MOCA To Host New Exhibition & Extensive Miami Art Week Programming

The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA) will host exhibitions, virtual conversations, family programs, virtual tours and extended hours during Miami Art Week, Nov. 29-Dec. 6, 2020.

“We are pleased to safely welcome visitors to the museum for Miami Art Week 2020 by presenting a diverse range of exhibitions and virtual programming,” said MOCA Executive Director Chana Budgazad Sheldon. “MOCA is honored to host the most comprehensive survey of work by Raúl de Nieves, complemented by the exhibition, ‘Life and Spirituality in Haitian Art,’ focusing on Haitian art and paying tribute to Haiti’s rich historical, cultural, and artistic heritage.”

In-Person Exhibitions

“Life and Spirituality in Haitian Art” Selection from the Betty and Isaac Rudman Trust Collection,
On View Through March 14, 2021

“Life and Spirituality in Haitian Art” brings together a selection of paintings from Haiti created between 1940 and 1970. Featuring works by Hector Hyppolite, Philomé Obin, Rígaud

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Death shocks U of T student body, prompts calls for change to mental health programming

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The death of a first year New College student at the University of Toronto has prompted an outcry from the student body, who feel the educational institution is not doing enough to ensure students have proper access to mental health supports.

“It would be wrong to imply an attitude that they don’t care, but with a multi-billion dollar institution of the University of Toronto you would expect to see significantly better services and living environment,” explains Dermot O’Halloran, vice-president of operations with the University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU.)

“It has been a longstanding issue.”

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Unions, students raise concern over University of Toronto’s Fall 2020 in-person learning

On Nov. 2,2020 first year student Keshav Mayya died by suicide at an off-campus location. A student studding mathematics and quantum computing, Mayya’s tragic death has put the

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Masp announces abridged 2021 programming as museums seek solutions to budget shortfalls

Denilson Baniwa’s Natureza Morta I [Still Life I] (2014) in Masp’s exhibition Histories of Dance

As museums around the world face drastic financial shortfalls amid the Covid-19 pandemic—with an estimated 13% of museums worldwide to permanently close, according to research by Unesco and the International Council of Museums—the Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (Masp) in Brazil is attempting to get ahead of the potential challenges of the year ahead by restructuring their programming and boosting their digital offerings.

Adriano Pedrosa, the artistic director of Masp, tells The Art Newspaper that, like all museums that have faced months-long closures and now operate at decreased visitor capacity, Masp has seen a “reduced number of visitors and therefore ticket sales, as well as sales at the store, restaurant, coffee shops and event space rentals”, and that organisers are “making an effort to maintain the same amount of fundraising as

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‘This is the kind of programming that keeps people’s spirits alive’

Drag Queen Story Hour is a nonprofit organization that hosts programs in which drag queens read books to children that touch on gender identity and all forms of difference. The readings, which began in 2015, aim to teach acceptance, diversity and empathy to kids through the power of storytelling. 

Before the coronavirus pandemic, the queens would pop up in libraries, schools, museums and community centers to read to groups of children and provide fun educational experiences such as singing songs and doing arts and crafts activities.

But with stay-at-home orders, shuttered businesses and social distancing protocols, Drag Queen Story Hour went virtual, conducting live streams on Facebook and Instagram to continue to educate and entertain children. Not only has this provided a broader reach for the organization’s programming, but it has also increased accessibility for students. 

“Introducing children to the idea of drag is really is what Drag Queen Story

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PROGRAMMING ALERT: Ellen to air before Ravens-Steelers game Wednesday afternoon

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(AP) – The Baltimore Ravens’ struggle to contain an extended outbreak of the coronavirus forced their rescheduled game Tuesday night against the unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers to be moved back to Wednesday afternoon.

It’s the third fix to a matchup originally slated to be played Thanksgiving night. The game will remain on NBC, but at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Also, the Steelers’ home game in Week 13 against Washington has been moved from Sunday to Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. The Ravens home game against Dallas will be on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 8:05 p.m. on Fox and NFL Network. It was originally set for Thursday night, then moved to Dec. 7.

Ravens-Steelers was moved back one more day for medical reasons, but now Baltimore

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Some FiOS customers will get refund for sports programming canceled during COVID-19 pandemic

Many customers of another major local television service provider can expect to see partial refunds on an upcoming invoice.Verizon FiOS is the latest to announce a credit from Regional Sports Network fees, although they didn’t say how much customers should expect. Comcast Xfinity announced similar refunds in October. Those credits averaged about $4. Some of the money is being returned to customers who subscribed to a package including one or more regional sports networks because many of the year’s live sporting events were canceled during the COVID-19 pandemic.”We are pleased to begin issuing bill credits to these customers next month,” Verizon FiOS officials announced Tuesday in a statement. Verizon officials also said that this might not be the end of the refunds that customers are owed after programming was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.”We anticipate that additional refunds may come to Verizon in 2021,” officials said.

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Graphic Design Training — Enhancing Your Computer Graphic Design Skills

Graphic designers nowadays require not only creative abilities, but also some understanding of other graphic design-related areas such as computer graphic design.

During the 80’s, the advent of desktop publishing and of design software such as Adobe Illustrator and Macromedia Fireworks, put the power and versatility of the computer at graphic designers’ fingertips. Designers for the first time were easily able to manipulate images and create 3D images using the computer. Computers are now considered to be an indispensable tool in the graphic design industry, though some traditional graphic designers may still prefer to use manual and traditional tools for their creative endeavors.

With modern graphic design concepts and methodologies always changing, graphic designers need to continually advance their knowledge of different graphic design techniques, innovations and graphic design software packages. At present, the basic instructions in graphic designing cannot guarantee for a competitive product anymore without the use of … Read More

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Announces New Programming for Crackle for December | Money

A Very Crackle Christmas Channel (December1st), look under the tree and find the brightly packaged Crackle exclusive animated feature Elliot: the Littlest Reindeer, the heartfelt Crackle exclusive A Reindeer’s Journey, laugh along with A Baby for Christmas, and take a deep dive Inside Lego at Christmas.

Unlikely Heroes Channel (December1st), enjoy the savage hilarity of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the superhero silliness of The Tick, top-shelf adventure with Turbo Kid, and two-fisted action with The Phantom.

Stream Me Up, Scotty Channel (December1st), buckle up as you rocket off to save the world in Ender’s Game and destroy alien invaders with Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, and Star Trek: Nemesis.

Ringmasters Channel (December1st), let the battles begin with Crackle original series Heroes of Lucha Libre, Nacho Libre, the Crackle original documentary Lennox-Lewis: The Untold Story, and explosive boxing documentary Team Khan.

History Lovers

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TVN Focus On Programming | Syndies Weather The Pandemic With Viewers Down, Ads Steady

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on all linear television viewership, but since the new season began during the months of September and October, first-run syndication cumulatively is showing lesser declines than broadcast primetime shows, according to Nielsen data.

Broadcast entertainment primetime programming viewership  has cumulatively declined by about 30% between Sept. 23 and Nov. 10, minus sports, while viewership of total day first-run syndication declined by around 20%.

While some syndicated programming categories have continued to struggle to bring back viewers, others are showing strong resurgence not only in ratings but also in advertising dollars taken in.

The top 10 most advertised-in first-run syndicated shows during the first eight weeks of the new season have garnered a cumulative $140 million in ad dollars, according to data.

The most-advertised-in syndicated shows from Sept. 14 through Nov. 8 based on data are Wheel of Fortune ($30.5 million); Family

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Researchers find way for customized programming of human stem cells

Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) have the potential to convert into a wide variety of cell types and tissues for drug testing and cell replacement therapies. However, the “recipes” for this conversion are often complicated and difficult to implement. Researchers at the Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) at TU Dresden, Harvard University (USA) and the University of Bonn have found a way to systematically extract hundreds of different cells quickly and easily from iPS using transcription factors, including neurons, connective tissue and blood vessel cells. Researchers can use this transcription factor source through the non-profit organization Addgene. The results have now been published in the journal Nature Biotechnology.

The researchers used human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS), which were reprogrammed from connective tissue cells into a quasi-embryonic state. In principle, iPS cells can be used to obtain all kinds of differentiated cells, from neurons to blood vessel cells,

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