Sunday, January 19, 2020

Life As A Young, Award-Winning Cellist by Artsjournal2

Sheku Kanneh-Mason has had quite the life in recent years, what with winning the BBC’s Young Musician Award in 2016 and performing at the wedding of Harry Windsor and Meghan Markle. He say…

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This Austrian Village, Overrun By ‘Frozen’ Tourists, Wants Them To Go To The Salt Mines by Artsjournal2

Only 780 people live in Hallstatt, Austria – but a million tourists visit each year, hoping for the perfect Frozen-style photo. The town had had enough. “Hallstatt is embarking on a camp…

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We’re Losing Any Sense Of Place Because Now Everywhere Feels The Same by Artsjournal2

You can watch movies, order groceries, talk to friends, or do just about anything from anywhere, thanks to smart phones. “Nowhere feels especially remarkable, and every place adopts the pl…

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Stephen King’s Twitter Comment About The Oscars Gets At One Of The Academy’s Deepest Problems by Artsjournal2

These guys just will not accept responsibility. “Diversity is too often discussed as something separate from, or even in conflict with, artistic virtue. It is treated as an abstract concep…

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Spanish Billionaire Fined $58 Million, Sent To Jail For Trying To Smuggle A Picasso Out Of Spain To Auction by Artsjournal2

And the ultimate punishment to the art dealer, who may not actually go to jail as it’s his first offense: “The artwork is now property of the state and has been given to the Reina Sofia …

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Hank Azaria Says He Will Stop Voicing Apu On The Simpsons by Artsjournal2

But will Apu be retired from the show, or will the show get a new voice actor – perhaps an Indian American voice actor? This has been a long time coming. “In 2017, the comedian Hari Kond…

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Though They’re ‘Chronically Underfunded,’ Libraries Are Vital Parts Of Their Communities by Artsjournal2

Toronto’s libraries have increased program attendance by more than 30 percent in the past decade, but funding has not kept up – not at all. The libraries say they want to get going on a …

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After Producers Guild Win, Looks Like ‘1917’ Is Becoming An Oscar Fave by Artsjournal2

Sam Mendes’ movie inspired by his grandfather, a movie starring many men, a movie that’s about war and that showcases technical skill, may now be the frontrunner for the Oscars. (This li…

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Portraits Of Its People Rattle Some In A Georgia Town by Artsjournal2

Newnan, Georgia, reacted to a neo-Nazi rally by putting up 17 large-scale banner portraits of people in the town – a diverse collection including African Americans, Mexican Americans, and …

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What Did Happiness Used To Look Like? by Artsjournal2

We don’t know without a lot of careful analysis because words and their meanings change. However, “over the past two or three decades, the historical study of emotions has developed a ri…

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A Royal Ballet Dancer Says It’s On Dancers (And Companies) To Make Sure Ballet Doesn’t Look Elitist by Artsjournal2

Marinela Nuñez: “When I’m dancing, I always think – even when I am in a fairytale ballet such as The Sleeping Beauty – that it is real. It touches me and it makes me think of my l…

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What A ‘Narrative Performance’ Is – And What It Can Do For An Audience by Artsjournal2

Helen Shaw breaks it all down: “Our critical function operates differently with the storyteller than with scene-player, because we immediately wonder about truthfulness. … The narrating …

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Why Did The Public Shut Down A Climate Activist’s Play Early? by Artsjournal2

The show, The Truth Has Changed, tells of Josh Fox’s anti-fracking work and what he describes as “incessant harassment” from the gas and petroleum industries. Fox says the issue was th…

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Writing About War, But, You Know, With Women by Artsjournal2

You’ve probably heard of the French Resistance, but do you know about the great-grandmothers of Ethiopia in 1935? Ethiopian novelist Maaza Mengiste’s second novel (partly) concerns the w…

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Norma Tanega, Whose Hit Single Was Covered By Nearly Everyone, Has Died At 80 by Artsjournal2

Tanega’s “Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog,” which was truly a recounting of her life with her cat named Dog, smashed through 1966 and was covered by Barry McGuire, jazz artists, Yo La Tengo…

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The National Archives Blurred A Historic, And Historical, Photograph Of The Women’s March To Blur Anti-Trump Signs by Artsjournal2

They did what? Yes. They digitally blurred the photo before it went on display in the nation’s capital. To quote one strong tweet about it, “This is some weird Soviet shit right here.”…

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Hollywood Preps For A Writers’ Strike, But The Landscape Has Dramatically Changed Since The Last One by Artsjournal2

Streaming was barely a thing back in the day of the last big strike – but it still cost everyone a lot of money and time. “Studios, production companies and guild members are all eager t…

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Peter Larkin, Broadway Designer And Creator Of The Parliament-Funkadelic Mothership, Has Died At 93 by Artsjournal2

Larkin won four Tonys for his work as a designer on Broadway. “Larkin won his Tonys in a remarkable run in the mid-1950s, for Ondine, The Teahouse of the August Moon, No Time for Sergeants…

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Protesters Shut Down The Louvre by Artsjournal2

The protestors are angry about the government’s proposed pension reforms, and they’ve shut down much of Paris on and off over the past six weeks. “‘Closing the Louvre to prevent tour…

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Monhegan Island Watercolor Workshop by Artsjournal

Join us on the beautiful “artist” island off the coast of Maine. Your chance to develop your watercolor painting skills. For beginner/ intermediate level painters. Class size limited to …

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MoMA & the Nouvel Kid on the Block: Revenge of American Folk Art Museum’s Demolished Building? by Artsjournal1

It’s been 10 years since I published what seems to have been some prescient commentary about the now (belatedly) completed Jean Nouvel-designed 1,050-foot tower (known to CultureGrrl reade…

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Why Don’t Audiences Know More About Composer George Walker’s Music? by Artsjournal

Walker, who died in 2018 at age 96, was one of America’s most distinguished composers. He won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1996. He was a superb pianist and an esteemed academic. His sh…

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UK Funding Cuts Are Hurting Organizations’ Basic Operations, Warns Arts Council by Artsjournal1

“Funding cuts over the past 10 years are impacting cultural organisations ability to deliver non-artistic operations, such as site maintenance and recruitment, Arts Council England has war…

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100-Year-Old Bookstore With No Customers Sends Mournful Tweet And Customers Respond by Artsjournal

The store hadn’t had any sales that day, perhaps for the first time ever, says the manager. He sent out a tweet and Twitter readers responded with a thousand pounds worth of orders. – Th…

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These Musicians Moved To A Dying Village, Hoping To Revive It. They Got Caught In The Culture Wars Instead. by Artsjournal1

“In 1997, a group of German classical musicians moved to the village of Klein Jasedow, a tiny, nearly abandoned hamlet close to the Baltic Sea. The performers were looking to escape the ca…

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James Wood: Technique Versus Effect In Literary Criticism by Artsjournal

The first way of reading is non-evaluative, at least at the level of craft or technique; the second is only evaluative, and wagers everything on technical success, on questions of craft and …

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Nobel Committee Fought Tooth And Nail Over Whether To Give Prize To Samuel Beckett by Artsjournal1

“Fifty years after Samuel Beckett won the Nobel prize for literature, newly opened archives reveal the serious doubts the committee had over giving the award to an author they felt held a …

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Hysterical Critics, Public Writing, And Making Sense Of Things by Artsjournal

Hysterical critics are self-centred – not because they write about themselves, which writers have always done, but because they can make any observation about the world lead back to their …

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Hollywood Is Turning To AI To Decide What Movies To Make by Artsjournal1

No, machines aren’t writing usable scripts. (Yet.) But we all know about projects that seemed terrific on paper but turned out to be disastrous bombs — and about sleeper hits that seemed…

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Artists Add Value? Here’s a List Of Practical Ways During The Australian Fires by Artsjournal

Artists have stepped up in a huge way at this dark time in Australian history by volunteering their talents and resources to support communities and firefighters. They have demonstrated arti…

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Fifty Black Dance Companies Are Converging On Philadelphia This Weekend by Artsjournal1

It’s the annual conference of the International Association of Blacks in Dance, which was started 32 years ago by Philadanco founder-director Joan Roberts Brown. “In the mid-1980s, she s…

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