Twyla Tharp, nearing 80, isn't slowing down. Next question?
NEW YORK – The new PBS documentary on dancer-choreographer Twyla Tharp is called “Twyla Moves.” In retrospect, that sounds a bit weak. AdGiven all that, it would seem obvious that something like a global pandemic wouldn't force Tharp off course, or keep her on the sofa binge-watching Netflix. Tharp explains it simply: "Part of the adventure for me has always been a physical challenge." In one old clip, TV host Dick Cavett asks Tharp what she does to relax after a long period of work. Tharp didn’t want the film, directed by Steven Cantor and part of the American Masters series, to feel like a biography.
Pop Culture in (ugh) 2020, from the bizarre to the sublime
on Aug. 31, 2020, actor Chadwick Boseman in character as T'Challa in "Black Panther" and 10-year old twins Lenny, left, and Bobby Homes paying tribute to Boseman at their home in in Mesa, Ariz. on Aug. 31, 2020. (Takiyah Dupas, Marvel Studios, Annalie Homes via AP)And now, for our annual look at the year in pop culture…. Truth is, people turned to culture of all kinds in 2020 — highbrow and lowbrow — to satisfy varied and sometimes conflicting needs: Distraction, inspiration, consolation, escapism, hope. A Broadway star serenaded health workers from his apartment window, and ballet dancers performed “Swan Lake” from their bathtubs. The world mourns an actor of immense talent who, like many of his characters, radiated a regal sense of dignity.
Crime Against Humanity, Senator Tom Coburn, Misty Copeland
Crime Against Humanity, Senator Tom Coburn, Misty Copeland Scott Pelley reports on the 2013 sarin gas attack in Syria; Lesley Stahl profiles retired Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn; and Bill Whitaker profiles Misty Copeland, an unlikely ballerina.cbsnews.com
06/30: Wildfire engulfs homes in Washington state; Misty Copeland makes ballet history
The massive Sleepy Hollow wildfire, fueled by strong winds and scorching heat, burned through Wenatchee, Washington, destroying 24 homes and forcing thousands to evacuate. Joanna Small of CBS affiliate KIRO reports; Misty Copeland was named the American Ballet Theater's first female African-American principal dancer. CBS News' Bill Whitaker reports on her history making honor.cbsnews.com
The Spy Among Us, Misty Copeland
The Spy Among Us, Misty Copeland Jack Barsky held a job at some of the top corporations in the U.S. and lived a seemingly normal life -- all while spying for the Soviet Union; then, ballet has lifted Misty Copeland from poverty, over assumptions about race and through injury. But she wants it to take her higher.cbsnews.com