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If Homeless People Can’t Get To The Theatre To See Shakespeare, She’ll Bring Shakespeare To Them

“While [Meghan Freebeck’s] life’s work is helping people living on the streets get medical care, housing and groceries, she recently added something new to the mix: A Shakespeare workshop. She calls it food for the soul. That is how 16 homeless people in San Francisco ended up sitting in a circle last month with several actors Freebeck recruited from the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, San Francisco, SJ, 03.14.19, Meghan Freebeck, Freebeck

How Europe’s Most Harshly Treated Minority Creates Its Own Theatre

Mihaela Drăgan: “From cultural appropriation to (mis)representations, I and four other writers map the presence of Roma theatre in Europe. We endeavor to do this in order to counter our silenced history. We cannot continue to be erased and left out of the history of theatre. It’s time to reclaim space and culture for Roma theatre. In these essays, we document the history of Roma theatre in Europe, as well as contemporary Roma theatre productions, as we understand that the future of the theatre ...
Tags: Art, Europe, Uncategorized, Roma, SJ, 03.14.19, Mihaela Drăgan

Is Music Strictly A Human Ability? Or Do Other Animals Have Musicality?

“Do we share musicality with other animals on account of the ‘common physiological nature of [our] nervous systems,’ as Darwin suspected? To understand the evolution of music and musicality, we have to establish what the components of music are and how they demonstrate their presence in animals and humans.” Music cognition researcher Henkjan Honing takes on the challenge. – Nautilus
Tags: Art, Music, Darwin, 03.14.19

How The Internet Is Changing How We Preserve Endangered Languages

Across the world, language revitalization movements are attempting to reverse language loss. While levels of institutional support and overall strategies differ, the goal is the same. Language is more than a way to communicate basic information, it expresses culture and identity: it’s used to explain the surrounding world, to sing songs, to worship, and to pass on stories. Languages are a link that bond people in a community to each another and to their shared past. – The Outline
Tags: Art, Words, 03.14.19

Lawyers For Guy Who Stole Terracotta Warrior’s Thumb Try Defense That’s — Let’s Call It Novel

At a holiday party in 2017 at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, an inebriated Michael Rohana allegedly broke off and pocketed the thumb of one of the 2,000-year-old Chinese terracotta warriors on display there at the time; FBI investigators found it in his home desk drawer a few weeks later. Now his public defenders are using some inventive arguments to get his charges reduced: that Rohana was too drunk to intend to steal the thumb, that the thumb wasn’t worth enough to qualify for the ch...
Tags: Art, Fbi, Philadelphia, Visual, Institute, Franklin Institute, Rohana, Michael Rohana, 03.14.19

EU’s Proposed Copyright Directive Would Make YouTube, FB, Others Not Viable (Do They Care?)

More people are creating than ever before, and they’re using the tools that Article 13 will punish to do so. When people have fewer places to share their content or to make money from their content, that’s not helping creators or the “creators industry.” Sure, it might help a very small number of old gatekeeper companies — record labels, book publishers, movie studios — be in a position to demand more money from internet companies, but thinking that those old gatekeepers represent the “creators...
Tags: Art, Media, Eu, 03.14.19

The Internet Is Being Walled Off Country By Country. There Are Dangerous Consequences

As the web becomes more splintered and information more controlled across the globe, we risk the deterioration of democratic systems, the corruption of free markets and further cyber misinformation campaigns. We must act now to save a free and open internet from censorship and international maneuvering before history is bound to repeat itself. – TechCrunch
Tags: Art, Ideas, Audience, 03.14.19

After A Magazine Exposé, Amazon Pulls Books Touting Dangerous ‘Cures’ For Autism

Yes, even in 2019, a magazine article – in this case, in Wired – can make a difference. For instance, “Kerry Rivera’s Healing the Symptoms Known As Autism, which advocates dosing autistic children with a bleach-like substance, chlorine dioxide, was no longer available from the online giant.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Words, 03.14.19, Kerry Rivera

Of Critics, Bullies And Trolls – How Do You Tell Which Is Which?

Famous people who spend a lot of time online become especially defensive; experts point to the explosion of social media for the increase in conflating bullies with critics. After all, bullying has been around forever. Now, there are just more opportunities for anyone to weigh in on any subject they want, and it’s far more likely the intended target will see or hear the criticism. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Media, 03.14.19

Meet DC’s National Gallery’s First Woman Director

The gallery’s fifth director, Kaywin Feldman thinks that her appointment as the institution’s first woman director broadcasts a commitment to diversity. When she started working in the field 25 years ago, only about 15 percent of museum directors were women; now, according to the AAMD’s 2017 Gender Gap report, 48 percent of museums have female directors—but only 30 percent of museums with annual budgets of $15m and higher, decreasing as budget size increases. Feldman now oversees a museum with...
Tags: Art, Visual, Feldman, Kaywin Feldman, AAMD, 03.14.19

Overnight Reviews Are Largely A Thing Of The Past. Is It A Good Thing?

Is a review dashed out in an hour really going to be as good as one written under a more generous deadline? Sometimes, maybe: I know some critics who think British deadlines are the enemy of decent reviews, but they can underestimate the quality that can be mustered with the adrenaline pumping. Nonetheless, there is something obviously counterintuitive about the idea that the more important the review, the less time will be spent on it. – The Stage
Tags: Art, Issues, 03.14.19

Nonwhite And Female TV Writers Take An Awful Lot Of Crap In The Workplace: Study

“[They] faced discrimination and harassment from their fellow staff members. They remained in the same lowly jobs as their counterparts were promoted. They watched their pitches get ignored or rejected, only to see the same ideas warmly embraced when another writer pitched them. … Now a new survey, ‘Behind the Scenes: The State of Inclusion and Equity in TV Writers Rooms,’ of nearly 300 women, people of color, members of the L.G.B.T.Q. community, and people with disabilities writing for televis...
Tags: Art, Media, SJ, 03.14.19

NY’s New Hudson Yards – Architecture As Luxury Branding With A Giant Waste Basket In The Center

Michael Kimmelman: “It gives physical form to a crisis of city leadership, asleep at the wheel through two administrations, and to a pernicious theory of civic welfare that presumes private development is New York’s primary goal, the truest measure of urban vitality and health, with money the city’s only real currency.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York, Visual, Michael Kimmelman, 03.14.19, New Hudson Yards

For First Time, English National Ballet Hires Staff Medical Director To Care For Dancers

“The company, led by Tamara Rojo, has hired Andy Reynolds in the new role, which will see him lead a team comprising a company doctor, physiotherapist, and a masseur and acupuncturist. Reynolds joins ENB from Harlequins Rugby Club, where he was head of medical services.” – The Stage
Tags: Art, Dance, Tamara Rojo, Reynolds, Andy Reynolds, Harlequins Rugby Club, 03.14.19

Vivian Cherry, 98, Photographic Poet Of New York Street Scenes

“[Her] curiosity about people’s lives, inspired by the artistry of photographers like Dorothea Lange, Helen Levitt and Paul Strand, brought her to the city’s streets to take finely observed pictures of immigrants, street vendors, bocce players, construction workers, fruit auctioneers, farriers shoeing Central Park carriage horses, and children watching in amazement as an airplane flew overhead.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York, People, Paul Strand, 03.14.19, Vivian Cherry, Dorothea Lange Helen Levitt

Another Casualty Of Government Shutdown: Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival

“The Smithsonian Institution has canceled this summer’s 10-day Folklife Festival celebrating the music and culture of Benin and Brazil and will replace it with a smaller event.” Instead, “[there] will be a two-day event, June 29 and 30, focused on the ‘Social Power of Music,’ in keeping with the Smithsonian-wide 2019 Year of Music theme.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Smithsonian, Brazil, Issues, Benin, Smithsonian Institution, Social Power of Music, 03.14.19

All Of Germany’s States Agree To Start Repatriating Looted Items In Museums

“The culture ministers of Germany’s 16 states agreed to create conditions for the repatriation of artifacts in public collections that were taken ‘in ways that are legally or morally unjustifiable today’ from former colonies, describing their return as ‘an ethical and moral duty.'” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Germany, Visual, 03.14.19

Here’s The First Winner Of A New Prize For Offstage Work In The Arts

“After spending years behind the scenes as an artistic and executive director of various arts organizations, Kristy Edmunds will take center stage on March 25 in Chicago to receive the inaugural Berresford Prize from United States Artists. The prize, which will be given annually to a cultural practitioner for their work on behalf of artists, comes with an unrestricted award of $25,000.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Chicago, United States, Kristy Edmunds, 03.14.19

Microtonality, Anyone?

Philipp Gerschlauer, David Fiuczunski: MikroJazz! (Rare Noise Records)This exploratory venture is subtitled, “Neue Expressionistiche Music,” and the music is, indeed, expressionistic. Ears accustomed to conventional tuning may initially find the microtonal approach difficult to absorb. However, after a hearing or two the microtonality begins to move beyond exoticism, and a listener accepts that the Western equal-tempered scale does not have to be accepted as gospel. – Doug Ramsey
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 03.14.19, Philipp Gerschlauer David Fiuczunski

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