The Rodgers & Hammerstein Sound

So once in a while, I write parody lyrics. As a working writer and lyricist, I think of it as good exercise. Some of these parodies are surely funny only to me. But I always try very hard to stick exactly to the rhythm and scansion of the original lyric, and to comically dip into the original lyric now and then just for fun. Here's one I wrote during the Great Pandemic, only a totally random whim. I just came across it, and it made me laugh, so I thought I should share... If you really love R&H...
Tags: Musicals, Theatre, Performing Arts, Broadway, Dick, Rodgers, Hammerstein, Scott Miller, Musical Theater, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Hammerstein Sound, Rodgers Hammerstein Sound, Ockie Fox, Rodgers Hammerstein Sound Major, Rodgers Hammerstein Sound Slightly

Oracle Vinyl just $4.99 + Siser Heat Transfer Vinyl $9.99 at Michael’s + 10% in Rewards

Hurry, there is a a great Michael’s deal on Vinyl for your Cricut! Oracle Vinyl just $4.99 + Siser Heat Transfer Vinyl $9.99 at Michael’s 10% in Rewards   Learn some awesome tips and trips for shopping at Michaels too! For Even More Awesome Online Deals
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New ‘Indiana Jones’ Trilogy Poster Set Gives the Franchise’s MacGuffins the Spotlight

There are so many Indiana Jones posters out there that it can be hard to find a fresh angle to celebrate the beloved adventure movies. But artist Lyndon Willoughby has created a fantastic Indiana Jones trilogy poster set that puts the focus on three of the iconic “MacGuffins” (you know, the artifacts Indy is looking for) from the original trilogy. Plus, he also figured out a way to include a memorable shot from each of the movies. See all of the Lyndon Willoughby Indiana Jones trilogy posters b...
Tags: Art, Movies, Sequels, Lucasfilm, Paramount Pictures, Indiana-Jones, Cool Stuff, Action/Adventure, Disney/Pixar, Bottleneck Gallery, Indiana-Jones-and-the-Last-Crusade, Raiders-of-the-Lost-Ark, Indiana-Jones-and-the-Temple-of-Doom, Lyndon Willoughby, Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Download Great Works of Art from 40+ Museums Worldwide: Explore Artvee, the New Art Search Engine

Dilbert creator Scott Adams once wrote of his early experiences introducing the World Wide Web to others. “In 1993, there were only a handful of Web sites you could access, such as the Smithsonian’s exhibit of gems. Those pages were slow to load and crashed as often as they worked.” But those who witnessed this technology in action would invariably “get out of their chairs their eyes like saucers, and they would approach the keyboard. They had to touch it themselves. There was something about t...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Technology, College, Nasa, Paris, Smithsonian, Rembrandt, New York Public Library, Seoul, Rijksmuseum, Scott Adams, Art Institute of Chicago, Museo, Hilma, Colin Marshall

America Slow Dance

That’s the name of a variation on “America the Beautiful” that I wrote for Min Kwon’s America/Beautiful project.But wait … what IS that? – Greg Sandow
Tags: Art, America, Ajblogs, Kwon, 06.15.21

A Guide To The Pulitzer Prize Books

Northern Hemisphere summer reading plans, here you go. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words, Northern Hemisphere, 06.11.21

Juilliard Students Lead Music, Dance-Filled Protests Over Tuition Hikes

After a planned protest in one of the school’s buildings, the students “were barred from the Diamond building, and the school told them that it was investigating an incident that included reported violations ‘pertaining to community safety.’ On Thursday, about 20 students continued their tuition protest on the sidewalk outside, waving placards and accusing the school of using heavy-handed tactics to quell dissent.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, 06.11.21

Welcome to the United Fonts of America

Here's one pandemic project we approve of: a map of the United Fonts of America.The question was simple: How many fonts are named after places in the U.S.?Finding them became an obsession for Andy Murdock. At 222, he stopped looking. The Neon Museum (a.k.a. Neon Boneyard) in downtown Las Vegas, a monument to the siren call of typography. Credit: Dale Cruse, CC BY 2.0Who isn't fond of fonts? Even if we don't know their names, we associate specific letter types w...
Tags: Maps, New York, Texas, Design, California, Washington, Typography, America, Georgia, Chicago, United States, Wyoming, Innovation, Michigan, Las Vegas, Great Lakes

China Goes All In To Become “Museum Power” — Opens Five New Museums A Week

In 2000 it had fewer than 1,200 of them. By the end of last year there were nearly five times as many. Helped by a decision in 2008 to allow free entry to most government-run ones, visits have also soared. – The Economist
Tags: Art, China, Visual, 06.12.21

The Age of Cathedrals: A Free Online Course from Yale University

From Yale professor Howard Bloch comes Age of Cathedrals, an online course that offers “an introduction to some of the most astonishing architectural monuments the world has ever known—Gothic cathedrals,” including Notre Dame, Chartres, and Saint-Denis. The course description adds: “We shall study the art, literature, intellectual life, economics, and new social arrangements that arose in the shadow of the cathedrals and that were such an important part of the revival of cities in the tw...
Tags: Art, Facebook, College, History, Harvard, Yale, Online Courses, Rembrandt, Goya, Yale University, Leonardo, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Howard Bloch, Age of Cathedrals, Notre Dame Chartres

Jennifer Packer Talks About How Painting Works

I’ve never seen a painting that looked real, but I’ve seen paintings that felt real. – Cultured Magazine
Tags: Art, Visual, 06.14.21, Jennifer Packer

Why I Turned Down A Queen’s Honor For Literature

Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire? Is this the title I’m asked to carry? I cannot think of anything I want less than to be a member of that empire. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Issues, 06.13.21

Of Course Networks Are Sexy Right Now. But You, Yourself, Are Not A Network

The network idea is so powerful in our connected world, that it’s tempting to apply it to everything. But not to us… – 3 Quarks Daily
Tags: Art, Ideas, 06.15.21

The Blogger Preserving Jewish Ballet

In college, Beatrice Waterhouse started wondering where she could find information about Jews in the ballet world. So she created a Tumblr site, “‘People of the Barre’ (which, yes, is a play on ‘people of the book’) and started using the blog to store tidbits she came across about Jews in ballet, mainly for her own reference.” – Forward
Tags: Art, Dance, 06.13.21, Beatrice Waterhouse

Sony Writes Off Artists’ Debts

This means that groups and single artists who were still trying to pay back debt – and thus were not eligible for royalties – can now start earning money from streaming. – BBC
Tags: Art, Music, Sony, 06.11.21

Boston Merges Ballet And Virtual Reality

It’s impressively intimate: It’s impressively intimate: “As you stand in the middle of an undulating semi-circle of bodies, each moving with snakelike ports de bras, you discover how eye contact can change the tenor of a performance. By its very design, VR dance is meant to be this visceral. The audience is but a hair away from the action, and occasional trips and slides, and the intricacies of choreography and gesture. Pickett describes the experience as akin to ‘having the movement land o...
Tags: Art, Dance, Pickett, 06.14.21, Boston Merges Ballet

Food Travel Shows Desperately Need New Gatekeepers

Take Netflix’s new High on the Hog as an example: “The narrative about Black food is often one of resilience—a history of dishes and cooking passed down from one generation to the next as Black people survived subpar and inhumane conditions. While part of that is true, High on the Hog is not afraid to complicate that narrative by reconsidering Black cooking through a lens of abundance, and even luxury: It provides context around the lives that were lived before enslavement.” – Vice
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, Black, 06.11.21

Everybody Plagiarizes

And that’s fine. “Published authors, more often than not famous ones, have had few scruples when it comes to committing literary larceny. ‘Authors are like privateers,’ claimed Samuel Johnson, ‘always fair game for one another.'” – The Smart Set
Tags: Art, Ideas, Samuel Johnson, 06.10.21

Ned Beatty, Prolific Actor Of Stage And Screen, 83

Beatty’s roles “captured the full spectrum of humanity — from sincerity to villainy, buffoonery to tragedy — and made him one of the most versatile performers of his generation.” Beatty: “My great joy is throwing curveballs. Being a star cuts down your effectiveness as an actor, because you become an identifiable part of a product and somewhat predictable. … But I like to surprise the audience, to do the unexpected.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Beatty, Ned Beatty, 06.13.21

How To Be Everywhere Online

First, meme well (and second, make She Memes Well the title of your memoir). In her new book, comedian and meme power user Quinta Brunson “breaks down her journey from struggling stand-up comedian to being recognized by strangers all over the world. The book includes hilarious anecdotes about growing up in West Philadelphia, being a Black woman, dating and life after internet fame. She also gives serious thought to the evolution of memes, and how they have emerged as a powerful tool to help peo...
Tags: Art, Words, West Philadelphia, QUINTA BRUNSON, 06.11.21

The Healing Power Of Queer Coming Of Age Stories

Books can be intensely powerful for some people, especially when the books do the work of repairing past pain. “‘So many queer people ‘have been through immense pain growing up in our adolescence,’ Dr. Matos told me. Attempts by the broader culture to ‘limit who we loved, what we desire, what we do with our bodies’ abound. In these stories, then, we get the chance to imagine what it might have been like to grow up in the world depicted on the page or screen instead.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words, Matos, 06.13.21

Massive New National Museum Of Norway, Home Of ‘The Scream’, Has Opening Date

“Initially slated to debut in 2020, the museum in Oslo — officially called the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design — will now open on June 11, 2022. The [complex], which has been in the works for seven years, brings the collections of three of Norway’s most important art institutions — the former Kunstindustrimuseet, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the National Gallery — under one roof.” Here’s a first look inside the building, designed by German architects Kleihues + Schuwerk. ...
Tags: Art, Norway, National Gallery, Oslo, Visual, Museum of Contemporary Art, 06.16.21, Massive New National Museum Of Norway Home

Jon Meacham, The Ubiquitous Historian

He is the intellectual of the moment, this soft-spoken biographer of great men. Meacham whispers in the president’s ear and appears on TV constantly. – Harper’s
Tags: Art, People, Harper, Meacham, Jon Meacham, 06.10.21

Big Thinker Edward de Bono, 88

Through his 60-plus books, including The Mechanism of Mind (1969), Six Thinking Hats (1985), How to Have A Beautiful Mind (2004) and Think! Before It’s Too Late (2009), as well as seminars, training courses and a BBC television series, De Bono sought to free us from the tyranny of logic through creative thinking. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Bbc, People, Edward de Bono, de Bono, 06.10.21

Anthony Braxton: Still Pushing At The Edges Of Jazz

“A conversation with him can easily pinball from contemporary politics to ancient Egypt. But what he’s most eager to talk about now is ZIM Music — his latest structural model in a lifelong pursuit to locate clarity within chaos.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Music, Egypt, Anthony Braxton, 06.17.21

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s New ‘Cinderella’ Could Start Performances Despite Extension Of UK Shutdown

Declaring “Come to the theatre and arrest us,” Lord Lloyd Webber vowed last week to reopen all his West End venues at full audience capacity on June 21, “come hell or high water.” At the beginning of this week, with caseloads of the Delta variant of COVID rising, Boris Johnson postponed the lifting of theatre restrictions from the 21st until at least July 19. Even so, Johnson and Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden have offered to make Cinderella part of a pilot scheme of public performances in the...
Tags: Art, UK, Theatre, Boris Johnson, Cinderella, Johnson, West End, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lloyd Webber, Oliver Dowden, 06.16.21

MacKenzie Scott Is Now A Major Arts Philanthropist, Too

The total of $2.7 billion in grants announced this week “marks the third time in 12 months that Scott … has issued a wave of donations worth a combined ten figures. It’s also the first time she has funded arts organizations at scale. (The latest round of recipients also includes racial justice groups, universities, and other organizations.) Absent from the list of arts recipients are big names that wealthy donors often favor, such as the Museum of Modern Art or Lincoln Center. Instead, Scott op...
Tags: Art, Museum of Modern Art, Issues, Mackenzie Scott, 06.15.21, Lincoln Center Instead Scott

Quantum Computing Will Not Change Everything

Despite the hype, the reality is different – and to resist the hucksters, we need to understand why. – Wired
Tags: Art, Ideas, 06.13.21

Running A Theatre From The Kitchen Table During A Pandemic

Marissa Wolf was midway into her first full season as artistic director at Portland Center Stage and had just opened The Curious Incident of The Dog In the Night-time in March of 2020. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Marissa Wolf, Portland Center Stage, 06.11.21

Yusef Komunyakaa On Poetry And The Pandemic

Komunyakaa: Writing poetry “feels like one has been chosen as a caretaker of observation. There’s a certain reality, but also there’s a certain kind of dreaming, and that place takes us someplace that we never dreamt of.” –
Tags: Art, Words, Yusef Komunyakaa, Komunyakaa, 06.12.21

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