BOSTON – It’s kind of a big deal that Emerson College is changing the name of its school of communication. The college in Boston will rename it — for one day only — the Ron Burgundy School of Communication on Dec. 4 to honor the fictitious TV anchorman.
Actor Will Ferrell, in character, is scheduled to share his path to journalism greatness with students. His visit will include a news conference, the renaming ceremony and a screening of “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.” Ferrell, as himself, will introduce the movie.
College President Lee Pelton says Burgundy “understands the power of media, as well as hair spray, firsthand.” Burgundy, known for telling people he’s “kind of a big deal,” says he hopes to let students know how hard it is to make it to the top, in his words, “especially if you don’t have good hair.”
Dylan video, nearly 50 years later
Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” is getting its first official music video, nearly 50 years after the song was released. The interactive video will premiere on Dylan’s website Tuesday and marks the release of the new 47-disc box set, “The Complete Album Collection Volume 1.” “Like a Rolling Stone” came out in 1965 and remains one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer-songwriter’s most influential songs. The video will allow viewers to switch between 16 different story lines that mimic television channels. The actors and hosts on each of these channels lip-sync the lyrics to the song and viewers can move from one to another during the song seamlessly. There is a Dylan channel, as well that features vintage footage.
words and music: It is a triple billing for the ages, one night only: Paul Simon, Stephen Sondheim and Michael Chabon. The subject will be words and music. Chabon, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, will host a discussion among himself and the two celebrated composers. Announced Monday by the MacDowell Colony for artists, the event will be held Dec. 3 at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City.
The wright stuff: A set of dining room chairs designed by Frank Lloyd Wright sold Monday for more than $11,000 at an auction of furniture and other possessions of the late New York Mayor Ed Koch. The chairs were part of a dining set in Koch’s home in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. While the chairs sold for well over the estimated price of $2,500 to $3,500, a matching table went for $1,375, under its $1,500 to $2,500 estimate. Koch died in February at 88.