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By LENA FINKEL member of the artist group
Daily Arts Writer known as "The Ten," which
formed in 1935. By 1945, his
eir lives were always success skyrocketed with
ted to become intertwined. the Guggenheim Museum
tistinhisownright, Sanford purchasing 11 works of art. The
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anhattan. In 1967, at the age of 64,
now, by Sanford Gottlieb found himself with
h will give Hirsch more success than he had ever
inspiring thought possible.
e about Friday at "He needed to be challenged
man who 5:30 p.m. - try something he had never
Ued histried," Hirsch said.
UMMA So Gottlieb moved on to
sch, Free a new medium: sculptures.
Executive Though they only formed a short
tor of period of his career, Gottlieb's
dolph and Esther Gottlieb sculptures will be expanded
lation, claimed his upon in Hirsch's lecture.
sion with Gottlieb began Hirsch will also discuss
efore their introduction. Gottlieb as a person and the
e was already very famous," things that were important to
h said. "When I was young him, in addition to his life as an
oming up, he was very well artist.

"I intend to give an overview
of his whole career and convey
who he was as a historical
figure," Hirsch said. "I'll try to
give a general understanding -
no art-speak."
Hirsch is certainly a qualified
candidate to deliver the lecture,
as he has written extensively on
the artist and even helped to set
up the foundation.
"At the time, I was an artist
myself and I wanted to use the
year (1976) to work," Hirsch
explained. "But the opportunity
was too important to walk away
from."
More than 37 years later,
Hirsch has continued to work
tirelessly as the executive
director of the foundation, even
helping to set up a grant program
for what he called "artist
emergencies." This can include
a number of catastrophic events,
like fires or floods, which may
destroy an artist's studio.
Despite working for the
foundation for so many years,
Hirsch's passion has never
waned.
"There's always some new
challenge, some new set of
circumstances for organizing
an exhibit," he said. "It's very
rewarding."

"It's edgier if we're all looking different ways, trust me."
KiXngso eon remains
unexceptional on 'Bull'

By JAKE OFFENHARTZ
DailyArts Writer
Don't worry if you forgot about
Kings of Leon - most of us did. So,
with the release of the band's sixth
studio album, Mechanical Bull, on
Sept. 24, a quick
refresher course B-
may be in order.
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of Leon, Bull
comprised of
the Followhill Kingsof Leon
family - the
literal sons RCA
and nephew
of a preacher man - spent much
of the early 2000s as garage
rock's southern darlings before
achieving colossal commercial
success on their stadium-friendly
fourth album, Only By Night. After
two years as unprecedented rock
gods, they released the mediocre
Come Around Sundown, which
maintained neither the rebellious
charm of their early work, nor the
anthemic hits of their previous
album. While on tour supporting
the album, amid rumors of
alcoholism and infighting, lead
singer Caleb Followhill famously
left the stage to "vomit and drink
a beer." He didn't return, the band
cancelled the rest of the tour and
more or less vanished for three
years.
Now, the Nashville boys are
back and ready to reclaim their
throne, though for a band that
has held royalty in the world of
both unrefined blues-punk and
chart-topping pop rock, to which

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compromise on that very first three tracks. It's here that the
n. The verses possess the band's signature tendencies begin
urgencyoftheir early work, to feel repetitious - the moody
verb-heavy guitar riff rips lyrics seem whiney, the echoing
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tions of time "down in the rousing crescendos cheap.
ringing bells." Verses soon After two more flat songs,
ay to an arena-approved, Mechanical Bull regains some
unintelligible chorus about steamwith its second-to-last track,
'ntal girls - an effective "Coming Back Again." Though
er that the band still knows it suffers from some of the same
takes to write ahook. setbacks as the previous songs,
album's next two tracks, "Coming Back Again" represents
City" and "Don't Matter," the band at its most primal and
esy, ephemeral offerings unrestrained. When Caleb.sings,
ostly succeed in carrying "I could feel it coming back again"
mentum of "Supersoaker." over a twinkly,:yet desolate guitar
itar solos are too dominant part, you really do want to believe
songs and the melodies are him.
familiar, but for the most MechanicalBull closes with "On
fechanical Bull opens very the Chin,"aslow, CountingCrows-
esque number that pays homage
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y re kings of "chain smoking in the basement
lying it safe. / shattered like the windows," it's
an unexpected final track on an
album dulled by monotony.
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energy is lost entirely on mechanical bull, Kings of Leon's
lowing track, "Beautiful sixth album is predictable, striving
sleepy ballad that goes on for authenticity while never
hree minutes too long.With taking any real risks. It's also best
s of "I say love /don't mean enjoyed drunk, surrounded by
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By KELLY ETZ entertai
Daily Arts Writer And
If disb

From "This is the End" to
"World War Z," there seemed an
endlesssurplusofthe-apocalypse-
is-upon-us
plotlines at [
the movies
this summer. Sleepy
Banking on the Hollow
trend, FOX's
new genre- Pilot
procedural Mondays
"Sleepy
Hollow" brings at 9 p.m.
the end of FOX
the world as
we know it to
weeknights.
All the elements are in place
here. There's a headless redcoat
revolutionary, murmurings
about witchy covens, a blurrily
indistinct demon and George
Washington's bible. The most
surprising twist? "Sleepy Hollow"
isn't that bad.
Two of the four creators of
the series, Alex Kurtzman and
Roberto Orci, put their "Fringe"
background to excellent use,
infusing"Sleepy Hollow" with an
exacting amount of seriousness.
Nobody's laughing, and yet, the
campy element is fully embraced.
There are genuinely spooky
moments - thumbs are nearly
bitten off, heads are literally
rolling everywhere (with one
encased in a jar), living bodies
claw their way out of the dirt -
but all is done with a self-aware
kind of silliness. It's obvious the
pilot knows it's not "Hannibal"
or "American Horror Story."
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ning. Revelation is brought into the
shockingly, it succeeds. whole thing, the only connection
elief is suspended and to Washington Irving is the
examined too closely, requisite side character, Captain
;ht find yourself laughing Frank Irving (Orlando Jones,
aturedly at the inanity. "Identity").
ot begins with Ichabod Despite the borrowing of
played by the dashingly character names, "Sleepy
Tom Mison, "One Day") Hollow" is all about the Four
in the Revolutionary Horsemen and the world's
and unknowingly descent into hell. There's a lot
ng the final horseman of exposition, this is a pilot
pocalypse. Fast forward after all, and there's the tedious
ent day, fictional Sleepy skepticism to be overcome every
(they just had to throw in time a new character enters the
Acome to ... " shot), where scene. As a genre series, "Sleepy
I and his horseman Hollow" will naturally excel (if
have been mysteriously it avoids imminent cancellation)
cted. Lieutenant once its supernatural basis has
Mills (Nicole Beharie, worked out all the bumps with a
"), finds an unexpected few establishing episodes. After
Crane after her boss is everyone is on board - audience
soniously dispatched by included - the series can work
imself. in procedural cases, similar in
style to fan favorite "Grimm."
Though there are persistent
problems, including the fact
that a villain with no head is
low is self- decidedly one-dimensional,
it's clear that FOX has at least
'are enough borderline faith in the series.
Currently airing on Monday
take it work. nights, "Sleepy Hollow" has
tough network competition, but
the niche element gives it an
edge over watered-down gunk
fanciful reimagining for like "Dancing with the Stars."
the pilot moves further As mindless (and headless)
ther away from the story fun, "Sleepy Hollow" works on
bod Crane as we know nearly every level. It's complex
closer to an apocalyptic enough to require functioning
al Treasure"-style brain cells, but silly enough
unt. Mison plays Crane to work as a Candy Crush
self-confident academic background track. It's not the
of the stuttering, gangly most enticing pilot of the fall
the character generally season, but it's original. And
. And once the Book of that's better than most.

By LENA FINKEL Added Manfredi: "We get
DailyArts Writer along fabulous. We have a very
similar approach, and I trust
In one of the hottest plays to him."
hit the stage, the dynamic duo of Manfredi's trust will be
Director Tim Rhoze and Actor important, as Rhoze plans to
John Manfredi take a lot of risks with their
hopes to An ||lad interpretation of the play.
breathe newlife
into a classic Thursday at
tale. 7:30 p.m., an
"An Iliad," Friday at8 M anfrediand
adapted by Lisa p.m., Saturday
Peterson and at3and 8p.m. Rhoze are a
Denis O'Hare, and Sunday Aream team.
transforms at 2 p.m.
Homer's epic
poem into a Perfnrmance
dramatic one- Network Theatre "Tim is not afraid to try new
man play. But From $22 things," Manfredi said. "It's a
this won't be new telling, a brand-new play
your average - only two years old. But Tim's
stool-sitting, monotone-narrated version is even newer than that."
snoozefest. The star Manfredi Added Rhoze: "My approach
insisted there is "no lack of is different from what it has
activity" and that it will indeed been. The setting is different;
be an action-packed event. the music is different - as it
"I had to make sure I was in
shape,asitwasmoreofaphysical
play," Manfredi explained.
But this shouldn't be too
difficult to accomplish, as
Manfredi is no stranger to the
stage. He previously performed
in Performance Network
Theatre's productions of "A
Picasso" and "K2," the latter ofp cant
which Rhoze also directed. Seniors & Gra
But even prior to their
collaboration in "K2," Rhoze Change lives, inc
and Manfredi had developed a Apply by Se
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should be. You bring your own
personality."
The twosome may be
demanding high expectations of
its performance, but with both
members in their sweet spots,
their goals are likely to be met.
A professor at Oakland
University during the day,
Manfredi asserted that, "Acting
is far and away my bigger
passion. I'm blessed to get a lot
of work."
As for Rhoze, he has a wealth
of both acting and directing
experience but much prefers the
director's chair.
"I love the collaboration with
the producers, the costume and
set designers and, sometimes,
even the playwrights," he said.
With their passion - and so
much dedication - Manfredi
and Rhoze are sure to enthrall
the audience with their one-
man adaptation of a classic
adventure.

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