Thursday, September 23, 2021

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Poetry: The New Digital Divide

Online discussion has created a new landscape for the consumption and production of poetry. To outsiders, there is either a swarm of names or a narrow row of critically-touted volumes; to insiders, as in any subculture, the little differences are everything. - The Drift

Big Changes In Theatre During The Pandemic, Right? Well…

In many interviews I’ve included a simple question: Apart from a pandemic-necessitated lockdown and now a tentative reopening, have you actually seen change in the industry over the past year? Too often the answer has been a simple “no.” - American Theatre

Twitter As A Critical Medium?

I learned a lot about myself as a critic while live-tweeting, and a lot about criticism: about how and when opinions are formed, and about the effort we critics often put into shaping our initial reaction into more polished and professional forms. - American Theatre

Turnaround: Benin Artists Offer Contemporary Bronzes To British Museum

The Ahiamwen Guild of artists and bronze casters says it wants to change the terms of the debate by giving the British Museum contemporary artworks, untainted by any history of looting, that showcase Benin City’s modern-day culture. - Reuters

New Metropolitan Opera Radio Host Named

Only the fifth person to serve in this capacity, Debra Lew Harder follows in the footsteps of former legendary voices of the Met, Milton Cross (1931-1975), Peter Allen (1975-2004), Margaret Juntwait (2004-2015), and, most recently, Mary Jo Heath (2016-2021). - Broadway World

Jaap & Klaus to Flee to Their European Homelands, Terminating Tenuous Tenures at NY Phil & LA MOCA

Perhaps “good riddance” would be an appropriate bicoastal response to the slaps in the face that culture-lovers in New

Cityscape East River NYC (9-20-2021)

A pair of NYPD patrol boats were stationed in the East River at the approach to the 59th Street

Employee Engagement as a Strategy for Community Engagement

Guest Postby Kathleen Riemenschneider For more than two decades I have managed and developed education and community engagement programs, but while earning my doctorate in...

BURIED TREASURE: Arthur Farwell’s “Hako” — Will String Quartets Have the Courage to Perform It?

In the world of classical music, it sometimes happens that a major work lies dormant, undiscovered and unperformed,

T. Oliver Reid shares about the Black Theatre Coalition

T. Oliver Reid, Co-Founder & Artistic Director of the Black Theatre Coalition and faculty at NYU-Tisch’s Grad Acting Program and Columbia University School of the Arts’ Grad Acting program, shares the important work of the Black Theatre Coalition.

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Honest Brokers And The Clement Greenberg Problem

Greenberg had made it clear that the single most lucrative move for a modern-day critic was to announce the newest new thing, the coming revolution that would sweep everything else aside. And he had proven so influential that... - Ted Gioia

Has Philosophy Really Been Replaced By Science?

A perennial favorite of this alleged replacement of philosophy with science is the claim that, while philosophers haven’t been able to really get ahead on the issue, science tells us unequivocally that there is no free will. - 3 Quarks Daily

The Next Era: The “Exponential Age”

The Exponential Age is challenging our assumptions about globalization. A car can be designed in Guiyang and assembled in California with remarkable ease. But it also represents an inversion of globalization—a return to the local. Strategy + Business

Clearing Up Simplicity: The Fallacies Of Occam’s Razor

Cited widely in science, but often misunderstood, for some it’s invaluable, hinting at profound truths about the nature of knowledge. For others it’s worse than useless. - Prospect

Thomas Mann And The Case For Keeping Politics Out Of Art

Thomas Mann was not wrong to worry over democracy’s tendency to enlist art for its own ends, and he was not wrong to call for artists themselves to resist it. - The New York Times

Do You Spend A Fair Amount Of Time On Facebook?

Then you're more likely to fall prey to manipulative tactics. To put it plainly, crowds aren't always wise. - NiemanLab

Was An Exploding Space Rock The Inspiration For The Story Of Sodom And Gomorrah?

Archaeologists report that the destruction, circa 1650 BC, of the city of Tall el-Hammam was caused by a large meteor disintegrating in the atmosphere — a blast, 1,000 times larger than Hiroshima, that would have fit the Biblical description of fire raining on the evil cities. - Smithsonian Magazine

For the Second Time In Two Years, America’s Chinatowns Are In Danger

"(The delta variant surge has) worsened a host of additional issues, like technology and language barriers and pandemic-stoked xenophobia. Community organizations fear that the diminished patronage and insufficient government support will force many longstanding businesses to close, which could accelerate gentrification." - Slate

What Will Happen To Online Performances When We’re Back In Theatres?

‘We’ve had thousands of years to get good at but virtual connection is new, and we need to do some interrogation of the form to see how we get that same catharsis, buzz and deep connection that draws us to theatre.’ - ArtsHub

The Rivals: As The Delta Variant Rages, Sydney Reopens Its Theatres While Melbourne Stays Closed

The difference is not in case numbers; it's in state government policies. New South Wales (Sydney), governed by the conservative Coalition, has relatively laissez-faire rules (and higher COVID caseloads), while Victoria (Melbourne), governed by Labor, has been unusually strict with lockdowns, masking rules, etc. - The Guardian

It’s A Weird Time To Be A Critic

The instinct to abuse critics is justified by the idea that it is “punching up” at elitist gatekeepers. But unlike Siskel and Ebert, modern critics are neither famous nor wealthy nor powerful. - Unherd

Free Artistic Expression In India Is Being Gradually Strangled

Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party, "censorship (is) no longer about nudity, gore, or promiscuity. It (has) firmly set its sights on whether (a) narrative matched the right-wing Hindu nationalists' narrative." - Slate

New Metropolitan Opera Radio Host Named

Only the fifth person to serve in this capacity, Debra Lew Harder follows in the footsteps of former legendary voices of the Met, Milton Cross (1931-1975), Peter Allen (1975-2004), Margaret Juntwait (2004-2015), and, most recently, Mary Jo Heath (2016-2021). - Broadway World

How An Opera By A Black Composer Finally Made It To The Met

The company's certainly had opportunities before: William Grant Still submitted scores in 1919 and 1935; both were casually dismissed. So Terence Blanchard was astounded to get a call from Peter Gelb asking to stage Fire Shut Up in My Bones after its 2019 premiere. - The New York Times

Thirty Years Ago Nirvana Changed Seattle Music Forever

The album represents a moment in time when everything about Seattle culture changed. The very words “Seattle music” meant something different afterward, both in the Northwest and in the world. - Seattle Times

Why Do We Refer To Some Composers With Only Their Last Name?

Who gets last-name-only treatment and who requires a full identification is a weightier, more politically fraught question than it might initially seem. - San Francisco Chronicle

Yes, Music Really Can Be Infectious — Statisticians Apply Epidemiology To Pop Songs

"The pattern of music downloads after their release appears to closely resemble epidemic curves for infectious disease – and electronica appears to be the most infectious genre of all." - The Guardian

Enormous Stage Rock Nearly Crushes Tenor; Court Rules It Was Sabotage

It's the end of Tristan und Isolde at the Capitole de Toulouse. Isolde is singing the Liebestod and Tristan is playing dead upstage when he senses something very large very close: a 467-pound stage boulder that was supposed to stop 30 inches away … - The New York Times

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Call for applications: MFA in Contemporary Theatre and Performance at The New School

The Contemporary Theatre and Performance MFA at the School of Drama at The New School in NYC reimagines traditional...

ASSISTANT ARTS PROFESSOR, DANCE NON-WESTERN FORMS

NYU Tisch Department of Dance seeks an experienced dance educator and dance practitioner of contemporary form(s). Candidates should possess...

Warehouse & Rentals Manager

NETworks Presentations is seeking a full-time Warehouse and Rentals Manager to oversee and manage the operations of the NETworks Rentals company and warehouse.

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Dance, Assistant Arts Professor, African Diaspora Forms/Streetdance

This position is one of several new hires in Tisch School of the Arts focused on representation in the...

Butler University Arts Administration Full-time Faculty Position

Butler University’s Jordan College of the Arts (JCA) invites applications for a full-time, 9-month faculty position in the Department of Arts Administration beginning August 2022.

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The General Manager will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Development, Educational Programs, Finance, and Marketing.

Producing Artistic Director – Classic Stage Company

The Producing Artistic Director will possess a flair for thoughtful artistic curation combined with entrepreneurial zeal and a talent to execute plans that celebrate artistic significance, inclusion, and accessibility.

Associate Director of Development Open Position

Alonzo King LINES Ballet is a celebrated contemporary ballet company that has been guided since 1982 by its uniquely global artistic vision.

Director of Marketing, Communications, and Visitor Experience

The Director of Marketing, Communications, and Visitor Experience is responsible for the strategic development and oversight of all communications and marketing activities for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

Executive Director (Full-time, Virtual Office) for National Non-profit Handbell Musicians of America

The Executive Director of HMA will report to the board of directors and is directly charged to implement organizational goals under the Carver Policy Governance model.

Artistic Director – Geva Theatre Center

The Artistic Director will delight in leading and building dynamic teams of artists and have a deep commitment to creating an inclusive and supportive culture where a diversity of ideas and perspectives thrives.

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.

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.

Charlotte Ballet – Artistic Director

The Artistic Director will provide inspirational leadership and set the organization’s artistic vision with a focus on collaboration and community engagement.

Senior Manager, Concert Operations and Booking

The Senior Manager, Concert Operations and Booking is tasked with supporting the Artistic Department to produce world-class performances and to find additional opportunities for the Handel and Haydn Society

Music: Assistant Professor, Composer w/specialty in African/African-American/Global-African Traditions

The Music Department seeks a composer with a record of accomplishment, experience and expertise in a wide range of African, African-American, and/or Global-African traditions, approaches, modes of expression and relevant practices.

Executive Director – Louisville Ballet

Louisville Ballet is one of the oldest continuously operating ballet companies in the country and serves as the official...

Art21 – Senior Director of Communications and Partnerships

The Senior Director of Communications and Partnerships is a new role at Art21 aimed at expanding the reach of its visual arts programming and educational content as a component of its recent strategic plan.

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Turnaround: Benin Artists Offer Contemporary Bronzes To British Museum

The Ahiamwen Guild of artists and bronze casters says it wants to change the terms of the debate by giving the British Museum contemporary artworks, untainted by any history of looting, that showcase Benin City’s modern-day culture. - Reuters

What’s Behind The Proliferation Of All Those Immersive Van Gogh Rooms?

At least five companies — including, controversially, one major museum — have stepped up with immersive exhibits based on the life and work of the famous Dutch painter. Nearly 40 different Van Gogh rooms have opened (or will soon) across the U.S. so far. - Bloomberg

How Jasper Johns Changed Modern Art — And My Life: Jerry Saltz

"Looking at Johns's work, I sometimes almost no longer feel like a person. I wonder if I have died in the instants between synapses of looking, knowing, then not knowing again. I step outside myself and become more than one person seeing in different ways." - New York Magazine

The Met Museum Is Selling Art To Raise Money. Should It?

As sloppy as AAMD’s new rule is, being born of a rattled, anxious moment, it’s clear who it’s intended to help, and it’s not the museums that house big modern and contemporary collections with hot brand names. - National Review

Dutch Police Arrest Suspect In Thefts Of Van Gogh And Frans Hals Paintings

DNA evidence at the crime scenes, museums in suburban Amsterdam (van Gogh's The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring) and Leerdam (Hals's Two Laughing Boys with a Mug of Beer) led investigators to a previously convicted thief. The artworks have not been recovered. - The New York Times

Kerry James Marshall To Design Stained Glass Windows For Washington National Cathedral

The new work, which will replace windows depicting Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson which were removed in 2017, will be Marshall's first in stained glass. The windows, accompanied by a poem by Elizabeth Alexander etched on stone tablets, will be installed in 2023. - The Washington Post

Big Changes In Theatre During The Pandemic, Right? Well…

In many interviews I’ve included a simple question: Apart from a pandemic-necessitated lockdown and now a tentative reopening, have you actually seen change in the industry over the past year? Too often the answer has been a simple “no.” - American Theatre

Twitter As A Critical Medium?

I learned a lot about myself as a critic while live-tweeting, and a lot about criticism: about how and when opinions are formed, and about the effort we critics often put into shaping our initial reaction into more polished and professional forms. - American Theatre

Elia Kazan’s Annotated Script For The First Stage Production Of “A Streetcar Named Desire”

The script, along with 100 pages of unusually detailed notes for the actors, comes from the pre-Broadway New Haven tryout in the fall of 1947. - Gothamist

When Did America’s First Black Theater Open? Exactly 200 Years Ago

"For the price of 25 cents — or, for a nicer seat, a hefty 50 cents — the African Theater" (which opened on Sept. 17, 1821 with Richard III) "entertained hundreds of Black New Yorkers with both classic and original work, alongside operas and ballets." - The New York...

Five Small Theaters Sue City Of New York Over Vaccine Requirements

The issue: the venues must require audiences to wear masks and be vaccinated, but similar buildings, or even the same one, are exempt from those rules when used for church services. The mandate "applies differently to venues depending on who is speaking and what they are saying." - Gothamist

Is Flying To London To See Ian McKellen’s Hamlet Worth The Risk?

A very 2021 question - and the risk doesn't run one way. - The New York Times

Choreographer Jan Fabre Will Stand Trial For Sexual Harassment And Assault

The case, to be tried next spring in Antwerp, "stems from complaints by 20 dancers from his company who in 2018 alleged … a toxic work environment where sexual acts became an exchange for performance time and where 'humiliation was our daily bread'." - Yahoo! (AFP)

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet May Be Gone, But Its Successor Is Now Taking The Stage

The former company shut down in March after 25 years, but five of its dancers, with one colleague and choreographer Ben Needham-Wood, have formed Dance Aspen, just now giving its first performance. Here the executive director and a company member discuss what they've learned so far. - Pointe Magazine

The Royal Ballet’s Most Unlikely Star Says Farewell To The Stage

Edward Watson was a very promising student, but the gangly ginger never fit the handsome-Prince mold. As he retires after 27 years with the company, 16 of them as principal, his astounding flexibility and dramatic intensity have created a new model for male ballet stars. - Dance Magazine

The Escape Of Afghanistan’s Only Woman Whirling Dancer

Fahima Mirzaei was about to kick off a tour of Afghanistan when the Taliban took over - and she had to run. This is the story of her escape. - BBC

The Jewish Refugees Who Helped Bring Chinese Ballet To Shanghai

May 21, 1933: "Shanghai had never seen an evening like this before, with Chinese and Western performers all working together." - Los Angeles Review Of Books

‘Learned Behaviour’ At The Royal Ballet: How A Case Like Liam Scarlett’s Could Happen

Luke Jennings: "His behaviour (was) egregious and exploitative, but his is not an isolated case. It is symptomatic of a culture I have seen up close over many years that shaped and enabled him, that allowed for his own exploitation as a young man." - London Review of Books

Poetry: The New Digital Divide

Online discussion has created a new landscape for the consumption and production of poetry. To outsiders, there is either a swarm of names or a narrow row of critically-touted volumes; to insiders, as in any subculture, the little differences are everything. - The Drift

Pennsylvania School Board Reverses Ban On Black Authors’ Books, Children’s Bios Of MLK And Rosa Parks

The vote by the Central York district board came after weeks of protests by students and unflattering reports in national media. The list of banned titles also included books by Jacqueline Woodson and Ibram X. Kendi, Malala Yousufzai's autobiography, and a documentary about James Baldwin. - The Guardian

Is The Future Of Newspapers 24/7 Online, With Actual Newsprint Only On Sundays?

That's already the case in Little Rock and Chattanooga, while the Tampa Bay Times prints only Wednesdays and Sundays. Many other papers throughout the US have cut some hard-copy days, especially Saturdays. Yet they all post news online all week long. - Local News Initiative (Northwestern University)

France’s Top Book Prize Has A New Conflict-Of-Interest Scandal

One of the finalists for this year's Prix Goncourt, The Children of Cadillac, was written by François Noudelmann, the romantic partner of one of the 10 jurors, Camille Laurens. What's more, Laurens recently savaged a competing book on the shortlist in a review for Le Monde. - The Guardian

Pennsylvania School District Bans Children’s Books On MLK And Rosa Parks

In a clip from a meeting aired by CNN, which reported on student protests of the ban, members referred to the list of reading and educational material as “divisive” and “bad ideas.” - Miami Herald

Someone Thought Putting The Bible, The US Constitution, And Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless The USA” In One Book Was A Good Idea

"Big-name Christian authors penned a letter blasting it as 'dangerous,' and more than 900 people signed a petition decrying the decision to print it. The advertised publisher, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, disavowed the book and denied it ever planned to print it in the first place." - Slate

Somalia Gets Its First Public Movie Showing In 30 Years

"The event was held at the National Theatre of Somalia, whose history reflects the tumultuous journey of the African nation. It has been targeted by suicide bombers and used as a base by warlords – and until Wednesday it had never screened a Somali film." - The Guardian (AFP)

BBC Chief Says Culture Wars Make It More Difficult To Be Impartial

"I think the culture wars are raging, I think we've got a real battle on our hands. I walk a tightrope every day on this, but we've got to fight for it." - BBC

Inside The New Academy Movie Museum

While the May Co. building will be celebrated as a fine work of adaptive reuse, what will ultimately define the Academy Museum is its spherical theater, which attaches to the north face of the building via series of bridges, one of which is lined with red carpet. - Los...

New Movie Academy Museum Succeeds At Celebrating Movies The Oscars Don’t

Perhaps the most notable alcoves of the Academy Museum are those where it resists the obvious, or at least takes a break from celebrating the already amply celebrated. - Los Angeles Times

Disney CEO: World Is Changing For Talent Contracts

The problem, Bob Chapek said, is that the company has found itself grappling with talent contracts that were struck three or four years ago — long before the race to streaming and before the COVID-19 pandemic upended Hollywood. - Los Angeles Times

Vantablack, The World’s Blackest Black? Hollywood’s Going To Be All Over It (And Vice Versa)

Yes, Anish Kapoor purchased exclusive rights to the color for visual art, but the entertainment world sees numerous uses for it and has been itching to put it to work. But Vantablack's complicated application technique has been a hindrance —until a recent, surprisingly simple innovation. - Fast Company

French Pianist Colette Maze, 107, Releases Her Sixth Album

It's that humor, a sense of optimism and her beloved piano that have buttressed and comforted this centenarian through an often difficult life. Maze has just released her sixth album at the age of 107. - NPR

Melvin Van Peebles, Dead At 89, Was So Much More Than The Maker Of “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song”

Over 60 years, he was a master of self-reinvention: Air Force navigator; cable-car operator in San Francisco; indie filmmaker; author (in English and French); playwright, composer, and TV writer (nine Tony nominations and an Emmy); the only Black floor trader at the American Stock Exchange. - The Washington Post

Saadi Yacef, The Man Who Started “The Battle Of Algiers”, Dead At 93

He didn't start the battle itself, but he was the top military man in Algeria's war of independence. When that was won, the new government wanted a movie about it. So Yacef found director Gillo Pontecorvo and co-produced and starred in the 1966 film. - The New York Times

Pathbreaking TV Writer Irma Kalish Dead At 96

Most female scriptwriters in the 1950s and '60s had to churn out proto-Hallmark-Channel movies, but Kalish thrived in comedy. Her biggest mark was in Norman Lear's sitcoms All in the Family and its spinoff Maude; she co-produced the Maude spinoff Good Times. - The New York Times

The Unlikely Rise Of The UK’s New Culture Minister

Many in entertainment have been scathing of a politician who once claimed "left-wing snowflakes" were "killing comedy, tearing down historic statues, removing books from universities, dumbing down panto, removing Christ from Christmas and suppressing free speech". - BBC

Bennie Pete, Whose Brass Band Kept New Orleans Dancing After Katrina, Has Died At 45

Pete, born in the Upper Ninth Ward, "started playing the tuba at 10 and joined a marching band in middle school. At 18, he helped bring together two brass bands, the Looney Tunes and the High Steppers, into the Hot 8." - The New York Times