Costumed characters flooded into the San Diego Convention Center on the first day of the 2015 Comic-Con International in San Diego. Comic-Con runs from July 9-12.
The creator of the pink plastic lawn flamingo, the ultimate symbol of American lawn kitsch, has died. Donald Featherstone was 79.
Featherstone’s wife, Nancy, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that her husband died Monday at an elder care facility in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, after a long battle with Lewy body dementia.
Featherstone, a trained sculptor with a classical art background, created the flamingo in 1957 for plastics company Union Products, modeling it after a bird he saw in National Geographic. Millions of the birds have been sold.
Featherstone worked for Union for 43 years, inventing hundreds of plastic products in that time and rising to the position of president before his retirement in 1999.
In addition to his wife of 40 years, Featherstone is survived by two children, four grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
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Philadelphia-born humanist photographer, Mary Ellen Mark, died at the age of 75 on Monday, May 25, 2015.
Mark’s work had been widely published in LIFE, the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair. During her career, she traveled extensively “to make pictures that reflect a high degree of humanism.”
Throughout her career, she produced 18 books and was working on her 19th for Aperture. That final project was focused on Tiny, a young prostitute from Seattle whom she had photographed in Streetwise, her much admired essay published in 1988. Her photographs from Seattle also became the basis of the academy award nominated film, also named Streetwise, directed and photographed by her husband, Martin Bell.
The scene in the Preakness Infield may have evolved over the years but it still remains “The People’s Party.”
Over five days, the 17th annual Maryland Film Festival screened approximately 50 feature films, 13 shorts programs, and hosted 100 filmmakers who discussed their work with fans. The festival screened movies throughout Station North and central Baltimore, hosting screenings at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walters Museum of Art, multiple MICA locations, Single Carrot Theater and the Windup Space.
“We always devote our Opening Night to a collection of short films; this year’s closing night film was Crystal Moselle’s The Wolfpack,” said Eric Allen Hatch, director of programming for the event. “The festival this year also included a special event conversation between Taylor Branch, Ta-Nehisi Coates, David Simon, and James McBride, the co-writers of upcoming mini-series ‘America in the King Years.’
“This year we announced our campaign to restore the historic Parkway Theatre, opened for film in 1915; we will restore the original auditorium and add two additional screens in adjacent spaces, creating a year-round 3-screen film center, to open in 2017.”
Photos and text by Jen Mizgata, a Baltimore-based photographer, who can be reached at email@example.com. See more of her work at jenmizphoto.com.