UCLA Study: TV Diversity Up In Front Of The Camera, Not Better Behind It

“There has been a lot of progress for women and people of colour in front of the camera,” Darnell Hunt, dean of the school’s social sciences division and the study’s co-author, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, there has not been the same level of progress behind the camera.“ – Toronto Star (AP)
Tags: Art, Media, Ucla, Darnell Hunt, 10.22.20

It’s Probably Not Possible To Live A Contemplative Life Any More

The contemplative life hits us as a kind of sudden derangement, ripping us out of the fabric of life, driving us into libraries, bookstores, and campus events in desperate efforts to meet fellow travelers. But when we get there, we find that our eccentricity, roughness, and lack of training in academic gentility make such relationships impossible. Letters go unanswered, invitations withheld, applications rejected. – Chronicle of Higher Education
Tags: Art, Ideas, 10.21.20

The Case Against Pierre Boulez

When conductors manage to continue performing into their eighties, their colleagues tend to soften their views, even of maestros who were once feared and despised. A shock of white hair and a newly tremulous tone of voice in rehearsals has helped many former tyrants come to be seen as benevolent fountains of wisdom. I can think of no other artist for whom this transformation was as complete, or improbable, as Pierre Boulez. When he was a young composer and polemicist in Paris in the 1940s and 1...
Tags: Art, Music, Paris, Pierre Boulez, 11.05.20

Baltimore Museum Of Art Chair Defends Sale Of Warhol, Marden And Still

Clair Zamoiski Segal asserts that “there is nothing short-sighted nor nefarious about deaccessioning. It is a regular practice, undertaken by every art museum in the United States. Assertions otherwise are simply a means of inflaming controversy and serve only to maintain the status quo of museums as repositories of riches serving the elite alone.” – ARTnews
Tags: Art, United States, Baltimore, Visual, 10.22.20, Warhol Marden, Clair Zamoiski Segal

How a 25-Year-Old From Nowhere Became Podcasting’s Go-To Guy

Within a couple years of starting his newsletter, this random guy was able to quit his day job and become, for lack of a better word, a full-time expert, his pod-related opinions and observations quoted in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. His newsletter Hot Pod now has between 20,000 and 25,000 subscribers (a combination of paid and free) and earns six figures, he says — a substantial figure for what amounts to a trade journal written almost like a personal zine, mixing the lates...
Tags: Art, Media, New York Times, 10.22.20

Jazz Pianist Assaulted In Subway – He May Never Play Again

“I thought that this was how I was going to die,” he recalled two weeks later, describing the attack in a written note because it was still painful to talk about it. He did not know how many in the group had hit him. They fractured his right collarbone, injured his arm and bruised him all over. After surgery for the broken bones, he was not sure whether he will ever be able to play the piano again. He has been unable to use his right hand at all, and said he is learning to do everything with hi...
Tags: Art, People, 10.22.20

Michelle Obama’s Editor Launches New Publishing House With Unorthodox Marketing Strategy

“Rather than relying chiefly on bookstores, retailers, advertising and other traditional channels to promote authors,” Molly Stern plans to have her new venture, Zando, “team up with high-profile individuals, companies and brands, who will act as publishing partners and promote books to their fans and customers.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Michelle Obama, Words, Molly Stern, Zando, 10.22.20

Our Biggest Strength Is Our Common Good. So Why Have We Forgotten This?

Anthropologists have long told us that, as a species neither particularly strong nor fast, humans survived because of our unique ability to create and cooperate… What is new is the extent to which so many civic and corporate leaders – sometimes entire cultures – have lost sight of our most precious collective quality. – Aeon
Tags: Art, Ideas, 10.22.20

In Rural Nepal, Traveling Theatre Group Helps Villagers Challenge Child Marriage And Domestic Violence

Visiting isolated villages where many people have never seen a play before, the Nepali troupe called Shilpee does forum theatre, where a script is performed twice; the second time, audience members can stop the action and suggest or act out a different solution to the situation onstage. Says director Ghimire Yubaraj, “It would be easy to be judgmental and disregard the audience members as poor or uneducated, but their ideas can be brilliant.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Theatre, 10.23.20, Shilpee, Ghimire Yubaraj

What We Could Learn From A Theatre That Is Inclusive Of Everyone

“Inclusion is not a final destination – it is something that enables greater creativity and brings greater value. I think it allows us to have different conversations around what that value is and where you might find it.” – The Stage
Tags: Art, Theatre, 10.21.20

The Composer Who Has Her Students Cook And Do Nature Hikes

Gabriela Lena Frank hosts the young composers in her apprentice program at her mountainside farmstead in northern California, where, she says, “we get rid of the shame of wrong notes. We make good food and I say, ‘You get to make mistakes here.'” As one alumna put it, “It shows you that music making is an earthly thing, so why not connect to the earth while we make it?” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, California, Gabriela Lena Frank, 10.23.20

As Museums Sell Off Art, Will There Be Enough Buyers?

“The market generally loves deaccessioned works; museum provenance adds the lustre of validation, and consequently monetary value. But will there just be too many of these works on the block in the coming months? … And, with an inevitably smaller market due to the [COVID] crisis, can prices be sustained?” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Visual, 10.21.20

Some NY Theatres Lobby To Reopen Given Their Unconventional Spaces

A coalition of theaters are lobbying New York State for special permission to present ticketed performances to reduced capacity, socially distanced audiences. Because of their open spaces and flexible designs, these theaters argue that they can safely return to business now or soon, before standard theaters do. At present, though, only rehearsals, gallery exhibitions and film shoots are allowed. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York State, Issues, 10.22.20

James Randi, Magician Who Debunked Magic And The Paranormal, Dead At 92

“An inveterate skeptic and bristly contrarian in his profession, Mr. Randi insisted that magic is based solely on earthly sleight of hand and visual trickery. He scorned fellow magicians who allowed or encouraged audiences to believe their work was rooted in extrasensory or paranormal powers. In contrast, [he] cheerfully described himself as a ‘liar’ and ‘cheat’.” He made something of a second career out of exposing (and fending off lawsuits from) psychics and faith healers; he spent much of hi...
Tags: Art, People, Randi, MacArthur, James Randi, 10.21.20

Study: Our Brains Prefer Happy Endings To Happiness Earlier On

Participants prefer experiences with happy endings to experiences that became slightly less enjoyable towards the end. Thanks to their work with fMRI imaging, Martin Vestergaard and Wolfram Schultz are also able to suggest some of the mechanical underpinnings of this preference by showing that different parts of the brain preserve and process different pieces of information from the same experience. – Wired
Tags: Art, Ideas, Wolfram Schultz, 10.22.20, Martin Vestergaard

Once Dance Was A Weapon In The Fight For Social Justice. Could It Be Again?

Gia Kourlas: “Back [in the 1930s], protests and social justice were part of the fabric of modern dance as it met the moment of the Great Depression and the rise of authoritarianism. ‘The Dance Is a Weapon.’ That was the title of the first recital of the New Dance Group, a socially minded collective formed in 1932. For me, that period of dance haunts the time we’re living in — the pandemic, the election, the uprisings against racial injustice — like a good, progressive ghost.” – The New York Tim...
Tags: Art, Dance, 10.22.20

Quibi Was The New Coke Of Streaming Video

How so? Like New Coke, it was “product not enough real people wanted, a solution to a problem that didn’t really exist,” writes Josef Adalian. “There is an audience for bite-size entertainment with production values closer to Netflix than what you’ll find on social media, but I’m not so sure there’s a market for it.” – Vulture
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, Josef Adalian, 10.22.20

Some Of Cinema’s Earliest Experiments, Preserved With The Simplest Of Technology, Are Now Restored

Moving picture clips by Georges Méliès and Alice Guy-Blaché from the 1890s, long thought lost, were discovered over the last decade in the form of flipbooks, originally produced for people who couldn’t get to or afford tickets for a picture show. Now researchers have gathered some of those books and restored their images to film. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Media, Georges Méliès, Alice Guy Blaché, 10.22.20

Philadanco Names Successor To Founder Joan Myers Brown

Brown, now 88, has been artistic director of the contemporary dance company for its entire 50-year history and, until last year, functioned as its executive director as well. Succeeding her will be the current assistant artistic director, Kim Bears-Bailey. – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Dance, Philadanco, Joan Myers Brown, 10.22.20, Kim Bears Bailey

Facing Closed Buildings And Budget Cuts, Schools Find Ways To Teach Kids Music Despite COVID

“For luckier, specialized schools, … planning for this unprecedented fall semester has boiled down to some common themes, including online vs. hybrid instruction, space constraints, and technological considerations. But for music education programs like the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and the Harmony Program, planning has hinged on a more urgent question: How can we continue to provide music education to kids whose schools can no longer afford it?” – WQXR (New York City)
Tags: Art, Music, WQXR, Harmony Program, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, 10.22.20

Despite Closed Buildings And Budget Cuts, Schools Find Ways To Teach Kids Music Despite COVID

“For luckier, specialized schools, … planning for this unprecedented fall semester has boiled down to some common themes, including online vs. hybrid instruction, space constraints, and technological considerations. But for music education programs like the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and the Harmony Program, planning has hinged on a more urgent question: How can we continue to provide music education to kids whose schools can no longer afford it?” – WQXR (New York City)
Tags: Art, Music, WQXR, Harmony Program, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, 10.22.20

How The Arts Deploy Fear In The Nerve-Wracking Year 2020

“[A package exploring] how fear informs the culture that we consume. … Chronicle classical music critic Joshua Kosman tells us how music can stoke terror in us with just a few notes. Chronicle theater critic Lily Janiak shows us how fear can be used to our advantage. And Chronicle movie critic Mick LaSalle explains how we’ve been living in a time of fear for 20 years, with a two-decade span of film that’s been reflecting the concerns around us.” – San Francisco Chronicle
Tags: Art, Issues, Mick LaSalle, Joshua Kosman, Lily Janiak, 10.21.20

Q&A: How Mitzi Okou Founded Where Are the Black Designers? to Promote Diversity and Equity

Where are the Black designers? We know they exist, but where are they in design agencies and companies that push culture forward, in places that influence the world and how we live or use products? This question, posed by Maurice Cherry in a SXSW Interactive presentation in 2015, has resurfaced in light of the racial...
Tags: Design, Advertising, SXSW Interactive, Diversity & Inclusion, Maurice Cherry, Mitzi Okou

Recipes from the Kitchen of Georgia O’Keeffe

What shall we read before bed? Georgia O’Keeffe was a fan of cookbooks, telling her young assistant Margaret Wood that they were “enjoyable nighttime company, providing brief and pleasant reading.” Among the culinary volumes in her Abiquiu, New Mexico ranch home were The Fanny Farmer Boston Cooking School Cookbook, The Joy of Cooking, Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit and Cook Right, Live Longer. Also Pickups and Cheerups from the Waring Blender, a 21-page pamphlet featuring blended cocktails, that n...
Tags: Google, Art, Maryland, College, Georgia, Food & Drink, Libraries, Wood, Santa Fe, Gene Hackman, Facebook Twitter, Sotheby, Abiquiu, O'Keeffe, Georgia O'Keeffe, Ayun Halliday

The Nepalese play letting the crowd reimagine the ending – and their lives

Familiar issues of discrimination and child marriage are being taken to the stage through interactive theatre in remote villagesHigh in the mountains of a remote village in western Nepal – a region once home to a fierce Maoist insurgency – a large crowd is gathering.Women arrive with babies strapped to their fronts; children sit at the edge of the makeshift stage; local officials take up ad hoc seats. Not only is this the first time a play has been performed here – it is the first time a vehicle...
Tags: Women, Theatre, World news, Culture, South and Central Asia, Nepal, Stage, Global development, Sexual Violence

SOTD 23.10.2020

Perfume PosseSOTD 23.10.2020 A SOTD (Scent Of The Day) thread is a really good conversation generator. The idea is you’ll chime in through the week with whatever scent you are wearing. You don’t need to be super knowledgable, have high faluting tastes or… Continue Reading → Perfume PosseSOTD 23.10.2020
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