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He’s a hit recording artist, hit producer and hit songwriter. And now Bruno Mars is the headliner for Macy’s 20th annual Glamorama Aug. 5 at the Orpheum Theatre.
Mars is a stylish dresser in addition to being the Grammy-winning voice behind "Just the Way You Are" and "Grenade," the producer of "Nothin’ on You" and "Billionaire," and the songwriter of "Forget You" and "Right Round." Mars will be in concert Wednesday at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul.
Also performing at Glamorama will be the Far East Movement, the Los Angeles electro-pop group that hit the top of the charts last year with "Like a G6."
The Glamorama theme this year is "Artrageous." Featured designers include Marc Jacobs and Jean Paul Gaultier. As always, the event is a fundraiser for the Children’s Cancer Research Fund.
Tickets, priced from $60 to $1,000, will go on sale June 1 to American Express cardholders and June 8 to others at Ticketmaster outlets.
All talks are at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Av., Minneapolis. 612-375-7600 or www.walkerart.org $90 for five-part series or $20 each. Free via Walker's webcast at www.walkerart.org
March 1: Kevin Quealy, New York Times grapics editor whose team produced a clever Tetris-style interactive chart by which readers could set their own priorities for solving the U.S. budget deficit. Quealy is also an alumnus of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Mn.
March 8: Michael Hart, co-founder with Chris Lange and James Scott of Minneapolis-based advertising firm Mono whose clients include Herman Miller, Apple, Blu Dot, Airstream and USA Network.
March 15: James Coggin, now director of design, print and digital media at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, earned his fame in London where clients of his firm, Practise, included Tate Modern, Channel 4, Archangel and the Design Museum.
March 22: Julie Beeler, co-founder of Portland's Second Story Interactive Studio, specializes in turning stories into interactive experiences via installations, websites, motion grphics and 3D visualizations.
March 29: Casey Caplowe, creative-director and co-founder of Good, a high concept design shop that publishes a magazine, operates a website and stages events.
Lucien Freud's portrait of Queen Elizabeth II
Wondering what to do with those extra millions from your year-end Goldman Sachs bonus? Invest in art, of course. But before writing the big checks, check out "The Art Economist," a new magazine specially designed for rich people who buy art for fun, prestige and to make even more money. Or as the magazine's promo pitch describes them "wealthy contemporary art collectors and art investors."
Founded by a Wall Street art collector, Fred Alger, the magazine will cost $400 per year for 10 issues of 88 "robust" pages each. What exactly makes a page "robust"? Classy paper, fancy printing, lots of colorful pictures. And exclusivity: there will be no advertisements and you can't buy it from a news stand.
Each issue will rank the top 300 living artists according to their auction results since 2008. Thirty of the chosen ones will be profiled. The art market will be analyzed, new investment-worthy artists will be named, and subscribers can log onto an interactive website with "up-to-the-minute news and auction results" for the 300 hotties.
The No. 1 artist of the No. 1 issue is Brit painter Lucien Freud. Other usual suspects in the pantheon are: Chuck Close (127), Robert Gober (30), Barbara Kruger (206), Mark di Suvero (179), Brice Marden (9), Jack Pierson (121), John Currin (20), Lisa Yuskavage (146), Vik Muniz (217), Cy Twombly (14) and Helen Frankenthaler (106).
Editor in Chief Bruce Helander, a former provost at Rhode Island School of Design, offers an unctuous come-on in a truly strange video here. And shows off his new orange topper in a festive moment better forgotten, below:
Bruce Helander, one time RISD provost wearing a fun hat, glasses and t-shirt.