This Sunday, Rob Ford: The Musical - one of two tuneful Toronto September odes to the outgoing mayor – will wrap up a brief run at the Factory Theatre. Taking with it such ditties as the Rob-and-brother-Doug duet “F*ck You.”
Despite mixed reviews, the off-off-Broadway-eh show has been SRO. And given what the Fords have put Toronto through, the biggest shocker here may well be that the production is sympathetic to North America’s most inept recent civic leader. From Now magazine critic Susan G. Cole‘s write-up:
This is a love letter to the mayor and an attack on just about everyone else. Using a Wizard Of Oz/Christmas Carol-type premise, the musical sends Ford (Sheldon Bergstrom) on an extended dream after getting knocked out when he runs into a television camera. He’s visited by the black transvestite ghost Transgression (Andrew Broderick), who’s supposed to help him change his ways.
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Ha ha. Fully cognizant of the new owner of the paper in which he today writes, Brookings Institution scholar Darrell M. West starts off “Five Myths About Billionaires” with a double wink:
Billionaires can be fascinating — and not just because of the fortunes they amass. They buy islands and media organizations, experiment with space travel and have larger-than-life personalities…
In addition to an embed-link to a Post article about Jeff Bezos buying the paper, West gives the guy signing his freelance check a cursory mention later on, noting the Amazon founder’s personal support of same-sex marriage. The article reminds that when the owner of a newspaper shingle is someone as well known as Bezos, it’s OK to not pro-forma “fully disclose” each time in said paper.
Cosmopolitan senior political writer Jill Filipovic recently sat down with the principals responsible for new food and culture quarterly Render: founder and creative director Gabi de Leon; executive director Danielle Knott; and editor-in-chief Lisa Knisely.
De Leon, who is based in the rising food mecca of Portland, Oregon, kicked off the conversation with some candid, personal information about the spark for the publication:
“Render is the product of my four years spent confronting my disordered eating while attending Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). I developed anorexia in my first semester and recovered before my second semester, but that didn’t mean that I was “better” or that I was eating like ‘normal.’”
Consumer Reports will debut a new look — both outside and inside — with its November issue. Gone are the cluttered covers of the past. The revamped Reports features a clean cover that tackles a singular topic, and it’s a big improvement.
Inside the magazine, editor-in-chief Ellen Kampinsky and VP/general manager Brent Diamond have added some interesting features. Your Advocate, found in the front of the book, features a Q&A with an exec from a major brand (GM’s Mary Barra kicks things off); a section that answers a reader’s specific question; a feature that dispenses insider tips from various industry experts; and plenty more.
The updated Reports was based on more than a year of research, but Kampinksy cautions that it’s not a finished product. She also eases readers’ concerns about the glossy changing too much.
“The November issue is the start of a new conversation with our readers. Based on the feedback we get from them, we’ll be making more changes in the coming months,” said Kampinsky. “We’ll remain unbiased and unbought. And we promise never, ever to put the Kardashians on the cover.”
When Harry Shearer wrote about Public Access talk show host Skip E. Lowe in 1998 for the New York Times Magazine, he got just one thing wrong. That wasn’t Lowe in the show’s opening credits; it was Mickey Rooney from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (as Lowe later corrected on his website).
Otherwise, Shearer’s piece is absolutely the best way to remember – or, acquaint yourself – with Lowe, who passed away this week after a three-and-half-decades bi-coastal TV run. From Shearer’s September 1998 essay:
Skip E. Lowe Looks at Hollywood doesn’t so much re-invent television as de-invent it, returning it to those glorious days before focus groups, when the tube was safe for eccentricity and obsession. Regular TV could allow for such vagaries when the commercial formulas had not yet been ascertained and codified.
Judging by the latest Economist cover, its editors aren’t feeling especially optimistic about President Obama’s decision to launch air strikes in Syria.
As a president, the last former president you want to be associated with is George W. Bush. This is the same flight suit Bush wore to announce that the Iraq war was a raging success, while that depressingly ironic banner that read “Mission Accomplished” hung in the background.
Let’s hope things go better for us (and Obama) than they did for Bush.
Derek Jeter ended his final game at Yankees stadium the only way he knows how — as a winner. Jeter sent a single to right on the first pitch he saw to score the winning run for the Yankees.
It was like something out of a fairy tale and today’s papers highlight the magical night.