Saving the Spirit While “Saving Gaza’s only grand piano”

Musings on Tim Whewell’s “Saving Gaza’s only grand piano”

Crossing Continents BBC Saving Gaza's Grand Piano

Listen to “Saving Gaza’s Grand Piano” on BBC Radio 4’s Crossing Continents: “When my eyes got used to the gloom of the Nawras Theatre in northern Gaza, I gasped at the scale of the destruction. A tangle of cables, twisted metal and broken lamps hung down like spilled entrails from the shattered ceiling. The luxurious scarlet seats were littered with crumbled plasterboard.  The theatre – one of very few in Gaza – had been expensively refurbished just months before a rocket landed a few metres away during last summer’s war with Israel.”

Saving Gaza’s only grand piano,” celebrates the restoration of Gaza’s one remaining grand piano, which is being used for lessons for and performances by young musicians.

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Friday Finds, news from the week: March 28, 2014

Ben Common’s Esquire article about how the Malaysian plane crash is “ratings gold” for CNN and most news channels exemplifies some of the issues of the modern news media. Personally, I’d like to hear about more than a plane crash and college basketball this week.

Celebrate a trailblazing female Disney art director at The Walt Disney Family Museum’s Magic, Color, Flair: The World of Mary BlairThe S.F. Presidio exhibition showcases the artist’s modernist style, flattened planes, and vibrant colors.

 

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Friday Finds, news from the week…

In honor of his 539th birthday, Blouin ArtInfo tells us about Michelangelo, the first celebrity artist.

Christopher Knight debunks the myth of “Mural”‘s 9-hour creation and also notes that Getty hung Jackson Pollock’s recently-restored painting incorrectly in this Los Angeles Times article.

As always, I’m loving what NolaVie has to say, this time in defense of kale after the debacle incited by actress Tara Elders’ quote from the New York Times article: “New Orleans is not cosmopolitan. There is no kale here.”

SNL is one of my favorite shows, and last Saturday’s episode with host Lena Dunham did not disappoint. LA Times reviews some of the memorable moments.

Get your emergency preparedness kits together and watch out for the Cascadia Fault.

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Friday Finds, a weekly batch of news and the like…

If you’re an LA foodie, check out LA Weekly’s 99 Essential Restaurants.

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If you like Wes Anderson, or music, or a combination of the two, check out this Vulture article about Anderson’s music supervisor Randall PosterHotel Chevalier/The Darjeeling Limited‘s “Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?” by Peter Sarstedt (above) is one of my all time favorite musical scenes, especially with Mr. Louix XVI, Jason Schwartzman, shacking up in a Parisian hotel with vicious ex Natalie Portman.

Steven Zevitas eloquently explains “Why the Art World Is in Trouble.”

My, the times they are a changing…as evident in these forty old photographs

climate engineering

“This rendering shows a cloud-brightening scheme by scientist John Latham in which a ship sprays salt particles into the air to reflect sunlight and slow global warming. (John MacNeil)” – LA Times

It’s terrifying that humans have to consider developing climate engineering to combat global warming and the destruction of our overpopulated planet — not to mention the potential negative impacts that could result from its use. Still, what an amazing concept.

What was most interesting to you this week? Leave your favorite news stories in the comments section.

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Friday Finds, news from the week…

Christopher Knight reviews Hammer’s exhibition, “Take It or Leave It: Institutions, Image, Ideology,” saying the museum “does a good job of surveying the field” of art from the 1980s that has been critical of institutions or deals with appropriation. (I’m adding this one to my to do list!)

Art history geek out with “10 Amazing Data Visualizations of Creativity and Art History” from Lorne Monk’s “You Are Here” at Freight + Volume.

Two of my favorite comedians, Paul Rudd and Jimmy Fallon, battle in the Tonight Show‘s first Lip-Sync Off.

Rajan Narayanan is incorporating yoga (with an emphasis on breathing) into medical practice. The article ends with a beautiful quote. When discussing their experience at the end of Dr. Narayan’s 4-day yoga course, “Almost every person used the word inspired.”

What were your favorite news stories from the week? Leave them in the comments.