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Homeowners ‘jab’ at anti-vaxxers with grim Halloween displays

One Twitter user showcased a series of human skulls situated next to front-yard gravestones inscribed with epitaphs such as, "Trusted Ivermectin more than science."
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Halloween, New York Post, Design, Technology, Lifestyle, Radio, News Brief, Tiktok, Coronavirus, COVID

Homeowners ‘jab’ at anti-vaxxers with divisive Halloween displays

One Twitter user showcased a series of human skulls situated next to front-yard gravestones inscribed with epitaphs such as, "Trusted Ivermectin more than science."
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Halloween, New York Post, Design, Technology, Lifestyle, Radio, News Brief, Tiktok, Coronavirus, COVID

22 small gifts to help friends who are self-isolating or social distancing feel less lonely

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. People are still social distancing and isolating thanks to the Delta variant and unvaccinated risks. Isolation and loneliness are quite harmful for both your mental and physical health. Sending your lonely loved ones a quarantine gift can go a long way to boosting their spirits. While U.S. cities aren't in lockdown as if October 2021, plenty of people are still self-isolating or social distancing to minim...
Tags: Reviews, Google, Amazon, Art, Games, Downton Abbey, Isolation, Trends, Features, World, Gifts, Puzzles, Netflix, Harvard, Delta, Broadway

‘I felt completely lost’: the actors navigating an arts crisis and long Covid

Three performers – among the one million people suffering from long Covid – explain the painful process of getting back on stageIn 2019, the actor and director Helen Oakleigh was hired to stage a number of shows in China that would be playing throughout 2020. They flew from London to Wuhan on 1 January last year and then on to Chengdu but, soon after arriving, began to feel unwell with a virus that would later be diagnosed as Covid-19. Although able to return to work soon afterwards, they strugg...
Tags: UK, London, China, Theatre, Culture, Stage, Harry Potter, Acting, Shakespeare, Wuhan, Chengdu, Coronavirus, Helen Oakleigh, Covid Oakleigh

August linkfest

The rise of rifle logos in American branding: “[T]he terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 … put the US on a war footing for the next two decades and boosted the rifle’s prominence in the national psyche. While pistols have been the chosen weapons of traditional pop culture stars like spies, cops, and gunslingers, military combat prioritizes the rifle, and today’s gun logos reflect that.” (By James I. Bowie for Emblemetric) * Speaking of guns (h/t Iva Cheung): Here you go. The mos...
Tags: New York, Design, Media, Guns, Writing, France, US, History, Bbc, Renaming, Delta, Linguistics, Words, Airlines, Oakland, Gawker

Wildfire smoke linked to almost 20,000 COVID-19 cases last year

The coronavirus pandemic and raging wildfires were two heinous events of 2020. And in one of life’s unfair twists of evil synergy, a new study from Harvard says that smoke from West Coast wildfires increased the cases of COVID illnesses and deaths. The study, published in the journal Science Advances, attributed 19,742 additional COVID cases — and 748 deaths — to last year’s heavy blanket of wildfire smoke in Oregon, California and Washington. Tiny particulate matter, aka PM 2.5, was the culprit...
Tags: Science, Design, Washington, Oregon, Fire, Harvard, Wildfires, Fires, Wildfire, West Coast, Science Advances, San Bernardino California, California Washington, Oregon California, Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health, Whitman County Washington

"What is there to say about an art exhibition that is closed to the public? We can wrestle theoretically with whether art requires a physical viewer to be fully realized...

"... but there is nothing abstract about art going unseen that is still resolutely there: just as carefully preserved, hung with the same meticulous precision, thoughtfully interpreted by unread wall text, and in the dark, behind locked doors. And yet, 'Painting Edo,' the ambitious jewel of an exhibition currently on view for no one at the Harvard Art Museum, is perhaps arguably experiencing its most historically authentic moment in the strangeness of ours. Because to fully understand the signi...
Tags: Art, Japan, Law, History, Viral Video, Harvard Art Museum, Ann Althouse, Seen And Unseen, Coronavirus, Edo Japan Tamar Avishai Painting Edo, Tamar Avishai

Being Mr Westwood: Vivienne is ‘eccentric, serious and genuine’

Thought 25 years apart in age, their ideas are locked in sync. Andreas Kronthaler, husband of the couture queen, reveals his plans for the maverick fashion houseOn 21 March 2020, days before Britain’s initial lockdown, Vivienne Westwood shared her first isolation address to the nation. Royalty, of sorts, she delivered it in her trademark fashion: she spoke of saving the planet and her new manifesto, while donning couture – and surrounded by curiosities – in her south London home.These impassione...
Tags: Fashion, Design, London, Life and style, Britain, Fashion industry, Vivienne Westwood, Focus, London Fashion Week, Andreas Kronthaler, Westwood, Vivienne, Coronavirus

Lloyd Webber says he will risk arrest to reopen his theatres on 21 June

Impresario is determined his production of Cinderella will start this month in London as plannedAndrew Lloyd Webber has said he is determined to open his theatres on 21 June regardless of whether rules are relaxed, and is prepared to be arrested if authorities try to intervene.The composer said he may have to sell his six West End venues if the government does not remove restrictions that have forced venues to run with reduced capacities. Continue reading...
Tags: London, Musicals, Theatre, UK News, Culture, Stage, Cinderella, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lloyd Webber, Coronavirus

Hand-painted hearts or Captain Tom in bronze? Memorialising the fallen of Covid-19

As heroic statues fall out of vogue, communities have turned to experimental structures – from flourishing gardens to abstract sculptures – as monuments to loss on a vast scaleMaya Lin was a 21-year-old architecture student at Yale University when, in 1981, lacking professional experience, she submitted a class project to a design competition for a memorial for Vietnam war veterans on the National Mall in Washington DC. Her winning design, influenced by the minimalist sculpture and earth art of ...
Tags: Art, New York, Washington, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Sculpture, National Mall, Vietnam, Yale University, Tom, Lin, Coronavirus, Frederick Hart

‘Michelangelo of Middlesbrough’ hailed for 27,000-hour model project

Lockdown hobbyist painted 1m tiny cobbles for scale model of Yorkshire town’s demolished St Hilda’s district Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLockdown has inspired many of us to take up new hobbies, but for one Middlesbrough man, the pandemic just meant more time to devote to a mammoth project already nine years in the making.“It was business as usual,” says Steve Waller, 61, a model artist and historian known affectionately as the “Michelangelo of Middlesbrough” who h...
Tags: Art, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Yorkshire, Hobbies, Middlesbrough, Michelangelo, St Hilda, Steve Waller, Coronavirus

Edinburgh festival fringe threatened by Covid rules, says organiser

CEO calls on Scottish ministers to replace 2-metre rule with 1 metre to secure future of world’s largest arts festivalCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe survival of the Edinburgh festival fringe is at stake unless social distancing rules for venues are relaxed within a fortnight, its organiser has said.Shona McCarthy, the chief executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, called on ministers to replace the 2-metre rule with the 1-metre distance used in hospita...
Tags: Comedy, Scotland, Theatre, UK News, Culture, Stage, Festivals, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Festival, Shona McCarthy, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, Coronavirus

‘I can now do it in less than two minutes’: a Rubik’s cube and nine other objects readers relied on in lockdown

From a paintbrush to a Stratocaster and a stained glass panel, some unexpected items took on huge new importance in a world of coronavirus restrictions Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Toys, Music, Life and style, UK News, World news, Hobbies, Coronavirus

San Fernando student’s award-winning art captures a masked moment of joy during a rotten year

Kathia Hernandez, 17, poses in Sylmar on Thursday, May 13, 2021 with her painting “Skating Summer Days,” a selfie with her friends, which is headed to the U.S. Capitol after she won a Congressional Art Competition. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Because the year 2020 wasn’t turning out to be the very best for 17-year-old Kathia Hernandez, she wanted to capture one of the happiest moments of the pandemic in an art piece that won first place in a local congressional a...
Tags: Health, Art, New York, News, Education, Congress, California, Mexico, Government, America, Sport, Soccer, Washington Dc, House, Community, Bangladesh

‘We won’t be bouncing back’ – the unsettling truth about the big reopening

Next week, after 14 months of closure and despair, the arts are reawakening. But the damage caused by Covid runs deep – and recovery is by no means assured“If we had to close down again,” says Andrew Lloyd Webber, “we couldn’t survive.” Webber is staging his new musical Cinderella, with book by Oscar-winner Emerald Fennell, in a full-capacity theatre in July, having already delayed its premiere twice. He has mortgaged his house in London and will be selling one of his seven theatres. “It cost £1...
Tags: Books, Music, UK, England, London, Scotland, Theatre, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Stage, Festivals, Classical Music, Economic recovery, Exhibitions

Clearing the dancefloor: how club culture became a museum piece

In the pandemic, nightclubs have been turned into exhibition spaces, switching the craze for museums evoking clubs. It’s throwing fresh perspective on what dancing is even forThe ttttssshhhhhh of a smoke machine breaks the silence as a red spotlight blinks to life, illuminating social distancing markers on a dancefloor polished smooth by the shuffling of feet. The soundsystem kicks into gear with an anthem by techno star Dave Clarke. But the DJ booth is empty, and the only ravers here are the on...
Tags: Art, Music, Culture, Art and design, Belgium, Dance music, Installation, Exhibitions, Brussels, Dave Clarke, Marolles, Coronavirus

It’s a hard sell but Africa must invest in art and imagination

Building an arts centre in Uganda, in a pandemic, was never going to be easy but it’s crucial to our post-Covid futureI’ve been raising funds for a building project: not a hospital, not a school, but an arts centre.It’s not an easy sell at the best of times but add in a pandemic and the fact that I’m in Africa and, according to the current rules of financial engagement, art is the verylowest of priorities. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Africa, Society, World news, Uganda, Culture, Art and design, Global development, Installation, Arts funding, Coronavirus

Glastonbury among those to share £400m from Covid recovery fund

Culture secretary announces details of second tranche of grants and loans for arts and heritage sectorCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 2,700 arts and heritage organisations, from Glastonbury festival to Bamburgh Castle to the Young Vic, are to share £400m in grants and loans from the UK government’s culture recovery fund.The culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, announced details of the second big tranche of money from a £1.57bn fund, which was unveiled last July...
Tags: Politics, UK, Theatre, Culture, Heritage, Stage, Festivals, Arts policy, Glastonbury, Vic, Bamburgh Castle, Coronavirus, Oliver Dowden

Southern California students’ coronavirus artwork packs many emotions

They say art can express emotions, promote healing or offer a “window into the soul.” That also can be said of Southern California students who have illustrated the stress and constant changes of these pandemic times in their artwork. In February, Daniel Richter, a fourth-grade teacher in Wildomar in Riverside County, asked his students to express how they felt through digital art. Richter, who teaches at Sycamore Academy of Science and Cultural Arts — a charter arts school with campuses in Wild...
Tags: Art, News, Education, California, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Italy, Alvin, Annie, Nikon, Riverside County, Matthew, Edward Hopper, Southern California

March linkfest

On March 13, 2020, Merriam-Webster editor Peter Sokolowski noticed that all of the dictionary’s lookups were pandemic related: coronavirus, quarantine, draconian, lockdown, cancel. For the somber one-year anniversary this month, WGBH looked at how the pandemic has transformed the English language, and whether its impact will endure: Will people five years from now still say they are “zooming” when they conduct a video meeting online? Will slang terms like “doomscrolling” and “covidiot” make ...
Tags: Books, Maps, Wtf, Design, Washington, New York City, America, History, Britain, Italy, Linguistics, Words, Oxford University, Contests, Los Angeles Times, Donald Duck

Banksy’s tribute to health care workers fetches $20M

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian | Reuters LONDON – A Banksy painting showing a boy playing with a toy nurse as a superhero sold for more than $20 million on Tuesday, setting an auction record for the elusive British street artist. “Game Changer,” unveiled last May at University Hospital Southampton, paid tribute to the frontline workers of Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) in their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The black-and-white hand-painted artwork shows a boy lifting a nurse, her arm ...
Tags: Art, Europe, London, News, Sport, World news, Britain, Soccer, NHS, Boris Johnson, Red Cross, Banksy, Batman, Reuters, Christie, Marie Louise Gumuchian

Business secretary plays down prospect of major tax rises in budget

Kwasi Kwarteng says emphasis now is on trying to provide critical support rather than reducing deficitCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, has played down the prospect of significant tax increases to start reducing the deficit in the public finances in Wednesday’s budget.While the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has said the country cannot not “go on spending money for ever”, Kwarteng said the priority for now was to support the economy. Co...
Tags: Business, Politics, Money, Theatre, Economics, Tax, UK News, Tax and spending, Public finance, Culture, Museums, Economic policy, Kwasi Kwarteng, Rishi Sunak, Kwarteng, Coronavirus

Gilbert and George on their epic Covid artworks: 'This is an enormously sad time'

The artists have responded to the pandemic with comic, haunting works showing themselves being buffeted around a chaotic London. They talk about lines of coffins, illegal raves and ‘shameful’ statue-topplingAs they call themselves living sculptures, I can’t resist asking Gilbert and George what they think of all the statue-toppling that took place last year. When I ask for their verdict on the removal of public works that have been accused of celebrating slavery and colonialism, they are sceptic...
Tags: Art, London, Protest, Society, UK News, Homelessness, Culture, Art and design, Social exclusion, Sculpture, Exhibitions, British identity and society, Exeter, Fourth plinth, British Empire, Gilbert & George

February linkfest

“Trade characters” like Aunt Jemima and the Quaker Oats man used to be much more common in American commerce than they are today, writes logo expert James I. Bowie in Marker. They were so common, in fact, that the US Patent and Trademark Office assigned six-digit codes to trademark applications to “capture personal characteristics, including race and gender, as they were perceived in American culture many decades ago”: There are codes for Native Americans and Asian Pacific people, but not fo...
Tags: Art, Design, Instagram, Film, Washington Post, Punctuation, Government, White House, Cars, US, Domains, German, New York Times, Linguistics, Contests, Interior Department

Art, unlocked: Italy's museums quietly reopen – in pictures

After Italy’s government loosened Covid-19 restrictions in much of the country – including Lazio, the region that contains Rome and Vatican City – newly reopened museums are offering local visitors the opportunity to enjoy artworks undisturbed by the usual crowds of international tourists Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Photography, World news, Rome, Italy, Vatican City, Lazio, Coronavirus

29 small gifts and gestures for friends or family members who are having a hard time self-isolating or social distancing

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Appreciating loved ones can become much more challenging when you can't physically be together.Sending someone you love a small gift during this time can be a meaningful expression of kindness. Many of the products and services below are entirely contact-free, as noted throughout. Staying connected to those you love, but cannot physically be with, is a lofty task. It's often difficult to replicate the joy ...
Tags: Reviews, Amazon, Art, Games, Etsy, Disney, Digital, Trends, Walmart, Features, Gifts, Puzzles, David, Broadway, Streaming, Airbnb

No logo, no likes: New York's offline DIY culture embraces lockdown limitations

From subversive newspapers to free gigs and galleries, a new kind of pandemic creativity is anti-consumerist and pro-communityCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNew Yorkers who once thrived on chance encounters and interconnection with Manhattan’s pace and energy are beginning to find creative footholds in the abnormalities of pandemic life.Expressions are varied, but each point to the embrace of a profoundly altered state and a DIY punk ethos featuring a partial rejecti...
Tags: Art, Publishing, Music, New York, Media, Newspapers & magazines, US news, Culture, Art and design, Manhattan, Booksellers, Coronavirus

Patti Smith: 'As a writer, you can be a pacifist or a murderer'

As she prepares to ring in 2021 with a performance on screens at Piccadilly Circus, the punk poet explains why she’s optimistic amid the ‘debris’ of Trump’s years in officePatti Smith talks about her first poetry performance – in 1971 at St Mark’s Church in New York’s Bowery – as if it were yesterday. “I remember everything,” she says over the phone from her home in New York. Smith was in her early 20s, working at a bookshop and living in the Chelsea Hotel with her then lover, the playwright Sam...
Tags: Art, Books, Music, New York, Poetry, Environment, Culture, Art and design, Pop and rock, Punk, Installation, Patti Smith, Smith, Sam, Trump, Sam Shepard

Why tiny homes are booming during the pandemic

While some Americans see appeal in adopting a more efficient and affordable way of living during a time of economic uncertainty, others see tiny homes as an opportunity for an office or investment property.
Tags: Design, Lifestyle, Remote Work, Analysis, Radio, Tiny Houses, Remote Working, Tiny Homes, Energy Efficient Home, Affordable Homes, Home Offices, Select, Investment Properties, Small Business Owners, Coronavirus, COVID-19

Russian museum director who exposed Soviets to hidden masterpieces dies at 98

Irina Antonova, head of Pushkin Museum for 52 years, brought Mona Lisa to Moscow despite cold warA longtime museum director dubbed the grande dame of the Russian art world has died at 98, prompting an outpouring of grief and admiration for the woman who brought the Mona Lisa to Moscow and returned masterpieces hidden for decades from the Soviet public to her museum’s exhibition halls.Irina Antonova, whose work at the Pushkin Museum began under Joseph Stalin and ended under Vladimir Putin, died o...
Tags: Art, Vladimir Putin, Russia, World news, Art and design, Moscow, Joseph Stalin, Mona Lisa, Pushkin Museum, Coronavirus, Irina Antonova

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