portland street art

Our pics of murals, other street art, and food carts in Portland's Alberta Arts District are now online. The photos themselves are nothing special, but the murals are very cool: here on Flickr.I also added a link in the post about our day in Portland. [Author: laura k]
Tags: Travel, Art, Portland, Travels, Laura K, Alberta Arts District

What A New Netflix Comedy Gets So Right About Academia

Ask academic and writer Nancy Wang Yuen: “As minorities, women of color often occupy precarious positions in universities, particularly in leadership. [Sandra Oh’s character] Ji-Yoon describes this when she says to Yaz, ‘I don’t feel like I inherited an English Department; I feel like someone handed me a ticking time bomb because they wanted to make sure a woman was holding it when it exploded.'” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, Sandra, Yaz, Nancy Wang Yuen, Ji Yoon, 08.20.21

Delta Variant Scores Its First Major Fall Theatre Cancellation

Yeah, hello, déjà vu: “Signature Theater, a prominent Off Broadway nonprofit, has postponed its return to the stage over concerns about the persistent coronavirus pandemic, becoming the first major New York theater to take such a step.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York, Theatre, Broadway, 08.20.21

The Fascinating History Of Books That Claim You Can Learn To Think Smarter

The idea of reading to help us think better (whatever that means) waxes and wanes with the times: “A decade ago, the fashion was to be pessimistic about the prospects of improving our thinking, and even about the value of thinking at all.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Ideas, 08.21.21

This Los Angeles Radio Host Keeps Legendary Music Alive

Rubén Miranda hosts a five-hour radio show that “specializes in the Mexican version of oldies-but-goodies: corridos, boleros, norteñas, trios and duets but especially rancheras — ballads of love and the rural life that old and young Mexicans still sing and listen to on both sides of the border.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Music, Los Angeles, 08.20.21, Los Angeles Radio Host, Rubén Miranda

Hold Still For Fifteen Seconds

Maybe older (as in, century-old) cameras have something to offer. – CBC
Tags: Art, Visual

Teaching Acting To 90-Year-Olds During The Pandemic

It’s a surprisingly great life choice for one otherwise out-of-work actor. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Theatre

The Photography Experiment That Intends To Heal War Wounds In Colombia

People in two communities in rural Colombia “wanted to use photography not only to document the aftermath of war and violence, but also to actively support peace” – and sometimes that included taking action as well as photos. – FastCompany
Tags: Art, Colombia, Visual, 08.20.21

How Aretha Franklin Paved The Way For Woman Musicians After Her

Perhaps her fame feels obvious now, but “Franklin’s rise to superstardom wasn’t easy. When she left the world of gospel music to try to become a mainstream pop star, it meant a move into a segment of the industry that was dominated by men who had very specific assumptions about how a woman should sing – and what she should sing about.” – Salon
Tags: Art, Music, Franklin, 08.21.21

Is Elaine Mitchener Britain’s Boldest Vocalist?

Mitchener is “a vocalist (arguably the UK’s boldest operatic voice), movement artist (‘dancer’ isn’t quite right) and composer whose work cuts across music, theatre, dance, art and research. Her power is in her ability to generate intense collective empathy in a room.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Music, UK, Britain, Mitchener, Elaine Mitchener, 08.20.21

The New Children’s Literature Museum Inspired By Kiki’s Delivery Service

The design team says the architecture is inspired by Eiko Kadono’s novel, which also inspired the Miyazaki film of the same name. – LitHub
Tags: Art, Words, Miyazaki, Delivery Service, Kiki, Eiko Kadono, 08.20.21

Eloise Greenfield, Writer Who Wanted To Pass On Knowledge To Children, 92

Greenfield wrote nearly 50 books for children, stories told with joy, rhythm, melody, and enlightenment. Her “expressive poetry and prose illuminated the lives of Black people, including those of midwives during slavery and the Southerners who, like her family, moved north during the Great Migration.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Greenfield, 08.20.21, Eloise Greenfield

Literary Culture Already Favors The Young

So why does a new Women’s Prize have an age limit of 35? – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Words, 08.20.21

Michael Morgan, Conductor And Passionate Advocate For Classical Music, 63

Morgan “made his international debut at the Vienna State Opera in 1982, conducting Mozart’s Abduction From the Seraglio in the city where the composer spent much of his life, before an infamously fastidious and unforgiving audience. He later said his only goal was to get in and out of the State Opera without being booed. As it happened, he was invited back.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Mozart, Morgan, Seraglio, State Opera, Michael Morgan, Vienna State Opera, 08.20.21

The Afghanistan National Institute Of Music Falls Silent

“The music school’s young students, teachers and faculty are staying home — they have reason to fear.” The Taliban have banned music, and killed musicians, in the past – and the ANIM featured boys and girls learning music together. – NPR
Tags: Art, Music, Taliban, Anim, 08.21.21

The Betrayal Of Jeopardy’s Core Nerdery

Yes, the show was a traitor its audience, but worse, it ignored its own values. The system that briefly elevated Mike Richards (and still hasn’t ended his producer career on the show) “took the thing that makes Jeopardy, for so many people, so important and beloved—its abiding conviction that facts are sacred—and betrayed it.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, Mike Richards, 08.21.21

The Black Artists Leaving The United States

Following the legacy of Josephine Baker, James Baldwin, and others, Black artists “have often had to leave the States in order to activate the power of mobility denied them at home: A U.S. passport grants Black citizens access to most other countries, whereas merely jogging and driving while Black can prove fatal in America.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, America, United States, States, Visual, 08.20.21, Josephine Baker James Baldwin

All Of The Books Featured In White Lotus

Sure, they’re aspirational – but maybe your reading pile is too. – LitHub
Tags: Art, Words, 08.20.21

Theatre Needs Help With Resilience As Much As With Fight Choreography

“We love trauma onstage. But while we have long understood that expertise is necessary to keep performers physically safe, the mental aspects of our craft have been largely unsupported. … In a profession that prides itself on unprecedented emotional feats, we have yet to apply this same principle to the mental health of our artists.” – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Theatre, 08.18.21

Sundance Labs Should Be A Model For Other Studios

“From the outside of Sundance, one is aware of the noise and glitter and glamour and all that stuff at the beginning of each year which goes with the festival. But what I felt to be a kind of quiet soul of the work of the institute is the year-round artist support, and this very intimate expression of the labs, these individual transformations that you could witness, not easily describe, but learn from and be restored by.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, 08.20.21

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