August 22, 2013 |
Was the college you attended -- and, hopefully, graduated from -- a good deal? And what about the college your son/daughter attended, or is attending? No, it's not a trick question. On Thursday, President Obama proposed , as The Times reported, “a new rating system that would reward universities that provide better value for students' tuition dollars”: By 2018, the Department of Education would seek to use that rating system to reward colleges providing the best value, allocating larger grants to universities that see better outcomes.
July 8, 2013 |
The celebrity and pop-culture infused art of Richard Phillips hasn't won him many fans among serious art critics. Whatever his merits as an artist may be, it's safe to say that Phillips excels at making a media splash, which some would argue is its own creative form. In 2011, the New York artist created a 1 1/2-minute art video featuring Lindsay Lohan emerging from a pool in Malibu. (Gagosian Gallery, which represents Phillips, released the video online around the same time the actress was entering house arrest.)
HOME & GARDEN
June 22, 2013 |
I have a crush on my polo pony. His name is Leon. Many polo ponies come from other countries. Leon is American. The last time I drove a domestic was a Chevy rental. Liked it well enough to try again. So Leon and I are a couple now. At least for an afternoon, while I learn to play polo out in Temecula. Last week, hang gliding. This week, polo. Please don't mock me, though I certainly would if I were you. It's as if I've suddenly awakened as a thrill-seeking playboy, the algorithms of my next fortune dancing in my pretty little head.
June 16, 2013 |
There was a moment at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday night when a question came to mind that felt a little like a Zen koan: If you hear a guitar solo but can't see a guitar, did the solo really happen? It's the sort of thought perhaps associated with backing tracks and radio-ready pop, but this was the Playboy Jazz Festival, and the source was unquestionably live in the vocal group Naturally 7, which closed a set steeped with hip-hop and R&B with an a cappella take on George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps.
June 13, 2013 |
The question surely came up at some point during last year's Playboy Jazz Festival, which saw the retirement of its longtime master of ceremonies: Can there be a festival without Bill Cosby? Of course, it's just a rhetorical notion because the festival was never solely about Cosby, who was always a comforting (and comfortable) presence at the side of the stage, whether interjecting elements of goofy fun into the gathering's yearly roster of high school jazz bands or playfully sitting in on percussion with his ad-hoc band, the Cos of Good Music.
May 21, 2013 |
Groping in the grotto isn't the only thing the Playboy Mansion is good for. Magazine publisher Hugh Hefner passes out awards there, too. On Wednesday, Norman Lear will get his turn. The 1970s sitcom legend - the man behind "All in the Family," "The Jeffersons" and more - will get a Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the annual Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Awards. In addition to his TV producing work, the 90-year-old Lear became a liberal activist, founding People for the American Way in 1981.