Ma Rainey robbed of complexity on a ‘Negro’ path leading nowhere

The life of blues pioneer Gertrude ‘Ma’ Rainey and her song Black Bottom have been turned into a film. Bongani Madondo laments its anticlimax The post Ma Rainey robbed of complexity on a ‘Negro’ path leading nowhere appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Music, Viola Davis, Movies, Films, Theatre, Netflix, Adaptation, Blues, Friday, Authenticity, Angela Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey, August Wilson, Rainey, George C Wolfe

Unlocking The Technology Of Relationships

What does it look like when a small-scale, long-term community effort in Detroit is connected to a small-scale, long-term community effort in Seattle or Dallas? What is there to learn and exchange in that story being shared? In a national or federal approach to storytelling, you lose so much texture, so much detail, because in an effort to make stories accessible to more people, to build power on a bigger scale, stories get reduced. – Howlround
Tags: Art, Theatre, Dallas, Seattle, Detroit, 01.14.21

Lessons From 40 Years Performing Online

“Everything about the experience of using a computer is still flat, everything uses these windows, but then we also have high-speed processes that allow for these windows to actually be functional.” – Howlround
Tags: Art, Theatre, 01.14.21

Why Have Sea Shanties Become A TikTok Sensation?

Why sea shanties, and why now? I do not have any concrete ideas about this; all I can tell you is that it’s happening. Apparently we’re doing sea shanties now. It makes as much and as little sense as anything else. – The Cut
Tags: Art, Media, 01.12.21

Why Conspiracy Theories Are So Attractive To So Many

Experts say that the majority of people do not easily fall for falsehoods. But when misinformation offers simple, casual explanations for otherwise random events, “it helps restore a sense of agency and control for many people,” says Sander van der Linden, a social psychologist at the University of Cambridge. – National Geographic
Tags: Art, Ideas, Sander van der Linden, 01.08.21

Brexit Deal Visa Requirements Stymie UK Musicians

As it stands, British musicians may be forced to pay for country-specific visas and equipment carnets when touring the continent – a situation that has been decried by the British music industry as prohibitively expensive and laborious, potentially limiting its £5.8bn contribution to the economy. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, 01.14.21, Brexit Deal Visa Requirements Stymie UK Musicians

Learning How Not To Read Like A Critic

“One of the first lessons you learn in grad school is to hide your personal taste or risk being shamed for liking the wrong sorts of things. Scholars have been conditioned to respond to talk of likes and dislikes with embarrassment, if not outright contempt. The facade of critical detachment may be on the way out, however.” – Public Books
Tags: Art, Words, 01.14.21

This Old Dutch Master’s Art Is Totally Homoerotic — How Did Everyone Miss This For 400 Years?

Powerfully muscled backs, piston thighs, meaty buttocks you could bounce quarters off for days. “In a flare of lusty creativity, from the late 1580s until the early 1590s, this underappreciated Mannerist [Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem] produced some of the greatest — and strangest — homoerotic paintings of all time. And … this glaringly obvious fact [has] been studiously ignored in almost all the art historical commentary on his work.” – T — The New York Times Style Magazine
Tags: Art, Visual, 01.13.21, Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem

Ten Takeaways From Variety’s Entertainment Summit

“A common misconception is that niche shows geared toward specific audiences will not fare as well as more universal programs, but Lucinda Martinez, executive vice president of HBO and HBO Max brand marketing, says fan marketing is more focused on quality of connection rather than quantity.” – Variety
Tags: Art, Hbo, Media, HBO Max, 01.14.21, Lucinda Martinez

When Yiddish-Speaking Puppets Roamed The World

Puppetry had never been part of the Yiddish theater tradition, but in 1920s America, they were all the rage. So in 1925-26, a pair of writers created a Purim shpiel (the Jewish equivalent of a Christmas panto) with puppets. It was such a smash success that the two men ended up creating a puppet company that put on Yiddish shows nine times a week year-round in New York City and toured the Eastern Seaboard and Midwest, Cuba, Britain, France, Poland, and, ultimately, the Soviet Union. Yet the who...
Tags: Art, New York City, Theatre, America, World, Soviet Union, Eastern Seaboard, 01.12.21, Midwest Cuba Britain France Poland

How Paris Theatres Keep Putting On Plays While The Pandemic Has Stopped Public Performances

Shows were running in the French capital for a few months last year, before a big new wave of COVID infections led to a new lockdown and a crop of new productions were going to waste. But not anymore: leave it to Parisians to find an inventive way to break the rules while officially obeying them. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, 01.14.21

Will Self: How Should We Be Reading?

“There’s always this quality of endeavor about reading—and at the same time, in cognitive terms it’s hard work. When someone reading complex passages of prose—ones, say, that attempt to convey human lives in all their manifold sensuous and intellectual complexity—is placed in a MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scanner, we can see on the machine’s visual display that almost all of their brain is lit up like the proverbial Christmas tree. Not only that, but the parts of the brain employed when ac...
Tags: Art, Words, 01.14.21

This Broadway Chorus Boy Is Dancing TikTok Duets With The Great Tap Stars Of Yesteryear

“Cory Lingner … [is] using the app to tap alongside some of the most iconic movie stars, including Gene Kelly, Gregory Hines, Ann Miller and Shirley Temple. And, no, he doesn’t have a time-traveling device. Lingner has perfected the use of the app’s duet feature. On one side of the video is a clip of the tap-dancing icon and on the other is Lingner, dancing in unison.” – Dance Spirit
Tags: Art, Dance, Shirley, 01.13.21, Cory Lingner, Gene Kelly Gregory Hines Ann Miller, Lingner

Guggenheim Museum Names Its First Black Deputy Director

Naomi Beckwith, 44, who since 2018 has served as senior curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, will oversee collections, exhibitions, publications, curatorial programs and archives in her new position, which starts in June. She will also provide strategic direction, the museum said. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Naomi Beckwith, 01.14.21, Guggenheim Museum Names Its First Black

Kia Seeks World Domination

Kia, no longer content to occupy the second tier among carmakers, yesterday held a virtual press conference to announce their plans for world domination. Dropping Motors America from their name was the first indicator, as the company now known as just Kia moves forward. We reported the other day on Kia’s new logo, a bold […] The post Kia Seeks World Domination appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Marketing, Global, Electric Vehicles, Korea, Autos, Kia, Korean, Branding, Kia Motors America, News Blog, World Domination, Dropping Motors America

World's oldest work of art found in a hidden Indonesian valley

Archaeologists find a cave painting of a wild pig that is at least 45,500 years old.The painting is the earliest known work of representational art.The discovery was made in a remote valley on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. A recently-found picture of a wild pig that was made over 45,500 years ago is the world's oldest known cave painting, according to archaeologists. The painting, which may also be the world's oldest representational or figurative artwork, was discovered on the island of S...
Tags: Art, Indonesia, Australia, France, History, Chemistry, Innovation, Archaeology, Griffith University, Sulawesi, Lascaux, Burhan, Wallacea, Leang Tedongnge, Basran Burhan, Oldest Cave Art Found

Howard Johnson, Pioneering Virtuoso Of Jazz Tuba, Dead At 73

“Before Johnson, in instances wherein the tuba was part of a jazz arrangement, it was typically confined to bass parts. Johnson demonstrated a prowess that allowed him to play melodic lines, even lead parts. … He was a featured player in the Mingus, Carla Bley, and Gil Evans big bands; he also put in time with Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra (of which Bley was the music director). In 1975 he became a founding member of the Saturday Night Live Band.” – JazzTimes
Tags: Art, People, Johnson, Bley, Charlie Haden, Gil Evans, Carla Bley, 01.12.21

With Michael Apted Gone, Can His ‘Up’ Documentaries Keep Going?

Beginning in 1964 with Seven Up!, Apted made a series of nine films, shot at seven-year-intervals, following the lives of a group of 14 Englishmen and -women from ages 7 through 14, 21, 28, etc. (63 Up was released in 2019.) After his death last week, the 12 remaining subjects and several longtime crew members are considering whether to proceed on to 70 Up, and, if so, how. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, Michael Apted, Apted, 01.14.21

Amazon Sued For Colluding With Big Five Publishers In E-Book Price-Fixing

“The suit, filed in the Southern District of New York on January 14 by Seattle-based firm Hagens Berman, … currently names only Amazon as a defendant. However, it labels each of the Big Five publishers — Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, and Penguin Random House — as ‘“co-conspirators’ in an alleged scheme … to squelch consumer price competition and keep e-book prices artificially high.” – Publishers Weekly
Tags: Amazon, Art, Words, Seattle, Penguin Random House, Big Five, Southern District of New York, Hagens Berman, 01.14.21, Hachette HarperCollins Macmillan Simon Schuster

Cool Stuff: Bottleneck Gallery’s New Batman Posters Honor ‘Batman Returns’, ‘The Dark Knight’ & More

Bottleneck Gallery is going batty today with the release of several new Batman prints inspired by the Dark Knight’s various appearances in film and television over the years. Mark Chilcott has delivered a batch of incredible cityscapes featuring the Caped Crusader keeping watch over Gotham City and cruising the streets in a couple trademark vehicles from Tim Burton’s Batman and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Meanwhile, Ben Wills puts a minimalist spin on the rivalry between The Penguin an...
Tags: Art, Christopher Nolan, Movies, Tim Burton, Gotham, Gotham City, Batman, Batmobile, Batman Returns, Warner Brothers, Catwoman, Batpod, Comic Book/Superhero, Michelle Pfeiffer, The-Dark-Knight, Batman-Begins

Do We Want Uplifting Entertainment In These Difficult Times? Not Me!

“The temptation to simplify morality when social injustice is rife is understandable, but reading Dostoevsky makes me impatient with the schematic bent of our age. To be fully human is to acknowledge, as Prospero puts in “The Tempest,” “this thing of darkness” as our own.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Issues, Prospero, Dostoevsky, 01.14.21

Jacksonville Symphony seeks Vice President & Chief Advancement Officer

Jacksonville Symphony seeks Vice President & Chief Advancement Officer to work in close collaboration with President & CEO, Senior Leadership Team, Board of Directors, and Music Director to help enrich the human spirit through symphonic music. RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION: The Vice President & Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) is responsible for planning, implementing, overseeing, and assessing Jacksonville Symphony’s development plans in support of the organization’s strategic vision an...
Tags: Art, Florida, Board of Directors, Jobs, Washington, Jacksonville, Board, Board of Trustees, Times Union Center, Northeast Florida, Cao, Jacksonville Symphony, Courtney Lewis, Marketing and Communications, Deanna Tham, Jacoby Symphony Hall

Atlanta’s High Museum Receives Major Gift Of 19th-Century French Art

“The gift, from Atlanta collectors Irene and Howard Stein, which includes sculptures, prints and posters, is part of a larger bequest made by Steins, the museum announced on Wednesday. Included in the bequest are: 41 prints and posters and 10 sculptures by Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas, Gauguin and Desjardins; a drawing by Degas; and an oil painting by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux.” – Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Tags: Art, Atlanta, Visual, Desjardins, Irene, Degas, Howard Stein, 01.13.21, Toulouse Lautrec Degas Gauguin

After High-Profile Robberies, Germany To Spend Millions On Security For Arts Venues

“The German government has announced that it will hand out €32 million ($38 million) this year to national cultural institutions undertaking modernization projects, including updating security systems. More than 73 cultural venues across Germany” — and outside the big cities in particular — “will benefit from the grant.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Germany, Issues, 01.12.21

In Ontario, Even Livestreamed Performances Without Audience Are Now Banned

As the number of COVID cases continues to spike, “organizers behind a number of livestreaming concerts and theatre shows in Ontario say the province’s stricter stay-at-home orders have forced them to sideline an array of upcoming virtual events. … The changes come after Premier Doug Ford introduced a new directive which, as of Thursday, requires residents to stay home, unless their activities fall under a list of ‘essential’ reasons.” – Yahoo! (Canadian Press)
Tags: Art, Yahoo, Issues, Audience, Ontario, 01.14.21, Premier Doug Ford

Nissan 400Z Revealed

The elusive new Nissan 400Z has been photographed in a recent Nissan patent filing with IP Australia, the first look at what the production model will look like. These images appeared on   Details about the new 400Z have been sketchy at best. My contacts have been sworn to secrecy, and haven’t divulged any […] The post Nissan 400Z Revealed appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Design, Australia, Autos, Nissan, Sports Cars, Enthusiasm, News Blog, 400Z

Two Baritones Learned That Where They Were Working When The Pandemic Hit Made All The Difference

Jarrett Ott and Steven LaBrie met in music school in Philadelphia and remained friends as they moved to New York and their careers grew. In 2018, Ott took a salaried singing position at the opera house in Stuttgart, while LaBrie remained in the U.S. with a busy freelance schedule. When COVID brought public performances to an abrupt end, each man’s choice proved crucial. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, New York, Philadelphia, Stuttgart, Ott, Labrie, Jarrett Ott, Steven LaBrie

Best Living Room Designs with Luxury and Modern Decorations Layouts

This best living room decor will be applicable if we can choose which one the best one for our house style. Here we can see several inspirational designs that if we were looking down the glance of this decoration we will aware that this living room layout was come from the simple thought. These pictures were invite us to see clearly and deeply that this simple thought was result a decorative look of a living room space. There were the elegant house decor plans that cover with purple sofa furnitu...
Tags: Books, Interior Design, Minimalist House, Home Decorating Ideas, Sofa Furniture, Living Room Ideas, Living Room Decor, Living Room Designs, Room Layouts, Functional Space, Inspirational Designs

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