The incredible NuPenny Toy Store is on exhibit in the middle of a Kansas prairie

The NuPenny Toy Store is a small building filled with toys from an alternate retrofuturist universe. You can look through the windows, but you can't open the door to get in. I've long been fascinated by the NuPenny Toy Store, and by everything else Randy Regier creates (subscribe to his Instagram). — Read the rest
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Turning Point: COVID Lockdown Has Freed Dance From Its Confines

We have embodied elements of resistance—resisting what a “dancer” looks like, what a dance “should” look like. And perhaps most importantly, we have resisted the isolation and fear of this pandemic. – Zocalo Zocalo
Tags: Art, Dance, 07.15.21

Study: Gut Bacteria In Boys Linked To Heightened Brain Cognition

Boys at one year of age with a gut bacterial composition that was high in the bacteria Bacteroidetes were found to have more advanced cognition and language skills one year later. – MedicalXpress MedicalXpress
Tags: Art, Ideas, 07.13.21

Study: Culture Warriors On The Left Are Angrier Than Those on the Right

Those at the liberal end of the debate consistently have more negative views of conservatives than the other way round. – Prospect Prospect
Tags: Art, Ideas, 07.05.21

There Is No Debate About Critical Race Theory – It’s One Side Arguing With Itself

The Republican operatives, who dismiss the expositions of critical race theorists and anti-racists in order to define critical race theory and anti-racism, and then attack those definitions, are effectively debating themselves. – The Atlantic The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Ideas, 07.07.21

The Romance Of Going To Space Has Been Corrupted By Profit

The notion that private corporations ought to achieve something that states have been able to do since the 1960s—fly to space—is a peculiarly U.S. one. It combines domestic libertarianism with the more global ethos of neoliberalism. – Boston Review Boston Review
Tags: Art, Ideas, 07.14.21

Career Paths In Theatre Are Messed Up

“Am I, at age 35, five years into my job, just part of the next generation who will stay in their cool theater jobs too long?” – San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle
Tags: Art, Theatre, 07.14.21

Even As Restrictions Are Lifting, COVID Is Still Shutting Down West End Shows

Boris Johnson has insisted that capacity limits and other pandemic measures will end in England on July 19. Nevertheless, as the Delta variant of the novel coronavirus surges, theatres are going dark when a company member tests positive and colleagues have to quarantine. – The New York Times The New York Times
Tags: Art, England, Theatre, Boris Johnson

How Pakistan Developed A Jazz Scene, Thanks To The U.S. State Department

During the Cold War, jazz was seen as a tool of cultural diplomacy, and the likes of Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, and Dizzy Gillespie were sent on tour to Karachi, Lahore, and other cities. Their concerts sparked the development of a Pakistani style of jazz. – The Guardian The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, Pakistan, U S State Department, Dizzy Gillespie, Karachi Lahore, Duke Ellington Dave Brubeck

Quick Study: An International Reckoning of Economic Losses from COVID-19 to the Arts

For this episode of the NEA podcast Quick Study, I discuss UNESCO’s report, Cultural and Creative Industries in the Face of COVID-19: An Economic Impact Outlook. The full report is available here. A transcript of the podcast is at the NEA’s website. Click here for the most recent episode of Quick Study.
Tags: Art, Unesco, Creative Industries, Nea, Ajblogs, COVID

British MPs Propose Reform Of Music Streaming Revenue Sharing

In a report, they said royalties should be split 50/50, instead of the current rate, where artists receive about 16%. – BBC BBC
Tags: Art, Music, 07.15.21

Review: 122nd Annual Exhibition of the Pastel Society

This is a review of the 122nd Annual Exhibition of the Pastel Society - as in the hung version - currently on view in all three galleries at the Mall Galleries in London. I'm going to start with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: [email protected] (Making A Mark)]
Tags: Art, London, Art Exhibition, Graphite, Mall Galleries, Art Society, Charcoal, Pastels, Pastel, Pastel Society, Coloured Pencils, London Art Shows, Annual Exhibition, Dry Media, 122nd Annual Exhibition of the Pastel Society

Going Back To Work Might Be A Bit Awkward For New York City Ballet’s Georgina Pazcoguin

The 36-year-old soloist has just released a memoir, titled Swan Dive: The Making of a Rogue Ballerina, includes some very candid, and none too flattering, depictions of company life. “The brave thing,” she says, “is going to be walking into the rehearsal studio Aug. 3.” – The New York Times The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, New York City Ballet, Georgina Pazcoguin

The Therapy Game – How Games Are Therapy

Therapy can and even sometimes should feel like a game. For when we play, we are present. But more importantly, we are malleable, dropping preconceived notions of what should or shouldn’t happen. – Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Ideas, 07.13.21

Is This Really “America’s Oldest Theatre”?

That’s what the banner says at Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre, where performances have been happening since 1808. As protesters demand action on diversity, equity, and inclusion and accountability for the artistic director, Alaina Johns looks at the claim and finds that “it ain’t necessarily so.” – Broad Street Review (Philadelphia)
Tags: Art, Theatre, America, Philadelphia, Walnut Street Theatre, Alaina Johns

Study: We Could Prevent 20 Percent Of Deaths By Redesigning Cities

Research has shown, for instance, that 20% of all deaths could be prevented if cities were designed to meet the recommendations for physical activity, air pollution, noise, heat, and green space. – Fast Company Fast Company
Tags: Art, Ideas, 07.13.21

We Need Literature To Tell Untold Stories. But When Is It Appropriation?

How can writers tell and translate stories about marginalized groups without exploitation or appropriation? – Metropolitan (Japan) Metropolitan
Tags: Art, Words, 07.13.21

Christian Boltanski, Who Turned Found Objects Into Haunting Art Installations, Dead At 76

“Boltanski’s installations often make grand statements about death, particularly as it relates to the Holocaust, World War II, and the lingering effects of these events on Europe. … At times, these cold works bore out some relationship to Boltanski’s own complicated biography.” – ARTnews ARTnews
Tags: Art, Europe, People, Christian Boltanski, Boltanski

Facebook And Instagram Say They’ll Give $1 Billion To Content Creators Through 2022

“The program is invite-only but will allow creators to earn money by using certain features on Facebook or Instagram, such as by regularly livestreaming. There will also be bonus structures that encourage creators to sign up for IGTV ads, create Reels or use in-stream ads.” – The Hollywood Reporter The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Facebook, Media

Is This Or Is This Not A Goya? The Prado Can’t Make Up Its Mind

The Madrid museum decided back in 2008 that The Colossus was painted by an apprentice rather than the master himself. Now curators are hedging their bets, describing the work as “attributed to Goya” rather than reauthenticating it outright. – Artnet Artnet
Tags: Art, Madrid, Prado, Goya, Visual

Alexa Poems Must Be a Genre By Now

Alexa Dear Why am I getting that ad on my device? Alexa, I want a divorce. Did you hear me? I can’t spell it out for you. No, don’t thank me. Don’t wipe my nose. I can brush my own teeth. Alexa, you’re the biggest pain in the ass since childhood with mother, and that was so long ago I don’t care to remember. But you,  Alexa, you remember everything, don’t you! Everything I feed you. Everything you overhear. If I were paranoid, I would spin bold tales of grand conspiracies. I love th...
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Extended Sale! Select Cricut Accessories & Materials 50% Off!

  If you have a Cricut, this is the deal for you! Check out this sale direct from Cricut! Materials & Accessories 50% off! I love the onesies, you can use them to make numbered onesies for cute monthly age photos. Sale Extended to July 20th! So many great accessories available at amazing prices: is... Read More
Tags: Deals, Art, Crafts, Kids, Coupons, Online Deals

With Sydney Back In COVID Lockdown, Arts Promised Millions In New Aid

The New South Wales state government announced $75 million (Aus) in funding to compensate arts organizations that have had to close their doors again. – Limelight (Australia) Limelight (Australia)
Tags: Art, New South Wales, Sydney, Issues

Knopf Names Sonny Mehta’s Successor As Editor In Chief

Arguably the most prestigious division of the Penguin Random House conglomerate, Knopf has been without a leader since Mehta, who held the job for 32 years, died in late 2019. The new boss is Jordan Pavlin, whose current title at Knopf is editorial director. – The New York Times The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words, Penguin Random House, Mehta, Knopf, Knopf Names Sonny Mehta, Jordan Pavlin

Jeff Bezos Gives Smithsonian Air And Space Museum $200 Million

It’s the largest donation in the Smithsonian Institution’s history, and $70 million of it will go toward the museum’s ongoing renovation, while the remaining $130 million will fund a new education center. – AP AP
Tags: Art, Jeff Bezos, Issues, Smithsonian Institution

Houston Symphony’s Next Music Director Will Be Juraj Valčuha

The 45-year-old Slovakian maestro, currently music director of the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples and for seven years chief conductor of Italy’s national radio orchestra in Turin, will take up the post upon Andrés Orozco-Estrada departure at the end of next season. – Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle
Tags: Art, Music, Italy, Naples, Turin, Juraj Valcuha, HOUSTON SYMPHONY, Andres Orozco Estrada, Teatro di San Carlo

Michelangelo’s middlebrow moment

In today’s Wall Street Journal “Sightings” column, I write about how Irving Stone—and Charlton Heston—introduced Michelangelo to a generation of American readers and filmgoers. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Like Shakespeare and Beethoven, Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) is one of those giants of Western culture who is known by only one name—and not just to highbrows but pretty much everybody. Even those whose awareness of the visual arts is restricted to the Mona Lisa and “The Last Sup...
Tags: Art, David, Vatican, Beethoven, Shakespeare, Hamlet, Wall Street Journal, Ajblogs, Rex Harrison, Michelangelo, Charlton Heston, Sistine Chapel, Irving Stone, Carol Reed, Beethoven Michelangelo Buonarroti

What is Wireframing and Why is it Important in Web Design?

Let’s start with the basics. What is a wireframe? Wireframes are much like the blueprints for your home. They are a two-dimensional skeletal outline of a webpage. Wireframes provide clear overviews of page layouts and structure, information architecture, functionality, and clarifies the intended features of a [...]}
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