Interviews: British Artist Cecily Brown At The Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (March 19, 2023) – Go behind the scenes with artist Cecily Brown, who discusses the inspiration and making of Cecily Brown: Death and the Maid, the first full-fledged museum survey of Brown’s work in New York since she made the city her home.

Cecily Brown: Death and the Maid assembles a select group of some fifty paintings, drawings, sketchbooks, and monotypes from across her career to explore the intertwined themes of still life, memento mori, mirroring, and vanitas—symbolic depictions of human vanity or life’s brevity—that have propelled her dynamic and impactful practice for decades. On view April 4th, 2023 through December 3rd, 2023.

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Travel In Israel: Carmel Market To South Tel Aviv

March 19, 2023 – A walking tour of Carmel Market, King George St., Dizengoff Center, Habima Theatre, Rothschild Blvd., and South Tel Aviv.

Video timeline: 00:00 Carmel Market 13:03 King George St. 24:40 Dizengoff Center 27:24 Dizengoff St. 30:26 Dizengoff Square 32:08 Dizengoff St. 43:00 Habima Theatre 45:21 Rothschild Blvd. 01:09:16 South Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv–Yafo, Yafo also spelled Jaffa or Joppa, Arabic Yāfā, major city and economic centre in Israel, situated on the Mediterranean coast some 40 miles (60 km) northwest of Jerusalem.

Tel Aviv was founded in 1909 as a Jewish garden suburb of the ancient Mediterranean port of Jaffa (now Yafo), with which it was joined in 1950. By the beginning of the 21st century, the modern city of Tel Aviv had developed into a major economic and cultural centre. Tel Aviv is headquarters for a number of government ministries, including the Ministry of Defense, as well as other public organizations, such as the Histadrut (General Federation of Labour). Most of the foreign embassies in Israel are also located in the city. In addition, most of Israel’s large corporations are headquartered in Tel Aviv.

Filmed and edited in Spring 2023 by Relaxing WALKER

Ecuador Views: Tortoises In The Galápagos Islands

CBS Sunday Morning (March 19, 2023) – We leave you this Sunday with giant tortoises on Santa Cruz Island, in Ecuador’s Galápagos National Park. Videographer: Alan Golds.

There are 13 living species of Galápagos tortoises, which are also sometimes called giant tortoises. These reptiles are among the longest-lived of all land vertebrates, averaging more than a hundred years. The oldest on record lived to be 175. They are also the world’s largest tortoises, with some specimens exceeding five feet in length and reaching more than 500 pounds.

Giant tortoises were once so abundant on the Galápagos archipelago off Ecuador that the Spanish sailors who explored the region in 1535 named the string of islands for them. (The Spanish word for tortoise is galápago.) Although the islands were once thought to be home to at least 250,000 tortoises, only about 15,000 remain in the wild today.

Culinary Travel: A Foodie Tour Of Valencia, Spain

Spain Revealed (March 19, 2023) – The cuisine from the Region of Valencia enjoys great prestige at both a national and international level. Its traditional recipes are prepared using natural ingredients such as oil, vegetables, spices, fruit, fresh meat or fish and has come to be known as “the Mediterranean Diet”.

Video timeline: 00:00 Intro 00:40 Nuevo Oslo 05:34 Bar Central 08:31 Ostras Pedrín 12:03 Tasca Angel 14:56 Bocatín del Carmen 16:05 Casa Montaña 20:35 Bar Ricardo 23:27 Horchatería el Collado 25:53 Café Madrid 27:59 Bon Aire

The incredible variety of rice dishes and desserts is outstanding. All this without forgetting the great variety of fruit which the Region of Valencia produces in abundance. Its traditional soft drinks have also become well-known, such as tiger nut milk (“horchata de chufa”). Its long wine-growing tradition has given rise to a delicious range of wines with their Denominations of Origin, which when added to the local soups comprise some of the most exquisite recipes of Valencian cooking.

Nature In The City: The ‘Herons Of Amsterdam’

BBC Earth (March 19, 2023) – Herons are known to be shy birds, but in Amsterdam they have made quite a name for themselves, taking full advantage of the waterways.

The grey heron (Ardea cinerea ) is a long-legged wading bird of the heron family, Ardeidae, native throughout temperate Europe and Asia and also parts of Africa. It is resident in much of its range, but some populations from the more northern parts migrate southwards in autumn. A bird of wetland areas, it can be seen around lakes, rivers, ponds, marshes and on the sea coast. It feeds mostly on aquatic creatures which it catches after standing stationary beside or in the water or stalking its prey through the shallows.

Art Gallery Views: ‘Paths Crossed’ – Hilary Pecis

Hilary Pecis

David Kordansky Gallery (March 18, 2023) is pleased to present Paths Crossed, an exhibition of new paintings by Hilary Pecis, on view in Los Angeles at 5130 W. Edgewood Pl. from March 18 through April 22, 2023.

Hilary Pecis, Frog Town Pear Blossoms, 2023
Hilary Pecis
Frog Town Pear Blossoms, 2023

Pecis creates drawings and paintings inspired by the interior, exterior, and inter-spaces that surround her daily life. For her first exhibition with David Kordansky Gallery, the artist presents a selection of lush, saturated landscapes reflecting the mountainous, desert, and urban landscapes commonly associated with Southern California.

Hilary Pecis, Southern Rim, 2022
Hilary Pecis
Southern Rim, 2022

Winter Views: A Tour Of Banff In Alberta, Canada

Lvfree Adventures (March 19, 2023) – Banff is a resort town in the province of Alberta, located within Banff National Park. The peaks of Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade, part of the Rocky Mountains, dominate its skyline. On Banff Avenue, the main thoroughfare, boutiques and restaurants mix with château-style hotels and souvenir shops. The surrounding 6,500 square kilometres of parkland are home to wildlife including elk and grizzly bears.

Previews: BBC History Magazine – April 2023

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The kingdom is dead: what causes monarchies to fail?

King Alfonso XIII of Spain, Charles I of England, Puyi of China and Lydia Liliuokalani of Hawaii

From the Romans to the Russians, monarchies that at one time seemed all powerful have come crashing down as a result of violence, political manoeuvring or the will of the people. Danny Bird charts the downfall of 10 kingdoms and empires throughout history

How much do you know about the Crimean War?

Soldiers in the Crimean War

How much do you know about the Crimean War? Test your knowledge with this quiz on the Victorian conflict…

Front Page: The New York Times – March 19, 2023


20 Years After U.S. Invasion, Iraq Is a Freer Place, but Not a Hopeful One

Kamil Jassim Mohammed, the custodian of the martyrs’ cemetery in Falluja, Iraq. It is hard to find anyone in Iraq who has not lost someone.

Conversations with dozens of Iraqis offer a portrait of a nation that is rich in oil, hobbled by corruption and unable to guarantee its citizens’ safety.

A Sandwich Shop, a Tent City and an American Crisis

Old Station Subs in downtown Phoenix, surrounded by its wrought-iron fence.

As homelessness overwhelms downtown Phoenix, a small business wonders how long it can hang on.

Sandy Hook Families Are Fighting Alex Jones and the Bankruptcy System Itself

As the families seek more than $1.4 billion awarded by courts for Mr. Jones’s lies, a New York Times review shows he is transferring millions of dollars to family and friends, potentially out of reach of creditors.

A Four-Decade Secret: One Man’s Story of Sabotaging Carter’s Re-election

A prominent Texas politician said he unwittingly took part in a 1980 tour of the Middle East with a clandestine agenda.