Tours: Hearst Castle In San Simeon, California

ERIC MINH SWENSON ART FILMS (May 8, 2023) – Hearst Castle, known formally as La Cuesta Encantada, is a historic estate in San Simeon, located on the Central Coast of California. Conceived by William Randolph Hearst, the publishing tycoon, and his architect Julia Morgan, the castle was built between 1919 and 1947. 


Travel: A Tour Of Gdańsk In Northern Poland (4K)

Travel HDefinition (May 8, 2023) – Gdańsk is a city on the Baltic coast of northern Poland. It is Poland’s principal seaport and the country’s fourth-largest metropolitan area. The city has a complex history, having had periods of Polish, German and self rule.

Video timeline: 0:00 Skwer 0:11 Main Town Hall & Długa 0:39 Wyspa Spichrzów 1:35 Streets of Gdansk 2:27 The Great Armoury (Wielka Zbrojownia) 2:36 Złota/Długouliczna Brama 2:48 Streets of Gdansk 3:58 St. Catherine’s Church 4:24 Marina/Port 5:32 Gdansk by night 6:08 Gdańsk Neon Sign 6:23 Footbridge to Ołowianka 7:40 Marina 8:03 Main streets of Gdansk

From 1920 to 1939, Gdańsk lay in the disputed so-called Polish Corridor; its ambiguous political status created tensions that culminated in the German invasion of Poland and the first clash of the Second World War at nearby Westerplatte. Gdańsk is home to the University of Gdańsk, Gdańsk University of Technology, the National Museum, the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre, the Museum of the Second World War, the Polish Baltic Philharmonic, the Polish Space Agency and the European Solidarity Centre.

Among Gdańsk’s most notable historical landmarks are the Town Hall, the Green Gate, Artus Court, Neptune’s Fountain, and St. Mary’s Church, one of the largest brick churches in the world. Gdańsk is among the most visited cities in Poland.

Previews: The New Yorker Magazine – May 15, 2023

Bruce McCalls “Safe Travels”

The New Yorker – May 15, 2023 issue

Notes from Prince Harry’s Ghostwriter

A portrait of Prince Harry composed of scribbles that evoke writing, on a yellow piece of binder paper.

By J. R. Moehringer

Collaborating on his memoir, “Spare,” meant spending hours together on Zoom, meeting his inner circle, and gaining a new perspective on the tabloids.

The Filmmakers Who Voyaged Inside the Body

The filming of a human surgery.

By Alexandra Schwartz

For more than a decade, two “recovering” anthropologists have brought documentary closer to the human experience. Now they’ve made the camera part of our flesh and blood.

The Critics

Arts & Culture: Art Review Magazine – May 2023 Issue


ArtReview (May 2023 Issue)Featuring Frida Orupabo, Isaac Julien, Sarah Pierce, Kahlil Robert Irving and Christina Quarles; columns on faltering art markets and questions of what art should do for a society; and much more

Aki Sasamoto wins Calder Prize 2023

Aki Sasamoto, Yield Point, 2017, installation view. Image: Jason Mandella

The winner receives $50k, a three-month residency at Atelier Calder, and the placement of works in a public collection

Have We Reached the Endpoint of Revivalism?

Cao Fei, MatryoshkaVerse, 2022. Double Channel HD video, 16:4.5, color with sound, 37min 38sec © Cao Fei, 2023. Courtesy the artist, Vitamin Creative Space and Sprüth Magers

Art has long looked to the recent past for inspiration, but might the return of post-Internet art just be too much, too soon?

Frida Orupaboon the cover of ArtReview May 2023, mines images sourced from colonial archives, film, fashion and family albums to create collages that carve representation and empowerment from stereotype. Her visual references, ranging from clips of singers like Nina Simone and Billie Holiday, to the art of Carrie Mae Weems and Kara Walker, are incorporated into multilayered works, some pinned with metal tacks to look like the kind of vintage paper doll whose appendages are manipulable. The sense of ‘reclaiming the power to choose how a woman’s body, and more specifically Black female sexuality, is presented and received’, writes Fi Churchman, ‘is a central theme of Orupabo’s work’. 

Italian Villas: A Tour Of Santa Margherita Ligure

Immobilinvolo Milano (May 7, 2023) – Santa Margherita Ligure is one of the best known and most renowned tourist resorts in all of Liguria. This coastal town, located in a protected bay in one of the most beautiful stretches of the coast, is considered the Pearl of Tigullio.

Its history is very ancient and dates back to Roman times. Since then it had a troubled history and over the centuries it was destroyed, rebuilt then conquered several times by the Saracen pirates.

Santa Margherita began to transform into the beautiful coastal town we know from the second half of the 1800s, when the nobility from all over Europe began to discover the wonderful cities of Liguria. Similarly to what happened in Bordighera and Alassio .

May 2023 Exhibition Views: ‘Stephan Hostettler Solo’ In Bern, Switzerland

VernissageTV (May 8, 2023) – The opening reception of the Swiss artist Stephan Hostettler. Stephan Hostettler was born in 1988 in Unterseen, Switzerland.

After training as a metalworker, he attended the preliminary design course in Bern and graduated from the specialist class for graphics in Biel. He presented his works for the first time in 2019 at the Jungkunst exhibition in Winterthur. Hostettler lives and works in Bern.

“At its core, my work is about how we humans live or could live in this world. It offers a humorous but critical perspective on our actions as a society and aims to trigger discussions that contribute to a positive development. I wish for a world in which we treat each other with respect, we live with nature, take care of it and in which no one has to live in fear.”

Stephan Hostettler Solo Exhibition in Bern (Switzerland). Vernissage, May 6, 2023.

BBC Tributes: Sir David Attenborough Turns 97

BBC (May 8, 2023) – Sir David Attenborough was born in London on May 8, 1926 and educated at Wyggeston Grammar School, Leicester, and Clare College, Cambridge where he took an honours degree in Natural Sciences. He did two years National Service in the Royal Navy and then spent some time on the editorial side of the University of London Press.

Sir David’s broadcasting career spans over 50 years. It began in 1952 when he joined BBC Television as a trainee and then became a producer working in the studios of Alexandra Palace in north London, from which the world’s first television service was broadcast. 

News: Russia Strikes Kyiv Ahead Of ‘Victory Day’, U.S. – South Korea Alliance

The Globalist, May 8 2023: New drone attacks from Russia ahead of May 9 ‘Victory Day’ celebration, U.S. and South Korea bolster nuclear deterrence against North Korea, and other top news.

Front Page: The New York Times -Monday, May 8, 2023


After Mass Killings in Texas, Frustration but No Action on Guns

Volunteers erected a memorial outside the entrance to Allen Premium Outlets in Allen, Texas, a day after a gunman killed eight people and wounded seven others.

The drumbeat of mass murder has fueled a new openness to gun regulation among some Texans, but it has done little to reshape the political realities in the State Capitol.

Ukrainians Return Home, Renewed and Resigned

Passengers on a train from Lviv and Kyiv arrive in town of Pokrovsk in the eastern Donetsk region, last week.

More than 5.5 million people who left after the war began in February 2022 have gone back home — and not just to large cities like Kyiv or Dnipro, but to small places near the front line, as well.

The Dnipro River, Axis of Life and Death in Ukraine

The river has helped to define Ukraine’s history and culture, and remains vital to daily sustenance, even as it also serves as a front line in war — as it has countless times over thousands of years.

Twitter Criticized for Allowing Texas Shooting Images to Spread

Graphic images of the attack went viral on the platform, which has made cuts to its moderation team. Some users said the images exposed the realities of gun violence.