Arts Desk

Arts Roundup: Misplaced Power Edition


Michelle Bernstein: She looks nice enough, doesn't she?

Morning, all. Happy Thursday to you!

Does the concept of performance art ever befuddle you? Me too. Marina Abramović, the self-proclaimed "grandmother of performance art" who's about to have a retrospective of her work at MOMA, sheds some light on the subject. She says that to be a performance artist, one has to hate theater, because performance art is about true reality. It all sounds very cerebral.

What's the latest hobby that's got the D.C. region buzzing? Backyard beekeeping. There are even classes for it. Attention to the bee population's decline and the organic gardening movement are considered to be behind the activity's newfound popularity.

Count Betty White among the celebrities who have their own fashion lines. The 88-year-old is capitalizing on her renewed popularity with a line of T-shirts and hoodies emblazoned with her face and slogans like "Long Live the Queen" and "White Heat." Um, OK.

You know what time it is: That's right, it's Top Chef time! Drama in the quickfire! Michelle Bernstein was guest judging the exotic proteins challenge. On previous appearance she's been kind of a bitch a pretty discerning critic. Moreover, she and Andrea are rival chefs in Miami. "I'm not so happy to see Michelle," said Andrea. "I'm not so sure if you sat down at her restaurant and my restaurant that one would be that much better, so I'm not really comfortable with her judging me." Judge her she did: Bernstein called out Andrea's wild boar as one of the three worst dishes. Kelly ended up winning, garnering immunity in the elimination challenge. And duck white kidneys? Those are duck testicles.

On to the "Cold War" elimination challenge. The cheftestants were charged with creating a cold dish on the USS Sequoia, "the maritime version of Air Force One," according to Padma. Oddly enough, they merely prepared the dishes on the boat; that's not where they ended up serving them. They were divided into two teams. Each team would have the chance to taste all the other team's dishes, and nominate the best dish for the win and the worst dish for elimination. Kelly, with immunity, got to stay out of the kitchen and try everyone's dishes. "The opportunity to taste every single one of my competitors' food is in the long run a great advantage," she said.

Stephen also noted the tactical advantage of nominating certain competitors' dishes for elimination. On Kenny and Angelo, he said, "Those are the kind of people, that maybe if they were out of the competition, there'd be a little more breathing room. That's a lot of power on our hands."

As determined by their fellow cheftestants, Kenny and Tamesha ended up on the bottom, and Tiffany and Kevin ended up on top. Kenny wasn't surprised to be there. Ever confident, he expressed that he suspected others would try to vote him off: "You want the person who's gonna be the stud every single day out of the house." Tamesha, though, was the one to go home in the end. She said that she hadn't owned her dish as much as she should have. "Angelo is a mentor to me, but I wish I'd taken a little more control over my dish," she said. Kevin took the win.


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