This Year’s Oscars: Parallels From The Past


I was going to extol Viola’s speech and Michael J. Fox’s appearance and Jimmy Kimmel‘s hosting and Justin Timberlake’s opening and the appearance of Katherine Johnson and so much more, but they all pale pale pale in contrast to that insane ending. I’m so happy that “Moonlight” won! As LW’s Oscar maven Rex Okpodu pointed out before the ceremony, a likely past parallel for this year was 1972, when a musical (“Cabaret“) won the most awards with eight but a drama (“The Godfather”) won best picture along with an acting award and a screenplay accolade — just like “Moonlight.”

LGBT Mini-Series Begins Tonight

The NY Times reviews: ‘“When We Rise,” ABC’s sweeping four-night history of the gay rights movement, is a rebuttal. As a television drama, it often plays like a high-minded, dutiful educational video. But at its best moments, it’s also a timely statement that identity is not just an abstraction but a matter of family, livelihood, life and death.’

Reconsidering “Weezer (Blue Album)”

Pitchfork intones: ‘Weezer’s 1994 debut, filled with geeky humor, dense cultural references, and positively gargantuan hooks, took alt-rock in a striking new direction.’

Confronting The Landscape

“Mirage,” a new work by the artist Doug Aitken, has popped up in the California desert. The work, a facsimile of a suburban ranch-style house with mirrored surfaces, is part of the exhibition of site-specific works, Desert X, founded by Susan Davis and curated by artistic director Neville Wakefield, which opens to the public this past weekend (25 February-20 April).

Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: “Get Out” offers suspense and horror…”My Life as a Zucchini” may entertain the kids. TV/Streaming: Friday brings more New York City Ballet performances…I must admit that I lost interest in “Victoria” after Albert entered the picture. Music: Alison Krauss takes us to the “Windy City.”…I’ve gotten a little obsessed with Borns. Books: “The Vanishing Velazquez” is a fascinating episode of cultural history. Sports: Why do the Knicks ever need to win? The Garden sells out regardless. Finally: The Oscars ain’t what they were when I was a lad — but I watch the broadcast anyway.

Rex’s Final Oscar Predictions

Our resident expert Rex Okpodu has sifted through all the clues and come up with his annual Academy Award predictions. The closest major race is Best Actor: Rex picks Denzel and I pick Casey. Otherwise, I agree with his choices. The Oscars will be held this Sunday, with Jimmy Kimmel as the host. Read more »

Defunding The NEA: Impact On Museums

As the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) faces an uncertain future, arts groups are bracing for the loss of federal grants that support hundreds of exhibitions, performances, residencies and local arts councils each year. Its fate could soon be decided: the South Carolina congressman Mick Mulvaney, known for his hard-line views against government spending, was narrowly confirmed to lead the Office of Management and Budget this month. President Trump is expected to submit his proposal for the federal budget in March, and nine agencies have been targeted for the chopping block, including the NEA, the National Endowment for the Humanities and public television. Details.