Songwriters Are Getting Screwed By Streaming Too

Last month, Midia Research, which specializes in music and digital media, released a study, “Rebalancing the Song Economy,” that was commissioned by Abba’s Bjorn Ulvaeus. It includes some surprising findings — in a survey, twice as many streaming users said a song mattered more to them than the artist who performed it, rather than the opposite — and sounds an alarm about the need to reform the economics of streaming to better support songwriters. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Abba, Björn Ulvaeus, Midia Research, 05.08.21

2013-15 Honda Accords Heading in the Wrong Direction

2013-15 Honda Accords are under investigation by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for a steering issue. Allegations of Accords suddenly losing control without warning have led to 107 complaints. According to a Motor1 report, there are as many as 1,120,470 Accords in the US that could be affected. This condition occurs under normal […] The post 2013-15 Honda Accords Heading in the Wrong Direction appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Design, Technology, Safety, Government, US, Insurance, Maintenance, Quality, Recall, Used Cars, Autos, Honda, Loss Of Control, Suppliers, Nhtsa

Muti: COVID Year Was An Experiment In Global Culture

Riccardo Muti called the experience of the past year “an unnatural global experiment” that had “stunned” the world. “If we truly took into account how we are living, we would all go crazy. We try to maintain the illusion that we are living a normal life. It is the only way to reach the end of this absurd path,’’ he said. – Toronto Star (AP)
Tags: Art, Music, Riccardo Muti, Muti, 05.08.21

UK Government Slashes Funding For “Creative Subjects” In Universities

The government has said subjects like music, dance, drama and performing arts, art and design, media studies and archaeology are “not among its strategic priorities”, according to the Office for Students, which distributes government funding to universities. – BBC
Tags: Art, UK, Issues, Office for Students, 05.09.21

The Science Behind Your Ums… and Ahs…

Indeed, these verbal hesitations have been viewed as undesirable since the days of ancient Greece and, more recently, the American linguist Noam Chomsky characterised them as ‘errors’ irrelevant to language. But could there be more to these utterances than initially meets the ear? – Aeon
Tags: Art, Greece, Ideas, Noam Chomsky, 05.10.21

Gabriela Muñoz Speaks About the Importance of Collaboration

The Senior Program Coordinator of the National Accelerator at ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts speaks about the impact of collaboration and fellowships on students. – Aaron Dworkin
Tags: Art, Asu, Ajblogs, Herberger Institute for Design, Gabriela Munoz, 05.08.21, National Accelerator

The Compromises Of Live-Streaming

Livestreaming adds an additional layer of technical complexity and cost but doesn’t necessarily improve the audience’s experience of the play itself. Pre-recording allows the various elements of the production – editing, sound, etc – to be fine-tuned in advance. But then why not go the whole hog and just release an actual film? – Irish Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, 05.08.21

The Late Eli Broad: My Talk with the Under-Appreciated Overachiever Who Energized LA’s Cultural Life

“Everything I’ve done in my life,” he told me at the beginning of our wide-ranging conversation in his office, “has really been to challenge the status quo—not to be satisfied with the way things are, but to try to improve them.” I “get” Eli, perhaps because (as I learned from his book) we had a lot in common. – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Eli, 05.07.21, LA 's Cultural Life

David Hockney Shows Us His Sketch Book, Page by Page

Still working and exhibiting in his eighties, and indeed seeming to grow more and more productive with age, David Hockney has become a living symbol of what it is to live as an artist. This entails not just making a lot of paintings, or even making a lot of paintings with an immediately recognizable style under a well-cultivated image. It means constantly and instinctively converting the reality in which one lives into art, an activity evidenced by Hockney’s sketchbooks. In the video abo...
Tags: Art, Facebook, College, Los Angeles, Bradford, Yorkshire, David Hockney, Seoul, Vincent Van Gogh, Taschen, Hockney, NPG, Colin Marshall, Giorgio de Chirico, Richard Diebenkorn, 21st Century Los Angeles

Inside The Museum Of Disgusting Food

As with the Museum of Sex, in New York City, and the Museum of Ice Cream, in San Francisco, the Disgusting Food Museum is conceptually closer to an amusement park than to a museum. There are eighty-five culinary horrors on display—ordinary fare and delicacies from thirty countries—and each tour concludes with a taste test of a dozen items. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, New York City, San Francisco, Visual, Museum of Ice Cream, Disgusting Food Museum, Museum of Disgusting Food, 05.17.21

The Culture Of Citations That Props Up Writing

“Like many systems that appear meticulous, the writing of citations is a subjective art. Never more so than in fiction, where citation is an entirely other kind of animal, not required or even expected, except in the “acknowledgments” page, which is often a who’s who of the publishing world. (Also a good way to find out who is married to whom.) But in the last two decades, bibliographies and sources cited pages have increasingly cropped up in the backs of novels.” – The Drift
Tags: Art, Words, 04.29.21

The Improbable Survival Of Seattle’s Annex Theatre

“Our motto is ‘big, cheap theater.’ ” “I’d rather make a glorious failure than an apologetic win.” “We’re the cockroach of the arts — we may be ugly, but we’re really hard to kill.” – Seattle Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Seattle, 05.02.21

A Wild Spoof Sends Up The Absurdity Of Academic Science Publishing

“Take a bunch of clever, ambitious people and tell them to get as many papers published as possible while still technically passing muster through peer review … and what do you think is going to happen? Of course the system gets gamed: The results from one experiment get sliced up into a dozen papers, statistics are massaged to produce more interesting results, and conclusions become exaggerated. The most prolific authors have found a way to publish more than one scientific paper a week. Those ...
Tags: Art, Words, 05.06.21

Free neon art show ‘Off/On’ will light up the Hollywood Palladium

Los Angeles-based artists are bringing some light back to Sunset Boulevard following the coronavirus pandemic. A group of 15 neon and mixed media artists — including Leticia Maldonado, Jess Krichelle, Yai Vila, Ronald Monahan and more — will be contributing works to the “Off/On” neon art installation, which will be on display in the massive windows outside of the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. The installation is free and open to the public May 21-28. Though the artwork will be available fo...
Tags: Art, Music, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Glendale, Pabst Blue Ribbon, PBR, Las Vegas, Southern California, Rose, Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood Palladium, Bonnet, Danny Elfman

La Scala Is Opening Again

With a 500-person limit, a record high in private funding, new digital streaming infrastructure, and a mandate to be more ecologically conscious, the Milan opera house and its new artistic director, Dominique Meyer, are ready to put the horrible experience of 2020 behind them. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Milan, Audience, Dominique Meyer, 05.10.21

This small Leonardo da Vinci sketch of a bear expected to sell for $16 million

One of eight sketches by Leonardo da Vinci still privately owned, this 8-inch square sketch of a bear will go up for auction next month. It's expected to sell for between $11 and $16 million. That's twice the price that the most expensive Leonardo sketch sold for twenty years ago—"Horse and Rider" for $11.2 million. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, News, Auctions, Artists, Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci

What’s Behind Attacks On Critical Race Theory?

“The exact targets of CRT’s critics vary wildly, but it is obvious that most critics simply do not know what they are talking about. Instead, CRT functions for the right today primarily as an empty signifier for any talk of race and racism at all, a catch-all specter lumping together “multiculturalism,” “wokeism,” “anti-racism,” and “identity politics”—or indeed any suggestion that racial inequities in the United States are anything but fair outcomes, the result of choices made by equally posit...
Tags: Art, Ideas, United States, CRT, 05.05.21

‘We even performed it in front of the pope!’ – how we made Godspell

‘Religious groups didn’t like Jesus wearing a Superman shirt or the lack of a resurrection. So we told them the curtain call was the resurrection – when Jesus runs on and takes a bow’Godspell opened in London in November 1971 and ran at the same time as Jesus Christ Superstar. It was the Rolls-Royce to our Ford Fiesta. I was 23, had just left the Bristol Old Vic company and was auditioning for everything. There were 30 of us lined up along the stage for the audition. I was on the end and taller ...
Tags: Books, London, Musicals, Religion, Theatre, World news, Culture, Christianity, Stage, Broadway, The Bible, Jesus, Bristol, West End, Jesus Christ, Jeremy Irons

Could New York Get A Really Good Penn Station?

Justin Davidson refuses to relinquish hope. “The MTA, Amtrak, and NJ Transit have jointly released not one but two possible visions for rebuilding the rest of the Dantesque complex. And, lo and behold, they are both aspirational and realistic. The design … amalgamates the jumble of bureaucratic fiefdoms, decades’ worth of duct-tape fixes, and a thicket of conflicting agendas into a rail hub that might one day be a thing of, if not quite beauty, at least satisfaction — maybe even pride.” – Curbe...
Tags: Art, New York, Visual, Justin Davidson, 05.05.21, MTA Amtrak

Spotify’s Imposter Problem

That new album by your fave, the one you haven’t heard hyped on social media or in music magazines? It’s probably by a deliberate Doppelgänger. “Inside Spotify’s borderless musical landscape, you’re never more than a playlist transition away from a fake-out. … There’s always someone trying to game the system.” – Slate
Tags: Art, Spotify, Music, 05.10.21

Director Barry Jenkins Says Maybe America Never Has Been Great

The director of Moonlight took on a 10-part adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad partly because it was such a wellspring of fear. “Jenkins was surprised, he says, of the extent to which the retelling of that history affected him. ‘There’s no blood, there’s no fire on set,’ he says. ‘And yet, we were on an actual plantation in Georgia. And as we’re recreating some of these moments, this feeling seeps into your body that things like this happened here. And even worse things.'...
Tags: Art, Media, Georgia, Moonlight, Jenkins, Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead, Barry Jenkins, 05.09.21, Says Maybe America Never Has Been Great

Artists Following In Their Mothers’ Footsteps

Dance, publishing, painting, music, and the stage – having an example, an inspiration, and a mentor in the house can both block and encourage young artists as they decide what to do with their lives. – CBC
Tags: Art, Ideas, 05.09.21

The Pandemic Massively Accelerated A Digitization Trend

Today, we can see music, theatre, visual art, and new movies all from our chairs, couches, and beds. A year ago, not so much – heck, even the Louvre has put its entire collection online. “Many larger institutions like the Parisian giant had already made significant strides before last year to increase their online presence. But the rest of the cultural sector was forced into an innovative panic when COVID-19 struck.” – CBC
Tags: Art, Ideas, Louvre, 05.08.21

Cirque De Soleil Is Back, Almost

The pandemic forced Cirque to shutter 44 shows all over the world. Now, performers are getting ready – as ready as they can, within their apartments – to return to Las Vegas this summer and London in January. But: “At a time when the pandemic is still raging and uncertainty remains about people’s willingness to return to large theater venues, the attempted comeback by the former behemoth is a litmus test of sorts for the live entertainment industry.” –The New York Times
Tags: Art, London, Theatre, Las Vegas, Cirque, Cirque de Soleil, 05.09.21

Manzoor Ahtesham, Who Brought Bhopal To Life, Has Died Of COVID At 73

Ahtesham wrote of his native city with care and love. One of his translators said, “He had this almost magnifying glass of an eye. … If a cinema hall was razed or a new suburb was being built, he would describe these changes with a sensitivity, caring and love as if it were part of his own corporal organism.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, 05.08.21, Ahtesham

Former Dance School Comptroller Pleads Guilty In Million Dollar Fraud Case

Sophia Kim, former comptroller for the Kirov Academy in Washington, D.C., “gambled with funds she was overseeing as the academy’s comptroller. Over nine months in 2018, investigators say, Ms. Kim wrote checks to herself and used her academy bank card 120 times to withdraw cash and pay off losses at the MGM Grand Casino near her home in Temple Hills, Md.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Washington, Dance, Kim, Temple Hills, MGM Grand Casino, Kirov Academy, 05.07.21, Sophia Kim

Cryptoart Isn’t New, And It Isn’t All NFTs

Instead, it’s a way for independent digital artists to make a living. “Beneath the glossy auction houses, breathless headlines and outrage, there is a global ecosystem of crypto artists who entered the once-niche NFT art space motivated by passion and curiosity. Most aren’t raking in millions or leading major sales. But many are making a decent living — ditching side gigs, supporting families, paying for college, buying houses — all by selling art in a form most of us hadn’t even heard of until...
Tags: Art, Visual, NFT, 05.08.21

Charles Dickens Hid A Lifelong Grief In A Locket

Dickens’ 17-year-old sister-in-law collapsed one night as she returned from the theatre, and died in the arms of the writer. “A failure of Hogarth’s heart was blamed, but today an aneurism, or stroke, is suspected as the more likely cause of death. It was a shock that altered Dickens for ever, throwing a shadow over his imaginative life.” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Charles Dickens, Words, Hogarth, Dickens, 05.09.21

Getting At Reality Through Blurred Photos

When artist Tabitha Soren had her third child, a friend suggested she photograph the experience. “Time can turn photographs into metaphor or allow them to become a symbol instead of a documentary picture; at this particular moment, mothers’ needs are on the minds of the country. [The resulting project] is about what mothers don’t show: the emotions and psychological states that we’ve all been socialized to bury.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Visual, Tabitha Soren, 05.09.21

NFTs Are The Newest Tulipmania

“Art NFTs put me in mind of film auteur Werner Herzog’s distinction between the ‘truth of accountants’ and ‘ecstatic truth.’ NFT mavens wax lyrical about the ‘authenticity’ of these tokens as if they are trading a semi-divine quality, yet the authenticity encoded by an NFT is the same kind encoded by a transaction number on a credit card statement. They are a dressed-up species of bookkeeping. What art needs is less auditing and more ecstasy.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Audience, Visual, Werner Herzog, NFT, 05.09.21, Newest Tulipmania

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