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#700 Arlequin meet King Kong'swife

Today sketch club victims at Daphne in CulverCity graciously hosted by our own Toast Master Marcelo Vignali

Around and around with Marcus Herse at Commonwealth & Council

20 hours agoArts : Culture Monster

Marcus Herse’s two-hour-plus video loop “Almost ther (Sunset)” (misspelling intentional) puts us in the back seat of a Honda Civic slowly circling through the parking structure at the Glendale Galleria.

Deep Breath

20 hours agoArts : Coxsoft Art News

My TV set gave up the ghost some weeks ago and, being an impoverished blogger, I haven't replaced it. So I won't be watching Deep Breath, the new Doctor Who episode starring Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor and the delectable Jenna Coleman as... er... his impossible companion. The show is back on BBC One this evening at 7.50pm (CLICK). Maybe I'll catch it on iPlayer.

Piper Kerman of ‘Orange is the New Black’ answers your questions

20 hours agoArts : Art Beat

[Watch Video]Hari Sreenivasan posed your questions to author of “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison” Piper Kerman. Piper Kerman, author of “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison,” sat down with Hari Sreenivasan...Show More Summary

Landslides hit Japan

Dozens of people, including children, were killed in Japan when destructive landslides hit Hiroshima. Triggered by torrential rains, the landslide buried people alive as they slept in their homes. The search for survivors in the mud-ravaged hillside continues as over 50 people are feared missing. Show More Summary

A moment of stillness

The story behind a remarkable photo taken during protests over Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, Missouri.

Mufasa x 4,000 as Alton White marks milestone in 'Lion King' role

20 hours agoArts : Culture Monster

It’s said that a coward dies a thousand deaths and a brave man only once, but Alton Fitzgerald White is about to die bravely for the 4,000th time playing Simba’s regal dad in “The Lion King.”

UPS Store Malware Likely Hit Many Other Companies

The U.S. government said the credit-card-stealing Backoff malware that hit UPS Stores had infected many other companies.

The focus cleverly blurs in 'Soft Target' at M+B

20 hours agoArts : Culture Monster

In photography, targets are high-contrast printed patterns or color bars that help achieve the hallmarks of a “successful” image: sharp focus and accurate color. In their group exhibition “Soft Target” at M+B, curators Phil Chang and Matthew Porter (both also artists who...

Getting Schlossed

20 hours agoArts : Prospero

LAST Saturday night, two men wearing the dress of the women of the 18th-century Prussian royal court sat face to face on the narrow benches of a German beer table. Their hooped skirts—nearly as wide as the men were tall—made this a tricky undertaking. Show More Summary

Jihadi John

21 hours agoArts : Coxsoft Art News

British newspapers are obsessed with tracking down James Foley's sadistic murderer, whom they've nicknamed "Jihadi John" (CLICK). As usual, they are clueless. So are our leaders. Infidels are fair game under Sharia Law. Remember the case of Meriam Ibrahim, sentenced to 100 lashes and death by hanging by a Sudanese Sharia court for apostasy (CLICK). Show More Summary

Scriptnotes, Ep 158: Putting a price on it — Transcript

21 hours agoArts / Writing :

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: Here, man, my name is Craig Mazin. Right? John: And this is Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Craig, we are trying to record this episode live. […]

This Halloween costume isn’t the only ice bucket challenge commodity on the market

21 hours agoArts : Arts Post wants to help you be the “ice bucket challenge” for Halloween. For just $40, the site will sell you a blue bucket decorated with a big piece of saran wrap and some fabric-sale remnants from the 1980?s. You’ll have to hold the bucket above your head, and the costume comes with a “real” ice cube […]

WATCH: The Washington Post Travel team shares their secrets for picking the 2014 Travel photo contest winners

21 hours agoArts : Arts Post

The winners of The Washington Post 2014 Travel photo contest were just announced, and the top two, Natalie Fay Green from Bethesda and Kathi Weinheimer from Alexandria, talked via Google Hangout to Food and Travel editor Joe Yonan, deputy Travel editor Zofia Smardz and Features photo editor Anne Farrar about their work. Show More Summary

Prankster 'White Cube' comic gleefully dismembers the art world

21 hours agoArts : Culture Monster

Marina Abramovic levitates in her chair and then her eyes pop out of her head. A male figure squeegees the images off of Pablo Picasso's "Guernica," leaving a mess of black-and-white paint. A pair of pranksters give the toenails of Michelangelo's "David" a bright red sheen. 

Artists protest through song in the wake of Ferguson shooting

22 hours agoArts : Art Beat

File photo of protests in Ferguson by Scott Olson, Getty Images News What does a 21st century protest song sound like? If you’re folk musician Ezra Furman, it has echoes of Bob Dylan. If you’re legendary songwriter Lauryn Hill, it borrows from Rodgers and Hammerstein. Show More Summary

Brief encounter with a fleeing Yazidi

I remember the scene well. It was the day that I arrived at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing of Fishkhabour. With shocked, sunburnt faces, men, women and children in dirt-caked clothes were struggling in temperatures of over 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit), waiting patiently for local Kurdish aid.

Quote of Note | Tom Hanks on Typewriters

23 hours agoArts / Graphic Design : UnBeige

“Remingtons from the 1930s go THICK THICK. Midcentury Royals sound like a voice repeating the word CHALK. CHALK. CHALK CHALK. Even the typewriters made for the dawning jet age (small enough to fit on the fold-down trays of the firstShow More Summary

Hotel Ritz in Paris: German occupation, sex, spies and great food

Tilar Mazzeo traced the history of the Hotel Ritz, a cultural landmark that opened its doors in fin de siècle Paris (1898). I found the hotel's story fascinating since Cesar Ritz, Auguste Escoffier, Capt Dreyfus and Marcel Proust already appeared in this blog. Show More Summary

Concept Art Illustrations by Raphael Lacoste

23 hours agoArts / Graphic Design : Abduzeedo

I really can't get enough of concept art illustrations! This week we're featuring the fantastic work of Canadian artist Raphael Lacoste. He's been doing some fantastic pieces for games like Assassin's Creed, which gives us some really great images! Here you can see a handful of Raphael's work. Show More Summary

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