Archive for June, 2008

Around the Metblogs: Round-Up

New Orleans: A Mailbox!
Pennsylvania: Transformers 2 … Next Door; or, Optimus Prime Wants To Borrow Your Sugar
Vancouver: The Device to Root Out Evil

Previously: May 31st, April 4th, March 28th, Nov. 10th (2006)

Photo: Ryles Jazz Bar



Previously: Relax, Peabody Fire, Bridge, Mandela Rally, Harvard, Charles, Trinity Church, BPL Courtyard, The Public Garden, Charlie’s Kitchen, The Coolidge, and the Longfellow Bridge.

Beverly Says No

Mike sounds off on the Beverly “No” vote:

Dawn Hames, from Citizens For Fiscal Responsibility, is quoted in The Salem News as saying “As the children would say, ‘Awesome’.” What children are saying that, as they watch their schoolrooms crowd and their after school programs dwindle, might be a matter for contention. And even those that say “awesome” might not be able to spell it. But don’t let that stop you from gloating. I’d have to side with Centerville Parent Amy McCay: “I feel sad people think about their own pocket before the greater good,” she said. “They can’t see the big picture.”

No one has yet addressed the fact that multi-million dollar estates in Beverly Farms routinely assess for about 50% of their market values (the over $1 million real estate market remains relatively un-phased by the popping of the bubble), while the homes of less affluent families are assessing at near 100% right now. Now THAT makes me want to break out the torches and pitchforks. Will city assessors look to the affluent to pay their fair share? Keep holding it…you look good in blue….

Where will the kids go? From Save Beverly Schools:

There was considerable talk about open enrollment. In the 5-school redistricting plan, Hayes has kept open enrollment students at their current school. Karen Fogarty suggested all students who open enroll be returned to their home school, and suggested that priority be given to students who have been displaced from their neighborhood school, and especially to 5th graders who will be moving again to Briscoe the following year.

Previously: Beverly Says No, Who Knew?, Prop 2 1/2 News, Andover, Holbrook/Chelmsford/Harvard/Holland/Sudbury, Canton/Brookline/Newton/Swampscott/Randolph

Andre Dubus III Q+A @ Powell’s.

Robert Hughes on Antonio Lopez Garcia.

Since Lopez Garcia has his first retrospective in the U.S. at the MFA, I thought it would do good to link to Hughes’ article:

There are some artists whose work compels assent almost as soon as you see it. Its seriousness announces itself in precision, gravity, lack of obvious fluidity; in a fastidiousness that could be modesty but is in fact the only kind of aesthetic pride that matters and lasts; in a respect for the eye’s power to surprise the mind, refracted through an intense engagement with tradition. Everything, in short, that is denied by the tyranny of the neo.

The flavor of Lopez’s art is peculiar and difficult to describe in the abstract. A good starting point is his small still life of a rabbit on a plate, dated 1972.

It is just that, and no more: a rabbit skinned for roasting by a Spanish butcher, with its head left on; a glass plate with a scalloped edge; a kitchen table of pine covered with old cream paint, now scarred and stained, with bits of dark wood showing through; a band of gray wall with a mauve undercast. The table occupies a little over two-thirds of the depth of the painting, the wall the rest, and the corpse is huddled not quite in the center of the table. These slight departures from absolute regularity give the centered, single image a murmur, no more, of instability. The scheme is one of the most widely known in Spanish painting: the tradition of the bodegon, or kitchen still life, the isolated object against a plain field, brought to its fullest intensity by Zurbaran and Sanchez Cotan in the early 17th century. Echoes of the bodegones continued in Spanish art for hundreds of years; they could still be seen in Picasso’s cubist still lifes. But Lopez’s skinned rabbit goes straight back to the source, taking in a vivid memory of Goya’s still lifes along the way.

For more, here.


MFA has a video interview.

The Tweeter Center is Gone

Live Nation announced today it is now the Comcast Center for the Performing Arts. Not that anyone around here actually called it the Tweeter Center. According to this article, it is due to Tweeter being in bankruptcy protection. So, anyone going to start calling it the Comcast Center or just going to keep calling it Great Woods?

Ted Kennedy’s America

The Atlantic: Ted Kennedy’s America.

Photo: Relax


Previously: Peabody Fire, Bridge, Mandela Rally, Harvard, Charles, Trinity Church, BPL Courtyard, The Public Garden, Charlie’s Kitchen, The Coolidge, and the Longfellow Bridge.

Harvard Book Store for Sale

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