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Celebs Share Pre-Oscars Moments: Glam Squad Appreciation and Rehearsal

The 90th Academy Awards are tonight at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, and as one of the biggest awards events of the year, attendees must prepare accordingly. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” star Kelly Marie Tran took to Instagram to share her appreciation for her red carpet glam squad, explaining that looking red carpet ready […]

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Jonathan Demme Appreciation: A Filmmaker Who Turned His Humanity Into Art

The great filmmakers who came to prominence in the 1970s — and Jonathan Demme, who died Wednesday, was one of them — had stylistic traits that made them iconically identifiable. Robert Altman had his multi-character hubbub, Martin Scorsese had his volcanic rock ‘n’ roll virtuosity, and Francis Ford Coppola had his lavishly scaled operatic grandeur…. Read more »

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5 Ways to Show Your Appreciation to Your Partner (and Save Your Relationship in the Process)

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Appreciating your partner on a daily basis is a great way to protect your long-term relationship from any number of bummers: cooling off, infidelity, breakups, etc. There are no guarantees, of course: that’s just not the way life and love work. But doing your best to be good to the one you love — and to make them feel good, at least once a day — is a pretty good way to bolster long-term fidelity (however you define “fidelity” in your own personal relationship). Because, let’s face it, fidelity could use a little help these days.

Here are five ways to demonstrate your appreciation to your partner — in other words, this is how to remind your partner that you still notice them. Trust us, noticing goes a long way in a relationship.

1) Notice the Little Things
In the division of household labor, perhaps you always load and unload the dishwasher and your partner always does the laundry. Perhaps you mow the lawn and your partner cleans the bathrooms. But just because you have established a fair breakdown of chores that demonstrates the admirable equality in your relationship, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be grateful. So say thank you for these things. You can say, “Thank you for folding my clothes better than a Gap salesperson,” or you can say, “Thank you for always doing more than your share around the house,” or you can say, “Wow! The lawn looks amazing!” You get the idea. Those chores can become, well, a chore over the years, and everyone assumes that their partner doesn’t notice the jobs they do that are solely their responsibility. Make a point to notice this stuff.

2) Notice the Big Things
Sure, you can say, “Thank you for driving the kids to the bus today,” or “Wow, you must be tired after working all those extra hours this week.” But it’s also nice to go bigger picture sometimes, too. Think: “When I fell in love with you, I believed you’d make an amazing mom/dad. But I didn’t know quite how much you’d rock this role.” Or, “I know you’d rather be writing a screenplay/trying out for a reality TV show/doing CrossFit full-time, but I really appreciate you working for a sucky boss so we can, you know, eat and stuff.” Or, “You have no idea how it improves my mood each morning when you make that awesome pour-over coffee.” Or, “I don’t know how you attend so many kids’ birthday parties, you must be some kind of saint.”

3) Support Your Partner’s Passions
Speaking of that screenplay or that reality TV show or that CrossFit obsession: make time in your relationship to support your partner’s true passions. Many of us — most of us? — aren’t lucky enough to get paid to do what we really love, so do this for each other, instead.  Tell your partner, “Why don’t [fill in the blank: I take the kids/we skip church/you bag your house chores] on Sunday morning, so you can work on your novel/paint/scrapbook/paddle-board/ballroom-dance.” Giving your partner time to pursue these beloved hobbies shows that you still care about their happiness and satisfaction, and that you respect their talents and passions.

4) Compliment Your Partner
It’s simple, basic and old-school, but that doesn’t mean that anyone tires of being complimented on their looks, especially when they’re in a long-term relationship and are not getting that regular flirtatious feedback via the pickup scene. Try, “You look so beautiful this morning.” Or, “You’re hotter than when I met you.” Or, “I love the way your ass looks in those jeans.” And yes, this is a gender-neutral recommendation — men need to hear this stuff just as much as the ladies.

5) Date Your Partner
Life is hard, and life keeps you busy, especially when you’re married with kids. But life was hard and busy in its own way back when you were dating, and you still found time to do stuff and plan stuff then. Make a dinner reservation somewhere. Bring, yes, flowers. (It’s not a cliche if you never do it, right?) Dress up a bit when you go out together (that includes the dudes, too). Come up with new ideas/positions/toys to try out in bed. Send sexy texts. Send romantic texts. Read out loud to each other in bed (not necessarily erotica, though that’s cool, too). Discuss culture, politics and your hopes and dreams as well as day-to-day logistics. Make a five-year plan together, and a ten-year plan and a twenty-year plan. And make sure that these plans include big dreams and life goals as well as the practical stuff like saving for kids’ college educations. Most of all, though: ask your partner questions, and really listen to their answers. It’s called conversation. Remember it?

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10 Things to Say to Your Partner Instead of “I Love You”

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An Appreciation of an American Architect, I.M. Pei

A recent review of the work of architect I.M. Pei repeated a common criticism of his work: That his career has been devoted to corporate clientele. I have always thought this disapproval to be misplaced. It seems likely that any design professional at that level of prestige would serve those who could afford such services. (Although I am not acquainted with Pei, I belong to a civic group he founded.)

The essay pointed out he was the first non-Western architect to achieve significant success in the West. It noted, however, that to Chinese observers, he is an American architect — not a Chinese one. He was born in mainland China, but he was attracted to America as many were, by Hollywood depictions; he cites Bing Crosby, Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton as the cultural influences that brought him to these shores.

Now approaching the centenary of his birth, and having been officially retired for 25 years, the 1983 Pritzker Prize winner has a portfolio of work around the world that few could surpass: the John Hancock Tower and the JFK Presidential Library, both in Boston; the National Gallery East Wing in Washington, D.C.; the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong; and the Louvre Pyramid in Paris. Even the Hancock, hardly admired for its falling window panes and potential instability, has come to be recognized for excellence.

His heritage is almost always implicated in assessment of his buildings. A biography, for example, is entitled, Mandarin of Modernism. Yet his return to mainland China in 1978, well before its economic boom, for the Fragrant Hill Hotel project, was not well received. The Chinese government characterized the vernacular style as “reactionary” and the local press described it as “strange.” The Bank of China Tower, dazzling though it is, also is said to have bad feng shu. The rival HSBC building, by Norman Foster, boasts protection against its neighbor’s negative energy.

I admire how Pei was able to assimilate. I doubt an immigrant — an Asian immigrant — would have had many options during a time when racial discrimination was normal. Pei apparently came from a more privileged background, but even the well-to-do who were not white could find themselves reduced in status considerably when they arrived here.

If he were ambitious, and such determination is the fuel of the America Dream, any Asian American would have had to display not only extraordinary technical skill but also an ability to adapt to the culture of his patrons and overcome prejudices they might have held even if too polite to express it. There were other Asian Americans in the field, but they generally were relegated to supporting roles. Joseph Fujikawa, for example, inherited the firm of Bauhaus master Ludwig mies van der Rohe (“less is more”). After Pei, the most famous was Minoru Yamasaki, but his legacy may be reduced (rather unfairly) to two destroyed structures: the Pruitt-Igoe housing projects and the original World Trade Center twin towers.

Among Pei’s contemporaries are others who are aligned with downtown developers. John Portman, only a few years younger, created fortress-like complexes such as the Peachtree in his hometown of Atlanta, the Renaissance Center in Detroit, and the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles; and Brutalist, such as the Embarcadero sequence in San Francisco. With mirrored glass and massing of concrete, these edifices are more generic than local.

The achievement of I.M. Pei shows that the creation of cultural icons turns out to be free of ethnic expectations. He has made his mark far from his origins. The National Gallery East Wing, with its sharp angles, and the Louvre Pyramid, in its transparency, are national (the former indicates as much in its name), but not of China.

Perhaps it has been the journey that has inspired creativity.

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Norman Lear: An Appreciation

Norman Lear is a comic poet on the order of the Greeks who, just our luck, came of age at the dawn of the television era. In another time he would have been perhaps Aristophanes or Voltaire, or Swift or Twain. He has always said, “If you can get people to laugh, you can get them to care.”

Norman Lear is the definitive artist of our American culture. But I write here about Norman, my friend, who has taught me personally — I write about how he informed my life.

Norman Lear transformed my hopes. Before I knew Norman, I hoped to be successful as a conductor, to tackle the great works and to collaborate with the greatest musicians in the world. After I came to know him, I began to see the possibility of reaching people and illuminating connections at even a fraction of his effectiveness. Now when I plan a concert, I hope I can help people truly listen in a way that brings their hearts alive. That is how Norman Lear re-shaped my ambition.

“If you can get them to laugh you can get them to care”, is a simple yet infinitely insightful observation for the artist.

Our modern life smashes our humanity into a zillion pieces, with our thinking parts, and our laughing parts and our feeling parts blasted apart, lying in separate shards in haphazard patterns all around us.

Enter the artist, the transformative artist who recognizes his or her responsibility not as commentary or showmanship, but as the re-assemblage — if even for a moment — of the human soul and of those natural human gifts of listening and communication that help us to understand one another.

For all that has been written about the social conscience of Mr. Lear’s life-work, his oeuvre is organic and meaningful, because he puts things in their right order and he gives us the ability to leap beyond our limits and to understand and care about one another — and to truly be together.

The laughter in Lear is powerful because it is a release from the tyrannical bondage of our differences and the dark terror of our loneliness. And yet the work is disguised in the silly safety of the sitcom or film, with characters we know — and who resemble us, and remind us of our neighbors. And in every way the form of his art is as approachable and accessible as it is infinite and profound.

This is what the performing arts are about for me.

Music and performance are most needed when our differences and personal defenses have severed our ears and cut us off from listening and so from caring. We acknowledge music as a powerful force bringing us together in community, and yet we seem content to know this as fact and not to practice the true art of listening with open spirit. In so doing, we can leave the riches of music just beyond reach — and that leaves us separated from ourselves.

In defiance of this dynamic, Norman Lear taught me that the minimal standard of excellence is to be transformative.

With his leadership, which is a clarion call to all American artists, we are reminded of our responsibility to defy the expectations of genres and formats and personalities — and to reach for the truth in its living form.

We are well reminded by Norman that this is a brave fight and that custom is a sneaky and divisive and furiously destructive foe.

Think of how strongly and deeply we associate different kinds of music with different kinds of people. And how strongly surprised we are when our expectations are upended, such as when a buttoned up businessman loves hip-hop or an inner city kid hums Bach. There seems such a determination to divide ourselves that we allow even our music to separate us from one another. In many ways, we USE our music to separate ourselves from one another.

But there is no separation in music itself. Music is a whole and beautiful continuum.

We just choose to see it in the divisive notion of “genres.”

Before (and after) Norman, we see this in TV and film as well — with stock characters and shorthand stereotypes serving to reinforce our sense of separation. And yet for Norman, mass entertainment media became a vehicle for unity. He turned the world on its ear and put it back in its proper place all at once.

For me, inspired by Norman, finding common bonds within music became the whole heart of the matter.

Even though all music can make you feel good, music is not making you whole when you don’t endeavor to hear all of it — and all of it INCLUDES its connections to the rest of the continuum.

What may sound obvious — this notion of wholeness and the continuum — is something we spend enormous energy and violence seeking to blot out.

Meathead and Archie are part of the same whole of humanity. We laugh and regale at their competition, and then we are moved beyond words when they connect — unexpectedly — in love.

This is because connection is not how things should be — it is how things really are.

Fragmentation is the unnatural state, and it is our fractured perception that is incongruous to the real world. The transformative artist like Norman Lear is the rescuer who performs magic by simply illuminating our path. Through him I came to know art as personal and connective.

Now when I face an audience I know that my humble calling is simply to create listening, because listening is learning, and learning is caring. And when we care we discover the world anew.

In the last few pages of Norman’s memoir I learned that for decades we have both subscribed to the same belief profoundly described by George Bernhard Shaw…

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can… Life is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

Arts – The Huffington Post
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