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  1. New Yorker: The Family Business That Put Nashville Hot Chicken on the Map A good read about Prince's in Nashville.
  2. It's a valid humble opinion. And a tough question cultural institutions are having to ask/answer. I can't tell you how many art exhibitions I've been to where the lead sponsor is Altria (Philip Morris parent company). Big tobacco is a big sponsor at museums.
  3. This has been percolating for a while. The Sackler family (there are several branches) have been generous philanthropists, especially to art museums, and several major museums have named wings or programs after them. Locally, the best known example is the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, part of the Smithsonian Institute. The catch is the Sackler family owns the privately held Purdue Pharma, the makers of OxyContin (Oxycodone has been around since 1916, the patented drug OxyContin since 1995). Now there is a growing backlash against the Sackler family, who many activists believe have knowingly profited from the opioid crisis. In 2007, Purdue pleaded guilty to misleading the public about OxyContin's risk of addiction and paid a $600 million settlement. There are still multiple lawsuits open against the company. Several notes: Arthur Sackler had already passed by the time Purdue Pharma developed Oxy and his share in Purdue was sold to his brothers at the time of his death. His widow states it is unfair to tie him and their wealth to the opioid crisis. However, he was a pioneer in the direct marketing of pharmaceutical drugs to doctors and helped make Valium the first $100 million drug. Mortimer and Raymond Sackler co-owned Purdue Pharma. Washington Post article New Yorker article
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    Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    David Tanis' Midnight Pasta (Garlic, Anchovies, Capers and Red Pepper Flake)
  5. Hipster-dom. New York Times rant Along the way, bespoke has devolved from a unique experience to simply a synonym for another catchword of the day: artisanal. At the root of it all may be money, Mr. Riccio said. “One thing’s for sure,” he said. “Calling something bespoke automatically allows you to add $50 to the price.” Sietsema has a habit of latching onto a word/term/phrase and then using it to death. Several years ago he was using the phrase "hired mouth" until someone called him out on his weekly chat.
  6. For all you Tolkein/Lord of the Rings fans Tolkein: Maker of Middle-Earth " “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” With these words the Oxford professor J.R.R. Tolkien ignited a fervid spark in generations of readers. From the children’s classic The Hobbit to the epic The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien’s adventurous tales of hobbits and elves, dwarves and wizards have introduced millions to the rich history of Middle-earth. Going beyond literature, Tolkien’s Middle-earth is a world complete with its own languages and histories. Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth celebrates the man and his creation. The exhibition will be the most extensive public display of original Tolkien material for several generations. Drawn from the collections of the Tolkien Archive at the Bodleian Library (Oxford), Marquette University Libraries (Milwaukee), the Morgan, and private lenders, the exhibition will include family photographs and memorabilia, Tolkien’s original illustrations, maps, draft manuscripts, and designs related to The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion."
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    UEFA Champions League, 2018-2019 Season

    No love for today's Roma v. Porto? Porto is one of those teams that you never really want to meet in the CL knock out round. They always seem to punch above their weight class. And with Roma in 6th place this season, Porto have to like their chances.
  8. I felt this exhibit was rather underwhelming, especially the first two rooms. The first room, visitors have their fingerprint read by a machine and then the fingerprint is projected on the gallery wall in successively smaller "pixel" style images, creating an illuminated "billboard" effect made up of fingerprints. The second room is filled with wave pools with attached heart beat monitors which activate little wave machines creating ripples in the pools which are then projected on the wall. The third room was most successful, comprised of Edison style light bulbs hanging from the ceiling. A heart beat monitor causes the light bulbs to blink in a successive wave timed to a visitors heartbeat, bass speakers also projected a heartbeat noise. In a dark room, the beating of the light bulbs and the sound causes a rather disconcerting feeling, especially when your own heart beat is off beat to the light and bass sounds.
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    Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    Rice Noodles (the ones labeled for pad thai, I think that is medium) with shiitakes, baby bok choy, scallion, and egg.
  10. For all the Rembrandt fans, should be a good one. Life in the Age of Rembrandt "On view exclusively at CMA, Life in the Age of Rembrandt is the first collaborative project stemming from an ongoing international partnership between CMA and the Dordrecht Museum, The Netherlands. The goal of this partnership is to celebrate the remarkable treasures of both museums while broadening perspectives and cultivating a global view of community. Life in the Age of Rembrandt showcases some 40 masterworks, many paired with a related object such as a print, a coin, Delft ware, or silver. Called the cradle of the Golden Age, Dordrecht is steeped in European Old World traditions, art, and history and is the oldest incorporated port city in Holland. Dordrecht Museum is one of the oldest and most important fine art museums in the country. Spanning over three centuries, Life in the Age of Rembrandt features 17th-century art from the Golden Age of Dutch painting, and concludes with works of The Hague School of the late 19th century. The Dutch Golden Age (17th century) was a period of great wealth for the Dutch Republic, including Dordrechts. As international trade blossomed, cities and citizens grew in wealth and prominence. The influence of the Golden Age is still visible in Dordrecht’s many mansions, canals, churches, city walls and harbors. Art and science blossomed during this time as well. The majority of works in Life in the Age of Rembrandt were executed in the 17th century or Northern Baroque period, during which time Dutch painting’s most famous master Rembrandt was active. In Dordrechts and elsewhere, 17th century Dutch art was a mirror of daily life in Holland. The so-called “little masters” specialized in specific types of subjects such as portraits, landscapes, still lifes, and genre scenes or depictions of everyday life. These paintings were owned by members of Holland’s prosperous middle class, and rarely included overtly religious subjects, since the dominant Calvinist faith in Holland prohibited images of Biblical figures in churches. However, secular paintings were often lled with hidden religious or moralizing meanings."