US Senator Mike Lee Blocks Legislation To Create Smithsonian Women’s, Latinx Museums

“The last thing we need,” Lee said, “is to further divide an already divided nation with an array of segregated, separate-but-equal museums for hyphenated identity groups.” – NPR
Tags: Art, US, Mike Lee, Visual, Lee, 12.11.20, Smithsonian Women 's Latinx Museums

Why Are Literary Folk So Disdainful Of Self-Help Books?

Beth Blum makes a compelling case for self-help as an important “shadow genre” for literature – worthy of study in itself and also for what it reveals over time about readers’ habits, desires and values. – Times Literary Supplement
Tags: Art, Words, 12.11.20, Beth Blum

AMC Raises $100M, Slams Warner, And Says It’ll Be Out Of Money By January

In its latest warning cry, it said it needs $750 million “to remain viable” through 2021. Even if it raises that, it still risks bankruptcy next year if moviegoing doesn’t pick up — and Warner Bros. may have made that harder to accomplish. – Deadline
Tags: Art, Media, Amc, Warner Bros, 12.11.20

No Wonder We’re Skeptical Of The Future – It’s Scary

Isn’t the ‘crisis of democracy’ old news? Absolutely. It’s as ancient as democracy itself. Still, present circumstances raise the question as to whether we can look ahead to a time after the crisis. What does it mean to be ‘forward-looking’ in times like ours? The fear that drives much of contemporary political culture is caused by the disruptions that global complexity and a destabilised planet introduce into what was once called the body politic. – Eurozine
Tags: Art, Ideas, 12.11.20

How NY Bars And Restaurants Found Ways To Start The Music Again

Birdland, and a number of other noted jazz clubs and piano bars across the city, were quietly offering live performances again, arguing that the performers were playing “incidental” music for diners, and that the music was therefore permitted by the pandemic-era guidelines set by the State Liquor Authority. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Birdland, 12.11.20

How Digital Art Space Artechouse Helped Pantone Unveil its Colors of the Year for 2021

The Pantone Color Institute celebrated the announcement of its 2021 Colors of the Year this week--yellow and gray--with a dizzying, immersive art installation projected inside a century-old repurposed boiler room of Manhattan's Chelsea Market. The exhibit is the work of a digital art space called Artechouse, which partnered with the color research firm on the...
Tags: Design, Advertising, Chelsea, Manhattan, Pantone Color Institute

Musical drama ‘Hlakanyana’ offers biting social comment

The theatre piece draws on folklore and an Afrofuturist world to interrogate social ills The post Musical drama ‘Hlakanyana’ offers biting social comment appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Corruption, Theatre, Friday, Social Commentary, National Arts Council, Gender-based Violence, Arts and Culture Trust, Dionne Song, Hlakanyana, Janice Honeyman, Madevu Entertainment, Michael William Wallace, Musical Drama, Pieter Jacobs, Sne Dladla, UJ Arts & CUlture

Spoiler Alert: How Much Info In A Review Is Too Much?

“Spoiler culture” has become the preferred term for the angry whiplash of consumers who don’t want to know anything — and I mean anything — about a particular work of art or entertainment ahead of time. As a cultural phenomenon, spoiler culture has grown in scope and intensity along with the Internet, and it has now reached a level where it’s hard for people like me to get any work done. – Boston Globe
Tags: Art, Media, 12.10.20

Don’t Miss: An update of in-person and virtual events

From ballet, to art exhibitions to podcasts, there’s plenty on offer in the cultural world to capture your attention this weekend The post Don’t Miss: An update of in-person and virtual events appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Art, Music, Podcasts, Ballet, Friday, Zeitz MOCAA, Senzeni Marasela, Bongani Kona, Archive of Forgetfulness, Cape Town City Ballet, Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO, Conversations with Neighbours, Gallery Fanon, Huda Tayob, Jaffer Modern Art Gallery, Keneilwe Mokoena

Amsterdam Is Going To Regulate People’s Christmas Lights

According to rules going into effect next year, all lights in outdoor displays must be LEDs, and 70% (90% in the historic city center) must be “warm white.” (Rules for the historic district have even more detailed specifications.) “The city’s crackdown on excessive Xmas cheer was spurred by a recent lighting-display arms race raging among residents and building owners.” – CityLab
Tags: Art, Amsterdam, Visual, 12.09.20

Inside The Flamboyant Self-Destruction Of Johnny Depp

“There are few examples of a movie-star implosion of Depp’s magnitude that have been so sudden and spectacular. … Over the course of four short years, Depp has spiraled from an A-list star responsible for more than $10 billion in worldwide box office to Hollywood persona non grata” — not least because of the calamitous defamation lawsuit he just lost. “It wasn’t just erratic and violent behavior that wrecked one of the world’s most bankable stars. It was his unquenchable thirst for revenge.” – ...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, People, Johnny Depp, Depp, 12.09.20

UK Moves To Protect Garden Treasures

As the growing popularity of metal detecting as a hobby meant that more historical objects were being found, museums have missed out on items of archaeological significance that did not fall within the law’s definition, including Bronze Age axes, Iron Age caldrons, and medieval weapons and jewelry. In 2017, 1,267 pieces went through the process in which a committee determines whether an item should be considered a treasure, up from 79 pieces in 1997. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, UK, Visual, 12.09.20

‘Kartografi’: The testing of our boundaries

Scott Eric William’s new art project challenges our ideas of mapping, moving into philosophical territory The post ‘Kartografi’: The testing of our boundaries appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Art, Maps, Digital, Friday, Mapping, Drone Photography, Portals, Movement, Analogue, Cartography, Digital Art, Saidiya Hartman, Todd Gray, Burning Museum, Darkroom Contemporary Dance Theatre, Fugitivity

Denver’s Tattered Cover Book Store Sold

While local bookstores across the country shuttered in recent years, falling victim to lower prices offered by Amazon, Tattered Cover remained steadfast in its role as a locally owned shop known for drawing revered authors to Denver for book signings. – Denverite
Tags: Art, Words, Denver, 12.10.20, Amazon Tattered Cover

Using AI To Fill In Missing Text From Ancient Babylonian Tablets

“Filling in missing text starts with being able to read and understand the original text. That requires much donkey work. Now an Israeli team [of researchers] has reinvented the donkey in digital form, harnessing artificial intelligence to help complete fragmented Akkadian cuneiform tablets.” – Haaretz (Israel)
Tags: Art, Words, 11.29.20

The Show That Changed Radio Storytelling: ‘This American Life’ At 25

“Initially dreamed up as a storytelling showcase for Chicago audio artists and new writers, it now regularly wins awards – including one Pulitzer – for its in-depth international reporting, and boasts several spinoffs, among them the hit podcast Serial,” and the broadcast and podcast together get 5.3 million listeners a week. But now younger radio types gripe about “the hegemony of This American Life.” Says longtime producer Nancy Updike, “I recognise that we have become The Man.” – The Guardia...
Tags: Art, Media, Chicago, 12.10.20, Nancy Updike

The Ancient Monuments Of Karabakh Are Endangered In Latest Conflicts

Alongside the humanitarian crisis caused by the displacement of Armenians, this land transfer also threatens a large number of Armenian monuments located in Karvajar, Kashatagh, Hadrut and Aghdam provinces. – Apollo
Tags: Art, Visual, Karabakh, Aghdam, 12.09.20, Karvajar Kashatagh Hadrut

Classical Music’s Diversity Problem Is More About Class Than Race

“The point is that there are myriad class-related hurdles — material, psychological, and associative — that have prevented families of limited means from pursuing, or even wanting to pursue, this music. And of course, a disproportionate number of these families are Black.” – The New Republic
Tags: Art, Music, 12.10.20

The Solution To Classical Music’s Diversity Problem Is At Youth Orchestra Los Angeles

Mark Swed: “In the end, systemic diversity can be pushed by circumstance, like we’ve had in this year of upset. But it can’t be shoved. Within the next year or two, we will be able to celebrate more people of color at orchestras and other institutions. Hiring, however, could be limited by the sheer economic havoc ahead. For real systemic change, we need a real system in place, something solid and lasting. YOLA is that system.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Music, Yola, Mark Swed, Youth Orchestra Los Angeles, 12.10.20

Jon Podhoretz: Lessons About Movies From 40 Years As A Critic

“I’ve expressed a great many opinions in this magazine over the past 23 years, and looking back on them, I’m reminded of the fact that if you judge a movie critic by the accuracy of his opinions, you’re never going to like any movie critic ever.” – Washington Examiner
Tags: Art, Media, 12..14.20, Jon Podhoretz

A Rare Original Apple 1 Computer Was Sacrificed For These Ugly Custom iPhones

In October of 2014, a rare Apple 1 motherboard, thought to be one of the first 50 built by Steve Wozniak in Steve Jobs’ family home, was sold by Bohnams at auction for $905,000. Today, you can own a small piece of that Silicon Valley artifact, but it comes attached to a customized iPhone 12 Pro or Max with…Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Science, Design, Smartphones, Silicon Valley, Caviar, Collectibles, Steve Wozniak, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 Pro, Bohnams

UK Gov’t Gives Biggest Arts Institutions £165 Million in Emergency Loans

“In total, 11 ‘nationally and internationally significant organisations’ — among them the National Theatre, Royal Opera House, Royal Shakespeare Co., Southbank Centre, and Historic Royal Palaces — “which provide work for more than 9,000 people will get the loans. Each will have an initial repayment holiday of up to four years, a low interest rate and a repayment term of up to 20 years. The loans are one of the final pieces of the jigsaw in the government’s £1.57bn cultural recovery fund to help...
Tags: Art, UK, Issues, 12.11.20

France’s Concert Halls, Theatres, Cinemas Will Stay Closed Until At Least Jan. 7

“[The country] has been in a second lockdown phase since the end of October, and while daily COVID-19 cases have considerably decreased over the past several weeks, they have recently hit a plateau that is about double the hoped for 5K ceiling.” – Deadline
Tags: Art, France, Issues, 12.10.20

With No Theatre In Paris, A Critic Reviews The Last Show In Town — At Church

Laura Cappelle: “On paper, a Roman Catholic Mass and a stage performance aren’t all that different: Both events involve a cast of professionals addressing a seated, and now socially distanced, audience. The connections don’t stop there. … The ritualistic nature of the event, the dramatic buildup from scene to scene — even the slightly labored monologues — are all part and parcel of regular theater attendance.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Paris, Laura Cappelle, 12.10.20

Dallas Opera Will Go Ahead With Shows This Spring, But They’ll Be Different

A full year after the pandemic started and performances stopped, the company’s 2021 mainstage season will begin in March with the world premiere of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer, followed by Don Carlo, The Marriage of Figaro and Tosca. Scores will be abridged to 90 minutes and the stagings reworked to maintain distance between the singers. Live attendance will be limited to 660 people, just over a quarter of the theater’s normal capacity. – The Dallas Morning ...
Tags: Art, Music, Marriage of Figaro, Gene Scheer, Don Carlo, Joby Talbot, 12.10.20

When Italian Futurists Declared War on Pasta (1930) We must fight against puddles of sauce, disordered heaps of food, and above all, against flabby, anti-virile pastasciutta. —poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti Odds are Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, the father of Futurism and a dedicated provocateur, would be crestfallen to discover how closely his most incendiary gastronomical pronouncement aligns with the views of today’s low-carb crusaders. In denouncing pasta, “that absurd Italian gastronomic relig...
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SOTD 11.12.2020

Perfume PosseSOTD 11.12.2020 A SOTD (Scent Of The Day) thread is a really good conversation generator. The idea is you’ll chime in through the week with whatever scent you are wearing. You don’t need to be super knowledgable, have high faluting tastes or… Continue Reading → Perfume PosseSOTD 11.12.2020
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