How Shape and Color Affect Our Understanding

Do you get my gist? It’s a common phrase that means, “do you understand me?” or “do you get me?” It comes from the world of visual cognition. Scene gist is a fancy of way of talking about how we understand what we see. We’ve compiled some recent studies about how the human brain creates meaning through what we see. Specifically, we’ll look at how shape and color work to help or hurt our visual understanding. Then we’ll talk about how this research can guide our design and presentation media choi...
Tags: Presentation Science, Color, Design, Presentation Media, Scene Gist, Shape, Visual Cognition, Visual Communication, Visual Perception

Dana H - Portrait of A Real-Life Nightmare

Reviewed by Judd Hollander Playwright Lucas Hnath unveils a very personal tale which examines one of humankind's deepest fears. Being held captive by another person while you pray for your very survival. A terror magnified one-hundred fold when freedom looks to be just a few steps away, but being able to cross that threshold seems impossible. Such events, which happened to Hnath's own mother, presented in the documentary theatre piece, Dana H.  Featuring Deidre O’Connell, this work is now...
Tags: Florida, Theatre, Nazi, Jim, Dana, Connell, Carol Rosegg, Aryan Brotherhood, O'Connell, Lucas Hnath, Judd Hollander, Hnath, Les Waters, Florida North Carolina, Conor McCarthy, Andrew Boyce

James McAvoy-Led CYRANO DE BERGERAC Comes To BAM This Spring

The Brooklyn Academy of Music BAM will present director Jamie Lloyd's bold revival of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergeracain a new version by Martin Crimpaat the BAM Harvey Theater from May 8a31. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, James McAvoy, Edmond Rostand, Jamie Lloyd, BWW News Desk, Brooklyn Academy of Music BAM, Martin Crimpaat

VIDEO: Leslie Odom Jr. Performs 'Go Crazy' on THE KELLY CLARKSON SHOW

Leslie Odom, Jr. delivers an electrifying performance of his soul-pop song 'Go Crazy,' off his new album 'Mr.' [Author: Stage Tube]
Tags: Theatre, Clarkson, Leslie Odom Jr, Stage Tube

VIDEO: James Taylor Performs 'Almost Like Being in Love' From BRIGADOON on THE LATE SHOW

James Taylor returns to the Ed Sullivan Theater to perform 'Almost Like Being in Love,' off his new album 'American Standard.' [Author: Stage Tube]
Tags: Theatre, James Taylor, Sullivan Theater, Stage Tube

VIDEO: See the Official Trailer for THE PRINCE OF EGYPT West End

Get your first look at the trailer for the exciting new West End stage adaptation of Dreamworks animated film. The Prince of Egypt [Author: Stage Tube]
Tags: Theatre, Egypt, Dreamworks, Stage Tube

How Post-Brexit Visa Restrictions Could Impact UK Arts

The effect on the UK’s artistic landscape is more worrying. For a European artist, it changes whether they decide to base themselves in the UK rather than just sometimes performing here. And then for UK-based companies regularly touring in Europe, it may be easier to employ EU artists for ease of touring rather than UK ones. – The Stage
Tags: Art, Europe, UK, Eu, Issues, 03.03.20, Post Brexit Visa Restrictions Could Impact UK Arts

BWW Review: In Lauren Yee's CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND, Music Spits In The Face Of Oppression

Family secrets, political history, moral dilemmas in the face of genocide and loud, kick-ass rock tunes mix terrifically in Lauren Yee's gripping and for this reviewer informative new drama Cambodian Rock Band, an often horrifying, but ultimately exhilarating reminder that if there's one thing totalitarian regimes fear, it's artists. [Author: Michael Dale]
Tags: Theatre, Michael Dale, Lauren Yee

SESAME STREET Movie Musical Adds Chance the Rapper

Variety reports that Chance the Rapper is in talks to star in the upcoming 'Sesame Street' movie-musical. Anne Hathaway stars opposite the multi-talented musician. [Author: TV News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Anne Hathaway, TV News Desk

For First Time, Two Women Win Pritzker Prize, Architecture’s Nobel

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, principals of Grafton Architecture in Dublin, have already racked up some impressive awards in recent years: the World Architecture Festival’s World Building of the Year (for the Università Luigi Bocconi’s school of economics in Milan), the RIBA International Prize (for UTEC in Lima), and this year’s RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture; they also curated the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Milan, Venice, Dublin, Lima, Visual, UTEC, Yvonne Farrell, Shelley McNamara, 03.03.20, Grafton Architecture, Università Luigi Bocconi

Nietzsche’s Fascination With Dance

Nietzsche offers an interpretive key: his references to dance (Tanz). Taken together, these references light a path that begins in Nietzsche’s first book, The Birth of Tragedy (1872), and wends through every major work into his final, the posthumous Ecce Homo (1908). These references not only link his ideas and styles, they also shed light on Nietzsche’s enduring motivation: to teach readers how to affirm life here and now on Earth as human bodily selves. Nietzsche’s dance references call ...
Tags: Art, Earth, Dance, Nietzsche, 03.03.20, Tanz Taken

QUIZ: Test Your Company Knowledge!

With the newest production of the classic Company opening March 2020, we're putting you to the test How well do you know Bobbie Baby Take the quiz [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, BWW News Desk, Bobbie Baby

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Roundabout's Gala, Honoring Alan Cumming, Michael Kors & Lance Le Pere

Just last night,Roundabout Theatre Companyhonored Alan Cumming with The Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre, and Michael Kors Lance Le Pere with The Ovation Award for Excellence in Philanthropy. This year's gala 'The Life of the Party' featured a unique concert from Tony, Grammy Emmy Award winner Cyndi Lauper, created exclusively for the special occasion. [Author: Genevieve Rafter Keddy]
Tags: Theatre, Alan Cumming, Party, Cyndi Lauper, Jason Robards, Genevieve Rafter Keddy, Michael Kors Lance Le Pere, Alan Cumming Michael Kors, Lance Le Pere

What We Know About Deja Vu

Scientists do have some hypotheses for what brings déjà vu to the surface of consciousness – from the idea that it might be a built-in processing glitch in the brain, or an indication of healthy memory, to the slightly more puzzling notion that it’s part of quantum entanglement. – Aeon
Tags: Art, Ideas, 03.03.20

Computers Are Amazing. They’re Not Intelligent

The amazing feats achieved by computers demonstrate our progress in coming up with algorithms that make the computer do valuable things for us. The computer itself, though, does nothing more than it ever did, which is to do whatever we know how to order it to do—and we order it to do things by issuing instructions in the form of elementary operations on bits, the 1s and 0s that make up computer code. – American Scholar
Tags: Art, Ideas, 03.02.20

BWW Exclusive: AIN'T TOO PROUD Cast Belts It Out at Broadway Sessions!

On 220 over at Broadway Sessions we were joined by some FIERCE cast members from Ain't Too Proud Performers included Elijah Ahmad Lewis, Esther Antoine, Jamari Johnson Williams, Jelani Remy, Marcus Paul James, Morgan McGhee, Saint Aubyn, Shawn Bowers, Ta'Nika Gibson, Corey West, and Tiffany Frances along with guests Lindsay Gloriana Bohon, Anthony Fett and 'Rising Star' Jesse Michael Allison. [Author: Ben Cameron]
Tags: Theatre, Broadway, Ben Cameron, Ain t Too Proud Performers, Tiffany Frances, Lindsay Gloriana Bohon Anthony Fett, Jesse Michael Allison

Will The Art World’s Growing Rejection Of Fossil Fuel Funders Make Any Difference?

While commentators have often dismissed the interventions of artists on the issue of oil sponsorship as “virtue signaling,” BP’s CEO effectively conceded in his speech that opposition to the company’s sponsorship deals has had a tangible impact. In his statement on the new policy, he addressed protesters directly as he discussed rebuilding the public’s trust. “Many question our motives in supporting the arts,” he said. “I get that.”  – Artnet
Tags: Art, Bp, Visual, 03.03.20

Broadway Records to Release Sondheim Disco Album

Broadway Records has announced via Twitter that they will be releasing a disco album of Sondheim tunes calledLosing My Mind A Sondheim Fever Dream The albumwill be available digitally on March 20 and in stores in April [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Sondheim, Broadway Records, BWW News Desk

Two Veteran Chicago Tribune Reporters Search For Someone To Buy The Paper

Late last year, a one-third share of the Tribune was purchased by Alden Global Capital, an equity firm notorious for buying newspapers and stripping them bare. Contractual issues prevent Alden from acquiring a controlling share until June — so a pair of Tribune investigative reporters is using every tool they have to find some other, more sympathetic buyer. Are they having any success? – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Words, Tribune, Alden, Alden Global Capital, Veteran Chicago Tribune, 03.02.20

Another COVID Casualty: Art Dubai Postponed

Fair organisers say they will instead hold a programme of exhibitions, events and talks tailored to Dubai-based galleries, museums and artists from 25 to 28 March, when the fair was due to take place. Parts of the fair including the Global Art Forum, Residents section and Campus Art Dubai are still expected to go ahead. No alternative dates for Art Dubai to be held later in the year have so far been offered. –
Tags: Art, Dubai, Visual, 03.03.20, Campus Art Dubai

Powerbarn is a bioenergy plant offering power to 84,000 families

In the rural commune of Russi in northeast Italy, Italian architecture firm Giovanni Vaccarini Architetti has converted an industrial zone once used for sugar production into the new grounds for the Powerbarn, a bioenergy production plant with a sculptural appearance. Inspired by eco-friendly principles, the architects crafted a masterplan that integrated the architecture into the farming landscape and restored and re-naturalized approximately 280,000 square meters — including three wetlands — f...
Tags: Design, Copenhagen, Russi, Giovanni Vaccarini Architetti, Powerbarn, Eridania, Giovanni Vaccarini, Vaccarini, Giovanni Vaccarini Architetti Photography, Massimo Crivellari

Good news about Mrs. T

I’m overjoyed to report that her condition has improved significantly since yesterday. The internal bleeding has stopped, she is resting comfortably, and her doctors are completely satisfied with her progress to date. – Terry Teachout
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 03.03.20

No Mystery!

When dealing with new communities, staff and board members of nonprofit arts organizations are sometimes puzzled when things they thought would work crash and burn. Often, there is really no mystery. – Doug Borwick
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 03.03.20

‘If You Give A Mouse A Cookie’ — Beloved Children’s Book Or Cautionary Tale About Welfare Dependency?

If you think that’s a ridiculous question, the woman who wrote this article agrees with you. But it became a question nonetheless, thanks in part to (no surprise here) the American Enterprise Institute. Rebecca Christie explains how this happened and (for those who haven’t read the book) just why it’s ridiculous. – Slate
Tags: Art, Words, American Enterprise Institute, 02.28.20, Rebecca Christie

A Backlash To Oversharing Our Lives?

Oversharing just doesn’t look like it did before. Like most things on the internet, it too has become commodified. Where we once divulged, without much thought or artifice, the hardships in our marriages or the frustration of a bad-hair day, now this seems a little cheap and amateurish. Professional influencers make a living from their oversharing. Ours doesn’t look as neat, as well thought-out, as supported. Even our connection to oversharing is controlled, manipulated, and artificial. ...
Tags: Art, Ideas, Audience, 03.02.20

VIDEO: Sabrina Carpenter Talks Making Her Broadway Debut in MEAN GIRLS

Sabrina Carpenter was a guest on Live with Kelly and Ryan on Tuesday, March 8, ahead ofmaking her Broadway debut in'Mean Girls'in eight days. [Author: TV News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Kelly, Ryan, TV News Desk, Sabrina Carpenter

Eco-friendly spiritual living at Holy Wisdom Monastery

A basket of bread comes around, and the person next to me removes a chunk, holds it up and says, “Bread of life.” I accept it and do the same for the person on my other side. It’s the first time I’ve ever attended a religious service so egalitarian that all participants are assumed qualified to give each other communion. Earlier, the part of the service where folks exchanged the sign of peace seemed to go on forever; instead of a restrained handshake with their nearest neighbors, people were wal...
Tags: Design, New York City, Religion, US, Features, Architecture, West, Iowa, Wisconsin, Catholic Church, Green Building, Catholic, Times, Madison, Pew Research Center, Benedictine

Grammys Make It Official – Fire Deborah Dugan

The academy announced Ms. Dugan’s removal in a letter from its executive committee, sent to the organization’s members. “We placed our trust in her and believed she would effectively lead the organization,” the committee wrote in the letter. “Unfortunately, that is not what happened.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Dugan, Deborah Dugan, 03.03.20

BWW TV: Watch Highlights from MTC's THE PERPLEXED

The Perplexed is getting ready to celebrate its opening night tonight, March 3, at MTC at New York City Center - Stage I 131 West 55th Street. [Author: BroadwayWorld TV]
Tags: Theatre, MTC, BroadwayWorld TV, New York City Center Stage

BWW TV: Mary-Louise Parker, David Morse & More Talk Bringing HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE Back to Broadway!

The Broadway premiere of Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece How I Learned to Drive reunites the two original stars with their award-winning director for a new production. Tony Award winner Mary-Louise Parker Proof and Tony nominee David Morse The Iceman Cometh head the cast of this remarkably timely and moving memory play about a woman coming to terms with a charismatic uncle who impacts her past, present and future life. [Author: TV - Press Previews]
Tags: Theatre, Broadway, Tony, David Morse, Mary Louise Parker, TV - Press Previews, Paula Vogel, Mary Louise Parker David Morse

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