01.11.18

Yo-Yo Ma: Why We’re Evolutionarily Wired To Need Culture

"As humans, we naturally need food, water and shelter to survive. But equally important is understanding. To survive, we need to understand our environment, each other and ourselves. We invented culture to meet this need: we found a short-hand to take the essential values and truths a society holds, and collapse them into coded narrative, sound, images and symbols that mean something to all of us."

José Molina, The Dancer Who Brought Spanish Dances To U.S. Audiences, Has Died At 81

Molina came to the U.S. for an appearance on TV in 1956, and he never left. He formed José Molina Bailes Españoles, which toured the U.S. for 30 years, and taught flamenco and other dances for years afterward. A flamenco teacher who learned from him says, "He would say, ‘Better to do one thing right than 10 things badly.’ And students endured the endless repetition not only because of his expertise, but because he taught with such generosity, warmth, humor and charm."

Jan Baum, The Art Dealer Who Pioneered La Brea’s Gallery Row In The 1980s, Has Died At 89

None of that was in her original plan of action. "The gallery business started as a bit of a lark. Baum had been working as a docent at LACMA when her friend Silverman approached her about opening a gallery together. The next morning, they found an empty storefront on Santa Monica Boulevard — wedged right between the prominent art spaces operated by Nicholas Wilder and James Corcoran."

It’s Past Time – But It Is Time – To Radically Reimagine Ballet

For instance, time to radically reimagine the ballerina and her agency: "That would begin with addressing the various stages of female puberty instead ignoring it. Her blossoming womanhood would not be treated as plague. Instead, ballet would develop a system of support for girls during a time when their bodies seem to be rebelling against them and their susceptibility to eating disorders and chronic body image issues is at its peak. The ballerina could have breasts, hips and muscles and look as strong as she indeed is. She could be different shapes, sizes and shades as well."

What Is Color? It’s Not Just A Question Of Physics

"Color is one of the longstanding puzzles in philosophy, raising doubts about the truthfulness of our sensory grasp on things, and provoking concerns as to the metaphysical compatibility of scientific, perceptual, and common sense representations of the world. Most philosophers have argued that colors are either real or not real, physical or psychological. The greater challenge is to theorize the subtle way that color stands between our understanding of the physical and the psychological."

Theatre Of Empathy Subbing Out The Victims

Theatre for a Change, a partnership between the UK and Malawi, is "one of a number of organisations around the world using theatre to educate about sexual consent, the company favours a technique called 'legislative theatre'. This concept was developed by Brazilian dramatist, director and theorist Augusto Boal, who believed that putting the powerful in the shoes of the disempowered enabled an empathy that could effect legal change."

A Chart That Explains Hollywood

"First, men clearly outnumber women four-to-one among producers, directors, cinematographers, writers, and key assistants. Second, every movie or miniseries is essentially a miniature start-up, where predators and jerks can abuse or harass actors and assistants knowing they might never have to work them again after a three-month shoot. Finally, actresses are vulnerable, not only because men dominate powerful occupations, but also because women are cast to portray the very quality of vulnerability."