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Choreographer Teaches Science Through Dance

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:15:40 +0000

(image) “We will use dance to teach science, specifically weather. We will use the elements of dance – body, energy, space and time – to connect movement to the energy of the sun, water condensation and evaporation and other elements of science and weather.”

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Walker Art Center Artistic Director Fionn Meade Resigns

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:55:30 +0000

(image) "Meade had served since March 2015 as the Walker’s artistic director, a newly created role at the museum. Prior to that, he had served for ten months as the Walker’s senior curator of cross-disciplinary platforms, another newly created role. He effectively took over as chief curator after Darsie Alexander left the institution to become director […]

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Bankrupt Big Apple Circus For Sale

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:31:23 +0000

(image) "The circus said its debts amounted to $8.3 million, against assets of $3.8 million, in its Chapter 11 filing. The Big Apple Circus began in 1977 and at its height staged more than 300 shows per year."

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After 146 Years Ringling Brothers Circus To Fold Its Tents

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:30:47 +0000

(image) “Ringling Bros. ticket sales have been declining, but following the transition of the elephants off the road, we saw an even more dramatic drop. This, coupled with high operating costs, made the circus an unsustainable business for the company.”

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Toronto Symphony Launches National Project To Make A Case For Canadian Composers

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:02:59 +0000

(image) "The list of partners includes virtually every major and many minor orchestras, with commissioned composers including Andrew Balfour, Chan Ka Nin, Kevin Lau, Nicole Lizée and John Rea among others. The orchestras themselves have been invited to choose the composers with whom they would like to work, with the TSO agreeing to perform the full […]

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What If The Future Is As Real As The Past?

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:31:00 +0000

(image) Physicists have been suggesting as much since Einstein. It’s all just the space-time continuum. “So in the future, the sister of the past,” thinks young Stephen Dedalus in Ulysses, “I may see myself as I sit here now but by reflection from that which then I shall be.” Twisty!

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Literature In The Time Of Obama (Is It A Thing?)

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:02:06 +0000

(image) What will we mean when someday we refer to Obama Lit? I think we’ll be discussing novels about authenticity, or about “problems of authenticity.” What does that mean?

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How Money Changes What (And How) Writers Write

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:26:14 +0000

(image) "Money taints everything, why not writing too? Once its value is determined by the marketplace rather than the writer or the reader, our relationship to literature becomes estranged. From bloated celebrity advances to rejected masterpieces, the market is more than just a poor arbiter of lasting quality: it tends to obscure that quality behind purely […]

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What Works? US Symphony Orchestras Are Programming Live Music Movie Nights

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:02:23 +0000

(image) "The allure of this programming from an orchestra’s perspective is easy to see. In their never-ending quest to bring in new audiences — particularly patrons for whom the standard classical repertoire is less familiar terrain than it was to their parents and grandparents — the San Francisco Symphony and similar organizations have found a product […]

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Architect Of The US Capitol Orders Painting Removed

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:31:38 +0000

(image) "Critics of the painting said the officers were depicted as pigs, which sparked outrage among Republican lawmakers and some police groups. Supporters said it was an example of free expression that deserved to be displayed. The dispute led to a bizarre back-and-forth as GOP lawmakers unilaterally ripped the painting from the wall and returned it […]

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How I Learned Systematically To Adore Classical Music

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:03:47 +0000

(image) "I stood like a tourist at the foot of Everest. The tower of music loomed forebodingly before me. I began with baby steps, playing piano records in the background as I went about the day, letting the tunes seep in by osmosis, not getting too close in case I scared myself off. Over the next […]

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The Eiffel Tower To Get A €300 Million Refurbishment Over 15 Years

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:31:33 +0000

(image) "The landmark, which receives more paying tourists—around seven million a year—than any other monument in the world, was built as the centerpiece of the 1889 Universal Exposition. The planned refurbishment is intended to bolster the French capital’s bids to host another World’s Fair in 2025 and, before that, the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic games, according […]

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Six Female Artists At The Top Of The Auction Charts

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:02:46 +0000

(image) Auction prices are a terrible way of judging the value of an artist. But they do tell you something about the demand for their work. Male artists command higher prices generally, but these six women are rising in the auction market.

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Dev Patel On Being A Young Actor 'Hungry To Show Emotional Range'

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:30:22 +0000

(image) The star of Slumdog Millionaire and the new film Lion moved directly into acting from being a teenager in school. "Everything I’ve learned, I’ve learned from great directors and my co-stars. Acting is about honesty. When I began, I was trying to squeeze as much emotion out of roles as I could and get big […]

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What Will Help Marines Prepare For Future Wars? Why, Science Fiction, Of Course

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:00:02 +0000

(image) That's right, the U.S. Marine Corps hired science fiction writers to come up with ideas for future scenarios. "The stories share common themes of political chaos, a rising China, a less-powerful and more inward-looking United States, conflicts over environmental resources, and the growth of megacities in the developing world. For Marines, who are the first […]

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What Does It Take To Make A Built Community Truly 'Sustainable'?

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:30:04 +0000

(image) Is it bike paths? Innovative water use systems? Less greenhouse gas? Sure, but that won't earn Australian developers the coveted six stars. "It’s about going back to that old adage of community: people, walkability, liveability, places for the kids to play. [We want to] change the way people think about how they live."

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How President Obama And His Family Joined The Canon Of Images On Many Walls

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:15:42 +0000

(image) In Peggy Sutton's kitchen, she "has a framed a black-and-white sketch of the president she bought from a man for $1 at the 63rd Street beach. On the way to the lower level, she hung an oversize Ebony magazine cover of the black cool issue in which Mr. Obama exits a car wearing dark shades. […]

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Teaching Science Through Dance

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:00:43 +0000

(image) This is the way way partner artists (have to) talk when they're working in elementary schools: "Dance offers a fun way to learn science. Young students want to move around. Dance will represent what things mean in weather science and complement our core curriculum."

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What - And To Whom - Zaha Hadid Left Behind

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:45:32 +0000

(image) The architect, who died suddenly last March, left money to relatives and her architecture firm's partner, who has stoked controversy by speaking against public housing and art schools and advocating for building in Hyde Park. He's also one of four partners in charge of the 60-million-pound trust that is her architecture firm.

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How Did President Obama Survive The White House? Books. He Says

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:30:59 +0000

(image) The man who wrote two books that helped propel him to the presidency has his favorites. "The writings of Lincoln, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, Mr. Obama found, were 'particularly helpful' when 'what you wanted was a sense of solidarity,' adding 'during very difficult moments, this job can be very […]

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PBS Is Trying Hard To Be Ready - But Not Freaked Out - About The Trump Years

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:15:29 +0000

(image) The official line is that it's just like the lobbying that goes on with any governmental switch. Also, there's a shiny new nighttime kids' lineup: "As the broadcaster explored what a new service would look like, it heard from caregivers who bemoaned a dearth of kids’ programming in the evening hours."

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The Obamas' Top Eight Broadway Moments (Yes, You Know What Number One Is)

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:00:59 +0000

(image) One of the non-Hamilton-related moments: When the president presented Audra McDonald with the National Medal of the Arts. (And that's just number six.)

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More Writers Need To Talk More About (More) Money

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:45:16 +0000

(image) Look, no, it's not some kind of romantic garrett life: "It’s very tricky because there is a lot of dangerous romanticization, and that can set writers up, particularly in the beginnings of their careers, to blunder in a business they know nothing about."

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The Pompidou Centre Gets A (Very Expensive) Facelift

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:30:47 +0000

(image) The renovations of Paris' relatively young, and certainly most controversial, museum will be extensive - but they won't change the look of the building, or (so hope the curators) force any closures as the work goes on.

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What The Heck Is TV Supposed To Do In The Age Of A Reality TV Star President Of The US?

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:00:24 +0000

(image) TV makers have choices. Should they "continue to create content that might arouse the anger and derision of Trump supporters and the right-wing media that helped get Trump elected? Or do they somehow seem to support Trump by celebrating figures like him and reflecting the views of pro-Trump viewers? Or does [TV] veer toward escapism […]

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What Landing The Lucas Museum Says About L.A.

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:45:47 +0000

(image) The pick meant that Exposition Park keeps on transforming into less open space than building space, but it "also played to — and in the end confirmed — certain ideas Los Angeles has about itself, that it’s a city without a robust culture of civic engagement, that builds first and asks questions later, that pounces […]

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With A New Director, Can The Bed-Stuy Theatre Survive Gentrification?

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:30:26 +0000

(image) The theatre - which features alumni like Samuel L. Jackson, Debbie Allen, Dick Gregory, Smokey Robinson and Wendell Pierce - has been reorganized, with dance and visual arts and other offerings, into the Center for Arts and Culture, with new executive director Indira Etwaroo, who founded "NPR Presents" and WNYC's Greene Space in Manhattan. Will […]

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Viola Davis On Why Hollywood Is Finally Getting Some Better Roles For Black Actors [VIDEO]

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:15:23 +0000

(image) One of Fences' powerhouse stars says, "They're opening up because, I think, they're being forced to open up."

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Fleeing A Country To Find Privacy - And Artistic Freedom

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:00:22 +0000

(image) Writer Xiaolu Gua: "I think of my parents as slaves of industrialisation – the state had its ambitions, and it completely shaped family life. There was no private or personal space. My mother worked from six in the morning until midnight. I had a connection with my father, but neither of my parents had much […]

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