Angels in the Snow

The Story of My Life is about Tom's quest for The Answer -- though arguably, Tom is asking the wrong question. In many ways, this is a Hero Myth story, but an entirely interior one, taking place entirely inside Tom's head. We know, from the beginning of the show, that Alvin is dead, and Tom is trying to write his eulogy.But each of those two facts carry with them powerful meaning, subtext, pain, and serious symbolic heft. And as Tom works through all he has to work through, the images and phras...
Tags: Theatre, Live, Performing Arts, Broadway, Alvin, Muse, Catherine, Broadway Musicals, Tom Sawyer, Tom, Don, Sondheim, George Bailey, Scott Miller, Brian Hill, Bartram

The New York Times’ Tonys Live Blog

The awards, as they happen. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, New York Times, 09.26.21

Are NFTs A Bubble Or A Revolution?

Clearly, it’s not just visual art that is part of this market: “Virtually any asset could be sold for an astronomical amount.” – El País (Spain)
Tags: Art, Audience, Visual, 09.25.21

The Georgia Review Editors Explain The Point Of Literary Journals

“I’m really into thinking about the literary journal as a clandestine space for a community’s periodic meetings, a small public within a public whose concerns and milieu grow idiosyncratic through collective interaction over time.” – LitHub
Tags: Art, Words, Georgia Review, 09.24.21

That’s No Rubens, Artificial Intelligence Says Of A 2.5 Million Pound Painting

Re that Samson and Delilah purchase, National Gallery, er. “I was so shocked. … We repeated the experiments to be really sure that we were not making a mistake and the result was always the same. Every patch, every single square, came out as fake, with more than 90% probability.” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Visual, Samson, 09.26.21

As Big Tech Gives In To Big Government, Everyone In Russia Is Harmed

Google and Apple opened offices in Russia. Then Putin pressured them to delete his opposition’s Smart Voting app – and they caved. “This episode is a powerful reminder that old-fashioned force can decisively tighten a state’s grip on the web.” – Wired
Tags: Apple, Google, Art, Putin, Russia, Issues, 09.26.21

Karen Olivo Exits Broadway And Works For Something Better

Olivo, an alum of In the Heights, left the Moulin Rouge production over issues including industry silence about Scott Rudin’s alleged abuse. She says, “I realized I can actually help my industry in a different way, by caring about the people who are suffering in silence.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Scott Rudin, Olivo, Karen Olivo, 09.24.21

The Tonys Are Part Streaming, Part Network, And After 27 Months, May Be Completely Wild

Buckle up, theatre buttercups: “There are several unusual aspects to this season’s Tonys race.” Understatement of the year, NYT. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, 09.26.21

Ireland Grapples With Seeing Its History In Color

Colorizing film might have gone out the window, but with two new books using the process to add color into black-and-white photographs of the 19th and 20th centuries, ethical questions arise. One writer describes the process as “part of the democratisation of history, a tool to develop empathy and a connection with the past.” – Irish Times
Tags: Art, Visual, 09.25.21

Finnish Media Checks Itself On Diversity

Finnish media members say they’ve made progress, but not enough of it. Producers may complain they can’t find actors from diverse backgrounds, and so, says one casting directory, “Where diversity among actors is concerned, ‘I think a casting director is a must.'” – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, 09.25.21

Remedios Varo, Painter Of Mystery And Magic

The NYT overlooked Varo (though anyone who’s taken a 20th century art history course surely does not understand how) when she died. The Spanish surrealist’s “style was reminiscent of Renaissance art in its exquisite precision, but her dreamlike paintings were otherworldly in tone.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Remedios Varo, Varo, 09.24.21

Richmond Tries To Figure Out What Should Replace The Removed Confederate Statues

“Public art is widely viewed as a tool to tell a more complete and honest narrative of Richmond’s struggles with equality. And how the city decides to uplift people and places with public art has the potential to be a nationwide model, or a litany of pitfalls to avoid.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Richmond, Visual, 09.26.21

In The Musical-To-Movie Pipeline, Is The Strong Dislike For ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Fair?

“How did a beloved Broadway musical — winner of six Tony Awards, including best musical — provoke one of the most widespread and united hate-ons since Cats? How did a movie marketed as a feel good, come-together story get branded ‘manipulative’ so many times it’s nearly become a tagline?” Ouch. – CBC
Tags: Art, Ideas, EVAN HANSEN, 09.25.21

Gatsby Is Meant To Critique The Rich, Right?

Great Gatsby seems to inspire something that isn’t exactly critique of the wealthy. “I parted my hair in the middle and put on a fake plummy accent and bought some white button-down shirts and white khaki pants at the thrift store downtown and wore them all the time.” – LitHub
Tags: Art, Words, 09.24.21

George Mraz, Sought-After Jazz Bassist, 77

Mraz’s “deft, versatile work anchored the recordings and performances of generations of artists, from Oscar Peterson and Dizzy Gillespie more than 50 years ago to Cyrus Chestnut and Joe Lovano in this century.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Cyrus Chestnut, Joe Lovano, George Mraz, Mraz, 09.25.21

What’s Going On With Jagged Little Pill On Broadway?

Trans and nonbinary actors have recently made a range of claims about the show, including a claim from one actor saying that “multiple higher-ups” pressured the actor to postpone a critical surgery. – Vulture
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway, 09.24.21

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Moves And Cancels Concerts

The BSO relocated one concert and canceled two at Strathmore Hall, and not for the first time – this decision was “once again to allow Strathmore and the ticket sellers union an opportunity to resolve their dispute.” – Baltimore Sun
Tags: Art, Music, Strathmore, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, BSO, 09.24.21, Strathmore Hall

Decoding Opera With The New Populist Audio Form

The podcast Aria Code, now in its third season, is a collaboration between the Met and WQXR, and it’s hosted by musician Rhiannon Giddens. “Producers aim for a mix of well-known operas and … more obscure gems,” and downloads are booming. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, WQXR, Rhiannon Giddens, 09.25.21

A New Show Highlights The Problem Of Titan

His beautiful painting can become too much – especially when depicting violence against women. – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Visual, 09.23.21

How Have Theatres Specifically By And For BIPOC Folks Weathered The Pandemic?

And not just the pandemic – all that the protests over George Floyd’s death wrought, supposedly, in the world? Hm. One AD wonders, “What is meaningful action, and what is simply pandering to patrons?” – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Theatre, George Floyd, 09.23.21

The Battle To Change The Williamstown Theatre Festival’s ‘Broken’ Culture

Yikes: “Interviews with 25 current and former festival staffers, department heads, apprentices and interns reveal not a professional springboard but a development program that exposes artists-in-training to repeated safety hazards and a toxic work culture under the guise of prestige.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, 09.25.21

Disney Sues Artists Who Would Like Their Marvel Copyrights Back

But did the copyright ever belong to the artists who wrote and drew the characters? – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Disney, Issues, 09.24.21

Richmond’s Confederate statues are gone. What should replace them?

The removal of Gen Robert E Lee’s statue – a target for Black Lives Matter protesters – from Monument Avenue has sparked a debate on public art in VirginiaAll but one plinth is now bare on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia.Where once stood enormous statues glorifying Confederate leaders, on a thoroughfare that memorialized a white supremacist past in the former capital of the Confederacy, there is now empty space. The only monument that remains is of a black man: the Richmond native and reno...
Tags: Art, Virginia, Race, US news, Art and design, Richmond, Richmond Virginia, Robert E Lee, Arthur Ashe, Monument Avenue, VirginiaAll

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