A Theatre Student Researches How Theatre Has Coped With Lockdown. Here’s What She Found

It became evident to me that companies that had a strong relationship with their audience base before the pandemic had seen continued support. Theatres like Cape Fear Regional Theatre, which specializes in “edutainment” (a combination of performance and education), received an outpouring of verbal support from parents who were overjoyed that their child could go to a sanitized and physically distanced afterschool environment and have a sense of normalcy. – HowlRound
Tags: Art, Theatre, 11.16.20, Cape Fear Regional Theatre

How Our World Has Changed In The Age Of Instant Information

The most radical change that instant information has made is the levelling of content. There is no longer a distinction between things that everyone knows, or could readily know, and things that only experts know. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Ideas, 11.16.20

International Enrollment At US Universities Down 43 Percent

The survey provides a first look at how hard international enrollments have been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey found that one in five international students are studying online from outside the U.S. Ninety percent of responding institutions reported student deferrals, collectively reporting that nearly 40,000 international students have deferred their studies to a future term. – InsideHigherEd
Tags: Art, US, Issues, 11.16.20, U S Ninety

Fashion Is Fashion. Art Is Art. But…

“I don’t think you necessarily have to own it to appreciate couture. It’s like art. I don’t really like when people talk about fashion as art. Fashion is fashion. Art is art. But yes, I don’t think that you have to own art in order to appreciate art. You can go to a museum and you can appreciate paintings and whatever you like. So why not for couture? – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Visual, 11.16.20

What Are Our National Arts Support Organizations Doing For Equity?

“We look to service organizations like Americans For The Arts to help support us as we support our communities. However, we can no longer wait for them or organizations like them. These requests are not made to hurt the organization, but to serve the people it exists to serve: the entire national arts community.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Issues, 11.12.20

Why American TV Satire Is At A Low Point

TV satire’s lacklustre election reporting is, in part, due to Donald Trump’s immunity to ridicule. Over the last four years, he has embodied many of satire’s central characteristics including exaggeration, irony and stupidity. It has become increasingly difficult for satirists to skewer him. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Media, Donald Trump, 11.12.20

Is Baltimore Museum’s Plan To Sell Art Really About Pay Equity?

“The BMA is hardly the only museum with stark pay-equity problems in its lower ranks. But its attention to the issue has set it apart from countless other institutions that have largely ignored the issue. For the sake of the museum’s service workers — and service workers everywhere — here’s hoping they figure it out.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Visual, Bma, Baltimore Museum, 11.12.20

Tower Records Returns Online

The new online version of Tower Records was originally scheduled for introduction at the 2020 South by Southwest, but pulled back when that event was curtailed by the pandemic. It was also envisioned as a series of pop-up shops, an idea also delayed by the coronavirus. – Deadline
Tags: Art, Music, Southwest, 11.13.20

A Decades Long Break From Writing, And Then The Booker Shortlist

Tsitsi Dangarembga’s first book, Nervous Conditions, published in 1988, “was hailed as one of the 20th century’s most significant works of African literature.” Then she went to film school. “What saved me was a fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in 2016. My husband took care of the children in Zimbabwe, and I spent four weeks in a place where I was intellectually stimulated, talking about writing with writers.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Zimbabwe, Words, Tsitsi Dangarembga, 11.15.20, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center

Fear is Your Friend

Fear gets a bad reputation, especially in the presentation space. Indeed, there are a great number of books, blogs and articles on how to overcome these fears. I’d like to make the argument that there is such a thing as a healthy dose of fear for presenters. In fact, I’d go as far as to say in select circumstances that fear is your friend. Fear has the ability to positively impact health, safety and change in your life. Health The effect that fear has on your nervous system is beneficial in a ...
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New ‘The Mandalorian’ Posters Featuring Mando, Baby Yoda, and More Go on Sale Today

Kids these days can’t get enough of The Mandalorian and his sidekick, the egg-loving Baby Yoda (real name: Fred, er, I mean, The Child). The live-action Disney+ Star Wars series is a big hit, and if you want some Mando-memorabilia to deck your walls, the folks at Bottleneck Gallery have you covered in time for Mando Mondays. Today, four new The Mandalorian posters will be yours to buy if you act quickly. As Bottleneck reports, the prints come from Alice X. Zhang, Juan Ramos, and Dave Perillo...
Tags: Art, Movies, Dave, Poster, Alice, Cool Stuff, Din, Juan, Fred, Star-Wars, Dave Perillo, Bottleneckgallery, Alice X Zhang, The Mandalorian, Juan Ramos, Baby Yoda

Athens Workers Find A Bust Of A Greek God While Doing Sewer Work

The Greek Culture Ministry was calm about it. “The head, one of many that served as street markers in ancient Athens, was found Friday and it appears to be from around 300 B.C. — that is, either from the late fourth century B.C., or the early third century. It depicts Hermes at ‘a mature age.'” – Seattle Times (AP)
Tags: Art, Athens, Hermès, Visual, Greek Culture Ministry, 11.15.20

Life After A Star (Wars) Turn

John Boyega is 28 and already been there, done that with a Star Wars trilogy. Where to go from that point in one’s career? “He decided it was time to ‘explore more versatility. I’m into so many different types of genres and storytelling. I want to explore that with the freedom I have now.'” And Boyega’s production company already has a several-film deal with Netflix for films from west and east Africa. – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, People, Netflix, John Boyega, Boyega, 11.15.20

Painter Wayne Thiebaud @ 100

Thiebaud is still painting, still driving, still in touch with students and disciples gathered over a career that included decades of teaching. He works most days and describes himself as “still a struggling painter.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Wayne Thiebaud, Thiebaud, 11.14.20

Why Is There No Smithsonian For Latinx History?

In 1994, a report called “Willful Neglect” called for change. And yet, here we are. “The need for this museum cannot be overstated, particularly now. Latinos are the second-largest ethnic and racial group in the country, and yet our diversity and complexity remains misunderstood.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, 11.15.20

People Are Really Tired Of Cooking For Themselves During The Pandemic

Turns out humans of the 21st century, who turned in droves to exciting new recipes and, of course, baking at the beginning of the pandemic, are quite tired of doing all of the work they used to offload onto restaurant workers. Also, there’s this: “The pleasure of cooking food for friends and family or hosting dinner parties is gone.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Ideas, 11.15.20

Turning The Kirk Douglas Theatre Into A Center For Filming Streaming Plays Wasn’t Easy

Just ask production manager Christopher Reardon, who worked with playwright Luis Alfaro and his retold/set in L.A. Greek trilogy of play to turn them into this stage-to-screen event. “As great as it was to return to the theater, it was scary, too. … Everybody is overjoyed, but in this weird mental place of always being on edge.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Luis Alfaro, 11.13.20, Christopher Reardon

How Cities Will Change, Permanently, Post-Covid

Abandoned office towers. Empty subway cars. Shuttered cafés. And the absolute gutting of services for urban workers. “Since the remote workers will not all return, North America is liable to see a ‘labour-market Armageddon—the loss of tens of millions of urban service jobs.'” – MacLean’s (Canada)
Tags: Art, North America, Issues, 11.13.20

Indian Acting Legend Soumitra Chatterjee, 85

Chatterjee had a six-decade career in Bengali language films and worked with Oscar-winner Satyajit Ray. His death is from complications of Covid-19. “Pauline Kael … called Chatterjee Ray’s ‘one-man stock company’ who moved ‘so differently in the different roles he plays that he is almost unrecognisable.'” – BBC
Tags: Art, People, Pauline Kael, Chatterjee, Soumitra Chatterjee, 11.15.20, Satyajit Ray His, Chatterjee Ray

Musicians From Mali Offer Some Advice For Getting Through Tough Times

While the shutdowns across the world created some opportunities for musicians to rest, pause in endless touring, and recuperate from years of relentless work, it’s also caused some major challenges. “We just keep surfing on the waves — see what’s gonna happen next day, what’s gonna happen next day, next month.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Music, Mali, 11.12.20

In Pandemic-Inspired Theatre, The Critic Can Also Be The Audience, And The Star

Says one critic of the Dutch Kills Theatre Company’s Temping: “‘Seen’ is wrong — there’s no audience, live or otherwise — but ‘done’ is right. The audience member does everything, including, if your brain works like mine does, thinking about what you’re going to wear on your first day.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, 11.15.20

A New Bot-Based Book Recommendation Service

And it’s called, uh, Booxby. (Seriously, tech bros?) “Its new search portal asks you to input a book you liked, then it provides (fiction-only) recommendations based on the writing style of that book.” – LitHub
Tags: Art, Words, 11.12.20

How This Powerful Artistic Couple Makes Work Separately And Together

The artists were sharing a wall at an exhibition when they realized they had something in common – the tragic loss of two friends. Soon, they shared both life and art as well. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Visual, 11.13.20

Lauren Anderson Is Thinking About ‘Nutcracker’ In A Season Devoid Of Live Shows

The ballerina danced with the Houston Ballet for years (and now is a program manager in its education department). “I’ll never forget seeing my first Sugar Plum Fairy. Standing there, I’m looking through a stairway that’s part of a set for the party scene. I remember looking through the rungs of that stairway into the light at the Sugar Plum Fairy and wanting to be her. So, I got to retire as the Sugar Plum Fairy. There’s a picture of a Mother Ginger Child looking through the rungs of the stair...
Tags: Art, Texas, Dance, Houston Ballet, Lauren Anderson, 10.29.20

Steve McQueen Wants To Write (And Direct) Black British People Back Into The Historical Narrative

McQueen’s Small Axe series is “unprecedented” for the BBC – it covers Black British life from what one might call the time period so far covered by The Crown, which is notably missing Black and Asian actors, to put it mildly. McQueen: “We are missing from the conversation. We are missing from the narrative. And to me that is weird. Not to see yourself or any aspects of ordinary life that reflect your experiences of growing up in Britain, that is just plain weird.” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Media, Bbc, Britain, Steve McQueen, Mcqueen, 11.15.20

John Waters Gives Art Collection to The Baltimore Museum Of Art in Exchange for Getting Its Bathrooms Named After Him It’s not unusual for an institution to recognize a major benefactor’s generosity by naming something in their honor – a wing, an atrium, a library, a gymnasium, a concert hall… But bathrooms? It’s a fitting tribute for the Pope of Trash, filmmaker John Waters. So fitting that he himself suggested it when donating 372 prints, paintings, and photographs from his personal collection to the Baltimore Museum Of Art. With Harvard, the University of P...
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New Stressor: Pandemic Holiday Cards

Seriously – both the greeting card companies and the writers have a lot to figure out in striking a tone for this very different year. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words, 11.13.20

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