Happy V-J Day, Rhode Island! Today is just another Monday at work for most Americans—except for state employees in Rhode Island, who get the day off. Rhode Island is the last state in the Union that still celebrates V-J Day, the anniversary of the World War II victory over Japan. Here's a list of other idiosyncratic holidays celebrated only in certain states.
Since 2000, the dominant approach to displaying modern art around the world has been thematic. That's when the Tate Modern opened in London, and one of its hallmarks is that it eliminates a sense of historical narrative, mixing together modernist and contemporary works. No wonder a new exhibition of works by the French modernist master Henri Matisse arranged in meticulously chronological order feels like such an outlier in the museum world.
"Despicable Me"—the latest in the epidemic of Pixar-inspired 3-D animated films with more to say to adults than to kids—strikes a chord precisely because the world it inhabits is such a thinly veiled version of our own. But will kids thrill to its bleak portrait?