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The London Home Of Verlaine And Rimbaud Was Slated To Be An Arts Center, But Now It’s Up For Sale

The owner pledged the house to a charity, but a decade after that promise, he’s put it up for sale on the open market. “The campaign for a poetry house had attracted widespread support from leading figures such as the novelists Julian Barnes and Tracy Chevalier, the poet Sir Andrew Motion and the actor Simon Callow.” The charity is now seeking legal advice. – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, London, Visual, Simon Callow, Julian Barnes, Andrew Motion, Tracy Chevalier, 11.22.20


Hollywood Goes Full-On With Streaming

The announcement that Wonder Woman 1984 would be opening in the U.S. on Christmas Day, in some theatres but mainly on streaming via HBO Max, was Hollywood’s true acknowledgement that streaming is the thing during the uncontrolled pandemic. (But what about measurements to come?) – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, HBO Max, 11.22.20


Pure Visuals

No need for stories in or about her art, says painter Suzan Frecon. “The more I looked at the paintings, the more I understood how they were painted. That is what mattered. I went with that understanding and direction forever.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Visual, 11.21.20, Suzan Frecon


Filming ‘Lovecraft Country’ And Training The Viewer’s Eye

Michael Watson began his career in the camera department and worked his way up – and his job in HBO’s Lovecraft Country wasn’t easy. “On a visual level, [it is] a really fascinating show that offers a lot of different creative challenges. It’s a period piece. It actually takes place in many different periods, but none of them are the present day. And it’s playing around with a lot of genres … like classic horror and H.P. Lovecraft and science fiction. I mean, there’s even a role playing game s...
Tags: Art, Hbo, Media, Michael Watson, Lovecraft Country, 11.22.20


As ‘Queen’s Gambit’ Shows, The Stories We Choose To Tell Can Change Lives

Chess sets are sold out all over the United States, and little kids (and adults) of all genders are suddenly very, very into chess. What if Queen’s Gambit had been the rage 50 years ago, instead of, or alongside of, stories about Bobby Fischer? – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Ideas, United States, Bobby Fischer, 11.20.20


Why Did President Obama’s First Memoir Take So Long To Write?

The 44th president’s memoir was indeed much longer than he originally planned, and this is only volume one. “He writes in a very classic way. … He sits down with a pen and pad.” And that’s another way he differs from many former presidents: Obama writes his own books. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Obama, Words, 11.21.20


China Increasingly Targets Muslim Writers And Readers

One publisher, who has fled and has seen 40 family members and friends associated with him detained or jailed, says, “The state only wants its garden to have one type of flower … the red ones. Green, blue or white flowers: if they are not red, they will be cut down.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Issues, 11.21.20


Can’t Travel, Can’t Go To Concerts, But This Irish Cellist On YouTube Is Bringing The Joy

Like many musicians, Irish cellist Patrick Dexter decided to post performances to YouTube during Irish lockdown. He thought, well, what the heck, now I have time to play music outside for other people. “The open-air recitals, shot outside his picturesque cottage in Mayo on the rural west coast, have been viewed millions of times.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Music, Mayo, 11.20.20, Patrick Dexter


The Canadian Broadcasting Act May Be Changing To Benefit Indigenous Producers

The proposed changes to the act would require funding to Indigenous content producers – and require content be produced in Indigenous languages as well. Some producers are a bit wary: “Winnipeg-based Cree director, writer and producer J.J. Neepin said this bill would be a major recognition of Indigenous Peoples and languages but added that she feels it will be a slow process to get going.” – CBC
Tags: Art, Media, Winnipeg, 11.19.20, J J Neepin


Brighton mural of Churchill in suspenders given reprieve

Council was set to paint over it because of wartime PM’s V-sign rather than his lingerieA rainbow mural of seven Winston Churchills wearing stockings and suspenders which prompted a complaint from the local council because of the wartime prime minister’s trademark V-sign is to be allowed to remain in place.The artwork, which appeared on the wall of the Sandpiper guest house on one of Brighton’s busiest streets, was the subject of a council complaint over Churchill’s two-fingered victory sign, wh...
Tags: Art, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Winston Churchill, Brighton, Street Art, Churchill, Winston Churchills


Brighton mural of Churchill in stockings and suspenders given reprieve

Council was set to paint over it because of wartime PM’s V-sign rather than his lingerieA rainbow mural of seven Winston Churchills wearing stockings and suspenders which prompted a complaint from the local council because of the wartime prime minister’s trademark V-sign is to be allowed to remain in place.The artwork, which appeared on the wall of the Sandpiper guest house on one of Brighton’s busiest streets, was the subject of a council complaint over Churchill’s victory sign, which he used t...
Tags: Art, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Winston Churchill, Brighton, Street Art, Churchill, Winston Churchills


Queensland Ballet Is Practicing For 2021, And One Of Its Principals Answers Questions

Lucy Green is deeply aware of her privilege right now in the world of ballet – to be employed, to be practicing, to be planning for performance, none of it can be taken for granted during a pandemic. When the interviewer asks her which famous people she’d invite for dinner, she keeps it absolutely real: “I’d much rather have dinner with my family and friends who live interstate/overseas and who I haven’t seen all year due to border closures.” – Ballet News
Tags: Art, Dance, Lucy Green, Queensland Ballet, 11.21.20


How The Houston Symphony Returned To The Stage For Live Performances

To be honest, part of the reason this could even be tried was that the governor of Texas didn’t institute a wide lockdown. That said, the symphony, which resumed weekly live concerts in July, consulted researchers from Rice to figure out where “microparticles” from musicians go within the symphony hall, and to institute better ventilation and filtration systems. (But the concerts have a livestreaming option for audience members who are not persuaded.) – Houston Chronicle
Tags: Art, Music, Texas, Audience, Rice, 11.19.20


As If British Bookstores Aren’t Having Enough Trouble, Books Can’t Get Into Port

Yes, it’s partly due to Brexit, and partly due to the pandemic, but the port at Felixstowe backed up so far that some companies won’t even try to import. “People are contacting us saying they’ve paid for books on pre-order as gifts, and we ultimately can’t guarantee delivery.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Words, Brexit, Felixstowe, 11.20.20


Creating A Campus Play When That Play Is ‘Spring Awakening’ And There’s A Pandemic On

Says a former theatre student of Baldwin Wallace University’s Victoria Bussert, “Theatres have shut down everywhere, and this woman is just like, ‘Fuck that! We’re doing a play, we’re doing theatre. Give me hoops—I will jump through them, but I will make it work.'” – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Theatre, 11.16.20


In-Person Theatre During Covid-19: Quarantine, Ventilate, And Be Ready To Quit

A recent New Jersey show demonstrates that, if the perfect factors come together, Equity theatre can happen – though it will be more rare in the winter, certainly. “The whole time we were working on it, I would wake up feeling like Icarus and wondering if my wings were going to melt. But it was worth all the hurdles.” – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Theatre, New Jersey, Audience, 11.18.20


How Bollywood Is Adapting To The Coronavirus

Bollywood is up and running again, kind of. Some adaptations: Very restricted international travel, smaller numbers of people allowed for dance scenes, and sprinkler systems that douse costumes in disinfectant. Still, the infection numbers continue to mount. One director: “All I could think was, it’s like you’re a sportsman and the rules of the game have changed.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, 11.20.20


The Met Is Offering Opera Workers Pandemic Paychecks – In Exchange For Big, Lasting Cuts

The offer for a paycheck would be very tempting – but it comes with 30 percent pay cuts post-pandemic, ones that wouldn’t be recovered even if the opera company recovers. “The unions that work with the Met are against making such significant concessions that could affect workers long after the most severe impacts of the pandemic subside, and have accused management of taking advantage of the outbreak in order to get them to agree to cost-cutting measures.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, 11.20.20


Some Of The Many Books That Helped Us Cope In 2020

Mysteries, children’s books, nonfiction, romance, books about race and racism, and so much more – along with an awful lot of screentime and chill, it’s how we coped with this, OK, yes, unprecendented year. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Words, Audience, 11.19.20


In Boston, Museum Of Fine Art Workers Vote, In An Absolute Landslide, For A Union

And what union will the more than 200 museum employees be joining? “The vote, which passed by a margin of 133 to 14, means employees across some 30 departments are eligible to join United Auto Workers Local 2110 at a time of deep economic uncertainty.” – The Boston Globe
Tags: Art, Visual, United Auto Workers


Renowned artist Esther Mahlangu urges Africans to hold on to their traditions

Pioneering Ndebele artist fears young people are losing a sense of their rootsOne of Africa’s best-known artists has made an impassioned appeal for governments and communities across the continent to preserve their traditions and culture in the face of globalisation.Esther Mahlangu, 85, said that she was worried that young people in Africa were losing a sense of their roots. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Africa, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Esther Mahlangu


In Their Country’s Second Lockdown, London’s Royal Ballet Dancers Are Still Performing

The director of the Royal Ballet, discussing the live-streamed performances: “It’s so important for them to do what they’re trained to do, to be in the studios together, to be rehearsing, and to be performing. It’s their job; it’s their life.” – CNN
Tags: Art, Dance, Royal Ballet, 11.19.20, Second Lockdown London


art in our new home

When we were in Salt Spring Island, we went to the Saturday Market, and I instantly fell in love with this man's work.  Salt Spring artist Lorne Tippett uses wine-barrel stays to create a hanging frame, and carves the designs from reclaimed wood. We splurged and bought one. It's not like we're spending money on anything else this year! It's now hanging on our covered deck. We hung it where you can also see it from inside the house. I love the shape of the wooden base; it echoes t...
Tags: Travel, Art, Personal, Indigenous Peoples, Pacific, Chris, Julie, Vancouver Island, Laura K, Cluxewe Waterfront Bistro, Lorne Tippett, Cluxewe



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