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New as of Jan 7, 2016—

Cornelia Seckel: latest Blog: How to handle attachments in an email
Dawn Lille: Two Asian Troupes: Sankai Juko and U-Theater
Wendy Caster: To Stay or Not to Stay:Leaving the Show during Intermission
Raleigh: Camp Towanda Then and Now


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NEW Dance: Two Asian Troupes: Sankai Juko and U-Theater
By Dawn Lille
Beyond-Time by the U-Theater
Beyond-Time, U-Theater
photo: Max-Gordon-1

Within a period of a few weeks last fall two companies appeared at the Brooklyn Academy of Music: Sankai Juku, originally from Tokyo and now based in Paris as well, and U-Theater, from Taiwan. The former dates from 1975 and is well known here. ……
Both groups brought an Asian sensibility and meditative approach via visuals, lighting and sound, in addition to movement. There were similarities in both polished performances, but also interesting differences. (see essay)

NEW Theatre: To Stay or Not to Stay
By Wendy Caster

Every now and then, a controversy breaks out about leaving shows during intermission. Is it fair, acceptable, reasonable, and/or kosher? (You can find some of these debates listed after this essay; make sure to check out the comments, which are, let us say, lively).
In some ways, the debate comes down to this: What does the audience owe the cast and creators of a show? |My answer is: Arriving on time, keeping an open mind, and paying full attention to what’s happening on stage.
A related question is: What do the cast and creators of a show owe the audience?
There are a lot of answers, but the most relevant one here is: Not to waste our time. … (see essay)

NEW Film: Camp Towanda Then and Now
By Henry P. Raleigh
drawing by Henry P. Raleigh illustrating Cineland Reality essay in ART TIMES

It’s curious if you think about it — I mean after watching Netflix’s re-do of “Wet, Hot, American Summer.” You remember the first one, in 2001? A send-up of those teen camp movies of the 70’s, a good natured satire adapting some old sketch comedies to a spoof of a day in a kid’s summer camp. Save for Jeanne Garofalo the actors were young, unknown, and cheerfully working comedy schick from slapstick to Abbot and Costello-like routines. In a similar spirit the 2015 “Wet, Hot, American Summer” does its best to reprise the first, and now, cult classic, even to assembling much of the original cast who, like Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd and Molly Shannon are no longer young or unknown. (see essay)

Culturally Speaking/ CS Blog Road Trip: LA to Seattle
           part 1
By Cornelia Seckel
Theresa Bernstein at her easel with the lost painting Moonlight Masquerade, 1915
Cornelia Seckel on thePacific Coastline

The kind of “newsy” things I’ve written about in this Culturally Speaking column can now be found on my blog as it will much more timely reporting on what’s going on as I’m out and about. I’ll also be including my thoughts about any number of things relevant to the practical side of being a Creative.…
…For many years I’ve been thinking about going to LA to visit friends, to San Francisco to see my niece, and then on to Seattle to visit a dear family friend.…On my last birthday I realized that my friend in Seattle was soon to be 97 and What was I waiting for? (see essay)

Art Essay: Selling Art
By Raymond J. Steiner

Why shouldn’t an artist make a living? Jake (nor I) object to an artist being recompensed for his time, his labor, his materials — but Jake (and I) question whether it is ethically correct for an artist to sell, or make money on, a ‘gift’ that comes to us gratis, so to speak. Like beauty, creative talent comes from outside of ourselves and not from something that comes purely out of our labor (although I really don’t know how much time, money and effort it takes to apply make-up or undergo cosmetic surgery in order to achieve celebrity or praise for how one ‘looks’ rather than ‘does’). (see essay)

Art Essay: Isabel Bishop’s New Vision:
          Social Mobility Beyond the Separate Spheres
By Rena Tobey ©
Theresa Bernstein at her easel with the lost painting Moonlight Masquerade, 1915
Sketch by Isabel Bishop courtesy ART TIMES collection

Isabel Bishop (1902-1988) developed her artistic voice during the Depression, when rigid gender roles and the Separate Sphere ideology were breaking down. She moved to New York at 16 to become a professional artist and made her reputation depicting an emerging sub-genre of the ‘New Woman’—the ‘Career Girl’ in the public sphere, specifically, the ‘Office Girl’ who worked at Union Square. (see essay)

(Also see a review of Isabel Bishop at Bard College published In the August 1989 Issue of ART TIMES Raymond J. Steiner. (see review)

Peek and Pique: Huh?
By Raymond J. Steiner

…Some people do know what they are talking about. The trick is to choose the right ‘expert’ to lead you, to inform you, to give you confidence in making up your own mind. All I’m suggesting – ‘opining’ if you will — is that fame, hype, and price are not always trustworthy defining factors when it comes to judging ‘art’ and 'artists'. ..… (see essay)

Get Social   What To NOT Do On Social Media
By Mary Alice Franklin
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In the world of social media, sometimes what you DON’T do can be even more important than what you do. Knowing the best practices for the most successful audience engagement is important, but your hard work can still come crumbling down with one wrong move. Don’t worry: we can work through this. .... (see essay)

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