A revolution is sweeping through Japan's Takarazuka Music School

This month the school scrapped several longstanding and unwritten rules that governed the behaviour of students for decadesFor more than a century the Takarazuka Music School has transformed thousands of young women from unpolished amateurs into accomplished singers, dancers and actors who perform to sell-out audiences with kitsch adaptations of everything from Japanese manga to classic western novels.But the school, based in the Japanese hot spring resort from which it takes its name, is not ju...
Tags: Japan, Theatre, World news, Culture, Stage, Takarazuka Music School

Apple’s former design guru Jony Ive gets into bed with Airbnb

The man who helped create some of Apple’s most iconic products is teaming up with online accommodation service Airbnb to help design its future products and services.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Design, News, Trends, Airbnb, Smart Home, Jony Ive, Breakingtwitter

The Google Anti-Trust Case Marks An Important Turning Point For Tech (And We Who Use It)

Today’s suit is an important rejection of the claim that the internet can only operate efficiently with monopolistic gatekeepers. Explicit in the Justice Department’s suit is that the internet is less innovative when power concentrates in a small handful of companies. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Ideas, Justice Department, 10.20.20

Missing Jacob Lawrence Painting Found After Neighbor Visits Met Museum

“Last week a friend of mine went to the show and said, ‘There’s a blank spot on the wall and I believe that’s where your painting belongs,’ ” she continued. “I felt I owed it both to the artist and the Met to allow them to show the painting.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, Jacob Lawrence, 10.21.20

Edgar Allan Poe Letter Pleading For $40 Sells For $125,000

“Here he’s writing to a magazine editor basically begging for money. The person behind these incredible psychological thrillers and macabre tales was in fact struggling and could maybe relate to the chaos around him.” – Baltimore Sun
Tags: Art, Edgar Allan Poe, Words, 10.21.20

Man Arrives At Versailles By Taxi Late At Night, Tries To Break In

According to the Versailles prosecutor’s office, the man arrived by taxi to the castle grounds around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday evening. Police were alerted soon after to the threat by the taxi driver, who described the man as “carrying a sheet and taking himself for a king.”  – ARTnews
Tags: Art, People, Versailles, 10.20.20

Jersey City Proposes New Community-Based Way To Support Artists

Here’s how it works. Individuals and/or organizations can apply for funds, proposing a specific use case and budget for how the funds would be used. Each council member appoints a community member who reviews applications, which helps mitigate the probability that politics is injected into the equation. These community members will assess the applications and award funds. One of the important implicit benefits of that approach is that it engages community members and civic participation. – Forb...
Tags: Art, Issues, 10.20.20

The Atlantic Magazine In The Confounding Era Of Trump

The Atlantic is a magazine not precisely of the center but rather of a set of liberal civic ideals; more than any other publication, its purpose seems to be the continual renewal of educated Americans’ commitment to high-mindedness. The past four years have severely tested those ideals. – The New Republic
Tags: Art, Atlantic, Words, Trump, 10.20.20

Ed Benguiat, Titan of Typefaces, Dead at 92

“He became one of the go-to designers of the second half of the last century, especially in matters of typography. His hand was behind more than 600 typefaces, several of which bear his name.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, 10.16.20, Ed Benguiat Titan

Pandemic: An Opportunity To Rethink “Wellness”

For many years, voices around the world have been articulating the concerns that the pandemic is now highlighting with devastating effect: the fragility of modern civilisation, the importance of supportive relationships, the need to live more harmoniously with nature, and more besides. Given the current chaos, there is now perhaps greater receptivity to alternative ways of thinking and being – including embracing philosophies and practices from cultures other than our own. – The Conversation ...
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Another Of Yemen’s Historic Mud-Brick Palaces Is ‘At Risk Of Collapsing’

“The seven-story Seiyun Palace in Hadramawt province, currently a museum, fell into disrepair after the country descended into civil war in 2015. That left it vulnerable to the heavy rains and flash floods that hit Yemen this summer, killing dozens of people” and ravaging the medieval mud-brick buildings of Sanaa, Yemen’s capital. “An engineer said the [Seiyun Palace] was now ‘dangerous’ and appealed for help.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Yemen, Visual, SANAA Yemen, Hadramawt, Seiyun Palace, 10.20.20

Pandemic Has Turned American Theatre’s Ecosystem Upside-Down, And That Might Be A Good Thing

“COVID-19 is the great disruptor, forcing long overdue introspection and reinvention. … Theatres with lovely large venues, lots of seats, and the wherewithal to attract large numbers of people to pay large amounts of money to view virtuosic work may now be at the bottom of the theatrical food chain. Meanwhile, nimble, itinerant companies that don’t rely on ticket sales for viability may surface as the new sages.” – HowlRound
Tags: Art, Theatre, 10.21.20

Bubble-Master: The Doctor Who Helps Make Dance Companies Safe

“Bubbling has gained traction in the dance world as companies and organizations try to find ways of bringing artists together to create work in a safe environment. That involves rules, medical protocols, tests and vigilance, and it requires a presiding authority to decide what those should be. Enter Dr. Wendy Ziecheck, a Manhattan internist, who trained with George Balanchine’s doctor and was the medical director for the Rockettes before taking this unlikely new career path.” – The New York Tim...
Tags: Art, Dance, Manhattan, George Balanchine, Rockettes, Wendy Ziecheck, 10.20.20

Pixel art tips for non-artists

If you're interested in making pixel art for games, websites, or just for fun, but don't know how to get started, this video has useful tips. The key takeaway: when designing characters use a 16×16 grid and frequently zoom out to see what it will actually look like. — Read the rest
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Which Native American Writers Get To Do What With Which Native Stories? The Case Of Rebecca Roanhorse

Just two years after her debut novel was published, Roanhorse has been racking up awards and praise in the science fiction/fantasy field, even drawing comparisons to George R.R. Martin and N.K. Jemisin. But she draws on Diné (Navajo) myth and legends as source material, and she herself is Diné only by marriage (her people were from the New Mexico pueblos); while some Diné are thrilled by her work and her success, others have attacked her furiously for appropriation. – Vulture
Tags: Art, Words, New Mexico, Dine, George R R Martin, Rebecca Roanhorse, Roanhorse, 10.20.20

Charlotte Symphony Makes The Calculation: If We Don’t Perform, We Don’t Survive

“The band played while the Titanic sank — I don’t happen to believe that the Titanic is sinking at the moment. We’ll get through this but we must not get through this having entirely annihilated the arts world. There is no future of humanity if that happens.” – Charlotte Observer
Tags: Art, Music, 10.18.20

A Long Now Drive-in Double Feature at Fort Mason

Join the Long Now Community for a night of films that inspire long-term thinking. On October 27, 02020, we’ll screen Samsara followed by 2001: A Space Odyssey at Fort Mason. SAMSARA Drive-in Screening on Tuesday October 27, 02020 at 6:00pm PT Get Tickets SAMSARA is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life” and is the point of departure for the filmmakers as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives.  SAMSARA t...
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Keith Jarrett Reveals He’s Had Two Strokes And May Never Perform Again

“I was paralyzed. My left side is still partially paralyzed. I’m able to try to walk with a cane, but it took a long time for that, took a year or more. … I don’t know what my future is supposed to be. I don’t feel right now like I’m a pianist. That’s all I can say about that.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Keith Jarrett, 10.21.20

New Director Of Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts Throws Some Shade At His Predecessor (And At France)

Stéphane Aquin, a native Montrealer who is currently chief curator at the Hirshhorn in D.C., takes over his hometown’s flagship museum next month after the ouster of Nathalie Bondil, a prominent Frenchwoman who had raised the MMFA’s profile and reputation overseas. “One thing I’m keen [on] is to establish our relevance in North America,” said Aquin. “We are not a suburb of Paris.” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, France, Paris, North America, Visual, MMFA, Montreal Museum, Nathalie Bondil, Aquin, 10.20.20, Stéphane Aquin

California Lays Out Rules For When Disneyland Can Reopen (It’ll Be A While)

“All theme parks — which includes Disneyland in Anaheim and Universal Studios Hollywood — may resume operations in Tier 4, Yellow, which is much further down the road. At that point, the guest limit is 25% across the board and indoor dining establishments can only operate at 25% capacity. The announcement drew a swift, negative reaction from executives at Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, Legoland and others.” – Deadline
Tags: Art, Media, California, Disneyland, Anaheim, Universal Studios Hollywood, 10.20.20, Disneyland Universal Studios Hollywood Legoland

For The First Time Since 1965: No Charlie Brown And The Great Pumpkin On TV This Year

ABC has been the main home of Great Pumpkin and all the major Peanuts specials for the past 20 years, having snatched them away from their original home on CBS in 2000. But Great Pumpkin is not currently on ABC’s advance programming specials through early November, and while a network rep indicated that could change, it would be odd for ABC not to schedule the specials by now, unless there were contractual issues. – New York Magazine
Tags: Art, Media, Abc, Cbs, Great Pumpkin, 10.20.20

This artist made a cardboard Bernini fountain replica

James Grashow explains his philosophy behind setting his cardboard Bernini out in the elements to be washed away in this clip from a documentary on his work. Grashow ended up spending four years making the sculpture. Fun fact: Grashow also did a lot of cover art in his youth, like this lovely work for Jethro Tull. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Video, News, Sculpture, Cardboard, Bernini, Jethro Tull, James Grashow, Grashow

Scorpions crawl on professional scorpion handler while filmed in black light

Nowness presents an art film starring a professional scorpion handlers and several of her venomous charges. As part of our new series of moving-image premieres, Nowness Experiments, we welcome French filmmaker and visual artist Marc Johnson to the screen. Inspired by a philosophical Chinese poem about a man dreaming of being a butterfly, Marc Johnson reimagines the ancient fable and its epistemological skepticism in a new film. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Video, News, Delightful Creatures, Marc Johnson, Scorpions

Sexting Lawsuit Against Ex-New York City Ballet Dancer Gets Even More Lurid

Chase Finlay, the former City Ballet principal who resigned just as news broke that he had shared nude photos of ex-girlfriend Alexandra Waterbury with male colleagues, has now filed an official response to her lawsuit against him. (Waterbury’s suits against the company and the male colleagues were thrown out by a judge last month.) In his filing, Finlay accuses Waterbury of everything from careerism to attempted extortion to assault and battery. – New York Post
Tags: Art, Dance, Waterbury, New York City Ballet, Finlay, City Ballet, Chase Finlay, Alexandra Waterbury, 10.20.20

Australia Announced A $250M Arts Rescue Package In June, and 80% Of It Still Hasn’t Been Allocated

At a Senate hearing on Wednesday in Canberra, officials at first weren’t able to say at all how much of the aid had been distributed to struggling arts organizations. Later, they said that just under $50 million had been allocated, all of it to film and television; meanwhile, those who work in live performance and visual art grow ever more desperate. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Australia, Senate, Canberra, Issues, 10.21.20

Weird Oily Substance Smeared On Artefacts In Berlin Museums; Weird Conspiracy Theories Reportedly Involved

“Objects including Egyptian sarcophagi, stone sculptures and 19th-century paintings held at the Pergamon Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie and the Neues Museum sustained visible damage during the attack on 3 October. … German media have linked the museum island attack to conspiracy theories pushed through social media channels. … One such theory claims that the Pergamon Museum is the centre of the ‘global satanism scene’.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Berlin, Visual, Neues Museum, Pergamon Museum, 10.21.20

Coventry to host Turner prize in city of culture year in 2021

City’s bid is ‘glimmer of hope’ for UK arts sector amid Covid crisis, says creative directorCoventry will host the Turner prize, a south Asian film festival and a music festival curated by the Specials’ Terry Hall during its city of culture year, which is being billed as a “glimmer of hope” for the UK’s arts sector amid the Covid-19 crisis.The first 15 events for the year-long programme were unveiled on Wednesday by Chenine Bhathena, the creative director for Coventry’s city of culture year, who...
Tags: Art, Music, UK, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Coventry, The Specials, Turner, Turner prize, Terry Hall, Chenine Bhathena

Minnesota Orchestra And Engineers Study Aerosols From Wind Instruments, And There’s Hopeful News

“The risk of the instruments projecting virus-carrying aerosols horizontally into the crowd wasn’t as bad as feared. … Among the 10 instruments they analyzed, [Univ. of Minnesota] researchers found that the trumpet, oboe and bass trombone generated the most aerosols, while the tuba was less hazardous than someone talking or breathing.” – Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Tags: Art, Music, Minnesota, Star Tribune, 10.18.20

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