Colorful, quirky sculptures return to Sherman Way off-ramp at 170 Freeway in North Hollywood

Three brightly colored, fanciful-shaped sculptures created by artist Lars Hawkes were reinstalled on Friday, Feb. 5, at the Sherman Way off-ramp of the 170 Freeway in North Hollywood. The three-piece sculpture by Lars Hawkes, installed in 1992, along the 170 Freeway in North Hollywood was reinstalled on Friday, February 5, 2021 after being refurbished and repainted by local artist Scott Froschauer with the help from the volunteer group AT&T Pioneers and Caltrans. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz,...
Tags: Art, Sport, Soccer, CalTrans, Local News, Hawkes, Hawks, Sun Valley, Los Angeles City, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles Daily News, North Hollywood, La Crescenta, Top Stories LADN, Paul Krekorian, Sarah Reingewirtz

Canadian Actor Christopher Plummer, 91

The actor went through a particularly fertile creative period in his golden years, receiving his first Academy Award at the age 82 for his heart-warming supporting turn as a widower who embraces his homosexuality in “Beginners.” The trophy made him the oldest-ever Oscar winner in an acting category. – Toronto Star
Tags: Art, People, Christopher Plummer, 02.05.21

The Book Pirates Loved Voltaire

Booksellers often distrusted Voltaire, because by modifying his texts and multiplying the editions, he alienated their customers. No one wanted to pay good money for a slightly new version of a book that one had already bought. And some booksellers had become disenchanted with his endless variations on the same themes. – Lapham’s Quarterly
Tags: Art, Words, Voltaire, Lapham, 02.03.21

New Feature Film On Twyla Tharp

The documentary will feature interviews alongside select footage of Tharp’s more than 160 choreographed works, “including 129 dances, 12 television specials, six major Hollywood movies, four full-length ballets, four Broadway shows and two figure skating routines.” – IndieWire
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Dance, Broadway, Tharp, Twyla Tharp, 02.04.21

EU Green New Deal Includes Building A New Bauhaus

In September the EU launched “an ambitious and historic initiative to fund innovative scientific and artistic endeavours to abate climate change and allow Europe to meet its goal of zero net carbon emissions by 2050. The Commission intends to bring the European Green Deal to life by creating ‘a collaborative design and creative space, where architects, artists, students, scientists, engineers and designers work together (…) to combine sustainability with good design’ within and beyond Europe’s ...
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Why Sherlock Holmes Has Become One Of Our Most Enduring Literary Characters

There are the endless literary takes. There are Anthony Horowitz’s sequels, or Andrew Lane’s tales of a teenage Holmes. Star basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has written novels about Holmes’s older brother Mycroft; Nancy Springer wrote the Enola Holmes books, giving Holmes and Mycroft a younger sibling. James Lovegrove has combined the worlds of Holmes and HP Lovecraft in the Cthulhu Casebooks. Nicholas Meyer’s forthcoming The Return of the Pharaoh is drawn “from the Reminiscences of John ...
Tags: Art, Sherlock Holmes, Words, Anthony Horowitz, Holmes, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Mycroft, John H Watson, Nicholas Meyer, Andrew Lane, Enola Holmes, Nancy Springer, 02.04.21, Holmes Star, James Lovegrove, Bonnie MacBird

The Guy Who Moves Orchestras For A Living

Guido Frackers is the guy. “So I’ve seen the environment at least one year before. And we have a “bulldozer” who goes in 24 hours before the orchestra arrives to pave the way, to line every hotel up, so when the musicians arrive at the hotel, checking in is basically as quick as it takes them to pick up an envelope from a table with their room key.” – Van
Tags: Art, Music, 02.04.21, Guido Frackers

Director of Marketing and Communications, Celebrity Series

Celebrity Series of Boston (CSB) seeks a Director of Marketing and Communications to provide leadership, strategic direction, and overall management for the daily operations of the marketing and communications efforts of the organization. The Director is responsible for maintaining and growing the CBS audience through the design, measurement and management of the marketing, communication, graphic design, ticketing, and revenue strategy, and oversees box office functions. Director of Marketin...
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Why Quarterbacks Say ‘Hut’ And ‘Hike’

Back in 2009, the NFL itself was wondering about that very question. So they asked Ben Zimmer, America’s most famous lexicographer, to look into it. Turns out that “hut” in particular is very practical, and it has a pedigree that seems obvious once you think about it. – Mental Floss
Tags: Art, NFL, Words, 02.02.21, Ben Zimmer America

While Bela Lugosi Slept, They Made A Whole Other ‘Dracula’ On The Set — And It’s Better

“Shot in half the time the Lugosi vehicle was allotted, and on a much smaller budget, Drácula” — yes, it’s the Spanish version — “contains revealing differences. It’s 29 minutes longer than the [Tod] Browning film, with more dialogue – we see more of Dracula’s castle; and the framing of shots are arguably superior – thanks to [director George] Melford’s crew having access to Dracula‘s dailies when they arrived at night, thereby being able to make revisions to lighting and camera angles.” – The ...
Tags: Art, Bela Lugosi, Issues, Browning, Dracula, Lugosi, 02.04.21, George -RSB- Melford

Video Opera And ‘Relevance’: Where They Meet And Where They Miss

“Recent case histories are alternately breakthroughs and models of artistic self-defeat. Which was which?” asks David Patrick Stearns. “The reverse of what I expected.” The key: the message and the material have to fit each other. – Classical Voice North America
Tags: Art, Music, David Patrick Stearns, 02.04.21

All The Work Went Away: TV People Talk About Careers During COVID

“At the start of the pandemic, no one had any work, so it wasn’t so much of a problem. At times it was even nice not to be working. But when you’re freelance, you wonder whose doing what and doubt yourself, and when shoots opened up again, it was difficult not being out and about and having a purpose.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Media, 02.04.21

How Do Great Cities Die? So Slowly That Most People There Barely Notice

It’s not usually after a disaster: in those cases, great cities tend to rebuild and often become grander. (Think of London and Chicago after great fires, Lisbon and San Francisco after earthquakes, Berlin and Tokyo after bombing.) “Mismanagement and inertia are more formidable foes than cataclysm, though they administer less dramatic death.” – Curbed
Tags: Art, London, Berlin, San Francisco, Chicago, Tokyo, Issues, Lisbon, 02.04.21

Attacks On The Merits

The idea that the world is corrupt and unfair was the subject of medieval morality plays and sermons. They taught a vast population to reconcile itself to misery and subjugation by promising rewards in the afterlife. But in a democracy, everyone is moderately free and potentially subject to rewards in this life, though few receive the rewards they think they deserve. Thus, the perspective of the medieval morality play—that the world is hopelessly corrupt—gets deployed to rationalize injured mer...
Tags: Art, Ideas, 01.28.21

Intimacy Coordinator Says She Gets More Resistance From Female Actors And Directors

“‘My hunch is that, for some women, having me present means they have to examine their past experiences on set without an intimacy coordinator,’ said Mia Schachter, intimacy coordinator on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and HBO shows such as Insecure and Euphoria.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Hbo, Media, Abc, Grey, 02.02.21, Mia Schachter

With Their Theatres Closed, The French Turn To Puppet Shows

Performances for kids in schools are the only ones allowed under current COVID restrictions, so puppet shows are the only live theatre happening in France now. “The situation for French puppeteers is bittersweet. While it constitutes a return to their roots, as children remain their most faithful fans, many of them have worked hard to position the form as more than family-friendly fare.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, France, Theatre, 02.04.21

Who Was Mike Nichols When He Wasn’t Playing Mike Nichols? It’s Not An Easy Question

“Making stories was how Nichols coped with the world. The biographical question is: why was there a need to cope? The answer is not mysterious. Nichols was unusually self-aware, and he liked to talk about his life. To some extent, the Mike Nichols story is a story by Mike Nichols.” – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, People, Mike Nichols, Nichols, 02.01.21

Edvard Munch works up for auction amid renewed interest in artist

Sotheby’s expert says pandemic has been good for the artist, lending his work ‘a whole new meaning’Two works by Edvard Munch that the Nazis classified as degenerate before selling them for profit are to be offered at auction in London next month, at a time when interest in the Norwegian artist has never been bigger.A self-portrait painted in 1926, the first formal portrait of Munch to come to auction for 15 years, and Embrace on the Beach, painted for a children’s nursery in 1904 and last on sal...
Tags: Art, London, Nazis, Painting, Culture, Art and design, Edvard Munch, Sotheby

Want To Understand People Better? Scientists Look To Dogs

In a recent study of 217 Border collies that ranged in age from 6 months to 15, the team, together with the Clever Dog Lab in Austria, found similarities with humans in the dogs’ personality traits as they age. – Nautilus
Tags: Art, Austria, Ideas, 02.03.21, Clever Dog Lab

The Portfolio: Geoff Dyer

In this extract from But Beautiful, the writer Geoff Dyer reflects on how photographs ‘work on you’ The post The Portfolio: Geoff Dyer appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Art, Photography, Music, Writing, Jazz, Friday, Portfolio, Chet Baker, Ben Webster, Milt Hinton, Carol Reiff, Improvisation, Geoff Dyer, Red Allen, Synaesthesia, Pee Wee Rusell

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Has A New Director (And She’s An Alum)

Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell dropped out of Juilliard at age 19 to join the company, where she danced for three years before moving on to 13 years with Ailey. After retiring from the stage in 2005, she got a graduate degree and went home to Baltimore to teach. Now, as HSDC’s artistic director, “she is tasked with culling an artistic identity that gradually moved Hubbard Street away from its audience base as the company increasingly delved into experimental works.” – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Baltimore, Juilliard, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ailey, Hubbard Street, 02.04.21, Linda Denise Fisher Harrell

Furloughed Staff To Waterstones: Please, At Least Pay Us Minimum Wage! Waterstones: That ‘Would Not Be Prudent’

Britain’s relief package for businesses closed by COVID provides 80% of a furloughed employee’s salary, even if that salary is only minimum wage. Workers at the country’s most popular bookstore chain, most of whom only make minimum wage or a bit more in normal times, are publicly begging the company to top up the government aid. Management says they’d love to, but with all stores closed until god-knows-when, they just can’t. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Britain, Words, COVID, 02.04.21

The more satirical street murals are, the less they resemble great art

Street art that we share online tends to be inspiring – not strange, enigmatic or challengingWhatever you think of street art, there’s no denying its pedigree. The paintings done on cave walls 30,000 years ago are today acknowledged as the first creative triumph of the human mind. But before their modern recognition as prehistoric wonders, these pictures of mammoths and bison were dismissed by Renaissance cavers who came across them as crude contemporary graffiti. That’s because graffiti were as...
Tags: Art, New York, France, World news, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Andy Warhol, Warhol, Banksy, Street Art, Keith Haring, Jean Michel Basquiat, Basquiat, Haring

Remember That Fake Gauguin The Getty Bought? They Were Warned

“The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles was privately warned in 2002 that a Gauguin sculpture it had just bought for around $4m was a fake. A few months later the museum sent a researcher from Los Angeles to Paris to investigate, but she failed to resolve the question — so the matter remained unpursued with the Wildenstein gallery, which had sold them the work. A year ago, the museum finally admitted that Head with Horns is not an authentic work by Gauguin — and it was banished to the storeroo...
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Paris, Visual, Gauguin, Wildenstein, J Paul Getty Museum, 02.03.21

‘Salvator Mundi’ May Be by Leonardo, But Its Hand May Not Be

Two different studies — one by the Louvre, the other by an independent art historian and her AI researcher husband — find that the Christ figure’s hand raised in blessing was added to the otherwise finished painting after the fact. The image recognition algorithm developed by the couple indicates that the hand was not by Leonardo (probably by an assistant), while the Louvre says it could have been added by the artist himself. – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Christ, Louvre, Visual, Leonardo, Salvator Mundi, 02.02.21

The state of the (performing) arts: Theatres try to find their groove

Theatres are opening (and closing) again in fits and starts, driven by a fierce determination to bounce back The post The state of the (performing) arts: Theatres try to find their groove appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Drama, Theatre, Performing Arts, Friday, James Ngcobo, Lockdown, State Theatre, Department of Sports, Art And Culture, Theatre Arts, Market Theatre, COVID-19, Baxter Theatre, Adjusted Level Three, Allison Foat, Artscape Theatre

Nevada Wants to Let Tech Companies Form Their Own Governments

Steve Sisolak, the Democratic governor of Nevada, wants to incentivize technology companies to move to his state, and he’s got some wild ideas about how to make that happen. The latest draft proposal, obtained by the Review-Journal, doesn’t just hand out the typical tax breaks that you’d expect from a governor. The…Read more...
Tags: Science, Design, Articles, Innovation, Nevada, Product Management, Board of Supervisors, Review Journal, Steve Sisolak, Technology Internet

The Time Machine

Long Now co-founder Brian Eno in front of his 77 Million Paintings generative artwork (02007). Editor’s Note: This paper was sent our way by its lead author, Henry McGhie. It was originally published in Museum & Society, July 2020. 18(2) 183-197. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. No changes have been made.  The Time Machine: challenging perceptions of time and place to enhance climate change engagement throu...
Tags: Art, UK, New York, Texas, London, Climate Change, Australia, Future, US, Society, Unesco, Britain, Commerce, Paris, Manchester, United Nations

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