What The Movies From Decades Ago Predicted 2022 Would Look Like

As you can imagine, many of the visions from long ago about what today would look like were dystopian. Here’s what they portrayed. – NPR
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Judge Dismisses Nirvana Baby Album Cover Lawsuit

“He has re-enacted the photograph in exchange for a fee, many times; he has had the album title… tattooed across his chest; and he has used the connection to try to pick up women.” – BBC
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Manuscript? With Words Created On Computers And Produced On Other Computers, What Is It?

A book nowadays is likely to have left its author’s computer to become a bunch of digital assets in Adobe InDesign. These digital assets are then published to e-book formats and onto paper in a globe-spanning process that might involve a specialized logistics firm, designer, and distributor. – PublicBooks
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Jan. 6 As Zombie Apocalypse?

In the 20 years that zombie apocalypse narratives have grown and reached critical mass in popular media, such comparisons at an insurrection at the seat of American democracy — where five people died and scores more were injured and traumatized — are disturbing, but unsurprising. – The Conversation
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Broadway Box Office Rebounds but Still Struggling

Box office rebounded, climbing to $26 million from Christmas Week’s grim, Covid-decimated $14 million. That’s an overall, week-to-week increase of 87%, and reflects a tally largely in keeping with recent pre-Christmas Week figures. – Deadline
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, Broadway Box Office Rebounds

What a Stranger in the Family Ate

Pistachios, raw Nothing goes without saying, and I have said and written many times that my father, Harry Weinstein, was crucial to my cooking and eating life. If you have browsed this blog over the last decade you might recall his salami and eggs, or my watching him delicately prize open and slide down steamers in the clam bar at Brooklyn’s long-gone shore-stadium, Lundy’s. He took his food seriously, with concentration I’ve rarely seen elsewhere. To be sure, my mother, Edythe, cooked ...
Tags: Art, California, Diamond, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Harry, Catholic, Mom, Kraft, Dad, Torino, Napoli, Hamburg, Kiev, Ajblogs, Northern California

Checking In With Baritone Mariusz Kwiecień At His New Opera House

After 20-odd years singing leads at the world’s top companies, Kwiecień retired from the stage in 2020 due to long-term injuries. He became artistic director at the opera house in the Polish city of Wrocław — just in time for the pandemic. – Limelight (Australia)
Tags: Art, Music, Wrocław, Kwiecień

Tarnished Golden Globes: Diminished Into Irrelevance?

When the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. hands out this year’s awards on Sunday, there will be no party atmosphere: No TV show. No stars. No host. – Los Angeles Times
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Tamara Rojo Is Changing The Setting Of A Classic Petipa Ballet But Keeping The Old Steps

Well, most of the steps: she’s not asking her lead to do 32 one-legged hops on pointe, and she’s giving the men more to do. But for English National Ballet’s Raymonda, she’s ditched the sexism and Arab stereotypes and moved the setting to the Crimean War. – The Guardian
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Italy Returns Piece Of The Parthenon Marbles To Greece

Sicily’s regional archaeological museum said Wednesday it had signed an agreement with the Acropolis Museum in Athens for a once-renewable, four-year loan of the small white marble piece it has, in exchange for a loan of a statue and vase. – Seattle Times (AP)
Tags: Art, Greece, Italy, Athens, Sicily, Visual, Acropolis Museum

Meet The Founder Of America’s Largest Black-Owned Food Magazine

“The Objective editor Gabe Schneider talked to Whetstone founder Stephen Satterfield about U.S. food media, what values and frameworks define Satterfield and Whetstone‘s writing, and what it meant to be the only Black-owned food media company in print.” – Nieman Lab
Tags: Art, America, Words, Black, Whetstone, Satterfield, Stephen Satterfield, Gabe Schneider, Largest Black Owned Food Magazine

Vinyl Record Sales Are Booming – But The Pressing Plants Can’t Keep Up

Buyers want way more records than the only two remaining pressing facilities in Southern California, can supply. That’s true globally, too: There aren’t enough manufacturers to meet the renewed demand, and too few workers available to run them. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Music, Southern California

Lessons In Creativity From The Demise Of The Once-Ubiquitous Blackberry

The sheer number of cultural artifacts is stupefying. More photographs were taken yesterday than in the entire first century of photography. Odds are that some were good, even great. Google announced in 2010 it had found nearly 130 million books. Every morning, we awaken further behind. – Washington Post
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Now AI Is Learning To Analyze Individual Artists’ Brushstrokes And Attribute Paintings

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland trained the software on topographical scans of paintings (rather than the high-resolution digital images more commonly used) and found that it could match painting to artist with 96% accuracy. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Featured, Cleveland, Visual, Case Western Reserve University

Why Universal Music Group Supports A Far Right Senator

On Sunday, federal regulators put UMG’s PAC on notice, flagging the group for giving Marsha Blackburn more than the legal limit allowed in an election. – The Daily Beast
Tags: Art, Music, PAC, Umg, Marsha Blackburn

The South African Parliament Fire Was Disastrous, But At Least All Its Art Is Safe

The legislature’s collections include nearly 4,000 items dating from the 17th century to the present day. Notable among them is the Keiskamma Tapestry, nearly 400 feet long, which depicts South African history from early indigenous peoples through the end of apartheid and the first democratic election. – Bloomberg
Tags: Art, Visual

Italy returns Parthenon fragment to Greece amid UK row over marbles

Loan deal could renew pressure on Britain to repatriate ancient Parthenon marbles to AthensItaly is returning a fragment belonging to the Parthenon’s eastern frieze to Greece in a breakthrough deal that could renew pressure on Britain to repatriate the 2,500-year-old Parthenon marbles removed by Lord Elgin in the early 19th century.The marble fragment, which depicts the foot of a goddess, either Peitho or Artemis, peeking out from beneath an elaborate tunic, is currently held at the Antonino Sal...
Tags: Art, Europe, Politics, UK, Greece, UK News, World news, Culture, Britain, Foreign Policy, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Sculpture, Italy, Parthenon

Actors’ Equity Has A New Union Organizer, And She’s Got Plans

The union didn’t even have an organizing department until 2017, and it has just created the post of Mobilization Director. Stefanie Frey, a stage manager by trade, has been involved in many of the gains Equity has negotiated in recent years. – Observer (New York City)
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Dennis Owens, DC’s Irreverent Classical Radio Host, Dead At 87

For nearly 40 years at WGMS, and especially as morning host from 1981 to 2002, he attracted a large audience with his humor and un-stuffed-shirt style, his show regularly landing among the top ten in DC market ratings. – MSN (The Washington Post)
Tags: Art, People, Dc, Dennis Owens, WGMS

Conductor James Gaffigan Gets A Second European Opera House

The 43-year-old native New Yorker, who just began his first season as music director of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia, will become Generalmusikdirektor at the Komische Oper Berlin in the fall of 2023. – Broadway World
Tags: Art, Music, Berlin, Valencia, James Gaffigan, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía

Scotland Announces New £65 Million COVID Relief Package For Arts And Culture

With the return of audience capacity limits and distancing rules due to the Omicron surge, and with performances being cancelled on short notice if company members test positive, the government announced £21 million in aid before Christmas and added £45 million last week. – The Scotsman
Tags: Art, Scotland, Issues

“All Things Considered” Host Audie Cornish Is Leaving NPR

She joined the network as a reporter in 2005 and began hosting the flagship evening program in 2012. She gave no specific reason for her departure, but other well-known hosts who’ve left NPR in the past few years have gone on to jobs with other outlets. – The Hill
Tags: Art, Media, Npr, Audie Cornish

Random House Drops Norman Mailer Anthology, Skyhorse Picks It Up

Mailer’s longtime publisher, Random House denies that it has dropped his work entirely (it continues to maintain his backlist), but passed the planned Mailer centennial collection to Skyhorse Publishing, which has picked up titles by Woody Allen, Blake Bailey, and Garrison Keillor abandoned by major houses. – AP
Tags: Art, Words, Random House, Norman Mailer, Garrison Keillor, Mailer, Skyhorse Publishing, Woody Allen Blake Bailey

Explore the New 717-Gigapixel Scan of Rembrandt’s The Night Watch, the Most Detailed Photo Ever Taken of a Work of Art

Filmmaker and serious Rembrandt enthusiast Peter Greenaway once called The Night Watch the most famous painting in the Western world, behind the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. But if the resources devoted to its scrutiny are anything to go by, the Dutch masterwork has been gaining on those other three in recent years. Can any work of Leonardo or Michelangelo, for example, boast of having been digitized at a resolution of 717 gigapixels, as the Rijksmuseum has...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Technology, College, History, Rembrandt, Seoul, Peter Greenaway, Rijksmuseum, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Vermeer, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Restoration of Rembrandt, Gigapixel Scan of Rembrandt

Feel the sequins: touch tours and headset hosts are a sensation for visually impaired audiences

A writer who had felt shut out from stage plays finds out how Curve Leicester’s A Chorus Line is presented with audio description and a guide to the costumesGrowing up, trips to the theatre for me involved squinting at the stage, unable to follow what was happening. Being partially sighted, plays have felt out of my reach. But now here I am standing on the stage at Curve theatre in Leicester, running my fingers along the delicate gold sequins of a costume for A Chorus Line. There are around a do...
Tags: Health, Musicals, Theatre, Society, Disability, Culture, Stage, Leicester, Blindness and visual impairment, Curve theatre, Curve Leicester, Nadine Beasley, Talking Sense Audio Description Services

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