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Carbonated pixie Paula Abdul, who rode the coattails of MC Skat Kat to fame in 1989, is LEAVING “AMERICAN IDOL,” sending shock waves through the hearts of millions of terrible singers and 95% of the Island Packet copy desk. While the Guide is struggling to focus on only the good memories, and that we still have Ryan Seacrest with us, we can’t help but think about these reasons ...
Why Paula Abdul leaving “American Idol”
By JASON CRANE • Special to the Guide
Oscar Peterson — the name is legendary among jazz pianists and jazz fans (Duke Ellington called him “the Maharaja of the keyboard”).
The Canadian pianist became one of the acknowledged masters of America’s art form. And he is the subject of a special tribute by pianist Kevin Bales and his trio on today and Saturday at The Jazz Corner on Hilton Head Island.
Peterson was a piano prodigy from an early age. His first major exposure came when he was 24 and was featured in the “Jazz at the Philharmonic” concerts put on by impresario (and Verve records founder) Norman Granz. “JATP,” as the series was known, put together all-star casts of the great musicians of the day, including, to name a very few, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat “King” Cole.
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I was quite pleased that my blog entry last week about the media’s need for objectivity elicited so many comments, both on this site and on my Facebook page, where an RSS feed from Inside Pages is directed into my notes section.
Members of the board for Riverview Charter School spent hours late Monday night developing a plan to accommodate additional minority students to meet requirements set last month by the federal Office for Civil Rights.
The board of directors met Monday for the first time since reaching an agreement with OCR and the Beaufort County Board of Education allowing the county’s first charter school to open Aug. 17.
Jeremy West has been champing at the bit for another chance, another season.
That time arrives today for the Bluffton High School football coach, as public schools are slated to begin practice in South Carolina. And West and his team are taking in every ounce possible.
Like the rest of the Beaufort County high schools, the Bobcats have scheduled an afternoon practice. Their initial meeting will come at 5 p.m. this afternoon.
S.C. High School League discussing realignment; where will Beaufort County sports teams compete in 2010?
The S.C. High School League is in the process of discussing the realignment and reclassification of the state’s athletic teams for the 2010-12 school years, Roger Hazel said Thursday.
Hazel, who is overseeing the project, said the SCHSL hoped to have a realignment proposal in place for the League’s Executive Committee to review late this week. But that appears unlikely, he said.
“We’re running a bit behind,” Hazel said. “If we can get it done by (Friday) morning, then we can have (the Executive Committee) vote on it. But again, I don’t think we’ll have time.”
I remember clearly the day my Reporting 102 class provided my hour of grand disillusionment. Some details of the session — such as the name and job title of the day’s guest speaker — have faded. However, the sense of uneasiness about the business into which I was to fling myself lingers fresh.
Three distressing things happened on the same day in that class. I will list them in ascending order of concern:
If only Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen hadn’t gotten in the car.
If only they hadn’t left Los Angeles, where everything in “Funny People” was going so well, and driven north to Marin County, where everything falls apart. Judd Apatow would have had his most mature, accomplished film to date.
Instead, the last hour or so meanders interminably, its tone wavering all over the place, leading to a quickie conclusion that feels pat. And that’s such a letdown when you consider the strength and ambition of the material that preceded it.