How Kipling wove a Parsi into his fantasy tale

Wonder how the world-famous author Rudyard Kipling, a Parsi artist and a Rhinoceros are connected? Look at the portrait of a Parsi artist, Pestonjee Bomanjee (1851-1938) with his long white beard, working on a canvas and beside it is a facsimile of a story written by Rudyard Kipling, on ‘How the Rhinoceros got his Wrinkly Skin’. This is a must for all English literature buffs and all those who have for long inhabited the mesmerising world of Rudyard Kipling. Article By: Firoza Punthakey Mistree ...
Tags: Art, Life, China, History, Bombay, Rudyard Kipling, Parsi, Kipling, JJ School of Art, John Lockwood Kipling, School of Art, Rudyard, Ajanta, John Griffiths, Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy, Dadabhai Naoroji Road

‘I almost cracked’: 16-month artistic performance of mass extinction comes to a close

Since 2019, Lucienne Rickard has been drawing detailed sketches of lost species in a Hobart gallery. On Sunday she erased the final oneThe Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in Hobart is filled with people waiting for the swift parrot to disappear.Hobart artist Lucienne Rickard has spent five weeks drawing a large-scale pencil sketch of the critically endangered bird. Picking up her eraser, she tells her audience, “If we don’t do something soon, this is what will happen.” Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Environment, Australia news, Culture, Wildlife, Conservation, Art and design, Endangered Species, Tasmania, Hobart, Art Gallery, Lucienne Rickard

What Rhymes with Hamilton?

I can't begin to tell you how much I miss making musicals. It's like someone cut a leg off.The only way I can keep my sanity during the Great Pandemic is to write about musical theatre. If I can't direct musicals for awhile, at least I can still do research and lots of pondering. I spent last year creating some really fun musical theatre novelty books -- a horror anthology, a Christmas carol collection, a children's book (that's not just for kids), and a "civilian's guide." And it was only last...
Tags: New York, Washington, France, Theatre, America, Rap, Harvard, Britain, Hip-hop, Ben Franklin, Broadway, Jackson, Madison, Hamilton, Lin-manuel Miranda, Thomas Jefferson

Junior Mance, ‘One Of The Most Swinging And Utterly Delightful Pianists In Jazz,’ 92

Mance was “a buoyant, bluesy jazz pianist who worked with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Lester Young, Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderley and Dinah Washington, before establishing himself as the leader of his own groups.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Dinah Washington, Junior Mance, Mance, 01.24.21, Lester Young Dizzy Gillespie Cannonball Adderley

Totally Reimagining The Sundance Festival For Its Pandemic Year

Director Tabitha Jackson was lucky in 2020 – her hiring was big news at last year’s Sundance Film Festival. Then, of course, a global pandemic hit. “To say her inaugural year heading the most influential film festival in America was rife with unpredictable challenges is an understatement.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, America, Tabitha Jackson, 01.24.21

pop-ups and user experience

The web has turned into an obstacle course of pop-ups upon pop-ups.  No one likes pop-ups and yet there’s plenty of conversion data that designers can point at to justify them.   That’s the pop-up conundrum.  There’s data to show people find them annoying and there’s data to show they work.  Pop-ups have become standard design practice, and yet I still find it strange that standard design practice would accept design that is “annoying but effective.” I think we have to be careful with the...
Tags: Design, Branding, Ann Handley, Cart Corporate Blog Sponsored Post, Luca Benazzi

The Creativity, Therapy, And Writing Skill It Takes To Co-Create Celebrity Memoirs

Michelle Burford has co-written, or really, written after many hours of absorbing interviews, quite a few celebrity memoirs. She calls herself a “story architect,” and her name appears on the covers of the memoirs alongside the famous counterparts. But as a Black woman, she has to tell publishers not only to think of her for Black women’s memoirs: “I’ve learned to not just hint at that but to say it outright, to say, you know, consider me for, Adele and Taylor Swift as much as you would, say, B...
Tags: Art, Taylor Swift, Adele, Words, Black, 01.24.21, Michelle Burford

Iconic Architecture Is Urban (And Insta) Clickbait

And, because of social media and marketing, it’s making a serious comeback. The projects “are magnified again by technology, by the software that enables architects to visualise complex shapes and engineers to calculate them, by the photorealistic visualisation techniques that make a project seem physical before it is, by the construction techniques that turn these shapes into reality and, finally, by the internet’s crowded global marketplace of imagery.” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Visual, 01.24.21

The San Francisco Art Institute Is Facing Budget Issues Again, And Its Chairwoman Has Resigned

The chair, Pam Rorke Levy, says that despite controversy over the attempted sale of a Diego Rivera mural, among other things, “she has acted to save the school and that she was taking necessary steps in keeping one of the last remaining colleges on the West Coast exclusively dedicated to contemporary art in operation.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York, West Coast, Visual, Diego Rivera, 01.22.21, Pam Rorke Levy

What We Expect From Revenge Fantasies

And what Emerald Fennell delivers – which is something different – in Promising Young Woman. “How do you write a revenge movie that feels like something real and that is based in real trauma and grief? Because I suppose the other thing with the revenge [genre] that we don’t talk about very much is revenge and vengeance aren’t good things.” – Vulture
Tags: Art, Media, Emerald Fennell, 01.22.21

Dungeons And Dragons, And Other Gaming Too, Must Find A Way To Rid Itself Of Fantasy’s Legacy Of Racism

It’s not going to be easy: “Genetic determinism is a fantasy tradition. … As both a ruleset and a fantasy backdrop, D&D is in the business of translating these racial differences into numerical scores.” – Wired
Tags: Art, Issues, 01.24.21

The Internet Is Shaping, ANd Changing, The Novel

Can a novel be, or feel, contemporary without references to doomscrolling or at least brushing up against social media? “While the internet and mobile phones initially posed problems for fiction writers – not least for their potential to destroy traditional plots of desire and obstruction (chance encounters, missed connections, quests), the dangers of such instant gratification increasingly appear to spark the plot itself.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Words, 01.23.21

The Biden Administration Gives Hope, And Attention, To The Arts

Despite the fact that the previous president was, himself, the product of show business, the arts seemed to mean nothing to him. “If artists were hostile to Trump’s policies, Trump’s White House — perhaps from a self-protective attitude of ‘If I can’t have it, then I never wanted it’ — was unusually inhospitable to or at best uninterested in them, routinely dropping the National Endowment for the Arts from his proposed budgets. He was the first president to skip the Kennedy Centers Honors.” Thi...
Tags: Art, White House, Biden, Issues, Trump, 01.21.21, Kennedy Centers Honors Things

AMC’s CEO Thinks He Can Save Movie Theatres

Or at least AMC, despite its debt load and the damage from the coronavirus shutdowns. Adam Aron: “Some of my competitors, the ones caught up in the past, are saying that I’m the worst human being alive on the planet. … But sometimes you have to stare change in the face, recognize that it has or soon will arrive, and reshape it to one’s own benefit.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, Amc, Adam Aron, 01.22.21

The Captain Of Sea Shanty TikTok Gets A Record Deal

You’ve heard “The Wellerman” by now, no doubt, since the Scottish postman who sang it a TikTok rendition of it went completely – ridiculously – viral. Now he’s quit his job and earned a record contract. But how’s that going to go? Viral stars and those who study them say “the hard part comes months later, when everyone has forgotten what they went viral for, and they attempt to maintain the momentum.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Music, 01.22.21

Whiners Didn’t Like A New Star Wars Host’s Support Of Black Lives Matter

The official Star Wars account (and thus, Disney) is backing its Star Wars: The High Republic Show host Krystina Arielle, a Black woman who tweeted last summer in support of Black Lives Matter. – BBC
Tags: Art, Media, Disney, Krystina Arielle, 01.23.21, New Star Wars Host

Before Coming Back To Live Interior Performances, Theatre Audiences Want Vaccines And Masks

A survey of frequent theatregoers says that widespread vaccines are the only way most people will feel comfortable in the theatre – and, even with that, 94 percent of those surveyed said they still want mask requirement in place. – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, 01.21.21

Scottish Gymnastics Told To Speed Up A Ballet School Abuse Investigation

“Several parents raised concerns with Scottish Gymnastics a year ago over dance classes for eight to 12-year-olds at the prestigious Ballet West school in Taynuilt, Argyll. Allegations were made that children at Ballet West’s lower school were shouted at by coaches and ‘body shamed,’ causing distress and anxiety.” – The Sunday Times (UK)
Tags: Art, Dance, Ballet West, 01.24.21

Italy’s Anarchist Architects Warned Of Endless Building Expansion

And, ironically, they might also have inspired Saudi Arabia to try to make a 100-mile-long building. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Visual, 01.21.21

Turns Out Netflix Has A Vice President Of Inclusion Strategy

That’s a long way to say the global creator and distributor of streaming (and don’t forget DVD) content wants, and needs, to diversify the voices making its content. That’s where Vernā Myers comes in. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, Los Angeles, Vernā Myers, 01.23.21

Ticket Brokers Are Starting To Pay Fines For Scalping

The Better Online Ticket Sales Act was enacted in 2016, but this is the first time it’s seen enforcement. Aside from using bots, “the companies are accused of creating accounts in the names of family members, friends and fictitious individuals and using hundreds of credit cards to snap up the best seats at sporting events and concerts.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, 01.22.21

The Backstage Details Of That Pandemic Inauguration Gala Spectacular

The producer of the Celebrating America gala had to be very cautious, and very (very) flexible: “Our plans were carved in Jello. Everything was moldable. In a way, it makes it tenfold harder, but in a way it’s a little freeing because you’re not stuck into shoehorning into the things that exist. The pandemic also caused us to figure out how to not draw a crowd and how to build a show without drawing a crowd, which is against every instinct we have.” – Variety
Tags: Art, America, Ideas, 01.23.21

What Novelists Can Learn From Playwrights

Brontez Purnell: “All good theater and literature should run the zodiac of feelings: Some of it should be sad, some of it profound; some of it should be boring and some of it should jump completely off the cliff. Whatever vehicle I’m using, I’m always trying to arrive at a certain sense of balance.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Words, Brontez Purnell, 01.21.21

Larry King, Interviewer Of Darn Near Everyone, 87

King “shot the breeze with presidents and psychics, movie stars and malefactors — anyone with a story to tell or a pitch to make — in a half-century on radio and television, including 25 years as the host of CNN’s globally popular Larry King Live.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Cnn, People, Larry King, 01.23.21

A key, a casket and the hunt for Spanish dramatist Pedro Calderón's bones

Dogged detective work and radar scans of a church wall may help find the last resting place of the great playwrightThe death of Pedro Calderón de la Barca – soldier, priest and one of the finest dramatists Spain has produced – continues to prove almost as turbulent and unpredictable as his long and improbable life.Four centuries after Calderón died in Madrid aged 81, researchers believe they could be close to finding his remains, thanks to the deathbed testament of a priest, a key long guarded b...
Tags: Theatre, Spain, Culture, Stage, Archaeology, Madrid, Barca, Calderon, Pedro Calderón

By the homes of Degas and Renoir, Paris street artists face a lonely struggle

A bustling Belle Epoque square has fallen silent, bringing hard times to today’s paintersIn normal times Paris’s famous Place du Tertre – the “artists’ square” – is packed with tourists and visiting out-of-towners, even on a chilly January afternoon. In the time of coronavirus, however, the square, home to painters, portraitists, caricaturists and silhouette artists, is almost entirely deserted.The cafes and brasseries are closed, their terrace chairs chained up, and only a handful of the more o...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, Culture, Art and design, Paris, Street Art, Belle Epoque, Degas, Renoir Paris

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