City of Chicago, music promoter

Lollapalooza 2021 had some 385,000 attendees (without significant Covid-19 outbreak, fortunately) but featured little of host Chicago’s indigenous talent or styles. And that’s just wrong, declared Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events commissioner Mark Kelly, launching the month-long Chicago in Tune Mark Kelly, photos © Lauren Deutsch “festival” at a reception August 19. Here’s the still-evolving event calendar of hundreds of local music performances — of ev...
Tags: Art, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Frank Gehry, Herbie Hancock, Grant, Lake, Andy, Ajblogs, Miles, Kelly, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Gershwin, Delmark Records, Fitzgerald

Sally Rooney’s Return To Writing

Rooney found immense success with her first two books – so much success that it became a challenge to writing. How did she get back to work? – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Rooney, Words, Sally Rooney, 08.28.21

Ed Asner, Emmy Award Winning Actor And Political Activist, 91

Asner won played Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show; his career continued into the 2000s, including Up and Elf, and even the 2019 Dead to Me. He also worked hard for unions (including the Screen Actors Guild), animal rights, and farmworkers. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Screen Actors Guild, Mary Tyler Moore, Lou Grant, Asner, 08.29.21

Darryl Cunningham and Voices From the NHS

Darryl Cunningham, the artist behind non-fiction graphic novels including How to Fake a Moon Landing, Graphic Science, and the most recent Billionaires: The Lives of the Rich and Powerful, has created a new free online comic. Voices from the NHS: A People’s History is based on stories from a research project capturing workers and patients in their own voices, about the UK National Health Service. It’s not exactly a celebratory work, as it acknowledges many of the issues with the [...]
Tags: Art, Comics, UK, NHS, Darryl Cunningham, People 's History

Movie Theatres Are Hoping, One Might Say Desperate, For A Fall Movie Comeback

And they don’t want day and date releases, either. When movies get released on streaming, the speed of piracy is, well, it’s immediate. If the U.S. gets the delta variant under control, will distributors return to theatrical windows? Perhaps. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, 08.27.21

What Comedian Memoirs Reveal About Race

It’s like a mini-sociology course, reading comedian memoirs. Take Tina Fey’s Bossypants (which “has a truly jaw-dropping number of racist jokes”) or books by Amy Poehler or Amy Schumer and compare them to memoirs by Mindy Kaling, Issa Rae, or Tiffany Haddish. – LitHub
Tags: Art, Amy Schumer, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Words, 08.27.21, Mindy Kaling Issa Rae

The Finnish Artist Inspired By Winter, Single Motherhood, And Fleabag

Anna Härmälä: “I knew I needed to tell a story about this, but also I needed to survive. So the story has been bubbling inside for six years, and now it’s coming out.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Visual, Anna Härmälä, 08.28.21

A Novelist, Keeping Grief Real At 91

Hilma Wolitzer – yes, the mother of Meg – has been publishing books for nearly 50 years. After losing her husband to COVID, she developed a new book. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Words, Meg, Hilma Wolitzer, 08.26.21

Working Hard On The Brink Of Stardom

What’s it like to hover in the consciousness of a nation? Actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II on the joys and the costs: “I’ve been learning bills and debt and burying family members — life and death, heartbreak, location, relocation. … I’m also missing the birth of babies and weddings.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Yahya Abdul Mateen II, 08.27.21

Stephen B. Oates, Historian, Biographer, And Ken Burns Consultant, 85

Oates wrote highly praised biographies, especially one of Abraham Lincoln, before other scholars accused him of plagiarism, and the American Historical Association conducted a year-long review of his work. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Ken Burns, Abraham Lincoln, American Historical Association, Oates, STEPHEN B OATES, 08.28.21

Broadway Wants Locals Back

But will they come in the midst of a Delta surge? – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Delta, Audience, 08.27.21

The Comics Industry Seems To Be Diversifying

Graphic novels by Black, Indigenous and other people of color in the 2020s are moving beyond realistic stories and memoir to fantasy and tales shaped by family and society folklore. Says one store owner and publisher, “We’ve hit these boom and bust cycles. … My hope for the industry is that this continues. There’s room enough for everybody’s stories.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Words, 08.27.21

The Postal Museum Reopens Without A Quote From A Former VP, A Big Proponent Of Enslavement

John C. Calhoun’s words about the Postal Service are, after complaints about the former VP’s odious beliefs and a museum redesign, gone from the wall. All of the Smithsonian museums are doing a review, and “part of the review is looking at objects and wall labels, especially those that have been in place for many years.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Smithsonian, Visual, John C Calhoun, 08.28.21

Who In Their Right Minds Would Pay 8 British Pounds To Climb A Cruddy Mound With Scraggly Trees On It?

The Westminster City Council believes people will. Architect critic Rowan Moore begs to differ. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Visual, Westminster City Council, Rowan Moore, 08.28.21

How Safe Are Music Concerts?

Ask Sweden. But also, ask Delta. And keep up the safe behavior: “From an infection prevention standpoint, it is still the safest to gather outside, masked and physically distanced. The other important aspect is vaccination. When vaccinated, and wearing a mask, it is safer to gather at outdoor events.” – Seattle Times
Tags: Art, Music, Delta, Audience, 08.28.21

The Funny Thing Is

Asian American stand-ups fight back against violence and bigotry with … comedy? – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, 08.27.21

‘Forgotten masters’: auction shines light on India’s overlooked artists

Paintings commissioned by East India Company in 18th and 19th century up for sale at Sotheby’sRemarkable paintings of the flora and fauna of India, including a work once owned by Jackie Kennedy Onassis depicting a stork eating a snail, are to go on sale in the first auction dedicated to Company School art.Sotheby’s has announced details of a sale that shines light on overlooked Indian artists today regarded as forgotten masters. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, India, UK News, World news, Culture, South and Central Asia, Art and design, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Sotheby, East India company, Company School

Westerns Have Nearly Unbounded Literary Potential

The history of the genre is problematic at best. “Any writer writing a Western—even a literary Western—knows that they stand on the threshold of creating something that’s equally capable of rocking backward as it is of propelling forward.” – LitHub
Tags: Art, Words, 08.27.21

The Forgotten History Of The World’s First Restaurant

It opened in 1765 in, of course, France, with a Latin phrase inscribed on the front that translates as, “Come to me, those whose stomachs ache, and I will restore you.” – Fast Company
Tags: Art, France, Ideas, 08.27.21

Time’s Up President Resigns After Cuomo Information Leaks

Tina Tchen, the president and CEO of the organization, which was founded to support safety and equality for everyone in the workplace, stepped down after reports “said she blocked the release of a statement in December in support of Lindsey Boylan, the first woman to come forward to accuse Cuomo of sexual harassment.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Issues, Cuomo, Tina Tchen, Lindsey Boylan, 08.26.21

Spike Lee Revises September 11 Documentary After Fierce Blowback

The final episode of the documentary series on HBO gave airtime and credence to a widely discredited conspiracy theory group. Instead of simply removing their words, the new final cut “removes all interviews about what caused the World Trade Center buildings to collapse.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Hbo, Spike Lee, World Trade Center, Issues, 08.27.21

Making The Move From TikTok To TV

Is it possible? Is there even a difference between the two now? – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, 08.28.21

A Philanthropist Who Cares A Lot About The Arts

MacKenzie Scott’s billions of Amazon dollars worth of donations came at a seriously good time. Why is her focus a surprise? Because “museums, musicals and violin lessons aren’t usually top of mind for donors in times of crisis, when so many other pressing needs crowd the landscape.” – Washington Post
Tags: Amazon, Art, Dance, Mackenzie Scott, 08.28.21

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