Primetime Pomp and Circumstance

BY NICOLE PARKS / Her Very Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will regale the peoples of television-viewing dominions with an hour-long fairy tale from her own experience this weekend. A tale complete with flowing ermine, a nerve-wracked stomach jolting along atop gilded carriage axles, a fleet of prancing Windsor Grey ponies, an Abbey of some…

Power Hour

We in the cultural sector enjoy a good diatribe about soft power. That is, patrimony’s uncanny ability to attract rather than coerce affections and followings. It’s become a sort of catchphrase employed when attempting to justify the sway of the arts to more skeptical others; just how massively music, imagery, literature, cinema, sports, cuisine et al. have shaped, and continue…

Framing an Oasis

The spanking-new Louvre Abu Dhabi opened this past Saturday to much international acclaim and fanfare. And rightly so; the project’s been a long time coming, and is expected to fulfill its mission statement to host a ‘permanent, unique exchange between East and West.’ That the West’s largest, most illustrious museum would set up a satellite…