Sunday, October 17, 2021

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It’s Development Versus The Arts In Dublin

"Protesters have for several years argued that a proliferation of new hotel projects in Dublin crowds out other vital development, such as housing and space for the arts." Developers, of course, argue that tourism brings jobs, and hotels bring tourists. - Irish Times

Rebecca Solnit On The Legacy Of George Orwell’s Garden

"Nearly everyone who knew him is gone, but the roses are a sort of saeculum that includes Orwell. I was suddenly in his presence in a way I hadn’t expected, and I was in the presence of a living remnant of the essay." - The Guardian (UK)

Remember A Few Months Ago When Kind Comedy Was All The Rage?

Well, things have changed: The Ted Lasso freakout has faded, while Squid Game's popularity has spurred producers to search for more "international drama." - Variety

Musicians Aim To Revitalize The Maori Language

In 1999, when musician Dame Hinewehi Mohi sang the national anthem in Maori at the men's Rugby World Cup, she got quite a backlash. Now, "awareness and celebration of Maori music is mirroring a shift in attitudes toward the language across New Zealand." - The New York Times

The New Maria Callas Statue In Athens Is Attracting A Lot Of Attention

But not for its skill or beauty. One complaint: "Nothing could be less representative of Maria Callas, as no opera singer, not even a second-grade student at music school, would ever adopt such a pose with crossed arms in front of their chest." - The Observer (UK)

Donna Meija talks about social justice in the arts

Donna Mejia, Associate Professor, former Director of Graduate Studies in Dance and Crown Institute Inaugural Chancellor’s Health and Wellness Scholar in Residence at the University of Colorado Boulder discusses social justice as an artist educator.

Once upon a time on Wall Street

I review the Broadway transfer of The Lehman Trilogy in today’s Wall Street Journal. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * “The Lehman Trilogy” tells how the three original...

Replay: an interview with J. Robert Oppenheimer

Edward R. Murrow interviews J. Robert Oppenheimer on an episode of See It Now originally telecast by CBS on January 4, 1955: https://youtube.com/watch?v=xSG_G5CVVlM (This is the latest in...

“But how is it?” Audience Confidence, COVID and After

What will it take for audiences to feel confident to attend in person at this stage of the COVID pandemic?

Newark Museum’s Latest Deaccession Misdirection: Offloading African Objects (& other dubious disposals)

Chris Crosman, founding chief curator of Crystal Bridges Museum’s, tipped me off this week to the Newark Museum of

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Omnipresent Memes Might, Or Might Not, Help Sell Movie Tickets

But they definitely help define the internet: "Years later, after the movie itself has been largely forgotten, you will still find images from it circulating, speaking a new dialect." - The New York Times

The Team Orchestrating Your Brain’s Consciousness

This new framework points to a view of the brain as a fusion of the local and the global, arranged in a hierarchical manner. - Psyche

More Virtual Sex As Birthrates Plunge. Should We Worry?

If sex is everywhere, it’s also nowhere: as birth rates plunge globally, we are engaging in the act less and less. The significance of this change shouldn’t be underestimated, as how we conceptualise sex and relationships is at the root of how we organise our societies. - The Conversation

Our Sense Of Smell Is Intense. If Only We Know How It Worked…

How a receptor detects a smell remains a deep riddle to scientists. The odorant’s shape appears to determine which olfactory receptors it binds to; beyond that, we have no idea why molecules smell as they do. - Believer

From Brainwashing To Misinformation

“Social media has gone from techno-utopianism to dystopic weaponization. Perhaps Timothy Leary was more accurate than he realized when he branded the internet the new LSD. Tomorrow’s brainwashers could not help exploring the possibilities.” - Washington Post

Why Do We Have Weird Dreams? To Learn Better

More and more, findings in deep learning are inspiring new theories of how our brains work. Neural networks need to “dream” of weird, senseless examples to learn well. - Nautilus

It’s Development Versus The Arts In Dublin

"Protesters have for several years argued that a proliferation of new hotel projects in Dublin crowds out other vital development, such as housing and space for the arts." Developers, of course, argue that tourism brings jobs, and hotels bring tourists. - Irish Times

Inside The Battle For Britain’s National Trust

Many National Trust properties rest on profits from the labor of enslaved people. "The charity seems to have become a lightning rod for the boiling emotions of a nation in flux, racked by arguments over national identity, social justice, pride and guilt." - The Guardian (UK)

Tentative Agreement Reached Between IATSE And Hollywood

The membership hasn't ratified the contract, so a strike could still be called. The details go to the membership for a vote. - The Hollywood Reporter

Is There A Role For Art In A Post-Liberal World?

The liberal beliefs that underpin today’s international art world are only shared by a tiny minority of the global population. Yet the West’s art establishment continues to label as “bad” anything that does not conform to such orthodoxies. - The Art Newspaper

Tracking Arts Unemployment: Still Grim

As of August 2021, the national rate had fallen below 6% while the sector rate increased to over 10% once again. - SMU Data Arts

London Mayor Announces Plan For Huge New Cultural District

The former industrial district in Newham, East London, a big destination for new immigrants, will get film, music, and art studios as well as performance venues and community workspaces. The mayor says the project will create 35,000 jobs and 4,000 new homes over 20 years. - The Stage

Musicians Aim To Revitalize The Maori Language

In 1999, when musician Dame Hinewehi Mohi sang the national anthem in Maori at the men's Rugby World Cup, she got quite a backlash. Now, "awareness and celebration of Maori music is mirroring a shift in attitudes toward the language across New Zealand." - The New York Times

Visa Delays Are Crippling US Music World

The delays have hampered many industries, but they are particularly upending classical music, which relies on stars from all over the world to make a circuit of leading concert halls and opera houses. - The New York Times

How Opera Invented The Modern Fan

Theater impresarios quickly recognized them as their ideal audience: the true-blue fans who reliably subscribed to the whole opera season; bought programs, auto­graphed photos; and drummed up the anticipation and conversation that kept theaters in business. - LitHub

Twelve Predictions About The Future Of Music

Dead musicians will start by giving tours in concert halls, but as the cost of the technology goes down, they will begin performing everywhere. - Ted Gioia

Just What Are Esa-Pekka Salonen And His “Collaborative Partners” At The San Francisco Symphony Up To? They’re Not Sure Yet

Esperanza Spalding: "You may know who you're writing for, the instrumentation, the length. … But once you actually start populating the spaces with notes and phrases, it changes. You can't know what the shape of something you've never done before is going to be." - San Francisco Chronicle

And Who Are These San Francisco Symphony “Collaborative Partners”, Anyway?

Here's what to know about Nicholas Britell, Julia Bullock, Claire Chase, Bryce Dessner, Pekka Kuusisto, Nico Muhly, Carol Reiley, and Esperanza Spalding. - San Francisco Chronicle

The New Maria Callas Statue In Athens Is Attracting A Lot Of Attention

But not for its skill or beauty. One complaint: "Nothing could be less representative of Maria Callas, as no opera singer, not even a second-grade student at music school, would ever adopt such a pose with crossed arms in front of their chest." - The Observer (UK)

Was Mexico City’s Pyramid Light Show A Victory For Decolonization – Or For Revisionist History?

During a light show on a replica of the Great Temple of Tenochtitlan, "vendors walked among the crowds selling Aztec-style souvenir headdresses with colored lights, filling the Zócalo with flashes of revelry." - Los Angeles Times

Reinventing The Nude

Mickalene Thomas keeps a "loving, lusty, multifaceted gaze on the Black female form." - The New York Times

Chicago Art Institute Fires 150 Docents

Once you cut through the blather, the letter basically said the museum had looked critically at its corps of docents, a group dominated by mostly (but not entirely) white, retired women with some time to spare, and found them wanting as a demographic. - Chicago Tribune

Chicago Art Institute Board Chair Explains Why 150 Docents Were Fired

Robert M. Levy: "In order to succeed, the Art Institute and our peer group must let go of the museum tenet of “this is how we have always done it” and explore new ways to ignite enthusiasm in our visitors." - Chicago Tribune

This “Library” Lends Artworks To Hundreds Of Museums

Since 1984, the Broad Art Foundation (yes, as in Eli and Edythe) in Los Angeles has made more than 8,700 loans (well over 200 a year) to nearly 600 institutions. How does it work? Here's a look at the operation's logistics. - ARTnews

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GMCW seeks Director of Development

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Audience Development Manager

The goal of the Audience Development Manager, a new position at H+H, is to create and execute innovative strategies and tactics to increase attendance at H+H concerts by people of color, by students, and by groups.

Summer Music Festival, Camp, and School Seeks Development Manager

The Development Manager, with the Executive Director and Board’s Development Committee, helps lead the School’s annual fund and overall development effort.

Jacksonville Symphony Seeks Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

The VP/Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will provide leadership and strategic direction for the financial affairs of the organization.

Executive Director – Peoria Symphony Orchestra (Peoria, IL)

Based in Peoria, IL, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, with an Annual operating budget of approximately $1.2 million is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Executive Director.

Assistant Professor, Dance (African Diaspora – TT)

We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the dance program and university through their teaching, research, and service.

Jacksonville Symphony seeks Vice President & General Manager

The Vice President & General Manager (GM) is a member of the senior leadership team and has overall responsibility for the management of orchestra operati

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The Pacific Northwest’s Only Latinx Theatre Plans Its Comeback

Milagro Theatre's artistic director: "It brought home the value of what we do — that we are practitioners of live theater. ... How do you convey meaning to a stranger? How do you convey emotion to a stranger? That’s what we do in theater." - Oregon ArtsWatch

Royal Shakespeare Company Is UK’s First Performing Arts Institution Given Official Status As Research Organization

The designation, more typically given to universities, makes the RSC eligible for government research grants and will allow it to expand its work as a "teaching theatre." - The Stage

Former “Hamilton” Cast Member, Black And Nonbinary, Files Discrimination Complaint Against Producers

Suni Reid, who's done the show in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, alleges their contract wasn't renewed because they requested a gender-neutral dressing room. Producers say they supported Reid, financially and otherwise, and withdrew the contract only after learning they were being sued. - The New York Times

The Folger’s Karen Ann Daniels: Reconsidering Shakespeare’s Legacy

"Within the theatre industry itself, and in education, we’ve elevated him as sort of a pinnacle. We have an opportunity to understand why and when we’ve done that—when we’ve done that well, when we’ve done that wrong or we’ve used it to hurt other people." - American Theatre

Australian Theatre In Crisis

COVID-related funding losses have seen drama departments at seven universities either cut completely, or drastically pruned. The loss of these programs will have a devastating impact on future generations of artists and arts educators. - ArtsHub

“The Worst Idea In History” — ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ At 50

That phrase is how one potential investor rejected Andrew Lloyd Webber’s proposal to stage the rock opera he wrote with Tim Rice. (That's why it first appeared as a concept album.) Here's how Superstar got to Broadway— and what happened when it did. - The New York Times

Tango Is Back, Baby

During the pandemic, tango suffered more than most other dance forms. "There is no distance between bodies; partners lean into each other, faces and chests touching, an arm wrapped around the other’s back, communicating through fingertips and subtle shifts in weight." - The New York Times

K-Pop Isn’t Just Music, It’s Become A Dance Genre

"From the comical horseback-riding step in PSY's 'Gangnam Style' to the carefree peace-sign–wielding grooves in BTS's 'Permission to Dance,' K-pop choreography often goes viral. … Nearly every K-pop song has corresponding choreography that hits each accent in the track." - Dance Magazine

Boston Ballet Debuts Free Streaming Platform, Including Virtual Reality

ÜNI, as the site is called, wasn't created to stream the company's live performances: each work on the platform was choreographed especially for digital video, and a few of them includes VR versions that can be controlled by the viewer. - The Boston Globe

You’re A Budding Choreographer. How Do You Land Commissions, And What Do You Do When You Get One?

A couple of working contemporary choreographers offer ideas about how to get a foot in the door — and then what to consider in order to actually create in the piece in the two or three weeks you'll probably have. - Dance Magazine

She Has MS. She’s Continuing Her Career As A Ballet Dancer

Abby Phillips Maginity of Ballet Arizona was diagnosed while she was rehearsing for her first principal role — and just as the pandemic was getting serious. The first months stuck at home were hard, but, in treatment, with support from the company, she's back at work. - Pointe Magazine

Conducting Isn’t Easy, And Then You Add In The Dancers

Australia Ballet conductor-in-training Alexander Rodrigues says conducting an orchestra for ballet is a true challenge, thinking about the music's past, present, and future - "And you’re balancing the music with the dance, the tempos of that." - Sydney Morning Herald

Rebecca Solnit On The Legacy Of George Orwell’s Garden

"Nearly everyone who knew him is gone, but the roses are a sort of saeculum that includes Orwell. I was suddenly in his presence in a way I hadn’t expected, and I was in the presence of a living remnant of the essay." - The Guardian (UK)

The Professor Who Showed Us That Teaching Writing Is More Than Just Correcting Mistakes

Mike Rose at UCLA "heralded a paradigm shift in the way writing is taught in our educational system. … (He) asked teachers to understand students as whole people, with mixed feelings about academic writing, who are nonetheless trying to do a very difficult thing." - The New Yorker

What People Today Misunderstand About Old Sufi Love Poetry

"What, then, do Rumi and his followers on the Sufi 'path of love' really mean when they say 'love'? The answer turns out to be more radical than even the most far-fetched of modern misreadings of this erotic spiritual tradition." - Psyche

The Most Influential Science Fiction Books In History

Yes, the obvious candidates are here — Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 1984, Dune, Asimov, Bradbury, Octavia Butler — along with some you perhaps didn't know about because they weren't originally written in English and some you might not realize count as science fiction. - Book Riot

A Fascinating Group Attempt At Understanding Tolstoy

If the “Internet novel” or “Instagram novel” are ascendant genres in today’s literary marketplace, Tolstoy Together is an impressive nonfiction cousin. It sits merrily on the fence between a type of collective criticism and a commonplace book filled to bursting with clever ruminations and quotations. - The Smart Set

Big Data Research: Left And Right Literally Speak Different Languages

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University collected more than 86.6 million comments from more than 6.5 million users on 200,000 YouTube videos, then analyzed them using an AI technique normally employed to translate between two languages. - Wired

Remember A Few Months Ago When Kind Comedy Was All The Rage?

Well, things have changed: The Ted Lasso freakout has faded, while Squid Game's popularity has spurred producers to search for more "international drama." - Variety

Everything American Fans Are Probably Missing In Squid Game

Fans of K-drama probably know much of this already, but "peppered throughout the series are blink-and-you'll-miss-them references to historical events and political jargon." - NPR

What Will Happen When The College Culture Wars Come For Public Radio?

Nearly two-thirds of NPR stations are affiliated with colleges or universities, and "with higher education at the crossroads of the culture wars, public media is vulnerable to growing political interference over its operations." - Nieman Lab

The Golden Globes Will Not Be Televised On NBC

But they are happening, and they will be televised - on the CW Network. Will anyone in Hollywood care? - Los Angeles Times

The Benefit Of Watching Horror Movies

People can derive pleasure from recreational horror, whether in a haunted attraction or in front of the screen. For some, it is about maximum stimulation; those people are the adrenaline junkies. But for others, it is about keeping fear at a tolerable level. Aeon

Rotten Tomatoes And Measuring The Divide Between Critics And Audience

The new Disney Plus documentary on Dr Anthony Fauci, which explores the personal side of the controversial figure, has a certified 91 percent approval rating from critics and a mere 2 percent from audiences. - The Spectator

An Audio Producer On The Process Of Becoming Deaf

I know neither birdsong nor silence, and yet am acutely aware that countless people struggling with their own version of “life is unfair” would trade their lot for mine in a heartbeat. I know this intellectually, but a loss is still a loss, and mourning takes time. - Vince...

Gallerist Margo Leavin, Who Helped Make L.A. Into A Contemporary Art Capital, Dead At 85

For more than 40 years, she presented some of California's most important artists (e.g., John Baldessari, Alexis Smith) and major solo shows of the likes of Jasper Johns and Sol LeWitt. Her archive was considered consequential enough that the Getty Research Institute bought it. - Yahoo! (Los Angeles Times)

Raymond Gniewek, 89, Was Met Opera Orchestra’s Concertmaster For 43 Years

Mr. Gniewek (pronounced NYEH-vik), a violinist whose solos invariably drew acclaim, was just 25 in 1957 when he was named the orchestra’s concertmaster. He had two obstacles to overcome. - The New York Times

Dave Chappelle Has Become A Rorschach Test

"Is the story 'rich comedian attacks marginalized community' or 'Black comedian attacks elite consensus'? … Why are Caitlyn Jenner jokes (greater) grounds for cancellation than ones about white bitches getting tear-gassed? … He dares critics to take unequal offense, and prove his point about a hierarchy of suffering." -...

Jim O’Quinn, 75, Founding Editor Of American Theatre Magazine

The magazine’s mandate was to cover not only the nation’s nonprofit theatre scene but, as O’Quinn promised in his first editor’s note, to shine a light also on “Broadway, international theatre, and a wealth of related art forms.” - American Theatre

Paddy Moloney, Founder Of The Chieftains And Hero Of Irish Folk Revival, Dead At 83

For nearly 60 years, playing his tin whistle and uilleann pipes, he and his supergroup brought Irish traditional music to the world, making nearly 40 albums, winning six Grammys, and selling many millions of concert tickets and records. - The Washington Post