Archive for the ‘entertainment’ Category

So many Evitas, so little time . . .

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

In the WSJ,
Notable & Quotable: ‘Evita’“Never been a fund like the Foundation Eva Peron!”

Never been a fund like the Foundation Eva Peron! . . .

And the money kept rolling out in all directions,

To the poor, to the weak, to the destitute of all complexions

Now cynics claim a little of the cash has gone astray

But that’s not the point, my friends.

When the money keeps rolling out, you don’t keep books

You can tell you’ve done well by the happy, grateful looks

Accountants only slow things down, figures get in the way.

Never been a lady loved as much as Eva Peron!

Sing it, Ricky!

John Oliver riffs Latin America

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Let the good times roll!

John Oliver did a monologue on the mango-throwing incident. I can’t embed it but you can watch the video here.

Oliver frequently pokes fun at Latin America; Jaime Bayly has some of it in last night’s show, starting at 7:25 in the video (up to 17:00),

In case you missed them, here’s Oliver riffing Ecuador’s Rafael Correa,
John Oliver first Correa monologue.

Correa didn’t like it, so, of course, John Oliver replied.

“The Americans” non-values

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Please read my latest article, “The Americans” non-values.

UPDATED:
Alison Gopnik asks, Can loyalty to a country or an idea ever justify deception and murder? It can, if you have no moral compass.

Sunday tango at the gazebo

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

Is that you, Sabo?

Friday, March 13th, 2015

No sooner is Run All Night opening, that the posters are turning up:

Is that you, Sabo?

Mexico: Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, the equipal chair guy

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Ian Volner at the WSJ writes about Pedro Ramírez Vázquez: Eight Reasons the Midcentury Icon Deserves Your Attention
The late Modernist architect—the Frank Gehry of Mexico—makes a good cocktail-party mention this week, especially now that his furniture’s back on the scene

Next up: “Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980,” organized by curator Barry Bergdoll at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, opens March 29 and will include several of Mr. Ramírez Vázquez’s architectural works.

Ramírez Vázquez designed the National Museum of Anthropology (see book above), but also is known among fans of mid-century modern style for his high-end interpretation of the humble equipal chair:

All about Steve: a review of Birdman

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Rather than a flight of imagination, a philosophical and magical-realism clunker big enough to fuel dozens of film studies thesis for years to come.

Read my review at Da Tech Guy Blog.

Cuba: And now, Conan

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Because you keep your edge by touting island-prisons,
Light A Cigar! Conan Storms Cuba Ahead Of Late-Night Competitors

The episode is intended to give O’Brien’s audience a rare glimpse into Cuban daily life, said show representatives in confirming the report to Deadline.

I doubt that his target audience will hear anything about the beatings and arrests taking place while Conan is “storming Cuba.”

Separated at birth?

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Republican pundit Dick Morris

and Puerto Rican singer Chucho Avellanet?

Or does Chucho look more like Mel Brooks in a hat?

Sunday evening tango: Mario Bournissen & Laura Rusconi

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Mario Bournissen & Laura Rusconi performing to Roberto Goyeneche’s Viejo ciego, a most difficult song to dance to.

Congratulations to Mario and Laura on their upcoming wedding.