The Honeymooners and winter doldrums

The Honeymooners  Oil on wood, 8" x 8," $330. A quick re-post today...  I love "The Honeymooners"  and it didn't photograph very well first time around! So, here's a better photo.  We seem to be takin' a little break here.  I think it's a combination of winter doldrums and flu bug ick (that is letting up) -- oh, and figuring out taxes.  Yeah, no that's not fun.  Mojo, where art thou?! To be always, thank you for your interest.  [Author: Diane Hoeptner]
Tags: Art, Diane Hoeptner, Mojo

Watch Visibility's "Owning and Maintaining Your Design Identity" Talk From the 2018 Core77 Conference

Missed the 2018 Core77 Conference, "Now What? Launching and Growing Your Creative Business?" No worries! We're rolling out videos of the morning speakers over the next week to fill you in. Here, Joseph Guerra and Sina Sohrab, partners at Visibility, talk through their approach to running a creative business, while maintaining a qualitative design process. Balancing client relationships with creative control, they share stories of the projects that taught them to how to build a generalist approac...
Tags: Design, Conferences, Carly Ayres, Core77 Conference, Joseph Guerra, Pedro Sanches, Sina Sohrab

'Blue Eye' Apartment in Taiwan: A Minimalist Paean to Nature's Preciousness

Located in Tamsui, a seaside district north of Taiwan’s capital, this new one bedroom apartment by Taipei and Shanghai-based Wei Yi International Design Associates embraces poetic minimalism as a paean to the surrounding natural landscape. Lying between the estuary of Tamsui River and the mountainous Yangmingshan National Park, the area, despite its urban character, is blessed with natural...
Tags: Art, Taiwan, Shanghai, Taipei, Yangmingshan National Park, Tamsui River, Tamsui, Wei Yi International Design Associates

The Music Industry Is Changing, And This Grammys Party Showed How

Or at least it COULD change, according to those at Janelle Monáe’s “Fem the Future” brunch. Stacy L. Smith, founder and director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative: “Collective action takes place when people lock arms, each group pushes a lever and we all do this in unison. … I’m expecting to see change in this industry quickly because of these simultaneous efforts.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Music, Janelle Monae, Stacy L Smith, 02.09.19

The BAFTA Live Blog

As the ceremony happens, the blog will update with a full list of winners. To begin with, though, it’s red carpet commentary. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Media, 02.10.19

things i heard at the library: an occasional series: #30

At the Port Hardy Library, we've been hosting visits from the local First Nations school, from the the Gwa'sala-Nakwaxda'xw Nations. (That is pronounced GWA-sala Nak-wah-da.) The children have been absolutely lovely, and although my contact with them is brief, I'm enjoying it so much.It's especially wonderful to have the tweens and teens in the library, which is a change for our library. We've been working on digital literacy, which I've made into a bingo game. (Librarians will turn anything int...
Tags: Travel, Art, First Nations, Indigenous Peoples, Vancouver Island, Port Hardy, GWA, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Gila, Port Hardy Library, Gwa sala Nakwaxda, Gwa sala Nakwaxda xw School, New York City The Door

The Oregon College Of Arts And Crafts Will No Longer Grant Degrees

The OCAC’s future is in doubt after negotiations with both Portland State University and the Pacific Northwest College of Art ended without a deal. Meanwhile, with 70 full and part-time staff and a campus that may be about to be sold off, “OCAC serves 137 students, with around 50 due to graduate in May. It has begun transition planning for the remaining 80 in its degree program.” – Oregon ArtsWatch
Tags: Art, Visual, Portland State University, Pacific Northwest College of Art, 02.07.19, Oregon College Of Arts, OCAC

Playing in the minor leagues

Smaller market orchestras deserve great marketing (not this mess). – Greg Sandow
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 02.09.19

Is Britain’s West End Finally Stepping Up For Women Playwrights?

Looks like it. Of course, there’s always (been) Agatha Christie and The Mousetrap, but looking beyond Dame Agatha, “Changes do appear to be happening. And activism … is helping.” – The Stage (UK)
Tags: Art, Theatre, Britain, Agatha Christie, 02.08.19

New York City Ballet Presents a New Work

What would Isaac Newton have thought of this new ballet? – Deborah Jowitt
Tags: Art, Isaac Newton, Ajblogs, New York City Ballet Presents

The Director Of ‘The Shoplifters’ Isn’t Interested In Happy Endings

If you’ve seen Hirokazu Kore-eda’s other films, like Nobody Knows or Like Father, Like Son, you won’t be surprised that The Shoplifters isn’t all about joy. The director says, “I don’t portray people or make movies where viewers can easily find hope. … Some people want to see characters who grow and become stronger over the course of a film. But I don’t want to make such a movie.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Hirokazu Kore, 02.08.19

Challenge #2: Life Drawing Live - from the Royal Academy

I'm quite liking the idea of a monthly challenge during 2019. So, after snowy paintings, my Challenge for February (I'm thinking once a month is about right) is to watch the live streaming by the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Making A Mark]
Tags: Art, Royal Academy, Making A Mark

Lou Harrison and The Great American Piano Concerto — Reprised

Lou Harrison’s Piano Concerto is “a technical tour de force: a terrific sonata form whose trajectory does not depend on directional harmony.” – Joe Horowitz
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Lou Harrison, 02.08.19

The Classical Grammys Are Irrelevant Right Now, But That Might Change Quickly

Anne Midgette: As more and more orchestras record their live performances for broadcast and for sale, the Grammys may change. “Since, as we’ve seen, recordings tend to feature different repertoire than standard subscription programs, this trend of recording concerts for release is contributing, slowly but surely, to a perceptible broadening of the orchestral repertoire.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Music, Grammys, Audience, Anne Midgette, 02.09.19

Mirror Moose

Reflective sculpture of world’s largest moose located in Stor-Elvdal, Norway. Storelgen – giant moose sculpture made by Norwegian artist Linda Bakke. Also check out: Giant Metal Lion
Tags: Design, Inspiration, Moose, Linda Bakke, Stor Elvdal Norway Storelgen

Yamaha Music Australia Headquarters – Incorporating Their Instruments in the Design

Yamaha Music Australia’s new headquarters in South Melbourne is a homage to their company’s culture, values and history. Here is a quick look throughout their office and how they have incorporated their instruments throughout the design. The post Yamaha Music Australia Headquarters – Incorporating Their Instruments in the Design appeared first on RouteNote Blog.
Tags: Music, Design, Office, Instruments, Artist / Label News, Yamaha, South Melbourne, Yamaha Music Australia Headquarters, Yamaha Music Australia

Rosamunde Pilcher, Author Of ‘The Shell Seekers,’ Has Died At 94

Pilcher had been writing short stories and novels for decades before her most famous book made her a star, and not just in Britain and the U.S. “A string of German TV productions based on her books and short stories was so popular in that country that German tourists traveled by the thousands to Cornwall to see the area where the films were shot and where some of her stories were set.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Britain, Cornwall, Shell Seekers, 02.08.19

Real-Life Laundry Rooms That Work

I’ve drooled over laundry rooms on Pinterest that are grand enough to use as a proper guest room. I can almost hear the songbirds chirping outside the sunlit rooms while the cheerful woodland creatures help fold the laundry. If that’s your reality, thank you for sharing your aspiration with the rest of us! I would […] The post Real-Life Laundry Rooms That Work appeared first on Your home, only better..
Tags: Books, Design, Home Improvement, Laundry Room, Before & After, As-Is Project House, My Homes, Room by Room, Laundry/Halls/Foyers, Basement Laundry, Functional Laundry

Post-Apocalypse Now

The future, and present, of fiction is cli-fi – books about what humans do while, and after, we change the climate. “We need to show people what life will look like under current and future climate-change conditions, and to share ideas about how to mitigate those conditions. We know that people are more likely to absorb information from stories than from data and lectures.” – The Millions
Tags: Art, Words, 02.08.19

Books: Not Dead At All, Not Even Dying

So, to quote a great movie whose screenwriter had also written the book, stop saying that! “The reality is that if 76% of any population is participating in a single activity then you are surrounded by people doing that very thing. The article said that books are dying; the research said—to me, at least—that we are a nation of readers.” – Time
Tags: Art, Words, 02.07.19

The Star Of ‘Roma’ Wasn’t Plucked From Obscurity

Here’s some of the real story of Yalitza Aparicio, the first indigenous woman nominated for a Best Actress Oscar. Sure, she didn’t know cinema that well – and here’s why: “She simply wasn’t all that enamored of an industry that rarely depicted indigenous life in a meaningful way. … ‘I never found a representation that seemed similar to me or that touched on the ways I was raised.'” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, People, Yalitza Aparicio, 02.07.19, Star Of ` Roma

Suddenly, London Is Getting Two World-Class Concert Halls

Will Frank Gehry’s new Wimbledon concert hall outshine the also new Centre for Music in the City of London? That’s a lot of new musical architecture all at once. – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, London, Visual, Gehry, 02.10.19

Call Me Madam - Bright, Bouncy, and at times creaky

Reviewed by Judd Hollander Given the state of things in the world today, one would think the time would be prefect for a revival of the 1950 Broadway musical, Call Me Madam. The show currently being given a such treatment as part of the Encores! series at New York City Center . With a score by Irving Berlin, a book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse, and starring Ethel Merman, this gentle political satire originally ending up running for a total of 644 performances. In ...
Tags: Congress, Berlin, New York City, Theatre, Washington Dc, Maria, Cosmo, Kenneth, Berman, Sally, Ike, U S, Lauren Worsham, Ethel Merman, Irving Berlin, Ben Davis

How The Weinstein Company’s Bankruptcy Continues To Hurt Native Women

The deal was to take the Weinstein company name off, and donate future from, the film Wind River to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center. “For the center, which is run out of a woodstove-heated bungalow in snow-swept Lame Deer, Mont., this was a potentially huge boon. The nonprofit addresses violence against Native American women, runs a national helpline for domestic violence survivors, and provides assistance to tribes and tribal programs across the country.” Now, they’re likely to...
Tags: Art, Media, Wind River, Weinstein, Weinstein Company, National Indigenous Women 's Resource Center, 02.07.19

8 Design Thinking Problems and How to Fix Them

Design Thinking attempts to extract the mindset of a designer, an artist, a creator, or even a child into a series of steps that can be applied to any discipline (even business or politics) to solve human-centered problems. Its steps are so logical that we can’t imagine anyone opposing them. — Why wouldn’t you speak ...
Tags: Design, Digital Transformation, Digital, Change, Innovation, Oracle, Growth, Service Design, Design Thinking, Customer Experience Design, Human-Centered Design, Human-centered Innovation, Human-Centered Problem-Solving

A Brief Timeline Of All Of The Shady ‘National Enquirer’ Doings, Pre-Bezos

Just in case you haven’t been following along, here’s the deal. “The Enquirer makes no pretense of following journalistic norms, and its parent company has a longer history of ethical indiscretions. The warning signs have been there, from David Pecker’s early years in magazine publishing.” – Slate
Tags: Art, Issues, Bezos, David Pecker, 02.08.19

Protesters Hit Guggenheim For Its Sackler Family Ties

As fake OxyContin prescription slips fell from the upper walkways of the Guggenheim Museum, protesters explained this action against the museum, which has accepted rather a lot of money from the Sackler family, “was a response to a recently disclosed statement by Richard Sackler, the son of a Purdue [Pharma] founder, who said years ago that OxyContin’s launch would be ‘followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition.'” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, Guggenheim Museum, Purdue, Richard Sackler, Sackler, 02.09.19

Actors Equity Strike Ends For Shows In Development

The strike was against the Broadway League; Actors Equity said that actors and stage managers involved with readings, labs, and developmental shows hadn’t seen a raise since 2007. “The new agreement will include profit sharing, higher wagers, and additional stage manager contracts.” – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway League, Actors Equity, 02.08.19

Listen Up

Atmospheric soundscapes, folk-inflected tunes and more in our musical wrap-up this week Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah feat. Saul Williams: Ancestral Recall One listen to jazz artist Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah’s “Ancestral Recall,” which features poet and songwriter Saul Williams, reveals a mission beyond music. The track, and forthcoming album of the same name, were “built as a map to decolonize sound; to challenge previously held misconceptions …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Experimental, Jazz, Spoken word, Folk, Listenup, Electronic, New Music, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Saul Williams, Christian Scott, Atmospheric, Listen Up

James Baldwin Deserves Better Than Barry Jenkins’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

Sure, it’s a nice celebration of two young Black people in love, but: “It has been defanged, declawed—and Baldwin’s novel works precisely because of those jagged, painful edges.” – LitHub
Tags: Art, Media, James Baldwin, Baldwin, Barry Jenkins, 02.08.19

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