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TV Tonight: The Dirty, or Filthy Rich, South

BRAVO

Tonight, Bravo expands its people-who-are-richer-than-you empire with The Real Housewives of Atlanta (9 p.m. E.T.).

From my casual viewing of the first episode, you will probably have roughly the same use for it that you do for the Orange County and New York City versions, the differences being (1) you can play a drinking game …

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Candidates, Please Treat Us Like Children

I just watched a screener DVD for one of Nick News’ Linda Ellerbee specials, Kids Pick the President, which airs this Sunday. As a lead-up to an online kids’ vote, which will go live after the special airs, John McCain and Barack Obama took questions from interested kids on issues including immigration, health care and climate …

The New Saatchi Gallery

Saatchi Gallery, London /PHOTO: SAATCHI GALLERY

In London last month I got a preview of Charles Saatchi’s new Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea, which is housed in a thoroughly gut-renovated Georgian immensity, the Duke of York headquarters, that was once a military barracks and where you could still hold a drill parade on the lawn. It’s …

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Checking Back With: Entourage

I’m coming a couple days late to this, but: while I’d had hope that Entourage was back with its Vince-hits-bottom storyline this season, my faith was shaken with the very-special shrooms-in-the-desert episode Sunday. Like so many episodes in the middle of the last season, it seemed inserted to pad out the season, and really, if they have …

Mark Rothko at Tate Modern

Mural for End Wall (Untitled), Mark Rothko, 1959 /NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, WASHINGTON

Another reason for my trip to London last month was to catch an early look at the show of Mark Rothko’s late works that just opened at Tate Modern. This is an exhibition built mostly around the series of paintings that Rothko produced in the late …

Auction House Follies

Two interesting bits of market related news in recent days. Over at Modern Art Notes, blogger Tyler Green has been calling attention to the report that the University of Iowa Museum of Art has prepared for the University’s board of regents concerning the possibility of selling the Museum’s most important possession, Jackson Pollock’s …

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