Stephen Sondheim: a daring and dazzling musical theatre icon

The American composer and lyricist, who has died aged 91, shaped the musical artform with his wise, witty and extravagantly clever workStephen Sondheim achieved such acclaim – for deepening the content and extending the lyrical ingenuity of musical theatre – that, from the age of 50, each major birthday was celebrated with tribute concerts in London, New York or both.Watching the composer-lyricist of Sweeney Todd and Follies at such events – taking a bow, with his wry smile – it was impossible n...
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Stephen Sondheim: master craftsman who reinvented the musical dies aged 91

Scoring his first big hit with West Side Story at 27, the US composer and lyricist raised the art form’s status with moving and funny masterpieces including Follies and CompanyStephen Sondheim, the master craftsman of the American musical, has died at the age of 91.Over the course of a celebrated career spanning more than 60 years, Sondheim co-created Broadway theatre classics such as West Side Story, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods, all of which also became hit movies. His intricate and ...
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The Man Trying To Fix DC’s Broken Arts Commission

It is one of the country’s leaders in funding — its $38 million is one of the nation’s largest per capita — but it has been mired in controversy. Since 2018, it has weathered a censorship scandal, turf battles with the mayor and a series of short-tenured executive directors. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Issues, Broken Arts Commission

“Superstar” Actor Arrested In Connection With Jan. 6 Riot

James Beeks, who performs in Superstar under the stage name James T. Justis, is charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia with obstruction of Congress, a felony, as well as a misdemeanor charge of unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds. – Deadline
Tags: Art, Congress, People, James Beeks, James T Justis

Filter Me This, Batman: Yassify Takes On Famous Images

To “yassify” something is to apply several beauty filters to a picture using FaceApp, an A.I. photo-editing application, until its subject — be that a celebrity, a historical figure, a fictional character or a work of fine art — becomes almost unrecognizably made up. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual

US Libraries See Surge In Demands To Ban Books

“Social media is amplifying local challenges and they’re going viral, but we’ve also been observing a number of organisations activating local members to go to school board meetings and challenge books. We’re seeing what appears to be a campaign to remove books.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, US, Words

An Artificial Reality Of Self-Improvement?

If computers gave each and every one of us a better way to gauge where to put our resources and energy and everyone of us had a better shot at living longer healthier lives, would that be a positive development? – Cody Pallo
Tags: Art, Ideas

Rethink: Why Shouldn’t Shelter For Homeless People Be Beautiful?

“Design was often not seen as an important aspect of homeless housing. They were faceless vanilla blocks that looked cheap and made people, by implication, feel that where they were living wasn’t important.” – The New York Times
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A Surge In Ballroom Dance In South America. But…

Latin America’s ballroom scene is relatively new. It started in 2013 when a group of dancers began hosting vogue battles in Brazil, and has since spread to Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, Argentina and Colombia. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Colombia, Brazil, South America, Latin America, Mexico Chile Costa Rica Argentina

Is The Working Class Shut Out Of Today’s Art?

It’s not possible to live authentically as a member of the working class without self-annihilating or folding oneself into the straitjacket of the middle class — either way, the collateral damage is the integrity of one’s art. The Smart Set
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Diversifying Your Emotional States

The more finely you can identify different body states—distinguishing, say, among aggravation, irritation, frustration, hostility, anxiety, and disgruntlement—the more you will understand yourself, and the more effectively you will move in the world. – The Atlantic
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With Big Ceremony, Egypt Reopens Ancient Avenue Of The Sphinxes

The road, also known as Road of the Rams, dates back 3,400 years, Reuters reports. However, it was first discovered in the late 1940s, according to Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. – CNN
Tags: Art, Egypt, Visual, Reuters

How Music For The Movies Is Evolving

Film music may be a genre, but all that means is music used in a film. Other than that, anything the director will let a composer get away with goes. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Music

These Days You Can Bet On Almost Anything. But Why?

The most straightforward reason for the surge in gambling is a change to the law: In 2018, the Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, opening the door to online sports betting across 21 states. As a direct result, sports-betting revenues grew 69 percent. – The Atlantic
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Magnus Carlsen Has Been World Chess Champion Since His Teens. The World Of Chess Has Changed Since Then

Computer-assisted preparation makes it ‘harder and harder’ to demonstrate the superiority of his intuition and strategic thinking in classical games. Players with good memories, decent calculation and solid technique can use the latest AI discoveries to boost their chances against him. – London Review of Books
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Labor Unrest Grows: Near-IATSE Strike Is Sign Of Things To Come

Union members have grown impatient with worsening working conditions and IATSE’s long tradition of avoiding nationwide walkouts. IATSE members in October overwhelmingly supported a strike authorization vote for the first time in its history. – Los Angeles Times
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Shortened Comic-Con Returns, But Many Dealers Won’t Attend

No matter the time of year, the energy of Comic-Con thrives in Southern California’s comic book stores — spaces deeply entwined within its culture. – Los Angeles Times
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Retour sur l’installation « Design for Life » au Design Museum de Londres

A l’occasion de la COP26 qui s’est déroulée début Novembre et dans le cadre de son programme de collaborations « Design for Life » en partenariat avec des architectes pionniers du monde entier, Dassault Systèmes a lancé l’installation Aurora, conçue par Arthur Mamou-Mani et présentée à Londres, au cours des premières semaines de l’exposition « Waste Age » au Design Museum. « Design for Life » Lancé il y a dix ans, « Design for Life » est un programme au long cours qui se propose d’explorer la...
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