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These Protesters Faced Down The Colombian Cops By Voguing

As a crowd marched in Bogotá against poverty and police violence, three twenty-something queer folks whose dance video had gone viral a couple of weeks earlier were urged by their fellow demonstrators to go right up to the riot police on the stairs at Plaza Bolívar and work it. And they did. - The New York Times

Arts Groups To UK: Thanks For Offering Us Relief Funding — Now Could You Please Actually Send It?

"Hundreds of arts organisations that received grants in the Culture Recovery Fund's second round are still waiting for money to be paid out, causing damaging cashflow problems and delaying projects, … despite the second round of CRF being specifically designed to support companies during April to June." - The Stage

Los Angeles Is The United States’ Largest City-State

Or else it's something else. But it's no mere city. "Los Angeles fits the city-state frame well, certainly better than it does a lot of other possibilities—if we update the model a bit. In 2010, Forbes suggested that if the criteria for a place to be considered a city-state were modernized for the 21st century, certain global capitals might qualify thanks to a few key features: a big port to sustain trade; investors from overseas; money laundering; international museums worth visiting; multiple languages spoken in good restaurants serving alcohol; and an ambition to host the World Cup." Check, check, check, check, check, and check. - The Atlantic

The Two Women Who Preserved The Stories Of The Tulsa Race Massacre

The first, Mary E. Jones Parrish, was a relative newcomer to Tulsa when the events of May 31, 1921, went down. She was an educator, but "the massacre compelled her to become a journalist and author, writing down her own experiences and collecting the accounts of many others. Her book Events of the Tulsa Disaster, published in 1923, was the first and most visceral long-form account of how Greenwood residents experienced the massacre." - The New Yorker

Some Indoor Theatres Have Migrated Outside For Their First Reopening Season

The earliest decision-makers were not at all sure this was the direction to go. Ask then-newly installed interim director Shirley Serotsky at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca - proposing something "completely new, hugely ambitious, and hardly cost-neutral" to the board was a challenge. "It took some convincing ... But I did believe that it was the only way we were going to produce in-person theatre and have our community—our artists and also the audiences—feel comfortable and safe. And even then, who knew? It was still a gamble." - American Theatre

Opera Singer Adrian Angelico Says The Art Form Helped Him Come Out As Trans

Angelico specializes in trousers (or pants, in the US) roles. He says that one day, he finished a rehearsal at covent Garden and realized that he couldn't play the role of a woman offstage anymore. "The art of opera has always had an appreciation of gender fluidity – and it allowed Adrian to perform as a man onstage before he realised that this was how he wanted to live offstage too." - BBC

Ai Weiwei’s Thoughts On China, Colonialism, And Controversial Statues

On culture wars as a symbol of democracy: "It’s not only democracy, it’s about art as symbols of our existence. You know, whenever we talk about democracy, we’re never talking about a perfect state, but rather continuous questioning and argument. are about us, about those questions, not about any authority." - The Observer (UK)

One Potential Fix For That Cecil Rhodes Statue At Oxford

Turn him to face the wall in shame. That way, those who demand the statue stay get their demand met, but the implication is obvious. - The Guardian (UK)

Swiss Ballet School Fires Director And Manager, Suspends All Classes

An investigation reveals psychological abuse, abuse of power, nepotism, and "serious pedagogical dysfunctions" at the Rudra Béjart School, "leading the Board to terminate the contract of the director, Michel Gascard and his wife Valérie Lacaze, manager of the school." (Article in French; translation available using Google Translate.) - FranceInfo

Hollywood Producers Want A Union, Too

Can a producers' union ever work in the biz? They need it. "More than 100 feature film producers ... recently ratified the constitution for a new union they hope will provide the kind of basic healthcare, pay and protections afforded by most other unionized Hollywood workers." - Los Angeles Times

Could Museums Become Like Libraries?

That is, welcoming to all, free, and more a central part of public life? There's a little problem with this idea, which former Queens Museum president and executive director Laura Raicovich pitches in a new book about politics and museums. "Museums lack 'public spirit' because museums are capitalist institutions," unlike public libraries. - The Nation

Why A Photographer Asked Her Subjects To Pose In Victorian Dress

Zimbabwe-based photographer Tamary Kudita has her contemporary subjects pose in Victorian outfits - often made with contemporary fabric, by designers - to show links between present and past, to combine the two strands of her family's history, and to immense visual effect. She says, "There are collective identities and there are also individual and incredibly diverse stories. All these together shape our self-perception." - NPR

How Eataly Has Changed Our Understanding Of Italian Food

Eataly is not actually Italy, despite the advertising tagline. "Eataly celebrates agricultural life, but its urban stores feel miles away from a rural idyll. It champions hyper-local produce, while being wedded, not least through its name, to the idea of a national cuisine. Eataly presents itself as the whole nation in microcosm; the best of Italian cuisine, all conveniently collected under one roof – yet even if such a thing as the ‘essence’ of a nation or its cuisine existed, it would be impossible to encapsulate it in miniature." - Vittles

New Research Says That Sleep Evolved Before Brains

This is an entirely new concept for many researchers. "For more than a century, researchers who study sleep have looked for its purpose and structure in the brain. They have explored sleep’s connections to memory and learning. They have numbered the neural circuits that push us down into oblivious slumber and pull us back out of it. They have recorded the telltale changes in brain waves that mark our passage through different stages of sleep and tried to understand what drives them. Mountains of research and people’s daily experience attest to human sleep’s connection to the brain. But a counterpoint to this brain-centric view of sleep has emerged." - Wired

Can The Movies Recover From The Pandemic?

Well, A Quiet Place II's boffo box office seems to indicate that people are sick of their living rooms and, one hopes, fully vaccinated and ready to go to the movies. - Variety

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