“Women have been on the cinematic front lines from the start. While men took most of the credit for building the movie industry, women — on camera and off, in the executives suites and far from Hollywood — were busily, thrillingly, building it, too. That’s the reason for our list of Movie Women You Should Know, which is not a canon or a pantheon but a celebration and an invitation to further discovery. Here are some of the art’s other pioneers — its independents and entrepreneurs, auteurs and artisans.”
Sari Feldman, chief of the Cuyahoga County Public Library in Cleveland: “Where is reference headed, and how is it being practiced in 2018? I asked some of my colleagues, and I heard a fairly consistent message: with so much information available online today, the value librarians add comes through their connection to the community,” helping patrons with, for example, applying for government social programs, obtaining health information, or navigating immigration and naturalization issues.
Pennsylvania’s Department of Corrections is planning to ban free book donations to inmates by mail, claiming that this is a “primary avenue for drugs” to enter prisons. But the move coincides with a renewed push to get prisoners buying into a pricey prison eBook system that offers low-end tablets for $150 and eBooks no cheaper than $3 a read.
Last week, James Rhodes recorded a short video of himself playing a portion of Bach’s first Partita and posted it to Facebook. Bach died in 1750, so the music is obviously in the public domain. But that didn’t stop Sony from claiming the rights to the audio in Partita’s video. “Your video matches 47 seconds of audio owned by Sony Music Entertainment,” said a notice Rhodes received on Facebook. Facebook responded by muting the audio in Rhodes’ video.
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, and a growing consensus that the creators of the 21st century’s cultural artifacts cannot exclusively be white males, some of America’s most prominent ensembles are programming more works by women than ever before.
The comedian and actor, whose turn with Tiffany Haddish in the 2018 Oscars was one of the beset moments of the night, can even imitate SNL (and now Amazon) co-worker Fred Armisen imitating her. Part of her skill comes from a tragic – and highly public – childhood.
From hurricanes to fires to tornadoes, high school theatres have been asking Samuel French to help them rebuild their lost play libraries. That was catch as catch can for years – but now it’s official (and those in the path of Hurricane Florence are likely to need it).
Allen is frustrated “that she did not confront or report the man’s behaviour, and carried on working with him, explaining that she felt silenced because he had more power and money than her, and that she feared being labelled ‘hysterical’ and a ‘difficult woman.'” And she says she’s far from alone.
Maureen Beattie: “We must not give up because when the media has moved on and it’s not famous people [being accused] anymore, that’s when the bastards are going to crawl out from under their slimy stones and go, ‘I’m here again, nobody’s going to be watching us.'”
Winter is coming, and with it, the inevitable awards buildup. Now that three of the major fall film festivals have ended, The New York Times explains who’s on top right now.
Yes, he’s the first Black man – and only the second Black person ever, after Whoopi Goldberg in 2002 – to earn the entertainment superfecta. But “Legend’s well-earned moment runs the risk of becoming a kind of racial-progress overreach that is seen as a final piece of the puzzle, when in reality it’s just part of its framing.”
When he started the publication Radio Free Jazz, he didn’t know it, and he, would become a legend.
Actually, not a list of lists, but some questions and thoughts: “Is there such a thing as a happy list in literature? The blithe verbal sum of possessions, achievements or experiences? Isn’t the very act of setting such things down evidence of some vexation, a clue that something is missing? The collector’s catalogue, the merchant’s tally, the seducer’s black book: they are all examples of compensating control. Compensation for what? For a scouring anxiety, or cumbrous melancholy?”
The tax code, which favors a class that can buy art, also takes away a tool that the ultra-rich used to sell the art they had collected. One art advisor: “The effect won’t be negligible.”
Blomberg was a curator at the Denver Art Museum who dramatically changed the way Native art was treated at the museum and elsewhere. “She emphasized that pieces often thought of as anthropological artifacts were in fact artworks; she also pushed to expand the collection with work by contemporary artists and set up residencies for them.”
Whoa, whoa, whoa, what? Yep: “The unions representing the Met’s orchestra, chorus and several other groups finished ratifying a new contract this week that will pave the way to a change, as the company, facing a worrisome decline in attendance, has realized that audiences find it increasingly difficult to squeeze in lengthy operas on weeknights.”
“Her works are seen as so easy to read, she’s a favourite author of people learning English. Christie is also, by leaps and bounds, the world’s most translated author – so if many people are learning the English language through Christie, they are learning about the English people through her, too.” And not everything all those folks pick up is bogus.
The Erato recording of Berlioz’s opera, co-starring Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Stéphane Degout and Michael Spyres with John Nelson conducting the Strasbourg Philharmonic, won the magazine’s top award. Orchestra of the Year, won by the Seattle Symphony, is a new prize chosen by public online vote. Conductor Neeme Järvi received a Lifetime Achievement Award. Baroque violinist Rachel Podger was named Artist of the Year.