“Rationality has lost its currency. The people in charge are dolts — masters of manipulation making testosterone-fueled, incendiary moves on the world stage. Patriotism has soured into ugly, gun-loving nationalism, with brown people and foreigners the targets of a nonsensical, hateful rage. … Each morning seems to bring some fresh hell, a reminder that the nightmare is real, and that there is no end in sight. Salvation is found in small, personal connections, in wry humor, and in the forlorn hope that intelligence and decency will ultimately prevail. That’s one way to describe the basic plot of MAS*H.”
What’s good, Vida? “The show has provided plenty to talk about. There is lots of conflict and (impressive) sex. Plus, it is set in Boyle Heights, the historic Eastside neighborhood that has been the site of highly visible clashes over gentrification. But more significant, Vida is the ultimate Los Angeles show — one in which Hollywood sheds its misperceptions about Los Angeles (that we’re all bikini blondes and palm trees) in favor of portraying a more textured view of the city — in this case, a view that is resolutely Latina.”
Fans would demand nothing less: “In an unusual twist, the ‘Hamilton’ movie won’t be a filmed adaptation. Instead, it is a recording of the show made in 2016 with its original cast, including Mr. Miranda in the lead role.”
“Artsy spoke to insurance brokers, lawyers, gallerists, a conservator, and an appraiser to understand what happens to a damaged work, and how it can find its way back to market with its value intact (or not).”
“[The London High Court] found that Arts Council England (ACE) was justified in rejecting an application to export [the painting] from Britain to Switzerland. The artwork was brought to Britain by Kathleen Simonis, who purchased it in Florence for about £3,500 in 1990, when it was thought to be an unremarkable 19th-century panel painting. Restoration work led to its subsequent upgrading to one of the most important painters of [the 14th-century Florentine] school.”
“In the years before managers could dim auditorium lights and keep audiences in darkness during a performance, culture and politics met head-on in 19th century American theatres. Endowed with a conviction in their ‘natural right’ of self-expression, audiences would attack bad acting, poor plays and, more commonly, English actors.” That conviction, combined with good old American anti-elitism, ultimately led to the deadly riots outside New York’s Astor Place Opera House in 1849.
If every new invention begins as a miracle, turns into a necessity, and ends up as a vice, the art of filmmaking is in the restoration of its miraculous aspect. In recent years, great movies have been made with a varied range of devices, including consumer-grade video cameras, toy cameras, iPhones, and even pieced together from footage borrowed from the Internet. But whether a movie is made with grand Hollywood equipment or with ordinary devices, there’s nothing banal about a great cinematic image
“This summer, the Petronio Residency Center at Crow’s Nest welcomes its first three artists in residence: Nora Chipaumire, Will Rawls and Kathy Westwater. The center, located in the Catskill Mountains, about two and a half hours north of New York City, is idyllic: The 2,500-square-foot studio has radiant floor-heat and a sprung floor, and the 6,500-square-foot house sleeps up to 10 people and has soaring views of the mountains. ‘As a creator, I understand the power of a residency,’ says Stephen Petronio. ‘I want the dancers to feel like they have gone to heaven when they pull up to the gate.'”
“After analysing data from 6,147 movie scripts and filtering it through a series of algorithms, the researchers have identified the emotional arc that makes the most money, called the ‘man in a hole’ arc.”
Responding to the Boston Globe article about the city’s attempt to reclaim its place as the preeminent place to test Broadway-bound shows, Bill Marx argues that the tryout business never left Boston at all: it just moved to the area’s nonprofit companies, especially American Repertory Theater under Diane Paulus. “Major regional theaters … were initially established to produce a non-commercial response to the safe fare of Broadway. … Isn’t this a betrayal of the theaters’ mission?”
Rose Luckin’s latest book, Machine Learning and Human Intelligence: The future of education for the 21st Century, argues that if we want to avoid turning our kids—and their teachers—into robots, we have to radically redefine intelligence. She advocates using AI to help us develop and measure human intelligence in various forms to better prepare students for a workplace that requires constant adaptation and learning.
Silicon Valley companies transformed the way we shop, search for information, connect with friends, and consume entertainment. The people who made millions or billions from these companies are now changing yet another sector of the American economy: philanthropy. They’re forcing nonprofits to become incubators and disruptors, rather than just service providers, and to think about how they sell themselves, how they measure what they do, and what programs will attract money.
Banning bot use is a no-brainer but how will that practically be put in place? Will companies such as Ticketmaster be obliged to monitor and report any attempts to buy tickets in such a way? Will they be willing to invest in the security and personnel required to catch such nefarious activity? What is needed is legitimate secondary marketplaces operated by the primary ticket resellers. In Spain, Redtkts allows ticket buyers to resell tickets bought from them directly in an anonymous and safe marketplace with a cap of 15 per cent on the original price.
Just 17% of young Americans said that current and past actions of UK governments were one of the top three factors determining how attractive they found the UK – placing it 16th on the list. The most important factor was “cultural and historical attractions” (identified by 43%) and the second-most popular answer was history (42%).
“After losing her eyesight due to optic nerve atrophy, [Mana Hashimoto] was determined to keep dancing despite the unexpected obstacle. Since then, she has dedicated her life to merging blindness and dance, and to create artistic works through the use of her remaining senses.”
“Wallace has been methodically rolling out its findings in the intervening months, publishing case studies on Ballet Austin’s efforts to expand audiences for unfamiliar works, Seattle Symphony’s efforts in engaging new residents, and the Denver Center Theatre Company’s success in attracting younger attendees. A read of each these case studies underscores the complexity of the engagement challenge. … If it’s more cutting-edge tactical approaches you seek, … turn to the other end of the spectrum, where the Knight Foundation resides.”
The performance center in Fairmount Park, which was built as a summer venue for the Philadelphia Orchestra but has since branched out into other genres and art forms, is trying to bring in the final third of its $43.5 million fundraising goal. (The money will finance new community initiatives, an endowment and cash reserves, and badly-needed repairs.) So naming rights are being made available for everything from individual seats ($500) to the pavilion ($5 million) and even the entire center ($25 million to put your name in place of Mann’s).
The pre-performance corridors of the Fisher Center at Bard College appeared to have been invaded by The Radical Faeries …
A report on Bard Summerscape’s revival of Lenny’s long-forgotten version of Peter Pan.
This year, the number of cord-cutters in the U.S. — consumers who have ever cancelled traditional pay-TV service and do not resubscribe — will climb 32.8%, to 33.0 million adults, according to new estimates from research firm eMarketer. That’s compared with a total of 24.9 million cord-cutters as of the end of 2017, which was up 43.6% year over year (and an upward revision from eMarketer’s previous 22 million estimate).
I can use dancers like Legos, but I believe that human beings are brilliant. Science tells us now that the human body is electromagnetic energy — it is swirling in nonstop energy with billions of cells that are dying and being born in a second. That is mind-boggling. That is just the body. The other thing is uniqueness and brilliance. I’ve never met a stupid person, but I’ve met people who were blocked.
Organizers on Tuesday announced the 13 books in the long list for the prestigious award, chosen from 171 submissions this year — the highest number of titles that has been put forward in the prize’s 50-year history.
Charles Pillow Large Ensemble, Electric Miles (Mama Records)
Whatever the title Electric Miles might lead you to expect, chances are that it wouldn’t be an album of non-electric big band music.
On Monday, amid growing criticism, Forbes pulled the article, releasing a statement that said, “Forbes advocates spirited dialogue on a range of topics, including those that often take a contrarian view. Libraries play an important role in our society. This article was outside of this contributor’s specific area of expertise, and has since been removed.”
Numbers were up across all three selling platforms. Private sales, which dropped by 32% in 2017, saw the biggest increase (up 135% to £287m) followed by online-only auction sales, which grew 40% to £27.7m. Auction sales rose 20% to £2.65bn. Sell-through rates averaged 84% by lot, compared with 81% last year.