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Arts Post: December 19, 2010 - December 25, 2010

What gives with over-amped 'South Pacific'?

Not for nothing did Peter Marks mention over-amplification in the third sentence of his "South Pacific" review at the Kennedy Center Friday. The Lincoln Center Theater revival, which had audiences oohing and ahhing over its sumptuous sound in the Vivian...

By Nelson Pressley  | December 22, 2010; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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The Year's Top Boundary-Busters in Dance

[Kanye] West's new album has justifiably been earning praise, but how about his reimagining of a "Swan Lake"-like corps de ballet, which forms the backdrop to this confessional song? The willowy dancers in snowy tulle who surround him are--shocker-- black and Latino as well as white. It's a stunning picture, especially given the makeup of most ballet troupes, with their paucity of African American women. West gives us a dream of a multiracial ballet corps, and achieves what so many ballet directors can't, or won't.

By Sarah Kaufman  | December 22, 2010; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dance, Sarah Kaufman  
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A letter from Bronson demanding action

Marc Mayer Director National Gallery of Canada Ottawa, Canada Dear Marc Mayer, You have not responded to my emails. On the basis of my moral rights under Canadian and American copyright law, I am instructing the National Gallery of Canada...

By staff reports  | December 21, 2010; 6:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Anatomy of an Ad: Bedbug Edition

Though the summer's bedbug media frenzy faded as temperatures dropped, the phobic among us (wait 'til I tell you my NYC travel strategies) remain primed for the coming plague. As any knowledgeable bedbug phobe will tell you, you can...

By Jessica Dawson  | December 21, 2010; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jessica Dawson, Public Art  | Tags:  Jessica Dawson, Protect-A-Bed, Washington Metro system, bed bugs  
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Forbes ranks Baltimore No. 3 place to shop

Forbes magazine has released its first annual list of the 25 best cities to shop in the United States. The closest city to the District that made the list was Baltimore, ranked at No. 3. New York came in...

By Erin Williams  | December 21, 2010; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Brazil's gritty favelas through the eyes of Petra Barth

Of all the intimacies shared by the Brazilian trash pickers featured in "Waste Land," artist Vik Muniz's complicated documentary film about the people who sort through Rio's largest dump, it was the pickers' willingness to show us inside their...

By Jessica Dawson  | December 20, 2010; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Contemporary Art, Films, Jessica Dawson, Reviews  
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Tennessee Williams's birthday celebration

Tennessee Williams. The 100th birthday of Tennessee Williams will be celebrated with performances, readings and recordings locally beginning in January. "America's Playwright at 100: A Salute to Tennessee Williams" will be held at Ford's Theater on Jan. 31. Academy Award...

By Erin Williams  | December 20, 2010; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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