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Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor dies at age 79 – The Washington Post

 

 

By Adam Bernstein, Wednesday, March�23,�9:10 AM

Elizabeth Taylor, , a voluptuous violet-eyed actress who lived a life of luster and anguish and spent more than six decades as one of the world’s most visible women for her two Academy Awards, eight marriages, ravaging illnesses and work in AIDS philanthropy, died Wednesday at age 79.

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March 23, 2011 Posted by | art, culture, entertainment, history, photography, social | | 2 Comments

Jill Clayburgh, Oscar-nominated actress and Broadway veteran, dies at 66 of leukemia

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Jill Clayburgh, Oscar-nominated actress and Broadway veteran, dies at 66 of leukemia.

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November 6, 2010 Posted by | art, culture, death, entertainment, photography, social | , , , , | 1 Comment

Top US ballet troupe returns to Cuba | Stage | guardian.co.uk

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Top US ballet troupe returns to Cuba | Stage | guardian.co.uk.

ABT in Cuba: Dancers of the American Ballet Theatre perform in Havana, Cuba
The New York-based American Ballet Theatre (ABT) perform Theme and Variations, choreographed by George Balanchine, at the Karl Marx theatre in Havana

 

 

November 4, 2010 Posted by | art, culture, entertainment, global, history, media, social | , , , | Leave a comment

Theater Review – Driving Miss Daisy – ‘Driving Miss Daisy,’ With James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave – NYTimes.com

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Theater Review – Driving Miss Daisy – ‘Driving Miss Daisy,’ With James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave – NYTimes.com.

James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave are, by anyone’s reckoning, two of the last of these titans — stars of uncommon stature (in all senses) who, in combined years of experience, have known and commanded the stage for more than a century. Their fiery, shadow-casting presences have illuminated some of the most challenging roles in world theater. And I would see them in absolutely anything. Even “Driving Miss Daisy,” which opened on Monday night at the Golden Theater.

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November 4, 2010 Posted by | art, entertainment | , , , , | Leave a comment

The 99: the Islamic superheroes getting into bed with Batman | Books | The Observer

The 99: the Islamic superheroes getting into bed with Batman | Books | The Observer.

Even if you deliberately set out to try to dream up the least probable superhero ever, it’s unlikely that you’d manage to come up with a character as far-fetched as Batina the Hidden. Forget Wonder Worm, or a man born with the powers of a newt, Batina is a superhero of a kind the world hasn’t until now seen. It’s not just that she’s a Muslim woman, from a country best known for harbouring al-Qaida operatives – Yemen – but that she wears an altogether new kind of super-person costume: a burqa.

She, along with her fellow crime-fighters, a vast team of characters from around the world, including Jabbar the Powerful from Saudi Arabia and Hadya the Guide from London, collectively known as “The 99”, are the world’s first Islam-inspired superheroes. And this week, in what is perhaps the ultimate comic-book accolade, they will join forces with Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. DC Comics, the US publishinggiant, will publish the first of six special crossover issues in which The 99 will be fighting crime alongside the Justice League of America, the fictional superhero team that includes Superman and Batman.

What’s even more remarkable is that The 99 only came into being in 2007 with some remarkable firsts: the first comic book superheroes to have Muslim names and be directed at an international audience and the first to come out of the Middle East. Crossovers don’t happen often and even less often with characters that are just three years old. Even The 99’s creator and mastermind, a Kuwaiti-born, American-educated psychologist and entrepreneur called Naif al-Mutawa, seems to be having some trouble believing the Superman link-up.

 

October 23, 2010 Posted by | art, children, culture, entertainment, global, humor, Islam, Muslim, religion, social | , , , , | 1 Comment

Troubled waters: Paintings show Venice in decline – Features, Art – The Independent

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Photos MORE PICTURES FROM THE EXHIBITIONTroubled waters: Paintings show Venice in decline – Features, Art – The Independent.

Within three decades of the death of Canaletto in 1768, the assiduous painter of Venetian cityscapes, Venice itself, that great maritime empire of yesteryear, was finally humbled and sacked by a tempestuous, megalomaniacal Corsican called Napoleon Bonaparte.

 

In 1797, the great bronze horses of San Marco, which had themselves been pillaged from Constantinople by the rampantVenetians during the Fourth Crusade, were dragged back to Paris (along with a great deal more cultural loot) to adorn the newly refurbished capital. The glory that had once been Venice had finally passed, like a breath on the wind. The sometime Queen of the Adriatic, now toothless, would henceforth live the afterlife of a brilliant, powerless spectacle. Robbed of political clout, it would decline into the sweetest place on earth for partying and romancing and dreaming. And, every second summer, for a good deal of art blether too.

 

October 19, 2010 Posted by | art, culture, history | , , , , | Leave a comment

Great Works: Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (1524), Parmigianino – Great Works, Art – The Independent

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Since Brunelleschi created linear perspective early in the 15th century, thousands of painters have created the illusion of credible three-dimensional worlds into which we have all been invited to step. Some painters have found that depth of illusionism too shallow a challenge. They have wanted to persuade us that there are super-subtle tricks of painterly effect which make mere three-dimensional illusionism seem as easy as winking by comparison.

 

 

 

The Mannerist painter Parmigianino painted his Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror in 1524 when he was 21 years of age – in fact, he may have been slightly younger. It was thought by the great 16th-century biographer Vasari in the first version of his life of the painter, written about 30 years after Parmigianino’s death, that it may have been painted as a gift for Pope Clement VII. Parmigianano made it, quite deliberately, as a bravura performance, to prove, at a stroke, his own brilliance, and Vasari duly waxed lyrical about its extraordinary qualities. This was not the only time that Parmigianio was to paint or to draw his own features. Like Rembrandt, he found his own image utterly absorbing. Unlike Rembrandt, however, Parmigianino died young – at the age of 37 – and so he was not able to chart the fascinating subject of the ageing of human flesh.

 

 

via Great Works: Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (1524), Parmigianino – Great Works, Art – The Independent.

 

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October 16, 2010 Posted by | art, culture, history, middle ages, social | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Once In a Lifetime River Tour Starts Here! Unfortunately, Everybody’s Dead : Krulwich Wonders… : NPR

Once In a Lifetime River Tour Starts Here! Unfortunately, Everybody’s Dead : Krulwich Wonders… : NPR. click on link for zoom

This is Cincinnati on Sunday, September 24th, 1848—162 years ago. The picture, a daguerreotype taken by Charles Fontayne and William Porter (who were standing on the other side of the Ohio River), is so fantastically sharp you can-with your mouse – step right onto the streets, onto the riverboats, peek through windows, explore rooftops as if you had slipped into the 1840’s with a pass key.

October 5, 2010 Posted by | art, history | | Leave a comment

Hes an Art Collector and Hes OK: John Cleese Puts Paintings Up for Sale >

Hes an Art Collector and Hes OK: John Cleese Puts Paintings Up for Sale >.

October 5, 2010 Posted by | art | Leave a comment

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