A Model? Geffen Playhouse Scores A Virtual Hit And Sells Out Box Office

“When all is said and done, “The Present” will have grossed more than $700,000, an astronomical figure for regional theaters scrambling, often blindly, to devise entertainment for a virtual audience.Cates compared that number to what a typical show in the Geffen’s 500-seat mainstage auditorium might gross during a nonpandemic five-week run — if heavily promoted and highly successful.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Geffen, Cates, 10.12.20, Geffen Playhouse Scores

Study: How Horse-Race Election Coverage Polarizes

“While researching Reporting Elections, we found that TV viewers are likely to see more policy coverage in countries with public service broadcasters. But even then, the overwhelming conclusion from looking at dozens of studies examining the nature of election coverage is that ‘who is going to win’? is a more compelling question than ‘what will they actually do when they win’?” – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, 10.06.20

This Critic Read 150 Trump Books So You Don’t Have To. Here’s What He Learned

“From his vast reading, Carlos Lozada, who won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for criticism, has concluded that “the most essential books of the Trump era are scarcely about Trump at all.” Rather than works that focus on White House intrigue, scandals and policy disputes, he believes that the most important books today place our nation’s conflicts within the larger context of our “endless fight to live up to our self-professed, self-evident truths.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, White House, Words, Trump, Carlos Lozada, 10.11.20, Trump Books

When Great Things Result From World Disasters

“History is studded with oddly salubrious side-effects to truly awful happenings. For instance, The Renaissance (worthy of a cap on the article surely), seems to have entirely ironic parentage. The fall of Constantinople in 1453? Terrible. But… to escape the Ottomans, classical scholars scurried off to Italy carrying armloads of ancient Greek and Latin texts. And suddenly Italy is rereading its past. . . and producing the present. Our present.” – 3 Quarks Daily
Tags: Art, Ideas, Italy, 10.12.20

How Much John Steinbeck Hated Criticism (Of Any Kind)

“Over the course of a long writing life, Steinbeck had won many prizes, among them the Pulitzer and then, remarkably enough, the Nobel, but no matter how many hundreds of critics and millions of readers declared him a national treasure, he not only raged at those who refused to extend him the accolades he hungered for, he scorned those very accolades when they came his way.” – The New Republic
Tags: Art, People, John Steinbeck, Steinbeck, 10.09.20

Why People Believe In The Unbelievable

“You don’t have to be a big believer in the power of survey data to see that behind the monster stands meaning. Belief in the existence of monsters rarely starts with a chance observation in the woods. It requires psychological preparation. Often, a sinuous neck, a flipper, is just the tip of something that sits much deeper in the waters of culture and history.” – Los Angeles Review of Books
Tags: Art, Ideas, 10.09.20

Why Science Didn’t Become A Thing Until The 17th Century

“Science has produced some extraordinary elements of modern life that we take for granted: imaging devices that can peer inside the body without so much as a cut; planes that hurtle through the air at hundreds of miles an hour. But human civilization has existed for millenniums, and modern science — as distinct from ancient and medieval science, or so-called natural philosophy — has only been around for a few hundred years. What took so long?” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Ideas, 10.09.20

American Museums Are Being Challenged On All Fronts

In a year marred by forced shutdowns, decreased revenue, deaccessioned artworks, staff cutbacks and canceled exhibitions, many art institutions have been rocked by a national moment of reckoning and increasingly vocal calls to acknowledge their racist histories and adopt anti-racist practices. Some activists have even suggested completely dismantling museums, echoing demands to defund or abolish the police. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Visual, American Museums, 10.12.20

The Case For Local Diversity Versus Globalism

It boils down to two concepts that sound simple but have profound implications: First, shorter distances are healthier than longer distances for commerce and human interaction; second, diversification — one farmer growing a dozen crops, for example — is healthier than monoculture, which is what globalization tends to create, whether it’s bananas or mobile phones. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Ideas, 10.09.20

Cool Stuff: ‘The Lion King’, ‘Hercules’ and More Expand Ben Harman’s Disney Dreamland Art Series

Throughout this year, artist Ben Harman has been fleshing out his Disney Dreamland art series, bringing to life beautiful images from Disney’s classic animated movies. Each of his prints is like a vertical widescreen image with meticulously recreated architecture, amazing landscapes, astounding skyscapes, and incredible detail. And more are arriving today. Bottleneck Gallery and Eyeland Prints UK are releasing seven new Disney Dreamland posters today inspired by six of Disney’s beloved animated...
Tags: Art, Movies, Disney, Animation, Hercules, Pocahontas, Cool Stuff, Fantasia, Ben Harman, Disney/Pixar, Bottleneck Gallery, The-Lion-King, The-Princess-and-the-Frog, Lady and the Tramp, Eyeland Prints UK, Disney Dreamland

A Book Finds A New Audience In The Last Place On Earth It Hadn’t Gone Before

John Hersey’s Hiroshima, first a 30,000-word article in The New Yorker, became a book almost immediately, and has sold millions of copies in many different languages since. But “one of the few places Hiroshima did not appear in the year after its initial publication was Russia. That changed this past August.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Russia, Words, Hiroshima, John Hersey, 10.12.20

Indigenous Peoples’ Day: the latest US billboard project to send a message

Across the US, artist-designed billboards are set to send an important message to coincide with an important day of remembranceMany might know today as Columbus Day, which celebrates the Italian explorer’s arrival to America in 1492. But to many others, today is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a counter-event that honors Native Americans whose lives were destroyed by colonial rule.Indigenous Peoples’ Day has been celebrated since it was first introduced in 1977 at an indigenous conference but took over...
Tags: Art, Design, US, America, Culture, Art and design

Make Your Presentation SMART!

Chances are, if you work in a corporate setting, you have likely heard of SMART goal-setting. SMART is an acronym that helps you remember the attributes your goals should possess for maximum impact. While this works well for short and long term goals, it can also work for your presentation. Often, we have a lot of data to wade through, and deciding which data to represent, how to fit it in, where, and when can slow us down. I’ve found this SMART model to translate well to the presentation space....
Tags: Design, Uncategorized, Smart, Presentation, Thought Leadership, Speaking, Smart Goals, John Hodgman, Presentation Science, Presentation Design, Specific, Relatable, Thought Leader, Achievable, Measurable, Smart Goal-setting

How Is Hollywood Still Getting Paris So Very, Very Wrong?

It’s as if writers from the U.S. can’t see the city as anything but a backdrop for old clichés, narratives long grown stale. “Many of the misconceptions about the city swirling around in the US imagination are not really misconceptions at all – it’s just they are 100 years out of date.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, US, 10.07.20

The Endless Hours Of Architecture Are Bad Enough, And Now There’s Constant Surveillance

From architecture firms that demand their employees log into webcams at 8:30 am and not log off until 10 pm to firms that fired pregnant workers and those who didn’t want to be exploited, architecture is starting to face a reckoning. “The pandemic has finally pushed it into the kind of extreme, exploitative territory where we must all stand up together and say enough is enough.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Visual, 10.12.20

Poke and prod famous paintings with this playful installation by Neil Mendoza

LA artist Neil Mendoza's work is known for exploring both the playful and absurd. His latest, made for The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, is no exception. Truly a wonderful thing. Mechanical Masterpieces is a collection of paintings reimagined for the 21st century. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Video, News, La, Play, Neil Mendoza, Children s Museum of Pittsburgh, Happy Mutant, Wonderful Thing, Mechanical Masterpieces, Short Attention Span

Writer Elif Shafak On Leaving, And Loving, Your Homeland

Shafak, who says she can likely never return to Istanbul, says, “We do not give up on the places we love just because we are physically detached from them. Motherlands are castles made of glass. In order to leave them, you have to break something—a wall, a social convention, a cultural norm, a psychological barrier, a heart. What you have broken will haunt you. To be an emigré, therefore means to forever bear shards of glass in your pockets.” – LitHub
Tags: Art, Words, Istanbul, Elif Shafak, Shafak, 10.09.20

The Irish Criminal Who Was Supposed To Reveal Where The Gardner Stash Might Be Has Disappeared

It’s more intense than any spy novel: “Martin ‘the Viper’ Foley, a well-known convicted criminal who has operated on the fringes of gangland political violence in Ireland for half a century, has suddenly dropped out of negotiations, according to Charles Hill, a leading art sleuth. And Foley’s promise to reunite the public with these great works, including Vermeer’s The Concert, the most valuable missing artwork in the world, has vanished with him.” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Ireland, Visual, Martin, Foley, Vermeer, Charles Hill, 10.11.20

The Cleveland Orchestra Restarts Recording With Its Own Label

Does this seem like a headline from before the pandemic? Think again. The first recording was released in June, with more on their way. (But it may be a while before the orchestra can record live again in Severance Hall.) – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Cleveland Orchestra, 10.09.20, Severance Hall The New York

It’s a small world after all: Average apartment shrank 9.7% since 2010

Centrally located, small and more affordable living spaces dominated the past decade, according to new data released by RCLCO Real Estate Advisors.
Tags: Work From Home, Design, Lifestyle, Data, Analysis, Radio, Apartments, West Coast, East Coast, South, Midwest, Markets & Economy, Select, Rental Market, Studio apartments, Coronavirus Pandemic

Why British Police Shows Are Better Than Those Produced In The US

Basically, take away the guns – and you get a lot more interesting content. But there’s more: “The tonal contrast with American police series reflects a very different law-enforcement reality. Specifically, in the British shows, closed-circuit television surveillance is everywhere, and handguns are nowhere to be found.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Media, US, 10.11.20

Soviet Spies Targeted George Orwell And His Wife As They Fought In The Spanish Civil War

Depressingly, while fighting Franco – or not being organized enough to fight Franco – “George Orwell, whose book Homage to Catalonia became a celebrated account of fighting in the civil war, and his wife Eileen were spied on in Barcelona at the time of a vicious internal conflict on the Republican side of the war in May 1937.” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Catalonia, Barcelona, George Orwell, Franco, Words, Eileen, 10.11.20, Franco George Orwell

Hard To Believe, But Roddy Doyle Wrote A First Book That He Describes As ‘Shite’

The author of The Commitments misses Dublin pubs, says Ireland is nicer now – he doesn’t miss being denounced from the pulpit, for instance – and worries about what will happen to his writing, usually set in the present moment, if the present moment keeps changing rapidly due to the virus. – Irish Times
Tags: Art, Ireland, Words, Dublin, Roddy Doyle, 10.10.20

The TV Show ‘Lovecraft Country’ Goes An Unusual Extra Mile, Writing An Aria For A Show

And, because of the pandemic, soprano Janai Brugger experienced some challenges. “She recorded her part in a makeshift studio inside her home in Chicago, surrounded by noise-dampening moving blankets. She occasionally had to wait for the noise in the alleyway outside her office window to die down in order to get a clean take.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Music, Chicago, Janai Brugger, 10.11.20

In Paris, Fashion Mavens Wonder If Their Art Can Provide Hope In A Dark Time

Another lockdown may be looming as the virus spikes in Paris again, but Fashion Week still had about 20 in-person runway events. Designer Andrew Gn: “We have to project ourselves towards better times. We, designers, are the core and the driving force of the whole fashion ecosystem. The weavers, printers, embroiderers, ateliers, all depend on our creative work. We must keep on.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Ideas, Paris, Fashion Week, Andrew Gn, 10.09.20

How Prison Shaped Writer Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

The Kenyan writer, a perennial frontrunner for the Nobel Prize for Literature, saw the committee pass him over once again. But his time in prison in Kenya changed his life. “How come that a post-colonial African government has put me in prison for writing in an African language? … I had written a few plays in English, and novels in English, and I had not been in prison for being critical of the post-colonial system. So why now? And that question is what set in motion my thinking about the uneq...
Tags: Art, Kenya, Words, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong, 10.10.20

How 92-Year-Old Burt Bacharach Keeps Working During The Pandemic

He does Instagram Live interviews, for instance, and a lot of virtual work: “We write something that we like, then I work by phone with Tim Lauer, who is the keyboard player in the nucleus of the band that Daniel will use. I’ll write out a framework for where this could go. Then Tim puts down a keyboard part and I get a temporary vocal from Daniel. Now you have a piano and a vocal and you start adding things.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Daniel, Tim, Burt Bacharach, Tim Lauer, 10.08.20

The Royal Ballet Leaps Back On Stage

“No one was ready, no one could even think that it would be possible that one day they would have to readjust ballet so that it would be social distancing in between,” say some Royal Ballet dancers. And yet, with various bubbles between dancers and “work spouses in the bubbles,” the ballet is going on at the Royal Opera House. – BBC
Tags: Art, Dance, Royal Ballet, 10.09.20

Without The Nutcracker For Cash Flow, Can Ballet Companies Survive?

Not to be crass, but every ballet company in the U.S. and Canada knows the truth: Like bookstores and other businesses relying on high December sales, ballet companies rely on that sweet Nutcracker money. But that’s not the only thing the Christmas perennial provides. “Nutcracker performances are also a crucial marketing tool for dance companies, company directors say.” – CBC
Tags: Art, Dance, Canada, 10.11.20

Margaret Nolan - actor, artist and Goldfinger title sequence star - dies aged 76

Actor who began as a glamour model went on to appear in the James Bond film before taking numerous roles in 1960s and 70s TVMargaret Nolan, the actor best known for appearing in the title sequence for Goldfinger and for a string of appearances in TV shows in the 1960s and 70s, has died aged 76. Film-maker Edgar Wright, who directed Nolan in her final film role, in the forthcoming Last Night in Soho, reported the news on social media.Nolan, who was born in 1943 in Somerset, first appeared on film...
Tags: Art, Comedy, Television, Film, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Television & radio, James Bond, Nolan, Goldfinger, Somerset, Edgar Wright, Soho, TV Comedy, Margaret Nolan

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