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News Roundup for Friday, October 12

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Get Your Entry Fees in on Boston City

Boston taxpayers are reportedly paying legal fees for a trolley accident victim who had already paid for them as part of a settlement with her insurance company. Some who knew the victim, Leslie Coomes, suggest she should have paid her own way to court. Others, however, say, listen up.The Globe has your guide to how to enter the Boston Civil Court’s Boston Civil Action Fund on Friday from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on Boston Common. Save $5. Offer ends on Tuesday, Oct. 16. In addition, the public may take part in a walk-a-thon on Friday, Oct. 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Register here. Visit the website of the Boston Civil Action Fund here to learn more. If you wish to know if you are eligible, call 617-271-9049 or call the toll-free phone number.

Those old-school cars are back in style

There are new cars for the likes of Tesla, Mercedes, BMW, and even Mercedes Land Rover, but old-school, utilitarian vehicles like the Model T have their own allegiance. They’re driving the race to reimagine the car and to create a car that satisfies the basic needs of consumers, while remaining fully-functional for decades to come. A handful of examples are set to take to the stage this weekend at a car show in Brooklyn.

Read all about it here, or see for yourself on Sunday at the 92nd St. Y, 110 E. 92nd St., when the world’s oldest (and arguably the most special) car show is being held in a showroom that once housed Model T engines.

7 Artists Who are Making a Comeback

L.A. painter Deno Lenox has been collecting various types of photographs since the late 1950s. The well-rounded collection covers natural disasters like Hurricane Andrew to political events like the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He recently had all the images in one place and began translating them into oil paintings to give a unique sense of space — an essential quality in a landscape, Lenox said. He soon found out, though, that with an impressive batch of 600 canvases, it would be virtually impossible to be that cool and versatile. But, he told Artnet, he realized that he could be that cool and versatile without using the canvas as a physical embodiment of space — and this is how Marsha Norman came to symbolize his work. Lenox said Norman, the late MFA-Fogg Residency Fellow, was a kind and somewhat avant-garde woman. When she discovered his paintings, she sometimes would nudge him about how they could be better. Her viewpoints were profound. She thought abstract images shouldn’t be too complex, and yet one of the most iconic artworks of her time, “Vertical Painting” by René Magritte, was very complex. “She had the sensibility to be completely experimental in all ways,” he said. “That was the philosophy that led to ‘Vertical Painting,’ where she was first sending up the classic ‘splendid dish’ paintings and she later would address classical things from Michelangelo to [Thomas] Alva Edison. That was the genesis of the painting.”

Read the full story here, or see for yourself on Saturday at the Leonard H. Popper Collection at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, which Lenox curated. And don’t miss another new twist on the return of a superstar artist: French pop-art (aka conceptual art) artist Nick Cave recently revives his black-and-white “Photograph of a Diary Entry,” carved into an old Polaroid film strip by Lee Friedlander, which happened to be his favorite Polaroid.

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