Elizabeth Blair

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The Dallas Cowboy Behind The Real 'Buyers Club'

Friday, November 01, 2013

Feisty. Stubborn. A real cowboy. According to people who knew him, the real Ron Woodroof was very much like the character played by Matthew McConaughey in the new movie Dallas Buyers Club.

Bill Minutaglio — who wrote about Woodroof for The Dallas Morning News — describes him as "salty."

"I ...


Charity Watchdog Shakes Up Ratings To Focus On Results

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

There's one area of the economy that's growing faster than business or government.

According to the Urban Institute, in the 10 years between 2001 and 2011, the number of nonprofits increased 25 percent. But most of them aren't very good at measuring their effectiveness — at least, that's the ...


'Carrie' Had The Power, But Mom Had The Scary Going On

Friday, October 18, 2013

Just in time for Halloween comes a new movie version of Stephen King's horror novel Carrie. While the teenaged Carrie White is clearly at the center of the story, I think her mother is the more fascinating character.

Carrie — about a shy misfit whose coming of age collides with ...


Latino Buying Power Gets Movie Studios' Attention

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

One of the surprise movie hits this past weekend was almost entirely in Spanish. Instructions Not Included made an enormous amount of money per screen, more than $22,000, playing in fewer than 350 theaters. The boys in One Direction had the number one film, but they pulled in less than ...


With Modern Makeovers, America's Libraries Are Branching Out

Sunday, September 01, 2013

It's not exactly a building boom, but several public libraries around the country are getting makeovers. The Central Library in Austin, Texas just broke ground on a new building that promises such new features as outdoor reading porches and a cafe. In Madison, Wis., they're about to open a newly ...


Beyond Books: Libraries Lend Fishing Poles, Pans And People

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

What's the point of a library in the digital age? It's a question that makes librarians bristle. They are quick to remind you that they are not just repositories for printed books and DVDs. Regular patrons know this, but public libraries want to reach beyond the faithful. To that end, ...


Comedian Hari Kondabolu On Diversity, Race And Burger King

Thursday, July 18, 2013

An Indian-American comedian unafraid to joke politely about race and politics, Hari Kondabolu regularly challenges long-standing beliefs with his material. While his comedy is about b...


Toshi Seeger, Wife Of Folk Singer Pete Seeger, Dies At 91

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Anyone who worked closely with Pete Seeger knew the legendary folk singer's wife. For seven decades, Toshi Seeger organized his festivals and handled his travel and correspondence. The social activist died Tuesday. She was 91.

Singer Judy Collins, who has known the family since the 1960s, ...


As Demographics Shift, Kids' Books Stay Stubbornly White

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

When it comes to diversity, children's books are sorely lacking; instead of presenting a representative range of faces, they're overwhelmingly white. How bad is the disconnect? A report by the Cooperative Children's Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that only 3 percent of children's books are ...


'Me' Too: For Gru, Another Shot At Global Domination

Saturday, June 22, 2013

There will be hits and misses at movie houses this summer, but it's a decent bet Despicable Me 2 will end up in the that-went-well column.

The star, a would-be world-dominating supervillain named Gru, is a hulking, blustering figure with an appetite for mayhem — and a surprising soft spot. ...


How To Introduce Kids To Tough Topics? Art And TV Can Help

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Parents steer their kids to media for all kinds of things: as a distraction so they can make dinner, to teach letters and numbers, and for pure entertainment. There are also times when parents rely on books, TV, museums and other media when they aren't quite sure how to approach ...


Plans For Smithsonian Museum 'Bubble' May Have Burst

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Call it the Smithsonian's bubble problem. One of the Smithsonian museums — the Hirshhorn museum for contemporary art — came up with an ambitious new design to add more space: Why not build a giant, inflatable structure that would be big enough for people to walk around in?



Georges Moustaki, Who Wrote Songs For Edith Piaf, Dies

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Georges Moustaki, one of France's most beloved songwriters, died Thursday in Nice after a long illness. He was 79. Moustaki was known for infusing French song with sounds from around the world.

In 1959, Moustaki wrote the lyrics to Edith Piaf's international hit "Milord," a song about a ...


'Venus And Serena': An Extraordinary Story, Told On Film

Friday, May 17, 2013

It's Cinderella plus Jackie Robinson times two. When Venus and Serena Williams burst onto the lily-white world of tennis, they changed the game and made history: They were sisters. From a poor neighborhood. Who brought unprecedented power to the game. And both reached No. 1.

Their journey is the subject ...


In D.C., Art Program Turns Boys' Lives Into 'Masterpieces'

Thursday, April 18, 2013

This is the third in a three-part series about the intersection of education and the arts.

Life Pieces to Masterpieces is an arts program that's not entirely about the art. It's an after-school program based in a struggling neighborhood in Washington, D.C., that teaches black boys and young men what ...