Today: April 21, 2024
Today: April 21, 2024

Arts

For the Osage Nation, the betrayal of the murders depicted in 'Killers of the Flower Moon' still lingers

Despite the perpetrators being tried and convicted, anti-Indigenous sentiment roiled the area for decades.

Louise Glück honed her poetic voice across a lifetime to speak to us from beyond the grave

A celebrated poet and Nobel laureate, Louise Glück wrote about mortality, broken families and human frailty with devastating wryness and quiet beauty.

20 years after the publication of 'Purple Hibiscus,' a generation of African writers have followed in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's footsteps

African immigrant writers possess particularly acute insights into the way race and racism affect daily life in the US.

What live theater can learn from Branson, Missouri

Comedians like Stephen Colbert might mock the entertainment mecca, but live theater is in too much of a crisis to dismiss the town’s formula of spectacle meets story.

Why are some Chinese women still looking to the West for love?

Their desire to pursue marriage abroad not only reveals their longing for a better life but also reveals the pervasive gender, age and class inequalities that continue to plague modern-day China.

I'm working to revitalize an Indigenous language and bring it into the future

A scholar works to document a dialect of the Ojibwe language that was spoken by his grandmother in the Great Lakes region.

Soccer kiss scandal exposes how structural sexism in Spain can be a laughing matter

The jokes, memes and skits came thick and fast – but behind the humor were serious points.

The fight for 2% − how residuals became a sticking point for striking actors

Studios say the number is unrealistic − that it amounts to actors not assuming any financial risk for content that flops. But actors simply want to adapt existing payout models to changing technology.

Taylor Swift and the end of the Hollywood writers strike – a tale of two media narratives

What does it say about the online media ecosystem when the end of a 146-day strike is buried under headlines and posts about Swift’s budding romance with NFL star Travis Kelce?

Why some Indians want to change the country's name to 'Bharat'

The government’s use of the Hindi word for ‘India’ revives debates over whether Hindi should be the national language – and reopens some old wounds.

Aaron Rodgers' season-ending Achilles tear resurfaces questions about player safety on artificial turf

Two days after Rodgers’ injury, the NFL players union called on the league to convert all playing fields to natural grass.

Reality TV show contestants are more like unpaid interns than Hollywood stars

With the TV writers and actors strikes leaving networks with little scripted content, the fall 2023 lineup will be saturated with low-cost reality TV shows like ‘The Voice.’

Art and science entwined: This course explores the long, interrelated history of two ways of seeing the world

Art and science may seem like opposites, but throughout history the disciplines have fed off each other − and still do today.

'Time In A Bottle': Jim Croce's music continues to inspire 50 years after his life was cut short

Jim Croce’s brief time in the national spotlight was enough to put a bevy of songs in heavy rotation on radio stations – and on stage in the hands of a lengthy A-list of fellow musicians.

'Big Bang of Numbers' – The Conversation's book club explores how math alone could create the universe with author Manil Suri

A book-length thought experiment uses math to investigate some of life’s big questions.

Anxiety can often be a drag on creativity, upending the trope of the tortured artist

A psychiatrist explains the many ways anxiety can hinder, color or compel creativity.

The importance of shining a light on hidden toxic histories

Societies celebrate heroes and commemorate tragedies. But why is there so little public acknowledgment of environmental disasters?

A new documentary reexamines the Louis CK scandal, 6 years later

TORONTO (AP) — Louis C.K. came to the Toronto International Film Festival six years ago with the hotly anticipated “I Love You, Daddy,” just as allegations of sexual misconduct against the comedian were gaining new prominence. The movie sold at TIFF for $5 million, but before it could reach theaters, its premiere was canceled and its release scuttled. After years of rumors, a New York Times article in November that year detailed the allegations of several women who described incidents in which C.K. masturbated in front of female stand-up colleagues. Now, a new documentary premiering in Toronto, where C.K.’s downfall

Author Sandra Cisneros receives Holbrooke award for work that helps promote peace and understanding

NEW YORK (AP) — Author Sandra Cisneros is this year’s winner of the Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award, honoring writers who help foster “understanding between and among people.” Cisneros, best known for her million-selling novel “The House on Mango Street,” has often drawn upon her Mexican heritage and her childhood community in her own work and supported other writers through her nonprofits the Macondo Foundation and the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation. The Holbrooke award, named for the late U.S. diplomat, is presented by the Ohio-based Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation. In 1995, Holbrooke helped broker the Dayton

Why 'Barbie' and 'The Little Mermaid' made 2023 the dead girl summer

In one sense, Barbie is already dead, cheerfully doomed to repeat the same pink day, devoid of food, conflict and sex. Chris Hondros/Getty Images Ariel and Barbie have quite a bit in common: They’re both frozen in time, and they both yearn to live as humans do. The fantastic seascapes and perfect dollhouses of “The Little Mermaid” and “Barbie” might appear whimsical. But I see these settings – and the characters who inhabit them – as figurations of death. In my forthcoming book, I consider the relationship between mermaids and Barbie dolls. In the case of the 2023 films, I

Aerosmith postpones shows after frontman Steven Tyler suffers vocal cord damage

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Aerosmith has postponed a half-dozen dates on their farewell tour because frontman Steven Tyler injured his vocal cords during a performance, Tyler announced Monday. “I’m heartbroken to say I have received strict doctor’s orders not to sing for the next thirty days,” Tyler, 75, posted on Instagram. “I sustained vocal cord damage during Saturday’s show that led to subsequent bleeding. We’ll need to postpone a few dates so that we can come back and give you the performance you deserve.” The band known for “Dream On,” “Walk This Way” and “Sweet Emotion” began its “Peace Out” farewell

Illinois appeals court to hear arguments on Jussie Smollett request to toss convictions

CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett’s drawn out legal saga begins anew Tuesday when an Illinois appeals court will hear oral arguments that the former “Empire” actor’s convictions for staging a racist, homophobic attack against himself in 2019 and then lying about it to Chicago police should be tossed. If the appeal before the Chicago-based First District Appellate Court fails, Smollett would have to finish a 150-day stint in jail that his trial judge ordered during his 2022 sentencing. Smollett spent just six days in jail before his release pending the outcome of the appeal. A ruling is expected to take

MTV Video Music Awards return Tuesday, with an all-female artist of the year category

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The MTV Video Music Awards return Tuesday night, and for the first time, only women are nominated in the show’s artist of the year category. Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Doja Cat, Nicki Minaj, Karol G and Shakira are contending for the night’s top prize. The VMAs, which takes place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey — just outside of New York City — will be hosted by Minaj. Last year, she emceed alongside Lil Wayne and Jack Harlow; this year, she’s solo. The show will also celebrate 50 years of hip-hop with a star-studded, multi-generational

'Dumb Money' goes all in on the GameStop stock frenzy — and may come out a winner

TORONTO (AP) — Think of movies about the financial system and your mind is almost sure to go to Gordon Gekko and “Wall Street” or Leonardo DiCaprio’s gyrating Jordan Belfort in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” When Hollywood takes on Wall Street, it usually heads straight to the C-suite. The protagonist of “Dumb Money,” though, is an amateur investor who trades out of his basement in Brockton, Massachusetts, with a bandana tied around his head and a Belgian beer in his hand. This is Keith Gill (played in the film by Paul Dano), also known as Roaring Kitty. In 2021,

Michael Kors pays tribute to late mother with waterfront runway show set to Bacharach tunes

NEW YORK (AP) — On a waterfront promenade lined with pink flowers and facing Manhattan’s majestic skyline, designer Michael Kors paid tribute to his late mother with a show honoring the travels the two enjoyed together. As always, Kors was joined by a slew of celebrities at the picturesque venue along the East River in Brooklyn’s Domino Park, under the Williamsburg Bridge. Actors Halle Berry, Blake Lively, Tiffany Haddish, Ellen Pompeo, Olivia Wilde, Jenna Dewan and many more were in attendance. “All of us dream of holidays,” the designer said before the show, explaining the inspiration for a collection projecting

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