The Psychology Behind Great Gift-Giving

Givers might favor the beautiful and dramatic because they think about gifts in the abstract: “What’s a good gift?” Recipients, in contrast, imagine themselves using it, and so focus more on utility. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Ideas, 12.17.20

Theatre That Steps Outside The Theatre

“We are all here because we believe in the power of theatre, right? We think it has the power to change minds, to catalyze conversations, to shift narratives. But we most often limit that to what’s on our stages, with the goal that our mostly wealthy, mostly white patrons might see our groundbreaking show and say, “Wow, I never knew that.” But if we approached theatremaking as cultural workers, we wouldn’t be measuring success only by the number of tickets sold, and our programming choices woul...
Tags: Art, Theatre, 12.17.20

Regrets About The Life You’ve Lived?

“The thought that I might have become someone else is so bland that dwelling on it sometimes seems fatuous,” the literary scholar Andrew H. Miller writes, in “On Not Being Someone Else: Tales of Our Unled Lives” (Harvard). Still, phrased the right way, the thought has an insistent, uncanny magnetism. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Harvard, Ideas, 12.14.20, Andrew H Miller

Late-Night TV’s Trump Problem

Trump has been a singular challenge for writers in the late-night landscape. An obvious target as a candidate—with his verbal gaffes, body language, and appearance contributing to facile impressions and shallow punchlines—he killed the joke when he won the White House. As president, he placed traditional late-night shows in “a rock-and-a-hard-place situation. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Media, White House, Trump, 12.17.20

Record Intact: Boston’s H&H Extends Its Streak To 167 Years Of Messiahs. Here’s How

The period-instrument orchestra first performed the resplendent “Hallelujah” chorus during its inaugural concert in 1815, presenting the American premiere three years later. In the centuries since, H+H has often performed the storied oratorio, including, for the past 166 years uninterrupted, annual holiday performances that have sustained Bostonians through the Great Depression, two World Wars, 32 presidencies, the Civil War, and the Spanish Flu pandemic. – Boston Globe
Tags: Art, Music, Boston, 12.18.20

Robert Musil As Playwright

The author of The Man Without Qualities worked in the theaters of Vienna as both critic and playwright. Author Genese Grill looks at how Musil’s two completed plays fed his most famous novel. – Literary Hub
Tags: Art, Theatre, Vienna, Musil, Robert Musil, 12.17.20

2020 Is The Year TikTok Started Transforming The World

“Now, at the end of 2020, TikTok is the most downloaded app of the year – and it’s changed an awful lot more than just how we consume media online.” Among other things, the app and the brief little videos on it have altered the way online comedy, activism, meme culture, and collaborative art. – BBC
Tags: Art, Media, World, Audience, 12.16.20

Kid’s Wooden Floor Easel by Creatology only $29.99 (reg. $69.99) at Michael’s!

Hurry, there is a a great Michael’s deal for the budding artist. Get this Kid’s Wooden Floor Easel by Creatology for only $29.99 (reg. $69.99) at Michael’s! Free in store or curbside pickup, $9.99 same day delivery, or free shipping on $59+ orders. Description: Stimulate your budding artist’s imagination with this wooden floor easel. A must-have... Read More
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What It’s Like To Be A Trans-Gender Opera Singer

“I couldn’t acknowledge that I was transgender or even queer until 2010, when I was studying voice at St. Olaf College. I was confronted with difficult realizations about who I am that I couldn’t reconcile with my plan to become a classical singer. Suddenly I was caught between two options: to live an authentic life or to keep studying voice. Maybe I was offering myself excuses, but I wasn’t willing to stop singing, so I didn’t change course. It wasn’t until January 2020 that I came out publicl...
Tags: Art, Music, St Olaf College, 12.14.20

Laid-Off Publishing Pros Reject Corporate Publishing To Start Their Own Press

In its revamped form, Spiegel & Grau will produce 15 to 20 books a year, as well as original audiobooks and podcasts. It will also work on television and film adaptations and already has signed a first-look deal with Amazon Studios to develop projects from its titles. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words, Amazon Studios, Spiegel Grau, 12.17.20

Hokusai’s Iconic Print, “The Great Wave off Kanagawa,” Recreated with 50,000 LEGO Bricks

For those with the time, skill, and drive, LEGO is the perfect medium for wildly impressive recreations of iconic structures, like the Taj Mahal, Eiffel Tower, the Titanic and now the Roman Colosseum. But water? A wave? And not just any wave, but Katsushika Hokusai‘s celebrated 19th-century woodblock print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa. As Open Culture’s Colin Marshall pointed out earlier, you might not know the title, but the image is instantly recognizable. Artist Jumpei Mitsui, the world’...
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The Complicated Career Of Louis Armstrong

Meeting culture in the middle meant Armstrong could change things from within. The list of firsts he oversaw is staggering. Knockin’ a Jug, which featured black and white musicians, was one of the US’s first integrated recordings. That same year, he cut the first integrated vocal duet, Rockin’ Chair, with white singer Hoagy Carmichael. Black and Blue, a 1929 B-side on Okeh Records’ “popular music” listings (a label that had previously marketed him for “race records”), has been called American m...
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Dorothy Gill Barnes, Sculptor In Wood And Tree Bark, Dead Of COVID At 93

“From strips of mulberry tree bark, she produced an intricate vase. To make a stout bowl, she folded hunks of poplar bark. She once wove a basket on a loom with lichen. She also created sculptures from wood, like a hollowed-out oak tree she encased with apple suckers and a work featuring branches of cherry and paulownia linked together like a necklace with glass and wire.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, 12.17.20, Dorothy Gill Barnes

How The New Yorker Got Tricked In One Of Its Best-Known Articles

“This week, The New Yorker attached its own extraordinary editor’s note to a National Magazine Award–winning 2018 article by staff writer and novelist Elif Batuman about Japan’s so-called rent-a-family industry, in which desperate and lonely people hire actors to play their absent fathers, wives, children, and so on. The New Yorker reported that three central figures in the story had ‘made false biographical claims to Batuman and to a fact checker,’ undermining the veracity of large swathes of ...
Tags: Art, Japan, Words, New Yorker, Elif Batuman, Batuman, 12.17.20, Ryu Spaeth

How To Deal With Offending Classics?

“The art of dance is distinct in being the single art in which the body is the most easily decontextualized from the surrounding work—in order to be consumed as if it existed in and for itself. Yet, in the present controversies that swirl about nineteenth-century ballet classics such as La Bayadère, those which display the racial stereotypes of Orientalism, the problem is more complex than that of bodies alone.” – MassReview
Tags: Art, Dance, 12.17.20

Geometric stringed polyhdron art

France-based artisan Kevin Hernandez creates these lovely stringed polyhedrons in all sorts of hues, shapes, sizes, and price points. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ke-v (@artwork.e.v) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ke-v (@artwork.e.v) — Read the rest
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Geometric stringed polyhedron art

France-based artisan Kevin Hernandez creates these lovely stringed polyhedrons in all sorts of hues, shapes, sizes, and price points. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ke-v (@artwork.e.v) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ke-v (@artwork.e.v) — Read the rest
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Pay Cuts At U.S. Orchestras May Last Beyond The Pandemic

“While musicians at some major ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, have agreed to steep cuts that would have been unthinkable in normal times, others are resisting. Some unions fear that the concessions being sought could outlast the pandemic, and reset the balance of power between management and labor.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, 12.17.20

It’s Been Six Months, And Australian Arts Organizations Still Haven’t Gotten Any Rescue Fund Money

“The $250m rescue package to arts and cultural organisations affected by Covid was announced in June, … [yet] in October it emerged in budget estimates that still no emergency funding had been disbursed.” Now the government says that some money has been designated for specific organizations, but those groups say no cash has actually arrived. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Issues, COVID, 12.18.20, Been Six Months

Historic Charleston Greek Revival once occupied by JFK lists for $4.4M

John F. Kennedy lived at 48 South Battery for a few months while stationed at the Charleston Navy Yard in 1942.
Tags: Design, Listings, Radio, Luxury, John F. Kennedy, Civil War, Jfk, Charleston, Courtyard, Wine Cellar, Luxury Listings, Outdoor Kitchen, Fireplaces, Maison Real Estate, Mary Lou Wertz, Outdoor Entertaining Areas

Venice’s €6 Billion Flood Barrier Probably Won’t Be Enough

“For all its exquisite engineering, MOSE is essentially a stopgap, a $6 billion duct-tape fix that could work just long enough to induce complacency. The fact that it took so long to design and build means that the technology predated the latest science. … A 2011 UNESCO report concluded that MOSE ‘might be able to avoid flooding for the next few decades, but the sea will eventually rise to a level where even continuous closures will not be able to protect the city from flooding.” – Curbed
Tags: Art, Unesco, Venice, Issues, Mose, 12.16.20

A (Detailed) Account Of How Mozart Composed His First Symphony

There are surprisingly few strikeouts or corrections in the London Notebook; probably he worked out the pieces at the clavier and then copied them down, relying on a remarkable memory for music, whether his own or works by others. – LitHub
Tags: Art, Music, London

Pentagon pauses meetings with Biden team as officials complain transition tasks are making them feel 'overwhelmed'

Pentagon Charles Dharapak/AP Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller ordered the Pentagon to cancel meetings with the Biden transition team, , revealing that a Pentagon official said that staff involved in the transition felt "overwhelmed." The start of the transition was delayed by election disputes, limiting the time to complete necessary tasks. A defense official clarified parts of the Axios report, explaining that the Pentagon and the Biden transition team agreed to a break and that ...
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French Senate Nearly Squashed Return Of Statues To Benin

“On Thursday, the French Senate blocked a bill that would bring 26 statues back to Benin and a sword from West Africa to Senegal. Then, the National Assembly, which has the power to rule on matters on which the Senate cannot reach a consensus, decided that the plan must move forward, putting France on track to repatriate the objects within a year.” This after the Senate unanimously approved the plan last month. – ARTnews
Tags: Art, France, Senate, Senegal, West Africa, Benin, Visual, National Assembly, 12.17.20

Performers Angry As One Of Australia’s Fringe Festivals Adds Non-Disparagement ‘Gag Order’ To Contracts

“Perth’s Fringe World, which opens on 15 January, attracted criticism and protests earlier this year over its longstanding sponsorship by fossil fuel giant Woodside. In a bid to head off disruption of next month’s event, the organisers – not-for-profit company Artrage – have included in the festival’s main contract the stipulation that ‘the presenter and the venue operator must use its best endeavours to not do any act or omit to do any act that would prejudice any of Fringe World’s sponsorship...
Tags: Art, Australia, Theatre, 12.18.20

Unknown Shirley Jackson Short Story Published For First Time

“Adventure on a Bad Night,” brought to print by the magazine The Strand, “shows a microcosm of the racism and sexism in US society through a dissatisfied woman’s trip to a corner shop … [where] a pregnant immigrant … is being verbally abused by a shop clerk after asking for help.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, US, Words, Shirley Jackson, 12.17.20

Classical Music’s Real Heroes Of 2020? Video Engineers

“Crowds of listeners gathering in front of crowds of musicians has been all but impossible, so ensembles have rushed to replace in-person performances with online programs — often well produced and sometimes more daring than the live concerts that had originally been planned. In the process, media departments, now much more than promotional supplements, have been the linchpins.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, 12.17.20

A mystery monolith of your very own

Our friends at surrealist clothier and art collective Imaginary Foundation celebrate "2020's most important global art event" with this limited edition monolith sculpture for your desktop. The handmade, stainless steel objet d'weird is 1" x 5" and signed by the Foundations' director. — Read the rest
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'They are willing to sacrifice everything': Ai Weiwei pays tribute to the Hong Kong protesters

The artist’s documentary, Cockroach, tells the inside story of the 2019 demonstrations against mainland China’s brutal clampdown – a tough task when he’s not allowed to returnWhen Ai Weiwei was growing up in China, it was customary for people from the mainland to look down their noses at Hong Kongers. “We thought they had no serious culture. We thought they were colonial subjects only interested in making money and martial arts films. They weren’t political,” the exiled 63-year-old artist recall...
Tags: Art, Hong Kong, Activism, Protest, Film, China, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Art and design, Ai, Ai Weiwei, Lisbon, Hong Kongers, Documentary films

Israela Margalit’s streaming show CROSSROADS gets an encore presentation

In CROSSROADS by Israela Margalit (Gold Medal the New York Film and Television Festival) ten brilliant actors perform in six short plays about relationships. Join us at CROSSROADS and let us cry and laugh together! Streaming from December 24- 31, 2020.
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