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Bill T. Jones Knows Life Will Change, and His Art Too

It's not a shock that the choreographer Bill T. Jones would be thinking about AIDS right about now."'This is my second plague,'" he said he told his company recently. "I know it's kind of a coarse thing to say. They're different, but they have things in common."Yes, the circumstances of the coronavirus are different, but there's a sense that the dance world, which suffered tremendous losses during the AIDS crisis, has been through this all before.Certainly Mr. Jones has. The choreographer, who is H.I.V. positive, experienced its devastation firsthand as Arnie Zane, his partner both in dance and life, died from AIDS in 1988. And now once again bodily contact is taboo, but as Mr. Jones sees it, the comparison to AIDS breaks down in terms of moral judgment. The coronavirus doesn't affect just one community, and we must all change o ur behavior to control it."Do we really want to change the way we live?" he said. "Are we wil…

In Toronto, a Drive-In Exhibition Immerses Visitors in Vincent van Gogh’s Art

SmartNews Keeping you current Concept art for the drive-in Vincent van Gogh exhibition in Toronto (Immersive van Gogh) smithsonianmag.com May 19, 2020 2:55PMAt a time when many museums and galleries are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one exhibition has decided to open its doors—or, more specifically, the doors to its loading dock. Come June, art lovers in Toronto will be able to drive their cars into a 4,000-square-foot warehouse, shut off their engines and watch a digital art show about Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh, all without needing to unbuckle their seatbelts.As Kevin Ritchie reports for NOW magazine, the team behind "Immersive van Gogh" originally planned to host the sound-and-light installation in the five-story Toronto Star building. But when social-distancing guidelines foiled plans for a May opening, organizers decided to launch a drive-in "preview" at the warehouse that formerly housed the newspaper's printing presses. From Jun…

Art Dye becomes a first-time Arizona high school varsity head basketball coach at 73

© Benjamin Franklin HS Art Dye became a Arizona high school varsity basketball coach for the first time at 73. Art Dye, considered the man who jump-started club basketball in Arizona in the 1980s with his Stars program, will become a head high school varsity boys basketball coach for the first time at the age of 73.Queen Creek Benjamin Franklin on Monday hired Dye to take over its basketball program."I don't believe that age is a factor when you look at the body of work somebody has," principal Jon Hutman said. "If you spend any time with Art, you can see that age is just a number for him. His intensity, knowledge of the game, how straightforward he is, it's captivating."Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning.Dye coached future NBA players like Mike Bibby, Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye during his run as director and coach of the AAU Stars.But he never led a high school basketball program until now.Dye will succee…

Creativity in the Time of Quarantine

Dua Lipa's self-portraits, shot in the yard of her Airbnb. Photographs: Courtesy of Dua Lipa Dua Lipa Ever since her apartment flooded, the 24-year-old chart-topping pop star Dua Lipa has been social distancing with boyfriend Anwar Hadid in a London Airbnb. She caught up with GQ from the couch, her home base for promoting her new album—her well-received sophomore effort, Future Nostalgia, which was released in the wake of announced lockdowns—and possibly for recording her next music video.What's something you've learned about yourself, creatively, since distancing began?I've realized I'm quite antsy. I have to get out of bed and create a routine. I might be a little OCD with that kind of stuff. People have been asking, "Have you been making music during this time?" I haven't. But this is a good time to start thinking about where I want to go next.You've had two of the most talked-about videos of quarantine in your Corden and Fallon performances…

Oldest Army Medical Unit Adopts State-of-the-Art Assets to Combat COVID-19

''We train for war,'' said Army Col. Robert F. Howe II, the commander of the Army's 1st Medical Brigade out of Fort Hood, Texas. ''But getting to support citizens in our homeland is special. Helping fellow citizens is what we're here for.''The Silver Knights are no strangers to conflict. The brigade is the Army's oldest color-bearing medical unit, forged on the battlefields of World War I as they supported the first American units committed to that conflict more than 100 years ago.Today, new enemies have brought new demands upon the storied unit, and they are once again on the cutting edge of response in the face of COVID-19.The mission of the Silver Knights is to provide command and control, administrative assistance, and technical supervision of medical units used in support of operations around the world. The brigade also provides combat health support to forces, all while retaining the ability to deploy medical support packages on short …