December 15, 2009 |
Say the words "gay cowboy" and chances are the conversation will turn to "Brokeback Mountain," the 2005 film starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, and based on the Annie Proulx short story. The Oscar-winning drama, which is set in the 1960s to '80s, highlighted a long-submerged facet of frontier culture. But as a new series at the Autry National Center shows, the presence of homosexuals and transgender individuals in the American West is much older than the movie might lead you to think.
June 30, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - At first, Heather Bell thought the falling woman was part of the show. She turned to her sister Madelyn and said, "Whoa. " Cirque du Soleil's performance of "Ka" - an elaborate acrobatic production featuring the company's trademark, daring aerial work - had reached its climactic battle scene Saturday night when something went horribly wrong. Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31, a seven-year Cirque veteran known as Sassoon, had been dangling near a catwalk hidden far above the stage at the MGM Grand hotel and casino when the Bell sisters saw her go into a free fall and tumble out of sight, into the stage's pit. "It was just an instant," said Madelyn Bell, 17, of Pensacola, Fla. "She just fell.
December 15, 2010 |
The Italian street artist Blu, whose anti-war mural was removed from the wall of the Geffen Contemporary building last week before the public could see it, has called the destruction of his mural by the Museum of Contemporary Art a form of censorship. Others say it was spectacularly bad planning on the part of the museum, which did not receive a proposal from the artist in advance of his starting work. MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch said Monday that he ordered the whitewash of the mural because its imagery ?