Ask 'Mimi,' Aug. 13, 2017

Ask 'Mimi,' Aug. 13, 2017

Did Paris, Ill., native Brett Eldredge recently release an album?

Yes, his third. He self-titled it, feeling it's the most "authentic" record he's made yet, and boy, he is getting a lot of attention for it.

Soon after its Aug. 4 release by Atlantic Records, the Paris, Ill., native tweeted that he had awakened to find the album had debuted at No. 1 in all genres on Apple's iTunes music service.

Later he tweeted: "This is a moment of realizing dreams are coming true ... this week has been magic ... thanks for supporting this album."

Billboard reported Wednesday that industry insiders predict the country crooner's self-titled album would become his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week.

"Possibly stopping Eldredge from a number-one bow could be a return engagement atop the chart by Kendrick Lamar," Keith Caulfield wrote.

The 31-year-old also tweeted about seeing his image on a huge screen in New York:

Wasn't Martin Landau married to a UI alum?

The versatile, Oscar-winning actor, who died July 15, was married to Emmy-winning actress Barbara Bain, who attended the UI under her real name, Mildred Fogel, from 1948 to '50, but did not graduate. However, she was the 1950 UI Homecoming queen.

After studying teacher training and English, the Chicago native moved to New York and studied dance and then acting. She also modeled for major magazines.

She and Landau married in 1957 and divorced in 1993; they had two children. The two co-starred together on TV's "Mission Impossible" in the '60s. After her ex died, Bain told People magazine: "He embraced every role with fire and fierce dedication."

Is there a Louise Bourgeois exhibition coming up in New York?

Yes, "Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait" will run Sept. 24 throught Jan. 28 at the Museum of Modern Art. It explores the prints, books and creative process of the celebrated sculptor, who died in 2010.

In 2002, Krannert Art Museum mounted the then most comprehensive museum exhibition of early works by Bourgeois, made in the '40s and '50s. I'll never forget walking into that show and seeing, grouped together so dramatically, her tall, slim "Personages" sculptures; the museum now owns one. The exhibition was curated by Josef Helfenstein, then the museum's director.

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