The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Apparently Amy Winehouse’s father was unhappy with Jean Paul Gaultier’s catwalk tribute to the late singer, which took place last night in Paris. “We’re proud of her influence on fashion but find black veils on models, smoking cigarettes with a barbershop quartet singing her music in bad taste,” he reportedly told The Sun. “It portrays a view of Amy when she was not at her best, and glamorizes some of the more upsetting times in her life. That’s upsetting for her family.” [via NME]

2. After meeting Radiohead at a music festival in Poland, minimalist composer Steve Reich is planning to premiere a new work at London’s Southbank Centre that is based on two of the band’s songs, “Everything In its Right Place” and “Jigsaw Falling Into Place.” Look for the piece to debut in March 2013. [via P4K]

3. Lana Del Rey has purchased the rights to the 2010 album that she recorded back when she was still Lizzie Grant, and she’s planning to re-release it this summer. [via Vulture]

4. A new $803 million complex designed by starchitect Renzo Piano that is supposedly “broadly reminiscent of the Acropolis” is set to go up on the site south of Athens that was home to the 2004 Olympics. The ambitious project will include a national library, opera house, and a 42-acre park. [via The Architect’s Newspaper]

5. Live Earth founder Kevin Wall is helping to launch the inaugural Tadasana Festival, a new three-day yoga event that will take place in Santa Monica over Earth Day Weekend. Along with over 100 yoga classes and workshops, the festival will feature performances by world music artists like Karsh Kale, Hassan Hakmoun, Cheb i Sabbah, and Vishal Vaid. [via Billboard]

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