Jan. 30 Entertainment Briefs

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum buys rare ‘Ritz Tower’ painting

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum has announced it has purchased a rare painting of the American artist’s take on a New York skyscraper. The Santa Fe, New Mexico, museum said this week it bought the 1928 “Ritz Tower” painting in October from a private collector. The slender painting is one of O’Keeffe’s rare depictions of skyscrapers in New York City. O’Keeffe created the image after her male peers discouraged her from painting New York subjects. O’Keeffe curator Ariel Plotek says the work fills a hole in the museum’s collection. Plotek declined to say how much it cost. Ritz Tower will be on view in the museum’s galleries on March

1. Sun Prairie, Wisconsin-born O’Keeffe, known for her surreal images of the American Southwest, lived and painted for decades in Abiquiu, New Mexico.

Peter Jackson making new documentary of Beatles in studio

LONDON (AP) — Director Peter Jackson is making a new documentary using never-before-seen footage of the Beatles in the studio. The acclaimed Lord of the Rings director said Wednesday the film will be based on roughly 55 hours of footage of the band working on songs in the studio in January 1969. “It’s like a time machine transports us back to 1969, and we get to sit in the studio watching these four friends make great music together,” he says. The film is being made with the cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison. The film was announced on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ final performance on the roof of Apple Records in London.

Toby Keith to open new 8,500-seat amphitheater

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — The company that owns the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks says a new 8,500-seat amphitheater it’s building across the street from the hotel-casino will be open in time to host a concert by country singer Toby Keith in June. Marnell Gaming announced Tuesday that Keith will perform the first act in the new events center June 15 on the former site of the Bourbon Square casino just north of Interstate 80. The Sparks Planning Commission approved the plans for the amphitheater Jan. 3. Anthony Marnell III says it will be similar to the Laughlin Event Center his company built in southern Nevada next to two hotel-casinos it formerly owned. Marnell says they’ve also booked Hank Williams Jr. for a show on Aug. 3 and Lady Antebellum Aug. 17. He says more A-list acts are expected to book soon.

Milo Ventimiglia named Hasty Pudding Man of the Year

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Milo Ventimiglia, who stars in the award-winning hit television drama “This is Us,” has been named 2019 Man of the Year by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals. The oldest theatrical organization in the U.S. announced Wednesday that Ventimiglia was selected because he has made “significant impressions on television and film.” The Emmy-nominated actor will receive his pudding pot at a celebratory roast at Harvard scheduled for Feb. 8. Ventimiglia will then attend the opening night of Hasty Pudding’s latest production, “France France Revolution,” its first to feature women in the cast. Hasty Pudding has honored a Man of the Year since 1967, and previous winners include Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks and Christopher Walken. Paul Rudd was honored last year. Bryce Dallas Howard was named Hasty Pudding’s Woman of the Year.