ML Hart Recommends is a springboard for delving into the performing, visual and literary arts. Whether you find yourself either inspired or puzzled in a gallery, a workshop, a theatre or somewhere entirely unexpected, I’ve collected memories and opinions and links from around the world to share. Indulge your curiosity with my recommendations to explore both the familiar and the new and be surprised, amazed or inspired.
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Creative process: Who makes art and how, and why it matters
The world’s stages: What’s on, what’s trending, what intrigues
Favorites and influences: Behind the scenes and camera-ready
Playing now: Reviewing unforgettable melody, harmony, rhythm
Onstage & backstage: Past and future, what works, what doesn’t
We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same. CARLOS CASTANEDA
Reviews & recommendations: Classic to modern, to-be-read
Art and the Audience
Each member of the audience, every viewer and listener and reader receives a performance in their own way.
You might be at a play or a concert or a poetry slam. Perhaps you’re reading a book or binge-watching a TV series. We all bring our own set of filters when we pay attention and participate. Life-knowledge and cultural background and exposure to a range of artistic input create a unique layer of filters, neither good nor bad. They help define who we are, as an individual or a member of the collective – the audience.
This is the jumping off point. I’ve started this dialogue with my subjective thoughts and invite you to join in by commenting and sharing your unique-to-you experiences.