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Philadelphia Orchestra's Mongolia Tour Is - Well, Not Cancelled, Exactly ... (Yet)

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 17:16:44 +0000

(image) The country has been undergoing a financial crisis for most of the past year and had to get a $5.5 billion IMF bailout in February. So the Mongolian government can no longer afford its portion of the expense of a visit by the full Philadelphia Orchestra (which would have been the first U.S. orchestra ever […]Mongolian flags

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If The BBC Is So Great, Should It Get Public Subsidy?

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:34:04 +0000

(image) If something is the best in the world, it ought not to depend on government subsidy or favourable regulation or legislation that discriminates against competitors. It ought to be able to stand on its own two feet, as Google has had to do since it was a start-up in September 1998 and as all surviving […]P1000366

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Why Hollywood Writers Are Striking In The Era Of Peak TV

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:02:14 +0000

(image) "What we're fighting for is for studios and networks not to be able to hold writers for six straight months [between seasons without pay]. You're just in career limbo. The companies are making more money than ever before, and it just feels like the writers who are creating all this content are becoming less and […]gettyimages-79673146-h_2017

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The Time I Designed A Building And IM Pei Decided To Visit

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:32:05 +0000

(image) The madness began after I received a phone call from my brother, Christien, who worked for a luxury travel agency. “Great news," he said. "I may have a client for the villa for New Year’s week. How’s the project coming?” My heart sank. More than two years in, and we were nearly out of money. […]Punto-de-Vista-6

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Unsettling: An E-Book That Forces You To Edit It To Read It

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:02:45 +0000

(image) One hundred separate versions have been published online by Editions at Play, a digital publisher that specialises in “books that cannot be printed”. You can read any of the 100 editions for free – but if you’re lucky enough to own one, prepare yourself for some creative destruction: each version can only be passed on […]1650

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Online Dating Sites Report That What You Read (Or Whether You Read) Makes A Difference In Dating Success

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:31:49 +0000

(image) According to eHarmony, women who listed The Hunger Games among their favourite books saw the biggest boost to their popularity, while men who read Richard Branson’s business books were approached most often. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was a hit for both genders. But crucially, reading anything is a winning move; men who list […]4592

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Opera's Diversity Problem Is A Vocal Problem

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:02:20 +0000

(image) "These days, the opera field itself is effectively sabotaging the argument that voice type comes first. Opera is increasingly trying to present itself as just another form of drama, a musical equivalent of spoken theater or film, with its cinematic broadcasts and emphasis on younger, more attractive performers. That argument is problematic: Opera isn’t, in […]butterfly2

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Harvard Makes Big Changes In Its Music Studies Programs

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:02:46 +0000

(image) We’ve always had gaps in our education, and I think it’s a little disingenuous to say, “Well, what about Schubert?” What about Tony Conrad? I teach the survey now, and I have never pretended to “cover” things. You don’t cover things when you do a survey, and I tell the students that: we’re going to […]harvard

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How Big Is The Online Art Market?

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:31:43 +0000

(image) Despite a relative slowdown in the global art market, the online art market grew by 15 percent, to $3.75 billion, last year, according to Robert Read, head of art and private clients for Hiscox. The online art market’s share of the total art market also grew last year, from 7.4 percent in 2015 to 8.4 percent. […]GettyImages-2781493-1024x710

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Report Card Time: Here's How Our Children Are Doing Studying Music And Art

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:03:40 +0000

(image) The arts assessment measured students' knowledge based on their ability to understand and interpret historical pieces of art and music. One question, for example, asked eighth graders to identify the instrument at the beginning of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." (It's a clarinet.) The report also looked at their creative abilities. In one exercise, students were […]boys-self-portrait_slide-9833a6a123a11801e54225c92b9d81dfb862d777-s1600-c85

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UK Books Sold Record Numbers Of Books Last Year

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:31:33 +0000

(image) Sales of children's books rose 16% to £365m, with the increase due mainly to the purchase of printed works. Readers also flocked to fitness and self-help books, sending non-fiction sales up 9%. Revenues from fiction fell 7%, the PA's annual report said._95798364_ur5o3nt0

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Does Netflix Really Need Movie Theatres For Its Films?

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:03:01 +0000

(image) “Since our members are funding these films, they should be the first to see them,” the company said. “But we are also open to supporting the large theater chains, such as AMC and Regal in the US, if they want to offer our films, such as our upcoming Will Smith film Bright, in theaters simultaneous […]25-will-smith-bright.w710.h473.2x

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New Theory: Hemingway Suffered From CTE, The Brain Trauma Injury That Football Players Suffer From

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:31:50 +0000

(image) Hemingway’s bizarre behavior in his latter years (he rehearsed his death by gunshot in front of dinner guests, for example) has been blamed on iron deficiency, bipolar disorder, attention-seeking and any number of other problems. After researching the writer’s letters, books and hospital visits, Farah is convinced that Hemingway had dementia — made worse by alcoholism and other maladies, but dominated by […]imrs

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Director of Operations for The Cleveland Orchestra

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:11:25 +0000

(image) Are you an Operations professional? Can you plan and execute complex stage and ensemble travel? One of the world's finest, The Cleveland Orchestra, is looking for an operations leader. Cleveland+Orchestra+Logo+BL

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A Long-Lost Stravinsky Piece Resurfaces And On First Hearing Alex Ross Is Disappointed. But Then He Listens Again...

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:03:48 +0000

(image) Like thousands of other Stravinsky fans, I listened to a live stream of the première, my anticipation heightened by descriptions that the composer had supplied later in life. (He called it “the best of my works before ‘The Firebird,’ and the most advanced in chromatic harmony.”) Like many others, I felt mild disappointment.Ross-A-Rediscovered-Stravinsky-Work-1200

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Was Robert Rauschenberg The Con Man Of Art?

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:31:35 +0000

(image) There’s a volubility about Rauschenberg’s visual imagination that is irreconcilable with the discipline art demands. However monumental or panoramic a work of art may be, there must always be some acknowledgment of the limits of the artist’s vision. Rauschenberg didn’t know the meaning of the word “limits.” There was something of the outrageousness of a […]Robert Rauschenberg: Persimmon, 1964; from Rauschenberg’s series of oil and silkscreen-ink print paintings in which, Jed Perl writes, ‘photographs of President Kennedy, crowded city streets, space travel, and a nude by Rubens come together to s

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Tony Contenders Talk About The State Of Musicals And Making Theatre Work n Broadway

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:01:27 +0000

(image) The five "key creatives" for five shows up for best musical dish about the process. "The [studio-driven musical] is just a very different world. It’s a stable of people with properties that are trying to figure out what to do with them. Many of the ideas are very possible. And some of them are idiotic. […]la-1493180827-ye0ce5354c-snap-image

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Why Hollywood's Pending Writers Strike Won't Affect Animation Studios Like Pixar

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:03:40 +0000

(image) When the screen cartoonists’ guild formed in the late 1930s, animated shows weren’t scripted and instead were drawn out on storyboards. Because that was considered part of the animation process itself, the writers were placed under the jurisdiction of the cartoonists’ guild, said Tom Sito, a USC film professor and former president of the Animation […]la-1493251414-s47nh5bu7c-snap-image

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Uriel Luft, 84, Was Montreal's "Indispensable" Dance Impressario

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:31:38 +0000

(image) In the mid-70s, Luft was "hired as the director of dance programming, arts and culture for the Montreal Olympics. During the Games, he organized 100 dance performances in the city, bringing in performers from all across Canada. After the Olympics, Mr. Luft worked as the director of Quebec’s nine conservatories of music and drama and […]luftxxob3

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Canada Struggles With Cultural Policy In The Age Of The Internet

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:54:35 +0000

(image) “I think that we’re trying to have a cultural policy that is adapted to the digital age, whereby you believe in the importance of freedom of the Internet, you believe in the importance of net neutrality,” she said. It sounds nice, but an open Internet fits somewhat awkwardly alongside the existing regime of government support […]web-rv-joly-0425

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The Illusion Of Knowledge - Do Individuals Know Less Than Our Ancestors?

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:28:05 +0000

(image) "Humans rarely think for themselves. Rather, we think in groups. Just as it takes a tribe to raise a child, it also takes a tribe to invent a tool, solve a conflict or cure a disease. No individual knows everything it takes to build a cathedral, an atom bomb or an aircraft. What gave Homo […]0423-BKS-Harari-blog427

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2017 Index: The Twenty "Most Vibrant" Arts Communities In America

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:58:02 +0000

(image) "The overall index is composed of three dimensions: supply, demand, and government support. Supply is assessed by the total number of arts providers in the community, including the number of arts and culture organizations and employees, independent artists, and entertainment firms. Demand is gauged by the total nonprofit arts dollars in the community, including program […]ncar-artsvibrancy2017

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Lindsay Pollock Steps Down As Editor Of "Art In America"

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:31:31 +0000

(image) Under Pollock’s leadership, Art in America instituted regular features such as artist-designed covers and mini-profiles of up-and-coming artists. She also expanded the magazine’s international coverage, publishing regular reports from far-flung parts of the world in the “Atlas” column.lindsay-pollock-1024x747

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The Day They Dropped A Piano From The Sky (And Inspired Woodstock?)

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:02:30 +0000

(image) Whether Woodstock would have happened without Sky River is, of course, anybody’s guess, but Sky River absolutely would not have happened without an even less-heralded event called the Piano Drop, a one-day Dadaist spectacle held on April 28, 1968, in a tiny town (its population was just 455) northeast of Seattle called Duvall. As the […]JoeHelixSm

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Gustavo Dudamel Makes Rare Statement On Venezuela And Gets Criticized From All Sides

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:31:38 +0000

(image) "Opponents of the Maduro regime, which is trying to starve the country into submission, have accused Dudamel of targeting the opposition by failing to name the government as the cause of present miseries. Supporters of the Government are calling him a turncoat. Debate is raging across social media."images

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How Wikipedia Found Its Way Toward A Definition Of Happiness: 6,000 Edits By 3,000 Users

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:03:03 +0000

(image) "In this way, Wikipedia understands something that most philosophers after Socrates didn't - definitions are not static, and cannot be perfected and finalized. They must be constantly challenged, updated, reverted, and discussed. Wikipedia is like a Socratic dialogue on a massive scale." Nikhil Sonnad did a deep dive into the 14 years of edits (some […]happiness

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Youth Shelter In Oregon In Oregon Refuses Donation By Portland Gay Men's Chorus

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:31:34 +0000

(image) "What's more shameful is that Hearts With A Mission is so fearful of being perceived as endorsing — what?" the Medford Mail Tribune wrote in an editorial. "The existence of gay men? The performance of choral music by gay men in a church sanctuary to benefit a charitable organization?"22543290-mmmain

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