Documentary: What Made Alvin Ailey Ailey

 The Ailey company has performed on six continents for millions of people. His 1960 ballet “Revelations” is considered a cultural treasure. – Washington Post
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Is There A Future For Film Festivals?

American film festivals faced an identity crisis even before the pandemic. An impenetrably dense media landscape, the proliferation of on-demand content, and market instability created a mounting sense of uncertainty. IndieWire
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The Singular Voice Of Janet Malcolm

The kind of writing that Malcolm practiced so beautifully had been disappearing for a long time when she died, and today it is nearly gone. n+one
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Why Do We Go To War? It’s Quite Simple, Really

There are only three such impulses: greed, self-defense, and ideas or emotions. – The Nation
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Great Barrier Reef won't be listed as an endangered site just yet

The Great Barrier Reef will not be listed as a world heritage site in danger after consideration by the World Heritage Committee. A proposal made by scientists at UNESCO earlier this year called on the committee to list the barrier reef as an endangered site, following degradation caused by climate change and human interference. During the 21-country World Heritage Committee meeting, it was decided that the reef will not be listed as endangered just yet, but the committee allowed room for future...
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Whitworth Gallery in Manchester Mints William Blake NFT for Social Benefit Projects

Manchester’s Whitworth Gallery  will minting and sell an NFT of William Blake’s Europe Plate i: Frontispiece, The Ancient of Days, and will set the funds aside for “socially beneficial projects.” “The Whitworth decided to embark on this project because it wanted to think about how it could redistribute the wealth of its collections in the most democratic way. […]
Tags: Art, News, Manchester, William Blake, Art News, Minipost, NFT, Whitworth, Whitworth Gallery, NFT for Social Benefit Projects, Europe Plate

How DeepFake Voices Are hanging Hollywood

The voice imitation revolution is already here, and artists, technologists and companies in several industries who use the new tech are grappling with the big question of what happens when you separate speech from the speaker. – Los Angeles Times
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Controversy Flies Over Departures at Barcelona’s Contemporary Art Museum

English curator Tanya Barson and head of programs Pablo Martínez are out at Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, creating a conflict among art world insiders. “I strongly believe that a major motivation for the restructuring was a way of effecting our departure from the museum because we had permanent contracts,” Barson says. Read more at The Guardian  
Tags: Art, News, Barcelona, Art News, Minipost, Barson, Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, Pablo Martinez, Tanya Barson

Ecologyst is a truly transparent fashion brand

Ecologyst has created a truly transparent clothing company where the retail, factory and warehouse spaces are all in the same location. The large new Ecologyst facility in Victoria, British Columbia recently opened to the public. Here, the shoppers and the people making the clothing are only separated by a few steps. The Ecologyst brand is known throughout Canada for creating sustainable fashion. The clothing uses 100% all-natural, biodegradable materials like merino wool and cotton. Customers ...
Tags: Design, Canada, Victoria British Columbia, Colin Harper, Intergravity, Ecologyst

Study: Seeing Theatre Increases Empathy, Influences Behavior

Seeing theatre changed people’s behavior. After seeing the plays, people donated more to charity — whether or not the charity was related to the topics in the plays.” – Psypost
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Extreme weather: Is the climate changing faster than expected?

We’ve been hearing about climate change for decades. But extreme weather events like the devastating European floods and the recent 115-degree temps in the Pacific Northwest have people wondering if we’re closer to the end than we thought. Is climate change ramping up? Are we way ahead of models forecast by climate scientists? Daniel Swain, a climate scientist and extreme weather expert at UCLA, says it’s more complicated than that. “I’m less convinced that recent events tell us that things are ...
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Why Framing The Question Is The Most Important Part Of The Debate

Any question, any debate must be formulated. How and whether the question can be resolved is contingent on the way it is formulated. – 3 Quarks Daily
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Meddling with Medici (Part II): “Unattainable Perfection,” Viewer Disaffection

Part I is here. For many museum visitors, the “Medici” cited in the title of the Metropolitan Museum’s current
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Sanya Farm Lab honors architecture, culture and agriculture

The new Sanya Farm Lab is a four-story exhibition space that provides 4,000 square meters of space for education, play and innovative ideas. It is located in Nanfan High Tech District of Sanya, the southernmost city on tropical Hainan Island, an area transitioning into a scientific and agricultural research hub. The Sanya Farm Lab reflects the surrounding area, where the government is investing in research around critical issues like environmental changes, land/water scarcity and food production...
Tags: Design, China, Beijing, Public Spaces, Vertical Farming, Hainan Island, Agricultural architecture, Farm Lab, Sanya Farm Lab, Nanfan High Tech District of Sanya, CLOU Architects, Hainan Li, Shining Laboratory

New Data On Who Leads America’s Dance Companies

There have been 207 Artistic Directors employed by the Largest 50 US ballet companies to date. Of the 207 Artistic Directors, only 60 have been women (29%), and the remaining 147 have been men (71%). –
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Is Venetian Red the key to the zappy red in Thomas Lawrence's portraits

For years I've been trying to work out why the red much used by Thomas Lawrence in his portraits should look so vibrant and have remained in such good condition to this day. This post is about a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: [email protected] (Making A Mark)]
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Abusive Philanthropy…

When donors require stewardship – due to insistent input on the inner workings of the organization, threats of withholding financial support, or continual adamant requirements to be thanked or recognized at every possible opportunity – the organization is drained of its energy. – LinkedIn
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9 companies with free or inexpensive interior design services to help you upgrade your home on a budget

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Modsy Typically, hiring an interior designer to maximize your space is expensive. A few major retailers and startups offer free or affordable services to help you design your space. Here are nine free or affordable interior design services that will help you make the most of your space. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Some people have an eye for interior design. They can look at a blank space or, e...
Tags: Reviews, Kitchen, Home, Startups, Design, Home Decor, Trends, Furniture, Interior Design, Clare, Modsy, Interior Decorating, Havenly, Christiane Lemieux, Nicole Gibbons, Mara Leighton

Working At An Amazon Warehouse Is Dangerous, And Getting Injured There Is Worse

Getting injured can happen quickly in a bustling Amazon warehouse. Then there’s trying to get the company to respond. – Boston Globe
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Mockingbirds Create Songs Pretty Much The Way Humans Do

Timbre morphing, pitch morphing, stretch morphing and squeeze morphing: “Mockingbirds compose their songs much like human composers do, drawing phrases from other birds’ melodies that follow these four basic morphing modes.” – Wired
Tags: Art, Music, 07.23.21

Jackie Mason, Who Kept The Borscht Belt Style Alive And Brought It To Broadway, 93

Mason, “a former rabbi from a long line of rabbis, … made comic capital as a Jew feeling his way — sometimes nervously, sometimes pugnaciously — through a perplexing gentile world.” – The New York Times
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ARCspace's prefab homes are a quick and sustainable housing solution

The construction industry is responsible for considerable pollution and waste. Builders are leaning into innovative designs and material development to curb the environmental impact through sustainable architecture. ARCspace, a modular building developer, is one such business offering a solution for wasteful traditional construction, while introducing a host of other benefits. ARCspace is a division of Sustainable Building Council Ltd., located in the Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor. As a parent ...
Tags: Design, California, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay, Modular, Prefab, Tiny Homes, Tiny Home, Prefabricated, Prefabricated Architecture, Prefabricated Construction, Sustainable Building Council Ltd, Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor

How Cincinnati Opera Is Reinventing Itself… Outdoors

“When we made the decision that we couldn’t perform indoors in Music Hall, the hunt was on. Of course, the first obvious choice would be the Zoo,” said artistic director Evans Mirageas. – Cincinnati Business Journal
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A Memoir Of What Hollywood Men Took And Took And Took From A Young Star

Theoretically, things are different in a post-#MeToo Hollywood from when Mena Suvari was a young star. She thinks they should be, and adds, “If I can shave off a summer of suffering for someone, I want to.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Words, Mena Suvari, 07.23.21

The Largest Wind Instrument In The World

Hint: It’s in San Francisco. (And a musician just made an album with its tourist-pleasing self.) – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Music, San Francisco, World, 07.25.21

As The Movie ‘Spirited Away’ Turns Twenty, An Evaluation Of How It Changed Animation

The movie made animation a legitimate genre in Japan, and set up young girls as true heroines in their own lives. – Time Magazine
Tags: Art, Japan, Media, 07.20.21

How The Mafia Destroyed Southern Italy And Sicily With Concrete

Palermo is ugly for a reason: “Vito Ciancimino, a mobster from the violent Corleonesi clan, ordered the demolition of splendid art nouveau mansions to make space for brutalist tower blocks, covering vast natural and garden areas with tonnes of concrete.” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Palermo, Visual, Vito Ciancimino, 07.25.21

Why Eric Carle’s Whimsical Books Are So Important For Children – And Adults

Jonathan Kozol: “There’s nothing wrong with treating children or yourself to a bit of whimsy and wonderment and unimportant foolishness in a world that’s all too full of tears.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words, Eric Carle, Jonathan Kozol, 07.25.21

The Death-Positive Library

Truly, the UK has invented – and spread – a library movement for our times. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, UK, Ideas

Too Much Screen Time Can Literally Make Some People Sick

And when we say “literally,” we mean it: “These symptoms fall into three categories: nausea, oculomotor issues, and general disorientation.” – FastCompany
Tags: Art, Issues, 07.24.21

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