Friday, March 30, 2007

Sweet Jesus

So it appears more fine art has angered a group of Christians to demand that it not be shown at a New York art gallery starting next week. Cosimo Cavallaro's "My Sweet Lord" which depicts a crusified Jesus nude and made entirely out of chocolate was to be shown street-level at the Roger Smith Lab Gallery in midtown Manhattan.

The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights called for a boycott of the exhibiton and the accompanying Roger Smith Hotel. "This is an assault on Christians during Holy Week," said Kiera McCaffrey, director of communications for the league, which describes itself the largest U.S. Catholic civil rights group. "They would never dare do something similar with a chocolate statue of the prophet Mohammad naked with his genitals exposed during Ramadan," she said.

While I personally may not find Cavallaro's work interesting; by protesting this piece, the organization drew more attention and importance than it needed to be - landing the gallery space and the artist in the national news. It also opens the whole dialog of the power that art has to challenge, engage and in some cases enrage its viewers. While the news states that the gallery is weighting its options to whether or not the piece will be shown, something tells me with all the media coverage the artwork will be displayed as scheduled on Monday as orginally planned.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Lambs to Slaughter

300 continued to slaughter the competition this weekend and remained the number one movie for the second week in a row. While I have spoken about my obsession with Gerard Butler on this site before and it continues now after seeing him run around for over 2 hours in just a pair of speedos. I would like to point out another man who spurs all kind of excitment as the movie barrelled on. The character of Daxos, played by the British actor Andrew Pleavin - got me all hot and bothered. The bald head, the huge chest, the beard and of course playing a sensative artistic countryman helps. And you have to love the fact that Andrew and Gerard stared in the TV movie version of Attila together (note to self, place film on Netflix queue.)

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Cat Scratch Fever

So last night I caught the encore presentation of Pussy Cat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll and I can tell I'm going to get hooked because it has all the makings of all my favorite reality programs.

2 parts America's Next Top Model = 1 dose of girls living together under one roof competing for one ultimate prize. While being schooled by the figure-heads (in this case Robin's) horde of background henchmen. Mikey Minden playing both Jay roles and looking better then both of them!
1 part Survivor = you know these girls are going to start backstabbing and forming mini alliances.
1 part Workout = the bodies on these women is flawless.
1 part American Idol = don't forget these girls are competing in a singing competition for a spot in the international success of the PCD.

Mix them all together and we have a recipe for a successful show, not to mention the fact that they had an air-born illness on the first episode that threaten to wipe out half of the final 18 is priceless. Keep the claws sharpened and the catty comments coming girls, this could be the guilty pleasure of the season. Meow!