After a decades-long career as director of special events for the city of Philadelphia, Kauders decided to try for the career she’d secretly wanted since second grade. She went on to play bit parts in dozens of TV shows, from Law and Order: SVU to The Sopranos, and in films ranging from Witness to American Splendor to Predator 2 (she’s the one who went after the alien with a broom).
“Atena Farghadani, who was sentenced to 12 years and nine months in prison last June for … depicting Iranian parliamentarians as monkeys and goats in protest against two bills that will outlaw voluntary sterilisation and restrict access to contraception,” was released on May 3.
“The former radio host will appear in court on Wednesday, almost one month earlier than he was slated to go to trial on a single charge of sexual assault … At that time, Mr. Ghomeshi is expected to sign a peace bond that would prompt the Crown to withdraw the charge.” At a high-profile trial in March, Ghomeshi was acquitted on a separate set of charges due to misconduct by the accusers.
“My friend found a house on Lincoln Road. He dubbed it ‘The Dream.’ He told me my wife would love it. She did. I did. … But no one keep secrets in Brooklyn.” (Least of all the seller’s broker, Keith Mack of Corcoran.)
Ret Turner “became stage-struck in college productions, acted in summer stock and headed to Hollywood in 1950 hoping to find work as an actor. Instead, after a stint with a small theater company, he was steered to the wardrobe department at NBC, which he later managed.”
“We were the first retail in America to have a super store of any kind. The first retail in America to have public restrooms. The first major retailer to open Sundays.”
“Ms. Mamlok, who moved back to Berlin 10 years ago, was for decades a fixture of the New York contemporary music scene. A longtime faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music, she was known in particular for her chamber music, piano works and vocal pieces.”
Science Minister Jo Johnson said there were “more suitable” names. On Friday, days before Sir David turns 90, it was announced that the £200m vessel will be named after the world-renowned naturalist and broadcaster.
“And again a spasm went through his shoulder and he let out a low moan. Each time he sensed that his power, the current of his will, was not penetrating me and was meeting resistance, he experienced physical pain. … And in this there was no pretence, as he was evidently trying to conceal both the spasms in his shoulder and his strange, low groan.”
“As a novelist and a journalist, [Mohammed Hanif] has become perhaps the foremost observer of Pakistan’s contradictions and absurdities.”
It resembles Copeland in some ways: It’s clearly a ballerina, with nicely arched feet in pink toe shoes, hair pulled back, stage makeup, dance costume. The costume is one that’s closely identified with Copeland, copied from the flame-red unitard she wears in the ballet “Firebird.”
The winners of the 2016 Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards – given for dance, theater, and jazz – include well-established artists such as Mark Morris, Lynn Nottage, Fred Hersch as well as less-familiar names (for now) such as Aparna Ramaswamy, Jen Shyu, and Sharon Bridgforth.
Cutting Through the Clouds of Myth, a collaboration withthe Slovenian multidisciplinary artist Jaša, “is one of Ulay’s first reengagements with performance after a battle with cancer. … ‘At one point I got a sort of calling, an inner voice, to reenter performance art again,’ [he said].”
That Jeff Melanson, who studied opera as an undergraduate, is enmeshed in the soapy version of the genre is only one of the many ironies of Canada’s ongoing War of the Roses, a mutually assured destruction destined to expose the underbelly of the Canadian arts scene.
“He helped found the Library of America in 1979, the culmination of a proposal by his fellow critic Edmund Wilson in the 1950s. The company has published 9.5 million copies of 279 moderately priced novels, memoirs, narrative histories, forgotten masterpieces and other classics.” In addition, he pioneered the academic discipline of American studies.
“At an early age, Anthony Comstock felt he was destined for glory.” What he became is the leader of what suffragette Victoria Woodhull described as “the American Inquisition” – adding, “We should no more think of comparing Comstock … with Torquemada, than of contrasting a living skunk with a dead lion.”
Nearly 50 years later, at a moment when words like “doxx” and “troll” have entered the cultural vernacular, books and movies are rehabilitating Arendt’s image for a new generation, and turning her into an unlikely pop cultural icon.
“Her bright, boxy sculptures of people represent[ed] a range of American life – everyone from the Kennedys to a dustbowl farm family to the artist herself. The works, which combined painted and minimally carved wooden figures with found objects like shoes and doors, were funny but incisive, simple-looking but expertly made.”
“The marketing and sales techniques pioneered in the 1960s by Philip Kives, who died on Thursday at the age of 87, might seem crude and simplistic viewed from a half-century’s distance. But they remain part of the DNA of record label marketing departments today.”
“In the days after her work was proclaimed by one of the world’s most influential black female artists, Ms. [Warsan] Shire laid low. She did not promote ‘Lemonade’ or even tease its existence on social media.”
“Remo Delmo Belli was born in Mishawaka, Ind., near South Bend, on June 22, 1927. Enraptured by his uncle’s polka band, which played at a local Italian-American club, he was urged by his father to learn the accordion, but he preferred the snare drum.”
“In long and sometimes rambling prose, the poet extols the virtues of fresh air, of good footwear, of naked sunbathing and even of facial hair.”
“Stevens’s seraphic art and his plodding life … merge as sides of a coin: philosophical, in his continual grappling with implications of the death of God – a loss that he tried to remedy by making poetry stand in for religion – and psychological, in his constant compulsion to cheer himself up.”
“Gagosian himself is estimated to clear $1 billion in sales annually and is among a small group of gallery owners whose appetites are omnivorous: He works across the contemporary and modern eras, representing living artists like John Currin and Mark Grotjahn while also dealing on behalf of the estates of Alberto Giacometti, Richard Avedon and Helen Frankenthaler.”
“Oh my God, yeah. If Mother Teresa is propelled to do good works because she believes in God, I am propelled to do good works because of how bad I feel about myself. It’s the first place I go. ‘Oh, what did I do wrong?'”
“In fact, when I act I don’t think about anything. My acting depends on the staging: you know, you put the camera in front of me, and I do it.”
“The bones were discovered March 29 by Aztec Services Group employees. Archeological group Gray and Pape examined the bones and confirmed that they were human skeletal remains, they said in a press release.”
“In his autobiography, Confessions, the description is clear: ‘To understand the full extent of my delirium at this moment you would have to know how easily my heart is fired by the least thing and with what energy it plunges into imagining the object that attracts it, however worthless this object may sometimes be.'”
She’s been depicted in portraits and statues, served as a hero of folk tales and an icon of civil rights and feminism, made into a parody Barbie doll, and even helped Abraham Lincoln slay vampires. Now she’s going to join Lincoln in the ultimate domain of dead white males – on American money.
“‘To be or not to be,’ said Hamlet, prince of Denmark, ‘that is the question.’ Yesterday, Hamlet’s creator was; today, he is not. Of that there is no question. The poet, playwright, actor and theatrical-company shareholder William Shakespeare (sometimes spelled Shakspeare, Shagspere, Shaxpere, Shaxberd or any number of blessed ways) died today, April 23, 1616, at home in Stratford-upon-Avon. He was, more or less, 52.”