Beyonce performs the National Anthem during Barack Obama's inauguration swearing-in at the US Capitol on Jan. 21, 2013 in Washington, D.C. JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images With his inauguration only weeks away, President-elect Donald Trump is getting flack for failing to book any A-list musical acts for the party-packed inaugural weekend. The list of musicians who have reportedly turned down offers to perform gets longer by the day, and the only confirmed acts for Trump's inauguration ceremony are the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Rockettes and a 16-year-old former "America's Got Talent" singer named Jackie Evancho. But when exactly did the presidential inauguration, a constitutionally mandated ceremony to swear in the new leader of the free world, become Washington's biggest four-year fiesta? And have Hollywood celebrities and pop stars always been on the guest list? According to Jim Bendat, author of "Democracy's Big Day: The Inauguration of Our President, … [Read more...] about Have Star-studded U.S. Presidential Inaugurations Typically Been the Norm?
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Last December, a 22-year old modder who calls himself Ted52 purged the Steam forums for his Hearts of Iron IV mod, Millennium Dawn. Steam’s infrastructure made it difficult to remove unsavory threads individually, and he tells me he has more control of things over at his Discord channel, where he can eliminate any racists, idiots, and anti-Semites with reasonable efficiency. Ted seems almost amused by this burden. As someone who’s found himself in the center of the culture war raging inside of the Hearts of Iron IV mod scene, this is just how things work. “The immense toxicity that is developed by these fundamentalistic ideological fronts within the community is where my patience ends,” says Ted, when I interviewed him over Discord last year. “I am not getting paid for any of this, and I can’t be bothered to explain to every 15-year-old edgelord who just discovered 4chan last week why fascism is not something I want to see.” Here’s what … [Read more...] about The Struggle Over Gamers Who Use Mods To Create Racist Alternate Histories
Year In Review The year. In review. Everything King Princess Did King Princess has exactly six real songs out and every single one of them is good as hell. “1950” is a perfect pop song that you better like or else you’re the cops, and it’s not even the best song on her debut EP. Friendship ended with Lorde; now King Princess is new best friend. - Patrick Redford “Nobody,” by Mitski “My god, I’m so lonely” is an atypical way to start your album’s danciest banger, but Mitski Miyawaki’s songs have always been atypical. What’s a chorus, what’s a verse, how many times are you supposed to break off into new melodies? Those are questions without answers on Be the Cowboy, her highly-acclaimed fifth album. Instead, Mitski zeroes in on the mundane melancholy of being alive in 2018; being ghosted, trying to win a breakup, and, on “Nobody”, the horribly normalized sadness of being alone. And yet! The … [Read more...] about The Best Things We Heard In 2018
It’s truer in 2018 than it was in 2017, or 2016, or 2015: Any survey of the year’s best TV can only provide a tiny sampling of the finest the medium had to offer. The perception of this particular year is that it was one characterized by good, not great programming—to which the TV critics of The A.V. Club offer, as a rejoinder, the number of worthy shows that aren’t on the list below. Please spare us the reminders of those we didn’t include; their ghosts and the second thoughts they conjure are already plenty haunting. Instead, revel in a year of television that introduced us to infatuated assassins and fatuous scions of wealth, expanded the worlds of its comedies to previously inconceivable bounds, and gave the best show of the decade the ending (and the musical coda) it deserved. And while you’re at it, give thanks to the reconciling sisters and bewildered military veterans who kept their dramatic exploits from running over the 30-minute mark. … [Read more...] about The best TV of 2018
Joining hands is a common Greek wedding tradition. Getty Images Local customs differ throughout Greece and the many countries where Greek people have settled, but the Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony has remained largely unchanged from country to country throughout the centuries. Part of the magic of a Greek wedding is hearing familiar hymns, dancing traditional dances and enjoying sensational food whether you're in Australia, America or Athens. A Greek-American man might give his fiancée a diamond engagement ring, but in Greece a gold band, usually inscribed with initials or names and the engagement or wedding date, is used as both the engagement and wedding ring for the man and the woman. During the engagement, the band is worn on the left hand - after the marriage it is worn on the right. Each part of the Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony has religious significance. The number three repeats throughout the ceremony, symbolizing the Trinity. The wedding begins with the … [Read more...] about Greek Weddings