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The Last Moments Of A Prima Ballerina's Life With The ABT, In Photo Essay Form

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:15:07 +0000

(image) It's a ritual: "A ballerina’s farewell — especially at American Ballet Theater — is a time-honored drama. Rose petals fall like rain from the rafters, fellow dancers parade out to deliver bouquets, and audience members crowd the aisles, roaring as if at a rock concert."25ballerina-6-superJumbo

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An Artist's Design For An LGBT Memorial In New York Reflects Desire To Bond With The City

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:00:16 +0000

(image) Artist Anthony Goicolea: "It feels like there are certain shapes and patterns that are encoded in our DNA as humans that transcend any particular culture and speak to how we are unified in the larger scheme,” he said. “I wanted to create a space that feels familiar, even though it is new."26memorial-item-master768

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The Writer Lidia Yuknavitch, Who Reinvented The Memoir, Says She'll Never Tire Of 'Swimming Within Language'

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:45:39 +0000

(image) Her book The Chronology of Water ends with an interview with her editor Rhonda Hughes, and here's why: "What you want is an editor who is dying to go with you into your material, to ride the waves, to dive down or kick up, to swim the waters of your imagination. The interview was a […]0979018838.01.LZZZZZZZ

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The Huge Price Someone - Maybe All Of Us - Pays For Empathy In 'S-Town'

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:30:03 +0000

(image) The podcast, originally a discussion between host Brian Reed and a man in the town he calls "S-Town," is now a genuine phenomenon. But what are the ethics of so many of knowing so much about the life of someone we've never met? "None of this is easy. Or ethically clear. But it is moving […]S-Town-feature

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The Making Of GLOW, Netflix's New Women Wrestling Comedy

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:15:10 +0000

(image) For one thing, all of the actors had to learn how to wrestle. "We knew from the beginning GLOW was a show about bodies and women using their bodies in different ways that they hadn’t used them before, and using bodies in ways that we as an audience haven’t seen before. It felt pretty important […]glow_and_inset_of__carly_mensch_and_liz_flahive_-getty-h_2017

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What Do We Know About Shakespeare's Politics?

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:00:09 +0000

(image) Not a lot because, well, he was a playwright. But "some themes recur; and some messages in the action of his plays are too powerful to miss. Such themes are most abundant in the four plays written at the height of Shakespeare’s powers. In Polonius’s classification, they are tragical-comical-historical. They are about the state in […]Screen Shot 2017-06-25 at 19.48.43

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The Slow And Semi-Secret Death Of The Electric Guitar

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 21:00:22 +0000

(image) The industry (and music in general) needs more guitar heroes if it's going to survive - or else technology, and the electronic music it produces, will take over.Death of the Electric Guitar

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Buffalo's Albright-Knox Museum To Reconfigure, Expand, And 'Become One With The Park'

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 20:30:10 +0000

(image) There are several phases of construction planned, but "perhaps the most striking feature of the planned expansion is the creation of a vast, light-filled entry hall where the current courtyard and Bunshaft galleries exist. Renderings show the space as a glass-walled public plaza with an elevated walkway providing access to the existing auditorium on the […]cds1-1100x733

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Top AJBlog Posts For The Weekend Of 06.25.17

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 20:15:59 +0000

Four Companies, Six Dances Karole Armitage, Jaqulyn Buglisi, Elisa Monte, and Jennifer Muller join forces. Elisa Monte’s Day’s Residue. Left rear: Clymene Baugher. Jumping (foreground): Scott Willits. Plus Thomas Varvaro, Wade Watson, and Alrick Thomas. Photo: Darial Sneed As ... read more AJBlog: DancebeatPublished 2017-06-24 Lloyd Cole and All the Poets YOUR humble blogger has […]

Conjuring The Ghost Of Leonard Bernstein At The Dakota

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 20:00:49 +0000

(image) Yes, this is a real thing that happens. Larry and Toby Milstein are the 20-something children of the (very wealthy) people who live in the apartment where Bernstein used to live. "Inspired by the many artists who have called the Dakota home, and spurred by their own substantial arts philanthropy, these millennial billion-heirs have taken […]25SEANCE-master768 (1)

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The Walker Mounts A Show Of Jimmie Durham's Art To A Lot More Criticism From Native American Communities

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 19:30:08 +0000

(image) Cherokee artist America Meredith says the problem is that Durham has no documented links to actually being Cherokee, and yet, "Art historians have really latched onto him. And he represents us. He's occupying a space. He's written more about than any actual Cherokee artist in the literature."e15f80-20170622-durham01

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Philippe Auguin Is Leaving The Washington National Opera, But What Does It Mean When A Music Director Leaves?

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 19:00:55 +0000

(image) Anne Midgette: "It’s important not to cling too tightly to tradition, but it remains unclear exactly what vision WNO, under Zambello, is offering to replace it."imrs (1)

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A Deep Dive Into The Sudden Wave Of Screen Time For Muslim Men In Love

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 18:00:56 +0000

(image) Yay, more stories for South Asian Muslims! Well, South Asian Muslim men, straight men, with white girlfriends, anyway. "This fantasy doesn’t have much room for South Asian women. Their choices are reflective of the stubborn limitations of an industry where straight men still dominate, and where whiteness remains an integral component to what love looks […]sub-buzz-7674-1498246269-1

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Why Bong Joon Ho's New Girl-And-Her-Six-Ton-Pig Flick Isn't With A Studio, But With Netflix

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 18:00:10 +0000

(image) Why Netflix? Well, "plot points include a pignapping, Mija’s desperate pursuit, a bumbling Animal Liberation Front troop, an insecure corporate villainess (played with pitch-perfect iciness by Ms. Swinton) and a foray into the grisly mechanics of factory farming." The last bit is where studios drew the line.25OKJA1-master768

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The World Might Be Going To Hell In A Handbasket, But These Designers Are Trying To Make It Look Pretty

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 17:30:16 +0000

(image) For instance, at the London Design Biennale, "Guatemala, which ties for sixth place in the Global Emotions Report, will show an installation about the community action taking place in Santa Catarina Palopó. This town on the volcanic shores of Lake Atitlán is reinventing itself as a kind of conceptual art, using the paintbrush to boost […]4928

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(Some Of) The Last 20 Years Of LGBT Literature

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 17:00:25 +0000

(image) Of course, LGBT lit goes back way farther than 1997, but here's a sampler from the NYT in honor of Pride Month.23gaypridebooks-3-superJumbo

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An Entire Generation Missed Seeing Asian Americans On Their Screens

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 16:30:41 +0000

(image) What (the heck?!) happened between The Joy Luck Club and the just-wrapped Crazy Rich Asians?594e991e1700002a001029b2

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This Composer Has Led The Way In Experimental Music For 50 Years, And He's Not Stopping

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 16:00:44 +0000

(image) Roscoe Mitchell: "I’ve always believed in studying music across the board. I’ve never been fascinated with putting myself in certain categories. Especially now that there’s a lot of folks out there that want to know how this improvisational thing works. And the way that I would describe that, of course, is like composition in real […]25ROSCOE1-master1050

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Feminist Dystopias Are Everywhere, And The Observer Wonders Why

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:30:32 +0000

(image) Well, there's actually a lot to talk about. Or create. "Sci-fi lets you look at a society where things are done in other ways; ways too complicated to expound on in an essay. How could you generate a superficially gender-equal, godless society and then expose its failures? It is just too complex.”3000

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The Structure - And Meaning - Of 'The Sleeping Beauty' Ballet

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:00:29 +0000

(image) The story is purely about royal succession, which you'd think wouldn't appeal to Americans. (And indeed, the ballet used to be reserved for touring European companies.) But there's more: "The fairy godmothers whom the monarchs invite to the heiress Aurora’s christening in the Prologue take the drama into a new, larger dimension: pure classicism. They […]25SLEEPINGBEAUTY1-superJumbo

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The Tallest Building West Of The Mississippi Makes Its Debut In L.A.

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 14:30:56 +0000

(image) The building "with a curling lobby skylight that looks like a ski jump reflects the resurgence of downtown Los Angeles as the city's cultural center and economic engine" but also reflects the importance of Koreans and Korean Americans to, and in, the

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Harry Potter's Been Around For 20 Years, And The Series' Readers/Watchers Remain Ensorcelled

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 14:30:13 +0000

(image) The original readers are fully integrated in adult life now; what did the series teach them? "A 2014 study found that teenagers who identified with Harry displayed more tolerance towards refugees, immigrants and LGBTQ people. In 2016, another study found that Harry Potter readers were less likely to vote for the then-presidential candidate Donald Trump."3744

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Did The Producers And Writers Of The New Tupac Biopic Infringe On A Journalist's Made-Up Character?

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 14:00:46 +0000

(image) The journalist, Kevin Powell, is suing based on many similarities to his work, including that of a character who in his seris of 1990s Vibe articles was a "composite character." In addition, he "argues that a bulk of the film appears to be based on his jailhouse interviews with [Tupac Shakur]."la-1497820796-lps5wr6ldi-snap-image

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The Showrunner For 'Power' Says Every Character Is Based On Her (And Shakespeare)

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 13:30:11 +0000

(image) "What are some references you’ve used to frame the storytelling on the show and move the characters and narratives forward? "A lot of Shakespeare. I’ve used Richard III because he’s ruthless in getting what he wants and then ghosts of the people he killed start haunting him."24POWER-SHOWRUNNER-master768

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The Era Of Super Festivals May Be Ending, With Niche Music Events Springing (Back) Up

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 13:00:11 +0000

(image) The super-festival arena may be oversaturated now, considering the collapse of two recent supposed new fests. One promoter says: "We want to under-promise and over-deliver. I don't feel like any promoter today should ever feel like 'I've got this.'"la-1494355858-bf1qec5ke6-snap-image

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Hans Breder, Mentor Of Ana Mendieta And Charles Ray, Leader Of 'Intermedia' Art, Has Died At 81

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 12:30:49 +0000

(image) Breder left New York to take a faculty position at the University of Iowa in 1966, and he soon established the first interdisciplinary art focus in the country. "Increasingly drawn to conceptual art and the radical political performance art being practiced by the Viennese Actionists, he asked permission to create a program that would embrace […]24BREDER-obit-01-superJumbo

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