Temple co-founder Lucien Greaves announced on Twitter that his organization would be “taking legal action” against Netflix and the producers of the series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina for “appropriating” the Temple’s copyrighted image of the occult figure Baphomet, a “central icon” of the faith.
“We invited scholars from across the academy to tell us what they saw as the most influential book published in the past 20 years. (Some respondents named books slightly outside our time frame, but we included them anyway.) We asked them to select books — academic or not, but written by scholars — from within or outside their own fields. It was up to our respondents to define ‘influential,’ but we asked them to explain why they chose the books they did. Here are their answers.”
Social media platforms — and Facebook and Twitter are as guilty of this as Gab is — are designed so that the awful travels twice as fast as the good. And they are operating with sloppy disregard of the consequences of that awful speech, leading to disasters that they then have to clean up after.
“In a legal filing, Barnes & Noble hit back at Demos Parneros, claiming the recently fired CEO actively sabotaged a potential sale of the company earlier this year, bullied fellow executives, and sexually harassed multiple women at the company. And raising the legal stakes, lawyers for B&N have filed a counterclaim [to Parneros’s lawsuit], asking the court to order Parneros to pay damages for his alleged breach of fiduciary duties, and seeking to potentially claw back more than $1 million paid to Parneros ‘during the period of his disloyal conduct.'”
The Ohio Art Corridor is a series of outdoor artworks displayed in small cities and towns such as Lancaster, Zanesville, Circleville, McConnelsville, and Athens. The plan is for the gallery route to eventually stretch to 230 miles.
They’ve begun playing in street medians and leafleting concertgoers to bring attention to the fact that they’ve been working without a contract since early September. “The players are seeking a multi-year agreement that, in addition to a boost in compensation …, will implement previously negotiated terms regarding the number of full-time musicians in the BSO. The twice-extended contract called for a total of 83. (In 2000, the total was 96, plus two librarians.)”
he gig economy has not only turned millions of Americans into contractors, but it’s given the more successful entrepreneurs the tools to grow even faster. A fast-moving startup can secure talent as it needs it, outsource more quotidian tasks like payroll, and stay lean and mean; indeed, I see entrepreneurs employ this approach through my work at EY supporting creative, successful startups. But there are lots of myths about gig work, whether full-time or part time.
“The contract calls for a 4 per-cent raise in the 2019-2020 season followed by a 4.1 per-cent increase in salary in the 2020-2021 season. There is no raise for the current season where the musicians’ base salary is $97,940 per year.”
The $40 million Menil Drawing Institute “gives Houston the first free-standing building designed for the acquisition, study, conservation, storage and display of modern and contemporary drawings — a broadly-defined genre that encompasses numerous media, including sculpture that could be considered ‘drawing in space.'”
“Vittorio Castellani, also known as Chef Kumalé, says RAI told him in a telephone call last week that his role [on the program La Prova del Cuoco (The Chef’s Test)] had been temporarily put on hold because producers of the programme, hosted by Elena Isoardi, the girlfriend of Italy’s far-right deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, wanted to give more space to ‘multi-regional’ Italian rather than ‘multicultural’ food.”
Aside from cost-cutting, the museum has cast the decision to leave the Breuer as an opportunity to expand Modern and contemporary programming in its monumental Fifth Avenue home ahead of the David Chipperfield-designed expansion of the Modern and contemporary galleries, planned several years down the line.
Martha Nussbaum, 71, is the author or editor of more than 40 wide-ranging books covering topics including the place of the emotions (including negative ones like disgust) in political life, the nature of human vulnerability, the importance of liberal education and connections between classical literature and the contemporary world. She is also known for helping to advance the so-called capabilities approach to economic development, which holds that progress should be measured by things like increases in life expectancy and education, rather than simply by increases in income.
Counterfeits such as James Macpherson’s Fragments of Ancient Poetry and Clifford Irving’s Autobiography of Howard Hughes “incubate the circumstances of their composition, weaponizing the prevailing nostalgias and channeling the anxieties of their era while providing a window into the hearts of their author. They are, in other words, literature.”
Playwright Patrick Gabridge is artist-in-residence at the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Mass. “[His] mandate is to bring theatre to the graveyard in a way that avoids the clichés about ghosts and ghouls, and instead focuses on the beauty of the space’s environment and the significance of its history.”
“What’s interesting,” says Samuel West, an organizational psychologist who’s the lead curator of the Disgusting Food Museum, “is that disgust is hard-wired biologically. But you still have to learn from your surroundings what [in particular] you should find disgusting.”
Russian investigators are probing a version of the alleged crime that both men were avid readers to pass the lonely hours in the Antarctic station. But Savitsky had become angered that Beloguzov ‘kept telling his colleague the endings of books before he read them’.
“@lenadunham constantly talks about representation as crucial to enrich storytelling. Yet, in practice, she has shown a disregard for actually elevating those voices. Now, she’s been signed on to write a Syrian refugee’s story? Hollywood, was no female Arab writer available?” That was one typical response to the news that Spielberg and director J.J. Abrams had hired Dunham to pen the script for their film version of A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival.
“Throughout my life I’ve steered an uneasy course between my desire to help change the world and my impulse to escape it. The vessel in which I navigate these turbulent waters is music. … And yet, it’s impossible for me to regard my life as a composer as separate from my life as a thinking human being and a citizen of the Earth.”
“As entire city blocks were razed in urban renewal projects, interstate highways were paved across the countryside and architectural marvels such as New York’s Penn Station were demolished to make way for bigger, newer structures, Dr. Murtagh helped lead a growing resistance effort that culminated in the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. In its aftermath, he was appointed the first ‘keeper’ of the National Register of Historic Places — a job that made him the curator of America’s now-sprawling catalogue of significant districts, objects, buildings, sites and structures.”
The now-former concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra was dismissed for good last week following an investigation into his alleged sexual misconduct with students. The news has distressed many teachers and parents of children studying violin with the Suzuki Method, as Preucil was the violinist playing on the official Suzuki instructional recordings. (His parents were among the first teachers of the method in the US.) So Suzuki International and Alfred Music have announced that they’ll be issuing new recordings with another violinist as soon as practical.
“Waltz says that the Staatsballett dancers’ initial resistance to her leadership was rooted in miscommunication and fear. ‘After we met them and answered, like, 50 questions, there was a big change and an opening up,’ she says. ‘Now it’s a different atmosphere, there’s a strong engagement in the company. There’s a lot of new dancers and they’re all willing to transform and be active in this practice.'”
“Museums are reopening today after a dangerously high tide struck Venice’s picturesque canals on Sunday and Monday, leaving three quarters of the lagoon city underwater and water levels rising by more than five feet. Venice is built to sustain the rising waters that come in the fall and winter, a phenomena known as ‘acqua alta,’ but the recent surge was the worst in at least a decade.”
At a meeting of the FAMSF trustees Tuesday, the board is expected to appoint Thomas P. Campbell as director. In that role, Campbell will assume responsibility for leading two of the Bay Area’s most prominent visual arts institutions, the Legion of Honor and the de Young Museum.
“Despite a widespread assumption that everyone fits into neat gender categories, I’ve always been treated as a gender question mark. My social interactions since childhood have been filled with wildly vacillating gender expectations. These days, though, I identify as nonbinary not because I am androgynous. Rather, I do so because experiencing life as an androgynous person has made me acutely aware of how gendered expectations and assumptions saturate our lives.”
Many composers go from maximal to minimal as they pare back and distill their musical language; Spears may be going the opposite direction. His Requiem and the neo-medieval dance opera Wolf-in-Skins are extremely spare; the music of his hit opera Fellow Travelers is understated dramatically but more harmonically rich; The Tower and the Garden, his new 30-minute piece for choir and string quartet, is positively lush.
My first reaction when the press release hit my inbox today was: “This has got to be a hoax!” Reading the first sentence of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s announcement made me even more incredulous.
“I find it supremely uninteresting and not productive, because you find yourself writing the press release before the piece. If you get caught up in self-definition, you don’t do yourself any favors announcing to the world what the project is stylistically.”
“When James Joyce wrote the ‘The Dead,’ which eventually became the last story in Dubliners, it was as though he sought to resurrect those whom he had buried with mockery and distancing in an earlier story for the collection, Grace. … The story was also based on an event in his father’s life, but this time instead of recounting it, Joyce began to dream it, reimagine it, and offer it a sort of grace that the previous story had significantly lacked.”
France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, issued a decree officially confirming the grandiose cultural and tourism development of Al-Ula Province in Saudi Arabia. It is a project born out of a personal commitment by both Macron and the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, so any change in the balance of power in the Kingdom is likely to threaten the undertaking.
“Education charity the Edge Foundation has published a report claiming the narrow academic curriculum offered by the government’s English Baccalaureate is ‘not fit for purpose to tackle a 21st-century economy’. … Experts are claiming that some science students lack the ‘tactile general knowledge’ that can be gained from creative learning, despite exhibiting high exam grades.”