Sunday, 11 September 2011

CULTURE PICKS: What’s on the TALLAWAH culture radar this week

One Day It’ll All Make Sense (Atria Books)
Author: Common
He’s earned respect for his soulful, conscious approach to rap and for his starring roles in significant films. But now Common is taking everyone deeper into his story with the fresh-off-the-press memoir One Day (out Tuesday), named after his 1997 album. He holds nothing back – recounting everything from his coming of age in Chicago’s gritty Southside to his rise to stardom in the realms of music and film, while addressing the challenges of balancing fame, fatherhood and love. The entertainer and activist, born Lonnie Rashid Lynn, also shares never-before-told stories about his encounters with everyone from Tupac to Barack Obama to Nelson Mandela. Maya Angelou calls it “a magnificent memoir” in which “Common writes beautifully like the poet he is.”

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
The late visionary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick (The Shining) drew award-calibre performances from Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, who star in this erotically charged thriller of sexual obsession and jealousy as a husband and wife navigating a rocky patch in their marriage. Full of spectacular images and buoyed by a riveting score, it’s a film that stays with you long after you’ve watched it.

New art exhibit
Artist: Albert Chong
A new solo exhibition by internationally renowned Jamaican-born artist, Albert Chong opens this Thursday at the Mutual Gallery. Spiritually-infused objects, still lives evocative of magic rites and rituals while referencing shrines and altars to obscure deities are some of the themes to be found in Chong's work. The exhibition, on view through Oct. 22, will comprise a selection of his works over the past 30 years.

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