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Lockdown Has Jumbled The Place Of Artists In Our Culture

“It would be easy to dismiss a surfeit of depressed artists as the most minor of national considerations, given the loss of jobs across the spectrum, but it is important to examine how we got to this point, and why there should be an onus on our politicians to take more care in their consideration of our collective fate.” – MAX
Tags: Art, Issues, 10.20.20


The Cultural Cost Of Four Years Of Trump

Michelle Goldberg: “When I think back, from my obviously privileged position, on the texture of daily life during the past four years, all the attention sucked up by this black hole of a president has been its own sort of loss. Every moment spent thinking about Trump is a moment that could have been spent contemplating, creating or appreciating something else. Trump is a narcissistic philistine, and he bent American culture toward him.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Issues, Trump, Michelle Goldberg, 10.29.20


Why Being An Optimist Might Be A Liability During COVID

Most people have a tendency to overestimate the chances of experiencing a positive (like getting a promotion), and underestimate the likelihood of experiencing a negative event (like getting robbed or sick). Typically a benign — even beneficial — human quirk, the “optimism bias” could be contributing to the spread of coronavirus according to behavioral psychologists. – Big Think
Tags: Art, Ideas, 10.28.20


Paris’ Legendary Shakespeare & Co. Sends Out An SOS

“We’re not closing our doors, but we’ve gone through all of our savings. We are 80% down since the beginning of the first wave. We’ve now gone through all of the bookshop savings, which we were lucky to build up, and we have also been making use of the support from the government, and especially the furlough scheme. But it doesn’t cover everything, and we’ve delayed quite a lot of rent that we have.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Paris, Words, Shakespeare, 10.28.20


Investing In Artists Rather Than Just Buying From Them

One huge bright spot, for example, is Soho Rep’s Project Number One, which puts artists on salary through June 2021. The artists in this program have been moved from a project-based, transactional relationship with the theatre to a more holistic, sustainable one. I believe this is an incredibly important, perhaps transformative, shift for our field to make. – HowlRound
Tags: Art, Ideas, 10.28.20


We Need New Art Institutions

“I don’t think we need “new” art. The arts professionals that have been protesting in the streets and sending out declarations on social media are calling for institutional changes, not new aesthetic movements. They want to cut through the pieties that circulate in academia and arts institutions about art as a calling because they are struggling for survival in a milieu that pays lip service to high-minded values but is perversely unequal in its distribution of resources.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Visual, 10.26.20


How To Rebuild A Healthier, Fairer Theater Ecosystem? Bring Back Repertory Companies

Jim Warren, founding artistic director of the American Shakespeare Center, writes that the “revolutionary changes” he recommends — companies of 15 to 20 resident actors, performing shows in rotating repertory and handling administrative jobs as well as performing, and working 40-hour weeks with full benefits — “are a jumping-off point for righting a history of wrongs.” – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Theatre, Jim Warren, American Shakespeare Center, 10.29.20


COVID Lockdown 2.0: Will Screens Still Prevail?

Futurists are predicting that the pandemic has accelerated the permanent decline of everything from watching movies in traditional theaters to standing in line at theme parks. But as we approach what is looking more and more like a second lockdown, this one timed alongside a cold, dark winter here in the upper Midwest, are those in-home screens going to dominate everything again? Is Big Tech going to once again take home all the spoils? Are we all going to let that happen? – Chicago Tribune ...
Tags: Art, Ideas, Midwest, 10.28.20


Thieves Are Stealing Nazi Artifacts From Dutch Museums

“Amid huge global demand for second world war memorabilia, museums in Ossendrecht, in north Brabant, and in Beek, Limburg, have been ransacked in recent days and months. In response, a series of Dutch institutions have removed their most valuable exhibits from display or implemented stricter security measures over fears that the thefts are being carried to order.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Visual, Brabant, Ossendrecht, Beek Limburg, 10.28.20


David Toole, Pioneering Disabled Dancer, Dead At 56

“A double amputee whose combination of physical power and bewitching delicacy created arresting imagery on stage and TV around the globe,” — most famously at the opening ceremony for London’s 2012 Paralympics — “[he commanded] remarkable control, buoyancy and adept physical displays, sometimes giving the impression that his body was in flight.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, London, People, 10.28.20, David Toole


Music Exec Is Buying Up Distressed Music Venues Across The Country To “Save” Them

Marc Geiger, the former global music chief of the giant talent agency WME, has quietly amassed a war chest to fortify empty clubs during the pandemic and help them grow once they reopen. One of the most charismatic figures behind the scenes of the music industry — a motormouth futurist who helped create Lollapalooza and was an early proponent of how the internet could help musicians — Geiger portrays his latest venture as a kind of personal crusade. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Geiger, Marc Geiger, 10.29.20


Utah Is Actually A Dance Hotbed. How’d That Happen?

“We’re relatively small, yet boast a top-tier ballet company, the nation’s first repertory dance company, the first school of ballet at an American University, the world’s largest ballroom dance program and multiple powerhouse studios.” How did that happen? “Utah has a unique history that nourished dance,” says one local insider, and that history very much includes the Mormon settlers. – Salt Lake Magazine
Tags: Art, Utah, Dance, American University, 10.27.20


Superhero comic art in dub and reggae album covers

In Sheep's Clothing is a hi-fi audio bar in Los Angeles that, of course, has been closed due to COVID-19. In the meantime, the heads behind the operation shifted their mad cratedigger and curation skills to the Web with free playlists, an annotated guide to the bar's wonderful record collection, and features about music and vinyl culture. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Design, News, Los Angeles


Alex Ross Speaks About His Wagner Quest

“You actually never know who is going to turn out to have an interest in Wagner. I think a lot are working composers and musicians [who] end up engaging with him on an extremely practical level. It’s not necessarily a question of dealing with these huge Wagner questions, but just, “Is there something to be learned from him right now?” – Van
Tags: Art, Music, Alex Ross, Wagner, 10.28.20


The Inescapable Problem With Pop-Up Opera On A Truck

Michael Andor Brodeur: “For all the power and dramatic force opera can generate, it remains a sublimely vulnerable form, its fantasy created onstage and tenuously protected from the elements by the eggshell shield of the proscenium. Here, outside among the hum and honk of afternoon traffic, it doesn’t really stand a chance.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Music, Michael Andor Brodeur, 10.28.20


Hollywood Finally Starts Trying To Get Nonwhite Accents Right

“Over the past five months, major film and television studios have signaled renewed efforts to depict people of color thoughtfully and authentically. It isn’t really possible to verify the sincerity of these efforts, but the changing role of dialect coaches — and how they’re allowed to work — may offer a way to judge their success.” A reporter talks with three dialect coaches, one Black and two Latina, about the new demand for their work. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, 10.28.20


Ethics And “The Lesser Of Two Evils” Strategy

In deciding whether to compromise your ideals, or whether to take a stand, you might ask yourself: ‘Will this compromise undermine projects that I’ve committed to, through which I’m actively trying to make the world a better place?’ (In which case: stand by your principles.) ‘Or are my ideals and principles simply idle, such that a moral compromise wouldn’t affect any projects actively in train?’ (In which case: act so as to promote the lesser of two evils.) – Psyche
Tags: Art, Ideas, 10.28.20


Amazon Says It, Not You, Owns The Videos You Buy On Amazon Prime

“When an Amazon Prime Video user buys content on the platform, what they’re really paying for is a limited license for ‘on-demand viewing over an indefinite period of time’ and they’re warned of that in the company’s terms of use. That’s the company’s argument for why a lawsuit over hypothetical future deletions of content should be dismissed.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Media, 10.28.20


France And Germany Close Theaters And Concert Halls As Second Wave Of COVID Intensifies

“Starting Friday, France will go into a nationwide lockdown with just schools and essential businesses staying open until Dec. 1, while in Germany, the new measures will close restaurants, bars, gyms and cultural spaces like theaters for one month, but exempt schools and shops.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, France, Germany, Issues, 10.28.20


Postponed Philip Guston Exhibition Moved Up To 2022 After Heavy Criticism

“The National Gallery and three other major museums” — Tate Modern in London and the Museums of Fine Arts In Houston and Boston — “had announced that they were delaying the retrospective, which was originally intended to begin its tour last June, after taking into account the surging racial justice protests across the country. … Some critics said the decision to delay the retrospective amounted to self-censorship fueled by fear of controversy.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, London, Boston, Houston, National Gallery, Tate Modern, Visual, Philip Guston, 10.28.20


At Last Minute, Baltimore Museum Of Art ‘Pauses’ Controversial Sale Of Three Paintings

“The decision” — made just a few hours before the gavel was to fall at Sotheby’s — “not to move forward with the offloading of paintings by Clyfford Still and Brice Marden, plus an Andy Warhol canvas through a private sale, follows weeks of controversy, which culminated in indirect censure from the Association of Art Museum Directors.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Andy Warhol, Visual, Brice Marden, Sotheby, 10.28.20


Wole Soyinka To Publish His First Novel In 47 Years

“The Nigerian playwright and poet, who became the first African to win the Nobel prize for literature in 1986, published his widely celebrated debut novel, The Interpreters, in 1965. His second and most recent novel, Season of Anomy, was released in 1973. Chronicles of the Happiest People on Earth, which will be published in Nigeria before the end of the year [and internationally in 2021], will be his third.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Nigeria, Words, Anomy, 10.28.20


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Tags: Travel, Reviews, Home, Art, Trends, Features, Gifts, Van Gogh, Gift Ideas, Sint Maarten, Home Decorating, Wheatpaste, Ellen Hoffman, Grafomap, Malarie Gokey, Insider Picks 2020


Seeking innovative leader

The National Flute Association (NFA) was founded in 1972 as a common ground for flutists to exchange ideas and inspiration and has expanded in the decades since to include a quarterly magazine, an annual convention, and a dynamic assortment of scholarship programs, commissions, and member-driven initiatives. Approximately 3,000 people from all 50 states and more than 30 countries are NFA members, including leading soloists, orchestral players, jazz and world music performers, teachers, adult ama...
Tags: Art, Board of Directors, Jobs, Chicago Illinois, NFA, Committee Chairs, National Flute Association NFA, NFA Board, Executive Director the National Flute Association, Management and Financial Administration


How Learning Pods Are Picking Up The Education Slack

San Francisco has set up free hubs. So far, 1,100 students are enrolled in the free hubs, where community groups provide full-time academic support and activities at 55 city sites, including recreation centers, libraries and other locations. – San Francisco Chronicle
Tags: Art, San Francisco, Issues, 10.20.20


Study: Why It’s Tougher To Make It Big In Older Age

An older person might be extremely passionate, but lacking conviction that he’ll ever be any good; or a septegenarian might maintain fire in her belly, but find her passion waning. – Fast Company
Tags: Art, Ideas, 10.28.20


Arts Festival Sues San Francisco Over COVID Rules

Originally posited as a “suit over artistic freedom,” the case quickly turned into a question of equal protection (performances vis-a-vis church services and political protests), and then into a debate over logistics. – San Francisco Classical Voice
Tags: Art, Issues, 10.26.20


Spotify Defends Promoting Alex Jones On Podcast

In public, Spotify is staying quiet about an appearance by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones yesterday on its flagship podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, despite banning Jones’ own podcast last year. But in an internal email sent from a top executive, the company is defending the booking. – Buzzfeed News
Tags: Art, Spotify, Media, Jones, Alex Jones, Joe Rogan, 10.28.20


Where Music Comes From, According To Anthropologists

In warfare, rhythm and melody allow tribal groups to signal their strength, numbers, and coordination across far distances, to both allies and foes. This is not unlike how animals commonly use vocalizations to signal their territory or scare off others. “If we study music in traditional societies, we see it used consistently to form political alliances.” – Fast Company
Tags: Art, Music, 10.27.20


How Crisis Leadership Works

Swarm intelligence in people occurs when all the members of a group come together to create a synergy that magnifies their individual capabilities. It’s the kind of unselfish behavior that one sees on the battlefield, when soldiers know that they depend on one another for their lives. Swarm intelligence is more instinctual than coöperation, in which people work deliberately together to achieve a common goal; it’s an emotional and reactive behavior, not a plan that can be written out on a flowch...
Tags: Art, Ideas, 10.27.20