Arts + Culture
Immortalized on dorm room walls of every undergrad from here to Beijing, it could be said that Monet's water lilies have entered the dreaded realm of cliché. But in the late 19th century, his work was revolutionary. Critics in 1874 found dappled sunlight and thick swabs of bright paint painfully offensive, and those who slathered such rot on their canvases were relegated to the fringes of the art world.
But there are no water lilies in Birth of Impressionism, the new exhibit that opened at the De Young this week. Instead, there are turkeys, a surprising number of dead fish (still lifes aren't all chrysanthemums and lemons, people), cherubs riding dolphins, and naked women rising from seashells (as naked women are wont to do).
The most dance-floor ready album by Caribou yet? Yes, of course, London-based songwriter Dan Snaith said recently from Austin, Texas, where Caribou had stopped to perform during its current tour. There’s no reining in the man behind one of the most shockingly powerful live shows I’ve ever seen at Bottom of the Hill -- listeners have been enthusiastically embracing Caribou’s new Swim (Merge). One can only assume their ears are well attuned to the onetime Manitoba mastermind’s electro-esque indie -- Swim simply foregrounds the beats to beautiful effect. And if you’re ready to take the plunge, Caribou performs two nights, May 23 and 24, at the Independent.
Time has been less than kind to Shrek, the endearingly ornery ogre from the land of Far, Far Way, where the villagers who once feared his quick temper now see him as a cuddly tourist attraction.
In Shrek Forever After – billed as the fourth and final installment of a franchise that has earned more than $1.5 billion in the U.S. alone – he is mired in the malaise of monotonous routine, both as a diaper-changing father of three and as a monster who’s tired of being Mr. Nice Guy.
Between Facebook, Twitter, and email, we tend to know more about our friends via their status updates than we do from talking to them face-to-face. Or even over that charming old technology, the telephone. Choreographer Sara Shelton Mann and media artist David Szlasa join forces to investigate how people experience each other when much of that experiencing is done via a little glowing screen. The world premiere of tribes/dominion is an amalgam of recorded sound, live recorded text, spoken images, and movement – all of which is given the same weight, rather than one medium existing only to supplement another.
Are you tired of going out nearly every night and practically forfieiting your wallet to various venues in the City? Nah, me neither. Well, don't expect anything to slow down, the summer's just heating up.
6/2 - Mumford & Sons/The Middle East @ Slim's: Yikes, another sold-out Mumford & Sons show. In fact almost every single stop on their tour is completely sold out. If you're itching to test their brand of British folk revival, then get to searching here on Craigslist.
Why are women so nuts? I meet this cute, smart, funny girl at the Elbo Room. We hook up. We go on a few dates. Suddenly, here comes the drama: sulking, dirty looks, snappy remarks, tears. She’s hot and cold. She wants to talk about where things are headed. It’s only week 5! How the hell do I know where things are headed? Why can’t women just date for a while and chill out? —Normal Guy