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Misty Copeland Wants To Honor Those Who Came Before Her

"Copeland says she believes it’s her responsibility to tell the untold stories of trailblazing Black ballerinas who came before her. ... She wants aspiring...

The Tories Freeze BBC’s License Fee For Two Years

Sounds great during a pandemic, right? But the BBC is commercial-free, and the license fee is its income, so when the fee doesn't keep...

Emile Zola, Real Bad Art Friend

Bad Art Friends are far from new. "Case in point: the rift between Émile Zola, novelist/playwright/founder of the naturalism movement, and painter Paul Cézanne....

Sundance Is All Online Again, And That’s Great

Cheers aren't what one might expect for yet another canceled in-person event - and yet, 80 films will be on offer, with art houses...

Where Theatre’s Pause Is Particularly Agonizing

"The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory prides itself (in non-pandemic times) on mounting plays where its actors speak in original pronunciation," and a cabinet-maker who recreated...

Music Catalogs Are Fetching Massive Prices For The Creators

But are those dollar values in any way justified? One trade publication said more than $5 billion "changed hands through music rights acquisitions last...

Lynn Nottage Is About To Have Three Shows Up At One Time

Playwright Nottage: "I will tell you, in all honesty, I haven't been getting a lot of sleep," but that's OK. "The dream is to...

What’s Wrong With Book Reviews?

And n+1 magazine doesn't mean the ones you do in school. No, it's professional book reviews that are in trouble, according to that magazine....

Eddie Basinski Was A Rare Baseball-Violin Double Threat

"Basinski, who had taken classical violin lessons since childhood, played with the University of Buffalo’s symphony orchestra before embarking on his major league career...

A Very American Idea: Writing A Children’s Book In Your Language For Your Kid

"There are very few children’s books, or books in general, published in Karen in the United States, and much of what exists originated in...

Why Isn’t Spotify Doing More To End COVID Misinformation Spread?

Especially with one of its more famous podcasters, Joe Rogan. Now "a coalition of hundreds of doctors and public health experts have called out...

Curtains Go Up, Audiences Flee Omicron, And Broadway Sees Curtains Fall Again

Too familiar, and too grim. On the upside: "Until the pandemic, the industry had been enjoying a sustained boom, fueled by a rebound in...

Ways Of Seeing Is Turning 50

The shockwave of the series, and later the book, "Ways of Seeing reframed the conversation about how art is interpreted, focusing on the nature...

The Musician Who Painstakingly Assembled A Mobile Drum Set, Only To Have It All...

Percussionist Sheriff Drumman "hand-crafted the metal that made the setup possible, cutting, shaping and bending each slab before adding the eye-catching details and the...

Familiar Faces At The Oscars May Crowd Out Potential Newcomers

"The directors’ branch has been known to be an exclusive club that has snubbed" newcomers like Ava DuVernay and Shaka King. "Crowding the race...

Why Superheroes Are So Often Orphans

Basically, it's easier for the writers and creators of tales: "It is a tried and tested, tragic narrative formula that efficiently releases them into...

Quitting Social Media Means More Time To Think

To think - and to daydream. "These moments of quiet and emptiness throughout the day are nothing I really considered before. ... But leaving...

For Theatres Getting Back On Their Feet, The Cost Of Omicron Mounts

Take the Olney Theatre Center, for instance: "On December 22, we were almost $100,000 above our goal for Beauty and the Beast. ... On December...

The BBC Needs To Let Go Of This Statue

Why is the BBC protecting Eric Gill's Prospero and Ariel? "Gill’s work ornaments a key national building. What, in his case, justifies continued public...

How Disney Defines America Now

Just take a look at Moana and Encanto, and "the message seems fairly clear: America is broken (but don’t worry, all is not lost)."...

Perhaps We Never Will Learn Much From Studying The Past

Or at least, we'll learn that we repeat our mistakes. Take the pandemic, for instance. We need to study the now, one historian says...

Playwright And Essayist Paul Carter Harrison Shaped Black Theatre In The U.S.

Harrison, in his writings, "provided a theoretical structure for the Black performing arts, linking works by writers like August Wilson to a deeply rooted structure of...

Ronnie Spector’s Spirit, And Sound, Echo Through Generations Of Music

Her fire and energy could not be contained. "Spector kept working and collaborating throughout her life ... but you get the feeling that, even...

Being The Comedian On A Cruise Ship During COVID

Especially when you test positive before you can even perform - one time. - Los Angeles Times

The Value, And Persistence, Of Complaint

Sara Ahmed: "The work of revolution comes from what you learn by trying to build more just worlds alongside other people. ... It is...