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Playwright And AIDS Activist Larry Kramer, 84

An author, essayist and playwright — notably hailed for his autobiographical 1985 play, “The Normal Heart” — Mr. Kramer had feet in both the world of letters and the public sphere. In 1981 he was a founder of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the first service organization for H.I.V.-positive people, though his fellow directors effectively kicked him out a year later for his aggressive approach. (He returned the compliment by calling them “a sad organization of sissies.”) – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Kramer, Larry Kramer, Gay Men 's Health Crisis, 05.27.20


Alan Jacobi, 67, Self-Taught Engineer Who Revolutionized Stagecraft

A self-taught engineer, AJ virtually created the rigging industry out of a background in theatre lighting. When he began, in the early 1980s, technicians still hung their own lights, but in the era of extravagant musicals, rock concerts and spectaculars AJ saw an opportunity within the gravity-defying ambitions of designers and directors. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, People, 05.25.20, Alan Jacobi


Opera Conductor Joel Revzen Dead Of COVID At 74

A staff conductor at the Met for 21 years, Revzen served as artistic director of Arizona Opera (2003-2012) and Berkshire Opera (1991-2005) and was, from 2012, the founding artistic director of the Nevada summer festival Classical Tahoe. – The Strad
Tags: Art, People, Arizona, Nevada, 05.26.20, Joel Revzen, Revzen, Berkshire Opera


Pioneering Op Art Painter Richard Anuszkiewicz Dead At 89

“[He] devoted his career to studying how some of the fundamental elements of art could be manipulated to create perceptual effects. His experiments with color led him to make paintings of geometric shapes that seem to vibrate and emanate light.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Richard Anuszkiewicz, 05.25.20


Africa’s First Million-Selling Singer, Mory Kanté, Dead At 70

“[He] came from a family of griots, the dynastic West African musicians whose songs carry news and chronicle history. Steeped in those traditions, he electrified the kora, the traditional griot’s harp, and he fused African music with styles and instruments from Western pop. … [His] 1987 single “Yé Ké Yé Ké” was a hit, first in Africa and then across Europe. It became the first African single to sell more than a million copies and has been licensed frequently for commercials and film soundtracks...
Tags: Art, Europe, Africa, People, Yé Ké Yé Ké, 05.24.20


Alexander Armstrong to host Classic FM mornings

After almost 10 years hosting Classic FM’s morning show, John Suchet is moving to present a new weekday evening concert programme. The Classic FM Concert with John Suchet will feature orchestras, choirs and soloists from across the UK and around the world. The new show, weekdays 8pm till 10pm, will be in addition to John’s current year-long Saturday night series, Beethoven: The Man Revealed. Alexander Armstrong will replace John on the weekday morning programme and becomes the fourth present...
Tags: UK, Top, People, Radio, John, Classic Fm, Alexander, Alexander Armstrong, John Suchet, Phil Noyce


Jonny Owen joins Mark Webster at talkSPORT

Welsh TV actor, director and producer Jonny Owen has joined talkSPORT to launch a new two hour Sunday morning show with Mark Webster. A new Sunday evening investigative journalism show The Dive has also started designed to present a deep dive into the world of sport. Welshman Jonny Owen was the director of I Believe in Miracles, the story of the history-making Nottingham Forest team that won back-to-back European Cups in 1979 and 1980, ‘Don’t take me home’ the story of Wales’ journey at the E...
Tags: Top, Wales, People, Radio, Nottingham Forest, Paul Weller, Talksport, Jonny, Jonny Owen, Jarrod Kimber, Mark Webster, Lee Clayton, Jon Norman, Stephen Graham Noel Gallagher


John Macurdy, American Bass Who Sang More Than 1000 Performances At The Met, Has Died At 91

Macurdy’s rich voice and stage presence won him accolades over his 38-year career at the Met. “Though he achieved success in key roles like Gurnemanz in Wagner’s Parsifal, King Marke in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde and Sarastro in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Mr. Macurdy proved essential to the house for his standout performances of supporting roles, including the Commendatore in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, which he sang 75 times at the Met; Daland in Wagner’s Der Fliegender Holländer; the King of Egypt...
Tags: Art, People, Egypt, Verdi, Mozart, Wagner, Don Giovanni, Marke, Sarastro, Gurnemanz, Daland, John Macurdy, 05.23.20, Macurdy


Walter Dallas, The ‘Heartbeat’ Of Philadelphia Theatre For Decades, Has Died At 73

Dallas, who had pancreatic cancer, was a playwright, musician, teacher, and, most notably, a director. He led Philadelphia’s Freedom Theater, one of the nation’s pre-eminent African American theatres, for 16 years, and worked at New York’s Public Theater and Negro Company, among others, as he directed 25 world premieres. An actress who worked with him for three decades: “For him, joy was serious business, especially as a black man who had grown up in the segregated South. … An actor would start...
Tags: Art, New York, People, Dallas, Philadelphia, 05.22.20, Walter Dallas, Philadelphia s Freedom Theater, Public Theater and Negro Company


Bernice Silver, Beloved Agitprop Puppeteer, Dead Of COVID At 106

“A hummingbird of a woman at 4-foot-8, [she] was a puppeteer whose performances were mock-chaotic, subtly cerebral and always slyly subversive. She made sure to slip in a history lesson, or a plug for conservation or social justice. She called them happenings, for the political theater she was schooled in. Her fellow puppeteers called her the Queen of Potpourri.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, 05.21.20, Bernice Silver Beloved Agitprop


René Buch, Who Established Professional Spanish-Language Theater In New York, Dead At 94

“[He was] a co-founder and the artistic director of Repertorio Español, … [which since 1968] has reimagined Spanish classics and offered contemporary work by Latin and Latin American playwrights, always in Spanish, performed repertory-style. … And he liked to say that the playwrights of the Spanish Golden Age — Cervantes et al. — should be as well known here as Shakespeare.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York, People, Shakespeare, Repertorio Español, 05.20.20


Joel Kupperman, Most Famous Of 1940s ‘Quiz Kids’, Dead Of COVID At 83

“For about 10 years, between the era of Shirley Temple in the 1930s and before Jerry Mathers appeared on TV’s Leave It to Beaver in the late 1950s, Joel Kupperman may have been the most famous child in America. From 1942 to 1952, he appeared almost every week on Quiz Kids, … [where] he would put on a scholar’s cap and gown and, with a panel of other genius-level children from Chicago, answer questions about mathematics, science, history, music, literature, sports and current events.” The experi...
Tags: Art, America, People, Chicago, Shirley Temple, Jerry Mathers, Joel Kupperman, 05.15.20


Michel Piccoli, Revered Star Of French Screen For Five Decades, Dead At 94

“Even when he was a big name, Piccoli was never too proud to play small supporting roles or even bit parts if he liked the screenplay. But whatever the size of the role, whether playing a goody or a baddie, Piccoli would bring to the character a gravitas (with a tinge of humour) and an ironic detachment, simultaneously revealing a real, recognisable human being beneath the surface.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, People, Michel Piccoli, Piccoli, 05.18.20


Painter Susan Rothenberg, 75

Rothenberg’s paintings are spare and stark—frequently understated in their color palette and simple in their form. But through even the vague suggestion of figures, Rothenberg was able to create memorable images that tease the brain and tickle the eye. – ARTnews
Tags: Art, People, Rothenberg, Susan Rothenberg, 05.19.20


People Magazine to Launch Syndicated Series on Meredith Corp. TV Stations

The new owner of People magazine plans to adapt the entertainment and human interest magazine into a daily TV series set to launch in the fall on the company’s TV stations. Meredith Corp., which acquired People through its Time Inc. purchase in early 2018, has tapped “Access Hollywood” veteran Rob Silverstein to lead the half-hour […]
Tags: Hollywood, People, People Magazine, Time Inc, Meredith Corp, Rob Silverstein, Meredith Corp TV Stations


Director Alison Marsden promoted at Ofcom

Alison Marsden has been appointed as Director of Content Standards, Licensing and Enforcement at Ofcom. Alison will be leading the team with responsibility for setting and enforcing content standards for television, radio and on-demand services and Ofcom’s broadcast licensing programme. She will also sit on Ofcom’s Content Board, a committee of the main Ofcom Board, which has advisory responsibility for a wide range of content issues. Alison joined Ofcom in 2007 as a broadcasting standards sp...
Tags: UK, Bbc, People, Radio, Ofcom, Alison, Jonathan, Ofcom Board, Jonathan Oxley, Ofcom Jonathan, Competition and Board, Kevin Bakhurst Ofcom, Alison Marsden, Ofcom Alison, Content Board, Ofcom Ali


When Lockdown Brings Sudden Instagram Fame

Actor Leslie Jordan is just fine with all of the attention to his “pillow talk” tales of working with more famous – and often much more highly paid – actors and performers. “What was interesting to me was how offers started coming in to push products,” he says. “I’m telling you, I did not know the word monetise.” (He does now.) – BBC
Tags: Art, People, Leslie Jordan, 05.17.20


Fred Willard, The Master Of Comic Cluelessness, Has Died At 86

His collaborations with Christopher Guest and Guest’s mockumentary ensemble were epic. “He played an Air Force colonel in This Is Spinal Tap (1984), then was travel agent/amateur actor Ron Albertson in Waiting for Guffman (1996); dunderheaded announcer Buck Laughlin in Best in Show (2000); Mike LaFontaine, blond-haired manager of the New Main Street Singers, in A Mighty Wind (2003); and smarmy newsmagazine host Chuck Porter (supposedly modeled on Billy Bush) in For Your Consideration (2006).” B...
Tags: Art, People, Air Force, Christopher Guest, Fred Willard, Billy Bush, CHUCK PORTER, 05.16.20, Ron Albertson, Mike LaFontaine


Director Lynn Shelton Has Died Of A Rare Blood Disease At 54

Shelton created and directed many small-scale, intimate indie films, funding those well-reviewed passion projects with tons of TV show work, including, recently, four episodes of Little Fires Everywhere. Her partner, the actor and podcaster Marc Maron, said, “Her spirit was pure joy. She made me happy. I made her happy. We were happy. I made her laugh all the time. We laughed a lot. We were starting a life together. I really can’t believe what is happening. This is a horrendous, sad loss.” – Th...
Tags: Art, People, Shelton, Marc Maron, Lynn Shelton, 05.16.20


Astrid Kirchherr, Whose Black And White Photos Set Our Concept Of The Beatles, Has Died At 81

Kirchherr, a 22-year-old art and photography student, captured the young lads when they were in Hamburg, playing scruffily in the red light district. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Hamburg, Kirchherr, 05.16.20, Astrid Kirchherr Whose Black


Louis Delsarte, Muralist Of African American Experience, 75

Delsarte’s large-scale public murals are his best-known works, but he also painted and created drawings and prints. His murals, though, they’re the ones that everyone in New York (and elsewhere) knows. “‘Whenever I see Louis’s work, I see a bunch of black people looking good, from anywhere and everywhere in the diaspora,’ said Arturo Lindsay, an artist and professor emeritus of art and art history at Spelman College in Atlanta. ‘Just showing black people looking good and happy is a hell of a po...
Tags: Art, New York, Atlanta, People, Louis, Spelman College, Louis Delsarte, 05.15.20, Delsarte, Arturo Lindsay


Mullin, Exelon VP of Public Affairs, to Depart This Summer

Jen Mullin, VP of Public Affairs at Exelon, is leaving the energy giant this summer. Jen -- an Uber alum who also previously led the energy & climate practice at the Glover Park Group and served as communications director for Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin -- ran policy advocacy campaigns at Exelon, connecting the value of emissions-free, nuclear power to climate action at the state and federal levels. Jen was recruited to Exelon in 2017 to modernize their public advocacy function and elevate the role of ...
Tags: Pr, People, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Jen, FERC, Public Affairs, ZEC, Glover Park Group, Exelon, RGGI, Corporate PR, NYISO, Iowa Sen Tom Harkin, Mullin Exelon VP of Public Affairs, Jen Mullin


Gabriel Bacquier, France’s Greatest Baritone Of The Postwar Era, Dead At 95

In addition to his triumphs in Europe, he was one of the few French singers of his time to have a big career in the U.S., notably in Chicago and Philadelphia and at the Met, where he sang for 18 seasons. Also unusually for a francophone singer of the day, he was admired internationally for his command of Italian opera as well as the French repertoire. – OperaWire
Tags: Art, Europe, France, People, Chicago, Philadelphia, 05.13.20, Gabriel Bacquier


Maya Jama leaves BBC Radio 1 after two years

Weekend morning show presenter Maya Jama has left BBC Radio 1 after deciding not to renew her contract. She joined the station in 2018 and has most recently been hosting 10am-1pm on Friday and Saturdays. During the coronavirus schedules the weekend mornings slot has been on a 3-week changing cylce between Maya, Jordan North and Dev & Alice. Radio 1 says Jordan, Dev and Alice will continue to do the show in rotation. It means Maya’s final show on the station was Sunday 3rd May. The BBC says ‘e...
Tags: London, Top, Bbc, People, Radio, Alice, Maya, BBC Radio, Bbc Radio 1, Maya Jama, Lorna Clarke, Maya Jordan North, Dev Alice Radio, Jordan Dev, BBC Controller Popular Music


Kinetic Art Pioneer Abraham Palatnik Dead Of COVID At 92

“Most often associated with the Grupo Frente movement of the 1950s and ’60s, Palatnik was among the first Brazilian artists to take up a style called Concretism, which envisioned formalist geometric abstraction as a pure style of art-making that referred to nothing other than itself. … While he was a member of that group, Palatnik produced works that he called ‘Kinechromatic Devices’. … Composed of lights and industrial materials such as metal, fabric, and wood and positioned somewhere between ...
Tags: Art, People, Palatnik, 05.11.20, Kinetic Art Pioneer Abraham Palatnik, Grupo Frente


John Macurdy, Who Sang 1,001 Performances At Met Opera, Dead At 91

“While he did take star turns, his many ‘comprimario’ roles, as opera’s supporting roles are known, increased his performance total to sixth among basses in Met history. He sang 62 roles with the company.” He also performed in six major world premieres at various houses, including Samuel Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra at the opening of the new Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in 1966. – Yahoo! (AP)
Tags: Art, People, Lincoln Center, Cleopatra, Antony, Metropolitan Opera House, Samuel Barber, 05.13.20, John Macurdy


When The World Was Silent

It was early morning, and we had just posted a funny picture of Louie and me on our Facebook page. While writing this blog, one “like” after another popped up on the page, and I continually diverted my attention to review the latest comment. The post was trending well, and the “likes” popped up by the second. Louie, however, was unimpressed. As he sat on his favorite loveseat and sighed, he looked at me with those big brown eyes as if to say, “Mom, remember when the world was silent?” “Hmmm,” no...
Tags: Leadership, Relationships, People, Life Lessons, Community, Personal Development, Authenticity, Louie, Lou, Ding


The Sun’s Tom Newton Dunn joins Times Radio

The Sun Political Editor Tom Newton Dunn is joining Times Radio as presenter and chief political commentator. TND will also present shows in the weekly Times Radio schedule, as well as presenting special political shows during major events, such as election nights and the Budget. Tom has worked for The Sun for 16 years, joining first as Defence Editor in June 2004 before becoming Political Editor in 2009. He is also one of the hosts of BBC Radio 4’s The Week in Westminster, a panellist on ...
Tags: UK, People, Radio, The Sun, Rebekah brooks, Michael Portillo, Tom, BBC Radio, Jenny Kleeman, Stig Abell, Tom Newton Dunn, Luke Jones, John Pienaar, Matt Chorley, Aasmah Mir, Times Radio


How Jerry Saltz Acquired His (Very Strange, Very Strong) Appetites

A compelling sort-of mini-memoir, in which Jerry proceeds from describing his (barely developed) way of cooking and his (odd and specific) consumption of coffee to recounting his (nearly nonexistent) upbringing, his (inventively checkered) young adulthood and how he basically willed himself into a career as an art critic. – New York Magazine
Tags: Art, People, Jerry, Jerry Saltz, 05.12.20


Carolyn Reidy, CEO Of Simon & Schuster, Dies Suddenly At 71

“Reidy was known for her warm and candid manner, for sending handwritten letters to authors and for her alertness to the bottom line. She confronted many crises and upheavals at Simon & Schuster, whether the rise of e-books, the financial crash of 2008 that happened within months of her becoming CEO or the current coronavirus pandemic.” – AP
Tags: Art, People, Simon Schuster, Reidy, 05.12.20, Carolyn Reidy CEO Of Simon