Yes, International Audiences Can Appreciate – And Spend Money On – ‘Minority’ Actors And Movies

Though Tyler Perry movies aren’t popular overseas, three movies from this year of U.S. cinema have shown that it’s time for a Hollywood industry shift on actors of color. Check the numbers for Black Panther, Crazy Rich Asians, and BlackKlansman, and it’s all too obvious that “conventional wisdom” is about as unwise as you can get. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Tyler Perry, 12.22.18

What's That Playing On the Radio?

It hurts me when people disparage Grease. Party because I love it dearly (and have done it three times!), and partly because almost everyone -- including people who love it -- underestimate both the show's authenticity and the writing craft.It's so much better and darker and smarter and subtler than you think.Many people scoff, but it's true -- the score of Grease is remarkable in its craft and authenticity, even referencing actual songs of the period. Many of the actual period songs that influ...
Tags: Movies, Sex, Theatre, America, Debbie Reynolds, Korea, Broadway, Army, Penguins, Tammy, Bronx, 1950s, Jack Kerouac, Smith, Richard, Elvis

Emotional Support Chicken

Chicken shaped packaging designed by Popeyes provides comfort, humor, and nourishment during stressful holiday air travel. Popeyes Emotional Support Chicken meal can be purchased in Terminal C at the Philadelphia International Airport. Also check out: Creative and Innovative Packaging
Tags: Design, Inspiration, Philadelphia International Airport

A Literary Cry Of Grief For The Ending Of ‘Tin House’

Sure, the site, and its books and workshops, will continue, but losing the literary magazine is a real blow. Karen Russell: “Tin House was so inviting, so beautiful and so playful. … You sort of felt like readers all are welcome here, and these are your people. These are the lovers of language, the super weirdos, the poets and the wizards that you want to be with.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Words, Tin House, Karen Russell, 12.22.18, Ending Of ` Tin House

Guest Post Review: The Dam

        Anastasia Gonis has been reviewing books for over twenty years. Her reviews and interviews have appeared in Bookseller & Publisher, Good Reading magazine, Australian Book Review, The Age, The Herald Sun, AllWrite, and many other publications. Anastasia currently writes both articles and reviews and is a revered reviewer for Kids’ Book … Continue reading Guest Post Review: The Dam The post Guest Post Review: The Dam appeared first on The Boomerang Books Blog.
Tags: Art, Books, Music, Environment, History, Nature, Social Issues, Conservation, Guest Post, Loss, Anastasia, Book Reviews - Childrens and Young Adult, New Book Releases, Children's Picture Books, Dimity Powell, David Almond

Catrin Finch And Seckou Keita – The Two Harps Are Back For The Holidays

Kora and concert harp, played together, are “so beautiful that almost anything that Catrin and Seckou play will seduce the ear.” – Michal Shapiro
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Catrin Finch, Kora, Catrin, 12.22.18, Seckou Keita

Classical Ballet Is Rooted In One Russian’s Sexist Assumptions, But Is That A Problem?

Marco Petipa’s 19th century choreography for Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and many more classical ballets is focused on how a ballerina becomes a sculpture in male hands. “The woman goes on point; the man does the partnering. The positions may not be reversed. What’s going on here? Is he serving her or controlling her? He subordinates himself to making her all the more spectacular, but which one is in charge? We can say that such behavior glorifies women — or that it falsifies them.” – The Ne...
Tags: Art, Dance, 12.21.18, Marco Petipa

As Advertisers Flee, Will Tucker Carlson’s Show Survive?

The Fox News host has lost advertisers en masse after “recent on-air comments that described mass immigration as making the country ‘poorer and dirtier and more divided.'” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Fox News, Issues, 12.21.18, Will Tucker Carlson

Facing Campus Protests, ‘Hamilton’ In Puerto Rico Moves Into The City Of San Juan

Lin-Manuel Miranda is set to return to the stage in this version, which abruptly moved to a theatre in the capital city after producer Jeffrey Seller determined that there wouldn’t be enough police protection on campus. Seller “said he welcomed activism — noting that Hamilton, a show about the American Revolution, is essentially a celebration of protest.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Hamilton, Audience, Lin Manuel Miranda, Seller, Jeffrey Seller, 12.21.18, Puerto Rico Moves Into The City Of San Juan

A Comics Creator Says The Genre Is (Finally) Opening Up To Everyone

Creator and editor Tameka Stotts won an Eisner Award for her anthology Elements: Fire — A Comic Anthology by Creators of Color, and she’s making plans for a lot more. “We’re the main characters, we’re not the token characters, and we’re taking our adventures on a completely different level where our narration is no longer whitewashed and it’s no longer controlled by a medium that would like to see us palatable for a national audience.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Words, 12.21.18, Tameka Stotts

Three Recent Shows All Depict Drag Queens In Positive Ways – But Also As Inspirational Props

And that’s really not OK. “Because all of these projects are about straight women, the way they depict drag queens feels little more progressive than the convention of the gay best friend, popular in 1990s romantic comedies like My Best Friend’s Wedding.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, 12.21.18

The Tell-Tale Horror Of Christmas

In Britain, ghost stories – not only in Christmas Carol – are a vital part of the holiday season. – Paul Levy
Tags: Art, Britain, Ajblogs, 12.21.18

Alice Walker Defends Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theorist As ‘Brave’

The writer she praised in an interview that caused protests both against her and against The New York Times for running the interview (or not better editing it) is David Icke, who, among other things, “has posited that a cabal of a child-sacrificing, bloodthirsty lizard people, many of whom are Jewish, are secretly running the world.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York Times, Alice Walker, Issues, David Icke, 12.21.18

The Art Project With Its Roots In An S&M Magazine That Failed

Recent art history for the long holiday weekend: “For the late photographer Steve Kahn, ‘The Hollywood Suites,’ a series of images that chronicled, in conceptual ways, the interiors of a dilapidated no-tell hotel on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, all started with a bondage magazine.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Visual, Melrose Avenue, Steve Kahn, 12.22.18

‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Isn’t Perfect, But It Made A Perfect Decision About The Idea Of Having It All

Sometimes, it’s not possible to be devoted to art and to have love and a family. [Spoiler alert for the end of Season 2 ahead.] “‘I can’t go back to Jell-O molds,’ Midge tells her soon-to-be-ex-husband, Joel. ‘There won’t be three [kids] before 30 for me. I just made a choice. I am gonna be all alone for the rest of my life.'” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Media, Joel, Midge, 12.22.18

Audrey Geisel, The Keeper Of Dr. Seuss’ Flame, Has Died At 97

Geisel, the widow of Theodor Geisel and a fierce protector and advocate for his estate, died on Wednesday. “Ms. Geisel, a petite woman of boundless energy, would hold court each morning with aides at a hotel restaurant in San Diego, The Associated Press reported, arriving in a 1984 Cadillac with a license plate that said GRINCH.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, San Diego, Associated Press, Grinch, Seuss, Theodor Geisel, Audrey Geisel, Geisel, 12.22.18

Pablo Escobar’s Wife Says This Painting May Have Saved Her Life

In a new book, the former wife of the Colombian drug kingpin talks about the pivotal role Salvador Dalí’s “The Dance” played in her life.
Tags: Art, Japan, News, New York City, Salvador Dalí, Salvador, Escobar, Pablo Escobar, Dali, Pablo, Books and Literature, Collectors and Collections, Henao, Drug Abuse and Traffic, Medellin (Colombia, Mount Kisco (NY

A Renaissance For Aphorisms

The golden age of the aphorism came a century ago, but it’s been revived in recent years, perhaps as a reaction to Pinterest and its inane sayings ensconced in something pretty. The aphorism is different: “The form skips nimbly between these things. It doesn’t commit.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Pinterest, Words

A Successful Novelist Who Spends Her Capital Helping Others Up The Literary Ladder

The community-minded Celeste Ng found wide success with her 2014 debut Everything I Never Told You, and absolutely wild success with Little Fires Everywhere, her novel of race, class, and adoption in an idealistic suburb. Her fans – and broadcast adapters – include Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. Her focus is on lifting others with her: “Ng’s strategic benevolence is aimed at promoting her peers, of course, but also at fixing skewed, reductive notions of representation.” – The New York...
Tags: Art, Kerry Washington, Reese Witherspoon, NG, Words, Celeste Ng, 12.20.18

Who’s Going To Sing The King’s College Solo On Christmas?

No one knows until – get this – until the broadcast starts. So if you’re a choirboy, you’d best be ready. – BBC
Tags: Art, Music, 12.22.18

Technology Advances – And Architectural Choices – Lie Behind Modern Partiers’ Obsession With The Kitchen

A century ago, kitchens smelled terrible, and no one at parties would want to be caught dead socializing with the servants in the land of inefficient refrigeration and terrible cleaning agents, not to mention the plumbing. Now, things are different. – NPR
Tags: Art, Ideas, 12.22.18

The True Winner Of This Truly Great Movie Year Was Netflix

Of course it was. That’s long been the plan – and 2018 was the year it finally went into effect. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Media, 12.20.18

Listen Up

Hip-hop, blues, electronic and more in this week's new music Saba feat. theMIND: SIRENS “SIRENS,” the second half of the track “BUSY/SIRENS” from Saba’s album Care for Me, is a poignant portrayal of misaccused black men. “Riding through the city / I’m young, I’m black, I’m guilty / I know one time wanna kill / They don’t know me but they fear me,” he begins his first …
Tags: Design, Hip-hop, Indie, Blues, Listenup, SABA, Tender, Slenderbodies, Listen Up, The Raconteurs

Star-Filled Paper Pajaki Chandelier at The Paper Place

You know the saying, 'If you want a job done, ask a busy person'? Such was the case when I spotted an Instagram image of a stunning all-white pajaki in a shop window. Made by Heather Sauer, owner... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Ann Martin]
Tags: Design, Ann Martin, Heather Sauer

Lined Up

Andreas Preis is a designer, illustrator and artist who works and lives in Berlin, Germany. Working in illustration, murals, logo and icon design and art direction, Preis has proven himself as an in-demand artist trusted by a number of prominent companies and brands. DC Comics, ESPN, Google, Nike and Microsoft are just a few of the organizations who have utilized the vision of Andreas Preis. Looking at the work included in his series, More drawings…, it’s easy to understand why such huge, global...
Tags: Art, Microsoft, Berlin Germany, Preis, Andreas Preis, DC Comics ESPN Google Nike

Not To Go All ‘Black Panther,’ But Is The British Museum Ever Going To Return Its Loot?

Nigeria, among others, would really like to know. “In 1897, British troops stole some 4,000 sculptures after invading the Kingdom of Benin (now southwestern Nigeria). Over a century later, surviving bronzes are on display at museums in the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria and the United States, but not in Nigeria, their country of origin.” – History
Tags: Art, Nigeria, United States, Issues, Benin, 12.21.18, United Kingdom Germany Austria

Expressing Climate Change With Music

By using music’s unique ability to imprint on the human brain, Twedt’s result is a sonic map that can help us understand how climate change is upending our world, just by listening. – Crosscut
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, SJM

Sydney Symphony Gives Back A Million-Dollar Grant

Why? Because the money was stripped from smaller arts organizations in New South Wales, and the SSO wasn’t into that, despite needing the money for relocation during renovation. – Sydney Morning Herald
Tags: Art, Music, New South Wales, Sydney, SSO

The Brand Hellscape That Is An Ice Cream (Or Avocado) ‘Museum’

Just because you can Instagram something doesn’t make it a museum. “We go to museums to see our humanity reflected back at us; at the very least, what we expect when we visit one is a bit of cultural centering, some provocation, and intellectual inquiry.” – Eater
Tags: Art, Visual, 12.21.18

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