Happy birthday, Lucille Ball.
In this photo Lucille Ball puts orchids in her hair while preparing to perform at FDR’s Birthday Ball, 1944.
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Jay Z Video Puts Hip-Hop And Art Back In The Same Room
The summer of 2013 has largely been about rapper/music mogul/sports agent Jay Z. Even without a real radio hit, he’s remained at the center of the conversation with his #newrules approach to marketing his latest studio album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. The opening salvo was a 3-minute Samsung ad announcing the album title and release date that first appeared during Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The phone company bought a million copies of the album (most likely before it was even done), the RIAA changed their rules about bulk corporate buys and Jay Z went platinum before a single consumer had the chance to run out to the record store.
The video for “Picasso Baby” — sorry, “Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film” — was shot at Pace Gallery in New York City’s Chelsea in July, with a backdrop of adoring fans, famous actors, fashion designers and artists. They ring the room while some of those in attendance step up and interact with Jay as he performs the song. It’s a version of Marina Abramovic’s performance art piece “The Artist Is Present,” which she put on three years ago at the Museum of Modern Art. Except she was silent. Jay is not, and the energy, at least as captured by the video, is at 11.
—When the Pawn...
Fiona Apple - When The Pawn…
Fiona reading her 90 word album title. She’s on another level.
When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks like a King What He Knows Throws the Blows When He Goes to the Fight and He’ll Win the Whole Thing ‘fore He Enters the Ring There’s No Body to Batter When Your Mind Is Your Might So When You Go Solo, You Hold Your Own Hand and Remember That Depth Is the Greatest of Heights and If You Know Where You Stand, Then You Know Where to Land and If You Fall It Won’t Matter, Cuz You’ll Know That You’re Right.