The Imperial Hotel: The Flamboyant Resurrection of Sydney's Iconic Queer Venue

The gay community loves a comeback, a second act so to speak that embodies the liberating power of reinventing oneself. So when news spread that The Imperial Hotel in Sydney, an iconic venue in the city’s gay nightlife and one of Australia's most revered LGBQTI safe havens, was going to be re-launched this year after closing down in 2015 the community was ecstatic. To appreciate the iconic status...
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Pure Inspiration: A roundup Eric Hoffman, Liyuan Zheng and more

Pure Inspiration: A roundup Eric Hoffman, Liyuan Zheng and more AoiroStudio Nov 26, 2018 Happy Monday everyone, let's share one burst of inspiration roundup, calling it: Pure Inspiration. Let's kick it off especially after a long weekend celebrating Thanksgiving! Are you ready for a new week?! We have our UI Inspiration but this one is more scattered. We are not trying to be focused but sharing a series of images from UI interactions, interactions, ill...
Tags: Design, Eric Hoffman, Zhenya Rynzhuk, Zuairia Zaman, Eric Hoffman Liyuan Zheng, Eric Hoffman Liyuan Zheng Tasha LST, Liyuan Zheng Design, Sherlan Gittens Design, Itera Design, Sajjad Mohammadi Nia Design, Jeffery Li Design, Zenith Chan Design, Gal Shir

The U.S. Has A Huge Number Of Empty Churches – What Should Be Done With Them?

Between 6,000 and 10,000 churches die every year in the United States. “As donations and attendance decrease, the cost of maintaining large physical structures that are only in use a few hours a week by a handful of worshippers becomes prohibitive. None of these trends show signs of slowing, so the United States’s struggling congregations face a choice: start packing or find a creative way to stay afloat.”
Tags: Art, Ideas, United States, 11.25.18

Congratulations! You’ve Won Eurovision. What’s Next? [VIDEO]

Israeli singer Netta Barzilai won the 2018 competition, and since then, she’s met Prince William, gotten hundreds of thousands more followers on Instagram – and tried to stay true to being a musician, not a hit pop song writer.
Tags: Art, Music, William, Netta Barzilai, 11.25.18

Ricky Jay, Master Magician And Actor, Has Died At 72

Jay was “one of the most compelling figures in magic,” and he also appeared in Magnolia, Boogie Nights, and Deadwood.
Tags: Art, People, Jay, Ricky Jay, 11.24.18

Gardens: Blue Renovation

Photo: Marianne Lee via ASLA Not everyone gets a chance to work on one of the most iconic gardens in the United States. Most of it was destroyed by the early 21st century, but Reed Hilderbrand LLC of Cambridge, MA, was commissioned to research its history and bring it back... [Author: Jane Berger]
Tags: Gardening, Design, Awards, United States, Company News, Newport, Asla, Cambridge MA, Garden Design, Jane Berger, Historic Landscapes & Preservation, Historic Landscapes, Landscape Preservation, Reed Hilderbrand LLC, Marianne Lee

Has Contemporary Poetry ‘Abandoned Craft,’ Or Are Its Critics Missing Something Important?

Novelist Rose Tremain and poet Robin Robertson have both railed against contemporary poetry in recent days. Whoops. “Detractors of new poetry make judgments about craft based on conservative assumptions about poetic traditions, forms, style. But radical aesthetics have their own craft and traditions, formed from intersecting political and linguistic concerns. So this isn’t a question of craft at all.”
Tags: Art, Words, Rose Tremain, Robin Robertson, 11.22.18

A Long Time Ago in Drawings Far Far Away …

See the early looks for Han Solo, Chewbacca, Darth Vader and other “Star Wars” favorites, from the Oscar-winning John Mollo’s sketchbooks.
Tags: Art, Costumes, Movies, News, Auctions, Lucas, George, John Mollo, Bonhams 1793 Ltd, Star Wars (Movie, Mollo, John (1931-2017


Just a frozen autumn pond. [Author: RH Carpenter]
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Beautiful Geometric Wooden Tray from Art of...

Beautiful Geometric Wooden Tray from Art of Play. Designed by Kenichi Mizushima in Fukui, Japan. (Also, they have great spinning tops - so many that are part of our NOTCOT collection!) (Want more? See and [Author: submitted]
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Done By Deer - so much cute abstract animalness...

Done By Deer - so much cute abstract animalness for baby toys, decor, feeding and more... (Want more? See and [Author: submitted]
Tags: Design, Submitted

Learn to Quill Letters - Paper Zen Alphabet E-books

Paper crafters, I have good news for you! If you've admired beautiful, on-edge paper letters, wanted to try, but wondered how the heck quilled lettering is done, Cecelia Louie of Etsy shop Paper Zen... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Ann Martin]
Tags: Design, Etsy, Ann Martin, Cecelia Louie, Quilled Lettering

Pompeii Has Some Seriously At-Risk Areas, And The Effort To Preserve Them Has Revealed New Treasures

A fresco of Leda and the swan is only one of many treasures revealed by an intensive effort to save a stretch along the Via del Vesuvio. “The project involves excavating and securing more than two miles of earth that border an unexcavated area of the ancient city. The archaeological remains along this front have suffered in recent years as a result of collapses and landslides caused by heavy rains.”
Tags: Art, Pompeii, Visual, LEDA, 11.25.18

‘Bootleg Toys’ Are Their Own Kind of Collectibles

Action figures built with spare parts and silicone molds are an art form born of nostalgia.
Tags: Art, Toys, News, Collectors and Collections, Waste Materials and Disposal, Your-feed-selfcare

Elephant Bean Bag Chair

Creative bean bag chair for your home looks like adorable giant elephant. TANTOOO Elephant bean bag chair made of soft and comfortable fabric. Also check out: Sleeping Bear Bean Bag
Tags: Design, Inspiration

The World’s Greatest Song Partnership Is Three Decades In, With No Signs Of Stopping

Christian Gerhaher, a baritone, and pianist Gerald Huber, who have performed together for 30 years, “have become bywords for sensitivity, cerebral depth and seeming perfection in a lieder repertory that they have made their own.”
Tags: Art, Music, World, Gerald Huber, Christian Gerhaher, 11.23.18

Instagram Is Changing Many Things, Including Architecture

Is this a problem? “The idea of ‘doing it for the ’gram’ has moved from the preserve of Like-hungry teens to board meeting discussions and multimillion pound budgets.”
Tags: Art, Audience, Visual, 11.23.18

Oh, Netflix: The Giant Still Can’t Quite Figure Out An Oscar Strategy For ‘Roma’

Director Alfonso Cuarón wanted the release on the big screen, not just for an Oscars campaign, but because the movie looks better there. And the company did that, “but selling theaters on making room in their schedules to show Roma in all its glory was not an easy task for Netflix.”
Tags: Art, Media, Alfonso Cuarón, Roma, 11.24.18

Wait, *What* Happened To A Planned (But Controversial) Banksy Show In Brussels?!

Um, wow. This did not go to plan: “A Belgian court proved just how unauthorised the exhibition may have been by ordering bailiffs to seize the art, valued at over £12m. After five hours, and some careful handling, the pieces, including a version of the famous stencil mural Girl With Balloon, were driven away at midnight to an unidentified secure location, where they will sit out of the public eye until another court hearing in January.”
Tags: Art, Brussels, Visual, 11.23.18

Maschine Mikro

Native Instruments’ Maschine Mikro is a compact, travel-friendly beat-making station. You can use it to create melodies, “jot down” ideas, or build beats from the base up—all for an incredibly reasonable price. The Mikro can stand on its own as a production tool but it’s also compatible as a plug-in for a number of other audio production programs (like Ableton Live, Logic Pro or FL Studio).
Tags: Music, Design, Native Instruments, Maschine, Music Production, MIKRO, MASCHINE MIKRO, Native Instruments Maschine Mikro

Is Gustave Doré's "Saintly throng in the shape of a rose" the source material for the illustration for the NYT article "Everything Is for Sale Now. Even Us"?

In Dante's "Paradiso" the souls in Heaven form a rose:Dante sees an enormous rose, symbolising divine love, the petals of which are the enthroned souls of the faithful (both those of the Old Testament and those of the New). All the souls he has met in Heaven, including Beatrice, have their home in this rose. Angels fly around the rose like bees, distributing peace and love. Beatrice now returns to her place in the rose, signifying that Dante has passed beyond theology in directly contemplating G...
Tags: Psychology, Art, Etsy, Law, Dogs, Angels, America, Walmart, Blogging, Heaven, Dante, The Web, Beatrice, St Bernard, Gustave Doré, Ann Althouse

A Choreographer Says Even – Or Maybe Especially – Holiday Ballets Can Lead To A Love For Dance

Grady McLeod Bowman, who choreographed Fort Worth’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas: A Holiday Musical and Parody Spectacular, says of the show, “The goal is for the love of dance to spread throughout the entire theater.”
Tags: Art, Dance, Fort Worth, 11.23.18, Grady McLeod Bowman

Mary-Rose McMaster, Actor And Producer Who Was The Last Member Of A Famed Irish Theatre Family, Has Died At 92

McMaster’s parents, uncle, and brother were all central to Irish theatre life for decades – and so was she, before she married and moved to San Francisco, where she continued to act, direct, and produce. “With her passing, the curtain has finally dropped on a significant chapter in Irish theatre history.”
Tags: Art, San Francisco, People, McMaster, 11.24.18, Mary Rose McMaster

The Royal Shakespeare Company Has Backed Down, For Now, On A Plan To Lay Off Its Theatre Door Staff

But too bad for the fire safety staff: “While stage door staff will be retained in a revised role, the RSC said it was continuing with a proposal to merge the fire and safety officer roles, with the fire officer role ‘absorbed into the security roles,’ which are contracted out.”
Tags: Art, Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, RSC, 11.23.18

Empress Of ‘Us’ Vinyl

Empress Of‘s widely acclaimed album Us, released on Terrible Records, gets a tie-dye-like limited edition vinyl pressing of 500. The hues on the record obviously nod the album’s cover—with shades of white, maroon and pink—and give the already excellent album an added touch. Exclusive to Vinyl Me, Please, the record is foil stamped and comes with an album poster.
Tags: Music, Design, US, Vinyl, Vinyl Records, Empress Of, Terrible Records, Vinyl Me Please

The Woman Who Grades The Movies Is Retiring

Yeah, you probably have had a beef with her at some point. “For 30 years, she has watched movies — at least 12,500, she figures — and assigned grades of G to NC-17 so parents can make decisions about what is appropriate viewing for children. For 18 of those years Graves has served as the ratings system’s chairwoman, sparring with boundary-pushing filmmakers who call her too prudish, and, at the same time, defending her process to activists and parents who deem her grades too permissive.”
Tags: Art, Media, 11.23.18

How Far Has Comedy Come Since The ’90s – And Can It Get More Progressive Still?

Some might think comedy hasn’t actually changed that much – remember Andrew “Dice” Clay? Is he that different from Louis CK? – but it has, and “for some of that, we have to thank the influence of UnCabaret, the alternative showcase that celebrated its 25th anniversary at the Theatre at Ace Hotel with a mostly all-star showcase that spent almost as much time looking inward at what it means to have a conscience in comedy as it did eliciting obvious laughs.”
Tags: Art, Theatre, Andrew Dice Clay, Louis CK, 11.23.18

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui - A stirring wake-up call

Reviewed by Judd Hollander It's easy to draw parallels between Bertolt Brecht’s blistering political satire The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and the current U.S. presidential administration. Or for that matter, just about any nationalistic (i.e. “strongman”) government in existence. Yet it’s the work's quieter elements which ultimately have the most impact. As evident in the very powerful Off-Broadway production now being presented by Classic Stage Company. In 1930s Chicago, ...
Tags: Germany, Theatre, Ui, Chicago, Broadway, Hitler, Clark, Bertolt Brecht, Doyle, John Doyle, Giri, Judd Hollander, George Abud, Arturo Ui, George Tabori, Christopher Gurr

Do We Have A Moral Duty To Leave Facebook?

This is a purely philosophical question … only, it’s about our duty to ourselves and to each other. “The possibility of a duty to leave Facebook arises once one recognizes that Facebook has played a significant role in undermining democratic values around the world.”
Tags: Art, Facebook, Issues, 11.24.18

How Dvorak’s New World Symphony Helped America Listen To, And Hear, Itself

The Czech composer listened to the people of the United States. “Dvorak recognized a rich tradition sitting under his nose, one that most American composers seemed blind to. He wove American roots music into his vast symphonic canvas. And, inspired by black spirituals, he came up with a bittersweet melody that would become a spiritual of its own: the ‘Largo,’ the symphony’s second movement, a kind of song without words scored for the English horn.”
Tags: Art, Music, United States, Audience, Dvorak, 11.24.18

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