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What If - Just Bear With Us Here - A Former Obama Official Takes Over Weinstein Co. And Installs A Majority-Female Board?

9 minutes agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Maria Contreras-Sweet ran the Small Business Administration, and now she's wants to run a big business - the scandal-laden, struggling Weinstein Co. Or at least that's what she said in her surprise bid: "I believe we have now reached a crossroads where it is imperative that a woman-led board acquire control of the company and […]

Pixar Could Have Screwed Up Royally With 'Coco'

41 minutes agoArts : Modern Art Notes

But it didn't, and here's how: It had to upend decades of Pixar secrecy to avoid massive cultural missteps.

Could E-Sports - That's Right, Gaming - Be The Next Big Thing In Media?

58 minutes agoArts : Modern Art Notes

They already are - millions of people tune in to watch e-sport championships online, and the players train every day for the chance to become famous (and rich).

Music Lovers Rejoice: The ECM Records Catalog Is Finally Streaming

ECM, which cared very much about sound quality, "was long a holdout against streaming services that have to contend with bandwidth limits and non-optimal soundcards in computers and phones, as well as deals that minimize the value of music." Sadly, or perhaps luckily, it's given in.

Ursula LeGuin On Life, Literature, And Just About Everything

On becoming a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters: "To paraphrase Mary Godwin’s line about the vindication of the rights of women, it’s a vindication of the rights of science fiction. To have my career recognized on this level makes it a lot harder for the diehards and holdouts to say, 'Genre […]

Shannon Michael Cane, The Man Who Made Art Book Fairs Cool, Has Died At 43

The Australian took over the Printed Matter book fair in New York in 2013. Printed Matter is "the granddaddy of such gatherings, and [Cane] transformed it into a radically inclusive affair, attended by venerable rare-book dealers alongside obscure zine makers so scrappy they could barely afford the plane fare to participate."

When You're German, It's Tough To Make Sense Of The Imprecision Of English

2 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Whew, what's up with but and butcher? Or cheesy? But there are deeper differences: "Germans read and speak differently; we scan to the end of the sentence, then we go back and parse it. Understanding this, in my view, is crucial to understanding how English speakers and German speakers think differently. English speakers make it […]

The Museum Of The Bible Is Missing Something

2 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Namely, it's missing Islam, and the Koran. One scholar who has studied the museum's sponsors says, "For them, the Bible is American Protestantism [and] the story they are telling is the story of 'the Bible goes West.'... There’s a disconnect of the Bible from any non-Western themes, which is incredible."

Can't Get Tickets To Hamilton? Well, Spamilton - Closing On Broadway - May Begin A Tour Of Its Own

2 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

The show, which satirizes Lin-Manuel Miranda and Hamilton, started a limited-engagement run in July of 2016 and has since moved near the show it skewers (in an affectionate, smart way that had even Miranda laughing and applauding). Along with the U.S. tour, a London production may also be in the works.

Will Gainsborough Get A Much Larger Museum Of His Own?

2 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Yes, if the project can find funding. "The new building will feature exhibition spaces for loans, a community gallery for printmakers, contemporary artists and schools. There will also be a landscape studio with the view of the countryside replicated in Gainsborough's famous portrait Mr and Mrs Andrews."

AppleTV Is Joining The Race To Produce Content, But Will That Ruin Everything?

3 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

OK, let's do the math. If Apple adds however many series it wants, with its nearly unlimited resources, will our heads explode? "At the time of this year's Emmy Awards in early September, 342 scripted series had aired or screened on network, cable and streaming services in the United States (not counting PBS, which is […]

Film Photos, And The Darkroom, Make A Comeback In An Unlikely Venue

3 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

That would be the high school, where old-school photography is back in style. "As younger generations embrace vintage things — like vinyl records and early gaming consoles — more students have become interested in old-school photography, increasing the demand for analog photography classes."

The University Of Vermont Is Slashing Music And Dance Classes

3 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Not only that, but the classes slashed were taught by part-time faculty - and the chair of the music department resigned in disgust. "A former part-time faculty member himself, Toner said he feels especially bad for the adjunct music faculty who arranged their schedules to accommodate spring classes. As musicians trying to make a living […]

Jeffrey Tambor Will Leave 'Transparent' After Two Women Accused Him Of Sexual Harassment

3 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Amazon had already been considering writing his character, around whom the entire series is focused, out of the fifth season in response to the allegations by a former assistant and a co-star. Part of Tambor's statement: "Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to […]

Here Are Some Curators Trying Their Hardest To Shake Up The Art World

4 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

These curators work in traditional spaces, create new space, work together, and say that the art fair needs to end. But more important than that, says one: "The art world needs to reckon with its own power."

Diana Ross Reflects On Her Life In Music - And Her Future

17 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

As the legend gets a lifetime achievement award, and during the 55th anniversary of the Supremes' debut, Ross says, "Motown was genius! It put all of this energy together and created music that traveled around the entire world. Berry Gordy had a vision, and so did I. We were surrounded by [so much] talent, and […]

Hungarian Film Wins At Poland's Film Fest As Awards Season Ramps Up

17 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

On Body and Soul, a movie about strangers sharing dreams, won the Golden Frog (yes, frog) at the Camerimage Fest. But "before announcing the top prize winners, juror Stephen Goldblatt said the body felt they had to make a statement decrying what he called the 'high degree of gratuitous, misogynistic and voyeuristic' violence seen in […]

Is The Simpsons' Apu A Problem?

17 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Comedian and political commentator Hari Kondabolu thinks the 30-year-old series definitely needs to clean up its act with its only South Asian character. His documentary goes on a quest to find out why. "What really emerges — as Kondabolu sits down with former Simpsons producer Dana Gould, and culls comments [Apu voice actor Hank] Azaria […]

Finally It's Time To Acknowledge And Celebrate Alice Coltrane

17 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Why hasn't her music been appreciated before? Well, it's kind of like John Lennon and Yoko Ono: "Her talents weren’t hugely appreciated in the 1960s. This was partly due to the man with whom she fell in love in 1963. John Coltrane became her husband two years later and asked her to step into his […]

Inception: A Novel Written By A Character On A TV Show, With A Blurb By The Actual Writer, Is Out Now

17 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Follow this: "In the very first episode of Jane the Virgin — the hit show about a young woman who is accidentally artificially inseminated during a routine visit to her gynecologist — viewers learn that Jane wants to be a writer. Over the course of the show, she attends graduate school, obtaining her Master’s degree […]

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