Why This Jazz Drummer Finally Left New York

I lived there 19 years. As we were coming out of lockdown, it seemed incredible to me that New York was becoming an even more unsustainable place for musicians to live. If that were possible. – Jazz Times
Tags: Art, New York, Issues

Let Me Tell You a Story About Alvin

The Story of My Life has been a genuine pleasure to work on, for several reasons. First, it's just great to work on smart, interesting, original shows like this. We New Liners are very lucky because we get to do that all the time. Second, the response from the audience and critics has been so wonderful. People are really moved by it. They love the characters, the songs, the whole premise of the show. Third, my favorite thing in the world is introducing musical theatre lovers to shows they don't...
Tags: Theatre, Live, Performing Arts, Broadway, Alvin, Mark Twain, St Louis, Story Of My Life, Frank Capra, Chris, Broadway Musicals, Tom Sawyer, Tom, Campbell, Ken, Jeff

Say Goodbye To Giant Skyscrapers

Planning applications for tall buildings in London plummeted by a third last year. Has the age of piling people into great glass shafts, of cities competing for ever higher spires, finally come to an end? – The Guardian
Tags: Art, London, Ideas

Deepfakes — The End Of Truth?

Like most digital technologies, the quality of deepfakes is increasing at an alarming rate, and it is clear that even the most complex deepfake tools will be as easy to use as Instagram filters in the very near future. – Shelly Palmer
Tags: Art, Featured, Media

A Long-Missing Stone Masterpiece, Discovered In A Front yard

“It was like finding the Holy Grail. William Edmondson worked in Nashville, so who would ever dream that a piece would be in St. Louis?” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Nashville, St Louis, Visual, William Edmondson

Diagnosing A Post-Liberal Culture

Postliberals, as Matthew Rose argues in his new book A World After Liberalism, agree on little. They know something has gone wrong, and they suspect the origins of the problem date back several centuries. – Hedgehog Review
Tags: Art, Ideas, Matthew Rose

The Virtual Gallery Revolution

With technology that creates fantastical game worlds readily available, its creators could’ve set it on Tatooine if they wanted to, or at least the moon. Instead, its aesthetic might best be described as Marfa Modernism. Lots of open space and clean lines. – Wired
Tags: Art, Visual

Of Authenticity, Experience And The Right To Standing

In my experience, when people say they need to “listen to the most affected”, it isn’t because they intend to set up Skype calls to refugee camps or to collaborate with houseless people. – The Philosopher
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Ideas, Skype

Bright Sheng And Campus Culture Run Amok? Or…

To some observers, it’s a case of campus “cancel culture” run amok. To others, the incident is symbolic of an arrogant academic and artistic old guard and of the deeply embedded anti-Black racism in classical music. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music

John McWhorter On Campus Culture And The Bright Sheng Case: Radicalism Or Progressivism?

It’s not “the students’ fragility, it’s that their approach illustrates the difference between radicalism and progressivism. It’s an example of a strain of thought permeating campuses, one that blithely elides that difference in favor of preaching only “social justice.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Issues, John McWhorter

The New Activism: Art Attacking The Institutions — Any Institution, Including Those Who Show The Art

One irony of contemporary art that critiques or transcends the institution is just how central the institution remains to it. Indeed, the complexity of the art ecosystem as a reflection of global power is at the heart of Forensic Architecture’s origin story. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Featured, Visual

The New York City Council May Remove The Thomas Jefferson Statue In Its Chambers

Black, Latinx, and Asian councillors have been asking for its removal for two decades. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Issues, Thomas Jefferson, New York City Council

But Wait: IATSE Members May Not Vote To Ratify Contract

Says one IATSE member who’s a dolly grip about the supposed changes, “The 10-hour turnarounds — that’s the same shit that’s already in my contract. Why would I be excited about that?” – Variety
Tags: Art, Issues, Iatse

Is Hunter Biden’s Art Career A Problem?

Experts have raised alarms that individuals might buy the artworks – expected to fetch between $75,000 and $500,000 – to try to curry favor and gain influence with Joe Biden. They also accuse Hunter of trading on his father’s name and position. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Joe Biden, Visual, Hunter, Hunter Biden

The Poem That Provoked An FBI Investigation

“Dial-a-Poem received more than a million calls before it lost funding and ended in 1971. There were complaints of indecency, claims that the poems incited violence. The FBI investigated.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Fbi, Words, FBI Investigation

Giant playable replica of Nintendo Game and Watch system

Connor Gottfried made a 3-foot wide playable replica of Nintendo's classic Game and Watch version of Legend of Zelda—complete with a normal-size controller to play it with. 18 inches tall and 5 inches deep, the wallmounted installation is made with seven layers of corrugated plastic, a 21" LCD panel, a Raspberry Pi 4B, and a whole lot of hot glue. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Games, News, Nintendo, Zelda, Game And Watch, Connor Gottfried

How The IATSE Strike Was Probably Averted

“The companies — Walt Disney Co., Netflix, Amazon, Apple, Sony Pictures Entertainment, NBCUniversal, ViacomCBS and WarnerMedia — were forced to abandon their take-it-or-leave-it approach to the talks, which had been dragging on for five months.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media

The Musician Solange Launches A New Free Library Of Out-Of-Print And Rare Books By Black Authors

Solange’s creative studio, Saint Heron, hired a community bookstore founder to “curate” the first 50 items in the library, which will be mailed to those who request them for a 45-day loan period. – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Solange, Words, Saint Heron, Black Authors

Dali’s ‘Lips’ Sofa Started Life As A Back-Of-The-Envelope Sketch

Of course it did. – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Visual, Dali

This Choreographer Who Won A ‘Genius’ Grant At 70, And Has Some Big Plans

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar’s groundbreaking contributions have become both mainstream and topical. “An experimental dance company in Brooklyn? Nothing unusual about that now — yet Zollar was forging a new path when she founded Urban Bush Women in 1984.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Washington, Dance, Brooklyn, Urban Bush Women, Zollar, Willa Jo Zollar

Gilbert And George And London’s East End

When the artists go out, they find more than their favorite cafés: “Walking is their research. They photograph graffiti, look out for curious new images of street life, which make their way into their montage prints: canisters of clubbers’ laughing gas; women in burqas.” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, London, East End, Gilbert And George, Visual

Why We Can’t Speak Second Or Third Languages Without An Accent

“As with chemistry, the important thing is not just how the elements behave in isolation, but how they come together. Each language has rules for these combinations, which native speakers (and many teachers) generally grasp but don’t or can’t explain.” – The Economist
Tags: Art, Ideas

Netflix Fires One Of The Organizers Of The Trans Walkout

The fallout from Dave Chapelle’s special continues. The employee is Black and pregnant; Netflix says they were “terminated on suspicion of leaking metrics to the press related to the Dave Chappelle special,” but other reports say the employee spoke out against the leaks. – The Verge
Tags: Art, Netflix, Issues, Dave Chappelle, Dave Chapelle

‘People felt threatened even by a puppet refugee’: Little Amal’s epic walk through love and fear

From being pelted with stones in Greece to receiving a papal welcome in Rome, the giant girl’s migrant trek from Syria to Manchester provoked powerful responsesIn Greece, far-right protesters threw things at her as she walked through the streets, local councillors voted to ban her from visiting a village of Orthodox monasteries, and protests in Athens meant her route had to be diverted. In France, the mayor of Calais raised objections to her presence.At times, the 8,000km journey across Europe o...
Tags: Art, Europe, UK, Greece, France, Theatre, UK News, World news, Syria, Immigration and asylum, Rome, Culture, Art and design, Stage, Manchester, Refugees

Penelope Lively On Her Writing Career And The Difference Between Novels And Short Stories

Lively, who’s 88: “When I started, publishers didn’t expect a breakthrough with a first or second book. They were prepared to stay with an author for a long time. They seem to be more driven by marketing now.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Words

Turns Out Amelia Earhart Was Also A Poet

“Earhart was one of the earliest aviators, a record-setter, a college professor and well ahead of her time as a champion for women’s rights. Yet she is also one of history’s more enigmatic figures.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Words, Earhart

Reebok x Eames Office : chaussez des créations inédites du couple mythique !

Après un teasing de sa collaboration avec Eames Office via une collection capsule “Friends & Family”, Reebok dévoile quatre modèles destinés au grand public. Retour sur une collaboration aussi cool qu’étonnante !   Comment tout ça va se dérouler ? La collaboration sortira en deux drops, le premier intitulé “Monotone” transformera la Club C, modèle emblématique de la marque, en deux déclinaisons blanche et noire, ramenées à leur plus simple appareil. Date de sortie ? Jeudi 21 octobre, 10 heur...
Tags: Books, Fashion, New York, Design, Collaboration, Charles, American Airlines, Ray, Vitra, Eames, Ray Eames, Reebok, Eames Office, Jeudi, Eames House, Maharam

Alan Hawkshaw, Composer Who Was Surprisingly Popular With Hip Hop Artists, 84

Hawkshaw, who composed the theme music for several popular British TV shows, was also a pianist and Hammond organist who “ended up working at more than 7,000 recording sessions.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, People, Hammond, Alan Hawkshaw, Hawkshaw

Paddy Moloney, Who Died Last Week, Put Irish Music On The Map

The Chieftains became bigger stars than the Rolling Stones in 1975, when Stanley Kubrick used their music in the movie Barry Lyndon – and that’s when they quit their day jobs to perform Irish folk music full-time. – BBC
Tags: Art, Music, Stanley Kubrick, Rolling Stones, Barry Lyndon, Paddy Moloney

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