Tag Archives: Twitter

The Responsibility of the Artist

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If 2017 already seems a little grim, well, it’s likely because it is  a little grim.  A lot of the country is miserable over the outcome of the presidential election.  Or, more precisely, what is presently happening as a result of that election.  Examples of unprecedented behavior include: Election Numbers:  Donald Trump falsely claiming he won in a landslide. Social Media Channels:  Donald Trump using ...

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Updated: Playing the Trump Card

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The hashtag #NotMyPresident is quite popular right now.  I can’t get behind it.  Whether or not a person voted for Mr. Trump, he is now the soon-to-be Chief Executive of the country.  So he will be  our President as defined by the Law of the Land, the United States Constitution. And, because he is our soon-to-be President, there are many legal ways to interact with ...

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Garry Marshall – Cultural Titan and Family Man

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If you are of a certain age, your cultural life was dominated by Garry Marshall’s touch.  The Odd Couple. Happy Days. Laverne & Shirley. Mork & Mindy. Pretty Woman. The Princess Diaries.  He helped Ron Howard get cast in his first film (George Lucas’ American Graffiti) and directed Jackie Gleason in his last (Nothing in Common  with Tom Hanks). And these are just a few ...

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Goodnight, Sweet Prince

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The-Artist-Formally-Known-As-“The-Artist-Formally-Know-As-Prince” is no more, having died today, April 21, 2016.   Like David Bowie, who died only a few months ago, Prince was his own musical style and his own sexual style.  And, like Bowie, he was still making music to the end. Unlike Bowie, Prince passed before even making it to age 60. Prince always had an ethereal aspect to him and it made him ...

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Equity Removes Tweet, Inserts Letter

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Yesterday, Actors’ Equity officially applauded a wording change in the casting notice for Hamilton.  The tweet was controversial because it begged the question about being able to cast by race – something that doesn’t appear to be an issue if the casting notice calls exclusively for Caucasians.  That tweet: spurred a significant Internet backlash.  Equity has since deleted the tweet. Today, Equity issued another tweet ...

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How Social Media is Pushing Hollywood to Fix Its Diversity Problem

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If you’ve been wondering what the value is for actively embracing and participating (posting, sharing, tweeting, retweeting, commenting) in social media and social media for the arts, this article from Fast Company should give you an idea about the power of its uses. Co.Create: Stars like Spike Lee, Snoop Dogg, and Jada Pinkett Smith have incited a revolution…and it started with an Instagram post. Impassioned ...

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Celebrate #LoveTheatreDay 2015 on Wednesday November 18!

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The Guardian:  Theatre needs our love!  On Wednesday 18 November, theatres, amateur groups, arts companies and audiences from across the UK and beyond will take part in the second #LoveTheatreDay on Twitter. The 24-hour Twitter event is open to all, from the people behind the scenes who make the magic happen, to the audiences who put bums on seats every week. Here’s all you need to ...

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It’s Not Easy, Bein’ Seen

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Stage Raw: There are hundreds of theaters, unknown even in their own back yards. You’d think in an age where “Google” has become a verb, no information could remain hidden. Kevin Delin looks at the causes of why L.A.’s intimate theater is “The Invisible Man,” and what to do about being seen. http://bit.ly/1DPe

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When the Audience Phones It In

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Why are you here? This is not one of the metaphysical questions Gauguin painted.  It is a very direct question.  You are, after all, seated in a theater and waiting for the show to begin. So. Back to the question: Why are you here? Is it because you know someone in the show?  A roommate?  A friend?  Perhaps your orientationally-appropriate partner wanted to see this ...

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Rockin’ Stage Raw Awards (Tweet, Tweet, Tweet)

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The United States Civil War was likely the first live-tweeted event.  Sure, the tweets were distributed by telegraph and President Abraham Lincoln had to go to a special room to pick them up and send them out but the basic principle was pretty much the same.  In small packets of symbols, war events were dispersed live across the nation. Ninety years later, an award show ...

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