October 27, 1987 |
Mexican painter Rufino Tamayo has been named Honorary French Member of the Arts by the French ambassador to Mexico, Jacques Alain de Sedouy. The honor is awarded to "exceptional people who have been distinguished in the creation and propagation of culture both in and outside of France," Sedouy said, calling Tamayo "one of the greatest creators of contemporary artistic language." Italy, Spain, Argentina and the United States have also bestowed artistic honors on the octogenarian artist.
November 29, 2012 |
Peter Ho-Sun Chan's "Dragon" begins as many Chinese martial arts films do, with bucolic village scenes that give way to a destructive, stunt-laden fight. In this case, the conflict is between interloping thugs threatening a shopkeeper, and a paper mill craftsman named Jin-xi (Donnie Yen) whose martial artistry saves the day. What follows, though, is not the typical hero's tale, but a quasi-brooding mix of "Columbo" and "A History of Violence. " Sent to investigate the thugs' deaths, rational-minded detective Xu Bai-jiu (Takeshi Kaneshiro)
July 5, 2013 |
The ancient Greek myth about Alcestis and her self-sacrifice for her spouse has seen countless versions over the centuries, from Euripides and John Milton to Handel, Gluck and Thornton Wilder. It receives a tart postmodern spin in “Alcestis” at Boston Court Performing Arts Center in Pasadena. A co-production with the Theatre@Boston Court, this striking deconstruction by Critical Mass Performance Group deploys vintage physical-theater techniques under writer-director Nancy Keystone's shrewd eye. Projected at the outset: “How do you live with the fact of your death every moment of every day?
June 17, 2013 |
Ira Silverberg, the high-powered literary agent who left New York to become the director of Literature Programs at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C., is returning to his roots. The NEA announced Monday that Silverberg, who joined the agency in October 2011, will depart the agency on July 11. In a statement, Silverberg said, "My time here has been nothing but extraordinary. Having had a chance to see, first hand, the various transitions our field is going through -- podcasts, e-books, changes in the retail landscape -- has been humbling.
April 27, 2013 |
TUPELO, Miss. - FBI agents arrested a Mississippi martial arts instructor early Saturday in the bizarre case of poisoned letters sent to President Obama, a U.S. senator and a local judge. James Everett Dutschke was arrested without incident at his Tupelo home shortly before 1 a.m., FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden told The Times. Dutschke, a former candidate for the Mississippi Legislature, became the prime suspect in the mailings after charges were dropped Tuesday against Paul Kevin Curtis, a celebrity impersonator from Corinth, Miss.
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November 27, 2012 |
Wendell D. Garrett, a historian and authority on American decorative arts who was widely known for his appearances as an appraiser on the long-running PBS series "Antiques Roadshow," has died. He was 83. Garrett died Nov. 14 of natural causes at a hospice facility in Williston, Vt., where he had moved recently from Manhattan. His former wife, Elisabeth Garrett Widmer, confirmed his death. Known for his broad expertise, a courtly manner and his delight in sharing knowledge, Wendell Garrett appeared on every season of the American version of "Antiques Roadshow" since its launch in 1997.