“Te reo is undergoing a revival in New Zealand, with jam-packed classes and waiting lists now common. Māori language teachers from Auckland in the North Island to Dunedin and Invercargill in the South say they are unable to meet demand for their services and free classes routinely draw hundreds of students.”
“An American Family, a PBS series created by filmmaker Craig Gilbert, chronicled the Loud family of Santa Barbara, Calif. — Bill, Pat and their five children — for seven tumultuous months. … In the course of the series, the family home almost burned down in a wildfire, the children, ranging in age from 13 to 20, tested their freedom, and Bill and Pat struggled with a marriage that unraveled to the breaking point — all in full view and judgment of the world.”
And what’s to blame? YouTube. Kids aren’t watching live music. Etc. (It’s true at least that very, very few music students are playing any of these instruments, the tuba included.)
“For years, Brancusi made hardly enough money to eat. In 1926, a version of one of his most extraordinary subjects, Bird in Space, was famously held up at the US border because customs officials didn’t think it was art.” In May of 2018, one of his sculptures sold for $71 million. What happened?
Maybe because we think they’re like our brains or our pasts: “For Sigmund Freud, the unconscious resembled the dark corridors and hidden places of a labyrinth. Navigating the chaos of that maze – achieving mastery over it, mapping it, finding one’s way out of it – was the work of psychoanalysis, he told an interviewer in 1927.”
Two dancers create a performance that’s also theatrical, that’s also improvised, that’s also a comedy, and that’s also something different every time.
There’s a cool connection between some jazz liner notes to a recent book of poetry.
True: “Though Hollywood is now seen (sometimes unfavorably) as a liberal bastion, it wasn’t always that way. For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, life in Hollywood up until the early 1990s — and perhaps, in some ways, still today — was a game of smoke and mirrors, hiding parts of themselves in public for fear of losing their jobs, being harassed by the police or worse.” That’s why Scotty Bowers pimped for the queer men and women of Hollywood for years.
How long can the subscription-based service last? It might not be too long. “Any of the app’s 3 million users that attempted to see a movie on Thursday were greeted instead by an error message claiming that their reservations could not be processed.”
“However complex the causes of Mr. Loeffelholz’s death may be, widespread discussion of his final rehearsal has brought new attention to the way theatrical creative teams wield power in an era of increasing concern about how managers treat subordinates in the workplace.” In other words, there’s a lot – a lot – of bullying on Broadway.
Assigned birth gender shouldn’t limit dancers to certain roles – “that was what the English National Ballet showed me,” says genderfluid dancer Chase Johnsey. “They saw me for how I danced.”
When television, movies, magazines, and news sites don’t reflect reality, some people turn to Instagram. That includes Afro-Latinx people: “We are purposely recognizing one another in ways we’ve never found in popular media representations and sharing images and stories that redefine the narrow Eurocentric definition of Latinidad.”
Naomi Hirahira, who is “a one-woman Japanese American history project,” is best known for a seven-book crime novel series. “She has also authored several nonfiction titles on Southern California Japanese-American history. Her newest Mas Arai mystery title and the final one of the series, Hiroshima Boy, was just published by Prospect Park Books in March 2018, and in April her latest nonfiction title, Life After Manzanar, was published by Heyday.” In this article, she takes a LARB reporter on a literary walking and driving tour of Los Angeles.