Trinity Repertory Company – Executive Director

Organization Founded in Providence in 1963 as the city’s first professional resident theater company, Trinity Repertory Company (Trinity Rep) has grown to become Rhode Island’s largest nonprofit arts organization and one of the country’s leading and most respected regional theaters. With a reputation for its commitment to the development of new artistic works, Trinity Rep has received numerous awards, including the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater Company. Trinity Rep houses two p...
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How Shakespeare Drove Publishing And Publishing Drove Shakespeare In The 1700s

In the mid-1730s, Robert Walker waged a price war with the London publishing establishment, driving the cost of individual play editions down to just one penny each. This led to a significant expansion of Shakespeare’s readership. – The Conversation
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Christopher Walken Paints Over A Banksy On Camera

The spokesperson said in a statement: “We can confirm that the artwork at the end of ‘The Outlaws’ was an original Banksy, and that Christopher Walken painted over that artwork during the filming of this scene, ultimately destroying it.” – CNN
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Weapon Of Mass Distraction: Why Facebook’s “Metaverse” Is An Illusion

In actuality, Facebook is basically spending $10 billion on a prayer that, in the short run, it might change the conversation. It gives them an opportunity to talk about the metaverse instead of insurrection and teen depression. – New York Magazine
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Now Venice Is Drowning In Billboards

The giant billboards now or until recently plastered across the churches for products ranging from OPPO smartphones to Recarlo jewellery – signal that these companies are financing the restoration of the fragile facades. – Apollo
Tags: Art, Venice, Visual, Recarlo

Hong Kong’s M+ makes A Play For Global Attention

A decade ago, the international art world derided Hong Kong as a “cultural desert.” The opening of the multibillion-dollar M+ museum epitomizes the city’s ambition to shake off stereotypes by creating “Asia’s first global museum of contemporary visual culture.” – ARTnews
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In A Time Of Crisis And Pestilence, Vaudeville As Social Critique

Not, in this case, the early-20th-century American genre of variety show. This is 19th-century Parisian vaudeville: popular boulevard comedies depicting simply drawn characters from the bourgeoisie — and sometimes including sharp social satire, as during the cholera outbreak of 1832. – The Public Domain Review
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Is Science Fiction An “Inadequate Response” To Existential Threat?

As projections of nuclear fear themselves recede into memory, new fears (of global warming, environmental collapse) have come to replace them, locating such films within the wider context of apocalypse culture. This suggests that we have indeed entered an age of complacence. – PopMatters
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Sylvère Lotringer, Who Founded Semiotext(e) And Brought French Theory To America’s Art World, Dead At 83

We leave it to you to speculate on which direction St. Peter will send him for that, but his work did spark enormous changes in American arts and intellectual life — not least through the riotous 1975 colloquium “Schizo-Culture” he organized at Columbia. – Yahoo! (Los Angeles Times)
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Cryptopunks: How A Market For NFT’s Was Born

If spending this kind of money on something as flimsy as a JPEG seems absurd, recall that collectors have bought empty space, a closed gallery, and a duct-taped banana. The fine art world hasn’t been held back by such concerns. – Wired
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Writers Ought To Be Trained The Way Actors Are

“Actors in training get to try out different techniques and approaches, learning to develop a character through movement, script analysis, or emotional connection; they take classes honing their bodies and voices. In my MFA writing program, we got … workshop and some books.” – Catapult
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Co-opting Woke

Charles Blow: “Perhaps no other word of the moment is so under attack as “woke,” a word born as a simple yet powerful way of saying, be aware of and alert to how racism is systemic and pervasive and suffuses American life.” – The New York Times
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A New University To “Fix” Education? It Needs A Rethink About What’s Broken

UATX’s founders for years have used their various platforms to bemoan the state of higher education and propose how to fix it. They’re about to get a crash course in the real-life challenges of the job. – The New Republic
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Christopher Walken painted over an original Banksy

The producers of BBC TV series The Outlaws managed to get Banksy to paint one of his famous rats on a wall of the show's set in Bristol, the artist's reported home. Then, as part of the last episode's plot, Christopher Walken painted over it. — Read the rest
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Hollywood Has Joined The NFT Gold Rush

Is this a potential long-term income source or an big old asset bubble? Opinions differ, but the studios aren’t letting even a short-term chance at monetizing their existing intellectual property slip by — and using yet another way to keep fans (literally) invested in their franchises. – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, NFT Gold Rush

Design Fiction? What Exactly Is That?

According to this manifesto, it’s “a tool for reimagining the past, present, and future. It makes scenarios real enough to feel possible, inspiring dialogue, interaction, and even policy changes.” Actually, it’s speculative fiction focusing on sustainable design ideas that aren’t (yet) practicable. – World Economic Forum (Neste)
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Why Arts And Humanities Are Crucial To STEM Education And The Tech Industry

In the latest university rankings from Times Higher Education, the top two schools for arts and humanities in the world are, perhaps surprisingly, Stanford and MIT. TES Chief Knowledge Officer Phil Baty explains why, and why it matters. – World Economic Forum
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Why Are Some Classical Music Institutions Resisting Broadening Their View of Music?

Joshua Kosman: How long can an artistic culture survive and thrive on the work of the same circumscribed set of a dozen or so dead white European males? – San Francisco Chronicle
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The Louvre Said That ‘Salvator Mundi’ Is A Real Leonardo. Now The Prado Says It’s Not.

The catalogue for this fall’s Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at the Madrid museum has reclassified The World’s Most Expensive Artwork into the “attributed works, workshop or authorised and supervised by Leonardo” category. (Not that Salvator Mundi is actually there, mind you; its current whereabouts are still unknown.) – ARTnews
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Strathmore, Baltimore Symphony’s DC-Area Home, Finally Settles With IATSE

“After a two-year stalemate that sparked a feud with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra,” — which cancelled several concerts this fall because of the standoff — “Strathmore has reached a tentative agreement with its unionized box office staff that extends their contract through June 2024.” – MSN (The Washington Post)
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‘Discovery Of A Lifetime’: Well-Preserved Tudor-Era Murals Uncovered At Yorkshire Manor

During restoration work at Calverley Old Hall, between Bradford and Leeds, workers discovered what turned out to be floor-to-ceiling paintings (“basically Tudor wallpaper”) in a fantastical style ultimately based on the emperor Nero’s Golden Villa. – The Guardian
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Zadie Smith’s First Play Hits The Stage, Retelling A Canterbury Tale

The Wife of Willesden is an update to Chaucer’s “The Wife of Bath’s Tale,” transferring the setting from a carriage carrying pilgrims to Canterbury to a group of 21st-century characters doing a pub crawl through the northwest London neighborhood where Smith grew up. – The New York Times
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Meet the Mysterious Genius Who Patented the UFO

American inventors never met a phenomenon — natural, manmade, or otherwise — they couldn’t try to patent. From impossible technologies to possible evidence of aliens visiting planet Earth, everything’s fair game if you can sell the idea. After highly-publicized UFO sightings in Washington State and Roswell, New Mexico, for example, patents for flying saucers began pouring into government offices. “As soon as there was a popular ‘spark,’” writes Ernie Smith at Atlas Obscura, “the saucer w...
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Replay: Illinois Jacquet plays “Flying Home”

Illinois Jacquet plays “Flying Home” on The Ed Sullivan Show. The drummer is Jo Jones. This episode was originally telecast live by CBS on July 10, 1949: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in this space each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)
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Managing Director – Village Theatre

VILLAGE THEATRE with locations in Issaquah and Everett, WA, invites applicants and nominations for its Managing Director. The Managing Director (MD) will serve in a co-equal partnership with a new Artistic Director to be named in early 2022. Each will report to the Board through its President. This will be a new leadership structure for Village Theatre; previously, the Artistic Director reported to the Executive Producer. These two leaders will share the responsibility for institutional lea...
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Are Some People’s Brains Simply Wired Better For Dance?

Well, there’s no point in trying to deny that some people have more natural aptitude. However, writes neuroscientist Gayle Doherty, everyone has the ability to feel and respond to rhythm and can, with some work, dance well enough to enjoy it. – The Conversation
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