“After 30 years, the iconic Heidelberg Project – [Tyree] Guyton’s internationally acclaimed outdoor wonderland of wit and whimsy, painted abandoned homes and repurposed urban debris on Detroit’s east side – is being dismantled. … No, Guyton is not abandoning his life’s work or waving a white flag in the face of 12 arson-fueled fires that have destroyed six houses since 2013.”
The program, which began this year, was intended to “open up Olympism and its values to the widest possible audience,” according to a statement by the Olympic committee.
“Enrollment at the company’s school has surged since it moved into the custom-built space in 2005. That has created bottlenecks and scheduling conflicts at the building … The plan would add more than 10,000 square feet – including four new studios and classroom space – to [Ailey’s] home base at Ninth Avenue and West 55th Street” in Manhattan.
When a Twin Cities ballet company found itself in new space next door to a boxing gym, the dancers and fighters left their stereotypes and squeamishness behind, and each side learned the other’s disciplines could add to its own skills. (includes video)
“For the second year in a row, Mr. Obama released his summer vacation music and reading lists. And within a day, Mr. Obama’s playlist was the most listened-to on Spotify, other than those organized by the global music streaming service itself.”
“Given the prominence of some of the museum’s collection—including works by the likes of Monet, Renoir, and Degas—one would think an epic failure of security on such an extreme level would be impossible. But the negligence goes even deeper. According to Egyptian officials, at the time of the theft, only seven of the museum’s 43 security cameras were operational and none of the security alarms were actually active. “
“Though a tiny footnote in cultural history, the Jenkins tale endures because its borders can be drawn in so many ways.”
“Large balconies are always welcome in swanky condos, but they could be so much more if they obliterated your need to use the stairs or elevator, or to even get in a car or subway to reach your office tower.”
Teyonah Parris: “I do think the conversation is shifting, for the better, to be more inclusive. When one of us gets it — light, dark, whatever you are — we’re all winning. As black women, we’re miles behind our white counterparts in being offered the space to create and craft female characters in major blockbuster films.”
“After I’m finished working, I always do my exercise, and then I’ll eat something, usually after midnight. The main problem with that routine is all these people who want to do things in the morning.”
“Are you having a good week?”
“Yeah, the best week of my professional career, so.”
“Known for his 6-foot-3 stature and often expected to play villains, Finkel leaned more toward comedic roles, and he often appeared onstage with his white socks showing. The socks would eventually become his trademark.”
“Grey Gardens made quite a splash on its initial release, and not always in a good way. The Maysles were accused of exploiting their subjects and betraying the tenets of the ‘direct-cinema’ movement to which they were deemed to belong, principally by dint of their 1969 masterpiece Salesman, perhaps the pinnacle of the genre.”
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