The Blogger Preserving Jewish Ballet

In college, Beatrice Waterhouse started wondering where she could find information about Jews in the ballet world. So she created a Tumblr site, “‘People of the Barre’ (which, yes, is a play on ‘people of the book’) and started using the blog to store tidbits she came across about Jews in ballet, mainly for her own reference.” – Forward
Tags: Art, Dance, 06.13.21, Beatrice Waterhouse

Quantum Computing Will Not Change Everything

Despite the hype, the reality is different – and to resist the hucksters, we need to understand why. – Wired
Tags: Art, Ideas, 06.13.21

A Guide To The Pulitzer Prize Books

Northern Hemisphere summer reading plans, here you go. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words, Northern Hemisphere, 06.11.21

Yusef Komunyakaa On Poetry And The Pandemic

Komunyakaa: Writing poetry “feels like one has been chosen as a caretaker of observation. There’s a certain reality, but also there’s a certain kind of dreaming, and that place takes us someplace that we never dreamt of.” –
Tags: Art, Words, Yusef Komunyakaa, Komunyakaa, 06.12.21

Brexit May Cause A Royal Mess With Copyright, Authors Warn

Living authors like Kate Mosse and Philip Pullman are worried because as Britain exits the EU, protections have changed. “Authors and publishers fear that changing the rules could mean that cheap international editions of a book would pour into the UK, eroding the money authors could make from a domestic sale.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, UK, Eu, Britain, Words, Philip Pullman, Kate Mosse, 06.10.21

The Fights Over Robert Indiana’s Estate Come To An End

It’s been an expensive and draining series of legal battles. “After three years of courtroom hostilities, the estate of the artist Robert Indiana and the artist’s former business partner said Friday that they had agreed to settle the legal disputes that cost the estate millions of dollars and clouded the market for a man known for such works as the sculpture, LOVE.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, Robert Indiana, 06.11.21

Juilliard Students Lead Music, Dance-Filled Protests Over Tuition Hikes

After a planned protest in one of the school’s buildings, the students “were barred from the Diamond building, and the school told them that it was investigating an incident that included reported violations ‘pertaining to community safety.’ On Thursday, about 20 students continued their tuition protest on the sidewalk outside, waving placards and accusing the school of using heavy-handed tactics to quell dissent.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, 06.11.21

Netflix’s ‘Selena’ Disrespected The Singer And The Latinx Staff, Writers Say

The story of Selena Quintanilla is quintessentially American – so why did Netflix order it as a Latin American original with a tiny budget that meant filming in Mexico and paying writers (and other staff members) much, much less than they would have gotten in the U.S.? “Their love for Selena, the writers said, drove them to take the job despite the low wages, but all expressed frustration at the disrespect they say they felt being underpaid and overworked for a series that quickly dominated Net...
Tags: Art, Mexico, Netflix, Issues, Selena, Selena Quintanilla, 06.11.21

How Historical Fiction Became Literary Again

For decades, the literary world disdained historical fiction. “It has been seen as its own fusty fashion, relentlessly uncontemporary and easy to caricature, filled with mothballed characters who wear costumes rather than clothes, use words like ‘Prithee!’ while having modern-day thoughts, and occasionally encounter villains immediately recognizable by their yellow teeth or suspicious smell. What light could such novels possibly shed on the present day?” Ask Hilary Mantel. – The New York Times ...
Tags: Art, Words, Hilary Mantel, Prithee, 06.13.21

The Formerly Hidden Histories Of Africans In England

English Heritage commissioned six portraits to emphasize the history – including Roman emperor Septimius Severus, who ordered the strengthening of Hadrian’s Wall while on a trip to Britain. English Heritage’s curatorial director: “African figures from the past have played significant roles at some of the historic sites in our care but many of their stories are not very well known.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, England, Visual, Hadrian, Septimius Severus, 06.09.21

Brandon Taylor On Escaping The ‘Hermetic Severity’ Of His Booker-Nominated First Novel

Taylor’s Real Life hit many “best of” lists for 2020, and a collection of loosely linked short stories comes out this month. “My most formative early reading was the Bible, which haunts me still, and the first author I loved was Pat Conroy, because the lyrical language of The Prince of Tides sounded so much like the Bible. I tried to imitate that intensity when I started writing, and then I was like, no; a lot of black writers get called raw and visceral because they write lyrically, and if I c...
Tags: Art, Words, Taylor, Pat Conroy, Brandon Taylor, 06.12.21

What Hollywood Could Learn From The ‘Kim’s Convenience’ Scandal

The sitcom’s actors took to social media to say more about the series’ abrupt end – and the series itself. Their posts “threw into sharp relief the ongoing reluctance of producers and executives from Hollywood to Toronto to trust and empower Asian actors, writers and directors to tell their own stories — and as Yoon and Liu both pointed out, few of the writers for Kim’s Convenience were of Asian descent.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Toronto, Kim, Yoon, Issues, Liu, 06.13.21

A Much, Much Larger Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Is On Its Way

The collection certainly demands a change: “The current facility, which opened in 1997, originally housed a collection of 40 O’Keeffe paintings. The museum had always been looking to expand, Hartley said, but as the years went on and the museum’s permanent collection size increased to more than 3,000 works — the Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation donated 981 additional items in 2006, the year it dissolved — it became clear relocation would be the better option.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Georgia, Visual, Hartley, 06.11.21, Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation

The New Yorker Union Is Prepared To Strike

The writers, contributors, and freelance editorial workers are prepared to produce a strike issue – or a Labor Peace issue. It all depends on how negotiations end up. – LitHub
Tags: Art, Words, 06.11.21

Kids Was An Amazing Film – That Ruined Its Subjects’ Lives

When Kids came out in 1995, it won awards, had incredible box-office success for a film so raunchy, and essentially took the film world by storm. But “the film’s legacy is more complicated. Many of the young men and women … tapped to play key roles struggled to find work after the film premiered, and grew frustrated that they’d been paid a pittance while the director and the Weinstein brothers scored major paydays.” – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, Weinstein, 06.12.21

Theatre Workers With Long Covid Worry About A Return To Work

Theatre working conditions often aren’t ideal for anyone, much less people whose bodies and minds have been harmed by the virus. “Theatre artists and practitioners with chronic illnesses and disabilities have long documented how the industry is inaccessible or even unkind.” Can theatre change? – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Theatre, 06.08.21

Riz Ahmed Wants Far More, And Far Better, Muslim Rep In Hollywood

And it’s not just Hollywood. In recent USC study, the researchers “combed through 200 popular films from the U.S., the U.K., Australia and New Zealand from 2017 to 2019. They found that only six of them had a Muslim in a co-leading role, and only one of those was female. Of the nearly 9,000 speaking parts, fewer than two percent were Muslim. And there none in animated movies.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Australia, New Zealand, Usc, Riz Ahmed, 06.12.21

How The Pandemic Has Changed Our Brains

It’s been … a lot. “It is a generation-defining cataclysm, but for many of us the day-to-day reality has been lonely, even dull. It is a call to action, but the most useful thing most of us can do is stay at home. Covid-19 is a disease that attacks the lungs, but it has also worsened mental health while causing a drastic reduction in patients seeking care for depression, self-harm, eating disorders and anxiety.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Ideas, 06.12.21

Keeping It Real – And Dreamy Too

To make In the Heights work as a movie, the playwright and scriptwriter Quiera Alegría Hudes had to make painful cuts, and so did songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda. How to keep it faithful to the feel of the stage show? Director Jon Chu: “What they had created is not just a show. It is a life force.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, Lin Manuel Miranda, Jon Chu, 06.11.21, Quiera Alegría Hudes

Edinburgh fringe performers feel ‘jilted’ as Covid closes venues again

Only a handful of events will be staged this year as producers complain about ‘dithering’ by council and Scottish governmentCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAudiences and performers from around the world will once again have no anarchic festival home in the Scottish capital to head for this August. The vast Edinburgh festival fringe – the largest annual concentration of live comedy, drama, cabaret, music and dance – is to be restricted to just a few events and an array...
Tags: Scotland, Theatre, UK News, Culture, Stage, Festivals, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Festival, Fringe theatre, Guy Masterson

Sir Ian McKellen: ‘What does old mean? Quite honestly I feel about 12’

It’s half a century since Sir Ian McKellen first played Hamlet. Now he’s starring as the Dane again – at 82. He talks about his extraordinary life, why he’ll never write his memoir – and his one lasting regretOh, birthdays,” Sir Ian McKellen growls, on the occasion of his 82nd. “At my age I don’t do birthdays.” The wider world has not yet been informed, however, and cheerful cards have come in stacks to McKellen’s London townhouse. Messages chime in on his computer and two landline phones ring o...
Tags: London, Film, Theatre, Life and style, Culture, Stage, Harry Potter, Lord Of The Rings, Ian Mckellen, McKellen

How did a £120 painting become a £320m Leonardo … then vanish?

A film about the disputed Salvator Mundi blames the National Gallery for its role in giving credibility to the claim that it was the artist’s lost workThe National Gallery is facing controversy over its role in the tangled story of how the world’s most expensive painting emerged from obscurity before being sold for a staggering £320m, only to vanish again from the public eye.The gallery exhibited the Salvator Mundi in its Leonardo da Vinci exhibition a decade ago when it was an unknown work with...
Tags: Art, Film, Painting, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, National Gallery, Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi, Documentary films

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