The entries are composed with a knowing wit. Some are twisty and loquacious, others witheringly economic. They’re structured like jokes, and there’s a light, nerdy thrill in following these paragraphs—crammed with technical terminology and seeming digressions—to the punch line. Naturally, a lot of the humor is self-directed, mocking the authors’ own sense of seriousness.
Liv Wyntner was one of four teaching artists-in-residence at the Tate for 2017-2018, but when Tate director Maria Banshaw made what seemed to many dismissive statements about harassment and abuse survivors, she wrote in an open letter, “I cannot describe to you the personal shame I feel as a survivor of domestic violence, to work for someone who could think so little of me whilst simultaneously profiting off of my ‘survivorness’ and the work I dare to make about it.”
Deborah Willis, who asked one professor “Where are all the black photographers?” in college, has had “a storied career, to say the least, and yet it’s one she almost didn’t have at all. While in college, a photography professor told her she ‘took a space from a good man’ – that she was just going to end up married and pregnant so why bother taking classes?”
This is what happened between March 8, 2017, and this year: “A group of trailblazing academics has spent the last 12 months tracking down the lost music of five forgotten women composers, who range from an 18th-century Viennese child prodigy to an award-winning African-American symphonist. All five women enjoyed recognition for music-making during their lives, but their achievements were often downplayed during their lifetimes and in some cases forgotten after their deaths. … The music has now been edited and professionally recorded by the BBC Orchestras and Choirs.”
Simply put, nominating popular movies and shows could make the Canadian Screen Awards more popular, which could theoretically bring more attention to other, less prominent nominees. There is some precedent for a regionally based award show with less-than-stringent eligibility rules: the BAFTA Award organizers, for instance, allow themselves significant leeway to decide which films are sufficiently British (their TV award restrictions are more rigid). It also separates the categories, with an award for Best Film and another for Outstanding British Film. But that hypothetical trickle-down of viewer attention doesn’t persuade many of this year’s Canadian Screen Award nominees that opening competition up to more American productions would work.
“Mattel has worked in close partnership with the Frida Kahlo Corporation, the owner of all rights related to the name and identity of Frida Kahlo, on the creation of this doll,” a spokesperson said. “In addition to the Frida Kahlo Corporation being an important part of the doll development process, we have their permission and a legally binding agreement to make a doll in the likeness of the great Frida Kahlo.”
“Largely due to the commercial success of RuPaul’s Logo-turned-VH1 reality competition show RuPaul’s Drag Race, drag has become perhaps more mainstream and visible than ever. But … drag kings still perform on the fringes of mainstream pop culture. Even though the medium has existed, in different forms, for decades, performances of masculinity aren’t privileged the same way performances of femininity are.” Reporter Hazel Cills meets some of the folks trying to change that.
At Sky, Stuart Murphy was responsible for channels including Sky 1, Sky Living and Sky Arts. In his post, he spearheaded Sky’s increase in investment in original productions, tripling the budget during his tenure. Murphy joins artistic director Daniel Kramer and music director Martyn Brabbins on ENO’s leadership team.
“What’s always challenging is there’s so much scrutiny, and I do think the language the press and other people use is different. I got called steely, I got called formidable, I got called tough. I wanted to embrace those words, but every time someone said something like that to me, a little part of me died, because that is not how I meant to be.”
“Under terms of a proposed deal, which is not yet final, Netflix would pay Mr. Obama and his wife, Michelle, for exclusive content that would be available only on the streaming service, which has nearly 118 million subscribers around the world. The number of episodes and the formats for the shows have not been decided.”
“Ideals are fantastic, but we have to be realistic. When there are hordes of young dancers waiting to take the place of anyone who complains or cracks under the pressure, will public shaming be enough to inspire real change? If the bad PR scares away ticket buyers or donors, it just might. Aside from sheer decency – and living up to 21st-century HR standards – there are many reasons why treating dancers fairly is actually in companies’ best interest, both artistically and financially.”
“Later this year, Mitzi Angel, 43, the publisher of Faber & Faber in London, will join FSG as its new publisher and senior vice president,” replacing Jonathan Galassi, who spent 20 years in the job. “Ms. Angel is in many ways a natural choice for the role. She worked at FSG for seven years before she became the publisher of Faber in 2015.”
“The 82-year-old Ozawa, a former [chief] conductor at the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Vienna State Opera, had suffered from esophageal cancer, multiple bouts of pneumonia and back problems severe enough to require surgery in the past eight years, but recovered and went back to conducting. Ozawa was diagnosed with aortic valve stenosis and will undergo treatment and rehabilitation for about a month at a Tokyo hospital, his office said.”
“In a country bloodily divided by ethnic and religious strife, the National Central African Ballet is a rare unifying factor – a melting pot, professing no favouritism or allegiance to any group or sect. For at least two days a week, the conflicts that ravage most of the country seem far away in downtown Bangui, where 30 or so professional artists come together. … The trials of everyday life are forgotten for a while – and so are the armed militias patrolling a few kilometres from the capital.”
Sultanof On His Big Band Book
A few weeks ago the Rifftides Monday Recommendation was Jeff Sultanof’s new book Experiencing Big Band Jazz. … Sultanof was recently the guest on Michael Fitzgerald’s Jazz Forum program. Discussing his … read more
AJBlog: RiffTides Published 2018-03-08
The key problem for the Oscars is not, as Hollywood’s critics on the right sometimes suggest, that the movie industry’s liberal politics are dragging down both box office numbers and Oscar ratings — that the desire to preach is swamping the desire to entertain. There is a political problem, but it is secondary: The key issue for the academy is that the Hollywood system no longer produces enough of the kind of movies that a mass-audience awards spectacle requires.
The tuba, the biggest and lowest-pitched among the brass family, can run from around $2,000 for beginner band models to more than $20,000 for specialized professional versions, says Martin Erickson, a past president of the International Tuba Euphonium Association. People with “nefarious” intentions, he says, probably try to resell tubas or use them in other bands. “You don’t expect tubas to fall into that sort of thing.”
“On March 3, a small team of conservative activists converged on Revolution Books in Berkeley, Calif. live-streaming their actions on Facebook with this description: ‘Infiltrating Berkeley’s Marxist Hive.’ ‘Fucking Commie scum,’ shouted one conservative activist, taunting the bookstore employees who met them at the door. He wore an American flag on his shoulders and a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat. ‘We’re gonna burn down your bookstore, you know that right?’ he said.”
Anna Somers Cocks, founder and chairman of The Art Newspaper: “I am one of the very few people to have been allowed to see Mada’in Saleh, the southernmost settlement of the Nabateans, whose city of Petra in Jordan is one of the wonders of the world.” But many more people will get their chance soon, because the Kingdom’s new crown prince Mohammed bin Salman Al-Saud, is making serious efforts to jumpstart tourism there.