February Monthly Spread

I decided to start decorating my monthly spreads for 2021 and I love what I did for February so much. When looking back on my filled 2020 planner, I regretted not decorating my monthly pages. It didn't take much time and this one was completely fun. I used stickers from The Encourager Sticker Book as well as the Rainbow Mega Pack sticker book, using the red colored stickers. I think it's a great way to add in a seasonal touch each month as I have a very neutral Teresa Collins Happy Planner. Al...
Tags: Crafts, Fashion, Design, Planning, Planner, Coquette, Crafty, Keisha, MAMBI, Planner Spreads, Beforethepen, Classichappyplanner, Embracethediscs, Instaplanner, Meandmybigideas, Mombloggers

8-Year-Old Complains About NPR’s Lack Of Dinosaur Coverage

“My name is Leo and I am 8 years old. I listen to All Things Considered in the car with mom. I listen a lot. I never hear much about nature or dinosaurs or things like that. Maybe you should call your show Newsy things Considered, since I don’t get to hear about all the things. Or please talk more about dinosaurs and cool things.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Media, Npr, Leo, 02.09.21

Texas Theatre Finds Success With Digital Theatre

“We are thinking that we will have a slate of work with both digital and in-person opportunities. Because digital is not going away. We’re in a digital space. There’s a lot to figure out from a union standpoint, an actors’ standpoint from all sorts of things about how we stay in the space, but I believe that it’s here to stay for us and gives us an incredible opportunity to be flexible.” Kenn McGlaughlin notes that the company has not had to lay off any staff and has actually employed more than...
Tags: Art, Theatre, 02.08.21, Kenn McGlaughlin

Has Westernization In The Rest Of The World Been Over-Estimated?

The immense force of Western institutions – capitalism, democracy, Christianity – stamped itself on other parts of the globe, creating independent democratic nations committed to freedom, end of story. Or is it the end of the story? If 21st-century world trends are any indication, we might have badly overstated Westernisation’s influence and achievement. – Aeon
Tags: Art, Ideas, 02.09.21

Canadian Artists Debate Universal Basic Income

“If we artists had a basic income, that stress and fear over basic necessities would no longer weigh over our heads and we could be much more productive. It would help grow the economy, because when people have the means to do more than just get by, they put more back into the economy.” – The Tyee
Tags: Art, Issues, 02.02.21

More Monoliths. (Is This Irritating Yet?)

Even though it has a little more flair, I hope we can accept the Turkish monolith as a normal part of life in 2021. It is not a mystery — even though we don’t know who exactly put it there, we know human beings did it, and we know that they were undoubtedly inspired by the 100-plus other monoliths around the world. – New York Magazine
Tags: Art, Visual, 02.09.21

George Washington Carver Wasn’t Just A Food Scientist, He Was A Gifted Painter

In fact, he was a very promising art student, excelling at plants in particular, but a professor who worried that he couldn’t support himself as an artist suggested he go into botany — and the rest is history. His career came full circle: one of the 300 uses he came up with for peanuts was to make inexpensive paints. – Forbes
Tags: Art, People, George Washington Carver, 02.08.21

Why This Afghan-Born Poet Is ‘The Father Of Uzbek Literature’

Alisher Navoiy was born in 1441 in Herat, now in Afghanistan but historically a Persianate city. He wrote in Arabic, Persian, and Chagatai, the Turkic literary language used all over Central Asia in the Middle Ages and considered the ancestor of modern literary Uzbek. In one of his most famous treatises, he compared Persian (with a centuries-old literary tradition even back then) with Chagatai and found the latter superior — which made him a key figure in constructing an Uzbek identity in the S...
Tags: Art, Afghanistan, Words, Central Asia, Herat, 02.09.21, Alisher Navoiy, Chagatai

When Keith Urban And Nicole Kidman Went To The Opera (The Police Were Called)

It started with a standing ovation. “At this point, allegedly, the gentleman swatted Academy award-winning Kidman with his program, prompting Urban to accuse the man of assaulting his wife. Quick as a flash, Urban summoned his burly security to escort the couple and Kidman’s mum out of the audience, while Opera House security were sent in to retrieve the aggrieved opera lover.” – Sydney Morning Herald
Tags: Art, People, Sydney, Opera House, Kidman, 02.07.21, Keith Urban And Nicole Kidman

How Do You Play a Flower Pot?

What makes washtubs sound best? How about coffee cans? For the answers, check out Lou Harrison’s instructions for his Concerto for Violin and Percussion. So far as I am aware, it is the most memorable, most original violin concerto by any American. It also creates a visual spectacle ideal for COVID-era streamed performances. – Joseph Horowitz
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Lou Harrison, 02.10.21

Long Overdue: Breaking Gender Norms In Ballet

Christopher Rudd’s creation is the first romantic same-sex pas de deux in ABT’s history, and one of the first—if not the first—to celebrate queer lust so explicitly in ballet. Such a feat, while to be applauded, is long overdue for a world in which more than half of the men who perform in and champion the artform are members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, according to Dance Magazine. Maybe times are finally changing. – Xtra
Tags: Art, Dance, Abt, Christopher Rudd, 02.08.21, Dance Magazine Maybe times

In the Absence of Light: celebrating the history of black artists in America

In a compelling new HBO documentary, film-maker Sam Pollard speaks to prominent creatives to tell the struggle and success of African American art“I get up at 7.30 in the morning and then I’m at my computer working, thinking about new ideas, pushing along the projects that I’m involved in,” 70-year-old Sam Pollard explains. The documentary film-maker, as an editor, frequently collaborated with Spike Lee on films such as Mo’ Better Blues, 4 Little Girls and Bamboozled. His storied directing caree...
Tags: Art, Hbo, Film, America, Culture, Art and design, Spike Lee, Little Girls, Sam Pollard, Documentary films, Trains Runnin

Central, Eastern European Governments Take Aim At Museums

Hungary, Poland, and now Slovenia are assembling and executing a “playbook” to shift cultural institutions to the right. Often, the rhetoric around this has blended fears of anti-communism with populist, nationalist, anti-immigrant, and, in some cases, anti-LGBTQ rhetoric. In the process, political memory has become a flashpoint in Europe’s so-called culture war. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Europe, Slovenia, Issues, Hungary Poland, 02.08.21

Composer Anthony Davis At 70

Awards don’t help us quantify these qualities, but for a composer who burst onto the operatic scene so spectacularly with X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X at the New York City Opera in 1986, it’s an acknowledgement of his eminence in a world, classical music, that has usually struggled to deal honestly with Black musicians and Black experience. – San Francisco Classical Voice
Tags: Art, Music, Anthony Davis, Malcolm X, New York City Opera, 02.06.21

Last Summer, Museums Made Promises About Diversity. What Are They Actually Doing?

“Many workers regarded it as a positive step this summer when numerous leading institutions released detailed diversity, equity, and inclusion issues (DEI) plans. But more than six months later, employees are still waiting for progress reports. Artnet News surveyed more than a dozen museums across the country, none of which agreed to share the full amount of money they have dedicated toward DEI initiatives, even as they delineated ambitious timelines for creating diversity departments, implemen...
Tags: Art, Visual, Artnet News, Dei, 02.09.21

Paramount Battles Truman Capote Estate For Right To Remake ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’

“Paramount has a screenplay for a new movie, according to court papers. But Alan Schwartz, Trustee of the Truman Capote Literary Trust, has been shopping a television series, and has gotten seven-figure offers from multiple interested buyers. Early last year, both sides pursued settlement with the idea that Paramount would be involved in the TV production, but in May, negotiations were halted when Paramount chief Jim Gianopulos decided to opt for a feature instead. Now they’re fussing over deca...
Tags: Art, Media, Paramount, Jim Gianopulos, 02.05.21, Alan Schwartz Trustee, Truman Capote Literary Trust

Flory Jagoda, Living Storehouse Of Sephardic Song, Dead At 97

“A Bosnian-born guitarist and accordionist, [she] brought the traditional ballads of her Sephardic [Jewish] ancestors and the melodies of the Ladino language to American audiences through performances and recordings.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, 02.09.21

Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov fired from Gogol Center

Director writes that theatre is ‘more enduring than bureaucrats’ as Kremlin continues crackdown on dissentThe celebrated Russian stage and screen director Kirill Serebrennikov, convicted last year in an embezzlement case seen as retribution for his politically charged work, has been forced out of the Moscow theatre he led for eight years.Serebrennikov transformed Moscow’s Gogol Center from a small, overlooked theatre into one of the capital’s most vibrant cultural venues with experimental update...
Tags: Europe, Russia, Theatre, World news, Moscow, Kremlin, Kirill Serebrennikov, Gogol Center, Serebrennikov

New National Museum Of African-American Music Open In Nashville

“The museum tells a chronological story of Black music starting in the 1600s through present day and framed around major cultural movements including the music and instruments brought by African slaves, the emergence of blues through the Great Migration, the Harlem Renaissance and the civil rights movement. … And while there are museums around the country that focus on certain aspects of Black music, this museum bills itself as the first of its kind to be all encompassing.” – AP
Tags: Art, Music, Nashville, Harlem Renaissance, 02.05.21

The Comedy Industry’s Alt-Right Problem

“The mobs that descended on Washington, D.C., last month have intellectual roots in many places, going back to the bloody beginnings of this country. But they also have roots in specific areas of modern culture, including Facebook, BuzzFeed, and the increasingly online world of comedy. All the forces that incubated the rioters are still there, unchanged, chugging along as normal. The rot goes much deeper than you might expect.” – The New Republic
Tags: Art, Washington, Theatre, Facebook BuzzFeed, 02.09.21

Facing Another COVID Summer, British Theatres Are Building Outdoor Stages

Social distancing is easier outdoors and there’s more air circulation, not to mention the fact that, as one director puts it, “Outdoor arts is more accessible because it’s in democratic open spaces.” So companies across the UK are getting ready to perform outside their buildings,many for the first time, as soon as weather and health regulations permit. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, UK, Theatre, Audience, 02.09.21

Frick Collection Set To Open At Old Whitney Museum Building

“The Frick Collection will open in the Breuer building as the Frick Madison on March 18, the museum announced on Tuesday, beginning a two-year stay in the Brutalist space while its 1914 Gilded Age mansion on Fifth Avenue undergoes renovation.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Fifth Avenue, Visual, Breuer, 02.09.21, Old Whitney Museum Building, Frick Madison

New L.A. Arts Recovery Fund Has $38.5 Million For Small And Midsize Nonprofits

“The J. Paul Getty Trust initiated the fund, to be officially announced Tuesday, and the California Community Foundation is administering it. Struggling arts organizations with an annual operating budget of under $10 million prior to the pandemic are eligible to apply for unrestricted funds that can go toward programming or operating expenses such as rent, utilities and staff compensation starting this spring.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Issues, California Community Foundation, Paul Getty, 02.09.21

Defying National Government, French City’s Mayor Reopens Museums

“Louis Aliot, the right-wing mayor of Perpignan, a city in the south of France, will let four museums begin welcoming visitors once more, effectively disobeying countrywide COVID-19 safety guidelines that are keeping museums throughout the country shuttered.” – ARTnews
Tags: Art, France, Visual, Perpignan, Louis Aliot, 02.09.21

BIPOC Student Playwrights – Chosen Monologues

Recently we called out to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) student writers to share their voices and perspectives through their original monologue submissions. We were thrilled with the incredible response we had to our call-out and so thankful to all who shared their work with us. Congratulations to the following student playwrights whose […]
Tags: General, Resources, Theatre, People of Colour, Monologues, BIPOC, Student Playwrights

How’s New York’s Dance World Navigating A Year Of Pandemic? Better Than They’d Feared

“As they announce plans for the spring and summer — mostly digital, garnished with a little outdoors and in-person — many New York dance presenters spoke in recent interviews about what they’ve been up to and how the pandemic has changed their business. … Even without box-office revenue, most have continued paying artists, sometimes with no expectation of any product or performance in return. ‘Make something only if you want to” has been a fairly common presenter-to-artist attitude. And yet the...
Tags: Art, New York, Dance, 02.09.21

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