friends and family reunion road trip: day eight: long-distance friends meet up in san francisco

Yesterday, after we dropped the pups at daycare, Allan and I took the BART into the city, but got off at separate stops. Allan was meeting a blog-friend (someone we have met before, and went to a game with the last time we were here, in 2010), and then had an appointment at Kayo Books, a mecca for collectors of pulp paperbacks. Allan always hunts down used book stores when we travel, but this was a special find, something he's wanted to do for years. (As usual, I had no idea of this until we pla...
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It’s Okay Not to Be Okay, and It Always Has Been. We Get It Better Now.

You don’t need to be an empath to feel the collective weight of turmoil right up to now. Life is always stressful; lately, the dial is on full blast for too long. You know the reasons why and that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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Eye Candy for Today: Whistler etching, Fumette

Fumette, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, etching, roughly 6 x 4″ (16 x 11 cm) Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project, original of this version of the print is in the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery. You can see other versions of the print in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. In this portrayal of his mistress Heloise — who was known as “Fumette” because of her temper — Whistler has brought his considerable etching skills to a study of value contrasts, darks...
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Lockdown Art #5: Weird and Whacky Recycled Waste Hats by Lynne Chapman

One of the really joyful aspects of the lockdowns was seeing people released from their normal timetables finding time to explore new avenues.  For some this was because "needs... [[ 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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Fawn Brindle SW 7640 by Sherwin-Williams

Fawn Brindle SW 7640 by Sherwin-Williams The BEST Color Training Program Finally… Learn to Decode Color to Get th...
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On my radar: Domhnall Gleeson’s cultural highlights

The actor on an exhibition that’s like a rave, the best crispy chicken and why he’s having to take a break from Kazuo Ishiguro’s latestDomhnall Gleeson was born in Dublin in 1983. Following his father, Brendan, into acting, he broke through in 2010 with small but memorable roles in Never Let Me Go, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (as Bill Weasley) and True Grit. He played the lead in Frank and a romantic interest in Brooklyn, though he is probably best known as General Hux in the lat...
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‘Runaway’: New Folio from Cold Turkey Press

Great beauty from great despair unbends the mind. In a pointless hostile universe that is every poet’s goal. ​ Verso and recto covers of Cold Turkey Press folio, to be published in an edition limited to 36 copies. (2021) Drawing from ‘destroyed books’ © 2006 by Gerard Bellaart.
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Melissa Ngan talks about collaboration in the arts and diversity

Melissa Ngan, President and CEO of American Composers Orchestra, discusses the importance of collaborative leadership in a diverse world.
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"People sometimes send us pieces that were deliberately made to be bad, and you can usually see right through that. It's fake bad art, and it shows."

Said Louise Sacco, the permanent acting interim director of the Museum of Bad Art, quoted in "Treasures from the Museum of Bad Art" (CBS). The article is from 2015. Some readers will know why I'm thinking about it today.Click through and scroll to see what sort of badness is museum-worthy. It must be "sincere and original, and something went wrong in a way that's interesting." I laughed a lot looking at these pictures — hardest at "President Kennedy Eating Ice Cream": It's obvious what went wro...
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The shows must go on: the best of Edinburgh fringe, in person and online

From a play in a car park to an online event from a shed, this year’s festival is finding new ways to entertainThe Edinburgh festival fringe, at its height, was a magnificent monster. The largest arts festival in the world, it was exhilaratingly, dizzyingly, dauntingly huge and – like a city-consuming ooze from a 1950s B-movie – it kept growing, year after year. In 2019, the fringe featured more than 3,500 shows in over 300 venues. And that’s without taking into account its less chaotic sibling,...
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Supporting Students Interested in a Career in the Performing Arts

It’s gratifying when a student lets you know that they are interested in pursuing a career in the performing arts. You have clearly made an impact on them, and they’re looking for assistance in taking the next steps. Here are some tips for teachers to help support their students as they begin their journey toward […]
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