A Critic Reviews 125 Years Of The NYT’s Book Reviews

To wander through 125 years of book reviews is to endure assault by adjective. All the fatuous books, the frequently brilliant, the disappointing, the essential. The adjectives one only ever encounters in a review (indelible, risible), the archaic descriptors (sumptuous). So many masterpieces, so many duds — now enjoying quiet anonymity. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words, 02.26.21

Why Working Digitally Will Be Here To Stay In The Theatre

“There are so many benefits to all this stuff, It’s going to make theatre more accessible. It’s going to help tackle the issue of diversity. It’s going to enable us to tell stories in completely new ways. And I know from experience that it actually encourages live audiences to come to the theatre. It’s actually going to support the industry.” – The Stage
Tags: Art, Theatre, 03.02.21

Lessons On How To Have An “Exquisitely Managed Career” By Philip Roth

“Its lessons include: never marry; have no children; lawyer up early; keep tight control of your cover designs; listen to the critics while scorning them publicly; when it comes to publishers, follow the money; never give a minute to a hostile interviewer; avoid unflattering photographers; figure out what you’re good at and keep doing it, book after book, with just enough variation to keep them guessing; sell out your friends, sell out your family, sell out your lovers, and sell out yourself; k...
Tags: Art, People, Philip Roth, 03.21

The Virtue Of Ethics

“Until quite recently there was a concern that ethical relativism had become the dominant cultural assumption, which meant that ethics was all just a matter of opinion, every view was ‘equally valid’ with no objective standard. We seem now to have been catapulted to the other extreme. Ethical positions are often held with a fervent certainty that would embarrass a medieval monk.” – 3 Quarks Daily
Tags: Art, Ideas, 03.01.21

The Toronto Star Bets The Future On A Casino

Torstar’s new owners say they are branching into online gambling to help pay for those continuing efforts. “Doing this as part of Torstar will help support the growth and expansion of quality community-based journalism,” co-owner Paul Rivett said.  – CBC
Tags: Art, Media, Torstar, Paul Rivett, 03.02.21

‘Lolita’ Is A Horrifying Story. How Does It Keep Getting Past Obscenity Laws, Let Alone Cancel Culture?

Lady Chatterley’s Lover, which now seems almost anodyne, was the subject of a criminal prosecution in 1960, but Lolita, which came out the previous year and still has the power to shock, was not. Why? Actor Emily Mortimer, whose father was a barrister who defended more than one client in obscenity trials, uses what she learned from him (“First, it’s very funny. My dad always said you could get away with anything in court as long as you made people laugh”) and others to explain the power of Nabo...
Tags: Art, Words, Nabokov, Emily Mortimer, 03.02.21

Dance Through The Mailbox

Audience members sit on stools in separated cubicles surrounding the stage, each with its own door and letter-drop slots through which they can watch the dancers. – Reuters
Tags: Art, Dance, Audience, 03.02.21

So Who Made Pantone The Boss Of Colors Anyway?

Pantone started out, under another name, as a printing company, and one of its employees, Larry Herbert, got tired of trying to figure out exactly what hue his clients meant when they said things like “I want kind of a wine red” or “Sort of like a sky blue, but darker.” He was the one who realized that the printing industry — and, ultimately, the rest of the design world — needed a standardized color reference, and he created one; now its descendants are used the world over. (How Pantone got to...
Tags: Art, Pantone, Visual, 03.01.21, Larry Herbert

NASA's Perseverance rover has a 1997 computer chip brain. Here's why.

A special super-tough version of an old chip made famous by Apple is running the show on NASA's Perseverance Mars rover.The chip is slow by modern standards, but meets the reliability test.The chip can be bombarded with radiation and still keeps on going. It's probably a good idea to stop and take a moment every now and then to marvel at the incredible amount of computing power in your pocket. Today's phones have processors that make the computers of the internet-boom era seem like little more ...
Tags: Apple, Motorola, Space, Design, Technology, Nasa, Earth, Computers, Innovation, Orion, Ibm, Mars, Pong, Samsung Galaxy, Matt Lemke, EEPROM

A look back at the revolutionary history of Vermont's Bread & Puppet Theatre

The Messy Nessy Cabinet of Chic Curiosities has a great retrospective on the full radical history of this unique and uniquely wonderful art-and-food collective Bread and Puppet Theatre: Bread & Puppet is founded on the central principle that art should be as basic as bread to life and Peter Schumann still single-handedly bakes traditional sourdough rye bread in a wood fire oven for the thousands of audience members who attend the Theater's performances worldwide. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, News, Theatre, Bread, Puppets, Performance art, Vermont, Puppetry, Puppet, Peter Schumann, Hippies, Communes, Noted Radicals, Bread And Puppet, Cheap Art, Messy Nessy Cabinet of Chic Curiosities

The Unkindness Of Booing

“In nearly 50 years of musical life, I can count on the fingers of two hands the occasions on which I’ve heard boos erupt in the concert hall or opera house. Some of those memories are far from pleasant.” – San Francisco Chronicle
Tags: Art, Music, 03.02.21

What Have Theatre Artists Been Doing This Past Year? Eight Tell Their Stories

“This notion that we have to do something, that we have to find other ways to work. I was like, ‘Hello, this is an opportunity to just stop. Everybody just stop. Can we really not do that?’ I would say my track record is 50-50, but I’m more interested in looking than forcing things out.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, 03.02.21

'My pubic hair paintings could hang in your living room': the artists reclaiming women's sexuality

A Woman’s Right to Pleasure is a new compendium celebrating female erotic art. We meet its contributors, including the photographer who turned her vagina into a cameraDuring the darkest days of the Trump presidency, writer Alexandra Weiss and her colleagues at the Black Book gallery in New York decided to address an issue that felt increasingly pressing. For centuries, women’s sexuality had been seen as a subject for men to pick over, the man in charge at the White House being the most prominent...
Tags: Art, Books, Gender, New York, Sex, White House, Women, Painting, Life and style, World news, Body Image, Culture, Art and design, Sexuality, Trump, Weiss

Ice Music: Performing Pieces On, And For, Literally Frozen Instruments

“Carved instruments can be either completely made of ice, such as horns and percussion, or hybrids, like harps, in which the main body is ice with metal strings attached. … By studying and intricately blending materials — such as homemade clear ice and carbonated water, plus crushed mountain snow — [a master crafter] can make instruments like violins and tune them as close to perfect as nature allows.” And once the performance begins? “Ice is always in motion; expanding, contracting and sublima...
Tags: Art, Music, 03.01.21

On Zoom, Vimeo, PBS, Or An iPod, If A Theatre Company Does It, Is It Still Theatre?

Says the artistic director of a Twin Cities company, “I believe that theatre is storytelling and we are creating a new hybrid art form. It’s not quite theatre in that it’s video and not onstage, and it’s not exactly film or television because it’s live — but I still call it theatre.” Here’s a look at what exactly she and some of her counterparts are trying. – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Theatre, 03.02.21

At The Detroit Symphony’s Virtual Orchestra Hall, Inside The Head Of A (Virtual) Listener

Michael Andor Brodeur: “I’m ‘here’ to virtually attend a rehearsal of Stride, a stirring newer work from the British composer Anna Clyne. And Clyne is ‘here’ with me as well, watching along through the eyes and ears of Ted — a standard-issue mannequin head, purchased off the Internet and outfitted with a 360-degree camera and an array of microphones by creator, audio engineer and Clyne’s husband, Jody Elff.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Music, Audience, Clyne, Detroit Symphony, Anna Clyne, Michael Andor Brodeur, 03.02.21, Jody Elff

Roger Englander, Pioneering Producer Of Classical Music On TV, Dead At 94

At NBC in Philadelphia, he produced the first-ever telecast of a complete opera, Menotti’s The Telephone, and he followed up by putting together Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, the first opera ever written for television. Englander went on to produce what might be the most influential classical music programming ever aired on American TV, Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts. – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Nbc, People, Philadelphia, Leonard Bernstein, Menotti, 03.02.21

Where AI Can Really Help Public Radio

That would be transcription, which is prohibitively expensive to do for every segment but which makes it far easier for potential users to find any given audio piece with a search engine. KQED’s senior vice president for digital partnerships writes about how his station and the Google News Initiative are working to improve automated transcription — and avoid pitfalls like transcribing “Asia Foundation” and “age of foundations” and “misgendered” as “Miss Gendered.” – Google’s The Keyword
Tags: Art, Media, Asia Foundation, KQED, 02.25.21

Boy Scouts To Sell Off Norman Rockwell Collection To Pay For Abuse Claims

In a reorganization plan filed in federal bankruptcy court in Delaware this week, the Boy Scouts listed nearly 60 pieces of art by Rockwell whose sale would help raise money for a settlement fund of at least $300 million for sexual abuse victims. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Delaware, Visual, Norman Rockwell, Rockwell, 03.02.21

Alan Bowness, 93, Former Director Of Tate Galleries And Co-Founder Of Turner Prize

“The internationally renowned scholar was the first trained art historian to become director of London’s Tate Gallery, a position he held from 1980 to 1988. During his tenure, he spearheaded the creation of a ‘Tate of the North,’ the project which became Tate Liverpool. … In 1984 he helped establish the Turner Prize, one of Britain’s most influential art awards.” – ARTnews
Tags: Art, London, People, Britain, Tate Liverpool, Tate Gallery, 03.02.21, Alan Bowness, Tate Galleries And Co

Requiring Audiences To Present Vaccine Passports — Would It Be Feasible?

On the surface, it certainly seems as if asking ticket buyers to show proof of COVID vaccination would be a good, quick way to performances running again and performers back to work — and in Chicago, at least, venues and presenters are considering the option seriously. Yet, writes Chris Jones, the idea poses potentially serious problems, both practical and ethical. – Yahoo! (Chicago Tribune)
Tags: Art, Chicago, Issues, Audience, Chris Jones, 03.02.21

Patter of tiny feet: dancers on leaping into motherhood

Juggling babies and a job is always difficult – what are the particular pressures for performers and how is the industry taking steps to improve?Followers of Royal Ballet principal Lauren Cuthbertson cheer ardently for her Juliet, Manon and Sugar Plum Fairy, but are in raptures about her latest role, as mum to baby Peggy, born in December and already the toast of Instagram. Cuthbertson is one of a flurry of dancers at the Royal who are about to give or have recently given birth, in a serendipito...
Tags: Family, Theatre, Life and style, Work & careers, Dance, Culture, Work-life balance, Royal Ballet, Stage, Ballet, Parents and parenting, Peggy, Hofesh Shechter, Lauren Cuthbertson, Kate Prince, Juliet Manon

Six Dr. Seuss Books Withdrawn For ‘Hurtful And Wrong’ Portrayals

“Six Dr. Seuss books — including And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street and If I Ran the Zoo — will stop being published because of racist and insensitive imagery, the business that preserves and protects the author’s legacy said Tuesday.” – AP
Tags: Art, Words, Seuss, 03.02.21

Mausoleum Of Emperor Augustus, Long Neglected, Now Restored and Reopening

“Still imposing after 2,000 years, a vast funerary monument that was once the resting place of Rome’s emperors is to reopen to visitors on Tuesday after a [five-year,] €12 million restoration. … It is a place that, despite being right in the heart of the capital and just a stone’s throw from busy shopping streets, restaurants and hotels, has rarely been open to Romans during the last 80 years.” – Yahoo! (The Telegraph, UK)
Tags: Art, Rome, Visual, 03.01.21

Director of Communications, Dallas Opera

One of the leading opera companies in the country, The Dallas Opera has an extraordinary legacy of world-class productions and thrilling premieres featuring the greatest operatic artists of our time. Inaugurated in 1957 with a concert featuring the incomparable Maria Callas, The Dallas Opera is known for the notable U.S. debuts of a host of legendary artists including Dame Joan Sutherland, Plácido Domingo, Jon Vickers, Franco Zeffirelli, and Sir David McVicar. The company has long been an indust...
Tags: Art, Texas, Jobs, Microsoft, US, Dallas, Communications, Winspear Opera House, North Texas, Maria Callas, Dallas Opera, Dallas Arts District, David McVicar, Director of Communications, TDO, Development Team

Remembering Lawrence Ferlinghetti

One contradiction stands above the rest. The man who cofounded City Lights bookstore and press and wrote the million-selling poetry collection Coney Island of the Mind, a seminal text in the Beat canon alongside classics like Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, did not consider himself a Beat. – Rolling Stone
Tags: Art, People, Road, Jack Kerouac, Coney Island, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 03.02.21

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