This 508-page collection of found art is a happy mutant's delight

I'm always on the hunt for books and zines of obscure, free-associative imagery. I got my hands on a copy of Glenn Bray's Scrap Book this week and it'\]s contents exceed everything I could have hoped for in a book full of found content. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, News, Scrapbooks, Glenn Bray, Ephmemera, No Sense Makes Sense

Plexiglass, Screens, Headphones — A Return to Theatre Spaces?

In these uncertain, transitional days, theater companies remain perplexed about how and when to open their doors, and so many potential ticket-buyers fret over how safe it is to be in public. So at this point, my analytical eye is focused more on the rituals of theatergoing than on theater itself. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Theatre, 05.04.21

How To Spend COVID Relief Money? Japanese Town Buys A Giant Squid Statue

It reportedly used 25m yen ($228,500; £164,700) of the emergency funding to build the statue. Noto officials have told local media it is part of a long term plan to lure tourists back after the pandemic. – BBC
Tags: Art, Visual, 05.04.21

Alastair Macaulay Remembers Jacques d’Amboise

His charm was colossal and effortless, his love for many people effusive and happy. I keep coming across poems and messages he sent me. They were signed “Your Jacques.” How lucky was I? Everyone who knew him has similar tales to tell. How lucky were we. – Alastair Macaulay
Tags: Art, Dance, Alastair Macaulay, Jacques d'Amboise, 05.04.21

How A John Denver Song Inspired A Generation Of Asian Immigrants

Over the past half century, Denver’s Appalachian anthem has also lodged in the hearts of many families in Asia, thousands of miles away from the Blue Ridge Mountains. In a 2009 , the sociologists Grant Blank and Heidi Netz Rupke published an informal survey of college classrooms in Western China that found that “Country Roads” was the most popular American song among the students. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Asia, Music, Denver, Blue Ridge Mountains, Western China, 05.03.21, John Denver Song, Heidi Netz Rupke

Carey Perloff Remembers Olympia Dukakis

She was an astonishing teacher, spending hours and hours in the classroom every time she came to ACT, and back home in New York, at NYU. She was a prolific performer, an acclaimed film actor, an artistic director of the Whole Theater Company, a deviser of new theatre pieces, a polemicist and a partisan. She believed in acting companies and great classical literature, she believed in training and generosity of spirit, she believed in community. – American Theatre
Tags: Art, New York, People, Nyu, Carey Perloff, Olympia Dukakis, 05.04.21, Whole Theater Company

Finally, A Decent App For Borrowing Ebooks From The Library

A clunky, outmoded piece of software called OverDrive had been the standard app for getting reading material from the library onto your Kindle. Instead of merely upgrading, OverDrive (the company) created a new, far more user-friendly app called Libby which debuted but only started getting public attention over the past year. – Engadget
Tags: Art, Words, Libby, 05.03.21

Redefining Monuments In Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Not granite or bronze, these new monuments by Deborah Willis, Sadie Barnette, Ebony G. Patterson, Courtney Bowles and Mark Strandquist, and Black Quantum Futurism, consist of outdoor sculptures and photography, storefront activations and performances. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Philadelphia, Visual, 05.03.21, Mark Strandquist

Novels Can Be Any Length. So Why Are They This Long?

“The novel is an extremely flexible form. It can come out in countless shapes, include infinite content, and end up almost any length. Let’s call the lower limit of a novel 40,000 words. Long novels like Infinite Jest and The Stand are more than 10 times that length, and that’s not even getting into series or In Search of Lost Times type works that are published in dozens or more volumes. So why are most novels published in a relatively narrow range of 60k to 120k words?” – Countercraft
Tags: Art, Words, 04.19.21

Backstage Union Warns That Met Opera Will Not Reopen In 2021

In a statement issued by its president, IATSE Local One stressed that the current situation is a lockout rather than a strike and that the Metropolitan Opera, rather than giving its craftspeople work, has outsourced fabrication of sets, costumes and the like for three future productions to the West Coast and the UK. – OperaWire
Tags: Art, Music, UK, West Coast, Metropolitan Opera, 04.28.21, Backstage Union, IATSE Local One

Nirvana sued over thirty-year-old t-shirt design featuring a 1949 illustration

Back in 1989, I purchased a Nirvana t-shirt emblazoned with a map of Upper Hell as described in Dante's Inferno. (The back of the shirt reads: "fudge packin crack smokin satan worshippin mother fucker") Now, the granddaughter of C.W. Scott-Giles, who created that hell illustration for a 1949 translation of Dante's Inferno, is suing Nirvana LLC for copyright infringement. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Music, News, Copyright, Nirvana, Dante, T-shirts, Scott Giles, Here We Are Now Entertain US, Nirvana LLC

Nirvana sued over t-shirt artwork dating back to 1989

Back in 1989, I purchased a Nirvana t-shirt emblazoned with a map of Upper Hell as described in Dante's Inferno. (The back of the shirt reads: "fudge packin crack smokin satan worshippin mother fucker") Now, the granddaughter of C.W. Scott-Giles, who created that hell illustration for a 1949 translation of Dante's Inferno, is suing Nirvana LLC for copyright infringement. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Music, News, Copyright, Nirvana, Dante, T-shirts, Scott Giles, Here We Are Now Entertain US, Nirvana LLC

Juilliard’s “Slavery Saturday”: A Teaching Moment?

“For nearly seven decades, Juilliard has been a byword of rigor in the performing arts, with world-class music and dance divisions. The drama division has been no slouch either, educating a who’s who of name actors from Robin Williams to Oscar Isaac, Wendell Pierce to Viola Davis. But on top of the usual stresses of education in the theatre, Black artists who’ve trained there say they’ve faced the added burden of racist incidents both big and small, and have felt unsupported in their efforts to...
Tags: Art, Viola Davis, Robin Williams, Theatre, Juilliard, 04.30.21, Oscar Isaac Wendell Pierce

How Four Regional Ballet Companies Are Moving Back Into In-Person Performance

“Pointe spoke to four U.S. ballet companies — Milwaukee Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Avant Chamber Ballet [of Dallas] and Columbia City Ballet [in South Carolina] — about how they have cautiously made their way back to live audiences. For each, the road back to the stage meant a combination of lessons learned throughout the pandemic, adhering to government and health and safety policies, and dogged determination.” – Pointe Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Dallas, South Carolina, Columbia City Ballet, 05.03.21

Verizon Sells The Internet Junkyard (AOL, Yahoo…)

The telecom giant is selling Yahoo, AOL and the remainder of its Verizon Media brands to the private equity firm Apollo Global Management in a $5 billion deal announced Monday. – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Verizon, Hollywood, Media, Yahoo AOL, Apollo Global Management, Verizon Media, 05.03.21

NewsNation Is Supposed To Be An ‘Unbiased’ Alternative To Fox, MSNBC, And CNN. Almost No One Is Watching It.

Execs at Nexstar, the country’s largest owner of local TV stations, had research saying that consumers wanted a source of nonpartisan news. So the corporation turned its cable outlet, WGN America, into NewsNation, offering five hours of news programming every evening to 75 million homes. Nielsen says NewsNation averages 27,000 prime-time viewers a night. (That’s nationwide.) Several top editorial hires have quit, and there are allegations that the network is not as unbiased as it claims to be. ...
Tags: Art, Media, Nielsen, Msnbc, Nexstar, Wgn America, 04.28.21

Why We’re Attracted To Gross Things

In short, disgust may not derive from a simple aversion to harmful substances but from a tension between the desire to explore and consume new things and the dangers of doing so. – Nautilus
Tags: Art, Ideas, 04.22.21

Saudi Arabia’s $15 Billion Scheme To Create A Global Cultural Capital Almost From Scratch

The site for the project is AlUla, a historical site with ancient rock-hewn buildings similar to those in Petra, Jordan. The plan is for five different cultural districts connected by a tram running along 12-mile greenway; attractions are to include museums and galleries, an archaeology and conservation center, an outdoor amphitheater, a nature park, and, of course, luxury hotels. The goal is to attract two million visitors annually. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Saudi Arabia, Issues, Petra Jordan, 04.30.21

Classical Music Broadcaster Martin Bookspan, 94

“Known for his distinctive delivery during his 60-year broadcasting career, Bookspan served as a host and commentator for live broadcasts of the [Boston Symphony], Boston Pops, the New York Philharmonic and the American Symphony Orchestra under its founder, Leopold Stokowski. He was also the lead commentator for Live from Lincoln Center on PBS for the show’s first 30 years, until 2006.” – The Berkshire Eagle
Tags: Art, People, Pbs, Lincoln Center, Leopold Stokowski, American Symphony Orchestra, 05.01.21, Martin Bookspan, Bookspan

Steppenwolf Theater Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro Resigns

“The decision, one of many such wholesale changes as the Chicago theater slowly emerges from the COVID-19 crisis of closures, is not unexpected by close observers: Shapiro long ago signaled her intention to leave at the end of her current contract and the ensemble and board of directors has been engaged in succession planning.” – Yahoo! (Chicago Tribune)
Tags: Art, Theatre, Chicago, Shapiro, Steppenwolf, Anna D Shapiro, 05.02.21

ABT To Mark End Of Lockdown With Eight-City, 3,100-Mile Tour

“Performances during the [July] tour will take place outdoors on a custom-built stage designed to unfold from an 18-wheeler truck. At each stop, 20 members of the company will perform a 50-minute show comprising four pieces.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, 05.03.21

Jacques d’Amboise, Ballet Dancer, Choreographer, And Teacher, Dead At 86

“[He] combined classical elegance with all-American verve and athleticism to become one of the top male dancers at New York City Ballet, then spent more than four decades providing free dance education to countless youngsters through his National Dance Institute.” – Yahoo! (AP)
Tags: Art, People, New York City Ballet, 05.03.21

Layoffs Hit US’s Largest Public Radio Station

New York Public Radio, which includes news-talk outlets WNYC AM and FM and classical station WQXR as well as a podcast production unit and the local news website Gothamist, had been running a deficit even before the pandemic, which resulted in a decline of 27% in sponsorship revenue. Fourteen jobs, about 4% of the total, are being eliminated, including several senior positions in the newsroom. – Current
Tags: Art, Media, US, Gothamist, WQXR, WNYC, New York Public Radio, 04.30.21, Largest Public Radio Station

Cool Stuff: May the Fourth Be with These New ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy and ‘The Mandalorian’ Posters

Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth be with you! Now it’s time to spend some money on stuff you don’t need. Bottleneck Gallery has released a big batch of new Star Wars posters by artists Pablo Olivera, Bartosz Kosowski, Lawrence Noble, and Marko Manev. Some of the focus on the original Star Wars trilogy while others dig into the second season of The Mandalorian. But that’s not all. Artist Scott C. has also debuted a Star Wars collection of his signature Great Showdowns watercolor prints inspir...
Tags: Art, Television, Movies, Sci-fi, Sequels, Hand, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lucasfilm, Cool Stuff, Mondo, Finn, Lucas, Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren, Rey, Scott C

Under the Pavement Lies the Strand: Berliners build a feminist future

Part of the New German Cinema boom, Helma Sanders-Brahms’ 1975 film about two actors asks if theatre still has revolutionary potentialThe stage on screen: more films about theatreGrischa Huber, the magnetic German star who died this year aged 76, became a feminist icon in European cinema with one of her first features. She was an established stage performer by the time she was cast by director Helma Sanders-Brahms as a politically engaged theatre actor in the film Unter dem Pflaster ist der Stra...
Tags: Health, Europe, Film, France, Germany, Women, Theatre, Society, World news, Culture, Feminism, Stage, Abortion, World cinema, Huber, Grischa

How The Sackler Family Got Its Own Art Storage Gallery At The Metropolitan Museum

“[It was] a 600-square-foot gallery-cum-warehouse that Arthur Sackler had commandeered as his personal storage facility, a deal he wrangled by dangling the possibility of eventually gifting the trove to the museum. … The ‘enclave’ had all of the benefits of being in the museum, with climate control, security guards, and prime New York City real estate, as well as its own number. Sackler had the locks changed so that Met employees could not enter the room.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, New York City, Visual, Sackler, Arthur Sackler, 04.30.21

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