March 30, 2008 |
The woman with a million faces is bringing them to Showtime. Starting tonight, the British comic who began her career as a pop vocalist is up to some of her old tricks in "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union." For a half-hour every week, she offers viewers a day in the life of America, playing a mind-boggling cast of characters including well-known celebrities and the homeless woman recently dumped on the street after her health insurance ran out.
August 10, 2005 |
IMITATION is the sincerest form of thievery, and no car is more sincere than the new Hyundai Sonata. The first car issued from the loins of a new billion-dollar factory in Montgomery, Ala. -- chances are you've seen the ads trumpeting Hyundai's investment in the right-to-work homeland -- the Sonata is to the Honda Accord what the tribute band Zoso is to Led Zeppelin, a startlingly faithful rendition of the original at state fair prices. But ultimately not very original.
March 26, 2005 |
Elephants have an unusual ability to mimic and learn new sounds, which scientists believe they use as a form of acoustic communication. Birds, bats, primates and marine mammals do it, but this is the first time the trait has been found in elephants, said Joyce Poole of the Amboseli Elephant Research Project in Nairobi, Kenya. "Elephants appear to be capable of imitating other sounds, including those that are not part of their repertoire," Poole said.
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May 18, 2000 |
Simon says: Walk my walk. Simon says: Talk my talk. Simon says: Imitate. Such copycat games of follow the leader, dependent on matching the actions of others, are the stuff of childhood afternoons and nursery school play. Now, research also reveals that they are incorporated into the bedrock of the brain itself as an important natural tool for development and learning.
July 26, 1998 |
The Appalachian sounds, subject matter nd syntax still seem a bit suspect coming from a Los Angeles-raised singer-songwriter--especially with the wealth of "authentic" material available now. Sure, some top-flight artists have done amazing things appropriating from other cultures--e.g., Mick Jagger singing American blues. Much of this music by Welch and her partner David Rawlings, though, is mere stylistic mimicry.
February 24, 1998 |
Decades ago, artists generally spent years in relative obscurity, showing their work only to a few friends. In a speedier world, artists crave the spotlight. Further down the food chain, dealers, collectors and critics find themselves frantically chasing what they hope will be tomorrow's wonders. That's simply the way it is in a post-Warholian world. Nevertheless, it can feel faintly ridiculous to be standing in a gallery and taking notes on works by artists who may not be ready for prime time.