BWW Review: BIG APPLE CIRCUS Flips and Flies Its Way Back To Lincoln Center

For the past couple of years, the sumptuous vocals of bluesy diva Storm Marrero has been seducing New York audiences in the erotic theatredance productions created at Company XIV, but the Brooklyn-born artist has found more family-friendly surroundings as the new ringmaster of The Big Apple Circus. [Author: Michael Dale]
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Geoffrey Rush damages 'extraordinary and absurd', Daily Telegraph argues

The Sydney newspaper’s parent company is appealing against the federal court’s ruling that it defamed Rush, and the decision to award the actor $2.9m Lawyers for the Daily Telegraph have called the decision to award Geoffrey Rush $2.9m in damages after a series of defamatory articles about the Oscar-winning actor “extraordinary and absurd”, and based on “uncertain inferences from inexact proofs”.On Monday the Telegraph through its parent company, Nationwide News, began its appeal against federa...
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As Developers Buy The Setting Of James Joyce’s Greatest Short Story, Dublin Mourns

The place that Dubliners call the House of the Dead (really, the House of “The Dead,” of course) has been sold. “Last week city authorities announced a plan to turn the House of the Dead into a 54-room hostel, prompting an outcry that property deals were trashing culture and zombifying Ireland’s capital to make way for foreign tourists, students and tech workers.” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Issues, 11.03.19

Musician Stephen Morris Left His Priceless Violin On The Train

That was October 22, and the train was in southeast London. The soloist from the Royal Phil eventually received a private message on Twitter from someone who said he recognized (from a security photo) the man who took the case, with the violin and a couple of special bows as well, off the train. And then? “Both the violin and the bows were ‘in tune,’ when they were returned to him Friday night at a supermarket parking lot in Beckenham.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, 11.03.19

Tippecanoe and a Sword Caper, Too

A sword said to have belonged to President William Henry Harrison was stolen in 1979. Last month, the sword — or one that looks like it — was found at an auction in Connecticut.
Tags: Art, News, Museums, Auctions, Christie's, Swords, Harrison, William Henry, Robberies and Thefts, Memorabilia and Souvenirs, Harrison-Symmes Memorial Foundation

Olivia Newton-John's Iconic GREASE Outfit Sells For $405,700 at Auction

According to The Guardian, Olivia Newton-John's iconic outfit from the 1978 film Grease, has sold for 405,700 at a recent Beverly Hills auction. [Author: BWW News Desk]
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BWW TV Exclusive: The Great Facts of THE GREAT SOCIETY- Frank Wood on Everett Dirksen

BroadwayWorld is checking in with the cast to uncover some little known facts about the political giants they play onstage. Today, watch as Frank Wood gives us a lesson on Everett Dirksen. [Author: BroadwayWorld TV]
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The Glorious Aesthetics Of A ‘Mundane’ Halloween

The tradition, which has been focused in Japan but spread out from there via the internet (of course), gets people wearing “costumes” like “just got out of bed and grabbed the first thing I saw to spray a roach with.” This is, perhaps, a great thing. “Philosophers interested in the ‘aesthetics of the everyday’ argue that the way we think about aesthetics is too focused on heightened ideas of beauty. In fact, they point out, repetitive tasks like chores, unremarkable objects like trash cans and ...
Tags: Art, Visual, 11.01.19

This Film Festival Goes Way Beyond Inspiration Porn

The only time you’ll see an actor with a disability in a Hollywood movie is when the actor isn’t disabled, and the movie is the kind of thing that disability activists call “inspo porn.” (Think Rain Man, The Upside, etc.) But at the Reelability Festival, “actors with a wide range of disabilities got to play an equally wide range of richly developed roles. … They were bolstered in this effort by something else notably unusual: A lot of those writing and directing and working on the films’ crews ...
Tags: Art, Media, 11.02.19

This Film Festival Goes Way Beyond Inspiration P0rn

The only time you’ll see an actor with a disability in a Hollywood movie is when the actor isn’t disabled, and the movie is the kind of thing that disability activists call “inspo porn.” (Think Rain Man, The Upside, etc.) But at the Reelability Festival, “actors with a wide range of disabilities got to play an equally wide range of richly developed roles. … They were bolstered in this effort by something else notably unusual: A lot of those writing and directing and working on the films’ crews ...
Tags: Art, Media, 11.02.19

East German Art Makes A Relevant Return

Themes of surveillance, sexuality, gender inequality, and evading censors are certainly, sadly relevant in 2019. East German artists knew all about all of that, and “their subversive and often humorous paintings, performances, prints, collages and texts have lost none of their provocative power.” – The Economist
Tags: Art, Visual, 10.31.19

They’ve Maybe Found William Henry Harrison’s Sword

He wasn’t president for long (31 days, actually), but during that time, he sported his (then famous) sword from the (then famous) Battle of Tippecanoe. In 1979, it was stolen from the Connecticut Historical Society. The sword – or maybe a copy, the owner claims! – went up for auction and was promptly seized. But whose sword is it? – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, 11.03.19

Glitched Classic Paintings

Modern versions of classic still life acrylic paintings look like they are being displayed on glitched computer screen. Glitched traditional classic paintings by talented artist Olan Ventura. Also check out: Distorted Furniture
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The Art World’s Most Lucrative Prize Goes To Colombian Artist Doris Salcedo

The Nomura Award is in its inaugural year, and it gives $1 million to a living artist. Salcedo won “for her body of work produced over the last 25 years, which has focused on the human cost of the conflict between successive governments and rebel groups in Colombia” and has included melting weapons from 7,000 former fighters into tiles for an exhibition space in Bogotá. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, 10.31.19

As ‘Nutcracker’ Season Cranks Up, Kansas City Ballet Says It’s Time To ‘Phase Out’ Racist Stereotypes

The Nutcracker, which is the source of much funding for ballet companies across the Western world and especially in the U.S., is a huge tradition – and one that, increasingly, audiences are finding disturbing. So ballet companies are making changes for this year’s and future productions. “On Friday, the Kansas City Ballet announced the company has signed on to a national campaign called Final Bow for Yellowface, a pledge to remove outdated caricatures.” – KCUR
Tags: Art, Dance, 11.01.19

BWW TV: THE GREAT SOCIETY Star Brian Cox Opens Up About LBJ, SUCCESSION and More!

Fans of Succession have gotten to watch Brian Cox give a masterful performance every Sunday night this fall on HBO. Fans of Broadway can watch an equally masterful performance eight times a week at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. [Author: Backstage With Richard Ridge]
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Raising Successful Kids Comes At The Expense Of A Decent Society

In the U.S., at least, kindness and empathy are on a statistical decline. So what can parents do? Stop the focus on success, and focus on what we can do that’s decent and good. “The point is not to badger kids into kindness, or dangle carrots for caring, but to show that these qualities are noticed and valued.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Ideas, 11.03.19

An Old Text, Set To New Music

Catholic Scottish composer James MacMillan, whose version of the “Stabat Mater” – a meditation on Mary, the mother of Jesus, suffering during the Crucifixion – is at the Lincoln Center this week, “sees himself as part of a widespread search among composers for the sacred in contemporary music.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, 11.01.19

From Jazz To Classical Without Losing The Beat

Myra Melford is a composer as comfortable in jazz scenes as she is composing for new music ensembles. “Call it an ‘organic approach to composition,’ which is how her one-time teacher Henry Threadgill described his process during their studies. Melford’s approach curiously also comes, albeit somewhat intuitively, from growing up in a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.” – NewMusicBox
Tags: Art, Music, 11.01.19

Why Are Hollywood Assistants ‘In Open Revolt’?

Assistants are mad as hell, and they have the law behind them now, too. “Subjected to grueling hours, low pay, few benefits or protections and the vagaries of monomaniacal bosses, assistants have largely toiled in silence because it was considered a golden ticket to advancement — but no longer.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Issues, 11.02.19

The Oscars May Turn Into A Battle Of Two Genders

Will “boy films” or “girl films” dominate? And also, WTF, Hollywood? – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Media, 10.31.09

There’s Always A Reason To Hate ‘Perfect’ Images Of Other People

It used to be magazines and the Photoshopping that went into making cover models and celebrities look even thinner and more “perfect” than they already are. But this time it’s regular people on Instagram. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, 11.02.19

British Animation Is Making A(nother) Comeback

At least, it will if it can get some funding. “Much of the problem is financial – with huge challenges in securing funding for such labour-intensive work. And when British productions do manage to get funding, budgets invariably pale into insignificance compared with Hollywood.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Media, 11.01.19

Cookbooks Go Way Beyond Recipes And Photography

Think memoir, travel, family history, history of the world. That’s what a good cookbook is. – Literary Hub
Tags: Art, Words, 11.01.19

Sisters Are Taking Makeup To The Next Level And Here Are Their 30 Mind-Blowing Transformations

Sibling rivalry often drives them to compete against each other in the same activities. However, it’s quite rare to see siblings who, instead of competing, try to support each other. One of the amazing examples of it is two sisters, Charlotte and Abby Roberts, who both share an amazing talent for makeup. What’s even more impressive is that the makeup duo constantly supports each on... Source
Tags: Design, Makeup, Face, Creative, Charlotte, Abby Roberts

Digital Artist Merges Human Body With Everyday Objects To Create Extraordinary Images

Monica Carvalho (previously) has been into about art for years now. The Swiss-born digital artist living and working in Berlin is passionate about making the ordinary extraordinary. More: Instagram h/t: playjunkie “My artistic process is to challenge myself to look the familiar from a new perspective,” the artist shared on Bored Panda. Source
Tags: Design, Berlin, Inspirations, Collages, Surreal, Photomanipulations, Monica Carvalho

Mural superiority: the fight over Germany's cold war art heritage

Restoration of 1970s East German artwork marks key moment in battle to assert artistic meritIts sweeping multicolour panorama set off against a grey ravine of prefab high-rises in the background and rows of beige Trabants parked in front, Josep Renau’s mural in Moscow Square in Erfurt used to have a mission to turn heads and inspire.Made of 70,000 glass mosaic tiles, the Spanish artist’s work shows two gigantic hands, one clutching a sliced apple, the other what looks like a Salvador Dalí render...
Tags: Art, Europe, Germany, Cold War, World news, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Socialism

Meet the Cast of JAGGED LITTLE PILL- Now in Previews on Broadway!

You oughtta know that Jagged Little Pill is officially in preview son Broadway Thenew musical is inspired by the themes and raw emotions laid bare in Alanis Morissette's seminal album of the same name. The Healys appear to be a picture-perfect suburban family - but looks can be deceiving. When the cracks beneath the surface begin to show, they must choose between maintaining the status quo or facing harsh truths about themselves, their community, and the world around them. [Author: BWW News Desk...
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McCarthy column: For most of his life, all Manny Velasquez has needed to tell a big story is a blank wall

The kid had talent and a story to tell. One that was getting lost in the gang violence on the rise in this city in 1974. Many of the boys 14-year-old Manny Velasquez had gone to school with since kindergarten in Pacoima were leaving their skateboards behind and joining neighborhood gangs. Manny had other ideas. While his friends went looking for trouble, he went looking for a blank wall to tell a story on. He found it in an alley behind an old, rundown office building in his neighborhood. He bea...
Tags: Art, Business, Sport, Soccer, Local News, Dennis McCarthy, Dennis McCarthy Column

Amazing Portraits Of Louis Coulon And His 11-Foot Beard As A Nest For His Cats

Born on February 26, 1826 in Vandenesse (Niève), Louis Coulon was a “cast iron moulder” at the Forey factory in Montluçon. Apparently, he was already shaving by age 12 but could not maintain the sharpness of his razor blade from its frequent use. In fact, his beard was growing so fast that by age 14, Coulon already had a 50 centimeter (19.6 inch) beard. From then on, it was just a matter of... Source
Tags: Photography, Design, Cats, Nest, Retro, Beard, Coulon, Louis Coulon, Vandenesse Niève Louis Coulon, Forey, Montluçon

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