Well, normal for his place and time. What’s more, his buddy Max Brod, notorious womanizer, had them, too, if we can believe his journal.
A mid-century modernist who loved puzzles and puns, Schwartz wrote one piece called By George that spliced together snippets by Georges Gershwin and Handel and another called Elevator Music that had the audience riding in the titular conveyance while musicians played portions of the score on various floors.
He’s a major talent. It’s an elite cello. A marriage destined to be.
The current Polish government had asked the court to allow the extradition of the director (who is a dual citizen of Poland and France) to the U.S. over his notorious statutory rape charge from the 1970s.
A century ago, Maude Adams was such a renowned actress that one critic described her as “the most popular person in the United States.” Peter Pan was the role that made her a superstar, and she was also famous for her Napoleon II. Yet the play she loved most was an adaptation of the old fable of Chanticleer.
He’d been acting professionally in British theatre, film, and television for seven decades when he was cast (at age 90) as Maester Aemon in HBO’s juggernaut. “With his bulky figure, small eyes and prognathous jaw, he usually played the type of character you would not want to bump into on a dark night in a darker alley, even though, in real life, Vaughan was known for his conviviality,”
As rock’s iconic drummers get to middle age and older, they’re suffering hearing loss and muscle and joint pain associated with a lifetime of hitting the skins.
“Under Brown’s leadership, GIA’s membership increased thirty-four percent and the budget was nearly doubled from 2008 to 2017. The organization also saw a large expansion of its programs, including the development of webinars, research, workshops, and forums on a wide array of topics including arts education; support for individual artists; cross-sector creative work in medicine, environment, and corrections; and many more. The 2016 GIA Conference was the largest in the organization’s 32-year history.”
It’s Mark Stryker, longtime arts writer for the Detroit Free Press. “Some of you will be surprised – maybe shocked – to learn that after 21 years as an arts reporter and critic at the Detroit Free Press, I am leaving the paper. Frankly, I’m kind of shocked to have just typed those words myself. I’m taking advantage of the voluntarily severance package that was offered to all newsroom employees. My last day is (gulp) Dec. 16.”
“Life has not been easy for Paradise Sorouri. In the past seven years, the 27-year-old has been forced to flee her country twice, received more death threats than she can count, and was brutally beaten by 10 men on the street and left to die. Her crime? She covers her head with a baseball cap instead of a hijab, raises her voice for women’s rights, and is Afghanistan’s first female rapper.”
“It turned out Keillor was scheduled to appear at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts in less than 30 minutes. “Hotel and venue staff were searching for him, frantically,” Hallett wrote.”
Riz Ahmed, one of the stars of “Rogue One,” says he’s reached a level he didn’t even consider. “The action figure is like an extra level you didn’t know was there.” But he still gets searched every time he flies – the last time he was searched twice, only to get on the plane and find his face on the cover of the in-flight magazine.
Khandwani was a trailblazer who founded the Toronto-based Kalanidhi Festival for South Asian contemporary dance. “She was rabid about people coming to new things, for them to broaden the horizons of their artistry. She was a pioneer, a city builder, a cultural catalyst.”
Jonathan Valenta is a Christian tattoo artist whose life changed one day when Kim Kardashian’s younger sister, Kendall Jenner, got a white dot tattooed on a finger – and Instagrammed it.
The interviewer asks Holmes if the producers of a Jackie Kennedy Onassis miniseries simply asked her to direct one episode. Holmes, who also just directed a feature film: “Well no, I told them I wanted to. I said, ‘You’ve got to give me one episode.’ We gotta speak up … and get what we want, because no one’s going to give it to us.”
The actor, known for “Firefly,” discusses how he did research to play the rooster in “Moana” and the robot in the new Star Wars film. “It’s amazing to me that they’ve got four hours’ worth of me making chicken sounds. It’s very thorough. How do you choose from Take One to Take Six, which ‘pee-cawwwwww’ really sells it?”
“Here, four people who crossed paths with this famously irascible writer [who died in September] recall him as a friend, a mentor and an inspiration.”
“Argerich’s is a story about someone with superhuman gifts trying to find a way to live a normal life. Many musicians live a life of monkish order, focusing on the discipline of music. Argerich, by contrast, has seemed to go out of her way to be disorganized. She’s so given to canceling performances, sometimes at the last minute, that she long ago stopped signing contracts: Presenters who want her have to take the risk. And her personal life has been turbulent. The three daughters by three men are one illustration of a life filled with relationships; over and over, she has established veritable communes of young musicians and non-musicians who have wandered into her large, chaotic houses.”
Tonja Carter – who found Lee’s earliest draft of To Kill a Mockingbird and turned it into a bestselling but controversial “sequel,” sued the local museum for selling things like a Mockingbird cookbook and got its director fired, and muscled the local community out of the annual Mockingbird play – is creating a “Harper Lee Trail” to attract tourists to Monroeville, Alabama. (No word if she’s planning to charge admission.)
The man in that immortal Alka-Seltzer commercial was, in fact, a stand-up comic and MC who specialized in one-liners and Candid Camera-style fool-the-audience gags.
He worked for decades as a physical therapist, giving him such a thorough knowledge of anatomy that he famously worked without models. He once said, “I could be blindfolded and still make a human body from head to toe.”
“Didier Marouani, a disco star who first toured the Soviet Union in 1983, and his lawyer, Igor Trunov, were detained Tuesday evening in a bank where they said they planned to sign an out-of-court settlement with Filipp Kirkorov, Russia’s biggest pop star. Marouani, 63, claims one of Kirkorov’s songs, “Cruel Love,” contains music he wrote years before.”
“The small photographs for which he became renowned evoke a vanishing world populated almost solely by dilapidated buildings, rusting automobiles, advertising signs, graves and vegetation growing out of control.” As historian and former NEH chair William Ferris put it, “What Faulkner has done in his fiction, Christenberry has done in his photography.”
“[Her] evocative, plotless works on nature themes found a special place amid opposing trends in experimental dance after the 1960s … Unlike [other modern dance choreographers [of the time], who initially rejected dance technique, Ms. Meehan insisted that highly trained dancers execute her own nonballetic idiom with refined precision.”
A Q&A with Malaysian cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, known as Zunar, who’s facing nine charges of sedition (so far), and up to 40 years in prison, for cartoons about the country’s embattled prime minister.
He was the first male alto to make a solo career in the U.S.; in the 1950s and ’60s he was at the forefront of the early music revival, singing everything from 12th-century English music through Bach and Handel (not to mention Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream). And he didn’t use falsetto; alto was his natural range.
His soft-focus nudes of 12- and 13-year-old girls were for many years at the center of “Is it art or is it porn?” debates. Last week, one of his former subjects, now a radio presenter in France, publicly accused him of raping her and claimed that other former models of his had similar stories.
“At issue is whether the 50 works — which include an 1881 painting by Claude Monet — should go to thousands of victims of the now-dead dictator, to the current Philippine government or to the personal secretary to Imelda Marcos, who contends she was rightfully given some of the art as gifts.”
Rowling is an entire industry. Books, movies, theme parks… she’s created an international creative franchise and everyone seems to celebrate her success. And she’s been rewarded. “A close look at Ms. Rowling’s sources of income suggests that she’s worth more than $1 billion, even allowing for a large margin of error.”
The lawyer Nina L. Shaw plays a behind-the-scenes part at getting artists a voice in their films – and getting them a bigger piece of the pie as well. Filmmaker Ava DuVernay (Selma, 13th) says, “She’s really a bit of a consigliere in all things.”