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A new episode of Three on the Aisle, the podcast in which Peter Marks, Elisabeth Vincentelli, and I talk about theater in America, is now available on line for listening or downloading. Here’s American Theatre’s “official” summary of the proceedings:  Once a month since September 2017, Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal; Elisabeth Vincentelli, contributor to The New York Times and The New Yorker; and Peter Marks of the Washington Post have gotten together to talk about what’s goi...
Tags: Art, Washington Post, America, New York Times, Stephen Sondheim, Wall Street Journal, Ajblogs, Terry Teachout, Peter Marks, Elisabeth Vincentelli, Peter Marks Elisabeth Vincentelli

‘Optimism is the only way forward’: the exhibition that imagines our future

At a new exhibition at the reopening of the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, technology and designs for a better future are on displayIf America has stood for anything, it’s surely forward-looking optimism. In New York, Chicago, Detroit and other shining cities, its soaring skyscrapers pointed to the future. But has the bubble burst in the 21st century?“We don’t see ourselves striding toward a better tomorrow,” columnist Frank Bruni wrote in the New York Times last month, citing researc...
Tags: Art, Technology, America, Culture, Art and design, New York Times, Exhibitions, Frank Bruni, New York Chicago Detroit, Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building

Hashing It Out: Is “West Side Story” Worth Doing In 2021, Or Is It An Outdated Basket Of Harmful Caricatures?

As the Steven Spielberg/Tony Kushner film arrives, New York Times critics Jesse Green and Isabelia Herrera, playwright Matthew López, theater historian Misha Berson (author of a history of the show), and writer Carina del Valle Schorske (emphatically not a fan) have at the question. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York Times, Issues, Matthew Lopez, Jesse Green, Misha Berson, Carina del Valle Schorske, Steven Spielberg Tony Kushner, Isabelia Herrera

This AI Algorithm Could Help Us Figure Out Shakespeare

No, not his actual identity, we’re afraid. But, if not the definitively correct version of the text of a play or poem, at least the most likely version. This is thanks to software developed by a Canadian startup called Cohere. – The New York Times Book Review
Tags: Art, New York Times, Words, Shakespeare

New York Times Declares, “Yannick Nézet-Séguin Is Now New York’s Conductor”

Zachary Woolfe, classical music editor: “Omnipresent and energetic, he has been one of the central figures in New York’s cultural re-emergence, and certainly the city’s most significant and visible classical musician at a transformative moment.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, New York, New York Times, Yannick Nézet Séguin, ZACHARY WOOLFE

Dramatical Cats

Earlier this month, I published yet another book! I've been more than usually prolific as a writer since the Great Pandemic started. I mean, what else have I had to do? So my output may slow down, now that I'm actually making theatre again!Although, full disclosure, I do have six or seven ideas for books I'd like to write, and four ideas for shows I'd like to write. I wish I could write faster.The awesome Ted Chapin at the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization recently said to me in an email, "You...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Musicals, Youtube, Theatre, US, New York Times, Performing Arts, Stage, Broadway, Theater, British, St Louis, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Hamilton, Chris

Pacific Symphony Senior Leadership – Vice President of Marketing and Communications

THE OPPORTUNITY Reporting to the President and CEO, the Vice President of Marketing and Communications is a key strategic leader responsible for deepening relations with audiences and community members through best in class marketing and engagement strategies designed to increase and exceed the Symphony’s overall earned revenue goals. These institutional goals will maximize the total household participation and revenue through coordinated communication, recognition and patron engagement tact...
Tags: Art, Jobs, US, New York Times, Orange County, Carnegie Hall, Renee, Russell Johnson, Pacific Symphony, Cesar Pelli, Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Carl St Clair, John Forsyte, PR Committee, William J Gillespie, Vice President of Marketing and Communications

An Introduction to the Chrysler Building, New York’s Art Deco Masterpiece, by John Malkovich (1994)

No old stuff for me, no bestial copyings of arches and columns and cornices. Me, I’m new.                — architect William Van Alen, designer of the Chrysler Building Many people claim the Chrysler Building as their favorite New York City edifice and actor John Malkovich is one such: It’s so crazy and vigorous in its execution, so breathtaking in its vision, so brilliantly eccentric. Malkovich, who’s not shy about taking potshots at the city’s “violence and filth” in the BBC documentar...
Tags: Facebook, New York, Design, Film, College, New York City, History, Bbc, Architecture, New York Times, Manhattan, John Malkovich, Chrysler, Detroit, Empire State Building, Art Deco

Jazz Autumn: Returns, galas and even awards

If all “jazz” shares a single trait, it’s that nothing will stifle it. Adjusting to covid-19 Ari Brown greets fan at Hyde Park Jazz Festival; photo by Michael Jackson for Chicago Reader strictures, Chicago (just for instance) in the past two months has been site of: A stellar Hyde Park Jazz Festival; Herbie Hancock’s homecoming concert at Symphony Center; audiences happily (for the most part – no reported incidents otherwise) observing appropriate covid restrictions in intimate venue...
Tags: Art, New York City, Mark Ingram, Chicago, New York Times, Davis, Herbie Hancock, Michael Jackson, Memphis, Chris Anderson, Ajblogs, Mellon Foundation, Art Institute, Snyder, Fitzgerald, Steppenwolf

"But hostility to genius has been brewing in our culture for a long time. Almost 100 years ago... the critic Edmund Wilson observed that the almost mystical 'dignity and distinction' traditionally accorded to the figure of the poet was becoming..."

"... 'more and more impossible in our modern democratic society.' The ascendancy of science, Wilson argued, had made human beings less prone to viewing themselves as potentially godlike geniuses and more uncomfortably aware of their kinship with other animals and subjection to biological and physical laws. A democratic society was also less at ease with the idea of a 'natural aristocracy' of artists to match the hereditary aristocracy of landowners and rulers.... The prevalent idea in the 21st c...
Tags: Art, Writing, Law, Reading, Language, New York Times, Evolution, Times, The Washington Post, Cw, Geniuses, Sarah Palin, Wilson, Ben Zimmer, Edmund Wilson, Ann Althouse

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

Hunter Biden's art gallery arrangement is 'whacko,' according to ethics law expert

Hunter Biden Kris Connor/WireImage A law professor and ethics expert says the nature of Hunter Biden's art sales are "whacko." "It's bizarre that that's the solution that they came upon," Kathleen Clark told Politico. Experts are criticizing the gallery and White House's attempts to insulate the art sales from undue influence. Legal ethics expert Kathleen Clark, a professor at Washington University School of Law, told Politico Magazine that the Hunter Biden's arrang...
Tags: Art, Politics, Washington Post, Washington, White House, Politico, India, New York City, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, New York Times, Biden, Donald Trump

Not Charity

One of the more pernicious ideas used to denigrate community engagement is the claim that it’s “just charity work.” This implies that any community not already participating in the arts has no resources to bring to the table. That’s preposterous. Every community has cultural resources and many, if not most, have financial resources that can be applied toward things it feels are truly important. Significant self-funded philanthropic work is being done in Black communities, Hispanic communi...
Tags: Art, New York Times, Marin, Ajblogs, Riverside, Riverside Art Museum, Cheech Marin

September linkfest

I’m about halfway through Virginia Postrel’s 2020 book The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World, and the only reason I haven’t finished it is because I keep stopping to take notes, usually punctuated with exclamation marks. Postrel is a journalist and independent scholar who has written very good books about style and glamour; here she elegantly blends centuries of research and her own investigations (she learned to spin thread, spent a week at a traditional Indian dyeing school,...
Tags: Books, Death, Design, Minnesota, Wikipedia, Animals, Women, Web/Tech, New York Times, Linguistics, Colors, Jargon, Branding, Latin, Clive Thompson, David Sedaris

Andy Warhol’s Vibrant, Impractical, Illustrated Cookbook from 1959: A Feast for the Eyes

Gorgeously illustrated cookbooks featuring sumptuous images of fancy desserts and other special occasion food can be quite an intimidating proposition to self-doubting beginners. The recipes themselves are daunting, and as every Great British Baking Show viewer learns, watching the top contestants squirm in advance of co-host Paul Hollywood‘s icy judgment, flavor can’t save an edible creation that fails as art. Andy Warhol’s approach to cookery appears rather more blithe. His 1959 cookbook, Wil...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Books, Design, Rizzoli, College, New York City, Frankfurt, Food & Drink, New York Times, Andy Warhol, Warhol, Upper East Side, Portlandia, Fdr, Stanford University

The New York Times’ Tonys Live Blog

The awards, as they happen. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, New York Times, 09.26.21

A Gigantic Violin Floats Down Venice’s Grand Canal with a String Quartet on Top

It looks like something out of a Fellini movie: a string quartet floating down the canals of Venice on a gigantic violin. Not a boat masquerading as a violin, like when you dress up your pet for Halloween and just slap some funny ears and coat on it, but an actual 39-foot long violin, made of several kinds of wood and metal by master boatbuilder/wood sculptor Livio De Marchi. “Noah’s Violin,” as it is called, did have a tiny motor inside to propel it, and its trip down the Grand Canal wa...
Tags: Art, Facebook, College, China, Noah, New York Times, Venice, Times, Vivaldi, Grand Canal, KCRW, De Marchi, Apocalyptica, Livio De Marchi, 18th Century Instruments Ted Mills

New designs for Chrome and Chrome OS, by Latino artists

As we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, we pay tribute to the generations of Latinos who have positively influenced and enriched society, arts, culture and science in the United States.As a proud Latina, I have seen first hand how our diversity is our strength. We use various terms to define ourselves (Hispanic, Latinx, Latino, Black, Mexican, Salvadoran, Puerto Rican, Brazilian, and more), yet we still can come together as one resilient community.This year Chrome partnered with Latino...
Tags: Chrome, Design, Mexico, United States, Chile, New York Times, Chromebooks, Oakland California, Brooklyn New York, Dallas Texas, MichoacAn, Limon, Monica Gonzalez, Arts & Culture, Liz Hernandez, National Hispanic Heritage Month

The NYT ethicist — Kwame Anthony Appiah — comes out in favor of cultural appropriation.

begins with a letter from an art therapist who had hospital patients go on "a guided mindfulness journey to find their spirit animals." This involved teaching them about Native American cultures and having them draw "their animals" on a totem pole. One patient questioned the activity and used the criticism "cultural appropriation." I think it's an awful exercise, for many reasons. I don't know what has to happen to you to make you a patient on the receiving end of such "therapy," but if I'd be...
Tags: Food, Art, Law, Ethics, New York Times, Cultural Appropriation, Native Americans, South Asia, Hairstyles, New Age, Jeremy Lin, Lin, Ann Althouse, Analogies, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Lightweight Religion

In Defense of Charlie Brown

I've always had a love-hate relationship with the word deceptively. For example, suppose a musical is actually very complex, but it seems very simple. Is that show "deceptively complex" or "deceptively simple"? Yeah, me either. It's a valuable idea to have a word for, but no one is sure which way it works. Look it up in the dictionary, and it'll tell you it means either.The Oxford English Dictionary website says, "Deceptively belongs to a very small set of words whose meaning is genuinely ambig...
Tags: New York, Boston, Theatre, America, Live, New York Times, Performing Arts, Stage, Broadway, Theater, Annie, Charles Schultz, Musical, Times, Charlie Brown, Kristin Chenoweth

The Most Reliable Stage Director Working In Opera Today

That’s how Joshua Barone of The New York Times categorizes Robert Carsen: “His work is by no means repetitive, cautious or dull. But in more than 125 productions over three decades in the field, he has been peerlessly dependable.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, New York Times, Robert Carsen, Joshua Barone

Art Tatum and the “Black Virtuoso Tradition”

On the heels of his film with Alexander Toradze (my previous blog), Behrouz Jamali has released another remarkable film essay dealing with the art of the piano: The Black Virtuoso Tradition. It features what the New York Times once called “piano playing at its most awesome”: Steven Mayer playing Art Tatum. The Black Virtuoso Tradition is an American musical phenomenon that I framed decades ago, inspired by Mayer’s eloquent advocacy of Black pianists who never wrote their compositions ...
Tags: Art, America, New York Times, Italy, Black, Steve, Naxos, Dvorak, Ajblogs, Norton, Joplin, Mayer, Domenico Scarlatti, Antonin Dvorak, Tatum, James P Johnson

Word of the week: NIL

There’s lower-case nil, a contraction of Latin nihil, which means “nothing,” especially in British and Commonwealth sports scores and doctor’s orders (“nil by mouth,” also the title of a 1987 British film directed by Gary Oldman) . Then there’s the acronym NIL, which in the world of U.S. collegiate athletics stands for “name, image, likeness.” And that NIL is a very big something. Until recently, college athletes in the U.S. were prohibited by the National Collegiate Athletic Association...
Tags: Design, Law, Sports, New York Times, Linguistics, Nashville, Ncaa, New Mexico, Bruce Lee, Gary Oldman, Commonwealth, Bowie, University of New Hampshire, Kevin Keegan, National Collegiate Athletic Association NCAA, Sports Business Journal

The Life & Art of Hilma Af Klint: A Short Art History Lesson on the Pioneering Abstract Artist

Like many artists whose abstractions cemented their legacy, Hilma af Klint was trained to paint portraits, botanicals, and landscapes. The naturalist works of her early adulthood depict bourgeois, late-19th century Swedish life, and, by association, the sort of subject matter and approach that were deemed most fitting for a female artist, even in a society where women were allowed to work alongside men. But something else was afoot with Hilma, as artist and educator Paul Priestley ...
Tags: Art, Facebook, College, Religion, New York Times, Paris, The Guardian, Sci Fi, First Time, Hudson New York, Leonardo, Steiner, Mondrian, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Hilma, Kandinsky

We All See The World Through Our Own Lenses. So What About a Lens of Dance?

As we emerge from the pandemic, we’re not just walking around without masks, we’re learning how to re-enter our bodies. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, New York Times, 07.08.21

Art gallery owner selling Hunter Biden's paintings estimates they'll go for $75,000 to $500,000 each

Hunter Biden Kris Connor/WireImage A gallery owner selling Hunter Biden's paintings estimates they could go from $75,000 to $500,000 each. The gallery owner will sell Hunter's artwork without disclosing who buys them, even to Biden. The arrangement puts the White House in an ethical gray area, experts told The Washington Post. See more stories on Insider's business page. A gallery owner who struck an arrangement to sell Hunter Biden's paintings says the individual pieces o...
Tags: Art, Post, Politics, Washington Post, White House, Painting, Trends, Joe Biden, House, New York Times, Biden, Donald Trump, George W Bush, The Washington Post, Trump, Hunter

New York Times Experiments With Insta/Twitter To Focus Stories

“You have the copy of the tweet, a couple of lines in the card, and then it’s just a lot more information and context, and everyone knows that context can be lacking on social.” – NiemanLab
Tags: Art, New York Times, Words

The Long-Lost Pieces of Rembrandt’s Night Watch Get Reconstructed with Artificial Intelligence Most of us know Rembrandt’s masterpiece by the name The Night Watch, but it has a longer original title: Militia Company of District II under the Command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq. By the same token, the version of the painting we’ve all seen — whatever we happen to call it — is smaller than the one Rembrandt originally painted in 1642. “In 1715, the monumental canvas was cut down on all four sides to fit onto a wall between two ...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Technology, College, History, New York Times, Amsterdam, Rembrandt, Seoul, Rijksmuseum, Town Hall, Militia Company of District II, Frans Banninck Cocq, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Nina Siegal

New York, New Music: how the city became a hotbed for music in the 80s

In a new exhibition, the city’s more well-known breakout artists are celebrated alongside a richer, and lesser reported, strain of experimental musicIn Kid Creole and the Coconuts’ irrepressible 1980 song Darrio, a klatch of female backup singers bouncingly plead with the titular gentleman to get them into Studio 54. The otherwise obliging Darrio enumerates why he cannot (“That’s the only thing that money can’t buy”), before finally admitting “my kind of heaven is Club 57,” the late-70s/early-80...
Tags: Art, Music, New York, Culture, Art and design, New York Times, Bob Marley, Kingston, East Village, Marx Brothers, Carmen Miranda, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Darrio

Sophie Rivera, Photographer Of Puerto Rican New York, 82

Rivera began by asking her neighbors to be her subjects. “The images she made were majestic four-by-four-foot prints of everyday New Yorkers of all ages. They were time-stamped by their hair styles and clothing as citizens of the 1970s and ’80s, but they were made eternal by their direct gazes, formal poses and the nimbus of light with which Ms. Rivera surrounded them. Vivien Raynor of The New York Times likened these Nuyorican Portraits, as they were known, to the portraits of Édouard Manet; T...
Tags: Art, People, New York Times, Times, Rivera, Holland Cotter, 06.04.21, Sophie Rivera, Vivien Raynor

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