The Gospel of John - An Enlightening Tale, Masterfully Told

Reviewed by Judd Hollander The key to telling a story, no matter how old it may be, is the ability of the one doing the telling to imbue it with passion from the here and now. A particularly tall order when the story in question is, in all probability, quite familiar to the audience that’s come to hear it. Actor Ken Jennings delivering all that’s required and more in his very engaging one-man show, The Gospel of John. This offering currently running at the Sheen Center for Tho...
Tags: Theatre, Jesus, John, Peter, Jennings, Pontius Pilate, Keith Sherman, Julia, John the Baptist, Sheen Center, Ken Jennings, Judd Hollander, Maria Baranova, Maria Baranova John Pietrowski, Charlie Corcoran, Abigail Hoke Brady

Director of Classical and New Music Programs

The Director of Classical and New Music Programs oversees Kennedy Center Classical and New Music Programs, including DIRECT CURRENT contemporary culture immersion; the Fortas Chamber Music Concerts, the Composer-In-Residence residency, new music concerts and contributes to programming for Renée Fleming VOICES. This post will also guide season planning for the Center as it relates to commissioning and creation of new works across all genres. The person in this position has a strong bac...
Tags: Art, Jobs, Performing Arts, Kennedy Center, Cir, Renee Fleming, NSO, Fortas, New Music Programs, Kennedy Center Classical and New Music Programs, Kennedy Center Oversee, Fortas Chamber Music Concerts Collaborates, Kennedy Center SVP, Kennedy Center Facilitates Fortas Trustee, Assists Development, Kennedy Center Commissioning

Vapordreams'97 with Aaron Campbell

Vapordreams'97 with Aaron Campbell AoiroStudioDec 11, 2019 We have featured the work of Aaron before on ABDZ, I truly love his work especially this latest series titled: 'V A P O R D R E A M S • '97'. If you are a kid from the 80s (like me), you will probably be familiar with some of these items shown and/or scenes in this series are pure nostalgia. I mean just take a look at the artwork with the 'Goldeneye' game, how many hours have I spent playing this game...
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Hungarian Government Plans More Control Over Theatres

“This proposal would eliminate cultural diversity, which stems from freedom — which means artists are not kept on a political leash,” Budapest mayor Gergely Karacsony said. The Hungarian Theatre Society also issued a statement saying the plan would curtail artistic freedoms in an unacceptable way. – Reuters
Tags: Art, Theatre, Budapest, Gergely Karacsony, 12.06.19, Hungarian Theatre Society

3D Art by Stefan Pabst

Optical illusion drawings and trick paintings look extremely realistic and three-dimensional when viewed from specific angle. Paintings, drawings, and 3D art by talented German artist Stefan Pabst.  Also check out: 3D Street Art
Tags: Design, Inspiration, Stefan Pabst

The Wonder Of Merce Cunningham In 3D

We watch the dancers from close up and on all sides, our proximity enhanced by the magic of 3-D. The elegance of the cinematography (by Mko Malkhasyan) turns these passages into the stanzas of a visual poem. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Dance, 12.09.19, Mko Malkhasyan

Netflix Says 26 Million Watched “The Irishman” In Its First Week

“The Irishman,” released on Netflix on Nov. 27, is expected to be watched by about 40 million Netflix households in its first month, Sarandos said. That would be well below other Netflix hits, such as the science-fiction thriller “Bird Box,” that drew 80 million households during its first four weeks. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, Audience, Sarandos, 12.10.19

How The New Irish National Opera Has Helped Irish Opera

More Irish singers are being heard in more varied roles than at any other stage in my professional lifetime. Irish works are being taken abroad. The company has been rewarded with international awards and award nominations. – Irish Times
Tags: Art, Music, 12.07.19

Canadian Literary Juries Struggle With Balance Between Politics And Art

“(Literature) should not be reduced to politics, obviously, because human experience is more than politics. But also, human experience is never without politics.” – Toronto Star
Tags: Art, Words, 12.10.19

The Late Donald Marron & Me: An Affable Collector with a Keen Eye for Contemporary Keepers

Early in my career, I had two contrasting contacts with Donald Marron, the much admired art connoisseur, philanthropist and financial-markets professional, who died on Friday at age 85. Both of those experiences left me impressed with Marron’s energy, empathy and acuity, even though I was on the hot seat during our second encounter. – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, MARRÓN, Donald Marron, 12.11.19

DEI Statements

A succinct statement and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is essential to arts organizations for internal and external reasons. This post is a response to the increasing number of such statements I am seeing. – Doug Borwick
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 12.11.19

A History Of The Toy Piano As Serious Concert Instrument

“Even now, 70+ years since John Cage’s seminal Suite for Toy Piano from 1948, the toy piano still feels like Duchamp’s upside-down urinal (Fountain): out of place on stage, it elicits giggles and scoffs, is the star of the show, and at least promises a memorable experience, musical and otherwise.” Yet now there’s an entire concert repertory for the little contraption. – NewMusicBox
Tags: Art, Music, John Cage, Duchamp, 12.04.19

Theme Park Workers File Suit Against Disney Over Low Wages: “We’re Living In Cars!”

A new class action lawsuit, filed Friday in California Superior Court and announced in a press advisory Monday, argues that the Walt Disney Company, worth approximately $130 billion as of this year, failed to pay hundreds of those workers a living wage. The complaint was filed by five Disney employees on behalf of more than 400 hospitality workers. – The Daily Beast
Tags: Art, Disney, Walt Disney Company, Issues, California Superior Court, 12.10.19, Disney Over Low Wages

Gift-book nudge for the holidays

With the winter holidays fast approaching, you might consider gifting The New Cottage or The New Small House to the home-design enthusiast on your list.You can also find the cottage book and the small-house book at an independent bookstore near you!Perhaps, gift both books together ;-)by ...
Tags: Design, House, My Small-houses Book, Katie Hutchison, My cottage book

Klimt Painting Stolen 23 Years Ago Found Hidden In Gallery Wall

“The location of Portrait of a Lady, one of the world’s most sought-after missing artworks, has been a mystery since it was stolen in 1997. On Tuesday, a gardener clearing up ivy on an exterior wall of the Ricci Oddi modern art gallery, in the northern city of Piacenza, discovered a metal panel which, when opened, revealed a cavity with a painting in a bag.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Visual, Piacenza, 12.11.19, Ricci Oddi, Klimt Painting Stolen

Paleo-futuristic luxury tower stands out from a Quebec forest

Montreal-based architectural practice MU Architecture has proposed a “self-sustainable” escape in the deep forests of Quebec. Designed to mimic a giant totem or a stone cairn, the sculptural building would comprise 50 luxury housing units along with a suite of high-end amenities that include an indoor shooting range, a vast wine cellar and even a sky bar. Solely designed as a playground for the elite, the tower would rise to a height of more than 200 meters, and it would vastly stand out compare...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Canada, Passive House, Skyscraper, Montreal, Quebec, Greenhouse, Mu Architecture, Greenwashing, Urban Sprawl, Self-sustainable, Luxury Retreat, Conceptual Architecture, Luxury Architecture, PEKULIARI

Michelangelo And The “Architectural Project From Hell”

In the early years of the 16th century, Pope Julius II had initiated renovations when it became clear that the ancient basilica, completed around AD 360 on the site believed to be St Peter’s tomb, was at serious risk of collapse. At first, almost no one proposed remaking it entirely. The new St Peter’s took shape slowly, and for all its spiritual symbolism it was the architectural project from hell. Imagine a century of Grand Designs specials with one pope after another playing the despa...
Tags: Art, Visual, St Peter, Michelangelo, Pope Julius II, 12.19

Serena & Lily Faux Raffia Fabric is Fabulous!

Serena & Lily Faux Raffia Fabric is Fabulous! I ordered a swatch of Serena & Lily’s Faux Raffia in Ivory and am totally smitten. It looks expensive.Where would I use it?Serena & Lily has it featured on their Cambridge Bed and it’s divine.Everyone has struggled, debated, experienced the stress of trying to guess what color something is before clicking that buy button. Buying online is a challenge because there’s no way to k...
Tags: Design, Color, Cambridge, Benjamin Moore, Lily, Serena, Serena Lily, What Color Is It, Benjamin MooreClicking, Color Training If, Lily Faux Raffia Fabric, Serena Lily Faux Raffia Fabric, Serena Lily s Faux Raffia, Cambridge Bed, Faux Raffia, Benjamin MooreAdobe

Audience and Actors Sharing ‘The Thin Place’

Emily Cass McDonnell, who stars as Hilda in the New York premiere of Lucas Hnath’s The Thin Place, knows that it works because of magic. An important part of the experience happens near the beginning of the play when Hilda engages an audience member. But not in any usual way. – Margy Waller
Tags: Art, New York, Ajblogs, Hilda, Lucas Hnath, Emily Cass McDonnell, 12.10.19

How The Hawaiian Language Was Rescued From Near-Oblivion

“In the ’60s, estimates suggest that fewer than 2,000 people could speak Hawaiian fluently, and just a few dozen of them were children. But then something remarkable happened. An unlikely Hawaiian renaissance blossomed in the ’60s and into the ’70s, initially driven by artists who sought to reclaim traditional music and dance. … Today, roughly two dozen of Hawaii’s public schools teach exclusively in Hawaiian, about a third of them charters. The number of Hawaiian speakers in the state is now 1...
Tags: Art, Hawaii, Words, 12.09.19

Thanos Creator Protests Trump Tweet Depicting Trump As Thanos (Clearly He Hadn’t Seen The Movie)

The scene comes from Avengers: Endgame, when Thanos says “I am inevitable” and snaps his fingers in an attempt to destroy all existing life in the Universe, only to discover his gauntlet no longer has the power. The responses on Twitter included one from historian and author Kevin M Kruse, who noted: “You’ve made Trump a supervillain and depicted him in the scene where his plan to kill everyone in the universe falls apart due to his arrogance and incompetence.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Media, Thanos, Trump, Kevin M Kruse, 12.11.19

Rebecca Royal Academy of Arts Elects Rebecca Salter as President

Rebecca Salter has been elected as new president of the Royal Academy of Arts. “A great day for the Royal Academy as Rebecca Salter is elected the first woman to be president since its founding in 1768,” says artist and academician Cathie Pilkington. Read more at Art Newspaper  
Tags: Art, News, Royal Academy of Arts, Art News, Minipost, Royal Academy, Rebecca Royal Academy of Arts, Rebecca Salter, Cathie Pilkington Read

Art Berlin Fair Cancelled

The Art Berlin fair has been scrapped, Art Newspaper reports. “We regret this step very much,” says Gerald Böse, the managing director of Koelnmesse. “But at the moment we don’t see the conditions necessary to achieve our visions in producing this event.” Read more at Art Newspaper  
Tags: Art, News, Berlin, Art News, Minipost, Koelnmesse, Gerald Böse

British Court Orders Sotheby’s Repaid for Disputed Work Sold for $10.8 Million

A British court has ruled that Sotheby’s is due repayment for a disputed Frans Hals work, which originally sold for $10.8 million before being declared a fake.  “We were glad to see our position completely vindicated by the court,” a representative for Sotheby’s says.  Read more at Art News  
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Sotheby, British Court Orders Sotheby

Climate change-induced melting of mountain ice threatens global supply of freshwater

A study recently published in Nature found that glacier-based freshwater systems are highly threatened by climate change. Called “mountain water towers,” they supply water to communities in the downstream basin by generating and storing vast quantities of water from their high-elevation rain and snow. Unfortunately, ice melt is becoming more pronounced and precipitation patterns are disrupted, in turn placing these water towers’ storage capacity at critical risk. The study warns that the depleti...
Tags: Design, Ipcc, South Asia, Central Asia, Indus, Asia Europe, National Geographic Society, Amu Darya, Jonathan Baillie, Tobias Bolch

Staged Trial Of Asylum Seeker Shines Light On EU’s Growing Refugee Problem

“Dutch asylum court is not exactly a well-trodden topic within performance art, but last week in Amsterdam, a one-off staging of a refugee trial asked the public to determine the fate of an actual case. The piece” — Ehsan Fardjadniya’s Refugee on Trial: Afghan Journalist Ali J vs. Netherlands — “asked questions about the role of performance in analysing complex social and legal issues, and with it how visual artists are using performance to platform issues often left hidden.” – The Art Newspape...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Eu, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Issues, 12.11.19, Ehsan Fardjadniya, Ali J

How Brexit Will Affect Independent UK Publishers

There is an ever-increasing fear that smaller publishing houses may be put out of business as a result of potential changes to requirements surrounding distribution of literary materials. – The Boar
Tags: Art, UK, Words, 12.09.19

These solar-powered, mobile chicken coops help farmers prepare for harvest

Created specifically for the farmers working at the Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano, this automated, solar-powered chicken coop, by Designers on Holiday, combines two important agricultural tasks: giving a chicken brood access to fresh grass and letting the animals fertilize new crops. The Chicken Caravan is a lightweight structure with wheels so that it can easily be transported by hand or tractor. Clad in a shimmering aluminum to reflect heat, the modern chicken coop was built with two ...
Tags: Design, Ecology Center, San Juan Capistrano, Chicken caravan

Yikes! 2021 Cadillac Escalade Leaks

No, it doesn’t take on water, though we won’t really know for sure until a thorough on- and off-road evaluation puts that assertion to the test. Rather, the headline refers to images of the upcoming Cadillac range-topper that appeared on Instagram Wednesday. Borrowing a colossal grille inspired by the Escala concept (now firmly in place […] The post Yikes! 2021 Cadillac Escalade Leaks appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Autos, New Cars, SUVs, Cadillac, Cadillac Escalade, Escalade, News Blog, Product Planning, Future Models, Escala, 2021 Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac Escalade Leaks

How NPR Changed The Voice Of Authority

NPR has kept speaking with many voices that would sound out of place on the air anywhere else. Many, if not most, have been female. As hosts and anchors, correspondents and reporters, women have played a key role in giving NPR its distinctive sound. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Media, Npr, Voice Of Authority, 12.10.19

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