Among this year’s other recipients are mandolin player and composer Chris Thile, Northwestern University historian Dylan C. Penningroth, and David Finkel, author and national enterprise editor for the Washington Post. The grants are annually handed out in a secrecy-shrouded process. Winners have no idea they’ve been nominated for the $500,000 awards until they get “the call,” and nominators must remain anonymous.
Joining a rarefied pantheon that includes such stalwarts as Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Steve Martin, Seth McFarlane – creator of the hit animated series Family Guy and American Dad – has been tapped to host the 85th Academy Awards (aka The Oscars), slated for February 24 in Los Angeles. “It’s truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars,” MacFarlane said in a statement. “My thoughts upon hearing the news were, one, I will do my utmost to live up to the high standards set forth by my predecessors; and two, I hope they don’t find out I hosted the Charlie Sheen Roast.”
Food, glorious food! Restaurant Week, that fine annual celebration of dining-out in style at cut-rate prices, returns for its 2012 incarnation from November 9-16, and will be observed in major towns across the island. Being observed under the theme “Eat Up, Live Up, and Win!” this year’s staging will allow Jamaicans to participate in fun contests, win exclusive passes, and cop great prizes.