading.
The week ahead is bracketed by two events of international caliber, a recital...
| Apr 19, 2012
| 12:57 PM
On Monday, a colleague stopped by who'd seen "Angels in America." He wanted to talk about Larry Yando's performance as Roy Cohn in the epic drama by Tony Kushner, now playing at the Court Theatre.
There was plenty to talk about. Yando is giving one of...
| Dec 3, 2012
| 8:42 AM
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - "Be sure to use the handrail," national park guide Ronnie van Nostrand said as he led a small tour group upstairs in the only home Abraham Lincoln ever owned. "It's the same railing Mr. Lincoln used."
We had all come to Springfield...
| Dec 6, 2012
| 9:54 AM
Well, it'll be a while before we get to see the film that was voted best picture of 2012 by the New York Film Critics Circle on Monday: Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," which deals with the hunt for O. bin Laden.
It doesn't open in wide circulation...