J. Paul Getty Museum in LA

‘Trust’ recounts story of kidnapped heir whose brother co-founded Getty Images

Are you watching the series Trust on FX? The series recounts the story of John Paul Getty III who was kidnapped in Italy when he was only 16. Some of us are old enough to remember the news coverage about the kidnapping of an heir whose grandfather was one of the richest men in the world. While the kidnapping is the focus of the series, what’s not as well known is that one of the most influential image galleries in the world was co-founded by Getty III’s brother Mark. 

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‘Cultural appropriation’ critics warn about Cinco de Mayo and sombreros

I’m not surprised by messaging from some quarters about May 5, otherwise known as Cinco de Mayo. Gonzaga University, a place I usually associate with basketball, is warning students about the horrendous act of wearing a sombrero if you’re not Mexican. This holiday wasn’t well known in the US until the last decade or so. In Mexico, it’s not a major holiday either. 

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Zuckerberg’s Facebook clampdown could be an opportunity

News that Facebook will clamp down on media, with plans to “rank” outlets by “trustworthiness” has many armchair and pro pundits in a meltdown. The move towards “suppression” or “promotion” has caused alarm among those of us who are passionate about free expression. While the government cannot legally control your speech, social media sites certainly can. That is their right. 

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Still snip from 'Fairytale of New York' with Kirsty MacColl and The Pogues on YouTube.

Tragic death for vocalist, but ‘Fairytale’ endures as epic song

“Fairytale of New York” was among the first songs I chose for my new ‘Set List’ page here at Indie Art South. I’m slightly obsessed with that song. My daughters will confirm that claim, having witnessed me listening to it so many times. It finally occurred to me to learn more about the female vocalist Kirsty MacColl. The song has a small nuance of hope in the lyrics. Sadly, MacColl’s life ended in tragedy. I had no idea. 

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Eric Golub on his book tour. (Snip: eric.golub.5 on Facebook)

3,000 people and a lame comic—a gold mine for real comedy

Above the fold, just about everywhere, are stories about the ‘comedy’ routine at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.  Some thought the comic funny. Others thought her lame. I tried to watch some of the video, but her voice tuned me out. She delivers her routine in what might be called a soft shriek, sort of like chalk squealing on a board. 

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Bradley Cooper co-stars with Gaga who insisted he sing live for film

If you’re younger than 40, you may not even know the film A Star is Born. First released in the late 1930s when color on screens was on its way to the norm rather than the exception, the original film starred actors and actresses most won’t recognize. Now the film is being remade with none other than Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Cooper, likely to his initial dismay, learned Gaga wanted him to sing live. 

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What do you do about earworms, since they’re so common?

Sometimes after listening to the band practice, I’ll get a song I like stuck in my head. They are many. “Tin Man” by Miranda Lambert. Lead Belly’s “In the Pines.” Closer to home, the Daysies’ “Stick a Lime in It.” I recently learned there’s a label for songs that get stuck in your head. 

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