Eye Candy for Today: Peder Mønsted winter landscape

Sunny Winter Day (Ein sonniger Wintertag), Peder Mørk Mønsted Link is to image on Wikimedia Commons: I don’t know the location of the original. Happy Winter Solstice, everyone!  
Tags: Art, Eye Candy For Today, Gallery And Museum Art, Peder Mønsted

Longwood Gardens Display Features Magical Paper Ribbons

This photo is a scene from the Fern Floor at nearby Longwood Gardens in southeastern Pennslylvania. I haven't had a chance to visit the holiday display this season, but would especially love to see... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Ann Martin]
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It’s Pandemonium and Plague!

As I work on and think about Oedipus the King and my musical adaptation Bloody King Oedipus!, I continually come to new understanding of the original play and how it works. It's truly one of the richest pieces of theatre I've encountered, and it somehow feels surprisingly contemporary. I've been reading a really wonderful book called Searching for Oedipus: How I Found Meaning in an Ancient Master­piece, by Ken Glazer, which has given me some amazing insights into this material.I had the fun of ...
Tags: Greece, Parody, Washington, Theatre, Theater, Shakespeare, Glazer, Sophocles, Aristotle, Broadway Musicals, Trump, Delphi, Oedipus, Corinth, Hegel, Cassandra


A world-famous director can suffer a creative block during a midlife crisis, an unsinkable ship can go under on its initial voyage and death can even take a holiday. These are just three examples of how, when penned by composerlyricist Maury Yeston, ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN IN THE THEATER. [Author: Michael Dale]
Tags: Theatre, Michael Dale, Maury Yeston, Gerard Alessandrini

The Creator Of A Joyful Game About Golden Poop Says Yes, We Can Be Happy

Keita Takahashi, an artist and an “unconventional” game developer, is beloved for his game “Katamari Decency,” and now he’s got a new game out – ostensibly about golden poop. The game “was inspired by watching his two younger children play. He wanted to create something that presented a more hopeful view of the world.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, Keita Takahashi, 12.21.19

Is Anyone Happy Anymore?

Indeed: “The catastrophe of climate neglect, the toxic politics, the tangible sense of so many things worsening in your own lifetime, along with a sense of your obscure or outright complicity, all combined to make the idea of any possible happiness seem at best childish, at worse willfully blind.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Issues, 12.21.19

Gingerbread Groot

Groot tree creature from Guardians of the Galaxy made out of gingerbread. “Gingerbread Groot” sculpture created by Caroline Eriksson. I am Groot! Also check out: Gingerbread Star Wars
Tags: Design, Inspiration, Caroline Eriksson

Photo Flashback: Rosemary Murphy in 1980

Today we're flashing back to 1980 with this photo of Rosemary Murphy from 1980 [Author: Walter McBride]
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Photo Blast From the Past: Rosemary Murphy in 1980

Today we're flashing back to 1980 with this photo of Rosemary Murphy from 1980 [Author: Walter McBride]
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Transformed by Mexico, Six Women Broke Barriers Between Art and Design

Anni Albers, Ruth Asawa, Lola Álvarez Bravo, Sheila Hicks, Clara Porset and Cynthia Sargent came for inspiration, and stayed to learn.
Tags: Art, News, Mexico, Sculpture, Bravo, Anni, Textiles, Chairs, Sargent, Porset, Sheila, Art Institute of Chicago, Cynthia, Albers, Hicks, Women and Girls

The Guardian’s Top Classical Albums Of 2019

This is the calm before the storm of 2020 – a year sure to see a deluge of Beethoven for his 250th birthday. Opera was neglected shamefully, while Clara Schumann, Offenbach, and Berlioz gained some powerful new recordings. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Music, Beethoven, Berlioz, 12.19.19, Clara Schumann Offenbach

Ithaca College Responds To A ‘Racially Charged’ Incident In A Theatre Class

Students responded not only to one incident, in which the lecturer for the class was removed, but many other experiences at the college: “Some of the quotes and scenarios on the board read: ‘White male faculty member to a black female student: ‘Act more sassy,’’ ‘Holding a meeting about microaggressions where a student of color was told to stop being mean to white people,’ ‘Male director explaining to a female student what happens emotionally to a woman when she is assaulted’ and ‘Female-identi...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Ithaca College, 12.18.19

Who’s Up And Who’s Down In Oscar Predictions?

Men are wimping out of seeing Little Women‘s award showings, which is tanking its chances; despite the awfulness of Cats, Ian McKellen’s chances are up; and more. – Vulture
Tags: Art, Media, Ian Mckellen, 12.20.19

BWW Feature: Olivia Newton-John Meet & Grease, Interview and Book Review at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater

Special Holiday Posting - Olivia Newton-John Trifecta Meet Grease Details, Autobiography Review Intimate Interview [Author: Carolan Trbovich]
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BWW Exclusive: MEAN GIRLS Stars Kyle Selig and Renee Rapp Warm Up to Sing Carols For A Cure

Carols for a Cure is back for 2019 in its 21st edition Below, check out exclusive photos as Mean Girls stars ReneRapp and Kyle Selig gatherto record their track- 'Baby, It's Cold Outside.' [Author: Genevieve Rafter Keddy]
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Phase 2, An Innovator Of Aerosol Art, Has Died At 64

“In the South Bronx at the dawn of the 1970s, all the creative components that would coalesce into what became widely known as hip-hop were beginning to take shape. At the center of them all was Phase 2, an intuitive, disruptive talent who first made his mark as a writer of graffiti — although he hated the term.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, South Bronx, 12.20.19

Jeanette Winterson Is Worried About AI

The author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and 10 other novels, along with much nonfiction and several children’s books as well, Winterson says, “People always say ‘let’s get the technology out there and lots of people will benefit in time.’ Well, no, because by that point, the technology will change and the rich will control it completely. The world is moving too fast for the trickle-down effect.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Words, Jeanette Winterson, Winterson, 12.22.19

New Movies, Old Formats

The popularity of older formats is growing, including black and white and things like Canción sin nombre‘s 4:3 format. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, 12.21.19

Do Music Genres Even Exist Anymore?

Music critics may resist the idea, but “what if the genre killers are right? What if it doesn’t matter whether they’re right, but it’s happening anyway? Start to finish, 2019 gave us plenty of evidence.” – Slate
Tags: Art, Music, Audience, 12.21.19

12 Days of Christmas with Norm Lewis: Celebrate the Season with Karen Carpenter

I would be remiss if I did not include this angel in my 12 Days Of Christmas choices. Yes, the singular voice of Karen Carpenter. Arguably the most perfect pop voice of all time. Effortless. Full of pathos. Perfect. I remember hearing her beautiful voice ringing throughout our house during the holiday season. It always made me feel like I was being wrapped by a warm blanket whenever she sang. [Author: Norm Lewis]
Tags: Theatre, Norm Lewis, Karen Carpenter

The Bestselling Adult Novel Of 2019 Started Small In 2018, And Has A Very Long Tail

It’s a tough selling environment for fiction; the numbers are bleak and falling fast. But Where Late the Crawdads Sang has been going, and going, and going, and going … “Crawdads has sold more print copies than any other adult title this year — fiction or nonfiction — according to NPD BookScan, blowing away the combined print sales of new novels by John Grisham, Margaret Atwood and Stephen King. Putnam has returned to the printers nearly 40 times to feed a seemingly bottomless demand for the bo...
Tags: Art, Words, NPD, 12.21.19, John Grisham Margaret Atwood, Stephen King Putnam

Backstage At Matthew Bourne’s ‘Swan Lake’

Twenty-two years after the groundbreaking production had its U.S. debut in Los Angeles, it returned – “as gloriously relevant as ever.” And here is a photo gallery of what happens backstage, offstage, and around stage as audiences watch the stage itself. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Dance, Matthew Bourne, 12.21.19

No Surprises In Star Wars’ Dominance Of The Box Office

Despite rather lackluster reviews, the film is on track to take in almost $400 million internationally. And wow, does that benefit Disney. “Disney said that it had booked The Rise of Skywalker into 4,300 cinemas in the United States and Canada, including 415 IMAX screens and 3,200 3-D locations. Theaters typically keep about 55 percent of ticket sales, with the balance going to studios. But Disney will receive about 65 percent of ticket sales for The Rise of Skywalker, in keeping with the onero...
Tags: Art, Media, Disney, Canada, United States, Skywalker, Disney Disney, 12.21.19

Christmas, With Its Fights And Fury And Beauty, Is A Gift To Novelists

And, famously, short story writers. Why? “It’s a chance to bring together a wide cast of characters at a time when the sense of occasion allows them and the novelist to take the long view of their lives.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Words, 12.21.19

Much About John Beasley Greene Is in Doubt. Not His Talent.

Working at the birth of photography, this artist made singular images that feel totally modern. He’s finally getting his due.
Tags: Art, Photography, News, Greene, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, John Beasley, Monuments and Memorials (Structures, Cairo (Egypt, Egyptian Civilization, John Beasley Greene

The Sceptered Isle And Its Many (Many) Historically Important Buildings

Historic England has released a new list of 500 additions to the built environments it accords “enhanced” or new status. Why does anyone care? “They grow not only ever more surprising – our sense of what constitutes our built heritage is expanding incrementally – but more joy-sparking, too. What loveliness, and what fascination. Look at the buildings that have made the grade and not only does the sweep of history wash over you in an invigorating wave.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, England, Visual, 12.21.19

The Chaotic Glories Of A Real Department Store

Perhaps many of us – at least those who depend on Amazon and the wide world of other online shopping options – have forgotten, but department stores still exist. At least, a few do. “To study the decline of department-store retail is to study the erosion of the middle class. … Department stores provided one-stop shopping for consumers who had time and money to spend—just not too much of either.  But stagnant wages mean stagnant spending.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Amazon, Art, Ideas, 12.21.19, Real Department Store

CATS Film is Getting Upgraded With 'Improved Visual Effects'

The Cats film has just debuted in theatres and itis already getting an upgrade. [Author: BWW News Desk]
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Adam Driver Will Host SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE in January 2020

It was announced last night, during the episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Eddie Murphy, that Adam Driver will host the first episode of 2020 on January 25. The episode will feature Halsey as a musical guest. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Adam Driver, Eddie Murphy, Halsey, BWW News Desk, Adam Driver Will Host

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