Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Last week, we heard about the controversy surrounding Indianapolis' planned downtown monument, "E Pluribus Unum," designed by the acclaimed artist Fred Wilson. Among the statue's opponents is longtime state representative Bill Crawford, who feels Wilson's figure of a freed slave perpetuates stereotypes of the African-American experience. The statue of Lewis, Clark, and Sacagawea in Charlottesville, Virginia faces similar scrutiny.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Last week, the Library of Congress named Philip Levine the country’s 18th poet laureate of the United States, succeeding W.S. Merwin. “He’s the laureate, if you like, of the industrial heartland,” librarian of Congress James Billington said of Levine. “It’s a very, very American voice. I don’t know that in other countries you get poetry of that quality about the ordinary workingman.”
Monday, August 15, 2011
Sick of waiting for Mad Men to return? Look no further than The Hour, a slick new British drama premiering on BBC America August 17. Set in mid-1950's London, The Hour follows the creation of a new British current affairs television program. Dominic West — known for his role as Jimmy McNalty on The Wire — stars as lead anchor Hector Madden. ...
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Lou Reed, Laurie Andersen, Dan Zanes, Suzanne Vega, and others gathered in New York’s Central Park to salute Shel Silverstein — the poet and the songwriter — in a SummerStage concert wryly titled “Shelebration!” ...
Monday, August 08, 2011
Gadgets aren’t just for nerds anymore. In the age of social media, they've become an extension of who we are. Talk to Me, a new design exhibition focusing on the communication between people and objects at New York's Museum of Modern Art, brings all things techy into the gallery space. ...
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
There are ex-spouses who communicate through their lawyers; ex-spouses who send each other Christmas cards; ex-spouses who remain cordial out of affection or for the sake of the kids. And there are ex-spouses who perform together, playing duets for bass guitar. ...
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
This weekend, a menace from outer space will invade a dusty town in the Wild West. The movie Cowboys and Aliens is the ultimate genre mash-up — science fiction meets the Western. Studio 360’s Eric Molinsky thinks there’s a reason why we keep retelling the narrative of the alien invasion over and over: it's our history.
Friday, July 22, 2011
She makes movies, she writes fiction, and now, she tells fortunes. When we found Miranda July would be coming into the studio, we decided to put those skills to the test. We asked you to write in with your questions about the future — and we thought the results were a fascinating survey of what’s going on in the hearts and minds of America’s creative people. Miranda July fans, anyway.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The US is melting. This month, soaring temperatures have tied or broken more than 800 records across the country — and we're only halfway through July. Perhaps our sweaty, suit-loving co-workers should take a cue from the Japanese. Super Cool Biz is a government-sponsored fashion campaign to lighten ...
Friday, July 15, 2011
There's a beef heating up in California, and I'm not talking about San Francisco hippies vs. Los Angeles Valley girls. The state's struggling economy threatens to divide Southern California's coastal and inland cities. Earlier this week, Riverside County's board of supervisors unanimously approved a plan to officially consider breaking off ...
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Thursday, July 07, 2011
You know you've made it when your face is on a postage stamp. Twelve giants of industrial design have just been given that honor with a new set of stamps released by the United States Postal Service last week. But instead of their profiles gracing the corner of your next electric bill, their enduring work is spotlighted.
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
We were saddened to learn of the death today of Cy Twombly, the American artist known for his abstract, childlike paintings. A couple years ago on the show, the songwriter Tift Merritt shared this touching story with us about how a Twombly painting saved her from her writer's block.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Pandora dominates the field of music streaming, with its playlists generated by algorithm. (Founder Tim Westergren explained the process to Kurt Andersen last summer.) But a worthy opponent is emerging: Turntable.fm. Instead of sophisticated algorithms, Turntable.fm has you and your fellow listeners do the work of playlisting for each other. In the first month, the site claims 140,000 users, suggesting that the programmers might be missing something.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Citing budget cutbacks, the Brooklyn Museum announced this week that it was canceling its upcoming exhibition of “Art in the Streets,” a popular and controversial retrospective of street art currently showing at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. “Art in the Streets” has brought in droves of visitors to LA MOCA, while reigniting that very old culture war over whether a tag on the side of a building or a subway — an act of vandalism — can also be classified as a work of art.