Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: It’s all about “The Hunger Games” this weekend, unless you desire to catch up with more serious fare like “The Theory of Everything” and “Nightcrawler.” Television: A friend of mine wants his tombstone to read: “He never saw CATS.” He’ll have to avoid PBS on Friday…If I had a nickel for everyone who urges me to start watching “Homeland” again I could almost afford Christmas presents. Music: Who the hell is Pentatonix?… Why did Old Horse Face never record a holiday album? Books: “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” by New York Times columnist Charles Blow, is sensitively written. Sports: I can’t keep up with the weekly upsets in college football. Finally: Did you survive the cold this week by buying a plane ticket to a warm destination?

Angelina To Retire From Acting

She says that when she finishes filming the upcoming “Cleopatra” movie she will retire from acting. You wanna make a bet right now that within five years some juicy project will coax her out of retirement? She’s much too young to announce a retirement from anything. I love Angelina, but she’s always been a drama queen.

O’Keeffe Sets Record For Woman Artist

A painting of a white blossom of a weed, which once hung in George W Bush’s dining room, has set a world record for a work of art by a woman after a bidder paid $44.4 million for the Georgia O’Keeffe piece. The 1932 painting “Jimson Weed/White Flower No 1″ fetched more than three times the auction estimate of $10m-$15m when it was sold at Sotheby’s in New York on Thursday. It thrashed the previous highest price paid for an O’Keeffe work – $6.2m at Christie’s in New York in 2001 – and was more than double the record for a female artist, set in May when Joan Mitchell’s “Untitled” sold for $11.9m at Christie’s. O’Keeffe’s painting was sold by Read more »

Obama Takes Spotlight At Latin Grammys

Enrique Iglesias and Uruguayan singer Jorge Drexler were the big winners at the annual Latin Grammys on Thursday in a ceremony where U.S. immigration politics played a prominent role. Iglesias won three Latin Grammys, including song of the year, while Drexler and French-Chilean singer Ana Tijoux won record of the year for their song “Universos Paralelos.” Late Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia, whose album “Cancion Andaluza” won album of the year, won two Latin Grammys, the Latin music industry’s top honors. The renowned musician died of a heart attack in February at age 66. But U.S. politics and President Barack Obama‘s new immigration order that could Read more »

How To Get Away With Garbarge


My reverence for Viola Davis had me faithfully watching her “Getting Away with Murder” all fall. I cheered when it emerged as a breakout hit in the ratings: finally, Davis, a great actress, would have the fame she deserved. But as I watched each week’s episode a voice grew within me: is it just me, or is this show pretty awful? It wasn’t just me: my friend, the journalist Kevin Sessums, thought it was flimsy from the first. He said, “The only ones getting away with murder are the writers.” I now agree. The show’s coked-out editing, nighttime blurriness, the dark intensity that feels more like “True Blood” (without the camp) — all of these have worn me down. And does Davis have to be crying or shrieking in every scene? She couldn’t have one light moment? “How To Get Away with Murder” is the fall’s biggest new TV hit: also it’s biggest disappointment.

JC Mitchell To Return To “Hedwig”

Hooray! John Cameron Mitchell, the writer and original star of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” is returning to her miniskirt, wigs and high heels. Mitchell said on Thursday that he will take over from Michael C Hall, the current drag star “Hedwig,” in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production on 21 January 2015. (Oh, and by the way, Mitchell recently corrected me when I referred to the character and show as “Hed-wig.” It’s pronounced “Hed-vig.” Got that?) “The extremeness of what I have to do is the daunting part, getting my voice back and my body back,” Mitchell said. “It’s the emotional side that I’m most Read more »

Sleater-Kinney Previews New Songs

Last month, the reunited Sleater-Kinney shared “Bury Our Friends,” the lead single from their forthcoming LP “No Cities to Love.” Now, in an interview with NPR’s All Songs Considered, the band has shared snippets of two new songs from the album. You can listen to the interview here. “Surface Envy” is played at 19:19 and “No Cities to Love” at 32:39.