Arts Desk

Arts Roundup: Sticky Edition

If you've ever wondered what it's like to fill your mouth with maraschino cherries and corn syrup while bathing yourself in Cool Whip for the sake of avant-garde photography, you're in luck. TBD's Maura Judkis recounted her experiences modeling as such for the photographer Victoria F. Gaitán, who lit up Fotoweek with her series of images of "pretty girls doused in sticky stuff." Ensuing dental pains aside, I think Judkis enjoyed the experience, and she didn't have to pose with the severed pig's head.

Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough is finally talking! He told Kate Taylor of The New York Times the decision to remove David Wojnarowicz's A Fire in My Bellly from the "Hide/Seek" exhibit was "painful" and that he'll "let the art world debate it in another context." Seeing that "The entire debate hinges on how the institutional context trumps the art context," Kriston Capps found this statement a bit puzzling. And according to The Post's interview with Clough, the Smithsonian is a museum with national clout. Good to know.

Click Track has a rundown of new singles by Panda Bear, Das Racist's Himanshu Kumar (aka Heems), and Stevie Nicks, whose new track "Secret Love" is a long-overdue relic from the Bella Donna era.

The music producer Don Kirshner died Monday. Kirshner, well known for his long-running series Don Kirshner's Rock Concert that put bands like Kiss, the Ramones, and Rush on a national stage, is remembered by local writers for his salty reaction to a 2004 WaPo profile by David Segal (now of The Times). In a song posted to our old pal Dave Nuttycombe's blog, Segal, along with City Paper sports scribe Dave McKenna and West Wing writer Eli Attie remember Kirshner in all his old-Hollywood, Boehner-orange glory.

TLC, the channel that brought us Sarah Palin's Alaska and all those shows about redneck families with a shitload of kids, is apparently working on a movie-of-the-week about Chandra Levy, DCist reports.

Go get 'em, Wednesday!

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