32 Days of Halloween XIV: Day #29

Christopher Lee,The Procession of the Ghouls, &Track of the Moon Beast! First up, Christopher Lee in an interview from 1975. I love to hear Lee talk about his craft. Frankly, I love to hear Lee talk, full stop. If he had put out an album of him doing nothing but reading the back of cereal boxes, I would have already acquired it. On my vast todo list is to be in New York City on Halloween. Primarily so I can witness The Procession of the Ghouls at The Cathedral of St. John the ...
Tags: Halloween, Movies, Horror, New York City, Theatre, 32 Days of Halloween, Christopher Lee, Lee

Study: Sell An Idea By Focusing On “Why” Or “How”?

Should she focus on why her idea is useful or should she instead promote a more concrete focus on how the idea works when pitching to an audience of investors? – Harvard Business Review
Tags: Art, Featured, Ideas

Watch: the amazing prophecy of Niagara Falls artist Isaiah Robertson

Rivers of Fire and Redemption is a 20 minute video that gives a look into the vision of Isaiah Robertson (1947-2020), a deeply religious man who built an incredible house in Niagara falls. Robertson said that God told him to build the house, which is completely covered in abstract, psychedelic looking shapes and colors. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Video, News, Niagara Falls, Niagara, Robertson, Isaiah Robertson

The Personal Cost Of The Noise Around Us

According to the World Health Organization, noise exposure and its secondary outcomes such as hypertension and reduced cognitive performance are estimated to account for an astounding number of years lost due to ill health, disability, or early death. – Nautilus
Tags: Art, Ideas, World Health Organization

The Problem With Writing Workshops (and How To Fix Them)

Craft, Matthew Salesses explains, is a series of expectations, and until those expectations are made explicit, they will enforce the status quo by concealing their traits as the marks of quality, of literariness. – The Nation
Tags: Art, Words, Matthew Salesses

Why Reading Is No Substitute For Travel

Although reading affords a way of learning about the world, it cannot transmit the richness of sensory experience. Can reading about a glacier convey its cracks or fizzles, the strata of blues at its core? – Psyche
Tags: Art, Ideas

Teenage Engineering designed a PC case. It's orange.

Teenage Engineering designed the outstanding and expensive OP-1 synthesizer, the inexpensive Pocket Operator, a sleek and economical range of bluetooth speakers and lights at Ikea, and the forthcoming Playdate handheld game system. It's just come out with a PC case, the computer-1, and it looks great. — Read the rest
Tags: Gadgets, Post, Design, News, Computers, Ikea, Teenage Engineering

How Mort Sahl Changed Comedy And Flamed Out

He became a comedian’s comedian—venerated by other comedians, especially those old enough to know that they wouldn’t be doing what they were doing if it weren’t for him—but he never quite kept up with the shifting times. – Slate
Tags: Art, People, Mort Sahl

For The First Time In Over A Decade, The Paris Opera Ballet Has A New Full-Length Story Ballet

Le Rouge et Le Noir, based on Stendhal’s novel, has choreography, costumes and set design by Pierre Lacotte, 89, who’s been with the company since starting as a student in 1942. He’s known for his reconstructions of 19th-century classics such as Philippe Taglioni’s original La Sylphide. – Pointe Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Paris, Le Rouge, Stendhal, Pierre Lacotte, Philippe Taglioni

Campus Threats To Academic Freedom? Maybe Not So Much

None of this is to say that higher education shouldn’t be vigilant about threats to academic freedom and free speech. But let’s not give in to exaggeration and fearmongering. – InsideHigherEd
Tags: Art, Featured, Issues

George Butler, The Documentarian Who Made Arnold Schwarzenegger Famous, Dead At 78

It was via Butler’s 1977 film Pumping Iron that the charismatic Austrian bodybuilder came to the world’s attention. Notable among Butler’s other docs were Going Upriver, about John Kerry as Vietnam vet-turned-peace activist, and The Lord God Bird, about the last ivory-billed woodpeckers. – MSN (The Washington Post)
Tags: Art, People, John Kerry, Vietnam, Butler, George Butler

China’s Web Novels Are Changing The Way We Read

Having built a thriving multibillion-dollar web fiction industry at home, Chinese web novel platforms are increasingly looking to sell their stories — and the innovative way they mass-produce them — to literature lovers abroad. – Protocol
Tags: Art, China, Words

The Real Skill Behind A Great Magician’s Show (It’s Not How The Tricks Are Done)

Joshua Jay: “In my craft, unlike filmmaking, I have to find the intersection of suspense and surprise, and that’s difficult. In a two-hour movie, you get to alternate. You can have some surprises and lots of suspense, but in a magic show you have to have them together.” – Salon
Tags: Art, Theatre, Joshua Jay

For The Second Year, College Enrollment Falls

Undergraduate enrollment across the board fell by 3.2 percent this fall, echoing last fall’s 3.4 percent decline. Since fall 2019, undergraduate enrollments have dropped by 6.5 percent. – Inside Higher Ed
Tags: Art, Issues

Remembering Conductor Michael Morgan And His Impact On The Bay Area

The scope of Morgan’s outreach was both personal and institutional, both public and below the radar. He made the Oakland Symphony a meeting ground and collaborative partner for all kinds of local musical organizations. – San Francisco Chronicle
Tags: Art, People, Bay Area, Morgan, Michael Morgan, Oakland Symphony

How’s This For Brave? A Complete Wagner ‘Ring’ Cycle, Set In Samoa, Performed With Orchestra In A Parish Church Hall

That’s exactly what the London-based collective Gafa, run by Samoan-British singers, is doing for the next four Saturdays, in a costumed concert staging. The concept is that, like the Norse gods, the old Polynesian gods are facing their twilight as Europeans arrive. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, London, Wagner, Samoa

What is Arts Management?

Way back in 2011, I took a shot at defining what a master’s degree in Arts Administration (aka Arts Management) was about. And in the process, I also (kind of) defined what Arts Management was about. Back then, I was focusing on fostering “a more elegant invocation and allocation of people, time, and other resources toward expressive ends.” Through a decade of teaching, research, and consulting since, my definition of Arts Management has evolved a bit. Here’s what I’m using now: Arts Management...
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Q&A Sessions: Dr Zolelwa Sifumba on learning to rest and healing herself

Dr Zolelwa Sifumba went from being a frontline healthcare worker to stepping back from clinical work. She speaks to Elna Schütz about her shift into more open spaces The post Q&A Sessions: Dr Zolelwa Sifumba on learning to rest and healing herself appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Art, Medicine, Rest, Meditation, Mental Health, Dancing, Healing, Anxiety, Nature, South Africa, Artists, Doctors, National, Introverts, Advocacy, Nomad

Play a Kandinsky: A New Simulation Lets You Experience Kandinsky’s Synesthesia & the Sounds He May Have Heard When Painting “Yellow-Red-Blue”

Wassily Kandinsky could hear colors. Maybe you can too, but since studies so far have suggested that the underlying condition exists in less than five percent of the population, the odds are against it. Known as synesthesia, it involves one kind of sense perception being tied up with another: letters and numbers come with colors, sequences take on three-dimensional forms, sounds have tactile feelings. These unusual sensory connections can presumably encourage unusual kinds of thinking; p...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Music, College, History, Billy Joel, Raphael, David Hockney, Nikola Tesla, Seoul, Wassily Kandinsky, Monet, Vladimir Nabokov, Lichtenstein, Mussorgsky

Meet The Great-Grandson Of One Of The Benin Bronze Sculptors, Who Still Runs A Foundry In Benin City

Monday Aigbe has a statue of his ancestor in the middle of his complex, where craftsmen continue to cast bronzes and carve sculptures and ornamented doors using traditional methods. He’s eagerly awaiting the return of his great-grandfather’s artwork. – BBC
Tags: Art, Benin, Visual, Benin City, Aigbe

Haunted House Attractions Are Immersive Theater. What Distinguishes The Good Ones?

Really, it’s the same things as with any other theater: good actors with good material matter more than special effects. As Halloween approaches, Alexis Soloski talks with actors at two notable attractions about what works. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Alexis Soloski

Abdulrazak Gurnah Won The Nobel Prize For Literature. Why Wasn’t His 2020 Book Published In The US?

“Afterlives,” which explores the brutality of Germany’s colonial rule in East Africa, came out in Britain in September 2020 and was hailed as a masterpiece. But it failed to reach a wide readership and wasn’t even published in the United States. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Germany, US, Britain, United States, Words, East Africa, Abdulrazak Gurnah

"But hostility to genius has been brewing in our culture for a long time. Almost 100 years ago... the critic Edmund Wilson observed that the almost mystical 'dignity and distinction' traditionally accorded to the figure of the poet was becoming..."

"... 'more and more impossible in our modern democratic society.' The ascendancy of science, Wilson argued, had made human beings less prone to viewing themselves as potentially godlike geniuses and more uncomfortably aware of their kinship with other animals and subjection to biological and physical laws. A democratic society was also less at ease with the idea of a 'natural aristocracy' of artists to match the hereditary aristocracy of landowners and rulers.... The prevalent idea in the 21st c...
Tags: Art, Writing, Law, Reading, Language, New York Times, Evolution, Times, The Washington Post, Cw, Geniuses, Sarah Palin, Wilson, Ben Zimmer, Edmund Wilson, Ann Althouse

Urdu And Hindi Are Basically The Same Language. Why Do Hindu Nationalists So Violently Hate Urdu?

It’s not as simple as Urdu=Muslim and Hindi=Hindu. Not only did the two languages — which share all their grammar and most of their vocabulary — develop in tandem, but Hindi got many of its most basic features, including its name, via Urdu from Persian. –
Tags: Art, Words, Urdu

So It Continues: Hong Kong Passes China-Style Film Censorship Law

The legislation bans any film deemed against the national security interests of the People’s Republic of China, with violators subject to three years in prison and $130,000 in fines. The law is expected to hasten the decline of Hong Kong’s once-vibrant movie industry. – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Hong Kong, Media, People s Republic of China

After A Century, The Last Tsar’s Palace Is Restored And Reopened

The Alexander Palace in Tsarskoe Selo near St. Petersburg, where Nicholas, Alexandra, and their five children lived before being shipped off to Yekaterinburg to die. The decade-long restoration required an astonishing amount of detective work to determine the original colors and patterns. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, St Petersburg, Visual, Yekaterinburg, Nicholas Alexandra, Tsarskoe Selo, Alexander Palace

In Chicago, Nearly Half Of Small Performing Arts Orgs Can’t Or Won’t Reopen Yet

The Donnelly Foundation surveyed 91 of its grantees (organizations with budgets under $1 million) and found that 44% of them either can’t return to in-person performances this season or are unsure if they should. Among the issues: venues too small for social distancing. – MSN (Chicago Tribune)
Tags: Art, Chicago, Issues, Donnelly Foundation

This Is The Second Most Popular Talk Radio Show In America (You May Never Have Heard Of It)

“Like much of talk radio, The Ramsey Show sits in a murky zone between journalism and entertainment. It is not quite a news program, religious service, reality show, infomercial, or financial advice; it is somehow all five.” – Columbia Journalism Review
Tags: Art, Featured, Media, America


Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates Position AnnouncementCentral City OperaPresident /CEOCentral City, Colorado Central City Opera (CCO) seeks a dynamic leader to be its first President & CEO (CEO). The CEO will serve as the company’s managing director and community ambassador in consideration of CCO’s dual role as both opera producer and historic property manager. In partnership with the Board, the CEO will be responsible for developing and implementing CCO’s strategic plan and building a...
Tags: Art, Jobs, Colorado, SVP, Central City, Denver Metro, CCO, Wheat Ridge Colorado, GVA, Central City Colorado, Central City Opera, City Colorado Central City Opera CCO, Rosalind Bell, Genovese Vanderhoof Associates

Mark Strong on acting, insecurity and life without a father: ‘I got angry as I got older. It took years to fix’

After three decades on the stage and screen, the star is still worrying about where his next job will come from. Meanwhile, at home, he frets about letting down his familyMark Strong has a good face for villainy – spare and inscrutable, with thin lips and “eyes like tunnels”, as Arthur Miller might have put it. On camera, he gives a sort of fractional disclosure, expressions altering in tiny increments, so that watching him perform is often an exercise in judging how much good can reasonably be ...
Tags: Television, Film, Theatre, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Arthur Miller, Mark Strong, Miller, Olivier, Eddie Carbone

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