How A Young Pianist Learns About The Liszt Sonata From Historic Recordings

“I almost feel like you should know the notable recordings of a work like this,” Benjamin Grosvenor said of the sonata in a recent interview. “More than anything, it helps you understand what works and what doesn’t work. You react to some things positively and you react to some things negatively, and that fuels your imagination.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Benjamin Grosvenor, 02.15.21

Stars including Sir Ian McKellen urge changes to visa rules for artists

Julie Walters among signatories to letter saying post-Brexit changes a ‘towering hurdle’ to working in EuropeNew visa rules for British artists, actors and theatre workers who want to work in Europe after Brexit are a “towering hurdle” that must be urgently addressed, according to an open letter signed by stars including Sir Ian McKellen, Julie Walters and Patrick Stewart.In the letter from the performing arts union Equity, some of the biggest names in British theatre have implored the prime min...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Theatre, Eu, European Union, UK News, Culture, Stage, Julie Walters, Patrick Stewart, Ian Mckellen, Brexit, Ian McKellen Julie Walters

The Problem With Museums

“If the postmodernism of the 1980s considered the museum to be in crisis and contemplated its “ruins,” today many see these same institutions as frustratingly intact, as bulwarks against change, citadels to be stormed. (Even ten years ago, the Left’s critique of museums was simply that they had transformed from civic sites to experiential fun houses. “The late-capitalist museum” was understood to be a space of spectacle, not BlackRock lucre.) Where an earlier generation of artists associated wi...
Tags: Art, Blackrock, Visual, 02.21

Was Some Of Ravel’s Best Music The Product Of A Brain Disorder?

“Think of it like traffic. There’s the language road, there’s the music road, there’s the seeing road, there’s the images road. Language is like a superhighway; it makes the other things wait for it. It puts a stoplight on the others. But when language deteriorates a little bit — which happens at the beginning of this disease — it becomes less dominant. There is a golden moment when these things are more in balance.” – San Francisco Classical Voice
Tags: Art, San Francisco, Ideas, Ravel, 02.13.21

The Line Between Audiobook And Theatrical Play

“When different narrators take on chapters devoted to different characters’ points of view, the listener’s engagement with the book can be heightened. On the other hand, when narrators join in together, in what are often referred to as ensemble productions, the text is usurped by performance, the book disappearing into thespian clamor.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Words, 02.15.21

The Five-Second Error In The “Nutcracker” Score

He suspects the engraver made the mistake while copying the score, and it didn’t get caught during proofreading. If Tchaikovsky noticed, there’s no indication of it in his correspondence around that time, according to Schwarm, the historian. – San Diego Union-Tribune
Tags: Art, Dance, Tchaikovsky, Schwarm, 02.13.21

Are American Progressive Ideas A Threat To France’s Identity?

French politicians, high-profile intellectuals and journalists are warning that progressive American ideas — specifically on race, gender, post-colonialism — are undermining their society. “There’s a battle to wage against an intellectual matrix from American universities,’’ warned Mr. Macron’s education minister. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, France, Ideas, Mr Macron, 02.09.21

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  If you’ve been wanting a Cricut Maker, don’t miss this sale! They are selling out! Get the Cricut Maker + Everything Materials Bundle $399.99 (reg. $647.82) + Free Shipping! with Promo Code FEBSHIP Bundles available:     For Even More Awesome Online Deals
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The Latest Dance Craze Sweeping The World

Jerusalema is a song by South African house musician Master KG. Friends in Angola filmed themselves dancing to the hit – the moves have since been recreated the world over. From health workers to nuns to children, everyone is getting involved. – ITV
Tags: Art, World, Dance, Angola, 02.13.21

Liz Lerman Talks Movement & Discord

The choreographer, performer, writer, educator, and speaker shares her creative process and the connection between movement and discord. – Aaron Dworkin
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Liz Lerman, 02.13.21

What happened to the nerdy girl from Rock and Roll High School?

[The following is from the free version of my newsletter, The Magnet. Sign up here to subscribe. — Mark] The two most memorable 1979 movies about teenagers are Over the Edge and Rock and Roll High School. If you're in the mood for realism, watch Over the Edge, which was inspired by a true story of disaffected teens going on a suburban vandalism spree.  — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, News, Sculpture, The Ramones, 1970s, Mark, The Seventies, Rock and Roll High School

The Agents Behind Hollywood’s Book-To-Movie Boom

“The entire structure of the traditional book-to-film deal has changed. Our authors are now at the cutting edge of those deals, in the selling of their work and as producers.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, 02.11.21

Rauschenberg, Twombly And Johns – A Great Art Love Triangle

Rauschenberg and Twombly were both southerners. Rauschenberg, who was quarter Cherokee, came from Texas, Twombly from the heart of the old Confederacy in Lexington, Virginia. The passion of their relationship is beautifully preserved in black and white photographs that Rauschenberg took on a visit to Rome in 1952. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, People, Rome, Johns, Twombly, Rauschenberg, Lexington Virginia, 02.13.21, Rauschenberg Twombly, Texas Twombly

The Chamber Music Series Getting Ten Times Its Usual Audience (And Making Money)

There’s one metric, however, that stands out as a marker of success. Philadelphia Chamber Music Society’s virtual concerts are technically free of charge, but the pay-as-you-wish donation model has drawn real money — an average of $7,500 in donations per concert. This sum is at roughly equal to the paid ticket revenue PCMS typically collected pre-pandemic at APS for a concert by a popular artist. –
Tags: Art, Music, APS, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, 02.13.21, PCMS

Rupert Neve, ‘The Man Who Made The Recording Console,’ 94

The Grammy-winning architect of modern music “is best known for designing and producing microphone preamplifiers, equalizers, compressors and mixing consoles that are sought after in the industry. His designs are staples everywhere from large production facilities to home studios, and have even been reproduced as computer plug-ins to become more accessible for all music lovers and creators.” – Variety
Tags: Art, People, Rupert Neve, 02.13.21

We Worried About Children On The Internet And Completely Forgot About Adults

Honestly, will we never learn? “Americans have expressed their concerns about each new form of media through fears about children and youth. Younger Americans were supposed to be especially vulnerable to undue influence, influence that would come through direct exposure to cheap publications, movies, radio, television, and the internet. Over multiple generations, Americans tried to guide, control, or censor access to these media under cover of this supposedly greater vulnerability. But with eve...
Tags: Art, Ideas, 02.15.21

How Can ‘Our Town’ Still Feel Utterly Contemporary, 80 Years After Its Opening?

Howard Sherman, author of a new book about the play: “It’s a play that people think they know. People want to paint it as this old-fashioned love letter to the past. And that’s not what it is at all.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, Howard Sherman, 02.13.21

One Idea For What To Do With Unused And Deconsecrated Churches

Artists need studios, and usually studios with light … and churches often have that. “Places of worship are typically built to outlast their parishioners. The steepled Protestant churches in upstate New York are often the oldest buildings in their towns — repositories of local memory, even as their congregations have dwindled.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York, Visual, Protestant, 02.11.21

Why ‘Nadiya Bakes’ Is Such A Big Deal In Foodie Shows

The new show demonstrates just how drastically far food shows have come – but reminds us of how far that had to be, especially when we can always rewatch Nadiya Hussain’s GBBO flavors making Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry squirm. “It’s hard to imagine that a show like Nadiya Bakes could have existed in the same way even just six years ago when Hussain first appeared on our television screens. Food media on both sides of the Atlantic has been aggressively white overall, with few people of color g...
Tags: Art, Media, Atlantic, Mary Berry, Nadiya Hussain, Paul Hollywood, Hussain, 02.12.21

Disneyland Artist And ‘Master Illustrator’ Charles Boyer, 86

Boyer signed on with Disney as a sketch artist in 1960 – and never left. “Boyer was made a Disney Legend in 2005, the equivalent of membership in the company’s Hall of Fame, with a window on Main Street in his name. Not bad for someone who put himself through Chouinard Art Institute as a janitor on a ‘working scholarship.’ Or for an artist who was color-blind.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Disney, People, Hall of Fame, Boyer, Charles Boyer, Disney Legend, Chouinard Art Institute, 02.13.21

London’s Bridges Truly Are Falling Down

Or they might, soon. London needs “infrastructure week,” but for real, and for much longer than a week. Take Hammersmith. “It’s obvious whom to blame: politicians are guilty to varying degrees of buck-passing, posturing, point-scoring, broken promises and inaction. The problem is that they are in different parties and different authorities.” The results are disastrous. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, London, Visual, Hammersmith, 02.14.21

The New Mexico Museum Of Art Is Planning To Destroy A Historic Chicano Mural

Not for nothing – for a new museum of contemporary art. But … really? “‘We invited the Department of Cultural Affairs,’ Carrie Wood, a member of a campaign to save the mural called Keep Santa Fe Multicultural, said of the planned peaceful gathering that took place last weekend, ‘but they didn’t respond to our email, or even take the time to talk to us. They just sent the cops.'”- Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, New Mexico, Visual, Carrie Wood, 02.11.21

So, No Spring Openings For Broadway, But You Can Find Some Gems, Safely, Online

All of this is true: “An effort to keep the industry alive has major stars taking to the virtual stage and much-lauded past productions available for streaming. These productions can’t compare with the energy of a full theater, but what they make up in accessibility is something that can’t be underestimated.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, 02.13.21

Playing The Man Who Betrayed Fred Hampton Sent Lakeith Stanfield Into Therapy

Stanfield says it’s not only therapy that has made the last year bearable. “The one good thing about this pandemic is being able to sit at home by yourself and deal with yourself and just your inner voice. And even though that’s annoying as hell, beautiful clarity comes out of it.” – Level
Tags: Art, Media, Fred Hampton, STANFIELD, 02.12.21

In Britain, A Dig Reveals A Lot Of Detail About Home Life In The Iron Age

Archaeologists “were hopeful of unearthing something of interest because the area has been occupied for more than 3,000 years. But nothing prepared them for the excitement of discovering an extended iron age settlement, with the remains of more than a dozen roundhouses dating from 400BC to 100BC – as well as an enormous Roman villa built in the late third to early fourth century.” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Britain, Visual, 02.14.21

Evan “Skytree” Snyder on Atomic Priests and Crystal Synthesizers

Evan “Skytree” Snyder in his studio. Source: Facebook. Evan “Skytree” Snyder straddles two worlds: by day, he is a robotics engineer. By night, he produces electronic music that drops listeners into lush atmospheres evocative of both the ancient world and distant future. We had a chance to speak with Snyder about his 02020 album Infraplanetary and his recent experiments with piezoelectric musical synthesis. Both projects ratchet up themes of deep time, inviting listeners to meditate on ...
Tags: Art, Future, Nasa, Culture, Moon, Smithsonian, Epa, Jackson, Futures, Carl Sagan, National Park, Michael, National Park Service, Snyder, Evan, Carlsbad New Mexico

Outdoors Is The Way For The UK To Return To Theatre

Of course, “The British weather does not always help. A valiant ‘drive-through’ production of La Bohème staged in a car park by English National Opera last year did encounter problems owing to high winds: sometimes the elements cannot be entirely outfoxed. Nevertheless, the more sagacious arts organisations are looking ahead to alfresco possibilities.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, UK, Visual, English National Opera, 02.14.21

What The New Movie ‘Judas And The Black Messiah’ Reveals About The United States’ History – And Present

In short, and in no surprise to anyone who has studied the history of the U.S., or indeed lived that history: “Judas and the Black Messiah makes an urgent case for why the FBI, and, by extension, American law enforcement, must change priorities. Violence from white extremists poses a far greater threat to the country’s safety than activism from groups that seek to improve the living conditions of the most marginalized people.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Fbi, United States, Issues, Judas, 02.13.21, New Movie ` Judas

Teresa Burga, Groundbreaking Peruvian Conceptual Artist, 85

Burga’s best-known work, 1981’s Perfil de la mujer Peruana, confused many people in its day. She and a psychotherapist friend “interviewed 290 middle-class women between the ages of 25 and 29 in Lima to obtain statistics on their political leanings, their bodies, and their identities. The presentation of their findings took the form of drawings and diagrams, as well as artworks, including a sculpture composed of quipus, knotted fabrics alluding to an Incan counting system. Against the backdrop ...
Tags: Art, People, Peru, Lima, Burga, 02.12.21, Teresa Burga

A Blow-Up Over Racism, Antisemitism, And Academic Politics In American Musicology

This story is convoluted, and needs careful reading to understand what’s going on not only in musicology in the U.S. but also across the world. To quote the article, “How this ends is not clear.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, 02.14.21

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