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In Defense Of Cultural Criticism Even During The Trump Presidency

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:30:55 +0000

(image) "It’s hard to defend doing anything except being in the streets" right now, but the space where the arts lie "is not an apolitical place, it is just not owned by government. In this aesthetic space, the arts explore a less confined politics than the one that controls the state. The state is not the […]

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Inspiration For A Young Violinist

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:15:01 +0000

(image) Francesca Dego, in a Q&A, asked about her musical guilty pleasures: "My guilty pleasures are usually not musical! Does not practising count? I’ve gone on holiday a couple of times without my violin and although I try to convince myself that bringing it would have been useless, because sunbathing and practising don’t coexist well, guilt […]

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Moonlight Writer/Director Barry Jenkins And Original Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney Accepted The Best Adapted Screenplay Award Together

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:00:12 +0000

(image) "'I told my students, ‘Be in love with the process, not the result,’ ' Jenkins said — but admitted he did like the result."

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In The UK, Waterstones Opens 'Unbranded' Small Bookstores To Some Backlash

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:45:34 +0000

(image) Did the large chain do it to avoid the backlash against national chains on high streets? Of course not, says the managing director. It's because the small shops are independent. (Except for being owned by Waterstones.)

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A Shoving Match, Possibly Involving A Neo-Nazi, Broke Out At The Minneapolis Institute Of Art This Weekend

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:30:07 +0000

(image) Three people, at least one of whom who appeared to have a white nationalist symbol on his jacket, argued with a group that had been protesting the president's executive orders on immigrants - and the fight went all the way to the third floor of the museum, where, amid the 18th century European art, guards […]

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Just In Case You Missed A Few Of The Award Winners In The Theatre, Here's Your Catch-Up List

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:15:35 +0000

(image) The New York Times debuts a new movie recommendation service (will this be an app someday soon?) with legal, aboveboard ways to catch up on the Oscar winners from the comfort of the couch.

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The Sculptor Camille Claudel May Finally Be Getting The Recognition She Longed For

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:00:55 +0000

(image) After an apprenticeship, and a relationship, with Rodin, Claudel's art was overshadowed by his. She was committed to a mental institution by her family - but film lovers know this from not one but two films about her. Now, she's getting her own museum, and the work speaks for itself.

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There Was A Time When 'Casablanca' Was An Object Of Art-House Worship, But That Time Is (Finally?) Ending

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:45:50 +0000

(image) The movie, which used to be a cultural touchstone so potent that it made audiences understand that characters like Harry and Sally were perfect for each other, has fallen off in recent years. Is it because Americans don't feel the shadow of WWII anymore?

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As William Hogarth Fans Know, A Gin Craze Nearly Destroyed 18th Century London

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:30:22 +0000

(image) And it's all because Britain was at war with France - which made French brandy hard to come by.

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Sergei Polunin Says He Was Tricked, And That Ballet Dancers Need Agents

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:15:13 +0000

(image) The take of the 'bad boy of ballet,' who left the Royal Ballet in a surprise move in 2012: "The company sort of owns you. I thought about my future. In 10 years' time, I would be in the same position as when I started - the best dancer in the world, but still sharing […]

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A New Horror Film Helps Redefine The Genre, Gets 100 Percent On Rotten Tomatoes, And Wins The Box Office

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:00:27 +0000

(image) Time to reevaluate horror? None of the Best Picture nominees got anything like 100 percent from the critics. But "Get Out," starring comedian Jordan Peele, "is the latest in a string of bloody horror films that attempt to contribute to America’s cultural conversation in a meaningful way."

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So Here's The Moment-By-Moment Of How The Oscars Flub Went Down

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:00:25 +0000

(image) USA Today had stationed reporters in various parts of the theatre, and here's their take: "As the La La Land filmmakers take the stage to accept best picture, the accountant from PriceWaterhouseCoopers jumped up and said, 'He (Beatty) took the wrong envelope!' and goes running onstage. Craziness breaks out. No one knows how Beatty got […]

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Eileen Myles Is A Badass Of Poetry (And A Whole Lot More)

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:45:33 +0000

(image) And now she has a new poetry record album. Yes, record album: "Happily at Naropa University there’s something called the Harry Smith house — it’s a little house on the Naropa campus — which Ambrose Bye uses to record everyone all summer. I had gone into that little house the summer before and recorded a […]

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The Agency In Charge Of The U.S.'s Internet Is Just About As Divided As The Country

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:30:41 +0000

(image) The story is long and winding, involving massive public comment and a stonewalling GOP, but "you can’t blame petty politics alone for the mess the FCC finds itself in. Debates over net neutrality and cable boxes stem from an ideological shift in Washington. In earlier days, it was 'good regulation versus bad regulation,' says Chris […]

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Is There New Evidence In The Story Of Beethoven's 'Immortal Beloved'?

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:15:49 +0000

(image) Maybe. Of course, "many rival camps on the identity of Beethoven’s 'immortal beloved' have developed over the years," but it could be a married, religious aristocrat who held the key to Beethoven's heart - and his later, more intense work.

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When Will Dev Patel Get His Chance To Be A Leading Man?

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:00:17 +0000

(image) Here's the deal: "It’s not a given that he’ll remain on the industry’s radar for very long. That’s because to be a leading man in Hollywood requires more than just box office success, an award-winning list of credits, or even the esteem of your peers. You also (still) need to embody the American film industry’s […]

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The Oscars End With An Envelope Mix-Up At The Worst Possible Time

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:40:05 +0000

(image) WHAT. JUST. HAPPENED. (What just happened was that La La Land was announced as Best Picture, but ... that was fake news, an envelope mix-up. The real Best Picture winner: Moonlight. See the video of it all here.)

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The Emerging Oscar Powerhouse That Does Nothing Specific, But Also Everything

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 21:30:50 +0000

(image) FilmNation is behind "Arrival" and a Judd Apatow movie that sold for $12 million at Sundance. "The two movies thrust FilmNation into the limelight and pose a tantalizing question: can a company unaffiliated with any conglomerate become a powerhouse in the challenging climate of the 21st-century entertainment industry?"

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The Archival Battle Of The 175-Year Old Symphonies

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 21:00:42 +0000

(image) The New York Philharmonic faces off against the Vienna Phil, both turning 175 years old this spring, in a joint exhibition of their archives in Manhattan. Can the NY institution measure up to this? "'Damn and blast it! Confound it! Wake up!' the conductor and composer Otto Nicolai wrote in his impassioned draft of the […]

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Top AJBlogs From The Weekend Of 02.26.17

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:45:37 +0000

WHAT’S GOING ON IN OPERA? The news that Darren Keith Woods was summarily fired after a sixteen-year extraordinarily successful career as General Director of Fort Worth Opera added to some odd news from Vienna a short time ago seems inexplicable. ... read more AJBlog: OperaSleuthPublished 2017-02-23 The stories we weave are incomplete… It’s Black History […]

What's It Like Writing About Soviet Spies In The U.S. While Politicians Are Calling For An Examination Of Russian Influence On The U.S. Election?

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:30:50 +0000

(image) Joe Weisberg, writer and showrunner of "The Americans," now in its fifth season: "How is this all happening again? When we started this show, the Soviet Union was gone. We were not in any kind of serious conflict with Russia. And it seemed like a good time to tell a story about those old bygone […]

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OK For Real, Does Ryan Gosling Or Emma Stone Dance Better In 'La La Land'?

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:00:14 +0000

(image) According to the choreographer, "They were a funny little complement. Neither is a perfect dancer; they weren’t supposed to be. I liked the way they took on the challenge."

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The Sprawling Costume Shop Outside Of London That Makes Its Customers Oscar Winners

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:30:05 +0000

(image) Aside from outfitting TV - think "The Crown" and "Victoria" - the shop, which has been around since 1840, has worked for 36 movies that have won Oscars for costume design. "If you lined up all of the costumes in Angels’ storage in a row, it would stretch about eight miles."

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The Composer Of 'Fun Home,' Now On Tour, Knows How To Create Cacophony

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:00:26 +0000

(image) Jeanine Tesori, among the most-nominated composers in Tonys history, says music is where science and art meet.

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This Ballet School In Washington Has A 75-Year Commitment To Black Dancers [VIDEO]

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:30:10 +0000

(image) The woman who took over the schools when the founders passed away says that dance isn't just dance, but a metaphor for life. "I like to instill in the children to work with a certain kind of integrity even if you are uncomfortable."

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Actor Bill Paxton, 61, Dies From Complications Following Surgery

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:18:35 +0000

(image) The Emmy award-winning actor, co-star of "Apollo 13" and star of "Big Love," died on Saturday, according to Rolling Stone. Tributes continue to come in from his shocked co-stars and directors.

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