Week-Long Mural Festival Comes To Sacramento + audio on CPRadio

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Published on Capital Public Radio by Beth Ruyak on Aug 15, 2016 | Sacramento, CA - For a little over a week artists from Sacramento and around the world are taking over walls in alleys and on streets and transforming boring concrete structures into works of art. More than a dozen murals will be painted in the Midtown and Downtown areas from August 20 to 28 – the event will also host tours, lectures and conversations about public art and design. We'll sit down with festival co-curator Cheryl Holben to discuss the festival's origin and purpose. We'll also speak with participating business own...

In 1912, Someone Actually Won An Olympic Gold Medal In Painting

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Katherine Brooks for The Huffington Post on Aug 4, 2016: From 1912 to 1948, the Olympics awarded medals to sculptors, architects, writers and musicians, too. This week, Olympic medal hopefuls are making their way to Rio de Janeiro with the necessary equipment: soccer cleats, swim caps, leotards, oars. Charging into the Games dressed in Nike swooshes and elastane, they’ll look like the sports stars of Wheaties boxes past. Over a century ago, the Olympic scene was a bit different. In 1912, some aspiring gold medalists trekked to Stockholm, Sweden, with pens, paintbrushes, clay and shee...

Rio Olympics’s Public Art Program Suffers Budget Cuts

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Posted Aug 3, 2016 in ARTFORUM - Gabriella Angeleti reports in the Art Newspaper from an article in O Globo that the arts program for the 2016 Rio Olympics—scheduled to begin this Friday—has lost funding for a public artwork by the Italian artist Giancarlo Neri. This is one of several installations that have recently been canceled by the country’s new culture minister, Marcelo Calero. The work, to be titled Bar Paris and comprising 1,415 chairs with lights attached, was going to be installed in a square in the Glória neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro. Its budget of 632,000 reais, or about $200,00...

Check Out These New Water-Focused Murals from a Paddleboarding Street Artist

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Pub'd by Nathaniel Ainley for the Creators Project — Jul 18 2016 . Known for painting vivid wall portraits from the safety of his paddle board, surf riding street artist, Sean ‘Hula’ Yoro, is back this month with the release of two new installation paintings. The mural splayed across an abandoned dock above, entitled Lewa, is one of Hula's latest works.  Lewa depicts a woman delicately floating above water level, eyes askance, with her hands and arms resting by either side of her head. The artist asked that the location of the mural be kept private. A more public display of Hula's work come...

Meet the millionaires who bought Burning Man’s Fly Ranch

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Pub'd by Jenny Kane, 4:42 p.m. PDT July 21, 2016, for Reno Gazette - The millionaires who helped the Burning Man Project buy Fly Ranch for $6.5 million include a cofounder of Airbnb, a cofounder of Cirque du Soleil, an Iranian photographer and one of the first investors of Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram. On Thursday, Burning Man organizers announced the names of the donors who helped the organization fulfill a 20-year dream of buying a slice of hot springs heaven in Northern Nevada, just outside of the Black Rock Desert. The 70,000-person Burning Man arts gathering, coming up Aug. 28 to...

Web Site Offers First Ever-Live Stream of a Broadway Show for $10

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If all the world's a stage, why can't shows from Broadway, London, and even Philadelphia be playing on it, simultaneously? That's the billion-dollar question the fairly new online video service BroadwayHD is testing Thursday night, as it offers up the first-ever live stream of a Broadway show, the musical revival She Loves Me. And in the process, the start-up hopes to cement its status as the "Netflix of Broadway." Well-reviewed and nearing the end of its run at Studio 54, this internet treat features a top-notch score by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock (of Fiddler on the Roof fame)...

Songwriter Advocacy Group Pens Open Letter To Dept. Of Justice Over Consent Decree Ruling

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Written By Kay Hanley at American Songwriter / July 11, 2016 - Here at Songwriters of North America (SONA), we are all songwriters. What this means is that we are a community of individual small business owners who rely on income derived from the compositions we write and then license to a patchwork of outlets from radio stations to department stores who play our songs. You may be surprised to learn that the value of a songwriter’s work is regulated by the U.S. government and has been for over 75 years. As part of an antitrust settlement in 1941, the U.S. Department Of Justice enacted ru...

Beijing Hosts First International Street Art Exhibition in China

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by Claire Bouchara for BlouinArtInfo | July 08, 2016 - Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) presents “Street Art: a global view,” which runs through August 21. Jointly curated by Tang Hui and Magda Danysz, this is China’s first comprehensive exhibition about the development of international street art. Street artists are gaining international acclaim as their works make their way from street murals to the white walls of galleries and reputable museums around the world. Some artists are even attaining high prices at auctions and becoming household names — Banksy, Shepard Fairey, ...

Prisoner’s Scarlett Johansson Portrait Provides Path Towards Redemption

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By Tiffany Camhi for KQED Arts - Solano State Prison inmate Greg Colignese, 45, is taking a drawing and painting class. About 20 others prisoners sit around tables in one of the prison’s recreation rooms. They’re working on all kinds of art projects like print-making, pencil sketching and painting. . Colignese’s subject is a headshot of actress Scarlett Johansson, based on a photograph on the cover of Interview magazine. His medium of choice? Oil. Colignese mixes different colored paints in an effort to capture the perfect cotton candy-colored hue of the Hollywood actress’ skin color. “I’...