The Style Blog: culture


Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 03/14/2014

How to memorize a thousand digits of pi (or just about anything, really)

Mnemotechnists -- people who memorize things for fun -- actually use techniques you can teach yourself.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:17 PM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Culture, Internet

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 03/04/2014

12 stores that were essential to your childhood that don’t exist anymore

Remember Discovery Zone? Sam Goody? Border’s bookstore?

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:23 PM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Culture

Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 02/25/2014

An obituary for Moviefone, 1989-2014

R.I.P., call-in movie services/the ‘90s.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  09:53 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Culture, Movies

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 02/12/2014

Arianna Huffington: “Sleep your way to the top ”

Arianna Huffington’s advice on love, life and getting ahead

By Frances Stead Sellers  |  04:41 PM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Culture

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 02/10/2014

Why I won’t see the Lego movie

Lego movie defiles the toy

By Philip Kennicott  |  01:33 PM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Critic's Notebook, Culture

Posted at 05:56 PM ET, 02/03/2014

The Franklin School: An Interview with Dani Levinas

Franklin Schoolhouse to be converted into space for the arts

By Philip Kennicott  |  05:56 PM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Critic's Notebook, Culture, D.C.

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 01/30/2014

President Obama disses culture with “art history degree” punch line

President Obama disses Art History majors

By Philip Kennicott  |  05:45 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Critic's Notebook, Culture

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 01/29/2014

What’s the word? Lexicographers explain it all

Everything you never knew you wanted to know about words

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:03 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Culture

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 12/13/2013

Support for “Kunsthalle” proposal grows

Key players line up to support Franklin School as ‘Kunsthalle’ arts space.

By Philip Kennicott  |  12:57 PM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Critic's Notebook, Culture, Music

Posted at 05:46 PM ET, 12/11/2013

Mandela’s memorial service highlights the humor of bad translation

From English comedian Catherine Tate to SNL’s Chris Christie sketch, translation, or rather mistranslation, is inherently fraught with potential humor.

By Philip Kennicott  |  05:46 PM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Critic's Notebook, Culture, Media

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 12/10/2013

Snowflakes, it turns out, are only occasionally beautiful

Are snowflakes really beautiful? Or is it our natural inclination to find beauty where there is only randomness and disorder?

By Philip Kennicott  |  10:20 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Critic's Notebook, Culture

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 12/04/2013

How NOT to sell Detroit’s Art

Museums should look at the sad story of Detroit and figure out a way to avoid putting art in peril.

By Philip Kennicott  |  10:32 AM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Critic's Notebook, Culture

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 11/27/2013

For art lovers, Detroit is a tale of two cities

Detroit center of debate over importance of art.

By Philip Kennicott  |  01:57 PM ET, 11/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Critic's Notebook, Culture

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 10/21/2013

Mark Twain Prize gets it right with Carol Burnett

The pioneering comedienne was honored in a heart-warming ceremony at the Kennedy Center.

By Michael Cavna  |  04:08 PM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Culture, Theater, TV

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 07/01/2013

Royal baby watchers ramp up on Princess Diana's would-be 52nd Birthday

Today would have been Diana, the late Princess of Whales, 52nd birthday. This has led many royal baby watchers to speculate that Prince William and Kate Middleton's baby could be born today.

By Autumn Brewington  |  03:25 PM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Culture, Royal Baby

Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 04/18/2013

Indian Embassy Celebrates Bollywood's Jewish Stars

New documentary chronicles the little-known history of Indian Jews in cinema

By Emily Wax  |  04:13 PM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Culture, India, Movies

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 04/03/2013

After 40 years of cellphones, a love letter to land lines

If the cell phone's legacy is convenience and mobility, maybe the legacy of the land line is punctuality and commitment.

By Dan Zak  |  02:03 PM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Culture

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 02/09/2013

How wet is the Arena Stage's 'Metamorphoses'?

If you sit in the first two rows, you might get soaked.

By Ron Charles  |  10:04 AM ET, 02/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books, Culture

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 02/06/2013

Monopoly fans have spoken: In with the cat, out with the iron

A cat will replace the classic iron token that has been part of Monopoly since 1935.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:22 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Culture, Internet

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 12/07/2012

Emerald: 2013 Pantone Color of the Year

After making a splash at fashion week, emerald green is the year’s must-have color.

By Veronica Toney  |  01:55 PM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture, fashion

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 11/30/2012

David Letterman: Outtakes from his Kennedy Center Honors interview

By Dan Zak  |  12:20 PM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  television, culture

Posted at 06:44 PM ET, 11/20/2012

Letter from Dwight D. Eisenhower’s son disapproves of proposed memorial design

A letter from Dwight D. Eisenhower’s son suggests proposed memorial design is “too extravagant.”

By Philip Kennicott  |  06:44 PM ET, 11/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture, Art

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 11/16/2012

‘Anna Karenina’: An insight into Russian culture

The fashion is just one way the film gives audiences a glimpse into Russia’s past and present.

By Veronica Toney  |  09:34 AM ET, 11/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  film, movies, celebrities, fashion, books, culture

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 10/24/2012

Halloween’s weirdest sexy costumes

Sexy Lorax? Ok, sure.

By Maura Judkis  |  11:55 AM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 10/23/2012

Romney saddled with ‘Horses and Bayonets’ meme

When the president used the phrase in a retort to Romney’s argument about military spending, internet pranksters galloped with it.

By Maura Judkis  |  11:26 AM ET, 10/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/17/2012

‘Binders Full of Women’ Romney quip goes viral

Romney’s awkwardly-stated debate response set off a huge reaction on Twitter and Tumblr.

By Maura Judkis and Michael Cavna  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 10/16/2012

Million Puppet March to bring puppeteers to Mall

Puppets and their handlers will march Nov. 3 in support of PBS.

By Maura Judkis  |  12:26 PM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 10/16/2012

Felix Baumgartner’s space jump: The memes

Internet jokesters went to work as soon as the supersonic skydiver landed safely.

By Maura Judkis  |  12:05 PM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 10/04/2012

Big Bird: Romney loves him, but social media loves him more

Novelty Twitter accounts appeared only minutes after Mitt Romney made a comment about the Sesame Street character in the presidential debate

By Maura Judkis  |  12:14 PM ET, 10/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 09/26/2012

‘Gangnam Style’: Beating a dead (invisible) horse (dance)

Witness the evolution of a meme as “Gangnam Style” goes from funny to annoying to “UGH, NOT AGAIN.”

By Maura Judkis  |  04:05 PM ET, 09/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  music, culture

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 09/24/2012

H Street NE: America’s 6th-hippest hipster neighborhood, according to Forbes

The magazine put H Street behind enclaves like Brooklyn and the Mission District in San Francisco.

By Maura Judkis  |  01:26 PM ET, 09/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 08/21/2012

Normalize app removes faux-retro filter fakery from iPhone snapshots

A new app is part of the backlash against vintage-inspired iPhone photos.

By Maura Judkis  |  12:00 PM ET, 08/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture

Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 08/17/2012

Miss World Pageant: What in the world is it?

The pageant doesn’t get the publicity of the Miss Universe competition — but it’s taken a little more seriously.

By Maura Judkis  |  04:58 PM ET, 08/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 08/14/2012

Helen Gurley Brown: ‘To be desired sexually ... is about the best thing there is’

Retirement was never in the cards for Helen Gurley Brown — and neither was a loss of libido.

By Maura Judkis  |  06:00 AM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 08/13/2012

Hey Girl: Paul Ryan Gosling is back

The sensitive actor’s meme gets a conservative twist.

By Maura Judkis  |  04:40 PM ET, 08/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 06/03/2012

Miss USA 2012: Tough questions for beauty queens

Will any contestant be stumped by this year’s crowd-sourced interview competition?

By Maura Judkis  |  09:00 AM ET, 06/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 05/29/2012

Once the subject of memes, stock photography agency harnesses their power

Stock photos are often the subject of memes — but one video will make you take them seriously.

By Maura Judkis  |  10:44 AM ET, 05/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 05/24/2012

‘Preparing for the Oath’ citizenship tutorial website unveiled at naturalization ceremony

The site provides a more textured sense of American history and an accessible study guide.

By Lonnae O'Neal Parker  |  03:17 PM ET, 05/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 05/22/2012

Webby Awards: The cool and nerdy-cool convene and congratulate

There aren’t a lot of other venues that would draw the participation of both Bill Clinton and Justin Long.

By Monica Hesse  |  11:47 AM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture

Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 05/14/2012

A snapshot of life on ADAY.org

Professional and amateur photographers around the world are taking a photo that represents a slice of life on May 15, 2012.

By Maura Judkis  |  04:13 PM ET, 05/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art, culture

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 05/09/2012

‘Jeopardy! Power Players’ schedule announced

Starting Monday, the city’s “power players” will compete for bragging rights and charity donations.

By Dan Zak  |  01:15 PM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture

Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 04/26/2012

National Princess Week: ‘Inner sparkle,’ at a price

The Disney-invented National Princess Week may be irksome for parents.

By Maura Judkis  |  04:13 PM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 04/18/2012

Space shuttle Discovery: With social media, so close, and yet, so far

Those who didn’t get a chance to watch Discovery’s flight around D.C. may have felt like they were missing out on a major event.

By Maura Judkis  |  11:12 AM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 04/16/2012

Crowd-sourcing dinner: A social media faux-pas?

A new service allows you to charge guests for dinner parties in a Kickstarter-like campaign.

By Maura Judkis  |  12:23 PM ET, 04/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 04/10/2012

Miss Universe to allow transgender contestants

The Donald Trump-owned organization will change its rules to allow transgender women to compete for the crown.

By Maura Judkis  |  12:10 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 04/09/2012

Titanic memorial cruise: Splendor on the seas, without the sinking (PHOTOS)

The MS Balmoral Titanic is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic by cruising to the spot where the ship went down.

By Maura Judkis  |  01:14 PM ET, 04/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture, Titanic

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 04/06/2012

#YOLO: The newest acronym you’ll love to hate

You may not know it, but right now, you are exisiting in a state of YOLO.

By Maura Judkis  |  02:23 PM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 04/02/2012

With 1940 Census release, a look at the decade’s art, music and style

Nostalgia for big band music, oxford shoes and “The Philadelphia Story.”

By Maura Judkis  |  04:02 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture, music, fashion, art

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 04/01/2012

April Fool’s Day: The history of pranks (Video)

Why do we prank our friends each April 1?

By Maura Judkis  |  05:00 AM ET, 04/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 03/23/2012

Screenshots of Despair catalogues Internet’s loneliest alerts

“You have no friends.”

By Maura Judkis  |  11:30 AM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 02/29/2012

Howard University gets new director and familiar face at its libraries

Howard Dodson Jr., the former director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City, is the new director of the library system at Howard University.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  11:47 AM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Howard Dodson, Jr., Howard University, Howard University libraries, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 02/21/2012

Smithsonian links Civil Rights movement, American art on new Web site

The Smithsonian is introducing a new Web site called “Oh Freedom! Teaching African American Civil Rights through American Art at the Smithsonian.”

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  06:30 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Romare Bearden, Civil Rights Movement, American art

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 01/19/2011

Mayor Gray to discuss arts and culture

Mayor Vincent C. Gray is scheduled to outline his policies on arts and culture in Washington at the annual meeting of Cultural Tourism DC on Thursday. This address is his first as elected mayor to a group of cultural...

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  01:30 PM ET, 01/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Jacqueline Trescott, Jacqueline Trescott | Tags:  Cultural Tourism DC, Vincent C. Gray, arts and culture in Washington

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 01/13/2011

Bunch to be honored by BET

Among the individuals being saluted this weekend at the BET Honors is Lonnie G. Bunch, the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Bunch, a historian and author, will be honored along with actress Cicely...

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  01:30 PM ET, 01/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Jacqueline Trescott | Tags:  BET Honors, Lonnie G. Bunch, National Museum of African American History and Culture