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The Extra-Terrestrial earns a record $235 million at the box office in only three months. 7 June Graceland, the Memphis, Tennessee, home of the late Elvis Presley, is opened to the public as a tourist attraction. 7 Oct. 1983 2 8 Movies Cats, which becomes the most popular musical of the 1980s, opens on Broadway. The Big Chilly starring William Hurt, Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, Jeff Goldblum, Tom Berenger, JoBeth Williams, Mary Kay Place, and Meg Tilly; Breathless, starring Richard Gere; Flashdance, starring Jennifer Beals; The King of Comedy, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, and Sandra Bernhard; Lianna, directed by John Sayles; Local Hero, starring Burt Lancaster; Mr.

On 22 December, Ceausescu and his wife are captured by the army, and three days later they are executed by a military firing squad. 22 Dec. Germans celebrate the opening of the Brandenburg Gate between East and West Berlin, symbolically reuniting East and West Germany and symbolically ending the Cold War. E V E N T S 21 C H A P T E R T W O THE ARTS by JAMES ZRIMSEK CONTENTS CHRONOLOGY 24 OVERVIEW 42 TOPICS IN THE NEWS The Art Boom-----------------------48 Art Stars------------------------------- 50 AIDS and theArts-----------------------55 Art Trends: Politics and Performance---------------------56 Culture Wars----------------------------------59 Hip-Hop Culture--------------------63 Hollywood: The Bottom Line-------66 Fatal Attraction Touches a Nerve-------------------------------68 Tbe Twilight Zone Scandal-----------70 Tbe 20 Top-Grossing Movies of tbe 1980s-----------------------------72 Hollywood Under Reagan------------73 Sidebars and tables are listed in italics.

29 Mar. The New York Metropolitan Opera production of' Manon Lescaut, with Placido Domingo and Renata Scotto, is broadcast via satellite to twenty countries. 13 Apr. Grease, the longest-running show on Broadway to date, closes after 3,388 performances. 6 Sept. The Whitney Museum buys Jasper Johns's Three Flags for $1 million, the highest price yet paid for a work by a living artist. 1981 ARTS Movies Arthur, starring Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, and John Gielgud; Atlantic City, starring Burt Lancaster and Susan Sarandon; Blow Out, directed by Brian De Palma and starring John Travolta and Nancy Allen; Body Heat, starring William Hurt and Kathleen Turner; Endless Love, starring Brooke Shields; Escape from New York, starring Kurt Russell; The French Lieutenant's Woman, starring Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons; Heaven's Gate, starring Christopher Walken and Kris Kristofferson; Mommie Dearest, starring Faye Dunaway; My Dinner with Andre, starring Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory; On Golden Pond, starring Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn, and Jane Fonda; Ragtime, starring James Olson, Mary Steenburgen, Howard E.

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