weekend links: Festival Dads, Deborah Roberts, Hiplet

Kysa Johnson
Kysa Johnson

Kysa Johnson, blow up 322 – the long goodbye (history of gold) – subatomic decay patterns and rapidly spinning neutron star PSR – B1509 – 58 (2017). Image courtesy the artist and Von Lintel Gallery/Hyperallergic.

We’ve all seen our fair share of dads at music festivals. How do they get there? What are they thinking? Where did they get those Hawaiian shirts? Pitchfork writer Jason Lipshutz has brought his dad to the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago for the past six years now. His LCD-Soundsystem-loving father was gracious enough to provide us with a comprehensive list of his 20 favorite things about this year’s festival through the eyes of an elusive, rarely interviewed Festival Dad. [Pitchfork]

Actors and actresses have forever been trying to perfect how they portray their characters. Samara Bay, a dialect coach, is at the forefront of the latest trend in acting. The way someone speaks is incredibly important in television and film, especially in order to create a truly authentic experience for the viewer. [The New York Times]

Deborah Roberts discusses her latest exhibit, Nobody's Darling: Women and Representation, which is on display at the Warfield Center's Christian-Green Gallery at The University of Texas at Austin campus until August 11. Roberts was just named Artist of the Year by the Austin Critics Table, and her playful but poignant collages make it clear why. [Conflict of Interest]

Poet Bao Phi has just released his new book, Thousand Star Hotel. Phi’s family fled Vietnam in ’75, just at the end of the war. Phi talks about how he hopes his book will serve to fill a gap in the mostly nonexistent education that young people receive about Asian American culture in the US. [NPR]

Kysa Johnson’s exhibit As Above So Below, recently opened at the Von Lintel Gallery in LA and will continue through August 12. Johnson’s paintings depict subatomic particle decay patterns—the dust of space represented as chaotic strokes on a black background. LA fans, this is definitely worth a visit. [Hyperallergic]

Danielle Levitt’s new short documentary focuses on a number of young Chicago dancers training in Hiplet. Hiplet is a fusion of ballet on pointe and hip-hop—a reimagining of the predominantly white classical ballet scene. [W Magazine]

The Rumpus holds a symposium to discuss Joni Mitchell’s 1974 album Court and Spark. The nine contributors (music critics, artists, and singer/songwriters) share their feelings and memories relating to the album. Be prepared to get sentimental. [The Rumpus]

Jeremiah Moss is the man behind the blog and soon-to-be book Vanishing New York. The combination of Moss’s love for NYC and the frustration of seeing gentrification take over the city through his photography makes for a depressing but awakening read. [The Village Voice]

The “wedding industrial complex” has been rapidly expanding over the past 40 years—the phenomena that gave birth to the culturally rich Say Yes To The Dress and cheesy wedding #hashtags—all thanks to one Martha Stewart coffee table book. The massive and elegant book, Martha Stewart Weddings, is credited with sparking the transformation of weddings from being just a ceremony into a type of performance art. [The Atlantic]

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