We Need Some Light

I often think about theatre songs in terms of categories, I Want songs, I Am songs, Eleven O'Clock Numbers, Act Two Openers, etc. But a while back, my friend Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Broadway producer, author, and artsy wonder woman, posted (seemingly randomly though you never know with Jen), this post:My favorite kinds of musical theatre songs, ranked:1. Song about being a cowboy, inventor, explorer, etc. that is secretly about being a musical theatre writer2. Large ensemble number with counter...
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How Women Have Made Progress In American Orchestras

Musicians in American orchestras are now generally balanced between the sexes, largely because blind auditions — during which candidates play behind screens — were introduced in the 1970s and 1980s. But stereotypes surrounding which instruments women should play remain. Most harpists are women; brass sections are dominated by men. – Dallas Morning News
Tags: Art, Music, Dallas, 10.29.20

How To Hack An Opera

Inspired by ‘hacks’ in the technological sector which often brings together experts in disparate fields to work together to solve a presented problem, usually in a limited amount of time, San Diego Opera’s Opera Hack partnered participants with local universities and tech companies to come up with creative solutions to scenarios presented by San Diego Opera. Forty multi-disciplinary experts from around North America submitted sixteen proposals to a panel of tech and theater-based advisors. – Mo...
Tags: Art, Music, San Diego, North America, San Diego Opera, 10.26.20

Clark Art Institute seeks a Communications Manager

The Clark Art Institute is looking to hire a Communications Manager to promote and raise awareness of the Clark Art Institute on regional, national and international levels using public relations, marketing, social media, the Clark’s website, and advertising to achieve goals. View the job posting for the Communications Manager position at the Clark Art Institute at
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How To Compose Over The Internet: 17 Players, Five States

Sixteen instrumentalists from the contemporary music ensemble Alarm Will Sound were scattered across several states and four makeshift home offices and professional studios, working with Tyshawn Sorey on his “Autoschediasms.” To synchronize everyone’s efforts, each “pod” of musicians was simultaneously logged into two different internet conferencing applications. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Tyshawn Sorey, 10.30.20

Bay Area Theatre Is Devastated

“This is hitting our sector in a way it’s not hitting any other sector and no one has a plan for it. We are all frantically treading water just to stay afloat… “We have unemployment that is about three times the national average. Because of how the arts work and people having to physically be together, it’s one of the sectors that will be closed the longest and have the longest road to recovery.” – San Francisco Chronicle
Tags: Art, Theatre, 10.29.20

What Happened To Americans’ Inherent Belief In Goodness?

Wallace Shawn: “America’s addiction to believing in its own goodness was quietly fading away, and the old words that President Kennedy used had become increasingly nauseating to a lot of people. People were not inspired, people were not breathing in self-esteem, when they heard the old phrases. And then Donald Trump came along and was elected, and he left that rhetoric far behind. He said goodbye to it.” – New York Review of Books
Tags: Art, America, Ideas, Donald Trump, Kennedy, Wallace Shawn, 10.27.20

The Philadelphia Orchestra Seeks to Recruit Several Key Team Members

Through innovative programming, robust educational initiatives, and commitment to the community, the Philadelphia Orchestra is on a path to create an expansive future for classical music, and to further the place of the arts in an open and democratic society. The Philadelphia Orchestra is one of the world’s preeminent orchestras. It strives to share the transformative power of music with the widest possible audience, and to create joy, connection, and excitement through music in the Philadelp...
Tags: Art, Jobs, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra, Matías Tarnopolsky, Howe Lewis Talent

Dean Stetson University School of Music – DeLand, Florida

The Stetson University School of Music seeks a visionary leader to guide an artistic community of dedicated faculty, staff, students, and concertgoers in advancing our mission of fostering a broad educational experience and enhancing the positive impact of music-making in our world. Position: The dean of the School of Music serves as an advocate, leader, and effective spokesperson for the school and university and is a key member of the provost’s leadership team. The dean will work with facul...
Tags: Art, Jobs, Christopher, Stetson, School of Music, Stetson University, Deland Florida, Dean Stetson University School of Music, Stetson University School of Music, Stetson 's School of Music, Wendy B Libby, Roellke, Provost Noel Painter, Stetson University an Equal Opportunity Employer

Old Recordings Of Classical Masters Are Sounding Better Than Ever

“The most dramatic evolution in the classical recording industry has also been the quietest — partly because the most glamorous figures involved are long deceased.” David Patrick Stearns looks at labels specializing in historic recordings: the use of advanced technology on crackly old source material means that, for instance, “you [can even] hear what sounds like Furtwängler turning his score pages in the 1949 Ring Cycle at La Scala.” – WQXR (New York City)
Tags: Art, Music, David Patrick Stearns, 10.27.20

Should Rimbaud And Verlaine Be Re-Interred In The Panthéon? (A Very French Contretemps)

Adam Gopnik: “Obsessing as so many are on the small niceties of American politics — i.e., the final confrontation between the forces of light and darkness on which all of humanity’s future depends — let us spare a moment’s thought for a couple of obscure French poets and their fate.” – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, People, Words, Verlaine, Adam Gopnik, 10.29.20

Reimagining The Art Of Fluxus In 2020

“Fluxus artists looked for value in the commonplace, believing that art can be anywhere and belong to anyone. Rather than eliminating art, they sought to dissolve its boundaries in order to infuse everyday life with heightened aesthetic awareness and appreciation.” – NewMusicBox
Tags: Art, Music, 10.27.20

Galleries Experiment With Art On Subscription

Even before the silent spring of 2020, a growing number of sellers beyond the art world had already converted to the wisdom of subscription e-commerce. After all, why force your business to secure an endless string of one-off transactions with an ever-shifting consumer base in an uncertain market if you can lock in recurring revenue with a core group of faithfully committed clients? – Artnet
Tags: Art, Visual, 10.29.20

Poland’s Hottest Rapper Walks Right Into The Culture Wars

“Taco Hemingway is a household name in Poland. One of the country’s biggest rappers, he has songs that get millions of views, and before the coronavirus hit, he filled arenas. … Over the summer, he released a track, ‘Polskie Tango’ (‘Polish Tango’), which many saw as a direct criticism of Poland’s right-wing government and [its] culture of fear. … He soon found himself under attack on social media and becoming a target for conservative journalists.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Poland, 10.30.20, Taco Hemingway

Tate Suspends Star Curator Over Guston Show Criticism

According to three sources close to the museum, managers took the decision to discipline Mark Godfrey, a senior curator of international art, after he raised objections on social media to the deferral of Philip Guston: Now, a major show which was due to include around 125 paintings and 70 drawings from 40 public and private collections. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Visual, Mark Godfrey, Philip Guston, 10.28.20

Online Theater Gets More Interactive

“Several months into the pandemic, performers, designers and writers are using technology … with more ingenuity. They’re skillfully adapting some of the devices honed in live performance over the years — namely, techniques to break the fourth wall and lure spectators into the show. And in the process, theater is reclaiming for these trying times its rightful status as the most intimate of art forms.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, 10.29.20

Want A Different Broadway? Fund A Different Broadway

These theatremakers are proposing a new way of thinking about funding and producing on Broadway, with the goal of creating more access points for BIPOC individuals interested in commercial producing. – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway, 10.28.20

In The Labyrinth, Simon Stålenhag's alien tech turns dystopian

The Labyrinth is a new narrative art book by Simon Stålenhag (previously at BB), the creator of Tales from the Loop. If his earlier work posed technology as an unsettling and alien presence in realistic settings, this new project takes a turn for outright menace. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Books, Science Fiction, News, Simon Stalenhag

The Play That Understood The Trump Era

Though researched and written during Barack Obama’s presidency, Sweat, which opened at New York City’s Public Theater days before the 2016 election, became a definitive work of Donald Trump’s. In a 2017 profile of Lynn Nottage, the New Yorker called the play “the first theatrical landmark of the Trump era.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Theatre, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Trump, Lynn Nottage, New York City 's Public Theater, 10.28.20

Book Industry Starts Taking Real Steps To Become More Diverse

“Publishing houses across the industry are making senior-level hires and structural changes to try to make their companies, and the books they acquire, more diverse — racially, ethnically and even geographically. While critics, including authors and publishing insiders, have accused publishers of paying lip service to these issues, the companies are increasingly making lasting changes to the way they do business, and in some cases they are already being driven by newly hired executives of color...
Tags: Art, Words, 10.29.20

Even Before Buñuel, Way Back In 1908, There Was Surrealist Spanish Film

“Segundo de Chomón, a pioneering Spanish director often compared to Georges Méliès, … made bizarre trick films that experimented with color and temporality, and would eventually influence the surrealist work of filmmakers Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí, making him, in many ways, the father of Spanish cinema.” – JSTOR Daily
Tags: Art, Media, Salvador Dalí, Georges Méliès, Luis Buñuel, 10.22.20

The Art Of The Horror-Movie Scream

“Bloodcurdling from an A-lister is uncommon: Often, the screams we hear in movies and TV are created by doubles and voice actors, in Burbank studios, with specialists standing by to ghoul them up. It’s physically taxing and emotionally draining. And bizarro as a job.” (includes sound clips) – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, Burbank, 10.29.20

Please Declare Us Essential Services, Plead France’s Bookstores As Lockdown Returns

“French authors, booksellers and publishers are imploring the French government to allow bookshops to stay open because reading is ‘essential’, as the country enters a national four-week lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, France, Words, 10.29.20

1,300-Year-Old Temple Drawings Discovered In Japan

“Researchers surveying a temple in Japan’s Shiga Prefecture … used infrared photography to identify soot-obscured paintings [of eight Buddhist saints] on two pillars in the Saimyoji temple in Kora, about 40 miles northeast of Kyoto.” – Smithsonian Magazine
Tags: Art, Japan, Visual, Kora, 10.27.20, Saimyoji

How L.A. Dance Project Made Its Drive-In Dance Performances Work

It took quite a lot of planning and (re-)thinking about everything from pricing and number of people per car to turning the parking lot into a performance space to setting up quarantine pods of dancers and choreographers. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Dance, 10.29.20

As COVID Carries On, How Should Live Performance Inch Back? And How Should Arts Journalists Cover It?

“As some Bay Area artists and producers take tentative steps toward reopening, The Chronicle Datebook team is wrestling with new ethical questions: Is it responsible for an in-person event to take place? How do we cover that news in responsible ways? Senior Arts and Entertainment Editor Mariecar Mendoza got to discussing this with theater critic Lily Janiak, classical music critic Joshua Kosman and pop music critic Aidin Vaziri, exploring how they approach their jobs in the coronavirus era.” – ...
Tags: Art, Issues, Bay Area, Joshua Kosman, Mariecar Mendoza, Lily Janiak, 10.29.20, Aidin Vaziri

The Sublime Alice in Wonderland Illustrations of Tove Jansson, Creator of the Globally-Beloved Moomins (1966)

Sometimes describing a classic work of literature as “timeless” draws attention, when we revisit it, to how much it is bound up with the conventions of its time. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland emerged from a very specific time and place, the bank of the Thames in 1862 where Charles Lutwidge Dodgson first composed the tale for Alice Liddell and her sister. The future Lewis Carroll’s future bestseller became one of the most widely adapted and adopted works of literature in history. It never nee...
Tags: Google, Art, Japan, College, Thames, Morocco, Paris, Literature, Finland, Salvador Dalí, Lewis Carroll, Hitler, Alice, Stockholm, Tove Jansson, Tonga

The Sublime Alice in Wonderland Illustrations of Tove Janssen, Creator of the Globally-Beloved Moomins (1966)

Sometimes describing a classic work of literature as “timeless” draws attention, when we revisit it, to how much it is bound up with the conventions of its time. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland emerged from a very specific time and place, the bank of the Thames in 1862 where Charles Lutwidge Dodgson first composed the tale for Alice Liddell and her sister. The future Lewis Carroll’s future bestseller became one of the most widely adapted and adopted works of literature in history. It never nee...
Tags: Google, Art, Japan, College, Thames, Morocco, Paris, Literature, Finland, Salvador Dalí, Lewis Carroll, Hitler, Alice, Stockholm, Tove Jansson, Tonga

The Gruesome Dollhouse Death Scenes That Reinvented Murder Investigations Who can resist miniatures? Wee food, painstakingly rendered in felted wool… Matchbook-sized books you can actually read… Classic record albums shrunk down for mice… The late Frances Glessner Lee (1878-1962) definitely loved miniatures, and excelled at their creation, knitting socks on pins, hand rolling real tobacco into tiny cigarettes, and making sure the victims in her realistic murder scene dioramas exhibited the proper degree of rigor mort...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Art, Science, Sweden, Education, College, Life, Harvard University, Sherlock Holmes, Kate, Baltimore, Lee, Facebook Twitter, Woodman, Eliot

SOTD 30.10.2020

Perfume PosseSOTD 30.10.2020 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 30.10.2020
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