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  • John Updike, art critic

    John Updike, art critic
    Shortly before he died, John Updike paid tribute to that great painter of portraits, John Singer Sargent. “We're drawn to artists who tell us that art is difficult to do, and takes a spiritual effort, because we are still puritan enough to respect a strenuous spiritual effort,” Updike said in a 2008 interview. “We don't really want to think that the artist is only very skilled, that he has merely devoted his life to perfecting a certain set of intelligible skills. Sargent misses getting top marks because he made it look easy.”
  • With Rapper Kendrick Lamar, Hearing the Struggle is Part of the Appeal

    With Rapper Kendrick Lamar, Hearing the Struggle is Part of the Appeal
    Kendrick Lamar Jan. 10, 9:30 p.m. (8 p.m. doors), Toad's Place, 300 York St., New Haven, (203) 624-8623, toadsplace.com   Kendrick Lamar (performing at Toad's Place on Jan. 10) may well be the most talented rapper of his generation, but he's not one...

    Chrysler showcases treasures at Willoughby-Baylor House

    Chrysler showcases treasures at Willoughby-Baylor House
    Inside the late-1700s rooms of Norfolk's historic Willoughby-Baylor House, curator Alex Mann of the Chrysler Museum of Art is carrying out an experiment in perception that's well worth seeing. Instead of simply packing up all the works in the museum's...

    Leopold promises to repay legal tab if he loses civil suit

    Leopold promises to repay legal tab if he loses civil suit
    Weeks after being publicly pressured to repay legal fees, Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold announced Wednesday that he will pay back taxpayers if he loses a pending sex discrimination case brought by a former employee. The private, $450-an-...

    A golden spirit stills shines in Randsburg, Calif.

    A golden spirit stills shines in Randsburg, Calif.
    I half-expected to hear someone shout, "There's gold in them thar hills," as I rolled into Randsburg, Calif., which sits just off Highway 395 in the Mojave Desert south of Ridgecrest. The discovery of that precious metal gave birth to the town in 1896...