For months, the Central Library has not publicly addressed the artists’ deportations or disclosed their case to patrons or press who have covered the “Visualizing Language” exhibit at the Central Library.
“If I don’t like the cover, I won’t photograph it and put it on my feed,” says Femke Brull, a “bookstagramer” who runs @booksfemme. While she won’t avoid promoting a loved, if less-attractive book, she opts for a snap of the title page instead – even if it is less memorable than a beautifully covered counterpart. And she will “pay extra” for what she considers a better-looking edition.
“[Sergei Rachmaninoff] refused to allow his live performances to be recorded or broadcast; the recordings we have of him were all made under tightly controlled studio conditions. So the discovery of a recording of the great composer and pianist playing through his recently composed Symphonic Dances – almost certainly recorded covertly, literally behind the pianist’s back – is a major landmark.”
In the series of quakes that shook the island of Lombok earlier this month, the concrete homes that have become the modern standard “became death traps” – they fell to pieces because they had no flex to move with the earth when it shook. The few remaining old-style houses, with thatched bamboo walls and woven-reed roofs, are the ones that survived with little or no damage.
Artist Sean Matthews opened his show “Recycled Play” at the Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg, Pa. on August 17; the installation’s centerpiece was “Fair and Square,” a repurposed swing set with the chains rewelded so that the seats were extended and suspended like the Scales of Justice. Alas, two of the exhibit’s first visitors evidently looked at “Fair and Square” and saw a swing set.
“Today, the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have upended the public conversation about women’s issues around the world … Have these women’s empowerment movements extinguished the sexism and male patriarchy that women in tap have had to endure? [We] spoke to three stellar women in tap to get their take on the issue.”
Just hours before the July 4 holiday, the troubled bookstore chain terminated CEO Demos Parneros for cause, though the precise offense was not revealed publicly. In his complaint, Parneros charges that the company fired him baselessly after his relationship with chairman Len Riggio deteriorated – and let the public assume that Parneros was dismissed for sexual harassment. In response, B&N said that the suit is “nothing but an attempt to extort money from the Company by a CEO who was terminated for sexual harassment, bullying behavior and other violations of company policies.”
Says Black Theatre Club founder Steven Kavuma, “It’s a safe space environment where black people can freely talk about a play that is either about the black experience or is a classical play that has black bodies in it. We don’t have safe spaces where black people can freely talk about a play. Black people don’t feel comfortable being at theatres, because theatres are white spaces.”
When scientists tried to reproduce the results of 100 psychology studies a few years ago, they came to an alarming conclusion: Fewer than half of the studies could be replicated, suggesting the field might be rife with flawed knowledge about human behavior. Now, a few of those same scientists—along with some new colleagues—have taken stock of the field again, by trying to reproduce 21 studies recently published in two of science’s top journals, Science and Nature.
Joana Vicente has impeccable credentials in the business side of the filmmaking business. As head of Independent Filmmaker Project, the largest and oldest not-for-profit body dedicated to the development, production and promotion of indie features and documentaries, Vicente helped grow IFP from a $1.9-million annual operation into a $9.7-million one, with 22 full-time employees. TIFF represents a major jump: it’s a $43-million annual operation with 205 full-time staffers.
Humans are born incomplete. The brain absorbs huge amounts of essential information throughout childhood and adolescence, which it uses to carry on building who we are. It’s as if the brain asks a single, vital question: Who do I have to be, in this place, to thrive? If it was a boastful hustler in ancient Greece and a humble team-player in ancient China, then who is it in the West today? The answer is a neoliberal.
Recently, in a conversation about beginning relationships with new communities, one of our new ArtsEngaged trainers, Anne Cushing-Reid, commented that, especially where there is negative history to be overcome, “There’s a lot of coffee in our future.”
“I can’t think of anything else but that bridge. I have an idea of what the [new] bridge should look like but this is just the start… there is a moral commitment. The bridge must reflect the tragedy and how it has played out.”
Allen’s work rate is unparalleled in modern cinema. He has written, directed and released a new movie every year for the past 44 years, and had looked set to continue. In 2016, he signed a five-picture distribution deal with Amazon, which technically leaves him with three movies to go
Be More Chill, a show about a high-school nerd who takes a mysterious drug (an actual “chill pill”) that makes him popular, got one professional production at a Jersey Shore theater in 2015, dropped a cast album on the streaming platforms, and disappeared. Two years later, young fans started discovering the show online; before the year was out, it had been listened to 150 million times on Spotify. So the creators got an off-Broadway production together – and its initial run sold out in a day.
The arrests in July of a Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh archivist and a dealer on charges of stealing and selling $8 million worth of items from the library’s collections “sent a shudder across the rare books industry, a multimillion-dollar business in the United States … In this niche world based on trust, where confidants are currency and handshake deals are commonplace, the arrest of a prominent dealer is a shocking suggestion of deceit.”
A statement released by the board chairman said the company “received a letter alleging inappropriate communications made via personal text and email by three [principal] members of the company. … [An investigation] determined that each man had violated the norms of conduct that New York City Ballet expects from its employees.” As a result, Chase Finlay has resigned, and Amar Ramasar and Zachary Catazaro have been suspended without pay for the rest of 2018.
“The Tomatometer score is the percentage of the reviews that have been positive, supposedly reflecting the ‘collective opinion’ of critics, but critics have so far been limited to those who write for established publications, a group that, according to numerous studies, is heavily slanted toward critics who are white and male. Reviews from established publications will still be included automatically, regardless of who wrote them, but the new rules allow for the inclusion of individual critics, regardless of where they publish.”
“Pending final approval from Berlin city authorities, which organisers said was ‘in the works’, staff plan to erect 900 concrete wall slabs, each 3.60 metres (about 12 feet) tall, for the 6.6 million euro ($7.7 million) event. Visitors to the parallel world will have to apply online for entrance ‘visas’ … Set on a city block on Unter den Linden boulevard, the time-capsule project is due to launch on October 12 and end with a ritualistic tearing down of the wall on November 9, the day of the historic event in 1989.”
“The pendulum keeps swinging for the case of the Filipino activist artist and organiser Carlos Celdran, who was convicted for ‘offending religious feelings’ for a 2010 protest in support of reproductive rights. A ruling on 1 August by the Philippines Supreme Court upheld a 2013 conviction … for violating Article 133 of the Revised Penal Code … But on 15 August Celdran received the backing of the Solicitor General Jose Calida, whose office petitioned the Supreme Court to reverse the conviction … and to declare Article 133 unconstitutional.”
“Classes are already running at Dance Base in Edinburgh and Scottish Ballet in Glasgow and a £295,000 grant from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation will help the programme expand to Greenock, Kilmarnock, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness. Research has shown that dance can help people with the degenerative disease physically, mentally and socially.”
“[The EIF] reported ticket sales of £3.8m, down from the £4.3m reported this time last year, due, it said, to a smaller programme, notably in the opera section. … The Edinburgh International Book Festival reported a rise in ‘footfall’ in its Charlotte Square site, and an 8% rise in book sales.”
“A visceral stage animal, her legendary performances as Salome and Elektra thrilled audiences in the 1950s and 60s, and while for some she was eclipsed by the rise of Birgit Nilsson, many would consider her dramatic interpretations to have been second to none.”
Demonstrators allied with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement have appeared outside the orchestra’s concerts in Argentina, Brazil, and Peru; in the Chilean capital, Santiago, a poster was interpreted showing conductor Yeruham Scharovsky spattered with blood, which was interpreted as a possible death threat.
Good translators approach their work in all sorts of different ways. They have egos as big as successful people in any other arena, but the ones I respect are keenly aware of the difference between creativity and appropriation. They might see their work as akin to a curator’s, a librarian’s or a publisher’s. To such people works of art are entrusted — and part of that trust is that they do not alter the objects in their care with inappropriate intrusions of their own personality. There is no little art in mounting the successful museum show, but one would be rightly appalled to find the curator touching up the Rembrandts.