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Alec Baldwin, Firing Prop Gun On Set, Kills Cinematographer And Wounds Director

While filming a scene on location near Santa Fe for the feature Rust, which he co-wrote, is producing and stars in, Baldwin discharged a prop pistol loaded with blanks and hit director of photography Halyna Hutchins, now dead, and director Joel Souza, hospitalized. – Santa Fe New Mexican
Tags: Art, Featured, Media, Santa Fe, Alec Baldwin, Baldwin, Joel Souza, Halyna Hutchins


Black Americans Should Absolutely Appropriate European Opera (Though Not Necessarily Like This): John McWhorter

Writes the Columbia University linguist and New York Times columnist of Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones and William Grant Still’s Highway 1, U.S.A., “the tradition being appropriated here is based on a philosophy of composition and audience reception hardly inevitable.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Featured, New York Times, Columbia University, William Grant, Terence Blanchard, John McWhorter


Disgraced During #MeToo, Garrison Keillor Tries For A Comeback

Five years after he retired from A Prairie Home Companion, four years after accusations led public radio and publishers to drop him, Keillor is self-publishing and doing speaking gigs before forgiving audiences. He has no regrets, but his account of things is, well, sanitized. – MSN (The Washington Post)
Tags: Art, Featured, People, Keillor


Report: One-Third Of UK Music Jobs Were Lost During Pandemic

The research said there were 69,000 fewer jobs in music in 2020 than in 2019 – a drop of 35% – due to the “devastating impact” of coronavirus. – BBC
Tags: Art, Music, UK, Featured


The Mind-Boggling History That Shapes South Korea’s Popular Cultural Exports

Think about it: Parasite and Squid Game are pretty weird: intense drama, occasional shocking violence and dark satire jumbled with juvenile humor and an almost childish innocence. What does this strange mishmash come from? The difficult, disorienting past hundred years South Korea has lived through. – The American Scholar
Tags: Art, South Korea, Featured, Issues


The Existential Dangers Of “Longtermism”

Longtermism might be one of the most influential ideologies that few people have ever heard about. I believe this needs to change because I have come to see this worldview as quite possibly the most dangerous secular belief system in the world today. – Aeon
Tags: Art, Featured, Ideas


WBEZ And The Chicago Sun-Times: Can Public Radio Really Rescue Print Journalism?

“Similar mergers and acquisitions have become a common way to bolster the struggling print industry, but if radio were to take on a major newspaper, that would be a first.” – The Verge
Tags: Art, Featured, Media, Chicago Sun Times, WBEZ, Public Radio Really Rescue Print Journalism


Culture Shift? America’s Workers Grab Control

In unionized industries, this takes the form of collective bargaining and, where necessary, voting for strikes. In non-unionized industries, which make up the vast bulk of the American economy, it shows up in workers leaving their jobs and looking for higher-paying ones. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Featured, America, Issues


An Alternative History About The Dawn Of Humans

Graeber and Wengrow offer a history of the past 30,000 years that is not only wildly different from anything we’re used to, but also far more interesting: textured, surprising, paradoxical, inspiring. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Featured, Ideas, Graeber


Deepfakes — The End Of Truth?

Like most digital technologies, the quality of deepfakes is increasing at an alarming rate, and it is clear that even the most complex deepfake tools will be as easy to use as Instagram filters in the very near future. – Shelly Palmer
Tags: Art, Featured, Media


The New Activism: Art Attacking The Institutions — Any Institution, Including Those Who Show The Art

One irony of contemporary art that critiques or transcends the institution is just how central the institution remains to it. Indeed, the complexity of the art ecosystem as a reflection of global power is at the heart of Forensic Architecture’s origin story. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Featured, Visual


Tentative Agreement Reached Between IATSE And Hollywood

The membership hasn’t ratified the contract, so a strike could still be called. The details go to the membership for a vote. – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Featured, Issues, Iatse


Rotten Tomatoes And Measuring The Divide Between Critics And Audience

The new Disney Plus documentary on Dr Anthony Fauci, which explores the personal side of the controversial figure, has a certified 91 percent approval rating from critics and a mere 2 percent from audiences. – The Spectator
Tags: Art, Featured, Media, Disney, Anthony Fauci, Audience


Landscape Architect Who Rehabs Contaminated Sites Is Inaugural Winner Of Oberlander Prize

Julie Bargmann, whose firm is called D.I.R.T. (“Dump It Right There”) has been given the first Oberlander Prize, a $100,000 biennial award for landscape architecture. Justin Davidson explores how Bargmann’s approach leaves onsite as much as possible of what’s there and uses nature for cleanup. – Curbed
Tags: Art, Featured, Visual, Justin Davidson, Bargmann, Julie Bargmann


Just What Are Esa-Pekka Salonen And His “Collaborative Partners” At The San Francisco Symphony Up To? They’re Not Sure Yet

Esperanza Spalding: “You may know who you’re writing for, the instrumentation, the length. … But once you actually start populating the spaces with notes and phrases, it changes. You can’t know what the shape of something you’ve never done before is going to be.” – San Francisco Chronicle
Tags: Art, Music, Featured, San Francisco, Esperanza Spalding, Esa Pekka Salonen


Could A One-Atom-Thick Layer Of Graphene Really Protect Artworks From Fading? Very Likely, Say Scientists

“Graphene is a two-dimensional carbon allotrope whose molecules bind together through a phenomenon called Van der Waals forces. … It can be produced in large, thin sheets; it blocks ultraviolet light; and it is impermeable to oxygen, moisture, and other corrosive agents.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Featured, Visual, Van


Half The PPP Loan Money For Culture Went To Only 228 Institutions. They Still Laid Off A Quarter Of Their Workers.

The purpose of the Paycheck Protection Program was to let businesses hobbled by the pandemic retain their employees. An AFSCME study found that, out of 7,500 eligible cultural institutions, 228 large ones got $771 million, half the total — and let go of 28% of their staff. – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Featured, PPP, Issues, AFSCME, Paycheck Protection Program


Former “Hamilton” Cast Member, Black And Nonbinary, Files Discrimination Complaint Against Producers

Suni Reid, who’s done the show in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, alleges their contract wasn’t renewed because they requested a gender-neutral dressing room. Producers say they supported Reid, financially and otherwise, and withdrew the contract only after learning they were being sued. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Featured, Theatre, Los Angeles, Hamilton, Reid, New York Chicago, Suni Reid


The Crisis In Scientific Publishing

The worry is that scientific processes have been undermined by perverse incentives to the point that it’s difficult to know what to believe. – London Review of Books
Tags: Art, London, Featured, Ideas


University Of Hong Kong To Remove Tiananmen Commemoration

The 23-foot tower of naked bodies twisted together, some mid-scream, was created by Danish sculptor Jens Galschiøt and is the last remaining Tiananmen commemoration on Chinese soil. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Hong Kong, Featured, Visual, Tiananmen, Jens Galschiøt


Inside The Rebuilding Of The New York Philharmonic’s Hall: Will The Acoustics Finally Be Good?

“Renovation is a weak term for this undertaking. … Acousticians scrutinized every block and beam in the auditorium and the architects bent their design to the properties of sound.” Justin Davidson looks into what made David Geffen Hall’s sound problematic and how it’s being fixed. – New York Magazine
Tags: Art, Music, Featured, New York Philharmonic, David Geffen Hall, Justin Davidson


Time To Abandon The Idea Of Generational Cultures

For one thing, there is no empirical basis for claiming that differences within a generation are smaller than differences between generations. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Featured, Ideas


Is Releasing A Movie Only In Theaters Elitist And Unfair?

“How is it that a quintessentially democratic cultural activity — buying a ticket and some popcorn and finding a seat in the dark — has been reclassified as a snobbish, specialized fetish?” A.O. Scott has an answer to that question. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Featured, Media, Audience, Scott


Hollywood Has A New Champion Boss-From-Hell: Sharon Waxman Of TheWrap

Move over, Scott Rudin. As one former staffer put it, “I don’t say this lightly. Sharon Waxman is one of the most awful people that I have known in my life.” – The Daily Beast
Tags: Art, Featured, People, Sharon Waxman, Scott Rudin


Our Complicated Ideas About Work And Identity

Why do we continue to cling so hard to our work-based identities, in spite of an inner nature that tells us not to work so much? – The Nation
Tags: Art, Featured, Ideas


Justifying Why Princeton Should Exist

This is the puzzle of Princeton: How can an institution designed to serve the aspirations of an elite few authentically wrestle with issues of inequality and racism in society? – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Featured, Princeton, Issues


When Facebook Went Down Last Week, News Searches And Traffic Went Way Up

Sure, some of that was people searching for news about Facebook’s outage. However: “For a whopping five-hours-plus, people read news, according to data Chartbeat gave us this week from its thousands of publisher clients across 60 countries.” – Nieman Lab
Tags: Art, Facebook, Featured, Issues, Chartbeat


Kennedy Center’s Backstage Workers Vote To Authorize Strike

The unanimous vote by members of the IATSE local comes more than a year after the expiration of their previous contract. Still at issue, say union reps, are staffing levels and pay, including overtime. Management claims the sides are not far apart. – MSN (The Washington Post)
Tags: Art, Featured, Kennedy Center, Msn, Issues, Iatse


Dance Alumni Sue UNC School Of The Arts, Alleging Pattern Of Sexual Abuse

Seven plaintiffs who attended UNCSA as undergraduates during the 1980s give detailed descriptions of predatory behavior, including long-term affairs, by instructors in the school’s dance department. – The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC)
Tags: Art, Featured, Dance, UNCSA


Performative Diversity?

The current emphasis on diversity and inclusivity, however warranted, endangers or distorts a cultural canon that we cannot (in fact, must not) wholly jettison. Indeed, the canon is newly pertinent. – American Purpose
Tags: Art, Featured, Ideas



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