Why The Duke Isn’t Coming Back

Listen up, Bridgerton fans, blame streaming (and the focus switch of each Bridgerton book, from which the series draws). At Netflix and other streamers, “the goal is to draw paying subscribers and there’s little incentive to extend even the most popular shows for more than a few years. In that case, Soltman said, it wouldn’t be surprising to have a one-year contract for a limited series or a show with a plan to focus on different characters in each go-round.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, Los Angeles, Netflix, Bridgerton, 04.02.21, Soltman

The Subway Can Be Hilarious

Just ask these stand-up comedians, who have been doing sets on trains for months. There are tickets, but then there are also random subway riders. And is it official? Hm. “The show had the chaotic air of something that could get shut down at any moment by a strict police officer who was not in the mood for a joke. A few people sipped beers, but everyone wore face coverings, making reactions to jokes harder to decipher. Still, the comics said they could tell from crinkled eyes and body language....
Tags: Art, Theatre, 04.02.21


It might not be fine art but the display on the Champs Elysees by the Belgian artist Phillippe Geluck was fun to see. I was a bit familar with his cartoons featuring a cat. It took two years and 65 people to get these bronze statues , each weighing 2 1/2 tons, created. The statues will travel around Europe and end up in Brussels for the opening of the Chat Museum. They are already sold to wealthy art lovers for 300,000 Euros each. This is how the cat is usually seen in cartoon form. ...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Art, Europe, Paris, Brussels, Champs Elysees, Arch de Triomphe, Open Air Art Exhibit, Phillippe Geluck

Broadway Reopens For 36 Minutes

The pop-up event, where Nathan Lane and Savion Glover performed (one at a time) “before a masked audience of 150 scattered across an auditorium with 1,700 seats, was the first such experiment since the coronavirus pandemic caused all 41 Broadway houses to close on March 12, 2020, and industry leaders are hoping it will be a promising step on what is sure to be a slow and bumpy road to eventual reopening.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway, Savion Glover, Nathan Lane, 04.03.21

Riz Ahmed Explains How His Character In ‘Sound Of Metal’ Paralleled Life During The Pandemic

His character is a heavy-metal drummer who becomes deaf – very quickly. “You’ve got a character who is very focused on his daily grind. … Just like we are as a culture and a society, on the treadmill – a workaholic culture. Then we have a health crisis that suddenly throws him into a kind of purgatory, and in that lockdown limbo he’s forced to reassess what really matters to him. That’s a journey that so many of us have been on right now.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Ideas, Riz Ahmed, 04.01.21

The 20th Century Irish Playwright And The Secrets Of Her Green Suitcase

Teresa Deevy wrote plays about young women coming to terms with – and pushing back on – the restrictions of life in Catholic Ireland. After Meuniere’s disease caused her to become deaf, “She moved to London to study lip reading and while there became deeply immersed in theatre, deciding to become a playwright so that she ‘would put the sort of life we have in Ireland into a play.'” And when a particularly patronizing, and patriarchal, artistic director cut off her access to Irish National Theat...
Tags: Art, London, Ireland, Words, Catholic Ireland, Teresa Deevy, 04.03.21, Irish National Theatre

Ashleigh Gordon Shares the Castle of our Skins

The co-founder, Artistic/Executive Director and violist of Castle of our Skins, a collective of artists of all kinds dedicated to advancing Black artistry through music, shares the philosophy behind her leadership work furthering the contributions of Black artists. –
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 04.03.21, Ashleigh Gordon Shares the Castle

The Young Creators Of A TikTok Viral Dance Speak Out

Mya Johnson is 15 and Chris Cotter is 13 – and they’re Black. A white TikTok influencer took their dance, and other viral dances from the site, to Jimmy Fallon … without any credit for the choreographers. A comparison of the influencer’s “challenge” and the kids’ dance moves went just as viral. Cotter, at 13, is gracious about it all: “I wanted both of us to be getting lifted up and maybe even collabing in the future and just getting together and going up to the top together.” – Slate
Tags: Art, Jimmy Fallon, Dance, Cotter, Chris Cotter, 04.03.21, Mya Johnson

Buildings That Claim To Be ‘Fossil Fuel Free’ Are Anything But

Glass, concrete and steel are far from carbon neutral, says a leading architect working on climate change. “The production of these materials entails burning a huge amount of fossil fuel. … The climate emergency is not a game and we can’t just spin our way through it. We need to think about where our materials come from, how they’re made and interrogate the whole supply chain – from construction to demolition and reuse.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Visual, 04.03.21

Why Are Digital Ads So Obnoxious While Digital News Sites Keep Failing?

Like the so-called “pivot to video,” a lot of the industry was built on a house of cards that one might, with some justification, call lies. Starting new publications seemed so easy on the internet. “From the start, though, there was a problem. The super-low costs of entry and the lack of geographic limitations that were key to the explosive growth of digital journalism were also key to its undoing. These new publications had no way to recreate the profitability and stability that the old region...
Tags: Art, Media, 04.02.21

Indoor Events Like Movies And Theatre May Return To California This Month

Restrictions both from public health officials and venues will be in place. “Venues can also choose to separate people into sections based on their vaccination status. Those who are fully vaccinated could sit shoulder-to-shoulder, but they still must wear masks.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, California, Ideas, 04.02.21

The Pleasure Of Writing Actual Letters In The Era Of Email And Social Media

“A precise feeling of fondness accompanies the receipt of a letter from someone you care about. There are as many shades of this feeling as friends in the world. Yet I sometimes leave a letter unopened for days, not knowing if I am ready to read it. A friend I still write to confessed the same thing. I wonder what we think those sealed letters contain.” – LitHub
Tags: Art, Words, 04.02.21

Visitors To A South Korea Gallery Defaced A Graffiti Piece

Of course, they didn’t mean to harm it – they believed it was participatory. Extra “Do Not Touch” signs have now been added. – BBC
Tags: Art, South Korea, Audience, Visual, 04.03.21

This Year’s Oscars Might Be The Most Diverse Ever, Thanks To The Pandemic

The diversity is a silver lining of the awards season’s weirdness. “A deeper, post-Covid existential crisis is on the cards. What is the point of awards, after all? Are they about recognising artistic excellence and the importance of culture? Or are they about showbiz glitz and beautiful people? How much impact do they have? And who gets to do the judging, anyway? Covid has given the whole awards game a shake-up, and maybe that’s what it needed.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Media, COVID, 04.03.21

What Of Our Radically Reimagined Cities Will Remain Transformed, Post-Pandemic?

Public space is different now than it was 15 months ago. Streets have been turned to outdoor eateries and pedestrian malls; Paris removed tons of street parking and converted the Rue di Rivoli into a biking haven. Will any of this decentralization of the car – and concurrent centralization of pedestrians and bikers – remain? – Fast Company
Tags: Art, Ideas, Paris, 04.02.21, Rue di Rivoli

Composer Constance Demby Has Died At 81

Demby was a composer of electronica and New Age music. Her 1986 album Novus Magnificat: Through the Stargate sold more than 200,000 copies. “Pulse magazine named it one of the top three New Age albums of the decade and called it ‘a landmark, full-length electronic symphony reminiscent of Baroque sacred music with crystalline effects that take you out of the realm of everyday experience.'”- The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Demby, 04.02.21, Constance Demby

Ovation Awards Snafu In Los Angeles Sparks Exodus Of Theatres From LA Stage Alliance

The list of things that went wrong at the Ovation Awards is too long to list – though the venerable East West Players did on social media – but the result of mispronouncing an Asian American actor’s name, posting the picture of a different Asian American actor to identify the first actor, and much, much more, is clear. “The next day, East West revoked its membership in the Ovation Awards presenter, LA Stage Alliance, and urged other local companies to do the same. More than two dozen did, inclu...
Tags: Art, Theatre, East West, East West Players, LA Stage Alliance, 04.02.21, Ovation Awards

Nike Wins A Restraining Order Against Artist Collective Selling Satan Shoes

Hello, freedom of artistic expression? Nope. Trademark protection – for both Satan and, perhaps, Jesus shoes: “MSCHF asserts that just like an earlier limited-edition of Jesus Shoes, these will be displayed in artistic collections, perhaps in museums. (In court papers, Nike has left open the possibility of amending its complaint to include a claim over Jesus Shoes, too.)” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Nike, Jesus, Visual, 04.01.21

Myanmar’s Latest Internet Shutdown Will Damage Everyone In The Country, Not Just Pro-Democracy Activists

The internet is as much part of our utilities as water and electricity. The shutdown in this globally linked economy is destructive, and only part of that is planned: “In addition to stifling speech, communication, and digital rights, the indiscriminate internet blackouts are destroying Myanmar’s economy, halting pandemic-related remote schooling, and disrupting health care.” – Wired
Tags: Art, Myanmar, Issues, 04.02.21

Regular British People Got A Slight Lockdown Escape Through Writing Music

One 53-year-old paramedic said, “I’d never written a song before. … But I came home from work and said: ‘I need to write this down.’ I sat down, wrote some lyrics and put together a melody on my guitar. Putting it down on paper… I definitely found that helped.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Music, 04.02.21

Just When We’re Tired Of The Whole Panini, Theatre On Camera Is Improving

Sort of. “Still, how these works fare on practical levels — such as WiFi reliability and technical mastery of a visual medium — reveals the Internet as bumpy terrain for a field that breathes more naturally in shared public air.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Theatre, 04.02.21

She Never Planned To Be An Actor, And Now She Has An Oscar Nomination

Yuh-Jung Youn didn’t have acting on her life plan. “The self-taught thespian never envisioned a life in the performing arts. Her international breakthrough seems to her, like everything else along the way, fortuitous. ‘It’s embarrassing,’ she said. ‘Most people fell in love with the movies or fell in love with theater. But in my case it was just an accident.'” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Yuh Jung Youn, 04.02.21

Sold for just £2,500, is this lost Gainsborough actually worth £1m?

Previously unknown portrait depicting a little-known composer surfaced in France last yearA completely unknown portrait by Thomas Gainsborough has been discovered, to the excitement of scholars of art and music as it is thought to depict an unjustly forgotten musician who was well known in 18th-century Britain.A painting of a man holding a scroll of manuscript music was described only as “British School” when it surfaced in France in December, selling in a Paris auction for around £2,500. Contin...
Tags: Art, France, Painting, UK News, Culture, Britain, Paris, Thomas Gainsborough, Gainsborough

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