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Why The President's Arts And Humanities Council Quit As A Group

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:07:25 +0000

(image) Kal Penn: "It became clear that the government became inoperative under this particular presidency. A lot of the work and the agencies have been frozen. There’s a big waste of taxpayer dollars. We had hope, but the president made comments that quite literally were in support of the domestic terrorists. It’s one thing to say […]kal-penn-designated-survivor2


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In The 1850s, A Scientist Decided To Study The Brain Like It Was A Secret Garden

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:01:08 +0000

(image) For Santiago Ramón y Cajal the brain was a beautiful, inconceivably complex, and self-regulating ecosystem, and he set out to write the field guide to its flora and fauna: “Like the entomologist in pursuit of brightly colored butterflies, my attention hunted, in the flower garden of the gray matter, cells with delicate and elegant forms, […]cajal-170


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What Should Be Done With Statues Honoring Confederates?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:31:43 +0000

(image) "In the wake of the controversy over removing American monuments to the Cult of the Lost Cause of the Confederacy, Memento Park is not a bad model for us to consider following now — although certainly there are others. The dispute, which exploded into bloodshed, death and grinding national shame in recent days, demands hard […]la-1502997470-tgokvhhbcr-snap-image


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What Should We Do With Books We Just Don't Understand?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:02:51 +0000

(image) Could the book that initially seems plain wrong to us be precisely the one that allows us to understand something new about other people?parks-books-dont-understand


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MoviePass Is Trying To Be The Netflix Of Movie Theatres. It's A Daft Plan. (Or Is It?)

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:32:33 +0000

(image) "AMC has come out guns blazing, even going so far as to include a solid alchemy burn in its press release trashing the company’s plan. As AMC points out, MoviePass — which buys tickets directly from the exhibitors, then redistributes them to its subscribers by way of a MoviePass-specific debit card — will lose money on […]17-moviepass.w710.h473.2x


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Stephen Hough: Let's Think About What Classical Music Does And How People Get It

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:02:15 +0000

(image) I think the problem is that, since the Second World War, we have confused "daring" with "breaking rules for the sake of doing so." Beethoven was a great rules-bender, rather than rule-breaker. Even his most outrageous pieces, like the late quartets, are still within classical forms. He doesn't smash [the guidelines set down by his predecessors]. […]download


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Why Intellectual Critiques Of Populism Are Notoriously Unreliable

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:31:47 +0000

(image) "Scholars have not always been the most objective students of populism, partly because their own interests are at stake, scholarship and expertise being so often numbered among the chief targets of populist abuse. Accordingly, scholars find populism to be too prone to ignorance, anti-intellectualism, and demagogy, and too vulnerable to capture by racial and ethnic […]THR_2017_Summer


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Study Says There's More Swearing In Novels Now? So What Does That Actually Mean?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:01:14 +0000

(image) "On a broader level, there is no one-to-one correspondence between the art of a culture and the psychology of the society that produced it. Furthermore, noting word frequency in published writing does not have a one-to-one correspondence with spoken language in everyday life. Further furthermore, without any contextual information about how these words are used, we just […]ffdfbca6694c6ec457b25d4e3109c311771aeebb


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A Piece Of Theatre That Tests The Will Of The Majority In Real Time

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:30:21 +0000

(image) The Majority, a new show at London’s National Theatre by the performer and playwright Rob Drummond, is inspired by a wave of recent electoral upsets, from the Scottish independence referendum in 2014 to the Brexit vote last year. Throughout the show, Drummond asks a series of timely questions to which the audience votes “yes” or […]lead_960


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The Beet Goes On: Vegetable Orchestra Takes Root On New York's Long Island

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:04:53 +0000

(image) Inspired by the venerable Viennese Vegetable Orchestra, Dale Stuckenbruck created the Long Island Vegetable Orchestra. They make snake gourds into saxophones, butternut squash into horns, broccoli into flutes, and long orange root vegetables into, yes, "carronets." "Over the years, [the LIVO] has performed at schools, galleries, libraries and at an environmental conference in Geneva. It […]veggie orch


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Decay Of Our Culture Comes When We Decline To Celebrate Humanity's Best Accomplishments

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:32:23 +0000

(image) "We allow our great cultural institutions to fall into disrepair and disrepute because, as we strip them of their reverential traditions and their arduous canon, we also strip them of our reasons to cherish them. We call them before the tribunal of public opinion to justify their very existence, as if we can no longer […]Giorgio_Vasari_-_Six_Tuscan_Poets-e1502903445658


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Juha, For 1,200 Years The Hero Of The Arab World's Favorite Jokes

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:01:21 +0000

(image) "[The] wise old fool, [with] his long-suffering donkey ... has been a part of local culture for centuries - and has proved useful to Arab jokers and satirists right up until the modern day."juha


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Report: Once Red-Hot Chinese Art Market Is Struggling To Revive

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:31:00 +0000

(image) According to a new study by artnet and the China Association of Auctioneers (CAA). Incidences of non-payment rose seven percent in 2016, and the number of overseas auction houses offering Chinese art and antiquities fell for the first time in seven years.china


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The 'Voice Of Choice' For Audiobooks

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:02:32 +0000

(image) "Mr. Guidall is the undisputed king of audiobooks: more than 1,300 so far, with a stack of new prospects beside his bed awaiting his attention. ... He's a bit disdainful of some of his competition in the audiobook world. 'They're just reading out loud,' he said. 'They don't have an emotional underpinning. There's a rhythm […]voice of choice


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Members Of President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities Resign En Masse

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:31:04 +0000

(image) “Ignoring your hateful rhetoric would have made us complicit in your words and actions,” the letter states. “We took a patriotic oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Supremacy, discrimination, and vitriol are not American values. Your values are not American values. We must be […]53e4d7ad39d58207588147821b30a5c9_47e992f375dbf635f8e685daa29a5f892000x1333_quality99_o_1bbbsad683hb1cqd16bb102m17t9a


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University Of Utah Introduces Its New MFA In Ballet

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:03:17 +0000

(image) "This fall, the University of Utah's School of Dance welcomes the first class of candidates to its newly reinstated Master of Fine Arts in Ballet program, currently the only ballet-specific MFA in the country."uutah


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Spectacle Of Hate: What We Can Learn From White Supremacists' Long And Careful Cultivation Of Their Own Aesthetic

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:35:04 +0000

(image) "The alt-right's Tiki-torch, khaki-pants parade on Friday night has birthed many a 'Hitler luau' joke." Yet, explains Rebecca Onion, white supremacist groups in the US, especially the two incarnations of the Ku Klux Klan, have a long history of deliberately making their physical appearance silly and using that silliness to help them get away with […]spectacle of hate


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Web Journalism's 'Pivot To Video' Is Not - **Not** - Because Of Audience Demand

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:04:08 +0000

(image) In a much-discussed Twitter thread, Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo reminds us that online news consumers, including Millennials, prefer their news in print (otherwise, why would so many sites resort to autoplay?) and explains why media company after media company is ignoring that preference (and laying off countless journalists in the process).josh marshall


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The Prospect Of Acting Onstage Again Nearly Killed Stephen Adly Guirgis

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:33:08 +0000

(image) The Pulitzer-winning playwright (Between Riverside and Crazy, The MF with the Hat, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot) began his career as an actor, and old colleagues still want to work with him. But until this summer, he hadn't been onstage since 2004, and in the meantime he'd let stress affect his health in other […]steven adly guirgis


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Keeping Monet's Gardens Growing For 40 Years - Meet The Head Gardener At Giverny

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:17:33 +0000

(image) Gilbert Vahé began work at Giverny when the restoration of the gardens first began in 1977, and (except for a five-year temporary retirement that ended this January) he's been there ever since, "work[ing] to maintain the original aesthetic - a certain profile of color and light - that corresponds to Monet's vision."giverny


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At The Stella Adler Acting Studio's Summer Workshop For Teens In Poverty

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:02:56 +0000

(image) A reporter visits Summer Shakespeare, Adler's five-week intensive program for teens living at or below the poverty level. Says director Kern McDonald, "The concept of the Stella Adler Studio - that being a better actor is equal to being a better human - is the base of this program.”adler summer shakespeare


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There's A New Generation Of Film Composers, And You Can Hear The Difference

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:46:21 +0000

(image) "If this year's Academy Award nominees for best score are any indication, new blood is beginning to course. Justin Hurwitz, who won the Oscar, is only 32 - and La La Land was his third score for a feature film. Mica Levi, 30, was nominated for her second feature, Jackie. Moonlight composer Nicholas Britell, 36, […]film composers


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Extremist Found Liable For $3.2 Million For Destroying Shrines In Timbuktu

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:31:03 +0000

(image) "On Thursday, the International Criminal Court ruled that former rebel Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, the man convicted of ordering the attack on the ancient landmarks in Timbuktu, was required to pay 'individual, collective and symbolic' reparations of up to $3.2 million (2.7 million euros). Al-Mahdi was jailed last September for nine years by the Hague-based court […]timbuktu


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Arts And Culture Are Big Business In San Francisco: Study

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:15:16 +0000

(image) "A new economic prosperity impact report, organised by the non-profit organisation Americans for the Arts, reveals that San Francisco's arts and culture sector annually brings in $1.45 billion and supports over 39,000 full-time jobs. According to the report, the City by the Bay accounts for nearly 1% of the $166.3 billion generated by the sector […]arts in san fran


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Art Institute Of Chicago Becomes Battleground In PC Wars Following Instructor's Departure

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:00:54 +0000

(image) "Michael Bonesteel, an adjunct professor specialising in outsider art and comics, ... resigned this year after two Title IX complaints were filed by transgender students" and he was consequently stripped of some courses and required to revise his syllabus for another and have it approved. Since then, reports Jori Finkel, the School of the AIC […]art inst chicago


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Two Kennedy Center Honorees (So Far) Decide To Boycott White House Reception

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:44:43 +0000

(image) "Dancer Carmen de Lavallade said on Thursday that she would be honored to attend the Dec. 3 ceremony at the Kennedy Center, buuuut ... 'In light of the socially divisive and morally caustic narrative that our current leadership is choosing to engage in, and in keeping with the principles that I and so many others […]ken cen lear lavallade


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Architect Gunnar Birkerts, 92

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:29:44 +0000

(image) "Birkerts was best known for light-filled modernist buildings that reflected the Scandinavian architectural tradition that influenced him. Many" - among them, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, the Corning Museum of Glass, the south wing of the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, and the Latvian National Library […]birkerts


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