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Sunday, May 07, 2017

NFTRW Weekly Top Five

Here are the top five comment generating posts of the past week:

Can Art Legally Threaten the President? The right-wing blogosphere wasn’t exactly tickled when an Alaskan assistant professor decided to decapitate President Trump last month. To be fair, the violence was only virtual—the teacher, artist Thomas Chung, had painted an image of the Captain America actor Chris Evans, naked, holding Trump’s severed, bloody bust by a lock of his infamous hair.

Ringling's final circus to be on Facebook Live

TribLIVE: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus first wowed audiences in the 19th century. For the iconic American spectacle's final act, it will broadcast the final performance on a 21st century medium: Facebook Live.

My Reactions to the 2017 Tony Award Nominations.

The Producer's Perspective: It seemed like just yesterday that the big question about the Tony nominations was how many Hamilton was going to get.
That’s right, my dear readers, a year has already come and gone, and just yesterday the 2017 Tony Award nominations were announced. (And I wouldn’t have been surprised if Hamilton had sneaked one in this year, somehow – Best Ridiculous Amount of Gross Box Off Receipts perhaps?)
So what did I think of the nominations this year?
Well, as a co-producer of Groundhog Day, I was pretty pleased. 🙂

Phipps Conservatory Brings Larger-Than-Life Glass Art Exhibit to Pittsburgh

NEXTpittsburgh: When Dale Chihuly exhibited his glass art at Phipps in 2007, he left a lasting impact that would resonate with guests for years to come. Now, ten years later, Phipps is excited to present a new glass art show, SUPER. NATURAL., created by Jason Gamrath, a master glass artist from Seattle.
Gamrath creates botanical pieces that are remarkably accurate representations of their living counterparts — only on a massive scale. Standing anywhere from six to 14 feet tall, his larger-than-life pieces are sure to amaze.

Creating a Galaxy of Sound

Uncrate: Everyone loses it over visual effects. The realism, or sometimes lack thereof, is what captures audiences and sparks conversations around the watercooler. But what you see is only half — and possibly even less — of what makes a film great. Close your eyes and you can imagine the action and movements on the screen. Mute the sound and the entire context of a scene can be lost. Star Wars broke the mold not just in its visual effects, but in the depth and complexity of its sound design, creating characters and vehicles whose aural design is as recognizable as its visual design.

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