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Visual ArtsFri, 18 Oct 2019 18:32

Why That Picture Of Nancy Pelosi Standing Up To Trump Has Become Iconic Art

Something about the symmetry, the light, and the postures of the figures in the room turned ordinary people into art historians who were captivated by the strength of the composition. “The juxtaposition of the direction the participants are leaning on opposite sides of the table is a strong dynamic.” – Washington PostSource:

Visual ArtsFri, 18 Oct 2019 12:32

Oldest Known ‘Last Supper’ Painted By A Woman On Public View After 450 Years

Plautilla Nelli’s 23-by-6?-foot depiction of Jesus and his disciples was painted for her sisters at a convent in Florence in 1568. When that convent was shuttered by Napoleon’s forces in 1808, the canvas was moved to a nearby monastery, where it was hanging in a (very) humble refectory when it was discovered by an art […]Source:

The WorldSat, 19 Oct 2019 19:56

The Phoenix Symphony – President & CEO

The Phoenix Symphony (TPS) is Arizona's largest performing arts organization and considered a cultural icon. Founded in 1947 as a part-time orchestra, TPS has grown to become Arizona's only full-time symphony orchestra with a 38-week season and 66 musicians.Source:

MusicSat, 19 Oct 2019 19:12

Russell Thomas is much more than a black tenor. Now, he’s tackling ‘Otello’ and the field’s stereotypes.

“‘I am not an Otello,’ Thomas says … [Yet] suddenly, it seems that Otello is all anybody wants to hear from him. … The problem [is] that there are very few tenors, white or black, who are able to sing the role. Thomas, now, is one of them, and the opera world is eager to […]Source:

MusicFri, 18 Oct 2019 22:01

Fans Protest WNYC Cancellation Of “New Sounds”

For music fans, the news last Thursday that WNYC will end New Sounds, a show hosted by John Schaefer since its debut in 1982, has provoked a deep sense of mourning and nostalgia for both the show and the city’s eroding arts and culture scene. Over four decades, the eclectic music program had come to […]Source:

PeopleFri, 18 Oct 2019 21:28

Architecture Critic And Historian Charles Jencks, 80

Mr. Jencks was an architectural historian who, with a landmark book, put himself at the forefront of the debate over what architecture should do. – The New York TimesSource:

WordsFri, 18 Oct 2019 21:01

The “Slow Fire” That’s Destroying Our Books

It’s called a “slow fire,” this continuous acidification and subsequent embrittlement of paper that was created with the seeds of its own ruin in its very fibers. In a 1987 documentary on the subject, the deputy Librarian of Congress William Welsh takes an embrittled, acid-burned book and begins tearing pages out by the handful, crumbling […]Source:

MusicFri, 18 Oct 2019 20:33

The Radical Personal Life Of Johann Sebastian Bach

“I’ve talked to people who feel they know Bach very well, but they aren’t aware of the time he was imprisoned for a month. They never learned about Bach pulling a knife on a fellow musician during a street fight. They never heard about his drinking exploits—on one two-week trip he billed the church eighteen […]Source:

TheatreFri, 18 Oct 2019 20:01

More Theatres Are Experimenting With Different Performance Times

The conventional wisdom on curtain times has long been broken, and it’s proving beneficial to producers and audience. More show-by-show tinkering can only continue to evolve theatregoing practice, which is essential in an era when most entertainment can be scheduled on demand. – The StageSource:

TheatreFri, 18 Oct 2019 19:28

Are We Seeing A New Theatre Construction Boom In America?

Some see other current trends—the conversion of old structures, the blurring of boundaries between disciplines, the increasing move of visual artists into performance, the popular interest in all things digital – will be reflected in future theatre design. “We are still in the supposed old ways of thinking. But yeah—change is on its way.” – […]Source:

DanceFri, 18 Oct 2019 19:15

How Do You Reconstruct A 140-Year-Old Ballet? Carefully

“It’s controversial in Russia to reconstruct ballets — original Russian ballets — but on the notation that was removed from Russia. In recent years, “La Bayadère” has raised questions over cultural stereotypes and insensitive depictions of India. – Los Angeles TimesSource:

MediaFri, 18 Oct 2019 19:02

Goose Gone Wild: A New Video Game Lets You Be An Angry Waterfowl Running Amok

Untitled Goose Game, “which is drawn in the style of a children’s book and scored by a whimsical piano, sees you play as a single-minded goose making her terrible way through a village. Your palette of interactions is limited yet sufficient: you can grasp at objects, flap your wings, or honk. Through this trinity, you […]Source:

DanceFri, 18 Oct 2019 18:01

There’s A New Dark Horse Contender For Best Ballet Company In South America

In 2010, Argentine dancer and former ABT principal Julio Bocca was named artistic director of Uruguay’s flagship company, the Ballet Nacional del Sodre. Since then, under Bocca and successor Igor Yebra, what was once a small, poorly attended troupe has become a dynamo: it has increased the number of rehearsals and performances, tours within the […]Source:

MusicFri, 18 Oct 2019 17:31

Watch: Elijah Cummings Speaking To The League Of American Orchestras In 2016

This Little Light of Mine: The inimitable Mr. Cummings speaks to the League’s annual meeting about how the arts has the power to change lives. “As I march toward the twilight of my life, there’s nothing more important to me than seeing children have opportunities. – YouTubeSource:

TheatreFri, 18 Oct 2019 17:04

American Theatre’s New Hot Topic: Recovery And Sobriety

“With overdoses at troubling heights and recovery no longer a sotto-voce secret, a new wave of plays dealing with the realities of rehab and the challenges of sobriety have started to emerge, often created by playwrights who have dealt with such problems themselves. And part of their mission, the writers say, is to destigmatize these […]Source:

MusicFri, 18 Oct 2019 16:28

John Schaefer: Why We Still Need Music Curators

“When what we listen to is all based on algorithms, you’re fed things that will already fit your taste. My intention with the show was always to make it like a series of doors. You could peek in and you could go into that door if you liked, or you could choose another.” – The […]Source:

IdeasFri, 18 Oct 2019 16:03

The Real Problem With Cancel Culture

“The entire cancel culture conversation, including the debate over whether or not it exists at all, has largely missed a crucial point. While celebrities, successful artists, and other too-big-to-fail types can survive a cancellation (or even seek one out as a means of drumming up publicity), the rest of us are trapped in an increasingly […]Source:

IssuesFri, 18 Oct 2019 15:30

Do We Need Critics For Cities?

Given how long we’ve relied on the work of critics on film, music, food, and much else besides, as well as the ever-increasing relevance of cities in our lives, it’s time we recognised city criticism as its own distinct category of writing. But what is city criticism — or rather, what isn’t it? – The […]Source:

WordsFri, 18 Oct 2019 15:02

Epistolary Memoir, An Old Genre Having A New Heyday

The recounting of a life in the form of a letter may go all the way back to Benjamin Franklin, but it’s currently seeing a revival, kicked off by Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me and carried by major works by Imani Perry, Terese Marie Mailhot, Ocean Vuong, and others. “The new epistolary memoirs, […]Source:

IssuesFri, 18 Oct 2019 14:31

Dallas Placed 149th Among U.S. Cities On The Arts Vibrancy Index. Here’s How One Organization Is Trying To Change That

“The Arts Community Alliance (TACA) … has been raising money for the arts in Dallas since 1967. Today it doles that money out in the form of more than 60 general operating, artist residency and new works grants each year. … But in addition to providing monetary support, a big part of TACA’s role in […]Source:


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