Ask KPBS/Arts: Who Should I Follow On Social Media?
This week's Ask KPBS/Arts question is all about creating a well-balanced social media experience for yourself.
I'm trying to fill my social media with more arts and culture, who or what should I follow? - Christa T.
Is this a result of political overload? Or just too many pictures of green juice on your feed? One simple way to mix in some arts is to find things you already like, whether it's a band or a theater or an art gallery.
My Instagram feed is 85 percent ballet, 10 percent fashion and 5 percent cute kids. I realize it's very niche, but isn't that what social media is for?
Some of my favorite Instagram accounts are:
Isabella Boylston, principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre.
The musical "Hamilton" is always entertaining and engaging with its fans.
The innovative Alonzo King Lines Ballet dance company.
"Each language is a vision of the world. Each language says something different about what it means to be human...And every language that is lost is a loss of a fragment of that vision." -David Crystal. #springseason #hints #language #loss #camerasanddancers - Photo of dancers Adji Cissoko and Shuaib Dee Elhassan by @moneal
International fashion editor and overall glamorous person Giovanna Engelbert.
And the fun, behind-the-scenes shots from The San Diego Opera.
Over on Twitter, I have a more balanced mix of art, theater, music, news and pop culture.
Some of my locally-based favorites are:
La Jolla Playhouse (@ljplayhouse) because it's a good mix of self-promotion, Broadway news and behind-the-scenes photos; San Diego Union-Tribune theater critic James Hebert (@JimHebert) for theater reviews and sharing this photo of Justin Long in hair curlers; and Balboa Park's Mingei Museum (@MingeiMuseum) for great photos and some personality.
Some other non-local favorites on Twitter:
New York Times Arts (@nytimesarts) makes me read about things I didn't even know I wanted to read about, like funk jazz; New York City Ballet (@nycballet) is surprisingly educational (did you know the sprung floors at Paris Opera Ballet are made from tennis balls?) plus they have some of the most beautiful backstage photos.
How does a film festival work? What are good concerts for kids? Send me your events-related questions and they'll be answered each Thursday.