Monthly Archives: January 2011

Bardem the Magnificent

By Victoria Looseleaf This soulful Spaniard has always gotten my vote, so if there is a better actor on the planet at the moment (aside from the always wonderful scenery-chewing Al Pacino and The Big Lebowski’s iconic dude, Jeff Bridges), … Continue reading

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Weighing In On Body Fascism

By Victoria Looseleaf It’s Oscar season and feathers have been ruffled. While Darren Aronofsky’s ballet thriller Black Swan received five nods, terpsichorean talk has again turned to the issue of weight. Best actress nominee Natalie Portman reportedly lost 20 pounds … Continue reading

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Bolshoi Means ‘Big’…

By Victoria Looseleaf Too bad in this case, it also means big…disappointment-wise. Who doesn’t love that bastion of beautiful ballet, the Bolshoi, the iconic Russian troupe that’s been around for nearly 250 years. I certainly do. And taking their cues … Continue reading

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Tango: The Dance of Obsessive Love

By Victoria Looseleaf Having traveled to Buenos Aires to cover dancer Julio Bocca’s farewell performance for the Los Angeles Times (he was a superstar with American Ballet Theatre for two decades as well as having founded his own troupe, Ballet … Continue reading

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What She Is

Edie Brickell and friend. Photo by Miss McGillicuddy. By Mary Lyn Maiscott On the eve of Edie Brickell’s release of two new CDs, Edie Brickell and The Gaddabouts (January 11 and 25, respectively), I interviewed the singer—still best known for … Continue reading

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The Dude Abides

By Victoria Looseleaf Move over, Jeff Bridges, there’s a new guy in town. Okay, he’s been here a coupla years already, but he still rocks. Indeed, for those who aren’t yet familiar with Gustavo Dudamel, the Venezuelan-born hotshot music director … Continue reading

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Actress’s Daughter

By Mary Lyn Maiscott I found Gwyneth Paltrow’s rendition of “Country Strong” (the theme from her upcoming movie of the same name) on the CMA awards a couple of months ago rather endearing. She was obviously nervous—despite, according to a … Continue reading

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O, Blog Divine: Ring Out the Old, Bring On the New

By Victoria Looseleaf Greetings, blogophiles, and welcome to my second annual best/worst list (with less on the latter, in keeping with my new positive ‘tude). In any case, I’m thrilled to say that since I finally learned how to post, … Continue reading

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