Out Of This Year’s Wreckage: A New Model For Theatre?

Charles McNulty: “Even before the pandemic, the theater’s economic model was broken. Our resident theaters, the nonprofit companies that constitute the art form’s national foundation, arose in a cultural landscape drastically different from today’s.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Charles McNulty, 12.21.20

23 Of This Year’s Best Books On Dance

Wendy Perron makes a list and some recommendations: It’s been a good year for dance history. Most of these books explore the past, deepening and broadening what we know and how we know it. – Wendy Perron
Tags: Art, Dance, Wendy Perron, 12.20.20

Toyota’s 2021 GR Supra Sport Top Unveiled

Toyota’s 2021 GR Supra Sport Top unveiling, a part of their SEMA custom vehicle builds, ensures that Toyota’s performance concepts continue to catch the attention of fans of the brand, along with the automotive aftermarket. Toyota‘s two-wave release plan began with four builds revealed in its SEMA360 Showcase in November. SEMA360 was the Specialty Equipment […] The post Toyota’s 2021 GR Supra Sport Top Unveiled appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Design, Marketing, Events, Custom Cars, Autos, Toyota, Sales And Marketing, SEMA, Enthusiasm, News Blog, Show Cars, GR Supra, One-off Builds, Sport Top, GR Supra Sport Top

This 1953 Column By Walt Disney Talked About Threats To The Movie Industry

As Disney concluded in his column, “We like to enjoy ourselves in crowds, at sports arenas, at picnics, fairs and carnivals, at concerts and in the theatre. … People are always going to demand and enjoy movies in the theatre. Perhaps not as exclusively as they did when public amusements were more limited. But with a big potential share” of people’s entertainment budgets, “we must compete as never before.” – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, Disney, Walt Disney, 12.20.20

Building On “Messiah” To Broaden A Multicultural Message

An 80-minute film featuring a dozen soloists from all corners of the country, this unabashed celebration of Canadian multiculturalism has recast the work as a series of deeply personal video narratives. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, 12.21.20

Faculty Job Openings: USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance

The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance in Los Angeles, CA invites applications for several full and part-time faculty positions. Open positions with USC Kaufman include the Claude and Alfred Mann Endowed Professorship in Dance, full-time positions as Assistant Professor of Practice in Dance (Improvisation and Composition), Assistant Professor of Practice in Dance (Jazz, Tap, and Social Dance Forms), and Assistant Professor of Practice in Dance (Jazz and Dance Studies), as well as Artists in ...
Tags: Art, Jobs, Claude, Los Angeles CA, Alfred Mann, USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, USC Kaufman

Sorry – This Crossed The Line, Say Judges In Star Trek/Dr. Seuss Parody Copyright Case

“The ruling by a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit concerned a Kickstarter-backed book, created by ComicMix, that inserted “Star Trek” characters into the whimsical pastel world that Dr. Seuss created for the 1990 children’s classic “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” The ComicMix book, a primer on “Star Trek” characters and lore, replicated broad swaths of the Dr. Seuss original, down to imitating small details of the illustrations, the judges said.” – The New York...
Tags: Art, Kickstarter, Issues, U S Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Seuss

2020 – The Year Macro-Culture Paused And Micro-Culture Took Over

“When space shrinks and time expands, we suddenly find ourselves traveling inward—binge-watching ’80s sci-fi, creating new online personas, studying Buddhism, covering our bedroom ceilings in cotton and LED strips so it looks like a thundering night sky and/or reflects our storm-tossed souls. Anything to rediscover ourselves. Macroculture may have been voided by 2020, but microcultures boomed. At the very least, everyone’s just a bit more interested in something as a result, and thus more inter...
Tags: Art, Ideas, 12.20.20

Time To Drop “Concertmistress” From The Lexicon

“I remember being the “concertmistress” of my youth orchestra and the vague embarrassment over the name. It was an honor that put me in front of everyone, but I couldn’t quite figure out why the “mistress” thing felt weird. I mean isn’t “concertmistress” simply the female version of “concertmaster”? Honestly, it really doesn’t convey the same sense of authority.” –
Tags: Art, Music, 12.17.20

Claim: We’re In A Literary Drought

Joseph Epstein: “Rich literary periods are often followed by stagnant ones. We in the United States, but not we alone, are now going through such a stagnant period. What is the last novel you can think of that caused a genuine stir?” – National Review
Tags: Art, United States, Words, Joseph Epstein, 12.03.20

Nina Abney creates a "Artiste" UNO deck

Mattel Creations asked the artist Nina Abney to create a new design for UNO, and she knocked it flaming out of the park. I'm ordering a deck now. Apparently she also created a new card — a "hard NO" — with its own new rule; I can't find anything online about how the rule works but I am very excited to find out. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, News, UNO, Mattel Creations, Wild Draw, Nina Abney

The Virus Isn’t Changing Us, It’s Speeding Up What Was Already Happening

“There are decades when nothing happens; and there are weeks when decades happen,” Vladimir Lenin supposedly observed. It can sound profound and ominous when you read it the first time, but when three books on the coronavirus crisis all quote the same line, it reflects something between an intellectual consensus and a lack of imagination. Still, in the authors’ telling, the crisis didn’t just compress decades of history into 2020; it was also decades in the making.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Ideas, Vladimir Lenin, 12.17.20

Cricut End Of Season Sale – Up to 75% Off Accessories & Materials

  If you love Cricut, don’t miss this sale! Things are selling out! Shop the Cricut End Of Season Sale – Up to 75% Off Accessories & Materials If you are getting a machine for Christmas then now is the time to stockup!       For Even More Awesome Online Deals
Tags: Deals, Art, Crafts, Kids, Coupons, Online Deals, Cricut

Pixar Finally Has A Black Director For A Film

The legendarily white dude company also finally has a Black writer for a Pixar film: The same person as the director, playwright Kemp Powers, for the movie Soul, out on Christmas Day (on Disney Plus, of course). Powers was hired to help make the main character work. But he’s not exactly proud of his “first” status: “It’s an embarrassing mantle. … Why did it take so damned long?” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Media, Pixar, Kemp Powers, 12.21.20

Why Is Napoleon’s Hand Always in His Waistcoat?: The Origins of This Distinctive Pose Explained If the name of Napoleon Bonaparte should come up in a game of charades, we all know what to do: stand up with one foot in front of the other, stick a hand into our shirt, and consider the round won. Yet the recognition of this pose as distinctively Napoleonic may not be as wide as we assume, or so Coleman Lowndes discovered in the research for the video above, “Napoleon’s Missing Hand, Explained.” Asked to act out the image of Napoleon, not all...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, College, Wikipedia, Russia, History, Ted, David, Bill Murray, Napoleon Bonaparte, Bill, Vox, Seoul, Charlie Chaplin, Napoleon

Backdrop vs. Clare - how the two home paint startups compare

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Clare vs. Backdrop Alyssa Powell/Business Insider Backdrop and are two direct-to-consumer paint startups that want to make shopping for paint less painful, more convenient, and even fun. Both sell durable, low-VOC paint, available in a curated selection of colors, for $59/gallon at Backdrop and $54/gallon at Clare. Backdrop offers a larger selection of supplies and tools, while offers more color...
Tags: Reviews, Home, Home Decor, Trends, Bedroom, Home Office, Warby Parker, Bathroom, Interior Design, Hgtv, Home And Kitchen, Clare, Caleb, Rachael Ray Show, Leesa, Connie Chen

How Are Dancers Doing?

Life for dancers is not great right now, not great at all. A 25-year-old ballerina: “It’s absolutely heartbreaking. Dealing with the changes emotionally has been the hardest part for me. You have to stay motivated without any promise of anything coming up. It takes a lot of mental strength. It’s very isolating.”- San Diego Union-Tribune
Tags: Art, Dance, 12.20.20

Church Music Directors Aren’t Having The Easiest Time At Christmas During This Pandemic Year

Indeed: “If the normal year presents the challenge of deciding between ‘Joy to the World’ and the Hallelujah chorus, this season the question is how to celebrate the birth of Christ without creating a potential superspreader event.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Christ

Yes, Santa’s house now has a 3D tour on Zillow

The online marketplace updated its listing for Santa's house — off market, of course — with a 3D tour for anyone itching for a glimpse of St. Nick's home when he's not busy on the job.
Tags: Design, Listings, Christmas, Lifestyle, Radio, Santa Claus, Santa, Zillow, St Nick, Jeremy Wacksman, Fireplaces, 3d Tours, Celebrity Listings, Christmas Staging, The North Pole

Stimulus Bill Includes $15 Billion Rescue For Performing Arts Venues

The long-awaited second stimulus package, which still needs to be passed, designates $900 billion of direct payments and jobless aid to Americans crushed by the continuing scourge of Covid-19. It also incorporates the Save Our Stages Act and with it the establishment of a $15 billion SPA grant program for indie establishments. – Forbes
Tags: Art, Issues, 12.20.20

It Took A Netflix Movie To Shed Light On Playwright August Wilson’s Vision

Well, not in the theatre world, obviously – but in the wider world, Netflix carries some pretty solid cultural cachet. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is the first of Wilson’s plays to be adapted for the streaming behemoth. Its director says Wilson’s play is all too relevant in 2020. “It would be lovely one day if it was a lovely piece of nostalgia about the difficult complicated racial equation of 1927. But that’s not going to happen for a while.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Theatre, Netflix, Wilson, Ma Rainey, August Wilson, 12.18.20

Not That He’ll Have Time, But Writers Tell The 46th President What To Read

Apparently, all of the writers, activists, and columnists think the president-elect should read Extremely Serious Books (especially if they’re by men). Can’t someone toss Joe a novel or two? – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words, 12.20.20

In Canada, A True Brouhaha About Yet Another Well-Funded Artist’s Claim Of Indigenous Identity

Michelle Latimer is the co-creator and director of Canada’s Trickster, a TV series that has won acclaim as an adaptation of an Indigenous writer’s trilogy. But Latimer’s claimed identity has come into serious question. She said she had “prematurely claimed a link without first doing the proper research to back up her belief.” – CBC
Tags: Art, Canada, Issues, Latimer, Michelle Latimer, 12.18.20

Awards Season Has Begun, And In LA, Steve McQueen Won Best Film For His A Five-Film Anthology

The LA Film Critics Association also awarded Best Director to Chloe Zhao for Nomadland with Frances McDormand, and Russia’s stark post-WWII tale Beanpole won Best Foreign Film. The rest of the winners – and it’s an interesting list – are at the link. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, Russia, Los Angeles, Frances Mcdormand, Steve McQueen, LA Film Critics Association, Chloe Zhao, Nomadland, 12.20.20

Sick Of ‘Nutcracker’ Streams?

Try the contemporary dance version of A Christmas Carol. Yes, Ebeneezer can dance. – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, 12.19.20

Honestly, Why *Are* Film Shoots Allowed When Outdoor Dining Isn’t?

There’s a reason (beyond who’s paying whom), but it’s not easy for restaurant owners dealing with another shutdown and little relief to enjoy seeing film shoots near their closed dining facilities. On sets, it’s all about tracking, tracing, and control. – LAist
Tags: Art, Media, 12.17.20

When A Major Art Collector Dies, The Art World Holds Its Breath

Sheldon Solow, a New York real estate tycoon who had one of the best private colelctions of 20th-century art, died last month. Auction houses in crisis since the pandemic began wonder if the collection will go on the market – or become a private museum. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York, Visual, Sheldon Solow, 12.20.20

The Academy Disqualifies Canada’s International Oscar Submission For Too Much English

The film, Deepa Mehta’s Funny Boy about a young gay Sri Lankan man coming of age during the beginnings of a horrific civil war, has “too much English dialogue.” Last year, two films (the submissions from Austria and Nigeria) were disqualified for the same reason. – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Media, Nigeria, Austria, Deepa Mehta, 12.18.20

Pantos Are Off, But A Christmas Carol Is Saving Some British Theatres

Sure, the U.S. is Christmas Carol‘d out – but the longtime American theatre Christmas standby is also serving its home country. In Bury St. Edmunds, the play is outside, in the center of town. Says the director, who is no doubt right about the ghosts of Christmas, “Certain effects really suit a winter evening.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Theatre, Carol, 12.19.20

Finding Early Fame, And Then Retrenching To Take Control

Gemma Arterton’s first fame came from being a Bond girl in Quantum of Solace, not long after she started a professional acting career. That’s a lot of sexism and social media control for a young actor to deal with. But things have changed. “In the past few years she has been noticeably vocal on inequality in the industry and she was instrumental in getting the Time’s Up campaign organised on the Bafta red carpet in London in 2018. ‘I’m a doer,’ she says. ‘I’m quite good at getting things done.'...
Tags: Art, London, Media, Time, BAFTA, Quantum of Solace, Gemma Arterton, 12.20.20

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