galleryWeek in Culture10.15.09galleryWeek in CultureThis week, wild beasts storm theaters, Britney is back on top, the Mad Men suit hits stores, and more from the worlds of art, theater, film, and television.10.15.09 1:38 PM ETNewscomBruce Wasserstein, 1947-2009Though the Wall Street titan’s death will not have many reverberations outside of New York, the sudden passing of New York magazine owner Bruce Wasserstein has set the print media world spinning. Not only is the future of the magazine unclear, but the shakeup comes at an already precarious time for magazines—Vogue, Golf World, Brides, and others suffered layoffs this week, not to mention the continuing fallout from the collapse of four Condé Nast titles last week, including Gourmet. Wasserstein, who The Daily Beast’s Bill Cohan argues was one of Wall Street’s great men, is remembered over on New York magazine’s Web site, here. Ethan Miller / Getty ImagesGarth Brooks Isn’t DoneThough it’s been eight years since he hung up his 10-gallon hat to raise his three daughters and concentrate on his marriage to Trisha Yearwood (claiming at the time that he was done for good), Garth Brooks has decided to hop into the limelight yet again. This week, he announced he is coming out of retirement to record and tour. Just as Barbra Streisand came out with a new album after her “farewell” tour only to have the No. 1 record in the country last week, all signs point to success for Brooks’ re-entry into performing. When he decided to play a small show in Kansas City in 2007, reports the L.A. Times, the demand was so high that one show became nine and the series sold out in minutes. People can never get enough of the Brooks. Let’s just hope that his pop singer alter ego, Chris Gaines, doesn’t come back with him.Matt Sayles / AP PhotoBritney Spears Is No.1 (Again)America, land of second chances! You can shave your head, beat up a car with an umbrella, almost lose custody of your children, and still come out on top in the end. Spears’ new single, “3”, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart—a feat that is basically unheard of—toppling Miley Cyrus and promising newcomer Jay Sean. For this week at least, Britney is looking solid. 3 - Britney SpearsThe Sifton Has LandedAnticipation over the start of new New York Times’ food critic Sam Sifton’s tenure has been building all summer, and this week, he filed his first review. Sifton gave Daniel Boulud’s casual burger-and-sausage spot, DBGB, a respectable two stars, writing, “Mr. Boulud’s great genius is to be absolutely true both to the training and the underlying flavors of his French childhood and to the joys and pressures of being a New York businessman, always on the run… This makes for good restaurants.” Doling out stars and praise on his first outing bodes well for Sifton—following the puzzling star-stinginess of interim editor Pete Wells, he looks very generous indeed.Blackface Fashion DramaDutch model Lara Stone (not black) was photographed in French Vogue in blackface. Cries of “what?!” were followed by a debate about racism and stereotyping in the fashion media. Still, The Daily Beast’s Elizabeth Gates argues that the rage is a day late, and that the fashion industry has been racially insensitive for some time. “As far as I’m concerned, the world at large has become altogether too comfortable with the bending of boundaries, and while a model in blackface over in France is certainly striking to some, it’s hardly a departure from fashion’s normal treatment of black women.” Read the rest of her take on the Stone scandal here.FOX Secrets of the SimpsonsThis week, Vanity Fair writer John Ortved published his very unauthorized history of The Simpsons, fittingly titled The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History, and he wrote an article over on the Book Beast about being hassled by Fox before its publication. “Something I gleaned early from this experience is that Hollywood publicists are so used to journalists kowtowing to their every request that they no longer understand what journalism actually is,” he writes. “We’re talking about cartoon characters here, not Watergate, but the light subject matter doesn’t exclude the possibility of doing real research and telling interesting stories.” Marge is posing for next month’s Playboy, but Homer wouldn’t return Ortved’s calls.Little Women, ReduxIn interesting television news, we learned this week that The CW is developing a new series, The March Sisters, which will be an updated version of the classic Little Women tale. Actually, executives described it as (ack), “ Little Women meets Sex and the City, about working-class siblings who try to make it on Park Avenue.” This is coming from a network that canceled The Beautiful Life after only one episode, so anything can happen, but we do see Louisa May Alcott rolling in her grave. Perhaps instead of tuberculosis, Beth will now die of H1N1?Craig SchwartzLive Action Sexual Politics2009 is shaping up to be a great year for playwright David Mamet—he premieres a new play, Race, on Broadway in December, and already the buzz is so crazed that the script is being kept on lockdown. But before Race comes Oleanna, one of Mamet’s classic plays—it opened on Broadway this week starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles as a college professor and student dealing with issues of power and sexual harassment. As with any Mamet work, the words come fast and furious. The Daily Beast caught up with Broadway newcomer Julia Stiles the day after opening night. “I’m delighted to be putting it in front of audiences every night” she says. “Sometimes the play ends and they are shocked into silence, and it takes the audience a second to recover and start applauding. Sometimes they are very vocal, and you hear this visceral, knee-jerk responses.” Stiles also believes hat the play is still relevant today, even 17 years after it was written. “I think the play has so much more going on than sexual harassment, it’s largely about miscommunication and revenge. There are people in this world who have been wronged, conflict is very real. It’s really a lot more about how two people cannot see eye to eye.”Libraries Go DigitalThe New York Times reported Thursday on libraries getting into the electronic book action, with 5,400 libraries across the country now offering e-books. Most of the books cannot be read on a Kindle or iPhone, and lenders can only check out one at a time, but as the demand for electronic books grows, the technology should rapidly catch up.Brooks Brothers; AMCThe Don Draper Look, Only $998Get your holiday lists out. Brooks Brothers is selling a “Mad Men Suit” in stores through November 8. Though a grand seems like a large chunk of change to throw down on a Halloween costume (and really, that’s what this is for), it’s a small price to pay for the “razor sharp 1960s tailoring favored by Don Draper and Roger Sterling.” At least go in and try it on—why Mad Men yourself online when you can do it in person?Kevin Winter / Getty ImagesBreak Out the Bublé The members of KISS are so pissed right now—jazz crooner Michael Bublé beat out the army for the No. 1 record of the week with his new release, Crazy Love. KISS hasn’t had an album out in 11 years, but even the band’s comeback was no match for the soft vocal stylings of Bublé. Better luck next time, Gene Simmons. Crazy Love - Michael BubléTim Mosenfelder / Getty ImagesDave Eggers Makes News His new film, Where the Wild Things Are, is out this week, but he’s making other news…literally. This week, it was confirmed that Eggers’ publishing company McSweeney’s will be producing an old-fashioned broadsheet newspaper next month. Called the San Francisco Panorama, the one-time-only project can be purchased for $55 and will involve over 100 contributors. Print media may be dying, but we’re glad to see this project being born.The Cooking Channel to LaunchThe Food Network has become like MTV—it was originally about a specific medium, but has evolved into a mishmash of celebrity chefs, entertainment programs, and reality competitions… and not too much real food. But in a recession, more people are cooking at home. So what to do? The Food Network has decided to spawn a new arm called “The Cooking Channel” that will take over for the Fine Living Network. The shift happens next year, but the food blogosphere has already jumped all over it.Ian Waldie / Getty ImagesFoundation Is Fairy Godmother to Archives New York Times reported this week that The Leon Levy Foundation is sponsoring nearly two dozen organizations to help move archives online. The Morgan Library, the National Park Service, the Center for Jewish History, and other organizations will all receive funding to transition their massive primary document archives, including original Virginia Woolf letters, the 1944 document coining the term “genocide,” the original deed for the state of Virginia, and other important artifacts to the Web. This could be a big development for scholars, who will soon no longer have to spend hours in the catacombs digging for research.Website to Click: We Love You SoFor the last several months, Warner Brothers has been running a pretty innovative marketing campaign for Where the Wild Things Are, including art installations and fashion collaborations with major designers (you can get a couture Max suit now). But the best part of the project might soon end—Warner launched an independent blog, called We Love You So ( weloveyouso.com), which posted art projects and creative ideas in the vein of Maurice Sendak’s whimsical tale. Readers built forts, made costumes, wrote poetry, and generally inspired each other to do creative projects through the site, an atypical coming together for an online community surrounding a motion picture. There’s no telling how long the site will be up (or updated), so click over now and see what you find. We’ve had a great time reading it.