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Director of Communications

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 22:59:30 +0000

The Director of Communications will develop a world-class communications plan for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, directly managing communications activities that promote, enhance, and protect the organization’s brand and products.

David Hare: Directors Now Have Too Much Power Over Playwrights

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 22:01:21 +0000

(image) “When I entered the industry the playwright was regarded as the most important person in the process and slowly in the new century things have moved over to director’s theatre, and the directors not only run the theatres, choose the plays, but they also want to be auteurs in the rehearsal room, and that is […]SG-David-Hare-c-Johan-Persson

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Why Common Sense Isn't Always A Reliable Moral Guide

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:29:06 +0000

(image) Why bother with moral philosophy when common sense serves most of us perfectly well? The simple answer is that, as history shows, commonsensical beliefs are very often wrong. Slavery, marital rape, and bans on interracial marriage were all widely accepted in the relatively recent past. Much like fish who, as the proverb goes, are the last […]img_4469-e1508003816465

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Will We Ever Get To The Point Where We Interact With Machines As We Do With Humans?

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:01:40 +0000

(image) "Today, the technical ability to produce a robot that truly looks and moves and speaks like a human remains well beyond our reach. Even further beyond our grasp is the capacity to imbue such a machine with humanness—that ineffable presence the Japanese call sonzai-kan. Because to re-create human presence we need to know more about ourselves […]hiroshi_opener_2

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Creativity Versus The Arts

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:32:42 +0000

(image) I think these creative endeavors resonate with people because they are grounded in each participant’s lived experience (rather than universal plots or a reflection of someone else’s perspective) and, as such, they cannot help but be authentic. Perhaps what we call “bad” or “amateur” art isn’t because of “aesthetics,” but because it feels derivative of […]Gard-Chin-duo

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Modern Movie Cowboys Are Redefining Mythology Of The Old West

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:01:31 +0000

(image) "A last gasp of the old west duly became the first movie western. But from there, the task quickly became mythmaking. The western turned inexorably towards the past – or a version of it. Soon came the movies that defined the genre, tales of heroes in stetsons and dastardly “injuns” somewhere between propaganda and mass […]4912

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Charge: Sexual Abuse Of Bolshoi Dancers Is Rampant

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:32:44 +0000

(image) "For as long as anyone can remember, theater and movie directors, rich sponsors of art, dancing masters and acting coaches here in Russia have demanded sex from young actresses, ballerinas, and students in exchange for a part in a movie, a role in a play, or promotion in the ballet."TELEMMGLPICT000046489782_trans_NvBQzQNjv4BqHaCcKcydN_cRjc1zJ-eOHpOx4Ba-hzVYhMyytZpT-G0

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The Filmmaker Who Put Korean Cinema On The World's Screens

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:03:01 +0000

(image) "Park Chan-wook ... combines dark humor, a painterly sense of composition and lots of gore. But beneath the violence lies a deep humanity - and a love of the absurd."park-chan-wook

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Netflix Won't Say How Many People Watch Its Shows. So Nielsen Figured Out How To Count Them

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:32:47 +0000

(image) "Nielsen announced the initiative on Wednesday morning, but it has been collecting Netflix viewership data over the last two months in a kind of test run. The company said it was able to determine how many viewers were streaming Netflix content through audio recognition software in the 44,000 Nielsen-rated homes across the United States."stranger-things-watching-master768-v4

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What Is The Science Behind How We Experience Architecture?

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:04:45 +0000

(image) Paul Goldberger: "If, until now, we - architects, critics, building dwellers - have had to guess what makes certain places attractive or comfortable or exciting or awe-inspiring, we now have some scientific basis for our reactions: what [Sarah Williams] Goldhagen calls a new paradigm, which 'holds that much of what and how people think is […]science behind viewing architecture

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Google Says Its AI Machines Are Now Better At Design Than Its Human Engineers

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:31:35 +0000

(image) Google has announced that AutoML has beaten the human AI engineers at their own game by building machine-learning software that's more efficient and powerful than the best human-designed systems.datastorage-googleAI_1024

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Vann Molyvann, Cambodia's Great Modern Architect, Dead At 90

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:01:21 +0000

(image) "In the 1960s he transformed Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, from a colonial backwater into one of the most beautiful and innovative of south-east Asian cities. Drawing inspiration from the ancient bas-reliefs and designs of the Angkor Wat temple complex, Vann's style, which came to be known as New Khmer architecture, blended Khmer tradition with the […]vann molyvann

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Why Novels Matter Now More Than Ever

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:33:58 +0000

(image) "The novel matters because and so on. By which I mean that I’ve come to believe that all the arts are about time, but that the novel in particular is about the and-so-on of things, continuance and continuity, the continuum. It’s a form, too, very interested in the workings of society, so it tells us about […]2017_41_martin_o_neil_illo_for_ali_smith

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Banff Centre Leadership Programs | Register Today

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:17:30 +0000

(image) Hone your creative leadership approach and make your unique contribution to society.IMG_8376_preview-100

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Ancient Papyrus Reveals How Egyptians Built Great Pyramid Of Giza

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:02:01 +0000

(image) "Historians have long been stumped at how people with relatively primitive tools managed to transport the estimated 800 tonnes of material every day from Aswan, 500 miles to the south. Now ancient papyrus, a ceremonial boat and a system of waterworks have revealed the complex infrastructure created by builders to complete the structure."giza-pyramids-cairo

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Public Art In Hollywood Removed After Harvey Weinstein Scandal

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:31:58 +0000

(image) The piece is a fiberglass sculpture of a daybed, the pinnacle of “The Road to Hollywood,” a large and complex installation by artist Erika Rothenberg. It was removed Thursday from its perch at Hollywood & Highland, the shopping mall adjacent to the theater where the Academy Awards are handed out. In the eyes of some, an […]la-1507948473-zidik7ielb-snap-image

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'He Mistrusted The Cosy, The Mimsy In Ballet' - Clement Crisp Salutes Kenneth Macmillan

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:03:01 +0000

(image) 25 years ago this month, the choreographer suffered a fatal heart attack backstage at the Royal Opera House during a performance of his ballet Mayerling. Crisp, who was there, remembers the fateful evening and pays tribute to MacMillan's "fascination with the psyche rather than the fouetté ... [his] interest in movement's capacity to convey psychological […]MacMillan

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The Strange Capital That Starchitects Built For A Dictator

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:35:32 +0000

(image) As part of "Secret Stans", a series about the cities of the little-known former Soviet republics of Central Asia, Oliver Wainwright visits Astana, Kazakhstan, where president-for-life Nursultan Nazarbayev brought in the likes of Norman Foster and Santiago Calatrava to create a futuristic capital city from scratch.astana b

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The Falcon, The Iron, The Jug, The Disco Balls: The Wildest, Weirdest New Architecture In Central Asia

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:04:27 +0000

(image) A photo tour of the strange and fabulous (in more than one sense) buildings that have gone up in the cities of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan, where the dictators were not going to let themselves be outdone.weird architecturs stans c

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Alexei Ratmansky And His Favorite Composer

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:33:47 +0000

(image) Marina Harss talks with the choreographer and Leonid Desyatnikov, the only composer from whom Ratmansky has ever commissioned a score. Their sixth collaboration is about to open at American Ballet Theater.ratmanski Desyatnikov

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More Than A Third Of Museum Visitors Don't Consider Museums 'Culture' - And Other Takeaways From The 2017 Culture Track Report

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:17:06 +0000

(image) "For many respondents, going to the park or eating at a food truck counts as a cultural experience, while attending a museum does not. ... Below, we spotlight seven findings from the study could have major consequences for how traditional cultural hubs like museums think about audience outreach, development strategies, and cultural participation in the […]culture track report

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St. Louis Symphony Posts First Surplus In 17 Years

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:02:44 +0000

(image) Other good news from last season includes new contracts with the musicians and stagehands, the engagement of Stéphane Denève to succeed David Robertson as music director, and an uptick in box office revenue, with a third of attendees at core classical concerts being new to the orchestra's home concert hall.SLSO

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How Three Decades Have Changed 'M. Butterfly' (And Vice Versa)

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:46:02 +0000

(image) "[The character Song Liling's] true gender was the meant-to-shock big reveal of the original Broadway production ... [But] by now, the play has been in the repertory for nearly 30 years. As [actor B.D.] Wong said by phone recently, 'The cat is out of the bag.' Yet here's the thing, as I saw when I […]m butterfly hwang

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How 'M. Butterfly' Changed My Life: Five Asian-American Theater Artists Speak

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:31:56 +0000

(image) Laura Collins-Hughes talks with actors B.D. Wong and George Takei, playwrights Julia Cho (Office Hour) and Jason Kim (KPOP), and National Asian American Theater Company co-founder Mia m butterfly changed 200

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Zurich's Tonhalle Orchestra Loses 20% Of Subscribers As It Moves To Temporary Venue

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:15:58 +0000

(image) While the Tonhalle itself undergoes a major renovation, "the exiled orchestra can be seen in action for the next three years at the Maag Hall, part of an industrial complex in Zurich West ... CHF10 million has been invested in the acoustics, but there are 300 fewer seats than in the Tonhalle, and one in […]tonhalle-im-exil

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George Saunders's 'Lincoln In The Bardo' Wins Man Booker Prize

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:00:11 +0000

(image) "Saunders is the second American in a row to win the Booker prize, after last year's winner Paul Beatty. Saunders' win falls four years after eligibility rules were changed to allow writers of any nationality writing in the English language and published in the UK. There has been fierce criticism of the rule change."saunders booker

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Russia Extends House Arrest For Leading Theater/Film Director

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:44:24 +0000

(image) Kirill Serebrennikov, chief of Moscow's Gogol Center and best-known in the West as director of the Bolshoi's off-again/on-again ballet Nureyev, "was placed under house arrest in August on charges of embezzling 68 million rubles ($1.1 million) in government funds in a case widely seen as political. ... The judge denied Serebrennikov's request to be released […]Serebrennikov

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