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The Year’s Best Wildlife Photos Remind Us Why Nature Is Worth Fighting For

Nature can be glorious, miraculous, and sometimes downright brutal. Not all of us get to witness the amazing feats of the natural world happening in the flesh, though. Luckily, we have wildlife photographers who’s riveting images can help bring the wilderness into our living rooms.Read more...
Tags: Photography, Wildlife Photographer Of The Year, Wildlife, Art

If At First You Don’t Succeed… Nobel Winners Who Faced Early Rejection

In literature, some of the most celebrated writers were once considered too strange, too limited or just too boring. Several publishers turned down Toni Morrison’s first novel, “The Bluest Eye,” and she was chastised for years by white critics for focusing too much on black characters. – Washington Post (AP)
Tags: PEOPLE, 10.15.19

How To Pick The Best Seat In The House To Hear An Orchestra

The idea of a “best seat” is subjective and depends on how important a good sightline is to you and what sort of instrumental blend you enjoy. While describing sound in terms of “warmth” and “clarity” and “resonance” may seem subjective, these are in fact quantifiable acoustic terms. – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Tags: MUSIC, 10.15.19

Australian Booksellers Take Ronan Farrow Book Off Shelves After Pressure From National Enquirer Parent Company

Dylan Howard, who remains a top executive at the Enquirer’s parent company, American Media Inc., has hired several high-powered law firms on three continents, including the Sydney-based McLachlan Thorpe Partners, to suppress Farrow’s book, which chronicles the extraordinary lengths the Australian tabloid muckraker had gone to help his friend, criminally charged alleged serial rapist Harvey Weinstein. – The Daily Beast
Tags: WORDS, 10.15.19

Netflix Heads To Frankfurt Book Fair On Book-Buying Spree

“It’s about finding the most specific, authentic, local stories and bringing those to a global platform in a way that hasn’t ever been done before. Those ideas can come from books, blogs, podcasts, comics, or any range of creative expression.” –
Tags: AUDIENCE, MEDIA, 10.15.19

Canadian Choir Performs On Both Sides Of US/Mexico Border

“With a barbed wire fence and border patrol dividing two groups of drop-in singers, one located on the beach at Border Field State Park in San Diego, Calif., and the other just metres away in the border town of Tijuana, Mexico, the popular choral group performed a rendition of With A Little Help From My Friends by The Beatles. About 300 people took part on the U.S. side and 500 across the divide in Tijuana.” – CBC
Tags: MUSIC, 10.15.19

Check out this killer Yoshitomo Nara graffiti in NYC bar

In 2009, Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara was hanging out with his business manager Tim Blum in the Manhattan bar Niagrara. Nara pulled out a marker and drew some of his fantastic figures on the walls. (Later that night, he did the same thing at a subway station and was promptly arrested.) Last week, one of Nara's paintings sold in a Sotheby's auction for $24.9 million, driving up the value of his other work including this graffiti. According to Blum though, Nara doesn't want anyone to pull out t...
Tags: Post, Art, Artists, Bars, Graffiti

What The Collapse Of A Plan For A Contemporary Art Museum Says About Art In Hawaii

Challenging, international contemporary art has always struggled to capture the attention of any but a very small share of the local population in Hawaii. (There are no galleries specializing in anything but decorative, genre, or antique paintings.) – Hyperallergic
Tags: VISUAL, 10.08.19

Storybook House: A Whimsical Take on Small Footprint Living in Melbourne

In architecture, small and compact is usually much more challenging to successfully finesse than large and expansive, as this extension to a single fronted Victorian Terrace in Melbourne’s inner-north gracefully attests. Designed by local practice Folk Architects, the two-storey extension comprises an open plan living area, a study and a bedroom which despite being packed into a small footprint...

The Opera That Reimagined The Last Habsburg Emperor And Empress For The Shattered Europe Of 1919

“The year 1919 was pivotal in European culture, with bold portents for the postwar future — it was the year that Walter Gropius founded the Bauhaus and Marcel Duchamp painted a mustache on the Mona Lisa. [Richard Strauss’s] Die Frau ohne Schatten, in contrast, was almost reassuringly conservative in its late Romantic musical language, in its fairy tale libretto about a fundamentally good-hearted emperor and empress, and in its celebration of fertility and childbirth as the foundation of marriag...
Tags: MUSIC, 10.12.19

What The Wild Success Of Silicon Valley Says About The American Success Story

The question of fixing Silicon Valley is inseparable from the question of fixing the system of postwar American capitalism, of which it is perhaps the purest expression. Some believe that the problems we see are bugs that might be fixed with a patch. Others think the code is so bad at its core that a radical rewrite is the only answer. – The Nation
Tags: IDEAS, 10.14.19

Jane Austen Lovers Are Furious At The New Ending To Her Unfinished Novel

“Andrew Davies’ TV adaptation of Sanditon, which aired on Sunday, ended with Charlotte and Sidney bidding each other a tearful farewell – in love, but not together. … The ending has enraged and upset viewers, but most of all, I think, surprised them. This is Austen, and we know what we’re entitled to: there’s even a book about it, for goodness’ sake – The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After.” – The Guardian
Tags: WORDS, 10.14.19


Still following along with the Val Webb online course on carbon pencils.  Still too heavy-handed, especially when seeing how lightly Val works with her graphite and carbon.  I would like to learn to be lighter in my application, so maybe that will come with time.  Or maybe this is just the difference in an artist's hand?  So far, these have all been done on hot press watercolor paper.  We'll see if that changes as we go along or if this is the best foundation for carbon pencils.  Th...
Tags: RH Carpenter

A Dance Critic Assesses Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Joker’ Moves

Gia Kourlas: “You can’t completely banish your true self when you dance; Arthur Fleck is still somewhere inside of Mr. Phoenix, even after Arthur transforms himself into the Joker. What makes Mr. Phoenix’s performance so confusingly poignant — and not just a tale of good vs. evil — is the way in which he has essentially placed two characters within one dancing body.” – The New York Times
Tags: DANCE, 10.11.19

Pacido Domingo’s Career Continues Apace In Europe

In contrast to the United States, so far no theater in Europe, where the #MeToo movement has had little impact, has canceled any of the singer’s planned performances on calendars running through the fall of 2020. In continuing the performances, European venues have cited an absence of allegations in their venues, the lack of a judicial case against him and the singer’s well-known affability and undeniable popularity. – Yahoo! (AP)
Tags: PEOPLE, 10.12.19

Why Two Booker Prize Winners This Year? Perhaps Some Lessons

The danger is that the Booker effect that propelled last year’s “difficult” winner, the brilliant Milkman, to a wider readership will be dissipated. Perhaps it’s best understood as a reminder of how impossible it is, in the end, for the subjective process of weighing one novel against another to come to an objective conclusion. – The Guardian
Tags: WORDS, 10.15.19

A Prison Production Of ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ Goes On Tour

“The cast was strip-searched before boarding the bus to their show. The leading man was shackled so tightly that he performed with abrasions on his wrists. And the moment the men finished their bows and the house lights came up, they had to slip out of costume and back into green prison uniforms.” – The New York Times
Tags: THEATRE, 10.11.19, Sj

Hans Haacke, Firebrand, Gets His First U.S. Survey in 33 Years

At 83, he is the master of museum disruption. Curators have tried to ignore him. Who knows what he’ll do at the New Museum.
Tags: Art, Museums, Haacke, Hans, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Institutional Critique

World’s Biggest Movie-Theater Chain Moves Into Streaming Video

“[AMC Entertainment’s new] service, AMC Theaters On Demand, will offer about 2,000 films for sale or rent after their theatrical runs, just as iTunes, Amazon and other video-on-demand retailers do.” – The New York Times
Tags: AUDIENCE, MEDIA, 10.14.19

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode One Hundred Twenty-Five

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode One Hundred Twenty Five There are weeks when Rob and Jon want to deliver a positive message and vibe, but the outside world – particularly when it comes to politics – tends to get in the way.  On this edition of Radio City…, the boys take to task New York City “mayor in absentia”, Bill deBlasio and his Board of Education chief, Richard Carranza, as those two “public servants” take identity politics to a new low:  eliminating gifted programs in N...
Tags: Podcast, Radio City with Jon Grayson & Rob Ross, Art, Books, Current Events, Film, Food, Jon Grayson, Music, Politics, Popdose, Popular culture, Rob Ross, Satire, Sports, Television

AO Preview – Paris: FIAC Art Fair at the Grand Palais, October 17th – 20th, 2019

Sadie Benning, Blow Up #26 (2018), via Kaufman Repetto Returning to the French capital for another year of exhibitions inside the iconic expanses of the Grand Palais, the Foire International Art Contemporain, or FIAC, opens its doors today in Paris.  The fair, which has operated for over 45 years in the city, has undergone several facelifts over the […]
Tags: Art News, Featured Post, Go See

‘My Actual Goal Is To Be The Anthony Bourdain Of Theatre’: Helen Shaw, New York Magazine’s New Critic

“I want to say to readers: You have no idea that you want to go to this weird corner and eat these spicy noodles, but trust me, you’ll love it. If I could do one millionth of that for theatre, I’d be happy.” (On the other hand: “I love theatre, but I am not a fan. I don’t feel like a fan. And I do get very, very angry at things.”) – American Theatre
Tags: THEATRE, 10.11.19

Netflix And Director Ava DuVernay Sued For Defamation By — Wait, Who?

In the 1940s, John E. Reid and Associates developed a commonly-used, and now-controversial police interrogation method called the Reid Technique. That method is mentioned once, briefly, in When They See Us, DuVernay’s recent Netflix series about the Central Park Five; based on that mention, Reid and Associates argues in its court filing that its reputation has been damaged by the script’s mischaracterization and false assertions. – Variety
Tags: MEDIA, 10.14.19

Who Stole Ancient Bible Fragments And Sold Them To Hobby Lobby?

This week investigators accused professor Dirk Obbink, one of the most celebrated classics professors in the world, a Nebraska native and MacArthur “genius grant” recipient who had long directed — and allegedly looted — Oxford’s Oxyrhynchus Papyri Project, a collection of centuries-old literature recovered from an ancient Egyptian garbage dump in 1896. – Washington Post
Tags: WORDS, 10.15.19

Musician John Cohen Of New Lost City Ramblers Dead At 87

“[He] was distinguished in at least three fields. As a photographer in the 1950s and ’60s he made memorable images of contemporary American writers and painters, and of the young Bob Dylan soon after the singer’s arrival in New York. As a film-making musicologist he documented traditional arts in the American South and in Peru. And as a musician, particularly as a founder member of the New Lost City Ramblers, he had an incalculable influence on the American folk revival and all that followed.” ...
Tags: PEOPLE, 10.14.19

San Antonio Gets Its First Contemporary Art Museum, Thanks To A Hot-Sauce Heiress

Shortly before she died in 2007, philanthropist Linda Pace had a dream in which she saw a shining red counterpart to the Emerald City in The Wizard of Oz which would hold her art collection and make it available to the public. A dozen years later, Ruby City has opened, with a building (yes, it’s red) designed by David Adjaye. – San Antonio Current
Tags: VISUAL, 10.09.19

Hero Complex Gallery’s NYCC 2019 Artwork for ‘Lost Boys’, ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Seinfeld’ & More

New York Comic-Con 2019 has come to a close, but if you weren’t able to make it to the Big Apple for the pop culture convention, you can still get your hands on some of the outstanding artwork that debuted there. This year’s collection from Hero Complex Gallery included pieces paying tribute to The Lost Boys, Seinfeld, Starship Troopers, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Hellraiser, Halloween, Big Trouble in Little China, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Ghostbusters, and more. Check o...
Tags: Art, Cool Stuff, New York Comic-Con, A-Nightmare-on-Elm-Street, An American Werewolf In London, Big-Trouble-in-Little-China, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Dragon's Lair, Friday-the-13th, Ghostbusters, Halloween, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Hellraiser, My Neighbor Totoro, Pulp-Fiction, Seinfeld

Harold Bloom, Bestselling And Controversial Literary Critic, Dead At 89

“From a vaunted perch at Yale, he flew in the face of almost every trend in the literary criticism of his day. Chiefly he argued for the literary superiority of the Western giants like Shakespeare, Chaucer and Kafka — all of them white and male, his own critics pointed out — over writers favored by what he called ‘the School of Resentment,’ by which he meant multiculturalists, feminists, Marxists, neoconservatives and others whom he saw as betraying literature’s essential purpose.” – The New Yo...
Tags: PEOPLE, 10.14.19

Museums Are Finally Paying Real Attention To The Needs Of Visitors With Disabilities

Well, some of them are. Reporter Claire Voon looks at some museums who are doing well in this area (the new MoMA) and some that have a way to go. – Artsy
Tags: AUDIENCE, VISUAL, 10.14.19, Sj

From hated queen to 21st-century icon: Paris exhibition celebrates life of Marie-Antoinette

Paris show includes treatment of woman France loved to hate in mangas, fashion and filmWhen Marie-Antoinette met a gruesome end at the guillotine 226 years ago this week, she was the most hated woman in France. As the horse-drawn cart carried the former queen, her blonde hair shorn and prematurely grey, through the streets of Paris to her execution in 1793, the crowds jostled to spit and hurl insults at her.She was 37, an Austrian-born “foreigner” accused of treason and of being aloof, branded a...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, World news, Culture, Art and design, Paris, Exhibitions, Marie Antoinette