This past week, I interviewed TV and Broadway actress Victoria Clark for the "House Call" column in the Mansion section of The Wall Street Journal. Vicki is now appearing in Gigi at New York's Neil Simon Theatre. If you're a fan of Showtime's Homeland, Vicki also plays Carrie Mathison's mother. Carrie is played by Claire Danes. Vicki grew up in Dallas in the 1960s and was quite the tomboy by virtue of her older brothers, who toughened her up and made her fearless. [Photo of actress Victoria Clark at her home in Manhattan by Juliana Sohn for The Wall Street Journal] Go here.
Also in the WSJ this week, I reviewed Everything Is Design: The Work of Paul Rand for the daily Arts in Review section. The exhibit is a feast for the eyes. Rand was a modernist graphic designer and artist who was responsible for many of corporate America's most famous logos, including IBM, UPS, Westinghouse, ABC and Morningstar. As I wrote in my review, "What unifies Rand’s work is his lifelong allergy to text. His bold use of color, illustration and design left little room for words, a radical approach for Madison Avenue in the 1940s and early ’50s, when ads typically featured realistic illustrations and heavy blocks of ad copy. Rand believed that his lively graphic images would communicate messages faster and more effectively." Go here.
Finally, I interviewed Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates for the Review section's "Playlist" column on his favorite song—Marvin Gaye's What's Going On. Many people think of Hall strictly as a pop singer but he grew up in Philadelphia in the 1960s and played on many soul sessions recorded there. He's also a vastly underrated songwriter. With Oates, he had six No. 1 hits on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Go here.
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Oddball album cover of the week.
This Bob Gordon album cover may qualify as one of the worst in jazz history. "Hey Frank, the printer needs the cover in an hour. Take a camera down to the beach and photograph something, anything, over there. Just be back in a hour."