Lina Bo Bardi, who immigrated to Brazil in 1947 at age 33, is admired for the care she took to make her buildings people-friendly and has been called “the most underrated architect of the 20th century.”
“So when the Americans took to the stage in their own showcase, … the laughs were less rapid but much more explosive, and there was far greater development of character. And … I was staggered to learn that the five had never previously performed together.”
“Those who wish to preserve examples of the the style aren’t simply fighting against indifference, they’re combating avowed foes—antagonists who would gladly take a turn at the wrecking ball—who view sympathy for the style as willful contrarianism of the ‘Bach or Before, Ives or After’ variety, not just divorced from reasonable taste but purposefully set at odds with it.”
“If the contemporary rom-com is filled with the stresses of urban life — text messages, high heels, workplace drama, stylish high-rise apartments, shopping montages — then the Sparks love story is rooted in an almost pre-digital arcadian space, a stone’s throw from the ocean, filled with ancient trees bathed in golden light.”
“In the past, having satisfied myself that the postman really had come and gone, the day then presented itself as an undisturbed ocean of potential—for writing (by hand), reading (on paper), and, to pay the bills, translating (on a manual typewriter). It was even possible in those days to see reading as a resource to fill time that hung heavy when rain or asphyxiating heat forced one to stay indoors. Now, on the contrary, every moment of serious reading has to be fought for, planned for.”
“Maazel, 84, appears to have taken his recent health difficulties as a wake-up call, and today announced his resignation from another current post; effective immediately, he is withdrawing from the music directorship of the Munich Philharmonic, and suspending many of his planned activities for the 2014-15 season.”
“So what changed when the same writers turned their attention to American politics? Why did their British satire bite so hard, when the American Veep prefers to nibble at the edges? … American political culture doesn’t encourage the contempt for its leaders that British political culture expects as standard.”
Though most people in couples won’t admit it, especially to other people, sleep is by nature a solitary activity, and most of us do it better alone. But there are good reasons that humans do, and always have, slept in pairs or even groups.
“A remarkable 17th-century self-portrait has finally been verified as an authentic Rembrandt following decades of doubt, after scientific analysis [by Great Britain’s National Trust] proved it had been painted by the artist’s own hand.”
“There are rumours on the internet calling Sky City a bluff,” he tells a colleague in a heated meeting, as they plot a lavish launch party to win the support of politicians and suppliers. “People don’t trust us anymore. Therefore we need to convince them with a ceremony.”
“The trustees of the Delaware Art Museum have violated this principle by declaring that the proceeds from this sale, as well as the sale of up to three other works—expected to raise a total of $30 million—will be used to pay down $19.8 million in construction debt, with the balance to be added to the operating endowment to offset persistent operating deficits.”
“Founded in 1980 on a shoestring budget, the Rep, which presented a mix of seven dramas, comedies, musicals and classics annually, has been financially flailing in recent years. In 2006, on the edge of insolvency, the theater, which had a $5 million annual budget and 51 employees, turned to the city for a $2 million bailout that later was restructured into a long-term mortgage-type loan.”
“The Danish composer … on Wednesday became the second recipient of the New York Philharmonic’s Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music, an award that consists of a $200,000 cash prize and a commission to compose a work for the orchestra. The philharmonic bestows the honor every two seasons. The inaugural award, in the 2011-12 season, went to Henri Dutilleux.”
“Few children came of age in the past three decades without meeting Spot or encountering his franchise.” The books in the series, which started in 1980, have sold more than 60 million copies.
In her new show at the Serpentine Gallery, 512 Hours, the current goddess of performance art interacts with viewers, very quietly, in three empty white rooms. And people are queuing up by the hundreds to take part.
“I can see absolutely no reason why every arts organisation in this country cannot raise philanthropic funds,” Ed Vaizey told a House of Commons committee. “I think that too many arts organisations think, ‘well, we live in an area where rich people don’t live, so they’re not going to back the arts’. I think that is pathetic, frankly.”
“Augusto Boal, Brazilian artist and activist, developed the performance methodology in the 1960s based on his theory that performance could empower the underclass. ‘Theatre is a form of knowledge,’ he claimed. ‘It should and can also be a means of transforming society.'” Lance Richardson watches that methodology put into practice with transgender youth in New York.
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Making the old new (3)
More on ornamentation — returning to the way musicians once ornamented and otherwise changed the music they performed — as a way of making old classical music sound contemporary.
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Hail visionary Charles Gayle (from The Wire, 1994)
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Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos: A gentleman and an artist
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“Many people correctly solved more problems if the previous person had a high score rather than a low one. But, crucially, this effect was found only for a specific subset of individuals: Those who (a) tended to process information in an intuitive, System 1 way, and (b) actually touched the paper that had allegedly been handled by the previous test-taker.”
“Members of the Streetwise Opera charity have performed beside long-term unemployed Londoners, students from the Central School of Speech and Drama, and ex-prisoners from the Synergy Theatre Project during a two-week residency at Covent Garden.”
“After commissioning several technical surveys, the trust has posted a feasibility study by structural engineering firm Robert Silman Associates that assesses three possible solutions to the ever-worsening threat of floods: permanently elevating the house by putting a nine-foot hill underneath it, relocating it to higher ground on the site, or building the aforementioned hydraulic lift, which would use a set of four steel trusses to raise the house by nine feet when needed.”
“Contrary to the widespread belief that it is among the few very large museums anywhere in the world that shows nearly all its collection, in fact nearly half of its works are off view.”
“Alan Turing’s vision, while resonant, has proved ill-suited to the online world. With even crude spambots fooling humans every day, his test now seems more to do with human gullibility than machine smarts.”
“So why is the opera audience proving so stubbornly socially stagnant? I’d point at least one finger in the direction of an unlikely villain that has never really been properly dragged into the elitism debate: the total ineffectualness and inappropriateness of large-scale classical music advertising.”
The beloved maestro, who said just last year, “I will continue until I drop. If I die on stage, so much the better,” had announced only last week that he was ill with cancer and was retiring.
“In the music industry, an overhaul of the copyright laws is seen as needed to keep up with the rapid pace of technological change in the marketplace, with streaming services like Pandora, Spotify and YouTube taking the place of CD sales and even downloads.”
That’s the (predictable) debate that has arisen since a video of the orchestra’s performance with Sir Mix-a-Lot and a few dozen boogie-ing women started racking up the YouTube views. But that clip came from an actual concert of contemporary classical music, including a premiere by one Gabriel Prokofiev.
“[Her] style, which incorporated elements of minimalism, pop, jazz, blues, classical composition, electronic music and improvisation and often combined traditional orchestral instruments with ambient sounds like bird song, sirens and amplified heartbeats – defied handy categorization. While not every critic warmed to that style, many praised her as a skilled melodist who could write music of surprising, satisfying consonance in a dissonant age.”