By Joe Callaghan Special to the Star Tues., June 19, 2018 MOSCOW—The Spartak Stadium had all but emptied … still they drummed on. Senegal’s incredible, untiring travelling band clapped and danced and whistled until the very last of their players disappeared down the tunnel. Seeing their country seal a World Cup-opening triumph had apparently provided enough adrenalin to sustain them through this encore extravaganza. Then again, you got the sense they would’ve been creating a rumbling racket irrespective of the outcome. Outside, pained Polish fans, who had witnessed their top-seeded side humbled by a superb Senegal team for the first African victory of this World Cup, waited. As the drummers, dancers and the seven synchronized frontmen with S-E-N-E-G-A-L spelled out across their chests in green and white body paint emerged, there was a rush of red and white Poles. Everyone wanted a piece. Everyone wanted a selfie, an Instagram story, a snap … [Read more...] about The World Cup pushes racism aside, but for how long?
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By Juliet Macur New York Times Wed., May 2, 2018 When the Washington Redskins took their cheerleading squad to Costa Rica in 2013 for a calendar photo shoot, the first cause for concern among the cheerleaders came when Redskins officials collected their passports upon arrival at the resort, depriving them of their official identification. For the photo shoot, at the adults-only Occidental Grand Papagayo resort on Culebra Bay, some of the cheerleaders said they were required to be topless, though the photographs used for the calendar would not show nudity. Others wore nothing but body paint. Given the resort’s secluded setting, such revealing poses would not have been a concern for the women — except that the Redskins had invited spectators. A contingent of sponsors and FedExField suite holders — all men — were granted up-close access to the photo shoots. One evening, at the end of a 14-hour day that included posing and dance practices, the … [Read more...] about Redskins cheerleaders felt like team was ‘pimping them out’ on trip to Costa Rica
By Murray Whyte Visual Arts Critic Sun., Feb. 25, 2018 If you’re like most people, the name “Yayoi Kusama” and the term “infinity room” are more or less the same thing — her best-known, most-hyped, heavily Instagrammed immersive worlds eating up ever-increasing bandwidth in a selfie-obsessed world. Whether or not Kusama minds being cast as one-note, I can’t say. At 88, the reclusive Japanese artist, who has lived mostly in a psychiatric institution for the past 50 years, doesn’t bother much with online self-defence. If she won’t push back, though, I will. The idea of Kusama as a funhouse maker for blithe extroverts is reductive, and barely part of a much larger picture. When the touring blockbuster Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors opens at the Art Gallery of Ontario on March 3, the six mirrored rooms will surely be the main draw — not to mention the main drag for online ticket buyers, some of whom … [Read more...] about Five things to know about Yayoi Kusama before seeing her AGO show
By Peter Howell Movie Critic Bruce DeMara Entertainment Reporter Thu., Feb. 22, 2018 Loveless Starring Matvey Novikov, Maryana Spivak and Alexey Rozin. Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. Opens Friday at TIFF Bell Lightbox. 127 minutes. 18A Gloomy stories with impeccable craftsmanship. Such is the cinema of Russian auteur Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan). In the masterfully bleak reality check that is Loveless, lost boys and lost souls gather for another critique of life under Vladimir Putin’s dark rule. Article Continued Below Russian discovery Matvey Novikov plays a missing 12-year-old boy, outclassing his elders in this winter’s tale where emotions are harder than permafrost. Young Alyosha (Novikov) lives in an affluent suburb where modern apartment buildings offer a bucolic woodland view. Inside his home, however, his mother Zhenya (Maryana Spivak) and father Boris (Aleksey Rozin) are in the midst of a divorce so nasty, … [Read more...] about Loveless’ missing boy reveals missing morals, plus the homicidal madness of Mom and Dad: Reel Brief reviews
Daymond John grew his clothing line FUBU from a few sewing machines in his mother’s house into a $350 million company. In 2009 he became one of the original celebrity investors on the hit TV show “Shark Tank.” He’s invested millions in a variety of companies, written books, and opened a coworking space in Manhattan. His newest title, “Rise and Grind,” looks at examples of people who succeeded despite the odds. Daymond John grew up in Queens, New York, where he dreamed of making clothes for the coolest, most famous rappers. That dream became a reality in the 1990s when FUBU became one of hip-hop’s hottest brands. He started off with nothing, turning his mom’s house into a factory, using graffiti as marketing, and talking his way on to the sets of music videos. John built FUBU into a global brand that brought in $350 million in annual sales at its peak. In … [Read more...] about Daymond John reveals how he started a $350 million business out of his mom’s house, became a ‘Shark Tank’ star, and gained a new perspective after beating cancer