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How COVID-19 will change the way we design our homes

COVID-19 is confounding planning for basic human needs, including shelter. Around the world, home builders are vigilantly reading tea leaves in the fog, trying to figure out how to survive (and even thrive in) an unfolding economic disaster. And we mourn the fallen, working to keep our loved ones healthy and safe.COVID-19 has drawn a political dividing line in much of the world. It reminds me of something an American revolutionary, Samuel Johnson, said in 1775: "Patriotism is the last refuge of ...
Tags: Work, Europe, Design, Washington Post, China, America, Architecture, Canada, Work-life balance, House, Innovation, University Of Chicago, Epidemiology, Zika, World Economic Forum, U S Supreme Court


Actors' Equity Association's Kate Shindle on Delay to Pass HEROES Act- '[It] Is an Insult to Every Working Person in America'

AFL-CIO AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka led labor leaders in a telephone press conference to discuss the importance of passing the HEROES Act to save the lives and livelihoods of Americaas workers. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, America, Richard Trumka, BWW News Desk, Kate Shindle, Actors Equity Association, AFL CIO AFL CIO


Reality Dating Shows And What They’ve Done To America

“To find out, we chose one reality dating show that debuted every year from 2000 through 2020 — shows that were particularly popular, controversial, influential or taught us something unexpected. … [And] we talked to dozens of people [involved with them]. … Sometimes, these series are surprisingly hopeful. But mostly, they are disturbing. Deeply disturbing. But no matter how many people decry that the shows are fake and/or feel like the downfall of society, the impact has been extremely real.” ...
Tags: Art, Media, America, 08.05.20


How Remote Work Will Remake American Cities

If white-collar workers are told the downtown office is forever optional, some will take their superstar-city jobs out of superstar cities. That much is obvious. But these shifts, even if they are initially moderate, could lead to more surprising and significant changes to America’s cultural, economic, and political future. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, America, Ideas, 08.05.20


Music Of America’s First Known Women Composers Is Headed To Disc

Their names were Sister Föben, Sister Katura, and Sister Hanna, and they were members of the Ephrata Cloister, a radical commune of Pennsylvania Dutch Evangelicals in the mid-1700s. Baritone and musicologist Chris Herbert (of New York Polyphony) has digitized and transcribed the manuscript in which these composers’ hymns (“just devotional, simple music,” he says) were found, rounded up four singers, and recorded the works in the Ephrata Cloister Meetinghouse. – NPR
Tags: Art, Music, America, Pennsylvania, Hanna, Ephrata, New York Polyphony, Chris Herbert, 07.24.20, Katura, Ephrata Cloister


Things to do – online and in-person – in the San Fernando Valley and LA area, July 30-Aug. 6

    Dance instructor Leslie Ferreira teaches how to perform the Cumbia dance style. The online event is part of the Music Center’s summertime Digital Dance DTLA series. (Photo courtesy of the Music Center)   Take a chance on new cultural and educational experiences, July 30-Aug. 6.   EVENTS   Drive ‘N Drag: Winners from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and more fan-favorite drag queens entertain, July 31- Aug. 2 (change from previous dates; show times vary). Check website for participating personalit...
Tags: Food, Art, Facebook, Books, Music, Politics, New York, Movies, Congress, La, Restaurants, Nigeria, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago


How America’s First Drive-In Classical Concert Since Lockdown Turned Out

San Diego’s Mainly Mozart got together an eight-member chamber group headed by L.A. Phil concertmaster Martin Chalifour to play octets by Mozart and Mendelssohn in the parking lot of a SoCal horse-racing track. – Newsweek
Tags: Art, Music, America, San Diego, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Martin Chalifour, 07.28.20, L A Phil


Why Bob Ross Is Still Hugely Popular

If you’re somehow not familiar with the name, Bob Ross is probably America’s most famous painter. With his distinctive hair, gentle voice, and signature expressions like “happy little trees,” he’s an enduring icon. Even 25 years after his death, he’s popular not only with viewers who remember him fondly, but also with kids who weren’t even born when his show was originally on the air. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, America, People, Bob Ross, 07.28.20


A Work in Progress That Explores Our Collective Ignorance

Pope.L, known for exploring themes of endurance alongside the history of race in America, shares a recent piece.
Tags: Art, News, America, Pope, Performance art, Pope.L, William (1955-


Trump Books Have Changed The Publishing Industry

There was a time, not that long ago, when—like most of America—publishers thought that this Trump boom would end when the president left office. It increasingly seems like it could outlast Trump’s own political career. – The New Republic
Tags: Art, America, Words, Trump, 07.22.20, Trump Books Have Changed The Publishing Industry


Hollywood Releases Its Movies In US First. Rest Of The World Is Waiting As Its Theatres Reopen

Reasons for synchronising release dates globally, such as minimising piracy and coordinating marketing, hardly seem like priorities given present circumstances. The US is still the largest single cinema market, but in 2018 it made up just 27% of the global box office. The longer the “America-first” principle remains, the worse things get for everyone: cinemas and related businesses, Hollywood itself and moviegoers – whose expectations for Tenet are now so sky-high, the movie will have to single...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, US, America, Tenet, 07.21.20


Laura Benanti, Andre De Shields, Santino Fontana, Jessie Mueller and More Join BALLOTS OVER BROADWAY Virtual Concert

Chris Mann will be hostingBallots Over Broadway, an intimate evening of Broadway musical performances by your favorite stars of stage and screen, to benefit Field Team 6 and Higher Heights for America, on Friday, August 7 at 8 pm PST 11 pm EST. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, America, Broadway, Chris Mann, BWW News Desk


Lin-Manuel Miranda Breaks Down How He Wrote Hamilton‘s Big Hit, “My Shot”

The current moment has forced the original cast and crew of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s massive hit musical Hamilton to revisit and reevaluate the story it tells about America’s founding. As Miranda himself told The Root’s Tonja Renée Stidhum, “All of these guys are complicit in the brutal practice of slavery, slavery is the third line of our show… that is just a prerequisite for the story we’re telling.” But he didn’t first set out to write history. “Originally, this was a concept album. I wan...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Jay Z, White House, Theatre, Disney, America, Current Affairs, Aol, Broadway, Miranda, Hamilton, Biggie, Facebook Twitter, Lin Manuel Miranda


Audobon's Birds of America art released as free, high-res downloads for printing

The National Audubon Society has released all of John James Audubon's magnificent watercolors from his classic work Birds of America (1827-1838) as free, high-resolution downloads for printing. The 435 life-size watercolors in the collection were "all reproduced from hand-engraved plates, and is considered to be the archetype of wildlife illustration." Each image's web page is accompanied by Audubon's wonderful first-person descriptions of the animal. John J. Audubon's "Birds of America" i...
Tags: Art, Post, News, Animals, America, Birdwatching, Wildlife, Illustration, Bird, Birding, National Audubon Society, John James Audubon, Audubon, John J Audubon


Dystopian Fiction Was Never Fictional For Many People In The United States

While some authors say the fiction can help people learn how to resist and persist, Black people in the U.S. say it’s more of a mirror. “Assume where America has always been is a tragedy. What is done in hell isn’t romantic; sacrificing bodies to dystopia isn’t beautiful.” (But fiction can still be a teacher of hope.) – Wired
Tags: Art, America, United States, Words, 07.19.20


Santino Fontana, Ann Reinking, Anika Larsen and More Join Pack Podcast Benefiting Actors Fund & Feeding America

Tony-winners Ann Reinking and Santino Fontana Tootsie, George Wendt Cheers, Cedric Yarbrough Reno 911, Rachel Dratch SNL, Beverly D'Angelo National Lampoon's Vacation films, Maulik Pancholy 30 Rock, Renee Taylor The Nanny, Lynne Stewart It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Anika Larsen Beautiful and Drew Droege Bright Colors and Bold Patterns have joined The Pack Podcast. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, America, Tony, Rachel Dratch, BWW News Desk, Ann Reinking, Santino Fontana Ann Reinking Anika Larsen, Santino Fontana Tootsie George Wendt, Cedric Yarbrough Reno, Philadelphia Anika Larsen Beautiful, Drew Droege Bright Colors


Study: Snapshot Of Black Dance In America

While the numbers of Blacks in dance has continued to grow, the corresponding increase in the overall presentation of Blacks in dance has been relatively nominal and stagnant. To date, companies of Blacks in dance still face the all too often, “only one per year, and maybe a few more if it’s in February during Black History Month” syndrome. Now, as financial resources have tightened, not only do these companies face the “only one per year” syndrome but find that presenters are too often limited...
Tags: Art, America, Dance, International Association of Blacks, 07.20


Now In Disarray, 20th Century’s Winning Nations Flail And Fail. So Who Are The Next Winners?

“As a general insurrection erupts against America’s foundational inequities, and a British national identity propped up by fantasies of empire finally splinters, it isn’t enough to lament the ‘authoritarian populism’ of Trump and Johnson, to blame ‘identity politics’ and the ‘intolerant left’, or to claim moral superiority over China, Russia and Iran. The early winners of modern history now seem to be its biggest losers, with their delegitimised political systems, grotesquely distorted economie...
Tags: Art, London, America, Iran, Ideas, Johnson, Trump, China Russia, 07.16.20


Why The US Constitution Doesn’t Work Without Local News

To hold public officials accountable, in other words, “intelligent men”—all people, in fact—need reliable reporting about the activities of government and politicians. But these days, local news is withering in many places across America. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, America, Ideas


The Arts in America — Is the Pandemic a Perfect Storm?

At a moment when culture could vitally contribute to national pride and resilience, the arts are newly challenged financially. The reverberations, internationally, disclose a sudden, naked disparity in the role of long-inherited culture as a component of the national experience in the US compared to attitudes abroad. – Joseph Horowitz
Tags: Art, US, America, Ajblogs, 07.14.20


Emma Willard, the First Woman Mapmaker in America, Creates Pioneering Maps of Time to Teach Students about Democracy (Circa 1851)

We all know Marshall McLuhan’s pithy, endlessly quotable line “the medium is the message,” but rarely do we stop to ask which one comes first. The development of communication technologies may genuinely present us with a chicken or egg scenario. After all, only a culture that already prized constant visual stimuli but grossly undervalued physical movement would have invented and adopted television. In Society of the Spectacle, Guy Debord ties the tendency toward passive visual consumption to “c...
Tags: Google, Art, London, Education, College, Time, America, History, United States, Cornell, Joseph, Facebook Twitter, Willard, Josh Jones, Marshall McLuhan, McLuhan


Theatre Artists Of Color Don’t Want To Be Treated As Tokens Now Or Ever Again

The group “We See You, White American Theater” released a 29-page letter of demands that “would amount to a sweeping restructuring of the theater ecosystem in America.” Indeed, they say, it’s time for everything from ending contracts with the stagehands’ union until that union diversifies to the idea that BIPOC be “the majority of writers, directors and designers onstage for the foreseeable future.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, America, 07.10.20


VIDEO: Billy Porter Returns with A Follow-Up Message to America

Broadway and television star, Billy Porter, returned tosocial media todayto follow-up on his moving remarks from last month. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, America, Broadway, Billy Porter, BWW News Desk


Why Did America’s Biggest Summer Dance Festivals Cancel Way Back In The Early Spring?

The American Dance Festival in Durham, NC; Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, MA; and the Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, ME all called off their summer 2020 events on the same day, March 31 — weeks before other summer festivals bowed to the inevitable. Why did those three decide so soon? As their execs tell Rachel Rizzuto, it came down to “necessity and courtesy.” – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, America, Dance, Lewiston, Jacob, Durham NC, Rachel Rizzuto, 07.03.20, Becket MA


Showtime Is Developing Series Based on the Life of Lena Horne

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Showtime is currently developing limited series based on the life of stage and screen star Lena Horne. Horne's granddaughter,Jenny Lumet, is set towrite and executive produce the project, titled Blackbird Lena Horne and America. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, America, Showtime, Lena Horne, BWW News Desk, Jenny Lumet, Hollywood Reporter Showtime, Lena Horne Horne


"Completed in 537 AD, Hagia Sophia stood for nearly a millennium at the heart of the Christian world...."

"In 1453, Mehmed II conquered Constantinople, and although his troops plundered what they could carry, the building was saved and turned into a mosque. For 500 years it was the venerated center of the Muslim Ottoman Empire.... Minarets were added, and later the great Ottoman architect Sinan built massive buttresses to prevent the walls from buckling under the weight of the dome, which was damaged in earthquakes. With the fall of the Ottoman Empire... Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the modern ...
Tags: Travel, Art, Law, Jerusalem, America, Turkey, Architecture, Islam, World Heritage, Sophia, John the Baptist, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Justinian, Hagia Sophia, Zoe, Al Aqsa Mosque


How A 15-Year-Old Cartoon Series Became One Of The Most-Watched Shows In America

“Avatar: The Last Airbender … first ran from 2005 to 2008 on Nickelodeon, and swiftly made a name for itself as a politically resonant, emotionally sophisticated work — one with a sprawling but meticulously plotted mythos that destined the show for cult-classic status. Last summer, after Game of Thrones flubbed its finale, fans and critics held up Avatar as a counterexample: a fantasy series that knew what it wanted to be from the beginning.” – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Media, America, Nickelodeon, 07.05.20


The Frustrations Of How To Think About “Hamilton” In 2020

How can one story simultaneously broadcast a contemptible message of myopic reverence for America’s Founding Fathers to some, while others take from it an equally powerful repudiation of everything those founders represent? Unraveling this question requires understanding Hamilton as the messy, mutable product of two masters: its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and the constantly roiling cultural context in which it’s been viewed, especially in 2020. – Vox
Tags: Art, Theatre, America, Hamilton, Lin Manuel Miranda, 07.03.20


America’s Largest Arts Funder Is Pivoting To Social Justice Causes. Its President Explains Why

Elizabeth Alexander of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: “We were going to do it anyway, [but in] this moment … it seems very clear … that we all need to be thinking very sharply about how the work that we do contributes to a more just society.” But that doesn’t mean Mellon will stop funding the arts: “The way that we’re interpreting social justice is very broad. It’s very important to Mellon in all of our grant-making to say, ‘Who haven’t we reached? Who haven’t we supported?” – Artnet
Tags: Art, America, Issues, Elizabeth Alexander, Mellon, Andrew W Mellon Foundation, 07.02.20


VIDEO: Brian Stokes Mitchell Sings 'America the Beautiful' For 4th of July Weekend

Brian Stokes Mitchell posted a video on YouTube, singing the song America the Beautiful, in honor of the 4th of July weekend. [Author: Stage Tube]
Tags: Theatre, America, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Stage Tube



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