Category Archive for 'Visual arts'

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Shake your Eddie Money Maker Your first reaction probably isn’t: “Wow! There’s Eddie Money!” It’s more like: “Huh. So that’s Eddie Money…” This despite Money having sold more than 30 million albums. The guy exudes an everyman vibe. “Eddie Money was here last week,” the waitress at Mr. Dominic’s said. “I had my picture taken […]

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Wendell Castle’s assault on the standard definition The standard definition of a chair or a table was merely a starting point for Wendell Castle. He had no interest in the school of “form follows function.” The Rochester creator of the art furniture movement died Saturday afternoon at his home in Scottsville. He was far beyond […]

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Harvey Weinstein fooled me, too Harvey Weinstein is the entertainment story of the moment, although it’s certainly not the kind of press he’s been accustomed to receiving over the years. One of the mighty has fallen. A front-page blockbuster story in The New York Times alleging you have sexually harassed, and even assaulted women, can […]

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The Curse of Bad TV When I decide to blow a day by doing nothing, I take the job seriously. That was Saturday. Before the cable deal  runs out and dies a natural death, I thought I’d see what’s behind that mysterious ON DEMAND button on the remote. Not much, as usual, but I did […]

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America isn’t ready for a transgender Tea Party Last night I spent $4.99 to see Dallas Buyers Club, the first time I’ve ever purchased a movie on my TV. The cable folks sure make it easy to take your money, don’t they? I’m now a big fan of the movie’s star, Matthew McConaughey, thanks to […]

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“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” vs. real life I was walking a couple of blocks to City Hall for a press conference this morning when I stumbled into a roadblock. A crowd was already gathering, with the cops keeping the road clear so that the movie makers in town can shoot some scenes for The Amazing […]

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Bush-league paintings In general, my traditional embargo on the news while vacationing remained intact last weekend. If you’re trying to clear the head while spending time with friends in a snowbound B&B in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, it’s best to not know the latest moves in the Republican insurrection against America. That stuff is always […]

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Art Appreciation: CSI Using the same kind of ground-penetration radar favored by police in their searches for bodies buried in shallow graves, art archaeologists plan to dig up the floor of a convent in Florence, Italy, in the hope of uncovering the remains of Lisa Gherardini, who has long been one of the prime candidates […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Oct. 31 This morning’s coffee was imported from Mexico, which you may interpret as a statement on immigration policy if you wish. First music of the day, the Debussy opera Pelleas et Melisande. It’s in French. The dog is chewing on a rawhide […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Oct. 17 It was such a stunningly beautiful morning that, rather than read The Times first thing, I chose to follow the dog through Turning Point Park for about an hour. It’s an appropriately overgrown area on the west bank of the Genesee […]

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