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  1. Well, it only took me 30 years, but I finally made it into an issue of Live Design (formerly Lighting Dimensions and Theatre Crafts and now only electronically published). The article isn't strictly about me. It covered several productions of the play _Red_, including the one I lit with scenic designer Lee Maples (also interviewed for the article) and director David Hendrick De Vries at Atlanta's Theatrical Outfit. The article is only available in the app (both iOS and Android) currently, but it is a free download and the article is currently available for free, too, but I don't know how
  2. Not to throw more gas on the fire, but this happened here in Atlanta. Apparently, Satan made gays and transgender: http://www.cbs46.com/story/32263022/church-sign-reading-satan-made-gays-and-transgender-vandalized Joe
  3. Few things are as sad as watching a production of Avenue Q neutered because of actor inhibitions. Joe
  4. Sure. And that's all conceptually true enough. But the saying in theatre is "the play's the thing". If you as an actor have trouble saying the words the playwright has written, to me, that's a problem, even if everyone is willing to accommodate the actor for their discomfort. The problem is the (usually) young actor hasn't worked out the issue yet. If the actor has a problem saying something because they don't think the character would really say those words or as directed, that's a different discussion (if either the director or playwright is interested in the discussion). But if I am ca
  5. Does the author actually think most or even some fraction of those people weren't really looking for pornographic media? Doesn't that mean people actually do recognize pornography? Or were they just reading the articles? Joe
  6. Yeah, I was trying to figure out how it fits into the discussion of pornography as well. Is all sex then pornography? The whole "social pressure" charge actually raises more questions than it answers. And I am hardly a student on DeSade, but from what little I know those are fairly reductionist representations of DeSade's ideas. I could be wrong, but I don't think so. Joe
  7. As someone who works in the performing arts, if you have a problem saying things the play's writer has written for a character you have no business playing that character. Even if the director/playwright/producer is willing to accommodate your issues, you should work those issues out and decide for yourself if you are comfortable saying those things. A character is not saying those words, you are. If you can't be authentic in the role, you disrespect the role, the play, and the audience. Work it out, preferably not at the performance's expense. But work it out all the same. Being an artis
  8. Just as any endeavor that seeks out an audience, there are two human parts, right? The work's maker and the viewer. Both bring intent to the table, through the work. IMHO, to a very efficacious extent, the viewer is most important. In his essay "An Experiment on Criticism", C. S. Lewis writes "To one such spectator Tintoretto’s Three Graces may be merely an assistance in prurient imagination; he has used it as pornography. To another, it may be the starting-point for a meditation on Greek myth which, in its own right, is of value. It might conceivably, in its own different way, lead to somethi
  9. Hey! Welcome and hope you hang around! Glad you stumbled across us in this little corner. Ultimately, whether or not _you_ can or should accept this role is up to you. I mean, if this is something you and your family can handle personally and spiritually, we can't answer that for you. Philosophically and artistically, the kind of questions I ask are things like, what is the context, what is the narrative that it fits within? Does the sensuality make sense, does it further the story (either literally or emotionally), even if it is a more abstract work? Is it situational, a point of cont
  10. An article that, to me, says not only is "Why is Modern Art so Bad" a bad question, it is the wrong question. As quoted by IAM: "Christians can recognize even the most seemingly profane of contemporary art as a kind of prayer, a venture on the possibility that someone, and Someone, will visit, observe, and respond with grace. But to hear this prayer, Christians need to recognize their own vulnerability and fragility rather than expecting art to affirm our piety and power." My quote: "I knew my students were tempted to retreat into abstractions like the Good, the True, and the Beaut
  11. Went to MOMA yesterday to see this. I had no idea he designed stained glass windows. And I had no idea he worked in such large scale with his cutouts. One was easily 20'w x 10 or 12' h. Just stunning. If you don't want to buy any books (just in case), might I suggest a bit of old school library browsing? Hard to beat. Joe
  12. Hey, I think all the JoL's presented so far are pretty darn cool. Not planning on spending $100 on any, but they look awesome. Joe
  13. These days when this topic comes up, I try not to be cynical. I go back to the introduction of a book I have titled _The Story of Art_ by E. H. Gombrich. In his introduction he starts off with: "There really is no such thing as Art. There are only artists. Once these were men who took coloured earth and roughed out the forms of a bison on the wall of a cave; today some buy their paints, and design posters for hoardings; they did and do many other things. There is no harm in calling all these things art as long as we keep in mind that such a word may mean very different things in different
  14. I didn't look at all the links yet and hopefully will come back to them. But I read part of the Art Renewal thread and it made me want to say much more. Sadly, from what I could tell, at least two of the (very well educated) voices in that thread are missing. Both, from my weak recollection, provided striking points we can only infer at best. Too bad. Joe
  15. J.A.A. Purves! Thanks for those links. What great discussions. There were a number of people quoted in the threads that I don't see there original comments. Did something happen in the changeover or were those personally deleted? I was trying to find a comment by nardis not too long ago, and all those comments seem missing. Where I am these days is there is poor taste every where. I don't think Christians have any greater propensity to poor or better taste than anyone else of a given culture. And I find myself in disagreement with the idea that this is a Church specific problem that can on
  16. Maybe it depends on on the perspective, but then is this still objective? http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/01/theater/01tharp.html?ref=arts Joe
  17. http://www.christchurchcville.org/sermons-series/whos-afraid-of-modern-art-with-dan-siedell/ I could not have said this better. Joe
  18. Also check out home-barista.com. Pretty good balance of professionals, serious coffee nerds, and DIYers. Many people there who think $500 for an espresso machine is a guarantee of failure (not that this is the case, just a comment on some of the people who frequent through there). Weed out the snobbery and there is usually good advice and conversations. Joe
  19. I really hate these discussions, but I am drawn to them like a horrendous car wreck. But mostly I am curious about your approach here. Anticipation, but based on what? If not consummation, then, fantasy? ribaldry? Really, trying to ween myself away from these discussions. But SoS invariably comes up in my discussions on art and often in terms this thread has taken. Joe
  20. That's exactly how I was seeing the work. Your approach also has a way of affecting the flow of observation. For instance with "Ever Love" you seem most detailed with the dress. I wandered around and followed the dress first and then branched out from there. Her shoulders, chest, calves and ankles also seem to have a higher level of photo-realism than her other body parts (principally around the tattoos, it seems). Then the further away the less detailed, such as the grass in the background vs the grass in the foreground. But that is also based on how it looks on my computer. Wish I could s
  21. Interesting where you choose to be sort of hyper-realistic or detailed and where you don't, such as in"Ever Love". Joe
  22. I didn't test burning the actual MP3 CD, but I was able to use iTunes to "Create MP3 version" of both AAC and Purchased songs. Is this something iTunes used to handle automatically when creating an MP3 CD? I assume your CD player is only capable of playing MP3s and not MP4/AAC tracks. Assuming all that is true, then you may need to manually create MP3 versions of those AAC tracks first and then burn to a CD. I like the new version. The only thing I miss is how I used to be able to view a playlist in shuffle order when playing in Shuffle mode. Now I have to use the "Up next" icon, which s
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