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UK Broadcasters Pledge To Go BAME-less

The catch-all description for black, Asian and minority ethnic people will be ditched in favour of the use of more specific terms to describe ethnicity. – BBC
Tags: Art, UK, Media


New TV Network Seeks To Narrow Definition Of America

Americana. American traditions. Safe storytelling. It’s the coded language the network uses about its content, as much as the content itself, that reveals its underlying message, one echoed across conservative media and politics: The “real” America is suburban or rural, predominantly white, heterosexual and Christian. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, America


An Irish Plan To Break The Record For Most Nationalities In A Choir

At time of writing, 77 countries have registered. A total of 109 are needed to break the record. But “where better”, asks Brophy, “to break it but Expo?” – Irish Times
Tags: Art, Music, Brophy


Science: Why Doing Nothing Is Essential To Creativity

The default mode network is also known as the imagination network. This is the brain’s resting-state circuitry—the regions that come online when you’re not paying attention to anything in particular. This is what activates during downtime. – Fast Company
Tags: Art, Ideas


How Well Can You Move in Medieval Armor?: Medievalist Daniel Jaquet Gives It a Try in Real Life

If you’ve ever run a marathon in costume, or for that matter, boarded public transportation with a large musical instrument or a bulky bag of athletic equipment, you know that gear can be a burden best shed. But what if that gear is your first, nay, best line of defense against a fellow knight fixing to smite you in the name of their liege? Such gear is non-optional. Curious about the degree to which 15th-century knights were encumbered by their protective plating, medievalist Daniel...
Tags: Facebook, Design, College, Life, New York City, Sports, History, Czech Republic, Vienna, Tsa, Newark, Gizmodo, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Metro, Jennifer Ouellette, Center for a New American Security


Do Anything But Be A Writer…

The aspiring writers imagine that being an author will bring them happiness, fame and fortune. Szymborska tells them to get a grip. Writing is a ridiculous profession, she argues, persuasively. Failure is inevitable. Success is highly conditional and mostly feels like failure as well. – Literary Review
Tags: Art, Words, Szymborska


Can Virtual Reality Fix Work?

It’s easy to virtually collaborate. The hard part, of course, is convincing people that, when it comes to their regular work, staring through Fresnel lenses at an LCD screen a few inches from their eyes is somehow superior to a normal computer on their normal desk. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Ideas


Artist Sells Eggs From Her Ovaries As NFTs

“Armenian artist Narine Arakelian, 42, says her first NFT will be a painting entitled Live – which will include an embedded contract promising one of her eggs to the buyer. … She fully expects the person who buys the NFT to conceive a child from her egg.” – Page Six
Tags: Art, People, NFT, Narine Arakelian


Orwell Estate OKs Retelling Of “1984” From Viewpoint Of Winston Smith’s Lover

“Orwell’s estate said it had been ‘looking for some time’ for an author to tell the story of [Julia] and that [Sandra] Newman, who has previously been longlisted for the Women’s prize and shortlisted for the Guardian first book award, ‘proved to be the perfect fit’.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Words, Orwell, Winston Smith, Orwell Estate, LSB- Julia, Sandra -RSB- Newman


Now That They’ve Done It, Should Book Fairs Be Virtual?

While fairs give you the opportunity to bring your books to the attention of editors and scouts, they are also overwhelmed with choice, so “in-person access” to get to know their tastes for future reference, as well as learn about the markets, can be key. – ArtsHub
Tags: Art, Words


Belarus Free Theatre Forced To Flee Homeland

While co-founders Natalia Kaliada and Nikolai Khalezin had to leave Belarus in 2011 and are settled in London, other members of the company continued to clandestinely stage political dramas in Minsk and other cities — until this latest crisis and crackdown. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, London, Theatre, Belarus, Minsk, Natalia Kaliada, Nikolai Khalezin


Spotify Removes Hundreds Of Comedians Over Royalties Dispute

The conflict is with the rights agency Spoken Giants, which is trying to get Spotify to pay comics for their writing the same way it pays songwriters for songs. The affected artists include such powerhouses as John Mulaney, Tiffany Haddish, and even Robin Williams. – CNN
Tags: Art, Spotify, Media, Robin Williams, Spoken Giants, John Mulaney Tiffany Haddish


Persian Gulf Countries Ban Spielberg’s “West Side Story”

Saudi Arabia and Kuwait wouldn’t clear the film for release at all; Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, and the UAE demanded cuts Disney refused to make. The objections are reportedly to the character Anybodys, the young tomboy in the original film, this time more explicitly transgender. – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Media, Saudi Arabia, Disney, Spielberg, Kuwait, Uae, Bahrain Qatar Oman


Banksy To Help Turn Prison Where Oscar Wilde Was Held Into Arts Center

“Banksy has emerged as a possible white knight in a long-unrealized plan to transform the vacant prison where Oscar Wilde was once held into an art center. Reading Gaol has been up for sale since 2019 and, without a better offer, could potentially be turned into apartments.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Banksy, Oscar Wilde, Issues, Wilde Was Held Into Arts Center


“Nutcracker” Is So Yesterday. Meet “Graham Cracker”

In this version, Clara tries to get her hands on a coveted s’more during a holiday bonfire. She successfully sneaks one away, soon slipping into a sugar-induced hallucination, where the love between chocolate and marshmallow is forbidden, for their clans have been enemies for years. – WPFL
Tags: Art, Dance, Clara


Promising Young African-American Conductor Lands Two Major European Posts

Ryan Bancroft, a 32-year-old Californian, led his first concert as chief conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at the Proms this past summer, and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic has just appointed him to succeed Sakari Oramo as chief conductor as of 2023-24. – BBC Music Magazine
Tags: Art, Music, Sakari Oramo, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Ryan Bancroft, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic


Hedge Fund Billionaire Turns Over $70 Million Of Looted Antiquities

Michael Steinhardt gave up for repatriation 180 objects that he had purchased from dealers over the years. In exchange for his cooperation, including never again purchasing antiquities, authorities agreed not to prosecute. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, Michael Steinhardt


Italy Bars From Arts Venues Anyone Without A “COVID Super Green Pass”

“The pass shows proof of vaccination, or recovery from the virus within the last six months. It will be needed to enter theatres, cinemas, music venues, sports events, restaurants and bars until (at least) mid-January.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Italy, Issues, Audience


Italy Bars From Arts Venues Anyone Without A “COVID Super Green Pass”b

“The pass shows proof of vaccination, or recovery from the virus within the last six months. It will be needed to enter theatres, cinemas, music venues, sports events, restaurants and bars until (at least) mid-January.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Italy, Issues, Audience


Another Politicized Museum Appointment Has Poland’s Art Community Furious Again

“In a move that has been roundly criticized by members of the Polish art community, the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw announced that its new director would be Janusz Janowski, a painter and musician who has never before run an art museum.” – ARTnews
Tags: Art, Poland, Warsaw, Visual, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Janusz Janowski


Move on

A new episode of Three on the Aisle, the podcast in which Peter Marks, Elisabeth Vincentelli, and I talk about theater in America, is now available on line for listening or downloading. Here’s American Theatre’s “official” summary of the proceedings:  Once a month since September 2017, Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal; Elisabeth Vincentelli, contributor to The New York Times and The New Yorker; and Peter Marks of the Washington Post have gotten together to talk about what’s goi...
Tags: Art, Washington Post, America, New York Times, Stephen Sondheim, Wall Street Journal, Ajblogs, Terry Teachout, Peter Marks, Elisabeth Vincentelli, Peter Marks Elisabeth Vincentelli


How Well Can You Move in Medieval Armour?: Medievalist Daniel Jaquet Gives It a Try in Real Life

If you’ve ever run a marathon in costume, or for that matter, boarded public transportation with a large musical instrument or a bulky bag of athletic equipment, you know that gear can be a burden best shed. But what if that gear is your first, nay, best line of defense against a fellow knight fixing to smite you in the name of their liege? Such gear is non-optional. Curious about the degree to which 15th-century knights were encumbered by their protective plating, Medievalist Daniel...
Tags: Facebook, Design, College, Life, New York City, Sports, History, Czech Republic, Vienna, Tsa, Newark, Gizmodo, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Metro, Jennifer Ouellette, Center for a New American Security


Veteran courtroom sketch artist says Ghislaine Maxwell has been her 'sketching buddy' during the trial

Defense lawyer Laura Menninger questions witness "Jane" during the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, the Jeffrey Epstein associate accused of sex trafficking, in a courtroom sketch in New York City, U.S., December 1, 2021.REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg Jane Rosenberg has worked as a courtroom sketch artist for more than four decades. While sketching the Ghislaine Maxwell trial, Rosenberg noticed Maxwell had sketched her back. Rosenberg obscures the facial features of anonymous witnesses and juries at trial...
Tags: Art, News, Law, Sex Trafficking, New York City, Court, Witness, Trends, Harvey Weinstein, Maxwell, Sexual Abuse, Trial, Sketch, Sex Abuse, Eddie Murphy, Bea Arthur


A Dance School Flourishes In Africa’s Largest Slum

The Kibera district of Nairobi is home to 250,000 people, most in extreme poverty. Michael Wamaya, a Kibera native, returned home from Europe in 2008 and began offering dance lessons to vulnerable children; by 2017, he was able to open a dance academy called Project Emilu. – Euronews
Tags: Art, Europe, Africa, Dance, Nairobi, Kibera, Michael Wamaya


Yes, Your Sense Of Wellbeing Comes From Your Gut

Everything changes around you, but your internal organs are always there, always broadcasting signals to the brain, always playing their thorough bass in the grand music of life. – Psyche
Tags: Art, Ideas


Perplexed Publishers: Social Media Followings Don’t Translate To Book Sales

Followings can affect who gets a book deal and how big an advance that author is paid, especially when it comes to nonfiction. But despite their importance, they are increasingly seen as unpredictable gauges of how well a book is actually going to sell. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Uncategorized



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