Thursday, February 20, 2020

Cheers for Pearl Cleage—and Keen Company by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal drama column I review the New York premiere of Pearl Cleage’s Blues for an Alabama Sky. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * It’s February—or, as it’s kn…

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How Can Theatre Work On Climate Change? by Artsjournal

Theatre has always paid attention to political and social issues. So what does working on climate change look like for theatre? American Theatre presents a collection of stories exploring ho…

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How My Fake College Essay Went Insanely Viral And Nearly Cost Me My Day Job by Artsjournal1

Comedian Alexis Pereira writes a genuine essay about the bogus essay he posted to Twitter, written by an imaginary student and marked up in red pen by Pereira as an imaginary English teacher…

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Seattle Arts Philanthropist Virginia Wright, 91 by Artsjournal

The Wrights became known as “the Medicis of Seattle,” especially renowned for their marvelous art collection. – Seattle Times

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He Was One Of Sudan’s Most Beloved Musicians — Then He Went Silent For Decades And Was Even Thought Dead by Artsjournal1

In the 1970s and ’80s, Abu Obaida Hassan’s singing and skill on the Nubian tambour thrilled Sudanese listeners and even gained attention overseas. Then the imposition of a stern version …

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EU Will Demand UK Return Parthenon Marbles To Greece As Part Of Brexit Deal by Artsjournal

The European Union will demand that Britain gives a collection of ancient marble sculptures back to Greece as part of a post-Brexit trade deal. Greece has long argued that the Parthenon Marb…

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Why The U.S. Department Of Defense Is Interested In Dancing Robots by Artsjournal1

The now-famous video of Spot the Robot dancing to “Uptown Funk” was created (as was Spot) by a contractor for DARPA searching for new ways to make robots useful to the military. “Consi…

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Royal Philharmonic Research: How Technology Is Bringing Classical Music A Bigger Audience by Artsjournal

‘Technology is playing a huge role in shaping the future of how people engage with orchestral music,’ says James Williams, managing director at the RPO. ‘At the Royal Philharmonic Orch…

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How A Show About, Of All Things, Cambodian Surf Rock Became One Of This Season’s Most-Produced Plays by Artsjournal1

“With the Off Broadway production of Cambodian Rock Band now in performances at Signature Theater, [playwright Lauren] Yee and director Chay Yew appeared on Stagecraft, Variety‘s theater…

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The sound of comfort by Terry Teachout

In this week’s Wall Street Journal “Sightings” column, I write about one of music’s most mysterious powers. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Music is the most mysterious of all the …

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Why An ‘Old-Timey Gothic Typeface’ Became ‘The Nazi Font’ by Artsjournal1

Blackletter, or Fraktur (as it’s known in German), was used all over Europe during the Middle Ages and through the early years of the printing press. As the rest of the continent gave blac…

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The Rise Of Queer Tango In Buenos Aires Makes Perfect Sense by Artsjournal1

“Tango first emerged on the outskirts of the city, as the perfect poetic and musical medium for the outcast and marginalized to tell their stories. With this in mind, perhaps queer tango i…

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Indian Cinema Is Finally Starting To Get Comfortable With Same-Sex Romance by Artsjournal1

Until just a few years ago, the very few times queer characters were shown at all in Bollywood movies were as figures of mockery. Now, very occasionally, a film with a sympathetic portrayal …

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A Huge Frank Stella Painting Disappeared In Chile And Ended Up Being Used As A Lunch Table by Artsjournal1

“It’s a little known fact that in 1972, minimalist artist Frank Stella donated the painting Isfahan III (1968) to the Museo de la Solidaridad in Chile, a new institution that invited art…

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How The Arts Could Reform Business Education by Artsjournal

It’s not the liberal arts vs. corporate education. And it’s not soft skills vs. hard skills. It’s both a dichotomy and a lexicon we must eliminate. First, the dichotomy: the education …

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Out of here by Terry Teachout

I’m picking up a Zipcar and hitting the road later today for a three-night caregiver’s holiday on Long Island Sound. During my absence, Mrs. T will be looked after around the clock by th…

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Louvre Cancels Show Of Bulgarian Icons After Bulgarian Government And Church Object by Artsjournal1

Curators intended the June exhibition, titled “Art and Cultures in Bulgaria between the 16th and 18th Centuries,” to examine the influence that Islamic art had on Bulgarian Orthodox reli…

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Amar Ramasar Is Not Leaving Broadway’s ‘West Side Story’. Neither Are The Protesters Who Want Him Fired by Artsjournal1

Ramasar, who was sacked from, and later rehired by, New York City Ballet following his role in the nude photo-sharing scandal at the company, is playing Bernardo in the new production by Ivo…

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Which Presidential Candidate Would Be Best For The Arts? by Artsjournal1

“The question … is far more complicated that it first appears. (What does ‘best’ mean? What does ‘the arts’ mean?)” There isn’t all that much evidence to look at, but Chris J…

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Almanac: Dickens on self-deception by Terry Teachout

“All other swindlers upon earth are nothing to the self-swindlers, and with such pretences did I cheat myself.” Charles Dickens, Great Expectations Continue reading Almanac: Dickens on …

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“No matter what happens tomorrow” by Artsjournal1

It struck me the other day that ever since Mrs. T went into the hospital, our life has come to resemble Groundhog Day, an endless succession of repeat performances. I am, like Bill Murray, s…

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Radical Empathy by Artsjournal1

For many, many people going to a concert hall or a museum is a foreign, anxiety-producing prospect. If we want new communities to take advantage of what we have to offer, we need to develop …

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Revealed: YouTube’s Most-Watched Gaming Channels Are Infested With Bots by Artsjournal

In January, all seven of the most-watched YouTube Gaming channels weren’t run by happy gamers livestreaming the game du jour. They were instead recorded, autoplaying videos advertising vid…

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Study: Does A Company’s Political Advocacy Affect Consumer Behavior? Yes. But… by Artsjournal

That a company engaged in conservative or liberal political activity did not affect Republicans’ opinions of that company, but it did for Democrats. (As previously reported, Democrats didn…

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One Of Britain’s Top Dance Companies, Tired Of The Money Struggle, Gives Up And Packs It In by Artsjournal1

Marina Harss: “Imagine if one of America’s most respected modern-dance companies realized that its funding model was no longer sustainable and had to cease operations. This despite havin…

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Has Netflix Reached Its Max Audience? by Artsjournal

“Our research shows that most pay TV households already have Netflix so even if cord-cutting accelerates, Netflix won’t get a whole slew of new customers. In [other] words, people are cu…

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Allentown Museum Painting Discovered To Be A Rembrandt After It Was Sent Out For Cleaning by Artsjournal

The scientific analysis “showed brushwork, and a liveliness to that brushwork, that is quite consistent with other works by Rembrandt,” said Shan Kuang, a conservator at New York Univers…

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Tory MPs Warn Boris Johnson Not To Attack The BBC by Artsjournal

“This is not a fight the BBC is picking nor a contest my party promised if we got elected. If the BBC ends up in decline, it will be the government which will be accused by the very people…

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Meet The Workers Who Inspect The Sistine Chapel’s Frescoes by Artsjournal

The BBC was given rare access to the preparations and spoke to three experts involved. – BBC

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Fan Fiction Has Been Around For Almost 300 Years (And It’s Been About Sex The Entire Time) by Artsjournal1

The fan-fic phenomenon seems to have gotten its start in the wake of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, with William Hogarth and Alexander Pope riffing on the adventures of Swift’s h…

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Learning Technology Through Dance by Artsjournal

Dance as a basis for problem-solving is a growing field within psychology research. It underlies some of the theories behind dancing as therapy for people with Parkinson’s Disease, for exa…

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