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What To Do With A Former Saddam Palace? A Museum Of Course

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:31:56 +0000

(image) “The Basrah Museum has been planned for eight years and will join the National Museum in Baghdad as one of the most important institutions in Iraq. For the first time in a generation, the people of southern Iraq will have their own museum—a great achievement under extremely difficult circumstances.”a0a615013afff20dc71799f686284871_7ed03ffd47531f28e83621b911c5cf131404x2000_quality99_o_1atbt4l801vv41h24ugb1rp613ik212


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The Best Foreign-Language Oscar Race: Here’s Some Early Handicapping

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:00:59 +0000

(image) “Frequent competitors – such as France, Spain, Iran, South Korea and Chile – have opted to bank on festival favorites from directors with significant art-house clout. As tried-and-tested as this method of attack sounds, it’s in fact not a given occurrence.”foreign-language-oscar


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Suzan-Lori Parks, Pultizer-Winning Playwright, On Backlash In The Age Of Obama (And Brexit)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:30:24 +0000

(image) “All I can say is that after Emancipation, when the slaves were freed, there was Reconstruction, which was essentially a lot of blowback. So, after Obama’s eight years, there’s serious blowback. People in America are often encouraged not to think. The basis of politics is to heighten their fears and make them buy something. But, […]suzan-lori-parks


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The ‘Godfather Of Gore’, Filmmaker Herschell Gordon Lewis, Dead At 87

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:30:48 +0000

(image) “With his 1963 film Blood Feast, Lewis is widely credited with pioneering the splatter genre, despite it being considered ‘an insult even to the most puerile and salacious of audiences’ in a Variety review. A later critique described it as ‘one of the important releases in film history, ushering in a new acceptance of explicit […]godfather-of-gore


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San Francisco Museums’ Controversial Board Chair Keeps Position, Gives Up President’s Title

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:15:42 +0000

(image) “Embattled philanthropist Dede Wilsey, who waged an all-out campaign to stay on as head of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco amid probes into whether she improperly spent the institutions’ money, won approval Tuesday to extend her reign as the city’s queen of culture – although with a new title and possibly less power.”wilsey


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‘You Could Souse Herrings In Chords Like These’: London Critic Smacks Gergiev And The Mariinsky – Hard – For Underrehearsal

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:00:49 +0000

(image) Anna Picard: “Precision has never been part of the Gergiev-Mariinsky rough magic package. While not exactly sight-reading, the orchestra played as though rehearsing for the first time, without stopping to correct infelicities of articulation, intonation, blend, balance and ensemble. If authenticity is sounding like a mutinous scratch band in Cherepovets, this performance had plenty of […]gergiev


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Albright-Knox Gallery In Buffalo Raises $100 Million In 12 Weeks

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:45:21 +0000

(image) The feat was “spurred in large part by a $42.5 million pledge from billionaire bond-trader and Western New York native Jeffrey Gundlach. … [His] gift was designed to flush out millions in matching donations from Western New York foundations, corporations and individuals as well as state, county and city government. It did just that.”albright-knox-staircase


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He Left The Directorship Of The Rijksmuseum To Open This New Institution – And Two Months Later, He’s Quitting

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:30:49 +0000

(image) “[Wim] Pijbes left the position of general director of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam over the summer to lead the Voorlinden, a private contemporary art museum in Wassenaar that was founded by the Dutch art collector and businessman Joop van Caldenborgh. ‘We both had the feeling that it was better for both of us and for […]wim-pijbes


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New Horizons In Merch: Britain’s National Theatre Brands Its Own Line Of Stage Equipment

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:15:31 +0000

(image) “National Theatre-approved backstage hardware products will be developed as part of a new relationship with theatrical goods supplier Flints. The tie-up means that props and carpentry departments at the NT will test new products for Flints, including paints and other prop-making tools, which will then be given an NT ‘stamp of approval’ and carried in […]national-theatre


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Ravi Shankar’s Only Opera To Get World Premiere, 4½ Years After His Death

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:00:50 +0000

(image) “Days before what was to be his final surgery, Shankar outlined his vision for the complete opera” – titled Sukanya – “to his longtime collaborator David Murphy, who, with the help of Shankar’s daughter Anoushka, has since brought the opera to fruition. ‘He’d written the whole piece in outline – the entire raga structure and […]ravi-shankar


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The Culture Wars Buffet France, And The Schools Are The Battleground

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:45:30 +0000

(image) “Changes to how Joan of Arc and other touchstone historical figures are taught in elementary school, as well as changes to how French, Latin and Greek are introduced, have sparked fierce arguments between right-leaning politicians and intellectuals, who believe schools should foster national pride, and the Socialist education minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem and her defenders, who […]culture-wars-buffet-france


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Iraq’s Newest Museum Opens – In Saddam’s Former Palace In The City He Tried To Strangle

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:31:57 +0000

(image) “The Basrah Museum has been planned for eight years and will join the National Museum in Baghdad as one of the most important institutions in Iraq. For the first time in a generation, the people of southern Iraq will have their own museum – a great achievement under extremely difficult circumstances.”basrah-museum


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Top Posts From AJBlogs 09.27.16

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:47:09 +0000

Arts Congressional Report Card: Why The Arts Have No Political Clout Americans for the Arts Action Fund PAC has released its 2016 Congressional Arts Report Card rating members of Congress on their support for the arts. Many lobby groups do such rankings as a way of … read more AJBlog: diacritical | Douglas McLennan Published […]



Brent Assink To Leave San Francisco Symphony

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:40:46 +0000

(image) Assink has been executive director for 17 years. “Running an organization presenting more than 220 concerts a year, with an operating budget close to $70 million (and including the crisis years of the Great Recession), Assink guided the orchestra through many challenges, saved it from going deeper into debt, even during the unusually expensive season […]Los Angeles and San Francisco Advertising Portrait Photographer Marc Olivier Le Blanc, Advertising, Editorial and Lifestyle.


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Want Creative Kids? Give Them Things That Will Bore Them

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:01:38 +0000

(image) “Boredom is where creativity is born. Boredom is not the enemy. Boredom is the friend. Boredom is what gives rise to ‘What happens when I take a picture between my fingers? What happens when I turn the camera sideways?’”gl2409_essay-simplicity-768×1024


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Why Is Tenure Important? It Changes What Professors Tell Us Is True

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:02:03 +0000

(image) “When researchers get the message that they better not produce data that might offend the powerful, they end up telling us not what is true, but what we want to hear. Policy separates from reality, and we end up with waste and poor outcomes in education, healthcare, economics, and the justice system. Good policy cannot […]idea_sized-phil-roeder-8027995469_9cf2a73cdc_o


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Teach The Three “R”s? That’s Not What Education Is For

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:31:39 +0000

(image) “Instruction is the least important part of education. Most information is accessible from books and the media. Basic literacy and numeracy are important, but many if not most skills used by adults in daily life are picked up on the job. The main objective of education in every enduring society is to transmit authoritative cultural, […]what-is-education-for-the-smart-set


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$200K Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award Goes To Sarah Ruhl

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:02:44 +0000

(image) “Ruhl, 42, is based in Brooklyn and is the author of plays such as The Clean House, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, Passion Play and The Oldest Boy. She previously won the MacArthur ‘genius’ grant and is a Tony nominee and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.”sarah-ruhl


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Is This The Most Beautiful Bookstore In The World?

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:31:51 +0000

(image) “The bookstore covers a sprawling 21,000 square feet, draws in more than a million tourists, and sells about 700,000 books every year. And while most of the titles are printed in Spanish, just marveling at the theater-turned-bookshop is worth a trip.”1-v8v8o8igf5iqadhkizj-jw


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How Gustavo Dudamel Made His Unscheduled Impromptu Debut Conducting At The White House

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:01:18 +0000

(image) The LA Philharmonic conductor was at lunch at the White House last week and the Marine band played. He was impressed. One thing led to another and…la-1474605352-snap-photo


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Skyscrapers In LA’s Hot New Arts District? We’re Dubious

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:31:40 +0000

(image) “Even the anti-development activists who see every tall building in Los Angeles as a giveaway to moneyed interests or a threat to the existing character of the city may find something to admire here. We’d be wise to hold on to some skepticism, though.”la-1474658953-snap-photo


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How To Pay For Finishing Orlando’s New Arts Center? Mayor Calls For Resort Tax

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:00:27 +0000

(image) “Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs … revealed a new plan, in a memo to county leaders, that lays out a path to get the arts center the final $45 million in tourist development tax dollars it needs to start the $185 million second phase that includes the 1,700-seat Steinmetz Hall acoustical theater.”dr-phillips-center


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A 12-Step Program To Erasing Black Artists

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:31:27 +0000

(image) This is what can happen if you’re really bad at organizing an event and then not paying attention when things hurtle out of control…1474614198-14359013_10105535409990908_3646607844243785476_n


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Google Should Buy Twitter And Attach It To YouTube: Columnist

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:00:13 +0000

(image) “If you combined the fastest and slowest types of social media, the result could be both must-see and never-forgotten.”youtweet


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Researchers Restore The First-Ever Computer-Generated Music

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:35:11 +0000

(image) “A computer scientist and a composer have restored an ancient recording of the first ever computer-generated music. Jack Copeland and Jason Long remastered a recording of three melodies, including “God Save the Queen,” made by the BBC in the labs of computer pioneer Alan Turing in 1951.”researchers-restore-the-first-ever-computer-generated-music-made-in-alan-turing-s-lab-the-verge


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Was The Trial Of Socrates About Free Speech Or Rule Of Law In A Democracy?

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:00:55 +0000

(image) “There is no dispute about the basic facts of the trial of Socrates. It is less obvious why Athenians found Socrates guilty, and what it might mean today. People who believe in both democracy and the rule of law ought to be very interested in this trial. If the takeaway is either that democracy, as […]socrates


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The African American Museum Is Finally Open. Now What?

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:31:42 +0000

(image) “The new museum opens with all the usual tensions already in place. Among its major donors are banks that played a brutal role in predatory loan scandals that targeted African American communities as well as companies that manufacture the cigarettes, food and soft drinks that play such a big part in the plague of diabetes […]nmaahc


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A Great Broadway Tradition, Lost: Sneaking In For Act Two

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:00:16 +0000

(image) “There was a time when ‘second-acting’ – sneaking into a Broadway theater at intermission before the second act – was as common as the cigarette break in the middle of a musical. It was a time-honored rite of passage, practiced by generations of starving actors and students of the theater. … But today, when security […]second-acting


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Thug Sentenced To Nine Years For Destroying Timbuktu Mausoleums

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:31:29 +0000

(image) “Ahmad Al Mahdi could have faced up to 30 years in prison, but mitigating circumstances—including his guilty plea, his initial reluctance to destroy the sites and his co-operation with the prosecution—meant this term was reduced.”af1bafcb53ebe0f62ecee2b68819c816_55e4633a703df398b6205f1971b733eb1091x616_quality99_o_1aqoopq0iqsg1i13197b1r8sg1ea


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Is The Mysterious Medieval Code Of The Voynich Manuscript Actually Meaningless Gibberish?

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:00:20 +0000

(image) “The manuscript has baffled cryptographers since book dealer Wilfrid Voynich found it in an Italian monastery in 1912. It contains hundreds of pages of fine calfskin parchment, which scientists have dated to the first half of the 15th century. … Academics continue to hotly debate whether the manuscript is an elaborate hoax designed to fool […]voynich


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