Muralist revitalizes Danny Trejo’s intense, tough-guy gaze on Pacoima wall

PACOIMA >> It’s Van Nuys Boulevard. There’s the auto insurance business, the trailer-rental lot, the travel agency, the restaurant — and Danny Trejo’s eyes. Juan Hector Ponce and muralist Levi Ponce, celebrate restoring the iconic Danny Trejo mural in Pacoima on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Muralist Levi Ponce works on restoring his iconic Danny Trejo mural in Pacoima on Monday, March 29, 2021. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily N...
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We Invented NFTs To Help Artists. It Hasn’t Worked Out That Way

“The idea behind NFTs was, and is, profound. Technology should be enabling artists to exercise control over their work, to more easily sell it, to more strongly protect against others appropriating it without permission. By devising the technology specifically for artistic use, McCoy and I hoped we might prevent it from becoming yet another method of exploiting creative professionals. But nothing went the way it was supposed to. Our dream of empowering artists hasn’t yet come true, but it has y...
Tags: Art, Ideas, McCoy, 04.01.21

Authenticity As An Ideal? Really?

Is authenticity fading away as a personal ethic or is it something everyone wants to be? In fact, both are true – because the meaning of authenticity is changing. – Psyche
Tags: Art, Ideas, 03.31.21

Music Of The Millennia: Sound And Music In Evolution

Pitch is an abstraction: any given note doesn’t have a real-world referent. The existence of flutes that produce a family of fixed notes, however, suggests a developed tonal system of patterns and scales, a sense of right notes and wrong notes, a cultural and musical identity. This has evolutionary as well as cultural significance. – Literary Review
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AI Pioneer: People Are Mistaking What Ai Is

“People are getting confused about the meaning of AI in discussions of technology trends—that there is some kind of intelligent thought in computers that is responsible for the progress and which is competing with humans,” he says. “We don’t have that, but people are talking as if we do.” – IEEE Spectrum
Tags: Art, Ideas, 03.31.21

Theatres Leave LA Theatre Alliance After Awards Show Mis-identifies Asian Award-Winner

“More than 25 Los Angeles area theater companies, including the Geffen Playhouse, the Pasadena Playhouse and the Deaf West Theatre, have revoked their memberships in the L.A. Stage Alliance after the nonprofit organization misidentified and mispronounced the name of Asian actress Jully Lee at an awards show earlier this week.” – Deadline
Tags: Art, Theatre, Los Angeles, 04.01.21, Theatres Leave LA Theatre Alliance, Geffen Playhouse the Pasadena Playhouse, Stage Alliance, Jully Lee

Reckoning: The Treatment Of Women In Ballet

Ballet is often seen as the glorification of women -but, wherever it stands now, it condoned and encouraged the sexual trafficking of women for most of its history: a factor to which no history of ballet has given enough attention. – Alastair Macaulay
Tags: Art, Dance, 03.31.21

Canadian Theatres Use Lockdown To Upgrade

Venue operators are using their enforced downtime to scrub, buff and do major reconfigurations. In some cases, the work was commissioned and started before COVID-19. Toronto’s iconic Massey Hall, for example, closed in 2018 for a $135-million renovation that was scheduled to be completed as soon as this year, but now there’s not such a hurry. – The Globe and Mail (Canada)
Tags: Art, Toronto, Globe, Issues, Massey Hall, 03.30.21

Museums’ Secret Weapon For COVID Safety: Really Good HVAC

The standards for heating, ventilation and air conditioning at North American and European museums tend to be quite high: minimizing airborne dust and maintaining consistent air temperature, humidity, and circulation are crucial for keeping the items on display in good condition. So the upgrades necessary to keep airborne transmission of the novel coronavirus low have been relatively simple to implement. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Visual, 03.30.21

You’re Teaching Dance To Incarcerated Men. COVID Locks Everything Down. How Do You Keep Teaching Them?

Good old-fashioned letters, it turns out. Choreographer and educator Suchi Branfman has been running her Dancing Through Prison Walls project with inmates of the California Rehabilitation Center at Norco since 2016. She was not going to let the pandemic make her abandon her students, but they didn’t have access to Zoom. So they started writing to each other. Garnet Henderson reports on how they made it work. – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Norco, Garnet Henderson, California Rehabilitation Center, 04.01.21, Suchi Branfman, Dancing Through Prison Walls

A Find In The Middle Of The Kalahari Desert Shows A Remarkably Innovative Culture 105,000 Years Ago

The conclusion from these finds is that people in the African interior weren’t lagging behind coastal cultures at all. Some of the most important innovations in human prehistory happened in multiple areas of the continent at around the same time. – Ars Technica
Tags: Art, Issues, 04.01.21

She Was The First Englishwoman Ever To Earn A Living Writing. She Was Also A Spy.

She traveled to the Low Countries and Suriname on missions for King Charles II, and she took up writing to support herself because he never paid her. She went on to become one of Restoration London’s most popular, and most controversial, playwrights and poets, using her work to argue against slavery and forced marriage and for women’s right to sexual pleasure. Here is the story of Aphra Behn. – Narratively
Tags: Art, London, People, Suriname, Charles II, 03.31.21

140 Filmmakers Blast PBS For Over-dependence On Ken Burns And Lack Of Diversity

“The decades-long interdependence of PBS decision-makers, philanthropists, and corporate funders with one white, male filmmaker highlights the racial and cultural inequities perpetuated by this system. The amount of broadcast hours, financial support (from viewers like who?), and marketing muscle devoted to one man’s lens on America has severed PBS from its very roots,” said Grace Lee. – The Hill
Tags: Art, Media, America, Ken Burns, Pbs, 04.01.21

What A Raga Is, And What It Is Not

“I should say that a raga is not a tune. It’s not a note, not a scale, not a composition — although the raga is sung in the framework of a composition. But you can identify the raga from a particular arrangement of notes that have to do with the way they’re ascending and descending; a particular pattern in the ascent and a particular pattern in the descent identifies the raga.” Amit Chaudhuri — an award-winning novelist and nonfiction author and a trained Indian classical singer — has a go at e...
Tags: Art, Music, Amit Chaudhuri, 04.01.21

Discover the First Modern Kitchen–the Frankfurt Kitchen–Pioneered by the Architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky (1926)

Nearly 100 years after it was introduced, architect Margarete (Grete) Schütte-Lihotzky‘s famous Frankfurt Kitchen continues to exert enormous influence on kitchen design. Schütte-Lihotzky analyzed designs for kitchens in train dining cars and made detailed time-motion studies of housewives’ dinner preparations in her quest to come up with something that would be space saving, efficient, inexpensively pre-fabricated, and easily installed in the new housing springing up in post-WWI Germany. ...
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Don’t Miss: Our selection of events and shows to indulge in over the Easter break

Fancy figuring how a torn-up shoe inspired Sechaba Morojele’s new film? Or sipping cocktails while listening to Tefo Mahola? Whatever your tastes, we’ve got you covered this long weekend The post Don’t Miss: Our selection of events and shows to indulge in over the Easter break appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Art, Music, Film, Events, Shows, Auctions, Jazz, Friday, Easter, Gin, Long Weekend, Nduduzo Makhathini, Nelson Makamo, The Market Theatre, Sisonke Xonti, Don’t Miss

Ian McKellen On Playing Hamlet At Age 81

“I can’t pretend I’m 20. No one’s going to believe it. But I can feel that I’m 20. … One advantage is, when I was starting out as a young actor, I often played old men. Well, I didn’t know what it was like to be old, but being old, I do remember what it’s like to be young.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Theatre, Ian Mckellen, 04.01.21

A Wilting Critique Of Meritocracy

The story of the concept of ‘meritocracy’ has been well rehearsed in recent times, largely because of the way in which inequality and precarity have exposed its weaknesses. But some are still surprised to learn that the idea was conceived in the spirit of social satire, not the spirit of idealism. – Sydney Review of Books
Tags: Art, Ideas, Sydney, 03.22.21

‘Follies’ At 50: Why Sondheim’s Musical May Be The Most Important Flop Ever To Run On Broadway

“It was supposed to be a murder mystery: two couples, four motives, one gun. What it became was a different kind of mystery entirely: a musical that got prominent pans, alienated much of its audience and lost most of its investment — yet survived. Not only is Follies, which opened on Broadway on April 4, 1971, still here 50 years later, trailing a string of revivals, revisals and gala concerts, but it is also now recognized as the high-water mark of the serious ‘concept’ musical.” Jesse Green o...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway, Sondheim, Jesse Green, Follies, 03.31.21

Maybe Public Radio Stations Should Cut Two-Thirds Of Their Weekend Programming

Eric Nuzum: “The average number of unduplicated shows aired over Saturdays and Sundays is 25. Do all those programs help build audience? Station listeners — including even core listeners who love your station and are its heaviest users — usually listen for a total of one or two hours every weekend. By scheduling so many programs, most stations are offering a multiple of 10 times the amount of programming that most listeners will ever hear. If this programming so drastically overshoots that audi...
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, Eric Nuzum, 04.01.21, Maybe Public Radio Stations

Where The Candidates For Mayor Of New York City Stand On Arts And Culture

“New York City is heading into one of its most consequential elections in decades. … For the purposes of this inquiry, we asked eight leading Democratic candidates to spell out their specific proposals for arts and culture in New York City.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, New York City, Issues, 04.01.21

Venice Finally Bans Big Cruise Ships From Lagoon And Historic District

“For years, campaigns to oust cruise ships from the lagoon have been gaining traction, with locals claiming that the ships’ massive structures erode the seabed, effectively turning the lagoon into an offshoot of the Adriatic Sea. And now, finally, the Italian government has agreed with them, passing a decree to ban cruise ships and other large vessels from the lagoon.” For now, the behemoths will be rerouted to the area’s industrial port, Marghera. – CNN
Tags: Art, Venice, Issues, Adriatic Sea, 04.01.21

It Was Inevitable: New NFT Of ‘Salvator Mundi’ Holding Fistful Of Benjamins

“It sounds like an April Fools joke, and it both is and isn’t. Author and art historian Ben Lewis has created a real non-fungible token (NFT) of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi — and, like the original, he’s hoping to auction it for $450 million. Okay, he’s not really expecting to sell it for that much.” Because it makes total sense in this case, Lewis photoshopped into the Savior’s left hand a bunch of $100 bills. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Visual, Lewis, NFT, Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi, Ben Lewis, 04.01.21

How A Gang Of Wall-Climbing, Web-Slinging Rare Book Thieves Was Brought To Justice

In January of 2017, a group of skilled, acrobatic robbers began a series of daring break-ins — climbing walls, breaking through skylights and barriers, lowering themselves dozens of feet with ropes, never setting off alarms — to steal shipments of rare books worth millions from storage facilities around London. Here’s the story of how Scotland Yard, working with detectives in Germany and Italy and a pair of heroic law enforcement officials in Romania, solved the case. – Vanity Fair
Tags: Art, London, Scotland, Germany, Italy, Romania, Words, 03.29.21

Glastonbury among those to share £400m from Covid recovery fund

Culture secretary announces details of second tranche of grants and loans for arts and heritage sectorCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 2,700 arts and heritage organisations, from Glastonbury festival to Bamburgh Castle to the Young Vic, are to share £400m in grants and loans from the UK government’s culture recovery fund.The culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, announced details of the second big tranche of money from a £1.57bn fund, which was unveiled last July...
Tags: Politics, UK, Theatre, Culture, Heritage, Stage, Festivals, Arts policy, Glastonbury, Vic, Bamburgh Castle, Coronavirus, Oliver Dowden

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