Video: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Almost Looked VERY Different

The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge hits bookstore shelves this week, and with it comes a lot of information, insight and concept art about how Disney’s Star Wars theme park land evolved into what it is today. That includes all the paths it almost took, including alternate rides and stores, and very different storytelling experiences. And we’ve put together a video breaking it all down. Galaxy’s Edge Differences Over at my Ordinary Adventures YouTube channel, we recorded a video talking...
Tags: Amazon, Art, Books, Movies, Disney, Features, Theme Parks, Lucasfilm, Alley, Fandom, Star-Wars, Disney/Pixar, OGA, Amy Ratcliffe, Featured Stories Sidebar, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Scalpers Have Been Buying Up UK Festival Tickets And Massively Hiking Prices

A Guardian investigation found that dozens of professional touts have snapped up tickets for eagerly awaited festivals and are demanding massively inflated prices from fans desperate to see artists such as Stormzy, Nile Rodgers and Fatboy Slim. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, UK, 04.25.21, Stormzy Nile Rodgers

China Censors News Of Chloé Zhao’s Best Director Oscar Win

The Chinese government imposed a virtual news blackout, and censors moved to tamp down or scrub out discussion of the award on social media. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, Chloe Zhao, 04.26.21

I was A “Minority Intern” In The 1990s. We Need To Talk About These Programs

“Without long insights into the early diversity programs, our profession cannot address the structural inequities that perpetuate the need for entry-level opportunities targeted for non-white individuals. Museums must acknowledge the stigmatizing, tokenizing, and economic effects of these programs, in addition to the opportunities they offer.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Visual, 04.25.21

Choreographer Creates Company To Copyright Dance Moves

The JaQuel Knight’s company Knight Choreography & Music Publishing will see to the rights to Knights dance moves while operating as a music publisher as the company will broker licensing deals and protect IP. – Geo
Tags: Art, Dance, 04.25.21, Knight Choreography Music Publishing

Weston Sprott Speaks About Transforming Young Peoples’ Lives

The dean of Juilliard’s Preparatory Division and trombonist in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra speaks about transforming young artists’ lives and incorporating diversity across the breadth of an institution’s programs. – Aaron Dworkin
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Juilliard, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Weston Sprott, 04.24.21, Preparatory Division

Profusion of Confusion: Unraveling the Tangled Tale of “Salvator Mundi” (& my theory on why he’s a no-show)

The only thing that’s certain about the fate of this elusive painting is that the story about why it hasn’t publicly surfaced since it was sold more than three years ago for $450 million keeps on changing. – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 04.23.21

New California Bill Could Save LA’s 99-Seat Theatres

Enter SB 805, which is up for a hearing by the California Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee on April 26. If passed, the bill would greenlight low-cost payroll and paymaster services for small nonprofit performing arts organizations that make $1.4 million a year or less. It would also create a fund to award grants so that these theaters could hire and pay employees at least the minimum wage. – Variety
Tags: Art, Dance, 04.23.21, New California Bill Could Save LA, Seat Theatres

How Your Movie Theatre Experience Will Likely Change

To survive beyond the pandemic, theaters must persuade moviegoers not just to come back, but to come back more frequently than they did—to start thinking of their local cinema as akin to their favorite coffee shop. Because a return to pre-pandemic habits isn’t enough, industry executives told me they’ve been spending this past year rethinking the role of theaters in the first place. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Media, 04.24.21

How TikTok Has Made “Vibe” A Multimedia Haiku

What a haiku is to language, a vibe is to sensory perception: a concise assemblage of image, sound, and movement. (#Aesthetic is sometimes used to mark vibes, but that term is predominantly visual.) A vibe can be positive, negative, beautiful, ugly, or just unique. It can even become a quality in itself: if something is vibey, it gives off an intense vibe or is particularly amenable to vibes. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Media, 04.26.21

Look at this storage cabinet inspired by a 1960s IBM tape drive

My father was an electrical engineer at IBM in the 1960s and developed tape drive technology there, so when I saw designer Love Hulten's storage cabinet inspired by the IBM 2401 tape drive, I felt nostalgic. Hulten also designs cool retro video game consoles and synthesizers. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, Design, News, Furniture, Ibm, Vintage computers, Hulten, Love Hulten

Opera Super-Fan Leaves Behind 200,000 Autographs

Lois Kirschenbaum was a switchboard operator from Flatbush, Brooklyn, who became perhaps New York’s biggest and longest-standing opera buff — and an obsessive autograph collector. For over half a century, she spent about 300 nights a year at the Met and other musical and dance performances. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, New York, Flatbush Brooklyn, Lois Kirschenbaum, 04.23.21

Anthony Hopkins Sure Didn’t Expect To Win, Either

The actor didn’t appear on video for his Best Actor win, leaving the Oscars production with a big letdown of an ending. A Los Angeles Times article explained that “while at 83 years old Hopkins became the oldest winner of an acting Oscar in any category, it wasn’t worth the risk of being exposed to the coronavirus to travel to the British Film Institute in London to accept it.” He later posted a sweet video to his Instagram from his home in Wales. After praising Chadwick Boseman, he said, “I re...
Tags: Art, London, Wales, People, Los Angeles Times, Anthony Hopkins, Hopkins, Chadwick Boseman, British Film Institute, 04.26.21

Streamers Ruled The Oscars This Year

Yes, 2020 was a weird year, and the rules for movies to debut in movie theatres were waived, but still: Netflix had seven statues, Amazon two, Disney one (or a lot more, if you count Nomadland as a Disney production), and Warner Bros one, all for movies that were either only streamed or debuted on streaming and theatres (if any were open) on the same day. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Amazon, Art, Media, Disney, Los Angeles, Netflix, Warner Bros, Nomadland, 04.25.21

American TV Watchers Flee Cable

Five years ago, 63% of Americans mostly watched television through cable and satellite. Today, that percentage has dropped to fewer than half of all Americans, while the percentage of those primarily watching television via a streaming service on the internet has jumped 17 percentage points, from 20% in 2016 to 37% today. – CBS News
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, 04.23.21, American TV Watchers Flee Cable

Before The Pandemic, Jenny Odell Wrote A Book About Being Stuck In The Doomscroll

So how did the author of How to Do Nothing survive the various self-isolations, lockdowns, and other stay-at-home initiatives before vaccines got their start? For one thing, she remembered what she had learned about social media, “this way of engaging with the attention economy that feels toxic to me, that I talk about in the book, how much that’s driven by fear, shame, self-loathing, guilt, all of these very reactive emotions.” – Los Angeles Review of Books
Tags: Art, Words, Jenny Odell, 04.24.21

How the Parsee gara, or sari, has Chinese influences and history woven into its fabric

Nineteenth century Parsee traders returned to India from Canton with embroidered silk cloth which was fashioned into unique saris which came to be known as garas Traditional Parsee embroidery has its roots in ancient Persian culture and Silk Road influences, with proponents of the craft hoping to popularise it globally Article by Huzan Tata | South China Morning Post A gara with multicoloured embroidery of Chinese motifs and initials in gold on the border (kor) and front (pallav). Photo...
Tags: Art, Silk Road, Life, China, India, Iran, West, Heritage, Shanghai, Rumour, Canton, Persia, Mumbai India, Mahatma Gandhi, Persia Iran, Cama

The Guy Who’s Crashing Every Library’s Summer Reading Program

By 20-year-old Aaron Yang’s estimate, “he’s now contacted around a thousand libraries [around the country] and acquired untold numbers of pencils, stickers and awards.” Is … is this OK? Librarians are torn. – NPR
Tags: Art, Words, 04.24.21, Crashing Every Library, Aaron Yang

Kathie Coblentz, Master New York Librarian, 73

She spoke or could read 13 languages, ran the New York Marathon, and was the third-longest serving employee of the NYPL, where she catalogued rare books for more than 50 years. She wrote books, edited books, and told those taking tours of the underground steel stacks that catalogers were “the most important workers in the library.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York, People, New York Marathon, 04.23.21, Kathie Coblentz Master

Jimmy Engineer talks about major artistic achievement Javid Namah mural

Jimmy Engineer said that he has been painting for well over four decades and has so far created hundreds of paintings but he considers transforming big murals into colour Article by Muhammad Zahid Rifat | Daily Times. World-renowned Pakistani artist, social crusader and peace activist Jimmy Engineer has said that he is genuinely proud having transformed in colours in a big mural great poet and philosopher Allama Mohammad Iqbal’s collection of Persian poetry “Javid Namah” and regards it as hi...
Tags: Art, Life, India, Pakistan, LAHORE, KARACHI, Jimmy, Quaid, Allama Iqbal, Jimmy Engineer, Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Javid Namah, Muhammad Zahid Rifat, Allama Mohammad Iqbal, Allama Mohammad Iqbal He, Javid Iqbal

London’s West End Galleries Reopen

And visitors who have been in lockdown number … infinity? … and have been absolutely starved for art are more than happy to be in the galleries, masked, in person. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, London, Visual, 04.25.21

Al Young, Former Poet Laureate Of California, 81

Young was an acclaimed poet, but he also wrote novels – and always, always, worked jazz into his readings and his life. And along with music, he had his voice. “Writing a poem, Mr. Young believed, was only part of the process. Reading it live — something he did with a compelling, resonant voice — was the other.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, California, People, Young, 04.23.21

Most People Are Missing The Most Revolutionary Thing About Nomadland’s Win

Yes, Nomadland is only the second movie directed by a woman to win a Best Picture Oscar, and the first Best Picture Oscar to go to a film directed by a woman of color. But also: Nomadland is about women. “Movies about women basically never win Best Picture. By my count, Nomadland is one of only six movies focused on the lives and stories of women ever to win the award. That’s in 93 years.” – Slate
Tags: Art, Media, Nomadland, 04.25.21

The Best Way To Predict Our Futures

It’s a kind of internal averaging of disparate opinions: “Each of us has an inner crowd, too, with a wisdom of its own.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Ideas, 04.25.21

How Oscar-Winning Director Chloe Zhao Gets Great Performances From Non-Actors

Basically, her subjects tell their stories; she works with those stories and fictionalizes them, and then the subjects act out their fictionalized lives. “The outcome is scripted but the raw material is fact. There’s a personal rediscovery for the men and women onscreen as they interpret themselves in Zhao’s fabricated versions of their realities.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, Zhao, Chloe Zhao, 04.24.21

The Oscars Disrupted Union Station And More

How wild to have a show with Crip Camp nominated for best documentary, a show that prevented disabled people in L.A. from getting to their subway trains – and also forced hordes of people to find the new site for COVID-19 testing. Ash Pana, who lives by Union Station and “who suffers from chronic pain and sometimes uses a walker, said other disabled people had been directed to detour at least 10 blocks rather than receive an escort into the station to which they needed access.” – Los Angeles Ti...
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, Union Station, Crip Camp, 04.25.21, Ash Pana

Activists Say They’ll Move Protests Inside MoMA

Protests have been going on outside the museum for the last three weeks. “These protests, called ‘pop-up deoccupations’ in the activists’ parlance — have so far been tame, focusing on ‘speakouts’ and performances while keeping a measured distance from the museum’s entrance. But this might change next Friday, April 30, as the activists plan to escalate their protests and bring them into MoMA’s halls.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Visual, Moma, 04.25.21

The Meaning of Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights Explained

Over the half-millennium since Hieronymus Bosch painted it, The Garden of Earthly Delights has produced an ever-widening array of interpretations. Is it “a painting about sexual freedom”? A “medieval acid trip”? An “erotic fantasy”? A “heretical attack on the church”? The work of “a member of an obscure free-love cult”? James Payne, the London curator behind the Youtube channel Great Art Explained, rejects all these views. In the opening of the in-depth video analysis above, he describes...
Tags: Art, Facebook, London, College, History, Seoul, Bosch, Adam, Payne, Garden of Eden, Hieronymus Bosch, James Payne, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles

Christa Ludwig, Mezzo-Soprano, 93

Ludwig was most prominently associated with the Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival, but she also sang at the Met. She “rose from straitened origins in a shattered wartime Germany to the height of the singing world, aided by a sense of discipline instilled by her strong-willed mother — her only real teacher and a constant presence throughout her career. … Onstage, Ms. Ludwig brought a striking combination of acting ability, charisma and vocal beauty. Her voice had range and power, a se...
Tags: Art, Germany, People, Vienna, Salzburg Festival, Ludwig, 04.25.21, Christa Ludwig Mezzo Soprano

Hollywood’s Anti-Black Bias Is Costing It Billions Of Dollars A Year

For a supposedly capitalist industry, what the heck? A study found that “America’s film industry is the country’s least diverse business sector and that its systemic anti-Black biases cost it at least $10 billion in annual revenue. Black content is undervalued, underdistributed and underfunded, the analysis found. It also found that Black talent has been systematically shut out of creator, producer, director and writer positions. That is despite the fact that films with two or more Black people...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, America, Issues, 04.24.21

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