Friday, September 17, 2021

ArtsJournal: Arts, Culture, Ideas

Tag: 06.15.21

Book Blurbs Have, In Fact, Existed For Centuries

"The word 'blurb' was coined in 1907 by the comic writer Gelett Burgess but they have been around a long time. ... One of...

The Bludgeon Of History — And How It’s Defining Our Politics

Today it is not conservatives but liberals who are most sincerely committed to American history. Yet they too have evolved, perhaps even more dramatically,...

Listen To A Never-Aired 1979 James Baldwin Interview (And Read Why It Never Aired)

The far-ranging interview was a resounding success... When the reporter inquired about the delay in airing it, ABC reported that it had been scrapped,...

Why Newspapers Should Revive The Vanishing Art Of Obituaries

“We all know people who we think are so cool, or interesting, or exciting, but a lot of times those stories vanish if no...

Hong Kong Police Raid Gallery For Showing “Seditious” Art

They claimed to have received a complaint that the space was exhibiting “seditious” content—a criminal offense under Hong Kong’s controversial new national security law....

Has The Jazz Scene Survived The Pandemic?

The tentative return of gigs could not have come soon enough for jazz performers. A 2008 study on the economics of the genre found...

‘Miniature Pompeii’ Unearthed Under Derelict Movie House In Verona

"Construction workers renovating an abandoned cinema in the northern Italian city of Verona have stumbled upon what's been dubbed a 'miniature Pompeii' during excavations...

COVID’s Toll On Argentina’s Tango Scene Has Been Heavy

"The empty, dark dance floor at the Viruta Tango Club is a symbol of the pandemic-induced crisis facing dancers and musicians of an art...

MacKenzie Scott Is Now A Major Arts Philanthropist, Too

The total of $2.7 billion in grants announced this week "marks the third time in 12 months that Scott … has issued a wave...

Choreographer Cathy Marston Will Be Next Director of Zurich’s Ballet

"Particularly noted for her narrative work, … Marston will take over as new Ballet Director and Chief Choreographer for an initial period of two...

How Too Much Information Can Make Things Less Clear

Sometimes, attention can mislead us about the world. This is not to say that attention always distorts our knowledge of the world, but it...

Rethinking “Lord Of The Flies”

Responses to Golding’s work tend to be polarised, varying from the adulatory to the contemptuous. - 3 Quarks Daily

Of Course Networks Are Sexy Right Now. But You, Yourself, Are Not A Network

The network idea is so powerful in our connected world, that it's tempting to apply it to everything. But not to us... - 3...

Mapping Canada’s Indigenous Culture and Language

The online, interactive map divides the province up into Indigenous territories, including some areas where there is overlap, with sections featuring language, art and...

New Study: What Accounts For The Lack Of Women In Jazz?

Among audiences, the government survey data showed that more men than women report attending jazz concerts, and that the gap is larger for jazz...

MacKenzie Scott Gives Tens Of Millions To Arts Organizations

The lack of fanfare associated with the June 15 announcement, which came in the form of a simple Medium post rather than a costly...

Tensions Seethe Inside America’s Biggest Public Radio Station

"Employees at are terrified that criticizing their station's leadership could result in being singled out for layoffs and reprimands by human resources." Employees...

How Many Streaming Services Can One Person Be Expected To Pay For? We’re Starting...

"The average number of video streaming services utilized per U.S. user has fallen for the first time, according to technology research firm Omdia. …...

California Removes COVID Restrictions On Arts Venues

"The reopening means the end of mandatory mask requirements for vaccinated patrons of California movie theaters, gyms, restaurants, stores and family entertainment centers....

The Tango Is Just What We Need As Pandemic Eases

Watching audience members take to the stage of a Washington theater for a “milonga” — a gathering to dance the tango — one observes...

America Slow Dance

That’s the name of a variation on “America the Beautiful” that I wrote for Min Kwon’s America/Beautiful project.But wait … what IS that? -...

New Report: Music Industry Has A Diversity Problem

While the report’s tone and conclusions are unambiguous — in just one telling example, across 70 major and independent music companies, just 13.9% of...