At the Confabulation Café...

... have a seat and talk all night. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Art, Photography, Law, Furniture, Ann Althouse

The Emmys Updated List Of Winners

Early wins for Ted Lasso and Mare of Easttown may predict the whole evening, or may not. All of the winners, updating live. – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Ted Lasso, Easttown, 09.19.21

Rebellion and redemption: how the Slits gave a voice to female prisoners

Playwright Morgan Lloyd Malcolm on how the groundbreaking female punk band helped her tell the story of women suffocating in the prison systemIt was a bit of a “pinch me” moment, to be honest. Earlier this month I sat in the rehearsal room for Typical Girls and watched our incredible cast play the music of the Slits to Tessa Pollitt, an original member of the band.When I first started writing this show, never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined we would get to this point. This absolute le...
Tags: Music, Law, Theatre, Society, Culture, UK criminal justice, Stage, Prisons and probation, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, Tessa Pollitt


An art project, years in the making, finally happened in Paris although the artists who conceived it are no longer alive. I hopped on a bus heading to the Arc de Triomphe to see it totally wrapped. Just before the bus arrived at my getting off stop, the driver announced that there would be a detour. All traffic was stopped as the whole area around the Arc was traffic free. The bus circled way around it and I’m not sure where it was going to end up but I asked the driver to let me off at a stop l...
Tags: Travel, Art, Paris, Arc de Triomphe, Wrap Art

This Musician Is Considered A Dangerous Criminal In Iran

Why? He employs women as vocalists. – Time
Tags: Art, Music, Iran, 09.17.21

Jane Powell, Hollywood Musical Star, 92

Her parents pushed her into showbiz when she was only 2 years old, and eventually she became a star opposite Fred Astaire in Royal Wedding and Howard Keel in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Fred Astaire, 09.16.21, Jane Powell Hollywood Musical Star

Is It Possible To Make Somewhere Out Of Nowhere?

Yes, with careful attention. Check out the architecture of London’s Greenwich Design District. – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, London, Visual, 09.19.21

What Happened When Sona Jobarteh Found Her Voice

Or rather, her instrument and her place in society as a griot: “Until Ms. Jobarteh, kora masters had one other notable characteristic: They were always male. By tradition, the playing of the kora is passed from father to son, but for many years Ms. Jobarteh was her father’s only child.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Sona Jobarteh, Jobarteh, 09.17.21

Refugee Kids, Cameras, And The Art Of Healing

The Syrian refugee children, presented with analogue cameras and film, “burst out laughing and say: ‘These are cameras from my parents’ time.’ … But, when they start using them, something magical happens.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Visual, 09.19.21

This Year’s Emmys Favor Mass Appeal

It’s OK not to be artsy. (Wait, is it OK for award-winning TV to be popular and not artsy?) – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Media, 09.17.21

Portland’s Damaso Rodriguez Steps Away From Artists Rep

Shepherding the theatre’s downtown building through a sale, debt restructuring, capital campaign and construction isn’t easy. Oh, and then there’s the pandemic. Rodríguez says his discussions with theatre friends “became kind of existential: ‘Why do you do this? What do you want? What’s the future look like?'” – Oregon ArtsWatch
Tags: Art, Theatre, Portland, Rodriguez, 09.18.21, Damaso Rodriguez Steps Away From Artists

The New York Public Library Changes Its Mind

After an outcry, the NYPL says its Picture Collection will remain accessible to the public – still browsable, still circulating. The collection “has been used by theater and movie production designers, cartoonists and illustrators, and artists. Among its eminent devotees were Andy Warhol and Joseph Cornell.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Nypl, Andy Warhol, Visual, Joseph Cornell, 09.17.21, New York Public Library Changes Its Mind

Christo’s Fleeting Farewell To Paris

Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris: “Christo overwhelms us, prods us, makes us talk. … He plays with light, with the Paris sky that reverberates through his ephemeral work.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Paris, Visual, Christo, Anne Hidalgo, 09.17.21

In Film, People With Autism Are Often Depicted As Brilliant Or Exceptional

Think, of course, of Rain Man. Austistic folks say they would make some different choices. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Media, 09.15.21, Rain Man Austistic

Sally Rooney’s New Book Hits Weird New Benchmark

The data show that Beautiful World, Where Are You is the most reviewed book of all time. – LitHub
Tags: Art, Words, Sally Rooney, 09.17.21

The Jewish Refugees Who Helped Bring Chinese Ballet To Shanghai

May 21, 1933: “Shanghai had never seen an evening like this before, with Chinese and Western performers all working together.” – Los Angeles Review Of Books
Tags: Art, Dance, Shanghai, 09.18.21

The Best Ever Sword And Sorcery Books

Or the best for this not very fantastic time on the planet, anyway. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Words, 09.17.21

The Marvelous Music Cafe Of Manchester

The café, which has managed to remain open during the pandemic, helps people with dementia sing, dance, and play instruments. Some even manage to write songs. – BBC
Tags: Art, Music, Manchester, 09.17.21

What If You Could Own A Piece Of An Invaluable Piece Of Art?

A good investment? Possibly. However, art investor funds have a mixed track record (including a lot of failures). –
Tags: Art, Visual, 09.18.21

A Decade After Occupy, Thinking About Art’s Place In The World

“At times, the radical optimism of Zuccotti Park seems like a distant planet. Other times, it seems like we broke the ice to a growing consciousness that the status quo is not going to work.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, World, Visual, Zuccotti Park, 09.17.21

Adalberto Alvarez, 72, Bandleader Who Revitalized Cuban Dance Music

Álvarez “was known as ‘El Caballero del Son’ (the ‘Gentleman of Son’) because of his passion for the genre and the infectious enthusiasm with which he repopularized it. Son is at the root of salsa, among other Latin dance genres, and is considered the bedrock of the Cuban sound.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Alvarez, 09.18.21, Adalberto Alvarez, El Caballero del Son the Gentleman of Son

Who Should Win The Emmys Tonight?

And who will win? – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, 09.17.21

Mugabe, My Dad & Me review – a powerful personal tale of celebration and healing

York Theatre RoyalTonderai Munyevu’s semi-autographical show addresses Zimbabwe’s traumatic history with honesty and humourClothes hang in broken rows above the bare stage (Nicolai Hart-Hansen’s design). Dresses, suits, uniforms – they are presences that suggest absences, the “ghosts” of the people in the stories that Tonderai Munyevu and Millie Chapanda are bringing to life through words and music.The text of Mugabe, My Dad & Me, written by Munyevu, is an assemblage of the events that have shap...
Tags: UK, Africa, Theatre, Culture, Stage, Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, Tonderai Munyevu, Mugabe My Dad, RoyalTonderai Munyevu, Munyevu, Nicolai Hart Hansen, Millie Chapanda

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