HOBOKEN, N.J. - Somewhere in the vast frontiers of Internet radio is a station that plays a selection that very closely resembles the Top 40 music that was played in Topeka on KTOP AM in the late '50s and early '60s. The station is K-LUV Oldies and you can find it in your iTunes program under Library -- Radio - Golden Oldies. I found it by just probing around the stations in the standard iTunes' listing. I zeroed in on it quickly as it gradually dawned on me that it was reproducing my adolescent radio experience in Topeka with remarkable verisimilitude.
Front Page » Table of Contents » Archive: Arts: January 2010
GREAT BEND, Kan. - Quintin Tarantino's film Inglourous Basterds looks like a shoo-in for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. And Christopher Waltz, who plays a multi-lingual Nazi SS Colonel is sure to win an Oscar for his performance, probably "Best Supporting Actor."
So what's the fuss all about? The movie has all the florid colors and characters of a Quintin Tarantino film (Samuel L. Jackson actually narrates two small sections of the film). Even the title of the film is misspelled - of course, it should be "Inglorious Bastards." The film flirts with parody, and has a lot of good laughs. It feels very real, but also has the "film noir" overstatement that is typical with Tarantino films.
So how could a film about the systematic elimination of Jews in occupied France possibly be funny, or even offbeat enough to elicit a grin?
WACO, Texas - Most people are interested in the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Not Susan Mullally. She focuses her lens on the poor and unknown.
(C) Susan Mullally
Those who view the color photographs in her exhibition "What I Keep" will look into the eyes of people who have many struggles and few possessions.
Mullally, an assistant professor of art at Baylor University, shot individual portraits - with each person holding a keepsake - beneath Interstate 35 in Waco. She explained, "Currently I'm asking my questions about archiving and choice to a group of people who have had far less stable and predictable lives."
"Most have had disruptive lives - incarcerations, homelessness, addictions to drugs, bad choices," she said.
"I'm interested in people who have had interesting lives and struggles but who have been overlooked. Their accomplishments may not be as obvious."
NEW YORK, New York - My past two weeks in New York has inspired me to delve into the world and history of feminism and lesbianism in the United States.
I thought to myself, where did I come from? What's my history, my background? Instead of visiting Ellis Island and searching for my ancestors' names, I chose to visit the Lesbian Herstory Archives in the Park Slope Area of Brooklyn.
The Lesbian Herstory Archives is completely volunteer-run and has been accepting donations of items from lesbians around the world since the 1970s. The archives' purpose statement is as follows:
The Lesbian Herstory Archives exists to gather and preserve records of Lesbian lives and activities so that future generations will have ready access to materials relevant to their lives. The process of gathering this material will uncover and collect our herstory denied to us previously by patriarchal historians in the interests of the culture which they serve. We will be able to analyze and reevaluate the Lesbian experience; we also hope the existence of the Archives will encourage Lesbians to record their experiences in order to formulate our living herstory.
The evening I visited the archives, it was only open from 6:00 until 9:00 pm. I was warmly greeted by a volunteer who gave me an in-depth tour of the archives' various collections, including books, posters, buttons, stickers, newsletters, periodicals, visual art, films, and more.
MANHATTAN, Kan. - The 2010 Manhattan Alliance for Peace and Justice (MAPJ) Film Series opens January 12th with the 2009 documentary The Age of Stupid. The film will be shown at 6:30 pm at the Manhattan Public Library Auditorium.
Following the Copenhagen Conference on Global Climate Change, The Age of Stupid is a new documentary-drama-animation hybrid from Director Franny Armstrong (McLibel, Drowned Out) and Oscar-winning Producer John Battsek (One Day In September, Live Forever, In the Shadow of the Moon). Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite (In The Name of the Father, Brassed Off, The Usual Suspects) stars as an old man living in the devastated world of 2055. He watches 'archive' footage from 2008 and asks: Why didn't we stop climate change when we had the chance?
Runaway climate change has ravaged the planet by 2055. Postlethwaite plays the founder of "The Global Archive," a storage facility located in the (now melted) Arctic, preserving all of humanity's achievements in the hope that the planet might one day be habitable again. Or that intelligent life may arrive and make use of all that we've achieved. He pulls together clips of "archive" news and documentary from 1950 - 2008 to build a message showing what went wrong and why. He focuses on six human stories:
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