Archive for the ‘entertainment’ Category

Argentina: Buenos Aires closes Sunderland

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Apparently the city of Buenos Aires has solved all its problems and is now closing tango venues lacking fire sprinkler systems:

El gobierno porteño clausuró una de las milongas más famosas del mundo
La milonga conocida como Sunderland, y que ahora lleva el nombre de Malena, no pudo abrir sus puertas como lo hace desde principios del siglo pasado debido a una disposición del gobierno de Mauricio Macri.
[My translation:] Buenos Aires’s government shut down one of the world’s most famous milongas
The Sunderland milonga, now named Malena, could not open its doors as it had for nearly a century due to Mauricio Macri’s government ruling.
The restaurant and bar operations are not closed.

The venue also hosts basketball, soccer, rollerskating and martial arts activities. They won’t be able to resume until the fire sprinkler system is fully operative.

Last month the city also shut down the Sin Rumbo milonga.

I was at Sunderland on a Saturday night, where hundreds of older local couples dressed up to dance great tango. Here are Flaco Dany and Silvina showing how it’s done:

Sunday Joe

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

An exquisitely civilizing moment: Sinatra and Jobim

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Read my article, An exquisitely civilizing moment: Sinatra and Jobim.

UPDATE:
The Camp of the Saints counts down Sinatra.

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.