Chart make-over: UK vaccine priorities

I took on the challenge from this tweet: Admittedly a tricky challenge to visualise 9 bullet points when they're all very similar but is there a better #design?— Jamie Garroch (@JamieGarroch) January 2, 2021 The embedded tweet is obscuring the image, here is the original taken from the BBC: ...
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Descanso Gardens offers scenic ‘Reflections’ until Jan. 10

23 month old Felix Hess of Pasadena looks on the Wishing Tree during “Reflections,” a display of various art works and self-guided activities that runs through January 10th at Descanso Gardens in La Canada on Saturday, January 2, 2021. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer) The Mirror tree in the Camellia Forrest during “Reflections,” a display of various art works and self-guided activities that runs through January 10th at Descanso Gardens in La Canada on Saturday, Jan...
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The Louis Kahn Dorms Threatened For Destruction In India

To continue the Threatened Buildings theme: “A world-class architectural-preservation controversy is brewing in India, where the administration at the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad had announced plans to raze 14 of 18 student dormitory buildings designed by the architect Louis Kahn and built in the 1960s and 1970s.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, India, Ahmedabad, Visual, Louis Kahn, Indian Institute of Management, 12.31.20

The Fate Of The Media-Puffed, Free-Credit-Flowing, Neoliberal Restaurant After Covid

Is food over? Is dining? How can restaurant owners, especially empty, corporate ownership groups, justify their whining while treating low-paid workers like absolute crap? And is there any way through? – nplus1
Tags: Art, Issues, 12.31.20

Joan Micklin Silver, Director Of Crossing Delancey, 85

Silver had to forge her own way in the 1970s and 1980s, including with her first feature, Hester Street. “The 1975 independent film … was the story of a Jewish immigrant couple in the 1890s. The low-budget black and white film, in Yiddish with English subtitles, proved a hard sell to studios.” But it won rave reviews, made money, and earned Carol Kane, who was 21 at the time, an Oscar nomination. – Variety
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The Writer Inspired By The Surrealist

Maria Dahvana Headley, whose Mere Wife and new translation of Beowulf have electrified readers (and listeners) on a teenage inspiration: “I happened upon The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington, who was a surrealist painter and writer. … I didn’t really know anything about surrealists then. The novel is full of wild characters that are very elderly women. It’s also filthy and funny. It’s exactly what you want to read as a teenage girl, but it’s about women in their 90s.” – Boston Globe
Tags: Art, Words, Beowulf, Leonora Carrington, Maria Dahvana Headley, 01.02.21

American Television Simply Can’t Deal With Aging And Death

TV execs might say the reason is that audiences don’t like to see death (which seems a little odd after the successes of Six Feet Under, but … sure, network TV). A closer look reveals the driving force: “The real reason there was so little exploration of death in prime-time programming was that advertisers did not want their products associated with it, a connection that still drives some advertisers to pull their ads from news programs covering disasters and mass fatalities.” – Baltimore Sun ...
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It Might Take A Pandemic To Learn To Watch Like A Critic

A parent, working with what she’s got – a kid eager to watch, an endless supply of streaming, critical faculties – explains by invoking Ben Brantley: “When we find ourselves isolated, and craving connection, we can find it (for a moment at least) though critical engagement with something wonderful someone has made for us. And thank god for WiFi.” – Glasstire
Tags: Art, Ideas, Ben Brantley, 01.02.21

Why Are England’s Brutalist Buildings Being Destroyed?

As regular ArtsJournal readers have probably noticed, brutalist buildings are at risk all over the world. But basically, in the north of England, brutalist architecture has met a deliberate lack of maintenance, and so “a mix of mismanagement and a general undervaluing of brutalism was leading to unnecessary demolition.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, England, Visual, 01.03.21

Adal Maldonaldo, Photographer Of The Puerto Rican Diaspora, 72

Maldonado’s family moved from Puerto Rico to New Jersey and then to the Bronx when he was a teenager. “The experience left him with a sense of displacement that would be the driving theme of his art and make him a quintessential ‘Nuyorican’ — one who straddles New York and Puerto Rico and feels entirely at home in neither.” – The New York Times
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The vagina dialogues: 33-metre artwork draws far right's ire in Brazil

Juliana Notari’s hillside sculpture sparks clash between Bolsonaro-supporting right and leftwing cultural community A 33-metre reinforced concrete vagina has sparked a Bolsonarian backlash in Brazil, with supporters of the country’s far-right president clashing with leftwing art admirers over the installation.The handmade sculpture, entitled Diva, was unveiled by visual artist Juliana Notari on Saturday at a rural art park on the grounds of a former sugar mill in Pernambuco, one of Brazil’s most...
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How To Reprise A Role 34 Years Later

Step one is to fight against 1980s racist tropes. Tamlyn Tomita: “I said I would love to, this would be so fun, but the only caveat is that because I’m older, because I’m a little bit more knowledgeable and I’m going to fight for it anyway — I need to be able to inject a truer picture of Okinawa.” – Los Angeles Times
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Creative Commons Is Truly A Great Resource, Until Scammers Pop Up

Kyle Cassidy uploaded a photo of Peter Sagal in 2013 to Wikimedia Commons, with the subject’s permission, the correct attribution, and the correct info about what kind of camera he used. Years later, things got weird. With a little digging, he (and Wikimedia Commons) discovered that the weirdness was part of a widespread massive linkbait scam. – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Visual, Wikimedia Commons, Peter Sagal, Kyle Cassidy, 01.01.21

Percentage Of Women Directors Is Slowly Creeping Upward

The headlines say it’s a record, but is 16 percent something to brag about? Hollywood thinks maybe. (It’s certainly a better record than 2018’s 4 percent. Four.) – Variety
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, 01.02.21

US Arts Venues Are Finally Getting Some Relief

Is it too little, too late? “Unlike other business sectors that have been hit hard by the coronavirus, performance centres are in a uniquely challenged position due to thin profit margins that rely on large audiences.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Music, US, 12.30.20

Dancers Have To Learn New Tricks And Stretch New ‘Muscles’ During The Pandemic

That is, their business muscles. They became bakers, started resource centers, trained non-dancers, and gotten into fashion – among many, many other second, third, fourth, and fifth jobs in 2020. – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, 12.30.20

The Law Professor Who Did More Than Dream Of Being A Novelist Later In Life

Pam Jenoff – you may know her from The Diplomat’s Wife, The Lost Girls of Paris, and many other novels – started taking writing classes just as soon as she began practicing law. “She has learned to be a tireless reviser — a skill acquired in the legal world, where ‘people are always marking up your work.’ She says, ‘The only thing that separates me from the folks I started with in writing workshops — many of them were better writers — is that I just kept going.'”- The New York Times
Tags: Art, Paris, Words, Pam Jenoff, 12.31.20

How Jewish Theatre Scrambled And Remade Itself For The Digital Year

As with every other kind of theatre, Jewish theaters and playwrights, actors and tech people, had a lot to figure out. The Jewish Playwriting Contest completely reimagined what it was asking, and to whom it was advertising – and got a huge bump in engagement. “It actually ended up being a really successful year for us.” – Forward
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, 12.30.20

Australia’s National Anthem Gets An Anti-Racist Tweak

The anthem – which replaced “God Save the Queen” only in 1984, though it had been written in the late 19th century – previously had a tweak from “Australia’s sons” to “Australians all,” and now it’s from “young and free” to “one and free” – including the peoples who have been on the continent for 60,000 years. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Australia, 12.31.20

Hollywood Had Rules, And In 2020, It Busted Them All

A lot happened to the moviemaking business in 2020, but not a lot of it by choice. “Since March, the industry has, in effect, attempted to defibrillate its own heart attack while also reattaching its severed limbs and recover from a grand mal seizure, all at the same time. We’re lucky to have Croods 2.” Yikes. (And here’s a list of all the former norms that are gone.) – Vulture
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, 12.31.20

TV Production Stays On Holiday Hiatus In Los Angeles As Covid Numbers Rise And Rise

Positive cases have been identified – in one case described as a cluster of infections – in several of the studios where production won’t return for an extra week or two. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, Los Angeles, 12.31.20

A $52,000 tiny smart home looks like a space ship and can sleep a family of 4 - see inside

Nestron Cube Two. Nestron Singapore's Nestron is selling its newest prefabricated tiny home, the Cube Two.The tiny home is furnished and totally move-in ready on arrival.It's also a smart home with an AI assistant connected to all devices.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.The tiny home of the future is here. Singapore's Nestron released information and photos of its newest prototype for the Cube Two, a smart tiny home with an artificial-intelligence assistant.The Cube Two, ...
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The Busiest Composer In The Bleakest Year

Tyshawn Sorey has had numerous – as in, numerous – premieres and commissions this year. The composer, who straddles jazz and classical, “has been on everyone’s radar at least since winning a MacArthur ‘genius’ grant in 2017, but the shock to the performing arts since late winter brought him suddenly to the fore as an artist at the nexus of the music industry’s artistic and social concerns.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Tyshawn Sorey, 01.01.21

Claude Bolling, Jazz And Classical Pianist, 90

Bolling’s fusion of jazz and classical made him the most popular pianist, composer, and bandleader in Europe for a time. “A devotee since childhood of Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and other eminences of American jazz, Mr. Bolling grew up listening to their music on the radio until World War II intervened. ‘Jazz was all but banned by the Nazis in my country,’ he told the Hartford Courant. ‘So I got most of my jazz from 78 rpm recordings.’ Mr. Bolling said Ellington took him in ‘as part of his fam...
Tags: Art, Europe, Nazis, People, Bolling, Ellington, Claude Bolling, Duke Ellington Fats Waller, 12.31.20

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