It's a Two-Player Game

Up until 2016, I directed every show New Line produced. Sometimes it was with a co-director like Alison Helmer, who directed a handful of shows with me over the years. And sometimes I had a really smart directing intern who contributed a lot. But solo or with a co-pilot, I directed every show.That was partly because New Line was born in 1991, right at the time that the earliest murmurings of this new Golden Age of Musical Theatre were being heard, and New Line has always done musicals that did ...
Tags: Science Fiction, New York, Theatre, Broadway, Michael, Bmc, Billy, Broadway Musicals, Christine, Sondheim, Hammerstein, Lizzie, Scott Miller, Gilligan, Marmelstein, Mamet

Landscape Artist of the Year goes BIG!

Those of us who do not have Sky TV have been watching the Artist of the Year programmes on computers tablets and smartphones - in my case - an iMac and iPad Pro. Every time I wanted to watch it BIG I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Making A Mark]
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Currently Crowdfunding: A Multi-Tasking 3D Printer, Modular Earphones, & More

Brought to you by MAKO Design + Invent, North America's leading design firm for taking your product idea from a sketch on a napkin to store shelves. Download Mako's Invention Guide for free here. Navigating the world of crowdfunding can be overwhelming, to put it lightly. Which projects are worth backing? Where's the filter to weed out the hundreds of useless smart devices? To make the process less frustrating, we scour the various online crowdfunding platforms to put together a weekly roundup o...
Tags: Design, Youtube, Hulu, CNC, IVI, MAKO Design Invent North America

This is what self-driving cars would look like in an alternate reality

Taking a page from the dystopian future presented to us by the minds at Pixar through the 2008 animated hit Wall-E, Alexander Zhukovsky asked himself why electric cars look like… cars. Why don’t they look like Segways, hoverboards, or motorized wheelchairs, products that are, in theory, exactly the same hardware packaged differently. Zhukovsky’s vision for self-driving EVs are autonomous single-seaters that elegantly travel around cities and neighborhoods, on four wheels. Fashioned to look quite...
Tags: Transportation, Electric Vehicle, Design, Autonomous, Automotive, Pixar, Electric Car, Self Driving Car, Ev, Zhukovsky, Alexander Zhukovsky, Wall E Alexander Zhukovsky

Redefining “Common” Language Is A Fraught Exercise

Looking at Amherst College’s new Common Language Guide: What the glossary contains is not “common” language by any normal reckoning. Its very first entry defines “accomplice” as “a term coined by Indigenous Action Network to critique the ways in which ‘ally’ as an identity term has been deployed absent of action, accountability or risk-taking.” Such definitions signal that we have departed the real world for an alternative progressive universe filled with specialized terminology and in-house re...
Tags: Art, Words, Amherst College, 04.22.19, Indigenous Action Network

The Bone Mouse doesn’t follow ergonomic design by the book

With a profile that one can best describe as influenced by Ross Lovegrove’s iconic Andromeda Lamp, the Bone Mouse experiments with form and mass… or rather the lack of it.This is the Bone Mouse, a mouse that’s skeletal in form, yet functional. Based off an older design of Jin’s, the Bone Mouse retains the mouse’s most crucial surface, its top, and turns the rest of the mouse into a voronoi playground. I’m not entirely sure how comfortable holding the Bone Mouse would be, but I imagine one’s fing...
Tags: Gadgets, Design, Desktops, Wireless mouse, Product Design, Computer Mouse, Jin, Ross Lovegrove, Optical Mouse, Lingsong Jin, Stone Mouse

Spring Gallery Guide: Over 40 Art Shows to See Right Now

From Bushwick to Harlem, with many stops in between, our art critics take stock of the best shows this spring.
Tags: Art, News, Harlem, Bushwick, Culture (Arts

Transition at Figureworks

Paul Fris Willy Hartland Akemi Takeda Mary Westring April 26 – June 9, 2019 Reception: Friday evening, April 26th from 6-9PM Our NYC subway system is a constant source of entertainment and frustration.  And directly effecting Figureworks in Williamsburg is the notorious L train, which has weathered years of upheaval...Read more »
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ON SITE 2019 @ Trestle Gallery

Opening Reception & Auction: Friday May 17, 7-9pm On view through June 9 Curated by 3walls On Site is Trestle Gallery’s annual group exhibition featuring artwork by our current studio members, artists-in-residence, and staff. This year’s exhibition will be curated by curatorial collective 3walls. The opening reception for this special...Read more »
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See Inside Some Of America’s Grandest Old Movie Theatres

The photographers used Cinema Treasures, a database of American movie theaters past and present, to track down some of the country’s most spectacular movie palaces. At first they focused only on abandoned theaters, but after discovering some tastefully repurposed palaces, such as Brooklyn’s cavernous Paramount Theater—now used as a gymnasium by Long Island University—they expanded the scope of their project.  – Wired
Tags: Art, Media, America, Brooklyn, Long Island University, 04.23.19

An Academic Paper That Identifies And Explains Bullshitters

“Unlike many previous studies, we are able to investigate differences between bullshitters and non-bullshitters conditional upon a range of potential confounding characteristics (including a high-quality measure of educational achievement) providing stronger evidence that bullshitting really is independently related to these important psychological traits.” IZA Institute of Labor Economics
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The Former Lead Designer of Gmail Has a New Chrome Extension That Kills the Confusing Redesign

Fifteen years of feature creep have left Gmail feeling a little cluttered and over-burdened for some users, including Michael Leggett, who served as the product’s lead designer from 2008 to 2012. (Fast Company has an interview with Leggett about the extension.) So who better to help strip Gmail back to its simpler…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Design, Gmail, Email, Internet, Leggett, Simplify, Michael Leggett

Sotheby’s to Sell Lee Krasner Work Expected to Smash Record

Sotheby’s Evening Sale this May in NYC will potentially set a new auction record for Lee Krasner, as the artist’s work The Eye is the First Circle (1960) will hit the block with an estimate of $10 million to $15 million, double her current estimate. “This painting represents a critical turning point for Krasner—a rebirth in a […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Lee Krasner, Sotheby, Krasner, Sotheby 's to Sell Lee Krasner Work Expected

Spring Gallery Guide: Ross Bleckner on His Comeback and Mary Boone

Putting personal dramas behind him, the artist opens his first New York show in five years (at a new gallery).
Tags: Art, New York, News, Ross, Boone, Petzel Gallery, Eric, Mary Boone, Ross Bleckner, Manhattan (NYC, Hamptons (NY, Bleckner, Fischl, Mary (1951-

As Rents Rise, Artists Are Reviving the Idea of the Medieval Guild

From London to Berlin, five collectives embracing the centuries-old structure of shared resources and labor.
Tags: Art, Design, London, News, France, Germany, Berlin, Netherlands, Belgium, Waibel, Real Estate and Housing (Residential, Jule, Medieval Guild

Fitness Companies Are Becoming Entertainment Companies. Publishers Have Sued Peloton Over Music And Customers Are Noticing

It may seem silly to lament over music selections in an exercise class, but it’s an issue that fitness companies may increasingly face as they transform from traditional health companies into media publishers. Let’s face it: working out can be boring, and people are willing to pay top dollar to have someone yell at us while sweating to the latest Migos track.  – The Verge
Tags: Art, Music, Audience, 04.24.19

Realistic Polar Bears

Giant toy animals that look alive created out of advanced synthetic materials. Polar Bears with realistic fur, eyes, teeth, bone structure, paws and claws designed by ANIMALS AS ART. Also check out: Zip Ties Polar Bea
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The Phox V2 water filter fights plastic pollution

While water filters solve problems by cutting plastic waste and removing nasties from our drinks, they add to environmental woes by sending 100 million cartridges to landfills every year. That’s enough to fill 50 jumbo jets, according to the makers of Phox V2, a new filtration system with a reusable cartridge. The world is ready for this solution to plastic pollution, judging from Phox’s Kickstarter campaign being fully funded in just 34 hours. The campaign, which ends Monday, April 29, rewards...
Tags: England, Design, Innovation, Kickstarter, Charing Cross, Water Quality, Green Products, Sustainable Design, Eat & Drink, Plastic Pollution, Dickson, Ovie, Water Filters, Scott Dickson, Phox, Young Glasgow

Major Study: Worldwide, People Are Angrier, Sadder Than Ever Before

In 2018, about 4 in 10 people said they experienced a lot of worry the day before the interview, while a third said they were stressed and nearly 3 in 10 said they felt a lot of physical pain. A quarter experienced sadness, and 22% were angry. – CNN
Tags: Art, People, Audience, 04.24.19

Kochi-Muziris Biennale Faces Controversy Over Sale of Equipment

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India is facing controversy over the sale of equipment and materials from the exhibition’s latest edition, which closed this March.  The injunction follows a claim the organization could not sell a series of air-conditioning units until it had paid for them in full. “Kochi Biennale Foundation has received an interim injunction from the […]
Tags: Art, News, India, Art News, Minipost, Kochi Muziris Biennale, Kochi Biennale Foundation

Upstate to Aska: Fredrik Berselius on Foraging Fresh Ingredients

We speak with the chef about approaching wild ingredients through a Scandinavian lens For Swedish-born chef Fredrik Berselius, a couple of hour drive north of NYC offers a landscape that’s similar to that of his homeland. Whether it be sorrel, bronze fennel and yarrow (which grow at North Brooklyn Farms) or birch bark, garlic mustard, pineapple weed and watercress (which sprout in the Catskills), there …
Tags: New York, Design, Farming, Food And Drink, Chefs, Dining, Farms, Foraging, Food + Drink, Upstate New York, North Brooklyn, Scandinavian, Aska, Michelin Starred Restaurants, Fredrik Berselius


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Bill Frisell And Thomas Morgan: “Epistrophy”

Guitarist Frisell and bassist Morgan are captivating in their exploration of pieces whose variety extends from the harmonic challenges of Thelonious Monk to the deceptive simplicity of “Red River Valley.” – Doug Ramsey
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Morgan, Bill Frisell, Red River Valley, Thomas Morgan, Frisell, 04.25.19

Happy About The Demise Of The Romantic Comedy? Don’t Be

Wesley Morris: “Romantic comedy is the only genre committed to letting relatively ordinary people figure out how to deal meaningfully with another human being. … This is moviemaking that explores a basic human wonder about how to connect with a person who’s not you. And here we are dancing on its grave.” – The New York Times Magazine
Tags: Art, Media, Wesley Morris, 04.24.19

These LEGO bricks are designed to teach kids Braille

LEGO blocks have a timeless appeal. With their ability to form complex structures that only the mind can think of, the blocks help teach children the basics of construction, symmetry, form, and even color. They now also teach children Braille.Its bumped upper texture provides quite literally the most obvious canvas for the braille language, allowing kids to, block by block, build sentences, but at the same time also read along as they go, both by running their fingers across the specially bumped...
Tags: Design, Lego, Visually Impaired, Product Design, Lego Group, Braille, Braille Bricks, Babies/Childcare/Toys, Inclusive/Special Needs, Lego Braille Bricks, Lego Blocks, Morten Bonde

Energy-efficient vacation home holds court over 15 acres of restored tidal wetlands

Manhattan-based firm Ryall Sheridan Architects has unveiled a modern home that sits elevated over 15 acres of restored tidal wetlands on Long Island’s Peconic Bay. Located about 100 miles outside of New York City, the beautiful Orient House V is a three-bedroom vacation home that was built to harmonize with its incredible setting. Lifted 10 feet off the marshy landscape, the light-filled refuge was strategically designed to be energy-efficient and resilient against the local climate. After th...
Tags: Design, New York City, Indiana, Architecture, Gallery, Manhattan, Solar Power, Long Island, Wetlands, Sustainable Design, Energy Efficient, Green Home Design, Concrete Homes, Solar Powered Homes, Solar Arrays, Ryall Sheridan Architects

Multi-Dimensional Theatre: Shakespeare Performed By Cast Split Between Hearing And Deaf Actors

In a first for Canadian mainstage theatre, the 15-member acting ensemble of Josette Bushell-Mingo’s innovative bilingual production, an offshoot of the Citadel/Banff Professional Program, is almost equally divided amongst deaf and hearing artists. They perform in American Sign Language and spoken English — in addition to “the language of the body.” – 12th Night
Tags: Art, Theatre, SJ, 04.24.19, Josette Bushell Mingo, Citadel Banff Professional Program

Shanghai Auto Show in Pictures - #ABDZinShanghai

Shanghai Auto Show in Pictures - #ABDZinShanghai AoiroStudioApr 25, 2019 Still getting back into the regular schedule here in Canada and still fighting that jetlag from traveling back from China. This is an honor for me to share this first of many upcoming articles about my experience at the Shanghai Auto Show this year. It has been an incredible journey for us on ABDZ and would love to share some pictures I took at the Shanghai Auto Show. I am still working ...
Tags: Design, China, Canada, Nissan, Kia, Citroën, Shanghai Auto Show, ABDZ, Geely Autos Imagine Concept, Mitsubishi Dongfeng Motor Renault EZ ULTIMO Nissan

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