Katherine Bernhardt’s paintings embody cosmopolitan edginess. Her lush canvases, which themselves pose as the currency of beguiling luxury, incorporate all the fantasy trappings of seduction, decadence and corruption, each charged with sordid soap operatic climax and the command of true-to-type bitches and divas.
Alex Lukas was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in nearby Cambridge. With a wide range of artistic influences, Lukas creates both highly detailed drawings and intricate ‘zines. Lukas’ delicately rendered landscapes on paper capture a kind of magical, high-velocity serenity of a compelling image seen from a moving train.
Alex’s drawings and paintings often feature desolate places with pieces from the past. These remnants—such as a deteriorating wall with a name spray-painted on it or a discarded tire that an unruly tree has grown through—are hints of habitation, which connect the past with the viewer’s present experience.
Jamie xx and his bandmates, the ever-popular The xx, are working on a new album, and they are being influenced by club music. Sounds fun. Clubs are for kids, and they are kids. Here, Jamie talks about living in Brixton, influences, and other things that are hard to understand if you don’t get the British accent.
Starting tomorrow at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, England, Britain first all-black cast of Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” will be put on by Patricia Cumper, outgoing artistic director of black-led theatre company Talawa.
The London Guardian notes of the significance: The play’s very open-endedness makes it resonate, Brown (the director) suggests; sometimes it feels universal, sometimes eerily prescient. “We’ve lost our rights?” asks Estragon. “We got rid of them,” replies Vladimir. Says Brown: “You don’t have any backstory, or sense of who they are. And it doesn’t contain the things you expect from a play. But actually, it’s full of action, and there is a kind of narrative.”
There have been some really great James Blake songs this year, and there have been ones like “A Case of You,” that need Rebecca Hall to make you actually want to watch and listen to the song. And they really rely on Ms Hall and her smile amongst other things on this one.
We are pretty excited. We feel like real bloggers now a part of the internet society. For the first time it feels like our heart is really in this. It’s not mandatory tweeting or facebooking but a place where we can basically gather all the things we want to buy all in one board to (maybe) show off to our friends. Go forth an Pinterest!
“The American Museum of Natural History is putting on an exhibit of large format images, many taken with advanced technology.” These large images include mineral composition of meteorites, x-rays of Tibetan Wood figures (that reveals repairs and ritual items placed in an interior cavity of the figure), pony fish, extinct rodent teeth, different types of coral, ten species of Opistophthalmus scorpions, among other things.
One of the great concept records of 2009, The Antlers Hospice album about the agony of a long-suffering death was one of the most heavy topics an album could ever have. At the heart of it was “Bear,” an ode to all the things one shouldn’t do but can’t help but spend all their time doing. Does that make sense? It makes sense in the song.
Maurice Sendak, the great author of “Where the Wild Things Are,” a book not ruined by Spike Jonze in cinematic form, is set to release his first story in 30 years, based on his Sesame Street character, “Bumble-Ardy.” It was short produced by Jim Henson back in 1971. Sendak told the Wall Street Journal about why he is bringing this one back, “He was funny. He was robust. He was sly. He was a sneak. He was all the things I like,” he said.