Keep it secret, keep it safe: 8 homes with hidden rooms and passages

Whether behind a bookcase or beneath a trapdoor, these eight regal dwellings each contain one or more secret rooms, hidden passageways, or covert architecture.
Tags: Trends, Architecture, Smart Home, Interior Design, Emerging Tech, Cool Tech, Photo Galleries, Wine Cellars, Tier 4

Just How Do Latinx Get Traction In Hollywood?

To many Latinos working in Hollywood, it seems that every gain is soon followed by a loss, a continuous ebb and flow that never feels rectified. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, 11.25.20

Why We Need To Rethink The Idea Of Public Statues

Ideas about statues change as society changes. As this happens, different groups contest the meanings behind the sculptures, leading to disagreement about whether they should be kept or taken down. But while ideologies can change, causing this iconoclash, communities retain their collective memories about something, whether they are good or bad. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Visual, 11.24.20

Theatres Are Becoming Media Companies

As the theater’s biggest commercial motor, Broadway, has languished, resourceful artists and producers are making work that incorporates video, gaming and interactivity into hybridized digital-theater forms that, rather than serving as mere stopgaps, stand poised to endure even after the return of theater as we knew it. – Variety
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway, 11.24.20

Penguin Random House To Buy Simon & Schuster In Publishing Mega-Deal

Penguin Random House, the largest book publisher in the United States, is owned by the German media conglomerate Bertelsmann. Adding Simon & Schuster, the third largest publisher, would create a book behemoth, a combination that could trigger antitrust concerns. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, United States, Words, Penguin Random House, Simon, 11.25.20, Bertelsmann Adding Simon Schuster

What Will The Biden Administration’s Arts Policy Look Like?

“The big idea was to create a White House office on arts, culture and the creative industries,” says Megan Beyer, the co-chair of the campaign’s Arts Policy Committee and a former executive director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities under Obama. She compares this to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, which was established by Congress in 1976 with a broad mandate to advise the president on domestic and international policy that could be applied across ...
Tags: Art, Obama, Congress, White House, Issues, Committee on the Arts and Humanities, Biden Administration, 11.24.20, Megan Beyer, Arts Policy Committee

My Zoom With Andre

The self-engrossed Gregory of “My Dinner With Andre” was in the midst of a Dantesque midlife crisis. The Gregory who emerges in his autobiographical first book, “This Is Not My Memoir,” is older and more quietly reflective, less prone to grandiose pronouncements and more humbly accepting of the wisdom between words. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, People, Gregory, Andre, 11.25.20

La Scala Cancels Staged Opening Night, Will Do Gala Instead

The gala will star Placido Domingo, Roberto Alagna and Jonas Kaufmann on the night of its traditional Dec. 7 season-opener, instead of the planned staging of Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor,” in keeping with restrictions imposed to stop the coronavirus’ deadly spread. – AP
Tags: Art, Music, Donizetti, Jonas Kaufmann, 11.25.20, Placido Domingo Roberto Alagna

I Have Some Questions About the New Ninja Gamer Hoodie

Why not under, for one?
Tags: Gaming, Science, Design, Consumer Tech, Ninja, I Have Questions

When Is A Piece Of Dance Protected By Copyright And When Not?

“While works of dance clearly are eligible for copyright protection under Section 102(a)(4) of the Copyright Act, determining which dances meet the standard — and which have two left feet — has been tricky and has resulted in a number of high-profile disputes in recent years. However, a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in an unrelated copyright dispute may provide important guidance in subsequent dance-related copyright litigation.” – IPWatchdog
Tags: Art, Dance, U S Supreme Court, 11.19.20

New York Times Film Critics Pick Their 25 Best Actors Of The Century (So Far)

A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis: “We are in a golden age of acting — make that platinum — as we realized when we decided to select our favorite film performers of the past 20 years. There’s no formula for choosing the best (just squabbling), and this list is both necessarily subjective and possibly scandalous in its omissions. … And while there are certainly stars in the mix and even a smattering of Oscar winners, there are also character actors and chameleons, action heroes and art-house darling...
Tags: Art, Media, Scott, Manohla Dargis, 11.25.20, New York Times Film Critics

Simon & Schuster – A “Bargain” At $1.7 Billion?

The sale of S&S will be the largest acquisition in North American trade publishing since HarperCollins bought Harlequin in 2014. It will also be one of the few recent transactions in which the revenue of the target company is public and the purchase price may also become public. – Publishers Weekly
Tags: Art, Words, Harpercollins, Simon, 11.24.20

The Art of The Mandalorian Says ‘Peekaboo’ in This Exclusive Preview

The Mandalorian has always put its concept work front and center—from behind the scenes looks in shows like Disney Gallery, to literally every episode of the series itself, since its end credits highlight the concept work that helped bring what you just watched to life. Now, as we journey through the second season, a…Read more...
Tags: Art, Star Wars, Books, Science, Disney, Streaming, Jon Favreau, Exclusive, Lucasfilm, Preview, Concept Art, Dave Filoni, Abrams Books, Phil Szostak, The Mandalorian, Disney Plus

The Apple Watch Could Use a Redesign

In terms of design, not much has changed with the Apple Watch. Since it was introduced in 2015, each subsequent watch has pretty much adhered to the same look. That might change starting next year. Apple prophet Ming-Chi Kuo noted in a report today that next year, we ought to expect both “innovative health management…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Design, Smartwatches, Apple Watch, Consumer Tech, Ming Chi Kuo, No More Clones

Chopin’s Letters Show He Was Totally Gay, So Let’s Quit Pretending, Says Journalist

“Chopin’s Men, a two-hour radio programme that aired on Swiss public broadcaster SRF’s arts channel, argues that the composer’s letters have been at times deliberately mistranslated, rumours of affairs with women exaggerated, and hints at an apparent interest in ‘cottaging’ … simply ignored. The music journalist Moritz Weber, who started researching Chopin’s letters during the spring lockdown, said he discovered a ‘flood of declarations of love aimed at men’, sometimes direct in their erotic to...
Tags: Art, People, Chopin, SRF, 11.25.20, Moritz Weber

Of Long-Gone Jazz Clubs And Race

Oral histories suggest that jazz musicians have related to each other with more ease than can be found in other parts of the culture. At the same time, there’s no doubt that venues in general were hostile to racial mixing. So the degree to which jazz — the music and the business — contributed to a progressive model of race relations is an open question, one that generates many different opinions. – ArtsFuse
Tags: Art, Music, 11.24.20

Classical Grammy Nominations: Dudamel/LA Phil, Danielpour’s ‘Passion of Yeshua’, Met’s ‘Porgy and Bess’, Ted Hearne’s ‘Place’

Richard Danielpour’s oratorio, performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic under JoAnn Falletta. was nominated in three categories; the Metropolitan Opera’s recording of Gershwin’s opera received two nods, as did the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s release of the complete symphonies of Charles Ives, Thomas Adès’s Piano Concerto (with Kirill Gershtein and the Boston Symphony), and composer Ted Hearne’s staged oratorio Place. Both Adès and the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas have two diff...
Tags: Art, Music, Los Angeles, Yeshua, Gershwin, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bess, Boston Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, JoAnn Falletta, Buffalo Philharmonic, Ted Hearne, Ades, Richard Danielpour, 11.24.20

Boundaries: Our Brains Are Wired For Personal Space

Peripersonal space exists in various forms across the animal kingdom, from fish and fruit flies to wild horses and chimpanzees. The neuroscience behind it sheds fascinating light on how humans and other animals conceive of themselves and their boundaries. Where is the dividing line between you and the world? – Aeon
Tags: Art, Ideas, 11.24.20

Computer Controlled Shackles Hold You Prisoner Until You Finish a Workout

Personally speaking, mustering the will to do pushups requires a lot of psyching myself up. A lot of walking around in circles, fiddling with my music, and wondering if maybe doing an extra few sets of overhead tricep extensions or holding a plank for two minutes would be a sufficient alternative to the dreaded…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Design, Fitness Tech, I Guess This Is Fitness Tech

Dave Chappelle Calls For Boycott Of His Old Sketch Show

Back when he was an up-and-coming 28-year-old with a child on the way, the comedian signed a contract with Comedy Central for what became Chappelle’s Show which allowed the cable channel’s parent company, ViacomCBS, to distribute reruns of the series in perpetuity with no additional payments to Chappelle. Now, having discovered that the show is being streamed by HBO Max and CBS All Access (and, via those services, on Netflix), he is telling his fans, “Boycott Chappelle’s Show. Do not watch it u...
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, Cbs, Dave Chappelle, Chappelle, HBO Max, Boycott Chappelle, 11.25.20

A Breakthrough In Artificial Intelligence Is Surprising Its Creators

It generates tweets, pens poetry, summarizes emails, answers trivia questions, translates languages and even writes its own computer programs, all with very little prompting. Some of these skills caught even the experts off guard. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Ideas, 11.23.20

Two polar bears come sniffing in the Arctic night: Esther Horvath's best photograph

‘I heard from the ship that two bears were walking directly towards us. I told the scientists to pack up. When they said no, I showed no mercy’In the autumn of 2019, I joined an expedition to the Arctic. We set sail from Tromsø, Norway, on 20 September, on the Polarstern icebreaker. There were 100 people on board – 60 scientists and 40 crew – but the ship was big enough that it never felt crowded. There were people you didn’t see for days.The plan was to find the perfect ice floe to anchor to, t...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, Climate Change, Animals, Environment, World news, Culture, Art and design, Arctic, Polar regions, Arctic Ocean, Tromsø Norway, Art and design books, Esther Horvath

Cambridge Discovers That Two Of Charles Darwin’s Notebooks Have Been Missing For Up To 20 Years

“The notebooks were last seen in November 2000 after ‘an internal request’ to remove them from a special manuscripts storeroom to be photographed. They were taken to a temporary studio, … [and] it was only during ‘a routine check’ two months later that it was discovered they were missing.” Librarians at the time evidently assumed the notebooks had been misshelved; they’ve now concluded that the items were stolen. – BBC
Tags: Art, Cambridge, Charles Darwin, Words, 11.24.20

Daniel Cordier, French Resistance Hero Who Became Prominent Art Dealer, Dead At 100

He and his mentor, Jean Moulin, spent part of World War II undercover as art dealers in occupied Nice, where they showed Matisse, Degas and Bonnard. After the war, Cordier took up art as his career, running a leading Paris gallery (with outposts in Frankfurt and New York) and giving Robert Rauschenberg his first major show in France. – Artnet
Tags: Art, New York, France, People, Frankfurt, Paris, Nice, Robert Rauschenberg, Daniel Cordier, Cordier, Jean Moulin, 11.24.20, Matisse Degas

$1 Billion Overhaul For Melbourne’s Arts District

The newly announced government budget for the state of Victoria includes Aus$1.4 billion (US $1.03 billion) for the expansion and revamp of the Southbank arts district in Australia’s fast-growing second city. Phase One of the project will be the construction of the National Gallery of Victoria Contemporary (situated adjacent to the original NGV), planned to be the country’s largest contemporary art museum. Later phases will include improvements and additions to Arts Centre Melbourne, the main v...
Tags: Art, Australia, Victoria, Melbourne, Issues, Southbank, 11.25.20, National Gallery of Victoria Contemporary

France To Reopen Theatres And Museums On Dec. 15

“Starting on Nov. 28, small shops and religious sites will be allowed to reopen. On Dec. 15, theaters, cinemas and museums will reopen but a 9 p.m.-7 a.m. curfew will be restored. A 9 p.m. curfew was previously put in place in mid-October, before the country went into lockdown.” – Variety
Tags: Art, France, Issues, 11.24.20

How Theatre Producers Cope With England’s Ever-Changing COVID Restrictions

“This month, theatre reopenings in England were abruptly brought to a halt by the second lockdown. As the future of live performance remains uncertain, producers and those running venues explain their strategies for programming with maximum flexibility.” –
Tags: Art, England, Theatre, 11.25.20

Three Lessons Museum Leaders Learned From This Very Painful Year

“No museum has been able to escape the impact of the pandemic, from long periods of closure decimating revenues, to the continuous landslide of the exhibitions calendar. But in periods of crisis, there can also be opportunity. One idea that came up repeatedly throughout [the Louvre Abu Dhabi and NYU Abu Dhabi’s ‘Reframing Museums’ symposium ] was that many of these problems were identified years ago. But now, there is a real urgency to solve them. Here are three key takeaways for the industry f...
Tags: Art, Visual, NYU Abu Dhabi, Louvre Abu Dhabi, 11.24.20

A Mysterious Monolith Appears in the Utah Desert, Channeling Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey People do weird things in the desert. A spokesman for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources acknowledges that widely understood truth in a recent New York Times article about a mysterious monolith discovered in Red Rock Country. “A team that was counting bighorn sheep by helicopter spotted something odd and landed to take a closer look,” writes Alan Yuhas. “It was a three-sided metal monolith, about 10 to 12 feet tall, planted firmly in the g...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Utah, London, College, United States, New York Times, Stanley Kubrick, New Mexico, Cia, Seoul, Indiana Jones, Death Valley, Facebook Twitter, Utah Department of Public Safety

Outdoor kitchens, dining spaces take center stage during holidays

Agents in California, Montana, Arkansas and Louisiana share how buyers are embracing outdoor entertainment spaces for socially distanced holiday gatherings.
Tags: Design, Lifestyle, Radio, Louisiana, Home Design, Kitchens, Select, Pandemic, Outdoor Dining, Coronavirus, Buyer Needs, Entertainment Areas, Blended Spaces, Buyer Wants, Outdoor Kitchens, California Montana Arkansas

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