Week in Culture

From Tony nominations to the Oscars of fine cuisine, Star Trek to a sweeping new Maya Lin sculpture, VIEW OUR GALLERY of the latest in theater, art, film, and food.

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A Promising Enterprise

J.J. Abrams' reboot of Star Trek hits this weekend, and critics are almost universally enamored with the re-imagined early days of Spock and Kirk. Bright young stars Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto (and Zoe Saldana as the vixen, Uhura) are earning raves for their performances…yes, even from diehard Trekkies.

Carol Rosegg; Joan Marcus

Ballet and Bipolarity Rule the Tony Noms

The Tony nominations hit this week, and as expected, Stephen Daldry's Billy Elliot came away as the frontrunner with 15 nods, while the dark horse, Next to Normal, a new musical about a housewife suffering from mental illness, walked away with 11. Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 scored four noms, but won't be in the running for best musical—instead, the cheesy-fun paean to '80s hair-metal, Rock of Ages, will vie for the title alongside boy dancers, pill-popping moms, and Shrek.

Jerry L. Thompson

Hello, Waves

Maya Lin (designer of the Vietnam Memorial) has created a new permanent exhibition of her Wavefield series at the Storm King Art Center in New York's Catskills. The land work, created out of an old gravel pit, features hills of rolling grass waves, built over two years. Open to the public on May 9, read a lovely Holland Cotter piece about the work here.


Did We Meet the Mother?

This week saw many television finales, including a pivotal episode of How I Met Your Mother, in which (gasp!) we may have finally met the mother. So will Sarah Chalke be the answer to the show's riddle? Only the Fall will tell.

Courtesy of Playing for Change

Global Grooves

While Asher Roth, Rick Ross, and Bob Dylan are still topping pop charts, a new complilation of songs from around the world called Playing for Change, with the initiative the "bring peace through music," has hopped onto bestseller lists. Musicians as different as Bob Marley, Bono, Keb'Mo, Manu Chao, Sechen Monks from Nepal, and Tal Ben Ari of Israel are some of the contributors to the global soundtrack.


Dom DeLuise, 1933-2009

Comedian and cookbook author Dom DeLuise passed away this week, leaving behind a huge comic legacy ( The Muppet Movie, Blazing Saddles, Cannonball Run), and a true love of life. Here, a classic clip of Dom on the Tonight Show.

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Spike Feresten's TV Show, 2005-2009

After four years, Fox canceled Talk Show with Spike Feresten this week. Though the host was consistently funny and quirky, with Jimmy Fallon in the mix now and Conan and Leno going back to back, perhaps the competition for late night eyeballs had gotten too intense.

Massimo Pinca / AP Photo

Roman Polanski, Fugitive 4 Life!

After his infamous 1975 sex scandal, director Roman Polanski fled to France before his 1978 sentencing. Now the trial is back in court for a dismissal, and Polanski failed to appear, knowing that a U.S. return would likely mean arrest. Guess he'll have to keep accepting his Oscars remotely, then.

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Madame M Sells High

Finally, some good news for the art world: At a high-anxiety Christie's auction this week, Tamara De Lempicka's Portrait de Madame M (1932) sold for a whopping $6.1 million breaking a record for the artist. In the end, 38 of the 48 lots up for sale sold, which, in the current dismal market, was a great showing for the auction house.

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Goth Is the New Black

Remember Goth? The fashion trend of the mid- to late '90s in which girls wore combat books, died their hair jet black, and smeared night shades of lipstick and nail polish all over themselves? Maybe it’s the dark feelings surrounding the recession, but WWD reported this week that Goth fashions are making a comeback—albeit in Japan. There, Gothic Lolitas (girls wearing a combination of dark clothing and childlike, infantile accessories) are dominating the streets.

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The Kindle Gets Big

Watch out, print publications—Amazon announced yet another development in its desire to take over the world, one e-reader at a time. The Kindle DX features a bigger screen, crisp graphics, and a bevy of new features, including sound. If only it could pronounce the name of the president correctly.

Sipa / AP Photo; Graylock.com / AP Photo

Memoir Mania

Two more celebrity memoir deals this week: Kate Moss announced that she will be penning her life story for Richard Branson's Virgin Books (we can't wait for the cocaine chapters!), while rapper Lil' Kim will write a tell-all about her experiences in prison.

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Le Rock, Le Art

Rocker Jarvis Cocker is displaying his musical talents at Paris' Galerie Chappe, where he is conducting a six-day "living" event to tackle the question, "What is Music?" So far, he has danced with children, scored a yoga class, and jammed with the public. On Sunday, his experiment will conclude with Quiet Hour ("the softest music a band can play") and a review of what he has learned throughout the week. Clips of his experiment can be seen here.

Sizzling Hot Chefs

The James Beard Awards (aka the Oscars of food) were handed out this week, and two chefs walked away big winners. Dan Barber of Blue Hill (and a pioneer of the farm-to-table food movement), won the top honor of Top Chef. Nate Appleman, of San Francisco's A16 restaurant, won the Rising Star award for chefs under 30, an honor that has in the past been bestowed on culinary star David Chang of Momofuku.