‘Downton Abbey’ Goes Out in Style

Downton Countdown With just a few episodes left to hobnob amongst our favorite ladies and gentlemen of post-Victorian Britain, here’s your chance to become a walking spoiler alert: The complete sixth season of Downton Abbey comes to DVD Jan. 26, more than three weeks before the broadcast finale. For those of us who’ve always thought Downton Abbey is all about the fashions, PBS Distribution has given us this flashy and fun look at the show’s high-couture highlights.     When David Bowie Met a Real Starman Astronaut Jim …

David Bowie: Rock’s Protean Genius

When David Bowie burst into America’s consciousness in the early 1970s, he was the sort of pop music star the world had never seen before — an androgynous, pasty-faced English enigma with a bouffant of flaming red hair, who sang not of romance or fast cars, but of an extraterrestrial savior coming to rescue our planet from itself. Famous People We Lost in 2015 » But that was just the early version of Bowie, who, before his death on Jan. 10 …

A Musical Month for Documentaries

Who says the movie musical is dead? Inspiring music makers — both the legendary and the little-known — dominate the documentary landscape this September.   Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity In the distinctive work of 65-year-old American choreographer Elizabeth Streb, dancers swing from harnesses, dodge cinderblock pendulums and hurl themselves from platforms onto cushions — and occasionally into each other. (No one should be surprised to learn that Streb has studied advanced physics.) Streb’s work must be witnessed …

This Week in Boomer History: Miranda Warning … Live Aid … NYC Blackout

Notable events from our shared experience Gloria Steinem delivers an “Address to the Women of America,” considered by many one of the century’s great speeches, on July 10, 1971. In it, she says: “Sex and race, because they are easy, visible differences, have been the primary ways of organizing human beings into superior and inferior groups, and into the cheap labor on which this system still depends. We are talking about a society in which there will be no roles …

Keith Richards to Publish Children’s Book About His First Guitar

Who put the first paintbrush in the hands of Leonardo da Vinci? The stylus in the hands of Auguste Rodin? The guitar in the hands of Keith Richards? We may never know the first two. But with the news that Richards will publish a children’s book about his first guitar on September 9, we can pinpoint the third: It was Theodore Augustus Dupree, Richards’s maternal grandfather. The culture-shaping moment when that handoff occurred will now be captured by Richards in …

Ground Control to Commander Chris Hadfield: ‘Hallo Spaceboy’

He’s an astronaut, and a rock star. As Commander Chris Hadfield, 53, heads back home from the International Space Station, his video of David Bowie’s Space Oddity is trending on YouTube and approaching 2 million views exceeding 10 million views in just a couple of days. It’s being called the first music video recorded in space. Bowie himself is tickled pink, tweeting ‘Hallo Spaceboy’ to the astronaut in honor of another celestial Bowie tune. Hadfield is using his new status as a …