Steven Spielberg Still Has Hope that Movie Theaters Will Survive the Pandemic

Movie theaters are going through a rough time right now. While many are open, they can’t operate at full capacity, and on top of all that, streaming movies from home is becoming the new normal. Warner Bros. made huge waves when they decided to release their entire 2021 theatrical slate directly to HBO Max, and other studios are continuing to sell-off some of their non-franchise titles directly to streaming services like Netflix. With things the way they are, there’s been a lot of talk about the...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Movies, Netflix, Warner Bros, Spielberg, Steven-Spielberg, Edgar Wright, Wright, Lawrence of Arabia, Business and Industry News, HBO Max

Figuring Out The Writers That Figure Out The Future

“The most important promise underlying much of the canon inaugurated by Future Shock is that with the right foresight, readers can not only prepare for what’s coming, but also profit from it. This whiff of insider trading presents the future as a commodity, an exercise in temporal arbitrage in which knowledge of new developments yields a financial edge.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Ideas, 02.01.21

Apple Versus Facebook In How The Internet Should Work

“What are the consequences of seeing thousands of users join extremist groups, and then perpetuating an algorithm that recommends even more?” – Wired
Tags: Art, Ideas, 01.31.21

Why Big Superstar Cities May Be In Trouble

Derek Thompson: “Last year, I wrote about how even a modest remote-work revolution—no more than 10 percent of Americans working remotely full time after the pandemic is over—could affect the U.S. labor force (e.g.: fewer hotel workers) and party politics (e.g.: more southern Democrats). But the more I researched remote work and spoke with experts, the more I realized I had only scratched the surface of its implications for the future of the economy, the geography of opportunity, and the fate of...
Tags: Art, Ideas, Derek Thompson, 02.01.21

DC’s Duke Ellington High School For The Arts Is Unique. So Why Is It Being Abandoned?

It has been educating future artists and entertainers for 47 years. It also ranks in the top 7 percent of U.S. schools in challenging its students academically. Few campuses nationally have students as enthusiastic about their school. Yet Ellington officials say the people who run D.C. public schools have failed to honor promises they made in 2017 to put the school on sound financial footing. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Dc, Issues, 02.01.21, Duke Ellington High School

How US Presidents Engage With Washington Culture

There are early signs that new president Biden and his vice-president, Kamala Harris, “could provide a much-needed boost for cultural scene hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and focus attention on the District of Columbia’s (DC’s) long campaign for statehood.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, US, Dc, Biden, District Of Columbia, Kamala Harris, Issues, 01.31.21

Matthew VanBesien Talks Presenting

Matthew VanBesien, President of the University Musical Society of the University of Michigan, as he talks about the role of presenters in the arts. – Aaron Dworkin
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Matthew VanBesien, 01.30.21

Swedish Film Festival Takes Social Distancing To Extreme — Plays To One Viewer

“Over the course of the coming week, it will hold screenings in two urban venues for just one festival attendee. And it has also sent a single viewer to a tiny, barren island in the North Atlantic to watch the 70 films in competition — alone.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, North Atlantic, Audience, 02.01.21

Staying Current with Constantly Emerging Tech

Lately, it seems like technology is evolving faster than ever. Maybe developers have extra time due to COVID lockdowns? Regardless of why this is happening, it can certainly feel impossible to keep up. Thankfully, we’ve developed some strategies on how to stay current with emerging technology. If you find yourself constantly wondering how everyone else knows something you don’t, try these three strategies and see if they help you feel more in the loop. Rising generations have an edge Face it, ...
Tags: Design, Technology, Uncategorized, Ted, Breaking News, Presentation, Thought Leadership, Tedx, Speaking, Emerging Tech, Presentation Design, Current, Tedtalk, Thought Leaders, Thought Leader, Current Technology

10 Musicians Under 40 Who Are Changing Classical Music

They have YouTube channels, they expand repertoire, they perform in unconventional places. These are musicians who are building the future of classical music. – USAToday
Tags: Art, Music, 01.31.21

How The Arts Reinvented During The Trump Years

“The arts in the past four years have evolved in ways that are as broad and powerful as they are now commonplace. Many artists and arts groups seem determined to do nothing less than change the world. As one example, there’s probably not a single major museum, orchestra, or arts center that isn’t thinking about inclusion in everything it does — the shows it develops, the artists it hires, the board and management it recruits, and the audience it serves.” – Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Issues, 01.31.21

Israeli TV Is Having A Global Moment

Hollywood, in search of the next Shtisel, a hit show for Netflix. Apple TV+ and HBO Max are also trying to cash in, both by buying shows already in existence and funding new Israel-focused shows and storylines. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Israel, Los Angeles, Netflix Apple, HBO Max, 02.01.21

How To Write About The Internet

A book critic considers. “Relative to the amount of space it takes up in the collective and capitalist imagination, the internet has had less of an impact on contemporary fiction than one might expect. It is increasingly acknowledged in novels, but it seems oddly difficult to represent well. I don’t know whether that’s because most of us have been raised on books that have absolutely no Instagram in them, or whether it’s because the internet has become such a constant and derided part of daily ...
Tags: Art, Words, 02.01.21

Madrid’s Far-Right City Councilors Want To Destroy A Mural With Rosa Parks And Other Strong Women

The mural, which also depicts women including Nina Simone, was the result of a popular vote four years ago. But “the far-right party Vox had called for the mural in the Madrid neighborhood of Ciudad Lineal to be removed and replaced with another representing five male and five female paralympic athletes. The current work, which is painted on the walls of La Concepción sports facility, pays homage to the achievements of 15 pioneering women, including Nina Simone, Rosa Parks, Frida Khalo and Emma...
Tags: Art, Madrid, Vox, Nina Simone, Visual, Rosa Parks, Ciudad Lineal, 01.27.21, Nina Simone Rosa Parks Frida Khalo

The Pandemic Has Killed Whole Classes Of Friendships

Understandably, much of the energy directed toward the problems of pandemic social life has been spent on keeping people tied to their families and closest friends. These other relationships have withered largely unremarked on after the places that hosted them closed. The pandemic has evaporated entire categories of friendship, and by doing so, depleted the joys that make up a human life—and buoy human health. But that does present an opportunity. In the coming months, as we begin to add people...
Tags: Art, Ideas, 01.27.21

After More Not So Great Publicity, CBS Decides To Have Another Investigation

Peter Dunn, the head of CBS’ 28 news stations, and another staffer – the senior vice president for news – were suspended, and an outside law firm hired to investigate an alleged culture of sexist and racist bullying. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, Cbs, Peter Dunn, 01.29.21

A Swedish Nurse Has Won The Opportunity To Have An Entire Film Festival To Herself

The nurse, who has been working on COVID-19 wards for months, beat 12,000 other applicants to the Goteborg Film Festival, where she’ll live alone on a lighthouse for a week, watching 60 films. Lisa Enroth “said she hoped to enjoy ‘being part of a totally different kind of reality for a week.'”- BBC
Tags: Art, Media, Goteborg Film Festival, Lisa Enroth, 01.31.21

DesignCrowd raises $10 million AUD to grow its DIY platform, BrandCrowd

DesignCrowd announced today it has raised $10 million AUD (about $7.6 billion USD) in pre-IPO funding. The capital will be used on hiring and product development, with the goal of accelerating the growth of BrandCrowd, its DIY platform. The new funding comes as DesignCrowd gets ready for a potential initial public offering on the Australian Securities Exchange. The round’s investors include Perennial Value Management, Alium Capital, Ellerston Capital, Regal Funds Managemetn and CVC, along with r...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Design, Diy, Instagram, Australia, Tech, Designers, United States, CVC, Logos, Branding, Designcrowd, Lynch, Sydney Australia

Poetry For The Pandemic

Perhaps some of it might be found in erasure. “Sometimes when it’s hard to write, that constraint gives you a place to start. It’s a bit like a painter working with a limited palette: You have both a solid foundation from which to begin your poem, and the challenge to create something using only what you have in front of you.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words, 1.30.21

A Movie Star Made Sure Her Crew Had Shares Of The Movie’s Potential Profits

Zendaya’s move on the pandemic-filmed Malcolm and Marie may be a new standard for the industry. Of course, it helped that she and her costar had some say in the production and its finances. “We got to create this financial structure where all of our crew members also got points on it, so when it sold, they made money as well, so hopefully that will be a system that can continue. … I think it’s important that we take care of our people.” –
Tags: Art, Media, Zendaya, Marie, Malcolm, 01.31.21

People Are Hungry For Their Hometown Museums After This Very, Very Long Year

Is it still March 2020? What content are we watching? Who even knows? Well, your museum. The Walker Museum’s public programs manager: “People are looking to their local arts organizations for online content. Even though you can see the Berlin Philharmonic [perform online] or go to the Met programs, I think there’s still a real interest in what’s happening in our community and what’s going on locally.” – Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Tags: Art, Visual, 01.30.21

What So-Called Trashy Novels Can Teach A Reader About Life

Who could put it better than this? “There is much to learn within the pages of the so-called bonkbuster – and, no, not all of it is about sex.” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Words, 01.31.21

If One Could Only Read Samuel Beckett’s Thoughts On His Best-Known Phrases

“All in all, the oracular quality of these lines, their sheer wisdom, makes of Beckett, much against his will, no doubt, something of a sage.” – The Irish Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Samuel Beckett, Beckett, 02.01.21

Smiley Face Eyeroll Laughing Face Could Become Some Of The Clearest Work Communication

At least, that’s what one emoji-loving CEO proposes. “Millennials and post-millennials now make up at least 65% of the workforce in the U.S. Emojis are an essential part of how most of this generation communicates in their personal life. Businesses typically view communication skills as highly valuable in employees, so why suppress such an important tool?” Ah. Side-eye surprised face grimace. – Fast Company
Tags: Art, Words, 01.31.21, Smiley Face Eyeroll Laughing Face

What It Feels Like When The First Lady Is Touting Your Novel

It’s pretty great, honestly. Ask Angie Thomas. “Had you told little Angie that 20-something years ago, she wouldn’t have believed she wrote something that made it that far — that this little Black girl in Mississippi whose family sometimes didn’t know if they would have food would have a book in the White House.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Mississippi, White House, Words, Angie, 01.28.21, Angie Thomas Had

Love Books But Need Your Social Distance Space?

Rent a bookstore for a date. Yes, an entire bookstore. “The experience is BYOB (and food), but the store provides candles—and, of course, exclusive browsing access. What better way to get to know someone that by judging their taste in books?” – LitHub
Tags: Art, Words, 01.28.21

Artist carves works from layered acrylic paint

Kiwi artist Hannah Jensen paints dozens of layers of acrylic paint on a surface, then uses linoleum carving tools to engrave images onto it. When she cuts deeper, she can expose lower colors of paint. Here's video of her carving a hummingbird: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Hannah Jensen (@hannahjensenart) This is a nice time-lapse of her technique: ...
Tags: Art, Crafts, Post, Carving, Hannah Jensen

A Photographer Who Captured 2020’s Protests, ‘Freedom’ Rallies, And Zip-Tie-Toting State House Assaulters

Rian Dundon: “I’m always trying to do portraits at these events as a way to cut through the visual noise of flags and sign boards etc. It’s easy to lose people to that stuff, and I want to make it clear that these are the individuals who took part in this.” – Oregon ArtsWatch
Tags: Art, Oregon, Visual, Rian Dundon, 01.28.21

Changing Other People’s Minds Is A Zero-Sum Game

So try these strategies instead. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Ideas, 01.31.21

'I document America's strange beauty': the photography of My Name is Earl's Jason Lee

He played a redemption-seeking redneck on TV, but lately the actor has found solace off-screen, travelling with his camera. He talks about slackers, the Mallrats sequel and breezing into one-horse townsJason Lee knew he was in trouble when he stepped on the set. The year was 1992, Sonic Youth were at their peak and he was starring as a doomed skateboarder in their latest video. As a music obsessed, pro skateboarder with acting aspirations, he felt he had a point to prove. To add more pressure, i...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, Celebrity, Film, Religion, America, Life and style, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, Robert De Niro, Scientology, Spike Jonze, Kevin Smith

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