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    lighting designer, production manager
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    Big Trouble with Tim Allen
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    All except smooth jazz. Smooth jazz is from the devil
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    Klee, van Gogh, Rothko, Pollock, Kandinsky, Klimt

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  1. And dance: https://www.dancemagazine.com/dance-performances-online-2645501079.html?rebelltitem=19#rebelltitem19 Joe
  2. If you are into shadow puppetry, these guys are some kind of hotness. http://manualcinema.com/watch Joe
  3. This from Opera America: https://operaamerica.org/applications/schedule/index.aspx Joe
  4. Also, a ton of dance and theatre companies are streaming old performances for free. Joe
  5. I've simply been hitting the museum websites plus the Google art project. I have to admit, this is the one thing I miss about touring—visiting so many art museums first hand. Joe
  6. Them Open Theists. You just can't trust them. Joe
  7. Amazing work, interesting (often tragic) biography. Joe
  8. Which is why I do think, in terms of "art as a consumable", or popular art, AI may well out do or even replace human creativity. There is a clear outcome expected—to sell as much as possible to as many people as possible. Computers are not concerned about selling their soul to "the man". Will that economy free up the human artists? If the marketers and producers are looking for money, will they stop looking for humans to abuse and take advantage of? Will they stop asking humans to create for free "for the exposure"? Or will exposure become even more elusive? Joe
  9. I like how Christie's frames this discussion in their headline, https://www.christies.com/features/A-collaboration-between-two-artists-one-human-one-a-machine-9332-1.aspx that AI is a medium, not the actual artist. But, of course, this is not how the AI world sees this, nor other AI creative endeavors such as in these articles: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-abstract-portraits-were-painted-by-an-artificial-intelligence-program-180947590/ https://arxiv.org/abs/1706.07068 https://futurism.com/a-new-ai-can-write-music-as-well-as-a-human-composer
  10. Objectivity is always subjective, or at least relative. We consider Bach one of the greats now. He wasn't when he was alive. It took Mendelssohn to rediscover Bach. Vermeer was lost to time until centuries later. Was he considered one of the greats in his time? We don't know that much about him, though we keep scouring history to learn. We think he was someone respected enough to be an adjudicator of other art and artists. Will they still be considered some of the greats in the future? Probably, but ultimately it doesn't really matter. I won't be around to care (in 100 years, all new people).
  11. HolyCow what a great thread. I have nothing but the utmost respect for everyone here and what they have posted. I haven't read thoroughly yet, but I am inspired to add my no-cents/sense worth. As for myself, I am solidly (as much as I can find consistent definitions) in the Nones, veering into the Dones. I, too, have the conservative evangelical background—So. Baptist, Presbyterian, Columbia Bible College influenced, non-denom, Word of Faith (never as a believer in Word of Faith, just hanging with my neighbors), Pentacostal melange. I've been involved in the arts my whole life, been a pro
  12. In light of today's political environment and contemporary ideas, I found this an interesting article. Still not sure what to think. I mean, I know what I think, but I don't know how to keep obvious work of an artist within a specific context of appreciating art, but not really appreciating the content. I wouldn't hang it in my house, but from an art history perspective I think it has its place. Does it have a place in a museum? https://medium.com/@yewtree2/balthus-sexualized-children-7af1feeed76b Joe
  13. And then there's this: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/11/court-says-secretly-filming-nude-young-girls-in-bathroom-isnt-child-porn/ "I know porn when I see it". Well, apparently not always. [ETA] An actual quote from the article (not my associative quote above) "The court added that the video producer's 'subjective intent or purpose of sexual arousal or gratification' is immaterial." Joe
  14. As much as I try to avoid reductionism, I think it is as simple as more people hate Hillary than hate Trump. Additionally, more people hate Hillary more, than the people who hate Trump, and I think that includes others who normally vote Democrat. I don't think it had anything to do with candidate positions or policy or political correctness or other intellectualizations. How do you lose against Trump? How do you win if you are Hillary? I got nothin' to much say about the evangelical vote for Trump. Makes no sense to me. Either people are lying to us or lying to themselves. Either way, peo
  15. Living in Atlanta and working with companies like Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre and also Jomandi in the old days, I've lit a number of his plays and worked a number of the August Wilson Monologue competitions. His works have always enthralled me. They are tough plays to direct well, much less act convincingly. I never met him, but I have worked with a couple of his protege's and others who knew him quite well. I don't know his thoughts on segregated theatre, but since I work with some of those "segregated" theatres my take is that they are important in the same way that "black lives ma
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