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Paco de Lucia Gone

from EuroNews

Death of flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia an ‘irreparable loss’ to world of culture

Paco de Lucia, who has been described as “one of history’s greatest guitarists”, has died aged 66.

The son of a flamenco guitarist he was born Francisco Sanchez Gomez in Algeciras in south east Spain.

The mayor of Algeciras has decreed two days of official mourning in memory of the musician who took the genre of flamenco – the traditional gypsy music of Spain beyond the borders of his homeland.

He was introduced to the guitar at an early age by his father who imposed a strict regime on his son forcing him to practice up to 12 hours a day every day to ensure he would find success as a professional musician.

It paid off and de Lucia became a world renowned figure not just for his genius playing flamenco but he was also influential in classical and jazz circles while he gained recognition as a producer and composer as well.

Eric Clapton referred to de Lucia as “a titanic figure in the world of flamenco guitar”.

De Lucia himself said: “With the guitar I’ve suffered a great deal, but when I’ve had a good time, the suffering seemed worthwhile.”

[ click to read full obit at EuroNews.com ]

Posted on February 28, 2014 by Editor

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The Grapes Of Google

from MediaBistro’s GalleyCat

John Steinbeck Gets Google Doodle For His Birthday

By Maryann Yin

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Google has created a Doodle to celebrate John Steinbeck’s 112th birthday. Throughout his writing career, Steinbeck penned many beloved works including East of EdenOf Mice & Men, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning title, The Grapes of Wrath.

In the past, Google has crafted doodles to honor many writers and illustrators including Mr. Men andLittle Miss series creator Roger HargreavesWhere the Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak, and Pride & Prejudice author Jane AustenHere’s a video from Google headquarters spotlighting the artists behind the doodles.

[ click to read at MediaBistro.com ]

Posted on February 27, 2014 by Editor

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Harold Ramis Gone

from The Los Angeles Times

Harold Ramis put ‘Caddyshack’ in the bag

By Chris Erskine

There are only a few true masterpieces that debuted in my lifetime: the ’64 Mustang; Sandra Bullock‘s perfect chin; and “Caddyshack,” whose director, Harold Ramis, passed the other day at age 69, too damn soon, as if only on life’s 14th hole.

And yet 1,000 laughs over par.

From the snickering hiss of the fairway sprinklers to Rodney Dangerfield’s bug-eyed dancing, “Caddyshack” mixed all that was right about sports and movies into one great comedy overture. Though panned by critics at the time, the 1980 movie remains a classic by any measure, and the funniest sports movie of all time, hands down.

“I like to say we were struck by comedy lightning,” says Cindy Morgan, who played Lacey Underall, the leggy blond who roamed the course like she owned it.

“It was kamikaze filmmaking at its best,” she says from her home, 30 miles from the course where the movie was filmed.

She remembers tanker trucks pumping gasoline into the fairways without knowledge of the course owners, and the three-story fireballs that followed.

“Then they painted it green and blew it up again the next day,” she says.

Most of all, she remembers Ramis’ gentle genius, and the collaborative atmosphere he created.

“I walk out one day and there’s Billy swinging at the mums,” she says of one of the film’s most memorable scenes. “It was like making home movies of my family behaving badly.”

[ click to read full article at LATimes.com ]

Posted on February 26, 2014 by Editor

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DJ Horrible

Posted on February 19, 2014 by Editor

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It’s Coming

from CBS DC

New Technology Allows For TV Ads to Target Specific Individuals, Families

The days when political campaigns would try to make inroads with demographic groups such as soccer moms or white working-class voters are gone. Now, the operatives are targeting specific individuals. (Photo credit should read KAREN MINASYAN/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — The days when political campaigns would try to make inroads with demographic groups such as soccer moms or white working-class voters are gone. Now, the operatives are targeting specific individuals.

And, in some places, they can reach those individuals directly through their televisions.

Welcome to Addressable TV, an emerging technology that allows advertisers — Senate hopefuls and insurance companies alike — to pay some broadcasters to pinpoint specific homes.

Advertisers have long bought ads knowing that only a fraction of the audience was likely to respond to them. Allowing campaigns — political or not — to finely hone their TV pitches to individuals could let them more efficiently spend their advertising dollars.

“With a traditional TV buy you can end up paying for a lot of eyeballs you don’t care about,” said Chauncey McLean, chief operating officer of the Analytics Media Group, an ad and data firm. “Addressable TV is a powerful tool for those that are equipped to use it. If you know who you want to talk to and what you want to say, you can be much more precise.”

Data geeks look at everything from voting histories to demographics, magazine subscriptions to credit scores, all in the hopes of identifying their target audience. The advertiser then hands over a list of targets and, without the viewer necessarily realizing it, the ads pop on when viewers sit down to watch a program if their broadcaster has the technology.

[ click to read complete article at CBS DC ]

Posted on February 17, 2014 by Editor

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St. Vincent Rainbow Kick in Leather Flats

Sunday Video: How to Do a Rainbow Kick With St. Vincent from Rookie on Vimeo.

Posted on February 16, 2014 by Editor

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Hanksy

from The New York Times

A Parodist Who Calls Himself Hanksy

By 

Hanksy

This is a story about art in the age of social media — about anonymity and self-promotion, about feral cats and viral cat videos.

In April 2011, a law school dropout in Bushwick, Brooklyn, newly arrived from the Midwest, had an idea that he thought might make a splash. He admired the street artist Banksy; he grew up on the movies of Tom Hanks. Why not mash up the two? Using simple computer software, he downloaded a Banksy painting of a rat holding a paint roller, then added an image of Mr. Hanks’s face. The whole thing took 10 or 15 minutes to create. He printed a cutout and pasted it on a wall at Mulberry and Kenmare Streets in Little Italy, signing it Hanksy. It was a stupid pun, he knew, but he was a sucker for stupid puns. Isn’t everybody?

He photographed the wall for his Instagram and Twitter accounts, and emailed it to the Wooster Collective, a popular street art website. Then he went to sleep.

[ click to continue reading at NYTimes.com ]

Posted on February 15, 2014 by Editor

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Sweet Child O’ N’Orleans

Posted on February 12, 2014 by Editor

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Pussy Angry In St. Petersburg

from Foreign Policy

Snow Blind

When Americans look at Russia, they see what they want to see. And that’s dangerous.

BY CHRISTIAN CARYL

Two of Russia’s most famous dissidents are visiting the United States. I speak, of course, of Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina, members of the feminist conceptual art group known as Pussy Riot who were recently released from jail by President Vladimir Putin. The U.S. media have been raving. “Pussy Riot gals stun Brooklyn crowd with powerful speech,” blared the New York Post about the duo’s appearance at a charity concert in New York this week. “Pussy Riot stole the show from Madonna” was the verdict from Time. They put in a bravado performance on The Colbert Report and even had the New Yorker gushing about their presumed artistic achievements. Pretty impressive.

In fact, though, there is little evidence that they have any sort of influence on Russian public opinion at all. Most Russians regard Pussy Riot with outright hostility. As one recent public opinion survey revealed, the number of Russians who view the prison sentence the two women received as either fair or too soft has actually grown in the two years since they went to jail: The figure is now 66 percent. (A reminder: Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were convicted on charges of “hooliganism” after performing an impromptu anti-Putin concert in a Moscow cathedral in 2012.)

[ click to read full article at ForeignPolicy.com ]

Posted on February 9, 2014 by Editor

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Doctor Harry

from Associated Press

CLINT EASTWOOD SAVES GOLF DIRECTOR FROM CHOKING

BY DOUG FERGUSON

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Clint Eastwood added another starring role at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am – life saver.

Eastwood attended a volunteer party on the eve of the PGA Tour event when he noticed tournament director Steve John choking on a piece of cheese. The 83-year-old actor quickly performed the Heimlich maneuver Wednesday night at the Monterey Conference Center.

“I was drinking water and eating these little appetizers, threw down a piece of cheese and it just didn’t work,” John said Friday. “I was looking at him and couldn’t breathe. He recognized it immediately and saved my life.”

Eastwood is a prominent figure at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, formerly as an amateur contestant and now as chairman of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation. It has raised over $100 million for charity as the host of the PGA Tour event.

He’s often in the CBS tower on the weekend and presents the trophy to the winner, a list that includes Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker in recent years.

The Hollywood star wasn’t expecting an additional duty this week.

“I looked in his eyes and saw that look of panic people have when they see their life passing before their eyes,” Eastwood told The Carmel Pine Cone. “It looked bad.”

He said it was the first time he had used the Heimlich maneuver.

“I can’t believe I’m 202 pounds and he threw me up in the air three times,” John said.

[ click to read full article at AP.org ]

Posted on February 8, 2014 by Editor

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Dead Ducks Kill Commissioner’s Career

from CBS Connecticut 

Police Commissioner Resigns After State Lawmaker Kills Several Ducks

NASHUA, N.H. (CBS Hartford) – A police commissioner resigned from his position after he assisted a New Hampshire state representative who ran over and killed several ducks in December.

Nashua Police Commissioner Tom Pappas wrote a letter to Gov. Maggie Hassan citing that he regrets his role in the incident, WMUR reported.

“I deeply regret my part in the events of December 23, 2013, and apologize to you, the Nashua Police Department and the public for the disruption that has occurred as a consequence of them,” Pappas wrote in the letter, according to WMUR.

State Rep. David Campbell ran over and killed several ducks outside of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in December and left the scene before police arrived. Pappas called the police department asking if it was alright if Campbell came in for questioning the next day because they were friends and the police agreed.

[ click to continue reading at CBS Connecticut ]

Posted on February 7, 2014 by Editor

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The Moon Is A Hip Mistress

from The Telegraph

US ready to return to moon

The moon is back in fashion triggering a new space race among countries keen to exploit its commercial opportunities

By , US Correspondent

America is preparing to land a robot on the moon for the first time in four decades.

Nasa is looking for private partners to participate in the project that will see a new generation of rovers wandering across the moon’s surface.

The American space agency has set up a programme called Catalyst to exploit commercial opportunities offered by the moon.

It believes that eventually there will be a market for commercial cargo trips to the lunar surface.

“As Nasa pursues an ambitious plan for humans to explore an asteroid and Mars, US industry will create opportunities for Nasa to advance new technologies on the moon,” said Greg Williams, Nasa’s deputy associate administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate.

But America is not alone.

Last month China sent its Jade Rabbit rover to the moon, making it the first country to make a soft lunar landing since 1976, when the Soviet Union sent the Luna 24 mission to collect rock samples.

Other countries including Japan and India are also looking to become major players in lunar exploration.

[ click to continue reading at The Telegraph ]

Posted on February 6, 2014 by Editor

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Killing Monster Frost

from The New York Times

The Road Back: Frost’s Letters Could Soften a Battered Image

By JENNIFER SCHUESSLER

Few figures in American literature have suffered as strangely divided an afterlife as Robert Frost.

Even before his death in 1963, he was canonized as a rural sage, beloved by a public raised on poems of his like “Birches” and “The Road Not Taken.” But that image soon became shadowed by a darker one, stemming from a three-volume biography by his handpicked chronicler, Lawrance Thompson, who emerged from decades of assiduous note-taking with a portrait of the poet as a cruel, jealous megalomaniac — “a monster of egotism” who left behind “a wake of destroyed human lives,” as the critic Helen Vendler memorably put it on the cover of The New York Times Book Review in 1970.

Ever since, more sympathetic scholars have tried, with limited success, to counter Mr. Thompson’s portrait, which was echoed most recently in a short story by Joyce Carol Oates, published by Harper’s Magazine last fall, depicting Frost as repellent old man angrily rebutting a female interviewer’s charges of arrogance, racism and psychological brutality to his children.

But now, a new scholarly work may put an end to the “monster myth,” as Frost scholars call it, once and for all. Later this month, Harvard University Press will begin publishing “The Letters of Robert Frost,” a projected four-volume edition of all the poet’s known correspondence that promises to offer the most rounded, complete portrait to date.

[ click to continue reading at NYTimes.com ]

Posted on February 5, 2014 by Editor

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The Author Chaplin

from AFP via Yahoo! News

Charlie Chaplin’s only novel to be released

Rome (AFP) – A virtually unknown novel by Charlie Chaplin — the only book the silent film comic ever wrote — is being made public for the first time.

“Footlights”, which will be unveiled in London later Tuesday, was written by Chaplin in 1948 and later transformed into his film “Limelight”, in which a washed-out clown saves a dancer from suicide.

The book is being published in English by the Cineteca di Bologna, an Italian film restoration institute which has been working with Chaplin biographer David Robinson on reconstructing drafts found in the Chaplin archives.

Charles Spencer Chaplin was born in London in 1889 to poor parents, who struggled to make a living as music hall entertainers. As an adolescent, he began working in music halls in Soho, before eventually becoming an actor with a theatre troupe.

According to Robinson, the relationship between drunken clown and desperate ballerina in the much later “Footlights” was likely inspired by his meeting with legendary Russian dancer Vaslav Nijinsky in 1916.

[ click to read full article at Yahoo! News ]

Posted on February 4, 2014 by Editor

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Web Provenance

from The San Jose Mercury News

Fine art moves from gallery to the Web

By Heather Somerville

Artist Sheila Finch, 59, at her studio in Belmont, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. Finch , who has been an artist for over 40 years, now sells some of

If you’re in the mood to browse a collection of post-modern art or throw down a few thousand on an original painting, simply power up your iPad and go no farther than your couch.

Startups and tech giants are launching fine art galleries and marketplaces online for discovering, browsing and buying art as the Internet transforms the art world much as it has the music industry. But while musicians have largely suffered financially in the digital revolution, emerging visual artists are embracing online galleries as a way to launch their careers, and seasoned artists have turned to the Web to show their work without having to secure gallery space and traveling across the country.

Sheila Finch, a landscape painter in Belmont who has been painting for about 45 years, began selling online in 2012 with San Francisco-based UGallery.

“Up until that point I had just discounted online galleries,” she said. “I had always shown in brick-and-mortar galleries.”

Finch, 59, spent years traveling to show her work, and struggled to produce enough paintings to fill the galleries she was in, until a few years ago when she broke her leg and had to take time off. She moved most of her work online, and continues to sell to collectors across the country, but gets to spend more time doing what she loves — painting.

The online art world also gives art collectors and others access to more artists than ever before with a click of a mouse.

[ click to read full article at the SJ Merc ]

Posted on February 3, 2014 by Editor

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Gone

Posted on February 2, 2014 by Editor

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Rene Ricard Gone

from Gallerist NY

Rene Ricard Has Died

BY ZOË LESCAZE

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Ricard. (Courtesy Bill Troop)

Rene Ricard, the Massachussets-born artist and poet who was a fixture of New York’s art world since he arrived in 1965, has died. He passed away early this morning in Bellevue Hospital, said the artist Brice Marden, who had known Ricard since the 1960s. He died of cancer.

“This is an irreplaceable person,” Mr. Marden told The Observer. “He was really something, just on all ends of the spectrum.”

A member of Andy Warhol’s Factory, Ricard appeared in iconic films, includingKitchen (1965) and Chelsea Girls (1966), and even played Warhol in The Andy Warhol Story (1967) alongside Edie Sedgwick. He is perhaps best remembered for his influential essay “The Radiant Child,” which appeared in Artforum in 1981 and effectively launched the careers of painters Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, and for his collections of poetry. The Tiffany-turquoise volume Rene Ricard 1979-1980 was the Dia Art Foundation’s debut publication. Toward the end of his life, Ricard was represented by Vito Schnabel.

[ click to continue reading at GalleristNY.com ]

Posted on February 1, 2014 by Editor

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