How Many Trump Neologisms Can The OED Fit Into Its Newest Edition?

If nothing else, Brexit and Trump are endless sources of new words: "Trumponomics (the president’s economic policy), trumpertantrum (angry early-morning tweeting laced with innuendo and falsehood) and trumpkin (a pumpkin carved to resemble the former TV host) are among neologisms added to a watchlist of words that may be fast-tracked into the Oxford English Dictionary. " SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

75 Books For Survival and Resistance

A few dozen writers respond to a question from LitHub about what is necessary reading for the next four years. "As Paula Gunn Allen reminds us: 'The root of oppression is the loss of memory.'" SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Broadway Will Beat The New President With Kindness … And Show Tunes

Show tunes can do just about anything, or so this Inaugural Night fundraiser seemed to say. "Though the name of the man being installed as the new president was never once mentioned, the subtext of the benefit seemed to be a refusal to succumb to any pessimism brought on by his election. SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

The Musician Who’s Finally Getting Her Acting Dues In ‘Hidden Figures’ And ‘Moonlight’

After Janelle Monáe finished college, she moved to Atlanta. There, the singer and actress would "update her MySpace profile while working at Office Depot to make ends meet." Then she met a couple of guys who helped change everything for her. SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

How Los Angeles’ Immense Women’s March Showed (Off) City Planning In Entirely New Ways

Grand Park could handle the numbers, while Pershing Square ... let's just say it had some issues. And don't ask about intersections: "This was a sign, perhaps, that the size of the march had caught the Los Angeles Police Department and other officials by surprise; otherwise this intersection would have been closed to cars far earlier." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

How Can Theatre Lead The Way Forward In 2017?

It's time for a lot more documentary theatre. "Every human being is specific and we must tell stories that acknowledge and celebrate this inimitability. Specificity is our only hope to connect, co-exist, and break down the barriers that we believe divide us." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

The First Saturday Night Live Monologue Of The Trump Presidency

Aziz Ansari, creator and star of the Netflix show Master of None, went directly at issues around the election. "They should do a second report about some other brown people that are just up to normal stuff — just to calm those people down. So the reports are like: 'The suspects are considered armed and dangerous. Not armed and dangerous — these four other Muslim people that are eating nachos in Chicago. Let’s go to footage of them. Uh-oh, looks like Nasir just spilled a little cheese on his [Read Entire Story]

Why Can’t Britain Accept And Embrace Its Classical Heritage?

Simon Rattle: "Here we are in this country, with maybe the most gifted group of living composers of any country in the world, and not to celebrate it would be idiocy. ... It’s a goldmine to explore." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Some Artists On The (Humongous) Los Angeles Women’s March

Catherine Opie sums it up for some of the artists who joined the estimated 750,000 people marching and protesting on Saturday: "Artists need to bring that voice of opposition to this cause — with every drop of blood and every tear." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

What’s It Like To Be Set On Fire For Art?

Stuntwomen reveal all, or at least what they can say to the NYT without losing work: "Your mind has to overcome your body. If I’m standing on a building and I have to do a high fall, every part of my brain says, 'Don’t do this.' But then they say 'Action!' and my body goes into autopilot. You override something that’s not natural for human beings." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Can A Play Influence The Wider Debate Around Abortion Rights?

Lisa Loomer's play "Roe," commissioned for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, opened at D.C.'s Arena Stage just days before the inauguration of Donald Trump. It's a story of the history of Norma McCorvey (the "Roe" of the court case) and her lawyer Sarah Weddington - and shifting stances on abortion in the U.S. since Roe was decided. The question now is, "Can art actually shape history as well as mine it?" SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

How Is That Dutch Virtual Reality Ballet Doing?

Things are going well for the ballet, which "opened" in September 2016: "So far, Night Fall has been a success, and not just with art critics. It has garnered attention from tech blogs and dance publications alike, bringing a diverse crowd together." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

The Tiny Movie Company That Has Skyrocketed To Success

A24 is "a relatively tiny entertainment company that has somehow carved out a spot for itself at Hollywood’s upper end while also remaining a resolute outsider" - and it has a bizarre list of movies to its credit: Spring Breakers, Witch, Room, Ex Machina, and 2016's Moonlight. SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

When A Writer Says She Wants To Be Famous, The Lit World Has Questions

Ottessa Moshfegh: "I think that’s what I’m interested in, this question of whether or not we are allowed to be other people. Are we allowed to change? Do we give ourselves permission to grow? Are we even capable of making those kinds of decisions? Is there a will, or are we just being pushed around by our own personalities, just fucked to be who we are?" SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Indie Movie Theatres Are Somehow Having A Cultural Revival

Frankly, it's a bit surprising, but here's the deal: "From themed weddings to live-streamed operas and interactive movie nights, indie theatres are reinventing themselves as the new entertainment hubs on the high street – eating into the market share of the multiplex giants and in-home rivals such as Netflix and Amazon Prime." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Eugene Opera Suspends Current Season, Tries ‘Town Halls’ To Figure Out What’s Next

"The Eugene Opera completed two of its four planned productions for what was billed as its 40th anniversary season. ... The remainder of the season — 'West Side Story,' planned for March, and 'La Tragedie de ­Carmen,' planned for May — have been canceled." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Snowed In? How About Settling In To Watch This 1964 Communist Ballet?

"The Red Detachment of Women, which was adapted from a 1961 film of the same name, was based on the true experience of an all-female Special Company of the Red Army during the Chinese Civil War. They survived a brutal attack on Hainan Island while their male counterparts did not, and were honored by Mao himself." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Donald Judd: Artist, Thinker, And Philosopher-Critic

A new book of his writing, edited by his son and a Judd Foundation archivist, shows the artist as "a deeply read student of history who tended to believe Western culture hadn’t yet emerged from the Middle Ages and that, more than people cared to acknowledge, violence, oppression and ignorance continued to be societal defaults." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Zubin Mehta Sets A Retirement Date From The Israel Phil

Mehta, the musical director of the Israel Philharmonic for nearly half a century, said that he'll step down in 2019. SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Berlin Cancels Show Of Contemporary Works From Iran After Getting No Approval From Tehran

The best collection of Western modern art outside of Europe and North America will not travel to Germany. The head of the Berlin museum authority says that as far as he knew, "Iran’s culture minister and foreign minister both backed the exhibition. All that was required was the signature of the president, Hassan Rouhani, for the export licenses to be granted, and that signature never came." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

John Williams Is The Reason Star Wars Resonates So Much, So What Is The New Star Wars Movie Doing Without A John Williams Score?

"A big part of what makes Williams’s music so resonant is his consistent, masterful use of shifting themes—across all of the films—to carry ideas and represent characters. In that way, the franchise has more in common with Wagnerian epic opera than with your standard action movie, where sound is so often used to trigger a quick emotion." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

What Movies Will We Be Watching In 2017?

Here's what lies ahead after we all catch up with this year's Oscar nominees and winners. SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

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