Currently Crowdfunding: The Latest Nebia Showerhead, Gravity-Defying Wooden Block Toys, and More

Brought to you by MAKO Design + Invent, North America's leading design firm for taking your product idea from a sketch on a napkin to store shelves. Download Mako's Invention Guide for free here.Navigating the world of crowdfunding can be overwhelming, to put it lightly. Which projects are worth backing? Where's the filter to weed out the hundreds of useless smart devices? To make the process less frustrating, we scour the various online crowdfunding platforms to put together a weekly roundup of...
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How Rotten Tomatoes Actually Works

A key point that many people don’t realize is that the site does not use any algorithms: each review that goes into a movie’s or TV show’s Tomatometer score is read and evaluated by a human curator. “In a world of endless choice, on an internet increasingly dictated by predictive algorithms that recommend ‘for you,’ Rotten Tomatoes represents something more analog. And it raises the question: What’s the best way to choose? Or, more to the point, who do you trust?” Reporter Simon van Zuylen-Wood...
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, Simon van Zuylen Wood, 01.21.20

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra seeks President & CEO

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra seeks a strategic, business-minded leader with a passion for classical music, high emotional intelligence, and collaborative style to serve as President & CEO. This person will direct, plan, and evaluate the business activities of the CSO and will be a strategic partner to the Music Director, ensuring that the highest quality music is presented. THE COMPANY: Founded in 1932, and led by internationally renowned Music Director Christopher Warren-Green, t...
Tags: Art, London, Jobs, Washington, America, Cambridge, Cornwall, Harry, Vancouver, North America, Duke, Charlotte, Board, Westminster Abbey, CSO, KBS

Detroit Symphony Chooses Its Next Music Director (It Was Love At First Sight)

Jader Bignamini’s first performances with the DSO were unexpected: in 2018, due to cardiac surgery, outgoing music director Leonard Slatkin had to cancel the final concerts of his tenure with the orchestra, and Bignamini stepped in. It was, says the DSO’s board chairman, “the right time, right place, right chemistry.” The new maestro begins his initial six-year term this fall. – Detroit Free Press
Tags: Art, Music, DSO, First Sight, Leonard Slatkin, Jader Bignamini, 01.22.20, Bignamini

Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Jan. 23-30

  “The Birdwatcher” is part of Paolo Ventura’s “An Invented World” art exhibit until March 14 at Galerie XII in Los Angeles. (Photo courtesy of Galerie XII)   Here is a sampling of upcoming events, and ongoing entertainments that you may have missed, in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles area. EVENTS   Circus Vargas – Mr. V’s Big Top Dream: Show runs 7 p.m. Jan. 23; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24; 1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25; 12:30, 3:30 and 7 p.m. Jan. 26; 7 p.m. Jan. 27; 7 p.m. Jan. 30; 7:30 ...
Tags: Books, Events, Local News, Movies + TV, Music + Concerts, Theater, Things to Do, Art, Comedy, Dance, Movies, Museum, Music, San Fernando Valley, Top Stories LADN

Sasha Waltz And Johannes Öhman To Leave Staatsballett Berlin

“According to a company press release [about the two artistic directors], Öhman is leaving to accept a directorship at Swedish contemporary dance presenter Dansens Hus. Waltz” — whose appointment was greeted with fury by the company’s dancers (though they later patched things up) — “has chosen to depart at the same time rather than become sole artistic director, though she will continue to be artistically involved with the company through 2021 as a choreographer.” – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Berlin, Dance, Sasha Waltz, 01.22.20, Johannes Öhman, Dansens Hus Waltz

Fancy "ambient light" projector creates illusion of window overlooking trees

Brooklyn lighting designer/artist Adam Frank's Reveal product is a projector system to create a gauzy, ethereal effect of sunlight streaming through shadowy trees. This will be ideal for my underground lair and loaning out to the neighborhood haunted house on Halloween. The Reveal is $280 for halogen $320 for the LED model. It includes five different window slides and five different tree slides. From the product description: A light breeze appears to move through trees in the cast image. REV...
Tags: Video, Design, News, Architecture, Brooklyn, Interiors, Lights, Lighting, Interior Design, Adam Frank

6 dreamy tiny homes created for Disney characters

Who needs a Disney castle when you could have one of these fairytale tiny homes instead?
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For under $40, you can get over 1 million royalty-free vector graphics to use for life

VectorGrove features 1.2 million vector images for use in graphics projects.These royalty-free images can be used anywhere and are fully customizable.A $4,999 value, a lifetime VectorGrove subscription is now only $39.If you want a quality product, start with quality ingredients. That's why any digital art pro will tell you that having a collection of quality vector graphics ready to incorporate into your own projects is incredibly valuable. They look great, they're versatile and with their host...
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Knopf Names Sonny Mehta’s Successor As Publisher

Some three-and-a-half weeks after Mehta’s death, the publishing house Alfred A. Knopf has appointed Reagan Arthur, currently senior vice president and publisher at Little, Brown, to succeed him as president and editor in chief. While few people knew this before the announcement, Arthur was Mehta’s own choice for the job. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Words, Arthur, Mehta, Alfred A Knopf, Little Brown, Reagan Arthur, 01.23.20, Knopf Names Sonny Mehta

Australi-Aid has partnered with over 40...

Australi-Aid has partnered with over 40 incredible artists to create a beautiful collection of postcards to support The Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors and Australian Red Cross. (Want more? See and [Author: submitted]
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How Two Belgian Avant-Gardists Rebuilt ‘West Side Story’ From Top To Bottom

Despite his success with revisionist productions of Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller plays, Ivo van Hove seemed an unlikely choice to direct a major revival of the Bernstein-Laurents-Sondheim musical. Even less likely was the selection of austere formalist Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker to choreograph the first production whose dance wasn’t based on Jerome Robbins’s exuberant movement. Yet their participation was blessed by Stephen Sondheim, the only one of the show’s creators still living. Wri...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Miller, Ivo van Hove, Tennessee Williams, Jerome Robbins, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Sasha Weiss, 01.22.20

A Review of the Nebia by Moen Atomizing Showerhead

I was excited to try the new Nebia by Moen showerhead, a water-saving design that "provides 2x more spray coverage while also saving 45% of the water used by standard showers." After a week of using it, I cannot wait to de-install it and go back to my regular showerhead.Perhaps winter was the wrong time for them to launch this product. The central flaw of the Nebia's patented "H2Micro atomization spray technology" is that the mist-like water that comes out of the head hot, turns cool after just ...
Tags: Design, Walmart, Object Culture, Moen, Nebia, Moen Atomizing Showerhead

Examining The Arguments Over Jeanine Cummins’s ‘American Dirt’

The author got a seven-figure advance, the first print run is half a million copies, the book jacket features gushing blurbs by famous writers, and the book got loads of coverage in The New York Times. But then the Twitterverse came after it, observers called out plot points that strain credibility, and even Cummins herself said, “I don’t know if I’m the right person to tell this story.” And then Oprah got involved. – Vox
Tags: Art, New York Times, Words, Oprah, Cummins, Jeanine Cummins, 01.22.20

Disruptive Innovation Thinking Clayton Christensen, 67

His theory of disruptive innovation made him a key influence on Silicon Valley powerhouses like Netflix and Intel and twice earned him the title of the world’s most influential living management thinker, died Jan. 23 at age 67. – Deseret News
Tags: Art, Intel, People, Netflix, Silicon Valley, Clayton Christensen, 01.24.20

Snuggled Puppies Puzzle by Yoni Alter. 11...

Snuggled Puppies Puzzle by Yoni Alter. 11 different resin puppies. Limited edition of 30. Handmade in London. (Want more? See and [Author: submitted]
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Survival Of The Fittest? Turns Out Collaboration Might Be More Important

Put simply, life is beginning to look ever more complex and ever more collaborative. All this has fractured Western biology’s consensus on Darwin. – Slate
Tags: Art, Ideas, 01.22.20

Could The Dirt-Poor Alabama Hamlet Famous For Its Quilts Become An Art Destination Like Marfa?

“The thinking goes: If Marfa, the pint-size Texas town located a three-hour’s drive from the nearest airport, can become a site for pilgrims seeking to commune with Donald Judd’s Minimalist art, why can’t Gee’s Bend become a magnet for art historians, craft enthusiasts, and American history buffs who want to know more about the source of the world’s most acclaimed quilts?” – artnet
Tags: Art, Texas, Audience, Visual, Marfa, Donald Judd, 01.23.20

Oregon Bach Festival Announces Three Finalists To Lead It

The festival has been in turmoil for the past few years after letting its artistic and executive directors. Finalists are conductors Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Craig Hella Johnson and Julian Wachner. – Eugene Register-Guard
Tags: Art, Music, 01.23.20, Miguel Harth Bedoya Craig Hella Johnson

Check out these amazing sustainable cabins by ZeroCabin

Armed only with experience in biology, chemistry and physics, a group of Chile-based scientists took concepts ranging from photosynthesis to thermodynamics to create ZeroCabin, a collection of off-grid and self-sustaining cabins that use “free energy” to function. With no prior knowledge of architecture between them, the team set out with one rule: to place nature (namely sun and rainwater) at the forefront of the project. The timber-framed cabins are elevated on two-meter wooden piles and bui...
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Meet the slimmest, smallest tripod stand to ever attach to your phone…

I think the Lookstand is both a great and bad idea. Here’s why it’s great. At just a couple of centimeters thin, the Lookstand is everything you want in your phone but don’t have. It works as a stand, a grip, and opens out into a glorious tripod that can easily elevate your phone a couple of inches off the ground and at any angle you want. Forget the pop socket, forget those novelty stick-on rings, or those kick-stand cases… the Lookstand is all of them, and more.The all-metal stand weighs a m...
Tags: Design, Smartphone, Cellphones, Product Design, Tripod, Lookstand

Smithsonian To Send Popular Obama Portraits On A National Tour

Kehinde Wiley’s official portrait of President Obama and Amy Sherald’s painting of the first lady, like the Obamas themselves, broke boundaries. L.A.-born, New York-based Wiley and New York-based Sherald were the first African American artists to be chosen by the National Portrait Gallery for such commissions. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, New York, Obama, Wiley, National Portrait Gallery, Visual, Obamas, Kehinde Wiley, Amy Sherald, Sherald, 01.23.20

Our Conception Of Time As A Process Has Evolved

Over the past few centuries, philosophers of time have worried about divine eternity, absolutism and Kantian idealism. Our current fixation on presentness, and whether it is a real feature of the world, is a 20th-century fad. Ironically, it’s rooted in a Dormouse who rejected the reality of time altogether. – Aeon
Tags: Art, Ideas, 01.22.20

Frank Gehry And His Favorite Buildings, And How He Thinks About Buildings

“I don’t play music and I don’t paint, but I always thought architecture was an art and I try to practice it that way. Architecture is intuitive. It’s humanly expressive. You’re putting yourself on the line. You start out not being understood, and you keep going because you have to. And it’s harder to explain.” – New York Magazine
Tags: Art, People, Frank Gehry, 01.22.20

Italy’s Carabinieri Art Squad, Catching Thieves, Looters, And Traffickers For 50 Years

The Comando Carabinieri Tutela Patrimonio Culturale was founded in 1969 as the world’s first law enforcement service to specialize in art and cultural heritage. Its agents have worked from Rome and Venice to London and New York to war-ravaged Palmyra to recover stolen treasures, and it has developed an international databse of 1.1 million missing objects. – Artsy
Tags: Art, New York, London, Rome, Italy, Venice, Palmyra, Visual, 01.22.20, Carabinieri Art Squad Catching Thieves Looters, Comando Carabinieri Tutela Patrimonio Culturale

Does Russia’s New Minister Of Culture Hate Culture?

Her blunt views on culture were summed up in a 2008 blog which complains “I simply can’t stand going to exhibitions, museums, opera”. – BBC
Tags: Art, Russia, Issues, 01.23.20

Gypsy Rose Lee’s Son Remembers Life On The Road With Mother

Erik Lee Preminger (his father was film director Otto Preminger) started traveling with his mother while still an infant, got his first jobs with her show before he was old enough to go to school, and was her dresser by the time he was a teenager. Of course he has stories — like the time when Gypsy was driving her first Rolls-Royce through Switzerland in winter and got stuck in the snow: “She tried to dig us out using a bidet she had stolen from a hotel. It was quite an adventure.” – American T...
Tags: Art, People, Switzerland, Gypsy, Otto Preminger, Gypsy Rose Lee, 01.15.20, Erik Lee Preminger

20200124 two new scultures for the series: FRAGMENTS COMBINED

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When Classical Music Was Central

“However difficult to imagine, across those eventful decades, countless people embraced the idea that what happened in the concert hall and the opera house was inseparable from the destiny of the United States and the well-being of the American people.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Music, United States, 01.24.20

An Extraordinary Boots-On-The-Ground Arts Philanthropist In Atlanta

“My desire to give evolved from going to a lot of museums, art galleries and live performances,” he says. “It took years to develop my taste, but once I was on the ground, seeing what these entities could do, it was easy to want to step up and help. I actually wonder why more people don’t do it because I can’t imagine anything more satisfying.” – ArtsATL
Tags: Art, Atlanta, People, 01.22.20

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