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New Irish National Opera Launches With Commitment To Irish Artists

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:57:18 +0000

(image) What’s new, though, is not the level of output. It’s the commitment to Irish talent. As INO’s artistic director Fergus Sheil explained, the company “wants to give pride of place to Irish singers and celebrate their work at home in Ireland the way it is celebrated in leading opera houses around the world. We want […]download

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Study: Hormones Influence The Kind Of Music We Like

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:31:13 +0000

(image) "A first-of-its-kind study from Japan reports men with higher testosterone levels are less likely to enjoy sophisticated music, such as classical, jazz, and avant-garde. Its findings raise the intriguing possibility that musical taste may be significantly influenced by our hormones."download

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Coming To Terms With Degas

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:01:49 +0000

(image) A century after his death, we are just about coming to terms with Degas’s achievement, with his position as the modern artist. His work was entirely about contemporary life – even more so than Manet’s. In his entire career he only ever showed one painting with a historical or biblical theme, the early Scene of […]barn02_4001_01

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You're In The Theatre? Put Down The Damn Social Media!

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:28:11 +0000

(image) "It's hard to control a cough or a cranky kid's wails. Tough to tame the artistic ambitions of bats or squirrels. And sometimes, I guess the rain gods want in on the festivities too. But most philosophers and legal scholars would agree that even the most strung-out phone addicts possess free will. Force majeure has […]980x

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The Interviewer's Trick: How Terry Gross Gets People To Open Up

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:02:37 +0000

(image) What I’m really trying to do is find the person’s comfort zone. Some people are great on craft — the process of writing, the process of making the film. Some people are great on anecdote. Some people are great on biography, their personal story. So I’ll just keep looking for that spot.04-terry-gross.w512.h600.2x

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What The "All The Money In The World" Salary Gap Says About Changes In Hollywood

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:28:23 +0000

(image) "It’s easy to criticize Hollywood’s current moment of reckoning for coming off as superficial. You can wear black to a couple award ceremonies and say the right lines in interviews, but does it really mean you’re working to effect systemic change behind the scenes? The All the Money in the World situation served as a […]lead_960

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Virtual Reality Comes To Art (But Who Owns - Controls - What?)

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:01:39 +0000

(image) Legal questions about ownership of virtual public spaces were thrown into sharp relief in October when Snapchat partnered with Koons to allow users to project his balloon sculptures in ­specific sites around the world using augmented reality (AR). In protest against an “augmented reality corporate invasion”, the artist Sebastian Errazuriz “graffiti-bombed” one of the works […]296_ar_as_vr_mat_collishaw_thresholds_high_01

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Music Isn't Just A Thing We Process With Our Brains

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:31:10 +0000

(image) "When I’m pinned to the back of my seat by the mind-warping rhythms of a drummer, or the harmonic ingenuity of an improvising guitarist, I often have the feeling that my body ‘gets’ things in a way my brain can’t. I find myself physically responding to nuances in the musical texture that have been and […]download

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The World Basically Has Two Words For 'Tea' - Here's How They Spread All Across The Globe

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:04:58 +0000

(image) "One is like the English term - té in Spanish and tee in Afrikaans are two examples. The other is some variation of cha, like chay in Hindi. Both versions come from China. How they spread around the world offers a clear picture of how globalization worked before 'globalization' was a term anybody used."tea-map

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"Punk" Was Counterculture. It Contained Seeds Of Its Own Distruction

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:35:19 +0000

(image) Since punk began as a rebellion against boredom, the dead space of commercial music production and the empty hedonism born of the hippie era’s “great sexual revolution”, it was only a matter of time until it, too, would become corrupted. A yearning for its own prelapsarian state was built into punk’s ethos.9d6890dc-f544-11e7-9cfd-f28094b4d5ce4

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How To Spend An Hour With One Work Of Art

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:01:44 +0000

(image) Art critic Peter Clothier writes about his "One Hour/One Painting" sessions in Los Angeles - how he got the idea for them and how they work.1 hour 1 artwork

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A Golden Age For Free Speech? Yes, But Wow...

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:26:34 +0000

(image) "In today’s networked environment, when anyone can broadcast live or post their thoughts to a social network, it would seem that censorship ought to be impossible. This should be the golden age of free speech. And sure, it is a golden age of free speech—if you can believe your lying eyes. Is that footage you’re […]opener

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The Problem With Theatre Outreach In Troubled Communities

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:02:51 +0000

(image) Nathan Lucky Wood, on watching a play about homelessness performed for homeless youth: "A young man raises his hand. He wants to ask a question. Why have they come here to perform a play which is so depressing? Being homeless is already hard. He was excited to see a play because he thought he could […]trouble with outreach

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Do Audio Books Count As "Reading"?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:31:30 +0000

(image) Over the years, people have asked if I noticed a difference between books on tape and reading print, and the answer is I don’t know. Sporadic reader that I had been, it was hard to say if the words read with my ears reached my brain differently from everything I had read with my eyes. […]cassette-tape-1

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Why I Wanted To Reboot 'Roseanne' For The Age Of Trump

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:03:40 +0000

(image) Whitney Cummings, co-showrunner of the revived sitcom, wanted to break beyond the liberal media bubble: "Since tweeting wasn't working, maybe giving my brain to a show that touched the hearts and got the eyeballs of so many working-class people is how I could finally do my part to help us all make sense of the […]roseanne reboot

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Should Different Theatres Have Distinct Artistic Identities?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:35:15 +0000

(image) Matt Trueman: "There have been times, over the last decade, where London's major theatres have felt rather interchangeable. Plenty of shows could have been scooped up from one programme and set down in another without seeming at all out of place. ... Artistic identity, like any identity, isn't a concrete thing. It's amorphous and indistinct; […]identity

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It's The Largest Gift Ever Given To A Philosophy Department: $75 Million

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:04:45 +0000

(image) "Bill Miller, the value investor who famously beat the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index for 15 consecutive years (and whose faith in bank stocks later won a mocking depiction in the movie The Big Short), has donated $75 million to the philosophy department of Johns Hopkins University."75 mil for philosophy

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Atlanta Opera And Ballet To Add Seasons At New Suburban Arts Center

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:33:23 +0000

(image) "The Atlanta Opera and the Atlanta Ballet will be among the performing arts groups to help break in a new venue, the Performing Arts Center at City Springs on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, during its inaugural 2018-19 season."att opera ballet snady springs

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Joe Frank, Unique Public Radio Monologuist, Dead At 79

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:17:55 +0000

(image) He began his career in free-form radio at WBAI, New York City's Pacifica affiliate, and - after a brief, unlikely stint as host of NPR's Weekend All Things Considered - spent decades at Southern California's KCRW. Ira Glass was once one of his production assistants; he and host Madeleine Brand remember Frank in this audio […]joe frank

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Misty Copeland And Her Mentor, A Pioneering Black Ballerina Of The 1950s

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:02:52 +0000

(image) "[Raven] Wilkinson, now 82, risked death and arrest by touring with the [Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo] in the South during a period when it was illegal for black and white dancers to share a stage. Though circumstances have changed in the years since then, the saga of what she went through is still relevant […]Urban World Film Festival, New York, America - 27 Sep 2015

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Bayeux Tapestry To Be Displayed In Britain For First Time In 950 Years

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:46:59 +0000

(image) The 229-foot-long work of embroidered linen, which depicts the Norman Conquest of England and is thought to date from a few years after it, will be lent by France to the UK five years from now, once tests have confirmed that it isn't too fragile to be transported.bayeux tapestry

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New Vincent Van Gogh Drawing Discovered, Another Authenticated

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:31:41 +0000

(image) "The Hill of Montmartre with Stone Quarry was acquired in 2014 by the Van Vlissingen Art Foundation, which then showed the work to specialists at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. After research into the subject, style, technique, materials and provenance, they concluded that it is indeed by the artist. ... What adds to the […]vincent_van_gogh

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Surprise Ending Of 'Carmen' Starts Debate About PC And #MeToo In Italy

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:15:18 +0000

(image) At the end of a new production of the Bizet opera at the Maggio Musicale theater in Florence, instead of being knifed by Don José, Carmen steals his gun and shoots him. By German standards of Regieoper this is very minor, but "afterwards theatrical purists, media pundits and conservative politicians derided the change as an […]carmen florence

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'Bra Willie', South African Poet And Activist Keorapetse Kgositsile, Dead At 79

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:00:08 +0000

(image) "[He] first received acclaim while living in the United States in the 1960s. When he returned to South Africa after the fall of apartheid in the early '90s, he was welcomed as a national hero. In 2006, he became the second person to be named the country's poet laureate. His poetry addressed themes of black […]bra willie

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Russia's Leading Avant-Garde Theatre Director Sees House Arrest Extended Again

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:44:11 +0000

(image) "[Kirill] Serebrennikov was charged in August 2017 with embezzling state funds at Moscow's famous Gogol Center theater, in a case seen in the Russian artistic community as politically charged." His house arrest, already extended once last October, was due to expire on Jan. 19. He has spoken out about Russian actions in Ukraine and Crimea, […]serebrennikov

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Moscow To Complete Its Own 'Museum Mile' Next Year

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:29:50 +0000

(image) When the contemporary-art space GES2 (designed by Renzo Piano) is completed in 2019, "it will be possible to visit the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts on the north side of the Moscow River before walking over Patriarchy Bridge to GES2 on Bolotny Island. From here people can stroll to the Tretyakov Gallery on the […]moscow museum mile

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Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.16.18

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:50:26 +0000

Baby Steps Over the last eighteen months I have begun to put greater emphasis on the need for (and advantages of) simplicity and gradualism in beginning community engagement efforts. ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2018-01-16 Pay-to-Play? Maezawa Bankrolls Brooklyn Museum Show of His $110.5-Million Basquiat Should a museum accept money from a private collector to show […]