Month: September 2018

The Current Artisan Weekly: 9/30/2018

Smashing Pumpkins Plan Anniversary Tour Well-loved pop-punkers Smashing Pumpkins have announced a new American tour in honor of the band’s 30th anniversary. The tour is also being planned in support of a new full-length record from the band’s original lineup: ‘Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LLP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.’ Fans have been left wondering whether the tour and new album signify the band’s return to the spotlight or instead a sort of farewell tour. The Smashing Pumpkins have maintained a consistent and dedicated following who have helped the band fill stadiums and arenas...

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The Current Artisan Weekly: 9/23/2018

‘Mandy’ Shows Nic Cage Off His Chain Nicolas Cage is an integral part of 21st-century entertainment. His work prior to the new millennium was fascinating, to be sure, but the early 2000s in particular are a showcase of a desperate man acting his way out of crippling debt. His purchases of more than half a dozen exotic homes, an island, dinosaur fossils, and one of the most eclectic wardrobes in Hollywood have kept Cage in a constant pursuit of work, and thanks to his recognizability and superbly entertaining acting style, he’s been able to stay off the streets. The...

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The Current Artisan Weekly: 9/16/2018

Opinion: It’s Time for Another ‘Hamilton’ 2015 now seems a distant memory. To paraphrase comedian John Mulaney, any time prior to the 2016 election now feels, in retrospect, like one big, wild party with no responsibilities or consequences. Like other great works of art, ‘Hamilton’ was able to anticipate this coming state of national fragility. It was based around what sounded like a painfully cheesy pitch. Oh, it’s about Alexander Hamilton? And there’s rapping, alongside traditional musical theater showstoppers? Cool. There’s the famous video clip from Lin-Manuel Miranda, of his performance of an early version of the opening song...

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The Current Artisan Weekly: 9/9/2018

Opinion: Reflections on Mac Miller Following the tragic, untimely death of L.A.-based rapper Mac Miller, the most prominent words of condolence have come from fellow hip hop insiders, a la Chance, Snoop, and a long list of other living legends. I myself am the exact opposite: far from a rap insider, I’m not even directly involved in the music industry. I’m not even an amateur musician. I can see and feel music only as a fan, and with that said, I wanted to offer a reflection that I hope more people can relate to. Mac Miller represented a new...

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The Current Artisan Weekly: 9/2/2018

Orson Welles’ Final Movie Unearthed at Long Last At the recent Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, Orson Welles’ last film, ‘The Other Side of the Wind,’ saw its premiere, decades after the filmmaker’s death. Welles had not finished the film by the time of his death of a heart attack in 1985. The film has seen its release halted for many years by disputes over who exactly owned the rights to the work, and there have been multiple failed attempts to finally release the film to the public. Netflix was among those who provided funding for the finished version...

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