People Love Their Physical Music

Or at least, a Hollywood record store shuttered for many months by the pandemic: “‘We’ve been waiting for a year,’ said Silver Lake resident Kerri Barta, who was near the entrance on the cusp of access. Until COVID-19, a visit to Amoeba was part of the weekly ritual for her and companion Jason Yates. ‘It’s been a big hole in our life.'” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Music, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Silver Lake, Jason Yates, 04.01.21, Kerri Barta

The Archaeologists Of New York

Urban archaeologists can unearth 300-year-old trash, and turn it into narrative (and historical) treasure. “The biggest thing for me is saving something that would not have been saved if I didn’t take action,” one says. – Aeon
Tags: Art, New York, Visual, 04.05.21

Is Hollywood Trapping Women Directors In The Franchise Machine?

Or are Chloé Zhao, Emerald Fennell, and others just getting their due like their young male counterparts? Hm. “Marvel, DC and co have awoken to the viability of female-led stories, which has meant a demand for women to direct them. Patty “Wonder Woman” Jenkins was an early example, but there are others. Cate Shortland, purveyor of thoughtful, female-centred stories such as Somersault and Berlin Syndrome, has directed Marvel’s Black Widow. Cathy Yan went straight from her promising Chinese-langu...
Tags: Art, Media, Berlin, Marvel, Patty, Jenkins, Cate Shortland, Cathy Yan, Nia DaCosta, Chloe Zhao Emerald Fennell, 04.05.21

How Our Concept Of Work Has (Is) Evolved

“Work, and the way it fits into one’s life, can be and often has been, less rigid and routinized than is common today. In modernized societies, work is organized around the clock, and most jobs are shoehorned into the same eight-hour schedule. In the past, and in some cultures still today, other factors–the seasons, the weather, tradition, the availability of light, the availability of labor–determine which tasks are done when.” – 3 Quarks Daily
Tags: Art, Ideas, 04.05.21

Master of Arts in Arts Administration – Goucher College

Designed for the working professional, the M.A. in Arts Administration from Goucher College allows you to live and work anywhere while you study with national arts leaders. Established over 20 years ago, the format combines distance-learning with a short on-campus residency. The goal of the M.A.A.A. program is to ensure the future success of arts administrators in a global and ever-changing field. Faculty who are themselves working arts administrators help prepare students in practical and a...
Tags: Art, Education, MAAA, Goucher College, Lexi Rudolph, Ramona Baker

Is Network TV Done For?

According to Nielsen, through Feb. 28, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and the CW, on average, showed a loss of 23 per cent from the comparable period a year ago. Slippage among Americans 18 to 49 was down by the same margin. – Toronto Star
Tags: Art, Media, Nielsen, Cw, Audience, ABC CBS NBC Fox, 04.04.21

Does The Identity Of A Translator Matter?

Lawrence Venuti’s watershed book, The Translator’s Invisibility (1995), argued that the practice of ignoring the identity of the translator, to the point of being in denial that a work was even a translation at all, was part of an unhelpful hierarchical mindset that erroneously attributed absolute value to the original, ignoring the fact that each new translation was itself a new work of art. – New York Review of Books
Tags: Art, Words, Lawrence Venuti, 03.31.21

A Hollywood Plan To Make More Movies About Older People

A study released in 2017 by the Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism looked at 1,256 films released between 2014 and 2017 and found that characters 60 and over were under- and misrepresented. While that demographic represented 18.5% of the U.S. population, it was reflected in only 11.8% of the films, the study found. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Audience, Media Diversity and Social Change Initiative, 04.05.21, USC Annenberg School for Communication Journalism

Ken Burns Does Hemingway

Let’s talk about the Burns Method: the frowning pan across the blotchy manuscript page, the dreamy plunge into the old photograph, the smatters of ambient sound, the talking head who is not so much a talking head as a deeply invested witness. How do you dramatize the interior life? How do you dramatize writing? If you’re Ken Burns, by talking to writers, by watching their faces and bodies register the Hemingway-shocks. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Media, Ken Burns, 04.01.21, Ken Burns Does Hemingway

Savage Beauty

 A generation of important Chinese composers, paradoxical beneficiaries of enforced rural relocation, wound up studying in the West. For many, Bela Bartok became a lodestar for his way of retaining the spontaneity and savage beauty of folk elements. And so they discovered a middle ground between Chinese and Western instrumental performance. – Joseph Horowitz
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Béla Bartok, 04.04.21

46-Year-Old LA Stage Alliance Disbands After Awards Mistake

Last week, more than 25 Los Angeles area theater companies, including the Geffen Playhouse, the Pasadena Playhouse and the Deaf West Theatre, revoked their memberships in the 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, Alliance, Geffen Playhouse the Pasadena Playhouse, Jully Lee, 04.05.21

How The Values Of Theatre Move Forward

“The American theatre is a very slow-moving ship, especially when I think about how quickly culture moves, and particularly now that we are in what’s called the digital age. It’s not just in the way we consume work, but also what the work is. And I think that’s a major, major issue. It’s part of the reason why we have systems and canons that are built on ideals that are hundreds of thousands of years old, whether we’re talking about ballet or opera. We’re ultimately upholding that ideal but hav...
Tags: Art, Theatre, 03.30.21

For Some Artists, Quarantine Has Been A Gift

The open secret among anyone who enjoys the pleasure of their own company, however, is that the public health strategy of sheltering-in-place to combat COVID-19 was never a burden. It was a breath of fresh air. – ArtsATL
Tags: Art, Issues, 04.01.21

Zaha Hadid’s Influence Has Only Grown Since She Died

Her presence continues to be felt across the contemporary design and architecture worlds. With around 1.2 million Instagram followers, Zaha Hadid Architects is now the most followed architectural practice in the world. Her sinuous lines and captivating shapes have been referenced by set designers on trendsetting movies including Black Panther. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Zaha Hadid, Visual, 04.01.21

Why Withdrawing Dr. Seuss Books Is Just A Distraction

“Given these serious—and growing—problems, it’s not whataboutism to wonder why these old books get so much attention. Is it because attacking old books is easier than making the social and economic changes that would improve the actual lives of real children and their parents?” – The Nation
Tags: Art, Words, 04.01.21

A closer look at the new Nest Hub’s design details

For the Nest Industrial Design team, details matter. Working on the new Nest Hub was no exception. "When we approached the design of the new Nest Hub, we wanted to give the product a lighter, more effortless aesthetic,” says team lead Katie Morgenroth. “We wanted it to feel evolved and refined, not reinvented.” Styling alone shouldn’t be the reason to replace a product, she says. “We want to make sure whether you have one Nest product or many, that they all compliment each other in your space.”B...
Tags: Design, Molly, Jason, Katie, Vicki, Google health, Google Nest, Katie Morgenroth, Nest Hub, Jason Pi, Vicki Chuang

We Can’t Travel Much Now, But Here Are Some Literary Destinations For The Future

To paraphrase Shakespeare, “Work, work your thoughts, and therein see” … anything from Paris to London, Lyme Regis to George Orwell’s final destination. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, London, George Orwell, Paris, Words, 04.03.21, Shakespeare Work

Winfred Rembert, Artist Who Survived A Lynching And Southern Prisons, Has Died At 75

Rembert’s art “told the story of the Jim Crow South. It was exhibited in galleries and museums and helped support his family, though they lived in poverty.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Jim Crow, Rembert, 04.04.21, Winfred Rembert

While We Wait For The Oscars, Ranking The Best Picture Nominees From The Past Five Years

With 43 to choose from, which movie will win? And which one can best be described as “self-conscious Scorsese imitation”? – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, 03.31.21

Slow Art Is More Than Just Taking Time With A Painting Or Sculpture

Slow Art Day, April 10, is about a lot more than getting lost in a Lee Krasner or a Betye Saar. Though that might be a first step: “Studies suggest that the average museumgoer looks at an artwork for less than 30 seconds. And with crowds that seem to push you from one piece to the next, overwhelmingly large exhibitions, and a dismal lack of seating options, museum spaces sometimes seem to encourage this ‘more is more.'” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Visual, Lee Krasner, 04.04.21

The Hospitality Industry, Hard Hit By The Pandemic, Wonders If It Can Change Again

What’s going to happen as more and more people are vaccinated to the industries that supported thousands of aspiring actors, musicians, and others in the arts? “There’s a reckoning in the hospitality industry right now as these workers — and their bosses — contemplate how much of the old normal they’re are willing to return to. The restaurant trade has a reputation for grueling work and long hours, wildly uneven pay for workers, and a sometimes hostile environment, particularly for women, peopl...
Tags: Art, Issues, 04.04.21

Keeping Ancient Music Alive, No Matter What

The Ashti Peace Choir, at the Yazidi refugee camp in northern Iraq, is trying to keep music alive despite the desperate history and circumstances of the women in the choir. The group, founded by a 22-year-old who has lived in the refugee camp since 2014, “has become part of an effort to preserve a vital part of Yazidi culture, in which little is written down, and history and religion are contained within songs.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Music, Iraq, 04.04.21, Ashti Peace Choir

The SAG Awards, As They Happened

Kinda live, except pre-recorded, with a lot on the cutting room floor. In any case: All of the winners! Right here. – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, 04.04.21

Game Of Thrones: The Musical?

OK, we’ll be honest, not a musical. A play. Or two? Seven? Hm. However, why Game of Thrones? “It was an epic, at times beautiful, show and all these attempts to reanimate its corpse can feel like a cheapening of the original experience. But there’s something else: Why not host a stage production from literally any other author or TV creator out there? There are so many!” – Wired
Tags: Art, Theatre, 04.02.21

Hey Literature, Women Can Stutter Too

There’s truly, in the American literary canon, only one – Merry Levov, of Philip Roth’s American Pastoral. What gives? And what do literary writers believe stuttering represents in the first place? – LitHub
Tags: Art, Philip Roth, Words, 04.02.21, Merry Levov

Can The Huntington Change Its History Of Inequity?

Like most Gilded Age institutions, the Huntington has a lot to figure out. “Certainly, getting to a more equitable version of the future is going to take some work — and some unsentimental self-examination. ‘We need to look with a detached historical eye and not do hagiography,’ [director Christina] Nielsen says.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Visual, HUNTINGTON, 04.01.21, Christina -RSB- Nielsen

Arthur Kopit, Playwright Who Shook Up The Theatre, 83

Kopit “thrust Off Broadway into a new era with the absurdist satirical farce Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feelin’ So Sad and earned Tony Award nominations for two wildly different plays, Indians and Wings, and the musical Nine.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Wings, Broadway, Arthur Kopit, 04.03.21, Kopit, Poor Dad Mamma

8 stylish planters that totally zhuzh up your living space indoors

If you had’n’t noticed, houseplants are having a real moment right now. I’m cracking up over friends who are naming their plants and calling themselves “plant parents.”  It’s a serious obsession and considering the year we’ve had, I get the need to fix up your home in small ways. But I have to admit, I’m […]
Tags: Style, Shopping, Home Decor, Interior Design, Home Design, Gifts For Women, Birthday gifts, Gift Ideas For Moms, Art + Decor, Gifts For Teens + Tweens, Gifts For Nanny

Theatrefolk Featured Play – who are we, who we are by Forrest Musselman

Welcome to our Featured Play Spotlight. who are we, who we are by Forrest Musselman is an excellent ensemble piece with a variety of movement and staging opportunities. who are we, who we are addresses anxiety and depression in teens. Clay is having issues because of his mother’s failing health. At the beginning of the play […]
Tags: Drama, Theatre, Production, Acting, Ensemble, School Plays, High School Plays, Theatrefolk plays, Forrest Musselman, Who Are We Who We Are

'Howling anger': How Angels in America and The Normal Heart confronted the Aids crisis

The pandemic inspired many works of art but two furious, turbulent plays written at its onset still tower over the rest. As both return, we explore their enduring powerOn 3 July 1981, a single-column item appeared on page 20 of the New York Times under the headline: “Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals.” In the four decades since, the cultural response to Aids has spanned every art form. It’s a Sin, Russell T Davies’s Channel 4 series, is only the most recent entry on a very long list. But even n...
Tags: Health, Activism, Aids, Theatre, America, Society, Culture, Sexuality, New York Times, Stage, LGBT rights, Broadway, Aids and HIV, Russell T Davies, Kramer, Larry Kramer

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