Why Does Social Media Make Us Feel Bad? There’s Science For That!

Concerns around social media have become mainstream, but researchers have yet to elucidate the specific cognitive mechanisms that explain the toll it takes on our psychological wellbeing. New advances in computational neuroscience, however, are poised to shed light on this matter. – Aeon
Tags: Art, Ideas, 05.25.21

Can Robots Help Ease Loneliness?

In 2018, New York State’s Office for the Aging launched a pilot project, distributing Joy for All robots to sixty state residents and then tracking them over time. Researchers used a six-point loneliness scale, which asks respondents to agree or disagree with statements like “I experience a general sense of emptiness.” They concluded that seventy per cent of participants felt less lonely after one year. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Ideas, 05.24.21, New York State 's Office

Why Is Spotify Getting Into Virtual Concerts Just As In-Person Performances Are Coming Back?

The demand for remote performances is presumably waning, which is why it’s weird that Spotify just entered the virtual concert business and thinks people will pay $15 for prerecorded shows you can only watch once at a dictated time. – Mic
Tags: Art, Spotify, Music, 05.25.21

Cuban Artists Demand National Museum Take Down Their Work Until Fellow Artist Is Released

In an act of protest, the artists are now calling for any of their works on view in the museum to “be covered in such a way as to prevent their ‘communication’ to the public, and that those works that are not exhibited but belong to the collection be removed from the museum’s web page” until Manuel Luis Alcántara is returned home, his wellness is verified by friends and family and “the police siege that he has been subjected to since November 2020” ends. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Visual, 05.24.21, Manuel Luis Alcántara

Still Ticking: The Mousetrap, Running For 67 Years In London, Gets Set To Resume After Its COVID Pause

For 427 days, an old wooden board inside the foyer of St Martin’s Theatre in London was stuck on the number 28,199. It had ticked upwards every night for 67 years, logging the number of performances of the longest -running play in the world. But on March 16, 2020, The Mousetrap paused for breath. This seemingly immovable object met an unstoppable force: the coronavirus pandemic. –
Tags: Art, London, Theatre, St Martin, 05.25.21

Performance Artist And Director Robbie McCauley Dead At 78

“[Her] résumé included reimagining classic American plays through diverse casting and a stint in the ensemble of Ntozake Shange’s groundbreaking 1976 Broadway show, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf. But she was best known for shows she wrote and performed at venues like the Kitchen in Manhattan and Franklin Furnace in Brooklyn, in which she used her family and personal stories to confront universal issues.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Brooklyn, Broadway, Manhattan, Ntozake Shange, 05.25.21, Robbie McCauley, Franklin Furnace

We Need A New Model For Selling Music. How About This?

“I sometimes feel we’re losing sight of how valuable music is. I get messages on Patreon or Instagram from fans telling me how my music got them through a huge depression or losing a child. It was the same for me.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, 05.24.21

Forgotten Archive Of Brontë Family Manuscripts Headed To Auction

“The collection was put together by Arthur Bell Nicholls, the widower of Charlotte, who of the six Brontë children lived the longest, dying in 1855 at the age of 38. Nicholls sold the majority of the surviving Brontë manuscripts in 1895 to the notorious bibliophile and literary forger Thomas James Wise. The collectors and brothers Alfred and William Law … then acquired some of the family’s heirlooms from Wise … The Law brothers’ library at Honresfield House disappeared from public view when the...
Tags: Art, Law, Words, Alfred, Charlotte, William Law, Nicholls, 05.25.21, Arthur Bell Nicholls, Thomas James Wise, Honresfield House, Alfred Law

The best decks in America are ready for summer

The winners of the 2020 North American Deck Competition may just inspire a warm weather backyard renovation thanks to wow-worthy designs that feature pools, colored lights, sunken fire pits and much more.
Tags: Design, Lifestyle, America, Radio, News Brief, North American Deck And Railing Association

How ‘Cruella’ Makeup Artist Channeled the Punk Rock Aesthetic of 1970s London

Disney’s “Cruella” is both a live-action “101 Dalmatians” origin story and an ode to 1970s London. It’s set at the height of the punk rock era, when an “anything goes” mentality ruled music, fashion and makeup. When she took on the job, makeup head Nadia Stacey, who had previously worked with “Cruella” star Emma Stone […]
Tags: Design, London, Disney, Emma Stone, Mac Cosmetics, Cruella, Nadia Stacey

David Lan: In the age of apartheid, theatre resisted

The theatre director and writer looks back at the spirit of protest that fuelled daring dramas staged in South Africa 50 years agoI grew up in South Africa during the bleak, violent, seemingly never-ending iron age of apartheid. In 1971, when I was studying acting at Cape Town University, the National Party government built a monolithic 1,500-seat theatre complex in a commanding position near the centre of the city. The Afrikaner Nationalists had an easy rule of thumb by which to distinguish bet...
Tags: Books, Activism, Protest, Africa, Race, Theatre, World news, Culture, South Africa, Stage, William Shakespeare, Autobiography and memoir, Chekhov, Vanya, Athol Fugard, ANC (African National Congress

Finalists To Fill Trafalgar’s Fourth Plinth

Mayor Sadiq Khan said it was the “most international line-up” of artists. The landmark has been home to a rolling commission of artworks since 1998. The plinth was built in 1841 but remained empty due to a lack of funds. – BBC
Tags: Art, Visual, Sadiq Khan, 05.25.21

Costuming ‘Cruella’: The Fashion Behind a Villainous Disney Origin Story

Cruella de Vil has always been known for her notorious and outlandish sartorial statements, but how her signature black-and-white looks came to be is a story unto itself. Director Craig Gillespie traces the Disney villain’s origin story in the new live-action feature film “Cruella,” which follows Estella (played by Emma Stone, who also serves as […]
Tags: Design, Disney, Emma Stone, Cruella de Vil, Craig Gillespie, Estella, Cruella

The King Of Nouveau Hula

Patrick Makuakāne understands well the value of the traditional dances passed down through generations. (“I love those little gems. They’re like family heirlooms … they’re very precious and you understand they don’t need to be changed and their inherent value is just the way they are.”) But that doesn’t mean that, in his longtime base of San Francisco, he can’t mix in elements such as electronic music, the Lindy Hop, opera, drag queens, jazz, and Catholic school. – San Francisco Classical Voic...
Tags: Art, San Francisco, Dance, Catholic, Lindy Hop, 05.24.21, Nouveau Hula, Patrick Makuakāne

In Rushdie’s Defense…

In his new book, “Languages of Truth: Essays 2003-2020,” Rushdie attempts to perform a defensive castling move. He suggests his work has been misunderstood and mistreated because the literary culture has turned from brio-filled imaginative writing toward the humbler delights of “autofiction,” as exemplified by the work of Elena Ferrante and Karl Ove Knausgaard. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words, Elena Ferrante, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Rushdie, 05.24.21

This Island, A COVID Success Story, Had Kept Its Stages Running Right Through The Pandemic — Until Now

“A recent surge in cases — Taiwan’s worst outbreak since the start of the pandemic — has brought a halt to cultural life on the island, forcing performing arts centers, concert halls and museums to shutter just as they are coming back to life in the rest of the world. Performers from Taiwan and abroad have been caught in the middle, grappling with lost income and an avalanche of canceled engagements.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Taiwan, Issues, 05.25.21

NFT Of One Of YouTube’s Most-Viewed Videos Of All Times Is Sold For Beaucoup Bucks

Sunday’s spending spree means the mysterious anonymous bidder will become the owner of the Charlie Bit My Finger clip. But it also gives them a chance to create some follow-up content. The auction page says the NFT winner will be given the opportunity to “recreate a hilarious modern-day rendition of the classic clip” that will feature “the original stars, Harry and Charlie”. – BBC
Tags: Art, Media, Harry, NFT, 05.25.21

Amazon Buys MGM For $8.45 Billion

For Amazon, snapping up MGM — which has more than 4,000 movies and 17,000 TV shows in its catalog — is a way to supercharge its Prime Video service with a slew of well-known entertainment titles. In addition, Amazon is anticipating being able to mine Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer properties like the Pink Panther, Rocky and, yes, the 007 franchises for new originals. – Variety
Tags: Amazon, Art, Media, MGM, Metro Goldwyn Mayer, 05.26.21, Amazon Buys MGM

Largest Queer Theatre In L.A. Fires Director For Sexual Misconduct

Michael A. Shepperd, artistic director of Celebration Theatre, has been terminated following an internal investigation of allegations that he groped and propositioned an actor backstage during the company’s 2019 production of The Producers. Shepperd, describing Celebration Theatre as “a queer safe space” where flirting and physical affection were common, maintains that any and all contact between him and his accuser was consensual. – Yahoo! (Los Angeles Times)
Tags: Art, Theatre, 05.25.21, Michael A Shepperd

Federal Court OKs Alan Dershowitz’s Libel Suit Against CNN

Representing Trump during his first impeachment trial, Dershowitz ended his answer to a question from Sen. Ted Cruz by saying, “Every public official that I know believes that his election is in the public interest, … and if a president does something which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment.” During coverage that evening, CNN political analyst Paul Begala said, “The Dershowitz Doctrine would make pre...
Tags: Art, Media, Cnn, Ted Cruz, Trump, Federal Court, Alan Dershowitz, Dershowitz, Paul Begala, 05.25.21, Libel Suit Against CNN, Dershowitz Doctrine

‘Let The People Pee Without Missing A Note!’ — Maybe Doing Two-Hour Operas With No Intermission Isn’t Such A Good Idea

For its first post-pandemic performances this fall, Lyric Opera of Chicago — based, it seems, on feedback from potential audience members and official guidelines last year — decided to keep all performances under two-and-a-half hours and eliminate intermission. When he reported this, writes Chris Jones, “my mailbox immediately filled up with one burning question from Chicago’s opera fans: When do I pee?” – Yahoo! (Chicago Tribune)
Tags: Art, Music, Chicago, Audience, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chris Jones, 05.25.21

England’s Amateur Choirs Were Ready To Sing Again After A Year, And Then —

“Choirs had been working under the assumption that restrictions on rehearsals would be relaxed on 17 May, at the same time as shops, bars and hairdressers opened up. Instead, the guidelines” — revised the following day to limit indoor rehearsals to six people and those outdoors to 30 — “were actually more draconian than the ones in place last September and October, when infection rates were higher, and no-one had been vaccinated.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Music, England, 05.26.21

Louvre Gets New Director, Its First Female Boss In History

“The French president Emmanuel Macron has nominated Laurence des Cars, currently the president of the Musée d’Orsay, to helm the Louvre in a major shake-up at the world-famous Paris institution. … Des Cars will head across the Seine river to replace its current president Jean-Luc Martinez, who was unsuccessful in his campaign for a third term.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Paris, Louvre, Seine, Visual, Musée, Emmanuel Macron, Jean Luc Martinez, Laurence des Cars, 05.26.21

Anna Halprin, Pioneer Of Postmodern Dance, Dead At 100

“Before Halprin, American dance was cast in [Martha] Graham’s regal mold, presented formally onstage, and performed by highly trained bodies that acted out the choreographer’s vision in a rarefied movement language. Halprin’s rebellion was to declare that any movement, performed with presence and intention, could be a dance, and anybody could be a dancer.” – San Francisco Chronicle
Tags: Art, People, Dance, Graham, Halprin, 05.25.21, Anna Halprin

The Mysterious Foundation That Rescued Performing Arts Orgs From Pandemic Ruin

Here is the story — told, it must be said, rather against the wishes of its founder, who’d have preferred privacy — of the Alphadyne Foundation. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Issues, 05.26.21

‘It’s cooler to hang Lennon’s guitar than a Picasso’: pop culture wins out at auctions

Sales of items from celebrities such as Janet Jackson and K-poppers BTS are trending – and reframing what goes under the hammerIs celebrity merchandise the new Monet? Auction houses are in flux, with more and more pop culture items being sold under the hammer for six and seven-figure sums.Last month, Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills hosted a three-day auction of Janet Jackson’s personal belongings, including some of her most iconic stage outfits. Buyers included Kim Kardashian, who snagged Jac...
Tags: Art, Fashion, Music, Kim Kardashian, Instagram, Film, Los Angeles, Life and style, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, Pop and rock, Beverly Hills, Jackson, Nirvana

Applicable Small Bathroom Decorating Ideas for Small Apartments

This applicable bathroom space decor was designed for those who still confuse to choose the suitable decoration for their bathroom space especially for the apartment owner. Actually, the design of this bathroom series review was try to accommodate the style of a young generation. We can see the beautiful decoration of these bathroom series was designed for the small apartment so that we will see the decorative decoration in small space. These small bathroom inspirations designs were designed in ...
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