Rose Matters

In the continuing drama of the attempt by Brandeis University to — choose your term — transform/shut down/trash — its Rose Museum of Art, more than 50 members of the Rose family rose up on Monday. It was the Roses who contributed the original $1 million endowment that paid for construction of the museum in 1961. At a Brandeis …

Size Doesn’t Count

When the economic house of cards started falling last year, I wondered how long it would take for museums to start cutting staff and programing. We all know the answer to that one by now . But I also wondered if the two behemoths of the museum world might be able to resist. In any discussion of museum endowments, the Getty Trust in …

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Ron Silver Dies at 62

Ron Silver, an actor as well known for his off-stage activism as his on-stage work, has died of esophageal cancer. While I didn’t particularly follow Silver’s political work (he was active in liberal causes but endorsed George W. Bush for re-election in 2004), as an actor on TV (and film and theater), he was distinguished for bringing a …

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The Morning After: Royal Debut


Last night was the two-hour debut of NBC’s Kings. For my review of the series–sometimes powerful and poetic, sometimes plodding and preposterous–see here; but since I suspect the show drew a lot of Tuned Inlander curiosity, I’m curious to hear what you thought. Long may it reign, or off with its head?

Homer Page: Lost and Found

I’ve taken an interest lately in The Photographs of Homer Page, the catalogue of a show that just opened at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City. It amounts to a rediscovery, almost a disinterment, of a photographer who was prominent enough in the late 1940s to get featured treatment a few times by the Museum of Modern Art. But …

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The Morning After: Clooney Tunes

I have to be honest about this: I simply can’t fake interest in the Important Television Milestone that is the passing of ER. I was simply never much of a fan. It debuted in 1994, before I was a TV critic, and while I watched it early on to see what all the fuss was about, in the mid-’90s I was much more interested in The X-Files, My

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