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These whimsical GIFs from Smithsonian Libraries bring old books to life

2 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

You wouldn’t think centuries-old books would be the perfect inspiration for creating stunning, charming GIFs. You’d be wrong. The Smithsonian Libraries Tumblr is chock-full of magical GIFs, with animation augmenting stale and static old book pages. Show More Summary

On Broadway, “Aladdin” sings in honor of Robin Williams

2 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

On Tuesday night, the cast and audience of Broadway’s “Aladdin” sang a tribute to the late Robin Williams — the Genie of the animated movie version — in the form of a portion of the Genie’s tour-de-force number, “Friend Like Me.” The moment, after the evening performance at the New Amsterdam Theatre and presided over by the […]

Some people still speak Latin. What if U.S. presidents did?

2 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

You only have to glance at Washington to see how steeped the American republic is in the classics. The Latin language, so familiar to the Founders, may have faded from our collective consciousness, but the great temples of the Capitol and Supreme Court and the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials echo the classical tradition. And spoken […]

Rush Limbaugh suggests liberalism may have been partly to blame for Robin Williams’s suicide

2 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

Robin Williams was a singular presence whose work and kindness directly touched a lot of people in meaningful ways. Rush Limbaugh, apparently, was not one of those people. Speaking on his radio show Tuesday, Limbaugh — the conservative talk-radio host famous for his sense of outrage — strongly insinuated that the actor committed suicide because he […]

Why we still need good indie bookstores

2 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

A reader named Maureen Feinroth sends in this anecdote about her book-shopping experience at a Barnes & Noble in the Washington area: Me: Hi, I am looking for the new biography of Beethoven. I don’t see it on the shelf. Salesperson: I can look it up for you. [Typing "b-a-y..."] Me: No, it’s Beethoven: […]

Lauren Bacall made the fashion industry swoon with her confidence and demeanor

2 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

View Photo Gallery —Lauren Bacall, a defining movie star of the 1940s, has died at 89. Widow to the late actor Humphrey Bogart, with whom she generated smoldering onscreen chemistry, the model-turned-actress played majors roles in such films as “The Big Sleep” and “How to Marry a Millionaire.” Lauren Bacall was a stunner. She began […]

Robin Williams late-night tributes: Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers and Conan O’Brien share memories

2 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

This is a quiet week in late-night TV, with a bunch of the shows (David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert) in reruns. So the few shows on the air took an opportunity Tuesday to pay tribute to Robin Williams, particularly since two of then were taped on Monday before they learned of Williams’s […]

‘Pretty Little Liars’ recap Season 5, Episode 10: ‘Ali brings out the A in you’

2 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

Warning: This recap contains spoilers. Thing we learned this episode: Mona has been having panic attacks since Ali’s return. She confessed this to Hanna after passing out in the choir room (remember to breathe during those vocal runs, girl). Mona is cold and calculating, but I totally believed her when she explained why she teamed up […]

Robin Williams’s kids, former wife release heartbreaking statements

2 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

On Tuesday evening, Robin Williams’s three children and a former wife released heartbreaking statements about the death of the beloved actor. They’re all in full below. Zak, 31, is the actor’s one child with Valerie Velardi, whom he was married to for a decade and divorced in 1988. Williams married Marsha Garces Williams in 1989 […]

Robin Williams died of suicide due to hanging, preliminary investigation reveals

2 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

View Photo Gallery —The award-winning actor and comedian spent decades working in television and film. Based on a preliminary investigation, actor Robin Williams is believed to have died of suicide as a result of asphyxia due to hanging, investigators said during a news conference on Tuesday. Williams’s personal assistant became concerned on Monday morning when […]

Robin Williams was probably the best talk show guest ever (VIDEO)

2 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

Robin Williams was a talk show host’s dream — just welcome him to the stage and Williams would take care of the rest. Williams died on Monday of a suspected suicide at age 63. The news was shocking to many, although Williams talked openly about his decades-long struggle with addiction; yet in public, he was always […]

Robin Williams remembered not just for his movies and his humor, but for his acts of kindness, too

2 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

There’s a story going around today on Reddit about Robin Williams, the comedian and actor who was found dead Aug. 11 at the age of 63. It goes like this: a guy is with his family in San Francisco. The man’s father has lost both his parents in a really horrific way, and was obviously […]

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Style Invitational Contest

2 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

  Bad things to say to a waiter: “You call this lemonade, jerko? It’s barely yellow! Bring me some stronger stuff!” Groaner puns on book titles: Did you hear that they made a PC version of the Harper Lee novel? It’s called “Tickle a Mockingbird.” “Dear Blank” notes: Dear Leonardo: Your fly is open. Sincerely, […]

Watch Conan O’Brien break the news of Robin Williams’s death to his live audience

2 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

“This is unusual and upsetting,” began the final segment of Conan O’Brien’s show on Monday. Then, the talk show host had the unenviable job of informing his audience that Robin Williams had died. Williams, 63, was found dead in his California home on Monday. “We got some news. We got some news during the show that Robin Williams […]

Stephen L. Carter & ‘Back Channel,’ tomorrow at Politics and Prose

2 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

Yale law professor and novelist Stephen L. Carter has an unlikely heroine to the Cuban missile crisis in his new novel: Margo Jensen, a 19-year-old black college student, making her way into heady White House politics in “Back Channel.” He was surprised, when he was finished, at how much she resembled the heroine in his […]

Lego’s new female scientists set already has an awesome new Twitter tribute

2 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

Just days after the release of Lego’s much-anticipated “Research Institute” set of female scientists, the inevitable has happened: meet @LegoAcademics, a Twitter account that uses the posed legos to reenact daily life in academia. Its creator, Donna Yates, is an archaeologist who studies the looting and trafficking of goods from archaeological sites for the Trafficking […]

Robin Williams: The many faces of the wildly versatile actor (VIDEO)

3 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

View Photo Gallery —The award-winning actor and comedian spent decades working in television and film. To call Robin Williams “versatile” is an understatement, as he took on more types of roles than most actors can. He seamlessly played funny and sweet and heartbreaking and depressing and weird in more than a hundred movies and TV […]

Robin Williams dies at 63

3 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

Actor Robin Williams has been found dead at age 63, the Marin County County Sheriff’s office confirmed on Monday evening. Cause of death is suspected to be suicide. Williams was an Oscar-winning comedic actor known for his roles in “Good Will Hunting,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Good Morning Vietnam” and many more. More to come — here’s […]

Barneys will pay $525K to settle racial profiling allegations

3 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

Upscale retailer Barneys New York will pay $525,000 in penalties to settle racial profiling complaints. The settlement came after a nine-month-long investigation launched by the New York State Attorney’s office when two black customers...Show More Summary

What’s Beyoncé wearing? A necklace that I (very likely) made.

3 weeks agoArts : Arts Post

It all started with a message on Instagram last Tuesday. “@rachelpfeffer, is that your necklace?” asked a customer in the Netherlands. That’s the kind of thing that gets me excited — seeing one of my DC flag necklaces or bicycle rings  that I hammered and soldered together in my Washington D.C. apartment out in the world. […]

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