Arts

3:40am

Fri February 1, 2013
History

Grand Central, A Cathedral For Commuters, Celebrates 100

Originally published on

Friday marks the day that 100 years ago, Grand Central Terminal opened its doors for business for the very first time. The largest railroad terminal in the world, the magnificent Beaux-Arts building is in the heart of New York City on 42nd St. And while it no longer serves long-distance trains, it's still a vibrant part of the city's eco-system.

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5:17pm

Thu January 31, 2013
Movie Reviews

In Prison And Among Zombies, Shakespeare's Reflection Shines

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 10:39 am

In the Romeo and Juliet-inspired Warm Bodies, a zombie known only as R (Nicholas Hoult) falls in love with Julie (Teresa Palmer), who's still human.
Jan Thijs Summit Entertainment

The Italian art-house film Caesar Must Die and the teen zombie-comedy Warm Bodies do not, at first glance, appear to have much in common. But they share a bit of creative DNA, both being inventive riffs that turn Shakespearean tragedies into something else entirely.

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5:16pm

Thu January 31, 2013
Art & Design

Graffiti Gnomes Allowed To Roam On Oakland Utility Poles

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 7:55 pm

An anonymous artist started placing the hand-painted gnomes on the bases of utility poles all over Oakland.
Courtesy of the photographer

Over the past year, small gnomes started springing up all around Oakland, Calif. The elfin creatures are hand-painted on wooden boards; each is about 6 inches tall, with red hat, brown boots and white beard. They're bits of urban folk art from an anonymous painter who surreptitiously screws them onto the base of utility poles.

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5:03pm

Thu January 31, 2013
Movie Reviews

'Sound City': Music And Memories In An L.A. Landmark

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 11:25 am

Rock musician Dave Grohl recorded Nirvana's Nevermind at L.A.'s Sound City Studios; now, he's turned his musical memories of the place into a documentary film of the same name.
Varrance Films

Dave Grohl has always been a joy to watch onscreen, whether bashing away at a drum kit like the heavy-footed, wild-haired spawn of John Bonham and the Muppets' Animal in Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video, or flashing an endearingly goofy grin in the Mentos-spoof clip for the Foo Fighters' "Big Me." And a big part of that appeal is the sense that no matter how long he's been in the business, Grohl is still a guy who is acutely aware that he's living out a teenage daydream every day of his life.

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5:03pm

Thu January 31, 2013
Movie Reviews

How's 'Koch' Doing? Years Later, Still All Right

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 10:35 am

Former three-term New York City Mayor Ed Koch may be long out of Gracie Mansion, but he's still a political force.
Zeitgeist Films

Editor's Note: This review was edited and published before news of Koch's death broke. The headline has been updated to reflect that news, but the text of the review is unchanged.

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5:03pm

Thu January 31, 2013
Movie Reviews

'Stand Up Guys' Falls Terminally Flat

Doc (Christopher Walken) and Val (Al Pacino) are old friends and ex-cons who go on one last rampage in the crime comedy Stand Up Guys.
Lionsgate

Intended as a victory lap for three great stars of advancing age, Stand Up Guys is another entry in the "old folks doing stuff" subgenre, which offers comic affirmation that life is not strictly for the young.

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5:03pm

Thu January 31, 2013
Movie Reviews

'Bullet To The Head': No-Brainer Bubblegum

Sung Kang plays a D.C. cop at large in New Orleans, where he finds himself in an uneasy alliance with hit man Sylvester Stallone in the blues-rock driven crime drama Bullet to the Head.
Frank Masi Warner Bros. Pictures

Adapted from a French graphic novel and outfitted with an ethnically diverse cast, Bullet to the Head is an artifact of a newly internationalized Hollywood. But that doesn't mean it feels especially new.

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4:46pm

Thu January 31, 2013
Ask Me Another

Rosie Schaap: What Are You Drinking?

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 10:13 am

"I don't care how great a cocktail is made at a bar, if people aren't talking to each other, it's no fun."
M. Sharkey

12:22pm

Thu January 31, 2013
Ask Me Another

Young Adult Fiction

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 10:13 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

All right, what do you say we get this puzzle started?

JOHN CHANESKI: That sounds like a good idea.

EISENBERG: Let me introduce our first two contestants. We have Alix Claps and Danny Errico.

(APPLAUSE)

ALIX CLAPS: Hi.

DANNY ERRICO: Hi.

EISENBERG: Thank you so much for joining us. Alix, I hear you're a big theater and music geek and a production manager at NYU.

CLAPS: That's true.

EISENBERG: Fantastic. What's your favorite musical?

CLAPS: "Kiss of the Spider-Woman."

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12:22pm

Thu January 31, 2013
Ask Me Another

Compound Interest

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 10:13 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's bring up our next two contestants, shall we?

JONATHAN COULTON: Let's do.

EISENBERG: Here they are. We have Dory Green and David Steinberg.

(APPLAUSE)

DAVID STEINBERG: Hello.

DORY GREEN: Hi.

EISENBERG: Dory, I give you props, being a pediatric dentist.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Big props. And you like to build stuff.

GREEN: I do like to build stuff.

EISENBERG: Recently you were in a costume contest of sorts. Did you win?

GREEN: No.

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