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SAG Awards: In-Person Awards Shows Return

The 28th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards pulled off the first in-person awards ceremony of 2022, moving ahead as if things were normal after other gatherings canceled or went entirely virtual due to the omicron variant. - Variety

The Wild Projects Chris Burden Couldn’t Make

They include an effort to convert a World War II British destroyer into a ship with sails (blocked by price and preservation issues), an application to hang a fishing boat on the side of the Seattle Art Museum (met with “vehement objections” from the building’s architect, according to Burden) and a plan to put...

Climate Change — A Cultural Issue

To tackle the climate and biodiversity crisis effectively, we urgently need to address cultural values relating to consumption. An important aspect of this is the role models presented on our screens and in books. - The Conversation

Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky Quits Bolshoi Project

Mr. Ratmansky, who grew up in Kyiv and danced there early in his career, immediately decided to leave Moscow, and with the help of the Bolshoi, made arrangements to travel home to New York via Warsaw, along with the rest of his international creative team. - The New York Times

The Top-Selling Global Music Group Of 2021

The South Korean band beat the likes of Drake and Adele to top a chart compiled by music industry body the IFPI. - BBC

A Way Forward

My opening remarks in the discussion “A Way Forward: Toward Greater Musical Diversity,” at New England Conservatory, in conjunction with three concerts of piano...

T. Oliver Reid talks about the Black Theatre Coalition

T. Oliver Reid, Co-Founder & Artistic Director of the Black Theatre Coalition and faculty at NYU-Tisch’s Grad Acting Program and Columbia University School of the Arts’ Grad Acting program, shares the important work of the Black Theatre Coalition.

Henninger’s Non Sequiturs: Wall Street Journal’s Deputy Editor Blunders Through Clumsy Cultural Commentary

In authoring articles for a major newspaper, no journalist—not even a highly regarded veteran like Daniel Henninger, deputy editor

The Russian Stravinsky

What happened to Stravinsky in the West? What to make of his “neo-classicism”? These are questions I’ve many

Meet the New Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts-Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson!

Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson, the 13th chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, is no stranger to the Arts Endowment having had a...

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Climate Change — A Cultural Issue

To tackle the climate and biodiversity crisis effectively, we urgently need to address cultural values relating to consumption. An important aspect of this is the role models presented on our screens and in books. - The Conversation

Experts: By 2030, Most Of The Internet Could Be Created By Artificial Intelligence

As its capabilities advance, the idea is that AI could start to generate entire online worlds, along with all the stuff that inhabits them — not to mention all the online material that’s currently mostly made by humans. - The Byte

Why ‘Cyrano’ Is So Infinitely Adaptable

Why, it's about unrequited love, of course. The newest version shows that "singing can make a character (and an actor) more vulnerable, tapping into an openness and emotion that beautifully suits this particular story of romantic longing." - The New York Times

Why Do Some Teams Inspire While Others Sap Energy?

Why might a person let her team down in one situation but give it her all in a different one? Sometimes, as in the first scenario, teamwork is demotivating. In fact, in German, ‘team’ is an acronym for Toll, ein anderer macht’s, meaning ‘Great, someone else does it.’ - Psyche

The Role Of Fiction When “Facts” Don’t Mean Anything

The gap between the experiences of ordinary citizens and the perspectives of politicians and journalists widened throughout the long years of crisis. One damaging consequence is that many more people today are willing to suspend their disbelief in the malign fictions of far-right demagogues, podcasters and YouTubers. - London...

Facebook Says It Will Build A Universal Translator

“The ability to communicate with anyone in any language — that’s a superpower people have dreamed of forever, and AI is going to deliver that in our lifetimes.” - Protocol

How Artists Are Responding To The Ukraine Invasion

"I never expected Russian artists to publicly take a stand, to venture, to risk, but when they did, I am struck (mostly) by the humanity, and the specificity of language in conveying that humanity." - The Opera Queen

Artists Pull Out Of British Show After Gallery Director Is Asked To Resign

The University of Manchester asked him to leave after UK Lawyers for Israel complained about his statements in support of Palestinians and "suggested that the university should take appropriate disciplinary action." Twenty-three artists have pulled out of the show. - The Guardian (UK)

Discord Is The Latest Site To Revamp Its Policy On Anti-Vaxx Posts

There's more: The updated policy is "designed to target groups or individuals that participate in organized violence, spread harmful anti-vaccination material, or harass other Discord users with hate speech." - The Verge

As London Prices Out Artists, They’re Leaving. And The City’s Role As Arts Center Is Dimming

 In the past couple of decades, artists have migrated from the East End — where the Whitechapel is — to Peckham and various other spots in southeast London. Some are now settling in coastal towns such as Margate and Folkestone. The exodus poses a threat to London’s status as...

What Is It That Makes A Group Of Neighboring Venues Into An “Arts District”?

For a start, there should be multiple art forms available and multiple points of entry, both physical and metaphorical. - ArtsHub (Australia)

Seattle Arts Groups Say COVID Costs Are Crippling

To avoid costly shutdowns, they're shelling out for hospital-grade filtration systems, daily testing regimes for performers and crew, more staff to check vaccine cards and IDs, and COVID compliance officers to ensure quality control. But all that health and safety comes at a price these institutions can't afford. -...

The Top-Selling Global Music Group Of 2021

The South Korean band beat the likes of Drake and Adele to top a chart compiled by music industry body the IFPI. - BBC

Norman Lebrecht: The New Geffen Hall Will Be A Game-Changer

Deborah Borda, president of the New York Philharmonic, gave me a virtual tour on Zoom the other day. What I saw leads me to believe that Geffen Hall will leave the rest of the world playing catch-up. - The Critic

How The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Retrofitted A 1930s Theatre For Sound

First of all, "the Warner Grand Theater building was originally designed for film screenings, not live performances, so the depth of the stage had to be expanded from 18 feet to 53 feet." - Fast Company

Sure, Music Can Heal – But Can It Heal Bones?

A new study says maybe it can. - Salon

A Green Alternative To CDs And Vinyl

Composer Fabian Almazan, who uses a sense of place to inspire his writing, started Biophilia Records as a way to get other enviro musicians together. He says his "Biopholios" are a green way to consume music as well. - Slate

The Met Says It Will Cut Ties With Pro-Putin Artists

Peter Gelb: "We believe strongly in the warm friendship and cultural exchange that has long existed between the artists and artistic institutions of Russia and the United States ... we can no longer engage with artists or institutions that support Putin or are supported by him." - The New...

The Wild Projects Chris Burden Couldn’t Make

They include an effort to convert a World War II British destroyer into a ship with sails (blocked by price and preservation issues), an application to hang a fishing boat on the side of the Seattle Art Museum (met with “vehement objections” from the building’s architect, according to Burden)...

Possible New Info In Gardner Museum Theft

At least, new info to the public. Investigators have been looking at links between the 1990 art heist and a 1991 execution-style murder for a decade or so. - Boston Globe

That Time Mies Van Der Rohe Designed A Frat House

The frat house didn't get built, but the design did - as a building for Indiana University's art, architecture, and design department. - Hyperallergic

Black Women Photographers Want To Be Seen In Full Color

Says one, "So much of the photography we have seen of the lives of Black and brown people is in black and white, which to me can sometimes give this sense of fungible devastation." She would rather show people "in all their vibrant, living colors." - Wired

Where Are Today’s Monuments Men And Women?

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has alarmed cultural experts still waiting "more than two years after the Army, with some fanfare, announced  new effort, styled after the old, of dedicated art experts working in a military capacity to preserve the treasures of the past." - The New York Times

Nelson Mandela’s Paintings Of Life In Prison Are About To Be Sold

They'll be sold as NFTs, of course. Mandela's daughter: "My dad was all about creating an accessible society. This is a way of democratising his art." - The Guardian (UK)

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Often, The Show Did Not Ever Go On After Pandemic Restrictions Eased

For instance, among the dozens of hard stories, "at the shutdown’s outset, Signature Theatre in Arlington had to scratch the world premiere of Camille Claudel, a decades-in-the-making musical by Frank Wildhorn and Nan Knighton that has not been rescheduled." - Washington Post

To Get Museum-Goers Truly Involved In The Work, Add Theatre

Science says it's a good idea. "Audience members, whether they know each other or not, will synchronize their heartbeats while watching a live theater performance" - and that works in a natural history museum as well as a proscenium theatre. - American Alliance of Museums

Time To Get Rid Of Gendered Acting Awards?

What might an awards show that more accurately reflects the world around us actually look like? Specifically, what might an awards show that rewards actors without dividing them along the gender binary look like? - American Theatre

Long Wharf Theatre Is Leaving Its Building. So What Is My Relationship With The Company?

This forces me and so many others whose lives have included hours spent in the building to examine how we connect with a theatre conceptually, when there is no longer a fixed location. Is a theatre the building or the work? - The Stage

The Transcript Of The Emmett Till Murder Trial Is Put Onstage For The First Time

The Chicago company Collaboraction has edited the proceedings of the 1955 case — in which an all-white Mississippi jury acquitted two white men who later admitted killing the 14-year-old victim — into an immersive theater piece titled Trial in the Delta: The Murder of Emmett Till. - MSN (Chicago...

After 46 Years, San Diego Repertory Theatre’s Founding Artistic Director Is Retiring

In 1976, Sam Woodhouse and D.W. Jacobs launched a theater company "for a San Diego that didn't exist at the time" — cosmopolitan, with a vibrant downtown. After more than 330 productions, including 50+ world premieres, that helped create the city he envisioned, Woodhouse is stepping down. - The...

Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky Quits Bolshoi Project

Mr. Ratmansky, who grew up in Kyiv and danced there early in his career, immediately decided to leave Moscow, and with the help of the Bolshoi, made arrangements to travel home to New York via Warsaw, along with the rest of his international creative team. - The New York...

London’s Royal Opera House Cancels Bolshoi Ballet Appearances

The Moscow-based ballet company were set to return to London this summer but their tour has been called off as Ukraine was hit by air strikes and Russian fighters closed in on the country's capital Kyiv. - Daily Mail (UK)

An Asian American Dancer Was Attacked On His Way To A Performance

The dancer was on his way to a first-performance celebration at New York’s Public Theater when he was attacked "in what theater officials describe as the latest 'disgusting and heartbreaking' incident 'in a long history of violence against Asian Americans.'" - Deadline

Scottish Ballet Is Latest Arts Company To Sever Ties With BP Funding

Campaigners have urged the arts and culture sector to cut all ties to oil companies over claims of greenwashing. BP said it was proud of the 10-year partnership, which Scottish Ballet said had reached a "natural conclusion". - BBC

Paloma Herrera Walks Away From The Helm Of Buenos Aires’s Leading Ballet Company

In 2017, after 20 years as a principal at ABT, Herrera became artistic director of the Ballet Estable del Teatro Colón, where she trained as a child. Early this month, she resigned in frustration, saying that the company's work rules make consistent excellence impossible. (in Spanish) - La Nación...

Exploring Dance As Therapy

Experts have said that exploring non-medical interventions which can be prescribed more quickly, such as dance programmes, should be considered as part of the overall management of mental health problems in young people. - The Scotsman

Why Some Words Sound Ugly To Us

This phenomenon, where the sound of a word triggers an emotion or a meaning, is referred to as “sound symbolism”. Yet the idea that there might be a link between the sound of words and their meaning flies against accepted linguistic thinking. - The Conversation

The Lone Screenplay Phenomenon

When the Academy snubs every actor, the director, and the movie - but just can't bring itself to leave the movie off the nominations list. "If you curated a film festival of 'lone screenplay' nominees, you’d have a program filled with crowd-pleasers." - The Atlantic

What Better Time To Found ‘A Journal Of Ideas’ Than During The Pandemic?

OK, sure, there might be better times, but The Drift has done pretty well for itself, oddly. With "a penchant for publishing lengthy essays that go through many rounds of editing, The Drift is a throwback in many ways" - a successful one. - The New York Times

A Reading List For Those Who Desire To Become So-Called Bad Girls

Hey, why not? "Being a bad girl may mean unleashing destructive force, or simply shrugging off expectation. It could mean embracing the calamity of selfhood, or reimagining who that self is entirely. To be bad is to be your own." - The Rumpus

Meanwhile In Afghanistan… The Libraries Are Closed

"It has been seven months that no one has peeked into the library. It is painful to see the distance between people and books grow.” - The Conversation

Have You Heard Of “Sensitivity” Readers? Oh My.

The Readers were explicit that this was not to do with any actual words on the page, but because they could tell that I personally had not done “the self-reflection and self-education that is necessary to understand the underlying reason that so many people felt harmed by work”....

SAG Awards: In-Person Awards Shows Return

The 28th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards pulled off the first in-person awards ceremony of 2022, moving ahead as if things were normal after other gatherings canceled or went entirely virtual due to the omicron variant. - Variety

China’s Formerly Intense Appetite For Anything Hollywood Has Disappeared

"In the last few years, as China’s diplomatic relations with the west – and in particular the US – plummeted, the preferences of Chinese audiences changed, too." Now homegrown Chinese media is in vogue, changing Hollywood calculations (and funding). - The Observer (UK)

The Crown’s Jewels (And Other Props) Were Stolen

"The props are collectively valued at roughly $200,000, and include a replica of a Fabergé egg, several sets of silver and gold candelabra, a clock face of a William IV grandfather clock, a 10-piece silver dressing table set and crystal glassware and decanters ."- The New York Times

Wait, What Film Just Won At The SAG Awards?

That's right: CODA. And though it was the biggest surprise, it wasn't the only one in an unpredictable evening. - CBC (AP)

Ireland’s Film Business Is Booming

It's so intense right now that "Screen Ireland ... is to open five film academies, including one specialising in animation, to keep up with the demand for talent." - The Guardian (UK)

The SAG Awards, As They Happened

If you missed them yesterday, they're getting rebroadcast on HBO, but as usual, the Oscars discussion heats up as American awards start to roll in. - The Hollywood Reporter

Iranian Director And Oscar Winner Asghar Farhadi Has A Rule

The director says he has no interest in making movies about the rich. "It is very valuable for me to always focus on ordinary people." Perhaps paradoxically, that has won him success and a following across the globe. - The New York Times

Actor Sally Kellerman, 84

Among her notable performances in film and television were Welcome to L.A., Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Brewster McCloud, and the third episode ever of Star Trek, but she's best remembered for her Oscar-nominated portrayal of Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan in Robert Altman's M*A*S*H. - The Hollywood Reporter

Europe’s First-Ever Pop Star

"Charles Dibdin was no one-hit wonder, but a hugely prolific, extremely famous figure. He performed in operas and then wrote his own, composed more than a thousand songs, toured one-man shows around the country, and opened his own London theatre." - BBC

Henry Danton, Who Danced All Over The World And Still Taught Ballet At Age 100, Is Dead At 102

He started with Sadler's Wells Ballet in London in 1940, appeared with the Paris Opera Ballet and with touring companies across four continents, then taught the national ballets of Colombia and Venezuela as well as at Sarah Lawrence and Juilliard before not-retiring to Mississippi in his 70s. - AP

De Wain Valentine, Who Pioneered The Use Of Plastics As An Art Medium, Dead At 86

In particular, he was the first to use polyester resin and Plexiglas to make sculptures. (He learned how to shape and sand them in shop class.) His goal as an artist, he once said, was "to cut out large chunks of ocean or sky and say: 'Here it is.'"...

Jim Broadbent On Being An Anti-Establishment Actor And Turning Down And OBE, An

"When Richard Eyre accepted his knighthood and I asked why, he said 'vanity.' If somebody asks me why I turned down an OBE, I’d say 'vanity' too. It wouldn’t suit me, like wearing a bobble hat or something." - The Guardian (UK)