April 22, 2013 |
There have been a number of stage plays devoted to the lives of visual artists -- Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso and Mark Rothko have all received the grand theatrical treatment. But Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is unlike the others in that he is a bonafide online phenomenon in addition to being a creative force. Howard Brenton's #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei" -- the hashtag refers to the artist's prolific Twitter habit -- opened last week in London at the Hampstead Theatre. The English-language play is based on the book by journalist Barnaby Martin and features British actor Benedict Wong as the artist. The plot focuses on Ai's 81 days in secret detention in 2011, and the relationship that formed between the artist and his guards.
March 8, 2013 |
Reports from Bloomberg and the Financial Times say dozens of people became sick after eating last month at Noma in Copenhagen, known for its modern Nordic cuisine and often referred to as "the best restaurant in the world. " Danish food inspectors said 63 diners who ate there from Feb. 12 to 16 were ill with vomiting and diarrhea and a kitchen employee also was sickened. [ Correction, March 9: An earlier version of this post cited a report stating 63 of a total 78 diners were affected; there were a total of 435 guests.]
August 16, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- A top Republican donor and outspoken critic of the Dodd-Frank financial reforms has called on Mitt Romney to pursue tougher regulations and force big banks to be more transparent. Paul Singer, a billionaire hedge fund manager and chairman of Elliott Associates, recently raised the issue with Romney officials, according to the Financial Times, when he sent the officials his firm's quarterly investor letter, which argues that a financial “black hole” looms without tougher controls on banks.
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July 30, 2011 |
Reporting from Sacramento -- Republican state Sen. Sam Blakeslee said Friday that he had reached into his own pocket to buy the luxury SUV originally purchased with public funds for his official use, including the commute between Sacramento and his San Luis Obispo district. After ordering the $39,975 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid with heated leather seats — one of the most expensive choices by a senator during these tough economic times, it turned out — Blakeslee apparently suffered buyer's remorse and wanted to drive something more modest. But the dealership wouldn't take the car back. So the Senate Rules Committee got stuck with the vehicle, using it as a high-end taxi to shuttle lawmakers to and from the airport. A quick resale was ruled out because, like all new vehicles, the Lincoln lost a considerable amount of value as soon as it was driven off the lot. "To ensure a responsible resolution and no cost to the taxpayer, Blakeslee has personally bought the car from Senate Rules at the original purchase price," his spokeswoman, Erin Shaw, wrote in an email to The Times on Friday.
June 16, 2010 |
At Bar Marmont late Monday and into Tuesday's wee hours, the Chivas flowed, tuxedo ties came loose and conversation burbled. Executives for some of the world's top luxury brands made the scene, along with guests of … what's that? … a newspaper? Yes, a newspaper — or, more accurately, a multi-platform journalistic enterprise — brought investors, marketers, entrepreneurs and other luminaries together this week to rub elbows and consider subjects such as overcoming extravagance guilt and "the narrative behind the luxury purchase."
December 10, 2009 |
Tapping into widespread public anger, the British government Wednesday unveiled a one-time tax on bankers' bonuses to discourage big year-end rewards and to wrestle back some of the taxpayer money that went into bailing out the financial sector. Any bonus exceeding 25,000 pounds, or about $41,000, will be hit with a 50% levy under the new policy announced by Alistair Darling, Britain's chancellor of the exchequer. Darling told Parliament the tax was only fair because the government injected billions of pounds into the banking system to help it stay afloat through the global financial crisis.