Thursday, March 18, 2010
Like Michael Jackson, Alex Chilton hit it big young, charting #1 with "The Letter" before he could vote. But Chilton was not like Jackson. His most serious effort at stardom, the early-70s Big Star, never went mainstream; the songs were too innocent, too authentically teenage - the sex ...
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
No matter how long the winter… Swag is sure to follow.
Here in New York City, folks are wondering whether it's winter or spring. Over the past couple weeks, we've basked in bright, warm sun one day only to shiver out of the subway into icy rain the next. Recently, ...
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
There's a public art exhibition opening next week in New York City that has me a bit concerned.
It's called Event Horizon, and it consists of 31 life-size human figures made of iron and fiberglass. The forms will stand on pathways and sidewalks in the Madison Square Park area of ...
Monday, March 15, 2010
Rosie and Skate are sisters; they have each other's backs even as they bicker and spar. Forced to navigate the world as adults a few years too soon, while stumbling through first loves and the horrors of high school, they're wiser than most teens in fiction. Officially a young adult ...
Friday, March 12, 2010
If you watched the Academy Awards this Sunday it would have been easy to miss the category for Best Animated Short Film. The presentation for the award was...well...short.
But anyone who saw this year's nominees would agree that none of them lack for quality.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Last Sunday, I visited Volta NY to get my contemporary-art fix. The room was tightly packed with nearly a hundred solo exhibits. Visually exhausted after walking aimlessly for over an hour, I was struck by the simple (and eerie) beauty of one piece – a skull suspended in ...
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
We were thrilled to hear last week that graphic designer Milton Glaser has been awarded a National Medal of Arts. He's probably best known for his 'I heart NY' logo, along with countless designs of magazines, posters, interiors, hotels, shopping malls, and on and on. We celebrate his ...
Monday, March 08, 2010
Strangely overlooked in this year's Oscar nominations – even for Marvin Hamlisch's kinetic score – The Informant! gets inside the highly unreliable thoughts of Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon), a biochemist turned whistleblower for Archer Daniels Midland. Amid beige cubicles, the story unravels in surprising and funny ways, ...
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Last week’s show about the Lincoln Memorial reminded me of the opportunity I had a few years ago to see Lincoln's handwritten draft of the Emancipation Proclamation at the New-York Historical Society.
The document is so fragile that it can be displayed only 10 days out of ...
Monday, February 22, 2010
Move over American Idol. Presenting: Studio 360's American Icons.
Sure, Abraham Lincoln isn't most people's idea of a triple threat (though his voice was said to be a reedy tenor). But his memorial in Washington, DC, has staying power. History was made there, and continues to be made ...