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Uptown Art: Week of April 15 – 21

April 24, 2012

Barefoot on the Mall.

“Bare It All, Go Barefoot” at Barefoot On The Mall: “The Student Activities Board will be holding the 33rd annual Barefoot on the Mall on Thursday from 2-8 p.m. Headlining the free event will be the New Boyz, a hip hop/rap group, who are well known for their hit songs, “The Jerk” and “Tie Me Down.” Openers for the event will be Thick as Thieves, a national-touring band, and The Ethnographers and Matt Phillips and the Philharmonics, both local bands who participated in the annual Battle of the Bands competition. According to Jordan Millette, the special events chair for SAB, a student intern named Laura Lauffer had the idea for Barefoot on the Mall in 1979, and said she wanted the event to be in the spring and be something everyone could go to barefoot and relaxed. Lauffer also wanted the day to be filled with music, crafts and refreshments.”

You! Be Informed!: “With so many of our posts being about visual inspiration, you’d think that that’s all we get inspired from. Not so! And now we want to remedy that. Every day there are so many design-related articles, news, developments and innovations bursting out of our RSS feeds, email inboxes and social media accounts that our team’s creative brains are definitely not lacking in substantially chunky design idea fodder. In case you didn’t know where to look, we’ll share what’s on our plate every week with you too. So sit back, relax and prepare to leisurely but thoroughly digest this meaty, design-savvy awesomeness that is the first issue of the You! Be Informed! series!”

Savage Unappealing: “ECU hit the MTV airwaves on Tuesday night as sex columnist Dan Savage’s trip to campus finally aired after months of anticipation. Needless to say, the university community was holding its breath as the show began, waiting to see how MTV would portray our beloved Pirate Nation. For some, including myself, the end result was somewhat of a disappointment, and a slap in the face to those of us who wish ECU was seen as more than “Easy U” in the nation’s eyes, a name that isn’t even associated with our promiscuous nature, but our supposed past academic shortcomings. Since its premiere, I have set aside my aversion to anything MTV to watch “Savage U,” which has developed into an enjoyable and extremely informative show, wrapped in a socially acceptable sex-fest that appeals to the youthful masses. But with the feeling that ECU’s reputation hung on the thread of this episode, I found myself very anxious as the sex lives of my fellow students were sprawled across my TV screen.”

Eight Products the Facebook Generation Will Not Buy: “Consumer tastes are changing at a greater rate than ever before. Not surprisingly, the purchasing habits of the youngest generation present the most dramatic shifts — a reflection of what they find important. 24/7 Wall St. has identified eight popular products that the “Facebook generation” is not buying. Generation Y, generally defined as those born between 1980 and 1999, have lost interest in many of the services and products their parents found important. For example, younger Americans are less interested in cars. In 1998, 64.4% of potential drivers 19-years old and younger had drivers licenses. By 2008, that rate had dropped to 46.3%, according to the Federal Highway Administration.”

Budget Cuts Effects on Students: “Many strategies and options have been proposed to accommodate recent budget cuts but students will notice few effects on campus. An estimated $120 million decrease on total spending in the past four years has occurred. A tuition increase of $410 for undergraduate in-state residents, $1,645 for undergraduate out-of-state residents, $452 for graduate in-state residents and $1,489 for graduate out-of-state has been determined, stated Virginia Hardy, vice chancellor for student affairs. Over the past two years, class sizes have increased by about five to six people per class which could potentially continue to increase, according to Dr. Marilyn Sheerer, provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs.”

NYC photo exhibit captures Warhol as young artist: “Andy Warhol once predicted 15 minutes of fame for everyone. But 25 years after his death, the pop artist’s reputation and impact on the contemporary art world show no signs of fading. His iconic images of everyday consumer objects and celebrities consistently command high prices and draw enthusiastic crowds to museum and gallery shows. But before he catapulted onto the world stage, the young artist was already producing some of his most iconic pieces. In a new exhibition, Warhol is captured in photographs at the very cusp of the pop art movement. “Before They Were Famous: Behind the Lens of William John Kennedy,” at the Site/109 gallery in lower Manhattan, features rare shots of Warhol and artist Robert Indiana posing together and with what were soon to become their most celebrated works — Warhol’s “Marilyn” and Indiana’s “LOVE” logo.”

Five ways we affect the planet: “The late Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D) of Wisconsin organized the first Earth Day in 1970 after the devastating oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif. The event started as an environmental teach-in, with some 20 million Americans taking part on college campuses across the United States. Today, 500 million people in 175 countries observe Earth Day on April 22 as a way to celebrate the natural world and raise awareness of the environment. How much do humans affect the earth? ”

Decorative arts from the world’s fairs: “Their parents and grandparents may have fond memories of attending world’s fairs, but most modern kids won’t come closer to such grand, old-fashioned expo-style events than the classic movie “Meet Me in St. Louis.” A new exhibition at Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art aims to resurrect the excitement and international flavor of these blockbuster expositions, appealing to nostalgic older generations and curious youngsters alike by celebrating 90 years of beauty and technological innovation in the decorative arts.”

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