The Pandemic Is Fueling Gaming, Sure, But Also A Game Category Called Just Chatting

Only connect, perhaps? Yes, Animal Crossing and Among Us are still popular, but “Just Chatting, which features people talking on camera about food, technology and other topics.” (And then there’s All Bad Cards, like an online version of Cards Against Humanity.) – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, 11.28.20

Cuban Government Agrees To Dialogue And Tolerance For Artists

It’s unprecedented in modern times, as Cuba has been quick to quash artistic dissent – but many of the protestors, who were demonstrating following a Thursday night raid of another protest, were actors, musicians, and others who long held governmental approval. – Seattle Times (AP)
Tags: Art, Cuba, Issues, 11.28.20

Ask A Teen: Ballet’s A Visually Perfect Sport Art Form

Fair enough. The teen, and other dancers, keep their routines going during the pandemic, as well as they can. The high school senior: “I want to inspire people. I wish for people to be moved and left with a sense of pride and joy when they watch me. … That’s all I’ve ever dreamed of really, on the stage or in the street. I want people to look at me and feel inspired.” – Greenville (South Carolina) News
Tags: Art, Dance, 11.23.20

What’s Up With Romance Novel Architecture?

The men in romance novels – whether straight or gay – seem obsessed with open plans. Open plans, big TVs, big sofas. Blame Canada. (Seriously: Blame Canada for HGTV, which led directly to … this.) – Slate
Tags: Art, Canada, Words, Hgtv, 11.27.20

Documentaries Are Hot Right Now, Threatening HBO’s Dominance

But the two women who run the documentary division at the behemoth aren’t worried. “Audiences’ appetite for nonfiction has grown as new funding sources like Kickstarter have emerged, and new formats, like podcasts. At the same time new and affordable technology has helped democratize the medium, and competition has exploded among deep-pocketed platforms hungry for documentary content.” And then there’s Netflix. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Hbo, Media, Netflix, Kickstarter, 11.27.20

The Worst Kind Of Book Thief

Easily the worst is the kind that steals from a shared heritage in libraries for private sale or just adoration. “It denies everyone the opportunity of having access to that book. Even a rare book bought (or stolen) from a bookshop will end up having just one owner, whereas in a public library that same book is available for anyone who wishes to read it.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Words, 11.27.20

London’s Proposed Tulip Means Nothing About Cultural Capital, But A Lot About Ego

Rowan Atkinson is not happy with the proposed tower or its boosters’ claims that it will make London, exhausted from the battle with COVID-19, feel better. “Its outdated futurism resembles nothing more than the fantasies of a third-world dictator.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, London, Visual, Rowan Atkinson, COVID, 11.27.20

More Details Emerge About Why Mosaic Theatre Company Kicked Out Its Founding Artistic Director

Ari Roth was fired from Theatre J after 18 years as an AD, and so he quickly founded his own company – Mosaic. Recently, he resigned under pressure from Mosaic. Why? A liaison with Equity says he is living with an older definition of an AD as someone who can treat staff and others badly, as long as his vision is great: “His defense is that the role of the artistic director has changed. … But everything changes. Everything evolves. We just happen to be living in a time where this imaginary rule ...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Equity, Ari Roth, 11.27.20, Mosaic Recently

The Musician Taking Wedding Gigs To Survive The Pandemic

Survive monetarily, that is. And psychologically. “There’s definitely a part of me that puts myself in these risky situations just to feel some sense of normalcy. My sister, a Ph.D. clinical psychologist, agrees. She says the damage this apocalyptic Groundhog Day is doing to performers’ psyche is as bad, if not worse, than the financial hardships we’re facing. After all, for many of us professional entertainers, our work is also intertwined with our social lives. It’s much more than just a payc...
Tags: Art, Music, 11.27.20

Flor Silvestre, Mexican Singer, Actress And Musical Matriarch, 90

Silvestre married musical icon Antonio Aguilar after she was already a star, and the two had vital careers apart – “but transformed into a supernova when they worked together in 20 films and dozens of songs that get screened and streamed to this day. More important, Silvestre and Aguilar created a traveling rodeo that toured across the United States and Mexico for decades. Part musical revue, part horse show, part comedy act, and all about a wholesome night out for the family, their espectáculo...
Tags: Art, Mexico, People, United States, Midwest, Aguilar, Silvestre, Antonio Aguilar, 11.27.20, Flor Silvestre, Madison Square Garden Los Angeles

The True Value Of An Arts Degree

A recent graduate says of her art history, cultural analysis, and other classes, “Being able to take these topics seriously and giving them the same attention and weight as things such as 18th-century philosophy taught me so much more about our communities, what we value, what we enjoy and whom we pay attention to.” – Maclean’s (Canada)
Tags: Art, Ideas, MacLean, 11.27.20

American Museums Are, Finally, Going Through An Identity Crisis

Perhaps, as one museum director claims, we’re “at a moment for complete reimagination of museums,” but it’s a painful one with the pandemic shutdowns mixing with a long overdue racial reckoning. “Museums are caught in a disheartening dilemma: They’re facing growing calls for diversity, equity, and inclusion, but without the funding they need they’re more likely to close than to be able to meet those demands.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Visual, 11.28.20

Hollywood Is Lost And Wandering, And Wondering How To Survive

Sure, Hollywood has been predicting its own demise since TV made it big. Every subsequent innovation – larger TVs! color TVs! The internet! DVD rentals! Streaming! – has the industry thinking it will die soon. But this time, well. “In the 110-year history of the American film industry, never has so much upheaval arrived so fast and on so many fronts, leaving many writers, directors, studio executives, agents and other movie workers disoriented and demoralized — wandering in ‘complete darkness,’...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, 11.28.20

Paradoxically, You Can See More ‘Nutcracker’ Than Ever This Year

That is, if you’re willing to watch on-screen. Collected here are well over 30 options for watching The Nutcracker, or some version of it, this holiday season, from ballet companies across the United States. – Playbill
Tags: Art, Dance, 11.27.20

Hugh Grant Says He Never Wanted To Be A Romantic Hero

Not that he hated it. “I’m not ungrateful. I loved the money, of course, and I’m proud of a lot of those films. But if someone said to me, ‘Do you have any talent as an actor?’ I’d say, ‘Well, only in regard to character acting.'” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, People, Hugh Grant, 11.27.20

The Era Of The Blockbuster May Be Over, For Now Or Forever

Or perhaps that’s just in the U.S. and other countries that can’t seem to get the coronavirus under control. “Up until now, Hollywood has refused to show its biggest movies first to audiences in Asia, Australia and New Zealand – where many cinemas are open again – partly due to piracy fears … [but] Wonder Woman 1984 will have a full theatrical release in China a week before the film is released in the U.S.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, China, New Zealand, Asia Australia, 11.25.20

Slightly Correcting The Scales By Adding A Portrait Of One Woman To Britain’s Royal Society

Jocelyn Bell Burnell discovered a new type of star – the pulsar – when she was in grad school. A Nobel Prize for its discovery went to her male PhD supervisor. Now her portrait is going into the Royal Society at its headquarters in London. “‘I’m sure that will upset a few fellows,’ she said, chuckling, when told by the Guardian of her position at the top of the grand staircase. ‘It is really prominent I must say, I’m surprised at that.'” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, London, Britain, Royal Society, Visual, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, 11.28.20

Not Even A Pedophilia Scandal Can Crack France’s Legendarily Clubby Literary World

On the prize committees, those who should feel disgraced give a shrug. Why should they care? “François Busnel, the host of La Grande Librairie, France’s most important television literary program, compared prize juries to the southern Italian mafia. ‘It’s a camorra, particularly the Renaudot,’ he said in a recent interview.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, France, Words, 11.28.20, Legendarily Clubby Literary World, François Busnel, La Grande Librairie France

Is That Mysterious Monolith In Utah Actually By Artist John McCracken?

McCracken’s son says maybe. “He was inspired by the idea of alien visitors leaving objects that resembled his work, or that his work resembled. This discovery of a monolith piece — that’s very much in line with his artistic vision.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Utah, Visual, McCracken, John McCracken, 11.27.20

Sarah Bryan Miller, Longtime Classical Music Critic In St. Louis, Has Died At 68

Miller was the first woman to be the Post-Dispatch‘s classical music critic, but as that role shrank (as at so many papers), she filled many other spots as well. Originally, “she got into journalism because she wanted to make a difference. In 2001, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra found itself in a financial crisis that threatened its existence. Ms. Miller covered the situation and explained to readers the options for keeping the SLSO alive, from maintaining it as an international-class ensembl...
Tags: Art, People, St Louis, Miller, Post Dispatch, St Louis Symphony Orchestra, Sarah Bryan Miller, SLSO, 11.28.20


The mysterious metal monolith that was found last week in the Utah desert has vanished.— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 29, 2020 I question whether the monolith has vanished. If you're with me in a room, then you leave and come back a week later, and I am not there, it would be a gross failure to follow Occam's Razor to say that I had "vanished." In all likelihood, I walked out, and I continue to exist. I've gone somewhere else. You just don't know where. The qu...
Tags: Art, Landscape, Utah, Movies, Law, Australia, New York Times, Antarctica, Harry, Herald, Don, Charlie, Occam, Ann Althouse, Seen And Unseen, Henry Sunderland

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