Arts Desk

Arts Roundup: “Promote Your Product” Edition

deniro-hightowerHappy Thursday! And happy Earth Day! Avatar is out on DVD today, and James Cameron is using the holiday to shamelessly self-promote draw awareness to the environmental concerns he features in his film.

Filmfest D.C. is in full swing, showcasing international films throughout the District. Among tonight's is France's Lourdes, of which Tricia Olszewski writes, "There is something just not cool about a Virgin Mary statue with a neon halo."

In other film festival news, Robert DeNiro's Tribea Film Festival opened this week in New York, to somewhat-greater fanfare. What, our provincial hamlet's signature film festival isn't worthy of coverage in Vanity Fair?

Top Chef mania persists as the show continues to film in D.C. Latest sighting: Padma over the weekend at all-organic Restaurant Nora. Elsewhere in the world of Top Chef, in a bit of Bravo cross-promotion, three of the Real Housewives of Orange County judged last night's quickfire challenge on Top Chef Masters. Note to producers: When you bring guests on the show, maybe you should try to find people who appear to actually enjoy eating. Hmm, maybe that means finding a new host, too.

Michelle Obama in a cranberry-colored pantsuit: who wears it better, her or Hilary?

Attention, advertisers: This is the right way to promote your product. The hand-painted images projected onto Union Station to publicize the History Channel's America: The Story of Us are beautiful.

Photo courtesy of vanityfair.com.

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