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When Irony Died And Then Came Back To Life: An Oral History Of The Onion’s 9/11 Issue

“[It] wasn’t the funniest issue they ever did, but it would turn out to be incredibly successful because it reflected so many of the emotions that people were feeling after the attacks. The sorrow, the anger, the utter helplessness — all of this was captured by one headline or another, giving most everyone in the audience something to identify with. … Now, nearly 20 years later, the issue is widely considered to be an important part of comedy history — even an important part of the broader cult...
Tags: Art, Words, 06.29.20

Flamboyant Organ Virtuoso (And Flamboyant Hedonist) Jane Parker-Smith Dead At 70

“[She] brought glamour to the organ console thanks to her extraordinary dexterity at the keyboard and her love of life in the fast lane: she swore like a trooper, drank like a fish, smoked like a chimney and played the organ like a woman possessed.” – The Telegraph (UK)
Tags: Art, People, 06.29.20, Jane Parker Smith

Why This Medical School Is Using Artworks To Teach Diagnostics

Stephen Russell at the University of Alabama at Birmingham developed the course “Prescribing Art: How Observation Enhances Medicine” to teach students to slow down and observe without worrying about the pressures of the examination room (it turns out that Mary Cassatt was excellent at capturing the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis), but also to spot students’ own biases and teach them (as Russell puts it) “the tolerance of ambiguity.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Birmingham, Visual, University Of Alabama, Russell, Mary Cassatt, Stephen Russell, 06.29.20

Addressing Dancers’ Biggest Worries About Coming Back From Coronavirus

Natalia Boesch: “Living-room ballet has always been a big part of my life, whether I was working out choreographic ideas or just giving myself barre. But, as I write this, living-room ballet is all we’ve had for weeks. That changes everything. I know that, for my students and other young dancers, fears about what they might lose due to the COVID-19 shutdown may be overwhelming. Below are some big-picture thoughts addressing those concerns, and a few suggestions for making the best of a frustrat...
Tags: Art, Dance, 06.29.20, Natalia Boesch

Independent Presses Are Starting To See Sales Rebound

Independent presses around the country said that sales are starting to rebound after two months of declines, due to direct sales, digital initiatives, and a resurgence in demand for topical frontlist and backlist titles. – Publishers Weekly
Tags: Art, Words, 06.29.20

Report: UK Publications Publish Twice As Much Poetry By Writers Of Color Than They Did In 2009

Between 2009 and 2016, the newspapers and poetry magazines published review articles by non-white critics 190 times – 4% of the total for those years. Between 2017 and 2019, non-white critics were published 201 times – 9.6% of the total. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, UK, Words, 06.29.20

What To Do With All Those Dead Malls? Make Housing

Shifts in consumer behavior have been gnawing away at the classic enclosed suburban mall format for many years; then the pandemic completely upended in-person shopping. Converting commercial real estate to housing may be the best use of land in such an over-retailed country. Big shopping centers tend to be centrally located and connected to transit. – Bloomberg
Tags: Art, Ideas, 06.29.20

Entertainment Industry Lobbies Congress For Aid

“Without it, production — especially independent production — cannot resume on a significant level. We urge Congress to develop a program of federal insurance (or guarantee to fill this gap) to cover pandemic-related business losses in the future.” – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, Congress, 06.29.20, Entertainment Industry Lobbies Congress

In Europe, Festivals Are Reinventing As Drive-Ins

Scandinavia is taking the most innovative approach to the notion of the drive-in festival. Between August 21 and 26, in the Swedish town of Karlskrona, the Carl International Film Festival will have 30 boat-in screenings. Taking place in the Salto Fish Harbour with two LED screens, up to 100 boats will be allowed in, drawing attendees from around 1,600 nearby islands, with food delivered to boats from harbourside restaurants. – Forbes
Tags: Art, Europe, Scandinavia, Issues, Audience, Karlskrona, 06.29.20, Salto Fish Harbour

Cirque Du Soleil Files For Bankruptcy Protection, Lays Off 3,500 Employees

The global circus giant was struggling with an estimated $900 million in debt (much of it incurred by acquiring other companies) even before the pandemic hit and ended all ticket income. In exchange for restructuring and reducing that debt, three of the existing owners have agreed to recapitalize Cirque with $300 million, and the government of Quebec will provide a backup guarantee in order to keep the company’s worldwide headquarters in Montreal. – CBC
Tags: Art, Theatre, Montreal, Cirque, 06.29.20

2021 Sundance Festival Will Take Place In 21 Cities

On Monday, Tabitha Jackson, the festival’s director, unveiled her preliminary plans for the 2021 edition, a gathering expected to take place under social distancing restrictions and with a Covid-19 vaccine still unavailable. It will simultaneously be held in Park City and at least 20 other locales: Exploratory talks are underway with independent cinemas in California, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, New York, Michigan, Minnesota, Tennessee and Texas. Mexico City is also on the list. – The New York...
Tags: Art, Media, California, Park City, Audience, Tabitha Jackson, 06.29.20, Colorado Georgia Kentucky New York, Michigan Minnesota Tennessee, Texas Mexico City

Can Copyright Catch Up To The Coronavirus Boom In Digital Culture?

From just about everything on TikTok to Broadway performers singing Sondheim on YouTube, there’s a lot of culture on the internet right now – and very few of the creators of that culture are getting their cut. “Streaming images, video, music and books turn every interaction and event into a performance, display or broadcast of intellectual property. And the law requires licenses for such streaming to protect the content of the creators.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Youtube, Broadway, Issues, Sondheim, 06.29.20

How To Slow Down Misinformation On Social Media

Without a change in this design, nothing else can change. Moderation is impractical when you have 3 billion users speaking hundreds of languages in dozens of political cultures. AI is hopeless at nuance. And asking society to change itself – by telling people to be more cautious about what they read and repost or adding fact-checks to posts – is like replacing plastic straws to ameliorate environmental catastrophe. It makes for good PR, but the effects are so small as to be inconsequential. – T...
Tags: Art, Media, Social Media, 06.29.20

How Artists Survived The (First) Great Depression

Public funding was the way. However: “Back then there was even less agreement on a public role for creatives. The Writers’ Project assigned them a public role in producing travel guidebooks, histories, and life stories of everyday Americans, including thousands of narratives of formerly enslaved people. New Deal artists created landscapes, murals, street scenes, portraits, sculptures, and abstracts inspired by American life.” – LitHub
Tags: Art, Ideas, 06.29.20