“When he was young, Lear was employed as an ornithological illustrator, and he spent years learning to draw birds, favoring live models in an era when most worked from taxidermy. Before he turned 20, he’d published Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae, or Parrots, a critical success, and the first monograph produced in England to focus on a single family of birds.”
“We are colleagues from different areas of the Penn State campus: One of us is a professor of meteorology, and the other a professor of music technology. Since 2014, we have been working together to sonify the dynamics of tropical storms. In other words, we turn environmental data into music. By sonifying satellite videos like those often seen in weather reports, we hope that people will better understand how these extreme storms evolve.” (includes video)
“Émile Zola is best known as the 19th century French author of celebrated works including Thérèse Raquin, Nana and Germinal. Now, the leader of the Naturalist literary movement is being recognised as a talented and experimental photographer with the auction of a rarely seen personal collection of pictures.”
“Nothing seems to disturb Egypt’s ruling cadres more than the written word. The recent litany of bans and shutdowns, including blocking hundreds of web pages online, illustrates what Cambridge University’s Khaled Fahmy, a prolific historian of the Middle East, called “an alarmist moment of crisis,” one in which Egypt’s authoritarian state of emergency laws have turned something as simple as reading into a dangerous act.”
“Currently, 500 to 600 ships – a yearly 1,000 to 1,200 entrances and exits – of up to 96,000 gross tonnes enter the lagoon from the Adriatic by the Lido opening to sail through Venice … But the Comitatone has rejected the solution favoured by environmental scientists and some politicians, which is to build a floating port outside the lagoon, from which passengers would be brought into town in smaller boats.”
“This conflation of the work of our bodies with the work of our lives can feel insidiously prosperity gospel–ish. The idea that better, harder, faster, and more are all concepts that are inextricably linked can certainly be motivating, but it can also be dangerous and damaging to equate them entirely. This doesn’t just happen in SoulCycle: It’s also present in CrossFit’s relentless, maximalist ethos, as well as more subtly in things like barre programs and kickboxing classes. Across platforms, a single promise resonates: Your body will get smaller, your world will get bigger, and your life will get better, but only through rigorous, sweaty work.”
“Throughout my career, I’ve experienced critics stepping away from criticism to offer up a wide body of other advice from plays they want the theater to produce to which authors they like and what should be the theater’s strategic priorities. Are these meant to be helpful suggestions or instances where a critic is trying to influence artistic direction? Can theaters politely ignore the suggestions if we disagree, or even worse if it is well beyond their missions, or will the critic take offense?”
We live in an age of deep complicity — and not just the political sort. The world’s most pressing problems are global — poverty, hunger, environmental decimation and warming — and implicate us all. To a greater or lesser extent, and often with the best intentions, we have done our part in contributing to the mess.
“The decision reflected an escalating clash between Singer and actor Rami Malek and was caused by the helmer being missing from the set, necessitating the Dec. 1 production shutdown of the film” – titled Bohemian Rhapsody – in which Malek stars as Freddie Mercury, frontman of the rock group Queen.”
New York Public Radio – producer of The Takeaway and Hockenberry’s employer – does a detailed report on the working atmosphere at the show, which charges of unprofessional behavior senior management knew about when, and the development that finally led the station to terminate his contract this summer.
Here is the public radio news show’s first segment since news of alleged bullying of female colleagues and hitting on female subordinates became public over the weekend. Current host Todd Zwillich talks with journalist Suki Kim, who broke the news, as well as a special projects producer at WNYC about how the station will begin dealing with the issue.
As with two of the three men who previously came forward, Albin Ifsich says the abuse occurred more than four decades ago, when he was 20 and a student at the Meadow Brook summer music school in Michigan, where Levine was teaching. “He said that the abuse continued for several years after he joined a tight-knit clique of young musicians who followed Mr. Levine in Cleveland and later New York.”
The School of American Ballet said in a statement that it “recently received an anonymous letter making general, nonspecific allegations of sexual harassment in the past by Peter Martins at both New York City Ballet and the school. … Thus far, our investigation has not substantiated the allegations in the letter.” Several former dancers say that “Mr. Martins was known for sleeping with dancers, some of whom received better roles because of their personal relationships with him.”
Sebastian F. Schwarz, who became general director of the English “country-house opera” festival in May 2016, basically said (in the euphemistic way of such statements) that he isn’t cut out for running a private, non-state-funded company.
A second-generation member of one the Hindi cinema’s leading families, he was one of the busiest actors in the world in the 1970s and ’80s, starring in well over 100 Bollywood productions. His English-language career, begun alongside wife Jennifer Kendal for Merchant-Ivory, ranged from Shakespeare Wallah through Heat and Dust and Siddhartha to The Deceivers and Sammy and Rosie Get Laid.
A hapless grasshopper found itself in the news not too long ago because it was trapped, a permanent visitor to a one-painting museum called Olive Trees. You may have wondered, as I did, … read more
AJBlog: Out There Published 2017-12-03
Bit by bit
“You’re not going to watch this, are you?” he asked in apparent amazement when I showed up for the first tech rehearsal. “Watching tech is like watching paint dry.” Maybe so, but I was in the house for every minute of both rehearsals, and found them … well, not exactly thrilling, but completely involving. I’ve been watching tech – all of it – ever since. … read more
AJBlog: About Last Night Published 2017-12-04
Monday Recommendation: Preminger’s Meditations
Noah Preminger, Meditations On Freedom (Dry Bridge Records)
Tenor saxophonist and composer Preminger timed the release of this album for the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration as president of the United States. … read more
AJBlog: RiffTides Published 2017-12-04
This is the second substantial round of layoffs since the Speed reopened in March of 2016 after a huge renovation project, with a price tag of $60 million. The first round of layoffs came in August 2016, just five months after the Speed’s reopening, when seven employees were let go.
“Theatres outside London sold 169,000 fewer tickets in 2016 than the previous year – a 1% drop – but improved overall box office sales by 3%, bringing in a total of £14.7m. New data from membership body UK Theatre shows income from plays, pantos, comedy and dance is down on last year, but this was offset, largely thanks to an increase in sales for musicals, which increased by around £20m last year.”