“Richmond storm drains painted for art project”

I LOVE it when communities use utilitarian objects as a blank canvas for public art.  Good stuff.

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Richmond is bringing color to its storm drains as part of the “RVA H2O Storm Drain Art Project.”

On Tuesday, project leaders, artists and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney led tours showcasing the drains in Carytown.

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Fresh Take: Say goodbye to the elitist art scene. The future of art is street murals and graffiti.

As Cleveland artist Loren Naji sees it, the art world should be an inclusive place—with his recent CAN’T Triennial event embodying that philosophy. As FreshWater caps off its Arts & Culture-themed month, we asked Naji to share his thoughts on where the art world is headed…and why he thinks stuffy museums and exhibitions will soon be the stuff of the past.

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This college student gave painting a try. Nine months later, he has his own exhibit

“Last minute, I decided to give this art thing a good shot.”

“This art thing,” for University of Miami student Matthew Hanzman, turned out to be an exhibit of over 70 pieces at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. He created all the pieces in about nine months.

Hanzman is the inaugural painter in the Emerging Artists Showcase. Not bad for a 21-year-old rising senior studying political science.

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LA Film Festival announces its 2018 competition lineup

Alfred Molina, Michelle Monaghan and Common star in "Saint Judy," a world premiere in the L.A. Muse section of the 2018 L.A. Film Festival.

The L.A. Film Festival announced its 2018 competition lineup Tuesday, with 40 feature films, 41 short films and 10 short episodic works from around the world screening over the course of the eight-day event.

Of the festival’s films, 42% are directed by women and 39% are directed by people of color.

“Our mission of finding fresh new voices from different geographical and cultural axes remains true,” festival director Jennifer Cochis said in a statement. “These storytellers are united by their ability to transport, impact and inspire audiences with the power of their craft.”

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Long Forgotten, a Landmark Film in AIDS History Is Rescued

“Philadelphia,” “Parting Glances,” “Longtime Companion” and “Tongues Untied” are often cited as benchmark movies about AIDS. But long forgotten is “Buddies,” the first feature film about AIDS. An intimate two-hander from 1985, it was a snapshot of a terrible time for gay men in New York, made during some of the worst hours of the epidemic.

Now, 33 years after its debut, “Buddies” is being remembered, thanks to an impassioned push by people determined not to leave behind an artifact of a painful history.

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Can Taste Be Subject To Copyright?

Chefs and avid restaurant diners may want to follow an issue that has the legal community abuzz. A new and curious recent court ruling over cheese has broad ramifications for the food industry as we know it.

The question at hand: is it possible to copyright taste?

Although the subject matter of sensory copyright is vast and often confusing to those outside the legal community, the case of Heks’nkaas (“witches’ cheese”) is an interesting one. According to the company, Levola, who bought the recipe for the cheese spread from a local grocery in 2011, it should be allowed to copyright its cheese spread due to its unique taste. The case was initially dismissed, but has been brought before another court, The District Court in The Hague to revisit the ruling.

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