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America's First Gospel Music Museum To Open In Chicago

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:36:23 +0000

(image) The National Museum of Gospel Music, with a planned opening in 2020, "[will be] on the site once occupied by Pilgrim Baptist Church, known as the birthplace of gospel."gospel music museum

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How Ridley Scott's Team Erased Kevin Spacey From A Film And Edited In Christopher Plummer

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:05:40 +0000

(image) When allegations of sexual abuse and harassment by Spacey came out in the fall, he became PR poison, and all Hollywood ran the other way. Sony was inclined to withdraw the planned Christmas release All the Money in the World, in which Spacey played the late billionaire J. Paul Getty III - until director Ridley […]christopher plummer

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A 'Rotten Tomatoes' For The #MeToo Moment

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:34:09 +0000

(image) "Since Harvey Weinstein's unraveling, the list of cultural heavy-hitters accused of sexual misconduct has been growing at a dizzying clip, particularly in Hollywood. Enter Rotten Apples: a searchable database introduced on Tuesday that informs users which films or television shows are connected to those accused of sexual harassment or worse."rottenapples

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Pianist Willie Pickens, 86, Giant Of Chicago Jazz

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:18:07 +0000

(image) "[He was] revered in Chicago - and around the world - not only as a colossal piano virtuoso but as a symbol of Chicago jazz. ... [He] summoned immense masses of sound at the piano without succumbing to a percussive clatter. Add to this the extraordinary velocity he could achieve, as well as the melodic […]willie pickens

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PBS Suspends 'Tavis Smiley Show' Amid Charges Of 'Misconduct'

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:03:08 +0000

(image) "[An] investigation found credible allegations that Smiley had engaged in sexual relationships with multiple subordinates, sources said.... In general, witnesses described Smiley as creating a verbally abusive and threatening environment that went beyond what could be expected in a typical high-pressure work environment."tavis-smiley

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Merriam-Webster's 2017 Word Of The Year: 'Feminism'

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:47:00 +0000

(image) Beating out's more disheartening choice, "complicit", "feminism" saw searches spike by 70% over last year - thanks to the Women's March, #MeToo, and (we're afraid so) Kellyanne Conway.word of the year

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3,500-Year-Old Burial Mural Found In Egypt

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:32:47 +0000

(image) Two tombs, dated to the 18th Dynasty (1550-1292 B.C.) and containing mummies and funeral goods as well as a large mural, were excavated and uncovered in Luxor.3500 year olf mural c

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Disney Co. Reaches Deal To Buy Most Of 21st Century Fox

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:16:29 +0000

(image) "The Walt Disney Company said on Thursday that it had reached a deal to buy most of the assets of 21st Century Fox, the conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch, in an all-stock transaction valued at roughly $52.4 billion. ... The once unthinkable acquisition promises to reshape Hollywood and Silicon Valley."disney fox

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For Second Time, Jock Sturges Photos Vandalized In Moscow For 'Promoting Pedophilia'

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:01:09 +0000

(image) "A Russian nationalist activist has vandalised Absence of Shame, an exhibition by American photographer Jock Sturges at a Moscow photography gallery for the second time in just over a year after already targeting it last year for allegedly promoting paedophilia."jock sturges

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London Theatre Axes Play Because It's Too 'Highly Conflictual' During Anti-Sexual Harassment Campaign

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:45:21 +0000

(image) "The Royal Court Theatre has shelved its planned production of Rita, Sue and Bob Too after The Guardian revealed its original co-director Max Stafford-Clark had been forced to step down after allegations of sexual harassment. The play, which tells the story of two teenage girls who have a sexual relationship with an older married man, […]london royal court

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Lewis Manilow, Chicago Arts Philanthropist, Dead At 90

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:30:34 +0000

(image) By profession an attorney and real estate developer, he was a co-founder of Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art and led the effort to move the Goodman Theatre into a building of its own, anchoring a "theatre row" in the North Loop.lewis manilow

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Top Posts From AJBlogs 12.13.17

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:07:16 +0000

Time to Rethink: Court Extends Injunction Preventing Berkshire Museum Disposals It's time for the Berkshire Museum to face reality: Its pursuit of easy money through art disposals has backfired, devolving into a litigation exhibition with no end date, costly to both its reputation and what's left of ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2017-12-13 Celebrating Chicago pianist […]

Research: Susceptibility To Fake News Related To Cognitive Ability

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:01:22 +0000

(image) "The 'lingering influence' of fake news 'is dependent on an individual's level of cognitive ability,' psychologists Jonas De Keersmaecker and Arne Roets of Ghent University write in the journal Intelligence. They report people with greater cognitive skills can and do make corrections when new, better information supersedes a mistaken early report. Those whose reasoning, understanding, and problem-solving abilities […]download

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No Humans Were Used In The Making Of This Art (Do We Care?)

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:32:18 +0000

(image) "The technologies underlying this shift will soon push us into new creative realms, amplifying the capabilities of today’s artists and elevating amateurs to the level of seasoned pros. We will search for new definitions of creativity that extend the umbrella to the output of machines. But this boom will have a dark side, too. Some […]AI_VideoFinal

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Salma Hayek's Chilling Story About Harvey Weinstein's Abuse

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:04:52 +0000

(image) The range of his persuasion tactics went from sweet-talking me to that one time when, in an attack of fury, he said the terrifying words, “I will kill you, don’t think I can’t.” When he was finally convinced that I was not going to earn the movie the way he had expected, he told me […]13hayek2-jumbo

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What If The Enlightenment Didn't Happen Where And When We Thought It Did?

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:29:49 +0000

(image) What if the Enlightenment can be found in places and thinkers that we often overlook? Such questions have haunted me since I stumbled upon the work of the 17th-century Ethiopian philosopher Zera Yacob (1599-1692), also spelled Zära Yaqob.show_essay-par141388

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The Stunning Speed That Artificial Intelligence Is Mastering Problems

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:03:58 +0000

(image) How did AlphaZero teach itself? The rules of the games were programmed into the system. Then, AlphaZero started to play itself. The more it played itself, the better it became. Over a few hours, it learned to play the games better than the games had ever been played.AIcircuitbrain-compressed

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How Netflix Became The Best TV Network

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:26:46 +0000

(image) While several networks gave us plenty of quality programming this year, including HBO, FX, and others, no other U.S.-based streaming service, broadcast or cable network released more terrific scripted TV shows this year than Netflix did. None.12-yic-netflix.w710.h473.2x

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Tibet's Languages Are Disappearing, Says Researcher

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:57:52 +0000

(image) The Tibetan Plateau is home to more than a dozen distinct local tongues, many of which come with their own elaborate character systems. Unfortunately, thanks to the growth of internet infrastructure and state-sponsored education, many of these lesser-spoken languages are now on the brink of extinction.tibet1

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A Short Story Exposes Huge Gaps In The New Universe Of Literary Criticism

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:33:10 +0000

(image) In this case, the media has been thrust in the position of the literary critic, drawing lines between the artwork and the broader culture. This isn’t a bad development, exactly—it’s great that a short story is making headlines. But it is also worth noting that the boundaries of literary criticism, at least as they are […]c96f31eaad5e7b649bbb653661820476c74bd548

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How Scammers Are Laundering Bitcoin Through iTunes

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:02:35 +0000

(image) Some schemers are essentially laundering their bitcoins through song purchases on Apple-owned media store iTunes. Although it’s unlikely to be widespread, the approach results in a legitimate payment from Apple—meaning fraudsters are then largely free to use their ill-gotten gains however they see fit.171212-cox-itunes-bitcoin-hero_rsw05p

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The Double Agent Classical Music Critic Inside The New York Times

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:32:39 +0000

(image) John G. Briggs Jr. was a respected classical music critic and cultural reporter for the Times. But he had a second professional life that he hid from his bosses in New York. Writing under a pseudonym for a prominent South Carolina newspaper, the Times journalist delivered fire-breathing, race-baiting and occasionally anti-Semitic screeds attacking the “liberal” press and its […]

The Neuroscience Of Changing Your Mind

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:01:55 +0000

(image) "Scientists have long accepted that our ability to abruptly stop or modify a planned behavior is controlled via a single region within the brain's prefrontal cortex, an area involved in planning and other higher mental functions." Now it seems that this consensus among scientists was, if not wrong, greatly oversimplified.changing your mind

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Why Are The Met's Biggest Stars Dropping Out Of The New "Tosca" Production?

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:32:35 +0000

(image) Since the Met first announced the new “Tosca” 10 months ago, the David McVicar production has lost its star tenor, Jonas Kaufmann; the soprano singing the title role, Kristine Opolais; its conductor, Andris Nelsons, who is married to Ms. Opolais; and his replacement, James Levine, who was suspended this month after being accused of sexual misconduct. […]13opera-item1-master768

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The New Television Transmission Standard That May Make Us All Upgrade Our TV Sets *Again*

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:02:05 +0000

(image) "The vote on that standard" - called ATSC 3.0 - "was nearly as controversial as the net neutrality rollback, but far fewer people are talking about it. So let's talk about it - and put it in context with the last time the federal government pushed us to upgrade our TVs."atsc 30

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The Advisors Who Help The IRS Value Art

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:29:38 +0000

(image) To be accurately taxed, an artwork needs to be accurately valued, and the owner who has to pay the tax can’t be expected to provide the last word. When an artwork is sold outright, the Internal Revenue Service needs no help in determining how much to tax; it has the purchase price and the sale […]download

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The Dancer Who Made Art Nouveau Into A Performing Art

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:03:45 +0000

(image) "The [Paris] Exposition Universelle of 1900 marked the height of Art Nouveau and its flowing, feminine subjects inspired by nature. [Loïe] Fuller herself personified the movement, with performances that incorporated swirling yards of silk attached to bamboo wands sewn into her sleeves."loie fuller

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