A Dancer Who Connects A History Of Dance Through Her Body

“To watch her dance, especially to jazz music, is to watch historical distance collapse. Steps and attitudes separated by eras flow through her improvising body not as some premeditated fusion but as a single language she appears to have always known and yet is creating on the spot. The links are self-evident, unforced, authentic without a hint of the antiquarian. They’re active, present, a live circuit. The revelatory shock can make you laugh out loud.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, 05.13.21

Time To Do Away With The Idea Of The Artist As Transgressor?

“Abusers are often shielded not only by this “myth of authenticity,” but by another myth, which pervades all the performing arts, and indeed all the other arts as well. This is an age-old myth, at least as old as Romanticism. The myth is that the constraint of usual social norms and rules is bad for artists. They have to be permitted to be transgressive, to break the rules, or else their creativity will be stifled. Genius is beyond good and evil. This myth is basically false.” – LitHub
Tags: Art, Ideas, 05.13.21

Paul Meecham Named Executive Director Of The Tucson Symphony

Paul Meecham comes to the job after leading the Utah Symphony & Opera for three years and a 10-year run as CEO of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. His résumé also includes two years at the Seattle Symphony. –
Tags: Art, Music, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Paul Meecham, 05.14.21, Seattle Symphony Tucson

At 50 Pianist Lars Vogt Was Diagnosed With Cancer. Here’s What He’s Learned

For sure, in classical music, we have internalized particularly strongly an ideal image of ourselves—which we think we need to communicate to others— as the omnipotent magician who makes magic at the piano and whose personal life is going great as well. – Van
Tags: Art, People, 05.14.21

Longtime Curtis Institute Dean Robert Fitzpatrick, 75

Mr. Fitzpatrick served as dean at Curtis from 1986 to 2009 and was dean of students and executive assistant to the director from 1980 to 1984. – Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, People, Fitzpatrick, Curtis Institute, 05.14.21, Dean Robert Fitzpatrick

2021 Acura TLX Type S Picks Up the Pace this Weekend

The 2021 Acura TLX Type S will pace the field at the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio in Lexington, Ohio this weekend. The TLX Type S’ debut is one we reported previously, with more details available now than Acura had previously released. For one, the TLX Type S has a new direct-injected, single twin-scroll […] The post 2021 Acura TLX Type S Picks Up the Pace this Weekend appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Design, Technology, Media, Advertising, Marketing, Sales, Pr, Racing, Debut, Autos, Sales And Marketing, Engines, New Cars, Acura, Mid Ohio

Analyzing The 17-Year Cicadas’ ‘Grand Magic Insect Symphony’ — And Joining In

“Only the males can vibrate a section of their abdomen called the tymbals to make either phaaaaaroah drone sounds or chchchchhwhhhs noise waves, depending on the species. For any mating to happen, though, the females must respond with a quiet but audible flick of their wings, leading the males on to successive sounds only if this flick happens at exactly the right time after the male stops vibrating. The orchestration is incredibly precise,” writes David Rothenberg, who likes to take his clarin...
Tags: Art, Music, David Rothenberg, 05.08.21

Research: Livestreaming Has Become A Vital Connection

“Our research has highlighted how important it is for audience members to be able to communicate with, and feel connected to, each other and the musicians performing,” said Co-author Sam Leak, lecturer in Popular Music at Middlesex. “As a performer, this finding is interesting to me not only because it impacts my livestreaming practice, but also because it could well enhance the experience of my audiences in physical venues.” – Ludwig Van
Tags: Art, Media, Middlesex, Sam Leak, 05.12.21

Revisiting TikTok Before It Was TikTok, A Long, Long Time Ago

“From 2014 to 2018, the Chinese app was where kids — as in, literal children and very young teenagers — would lip-sync to 15-second clips of Shawn Mendes and Bebe Rexha songs, or maybe an audio track of a funny Vine. The music played as you recorded; you could slow it down and speed it up and make cuts while filming. That was pretty much the extent of its technical features, and if it sounds like TikTok, that’s because it eventually became TikTok, after it was acquired by another Chi...
Tags: Art, Media, Shawn Mendes, Bebe Rexha, Tiktok, 05.12.21

Increasingly — Vaccination Has Its Privilege

Come summer, the nation may become increasingly bifurcated between those who are permitted to watch sports, take classes, get their hair cut and eat barbecue with others, and those who are left behind the spike protein curtain. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Issues, 05.14.21

Good smartphone design is no longer a luxury. It’s a requirement

Good design isn't only about the color and shape of your phone. It goes deeper than that, and it's time we focused on it just as much as the product specs.
Tags: Mobile, Design, Trends, Phones, Good Design

Jazz Trombone Great Curtis Fuller Dead At 88

“Mr. Fuller was among the dozens of musicians to emerge from the fertile mid-century jazz scene of Detroit, where he learned to play intricate, fast-paced bebop lines on the unwieldy slide trombone. When [he] arrived in New York in the mid-1950s, he immediately became a major figure in the hard-bop movement.” He played with many of the greatest jazz bands of his era, including the Jazztet, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and the ensembles of Miles David, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basi...
Tags: Art, New York, People, Detroit, Fuller, Woody Shaw, Blakey, 05.11.21, David John Coltrane Dizzy Gillespie Count Basie

What Our Comparisons Of Humans To Animals Say About Us

Calling a person an animal is usually a comment on their unrestrained appetites, especially for food (‘like a hungry animal’), for sex (‘they went at it like animals’), and for violence (‘they’re like wild animals’). We also have purpose-made insults comparing people to specific kinds of animal: pig, chicken, rat, cow, slug, snake, cockroach, bitch, etc. – Psyche
Tags: Art, Ideas, 05.12.21

San Fernando student’s award-winning art captures a masked moment of joy during a rotten year

Kathia Hernandez, 17, poses in Sylmar on Thursday, May 13, 2021 with her painting “Skating Summer Days,” a selfie with her friends, which is headed to the U.S. Capitol after she won a Congressional Art Competition. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Because the year 2020 wasn’t turning out to be the very best for 17-year-old Kathia Hernandez, she wanted to capture one of the happiest moments of the pandemic in an art piece that won first place in a local congressional a...
Tags: Health, Art, New York, News, Education, Congress, California, Mexico, Government, America, Sport, Soccer, Washington Dc, House, Community, Bangladesh

Interpol Debuts A New App To Track Stolen Art

Last week, the global crime-fighting group debuted a new app that aims to make the process of identifying and reporting stolen works as simple as swiping on a smartphone. After downloading the free app—called ID-Art—users can upload images or input keywords to search for information about specific missing objects. – Smithsonian
Tags: Art, Interpol, Visual, 05.12.21

17 Design Flaws That Will Make You Scratch Your Head

So we’ve had Footpath Failures, Footpath Failures Continued, Bathroom Fails, 10 Home Inspection Nightmares and finally 17 Design Flaws. Can it get worse? Source: If you enjoyed this post you’ll certainly enjoy these other ‘Just For Fun’ posts!
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Nobel Committee Was Nervous About Giving Prize To Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Fifty years on (as is the rule), documents on the deliberations for the 1970 prize have just been made public, and some committee members were genuinely concerned that awarding the Soviet dissident writer, who had already spent time in the gulag, would put him in danger. While Solzhenitsyn did win that year, he didn’t collect his medal until after he was expelled from the USSR in 1974. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Ussr, Words, Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, 05.14.21

Watch a Masterpiece Emerge from a Solid Block of Stone

As a younger person, I became enthralled with the art-historical novels of Irving Stone, especially The Agony and the Ecstasy, his fictionalized biography of Michelangelo. Few books live up to their title so well — Stone’s Michelangelo is a tumult of passion and pain, a Romantic hero tailor-made for those who believe artistic creation transcends almost any other act. Stone describes Michelangelo’s sculpture emerging from the marble fully-formed in a creation imbued with so much sexual en...
Tags: Art, Facebook, College, Rodin, Alexander Calder, Michelangelo, Stone, Durham NC Follow, Irving Stone, Anna Rubincam, David More Josh Jones, Rubincam, Solid Block of Stone

Hollywood Is Now Producing Companion Podcasts To Movies And TV Series

Why? Money, of course: to put it in business-speak, the companion podcast “offers a new way for creators to diversify IP assets.” What’s the draw? “People want to spend more time thinking and talking about the shows that they’re watching, whether they’re binge-watching it or watching it once a week,” says HBO’s director of podcasts. “It’s on their mind, and it’s a platform that really complements their watching experience.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Hbo, Hollywood, Media, Audience, 05.07.21

NPR Is Starting To Put Its Most Popular Podcasts On Traditional Radio

The traffic started out the other way, of course, with over-the-air programs being released as or adapted into podcasts. “But podcasting has turned into an incubator of sorts for new radio shows, with several now making their way to local airwaves. … Starting out as a podcast offers show creators a chance to explore and experiment while also building a following — which can help when the subject matter is inherently challenging.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Media, Npr, Audience, 05.03.21

San Diego Symphony Has A New $85 Million Outdoor Venue

The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, located on the downtown waterfront, seats up to 10,000 people and (because it’s San Diego and they can) will be used year-round. It hosts a livestream with selected orchestra members on May 21 and will have its first full orchestra concert, under music director Rafael Payaré, later this summer. – The San Diego Union-Tribune
Tags: Art, Music, San Diego, Rafael Payare, 05.13.21, Rady Shell, Jacobs Park

Archaeologists Object To Plans For New Floor For The Colosseum

Experts including Rossella Rea, the former director of the Colosseum, have raised concerns about the project’s €15m ($18.2) price tag, and claimed that the new floor will obscure views of the Colosseum’s subterranean bowels. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Visual, 05.10.21, Rossella Rea

St. Paul’s Cathedral In London Is Running Out Of Cash And Could Close

With the pandemic having cut off the revenue from tourist admissions, the landmark’s income is down by 90%. The engineer in charge of maintenance and upkeep says the 300-year-old building is “rotting” and all renovation projects have been halted; there’s little to no money for the professional choir that sings services; the Dean of the Cathedral said frankly, “If we can’t raise the resources to be able to employ the people to look after the building and pay for the heating and lighting, we woul...
Tags: Art, London, Issues, PAUL, 05.13.21, Dean of the Cathedral

Bayreuth Festival: Christian Thielemann May Have Lost His Other Job, Too

At the beginning of this week it was announced that the conductor (who was, when he was younger, hailed as a new Herbert von Karajan) was not offered a contract renewal at the orchestra and opera house in Dresden. It turns out that his term as music director at Wagner’s own opera house in Bayreuth expired on Jan. 1, and his name and title have reportedly disappeared from the festival’s website. Bayreuth’s spokesperson says only that Thielemann has a contract as a guest conductor for one opera t...
Tags: Art, Music, Dresden, Wagner, Bayreuth, Herbert von Karajan, Thielemann, 05.13.21

As Broadway Prepares To Reopen, Here’s How It Will (And Won’t) Be Operating Differently

“Ticket-buyers are being told they will be required to wear face masks (although it’s not clear how changing advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention might affect that expectation). Theaters will have upgraded HVAC systems with virus-trapping filters. Most ticketing will be digital. And theaters are reserving the right to impose a variety of safety protocols” — on casts and crews as well as on audiences. “Prices, at least so far, are similar to what they were prepandemic, alth...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Audience, 05.13.21

‘There’s Something Going On’ — Who Will Really Be Running LA’s MOCA?

“As the Museum of Contemporary Art prepares to reopen after a historic pandemic closure, it finds itself in the midst of restructuring, moving director Klaus Biesenbach into the role of artistic director and hiring an executive director to co-run the institution with him. But The Times has spoken with more than two dozen people including current and former MOCA employees, artists, curators and executives at other museums, and the majority were skeptical of the dual leadership model. … Will the ...
Tags: Art, The Times, Visual, Klaus Biesenbach, Moca, 05.13.21

What suit would George Washington wear if he were in office now?

The New York Times reports on . His is not the first effort to go viral, but the first so good that it has people arguing about the appropriateness of sartorial choices instead of pixel-peeping his chops. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Fashion, News, New York Times, George Washington, Shoop, Anachronism

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