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Paris Revives a Cultural Icon – The Seine

Swimming has been officially banned since 1923. More than two-thirds of all French have a negative perception of the river. And yet when French officials unveiled their ambitions for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris this month, the Seine was treated like a resurrected national monument. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Paris, Issues, Seine


How Streaming Devalues Movies

You can sense it in all the calculations Disney has been making with regard to what goes to theaters, what’s PVOD, and what goes directly to Disney+. – Slate
Tags: Art, Media, Disney, Audience


We’re Overwhelmed By The Amount Of Culture Being Produced Today

It is impossible to overestimate the volume of stuff that is being produced, edited, and put online today. The content cup runneth over, and much of what’s in it is baffling and bizarre. – Wired
Tags: Art, Media


Will Crutchfield: New Opera Is Thriving

New opera, by any reasonable definition – by any defensible amalgamation of the definitions commonly put forward over the years – is thriving. – Osborne on Opera: A Critical Blog
Tags: Art, Music, Osborne


Dostoevsky And The True Crime Craze In 1860s Russia

How the pulp nonfiction devoured by the public during Tsar Alexander II’s reign led to Crime and Punishment — and how Dostoevsky used the hunger for true crime stories to get his political message into the public’s hands. – The New Republic
Tags: Art, Russia, Words, Dostoevsky, Tsar Alexander II


“A Movie In Conversation With Its Own History”: How Spielberg And Kushner Retrofitted “West Side Story”

“Vulture‘s theater desk, Helen Shaw and Jackson McHenry, discuss the 2021 version, how it alters a hugely familiar piece of art, and how and where those changes worked.” – Vulture
Tags: Art, Featured, Media, Spielberg, Kushner, Jackson McHenry, Helen Shaw


Second 1887 Time Capsule Found Under Robert E. Lee Statue

News accounts described its dozens of donated artifacts, including Confederate memorabilia. Based on historical records, some have also speculated the capsule might contain a rare photo of deceased President Abraham Lincoln. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Visual, Robert E Lee Statue


Good Things Happen When A Variety Of Black Viewpoints Can Be Seen On Broadway

“In the last few weeks, I’ve seen … Trouble in Mind, Caroline, or Change and Clyde’s. Individually, their plots and period settings offer great insight into how far we’ve really come. But taken together, they reveal a full range of aesthetic and racial possibilities.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway, Clyde


The Best Books Of The Past 125 Years? The NYT Book Review Asked Readers…

In November, we presented a list of the 25 most-nominated books (one per author) for a vote. After tallying more than 200,000 ballots, the winner, by a narrow margin, is… – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words


Carpenter installs ingenious secret drawers in kitchen

from Damnthatsinteresting Many years ago, we had new kitchen cabinets installed in our kitchen. The pre-fab cabinet set included a Lazy Susan cabinet in the counter's corner "dead space" which, at the time, I thought was a smart hack to deal with the otherwise wasted space. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, Design, News, Woodworking, Carpentry, Kitchens, Cabinets, Susan, Carpenter


Latin American Telenovelas Are Old Hat. The New Hotness Is Turkish Dizis

In many countries these days, including Spanish-speaking ones, the Turkish serial dramas are replacing telenovelas on TV schedules. The popularity of dizis has now made Turkey a larger exporter of television programming than any country but the U.S. – PRI
Tags: Art, Media, Turkey


The Rare Fabric That Was Coveted 200 Years Ago That No One Now Knows How To Make

Made via an elaborate, 16-step process with a rare cotton that only grew along the banks of the holy Meghna river, the cloth was considered one of the great treasures of the age. It had a truly global patronage, stretching back thousands of years. – BBC
Tags: Art, Visual, Meghna


How Orchestras Are Trying To Diversify Audiences

Orchestras are approaching these audiences through multilingual websites, artist and repertoire choices, and outreach activities, connecting more firmly with the communities they touch. – Strings
Tags: Art, Music


Creating Choreography For Animated Characters

Sherrie Silver, who usually works with film stars and models, talks with a reporter about how she created, and then communicated to animators, the dance moves for Sing 2. – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, Dance, Sherrie Silver


Once Threatened, This One-Million-Pound Artwork Is Being Rehomed

Elyn Zimmerman’s rock-and-water installation Marabar was erected in 1984 in the courtyard of the National Geographic Society — which now has other plans for that space. Then American University came to the rescue. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, American University, Visual, National Geographic Society, Marabar, Elyn Zimmerman


Instead Of Being Pulverized, This One-Million-Pound Artwork Is Being Rehomed

Elyn Zimmerman’s rock-and-water installation Marabar was erected in 1984 in the courtyard of the National Geographic Society — which now has other plans for that space. Then American University came to the rescue. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, American University, Visual, National Geographic Society, Marabar, Elyn Zimmerman


How Merce Cunningham Upended Concert Dance’s Conventions: Technology, Philosophy And Randomness

“This video from the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis explores six aspects to Cunningham’s 70-year career, from dance maker, collaborator and chance taker, to innovator, film producer and teacher, to put his influence and legacy in context.” – Aeon
Tags: Art, Minneapolis, Dance, Cunningham, Walker Art Center, Merce Cunningham


When Someone Hears Music That Isn’t There

Here’s an explainer about Musical Ear Syndrome — which isn’t a form of tinnitus or of audio hallucinations caused by a psychiatric condition. In fact, MES is pretty common. – Ludwig Van
Tags: Art, Music


Saudi Government Wants To Make Its Country The Arab World’s New Filmmaking Capital

With Egypt’s once-dominant industry stagnating under the Sisi dictatorship, the government led by Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is dropping lots of money to fill that void, building soundstages and film schools, launching a star-studded movie festival, and even directly funding productions. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, Egypt, Mohammed bin Salman


Belgium’s High Court Overrules Government’s Shutdown Of Cultural Venues

The Council of State, the country’s top administrative court, found insufficient justification for prime minister Alexander De Croo’s COVID-related order closing theaters, concert halls, and cinemas while leaving restaurants, bars, and Christmas markets open. – Variety
Tags: Art, Belgium, Issues, Alexander De Croo


99 Finds: The Most Exciting Art And Artifact Discoveries Of 2021

Sorted into categories such as “Missing masterpieces”, “Ancient art”, “Prehistoric peoples”, African-American and indigenous North American history, and “Royal treasures”, here are nearly a hundred pieces of (mostly) good news. – Smithsonian Magazine
Tags: Art, Featured, Visual


Let’s Look At The Toxic Damage Of Bullshit

The mass production of warm sounding words with minimal interest in real material outcomes is signifying bullshit (SB). It is nearly ubiquitous. – 3 Quarks Daily
Tags: Art, Ideas


Major Australian musicals cancel shows as more than 90 performers contract Covid

Hamilton, Come From Away, Jagged Little Pill, A Chorus Line, Frozen the Musical and Opera Australia disrupted by major outbreaks as Sydney festival show Qween Lear cancels entire runFollow our Covid live blog for the latest updatesCovid is sweeping through the casts of musical theatre shows in Sydney and Melbourne, with major live productions forced to cancel performances.At least 90 performers have tested positive to the highly infectious virus and whole companies have been forced into isolatio...
Tags: Health, Musicals, Australia, Theatre, Australia news, Culture, Stage, New South Wales, Sydney, Melbourne, Hamilton, Coronavirus, Sydney festival 2022


Covid sweeps through casts of Australia’s major musicals as more than 90 performers test positive

Hamilton, Come From Away, Jagged Little Pill, A Chorus Line, Frozen the Musical and Opera Australia disrupted by major outbreaks as Sydney festival show Qween Lear cancels entire runFollow our Covid live blog for the latest updatesCovid is sweeping through the casts of musical theatre shows in Sydney and Melbourne, with major live productions forced to cancel performances.At least 90 performers have tested positive to the highly infectious virus and whole companies have been forced into isolatio...
Tags: Health, Musicals, Australia, Theatre, Australia news, Culture, Stage, New South Wales, Sydney, Melbourne, Hamilton, Coronavirus, Sydney festival 2022



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