Why I’m Moving to the Valley of the Sun Over the Summer

PhoenixTreeBack in April, Bloomberg‘s BusinessWeek published a neat, little article titled “Austin or Bust: America’s Biggest Cities Lose People to the Urban B-List.” It has all the charts and graphs you might expect in this kind of economy-centric periodical and on this kind of topic. In this case, ‘b-list’ isn’t some sort of slam against the places listed: they are more like the diva’s understudy waiting for the spotlight than one of Cinderella’s undeserving step sisters.

I don’t really understand what all of the data points mean, or what the graphs portend. (Maybe someone could VoxSplain it all to me?) It might surprise you to learn that- in droves- people are shedding the cities with the highest cost for the homes desirable to middle-income earners. Or maybe it won’t. This statistic, I think, is a positive thing. What it means is Americans are still scrapping and clawing, even in this dismal economy, to achieve the epitome of the American dream, home ownership. Increasingly, they’re finding it, not in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, but in smaller cities like Nashville, Tennessee, Phoenix, Arizona and Austin, Texas.

“But it’s hot….”

About thirty days from now, I’ll be moving back west, not to Las Vegas, where I spent most of the 2000s (did we ever settle on what to call that decade?), but to its sister to the south, Phoenix. I know Phoenix has the same soul-stealing heat, gorgeous red rock scenery, and other things you’ll find in or around Sin City. There are things that Bugsy Siegel’s ‘Paradise’ doesn’t have over the Valley of the Sun that appeal to me. For instance, baseball. The Cactus League is home to many major league spring training camps, including that of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Last year, the league set an all-time attendance record as over 1.7 million happy fans crowded the stadiums that dot the landscape. I hear rumors that Arizona has other professional sports teams, too, which of course we don’t have in Cincinnati.We only have the Bengals.

Phoenix has museums and zoos and lots and lots of other stuff to keep you cool indoors. And besides the blistering summer months, the rest of the calendar is mild and pleasant. When I think of Phoenix, I think of an willowy,aproned Flo and “Mel’s Diner.” I wonder if sassy waitresses there ever say,”Kiss my grits”?

Often, whenever you tell someone you used to live in Vegas, people will give you an incredulous look, and say something like, “But it’s so hot there. How did you stand it?”

“No, really. It’s hot!”

I’ll tell you how you stand the heat. You become like a wily lizard. You plan ahead and seek out the way. Any shade — tree leaves, awnings, an extremely tall person — will do. You also plan your most active part of the day when it’s coolest: in the early mornings or the late evenings. You find your occupation someplace indoors, in the merciful splendor of air conditioned modernity.Then you make sure to have access to an outdoor swimming pool, where you reside in comfort once the sun goes down.

Now, you might cotton to the line of thinking found in this Salon article: “Say goodbye to Phoenix — and the American West,” they say, because climate change is making all of the water dry up. I’ll leave that for the pundits and the scientists to duke it out. Because I’m going…

“But why leave Cincinnati? What’s wrong with it?”

There’s nothing wrong with Cincinnati, necessarily. Well, there is the fact that the state itself is trending toward stagnation and liberalism, rife with aging dinosaurs looking to lead the state Republican party ever onward to more compromises with a growing, progressive left. Our governor, the “compassionate conservative” John Kasich, decided that it would be “the right thing to do” to cut a deal with the Obama Administration on expanding Medicaid, over the will of the people of Ohio and her elected majority GOP legislature. We have a Speaker of the House (yes, I live in John Boehner’s district) who waffles and weaves… and sobs his way to overwhelming election wins, every two years. Really, the less said about him, the better, don’t you think?

Beyond all that, Cincinnati is a lovely city. I’m going to miss United Dairy Farmers and the World’s Largest Chicken Dance at Oktoberfest on Fountain Square (Check The Guinness Book of World Records- it’s in there!); Reds Opening Day and Skyline Chili. And the reason I’m leaving contains the reason it’s so appealing to others: it’s not going to change all that much, no matter how long I’m away. More than likely, all of these great things will be here– when I come back and visit.

Weekend Arts Capsule- 3/31/14

A slightly-short Capsule today.

Our friends at IJReview.com share a great visual story :Bill Murray rocking some… unique golf duds!

The stories:
Los Angeles Times:
Nicolas Cage’s Christian drama ‘Left Behind’ to get October release

Hat tip Gene

Daily Mail UK: EXCLUSIVE: ‘It took the world’s biggest movie star to play my sister’: Steel Magnolias writer on the REAL story behind the Hollywood hit

It is the image of a small, blonde-haired all-American boy beaming in the Easter sunshine that flashes up at the end of Hollywood classic Steel Magnolias – and stays with you long after the credits have rolled.

As writer Robert Harling explains, many new fans will not even know that the movie is rooted in truth and that boy is, in fact, based on his real-life nephew and namesake.

Softly spoken and with a Southern accent that still hints at his Louisiana upbringing, Robert Harling wrote the play Steel Magnolias shortly after the death of his beloved sister Susan Robinson aged just 33 in 1985.

Read more.

Daily Mail UK: Salma Hayek says she would ‘kill for a role in Downton Abbey’ but as a Mexican would have to ‘play deaf and dumb’ in the show

Reuters: Sale of rare Stradivari viola could set world auction record

Hat tip Conservative Animal



Tina Fey Hit With Workers’ Comp Judgment

“New York State officials say comedian owes $79,000 tab”

AP: Social painting grows popular at bars, art studios

The new LinkFest is now available from Blackmailers Don’t Shoot… so, yeah, girls and stuff.

Guess what? Not only is the 8 hour sleep rule a myth, but it’s not for the reason you might think. (emphasis mine)

via Psychology Today:

Yet, the insistence that “monophasic” sleep, with eight hours of continuous nightly rest, is the necessary way to refresh ourselves not only creates stress for people who are unable to achieve that goal, but ignores other common variations in sleep patterns, and historical precedent as well….

History yields valuable insights regarding sleep. According to some recent research, until the age of electricity many people slept in two segments. They would wake up in the night for an hour or two, then return to sleep for another block of time. “The dominant pattern of sleep, arguably since time immemorial, was biphasic,” says Roger Ekirch, a sleep historian at Virginia Tech University and author of At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past. “Humans slept in two four-hour blocks, which were separated by a period of wakefulness in the middle of the night lasting an hour or more. During this time, some might stay in bed, pray, think about their dreams or talk with their spouses. Others might get up and do tasks or even visit neighbors before going back to sleep.”

References to “first sleep” or “deep sleep,” and “second sleep” or “morning sleep” abound in historical legal depositions, works of literature, and other pre-Industrial era archival documents. Gradually, during the 19th century, references to segmented sleep disappeared, Ekirch says, “and now people call it insomnia.”

Read the whole thing.

Major League Baseball’s Opening Day is tomorrow. So you might want to check into this.
Hat tip Jay Caruso

As a Cincinnati Reds fan, I probably enjoy this tweet more than I should:

[Edit: I had to add this.]

Did you notice that there’s a new news portal, Stranahan.com? No matter where you stand politically, you will find the whole picture on the news there. Take a look.

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From the “I did not make this up!” file:

Image credit: AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

Image credit: AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

Putin wants Russians to get in shape. Can Steven Seagal help?

The stories:

I find the next two photo session ideas intriguing… unsettling, perhaps, but intriguing.

FeatureShoot:Photographer Memorializes Deceased Animals in a Unique and Memorable Way

Flavorwire:Photographer Inserts Her Adult Self Next to Her Childhood Self in Family Photographs

Coincidentally, someone had the same idea, only with red carpet-walking celebs. Creepy.

Click on any of the above if you’re interested– but don’t say you were warned.

The Hollywood Reporter: Kevin Spacey to Play Winston Churchill (Exclusive)

Remember when terrorist-centric movies were shelved immediately after 9/11? Oh, Hollywood…

Aussie Flight Disaster Film ‘Deep Water’ Shelved Over Eerie Resemblance to Missing Malaysia Flight

“‘Deep Water,’ a loose follow-up to hit horror movie “Bait 3D,” tells the story of a flight that mysteriously crashes into a remote stretch of the ocean on its way to China.”

That’s right– and you can guess who ends up as the ‘bait’ this time around.

Take a gander at this overdue review of ‘American Hustle’ from Blackmailers Don’t Shoot.

David O Russel’s American Hustle is an entertaining but slightly confused movie loosely based on the Abscam scandal of the late 70s. The film isn’t quite sure if it wants to be a buddy flick, a romance or a celebration of the postmodern antihero, but the writing and performances make it at least worth the few bucks I spent for the On Demand rental.

Do you agree or disagree?

Bradley Raines…
Daily Caller: Actor James Rebhorn wrote his own lovely obituary

Character actor James Rebhorn, who popped up in everything from “Scent of a Woman” to “Independence Day” to “30 Rock” and “Homeland,” lost his battle to melanoma over the weekend at the age of 65.

But Rebhorn left a little piece of himself behind when he wrote his own loving and emotional obituary.

Rebhorn’s obit was originally published on St. Paul Lutheran Church’s website over the weekend and it just proves that life is unfair because Rebhorn was obviously a wonderful person who died too young.

Read more.

PetaPixel: Former Garbage Man Has Saved Over 5,000 Photos Taken on the Front Lines of WWI

The PetaPixel folks also shared this awesome YouTube via Gizmodo:

YouTuber Shaun O’Callaghan, however, is a bit more brave — if that’s the right word here — than the rest of us.

Using his DJI Phantom [drone] with camera attached, O’Callaghan captured the continuous eruption of a volcano on Tanna Island, Vanuatu.

Polyvore is like playing virtual fashion magazine editor… so of course I’m now addicted!
Hat tip (curse you! ;) ): Kate Barnett

Black Girl Nerds: Jem & The Holograms Movie: Where Is Christy Marx?

Acculturated: Learn from the Best: 10 Course Syllabi by Famous Authors

One more piece from Acculturated, by RJ Moeller of the Dennis Prager Show:

Good vs. Bad Faith-Based Films (emphasis mine):

In my Son of God review, I touched upon something that I’d like to flesh out in greater detail here. If people of faith hope to have an impact in Hollywood, their “safe” and “easy to digest” content will not cut it. It’s not that there isn’t a market for family-friendly programming and filmmaking. Of course there is. And may it be so forever.
But the problem is precisely this: no one who doesn’t already believe in God will go see Son of God. And many who do believe in God and who do go see it are, like me, plopping down $14 or $15 purely from a sense of solidarity with the well-intentioned creators of such projects. There are other, better “Jesus movies.”…
And while neither option likely interests your secular, non-religious co-worker, neighbor, or relative, all of them will go see something like Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. This is why I, as a Christian, am infinitely more excited about Noah than any other “faith-based” film in a long time – regardless of the theology or worldview found in it.

Please read the whole thing.

And we close with some beautiful music from one of the Gershwin brothers (George), via our friends at American Elephant:

Read the lovely tribute to the Gershwins at the link.


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Photo Credit: Patrick Demarchelier/Dior

Photo Credit: Patrick Demarchelier/Dior

More Jennifer Lawrence in the same week? Um, yes. that is Jennifer Lawrence, No Pants.

Okay. Now the stories:

Paste: Kate Bush Announces First Concert Dates in 35 Years

Kate Bush has announced a short run of U.K. tour dates for the first time in 35 years. According to Telegraph, Bush’s website crashed following the news of the 15 dates. The tour is called “Before the Dawn” and will start in late August at London’s Eventim Apollo….

Bush has famously made a career off the road after a 1979 tour that lasted about six weeks. According to an interview with the Guardian she said after the tour, “I felt a terrific need to retreat as a person, because I felt that my sexuality, which in a way I hadn’t really had a chance to explore myself, was being given to the world in a way which I found impersonal.”

The Telegraph also mentions that Bush stopped touring altogether “because of her inability to be completely in control of the live performance and a [sic] also because of fear of flying. During the tour, her lighting director, 21-year-old Bill Duffield, died after an accident which severely affected Bush.”

Read the whole piece at The Telegraph. There’s more on fan excitement causing ‘Kate Bush’ to trend on Twitter at Metro. The video for her song “Babooshka” is there.

Attention, Nerds: Anthropocon.com: The MST3K Gang is Returning to TV

The Boston Globe: ‘Millie’ fight creates a chilling effect

In Newton, some Asian-Americans were insulted by characters who depict laundrymen in the play “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” which was recently performed at Newton North High School. The two characters work for a woman named Mrs. Meers, who wears chopsticks in her bun and speaks in an exaggerated Chinese accent as she persuades them to kidnap young girls who are then sold as sex slaves.

Afterwards, the play’s director, Adam Brown, apologized for the anger it stirred up. Now, in the aftermath of the controversy, you have to wonder about the chilling effect on future high school productions of that play and others.

Vanity Fair: The Devil and the Art Dealer

It was the greatest art theft in history: 650,000 works looted from Europe by the Nazis, many of which were never recovered. But last November the world learned that German authorities had found a trove of 1,280 paintings, drawings, and prints worth more than a billion dollars in the Munich apartment of a haunted white-haired recluse.

Prior two stories, hat tip Conservative Animal

Budding animators: How cool is this?


Uptown Magazine: ‘Oprah Chai Tea’ To Debut At Starbucks

hat tip Black Girl Nerds

Only in L.A.

KFI- Los Angeles: Hulk Hogan’s Shoe Stolen

LA Times: Flea market find: Faberge egg for $14,000, may be worth $33 million

Pacifica Radio tops Blackmailers Don’t Shoot’s Saturday Linkfest: Calling out in Transit

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The Daily Mail UK: ‘I feel betrayed by Anna Wintour and Vogue’:

“Magazine readers flood Twitter with backlash against its Kim Kardashian cover”

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s cover for the April issue of Vogue has inspired a flood of backlash on Twitter today, where fashion influencers and everyday people are weighing in.

Many longtime Vogue subscribers are expressing how they feel ‘betrayed’ by the magazine’s staff, including editor Anna Wintour, for highlighting a reality star like Ms Kardashian.

The social media platform is also host to criticisms that question Ms Kardashian’s relevance among Vogue readers.

PFoL: Obama Calls Ellen’s Oscar Selfie A ‘Pretty Cheap Stunt’

Top image via NY Magazine

And to close…
Kate Bush- “Wuthering Heights”

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Scarlett Johanssen in Jonathan Glazer’s upcoming sci-fi thriller 'Under the Skin'

Scarlett Johanssen in Jonathan Glazer’s upcoming sci-fi thriller, ‘Under the Skin’

The stories:

The Telegraph UK: Scarlett Johansson: ‘I really felt like I was on a hunt’
“The Hollywood star explains how her role as a predatory alien in Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin required her to lure real members of the public into a van.”


Read an exclusive interview with Johansson at Harper’s Bazaar.

Daily Surge: Forget Fallon…Let’s Talk About Ferguson
“In defense of the best late-night host you’re probably still not watching”

And when you watch The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson for the first time, you immediately notice that something is different. And I don’t just mean Craig’s thick accent. You might even ask yourself, is this guy for real?

You see, even though he works on a fairly typical-looking late-night TV set, Craig doesn’t follow any of the unwritten “rules” of late-night. In fact, he spends more of his time defying convention than anything else. What he does is, underneath the surface, a send-up of the entire late-night genre…a parody of it, if you will.

Make sure to read the whole post. And if you haven’t caught the show, I encourage you to.

San Francisco Gate: Rolling Stones: ‘Mick Jagger is too devastated to perform’

The Rolling Stones called off their Australian tour because Sir Mick Jagger is in “such a state” following the death of his long-term girlfriend L’Wren Scott, according to a representative for the band.

The rockers axed all of their upcoming shows in Australia and New Zealand after the singer’s partner, fashion designer Scott, was found dead at her New York City apartment on Monday in a suspected suicide.

Daily Mail UK: Finally slim at 55! Tom Arnold in the ‘best shape of his life’ after losing 100lbs in less than one year

Remember when Drew Carey lost all of that weight? The photos remind me of that. Good for Tom, but… creepy.

Vulture.com: Here Is Jason Segel As David Foster Wallace

Time: Student Breaks 19th Century Greco-Roman Statue While Taking a Selfie

“There are a few basic rules in museums. The first: don’t touch the art. The second: don’t take selfies while touching the art.”

Hat tip Conservative Animal

Must-watch video: What Does the World Eat for Breakfast?

Hat Tip Buzzfeed via Danielle R. Saul

Paste: New App ‘Brushstroke’ Turns Your Photos into Lovely Paintings

The Huffington Post: 10 Reasons Self Published Authors Will Capture 50 Percent of the Ebook Market by 2020

On one side of the debate, you have people such as myself who believe all signs point toward indie ebook authors capturing an ever-greater percentage of the book market.
2014-03-07-50percent2020.png On the other side you have folks who think self publishing represents an insignificant portion of the book market. The naysayers think we indie optimists are delusional.

Could both sides be correct? Yes, if you look at the numbers as they stand today and no if you look at the trends.

Read the whole thing. Do you agree?

Filmmaker IQ.com: Andy Warhol Interviews Alfred Hitchcock

Photography Blog.com: Did Hungary Just Kill Photojournalism?

Hungary’s new Civil Code, which took effect on 15th March, stipulates that photographers must obtain permission from their subjects every time they trip the shutter, even when working in public areas. Failing to do so could result in the photographer being sued – potentially by each and every person identifiable in the photo! – and ordered to pay a substantial sum in compensation to the plaintiff(s).

The law states that everyone has an inherent “right to their likeness,” which must be respected – meaning you should not take, much less publish, their picture without their consent. There are two exceptions to this rule: public figures making a public appearance, and crowd shots….

According to a 2012 ruling by the country’s supreme court, police have the same right to their likeness as everyone else, thus their faces must be blurred, masked out or pixelated unless they have explicitly consented to their picture being published.

Read more.

The Times of India: US museum ready to return stolen Ganesha

France24: Artists colour a Beirut suburb scarred by suicide attacks

I heartily recommend that you take a listen to the podcast. You might also recognize the person doing the outro voiceover (me).
And to close…

via Petapixel.com, a touching and inspiring photo of a great Ohioan:

Photo of Teary-Eyed Neil Armstrong Taken Right After He First Walked on the Moon
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Top image via Harper’s Bazaar

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More Tragedy for #Malaysia: 6 Dead, 3 Others in Critical Condition from Drug Overdose at Huge Music Fest

Image credit: Daniel Lau

Police sealing off some parts of Bukit Jalil, the venue of the Future Music Festival Asia on Saturday. Image credit: Daniel Lau

A well-known, three-day music festival being held at a stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malasia, featuring acts like Pharrell and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis has cancelled its final day after horrifying news broke Friday.

via The Malaysian Insider:

The Future Music Festival Asia (FMFA) is officially cancelled, following the death of six people from drug overdose last night.

“In the interest of public safety, we have heeded the authority’s advice to not proceed with Day 3 of Future Music Festival Asia 2014….

“This is also to help in the ongoing investigation. We appreciate the understanding of all parties and will share updates on this matter as soon as possible,” said the organisers on their Facebook page.

The six dead were between 21 and 28 years old.:

They are Kamal Zekry Kamal Basha, 21; Victor Wong E. Hern, 25; Sabreena Kamarudin, 21; M. Suresh, 27; Syazana Sohaime, 23; and Nor Faizza Mohd Wazir, 26.

All of the dead are from Malaysia.

The police have detained 29 people – 13 Malaysians and 16 foreigners – in relation to drug possession at the concert, and they will be remanded until Tuesday….

The Star Online also reported that three more people, one who is in a coma, were in critical condition….

In a conflicting report, the same publication said that there could be as many as 14 people recovering in the hospital from overdosing on methamphetamines.

The Malaysian Insider noted that “FMFA has been touted to be Southeast Asia’s largest music festival, with an estimate of 85,000 concert goers from the entire region.”

Read more details at the links.

Weekly Arts Roundup- 03/13/14


The stories:

Veteran Artist Program Kicks off ‘Operation Artists in Action’ CD

Brian (BR) McDonald, a musician, veteran and founder of The Veteran Artist Program, has also written on the subject of veterans and the arts (emphasis mine):

The truth is that many military service members are creative individuals who continue to innovate, serve in their communities and use the arts to communicate a unique veteran perspective.
In 2009, I returned to the arts after eight years in the military, during which I was deployed four times for Operation Enduring Freedom in Southeast Asia. Although I had been out of the arts scene for nearly a decade, I was by no means new to it. I had been a musician and performer all of my life. I was excited to reconnect with my love of the arts, but I was especially struck by meeting so many other veterans who had similar stories of putting their love of the arts on hold to serve….
Many organizations help veterans to express themselves and address issues related to combat and reintegration through art. But that approach can exclude those veterans who aren’t looking to the creative process as a form of therapy but want to make art for the same reasons as their peers.
Less than one percent of the American population has served in Afghanistan or Iraq since the September 11 attacks. This extreme gap in perspective is driving assumptions about veterans that are often perpetuated by the arts and entertainment industry. Giving veterans the tools, training and access they need to work in the arts community gives a voice to a population that is often the subject of media representation but rarely has a say in how they are portrayed.

Please read the whole thing, and learn how you can support Brian’s efforts.

Yahoo!7/ABC Australia: After decades of decay, the art of New York street artist Keith Haring is back to its bold and bright best.

Thirty years ago the famous New York street artist painted a mural on the wall of the old Collingwood Technical School in Melbourne’s inner-north.
Italian conservator Antonio Rava spent months lovingly restoring the mural to its former glory last year, after much debate about how it should be treated.
He says the mural was in such a terrible state, many people thought it could not be saved.
But a careful clean revealed the original colours were still there.
“This was a big discovery, everybody was thrilled, we didn’t know at the beginning the colour was there,” he said.
“When everybody says, ‘oh beautiful, you repainted it!’, we say not at all, we really conserved, and we really treated it as an old master painting.
“Every stroke, every line, it’s full of his energy.”

Read the full story of how the painting was made.

Variety: Robert Rodriguez, Mountain Dew in Promotional Pact to Find New Filmmakers

Daily Mail UK: Little People, Big World stars Matt and Amy Roloff separate after 26 years of marriage

Matt and Amy Roloff of TLC’s Little People, Big World have agreed to ‘a trial separation.’
The couple – who have been married for more than 26 years – made the announcement to People.
‘Though we have weathered many storms together, we recently made the tough decision to engage in a trial separation,’ Matt, 52, and Amy, 49, said in a joint statement….
The reality series premiered in 2005 and followed the couple, who were diagnosed wtih [sic] dwarfism, as they tended to their Oregon farm and raised twins Jeremy and Zack, 23, Molly, 20 and Jacob, 17.

The Washington Times: Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ banned in Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates

The Independent UK: Star Wars 7 casts ‘Girls’ actor Adam Driver as Darth Vader-like villain, reports (and Lena Dunham) claim

Daily Mail UK: ‘I am so ready to play a really dumb character’: Benedict Cumberbatch says he’s ready for a less intellectual role and that Sherlock is ‘an absolute b*****d’

Ahem… Emma Watson‘s back…

Photo credit: Carter Smith/Elle

Photo credit: Carter Smith/Elle

‘I’m so jealous!’ Former child star Emma Watson admits she’s envious of actresses who ‘get to emerge as a complete human being’

See more, um, artistic photos at Elle.

Something musical this time from our pal Gene at Blackmailers Don’t Shoot: Worldwide Heavy Metal

For those in the Los Angeles area:

March 14- April 14: Turner Classic Movie channel offers free movie locations bus tours

The New York Times, Arts Beat blog:College Art Museum Hit With Sanction After Sale of Bellows Work

The Association of Art Museum Directors, which represents more than 200 museums in North America, has issued a rare sanction against the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va….
While museums commonly sell works in order to buy other works – a practice known as deaccessioning – ethical standards in the field strongly prohibit sales for other purposes, like capital projects or operating costs….
[L]ast month, the National Gallery of Art in London announced that it had bought the painting for $25.5 million, money that will go to the college’s endowment. The sanction, one of the strongest punishments meted out by the group, asks other member museums “to suspend any loans of works of art to and any collaboration on exhibitions and programs with the Maier Museum of Art.” Member museums are not legally bound to do so but generally abide by the group’s decisions.
At the time of the sale the college said it would begin a partnership with the National Gallery of Art in which curators would lecture at Randolph and loans of the Bellows back to the Maier would be possible.

The Huffington Post: 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently “The things that stand out the most are the paradoxes of the creative self … Imaginative people have messier minds.”



View and purchase more of Bradley’s work at Fine Art America or via his listing at Christopher Michael Galleries’ eArtConnection online gallery.

Catch the return of MatchCon, Own the Narrative Network’s hilarious and very mature game show. Saturday night’s guests include L.A.-area musician Gary Eaton, culture warrior Gay Patriot (Bruce Carroll) and IJReview editor Kyle N. Becker. The MatchCon show starts at 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific Saturday, and you’ll have the most fun if you interact with panelists and the host in the chatroom! See you there!

Please share your thoughts on and suggestions for the Arts Roundup… looking forward to hearing from you! And as the image points out, artists don’t work for free. Hit the tip jar.

Top image hat tip: Looplay


You must see this– 11 People Who Are Worse Dancers Than You from the young bloggers of Jackie Wellfonder’s #RARFire!


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Thanks so much for the linkage, Daley Gator!

Watch: ‘Drugged Out': Accused #SXSW Killer Rashad Owens’s 10-Minute Movie

Photo credit: Rashad Owens/Facebook

Photo credit: Rashad Owens/Facebook

Not only is accused South By Southwest killer Rashad Owens an aspiring rapper and music producer, but he appears to have had acting on his mind, too.

Published on his YouTube account last February, ‘Drugged Out: KB The Movie’ glamorizes the gangsta lifestyle: taking drugs, getting wasted and scoring women. Most of the film revolves around the characters– including Owens– getting ready to hit a party. He and his associates appear to commit several crimes in the process, including having an open container in a vehicle, drug possession and driving while intoxicated. It’s definitely NSFW.

Hat tip Heavy

Listen: Music Produced by Suspect in Fatal SXSW Crash (Audio)


The Other McCain- Death at SXSW
CBS-Dallas/Fort Worth: SXSW Crash Suspect In Austin Hoping To Get His Big Music Break

Listen: Music Produced by Suspect in Fatal SXSW Crash (Audio)

Photo credit: Rashad Owens/Soundcloud

Photo credit: Rashad Owens/Soundcloud

via Austin American-Statesman:

Rashad Charjuan Owens had been in Austin to perform at an East Austin venue before police say he plowed through a crowd of South by Southwest festival-goers early Thursday morning downtown.

His brother, Lamar Wilson, told the American-Statesman that he last saw Owens on Wednesday evening before his show at Club 1808 near 12th and Chicon streets. Owens, whose stage name is KillingAllBeatz or K.A.B254, was the father of six young children, one of whom lives in Alaska, Wilson said.

You can hear Owens’ music at what appears to be his Soundcloud profile page.



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