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Carol Channing, 97

“The blonde, saucer-eyed Broadway musical comedy star … was associated with one role — Dolly Gallagher Levi in Jerry Herman’s Hello Dolly! … Ms. Channing was said to have never missed a performance in Dolly during its first Broadway run beginning in 1964, and played the part countless other times over the years in a variety of national tours.” — Playbill
Tags: Art, People, Broadway, Dolly, Carol Channing, Channing, Dolly Gallagher Levi, Jerry Herman, 01.15.19


Artist/Self-Mutilator Pyotr Pavlensky Sentenced For Setting Fire To Bank Of France

The high-pain-threshold artist, who claimed political asylum in France in May 2017, ignited the façade of the country’s central bank the following October. A court has sentenced him to time served (a year) plus a two-year suspended sentence. His ex-girlfriend, who fled with him, received a 16-month suspended sentence. The pair was also fined more than €21,000, which they say they won’t pay. — Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, France, People, Bank of France, 01.11.19


Bass Theo Adam Dead At 92

“A distinguished Wagnerian and Strauss specialist, his more than four-decade international career saw him perform on the world’s greatest stages, but it was the Bayreuth Festival that he made his artistic home.” — Limelight (Australia)
Tags: Art, People, Strauss, 01.14.19


Hugh Grant Makes Appeal For Return Of Script Stolen From His Car

“In the unlikely chance that anyone knows who broke into my car tonight and stole my bag, please try and persuade them to at least return my script. Many weeks worth of notes and ideas. And perhaps my children’s medical cards.” – Variety
Tags: Art, People, Hugh Grant, 01.14.19


Mahershala Ali On His Long Rise To Fame – And Being A Muslim In America Right Now

Ali, who won an Oscar for his work in the 2017 movie Moonlight and just won a Golden Globe for Green Book, had been tooling around as “the black guy” in movies for years. Then the script for Moonlight came up. Did he want to play a drug dealer? Turned out he did. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Mahershala Ali, America, People, Ali, Moonlight, 01.12.19


Alfred Glancy III, A Detroit Businessman Who Helped Save The DSO, Has Died At 80

Glancy “was perhaps the best example in his time of a Detroit business leader who took on important civic roles.” His leadership helped bring the orchestra back from an underfunded brink in the early 1990s. – Detroit Free Press
Tags: Art, People, Detroit, DSO, Glancy, 01.11.19, Alfred Glancy


‘The Most Trusted Woman On TV’, Reporter Sylvia Chase, Dead At 80

“[Her] professionalism and perseverance in the 1970s helped a generation of women infiltrate the boys club of television news … She broke ground on topics like sex abuse in the workplace and in prison. She also reported on a diet pill that was linked to lung disease; … racism in law enforcement; and publicly funded programs that provided horrific care for disabled children.” — The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, 01.07.19


Why Did This 11th-Century Woman Have Lapis Lazuli In Her Dental Plaque?

The likely answer not only opens up a new avenue for archaeology, it indicates that a highly-skilled medieval art associated with men (chiefly monks) had female practitioners as well. — The Atlantic
Tags: Art, People, 01.09.19


Mary Kay Stearns, One Of TV’s Very First Sitcom Stars, Dead At 93

Mary Kay and Johnny, starring Stearns and her husband (who wrote the scripts) as a couple not unlike themselves (prefiguring such series as I Love Lucy), told comic tales of a banker and his wife — and, once Mary Kay became pregnant, their child. — The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Lucy, Mary Kay, Johnny, Stearns, 01.08.19, Mary Kay Stearns


What Your Access To Fitness Centers Says About Who You Are

America’s fitness-center availability tracks closely with key markers of socioeconomic class: income, education, and occupation. – CityLab
Tags: Art, America, People, 01.08.19


Art Dealer/Tax Fraudster Mary Boone Tries The Officer Krupke Defense

“New York art dealer Mary Boone in September to filing false tax returns. Now, as she awaits sentencing — which could be up to six years in jail — her lawyers have filed a massive memo calling for leniency from the judge, citing a history of childhood trauma that has left Boone to battle mental illness and addiction.” (Gee, Officer Krupke …) — Artnet
Tags: Art, New York, People, Boone, Krupke, Mary Boone, 01.08.19, Krupke Defense


When The DNA Test Challenges Your Cultural Identity

Dani Shapiro is a writer who spent years exploring her life and identity. Then she took a home DNA test and discovered what she thought she knew about her heritage was wrong… – Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Dani Shapiro, 01.08.19


US Supreme Court Rejects Olivia de Havilland’s Lawsuit Against Miniseries ‘Feud: Bette And Joan’

The 102-year-old actress objected to the FX series’ portrayal of her as a gossipy hypocrite who (this was very important to de Havilland) used dirty words. A California appeals court ruled against her on First Amendment grounds, and the Supreme Courts of both California and (now) the US have refused to reconsider the case. — The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, California, US, People, Joan, Bette, Supreme Courts, 01.07.19, US Supreme Court Rejects Olivia de Havilland


Harpsichordist Blandine Verlet Dead At 76

Regarded as one of the best harpsichordists of her generation, with a repertoire covering four centuries, from William Byrd through Francis Poulenc, Verlet was especially known for her performances and recordings of Bach, Scarlatti, Rameau, and, above all, Couperin. (in French; for Google Translate version, click here) — Le Figaro
Tags: Art, People, William Byrd, Couperin, 12.31.18, Blandine Verlet, Francis Poulenc Verlet, Bach Scarlatti Rameau


Pioneering Animator Don Lusk, 105

“Lusk’s passing is not just the death of a great animator, but the closing of an era in American animation history. He was the last living Disney animator who had made significant contributions to the original animated features produced by Walt Disney, starting with the company’s very first feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937. ” – CartoonBrew
Tags: Art, Disney, People, Walt Disney, Lusk, 12.31.18, Don Lusk


Sandra Oh Caps An Amazing Mid-Career Rise With Hosting The Golden Globes

She won one, too, for Killing Eve. But back to this article: Oh says, “People can pooh-pooh Hollywood all they want – and there is a lot to pooh-pooh, sure – but we also make culture. How many gazillions of people have seen Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians? That changes things.” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Hollywood, People, 01.06.19


Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, Historian Of Black Suffragists, Has Died At 77

Terborg-Penn didn’t let history departments get away without telling a fuller story than the one they had, for decades, been telling. Her work successfully “challenged the existing narrative that was dominated, and framed, by white activists like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Susan B Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 01.04.19, Rosalyn Terborg Penn, Terborg Penn


The Real Louis C.K. And Kevin Spacey Have Finally Emerged

Matt Zoller Seitz: “These types of guys thrive on attention, and if they can’t get the positive kind, they’ll settle for the negative. ‘Oh, sure, they’ve tried to separate us,’ Spaceywood said, inadvertently speaking for Louis C.K. as he emerged from his alt-right chrysalis and flapped his moth wings in Levittown. ‘But what we have is too strong. It’s too powerful.'” — Vulture
Tags: Art, People, Kevin Spacey, Louis C K, Levittown, Matt Zoller Seitz, 12.31.18, Spaceywood, Real Louis C K


Howell Begle, Lawyer Who Fought To Get Early R&B Stars Properly Paid, Dead At 74

“During a years-long pro bono legal fight, Mr. Begle represented [Ruth] Brown and other R&B artists, helping them claim royalties from past sales, industry-standard royalty agreements going forward, and other benefits in what became known as the royalty reform movement.” — The Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, 01.03.19, Howell Begle, Begle, Ruth -RSB- Brown


Opera Star David Daniels Countersues Student Who Alleges Daniels Molested Him

“The [countertenor] filed the suit earlier this month against Andrew Lipian, who accused Daniels of groping him in 2017 in a federal lawsuit which also alleges that the University of Michigan turned a blind eye to allegations of sexual impropriety.” — New York Daily News
Tags: Art, People, University Of Michigan, Daniels, Andrew Lipian, 12.31.18


Edgar Hilsenrath, Survivor Who Found Black Comedy In Holocaust, Dead At 92

Himself a Holocaust survivor, “[Hilsenrath] chronicled the degradations of the ghettos in one novel and dared to turn genocide into satire in another, selling millions of copies and defying critics who said he was too funny, too gruesome and too vulgar.” — The Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Hilsenrath, Edgar Hilsenrath, 01.02.19


Jack Zunz, 94, Engineer Who Made Sydney Opera House Happen

When preparing for construction of architect Jørn Utzon’s design, the Opera House’s original lead engineer could not get his structural calculations for the now-famous roof to work out, and he quit; Zunz took over and used then-new computer modeling techniques to solve the engineering puzzle. And when, during the cost-overrun-plagued construction, Utzon got tired of fighting with politicians and walked away from the project, Zunz saw it through to the end. — The Guardian
Tags: Art, People, Opera House, Utzon, Jørn Utzon, Jack Zunz, 01.02.19, Zunz


The Paradox Of Thomas Merton

“Merton was a remarkable man by any measure, but perhaps the most remarkable of his traits was his hypersensitivity to social movements from which, by virtue of his monastic calling, he was supposed to be removed. Intrinsic to Merton’s nature was a propensity for being in the midst of things. If he had continued to live in the world, he might have died not by electrocution but by overstimulation.” — The New Yorker
Tags: Art, People, Thomas Merton, Merton, 12.28.18


Montreal Music Critic Claude Gingras, 87

The longtime music critic for Montreal’s La Presse was from a different era, and was not shy to pronounce… – La Presse
Tags: Art, People, Claude Gingras, 12.30.18, Montreal s La Presse


Aldo Parisot, Prominent Cellist And Revered Teacher, Dead At 100

He recorded and toured the world as a soloist and chamber musician through the 1960s and ’70s, but he’s best remembered for his 60-year tenure on the faculty of the Yale School of Music, from which he retired only last summer. — The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Yale School of Music, Aldo Parisot, 01.01.19


A 4000-Year History Of New Year’s Resolutions

Turns out, it’s a time-honored tradition that started about 4,000 years ago with the ancient Babylonians. Beginning with a 12-day religious festival (are we seeing a modern equivalent here?) called Akitu, the Babylonians crowned a new king or re-upped their devotion to the sitting ruler. At this time they also pledged to pay debts and return borrowed goods to keep in good standing with their gods. – Fast Company
Tags: Art, People, Babylonians, Akitu, 12.29.18


How Ariana Grande And Pete Davidson Perfectly Explain Our Cultural Moment

Celebrity news was intertwined with some of our culture’s most urgent issues, particularly involving mental health. Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade committed suicide in the same week. Demi Lovato, outspoken about her addiction issues, overdosed and went to rehab. The already-fractured political world was thrown into a frenzy when West, who addressed his bipolar diagnosis on his album this summer, visited the White House. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Kate Spade, Demi Lovato, Pete Davidson, Anthony Bourdain, 12.31.18


Ringo Lam, Director Of ‘City Of Fire’ Who Changed Movies Forever, Has Died At 63

Lam’s 1987 movie inspired Quentin Tarnatino and helped usher in the 1980s Hong Kong New Wave. – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, People, Ringo Lam, 12.29.18, Quentin Tarnatino, Hong Kong New Wave The Hollywood


Norman Gimbel, Oscar-Winning Lyricist Of ‘Girl From Ipanema’ And ‘Killing Me Softly With His Song,’ Has Died At 91

Gimbel was “a Bronx-born songwriter who studied under Frank Loesser, the celebrated composer of Guys and Dolls” and who wrote the themes for Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley.  – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Bronx, Ipanema, Frank Loesser, Laverne, Gimbel, 12.29.18, Norman Gimbel Oscar


Mrinal Sen, Legendary Indian Filmmaker, Has Died At 95

“Along with his contemporaries Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak, Sen was part of a troika of directors from the Eastern Indian state of Bengal that put Indian cinema on the global stage. During a tumultuous time in Bengal politics in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Sen and Ray both made Calcutta trilogies, with Sen choosing to be overtly political.” – Variety
Tags: Art, People, Ray, Sen, Bengal, Calcutta, Satyajit Ray, 12.30.18, Ritwik Ghatak Sen



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