The Female Artist Left Out Of “Sgt Pepper”

The cover of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band, The Beatles‘ best-selling album, has etched itself into British pop culture. Five decades on, the brightly coloured line-up of John, Ringo, Paul and George surrounded by a celebrity motley crew remains instantly recognizable. This record sleeve is still, despite his 60-year-career, Peter Blake‘s most famous work – something his representatives say “gets a bit tedious.” Blake didn’t, however, work alone. His then wife, American artist Jann Haworth, says she was jointly commissioned by art dealer Robert ‘Groovy Bob’ Fraser. But Read more »

Christine Ebersole Sings Beautifully, Too!

Only in a musical about two cosmetics titans would a character deliver a torch song to a color. War Paint, now on Broadway, follows the rivalry between beauty tycoons Helena Rubinstein (Patti LuPone), a Polish immigrant, and Elizabeth Arden (Christine Ebersole), an Ontario farm girl turned Manhattan socialite. Late in the second act, as mass-market companies start to take over the makeup scene and push the old guard out, Arden attempts to stay solvent by signing away both her name and her signature color — the pink that graces all her packaging. In this solo, a lovely and complex highlight of the show, Arden reflects on the shade that will literally follow her to her grave. The War Paint cast album comes out via Ghostlight Records on Friday, May 26. Listen to Pink here.

Ben Platt Sings So Beautifully

Even before Dear Evan Hansen opened on Broadway in December 2016, star Ben Platt had been appearing on the late-night circuit. Usually the critically acclaimed actor sings the show’s anthem, “Waving Through a Window” (or his duet with co-star Laura Dreyfuss, “Only Us”). On the May 22 episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Platt sang the less-heard but equally moving “For Forever.” Accompanied by a fuller orchestra than seen on Broadway, Platt had the crowd cheering.

“Why I Stopped Going To The Movies”

Sarah Jane expresses what a lot of us are feeling:’Fuck phones, man. Why, oh why, can’t people go 120 minutes without checking the fucking thing while watching a movie? I don’t get it. You are not that important. “What about my kids I left with the babysitter?” If you’re that worried about it, don’t go watch a movie. “What about that text coming in?” Yeah, the text that says “lol u funny. what R U doin?”, fuck that text. If you physically cannot restrain yourself from checking your phone every five minutes DO NOT GO TO THE MOVIES. It’s as simple as that. I shouldn’t have to suffer for your addiction to SnapChat.’

“New Mutants” Sets Its Stars

The New Mutants, the long anticipated X-Men spinoff movie, is going to be a comic book film that goes in an unusual direction. “We are making a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe,” director Josh Boone says. “There are no costumes. There are no supervillains. We’re trying to do something very, very different.” Game of Thrones‘ Maisie Williams (pictured) has been cast in the role of Wolfsbane and Split actress Anya Taylor-Joy as Magik. Sources close to the production say that Henry Zaga, seen most recently in 13 Reasons Why (where he played Tony’s boyfriend, Brad), will soon be announced in the role of Sunspot.

Explore Wilco’s “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot”

As one of the founders of Uncle Tupelo, Jeff Tweedy helped jumpstart the alt-country movement in the early 1990s. But in Wilco – the band that rose from Uncle Tupelo’s ashes – the singer-songwriter set his sights on more ambitious musical adventures. The video above explores the resulting album, “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.”

The Vitality Of The “Berlin Painter”

James Romm writes: ‘Only twice in modern times have museums surveyed the career of a single Greek vase painter, and both shows were at major international institutions (the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1985 and Berlin’s Staatliche Museum in 1990-1991). Thus it is a marvel that the more modest Princeton University Art Museum has assembled a vast selection of the works of the master referred to as the Berlin Painter, who lived in Athens in the early fifth century BC. The show charts the development…of an artist whose name, nationality, and even gender remain unknown, but whose distinctive and confident illustration in the red-figure style stands out as clearly as any signature.’