In a radically revised and trimmed version of Puccini’s classic, Heartbeat Opera tries to address the Asian stereotypes the work helped perpetuate. Read more at The New York Times.
In the 69 years since the Korean peninsula was divided following World War II, North Korean defectors have been a source for firsthand accounts of the Kim… Read more “The Contraband Book North Korea Doesn’t Want You to Read (VICE)”
President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority nations for 90 days has deeply complicated plans already in motion involving sectors of the U.S.… Read more “Muslim Musicians, Execs Fear the ‘Chilling Effect’ of Trump’s Travel Ban (Billboard)”
The new book, Finks, reveals how great writers such as Baldwin, Márquez, and Hemingway became soldiers in America’s cultural Cold War. Read more at VICE.
When Boubacar Traoré first achieved fame in the 1960s, it was tethered to a social responsibility. Hits like Mali Twist were immediately swept into the narrative of… Read more “Boubacar Traoré Creates Community Using The Language Of Blues (Warscapes)”
A review of Conference of the Birds, directed by Naila Al-Atrash. Read more on Warscapes.
There’s nothing like the powdered wig era to remind us that any set of gender norms is temporary. Louisa Proske, Heartbeat Opera’s co-Artistic Director, tells us why… Read more “Drag Queens And Gateway Drugs: How Heartbeat Opera Is Breathing Life Into The Classics (Daily Pnut)”
How do we decide which of our idols get to be forgiven? On the 40th anniversary of Imagine, how should we remember John Lennon? Read the full article… Read more “What ‘Imagine’ Tells Us About Our Perception Of John Lennon And His Abusive Past (Uproxx)”
Since Mashrou’ Leila formed in 2008, the band has been a lightning rod for backlash from a conservative-controlled media, but also an important voice for gender equality in… Read more “How Lebanese Indie Rockers Mashrou’ Leila Balance Boycotts And Touring (Brooklyn Magazine)”