arts & entertainment
The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament drives billions of dollars in spending every March, but not a dime of it goes for wages for the players. Now sure, their scholarships and the money that pays for them to travel to get there comes from that pool, but one New York Times columnist is among a growing chorus of people saying "pay the players!".
Austin's annual music festival and conference South by Southwest came to a close Sunday. In recent years, the popularity of SXSW has grown exponentially, bringing international musicians and record numbers of attendees to the state capital.
The San Francisco Mixtape Society meets monthly and is dedicated to sharing music in person. Attendees make their own mixes of music and share them with the group to be judged and raffled. The growing popularity of an old music sharing medium stands out in an increasingly digital world.
Three movies out this weekend will try to scratch out some success before the Hunger Games blockbuster comes out next weekend. Of the three new releases, critics gave thumbs up to two, 21 Jump Street and Casa De Mi Padre, but panned the third, Jeff Who Lives At Home.
Birth control is a hot button issue this campaign season. Funding for Planned Parenthood, mandated trans-vaginal ultrasounds, and access to contraception are being discussed at every level. Recently, it is a debate that is being fought as much by entertainers as by politicians.
HBO's "Luck" has been canceled after a third horse died on set during the show. Some speculate, however, that it may have been a convenient reason to cancel an under-performing show.
Kickstarter, the crowd-funding platform that collects donations for creative projects of all kinds, contributed $67 million to arts projects in 2011. According a Kickstarter founder, the site is on track to distribute more money to the arts in 2012 than the National Endowment for the Arts.
With the NCAA Tournament underway, and the first big games just hours away on Thursday, students at Harvard are in the grips of March Madness for the first time in more than six decades. Harvard last made the NCAA Tournament in 1946.
John Carter, Disney's sci-fi flick, will compete with young-adult movie Friends with Kids and innovative horror flick Silent House on the big screen across America this weekend.
Neil Harbisson is a color-blind artist. But, rather than limiting his art to shades of gray, he's turned to technology to help him develop the ability to hear the colors that he cannot see.