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Disney Adds AI: Are You Ready To Speak With Your Favorite Fantasy Character?

How long before Disney replaces the humans who portray characters in its parks with machines? Today, impressive robot stuntman; tomorrow, creepy robot Cinderella signing autographs outside the castle. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Disney, Issues


Covid Casualties: National Gallery Abruptly Pulls Out of Major Show of Genoese Baroque Art UPDATED

Having just gotten my Pfizer booster shot (thank you, Walgreens), I returned home to the temperature-raising news that the
Tags: Art, Walgreens, Pfizer, Ajblogs


Covid Casualties: National Gallery Abruptly Pulls Out of Major Show of Genoese Baroque Art

Having just gotten my Pfizer booster shot (thank you, Walgreens), I returned home to the temperature-raising news that the
Tags: Art, Walgreens, Pfizer, Ajblogs


Covid Casualties: National Gallery Pulls Out of Major Show of Genoese Baroque Art UPDATED

Having just gotten my Pfizer booster shot (thank you, Walgreens), I returned home to the temperature-raising news that the
Tags: Art, Walgreens, Pfizer, Ajblogs


Ravinia Recreates Leonard Bernstein In An Immersive Experience

What sticks, at least on a first viewing, is the technology at play—the light, the sound, the figures that look real enough to embrace. – Chicago Reader
Tags: Art, Music, Chicago, Leonard Bernstein, Ravinia


What Do Students Need To Know?

The anodyne blandness of the term “general education” should not distract us from its critical place in the curriculum. General education forces a question that most institutions today would probably rather avoid: What should all students learn? – The Point
Tags: Art, Ideas


How International Students Are Propping Up Higher Education

International students the product of a system that has blurred the lines between immigration and education in an unofficial, ad hoc arrangement meant to appeal to potential immigrants while avoiding any responsibility for their settlement. – The Walrus
Tags: Art, Issues


Music Teacher Makes Interactive Map Of 500 Forgotten Women Composers

 “We’ve never given them the place they deserve in history. They don’t appear in musical history books, their works aren’t played at concerts and their music isn’t recorded.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music


A Cultural History Of Color

The Optical Society of America lists 2,755 primary colours, while paint manufacturers now offer more than 40,000 dyes and pigments, so many, says Fox, that they have run out of sensible names for them. – Literary Review
Tags: Art, Fox, Visual, Optical Society of America


The Case Of The Dresden Jewel Heist And The Fearsome Berlin Crime Family

Joshua Hammer (author of The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu) does a deep-dive into the royal gems stolen from the famous Green Vault, the Remmo clan accused of being the perps, and the likely (and worrisome) fate of the treasure. – GQ
Tags: Art, Timbuktu, Visual, Green Vault, Joshua Hammer


Mysterious fish deaths in Mar Menor Spain prompt investigation

Prosecutors in Spain have launched investigations into the mysterious death of fish along the shores of Mar Menor in southeast Spain. Mar Menor is one of the largest saltwater lagoons in Europe and home to a rich diversity of sea species. This week, residents noticed dead fish washing up along the shores and raised alarm by posting pictures and videos on social media. Residents reported spotting different types of dead sea life, including fish, shrimp and blue crabs. As Ada García Saura of SOS M...
Tags: Europe, Design, Spain, Mar Menor, Another, Mar Menor Spain, Spain Mar Menor, Ada García Saura


What The Cuttlefish Might Teach Us About The Ability To Remember

Most elderly people would have flunked a human version of the team’s experiments. But all of the cuttlefish passed, “an incredibly complex thing for an animal to do.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Ideas


The Five Native American Oklahoma Women Who Conquered Ballet

They became known collectively as The Five Moons, though they rarely appeared together: Maria and Marjorie Tallchief, Yvonne Chouteau, Rosella Hightower, and Moscelyne Larkin all came from Oklahoma reservations and, through the mid-20th century, had major careers in the US and Europe. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Europe, US, Dance, Oklahoma, Maria, Moscelyne Larkin


This speech by Neil Gaiman is a must-see for any artist or creator

Neil Gaiman's 2012 commencement speech at the University of the Arts (2012) is a great inspiration for creative people. Gaiman begins his speech by giving the following advice: when you start out as an artist, you likely have no idea what you're doing, and this is a great thing. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Video, News, Advice, Neil Gaiman, Gaiman, University of the Arts


Piki Poma's conscious fashion line uses 100% recycled fibers

Clothing company Piki Poma’s founders, sisters Mirna Litovic and Ida Babic, both come from a fashion design background. Last year in 2020, Litovic and Babic decided to begin creating natural and eco-friendly bags, shoes and clothing made using sustainable, cutting edge materials (including 100% recycled fibers). To prevent waste, all products in the conscious fashion line are crafted by hand in Croatia in small batches, adding high quality and a custom feel to each piece. Designed with a lightw...
Tags: Fashion, Design, Style, Clothing, Croatia, Clothes, Wood, Texture, Unifi, Corky, Fabela, Purses, MONI, Post-format-gallery, Recycled Water bottles, Piki Poma


California Caldor Fire destroys town, keeps raging

What started as a little blaze last weekend in El Dorado County, California, has turned into a town-gobbling inferno. The Caldor Fire tore through the 1,200-person town of Grizzly Flats, leaving not much more than the elementary school play structure, then headed for Highway 50. As of Wednesday evening, the fire had grown to more than 30,000 acres, shot smoke plumes through the sky and was 0% contained. At least two people were seriously injured in Grizzly Flats, which is about 60 miles east of ...
Tags: Design, Climate Change, California, Sacramento, Fire, Wildfires, Fires, Wildfire, CalFire, Gavin Newsom, Trinity County, El Dorado County, Tehama, Placerville, El Dorado National Forest, Caldor


A Leader Of Afghan Music’s Revival On Whether 20 Years Of Progress Will Disappear

“I’m hopeful that the Taliban learned that music is part of the cultural identity of any nation. And I hope that the Taliban also learned that a community, a society, or a nation that does not respect their own culture — that nation cannot exist.” – Van
Tags: Art, Music, Taliban


What’s In A Name? Why Parents Are No Longer Naming Their Kids Alexa

Seven years ago, Amazon released Alexa, its voice assistant, and as the number of devices answering to that name has skyrocketed, its popularity with American parents has plummeted. – The Atlantic
Tags: Amazon, Art, Words, Alexa


Quick Study: Drawing and Brain Plasticity

For this entry, I’m sharing the latest episode of the NEA’s research podcast, Quick Study. This month, we discuss brain functional changes that Auburn University researchers detected in students enrolled in a 16-week observational drawing course. The NEA-funded study results were published recently in the journal Neuropsychologia. A transcript of this podcast is at the NEA website. Click here for the most recent episode of Quick Study.
Tags: Art, Nea, Ajblogs, Auburn University


The Rise And Fall (And Rise And Fall) Of Jackie Mason

How a bored young rabbi named Yacov Moshe Maza became a Borscht Belt comic, came to Hollywood and got famous, alienated Ed Sullivan and got eclipsed, then came back to become Broadway’s most proficient stand-up comedian. (The article skips his right-wing phase.) – Vulture
Tags: Art, Hollywood, People, Broadway, Ed Sullivan, Jackie Mason, Yacov Moshe Maza


Project Legacy earns LEED Gold for circular, sustainable design

William McDonough + Partners announces the opening of “Project Legacy,” an innovative Cradle to Cradle building designed for Universidad EAN (UEAN) in Bogotá, Colombia. The university’s new center for technology and entrepreneurship was designed and built with the circular economy in mind — minimizing waste, contouring sustainable material selections and capitalizing on energy-efficient systems. Both the school and the architectural design set out to focus on the principles of circular economy....
Tags: Design, Washington, Colombia, FSC, Latin America, Bogota Colombia, McDonough, LEED, University of, William McDonough, Hunter Douglas, Universidad EAN UEAN, Miguel Orejuela Duarte, Universidad EAN Building, William McDonough Partners Photography


The Most Exciting, Original Streamed Theater Of The Pandemic Happened In A 2x4x8-Foot Closet

Jesse Green says that Joshua William Gelb’s Theater in Quarantine “offered the best argument by far for the artistic promise of streaming theater. So I wanted to see how they were made, and especially where.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Jesse Green, Joshua William Gelb


Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’ Lawsuit Could Be A Movie Industry Watershed

“At stake is the future of how Hollywood stars negotiate their salaries, and how much they can command. … But the way the drama has unfolded … also reflects the bare-knuckles business environment that has emerged as the industry battles the tiring effect of whipsaw revamping.” – Variety
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Scarlett Johansson


Using Social Media To Teach The Secret Language Of Enslaved African-Americans

“Videos teaching how to speak and write in Tut, and the history behind the language have flooded TikTok in recent months. … Now Tut speakers are teaching others through Google Classroom and Discord. Instagram pages have shared guides on writing and reading the Tut alphabet.” – NBC News
Tags: Art, Words, Tut, Tiktok, Google Classroom and Discord Instagram


There’s Nothing Benign About Even Subtle Design Changes In Social Media

Social-media and streaming apps constantly change aspects of their “user experience,” which includes digital-interface design, to push users toward new features. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Media, Social Media


ANNA is a stunning prefab cabin with off-grid potential

Many people dream of staying in a cabin in the woods, but few have dreamed of one like this. Fortunately, Dutch designer Caspar Schols did, and now it’s available in a flat-pack design that can be quickly constructed for work, living or a getaway. The idea behind this unique and versatile cabin is to allow nature into the space, rather than simply placing a lodging in nature. “It’s primarily about being outside, and about creating a dynamic interaction between yourself, cabin ANNA as your home,...
Tags: Europe, Design, Anna, Cabins, Cabin, Prefab, Off-grid, Prefab Architecture, Prefab Cabin, Hoen, Architectural Design, Caspar Schols, Jorrit


Alleged Italian drugs kingpin linked to stolen Van Goghs arrested in Dubai

Raffaele Imperiale, suspected of buying Van Gogh paintings on black market, considered one of Italy’s most dangerous fugitives One of Italy’s most wanted men, an alleged top drug trafficker suspected of having bought two stolen Van Gogh paintings on the black market, has been arrested in Dubai.Raffaele Imperiale, an alleged kingpin in the Naples-based Camorra organised crime syndicate, was arrested on 4 August, Italy’s state police and financial crimes police corps said in a joint statement on T...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Italy, Dubai, Organised Crime, Naples, Van Gogh, Camorra, Van Goghs, Raffaele Imperiale


Alleged Italian drugs kingpin arrested in Dubai

Raffaele Imperiale is suspected of having bought two stolen Van Gogh paintings on black market One of Italy’s most wanted men, an alleged top drug trafficker suspected of having bought two stolen Van Gogh paintings on the black market, has been arrested in Dubai.Raffaele Imperiale, an alleged kingpin in the Naples-based Camorra organised crime syndicate, was arrested on 4 August, Italy’s state police and financial crimes police corps said in a joint statement on Thursday. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Italy, Dubai, Organised Crime, Naples, Van Gogh, Camorra, Raffaele Imperiale


Tennessee Teacher Fired For Teaching Ta-Nehisi Coates Essay

Matt Hawn assigned his high schoolers in Blountville, in the state’s northeast corner, Coates’s “The First White President,” which argues that Donald Trump was elected because of white grievance. He says he wanted the class to assess the essay critically; the school board wasn’t having it. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Tennessee, Words, Donald Trump, Blountville, Coates, Teaching Ta Nehisi Coates Essay, Matt Hawn


Why Joshua Wolf Shenk Was Forced Out Of ‘The Believer’ (It Wasn’t Just The Naked Zoom Meeting)

He was hired in 2015 to revivify the Black Mountain Institute at UNLV and make Las Vegas a literary destination. He seemed to be succeeding — until the camera incident earlier this year. Yet, staffers say, that was the last of many instances of highly inappropriate behavior. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, People, Las Vegas, UNLV, Joshua Wolf Shenk, Black Mountain Institute



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