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  • TV Picks: 'Happiness,' Poehler, Banksy, 'Missing,' Khrushchev

    TV Picks: 'Happiness,' Poehler, Banksy, 'Missing,' Khrushchev
    "Happiness" (PBS, Monday). I am, as a rule, a fan of the films that make up the PBS documentary series "Independent Lens," which tend to spend intimate quality time with the kinds of people TV usually ignores for being too far off, too foreign, too poor or too little schooled. But there is something especially moving to me about this film, an achingly beautiful pocket epic by French director Thomas Balmés ("Babies"). It focuses, closely, on Peyangki, a 9-year-old Buddhist monk in a dying lamasery in a remote mountain village in Bhutan. Nothing much happens. Peyangki is sent by his widowed mother to live with the monks, even though the monks have been quitting the village; later he will accompany his uncle on a trip to the city to buy a television set and to see his older sister, who has left a job as a clerk and is dancing in a nightclub. But nearly every shot is the beginning of its own book -- books about family, and nature, and work, and yaks. Though the film is about the new world penetrating the old, the 21st century meeting what might easily be taken for the 12th, "Happiness" taps into something deeper, larger, more ancient and essential, wondering and wonderful. It is exquisitely photographed, not in a way to prettify things but to recognize their beauty. There is life even in the rocks. The final images, in which the camera looks into the faces of villagers as they watch television, perhaps for the first time -- it's "Wrestlemania" by the sound of it -- feel almost cautionary, but also full of love and tenderness. There's art in it, of course -- there is nothing random in Balmés' structure -- and we are being led to certain ends: not to judge, but to understand.
  • Banksy immigration mural removed in England

    Banksy immigration mural removed in England
    An immigration-themed mural attributed to the street artist Banksy was removed this week in the English coastal town of Clacton-on-Sea after accusations that the art was racist, according to published reports. The work appeared to support immigrants and...

    Aphex Twin's 'Syro': A labyrinthine EDM gem

    Aphex Twin's 'Syro': A labyrinthine EDM gem
    Few artists over the last few decades have as successfully thrived beneath various interfaces as Richard D. James, better known as Aphex Twin. A composer and beat-music innovator whose way with intricate electronic-synthetic melody spawned entire...

    Street artist Reed Bmore stages a high wire act

    Street artist Reed Bmore stages a high wire act
    The girl in the tire swing is swaying above North Avenue, sneakers pointing to a traffic light. A block away, the Natty Boh guy and the Utz girl speed away on their wedding day, cans trailing behind their car. And then there's Cupid, aiming an arrow...

    Artful retirement ahead for Getty senior curator Scott Schaefer

    Artful retirement ahead for Getty senior curator Scott Schaefer
    "It's not about more. It's about better," says Scott Schaefer, the J. Paul Getty Museum's senior curator of paintings, a few days before his retirement. "The Getty's collections are meant to be small even though they are meant to be great. We have added...