How do artists bend their art to help fight climate change and degradation of the environment? These six musicians have banded together to figure it out.
Artist Melo Dominguez spent eight weeks in the hospital with chronic pancreatitis, and she made a promise, a manda, to “give her days to people and service.” Now she has a gallery in Tucson, not only for her own work but for that of artists who might not otherwise have a track to the art world. Dominguez: “You gotta wait in line to get into the museum. You gotta go to X amount of years to school to be admitted. And you know what? Some of us artists don’t got time for that. We’re trying to survive.”
Australian Ballet audiences at the Sydney Opera House waited for half an hour to find out what was happening. Then the news came: “”We’ve tried everything to get it going, they’ve restarted the whole … system. They have rung Europe to see if there’s something they can do. Unfortunately nothing is working.”
Even Walmart joined with a movie studio to deal with its streaming service – but “two things make Disney stand out: decades of material and deep pockets.”
The supergroup Coven creates a surprise on the folk music scene in England.
Disney is never going to let him go. (He wrote the score for the new theme park. Did you know theme parks had scores? Well, they do.)
The RTÉ’s first violinist: “In music you’re striving to be the best you can be, so you expect everyone around, the system, to be striving for that as well. That’s been letting us down. … Hopefully going forward there’ll be a bit more positivity.”
Basically: A Washington State library system decided to close some of its small libraries without telling the patrons because it didn’t want them to give feedback. An email from the library district manager telling a library she could not tell patrons the library was closingi included this: “Although we will make sure that they get to air their feelings, it would be a disservice to them to lead them to believe they can change the decision.” (Spoiler alert: They did.)
Reena Esmail culled texts from seven major religions of India to create her work “This Love Between Us.”Whatever you believe, somewhere in your religious canonical text it says that you should be good to one another. … If you are not doing that, it is not your religion that is mandating it. It is you making a choice to go against your own religion.”
The challenge of Duo, with its addiction-causing rewards and points and treasure chests, is that it’s trying to figure out both how to get people to learn – and how to get them to stay. The CEO: “We prefer to be more on the addictive side than the fast-learning side. … If someone drops out, their rate of learning is zero.”
Perhaps. Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet of books are loved for their main character’s thoughts, but “while My Brilliant Friend is a brilliantly sustained exercise in interiority, it is also a noisy, messy, soap opera (as the index of characters, neatly captured in the TV credits by old-fashioned family photo tableaux, suggests).”