The Cellist Who Wants To Provide Free Classical Music To Everyone

But the musicians have to earn a living wage too, he insists. – Baltimore Sun
Tags: Art, Music, Audience

What Would Possess Alec Baldwin To Give An Interview In The Middle Of Investigations And Lawsuits?

One trial lawyer said, “There’s no reason you should ever give an interview like that. It can only backfire.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Alec Baldwin, Issues

Nominations Open for the Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2021

Human-Centered Change and Innovation loves making innovation insights accessible for the greater good, because we truly believe that the better our organizations get at delivering value to their stakeholders the less waste of natural resources and human resources there will … Continue reading →
Tags: Design, Digital Transformation, Strategy, Blogging, Change, Innovation, Transformation, Authors, Top 10, Bloggers, Design Thinking, Business Transformation, Business Authors

Nominations Closed – Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2021

Human-Centered Change and Innovation loves making innovation insights accessible for the greater good, because we truly believe that the better our organizations get at delivering value to their stakeholders the less waste of natural resources and human resources there will … Continue reading →
Tags: Design, Digital Transformation, Strategy, Blogging, Change, Innovation, Transformation, Authors, Top 10, Bloggers, Design Thinking, Business Transformation, Business Authors

Genre-Bending Opera Wins $100,000 Grawemeyer Award

The work — a subversive blurring of genre, time and politics reflecting on how little has changed over the centuries, yet how much change is possible — jolted the generally conservative Vienna State Opera. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Vienna

Actor Declares Himself A Non-Profit

“There was something quite liberating about going, alright, I’ll put large amounts of money into this or that, because I’ll be able to earn it back again. I’ve essentially turned myself into a social enterprise, a not-for-profit actor.” – BBC
Tags: Art, People

How Crowdfunding Is Helping Indie Bookstores

“There’s been a groundswell of support for indie bookshops. I’m very open and honest online about what it is like to run a bookshop and going through the pandemic, and I think they feel a little bit of ownership. They feel part of a community, and that community has helped us.”- The Guardian
Tags: Art, Words

Why Innovation In Education Is So Difficult

Is it that much easier for the average 5-year old to sit still for hours on end and listen to a teacher talk in person than it is virtually? So should we be taking the opportunity to consider how we teach, whether in person or online? – 3 Quarks Daily
Tags: Art, Issues

Take Care Of Yourself — It’s Now An Industry

Self-care might be thought of as the newest form of the art of living well, the understanding of a good life that exists in the particular balance of structure and spontaneity, a practice that encompasses both discipline and indulgence. – Hedgehog Review
Tags: Art, Issues

The Best Books About Dance In 2021

By chance, this year unleashed a profusion of memoirs about Balanchine and New York City Ballet. This ever-present magnet in our field is counter-balanced by stories about major Black ballet dancers. – Wendy Perron
Tags: Art, Dance, Balanchine, New York City Ballet This

The Best Theatre Of A (Weird) 2021

If theater matters differently than television and film it’s not just because you have to leave your home to be part of it, but also because you have to enter someone else’s. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre

How “Web3” May Change Value In The Arts

The NFT confers public proof of ownership and authenticity of an item, which may or may not include copyright — just as in the physical world an artist may sell a work but retain the intellectual property. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Ideas, NFT

The Hollywood Rom-Com Take On Europe

As in: What is Europe? Cue faintly hand-wavey snow, hunting lodges, Christmassy scenes, maybe cheese and art themes … but no actual Europe. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Europe, Media

How Stories Are Adapted For Opera

“Opera’s superpower is subtext,” says composer Missy Mazzoli, “and being able to say more than one thing at once.” – Van
Tags: Art, Music, Missy Mazzoli

As Insecure’s Fifth Season Ends, Its Legacy Could Be The Centering Of Black Women

Yvonne Orji, who played Molly: “I want to believe that there are now more Black creators and creatives in spaces of power to greenlight shows, to work behind the scenes and in front of the scenes to create the same environment … but what we had was special.” – FastCompany
Tags: Art, Media, Molly, Yvonne Orji, Centering Of Black Women

Congress Isn’t In Love With The Discovery Takeover Of Warner Media

At least, some of the Democratic members aren’t into it. “In a letter Monday to U.S. Atty. Gen. Merrick Garland and Assistant Atty. Gen. Jonathan Kanter, the lawmakers said the proposed consolidation ‘raises significant antitrust concerns.'” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, Congress, Warner Media, Merrick Garland, Jonathan Kanter

The Best Dance Scenes From Non-Dance Movies

It’s perhaps a cliché now to have the cast dance in some fashion, even when they’re not in a dance movie like Black Swan or Dirty Dancing – but some movies and stars perform better than others. – The Collider
Tags: Art, Dance

BookTok Has Turned From Tearjerkers To Obscure 1930s Puzzle Books

Last month, a TikTok user picked up a copy of Cain’s Jawbone and made a TikTok, wherein she said, “I’ve decided to take this nearly impossible task as an opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream and turn my entire bedroom into a murder board,” – LitHub
Tags: Art, Words, Cain

At The British Independent Film Awards, One Film Runs Away With A Pile Of Accolades

After Love won six awards, including actress, director, film, and screenplay. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Media

Even Without The Cambodian Lion, Authorities Say They’ll Continue Hunting For Looted Artifacts

Toek Tik, the Cambodian man known as “The Lion,” helped plunder ancient sites – then, recently, spent years telling police and cultural workers about the thefts. He has died, after contracting COVID-19, at 62. He said, “I want the gods to come home.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, Toek Tik

Biden Appearance Brings Kennedy Center Honors Back To What Seems Nearly Normal

The previous occupant had skipped the ceremony and held no reception while in office. President Biden, who did hold a White House reception, said to honoree Lorne Michaels, “You make me laugh at myself a lot.” – Seattle Times (AP)
Tags: Art, White House, Ideas, Biden, Lorne Michaels

The Sound Of Our Times Is Music Drenched In Myth

Myth is everywhere on Broadway and in opera right now, including a collaboration between 88-year-old composer Wayne Shorter and the younger composer/performer/lyricist Esmerelda Spalding. Why now? “In uncertain times, myths give us something sturdy to lean on, a narrative handrail to grip.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Music, Broadway, Wayne Shorter, Esmerelda Spalding

An Intimacy Coordinator Says Actors Are Under Too Much Pressure

Being an intimacy director involves so much behind the scenes comes – helping actors resist producers who put “pressure on actors reluctant to shoot a scene, using the oldest trick in the book: if you don’t do it, there are plenty of others who will.” – El Pais
Tags: Art, Media

Just because: Marcel Marceau in 1975

Mime artist Marcel Marceau introduces and performs his “Youth, Maturity, Old Age, and Death” in 1975: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in this space each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Marcel Marceau

The Quirky Self-Portraits of 18th Century Painter Joseph Ducreux

We all know him, the dapper cross between a smarmy office bro and smug, pull-my-finger uncle; leaning on his walking stick, hat pushed back at a rakish angle, pointing at the viewer with a leer.… The 18th-century painting, titled Self-Portrait in the Guise of a Mocker, enjoyed a brief but rich second life for a couple years as a 21st century meme, first appearing online in a 2009 image macro with the caption “Disregard Females, Acquire Currency,” an overly stuffy, thus hilarious, rephrasing of ...
Tags: Art, Facebook, London, College, David, Pablo Picasso, Steve Buscemi, Marie Antoinette, Vincent Van Gogh, Josh Jones, Buscemi, Frida Kahlo, Kottke, Jacques Louis David, Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun, Louis XVI

Do Little Free Libraries Contribute To Gentrification?

“By bringing this modern cultural artifact here from white neighborhoods, had I set myself up, set up the neighborhood? Was I contributing to gentrification and sending the wrong message about how I wanted the neighborhood to be?” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words

The Career Of America’s Most Prolific Artifact Thief May Have Ended

Thomas Gavin stashed stolen antique firearms “in his hideout — a cluttered, non-descript barn in rural Pennsylvania. Gavin’s crime spree was so under the radar, no one caught on until 2018, when he tried to unload a rare, Revolutionary-era rifle to a local antiques dealer.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Visual, Thomas Gavin, Career Of America, Pennsylvania Gavin

The Voices Of Cultural Workers Breaking Up With The Arts

“Artists are taught to see each other as competition … and to believe that failure to achieve status in their chosen field is solely due to a lack of individual talent.” The pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests, and social media changed all that. – Los Angeles Review of Books
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Issues

Happy queer Christmas! Drag kings and queens on their festive spectaculars

LGBTQ+ performers are making sure that queerness isn’t ‘swept under the carpet’ this Christmas – and providing community, fun and celebration for audiencesDrag king Mark Anthony loves Christmas. He always has – it’s a big thing in his family. Still, he says he found his Christmas “blighted slightly” in recent years since coming out as transgender and non-binary. “It wasn’t a big sob story of rejection,” Anthony, whose family fully accepts him for who he is, explains. “It was a discomfort type th...
Tags: Theatre, Christmas, Life and style, Society, UK News, Transgender, Culture, Sexuality, Stage, LGBT rights, Anthony, Drag, Mark Anthony, Isaac Williams

"There are four main goals for TikTok’s algorithm: 用户价值, 用户价值 (长期), 作者价值, and 平台价值, which the company translates as 'user value,' 'long-term user value,' 'creator value,' and 'platform value....'"

"The document, headed 'TikTok Algo 100'... offers a new level of detail about the dominant video app, providing a revealing glimpse both of the app’s mathematical core and insight into the company’s understanding of human nature — our tendencies toward boredom, our sensitivity to cultural cues — that help explain why it’s so hard to put down.... It succeeded where other short videos apps failed in part because it makes creation so easy, giving users background music to dance to or memes to enact...
Tags: Psychology, Amazon, Art, Law, China, Surveillance, Fox, Beijing, Commerce, Addiction, Ben Smith, David Mamet, New America, Amazon Associates, Rationality, Ann Althouse

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