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Cancelled culture: at-home substitutes for major theatre, art and music events

The Observer’s critics offer creative alternatives to major forthcoming gigs, concerts, shows and exhibitions that have been postponed or called offCancelled: Eurovision Song Contest 2020 Alternative: Charli XCX’s Self-Isolation IG Livestream (Instagram) It’s hard to know how long CXCX will continue with her top-notch series of daily livestreams, in which she’s played at talkshow host, communing with collaborators Christine and the Queens, Rita Ora and Kim Petras, or working out with Diplo. But ...
Tags: Art, Books, Music, Comedy, Theatre, Dance, Culture, Art and design, Charli Xcx, Exhibitions, Christine, Kim Petras, Queens Rita Ora


Want a miracle? Call a Dutch museum's hotline

Coronavirus cancellation leaves Utrecht exhibition offering a timely phone serviceCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFor those seeking a miracle, it is option two on the menu. Forced by the coronavirus pandemic to shut up shop, the Museum Catharijneconvent in Utrecht is offering a taste of its latest exhibition on miracles and their depiction in art through a phone line.Option one for callers is to hear all about a miracle experienced by a staff member, Simone, who survi...
Tags: Art, Europe, Religion, World news, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Netherlands, Utrecht, Simone, Coronavirus outbreak, Museum Catharijneconvent


10 Covid-busting designs: spray drones, fever helmets, anti-virus snoods

Companies the world over are directing their ingenuity at the fight against the coronavirus. Here are the front-runners, from sanitising robots to a 3D-printed hospital wardDesigners, engineers and programmers have heard the klaxon call. The last few weeks have seen a wave of ingenuity unleashed, with both garden-shed tinkerers and high-tech manufacturers scrambling to develop things that will combat the spread of Covid-19.Many of their innovations raise as many questions as they answer, though....
Tags: Apps, South Korea, Science, Design, Technology, Education, China, Research, UK News, World news, Culture, Architecture, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Art and design, Research and development


Shakespeare in lockdown: did he write King Lear in plague quarantine?

Pestilence was rife in the Bard’s time, closing theatres and ravaging life. Did he write his bleak, desperate drama while self-isolating? We sift the evidence While those of us stuck in self-isolation or working from home watch TikTok videos and refresh liveblogs, a meme has been going around that claims Shakespeare made use of being quarantined during the plague to write King Lear. The Bard supposedly took advantage of the Globe’s lengthy closure to get on top of his writing in-tray – coming up...
Tags: Theatre, Society, Culture, Stage, William Shakespeare, John, Avon, Shakespeare, Social history, Cleopatra, Macbeth, Stratford, Bard, Antony, King Lear, Bubonic plague


Smile-ing Boys Project – in pictures

Kay Rufai’s portraits of smiling black boys from south London came out of an initiative that investigated the lack of mental health provisions for black teenagers. The photographs will be on display at Brixton VillagePhotographs of black teenagers that stare prejudice in the face Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Photography, London, Education, Race, Society, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Schools, Young People, Brixton, Kay Rufai


Covid-19 prompts all major British theatres to close doors

Fifty London theatres and 250 throughout UK to close, says industry bodyCoronavirus and culture – a list of major cancellationsRoyal Court becomes latest theatre to cancel showsCoronavirus - latest newsAll our coronavirus coverageAll major British theatre will cease and several cultural institutions will close or postpone shows as the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the UK’s arts and culture sector grows following the government’s call for “drastic action” to halt its spread.The Society of Lo...
Tags: Art, Politics, UK, London, Theatre, UK News, Culture, Infectious Diseases, ICA, National Gallery, British Museum, Arts Council England, Old Vic Theatre, Society of London Theatre SOLT, English National Opera (ENO, Coronavirus outbreak


Historic, high-value paintings stolen from Oxford college gallery

Police appeal for information after burglars snatch three ‘important cultural artefacts’Three high-value paintings have been stolen in a burglary at Christ Church Picture Gallery in Oxford, police said. Thames Valley police said burglars had broken into the gallery on St Aldates, which is part of Oxford University’s Christ Church college, at around 11pm on Saturday. Nobody was injured during the heist, police confirmed.They took Salvator Rosa’s A Rocky Coast, With Soldiers Studying a Plan, from ...
Tags: Art, Crime, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Oxford, Anthony van Dyck, Thames Valley, Annibale Carracci, Salvator Rosa, Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford University 's Christ Church


‘A queer person can be anybody’: the African photographers exploring identity

In his new book, Africa State of Mind, Ekow Eshun celebrates contemporary African photography. Here he showcases the work of artists looking at the self and sexuality, from Zanele Muholi to Eric GyamfiIn August 2009, an exhibition titled Innovative Women opened in Johannesburg, aiming to showcase the work of the city’s young black female artists. The launch was attended by Lulu Xingwana, minister for arts and culture at the time, who had been invited to officially open the show. But instead of g...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, Nigeria, Africa, Culture, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Art and design, LGBT rights, Sudan, Johannesburg, Eric, Zanele Muholi, Uganda Tanzania, Art and design books


'It almost destroyed me': behind New York's greatest nightclub, Studio 54

In a new exhibition, Studio 54 co-founder Ian Schrager goes back to the late 70s to explore the highs and lows of the celebrity-packed hotspotIan Schrager has seen many things in his life, but nothing quite like this. The 73-year-old Studio 54 co-founder is freaking out on the phone.“It’s funny after 40 years! Forty years!” he exclaims. “Doing an exhibition on Studio 54? In a world-class museum? I don’t think anyone would have believed that – but they were too busy dancing.” Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Music, New York, Culture, Art and design, Ian Schrager, Schrager


Slodown: CRAZY OUTSIDE

Singapore-born, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Slodown verbalizes exactly what countless people are feeling in his new song “CRAZY OUTSIDE.” The downtempo tune may sound a little melancholy or forlorn at first, but the lyrics soon prove to be positive and include messages of gratitude and encouragement. The languid, piano-led song incorporates crackles reminiscent of old vinyl or staticky radio, which adds to its nostalgic tinge.
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Singapore, Culture, Brooklyn, Rb, Listenup, New Music, Slodown


Broadway shuts down due to coronavirus pandemic

New York governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a suspension of theatre productions in New York after mounting pressureNew York’s Broadway theatres have become the latest mass entertainment venues to temporarily shut down for coronavirus.State governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a plan to suspend shows as part of new regulations to prevent public gatherings over 500 people. Carnegie Hall, one of New York’s premier concert venues, will also suspend performances through 31 March, and the Metropolitan Muse...
Tags: New York, Theatre, US news, Culture, Stage, Broadway, US theater, Andrew Cuomo, Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Museum of New York, Coronavirus outbreak, pressureNew York


M. Ward: Unreal City

Filmed on the streets of Paris, the Beatrice Pegard-directed video for M. Ward’s latest track, “Unreal City,” brings the spirit of New Wave filmmaking into the present day. Clémence Poésy stars as the adventuring, everyday heroine and her movements bring the beautiful of the song to life. “Unreal City” appears in advance of M. Ward’s forthcoming album, Migration Stories, recorded within Arcade Fire’s Montreal studios.
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Culture, Paris, Indie, Montreal, Listenup, New Music, Indie Pop, Ward, M Ward, New Wave, Beatrice Pegard, Unreal City, New Wave Filmmaking


Premiere: “Mind High” By DOV

Textured, tantalizing R&B melodies from the Brooklyn-based, Tel Aviv-born alt-pop producer and multi-instrumentalist To access, understand or simply cope with the influence of anxiety on one’s mind, DOV (aka Dov Eagle) found that various substances lead to a quieting of the noise that makes it all so oppressive. This may be the surface subject matter of the queer pop artist and producer’s latest track, “Mind …
Tags: Music, Design, Tel Aviv, Pop, Culture, Brooklyn, New Music, Dov, Premieres, Tesha, Queer Artists, Dov Eagle


Book + Record Pairings That Highlight Milestones From NYC’s Music Scene

A nostalgic look at the some of the delights from the wildly influential cultural hub No list of musical moments will ever come close to the momentous gravity of NYC’s influence on sound over the last century plus. The following pairings, however, aim to tap into some of our personal favorite milestones in the midst of it all. Some of them—the Beastie Boys Book and Paul’s …
Tags: Books, Music, New York, Design, NYC, History, Albums, The Strokes, Culture, Live Music, Vinyl, Patti Smith, Lcd Soundsystem, PAUL, Chelsea Hotel, Hotel Chelsea


Natalia Lafourcade: La Malquerida

Dedicated to “all our sisters,” Mexican singer Natalia Lafourcade’s acoustic rendition of “La Malquerida” spotlights the love and pain women feel. Its title roughly translates to “the badly loved,” but its mission is empowerment. Lafourcade sings alone, at first, strumming a guitar next to a fire, but a choir of young women chime in when the track reaches its chorus. Together, they create an emotionally …
Tags: Design, Music Videos, Women, Culture, Mexican, Spanish, Listenup, Acoustic, Natalia Lafourcade, IWD, International Womens Day, Lafourcade, La Malquerida


Lunar Vacation: Unlucky

Atlanta-based, four-piece “pool rock” band Lunar Vacation returns with “Unlucky,” a beautiful, self-reflective single. It’s Lunar Vacation’s first release since 2018’s Artificial Flavors EP and features production from Daniel Gleason of Grouplove. Lead singer Grace Repasky sails upon the song’s relaxed melody and anchors honesty to the lyricism.
Tags: Music, Design, Atlanta, Culture, Listenup, New Music, Daniel Gleason, Lunar Vacation, Pool Rock, Grace Repasky


Authentic, Imaginative Immersion at SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2020

Five highlights from a groundbreaking fair themed "In Excess" What with there being museums for everything—and brands behind most of them—the word “immersive” sometimes feels over-extended, misused, manipulated and frankly false. Inside the former Ralph Lauren offices at 625 Madison, SPRING/BREAK Art Show reminded people that the category of immersive art requires respect if it’s from a place of unfettered, unbranded imagination. This particular fair …
Tags: Art, Design, Exhibits, NYC, Culture, Sculpture, Artists, Ralph Lauren, Art Fairs, Art Shows, Installations, SPRING/BREAK Art Show, Armory Week, Armory Week 2020


TED2020 Postponed Until July

Amidst concern over the spread of COVID-19, numerous festivals, conferences and more have been postponed, moved to streaming models of attendance, or canceled entirely. Initially scheduled for 20-24 April, TED2020 is one of those events. Rather than simply make the decision in-house, TED polled registered attendees to find whether or not they wished to keep the scheduled April dates and livestream panels and talks or …
Tags: Design, Ted, Culture, Festivals, Vancouver, Meetings, Conferences, Talks, Linkaboutit, Tedtalks, Coronavirus, COVID-19, TED2020


Monophonics: Last One Standing

California-based band Monophonics makes music that sounds plucked from another era, with tinges of Curtis Mayfield and Al Green. There’s a timelessness to their releases and their newest single, “Last One Standing,” is no exception. The seven-minute song ebbs and flows: there are groovy, cinematic cuts carried by drums, a bass guitar and horns, and crescendoing choruses built around vocalist Kelly Finnigan’s soulful voice. “I …
Tags: Music, Design, California, Soul, Culture, Listenup, Bands, Funk, Curtis Mayfield, Monophonics, Colemine Records, Psych, Kelly Finnigan


Famous for 15 minutes! My week living as Andy Warhol

As an artist and a celebrity, Warhol changed the world. But what really went on behind those shades? Ahead of Tate’s epic show, our writer unleashes his inner AndyI am in agony. I’m sitting at home wearing a Breton top and a pair of shades, my hair freshly bleached, my belly swollen and sore. Perhaps that’s because I have just eaten five tins of Campbell’s condensed cream of mushroom soup. Why would anyone do that? Well, I’m trying to live like Andy Warhol, the pop artist who died in the 1980s b...
Tags: Art, Celebrity, Painting, Culture, Art and design, Paris, Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, Exhibitions, Tate Modern, Campbell, Tate, Breton, New York Warhol


International Women’s Day: Interviews + Visits

A few of the enthralling conversations we've had with brilliant women since last year's 8 March Women from all over the world achieve the remarkable every day, and should always be championed and celebrated. At Cool Hunting, we’re in a uniquely fortunate position to meet creative, clever, inspiring and inventive women all the time—from artists and designers to sex tech entrepreneurs, community leaders and beyond. …
Tags: Art, Photography, Gender, Design, Style, Interviews, Women, Tech, Data, Designers, Culture, Artists, Photographers, Perfume, Fragrance, Studio Visits


Photographer Jeannette Montgomery Barron’s “Artist Portraits from the 80’s” at Patrick Parrish Gallery

Mapplethorpe, Basquiat and their contemporaries, captured with intimate intensity With the innumerable retrospectives crisscrossing US museums, and foundations dedicating floor-upon-floor of wall space, one almost cannot escape the current societal obsession with artists from the ’80s. Amidst all the work of Basquiat, Warhol, Haring and their ilk, gallery-goers will still struggle to find women represented. Fascinating then, and valuable, is the exhibition Artist Portraits from …
Tags: Photography, Design, Exhibits, NYC, US, Culture, Photographers, Exhibitions, Portraits, Art Shows, Patrick Parrish Gallery, Photo Exhibits, Jeannette Montgomery Barron, Mapplethorpe Basquiat, Warhol Haring


Buscabulla: NTE

A single from Buscabulla’s forthcoming debut album Regresa, “NTE” serves as an ideal introduction to the duo’s Spanish-language funk songs and acts as a summation of their style as a whole. A groovy bass line moves along, matching the tempo of the percussion as well as Raquel Berrios’ vocals. The duo will embark on a tour beginning in Paris, France on 5 June.
Tags: Design, Culture, Puerto Rico, Spanish, Listenup, Funk, Paris France, Raquel Berrios, Luis Alfredo Del Valle, Buscabulla, Duos


International Women’s Day: Book List

Some of our favorite reads that celebrate and amplify women's voices The Western world is undeniably built for men. So not just on International Women’s Day, but every day of the year, we should actively seek ways to advocate for women. One of the easiest ways is reading more women writers, seeing more shows by women artists, watching more films by women—altogether listening to, celebrating …
Tags: Art, Books, Design, Poetry, Reading, Culture, Artists, Authors, Writers, Art Books, Reading Lists, International Womens Day


“Boro Textiles: Sustainable Aesthetics” at NYC’s Japan Society

This centuries-old craft and its contemporary influence are on show at the learning center Designed by NYC-based architecture firm SO-IL, the Japan Society‘s Boro Textiles: Sustainable Aesthetics exhibition introduces audiences to folklorist and cultural anthropologist Chuzaburo Tanaka’s personal collection of vintage Japanese pieces along with contemporary garments by pioneers of Japanese fashion like Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons, Issey Miyake, and Yohji Yamamoto. The presentation …
Tags: Art, Fashion, Japan, Design, NYC, Clothing, Collage, Sustainability, History, Shows, Culture, Museums, Craft, Exhibitions, Apparel, Japanese


The miracle new sustainable product that's revolutionising architecture – stone!

It’s cheap, light, quick, fireproof and has a tiny carbon footprint compared to concrete. No wonder the ‘great forgotten material of our time’ is staging a comebackA long stone plank stands on Store Street in central London, raised on triangular wooden props, giving it the look of a medieval battering ram, ready to lay siege to Tottenham Court Road. This great masonry beam means no harm to the shoppers – but it could well prove to be disruptive in another way.The slab in question is a prototype ...
Tags: Design, London, Environment, Culture, Architecture, Engineering, Art and design, Tottenham Court


Watching Russian immersive film 'felt like rape', says journalist

Lifelike scenes of violence in Soviet-influenced experimental movie raises ethical concernsTatiana Shorokhova, a film critic from St Petersburg, has admitted to feeling sick and “physically afraid” while watching DAU. Natasha, a controversial film by Ilya Khrzhanovsky produced from a years-long experiment on an immersive set built as a replica of a Soviet-era research institute. In fact, she likened the experience to rape.It was not just the graphic scenes of violence against the titular charact...
Tags: Art, Europe, Film, Russia, World news, Ukraine, Culture, Art and design, St Petersburg, Ilya Khrzhanovsky, Drama films, Berlin film festival 2020, Shorokhova


Celia and Fidel: why the timing is perfect for a new play about Castro

Playwright Eduardo Machado discusses his revealing new play that looks at the relationship between the Cuban revolutionary and Celia SánchezFidel Castro is back in the news. Senator Bernie Sanders, favourite for the Democratic nomination for US president, recently noted that when the Cuban revolutionary gained power in 1959, he launched a massive literacy programme. “Is that a bad thing, even if Fidel Castro did it?” he asked.The political backlash was swift and uncompromising. Rival candidate M...
Tags: New York, Americas, Theatre, US, Culture, Washington Dc, Stage, US theater, Cuba, Fidel Castro, Castro, Bernie Sanders, Bernie, Fidel, Mike Bloomberg, Celia


'He stole Hitler's favourite painting!' – the naked genius of my friend Ulay

From his nude stunts with Marina Abramović to swiping an artwork adored by the Führer, Ulay was a performance art trailblazer. Our writer recalls his finest aktions – and the countless hours they spent chatting and smokingI first met Ulay at a dinner party thrown by Slovenia’s most famous rock star. The musician’s wife prepared salt-baked fish and, as she cracked open the crust, I felt the gush of a groupie as I looked through the steam at Ulay, a man I had studied in art history class, now sitt...
Tags: Art, Culture, Art and design, Slovenia, Hitler, Performance art, Marina Abramovic, Ulay, Frank Uwe Laysiepen


Chicano Batman: Color my life

The first single off the band’s forthcoming studio album, Invisible People (out 1 May), Chicano Batman’s “Color my life” lulls listeners with a hazy groove and toys with Tropicaliá influences, as well as funk and soul. A bassline sets the pace and synths, drums, guitar, and other tones chime in as the song bops along. “Are you a lucid dream? / That’s what it seems / …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Soul, Culture, Rb, Linkaboutit, Funk, New Music, Chicano Batman, Rhythm, Color my life



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