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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...
  • 'Mona Lisa' died in 1542, was buried in convent

    01/20/2007 6:18:40 AM PST · by NYer · 23 replies · 883+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | January 20, 2007
    An expert on the "Mona Lisa" says he has ascertained with certainty that the symbol of feminine mystique died on July 15, 1542, and was buried at the convent in central Florence where she spent her final days. Giuseppe Pallanti found a death notice in the archives of a church in Florence that referred to "the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, deceased July 15, 1542, and buried at Sant'Orsola," the Italian press reported Friday. Born Lisa Gherardini in May 1479, she is thought to have been the second wife of Del Giocondo, a wealthy silk merchant, with whom she had...
  • Martial Artists' Moves Revealed in "Fight Science" Lab

    11/18/2006 4:52:08 AM PST · by Rameumptom · 18 replies · 661+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | August 14, 2006 | Yancey Hall
    They can crush a stack of concrete slabs with a bare fist, walk with catlike balance on a bamboo pole, and generate deadly kicks and punches at lightning-fast speeds. Real-life martial artists have long defied what many people would think is humanly possible, and their seemingly superpowered abilities have inspired generations of movies and television shows. But where do the true skills end and the special effects begin? Maybe Hollywood magic doesn't enter the equation as soon as you think. For the upcoming television special, Fight Science, researchers used high-tech equipment to put real martial artists to the test.
  • 'Desire No Shackles' in Chicago

    10/03/2006 12:54:55 AM PDT · by Mister Ghost · 185+ views
    Arts For Democracy ^ | Sunday, October 01, 2006 | D.C.
    Last year, outrage from Muslim students led Harper College, located just outside Chicago, to remove an exhibition of works by Amir Normandi depicting the oppression women suffer in many Islamic countries. Partly in response, Normandi, an Iranian-born Muslim, has curated a new exhibition of works by local and international artists entitled, 'Desire No Shackles, / 'Imagine No Borders', to examine oppression, and the notion of borders in Islam and other contexts.
  • Drill instructors teach advanced methods of self-defense, martial arts

    08/18/2006 4:31:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 537+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Lance Cpl. James Green
    MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO (Aug. 18, 2006) -- Since August 2005, almost every drill instructor who has graduated from Drill Instructor School here has attended the Instructors’ Course at the depot’s Marine Corps Martial Arts Program facility. The course is designed to give drill instructors more knowledge and experience with the materials taught in MCMAP before they teach it to the recruits. “Instructors’ courses are recommended for all drill instructors to make them more proficient in MCMAP to help the recruits out,” said Staff Sgt. Jeff J. Vandentop, course instructor on the depot. A minimum of a gray...
  • Ballet samples heady Russian mix

    08/09/2006 1:41:12 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 2 replies · 244+ views
    BBC News ^ | August 09, 2006 | Paula Kennedy and Patrick Jackson
    This summer's twin Russian ballet and opera seasons in London are drawing to a close: the Bolshoi has barely a week to go at Covent Garden and the Mariinsky (formerly the Kirov) has already left the Coliseum. Both companies have enjoyed packed houses, winning new fans and rewarding old ones. Critical opinion has largely favoured Moscow's Bolshoi while devotees of St Petersburg's Mariinsky may feel bewildered by some of the comment in the British press. "The reviews didn't represent what the audiences saw," says Paul Cardwell, from the UK-based Mariinsky Theatre Trust's board of directors. He admits a season devoted...
  • Sherdog MMA Posts Rare Pixs Link of Tito Ortiz

    07/25/2006 7:38:16 AM PDT · by kokonut · 1 replies · 632+ views
    Kokonut Pundits ^ | July 25, 2006 | MM
    Rare Post Fight Pictures of Matt Hamill and Tito Ortiz
  • Cartoonist receives veterans' arts award (Quantum bbbaaaaAAARRRRFFF!!!

    07/15/2006 8:13:08 AM PDT · by SandRat · 23 replies · 810+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Jeff Commings
    Garry Trudeau was inarguably the most famous person in the room Friday. But the man behind the long-running comic strip "Doonesbury" said he felt a little chagrined as he stood before about 400 Vietnam veterans and their spouses. "It's humbling to receive an award for storytelling in a room of people so filled with stories," the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist said. Trudeau was in Tucson to accept the President's Award for Excellence in the Arts from the Vietnam Veterans of America at the group's national conference, held this week at the Hilton El Conquistador Hotel, 10000 N. Oracle Road.
  • Anti-gay amendment also anti-arts biz

    06/06/2006 3:39:43 PM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies · 470+ views
    Capital Times ^ | 6-6-06 | Dave Zweifel
    A meeting of Wisconsin newspaper editors took me to Wausau last month for the first time in several years, and it's apparent this little city in the heart of our state isn't sitting still. Downtown Wausau is clean and vibrant. Storefronts, old and new, are filled with thriving businesses. The old Grand Theater has been restored and will soon serve as anchor for a community center in the same downtown block. Our conference was held at the spanking-new Jefferson Street Inn, a delightful suite hotel that is drawing meetings and conventions downtown, although I didn't quite know what to make...
  • Senate passes amendment to raise sales taxes for outdoors, arts

    04/03/2006 12:23:58 PM PDT · by Parmenio · 1 replies · 256+ views
    (red) Star Tribune ^ | April 3, 2006 | Mark Brunswick
    A constitutional amendment that would raise the sales tax and dedicate funding to hunting and fishing, environment and arts programs came one step closer to reaching the voters in November when the Minnesota Senate overwhelmingly passed the measure today. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Dallas Sams, DFL-Staples, calls for an addition to the state sales tax of 3/8 of 1 percent, with most funds dedicated to wildlife habitat and water conservation. Significant amounts also would go to parks, trails and the arts. The dedication would extend for 25 years and provide $94 million a year for fish and wildlife resources,...
  • 10 mistakes conservatives make in art and entertainment

    02/07/2006 12:31:17 AM PST · by paudio · 104 replies · 2,284+ views ^ | 2/7/06 | Erik Lokkesmoe
    Conservatives, by definition but not always by practice, are curators of the good, the true, and the beautiful. In the popular arts, however, we have become champions of the tame, the trite, and the temporal. (See “safe for the whole family” radio stations, movie reviews that count body parts and swear words, and paintings of nostalgic sugarplum cottages.) Wrong-headed in our approach, seduced by fashionable (and profitable) trends, debilitated by our passion for the cheap and comfortable, our “vision” for popular art and entertainment – if one can call protests and boycotts a vision – is doing more harm than...
  • Modernism: the idea that just won't go away (architecture)

    01/29/2006 7:33:20 PM PST · by Lorianne · 10 replies · 515+ views
    The Guardian Unlimited ^ | January 29, 2006 | Deyan Sudjic
    The British reviled modernism at first, now it's part of the fabric of our nation. The largest ever survey of the movement suggests the defining aesthetic of the 20th century ___ Just 50 years after modernism first emerged as the style to end all styles, the design philosophy that tried to abolish history and reduced every shape to its supposedly timeless geometric elements was itself declared dead. I can still remember the day I picked up a copy of The Language of Post Modern Architecture to find myself transfixed by its traffic-stopping first sentence. 'Modern Architecture died in St Louis,...
  • Playing it safe at the cost of originality (architecture)

    01/29/2006 7:29:23 PM PST · by Lorianne · 3 replies · 282+ views
    San Francisco Gate ^ | January 28, 2006 | Arrol Gellner
    "The fallacy of contextualism," wrote former New York Times architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable, "the masquerade of matched materials, the cosmetic cover-up of architectural maquillage meant to make a building 'fit' surroundings that frequently change, are a trap into which many architects jump or fall." Or, I might add, are pushed. Last time we talked about how the design review process has entrenched itself in city bureaucracies, so that it's now all but accepted that your city government has the right to define "correct" architectural taste for you. Today we'll examine how contextualism, the sacred cow of design review boards...
  • Creativity tied to sexual 'success'

    12/07/2005 12:41:15 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 123 replies · 2,144+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 12-7-05 | Amy Norton
    Artists may indeed have a more active love life than most of us -- and part of the reason may be their tendency toward a certain schizophrenia-linked personality trait, a study suggests. In a survey of 425 British adults, researchers found that serious poets and visual artists generally had more sexual partners than those who were either not artistic or only dabbled in the arts. Further analysis showed that one personality dimension -- a tendency toward "unusual" thoughts and perceptions -- was related to both creativity and sexual success. That tendency is also seen in people with schizophrenia. And the...
  • Korea native carries on Marine, martial arts tradition

    11/16/2005 3:35:40 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 426+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Nov 16, 2005 | Lance Cpl. Josh Cox
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (Nov. 16, 2005) -- America has been a haven for people to build a path for fulfilling their dreams. The Marine Corps has given one Marine a stone to begin. Lance Cpl. Joon-Hyun Ryu, 20, was born in Korea, but moved to the United States with his mother to grasp the opportunities available in America. “My parents wanted me to have a better opportunity for education,” said Ryu, a refrigeration mechanic assigned to 8th Communication Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force (FWD). “I started learning the alphabet on the plane to America.” Ryu, a reserve Marine, said he...
  • A rite of passage unlike any other

    10/10/2005 7:14:41 AM PDT · by Sailor6468 · 2 replies · 985+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 10, 2005 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    Recruit Daniel Murphy, who in college was a 325-pound offensive lineman protecting quarterbacks and opening holes for running backs, lost 100 pounds to join the U.S. Marines, the military's swift-moving, expeditionary shock troops.
  • Supreme Court Justice Speaks At Juilliard

    09/23/2005 12:36:27 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 23 replies · 6,570+ views
    1010 WINS ^ | Sep 23, 2005 10:25 am US/Eastern
    The government is privileged to choose what artwork is worthwhile without being accused of censorship as long as it is funding the art, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Thursday. ``The First Amendment has not repealed the ancient rule of life, that he who pays the piper calls the tune,'' Scalia said at a symposium entitled ``American Society and the Arts,'' hosted by the Juilliard School. Scalia discussed and fielded questions about only the arts. He said he was not suggesting that the government not fund the arts but that if it does, just like when it runs a...
  • Elton John, Country Boy

    08/03/2005 7:06:13 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 31 replies · 804+ views
    NYT ^ | 8/3/05 | LAWRENCE VAN GELDER
    Elton John has been a fixture on the pop charts for more than 30 years, but until now he has never had a single appear on either the Billboard or the Radio&Record country radio charts. "Where We Both Say Goodbye" (RCA), Mr. John's duet with the Australian newcomer Catherine Britt, made its debut at No. 42 with a bullet on the Radio&Records Country National Airplay chart for the week ending July 29. The bullet indicates increased radio spins from the previous week at reporting stations. Mr. John heard Ms. Britt's music during an Australian tour, and his support helped her...

    08/01/2005 1:45:21 PM PDT · by Al Simmons · 19 replies · 560+ views
    “It’s a mighty thin line between certain kinds of country and classic rhythm and blues. Look at John Hiatt. Or Bonnie Raitt. Or Chris Webster. The singer/songwriter from Davis, California (known to many as one of the dynamic singers in the NorCal eclectic septet Mumbo Gumbo) blends the two styles in a way that has distanced her from the country mainstream but endeared her to fans of soulful singing. Webster’s is an authoritative voice that manages to make existential angst, romantic confusion and spiritual longing sound uncommonly appealing. Each note she sings conveys a probing, acute sensitivity to the little...
  • A Grafitti Legend is back (Audio Slide Show)

    04/18/2005 4:05:40 AM PDT · by infocats · 3 replies · 455+ views
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  • Kicking Up Hope

    04/16/2005 3:52:05 AM PDT · by infocats · 3 replies · 263+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 16, 2005 | Juan Forero
    CARTAGENA, Colombia - The children in Nelson Mandela, the sprawling shantytown a world away from the colonial heart of this city, taunted Brian Zuñiga when he took up contemporary dance. After all, Nelson Mandela, named for the South African leader revered here for his fight against oppression, is a tough place. Refugees fleeing Colombia's civil war crowd the mishmash of flimsy wood-plank homes and dirt roads. Right-wing death squads carry out hits, while their enemies, Marxist rebels, plot revolution. It is an environment that seemingly leaves little space for boys who want to dance. But Brian, now a 12-year-old with...
  • Potential Successors to Pope John Paul II

    04/03/2005 9:26:09 PM PDT · by iceemonster · 39 replies · 4,242+ views
    NPR Online ^ | April 2, 2005 | Barbara Bradley Hagerty, April 2, 2005 · "Tip O'Neill was correct," says Father Tom Reese, editor in chief of America, the Catholic weekly magazine. "All politics is local... even in the Catholic Church." Reese suggests that instead of focusing on the possible papal candidates as a bookie would look at horses in the starting gate, try to think about the election from the point of view of the electors, the cardinals who cast the votes. "Each cardinal is thinking, how will this candidate go over in my diocese?" Reese says. "If you're from the Third World, you're concerned with people who are...
  • Free speech—or un-American? Bay State town goes to war with H’wood

    02/18/2005 7:35:14 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 25 replies · 1,240+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | February 18, 2005 | Jessica Fargen
    A controversial play with an Oscar-winning actress portraying Laura Bush reading to dead Iraqi children will go on despite a local official blasting the show as ``anti-American propaganda.'' Caryn Heilman, co-founder of the Topia Arts Center in Adams, which is putting on the show, welcomed the discourse on the ``procovative'' play. Heilman defended the play. ``This is one type of art that is an important part of the American fabric. It's very good that dialogue is beginning,'' she said. In the play, the first lady reads to dead Iraqi children and ``goes through complex emotions,'' about the war, Heilman said.
  • The Gateway of Astronaut Photography

    01/29/2005 2:58:39 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 3 replies · 466+ views
    Our database, the "Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth" records the location and a description of over 450,000 astronaut photographs of Earth from the beginning of NASA space flight. Some of the features documented in these photographs include: *volcanic eruptions *transatlantic duststorms *continental-scale smoke palls *deforestation grids in the rain forests of Brazil *the bleeding of Madagascar's red soil out the Betsiboka *Estuary *dramatic changes in the areal extent of the world's great river deltas *plankton blooms tens of miles long *sea level changes in the Caspian and Aral Seas *human modification of the coastal zone *coral reefs *the effects...
  • Tough Love for the Arts

    01/19/2005 7:31:31 PM PST · by FreedomPoster · 7 replies · 180+ views
    Seattle Weekly ^ | January 19 - 25, 2005 | Roger Downey
    The arts are a business like any other. It's time to rethink how they're funded, and whether taxpayers should be on the hook for artistic ambitions gone wrong. by Roger Downey TOUGH LOVE FOR THE ARTS The new year's a traditional time for journalists to look back over the notable events of the past 12 months. Arts journalists are particularly prone to this habit, probably because there's so little happening on their beats around this time. This year, though, among the 10-best columns and my-favorite-memory features, another note was struck, paying generic tribute to the incalculable benefits, economic and spiritual,...
  • Group honors Huckabee for advancing the arts

    01/19/2005 9:16:29 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 180+ views
    Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | January 19, 2005
    WASHINGTON — An organization that recognizes one governor each year for contribution to the arts gave Gov. Mike Huckabee on Tuesday an award for public leadership. Americans for the Arts said the Arkansas governor had earned the award through his support for a bill that requires every public elementary school in the state to provide at least 40 minutes of instruction in music or visual art each week. Effective in June, the level of instruction increases to a minimum of one hour a week, and participating teachers are required to obtain certification in the arts and music. Americans for...
  • The “Other First Lady” of Washington (Elton Honored)

    12/06/2004 4:48:32 AM PST · by beyond the sea · 20 replies · 883+ views ^ | 12/05/04 | APARNA H. KUMAR
    WASHINGTON - Elton John (news) called his Kennedy Center Honor "icing on the cake," but actor Robert Downey Jr. (news - web sites) got a frosty reception when he introduced the rock legend as "the other first lady." John, opera diva Joan Sutherland, conductor John Williams and actors Warren Beatty, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee were honored Sunday with a star-studded tribute at The Kennedy Center. The six recipients of the 27th annual Kennedy Center Honors were saluted for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts. But Downey stole the show with his rambling tribute to John....

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 735 replies · 30,137+ views
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  • Scott Muni, 74, a Radio D.J. of FM Rock Programming, Dies

    09/30/2004 4:28:52 AM PDT · by zarf · 3 replies · 314+ views
    New York TImes ^ | 9/30/04 | JON PARELES JON PARELES
    cott Muni, a disc jockey whose deep, leisurely, fogbound voice was a regular companion to New York City rock fans for nearly 50 years, died on Tuesday in New York. He was 74 and had not returned to the air after suffering a stroke in January. His death was confirmed by his son Mason Muñoz, who said he had recently had neurological, heart and lung problems. Advertisement Mr. Muni was a pioneer of FM radio in New York, breaking from the regimentation of Top 40 radio to introduce a free-form approach. "There was an extended period when my father let...
  • Banished Painting Raises Questions

    09/29/2004 8:07:16 AM PDT · by FatLoser · 3 replies · 1,398+ views ^ | 29 Sep 04 | MATTHEW ERIKSON
    Banished Painting Raises Questions BY MATTHEW ERIKSON And RINKER BUCK COURANT STAFF WRITERS September 29 2004 Was it merely a question, as the University of Hartford insists, of a painting removed from an important show because of suddenly discovered "copyright issues"? Or did an angry, powerful university parent, incensed that images of his children were included in a work titled "Blow Job (Three Little Boys)," demand that the painting be taken down? That's the issue this week as a photograph snapped more than a dozen years ago figures prominently in a sexually charged painting that was whisked off the walls...
  • Vast and Deadly Fleets May Yield Secrets at Last

    07/25/2004 6:26:36 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies · 691+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 20, 2004 | William J. Broad
    The Persian Wars may be famed in history, but few artifacts and material remains have emerged to shed light on how the ancient Greeks defeated the Asian invaders and saved Europe in what scholars call one of the first great victories of freedom over tyranny. It is well known that a deadly warship of antiquity, the trireme, a fast galley powered by three banks of rowers pulling up to 200 oars, played a crucial role in the fierce battles. Its bronze ram could smash enemy ships, and armed soldiers could leap aboard a foe's vessel in hand-to-hand combat with...