A Great Big Cloud of Smoke

If anyone from federal law enforcement is reading this, it's purely a work of fiction, and any resemblance to actual musical theatre artists, stoned or not, is purely coincidental. Now that I got that out of the way. If you're my Facebook friend, or if you've known me for longer than ten minutes, you know I smoke pot. And I'm very vocal about it. In a weird way, stoners are kind of like gay people thirty years ago (and in some cases, still today) -- in both cases, it's relatively easy to "...
Tags: Facebook, Musicals, Marijuana, John Lennon, Superman, Theatre, Paul Simon, America, Cannabis, Artists, Paul Mccartney, Pot, Theater, George W Bush, Yoda, Johnny

Free Printable MULAN Activity Packet

Disney’s MULAN is available now on Disney+ with Premier Access! Download this free MULAN printable activity packet for a great educational activity for kids! #Mulan This post may contain affiliate links which means we receive a small commission at no cost to you when you make a purchase. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Free Printable MULAN Activity Packet Acclaimed filmmaker Niki Caro brings the epic tale of China’s legendary warrior to life in Disney’s ...
Tags: Art, Maleficent, Movies, Parenting, Entertainment, China, Disney, Mulan, Printables, Coloring Pages, Imperial Army, Niki Caro, Fun With the Kids, Hua Jun, Christopher Robin Incredibles, Beast Coloring Pages

Audience Shuts Down Madrid Opera Performance Protesting Lack Of Social Distancing

A performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” at the Teatro Real was canceled after spectators spent more than an hour shouting and clapping to protest against what they said were insufficient social distancing measures in the opera house’s mezzanine levels. Photos and videos shared on social media showed filled rows in the upper sections of the house, in contrast to the orchestra level of the auditorium, where spectators were separated by vacant seats. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Giuseppe Verdi, Teatro Real, 09.21.20

Meet Drake's architectural designer, who designed the superstar rapper's palatial mansion and has worked on some of the world's most expensive homes

Ferris Rafauli. Ferris Rafauli In an interview with Robb Report, interior designer Ferris Rafuali talks about how he creates some of the most expensive homes on the planet. Recently, he garnered much attention for designing Drake's palatial Toronto mansion. He previously spoke to Business Insider about his designs, including his latest creation: a $400,000 mattress made of stingray skin and horsehair. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Ferris Rafauli predicts that in the u...
Tags: Life, Toronto, Los Angeles, Trends, Strategy, Luxury, Nba, Drake, Alexander Mcqueen, Roberto Cavalli, Vegas, Interior Design, Takashi Murakami, Frank Lloyd Wright, La Cornue, Jay Gatsby

2020 Has Taken A Turn Back To The Existentialist

“One reason we define ourselves and others on the basis of class, religion, race, and nationality, or even childhood influences and subconscious drives, is to gain control over the contingencies of the world and insert ourselves in the myriad ways people have failed and succeeded in human history. But this control is illusory and deceptive, existentialists insisted. It might be an alluring distraction from our own fragility but it eventually yields a pseudo-power that corrodes our ability to li...
Tags: Art, Ideas, 08.24.20

Luxembourg’s National Library Uses a Cool Scrabble-Type Signage System

Individual letters or parts of letters are printed on each face of a cube, so cubes can be placed in rows to form words, or cubes with letter fragments can be stacked to create letters at a large scale. They’re then placed on blank wayfinding infrastructure that has a small lip to hold them up. The resulting system is similar to a beautifully considered mega game of Scrabble, and can easily be adapted to meet the needs of the community it serves. – Fast Company
Tags: Art, Luxembourg, Words, 09.18.20

Met Opera Made Huge Payment To James Levine In Settlement

The settlement, whose terms have not been publicly disclosed until now, called for the company and its insurer to pay Mr. Levine $3.5 million, according to two people familiar with its terms. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Levine, James Levine, 09.21.20

Sex And The Definitions Of Sex

Many people assume that if there are only two sexes, that means everyone must fall into one of them. But the biological definition of sex doesn’t imply that at all. – Aeon
Tags: Art, Ideas, 09.19.20

Cricut Explore Air 2 just $199 Shipped at Michael’s! Cute Colors!

  If you’ve always wanted a Cricut, this is a nice deal for you! Check out this Cricut Explore Air 2 just $199 Shipped from Michael’s! And it’s available in a bunch of cute colors! Note: some colors ship free, others only available for pickup. Free Shipping on $59+ orders Description: Cut and write up... Read More
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World’s First Immersive Virtual Museum

The result is a 360-degree, fully immersive experience that lets museumgoers get as close as they want to, say, Manet’s Olympia or Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights. Using a computer’s arrow buttons, a visitor can virtually “walk” around the museum, zooming in on different works of art. The user-friendly setup feels much like a computer game. – Smithsonian
Tags: Art, Visual, Manet, Olympia, Hieronymus Bosch, 09.17.20

How To Survive The Internet? Books!

“On the one hand, we feel that everything is moving so fast, but we simultaneously feel trapped in our social structures and patterns of life, imprisoned, deprived of meaningful choice.” – Harper’s
Tags: Art, Words, Harper, 10.20

American Artist Defends Controversial Sculpture Of Melania Trump

Brad Downey, a conceptual artist from Kentucky based in Berlin, said the statue that replaced an earlier wooden carving destroyed in an arson attack in July, was motivated by his “frustrations with the policies of my birth country.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Kentucky, Berlin, Visual, Melania Trump, Brad Downey, 09.19.20

Take A Peek Inside These Celebrity Home Offices

As we’ve moved well into month six (or is it now seven?) of the pandemic, it’s become clear that home offices are not a fleeting trend, but rather a a regular staple of many homes — especially for those in the entertainment industry. With that in mind, we couldn’t help wonder what their home offices […]
Tags: Design, Home Office, Interior Design, Entertainers, Design Trends, More Dirt

Uh-Oh! NY Post Is Afraid Beethoven Might Be Canceled

“To woke critics, Beethoven’s music has taken on a new, darker meaning. To musicologist Nate Sloan and songwriter Charlie Harding, stars of the “Switched on Pop” podcast produced in association with the New York Philharmonic, the Fifth Symphony is a stand-in for everything they don’t like about classical music and Western culture. As far as they’re concerned, it’s time to cancel Ludwig.” – New York Post
Tags: Art, Music, Beethoven, Nate Sloan, Charlie Harding, 09.17.20, New York Philharmonic the Fifth Symphony

The Fight Over The Fight Over Digital Privacy

California tried to legislate digital privacy, but it was a rushed legislative process, and the massive loopholes left during that process haven’t been fixed. But can a ballot initiative, Prop 24, fix them? Some say nope. “Privacy advocates resisting a privacy initiative is less intuitive.” – Wired
Tags: Art, California, Issues, 09.21.20

Europe’s First Drive-In And Bike-In Opera

The cars get, let’s say, preferential treatment at the new La Bohème. “The unintended genius of English National Opera’s modern-day, 90-minute staging of Puccini’s opera is to spread the class politics from stage to audience.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, Puccini, 09.20.20

Madrid's Teatro Real cancels opera after social distancing protests – video

Audience members clapped and shouted in protest over a lack of social distancing measures in Madrid on Sunday night causing an opera to be pulled at the last minute.A performance of Verdi’s A Masked Ball at the Teatro Real was abandoned after two failed attempts to begin. The decision was made to bring down the curtain at about 9.10pm.One member of the audience said there were rows of more than a dozen people without any gaps between them. In a statement, theatre management said the house had be...
Tags: Europe, Theatre, Spain, Madrid, Verdi, Teatro Real, Coronavirus outbreak

A Dutch Museum Lets You See Everything It Owns, If You Have The Time

150,000 exhibits? Art in a pretty warehouse? All of the art owned by a particular museum? Yes. All of it, on display, all of the time: “Sjarel Ex, the Boijmans’ director, is wearing the look of a man who can’t quite believe it’s finally happening. ‘A treasure chest, no?’ he exclaims, gesturing towards a dizzying lattice of glass stairwells above our heads. ‘Every single thing we have will be on display.'” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Visual, 09.21.20

Zubin Mehta: Levine And Domingo Were Blacklisted!

Mehta doesn’t mind that both Domingo and Levine are facing allegations of sexual harassment in the United States. “We leave the blacklists to American puritanism. Levine has been ruined by the US media. Domingo has had to leave the Los Angeles Opera, which was worth nothing before him. And all because of complaints that have come from failed artists after 30 years . That sounds like revenge,” commented Mehta. – Weiner Zeitung
Tags: Art, Music, US, United States, Levine, Domingo, Zubin Mehta, Mehta, Los Angeles Opera, 09.11.20

What It’s Like To Watch The Opening Concert Of The Seattle Symphony As A Drive-In

Melinda Bargreen talks about the journey: “Music presenters often overuse the phrase ‘a concert like no other, but for once, that was exactly what we got: a Symphony concert recorded earlier in the week in Benaroya Hall, watched on the park’s big drive-in screens, and streamed through a dedicated FM channel into the car radios. There’s never been an opening night like this one.” – Seattle Times
Tags: Art, Music, Seattle, Benaroya Hall, Melinda Bargreen, 09.20.20

From A Lightning Quick Ascent On Broadway To A Big Zoom Role

Kara Young’s story has a few twists and turns, but right now she’s enjoying the chance to rehearse again – even if it’s on Zoom. “I love rehearsal — it’s my favorite thing in the world. … It’s an actual playground for me: I’m available to play with people. You don’t call it that, but it’s magic.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway, Kara Young, 09.16.20

U.S. Movie Theatres See Outlook Not Improving Much At All

Three-quarters of the country’s movie theatres are open on at least a limited basis; new movies are coming out weekly … and … that’s a no from audiences. “Americans are not going back in significant numbers in the COVID-[19] era.” – Portland Press-Herald (AP)
Tags: Art, Media, Portland, Audience, 09.20.20, U S Movie Theatres

The Best Of The Writers We Have, Often Deliberately, Forgotten

Hannah Lynch was “a neglected Irish writer, famous in her time,” but studying her also gives a window “into a robust international women’s culture at the fin-de-siècle that only recently has become the subject of critical revival, to which Irish writers, artists, journalists, and activists contributed.” – The Irish Times
Tags: Art, Words, 09.19.20, Hannah Lynch

All Of The Winners At Last Night’s Emmys

Schitt’s Creek set an Emmys record; Watchmen did itself proud; and so, so much more. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, Creek

Yvonne Rainer And Radical Dance

Rainer, avant-garde choreographer and filmmaker, has a new book out. “A book about dance is a book, but it is also a mirror. And when a choreographer puts a mirror up to her work, angling to see it with new clarity, she often encounters her own reflection: her image and the mythologies of that image, her layered and conflicting legacies, the ways in which she has moved through the world — or appeared to.” – Los Angeles Review of Books
Tags: Art, Dance, Rainer, Yvonne Rainer, 09.20.20

Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland Wins Big At Toronto Film Fest

Nomadland also won the Golden Lion in Venice, making it the first (and, so far, only) film to win both the Lion and the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. “In a plea to the audiences who had watched Nomadland remotely and at a drive-in screening, [the director] added, ‘Please, please keep going because we cannot do this without you. We’re so grateful and we hope we’ll see you all down the road.'” – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, Venice, Golden Lion, Toronto Film Fest, Chloe Zhao, Nomadland, 09.20.20

When The Met Fired James Levine, They Cited Sexual Misconduct, And Paid Him 3.5 Million Dollars

The size of the previously undisclosed settlement “casts doubt on the strength of the company’s case had it gone to trial. Mr. Levine’s contract, which had been amended over the years but was essentially based on agreements struck decades ago, lacked a morals clause.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Levine, James Levine, 09.20.20

Somehow, The Emmys Did A TV Awards Show During The Pandemic Without Looking Entirely Self-Centered

That’s partly because of the presenters. “Essential workers, including a USPS delivery person, a rancher, two doctors, a teacher, a truck driver and a nurse practitioner, served as presenters. But before introducing categories such as supporting drama and comedy actor, they spoke about what they’ve been doing in their respective jobs to keep the country running during the COVID-19 pandemic.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, Usps, 09.21.20

The Future Of Theatre

There are many ideas. Many hopes. Stephanie Ybarra of Baltimore’s Center Stage: “We will rely less on the stuff of the stage and more on the physical bodies of the performers and the words they speak or sing and the movement of those bodies.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Theatre, Baltimore, Audience, Stephanie Ybarra, 09.20.20

The Infinite Supply Of Misinformation Is On Its Way

Actually, it’s already here: “We found a sprawling web of nonexistent authors turning Russian-government talking points into thousands of opinion pieces and placing them in sympathetic Western publications, with crowds of fake people discussing the same themes on Twitter.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Issues, 09.20.20

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