“Reimagining” Your Orchestra Season? Really?

“When, over the summer, orchestras began making known their fall plans, the operative word was “reimagined.” At least twenty orchestras, from Albany to St. Louis, announced reimagined seasons. Yet, because so many institutions were using identical language, it didn’t seem that anything particularly imaginative was going on. A certain herd mentality also surfaced in the programming.” – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Music, St Louis, Albany, 11.30.20

On The Verge Of Thinking Far Beyond Our Own

Why couldn’t one of these marvelous learning machines, let loose on an enormous astronomical catalog or the petabytes of data compiled by the Large Hadron Collider, discern a set of new fundamental particles or discover a wormhole to another galaxy in the outer solar system, like the one in the movie “Interstellar”? – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Ideas, Hadron Collider, 11.23.20

Our Mythology Of Failure On The Road To Success Is Wrong

“Tech companies have created a “fail-fast” system; a culture in which there is no room for what could be genuinely called failure, but only a series of experiments which lead inevitably and inexorably to the conclusion of success. I find it all exhausting. Failure once allowed you to stop trying – that was, famously, the one good thing it has going for it. Having agonised over a doomed project for years, at least you might have the cathartic relief of finally and permanently throwing it away. Y...
Tags: Art, Ideas, 11.18.20

In Virtual School Test-Taking, Surveillance AI Is Intruding On Students

“In the swift and chaotic pivot to virtual test-taking, companies like Respondus — along with competitors including Honorlock, ProctorU and Proctorio — have stepped in to help schools keep watch on students. Because the new digital tools are required in certain courses, students are being forced to subject themselves to surveillance inside their own homes and open themselves up to disputes over “suspicious activities,” as defined by an algorithm.” – Voice of San Diego
Tags: Art, Issues, 11.30.20

Broadway’s Spiderman Disaster, Ten Years Later

“You had Spider-Man dangling seven feet above the first two rows. It was the worst possible position because no one could reach him. One of the crew members fetched a stick to prod him with, but that didn’t help. It was like a live Spider-Man piñata. But we knew by the end of the night, well, that’s the worst it’s ever going to be. We’ll keep improving it and improving it, and it’s going to be duck soup by the time we open in January.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway, 11.25.20

John Luther Adams – Composer Of Places

“What sets Mr. Adams’s seething, shimmering, preternaturally patient sound forces apart is their absence of a definable human anchor. The pieces that make up the “Become” trilogy are neither stories about nature nor pictures of it. Rather, as Mr. Adams writes in an essay accompanying the excellent recordings, ‘this is music that aspires to the condition of place’.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Adams, John Luther Adams, 11.26.20

Police will not investigate disappearance of Utah mystery monolith

Metal monolith drew hundreds of visitors and was illegal as it was placed without permission on public landPolice in Utah said they would not open a major investigation into the disappearance of a mysterious silver monolith that generated international attention after it was discovered in the Utah desert.The San Juan county sheriff said the office did not have the resources to devote much time and energy to investigating who took the object away, which was illegal to begin with because it was pl...
Tags: Art, Utah, US news, Public Lands, San Juan County

Chatting With AI: Here’s How This Artificial Intelligence Stuff Will Go

The thing that we can be sure of is that the A.I. revolution is not a myth. It is the future. And it is happening right now. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Ideas, 11.26.20

Ancient Cave Art Masterpieces Discovered In Colombia

Hailed as “the Sistine Chapel of the ancients”, archaeologists have found tens of thousands of paintings of animals and humans created up to 12,500 years ago across cliff faces that stretch across nearly eight miles in Colombia. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Colombia, Visual, 11.29.20

Follow-Through Fuel

You’ve delivered an impactful message full of memorable visuals to an audience that was hanging on your every word. Great! What’s next? Remember that all good presentations reach their full potential with proper follow-through. Every company has its own ideas of what this looks like, and there are numerous factors that come into play. However, if you don’t have a follow-through strategy, today is the day to take a hard look at creating one. We’ve compiled a list of five different strategies to m...
Tags: Design, Inspiration, Accountability, Data, Presentation, Following, Speaking, Healthy Habits, Account Management, Presentation Design, Accountable, Follow Up, Touchpoint, Habit-forming, Presentation Habits, Measurable

Michael’s Cyber Monday Sale 60% Off Canvas, 70% Off Frames, 70% Off Beads, & More!

Hurry, there is a a great Michael’s deal to keep everyone busy. Michael’s Cyber Monday Sale 60% Off Canvas, 70% Off Frames, 70% Off Beads, & More! Learn some awesome tips and trips for shopping at Michaels too! For Even More Awesome Online Deals
Tags: Deals, Art, Crafts, Kids, Coupons, Michael, Online Deals, Michaels, Michael's, Michaels Coupons

Big Art Telling Big Stories

“The resurgence over the past two decades of artists working in the grand manner suggests that the energies inherent to this style didn’t disappear but were merely redirected: into cinema like that of Cecil B. DeMille; into cycles of narrative painting such as the African American history paintings of Jacob Lawrence; and even into political spectacle, lingering on in the rallies of President Trump. And now they are coalescing again into a coherent artistic form, with multiple offshoots and vari...
Tags: Art, Visual, Trump, Cecil B DeMille, Jacob Lawrence, 11.28.20

The Impossible Weight That Public Sculptures Of Women Must Bear

It’s not just the sexualized, weirdly tiny Mary Wollstonecraft; it’s not just the naked Medusa in the park; it’s not just that rather iffy sculpture of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Sojourner Truth all sitting down to plan universal suffrage. No. It’s the arc of public art for its entire history – and we do mean history in this case. “Two millennia of European and American history could be told through a genealogy of equestrian monuments to men, from Marcus Aurelius to Gattamela...
Tags: Art, Wiley, Medusa, Mary Wollstonecraft, Visual, Kehinde Wiley, Marcus Aurelius, Sojourner Truth, Susan B Anthony Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Gattamelata, 11.27.20

The Monolith Has Disappeared

And, just as quickly as we all learned about it, the monolith in the Utah desert is gone. “The Bureau of Land Management said it would not be investigating the disappearance because ‘crimes involving private property’ are managed by the local sheriff’s office. The San Juan and Grand County Sheriff’s Offices did not immediately respond to requests for comment.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Utah, San Juan, Visual, Bureau of Land Management, 11.28.20, Grand County Sheriff 's Offices

A Better Way To Give Concerts?

Stephen Hough: “One issue I wrote about that seems to have struck a chord with readers was the idea of removing the interval and having shorter concerts, lasting around 60-80 minutes, perhaps at different starting times, and even repeating them on the same night. Since the pandemic struck this shrunken format has quickly become the norm, a neat solution to comply with new health and safety requirements … and I’ve loved it.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, Audience, Stephen Hough, 11.29.20

TikTok Users Are Creating The Ratatouille Musical Disney Never Did

But these aren’t just any TikTokkers. “Thousands of TikTok users, including many with Broadway credits, have paid homage to the 2007 Disney Pixar film, about a rat who dreams of becoming a French chef, by creating their own songs, dances, makeup looks, set designs, puppets and Playbill programs.” And Disney is apparently paying attention as well, according to its Tweets and its own TikTok contributions. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Disney, Broadway, Audience, Disney Pixar, 11.30.20

When ‘The Last Gasp’ Isn’t The Final Breath For A 40-Year-Old Theatre Company

The 76- and 71-year-old women who founded and run Split Britches were in London when COVID-19 hit New York hard, so they didn’t come back for a while – but where to stay, and how to make the new work they were supposedly putting up at La MaMa in April and the Barbican in June? And where to stay in London? Enter an empty house with running water, electricity and one chair. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York, London, Theatre, La MaMa, COVID, 11.29.20

How to Pick the Best Light Bulb for Every Room

The lighting in a room isn’t just part of the decor; it can affect everything from your sleep schedule to your brain power. So it’s understandable that you want your home, the place you presumably spend a big chunk of your life, to be lit nicely. But there are so many different options to choose from!Read more...
Tags: Home, Diy, Home Decor, How To, Lifehacks, Decorating, Lighting, Editors Picks, Apartment, Interior Design

The Carols From Kings Will Go On, To An Audience Of No One

No one except the BBC, of course. “For many of us, it is the moment when Christmas really starts: the soaring voice of a boy soloist at King’s College, Cambridge opening its iconic Christmas Eve service with Once in Royal David’s City.” No one will be in the pews this year. – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Music, Bbc, Cambridge, King 's College, 11.29.20

In 2020, The Performing Arts Livestream Winter Holidays

Members of Live Arts Maryland might be practicing outdoors, as far apart as possible, with earmuffs and scarves on, but on the day of their performance, “individual performers in A Celebration of Christmas will sing carols from their homes and will be joined, online, by an orchestra ensemble in a YouTube livestream.” – Baltimore Sun
Tags: Art, Music, Maryland, Audience, 11.28.20

A Century Of The Widening Gyre

One hundred years after the last massive, worldwide pandemic, Yeats’ poem feels close at hand. “I would scarcely call ‘The Second Coming’ a holiday poem. But it makes you feel that that a page of history is about to flip: one epoch is about to give birth to another.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Words, Yeats, 11.28.20

How To Pandemic-Proof Our Griefstricken, Routine-Longing Brains And Hearts

It’s not easy, knowing familiar holidays are here and we just can’t expect to celebrate them the same way. “Our brains are literally overburdened with all the uncertainty caused by the pandemic. Not only is there the seeming capriciousness of the virus, but we no longer have the routines that served as the familiar scaffolding of our lives.” But now, knowing some things about our new lives, we have to create new routines. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Ideas, 11.28.20

In Praise Of Classical Music Radio

Radio in particular – and Portland’s All Classical in particular. There’s a lot of media nowadays, and a lot of choices to make – perhaps too many. “Radio cuts through all that. You make one decision – tune to a station – and then passively take in whatever it has to offer. Maybe it’s a bunch of Haydn or Mingus, maybe it’s an hour of spooky Irish music, maybe it’s interviews with local composers you’ve never heard of playing music composed by kids who go to school with yours.” – Oregon ArtsWatc...
Tags: Art, Music, Oregon, Radio, Portland, Haydn, 11.27.20

What Fairytale Of New York And It’s A Wonderful Life Have In Common

And what they tell us about a culture that celebrates Christmas above all, decontextualizing the artists’ other work. “The Pogues had already put out two of the most original albums of the decade by the time they released ‘Fairytale’ in 1987; I can’t remember the last time I heard anything from either played on the radio. Were Frank Capra around today, he would be able to relate.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, New York, Ideas, Frank Capra, Pogues, 11.29.20

And Yet, A Live Performance Truly Beats Livestreaming

Ireland is reopening in some ways, but arts venues are expecting a third wave of coronavirus infections and another shutdown after Christmas. How should they plan? “Covid-19 has profoundly changed parts of our world. Business travel has been killed by the Zoom call. The absurdity of the daily rush hour has been exposed by home working. Some of these changes may turn out to be permanent. But when it comes to art and culture, lockdown has revealed a contrary truth: live will always be better than...
Tags: Art, Music, Ireland, 11.28.20

Just Say No To Hillbilly Elegy

As nearly every reviewer has noted, the movie is bad – and the movie is bad because the book was bad. “The film and book need Appalachia to be poor, broken, and dirty, because they depend on us believing that the mountains are somewhere we want Vance to escape. They need to frame poverty as a moral failing of individuals—as opposed to systems—because they have to imply that something about Vance’s character allowed him to get away from his hillbilly roots. Hillbilly Elegy has to simplify the pe...
Tags: Art, Media, Vance, APPALACHIA, Hillbilly Elegy, 11.29.20

After Nearly 13,000 Authors Protest, Amazon Adjusts Royalty-Snagging Audible Policy

Readers could return an audiobook if they’d bought it less than 365 days earlier, and the royalties from the audiobook would come out of the author’s next paycheck. What the heck? Some authors say it’s more like a library – but without any library royalty payments. Audible has changed the time limit to seven days. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Words, 11.26.20, Authors Protest Amazon

The UK’s Culture Secretary Asks Netflix To Label ‘The Crown’ As Fiction

Who would write this twist into the series? Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden “is expected to write Netflix a formal request that a label is added to the beginning of each episode, clearly stating that the series is fictionalized. Dowden’s demands echo worries that the series will do lasting damage to the image of the British monarchy.” Ahem. – Variety
Tags: Art, UK, Media, Netflix, Dowden, Oliver Dowden, 11.29.20

Theatres Are Saving A Christmas Carol

Did … did it need saving? Well, perhaps the theatres do; it’s been such a large money maker for theatres in the U.S. for, well, many years. Now, as the holiday season kicks into high gear, theatres “are using every contagion-reduction strategy they have honed during the coronavirus pandemic: outdoor stagings, drive-in productions, street theater, streaming video, radio plays and even a do-it-yourself kit sent by mail.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, 11.29.20

Modern and Futuristic White House Interior Plans

Catch up this futuristic home decor and remodel ideas that covered with the clear and clean thought of both house decor and interior plans. Here we will see the hygiene and bright performance of a house decor plans. Since the concept of these decorations was bringing clear and clean though (white color decor) so the thing that we have to think was the hygiene and the cleanliness personality that we have to have. If we were diligent enough to clean up these white house decorations plans twice a d...
Tags: Books, Home Decor, White House, Interior Design, Minimalist House, Interior Inspirations, Remodel Ideas, Interior Decor, Interior Plans, House Interior Designs

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