Baltimore City Council Objects To Proposal That Would Expand Live Music

Pushed by County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr., a Democrat, the New Opportunities for Tourism and Entertainment — or NOTE — Act would enable restaurants, bars and other businesses to hold live musical entertainment by amending zoning rules in areas where live music is currently prohibited. But residents and some council members are skeptical of how the county would enforce its noise ordinance, which stipulates a maximum of 65 decibels during the day and 55 decibels at night. – Baltimore Sun ...
Tags: Art, Music, Baltimore City Council, 04.14.21, Johnny Olszewski

Make It Stop! Top French Publisher Pleads With Writers To Stop Sending Manuscripts

Successive Covid-19 lockdowns in France have given budding writers the time to finally work on that idea for a novel or to polish up an old manuscript languishing in a drawer. As a result, publishers are overwhelmed. Before the pandemic, Gallimard received around 30 manuscripts a day; now they receive around 50. – Yahoo!
Tags: Art, France, Words, Gallimard, 04.13.21

Most People Think In Images. I Think In Sound

One of the distinctive features of my cognition is that not only do I think with sound and music; I also don’t think in images during my waking hours (although I dream vividly and visually at night). This lack of visual imagery is known as aphantasia, partial in my case. – Aeon
Tags: Art, Ideas, 04.13.21

Spotify Turns 15 — It Revolutionized The Music Business

How completely has streaming transformed the music world? The platform rose from 7% of the U.S. market in 2010 to a whopping 83% by the end of 2020 — and recorded-music revenues saw their fifth consecutive year of growth, topping $12.2 billion, per the RIAA. It’s no understatement to say that streaming saved the record- ed-music business, and that global market leader Spotify led the charge toward the stability and growth that the industry is enjoy- ing today. – Variety
Tags: Art, Spotify, Music, Riaa, 04.13.21

On Zoom, Using Ancient Greek Theater To Process Modern Traumas

“Ancient stories, and texts that have stood the test of time, can be portals to honest and dignified grappling with present wounds and longings and callings that we aren’t able to muster in our official places now. It’s an embodiment of the good Greek word catharsis — releasing both insight and emotions that have had no place to go, and creating an energizing relief.” Krista Tippett interviews Bryan Doerries, founder and director of the project Theater of War. (audio) – On Being
Tags: Art, Theatre, Bryan Doerries, Krista Tippett, 04.08.21

Cricut Joy – lowest price ever $139.99 (reg. $179.99) at Cricut + Free Shipping!

  If you’ve been wanting a Cricut, don’t miss this sale! They are selling out! Get the Cricut Joy for the lowest price ever only $139.99 (reg. $179.99) plus Free Shipping with Promo Code APRSHIP Included: Fits in a cubby, packs away easily, sets up instantly Cuts 50+ materials, including iron-on, cardstock, vinyl, paper, and... Read More
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How Beethoven (And The Philadelphia Orchestra) Brought The US And China Together

The idea that the world’s two most powerful countries can simply “decouple” as their strategic competition grows fiercer — a concept promoted by China hawks — doesn’t match reality. In the case of classical music, as Beethoven in Beijing illustrates, the ties that bind our two countries are historically driven and deeply emotional. – Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Music, China, US, Beijing, Beethoven, Philadelphia, 04.13.21

How A Gentle Little Movie By One Of Pakistan’s Favorite Directors Got Banned For Blasphemy That Isn’t There

Novelist Mohammed Hanif (A Case of Exploding Mangoes) writes about the strange case of Sarmad Khoosat’s film Zindagi Tamasha (“Circus of Life”), which has won multiple prizes at international festivals, was cleared by three Pakistani boards of censors, made the country’s official entry for the Best International Film Oscar, glommed onto as a political football by people who hadn’t seen it, protested by enormous mobs who knew nothing about it, uncleared by those same boards of censors, and then ...
Tags: Art, Media, Pakistan, Mohammed Hanif, Sarmad Khoosat, 04.09.21

2022 Nissan NISMO GT-R Special Edition Flaunts Exclusivity

  The 2022 Nissan NISMO GT-R Special Edition was unveiled today in Japan. How much more exclusive can a limited-edition sports car be? It turns out this GT-R is pretty distinctive. It’s not just a badge and some decals that sets it apart.   First, it’s painted a NISMO-exclusive color called Stealth Gray. Rays 20-inch […] The post 2022 Nissan NISMO GT-R Special Edition Flaunts Exclusivity appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Design, Technology, Media, Marketing, Global, Autos, Japanese, Sales And Marketing, Nissan, Special Edition, Branding, Flagship, Sports Car, Nismo, Enthusiasm

Revealed: The Masterful Sophistication Of The Aztec Language

New research by a British linguistic anthropologist, Gordon Whittaker, is revealing for the first time that the Aztecs’ hieroglyphic writing system was one of the most sophisticated scripts that humanity has ever produced. – The Independent (UK)
Tags: Art, Words, 03.10.21, Gordon Whittaker

Two Years After The Notre-Dame Fire, What’s The State Of The Cathedral’s Organs?

In something of a miracle, the huge fire that ravaged the Paris landmark on April 15, 2019 did almost no serious damage to the 8,000-pipe Grand Organ; the major problem is that lead dust from the melted roof covered and coated every part of the instrument, and cleaning up a neurotoxin is no easy matter. But of the smaller Choir Organ, at the other end of the church, only the metal pipes could be saved. In a Q&A, Notre-Dame titular organist Olivier Latry talks about the progress of the repairs. ...
Tags: Art, Music, Paris, Olivier Latry, 04.11.21, Choir Organ

South African Arts Collapse During COVID

“Just as an example, when I put a post on Facebook that I was looking for someone to help clean my house, I got at least 50 replies from artists that I’ve seen on stage and people that I’ve worked with. I also know of artists who have been in the profession for many years who have had to sell their houses and live in their cars. We are losing a lot of talented performers.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Facebook, Issues, 04.10.21

Does Esperanto Have Any Hope Of Ever Catching On As A World Language? Not Really, No.

There are two fundamental problems with Esperanto as a genuinely global lingua franca. One is that, while it was intended to be have grammar simple and intuitive enough to be mastered quickly, Esperanto is really only intuitive for speakers of European languages; its grammar is alien to native speakers of, for instance, Chinese, Arabic, Yoruba, or Tamil. The other is that there’s a fundamental disagreement among its enthusiasts and keepers about how Esperanto should develop. – 3 Quarks Daily ...
Tags: Art, Words, 04.12.21

Scientists Map Spider Webs For Their Music

Markus Buehler’s team used laser imaging to create a 3D map of webs made by tropical tent-web spiders (Cyrtophora citricola). They identified each thread’s vibrating frequency through its size and elasticity, then converted those frequencies into ones that can be heard by humans. – New Scientist
Tags: Art, Music, Markus Buehler, 04.12.21

Lovely photocopier art made with a desktop scanner and a lightbulb

Thickey Forrest makes wonderful, blown-out artwork using his desktop scanner, physical objects, and lightbulbs. His creations remind of late nights at Kinko's in the 1980s when the employees (aka our friends) gave us unrestricted access to the cutting-edge desktop publishing technology of the time to make 'zines, band fliers, and do weird Xerox experiments like this. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Video, News, Xerox, Kinko, Photocopy, Thickey Forrest

‘The First Great Balanchine Dancer’, Mary Ellen Moylan, Dead At 95

“Still in her teens, Ms. Moylan began to perform principal roles with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, where Balanchine, ever more enthusiastic about her work, was the resident choreographer. … [Her] career began and largely took shape before Balanchine formed Ballet Society and, in 1948, the New York City Ballet. But her career was closely associated with his work. … And yet her death, almost a year ago, went largely unnoticed in the dance world.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, New York City Ballet, Balanchine, Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Moylan, Ballet Society, 04.13.21, Mary Ellen Moylan

Why Would Any Self-Respecting Woman Sing Schumann’s ‘Frauenliebe Und -Leben?’ In 2021? Let This One Tell You Why

Soprano Carolyn Sampson summarizes the texts of the eight songs in the cycle thus: “1. I can’t think of anything but him; 2. He’s wonderful and I am not worthy; 3. OMG – he said he loved me; 4. I am his and have the ring to prove it; 5. Girlfriends: today I leave you for him; 6. I am pregnant with mini-you; 7. I feed my baby and am fulfilled; 8. Your death is the first time you have truly hurt me.” She continues: “Isn’t it faintly ridiculous to stand before an audience and sing these pieces tod...
Tags: Art, Music, Schumann, Leben, Carolyn Sampson, 04.13.21

How Endorsements Took Over Celebrity Culture

“The celebrity endorsement is a three-way relationship connecting the star, the product and us, and the internet has worked to draw all of its participants closer and closer together. We’re all mingling on the same platforms, our photos pinned to the same timelines. Social media influencers have narrowed the distinction between celebrities’ claims to fame and their ability to exploit that through sales: Influencers’ notoriety is itself derived from their facility at moving product.” – The New Y...
Tags: Art, Media, 04.14.21

A Haunting ‘Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind’ Print By Karl Fitzgerald is Debuting at Bottleneck Gallery

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind turned 35 last year, but it’s never too late to celebrate a stone-cold classic. Hayao Miyazaki‘s fantasy epic, which would become the inaugural film for the animation titan Studio Ghibli, has a haunting new art print courtesy of artist Karl Fitzgerald, whose work is debuting on Bottleneck Gallery today. Fitzgerald, known for his dark and moody takes on blockbusters and fantasy epics, turns to two Japanese classics with his new art prints for Bottleneck Gall...
Tags: Art, Movies, Miyazaki, Hayao-Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli, Cool Stuff, Karl, Fitzgerald, Seven Samurai, Bottleneck Gallery, Hideaki Anno, Nausicaa, Karl Fitzgerald, Akiro Kurosawa, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Odachi

France Is Allowing Auction Houses To Keep Operating During Lockdown, But Not Galleries. Galleries Are Suing

“Late last month the president of the Conseil des Ventes, the regulatory authority for auction houses, gave notice that the government would in fact permit sale rooms to remain open with public safety restrictions in place. Allowing galleries’ main competitors to remain open evoked the ire of art dealers, … [and their] trade association brought the suit against the French state, the prime minister, and the health minister, and it was the latter who appeared in front of a judge to answer the sui...
Tags: Art, France, Visual, 04.09.21, Conseil des Ventes

Prince Philip was a champion of design | Letter

The late Duke of Edinburgh passionately supported invention and engineering, writes Roland HillYour obituary, editorial and other pages devoted to the Duke of Edinburgh (9 April) omitted his passionate support of design, invention and engineering.From working as a young engineer in London in the 1960s and seeing the Prince Philip designer’s prize (1959-2011) displayed at the Design Council’s showroom on Haymarket, to his impassioned BBC Radio 4 Today programme statement in 2016 that “everything ...
Tags: Design, Technology, London, Wales, UK News, Culture, Engineering, Art and design, Monarchy, Edinburgh, Duke, Philip, Haymarket, BBC Radio, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip

One Of Australia’s Most Popular Soap Operas Roiled By Accusations Of On-Set Racism

Neighbours, which has been running in Australia since 1985 and is one of the country’s most successful TV shows internationally, has had two indigenous cast members and one of Indian descent publicly describe some brazen behavior from fellow cast and crew members, including one incident where an actor compared the Indian-Australian colleague to a bobblehead doll. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Media, Australia, 04.14.21

Edinburgh International Festival Will Go On This Summer — Outdoors (Yes, In Scotland)

Last summer, COVID forced the cancellation of the flagship of the Festival City’s summer events; this year, with new cases falling in Scotland and people getting their shots, the show will go on — in three specially constructed outdoor pavilions “specially built to maximize air flow and allow social distancing.” Edinburgh’s weather being what it is, the pavilions will have roofs. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Scotland, Edinburgh, Issues, 04.13.21

Univision And Televisa Sign Merger To Create Spanish-Language Media Giant

Univision, the largest producer of Spanish-language in the United States, and Televisa, Mexico’s largest media conglomerate (and one of the world’s biggest single producers of broadcast material in any language) will combine their content operations to form Televisa-Univision, which could become the dominant media force in the entire Hispanophone world. – Variety
Tags: Art, Music, United States, Univision, Televisa Univision, 04.13.21, Televisa Mexico

Video Now/Live Later — How Pacific Northwest Ballet Approached Its Commissions After COVID Shut Down This Season

“PNB opted for an all-digital 2020-21 season, honoring its commissions from Lang, Donald Byrd, Alejandro Cerrudo, Edwaard Liang and Christopher Wheeldon by filming premieres that they hope will be performed live in later seasons. For patrons, the message is ‘Stream the new dances now, see them live onstage once public health guidelines allow.'” – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Christopher Wheeldon, PNB, 04.12.21, Lang Donald Byrd Alejandro Cerrudo Edwaard Liang

Free Software Lets You Create Traditional Japanese Wood Joints & Furniture: Download Tsugite

The Japanese art of tsugite, or wood joinery, goes back more than a millennium. As still practiced today, it involves no nails, screws, or adhesives at all, yet it can be used to put up whole buildings — as well as to disassemble them with relative ease. The key is its canon of elaborately carved joints engineered to slide together without accidentally coming apart, the designs of which we’ve previously featured here on Open Culture in animated GIF form. Though it would be natural to ass...
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Firsts: Chicago Art Institute Appoints New Board Chair

A 15-year trustee of the museum, Denise Gardner will be the first African-American and first woman leader of the governing body for the museum and the School of the Art Institute. It is believed that she will be the first Black woman to head the board of a major U.S. art museum, although such demographics are hard to come by. – Chicago Tribune
Tags: Art, Visual, Denise Gardner, 04.14.21, Chicago Art Institute Appoints New Board Chair

Subway to Studio 54: a bygone New York – in pictures

Skaters, dancers, hustlers, boxers … Swiss photographer Willy Spiller prowled the streets of the Big Apple from 1977 to 1985, capturing characters from all walks of life Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Photography, New York, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, Exhibitions, Willy Spiller

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