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State Arts Funding – Steady As She Goes (And Yet…)

On one hand, it is a testament to the continuous hard work of a lot of people that the sector is able to, on balance, keep funding to SAAs relatively stable.  On the other hand, it is frustrating and emblematic of how far we still have to go in terms of effective lobbying and making the case for our value to the public, that we can’t realize consistently meaningful significant increases, sustainable over time. – Barry’s Blog
Tags: Art, Barry, Issues, 02.03.19

Historians Set Out Their Case Against “Hamilton”

It’s not just the portrait of Hamilton that has drawn fire. Critics also say Miranda’s portrait of Burr is horribly distorted and argue that Hamilton’s sister-in-law, Angelica Schuyler, was in no way a feminist, as she is portrayed in the musical. – The Star-Tribune (Mpls)
Tags: Art, Theatre, Miranda, Hamilton, Burr, Angelica Schuyler, 02.03.19

The Absurdity Of The Debates Around The Leonardo Painting

“Of course, we are all entitled to our opinions. But how did we come to live in a day when the opinions of those who are not experts can stand head and shoulders alongside science-informed and specialist pieces? Are all opinions and judgements really equal?” – 3 Quarks Daily
Tags: Art, Visual, 02.03.19

Will Amazon’s Northern Virginia HQ2 Help Crowd Out DC’s Always-Strapped Small Theater Companies?

Synetic Theater, for instance, has had its stage right in the Crystal City complex that Amazon is taking over. “That catapulted Synetic back to its start-up roots, scrambling for places to perform. But as the Amazon deal proved, real estate near downtown has become more desirable than ever, and prices are only going up. For small and midsize theater companies, that means affordable performance space is harder than ever to find.” — The Washington Post
Tags: Amazon, Art, Theatre, Northern Virginia, Crystal City, Synetic Theater, Synetic, Will Amazon, 02.03.19

C.Y. Lee, Author Of ‘Flower Drum Song’, Dead At 102

“Over a career spanning seven decades, Mr. Lee wrote nearly a dozen volumes of historical fiction, but his best-known work was his debut novel, The Flower Drum Song, which brought instant literary stardom upon its release. He was called an overnight sensation, but in fact, he had spent years toiling in obscurity after having arrived in the United States from China on a student visa during World War II.” — The Washington Post
Tags: Art, China, People, United States, Lee, 02.03.19

Is Netflix A “Colonial Power” Subverting Foreign Cultures?

That’s the contention of the CBC’s Catherine Tait. Netflix is such a force in Canada it’s difficult for homegrown productions to compete. As countries struggle to protect their national cultures, streaming services such as Netflix have threatened the media ecosystem. – Toronto Star [paywall]
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, Canada, Cbc, Toronto Star, 02.03.19, Catherine Tait Netflix

Transfigured Night

I am always amazed by the dances that Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker creates for her Belgium-based company, Rosas. To begin with, I’m never sure what I’ll see or where I’ll have to go in order to see one of them. — Deborah Jowitt
Tags: Art, Belgium, Ajblogs, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, 02.03.19, Rosas To

Theatre, Bar, Underground Space, Warehouse – London’s Edgiest Theatre?

Everything The Yard does is underpinned by three values, Jay Miller said. The first is that “the stories we tell have to feel like they aren’t being told by mainstream culture. The second is we create a space where audiences and artists feel able to take risks together. The third is we really celebrate the idea of the live moment, and what that means in a society mediated by technology.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, London, Theatre, Jay Miller, 02.03.19, Theatre Bar Underground Space Warehouse

She’s A Choreographic Chameleon For Broadway

Camille Brown burst into Broadway with her choreography for the award-winning revival of Once on This Island, and now she’s everywhere, even using a dramaturg to help tell stories on Broadway, through dance. – Playbill
Tags: Art, Dance, Broadway, 02.03.19, Camille Brown

A Short Look At The History Of Minstrelsy

Wesley Morris, on Ralph Northam’s press conference: “The governor wasn’t arguing that his young self came to see that blackface was wrong because he had learned how minstrelsy wasn’t some cultural niche but was once America’s popular culture and how that popularity helped cement the nation’s perception of black people as hideous and stupid and freakish and dumb and lusty and unworthy of more than torture, exploitation, derision, oppression, neglect and extermination.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, America, Issues, Wesley Morris, Ralph Northam, 02.03.19

Yes, That Was Andy Warhol In The Burger King Super Bowl Ad

He had 45 seconds in this particular iteration of his fame. – AdAge
Tags: Art, Andy Warhol, Visual, 02.03.19

Speaking Of Those Super Bowl Ads: An Evaluation

NPR’s TV critic, Eric Deggans, explains the great, the not-so-great, the surprising (spoiler alert: There were a lot of ads with surprise celebrity sightings), the useless (Pepsi, please just stop), and the bad. –
Tags: Art, Media, Npr, Pepsi, Eric Deggans, 02.03.19

As Facebook Turns 15, Only Disconnect

The 2010 movie Social Network isn’t perfect – though the fact that it looks like a horror movie now feels eerily accurate. But “the movie mocks one of the ideas that, from the beginning and definitely in the nearly 10 years since The Social Network premiered, has become one of Facebook’s own dearest myths: connection. Connection as origin; connection as mission; connection as justification.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Facebook, Social Network, Issues, Facebook Turns, 02.03.19

A Visual Love Letter To New York

In If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins and cinematographer James Baxton worked with location designers who knew the details both of the New York of today and of James Baldwin’s New York. That meant letting the Bronx stand in for Greenwich Village, and not letting Washington Square Park, which is “like Versailles” compared the park of Baldwin’s story, be itself. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York, Media, Bronx, Versailles, James Baldwin, Baldwin, Greenwich Village, Washington Square Park, New York That, Barry Jenkins, James Baxton, 02.03.19

The Latest In The Digital Media Apocalypse

Yes, it’s old news (a week old) that BuzzFeed was laying off huge numbers of journalists. And HuffPost. And TechCrunch. But it’s more recent – if still last week’s – news that Vice is laying off journalists too. What gives? No surprise: Facebook. “Digital media companies typically generate ad revenue based on the size of their audiences, and consumers discover many of those videos and articles through sites such as Facebook and YouTube.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Facebook, Media, Facebook Digital, 02.03.19, Digital Media Apocalypse

If The Directors Had Their Way, ‘Roma’ Would Be Best Picture

Or actually, that’s what was chosen by the Directors’ Guild of America – and the film’s director, Alfonso Cuarón, also won best director, probably cementing his status as frontrunner for the Academy Award. (See a list of all winners at the link.) – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, Los Angeles, Alfonso Cuarón, Roma, Directors Guild Of America, 02.03.19