Paul Theroux At (Almost) 80

“I was once a hot shot, I was once the punk,” Theroux said. “And anyone who has once been a punk, eventually you’re older, and you see the turning of the years as it is. We all feel it, every writer. They might deny it. But they do, they all feel it.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Paul Theroux, Theroux, 03.28.21

“Medium” Was A Hot New Publishing Experiment. Now It’s A Mess And Laying Off Staff

“Medium in all its complexity: a publishing platform used by the most powerful people in the world; an experiment in mixing highbrow and lowbrow in hopes a sustainable business would emerge; and a devotion to algorithmic recommendations over editorial curation that routinely caused the company confusion and embarrassment.” – The Verge
Tags: Art, Words, 03.24.21

2022 BMW Alpina B8 Gran Coupe a Late Spring Arrival

Alpina is to BMW enthusiasts much like AMG is to Mercedes devotees, both eliciting great excitement and emotion. The former has announced the arrival of the 2022 BMW Alpina B8 Gran Coupe in late spring. Recognized as an independent auto manufacturer by the German Ministry of Transport, Alpina Automobiles has had a longstanding technical partnership […] The post 2022 BMW Alpina B8 Gran Coupe a Late Spring Arrival appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Technology, Germany, 2022, Autos, Bmw, Engines, Mercedes, Amg, Alpina, Enthusiasm, News Blog, Super Sedan, Alpina B8 Gran Coupe, Ministry of Transport Alpina Automobiles

Venus Square Neptune: Getting Good Results Via Hard Aspects In Your Chart

Let’s say you’ve got a problem and let’s say you’ve got the hang of astrology or perhaps you consult an astrologer and they isolate some problem or pathology to a specific aspect in your chart. Now what? The energy is … Read More...
Tags: Art, Astrology, Real Life, Venus Neptune, Relating, Venus Square Neptune

Karen Kain On Turning 70 And Steering The National Ballet Of Canada Through COVID

“Planning and executing a virtual season in the midst of a pandemic presents many challenges, not least how to stream or record original programming at a technically polished standard without going beyond the confines of the studio. That problem has now been solved with the retrofitting of the largest studio, called Prima, as, in effect, a well-equipped television studio.” – Toronto Star
Tags: Art, Dance, Prima, Karen Kain, 03.28.21, National Ballet Of Canada Through COVID

What Will Happen To NYC’s Thriving Burlesque Scene?

Many burlesque entertainers pull together a living in New York through a variety of performance gigs, while others use it as a release from more conventional day jobs. The city had been a hub for burlesque for more than a decade; before the pandemic, you could find a show on almost any given night in both Manhattan and Brooklyn. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York, Theatre, Brooklyn, Manhattan, 03.25.21

Have We Been Traumatized By The Proliferation Of Therapy-Speak?

“Around every corner, trauma, like the unwanted prize at the bottom of a cereal box. The trauma of puberty, of difference, of academia, of women’s clothing. When I asked Twitter whether the word’s mainstreaming was productive, I was struck by two replies. First, overapplying the term might dilute its meaning, robbing “people who have experienced legitimate trauma of language that is already oftentimes too thin.” And, second, invoking “trauma” where “harm” might suffice could play into the hands...
Tags: Art, Ideas, 03.26.21

How The Oakland Symphony Built Its Record Of Social Justice

Michael Morgan believes the power of the symphony orchestra lies in its ability to be harnessed for a diversity of musical styles and genres. As such, he views the orchestra as a way to bring people together in community, especially groups that have historically been excluded from these kinds of arts and culture spaces.  “Our primary question is ‘who’s not here?’ And we look around the room, and see who is not there.” – Oaklandside
Tags: Art, Music, Michael Morgan, 03.25.21

What Powered The Enlightenment

There was no single Enlightenment message: instead it was a cacophony of voices, speaking and writing in all the languages of Europe. There were great figures, many of whom are still familiar today, whose names were honoured in salons from Portugal to Austria and France to Sweden. Diderot, Voltaire and Kant were household names, but Ritchie Robertson argues for a varied, inclusive and rather unhierarchical image of the Enlightenment: one in which French bishops, English jurists and German poets...
Tags: Art, Europe, Sweden, France, Austria, Ideas, Portugal, Kant, Ritchie Robertson, 04.04.21, Diderot Voltaire

How to use PowerPoint Designer to create professionally designed slideshow presentations

PowerPoint Designer suggests design ideas to improve your presentations. Tom Werner/Getty Images You can use PowerPoint Designer to create presentations that look professionally designed. PowerPoint Designer uses artificial intelligence to suggest layouts, images, and designs to improve your deck. You need to have a Microsoft 365 subscription to use PowerPoint Designer in the desktop app. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. PowerPoint Designer, also called PowerPo...
Tags: Design, Microsoft, Trends, Microsoft Office, Powerpoint, Presentations, Microsoft Powerpoint, IMG SRC, Dave Johnson, Slideshows, Microsoft 365, Tech Insider, Tom Werner Getty, Edit Series, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference

The Louvre’s Entire Collection Goes Online: View and Download 480,00 Works of Art

If you go to Paris, many will advise you, you must go to the Louvre; but then, if you go to Paris, as nearly as many will advise you, you must not go to the Louvre. Both recommendations, of course, had a great deal more relevance before the global coronavirus pandemic — at this point in which art- and travel-lovers would gladly endure the infamously tiring crowdedness and size of France’s most famous museum. But now they, and everyone else around the world, can view the Louve’s artworks online,...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, College, France, Germany, Museums, Paris, Pablo Picasso, Seoul, British Museum, Facebook Twitter, Heraklion, Milo, Titian, Paris Museums

Supernatural stairway found on Zillow sends social media aflutter

Known as "witches stairs," a type of staircase sometimes seen in old New England homes, has been making the rounds on social media.
Tags: Facebook, Design, Technology, Lifestyle, Radio, Zillow, New England, Reuters, News Brief, Fine Homebuilding, Samir Mezrahi, Zillow Gone Wild, Laurie McDonel Sipe, Scott Schuttner

Fans File BBB Complaints Over Confusion in Multiple “Immersive” Van Gogh Shows

Nearly 200 complaints have been filed on the BBB site against Fever, the ticketing company for the event, with at least two dozen about this specific exhibit. Customers have cited their frustration over mistaking Fever’s version for a similar exhibit from a different company, called “Immersive Van Gogh” and wanting a refund, but not being able to get one due to company policy. The BBB also mentioned in its warning about this show that there are additional Van Gogh-themed events touring in the U...
Tags: Art, United States, Van Gogh, Visual, BBB, 03.27.21

A New “Golden Era” For The Arts When Things Reopen?

Antonio Pappano, music director at the Royal Opera House, said he expects “an explosion of desire” from audiences when they return to theatres, concert halls, museums and galleries. – The Evening Standard (UK)
Tags: Art, Royal Opera House, Issues, Antonio Pappano, 03.26.21

The Queen Of England’s Houses Cannot Be Searched For Looted Cultural Artifacts

Wait, are palaces like Sandringham likely to host stolen cultural artifacts? We’ll never know – at least not from the police, who are barred by a 2017 law from searching the royal residences. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, England, Sandringham, Visual, 03.25.21

Merry Clayton’s Unstoppable Voice

Mere months after her star turn in 20 Feet from Stardom, the singer was in a car accident so terrible that she spent five months in the hospital and years undergoing rehab. “Clayton said her family sat by her bedside crying profusely while a team of doctors came into the room. ‘I wondered, ‘What the heck is going on?’’ she said. The doctor delivered the news about her legs. ‘They thought I was just going to fall out at that point. But I just asked them, ‘Did anything happen to my voice?’ When t...
Tags: Art, Music, Clayton, 03.28.21

HarperCollins Buys The Trade Division Of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Narrowing Publishing’s Ownership Again

And, in this case, narrowing it to give more power to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. “The acquisition will help HarperCollins expand its catalog of backlist titles at a moment of growing consolidation in the book business. Houghton Mifflin publishes perennial sellers by well-known authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien, George Orwell, Philip Roth and Lois Lowry, as well as children’s classics and best-selling cookbooks and lifestyle guides.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words, Harpercollins, Rupert Murdoch, News Corp, Lois Lowry, Houghton Mifflin, 03.29.21, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Narrowing Publishing, Tolkien George Orwell Philip Roth

The Booze-Fueled Battle For Oscars Buzz

The streamers battled it out with crates of artisanal food, top-drawer scotch, and other gifts to draw voters’ attention to their movies. When Nomadland “premiered” (or rather re-premiered) on Hulu, for instance, “Fox Searchlight announced a virtual global premiere. … Invitees to the event were sent the aforementioned crate—stuffed with gourmet cheese, ‘humanly raised’ salami, and trail mix—to enjoy while watching the film.” – Fast Company
Tags: Art, Media, Fox Searchlight, Hulu, Nomadland, 03.27.21

Will Lawmakers Finally Reconsider Conservatorship Laws In The Wake Of The Free Britney Movement And Documentary?

It’s not just the documentary, of course, but … “Public scrutiny of the court-ordered guardianship has exploded with the #FreeBritney movement backed by fans turned activists and the recent New York Times documentary Framing Britney Spears.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, New York Times, Issues, 03.26.21

Scholastic Stops Distribution Of A Graphic Novel By The ‘Captain Underpants’ Author

That’s because, well, look at the image of the cover. Author Dav Pilkey said of The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung Fu Cavemen From The Future, “It was brought to my attention that this book also contains harmful racial stereotypes and passively racist imagery. … I wanted to take this opportunity to publicly apologize for this. It was and is wrong and harmful to my Asian readers, friends, and family, and to all Asian people.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words, Dav Pilkey, 03.28.21

Idea: Put London’s Bandstands To Good, Musical Use

Small-scale, outdoor productions could take place in nearly every park that has a bandstand. They just need some attention, and the concerts need some intention. “They are structures unlike any others: halfway between the outside world we crave and the domestic interior to which we have been urged to retreat. They are often beautiful – flashing their finials – and often neglected, with mossy roofs and scuzzy floors.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Music, London, 03.28.21

The Choreographer Behind Those Dancing Robots

Monica Thomas: “I spent time watching the robots move to get a sense of joint flexibility, etc. I then made a dance on my body to act out each part. I hired dancers to learn this choreography, which allowed it to be put together in one sequence for filming. I gave a video of the whole dance to Boston Dynamics, as well as each robot’s part.” And that was just the beginning. – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Boston Dynamics, Monica Thomas, 03.26.21

An Online Museum Brings Home The Sights And Sounds Of War Letters

The Museum of American War Letters is offering not just glimpses of the letters, but audio of tapes and other communications sent back home by soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. Right now, it’s mostly focused on Vietnam, but it plans to expand, and it’s open to anyone who wants to visit, virtually. “The institution has no street address — it’s a virtual, interactive museum that was designed to give visitors the sense of traveling through a physical building with a floor, ceiling and walls.”...
Tags: Art, Vietnam, Visual, 03.28.21, Museum of American War Letters

Alberta Badly Wants TV And Film Productions To Film In The Province

The province used to have a cap “that limited film and television productions to a maximum $10-million tax credit claim.” That cap is now gone. – CBC
Tags: Art, Media, 03.26.21, Alberta Badly Wants TV

Charlotte Rampling Is 75 And Still, As She Says, Pinging

The actor started performing when she was 14, feeling like most 14-year-olds – awkward and unlovable … until she got onstage. “I felt so great on stage. We wore fishnet tights, macs and berets, and sang a series of sweet French songs. I knew I was good, because I was absolutely in tune with myself at that moment.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, People, Charlotte Rampling, 03.27.21

When Real Tragedy Strikes, What Can Criticism Do?

A critic wonders, in the wake of two mass shootings after a year of mass death and destruction. “Every day I’m thankful for the work I get to do. I am paid to watch, to think, to write. But this week, like so many others recently, it has felt pointless, even silly, to analyze fictional stories when real people are dying.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Ideas, 03.28.21

Tunisian Police Target A Feminist, Queer Artist

Rania Andouni was targeted for her gender expression – and when she went to the police station to file a complaint, the police not only harassed her further, but charged her. A Tunisian “sentenced Amdouni to six months in prison on the charge of ‘insulting a public officer during the performance of his duty,’ which is punishable by up to one year in prison.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Visual, 03.28.21, Rania Andouni

Who’s In Charge Of Reviving London’s Neglected Caribbean Cultural Hub?

“The West Indian Cultural Centre (WICC) in Wood Green was constructed in the 1980s, becoming a vibrant hub for cultural events and debates on subjects such as the struggle for racial equality. It drew huge numbers of visitors who came to hear speakers including the Nobel prize-winning poet Derek Walcott, the American civil rights activist Al Sharpton and the MP Bernie Grant. Decades on, though, people have stopped coming.” But who should repair and replace it? It’s a private developer – whose p...
Tags: Art, London, Al Sharpton, Issues, Derek Walcott, 03.28.21, Bernie Grant

Disabled Performing Artists Are Imagining New Worlds On – And Off – Stage

What has to change: “Disabled people may be artists, musicians, singers, or actors, [but] our experiences and stories rarely find their way to the stage. When we do appear in scripts or on stages, almost invariably those stories focus on the non-disabled people around us and cast us as villains, punchlines, or charity projects for the protagonists. Ableism runs deep in theatre and other performing arts communities. It shows up not only in the stories we tell but also in the ways in which we tel...
Tags: Art, Theatre, 03.26.21

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