Weekend reading: July 31 edition

Melissa Starker, Creative Content & PR Manager

Jul 31, 2020

Cartoon panels from the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum's virtual exhibition.

Around Columbus

An abstract work from Michael Bush's virtual art opening.

Wear Me in Your Hair, courtesy of Michael Bush.

  • Columbus-based authors Hanif Abdurraqib and Saeed Jones will be doing a virtual reading of their respective recent books via Zoom Friday at 7 PM.
  • Artist Michael Bush’s virtual opening and Q&A is Saturday afternoon at Secret Studio.
  • The Greater Columbus Arts Council has debuted the first art exhibition in its new location, curated and installed by Creative Women of Color.
  • Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum has launched a digital version of the exhibition Tales from the Vault: 40 Years, 40 Stories
  • The Short North Arts District’s Hop from Home is Saturday, 1–4 PM.
  • Eleven artists collaborate on a Short North mural project.
  • Counterfeit Madison will be performing on Facebook Live Sunday at 3 PM as part of the New Music Ohio series.
  • Just in time for the online start to the new school year, the Columbus Foundation has launched a fund to help bridge the digital divide.
  • The Ohioana Library Association just released the Ohio Literary Trail, which includes spots like Billy Ireland & Thurber House as well as tons of other great locations throughout Ohio.

Around the Nation

Film still from the PBS short film "Joyride."

Joyride, courtesy of PBS. 

  • The winners of the 2020 PBS Short Film Festival have been announced.
  • A previously unreleased live recording of Thelonious Monk playing from a Palo Alto high school in 1968 is now available.

  • A new poll indicates people don't plan to change their art engagement habits post-COVID.

  • An unexpected side-effect of COVID: from now on, theaters may have less than three weeks to show major film releases before they're made available for home viewing.

  • Gone with the Wind star Olivia De Havilland, one of the last survivors of the old Hollywood studio system, passed away at the age of 104.

  • The Venice Film Festival is moving forward with a lineup including new films by Amos Gitai, Abel Ferrara, and Chloé Zhao.

  • The 2020 Emmy nominations are out, and the awards ceremony in September will be virtual.

  • Starting next week, the entire Ken Burns filmography will be available to stream.

  • The New York Times has hired someone to turn their stories into scripted films and TV.

  • Conservative women's group is suing New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio over the mural supporting Black Lives Matter painted in front of Trump Tower.

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art has joined the family of art institutions with occasional water fowl residents. A duck is nesting on its rooftop, and the Met's looking for help naming her.

  • More activists are speaking up about the trauma that can be dredged up when artists source images of Black suffering.

  • Congress has passed a bill approving a new National Museum of the American Latino.

  • You can catch In These Uncertain Times, a new work by interdisciplinary theater company Source Material, online this Saturday and Sunday.

  • There's a new performance space in Glasgow with seating made entirely of recycled piano parts.

  • Kerry James Marshall has an online show of new paintings inspired by John James Audubon.

  • A new book invites artists and writers to respond to 40 objects mistaken for guns by police in shootings of Black and Brown people.

Top of page: Images from Rube Goldberg Views the News for His Latest Invention, The Yellow Kid, Li'l Abner, Abortion Eve, All-Negro Comics, For Better or For Worse, and Phryne before the Chicago Tribunal; part of the exhibition Tales from the Vault: 40 Years, 40 Stories, courtesy of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. 

Back to blog home