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  • The Artist and the Entertainer: Or How Narcissism Has Taken Over the Entertainment Industry

    01/28/2009 2:50:23 PM PST · by EveningStar · 20 replies · 1,069+ views
    Big Hollywood ^ | January 27, 2009 | Endre Balogh
    Several years ago, after I emerged from the fog of knee-jerk Liberalism that envelops most of the entertainment business, I began to wonder why it was that so many of my colleagues remained mired in the magical thinking that so often seems to characterize the Left. After all, many of my colleagues were reasonable, kind, and intelligent people. Among my friends, were musicians, actors, photographers, and writers - all of whom were highly creative and dedicated to their craft yet, as is typical of those on the Left, they couldn’t be swayed by facts if those facts contradicted the prevailing...
  • Quincy Jones Leads Chorus Urging a Cabinet-Level Arts Czar

    01/15/2009 3:35:06 PM PST · by Zakeet · 21 replies · 580+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 14, 2009 | Jacqueline Trescott
    A call for President-elect Barack Obama to give the arts and humanities a Cabinet-level post -- perhaps even create a secretary of culture -- is gaining momentum. By yesterday, 76,000 people had signed an online petition, started by two New York musicians who were inspired by producer Quincy Jones. In a radio interview in November, Jones said the country needed a minister of culture, like France, Germany or Finland has. And he said he would "beg" Obama to establish the post. Listening in New York, Jaime Austria, a bass player with the New York City Opera, and Peter Weitzner,...
  • White House Office of the Arts?

    01/13/2009 6:55:21 PM PST · by EveningStar · 32 replies · 989+ views
    artnet ^ | January 6, 2009
    The transition team of President-elect Barack Obama is keeping a firm hand on any appointment news, but the buzz in art-and-politics precincts has the new administration seriously considering the idea of an official White House Office of the Arts, overseeing all things having to do with the arts and arts education.
  • Column - [Hugh] Jackman sticks jackboot into Oz

    12/09/2008 3:12:23 PM PST · by digger2 · 18 replies · 795+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 12/10/2008 | Andrew Bolt
    HUGH Jackman has a funny way of selling Australia - both his movie and his country - to Americans. I mean, likening us to Nazis? Let’s check the transcript of the actor’s extraordinary rant this week on The View, a popular women’s TV chat show in the US hosted by Barbara Walters and Whoopie Goldberg. And let’s check if, at the end of it, you’d want to see either the Baz Lurhmann movie in which Jackman stars or the evil country which spent $40 million on tourism ads meant to piggyback the film’s “success”.
  • Moby Grape Just Can't Catch a Break

    10/02/2008 10:36:27 PM PDT · by Keltik · 19 replies · 755+ views
    NPR All Things Considered ^ | December 21, 2007 | Paul Conley
    Mention the name Moby Grape to a roomful of rock critics, and you'll hear nothing but praise for the 1960s San Francisco rock band. But aside from fans and critics, few people today have ever heard of Moby Grape. Why? Bad advice, bad breaks and bad behavior are three short reasons. Now that a label is trying to right these wrongs by reissuing the group's first five records, old problems still stand in the way. The name Moby Grape comes from an absurdist punch line: What's big, purple and swims in the ocean? But the band that influenced groups ranging...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, Sep. 28 - Oct. 4, 2008: Yellow Mountains of China

    10/01/2008 6:21:52 AM PDT · by cogitator · 15 replies · 773+ views
    Keeping with the arts theme, I went back to Staud for these two images of the Yellow Mountains of China. The linked page has a few more.
  • Radical acts For playwright Zayd Dohrn, the personal is political

    08/22/2008 10:59:06 PM PDT · by Fred Nerks · 14 replies · 840+ views Arts and Entertainment ^ | 11/7/2003 | By Catherine Foster, Globe Staff
    snip A bomb goes off in a Greenwich Village townhouse, killing three members of the militant Weather Underground. Afraid of being arrested, several of their comrades go on the run. The year is 1970. The latter comes from his own life: Dohrn's parents, Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers, were two of the Weathermen who fled. While there are similarities between the incidents, Dohrn insists he's not drawing on his parents' experience to tell the tale of two married radicals from a century before. snip "Like most writers today I felt like I needed to respond to what's going on in...
  • Face of Defense: Soldier Continues Family’s Martial Arts Tradition

    06/17/2008 4:55:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 91+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Spc. Sophia R. Lopez, USA
    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq, June 17, 2008 – Army Staff Sgt. Dimas Estrada uses taekwondo to keep himself and other soldiers busy, teaching classes in the sport five days a week at the Paul R. Smith Fitness Center here. Army Staff Sgt. Dimas Estrada, left, engages Ukrainian Army 1st Lt. Andrey in a sparring match during a taekwondo class June 10, 2008, on Camp Victory, Iraq. Estrada, an air and missile defense operations sergeant for Task Force Mountain, is carrying on his family's taekwondo tradition while deployed. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Sophia Lopez  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. While...
  • College Displaying Crucifix in Rectum Got Millions in Tax Dollars

    06/10/2008 8:36:57 AM PDT · by Sopater · 53 replies · 387+ views ^ | June 10, 2008 | Keriann Hopkins
    (WARNING: This story contains graphic descriptions of artwork that is offensive.)( - Federal taxpayers are subsidizing a college in New York whose art school is currently displaying works that include a drawing of a man with a crucifix coming out of his rectum, a drawing of a man with a rosary coming out of his rectum, and rosaries decorated with penises. Over the last eight years, at least $4.6 million in federal tax dollars have been provided to the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, which is displaying the controversial artworks. Some of the money has come...
  • Totally 80's Hair Attack Sandbox: "The Godd, The Bad & The Ugly!"

    05/18/2008 11:01:10 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 270 replies · 29,132+ views
    And The Winners Are....
  • Winter showers bring poppy flowers

    03/24/2008 12:37:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies · 337+ views
    Valley Press ^ | Monday, March 24, 2008 | RICH BREAULT
    Poppy lovers flocked to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve on Lancaster's west side during the weekend, enjoying the orange blossoms and the great weather. And Judy Elgin, senior park aide at the State Parks Mojave Information Center in downtown Lancaster, can finally tell callers there are poppies to see. "There are scattered blooms throughout the park and there are more poppies coming out each day," Elgin told an information center visitor in the middle of last week. "And there's much variety in the blooms." The 1,800-acre reserve, on Lancaster Road at about 150th Street West, is a chief destination...
  • An Artful Approach to Revitalization

    03/17/2008 9:48:16 AM PDT · by GoldwaterInstitute · 2 replies · 170+ views
    The Goldwater Institute ^ | March 17, 2008 | Clint Bolick
    An Artful Approach to Revitalization : Freedom is the key to economic growth Clint Bolick, Goldwater Institute Daily Email, March 17, 2008 The City of Phoenix decided a vibrant arts district would be a nifty idea to revitalize its downtown core. Too often, cities are tempted to achieve such a goal by taxpayer subsidies, eminent domain, tax hikes, or draconian zoning requirements. Instead, Phoenix decided to try a different approach --deregulation. The City is proposing an “arts, culture and small business overlay” that eases zoning restrictions and increases the number of activities that no longer need a special permit in...
  • Teen Millionaire

    03/15/2008 10:13:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies · 3,266+ views
    Yahoo! News People of the Web ^ | October 30, 2007 | Kevin Sites
    Ashley Qualls doesn't sound like a typical high school student. Maybe that's because the 17-year-old is the CEO of a million-dollar business. Ashley is the head of, a website she started when she was just 14 — with eight dollars borrowed from her mother. Now, just three years later, the website grosses more than $1 million a year, providing Ashley and her working class family a sense of security they had never really known. It all started with capitalism 101, the law of supply and demand. Ashley became interested in graphic design just as the online social networking craze...
  • Swoosh...Hello Mainstream (MMA featured in Nike commercial)

    03/04/2008 5:57:28 PM PST · by Callahan · 5 replies · 412+ views
    Sherdog ^ | 5/4/08 | Josh Gross
    If there were any lingering doubts as to whether mixed martial arts had hit mainstream America, that issue has been decided in the past seven days. Quinton Jackson (Pictures) will join LeBron James and other star athletes this weekend in Los Angeles to film a Nike commercial dubbed "Human Chain," has learned. The spot, featuring a premise of "overachieving with victory, getting knocked down and getting back up," said Jackson's trainer Juanito Ibarra, will be the second Nike ad to showcase a mixed martial artist. Randy Couture (Pictures) became the first in a 1996 spot called "Scars" that featured...
  • Commissioner wants to repeal arts tax credit (Frederick, MD)

    12/29/2007 11:06:02 AM PST · by JZelle · 7 replies · 358+ views ^ | 12-29-07 | Meg Bernhardt
    Frederick County Commissioner John L. Thompson Jr. believes artists should not get more tax breaks than other property owners. He hopes to repeal a property tax credit for renovations on buildings used for arts and entertainment. The credit was introduced in 2004 and the county has no record of anyone applying for or receiving it, Frederick County Treasurer Lori Decker said. Thompson, the sole commissioner to vote against the credit in 2004, said he is bringing it up again because he hopes the commissioners elected last year will be open to reconsidering it. "Artists and entertainers, they should pay money...
  • Fahrenheit 451 Author Ray Bradbury Play Censored by "Undercover" California Official

    10/22/2007 9:05:16 AM PDT · by J. Neil Schulman · 35 replies · 570+ views ^ | October 22, 2007 | J. Neil Schulman
    South Pasadena, California 10/20/2007 - A California “undercover investigator” identifying himself to this reporter as "Agent Egan" entered the Fremont Center Theatre at 8:00 PM curtain time tonight and halted the performance of Pulitzer Prize and National Medal of Arts author Ray Bradbury’s play Dandelion Wine. Bradbury was in attendance awaiting the start of the performance with a theatre full of celebrity guests including The Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner.
  • Art for our sake (Arts matter but not for the reasons usually given.)

    09/03/2007 3:34:05 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 34 replies · 572+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 2 September 2007 | Ellen Winner and Lois Hetland
    ...One justification for keeping the arts has now become almost a mantra for parents, arts teachers, and even politicians: arts make you smarter. The notion that arts classes improve children's scores on the SAT, the MCAS, and other tests is practically gospel among arts-advocacy groups. A Gallup poll last year found that 80 percent of Americans believed that learning a musical instrument would improve math and science skills. But that claim turns out to be unfounded. It's true that students involved in the arts do better in school and on their SATs than those who are not involved. However, correlation...
  • Religion and the Arts in America

    08/01/2007 5:10:51 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 13 replies · 592+ views
    Arion ^ | Spring-Summer 2007 | CAMILLE PAGLIA
    ...A primary arena for the conservative-liberal wars has been the arts. While leading conservative voices defend the traditional Anglo-American literary canon, which has been under challenge and in flux for forty years, American conservatives on the whole, outside of the New Criterion magazine, have shown little interest in the arts, except to promulgate a didactic theory of art as moral improvement that was discarded with the Victorian era at the birth of modernism. Liberals, on the other hand, have been too content with the high visibility of the arts in metropolitan centers, which comprise only a fraction of America. Furthermore,...
  • The Impoverishment of American Culture

    07/18/2007 9:35:05 PM PDT · by gpapa · 34 replies · 1,370+ views
    OpinionJournal ^ | July 19, 2007 | DANA GIOIA
    There is an experiment I'd love to conduct. I'd like to survey a cross-section of Americans and ask them how many active NBA players, Major League Baseball players, and "American Idol" finalists they can name. Then I'd ask them how many living American poets, playwrights, painters, sculptors, architects, classical musicians, conductors and composers they can name. I'd even like to ask how many living American scientists or social thinkers they can name. Fifty years ago, I suspect that along with Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and Sandy Koufax, most Americans could have named, at the very least, Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg,...
  • Homeschooling Gifted Kids

    06/24/2007 4:52:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 380+ views
    Bella Online ^ | June 2007 | Lorel Shea
    A growing number of families are homeschooling. Many of these are doing so in order to accommodate their advanced and gifted learners. The advent of the Internet has made homeschool support and information readily available. People in cities, suburbs, and rural areas can access the same online bulletin boards, courses, and web sites. Though some parents spend a small fortune on home education, it can also be done on a very modest budget. Some families take great pride in making the most of their library cards and buying gently used textbooks, joining educational co-ops, or bartering for tutoring services. Why...