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By Sarah Kickler Kelber | December 20, 2007
Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, whose eclectic music has been characterized as everything from operatic pop to piano rock, performs two solo shows at the 9:30 Club this weekend. Doors open at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at the club, 815 V St. N.W., Washington. Wainwright's half-sister, Lucy Wainwright Roche, will also perform. Tickets are $35. Call 800-955-5566 or go to tickets.com.
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By Sarah Kickler Kelber | December 20, 2007
Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, whose eclectic music has been characterized as everything from operatic pop to piano rock, performs two solo shows at the 9:30 Club this weekend. Doors open at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at the club, 815 V St. N.W., Washington. Wainwright's half-sister, Lucy Wainwright Roche, will also perform. Tickets are $35. Call 800-955-5566 or go to tickets.com.
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By TIM SMITH and TIM SMITH,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | June 18, 2006
Why? That was the inevitable reaction to the news that Rufus Wainwright, the innovative pop singer / songwriter, planned to re-create Judy Garland's justly famous solo concert in Carnegie Hall on April 23, 1961 -- and to do so in that very place, right down to the original orchestrations. Even after attending Wainwright's performance last week (I caught the first of two quickly sold-out nights), I'm still not entirely sure why anybody would want to do this. Well, all right, except for female impersonators, who have long found in Garland a font of inspiration and would surely want to get out on that stage.
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By Rafer Guzman and Rafer Guzman,newsday | June 7, 2007
Sadly, Rufus Wainwright did not show up for his interview wearing lederhosen. He does wear a pair in the booklet for his new album, Release the Stars, recorded in Berlin. But on a recent Manhattan afternoon, Wainwright appeared at a Korean vegetarian restaurant dressed in brown trousers, a V-neck sweater and a dark blazer. As he peeled down to a T-shirt, he inadvertently revealed the slightest bulge of a belly -- hence, perhaps, his light meal of seaweed salad, dumplings and a tofu roll, washed down by green tea. If You Go Rufus Wainwright plays the True Colors concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia, at 7 p.m. June 17. $41-$126.
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By Rafer Guzman and Rafer Guzman,newsday | June 7, 2007
Sadly, Rufus Wainwright did not show up for his interview wearing lederhosen. He does wear a pair in the booklet for his new album, Release the Stars, recorded in Berlin. But on a recent Manhattan afternoon, Wainwright appeared at a Korean vegetarian restaurant dressed in brown trousers, a V-neck sweater and a dark blazer. As he peeled down to a T-shirt, he inadvertently revealed the slightest bulge of a belly -- hence, perhaps, his light meal of seaweed salad, dumplings and a tofu roll, washed down by green tea. If You Go Rufus Wainwright plays the True Colors concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia, at 7 p.m. June 17. $41-$126.
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By Liz Smith and Liz Smith,Tribune Media Services | May 15, 2007
NOW HERE'S a little flash! Bill and Hillary Clinton have their eyes on the ball when it comes to 2008, but in the meantime, has anyone noted that they bought a piece of beach property in the Dominican Republic right next to the beautiful domain of designer Oscar de la Renta and his wife, Annette? Struggles pay off The Supremes -- Mary Wilson, Flo Ballard and Diana Ross -- used to sing "Nothing but heartaches ... nothing but heartaches," way back when. Heartaches by the number actually then came to all three women.
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By Jim Farber and Jim Farber,New York Daily News | May 20, 2007
No one ever accused Rufus Wainwright of having a taste for understatement. The singer staked his reputation on constructing pop songs that sound like they were meant to be bellowed at the Met. Frilly orchestrations, soaring choruses and high-strung lyrics run rampant in his music. He's no different in conversation. Talk to Wainwright about his new Album, Release the Stars, and he'll blithely declare it "an Olympic feat." Get into his personal life and he'll describe himself, by turns, as being "a romantic Victorian poet, heartbreaker-type" and "a Judy Garland opera queen."
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By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,SUN STAFF | December 3, 2004
Rufus Wainwright, the literate singer-songwriter, has small roles in two new films: Martin Scorsese's The Aviator and the Merchant-Ivory production Heights. "In both of these movies, I have great entrances," he says on the phone from Los Angeles, "and that's all you really need." The 31-year-old musician, who will be playing at Johns Hopkins University's Shriver Hall tonight, has been making great entrances for a long time now. Consider his lineage: His parents are the legendary folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle.
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | July 28, 2006
Contrary to what appears on the Internet, Lian Lunson, director of the concert/documentary film, Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man, did not write the music to The Passion of the Christ. She did, with old friend Mel Gibson, co-produce a CD of songs on the themes of The Passion of the Christ, including Cohen's own "By the Rivers Dark," and Bob Dylan's "Not Dark Yet." Gibson contributed straight-shooting liner notes, in which he calls Cohen "a great spiritual warrior." Lunson can't resist complicated men such as Cohen and Gibson or the subject of her previous music documentary, Willie Nelson: Down Home.
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December 30, 1998
In the universe of popular music, there are a lot of galaxies. Sun pop music critic J.D. Considine has boldly gone through 15 of them and picked out the brightest stars in each.Adult popElvis Costello with Burt Bacharach, "Painted from Memory" (Mercury).A brilliant (if unlikely) collaboration that vividly evokes how difficult grown-up romance can be. Shortlisted: Barenaked Ladies, "Stunt" (Reprise); Rufus Wainwright, "Rufus Wainwright" (Virgin); Brian Wilson, "Imagination" (Giant).Mainstream rockDave Matthews Band, "Before These Crowded Streets" (RCA)
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By Jim Farber and Jim Farber,New York Daily News | May 20, 2007
No one ever accused Rufus Wainwright of having a taste for understatement. The singer staked his reputation on constructing pop songs that sound like they were meant to be bellowed at the Met. Frilly orchestrations, soaring choruses and high-strung lyrics run rampant in his music. He's no different in conversation. Talk to Wainwright about his new Album, Release the Stars, and he'll blithely declare it "an Olympic feat." Get into his personal life and he'll describe himself, by turns, as being "a romantic Victorian poet, heartbreaker-type" and "a Judy Garland opera queen."
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By Liz Smith and Liz Smith,Tribune Media Services | May 15, 2007
NOW HERE'S a little flash! Bill and Hillary Clinton have their eyes on the ball when it comes to 2008, but in the meantime, has anyone noted that they bought a piece of beach property in the Dominican Republic right next to the beautiful domain of designer Oscar de la Renta and his wife, Annette? Struggles pay off The Supremes -- Mary Wilson, Flo Ballard and Diana Ross -- used to sing "Nothing but heartaches ... nothing but heartaches," way back when. Heartaches by the number actually then came to all three women.
FEATURES
By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | July 28, 2006
Contrary to what appears on the Internet, Lian Lunson, director of the concert/documentary film, Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man, did not write the music to The Passion of the Christ. She did, with old friend Mel Gibson, co-produce a CD of songs on the themes of The Passion of the Christ, including Cohen's own "By the Rivers Dark," and Bob Dylan's "Not Dark Yet." Gibson contributed straight-shooting liner notes, in which he calls Cohen "a great spiritual warrior." Lunson can't resist complicated men such as Cohen and Gibson or the subject of her previous music documentary, Willie Nelson: Down Home.
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By TIM SMITH and TIM SMITH,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | June 18, 2006
Why? That was the inevitable reaction to the news that Rufus Wainwright, the innovative pop singer / songwriter, planned to re-create Judy Garland's justly famous solo concert in Carnegie Hall on April 23, 1961 -- and to do so in that very place, right down to the original orchestrations. Even after attending Wainwright's performance last week (I caught the first of two quickly sold-out nights), I'm still not entirely sure why anybody would want to do this. Well, all right, except for female impersonators, who have long found in Garland a font of inspiration and would surely want to get out on that stage.
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By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,SUN STAFF | December 3, 2004
Rufus Wainwright, the literate singer-songwriter, has small roles in two new films: Martin Scorsese's The Aviator and the Merchant-Ivory production Heights. "In both of these movies, I have great entrances," he says on the phone from Los Angeles, "and that's all you really need." The 31-year-old musician, who will be playing at Johns Hopkins University's Shriver Hall tonight, has been making great entrances for a long time now. Consider his lineage: His parents are the legendary folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle.
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December 30, 1998
In the universe of popular music, there are a lot of galaxies. Sun pop music critic J.D. Considine has boldly gone through 15 of them and picked out the brightest stars in each.Adult popElvis Costello with Burt Bacharach, "Painted from Memory" (Mercury).A brilliant (if unlikely) collaboration that vividly evokes how difficult grown-up romance can be. Shortlisted: Barenaked Ladies, "Stunt" (Reprise); Rufus Wainwright, "Rufus Wainwright" (Virgin); Brian Wilson, "Imagination" (Giant).Mainstream rockDave Matthews Band, "Before These Crowded Streets" (RCA)
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By Nathan M. Pitts | October 30, 2003
An update on the concert scene: newly announced shows and ticket availability. For ticket information and purchase, call Ticketmaster at 410-481-SEAT unless otherwise noted. Just announced Comedians Mike Epps, Lavell Crawford and Kenny Howell perform at Constitution Hall in Washington Nov. 15. Rufus Wainwright plays George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium Nov. 20. Still available Sonya Fitzpatrick at the Warner Theatre in Washington Nov. 13. Galactic at the 9:30 Club in Washington Nov. 14-15.
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