Covid Cases Among Cast Members Forces Moulin Rouge In London To Cancel Performances

“It makes Moulin Rouge! The Musical the first major show in months to have to cancel because of Covid among its cast.” – The Stage (UK)
Tags: Art, London, Theatre

Returning To The (Art Studio) Flames

For fine arts students, the pandemic has been rough. Colleges including the Massachusetts College of Art and Design “sent home ‘care packages’ tailored to different majors and rejiggered curriculums to prioritize in-person studio time for the students who needed it most.” – MSN (Boston Globe)
Tags: Art, Visual, Massachusetts College of Art

Making Theatre That Reflects A Contemporary Obsession With Film

Ivo van Hove’s passion for movies has affected everything about his direction, from the use of video on stage to the themes he pursues. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Theatre, Ivo van Hove

The Canadian Man Behind So Many Christmas Movies

Ron Oliver’s joke tweets get calls from Hallmark executives, and his philosophy is omnipresent across streamers’ and networks’ Christmas fare: “Make it beautiful, make it nostalgic, make it romantic, and give ’em a little love at the end.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, Los Angeles, Ron Oliver

A Black Artist Was Swarmed By Police During His Performance At Miami Art Fair

Not only artist Xxavier Carter but the curator and the fair were threatened with fines and long jail sentences. Ironically, perhaps, Carter’s piece “reimagines the myth of Sisyphus to reflect on the violent legacy of colonialism.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Miami, Visual, Carter, Xxavier Carter

Joanne Shenandoah Looked Out Her Office Window, Then Transformed Indigenous Music

Shenandoah saw a tree being cut down and decided to leave office work. Good decision: The singer, who died at 64, recorded many albums and sang for presidential inaugurations. She “played guitar, piano, flute, cello and other instruments, [and] gave as many 200 concerts a year.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Joanne Shenandoah

The New York City Kids Who Wrote A History Of Black Composer Florence Price

A middle-school class at NY’s Special School discovered there was no Price biography aimed at children – so “this beautiful book emerged that they wrote together, 45 of them together.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Music

Was This Comedian Fired From His Set Or Not?

No, according to Jeff Garlin, he was definitely not fired from The Goldbergs. He called the reporter to explain, well, everything “Okay. There has been an HR investigation on me the past three years. HR has come to me three years in a row for my behavior on set.” – Vanity Fair
Tags: Art, Media, Jeff Garlin

What Do We Want To Do With The Rest Of Our Lives?

Such are the questions that a global, murderous pandemic will make most of us ask. And we might wonder: “What work is actually valuable? It’s incredibly unclear.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Issues

Attempting To Turn Around A Troubled Theatre In Berlin

The Volksbühne kept an East German spirit alive in a reunified Germany, until its longtime director was fired in 2017. Since then, there have been three other artistic directors, including one accused of sexual harassment. Can the newest AD change the trajectory? – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Germany, Berlin, Theatre, Volksbühne

Christmas Books II

You have to hope that Sleepy Cat Farm in southwestern Connecticut will remain on the Open Days list of the Garden Conservancy from time to time, as it's a must-see garden created over 20 some years by owner Fred Landman and landscape architect Charles J. Stick of Charlottesville, VA. But... [Author: Jane Berger]
Tags: Books, Gardening, Design, Connecticut, Charlottesville, Garden Design, Jane Berger, Garden Books, Garden Conservancy, Monacelli Press, Charles Stick, Fred Landman, Charles J Stick

Almudena Grandes Started Her Writing Career With An Acclaimed Erotic Novel

Before her death at 61, she had become one of Spain’s most ambitious, and certainly most progressive and feminist, novelists. Spain’s prime minister wrote, “We lost one of the most important writers of our time.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Spain, Words, Almudena Grandes

Let’s Look At The Logic Of Netflix’s Christmas Movies

“Netflix’s Christmas rom-coms are not meant to be judged on a spectrum of ‘good’ to ‘bad.’ They are only to be understood on a spectrum from ‘surreal approximation of human behavior’ to ‘perverting the physical rules of our known universe.”’ – Vulture
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix

Sondheim Also Revolutionized Crosswords

“Sondheim is particularly remembered among connoisseurs of word puzzles for his role in introducing Americans to British-style cryptic crosswords. … The crosswords that he created for New York Magazine in 1968 and 1969 were instrumental in popularizing the cryptic genre on this side of the Atlantic.” – Slate
Tags: Art, Ideas, New York Magazine, Sondheim

Art Basel Miami Beach Has A Different, Much More Diverse, Line-Up

In the online iteration of 2020, no African American galleries were included. But “over the past year, Art Basel changed its admission requirements and made a concerted effort to invite previously marginalized galleries to apply.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Basel, Visual, Basel Miami Beach

What’s The Future For Musicians Who Work On Streaming Shows?

In terms of payment, it’s a huge mess – thanks to the failure to win residuals from reruns in the 1960s, plus streamers’ legendary anti-union stances: “A growing number of producers are not hiring union musicians in order to avoid any kind of future payments.” – Variety
Tags: Art, Music

In 2021, We Were Still Cry-Laughing, Or Laugh-Crying, A Whole Lot

At least, according to our collective emoji use. The “face with tears of joy” accounted for five percent of all emojis sent online last year. (A red heart was also right up there, but watch out, kissy face is moving up.) – The Verge
Tags: Art, Ideas

Will Theatres In Ireland And Britain Make It Through Panto Season?

Maybe, but without kids onstage: “We would usually have four teams of 10 children under 12, and four teams of four teenagers rotating through the season, and … we would be opening the cast up to too much risk.” – Irish Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Ireland

Theatre Freelancers Have Had A Hard Time During The Pandemic

Gigantic surprise, right? On the other hand, a study found that in Britain, “Freelancers have also been networking and organising and built up a sense of solidarity as they felt the government and the public were not necessarily valuing what they do.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Theatre

How John Coltrane Became A Literal Saint

A church founder says hearing Coltrane turned him into “born-again believer in that anointed sound that leaped down from the tone of heaven out of the very mind of God, stepped from the very wall of creation.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, John Coltrane, Coltrane

Turns Out It’s Not So Easy To Bridge The Gap Between Scotland And Northern Ireland

Boris Johnson wanted a span crossing a 300-m trench filled with munitions, but his bridge game is off after “a government feasibility study by a team of ‘world-renowned technical advisers’ [concluded] that bears do, after all, shit in the woods.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Visual

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