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Sunday, May 10, 2021

Nothing puts an avant-garde Euro-snobby accent on today’s Mother’s Day observance quite like a screening of Pedro Almodóvar’s All About My Mother, which Sundance Channel is doing right now.

Of course I’m watching it. For probably the dozenth time, but first ever on this holiday. Thinking of you, mom.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 05/10/2021 11:40pm
Category: Creative, Movies, TV, Women
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When criticism hit over a Yanni concert in Pittsburgh forcing the scheduling of uncommon (but not unheard of) back-to-back playoff games this weekend for the Penguins and Capitals in their National Hockey League playoff series, I highly doubt that anyone expected the singer musician himself to weigh in on the situation:

Yanni didn’t express apologies or regrets. He instead cited his experience “as a former national champion swimmer” for native country Greece.

“I empathize with the athletes competing in the NHL playoffs and understand the pressures under which they perform,” the statement said.

Early in the series, Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis said it was “a shame” that the teams were forced to play back-to-back games, calling it “bad for the league, both fan bases and for the players.”

Of special note: Ted Leonsis just happens to be Greek American (as am I, incidentally). So I don’t know if his team getting bumped by a fellow Hellene had anything to do with Leonsis’ carping.

As for Yanni, any chance of my ability to take his feta-cheesiness at all seriously ended when one of his videos appeared on “Beavis and Butt-head” long ago. The killing stroke: During a tender scene when Yanni’s lover is walking away from him down a sunset-lit beach as he looks on longingly, Butt-head quips, “She’s leaving him because he sucks, huh-huh.”

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 05/10/2021 10:56pm
Category: Celebrity, Hockey, Pop Culture
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