Silent-Film Superstar ‘Baby Peggy’, Diana Serra Cary, Dead At 101

“Born Peggy-Jean Montgomery, she became one of the country’s youngest self-made millionaires by age 4, then suffered a devastating reversal of fortune and fame in her adolescence. In adulthood, she rebounded with a new name, Diana Serra Cary, and became a respected author of books on Hollywood film history. In her autumnal years, at screenings of her few extant films, she found herself embraced as a movie pioneer.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Hollywood, People, Baby Peggy, 02.24.20, Diana Serra Cary, Peggy Jean Montgomery

Plácido Domingo Sexually Harassed And Abused Power For More Than 20 Years, Inquiry Finds

“The investigation, conducted by lawyers hired by the American Guild of Musical Artists, concluded that the accounts from 27 people showed a clear pattern of sexual misconduct and abuse of power by Domingo spanning at least two decades … when he held senior management positions at Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera.” (Domingo has now issued a statement saying “I am truly sorry for the hurt that I caused them.”) – Yahoo! (AP)
Tags: Art, Music, Placido Domingo, Domingo, American Guild of Musical Artists, Washington National Opera, 02.25.20, Los Angeles Opera Domingo

Met Opera Orchestra To Tour For First Time In 18 Years

In late June and early July, music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will lead the orchestra in concerts at the Barbican in London, the Philharmonie de Paris, and the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden in Germany. The singers joining them will be Joyce DiDonato, Christine Goerke, Brandon Jovanovich, and Günther Groissböck. – Playbill
Tags: Art, Music, London, Germany, Barbican, Philharmonie De Paris, Baden Baden, Yannick Nézet Séguin, 02.24.20, Joyce DiDonato Christine Goerke Brandon Jovanovich

Adèle Haenel Says France Has ‘Missed The Boat’ So Far On The MeToo Movement

Once Haenel publicly accused film director Christophe Ruggia of harassment and “inappropriate sexual contact” that began when she was 12, women in France began speaking out in large numbers. “My story was like the last gram in a chemistry experiment that made everything fall out of solution,” she said. She’s clear about the problem: “Many artists blurred, or wanted to blur, the distinction between sexual behavior and abuse. The debate was centered on the question of [men’s] ‘freedom to bother,’...
Tags: Art, France, Issues, Haenel, MeToo Movement, Adele Haenel, Christophe Ruggia, 02.24.20

Photos of the Week - Tokyo, Germany and California

Photos of the Week - Tokyo, Germany and California abduzeedoFeb 25, 2020 A couple of weeks ago I shared some photos I took last year. The main goal was, one, to share high resolution images, and two, to create an incentive for me to take more photos. With those noble causes in mind I had the chance to travel to Europe last week for a short business trip. In between meetings I was able to sneak out and capture some photos. So for this post I would love to show...
Tags: Europe, Design, California, Germany, Munich, Sony, Salzburg Austria, Tokyo Germany

Sculptural, energy-saving office boasts the smartest building advances in Germany

In the heart of Berlin, Danish architecture firm 3XN has recently completed Cube Berlin, a striking new office showcasing the latest advances in sustainability, digitization and design. Opened this month, Cube Berlin also serves as a new city landmark with its sculptural, reflective facade designed to engage the pedestrian realm at the historically significant site of Washingtonplatz. The building is expected to achieve DNGB Gold certification and is engineered with smart office technologies tha...
Tags: Design, Germany, Berlin, Sydney, UNSW, Adam Mørk, Cube Berlin, Washingtonplatz The building

New Right Wing Director Of Warsaw’s Contemporary Art Center Cancels Shows, Cuts Funding

The Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art is now seen by many in Poland’s contemporary art community as a new front in the country’s culture wars, as the ruling Law and Justice party attempts to exert greater control over state-sponsored institutions and promote artists aligned with its patriotic, pro-family views. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Justice, Law, Poland, Visual, 02.25.20, Ujazdowski Castle Centre

NIKE Shoes Made of LEGO

Cool sculptures of Nike and Air Jordan sneakers made out of LEGO bricks. Nike shoes and Jordan sneaker LEGO sculptures created by Tom Yoo. Also check out: Nike Flower Shoes
Tags: Design, Tech, Nike, Jordan, Air Jordan, Tom Yoo

Langston Hughes, Spanish Civil War Correspondent

“The Baltimore Afro-American newspaper sent him abroad to write ‘trench-coat prose’ about black Americans volunteering in the International Brigades. … Hughes’s 22 articles covered an angle no one else in the world was focused on as companies such as the Abraham Lincoln and Washington Brigades were not only integrated but featured Negro commanders leading white troops.” – Literary Hub
Tags: Art, Washington, Words, Abraham Lincoln, Hughes, Langston Hughes, 02.24.20

Why should the Scottish woodlands be protected?

Although Scotland is more heavily forested than England or Wales, much of its woodlands have been lost to logging, urban sprawl and climate change. Initiatives to reverse deforestation have been underway to contribute more trees, protect woodlands and ensure the ecology, sustainability and longevity of Scotland’s forest resources. Why has reforestation become important in recent years? Last summer, a YouGov poll found that the environment is now viewed as the third most critical public issue, g...
Tags: Europe, UK, England, Design, Wales, Climate Change, Scotland, Environment, Trees, Earth, Bbc, Features, Atlantic, Britain, Conservation, United Kingdom

LastObject Tackles Unsexy but Important Single-Use Items, Like Reusable Tissues, Strikes Kickstarter Gold

You know that old saying that great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, and small minds discuss people?The industrial-designer-specific version is surely that great minds design solutions, average minds design objects, and small minds design for Instagram likes.LastObject is a Danish design trio that consists of great minds. They've chosen to tackle some of the least sexy objects out there--first cotton swabs, now disposable tissues--not for fame nor love of these objects, but bec...
Tags: Design, US, Kickstarter, Sustainable Design, Kickstarter LastSwab, Nicolas Aagard Co, Isabel Aagard, Kåre Frandsen

It’s Time To Retire ‘West Side Story’ And Its Stereotypes, Argues Puerto Rican Critic

Carina del Valle Schorske: “If this musical is still our narrative ghetto, then the least we can do is make noise about what it feels like to live in it. In 2020, it feels exhausting.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Carina del Valle Schorske, 02.24.20

The Real-World Politics Affecting India’s Oscars

A mystery voting system, a government that has passed laws harming people in the city where the awards are held, and a ton of wins for only one film – that’s just the beginning of the issues for India’s Filmfare Awards. – The Juggernaut
Tags: Art, Media, India, 02.21.20

Saving the Scottish Wildcat from extinction

In the wilds of Scotland lives the elusive Scottish wildcat, denoted scientifically as Felis silvestris grampia and colloquially as the “Highland tiger.” Considered as one of the planet’s most endangered animals, and possibly the world’s rarest feline, it is estimated that there are fewer than 50 purebred F. s. grampia individuals left, which accounts for their vulnerability. Meager population estimates, and a lifespan averaging 7 years in the wild, lead many biologists and conservationists to c...
Tags: Europe, Design, Scotland, Britain, Great Britain, Woodland, Barclay, Swa, Ruairidh, Roo, Cairngorms National Park Authority, Natural Heritage, Royal Zoological Society, David Barclay, Scottish Wildcat Action SWA, David Hetherington

Rio Carnival Taboo Broken: First Trans Woman To Lead Parade

Camila Prins says she first realized she wanted to be a woman at a Carnival party at age 11, when, like the other boys, she was allowed to dress like a girl as part of the burlesque festivities. Now, in the final minutes of Saturday, she became the first transgender woman to lead the drum section of a top samba school in either of the renowned Carnival parades put in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. – Washington Post (AP)
Tags: Art, Carnival, Issues, Sao Paulo, 02.22.20, Camila Prins, Rio de Janeiro Washington

Why do we make everything so complicated? We need radical simplicity right now.

The KISS principle applies to everything, including building design.
Tags: Design, News

In Memoriam: Tobi Tobias (1938-2020)

Alongside the the wonderful, illuminating dance criticism she wrote for decades, she wrote wonderfully well about fashion, and only when I became a mother did I realize that while Tobi was raising her offspring, she was writing dozens of children’s books. – Deborah Jowitt
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Tobi, 02.21.20, Tobi Tobias

Yea or Nay? A Wristwatch That Conveys the Time Non-Visually and Silently

I'm generally down on new ideas for watches, which I often find too enamored of technology, but this here is a novel approach that I'm curious to get your take on.An object called Prompt, which its creators are branding an "anti-watch," is for those who need to be somewhat aware of the time, but are tired of glancing down at their watch every few minutes. It's also for people who interact with others a lot, yet need to maintain a schedule, and don't want to be rude or unintentionally give signal...
Tags: Design, Object Culture, Time Non

A Conductor Stops The Opera Twice When Audience Cellphones Ring

Carlo Rozzi, conducting the Welsh National Opera in Cardiff on February 22, stopped Verdi’s Les Vêpres Sicilienes twice – and he wasn’t afraid to go directly to the audience about why. Said a member of the audience, “He got a warm round of applause after he stopped and ticked off the audience member. Both incidents were right at the beginning of the show and all was well after that.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Music, Cardiff, Welsh National Opera, Verdi, Said, 02.23.20, Carlo Rozzi

Steve Bannon Wants To Set Up National Bootcamp In Ancient Italian Monastery. The Ministry Of Culture Is Trying To Block Him

The Dignitatis Humanae Institute (DHI), a Catholic lobby group run by the British conservative Benjamin Harnwell, was granted a 19-year lease on the building by the ministry of culture two years ago as part of an initiative to involve the private sector in the management of abandoned or dilapidated cultural sites in Italy. But after Bannon and Harnwell announced plans to use the medieval monastery to establish an Academy for the Judeo-Christian West to teach budding nationalists subjec...
Tags: Art, Italy, Catholic, Visual, Bannon, Harnwell, Steve Bannon, Judeo Christian West, Benjamin Harnwell, 02.25.20, Dignitatis Humanae Institute DHI

The Silhuous uses foliage-inspired shapes to divide spaces!

It divides spaces by connecting you to nature! Meet the Silhuous, a nature-inspired room divider. Using multiple acrylic ‘branches’ and leaves made from tracing paper, the Silhuous creates a visual barrier without appearing hostile. The barrier allows you to break spaces, creating zones in a way that’s alluring yet effective, and the Silhuous’ expandable design allows your ‘tree’ to grow depending on the size of your space. The best part is how it works as a beautiful light-diffuser too! Simply ...
Tags: Design, Interiors, Product Design, Room Divider, Jihyun, Silhuous

Italian Arts Venues Close And Venice Carnival Is Cancelled As Measures To Contain Coronavirus

Across northern Italy from Venice to Milan, theatres, cinemas, museums, and opera houses (including La Scala) have been ordered to stop operations for a week as cases of the disease spread. – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Milan, Italy, Venice, Issues, La Scala, 02.24.20

Why Still The Idea That Theatre Is Best In New York?

” It’s time to get our heads out of our collective asses and wake up to the fact that having a New York zip code does not make you a better actor by default.  Nor does wanting a better quality of life mean you’re less ambitious.  The industry has changed, and it’s time to put those outdated stereotypes to rest.” – Onstage Blog
Tags: Art, New York, Theatre, 02.18.20

UI/UX Interface Concept for Harman Kardon Citation

UI/UX Interface Concept for Harman Kardon Citation AoiroStudioFeb 25, 2020 We are featuring the work from Cristian Lorca who shared an interesting concept on his Behance profile for Harman Kardon Citation. Bringing another level of touch with speakers from the Harman Kardon family. At first glance, you can't help to appreciate all the levels of the process shared in the documentation. It's concise and clear. You wouldn't think there is so much work to design ...
Tags: Design, Harman Kardon, Shenzhen China, UI UX Interface Concept for Harman Kardon Citation, Cristian Lorca, Harman Kardon Citation Bringing, Cristian Lorca Cristian, Architecture Lighting Product Design Interfaces

Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice - Trying Too Hard To Be What One Is Not

Reviewed by Judd Hollander Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should. Such is the message of the new musical Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice. Presented by The New Group at The Pershing Square Signature Center, this earnest take on the 1969 film of the same name has much to say about four thirtysomethings who try to become part of something which they have no real understanding of. Sadly, the show ultimately fails in its execution. Documentary filmmaker Bob (Joél Pére...
Tags: California, Theatre, Ted, Las Vegas, Bob, Carol, Alice, Vega, Duncan, Suzanne Vega, Duncan Sheik, Columbia Pictures, New Group, Jason Hart, Pershing Square Signature Center, Amanda Green

David Mamet Tries Out A Play As Quietly As Possible In L.A. The L.A. Times’s Critic Found Out About It Anyway

Charles McNulty: “I’m going to respect the tacit wishes of Mamet and not review the play as I would if it had had an official press opening. A work that’s still being tinkered with before it’s shipped to New York deserves the chance to evolve in peace even if it’s charging $50 a ticket to L.A. theatergoers. But the experience reminded me of what I admire about Mamet’s talent — the vigor and cunning of voices in all-out attack — and what I have found so off-putting since Oleanna — the stacking o...
Tags: Art, New York, Theatre, Los Angeles, Times, David Mamet, Mamet, Charles McNulty, 02.24.20, Oleanna

Some Advice From The Ancients On Dealing With “Alternative” Facts

From teaching Greek texts I have become increasingly convinced that the Theogony’s narrator quotes the Muses not merely to evade responsibility for telling an unknown story nor to praise the wisdom of the gods. Instead, he is giving us advice for how to interpret myth and storytelling in general: Don’t worry about what it is true or not. Just try to make sense of the story as you encounter it, based on the details it provides. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Ideas

This is the training any graphic designer should have. It’s on sale now for under $40.

The School of Graphic Design Mastery Bundle covers basic industry philosophies and tools.Special courses dig into branding techniques as well as using the Adobe Creative Cloud apps.The $1,400 training course is available now for only $39.Well-tuned aesthetics and a strong visual eye are great, but before you assume that’s enough to get working in the graphic design field, you should also consider a few basics. Do you have a firm command of core graphic design principles? Are you familiar with th...
Tags: Work, Art, Design, Success, Social Media, Innovation, School of Graphic Design Mastery Bundle

A circular Apple Watch seems very unlikely, but it sure looks beautiful!

Short of putting a camera on the Apple Watch, there’s little to nothing Apple can do to make their Watch Series 5 better. It’s a remarkably built wearable with a great battery, a screen that can stay on all the time, a waterproof build that lets you go swimming with it on, an e-sim that lets you call, send messages, and the ability to perform EKG readings to keep you in the pink of health. It’s the perfect cross between consumer tech and medical tech, and there aren’t many smartwatches that ca...
Tags: Apple, Design, Wearable, Smartwatch, Apple TV, Watches, Apple Watch, Product Design, Samsung Galaxy, Phone Industry, Series 6

Behind The US Government’s Algorithm That Denied Forensic Architecture’s Eyal Weizman A Visa To Enter

Two days before Weizman, a professor at London’s Goldsmiths College, was due to fly to the US from Britain, he received an email from the US Embassy telling him that the visa waiver on his British passport had been revoked. When he went to the embassy in London last week, an official would only tell him that an algorithm had identified a related “security threat. That association could involve any aspect of his work with Forensic Architecture, which painstakingly pieces together evidenc...
Tags: Art, London, US, People, Britain, US Embassy, Goldsmiths College, Eyal Weizman, Weizman, 02.20.20

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