What Gets Lost In Opera Livestreams?

We were lucky to have access to livestreams from across the world in 2020. But: “Although the streamed productions I later saw live had flashes of revelation, those moments were few and far between in what was, on balance, limited by the medium: the subjective and inevitably narrow perspective of the camera, the engineered flattening of sound.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Audience, 09.03.21

This Ballet Company Was Supposedly Going To Break The Mold

Instead, it broke a lot of dancers, leases, promises … and the founders themselves. “I’ve never seen so many lies, so many people hurt,” one choreographer said. – Vanity Fair
Tags: Art, Dance, 09.02.21

Artists In Louisiana Are Trying To Help Those Harmed By Hurricane Ida

“I’t’s been a real grassroots, community-led effort,’ Abdul Aziz, a photojournalist, told Hyperallergic. ‘It’s overwhelming and beautiful, and I don’t want to say shocking, but it is incredible that we’ve been able to create this sort of de facto emergency response government.'” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Louisiana, Visual, Abdul Aziz, 09.03.21

Kashmiri Poets Say India Is Censoring Them

Poet Ghulam Mohammad Bhat: “In the last 30 years I have never seen this kind of suppression. … There is silence everywhere, as if the silence is the best cure for our present crisis.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, India, Words, 09.04.21, Ghulam Mohammad Bhat

Piecing Together Roman Frescoes From French Ruins

In Arles, with thousands of pieces taken from the so-called House of the Harpist, “the fragments, some barely bigger than a fingernail, have been washed, labelled and placed into the cases to be examined one by one to see where they might fit into a bigger picture.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, House, Arles, Visual, 09.03.21

Ernst Van De Wetering, Foremost Expert On Rembrandt, 83

A Sotheby’s consultant says, “No one else alive knows as much as he did about Rembrandt; nobody else comes even close.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Rembrandt, Sotheby, 09.03.21

The Archaeology Of The Future Is Here

In Spain, an archaeology team looking at ancient Roman cities “routinely uses technologies such as ground-penetrating radar, drones and magnetometers – devices that measure magnetic fields – and over the years it has become a leader in this non-destructive way to interpret a country’s archeological heritage.” – El Pais (Spain)
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Spain

On Facebook, Misinformation Gets Six Times As Much Engagement As News

A new peer-reviewed study shows that “from August 2020 to January 2021, news publishers known for putting out misinformation got six times the amount of likes, shares, and interactions on the platform as did trustworthy news sources.” But what’s the solution? – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Facebook Misinformation Gets Six Times

A Shakespeare Company Of Black Women Wants To Transform Theatre

The British Mawa Theatre Company’s “goal is to change the industry from within, creating more space for marginalized voices in a field that is all too often dominated by privileged white men.” – Vogue
Tags: Art, Theatre, Mawa Theatre Company, 09.04.21, Shakespeare Company Of Black

The Path To Becoming Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Preferred Choreographer Wasn’t Simple

But JoAnn Hunter persisted. Hunter is a “longtime Broadway performer and choreographer who has quietly become an important figure in a field that boasts very few women, and even fewer women of color.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Broadway, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Hunter, Joann Hunter, 09.03.21

Time’s Up Post-Cuomo Shake Up Continues

Board members including Shonda Rhimes, Eva Longoria, and Jurnee Smollett have resigned, making way for an entirely new board as “the group continues to grapple with allegations that it has failed women who asked for its support.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Issues, Jurnee Smollett, 09.04.21, Shonda Rhimes Eva Longoria

Michelle Yeoh Wanted To Be A Dancer, Until She Got Injured

Then the actor – a mega-star in the world market – decided to take up martial arts. “I just needed to learn to transfer the energy, because a lot of times in dance it’s very inward and contained. Action is more about how you deliver that energy, pushing it forward.”- The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, People, Michelle Yeoh, 09.02.21

Delores Custer, 79, Who Gave Food A Style

Custer, a food stylist for companies like Kraft, General Mills, and Bacardi, was “able to shape the unwieldy, the drab and the formless into a crisp and dazzling best seller.” She even wrote the book on food styling – and her tool kit was famed, and feared, far and wide. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Bacardi, Custer, 09.04.21, Delores Custer, Kraft General Mills

The Gym-Rat Maestro

Lorenzo Viotti is working on snagging young music fans via his workout, and shirtless, social media posts. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, 09.03.21, Lorenzo Viotti

Has The Creepy Insect Trope Had Its Day?

Climate science shows we desperately need insects to keep the planet in any kind of balance. Horror films have disagreed – but it might be time for a change. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Ideas, 09.03.21

How A Canadian Actor’s Movie Got Burdened With Carrying Marvel

The first Asian-led Marvel film “has been transformed into an unwilling test case for the future of box office blockbusters, fans’ commitment to the increasingly bloated Marvel universe, and superhero movies in general.” – CBC
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, 09.03.21

Art Museums Must Tell A Richer Story About Afghanistan

What’s up with U.S. arts audiences? “We have been at war with and occupied Afghanistan for two decades, yet culturally it has been a blip.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Afghanistan, Visual, 09.03.21

Sarah Harding, singer with Girls Aloud, dies aged 39 from breast cancer

Bringing charisma to the hugely successful band, Harding was diagnosed in August 2020 and wrote a memoir during her illnessThe pop singer and TV personality Sarah Harding, who had 21 UK Top 10 singles as a member of Girls Aloud, has died aged 39 from breast cancer.In a post on Instagram, Harding’s mother Marie said: “It’s with deep heartbreak that today I’m sharing the news that my beautiful daughter Sarah has sadly passed away. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Reality TV, UK, Television, Musicals, Theatre, UK News, Culture, Pop and rock, Television & radio, Stage, Sarah, Harding, Marie, Sarah Harding, Girls Aloud

The Evidence Is Clear For Supporting The Arts To Support Public Health

“The arts can be especially beneficial for public health in five key areas: collective trauma, racism, mental health, social exclusion and isolation, and chronic disease.” – The Nation’s Health
Tags: Art, Ideas, 09.04.21, Arts To Support Public Health

How Netflix Took A Flop And Turned It Into A Global Phenomenon

In its first iteration on Spanish TV, Casa de Papel, known as The Money Heist in English, started strong and then massively flopped. Then Netflix picked it up, recut it, and ordered more seasons. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, 09.03.21, Spanish TV Casa de Papel

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