OMAHA COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE (OCP) in Omaha, NE invites qualified candidates to submit applications to become its next Artistic Director. Leading the artistic life of OCP, the nation’s largest community theatre, carries with it the rich traditions of nearly 100 years of history along with community hopes for a future that uses the power of theatre to bring artists and audiences together to shape experiences through healing, authentic connection, an expansive idea of inclusivity, celebration, and jo...
Tags: Art, Jobs, Microsoft, Marlon Brando, Nebraska, Omaha, Board, Board of Trustees, MCA, Executive Committee, OCP, Charles Jones, Henry Fonda, Omaha Community Playhouse, Kimberly Faith Hickman, Foundation Board

Class Struggle, Artists, And Changing The World

Struggle without class analysis results in the many empty institutional statements and surface-level concessions we’ve seen across the United States this past year. Class politics is less concerned with pushing for that first Black or female artistic director as it is in asking why we have to constantly fight so hard to include those people in the first place. – Howlround
Tags: Art, World, United States, Issues, 04.19.21

Lesson: Streaming Theatre Works When It’s Designed For It

The problem that companies like ACT had been having, said Randy Taradash, was that they weren’t just having to juggle new technology, but also new tech partners whose business models didn’t necessarily fit the way nonprofit regional theatres function. The difference with the National Theatre Network, he noted, is that it’s not a tech company or ticket seller coming in to figure out theatre; it is run by theatre people who are aiming to help regional theatres take the next steps into the future....
Tags: Art, Theatre, 04.19.21, Randy Taradash, National Theatre Network

NFTs — Not Just For Art Anymore

“What we are primarily focusing on at Time is how NFTs relate to subscriptions, memberships, and access to unique experiences, which would allow us to drive recurring revenue streams, rather than one-time payments. A larger, longer-term opportunity is using blockchain technology alongside these tokens.” – Vanity Fair
Tags: Art, Time, Ideas, 04.19.21

Reconnecting: Linking The New Moral Purpose

“For all sorts of understandable reasons, we have become very wary of public and social norms. We are conscious of the legacy of appealing to such supposed norms in the context of gender and sexuality, conscious also of the persistent marginalising of persons who are neurologically atypical or living with learning challenges. The truth, however, is that without some language about what is good and fitting for human beings, what emerges is not a ­paradise of uncontrolled self-fulfilment but a ne...
Tags: Art, Ideas, 04.14.21

Literary Scholar And Critic Denis Donoghue Dead At 92

“First at University College Dublin and later at New York University, Professor Donoghue carved out a middle ground in the contested landscape of late-20th-century literary studies, standing opposed to both the politicized theories of the left and the traditionalist pieties of the right. He was an ardent opponent of deconstruction, and … [his] fierce aversion to the impositions of postmodern theory earned him a reputation as one of the last great humanist critics.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, New York University, Donoghue, University College Dublin, 04.17.21, Denis Donoghue

Study: The Psychological Benefits Of Attending Live Theatre

We found that attending these plays increased empathy for people depicted in them and changed people’s political attitudes about a variety of issues related to the show, such as income inequality. Additionally, seeing theatre changed behavior. After attending these plays, people donated more to charity — whether or not these charities were related to the show. – Psychology Today
Tags: Art, Theatre, 04.13.21

The Pursuit of Equity

The intent is to overcome the very real danger that the nonprofit arts industry’s “equity statements” could easily become like the “thoughts and prayers” responses to mass shootings — worthy sentiments that lead nowhere. Without “feet to the fire” targets of some kind it’s too easy to slide into the comfort of the status quo. – Doug Borwick
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 04.21.21

The Walkie-Talkie, Big Underpants, And The Bathtub: What Modernist Architecture’s Abhorrence of Imitation Has Wrought

For centuries, great architecture involved innovation and invention within the context of established, tried-and-true styles, materials and techniques — and the result was buildings that were inspiring and durable. Then, argues scholar and critic Witold Rybczynski, came the 20th century, Le Corbusier and all that followed: the architecture profession became so insistent on invention and originality that, all too often, form does not actually follow function, beauty and context are tossed aside,...
Tags: Art, Visual, Le Corbusier, Witold Rybczynski, Spring 2021

As The Pandemic Eases, Netflix Forecasts Much Lower Growth

This year Netflix is forecasting 6 million new subscribers, the lowest first-quarter increase since 2017, well down on the almost 16 million sign-ups in the first quarter last year, as lockdown restrictions ease. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, Audience, 04.18.21

Here’s A Landmark For A Growing Company: Indianapolis Ballet Hires Its First Executive Director

“More than three years after its 2018 debut, the professional company … announced April 6 that longtime Indianapolis arts leader Don Steffy will take the helm and manage the administrative, funding, facility and human resource functions.” – Indianapolis Star
Tags: Art, Indianapolis, Dance, Growing Company, 04.16.21, Don Steffy

Dudamel Isn’t Known For Conducting Opera. Will That Be A Problem As Music Director At Paris Opera?

Almost all his renown has come from his exhilarating performances with symphony orchestras. Does lacking operatic experience matter in landing an important opera post? – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Paris Opera, Dudamel, 04.18.21

Unfair Verona: plans to limit tourists at Juliet’s balcony are blocked

Decade-long feud continues over popular selfie spot linked to Shakespeare’s Romeo and JulietPlans to curtail the number of tourists who flock to Verona for a selfie beneath the balcony where Romeo is said to have wooed Juliet have been blocked amid a feud over the site that has lasted more than a decade.Tourists can enter the tiny courtyard – free-of-charge – simply to take a photo of the balcony or to rub their hand on the right breast of a bronze statue of Juliet as part of a ritual that is sa...
Tags: Europe, Theatre, Culture, Italy, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Verona, Romeo, Juliet

2021 Mercedes-Benz EQB – Electricity Flows

Mercedes-Benz’s 2021 EQB is its third all-electric launch this year, along with the EQA 250 and EQS. The EQB will be produced for the local market in Beijing. The rest of the world will get their EQBs from Kecskemét, Hungary. The EQB will be the first pure EV made in Hungary. A U.S.-spec EQB won’t happen […] The post 2021 Mercedes-Benz EQB – Electricity Flows appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Design, Technology, China, Germany, Global, Eu, Green, Beijing, Hungary, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Crossovers, Mercedes Benz, New Cars, SUVs

Anthropology Museums Start Reckoning: What To Do With Bones Of Enslaved Africans In Their Collections?

It started last summer with the Morton Cranial Collection at Penn, spread to Harvard’s Peabody and Warren Museums, and, in recent weeks, has come to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Samuel Redman, a historian who’s made a serious study of the history of museums’ collecting of human bones, says the moves by those three institutions could be a “historical tipping point.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Smithsonian, Issues, Penn, 04.20.21, Harvard s Peabody, Warren Museums, Samuel Redman

Make Room For Theatre Visionaries

Lacking in visionary leaders? Absolutely not. They’re just blocked from the table by their status as a young person, or as a queer person, or as an artist of color. – Theatre Mania
Tags: Art, Theatre, 04.19.21

At The RSC, ‘The Winter’s Tale’ Is Finally Coming Together After Two False Starts

The COVID lockdown hit Britain just days before this production was to open and put the company’s entire operations on hold; the show was set to start again last autumn when a second lockdown had to be imposed. Now, by heaven, they’re doing it, at least for broadcast on BBC Four. “What’s curious is that, if you were looking for a drama that distills the emotions so many of us have been through in the past year, it would be hard to find a better candidate than The Winter’s Tale.” – The Guardian ...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Bbc, Britain, 04.18.21

Why Did Scott Rudin Step Back From Broadway? Maybe Not Just Because He’d Seen The Error Of His Ways

The key seems to have been Rudin’s high-profile, high-stakes production of The Music Man, set to start previews in December. While some of the key people involved in the revival reportedly showed “apathy” about the allegations of Rudin’s appalling office behavior, the two stars did not: Hugh Jackman told others he was “very concerned” but did not give an ultimatum, while Sutton Foster said publicly that she would go if he did not. – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway, Hugh Jackman, Scott Rudin, Sutton Foster, Rudin, 04.17.21

The Rise And Fall Of ‘Florida Man’, Once The Internet’s Favorite Laughingstock

Tyler Gillespie, author of The Thing About Florida: Exploring a Misunderstood State and Florida Man: Poems, traces the course of this icon of the weird from the old website (“We Don’t Make the News. We Mock It”), looks at the long history of Florida Man/Woman-type stories (e.g., “Edna May’s recipe for being a successful wife to the ultra-rich” from the Alachua Booster in 1912), explains the reason Florida Man could become famous (the state’s Sunshine Law), and confidently predicts whic...
Tags: Art, Florida, Words, Don, Fark, 04.19.21, Tyler Gillespie, Edna May

Preparing To Resume

“I think part of the answer is going to be for arts organizations to look in the mirror and ask themselves, “What really was working before the pandemic? And what was not?” There may be fundamental changes in the way that they did business. I’m not sure that everything that we did was truly sustainable even before the pandemic hit.” – Bloomberg
Tags: Art, Issues, 04.16.21

Beijing, Hong Kong, The Streisand Effect, And The Oscar For Best Documentary Short

“[Anders] Hammer is bemused at the lengths to which China has gone to stop its citizens catching even a brief glimpse of his latest film” — Do Not Split, about the 2019 pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong. “In the rest of the world, that move has earned him the type of press coverage he could never have dreamt of.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Hong Kong, Media, China, BEIJING HONG KONG, 04.18.21, Anders -RSB- Hammer

The Cutting Edge In Breathing Therapy For Recovering COVID Patients? Opera Singing

Last June, English National Opera and a branch of the NHS launched ENO Breathe, a program that offers what are basically online voice lessons adapted for patients suffering from ongoing shortness of breath weeks and months after (partially) recovering from COVID. The program’s administrators report that more than 90% of participants have experienced both improvements in breathing and reduction of anxiety. – Smithsonian Magazine
Tags: Art, Music, NHS, 04.19.21

Two Senior Staffers Quit MOCA In L.A. Over ‘Hostile Environment’ And Resistance To Diversity Plan

One of the departing execs, the director of human resources, left over conflict with his boss, the deputy director, and alleged retaliation which he said constituted a ‘hostile environment.” The other was senior curator Mia Locks, who joined the museum in 2019 in part to oversee its new IDEA Initiative (for inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility); in her resignation email, she said that “MOCA’s leadership is not yet ready to fully embrace IDEA.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Visual, Mia Locks, 04.19.21

Has NPR Recovered From COVID Cutbacks? ‘Not Completely’, Says CEO

“NPR cut spending in areas including staff and executive pay to offset a decline in revenue spurred by the pandemic, particularly in corporate sponsorship. The network’s revenue is ‘slightly above’ its 2019 income but hasn’t reached 2020 levels, [acting CEO Deborah] Cowan said. Next year, NPR will aim to completely roll back the budget cuts that staffers agreed to last year in order to avoid layoffs.” – Current
Tags: Art, Media, Npr, 04.16.21, Deborah -RSB- Cowan

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