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How This Woman Became (Arguably) The Most Successful Sitcom Star In History

“There have been other television revolutionaries — Lorne Michaels, Carol Burnett, David Letterman — but, as she films the seventh and final season of HBO’s Veep, [Julia] Louis-Dreyfus’s success is unprecedented. From Seinfeld to The New Adventures of Old Christine to her remarkable portrayal of Vice President Selina Meyer, Louis-Dreyfus has earned 11 Emmys, including six in a row.” Says Veep‘s showrunner, “When people tell me that they wish Selina was president, that’s not what they mean. They wish Julia Louis-Dreyfus was president.”

Artist Who Nailed His Scrotum To Red Square Faces Ten Years In Prison For Setting Fire To Bank Of France

Last October, Pyotr Pavlensky was arrested for starting a fire at the entrance to the Bank of France building in Paris — in what he calls an artwork titled Lighting. He was only released from pretrial detention last month, but prosecutors are demanding that he be returned to jail until trial (to begin in January) and are calling for a ten-year sentence. Meanwhile, FEMEN members supporting Pavlensky have been demonstrating outside the courthouse, their mouths taped shut and messages scrawled in black across their bare breasts.

Gustavo Dudamel Awarded $250,000 Gish Prize

The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize “was established in 1994 through the will of actress Lillian Gish to honor individuals who have, according to the website for the prize, ‘made an outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind’s enjoyment and understanding of life.'” The Gish Prize Trust selected Dudamel, music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, for his work both as a conductor and in music education via the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles project.

The Indestructible Placido Domingo At 77

At the point in his career — in his 50s, maybe, or early 60s — at which anyone might reasonably expect his voice to have run its course, Domingo politely but firmly declined to step down. And with that, the curtain gradually went up on one of the most astonishing second acts the opera world has ever known.

Alfred Hubay, 93, The Metropolitan Opera’s Box Office Whiz

His job titles belie his importance at the company; Mr. Hubay did far more than oversee ticket sales. He became something of an expert on opera and opera singers, so much so that he would be asked to judge singing and scholarship competitions. He also served on the boards of numerous musical organizations, including the Glimmerglass Opera, the Oratorio Society of New York and the Marilyn Horne Foundation.

Takehisa Kosugi, Fluxus Composer-Violinist-Sound Artist, Dead At 80

“In 1960, Kosugi cofounded Group Ongaku, a Tokyo-based collective widely considered the first improvisational music ensemble formed in both the country and the world. … After allying himself with the Fluxus movement and participating in Happenings, he toured in a Volkswagen van from Rotterdam to the Taj Mahal as part of the Taj Mahal Travelers. With the group, he sketched out hallucinogenic, highly processed jams with an electric violin, radio oscillators, and his voice. … Between 1995 and 2011, Kosugi was the musical director for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.”