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Visual ArtsFri, 17 Sep 2021 17:28

Osage Nation Decries Sale Of Important Prehistoric Cave Art

The two-cave system is nestled within a 43-acre stretch of land in Missouri, about 60 miles west of St. Louis. Scholars have called it “the most important rock art site in North America” because of a collection of 290 prehistoric glyphs on its walls. – HyperallergicSource:

Visual ArtsFri, 17 Sep 2021 16:24

School Mural Altered In LA After Community Complaints

The artwork was part of a 2016 project to place murals around the campus. Two years later, the Wilshire Community Coalition, a group led by Korean Americans, spoke out against the sun rays that prominently radiated from Ava Gardner’s profile. – Los Angeles TimesSource:

Visual ArtsFri, 17 Sep 2021 12:34

A Previously Unknown Van Gogh Is Now On View In Amsterdam

“Study for ‘Worn Out,’ as the drawing is being called, has lived in a private Dutch collection since the first decade of the 20th century. Its current owner … approached the museum to determine if it was a legitimate van Gogh.” – ArtnetSource:

Visual ArtsFri, 17 Sep 2021 12:06

Paris’s Musée d’Orsay ‘Can No Longer Be A Tourist Factory,’ Says Its New Director

That would be Christophe Leribault, until now director of the city’s Petit Palais and, before that, of the Musée Delacroix. He replaces Laurence des Cars, who was recently appointed director of the Louvre. – ArtforumSource:

MusicFri, 17 Sep 2021 22:01

San Diego’s New Waterfront Concert Venue Makes A Splash

Of course I am describing a special place, not the kind of home most orchestras could hope to build in their neighbourhood. But the need is the same, to reach out to more people in a friendly environment. – Toronto StarSource:

IdeasFri, 17 Sep 2021 21:28

Is Social Media Like Alcohol Addiction?

To me, it sounds like alcohol—a social lubricant that can be delightful but also depressing, a popular experience that blends short-term euphoria with long-term regret, a product that leads to painful and even addictive behavior among a significant minority. – The AtlanticSource:

TheatreFri, 17 Sep 2021 21:01

Wave Of New Plays By Black Playwrights…

The plays are arriving at an existentially challenging moment for Broadway, when theaters have been closed for a year and a half, when the Delta variant has set back the nation’s recovery from Covid, when tourism is way down. – The New York TimesSource:

IdeasFri, 17 Sep 2021 20:33

Science Works On Explaining How Much Sleep We Need

Although great progress has been made in developing sophisticated models and explaining phenomena such as circadian rhythms, jetlag and details of EEG recordings of the sleeping brain, these advances are belied by the difficulty of developing a general quantitative theory for why we sleep. – AeonSource:

MusicFri, 17 Sep 2021 20:01

Body-Shaming In Opera

“Diversity applies to pretty much everybody except fat people,” opera critic Uwe Friedrich tells me. The pressure to conform to a societal ideal of beauty has “increased enormously” in recent years. – VanSource:

IdeasFri, 17 Sep 2021 19:31

Researchers Explore What Juices The Echo Chamber

“You really don’t know whether this person making a good-sounding argument is really smart, is really educated, or whether they’re just reading off something that they read on Twitter.” – NiemanLabSource:

WordsFri, 17 Sep 2021 18:58

What’s Even The Purpose Of Political Writing Anymore?

Osita Nwanevu: “The morsels of rage and misery we offer might not have much political effect, but they do feed an online writing economy that rewards speed, quantity, and deference to algorithms designed for the profit of three or four tech companies.” – Columbia Journalism ReviewSource:

IssuesFri, 17 Sep 2021 18:31

How The Pandemic Is Changing How Lincoln Center Works

Usually, our work requires a year or two in advance planning. But now we’re building the plane as we’re flying. So it’s really shown us that we can be nimble. – Christian Science MonitorSource:

MediaFri, 17 Sep 2021 18:01

A New Movie Revives A Surprisingly Old Genre: Black Westerns

Just as there really were African-Americans in the Old West, Westerns with Black casts (first shown to segregated audiences) were made from the 1930s through the Blaxploitation ’70s and beyond. The latest example, The Harder They Fall, is fiction but depicts real historical figures. – The New York TimesSource:

MusicFri, 17 Sep 2021 17:03

Afghan Singers Recount Their Flight From The Taliban

The BBC interviewed half a dozen musicians who have had instruments smashed, relatives killed, and threats issued since the extremists took over Afghanistan last month. They now all in hiding in Pakistan, hoping to find refuge in another country. – BBCSource:

IssuesFri, 17 Sep 2021 16:02

In Crimea, Russian Government Is Trying To Wipe Out Tatar Heritage: UNESCO Report

“The report ascribes a goal of erasing traces of their cultural presence on the peninsula and weakening ‘the fundamental role of the indigenous Muslim people in the history of Crimea’ as a mean of ‘historical justification for its occupation.'” – The Art NewspaperSource:

IssuesFri, 17 Sep 2021 15:32

Why This Musicologist Quit Academia

In recent years the dogmatic mode of thinking, in which uncritical commitments are enforced by mechanisms involving public humiliation, no-platforming, and attempts to have scholars fired, has become to seem like it has become endemic. – Harper-ScottSource:

IssuesFri, 17 Sep 2021 15:04

Myanmar’s Arts Community Is Caught Between Military Dictators, Floods, Economic Turmoil, And COVID

“People are focused on survival … and caring for their loved ones,” says one artist in Yangon. Adds another, “It’s dangerous to do a good show now, since … it is impossible to speak about the present in Myanmar without putting yourself in danger.” – The Art NewspaperSource:

BlogsFri, 17 Sep 2021 14:48

Ivan Turgenev on Aging He Did Not Picture Life’s Sea as the Poets Depict It

“He fell to thinking . . . slowly, listlessly, wrathfully. He thought of the vanity, the uselessness, the vulgarSource:

MediaFri, 17 Sep 2021 14:31

Why This Filmmaker In Myanmar Is A Fugitive From The Junta

Director Na Gyi and his wife (and leading actor) would be in hiding even if their latest film weren’t about a lesbian romance: they gave financial help to people striking against the coup. Here’s a Q&A he gave from a safe house. – The Hollywood ReporterSource:

PeopleFri, 17 Sep 2021 14:03

Jane Powell, Wholesome Star Of Classic Movie Musicals, Dead At 91

“An actress and singer who first appeared in movies as a teenager, (she) became a sunny stalwart of Hollywood musicals in the 1940s and 1950s, most notably opposite Fred Astaire in Royal Wedding and Howard Keel in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” – The Washington PostSource:


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