Here Are The Winners Of This Year’s National Book Critics Circle Awards

The organization’s annual awards, which it typically gives out in the spring to works published the previous year, are unusual in that book critics, rather than authors or academics, select the winners. The awards are open to any book published in English in the United States. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, United States, Words, 03.26.21

Director James Darrah: You Can’t Design Yourself Out of Something That Doesn’t Work

The new director of Long Beach Opera talks about making more with less. “There are people who are really comfortable with being very elite and exclusive and get wrapped up in the cachet of it all — the red carpets and the evening wear. I don’t think that’s helping sustain the art form. It alienates younger generations who don’t care about that glitzy “opera star” opera. I talk to my friends who aren’t in the opera world. Their point is: “If you produce something compelling and accessible and re...
Tags: Art, Music, Long Beach Opera, James Darrah, 03.26.21

Regal Theatres Owner Cineworld Posts $3 Billion Loss

The U.K.-based company also said it has secured binding commitments for $213 million in additional cash via a bond to boost its financial flexibility “in the event of continued disruption as a result of COVID-19.” The funding and an expected $200 million U.S. CARES Act tax refund “will provide the group with a liquidity runway to year-end in the event that cinemas remain closed,” it said, but it also warned of continued challenges and questions marks caused by the pandemic. – The Hollywood Repo...
Tags: Art, Media, U K based company, 03.25.21

More Fun With NFTs: Virtual House Sells For $500k

Mars House—which is staged on Mars in the promotional video—was designed in May 2020 using what is called “Meditative Design” principles. Jeff Schroeder, guitarist for The Smashing Pumpkins, partnered with Krista Kim to provide a prog-rock-inspired and suitably space-y accompanying soundtrack. – The Architect’s Newspaper
Tags: Art, Mars, Visual, Jeff Schroeder, Krista Kim, Mars House, 03.24.21

Cancel Philip Johnson? MoMA Tries

Opened 27 February and running through to the end of May, a new exhibition, Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America, challenges and seeks to dismiss the legacy of Philip Johnson, the modernist master who did so much to start and cultivate MoMA. Presented in a gallery dedicated to Johnson’s memory, the participants’ introductory manifesto obliterates an inscription in his honor. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, America, Johnson, Visual, Moma, Philip Johnson, 03.21.21, MoMA Tries

Jeep Farout Concept Rolls at Easter Jeep Safari

  Farout, a new Jeep Gladiator concept vehicle for 2021, is an overlander built for four, thanks to the addition of an AT Overland Equipment Habitat truck topper. At 16-feet long and 7.5-feet tall, the pop top fully deployed takes about three minutes to set up. The standard features of the 340-lb. Habitat truck topper […] The post Jeep Farout Concept Rolls at Easter Jeep Safari appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Travel, Design, Marketing, Autos, Engines, Diesel, SUVs, Jeep, Off-road, Rvs, Enthusiasm, News Blog, Easter Jeep Safari, Concept Vehicle, Design Study, Overland Vehicle

Police bust motoryclist with wonderfully-terrible hand-drawn license plate

Ontario, Canada police busted a motorcyclist after noticing the curious license plate above. "Life free or die," when spelled correctly, is the motto of the US state of New Hampshire and appears on license plates issued there. I find it far superior to the plate below that was confiscated in the same area two weeks ago. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Design, News, US, New Hampshire, License Plates, Crimes, Ontario Canada

Tony-Award-Winning Lighting Designer Pat Collins Dies

“She was brilliant, funny, warm, and sometimes quite daunting. I have a memory of Mark Lamos and John Conklin hiding from her at one point during the endless tech for the six-hour Peer Gynt – lest she unleash her wrath upon them.” – Live Design
Tags: Art, People, Pat Collins, Mark Lamos, John Conklin, 03.22.21

How Playwriting Competitions Help The Entire Field Of Theatre

Despite the fact that they can sometimes feel like (as one literary manager put it) “the Hunger Games of playwriting,” prizes do help bring new voices into an industry that can be very much a closed shop. Lyn Gardner talks to people who run competitions, and people who’ve entered them, about the difference prizes make and the issues involved (e.g., whether or not submissions should be anonymous). –
Tags: Art, Theatre, Lyn Gardner, 03.25.21

Restored Ghent Altarpiece Is Finally Back Home — In A $6 Million Bulletproof Display Case

The van Eyck masterpiece is the most stolen individual artwork we know of (one panel is still missing after 87 years), and its Flemish custodians have given it a €5 million, 20-feet-tall, meticulously climate-controlled, bulletproof display case as part of a €30 million installation at St. Bavo’s Cathedral in Ghent. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Visual, Eyck, St Bavo, 03.25.21

We Need To Stop Treating Literature As Self-Improvement Projects

“We experience art as a repository of our humanity, a representation that tries to capture the meaning we seek in our lives. Treating art as a means to an end feels degrading, like reducing the worth of a service worker to the service she performs. The best self-improvement scheme I can think of is to prove ourselves better than that.” – Slate
Tags: Art, Words, 03.26.21

Dream Big, Sure. But It Can Paralyze You

Sure, audacious goals can be energizing. But a fixation on them can lead to big disappointments. Worse, when your eyes are constantly on the horizon, you can miss what is right in front of you. For happiness, we need a better approach to setting goals—one that sets us up for success in life and lets us enjoy the here and now. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Ideas, 03.25.21

Google Podcasts Has An Extremism Problem

“Even in the world of podcasting, Google Podcasts … stands alone among major platforms in its tolerance of hate speech and other extremist content. A recent nonexhaustive search turned up more than two dozen podcasts from white supremacists and pro-Nazi groups, offering a buffet of slurs and conspiracy theories. None of the podcasts appeared on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Stitcher.” – The New York Times
Tags: Apple, Google, Art, Media, Nazi, 03.25.21

Author Larry McMurtry Dead At 84

“Over more than five decades, Mr. McMurtry wrote more than 30 novels and many books of essays, memoir and history. He also wrote [or co-wrote] more than 30 screenplays, including the one for Brokeback Mountain … for which he won an Academy Award in 2006.” But he was best known for three novels which were adapted for the screen: The Last Picture Show, Lonesome Dove, and Terms of Endearment. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Larry McMurtry, McMurtry, 03.26.21

How The Pandemic Has Changed Audio Quality On Public Radio

Producers and engineers have come to rely on specialized apps, and they’ve developed workarounds for the shortcomings of Zoom’s recording functions, among other solutions. – Current
Tags: Art, Media, Public Radio, 03.25.21

LA’s Music Center Is First Arts Center To Get “Healthy Building” Designation

The Music Center in downtown Los Angeles says that it is the first performing arts organization in the country to receive a UL “healthy building” verification, representing high standards for air quality at four venues — Walt Disney Concert Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Mark Taper Forum and Ahmanson Theatre. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, La, Los Angeles, Issues, 03.25.21, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Mark Taper Forum

‘It Was Bloody Cheek Of Me To Even Try’: The Musicologist Who Dared To Complete Unfinished Mozart

Timothy Jones’s completion of several fragmentary violin-piano sonatas by Mozart “is unusual, though, in its choose-your-own-adventure approach. Jones, testing different aspects of Mozartian style, made multiple completions of each fragment, and the [new] album includes some of that variety, giving a heady sense of how open-ended creative production is.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Jones, Mozart, Timothy Jones, 03.26.21

San Francisco Starts Program Providing Guaranteed Basic Income To Artists

“More than 100 San Francisco artists will be guaranteed $1,000 a month for six months under a pilot program set to launch in May, following similar efforts by Stockton, Oakland and Marin County to support struggling residents during the pandemic.” – San Francisco Chronicle
Tags: Art, San Francisco, Issues, Marin County, 03.25.21, Stockton Oakland

Those Unknown Sappho Poems Discovered Back In 2014? There’s A Problem

Don’t worry: so far, there’s no evidence that they’re forgeries. But “the editors of a scholarly volume in which the circumstances of the discovery were detailed have formally retracted the chapter because the manuscript’s ‘provenance is tainted'” — which is to say, the story told to researchers by the current owner of the manuscripts of how he acquired them was evidently a lie. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Words, Don, 03.25.21

A NYC gallery just became the first to display crypto art physically - see how it works

Alex Schaefer's Chase Burning that will be displayed at the Superchief Gallery NFT. Alex Schaefer/Superchief Gallery Superchief Gallery opened "world's first physical NFT gallery space" in New York City. From March 25 through May 25, the gallery will feature 300 artists and NFT drops. The art is displayed on high-resolution screens that can then be displayed in a collector's home. See more stories on Insider's business page. Superchief Gallery opened what it calls the "worl...
Tags: Art, News, La, New York City, Trends, Tech, Miami, Christie, NFT, Sotheby, Los Angeles New York, Beeple, Mike Winkelmann, NFTS, Tech Insider, Alex Schaefer

Actor Jessica Walter Dead At 80

“Walter’s six-decade acting career spanned across film and television, from Clint Eastwood’s directorial debut, Play Misty for Me, to the voice of Malory Archer on the animated series Archer, to Emmy-nominated roles on Trapper John, M.D. and Streets of San Francisco. [She] won an Emmy for portraying the title character on the police drama series Amy Prentiss. For younger audiences, Walter was most recognizable for her role as Arrested Development matriarch Lucille Bluth.” – Rolling Stone
Tags: Art, San Francisco, People, Clint Eastwood, Archer, John, Walter, Malory Archer, 03.25.21, Jessica Walter Dead

After Three Decades As Artistic Director, Kevin McKenzie To Retire From ABT

“The company announced on Thursday that McKenzie, 68, will continue to oversee programming and performances through 2022 while a search for a successor begins this summer. … A former principal dancer with the company, McKenzie is a direct link to the founders of Ballet Theater, which was formed in 1939 by Richard Pleasant, and partially financed by a dancer, Lucia Chase.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, McKenzie, Kevin McKenzie, Lucia Chase, 03.25.21, Richard Pleasant

Filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier, 79

“The filmmaker, cineaste and critic who emerged in the wake of the French New Wave with such classics as The Clockmaker of St. Paul, A Sunday in the Country and ‘Round Midnight, … [the] five-time César Award winner (two prizes for directing, three for screenwriting) … was accomplished in a wide variety of genres and epochs, from gritty crime movies to ambitious war flicks to intimate historical dramas and music films.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, People, St Paul, Bertrand Tavernier, 03.25.21

Germany Tries To Figure Out How To Go About Returning Benin Bronzes

“On the heels of a German state visit to Benin City, … the culture ministry and museums are now playing catch-up. … Culture minister Monika Grütters has called a meeting with relevant state culture ministers and museum directors in April to try to find a national strategy to address the handling of objects and art that were looted from the Benin Royal Palace in 1897.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Germany, Visual, Benin City, Monika Grütters, 03.25.21, Benin Royal Palace

2022 Mini Countryman Boardwalk Edition – Past Park Place?

  Mini USA today proclaimed the pricing and availability of the 2022 Countryman Boardwalk Edition, a variant for those who don’t mind drawing attention to themselves with its unique, eye-catching coloration. The exterior color is what is described as a deep Laguna metallic exterior color, with a contrasting black finish on the roof and mirror […] The post 2022 Mini Countryman Boardwalk Edition – Past Park Place? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Design, Autos, Sales And Marketing, Laguna, MINI USA, Enthusiasm, News Blog, Rare Rides, Car Collector's Corner

Meet the Forgotten Female Artist Behind the World’s Most Popular Tarot Deck (1909)

As an exercise draw a composition of fear or sadness, or great sorrow, quite simply, do not bother about details now, but in a few lines tell your story. Then show it to any one of your friends, or family, or fellow students, and ask them if they can tell you what it is you meant to portray. You will soon get to know how to make it tell its tale. – Pamela Colman-Smith, “Should the Art Student Think?” July, 1908 A year after Arts and Crafts movement magazine The Craftsman published illustrator P...
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