Arts & Life

Arts & Life
4:16 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Graffiti Gnomes Allowed To Roam On Oakland Utility Poles

An anonymous artist started placing the hand-painted gnomes on the bases of utility poles all over Oakland.
Courtesy of the photographer

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 6:55 pm

Over the past year, small gnomes started springing up all around Oakland, Calif. The elfin creatures are hand-painted on wooden boards; each is about 6 inches tall, with red hat, brown boots and white beard. They're bits of urban folk art from an anonymous painter who surreptitiously screws them onto the base of utility poles.

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Movie Reviews
4:03 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

'Bullet To The Head': No-Brainer Bubblegum

Sung Kang plays a D.C. cop at large in New Orleans, where he finds himself in an uneasy alliance with hit man Sylvester Stallone in the blues-rock driven crime drama Bullet to the Head.
Frank Masi Warner Bros. Pictures

Adapted from a French graphic novel and outfitted with an ethnically diverse cast, Bullet to the Head is an artifact of a newly internationalized Hollywood. But that doesn't mean it feels especially new.

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Movie Reviews
4:03 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

'Stand Up Guys' Falls Terminally Flat

Doc (Christopher Walken) and Val (Al Pacino) are old friends and ex-cons who go on one last rampage in the crime comedy Stand Up Guys.
Lionsgate

Intended as a victory lap for three great stars of advancing age, Stand Up Guys is another entry in the "old folks doing stuff" subgenre, which offers comic affirmation that life is not strictly for the young.

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Movie Reviews
4:03 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

How's 'Koch' Doing? Years Later, Still All Right

Former three-term New York City Mayor Ed Koch may be long out of Gracie Mansion, but he's still a political force.
Zeitgeist Films

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 9:35 am

Editor's Note: This review was edited and published before news of Koch's death broke. The headline has been updated to reflect that news, but the text of the review is unchanged.

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Movie Reviews
4:03 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

'Sound City': Music And Memories In An L.A. Landmark

Rock musician Dave Grohl recorded Nirvana's Nevermind at L.A.'s Sound City Studios; now, he's turned his musical memories of the place into a documentary film of the same name.
Varrance Films

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 10:25 am

Dave Grohl has always been a joy to watch onscreen, whether bashing away at a drum kit like the heavy-footed, wild-haired spawn of John Bonham and the Muppets' Animal in Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video, or flashing an endearingly goofy grin in the Mentos-spoof clip for the Foo Fighters' "Big Me." And a big part of that appeal is the sense that no matter how long he's been in the business, Grohl is still a guy who is acutely aware that he's living out a teenage daydream every day of his life.

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Ask Me Another
3:46 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Rosie Schaap: What Are You Drinking?

"I don't care how great a cocktail is made at a bar, if people aren't talking to each other, it's no fun."
M. Sharkey

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 9:13 am

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Arts & Life
3:36 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Ron Sexsmith: At Midlife, A Songwriter Ponders Mortality

Ron Sexsmith's new album, Forever Endeavour, comes out Feb. 5.
Michael D'Amico Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 6:55 pm

Somehow, Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith makes a case of the deep blues sound sweet. The new album Forever Endeavour is his 13th, and the songs show him, at midlife, reflecting a lot on the passage of time.

"I think there's always something comforting about sad songs," Sexsmith says. "It's a shared thing that everyone can relate to."

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Arts & Life
3:04 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Reports: Shots Fired At Atlanta Middle School

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 4:59 pm

Shots were fired at an Atlanta middle school, this afternoon, several news outlets are reporting. The Associated Press quotes an Atlanta fire official saying that a 14-year-old had been shot at Price Middle School.

WSBTV reports that one teacher was injured and the condition of the teen is not known.

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Arts & Life
2:58 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Beyoncé On Lip-Syncing: 'I Did Not Feel Comfortable Taking A Risk'

Pat Benic DPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 4:34 pm

The Grammy-award winning singer Beyoncé has finally put an end to all the talk surrounding her performance during President Obama's second inauguration.

And she did it in diva fashion, during a press conference to preview her Super Bowl performance.

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You Must Read This
2:45 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

War Writ Small: Of Pushcarts And Peashooters

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 6:55 pm

Adam Mansbach is the author of the forthcoming novel Rage is Back.

Stealing my 9-year-old nephew's copy of The Pushcart War by Jean Merrill was the best thing I did last summer. I was his age the first time I read it, and twice his age the last time I went back to it. I'm twice that old again now, but as soon as I dove into this intimate, majestic tale of war writ small — of a battle between the pushcart peddlers and the truckers of New York City — I realized how timeless, and how deeply a part of me, the story was.

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Ask Me Another
11:22 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Compound Interest

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 9:13 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's bring up our next two contestants, shall we?

JONATHAN COULTON: Let's do.

EISENBERG: Here they are. We have Dory Green and David Steinberg.

(APPLAUSE)

DAVID STEINBERG: Hello.

DORY GREEN: Hi.

EISENBERG: Dory, I give you props, being a pediatric dentist.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Big props. And you like to build stuff.

GREEN: I do like to build stuff.

EISENBERG: Recently you were in a costume contest of sorts. Did you win?

GREEN: No.

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Ask Me Another
11:22 am
Thu January 31, 2013

We Will Rock You

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 9:13 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Moving on, here are our next two contestants. We have Eric Linn and Chuck Petruccione.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: We are very happy to have you. Let me ask you this, Eric, how do you feel about the band Queen?

ERIC LINN: They're the king.

EISENBERG: Good answer.

JONATHAN COULTON: Nice.

EISENBERG: I like the way you think. Chuck, how do you feel about the song "We Will Rock You?"

CHUCK PETRUCCIONE: What a great song they had there, Queen.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

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Ask Me Another
11:22 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Young Adult Fiction

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 9:13 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

All right, what do you say we get this puzzle started?

JOHN CHANESKI: That sounds like a good idea.

EISENBERG: Let me introduce our first two contestants. We have Alix Claps and Danny Errico.

(APPLAUSE)

ALIX CLAPS: Hi.

DANNY ERRICO: Hi.

EISENBERG: Thank you so much for joining us. Alix, I hear you're a big theater and music geek and a production manager at NYU.

CLAPS: That's true.

EISENBERG: Fantastic. What's your favorite musical?

CLAPS: "Kiss of the Spider-Woman."

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Ask Me Another
11:22 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Celebrity Cross-Breeds

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 9:13 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's bring up our next two fearless contestants. We have Diana Tenery and Samantha Boardman.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Diana, you are a hard-core competitive bridge player.

DIANA TENERY: Sort of.

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Ask Me Another
11:22 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Initial This

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 9:13 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Finally, it's what we've all been waiting for. Let's bring back our winners to play the quick fire round Ask Me One More. From Adult Young Fiction, we have Danny Errico.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Celebrity Crossbreeds: Diana Tenery.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Compound Interest, we have Dory Green.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: We Will Rock You: Eric Linn.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: And from A to Z, Mike Nothnagel.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: John, what kind of game do we have for our final round?

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