Australia’s Big Festivals Try To Play During COVID – With Mixed Success

Adelaide’s festivals were luckier than most. On the final Friday of last year’s season it was announced gatherings of more than 500 would be banned the following Monday. The air that weekend was eerie. The crowds were small and uncertain. Being out was a risk – but no one knew how big or small. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Australia, Adelaide, Issues, 03.03.21

A Tour Of Plays In Storefront Windows

Presented as a “walking tour with theatrical displays,” and running Feb. 19-21, the performance was not a traditional narrative play, but rather a collection of six short individual vignettes performed within the storefronts of six separate businesses in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Theatre, Chicago, Andersonville, 03.03.21

Changing Roles For Museums Mean Confusion In How They’re Supported

What does it mean for museums to be responsive to their communities? Is it museums’ mission to provide an educational experience or meet changing demands for entertainment? How can museums be all things to all people? In the span of six decades, broadly speaking, museums have shifted from indifference to visitors to dreaming up ways to lure a broader base. And, once again, how do they pay for it all? – ARTnews
Tags: Art, Visual, 03.03.21

Explaining Taylor Swift Musicologically (It’s Cool!)

Alex Ross: “Music appreciation is having a resurgence, although the music being appreciated has changed. Early in the twenty-tens, song-explainer videos began proliferating on the Internet. When podcasts took off, dissections of the innards of pop hits were in demand. Now TikTok has its own pithy army of music theorists. I occasionally checked up on the trend, usually when musicologists became incensed about something on social media.” – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Music, Alex Ross, 03.01.21

How One Jazz Musician Figured Out How To Play Live With Friends Over The Internet

Usually it’s not possible because of slight (or more) lags in sound over the internet. But by tweaking software (and lots of experimenting) Dan Tepfer was able to figure out how to make it work. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Music, Dan Tepfer, 03.03.21

Needed Corrections In Explaining How The Brain Works

“As a neuroscientist, I see scientific myths about the brain repeated regularly in the media and corners of academic research. Three of them, in particular, stand out for correction. After all, each of us has a brain, so it’s critical to understand how that three-pound blob between your ears works.” – Nautilus
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, 03.03.21

Streaming Music Is Big Business — So Why Do Classical Musicians Get So Little Money From It?

The payout to a musician from a Spotify subscriber is about $.003 per stream — and only one-fifteenth of that tiny figure for a stream on YouTube. What’s more, any new release of, say, the Bach Cello Suites “will be in direct competition with 133 other cellists, from Rostropovich to du Pré to Yo-Yo Ma. [It] will also be in competition with every recording in every genre on the planet.” – Bachtrack
Tags: Art, Music, Yo Yo Ma, Rostropovich, 03.04.21

What is cryptoart, how much does it cost and can you hang it on your wall?

When is a meme worth $600,000? When technology has created a ‘unique’ version that can’t be owned by anyone elsePat, I keep hearing references to cryptoart which are all very … cryptic. What is this thing?Hey Lucy! So you might have heard of it in context of the $US600,000 Nyan Cat gif or the more recent Kings of Leon NFT Album, both of which are examples of cryptoart. Cryptoart is a way of making digital art unique, and therefore – according to some people – valuable. Normally, digital art is v...
Tags: Energy, Art, Technology, Internet, Environment, E-commerce, Culture, Art and design, Cryptocurrencies, Kings of Leon NFT

What Exactly Constitutes A Good Female Body For Ballet?

Gia Kourlas: “For [Lauren] Lovette, a member of New York City Ballet since 2010, this pause from performance has brought some clarity. ‘I’m not going to be dancing at 94 pounds anymore,” she said. ‘That’s not going to be me.’ Since the pandemic began nearly a year ago, similar questions have been spinning in my mind: How can body image, a fraught topic for any female dancer, no matter her size, be a source of strength rather than agony? Could this pause in live performance be an opening for the...
Tags: Art, Dance, New York City Ballet, 03.03.21, Lauren -RSB- Lovette

Is It Really Possible To Crowdsource Misinformation On Twitter?

This is not a fact-checking program, exactly, because it will not involve trained fact-checkers. Instead, participants in the Birdwatch pilot can identify tweets they find to be “misleading,” then submit notes explaining their stance—ideally these should link to reliable outside sources, and provide helpful context—as well as a judgment of how much harm the misinformation is likely to cause. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Media, Birdwatch, 03.03.21

What Happens To LA’s Black Culture When The Black Population Shrinks?

For many decades, Los Angeles had been known as a Black migrant “magnet.” Folks came for the promise and the sunshine. The Black population in L.A. has dropped 30% since 1990, according to census data. What happens when your population falls below a certain percentage? What’s the magic number? 10%? Nine? Seven? Slip below this and you fade away into a ghost. When do you — I — any of us become transparent? Lost to vision — of planners and the future. – LAist
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Issues, 03.03.21, LA 's Black Culture When The Black Population

Chris Barber, Trombonist Who Shaped Britain’s Jazz Scene, Dead At 90

“[He] was one of the most accessible and charismatic figures to emerge from the New Orleans-inspired jazz revivalist movement that played such a significant part in shaping British popular music between the late 1940s and mid-’60s.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, People, Britain, New Orleans, Chris Barber, 03.03.21

Luxury condominium boasts "open concept bathroom" with no walls or doors

In college, my friends lived in a dodgy apartment where the bathtub was in the kitchen. But that's nothing compared to this newly-renovated luxury condominium in Boston that features an "open concept" first floor bathroom with no walls and no privacy, except for a thin piece of frosted glass beside the toilet. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Real Estate, Design, News, Boston, Apartments, Interior Design

COVID Could Not Stop The Wooster Group

“They’re our holy fools, who — even when no one is watching — keep the art’s sacred fires burning. Rehearsal isn’t so much a preparation-to-show as it is a kind of religious practice — as endless, deliberative, and open to inspiration as a Shaker meeting.” Helen Shaw reports on what’s kept them busy through the pandemic: their own original translation and staging of Bertolt Brecht’s The Mother. – New York Magazine
Tags: Art, Theatre, Bertolt Brecht, Wooster Group, Helen Shaw, 03.03.21

What Galleries Learned About Selling Art Online This Year

Online Viewing Rooms have certain advantages: collectors like the price transparency many fairs have demanded, and gallerists enjoy saving money on costly flights, hotels, and dinners. On the downside, the novelty of the online fair wears off quickly given the relative lack of excitement that accompanies staring at a screen. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Visual, 03.02.21

How Weird Are This Season’s Tony Awards Going To Be?

Weirder than ever before, no doubt. As the voters fill out their ballots this week and next, none of the shows they’re considering have been onstage for a year, and they can’t vote in a given category unless they’ve seen all the nominees. What’s more, one of the major awards has only one nominee, but it’s still possible for him to lose. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, 03.01.21

Why Do Asian Actors Keep Getting Overlooked For Awards, Even As The Films They’re In Get Honored?

Parasite got six Oscar nominations and four awards, none of them for any of its actors. That case continued a pattern that has held even with Asian-led films in English: Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi, The Last Emperor, and so on right back to Flower Drum Song in 1961. And the pattern may be about to repeat itself with Minari. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Media, 03.03.21

Alt-Weeklies Looked Doomed Even Before The Pandemic. Here’s How Some Of Them Have Hung On

The structural troubles those papers were facing before 2020 were bad enough; then COVID shut down their main sources of ad revenue (performance venues, bars and clubs, restaurants). “[Yet] there are many that, against all odds, have survived. In true alt-weekly edge, it’s a stubborn, punk refusal to let go. Here are four of their stories.” – The Daily Beast
Tags: Art, Words, 03.01.21

Italy Has Too Much Tourism. How To Fix? The Uffizi Has A Plan

Enter the Uffizi Diffusi project. Meaning “scattered Uffizi,” it’s a reimagining of Italy’s “scattered hotel” concept, in which individual “rooms” are located in different houses of a village. In this project, artworks stored in the Uffizi’s deposit will be put on show throughout the surrounding area of Tuscany, turning Italy’s most famous region into one big “scattered” museum. – CNN
Tags: Art, Ideas, Italy, Tuscany, 03.02.21

Reviving Mosul’s Cultural Museum, Six Years After ISIS Destroyed It

It was six years ago last week that extremist forces rampaged through the place, smashing ancient Assyrian sculptures with sledgehammers, burning books, looting anything sellable, and wrecking the building. Here’s a look at how a consortium assembled by the Smithsonian, the Louvre, the World Monuments Fund, and the Iraqi State Board of Antiquities and Heritage is assessing the extent of the damage (yes, still) and making plans to repair it. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Isis, Heritage, Louvre, Visual, Mosul, 03.02.21, Iraqi State Board of Antiquities

Louvre Gets Back 450-Year-Old Armor Stolen 39 Years Ago

“A military antiques expert alerted police after being called in to give advice regarding an inheritance in Bordeaux in January and becoming suspicious about the luxurious helmet and body armour in the family’s collection. … The [pieces] are thought to have been made in Milan between 1560 and 1580. They were donated to the Louvre in 1922 by the Rothschild family.” – Yahoo! (AFP)
Tags: Art, Milan, Bordeaux, Visual, 03.03.21

Things to do in the San Fernando Valley and LA area, March 4-11

Ken Nwadiogbu’s “Syncytium,” part of the Nigerian-born artist’s “UBUNTU, I Am Because We Are” exhibit through March 27 at Thinkspace in Los Angeles. (Photo courtesy of Thinkspace)     Here is a sampling of upcoming arts and cultural events in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles area. EVENTS   Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America’s California Virtual Book Fair: International booksellers sell rare books plus autographs, children’s books, modern first editions, manuscripts, ma...
Tags: Facebook, California, Mexico, La, Israel, Theatre, America, Los Angeles, Spain, Sport, Soccer, United States, Ireland, Glendale, Alaska, Ford

Small-Scale Indoor Performances To Return To New York In April

“[Gov. Cuomo] said that arts, entertainment and events venues can reopen April 2 at 33 percent capacity, with a limit of 100 people indoors or 200 people outdoors, and a requirement that all attendees wear masks and be socially distanced. Those limits would be increased — to 150 people indoors or 500 people outdoors — if all attendees test negative before entering.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York, Issues, Audience, Cuomo, 03.03.21

Read Nabokov’s Long-Lost Superman Poem, Now In Print At Last

“The Man of To-morrow’s Lament” — written as the superhero’s internal monologue as he walks through the city with Lois Lane, ruing that they can never have children together — was submitted to, and rejected by, The New Yorker in the summer of 1942 and then disappeared. – Times Literary Supplement (UK)
Tags: Art, Words, Nabokov, Lois Lane, 03.05.21

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