A reporter climbs up to the equivalent of the organ loft (which looks “more like an air traffic control booth”) at Fenway Park to watch Boston Red Sox organist Josh Kantor and his high-tech equipment at work.
The superstar performance artist had hired starchitect Rem Koolhaas to convert a former theater she had bought in Hudson, NY into the Marina Abramović Institute for the Preservation of Performance Art. But Koolhaas’s design would cost an estimated $31 million to realize, and Abramović has determined that she can’t raise that much money. (Ah, well – at least she has a new sideline in patisserie.)
“This is a new wrinkle in the very old book of showdowns between producers and critics. It’s one thing to have a preview period for performers and stagehands to settle in; previews even used to be significantly discounted, a good-faith concession from producers to fans as shows found their footing. But using an entire tour stop as a critic-free preview zone? That’s not how out-of-town tryouts or tours run. Eventually reviewers report.”
Ironic? The company had called on Wall Street companies to put more women in leadership roles when it erected the sculpture. After complaints about underpaying women, the company will pay $5 million to more than 300 women, following a U.S. Department of Labor audit that uncovered the alleged discrepancies, according to a settlement agreement.
“With light skin, blue eyes and blond hair, which later turned bright white, Mr. Alter was an incongruous figure in Bollywood. But he spoke Hindi and Urdu fluently” – the child and grandchild of Presbyterian missionaries from Ohio, he was born and raised in India – “making him a natural fit for roles like slick diplomats, British colonials, priests and police officers.” He appeared in more than 300 films in Hindi, Urdu, and other languages, and had a notable career as a stage and television actor as well.
Abuse, trolling, harassment, racism, misogyny—these are all real problems down in the comments, and they’re a symptom of wider problems: societal, yes, but also strategic. The current process goes like this: Journalist writes an article. Article is published. People write comments. Journalist peeks at the comments, and sees a lot of meanness and abuse (especially if they’re a woman, a person of color, or especially a woman of color). Journalist vows not to engage with such horrid readers. The organization listens to its journalists when they say that comments are worthless and puts fewer resources into them. The comments then get worse due to lack of engagement and strategy, leaving the space to a small number of argumentative types corralled by a tiny battled-hardened community team.
“The four-year building project, which launched in September, includes new education and visitor centres, an expansion of the current indoor exhibition space and a transportation centre on the Meijer Gardens’ 158-acre main campus, designed by the New York-based Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects,” in Grand Rapids.
“[Matt] Cain, the editor of Attitude magazine [a popular gay-male-oriented title in Britain], said the support for his book – which is on course to be the fastest-funded novel on [crowdfunding platform] Unbound – showed there was a market for a commercial novel about a gay man, even though publishers rejected it as ‘too working class, too 80s, too immersed in pop culture, and too gay’.”
Brenda Barnes succeeds longtime KING FM General Manager Jennifer Ridewood, who was at the helm of the station when it transitioned to a listener-supported public radio station in 2011. KING FM now has more than 15,000 members and last year garnered $4.4 million in revenue, up from $2.1 million in 2010, before the transition occurred, according to the station.
There is growing concern that as well as addicting users, technology is contributing toward so-called “continuous partial attention”, severely limiting people’s ability to focus, and possibly lowering IQ. One recent study showed that the mere presence of smartphones damages cognitive capacity – even when the device is turned off. “Everyone is distracted. All of the time.”
Si Newhouse seems to have decided that the New Yorker was worth protecting, and that the way to protect it was to get out of the way. Remnick has written that he was left alone to manage the magazine. If it has become more business-savvy, sponsoring festivals and so on in a way that would have embarrassed Mr. Shawn, none of that seems to have diminished the quality or the integrity of the words on the page (or, as Mr. Shawn never could have imagined, on the screen).
“From July 2016 to February 2017, directors came and went at five major contemporary dance hubs below 23rd Street: New York Live Arts in Chelsea; Abrons Arts Center on the Lower East Side; Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University in Greenwich Village; Gibney Dance Center, in TriBeCa and near Union Square; and the temporarily nomadic Performance Space 122 (PS122), whose East Village home, under renovation since 2013, is poised to reopen soon.”
Some things work well – Margaret Atwood’s Hag Seed, Jeannette Winterson’s adaptations to the story of The Winter’s Tale (titled The Gap of Time) – but: “In a 2015 New York Times article detailing the Hogarth Shakespeare project, Alexandra Alter wrote that Winterson’s cover was, ‘a promising start to an ambitious new series from Hogarth, which has assembled an all-star roster of stylistically diverse writers to translate Shakespeare’s timeless plays into prose.’ As the series has gained more traction, it is hard not to notice the word ‘stylistically’ here.”
And then there’s the networking of dance groups and individual dancers from across genres. “We want to try and bust open people’s ideas, … to create a container that is peer-based. We want people to say I’m a working artist and you’re a working artist and we’re going to share work.”
Netflix paid a lot of money – but it’s not going to meet Canadian content guidelines, and it will not make promises about French-language productions, either. How do Canadians in the TV and movie production industries feel? Hm: “In Canada, we have created regulations and rules by which companies are allowed to access our Canadian people and marketplace. Netflix and the other over-the-top services are not necessarily contributing to that content creation.”
Writers including N.K. Jemisin and Nnedi Okorafor – whose 2010 postapocalyptic Who Fears Death is being turned into a series on HBO – and, earlier, Octavia Butler and Ben Okri, have long been turning to traditions well outside of medieval Europe for their speculative fiction books, but now “there’s an enormous appetite for fantasy stories that feature diverse characters and settings and tackle contemporary social issues.”
A new exhibit is centered on the artist’s decision to center his Sephardic Jewish identity-
a choice, because “Modigliani, a half-Italian, half-French Jew growing up in a nation equated with Roman Catholicism (Vatican City wouldn’t become its own state until nine years after Modigliani’s death), was a cultural mixed bag from the get-go.”
Yup, AIM started it all. “You kids don’t understand. You will never understand. You walk around in habitats of text, pop-up cathedrals of social language whose cornerstone is the rectangle in your pocket. The words and the alert sounds swirl around you and you know how to read them and hear them because our culture — that we made — taught you how. We were the first generation to spend two hours typing at our closest friends instead of finishing our homework, parsing and analyzing and worrying over ‘u were so funny in class today’ or ‘nah lol youre pretty cool.'”
Disappointed, the gathered Murakamists watched the award announcement, clapped politely, and decided to consume the champagne they had at the ready anyway. “It was slightly more embarrassing for staff at Tokyo’s flagship Kinokuniya bookshop, who had lovingly laid out more than 30 titles of Murakami’s books in a special display. After they let out a loud surprised ‘Ohhh,’ staff quickly dismantled their Murakami corner and replaced it with their handful of copies of Ishiguro’s books while rushing to order more.”
Anna Maria Maiolino says, “Women have always been prohibited from speaking in the first person. … A woman is never the universal.” The artist’s developmental years paralleled the Brazilian military dictatorship, which lasted from 1964 to 1985. And yes, she responded: “In a photo installation from 1974 on view at both MOCA and the Hammer, she depicts herself wielding a pair of scissors, about to cut off her nose and her tongue.”
No, the “free market” does not deliver theatre to every corner of the U.S. It took the NEA to do that – and it took theatre people to agitate for an NEA in the first place. “Theatre artists and administrators from all over the U.S. knew firsthand that the absence of non-commercial funding was preventing theatre from reaching audiences who had no access to professional theatres. Theatre practitioners, critics, and leaders were determined to change that—and to put theatre into the national conversation.”
Even though 43 percent of New York’s Dominican population (which is, by the way more than the number of people who live in Seattle) live in the Bronx now, this club will not die: “Around the dance floor, conversations were kept brief. ‘No drugs, no trouble,’ said Enrique Acevedo, a labor organizer, shouting over the music, as he listed the club’s attributes. Had he had a little to drink? ‘A little? A lot! But I’m not driving! … A bailar! A bailar!’ he said, herding a group onto the dance floor.”
UK Glamour magazine is going “digital first”, stopping its monthly editions and instead producing a “collectible, glossy” issue twice a year. A spokeswoman told the BBC the “mobile-first, social-first” move with a focus on beauty was based on how readers are “living their life today”.
The size and spectacle of the international gaming shows underline how the video game industry is less and less American-centric. The global games market is $105 billion, according to SuperData Research. Asia dominates with a 47 percent share, according to the video game researcher Newzoo, while North America makes up 25 percent and Latin America s 4 percent. Latin America, however, is growing the most quickly, according to Newzoo.
“Describing the collection, The Flame, as ‘an enormously powerful final chapter in Cohen’s storied literary career’, publisher Canongate said that the Canadian singer-songwriter had chosen and ordered the poems in the months before his death in November 2016. The overwhelming majority of the book, which will be published next October, will be new material, it added.”
“Poet, critic, and W.W. Norton editor Jill Bialosky has come under fire for borrowing the language of others in her book Poetry Will Save Your Life, a critical anthology-cum-memoir. The issue was first called out in a [harshly critical] write-up of the book that William Logan published this week in the Tourniquet Review. … We reached out to him with some questions.”