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Digital platforms are creating new audiences for old TV shows - as when this 25-year-old from Houston says "I know 'Game of Thrones' is all the rage — and I watch it too, sometimes — but it doesn’t have me hooked like 'Golden Girls.' ... I’m on my third round of watching the series right now."
It's not the only tech company trying to remove the influence of actively racist groups from its site. "The existence of racist music on music platforms isn't a new phenomenon. Nearly three years ago, the Southern Poverty Law Center pointed out to Apple and the iTunes Store that they were selling, and thereby profiting from, openly racist, neo-fascist musicians, like the hardcore band Skrewdriver."
Dancing on Water, Making Waves Onstage
The Trisha Brown Dance Company performs at the Clark Art Institute and at Jacob’s Pillow. Trisha Brown’s Groove and Countermove. (L to R): Kyle Marshall (head hidden), Patrick McGrath, Oluwadamilare Ayorinde, Kimberly Fulmer, Amanda Kmett’Pendry, ... read more
AJBlog: DancebeatPublished 2017-08-19
Berkshire Bumble: Director’s Letter Reveals Focus Groups Kept in the Dark About Planned Art Sales
In the sell-job for its New Vision, the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA, has made much of the fact that “approximately 400 people have participated in the community consultation process” during the planning phase. But a ... read more
AJBlog: CultureGrrlPublished 2017-08-18
Wu Hsin-fei: Renegade Nanguan Music from Taiwan
As I write this, another day of rain in New York is adding to what has been a rather tropical summer. Am I the only one who thinks rainy days evoke nostalgia? I think ... read more
AJBlog: OtherWorldlyPublished 2017-08-18
Reminder: The Statue of Liberty’s Burka*
Words and narration by Heathcote Williams. Montage by Alan Cox. The President is obsessed with deporting Arabs Although, by a superb comic irony, It was an Arab who modeled for the United States’ icon – ... read more
AJBlog: Straight|UpPublished 2017-08-18
Lina Rodriguez takes her cues from things like a painting of a cow. "In the 1963 painting, a placid Holstein is framed against a night sky marked by wispy clouds and a full moon. The effect should be pastoral, but instead it is faintly alarming. 'There’s this calm, blue, unnerving light,' Rodriguez observes. 'It captures this idea of uncertainty that I see in his paintings. You see something that is quotidian but there is a threat.'"
The Legendary Dancer Julie Kent Talks About The Transition To Artistic Director Of The Washington Ballet
Kent says that the adjustment from being a dancer in New York to being an artistic director in D.C. is a challenge, but that it's good for her two young children to see their parents taking on new work. "My service to the art form is now creating opportunities for other people. ... My focus is on them."
Michelle Terry isn't feuding with Emma Rice, won't direct any plays, wants children to fall for Shakespeare through their kinetic experience at the Globe - and the plays will be "gender-blind, race-blind, disability-blind."
The high regard in which his comic abilities were held in France — he received the Legion of Honor award in 1983 — became a running joke in the U.S. long after Lewis’ style of broad physical comedy fell out of fashion. His final film, “Max Rose,” screened at France’s Cannes Film Festival in 2013.
Gregory, who was often mentioned with Lenny Bruce and Mort Sahl as satirists of the first order in the 1960s, at first thought that humor would win over more white people than activism, but gradually changed his mind - and his routine. Still, "it was Mr. Gregory’s conviction that within a well-delivered joke lies power."
Stuart J. Thompson, Broadway Producer And Manager Of Shows Including 'The Book Of Mormon,' Has Died At 62
Patti LuPone called him a gentleman and said, "He elevated me." Even though he was in theatre, "an industry filled with larger-than-life figures who reveled in the spotlight, he preferred to stay behind the scenes, but his sharp intellect, good taste and dedication made him an influential force, his admirers said."
Art imitates life imitates art: The play, "inspired by Kushner’s Louisiana upbringing, is set in Lake Charles, La., during the heat of the Civil Rights Movement. The plot centers on the uneasy relationship between a Jewish family and their black maid, Caroline, but the era of change is emphasized by a number of background events: the assassination of President Kennedy, the non-violent protests led by Martin Luther King Jr., and—in a particularly timely subplot—the destruction of a courthouse Confederate statue by teenagers in the small Southern town."
Yeah, it's not easy, surprisingly. "For brokers like Mr. Milne, marketing these houses offers unique challenges, including the need to become a Wright expert, to devise a strategy for separating potential buyers from sightseers, and to develop a convincing argument for why someone should pay a premium to live in a house with small bedrooms and a snug kitchen, cinder-block walls, cement floors, narrow doorways, a carport instead of a garage and, quite likely, no air-conditioning."
The story is bigger than a one-off about how "toxic" Twitter has become for some people. "The challenges that the YA community is experiencing are deeply connected to — and reflective of — the challenges Americans face as a nation. Questions of class, culture, and race erupt in the news and on our streets every day, and the white supremacist terrorism on display in Charlottesville is just one small battle in a war that’s sure to claim many casualties."
Basically, the problem is money. "The Houston theater scene knew and respected the couple, and critics generally adored the work they did. But a few years in, and after receiving grants to form the company, Lehl and Tobin-Lehl realized that there was no system in place for 4th Wall to grow. Billing themselves as champions of artists, their plea for more support - enough to pay a small, full-time administrative staff - fell on silent ears."
Does the film "violate socialist values"? Well, it's been screened several times in the past few weeks, but wider circulation "is proving challenging in a country where gender identity remains a sensitive topic. Chinese law allows individuals to change their gender on personal identification cards, but only if they have undergone sex reassignment surgery, and this is illegal for people under 20."
It means the same thing it did before, only more so: "With a cast far more racially mixed than the European-descended men who penned the Constitution, the play’s power is that promises of equality made in the 1700s should never be forsaken. The American dream, the play suggests, belongs to all, not to the resentful and narrow vernaculars reverberating through red and blue state battles."
In Philadelphia, with years of input and discussion, artists are building new monuments. "As a result of the years-long project, a public art project titled Monument Lab,' will take over the city of Philadelphia this fall. Twenty artists of various ages, races, gender identities and artistic backgrounds will erect monuments in 10 public spaces spread throughout the city."
It's Such A Golden Age For TV That Writers Are Ending Up In The Emergency Room With Panic Attacks And Worse
The substance use and abuse is becoming legendary for some who are on severe deadlines. Why? "A record 455 original scripted series aired last year, and by the time 2017 comes to a close that tally is expected to top 500."
You'd think that some folks in the suburbs near Chicago had, somehow, never met a lesbian couple: "More than 2,000 people have seen the outdoor show, which closes Sunday, since previews began July 12. Rice received about two dozen phone calls, letters and emails complaining mostly about the relationship between courtier Touchstone (a role typically played by a man) and shepherdess Audrey (a role typically played by a woman)."
This is about the artist himself, but also about much more than his life: "The story of Farhad — a smart, lanky boy — is more than an unexpected bright light in grim circumstances. It shines a light on forgotten asylum-seekers and suggests the untold potential lost among migrants stranded along the Balkan route to Western Europe."