December 24, 2013 |
Forget the jolly fat man in the red suit. In Belfast, Northern Ireland's capital, kids and adults flock to see the Black Santa. Come rain or shine (or snow), the man known as Black Santa sits on the steps of Belfast Cathedral, the Cathedral Church of St Anne from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. from Dec. 17 to Christmas Eve. He's not there to give away gifts but to collect for about 150 local charities. This Santa derives his name from the Anglican clerical cloak (or cowl) that the dean of the cathedral wears.
December 5, 2013 |
From Gene Davis in the 1960s to Tim Bavington in the 2000s, stripes have been a resilient format for abstract paintings. That's surprising, given the seemingly limited range of possibilities of parallel straight lines on a canvas. Now, add Brian Wills to the list of inventive practitioners. The most satisfying of a dozen recent works at Nye + Brown are five striped works on flat, square wood panels. (The others are more sculptural, including shallow boxes, wedges and cubes.) Wills alternates stripes of textured enamel paint in various widths and colors with stripes made from dense rows of single-strand rayon thread stretched taut across the surface.
December 4, 2013 |
From bateau-style T-shirts, to Marc Jacobs' spring 2012 graphic Mod black-and-white runway extravaganza and beyond, stripes are the fashion trend that just won't end. They've been hot on the streets and at retail for going on four years now. But whereas most celebs would have shied away from wearing potentially unflattering lines on the red carpet, that's not the case now. Tuesday night at a screening of “American Hustle” in Los Angeles,...
August 27, 2013 |
A jaunty striped jacket worn by Dick Van Dyke's Bert the chimney sweep character in Disney's 1964 multiple-Oscar-winning musical "Mary Poppins" is up for bid in a quick two-day online auction, the Nate D. Sanders auction house announced Tuesday. The jacket (or versions of it - it's worth noting that costume designers routinely create multiples of each garment - it was even that way with Dorothy's ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz") is worn by Van Dyke's character in the memorable live action/animation scene in which his character Bert sings "Jolly Holiday" and dances it out with a passel of penguins.
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August 18, 2013 |
It's not very often that the ACLU gets love from the religious right, but after a Tennessee judge took it upon herself to rename a 7-month-old boy because she found his name offensive to Christians, the civil liberties group, which had strenuously objected, found some new friends. "I got the classic call the other day," said Hedy Weinberg, executive director of the ACLU of Tennessee, who called the judge's action "totally unacceptable. " "They said, 'I really don't like the ACLU, but I support what you are saying and doing about the baby Messiah.
August 13, 2013 |
The two women of Deap Vally are really bummed out by the idea of a walk of shame. You know, the ritualistic morning skulk back home after hooking up with someone you probably won't call again. They're not torn up about the hookup part, though. It's the shame that seems dumb. "We always knew we wanted to write about that idea of a 'Walk of Shame,'" said drummer and co-vocalist Julie Edwards. "It always bugged me, that there's this neurosis that just turns on in your head afterwards.