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How Joshua Vides Went From Graffiti Artist To Designing For Global Brands

His creations have turned the former scofflaw graffitist into an illustrator and visual artist sought after by a growing list of global brands, including Adidas, Converse, Warner Bros., Google, Red Bull, EBay, Fendi, Ballentine and Mercedes-Benz. - Los Angeles Times

Diane Weyermann, Producer Of RBG And An Inconvenient Truth, 66

Weyermann (the NYT obit is here) is remembered by Ai Weiwei: "Her passing a huge loss to like-minded people; like a bridge of hope and imagination washed away in the storm." - The Guardian (UK)

Halyna Hutchins, 42, A Cinematographer Who Was On The Edge Of A Breakthrough

Hutchins, killed by a prop gun, was finally on her way up. One director wrote, "She worked tirelessly for eleven years, and her career just started to take off this year. And it ends like this? ... Why does this industry take forever to notice a talent?" - Washington Post

Jerry Pinkney, Beloved And Prolific Illustrator, Has Died At 81

Pinkney, "a legend in the world of children's publishing," won the Caldecott Medal, numerous Coretta Scott King Awards, and the recognition of millions of children and adults for his covers and illustrations. - NPR

Peter Scolari, Who Found Fame With Tom Hanks On Bosom Buddies, Has Died At 66

Scolari also played Bob Newhart's producer on Newhart and Lena Dunham's character's father on Girls. - The New York Times

Canadian Theatre Icon Martha Henry, 83

Only 12 days before her death, Henry gave her last performance as the character “A” — an older, dying woman — in Stratford’s production of Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women.” - Toronto Star

Bernard Haitink, Revered Conductor, Dead At 92

Known especially for his Mahler and Bruckner, Haitink had long tenures at the helm of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, Royal Opera in London, and Glyndebourne Festival and spent periods as (unofficially but in effect) interim chief conductor at the Boston And Chicago Symphonies. - BBC

Picasso Lived His Entire Life In France Under Surveillance

"For more than 40 years, his Catalan connections, his communist leanings and his celebrity made him a suspect in the eyes of the French police and intelligence services. His request for naturalization was denied. He was the target of xenophobia and identity politics." - The New York Times

Disgraced During #MeToo, Garrison Keillor Tries For A Comeback

Five years after he retired from A Prairie Home Companion, four years after accusations led public radio and publishers to drop him, Keillor is self-publishing and doing speaking gigs before forgiving audiences. He has no regrets, but his account of things is, well, sanitized. - MSN (The Washington Post)

Tom Lehrer, Remembered By Someone Who Was At His First And Last Public Concerts

Jeremy Bernstein: "When I was a graduate student Tom and I sometimes had lunch at the (Harvard) Graduate Center. On one occasion a student waiter dropped a tray with a horrible crash. 'They're playing our song,' Tom said." - London Review of Books

Meet America’s Oldest Working Actor

In Chicago, Mike Nussbaum, 97, is "a part of theatrical history. And the people who run the theaters all know me. They know that people will come to see me if I'm in one of their plays. So they cast me a lot." - MSN (The Washington Post Magazine)

Coloratura Soprano Legend Edita Gruberová Dead At 74

She set new standards, both vocally and dramatically (especially as a comedienne), in some of the most technically difficult roles in the repertory: Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Olympia in The Tales of Hoffmann, the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute. - Opera News

Is Hunter Biden’s Art Career A Problem?

Experts have raised alarms that individuals might buy the artworks – expected to fetch between $75,000 and $500,000 – to try to curry favor and gain influence with Joe Biden. They also accuse Hunter of trading on his father’s name and position. - The Guardian

Alan Hawkshaw, Composer Who Was Surprisingly Popular With Hip Hop Artists, 84

Hawkshaw, who composed the theme music for several popular British TV shows, was also a pianist and Hammond organist who "ended up working at more than 7,000 recording sessions." - The Guardian (UK)

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 Werner

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