Wednesday, October 20, 2021

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Tag: 05.11.21

It’s A Golden Age For Chinese Archaeology. Why Isn’t The West Paying Attention?

Chinese archaeology has a very different history from Egyptian archaeology. It has largely been done by local, Chinese archaeologists, for one thing; it was...

Jazz Trombone Great Curtis Fuller Dead At 88

"Mr. Fuller was among the dozens of musicians to emerge from the fertile mid-century jazz scene of Detroit, where he learned to play intricate,...

Nicholas Kenyon’s New History Of Western Music

The book’s subtitle, New Adventures in the Western Classical Tradition, makes its soft boundaries clear. As managing director of London’s Barbican Centre, and former...

Companies Are Struggling To Become Data-Driven. The Toughest Part? Culture

The goal is to "invite people who have not been thinking about this topic to really think about it in their day-to-day work. It...

A New York Times Critic Sees His First Play Since COVID — In The...

Jose Solís: "Theater in my hometown? 'A lot has changed since you've been gone,' said Inma López, a producer and ensemble member at Casa...

A Bitter New Orleans Graffiti War Over… Dan Marino?

To outsiders, street painters of all sorts might seem to be natural allies. But that’s not always the case. Rivalries and territorialism are always...

A Multi-Million-Dollar Trade In Fake Native American Art

We’re talking about everything from Navajo turquoise and silver to Zuni inlay. It’s a huge tourist draw and one of New Mexico’s most important...

In Egypt, 250 Ancient Tombs Discovered, Some More Than 4,000 Years Old

The burial places, all cut into rock, were found by accident in one part of a larger necropolis in Upper Egypt. Some date back...

Dutch Museum Directors Protest Testing Museum-Goers

In an open letter published yesterday in the Dutch newspaper NRC, 100 notable cultural figures, including Stedelijk director Rein Wolfs, artist Renzo Martens, Rijksmuseum director...

The Sweet Old Professor Who Saved Iceland’s Ancient Literary Heritage From Danish Fire

Árni Magnússon, who undertook Iceland's first-ever census and land survey, was a near-obsessive manuscript collector; he gathered many thousands of medieval documents, sagas, and...

Helmut Jahn Just Died In A Bike Accident — Might His Iconic Chicago Building...

The Thompson Center is Chicago's premier example of Jahn's work, and the project that made him famous. Intended to take government from distant to...

Norman Lloyd, Whose Career Spanned Most Of Hollywood’s History, Dead At 106

He started his working life onstage with Eva Le Gallienne and Orson Welles; acted in films by Welles, Chaplin, Renoir, and Hitchcock (he was...

With New Hosts, NPR’s ‘Invisibilia’ Podcast Is Reorienting Itself

"'Something we've thought about for a long time is how the show has historically had a strong emphasis on the individual and the internal...

Most Plays Are Just Better Without Intermissions

Charles McNulty: "I prefer to experience plays the way I experience films at the movie theater — uninterrupted. At night when I awake momentarily...

Race Is On To Save Boston Mansion Designed, Inside And Out, By Louis Comfort...

"The mansion was recently listed for sale — along with an adjoining building — with an asking price of $22.5 million. That has caused...

One Down, Two To Go: Met Opera Reaches Labor Agreement With Chorus

"The union, the American Guild of Musical Artists — which also represents soloists, dancers, actors and stage managers — is the first of the...

Turner Prize Finalist Group Calls Out Turner Prize: ‘Extractive And Exploitative’

From the statement released by Black Obsidian Sound System (B.O.S.S.), one of five art-and-social-justice collectives nominated for this year's prize: "The urgency with which...

Status Report: When And How Various Countries Are Restarting Their Arts Scenes

Here's where plans currently stand in Australia, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Spain, as well as the U.S. -...

Balanchine’s Biggest Fan – Nancy Lassalle, 93

“She was the ultimate board member,” said Albert Bellas, chairman emeritus of the S.A.B. “She was financially supportive, knowledgeable and committed.” She was also...

Fear My Book? Ban My Book?

"Those who seek to ban my book and others like it are trying to exploit fear — fear about the realities that books like...

Scotland Says Theatres Can Reopen. Theatres Say “No”

In a survey conducted by the Federation of Scottish Theatre (FST), 96% of members responded that it is not economically viable for them to...

Maybe Hollywood Could Just Give Up On The Golden Globes Entirely

Kyle Buchanan: "That's the thing about awards: These trophies are only as important as the recipients believe them to be, and now that the...

The WPA is history

New York City has announced a new program, City Artist Corps, inspired by FDR's Works Progress Administration. There are two major problems with launching...

A Soldier’s Tale for Today — Premiered

As I put it in a program note: “It’s a COVID-period entertainment: compact, flexible, rejecting Romantic symphonic upholstery in favor of a dry, caustic...

Setting Of James Joyce’s ‘The Dead’ Is Being Turned Into A Hostel, Sending Literary...

The unassuming 18th-century townhouse at 15 Usher's Island is where Joyce's great-aunts ran a music school, and their annual Epiphany dinner was the model...