The Kennedy Family In White

I’m old-fashioned: no white before Memorial Day or after Labor Day. One family certainly observed this rule. The Kennedy family is practically synonymous with classic American summer: tennis and iced teas and taking the boat out on the Nantucket Sound. The seaside village of Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, boasts perfectly weathered wooden docks, briny air, and rows of oversize shingled cottages. Read more »

Art World Descends On Cuba

Once the Art World discovers a place, you can bet that McDonald’s and Starbucks aren’t far behind. Friday marked the opening of the 12th edition of the Havana Biennial, an event that has the art world abuzz. First launched in 1984 as an exhibition devoted to showcasing the the works of artists from Latin America, it has since morphed into a sprawling international affair with plenty of ancillary events. In the last half dozen years, it has attracted collectors, curators and arts writers from all over the U.S. and Europe who jet to Havana to see and buy art. But this year, it is freighted with a special anticipation. For this year’s edition represents the first iteration of the biennial in the wake of the the recent political rapprochement between Read more »

Badalamenti To Do New “Twin Peaks” Score

The man behind the musical style often referred to as “Lynchian” has confirmed his place in the new Twin Peaks reboot: Angelo Badalamenti, who scored the original show, not to mention “Blue Velvet” and “Mulholland Drive,” is the latest “Twin Peaks” alumni added to the lineup of the forthcoming series. At a recent panel in Seattle (via fansite Welcome to Twin Peaks), cast members Sherilyn Fenn and Sheryl Lee announced that Badalamenti would return with new music for the score, as well as revealing that there will be 18 episodes in the new series and that Twede’s Cafe in North Bend will be restored as Read more »

Neil Young Premieres “Starbucks Now”

Neil Young has shared an excerpt of a live performance of “Rock Starbucks”, a song from “The Monsanto Years,” his forthcoming LP. You can watch it here, via Democracy Now — it begins at the 26:23 mark. Here are some sample lyrics: “If you don’t like to rock Starbucks, a coffee shop / Well, you better change your station ’cause that ain’t all that we got / Yeah, I want a cup of coffee, but I don’t want a GMO.” It’s worth pointing out that last year, Young urged his fans to boycott Starbucks over their alleged ties to Monsanto. The record will Read more »

“Game Of Thrones”: A True Rarity

Sunday’s episode of “Game of Thrones,” called “The Gift,” wasn’t much for challenging Westerosi status quo. Most in-progress plotlines carried on, more or less, as expected. All the worst things in the world kept happening to Sansa, Daenerys continued bowing to pressure from the Masters, Littlefinger continued spinning his inscrutable web of double- and triple-crossings, and Cersei kept right on digging herself into a hole that even she can’t extract herself from anymore. But the episode did deal viewers a true rarity, something we’ve possibly never seen on this show: a painless, natural death.

He Paints Obama Every Day

Ever since Barack Obama was inaugurated on 20 January 2009, American pop art artist Rob Pruitt has combed through the president’s day and painted his own rendition of it. Now, more than 2,000 paintings surveying Obama’s time in office have been plastered across the walls of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, rendered in red, white and blue. This is not Pruitt’s only daily project. He has an eBay store where he posts one object from his apartment each day. The funds from that endeavour go to a charity at the end of each year. And at the studio, he says people draw on lunch tables and calendars.

“Grace Of Monaco”: Star-Studded, Lavish

Don’t forget to set your DVRs tonight. The New York Times notes: ‘”Grace of Monaco” is a Lifetime movie…that stars Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly in a not-so-happily-ever-after stage. It’s not good, of course, but it is kind of great, almost irresistible. This is a star-studded, lavishly made drama that falls into that special niche: If it were any better, it would be worse.’