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The Slow And Semi-Secret Death Of The Electric Guitar

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 21:00:22 +0000

(image) The industry (and music in general) needs more guitar heroes if it's going to survive - or else technology, and the electronic music it produces, will take over.Death of the Electric Guitar

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Buffalo's Albright-Knox Museum To Reconfigure, Expand, And 'Become One With The Park'

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 20:30:10 +0000

(image) There are several phases of construction planned, but "perhaps the most striking feature of the planned expansion is the creation of a vast, light-filled entry hall where the current courtyard and Bunshaft galleries exist. Renderings show the space as a glass-walled public plaza with an elevated walkway providing access to the existing auditorium on the […]cds1-1100x733

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Top AJBlog Posts For The Weekend Of 06.25.17

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 20:15:59 +0000

Four Companies, Six Dances Karole Armitage, Jaqulyn Buglisi, Elisa Monte, and Jennifer Muller join forces. Elisa Monte’s Day’s Residue. Left rear: Clymene Baugher. Jumping (foreground): Scott Willits. Plus Thomas Varvaro, Wade Watson, and Alrick Thomas. Photo: Darial Sneed As ... read more AJBlog: DancebeatPublished 2017-06-24 Lloyd Cole and All the Poets YOUR humble blogger has […]

Conjuring The Ghost Of Leonard Bernstein At The Dakota

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 20:00:49 +0000

(image) Yes, this is a real thing that happens. Larry and Toby Milstein are the 20-something children of the (very wealthy) people who live in the apartment where Bernstein used to live. "Inspired by the many artists who have called the Dakota home, and spurred by their own substantial arts philanthropy, these millennial billion-heirs have taken […]25SEANCE-master768 (1)

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The Walker Mounts A Show Of Jimmie Durham's Art To A Lot More Criticism From Native American Communities

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 19:30:08 +0000

(image) Cherokee artist America Meredith says the problem is that Durham has no documented links to actually being Cherokee, and yet, "Art historians have really latched onto him. And he represents us. He's occupying a space. He's written more about than any actual Cherokee artist in the literature."e15f80-20170622-durham01

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Philippe Auguin Is Leaving The Washington National Opera, But What Does It Mean When A Music Director Leaves?

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 19:00:55 +0000

(image) Anne Midgette: "It’s important not to cling too tightly to tradition, but it remains unclear exactly what vision WNO, under Zambello, is offering to replace it."imrs (1)

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A Deep Dive Into The Sudden Wave Of Screen Time For Muslim Men In Love

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 18:00:56 +0000

(image) Yay, more stories for South Asian Muslims! Well, South Asian Muslim men, straight men, with white girlfriends, anyway. "This fantasy doesn’t have much room for South Asian women. Their choices are reflective of the stubborn limitations of an industry where straight men still dominate, and where whiteness remains an integral component to what love looks […]sub-buzz-7674-1498246269-1

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Why Bong Joon Ho's New Girl-And-Her-Six-Ton-Pig Flick Isn't With A Studio, But With Netflix

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 18:00:10 +0000

(image) Why Netflix? Well, "plot points include a pignapping, Mija’s desperate pursuit, a bumbling Animal Liberation Front troop, an insecure corporate villainess (played with pitch-perfect iciness by Ms. Swinton) and a foray into the grisly mechanics of factory farming." The last bit is where studios drew the line.25OKJA1-master768

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The World Might Be Going To Hell In A Handbasket, But These Designers Are Trying To Make It Look Pretty

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 17:30:16 +0000

(image) For instance, at the London Design Biennale, "Guatemala, which ties for sixth place in the Global Emotions Report, will show an installation about the community action taking place in Santa Catarina Palopó. This town on the volcanic shores of Lake Atitlán is reinventing itself as a kind of conceptual art, using the paintbrush to boost […]4928

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(Some Of) The Last 20 Years Of LGBT Literature

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 17:00:25 +0000

(image) Of course, LGBT lit goes back way farther than 1997, but here's a sampler from the NYT in honor of Pride Month.23gaypridebooks-3-superJumbo

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An Entire Generation Missed Seeing Asian Americans On Their Screens

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 16:30:41 +0000

(image) What (the heck?!) happened between The Joy Luck Club and the just-wrapped Crazy Rich Asians?594e991e1700002a001029b2

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This Composer Has Led The Way In Experimental Music For 50 Years, And He's Not Stopping

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 16:00:44 +0000

(image) Roscoe Mitchell: "I’ve always believed in studying music across the board. I’ve never been fascinated with putting myself in certain categories. Especially now that there’s a lot of folks out there that want to know how this improvisational thing works. And the way that I would describe that, of course, is like composition in real […]25ROSCOE1-master1050

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Feminist Dystopias Are Everywhere, And The Observer Wonders Why

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:30:32 +0000

(image) Well, there's actually a lot to talk about. Or create. "Sci-fi lets you look at a society where things are done in other ways; ways too complicated to expound on in an essay. How could you generate a superficially gender-equal, godless society and then expose its failures? It is just too complex.”3000

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The Structure - And Meaning - Of 'The Sleeping Beauty' Ballet

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:00:29 +0000

(image) The story is purely about royal succession, which you'd think wouldn't appeal to Americans. (And indeed, the ballet used to be reserved for touring European companies.) But there's more: "The fairy godmothers whom the monarchs invite to the heiress Aurora’s christening in the Prologue take the drama into a new, larger dimension: pure classicism. They […]25SLEEPINGBEAUTY1-superJumbo

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Harry Potter's Been Around For 20 Years, And The Series' Readers/Watchers Remain Ensorcelled

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 14:30:13 +0000

(image) The original readers are fully integrated in adult life now; what did the series teach them? "A 2014 study found that teenagers who identified with Harry displayed more tolerance towards refugees, immigrants and LGBTQ people. In 2016, another study found that Harry Potter readers were less likely to vote for the then-presidential candidate Donald Trump."3744

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Did The Producers And Writers Of The New Tupac Biopic Infringe On A Journalist's Made-Up Character?

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 14:00:46 +0000

(image) The journalist, Kevin Powell, is suing based on many similarities to his work, including that of a character who in his seris of 1990s Vibe articles was a "composite character." In addition, he "argues that a bulk of the film appears to be based on his jailhouse interviews with [Tupac Shakur]."la-1497820796-lps5wr6ldi-snap-image

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The Showrunner For 'Power' Says Every Character Is Based On Her (And Shakespeare)

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 13:30:11 +0000

(image) "What are some references you’ve used to frame the storytelling on the show and move the characters and narratives forward? "A lot of Shakespeare. I’ve used Richard III because he’s ruthless in getting what he wants and then ghosts of the people he killed start haunting him."24POWER-SHOWRUNNER-master768

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The Era Of Super Festivals May Be Ending, With Niche Music Events Springing (Back) Up

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 13:00:11 +0000

(image) The super-festival arena may be oversaturated now, considering the collapse of two recent supposed new fests. One promoter says: "We want to under-promise and over-deliver. I don't feel like any promoter today should ever feel like 'I've got this.'"la-1494355858-bf1qec5ke6-snap-image

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Hans Breder, Mentor Of Ana Mendieta And Charles Ray, Leader Of 'Intermedia' Art, Has Died At 81

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 12:30:49 +0000

(image) Breder left New York to take a faculty position at the University of Iowa in 1966, and he soon established the first interdisciplinary art focus in the country. "Increasingly drawn to conceptual art and the radical political performance art being practiced by the Viennese Actionists, he asked permission to create a program that would embrace […]24BREDER-obit-01-superJumbo

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Galleries Are Exploring New Models - And New Kinds Of Sites - To Break The Mold And Succeed

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 12:00:28 +0000

(image) Many gallerists believe "the future of the mid-tier gallery is seasonal, project-based or off the beaten path."FT

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What Is The Future For Classical Music (Yes, It Has A Future)?

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 11:30:41 +0000

(image) Well, let's start with the good news: "In any given month an extraordinary 30% of the U.S. population listens to classical music on some device. That translates to 100 million people in our country alone! Another happy number ... is that more than 40 million Americans sing in a chorus."la-1498082717-xr4ajbctud

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What German And Austrian Orchestras Were Willing To Do Under The Third Reich

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 22:03:11 +0000

(image) "What the two orchestras had in common was a nationalistic ethos, a belief in the superiority of Austro-German musical culture that approached triumphalism. One of the darkest manifestations of this ethos was their shared reluctance to hire Jews. The Berlin Philharmonic employed only four Jewish players in 1933, while the Vienna Philharmonic contained only 11 […]download

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Van Cliburn Was The Biggest Music Star In The World. and Then He Wasn't. What Happened?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:31:28 +0000

(image) "It seems that what happened was that Cliburn simply stopped growing, as though he was trapped in a creative stasis like a bug in amber. One thinks of James O’Neill, a distinguished actor who was the father of Eugene O’Neill. In later life, he only took on one role—Dumas’s Edmond Dantès in The Count of […]Van Cliburn being congratulated by Nikita Khrushchev at the Kremlin, April 1958. Between them is the interpreter Viktor Sukhodrev; at right is Jane Thompson, wife of the American ambassador.

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Jobs Of The Future For Humans Will Require Emotional Intelligence

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:03:07 +0000

(image) "Only a tiny percentage of people in the post-industrial world will ever end up working in software engineering, biotechnology or advanced manufacturing. Just as the behemoth machines of the industrial revolution made physical strength less necessary for humans, the information revolution frees us to complement, rather than compete with, the technical competence of computers. Many […]download

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Is The Controversy Over Hedy Weiss' Chicago Theatre Review Overblown?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:31:43 +0000

(image) Theater is of course a highly public endeavor, and the world outside is a big bad place, with lions and tigers and critics who have opinions. If its practitioners want safety, they should practice their craft behind closed doors.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Why Performance Art Has Become A Hot New Thing (Again)

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:01:20 +0000

(image) As performance art becomes more popular, it is changing. Many are embracing elements of dance, film, theatre and sculpture, even street theatre and rap music. “Performance art was stuck in the 1970s: protest, people cutting themselves,” RoseLee Goldberg, the founder of Performa, said last year. “Some years ago I wondered: why don’t we have visually […]20170624_BKP003_0

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Turning Simon Rattle Into A Digital Abstract

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:31:32 +0000

(image) "The London Symphony Orchestra teamed with techies from the University of Portsmouth and Vicon Motion Systems, who captured Rattle's movements while conducting, appropriately, Elgar's Enigma Variations. Digital artist Tobias Gremmler was then called in to convert the gestures into animated films."rattle

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Man Brings Ornament To "Antiques Roadshow" And Finds Out He Has A £1 Million Faberge

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:01:27 +0000

(image) "The expert said it's probably the second time he's ever done that type of valuation. I think he was reluctant to say £1 million and nervous to say it was worth that much. We've had one of the most significant jewellery finds in 40 years of Antiques Roadshow history - but we don't want to […]_96590237_antiques1

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Have Older Women Become The Hot New Things In The Art World?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:34:01 +0000

(image) "Demand for older, female artists like Herrera, who was famously 89 when she sold her first artwork and is now a ripe 102, has risen sharply in recent years, the result of a perfect art-world storm. As institutions attempt to revise the art-historical canon, passionate dealers and curators see years of promotion come to fruition, […]gallery

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Critic Edit DeAk, 68, Champion Of Outsider Artists

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:01:54 +0000

(image) "[She] made it her mission in the 1970s and ′80s to cover art and artists overlooked by the mainstream press through the journal Art-Rite, which she helped found, and in the pages of Artforum."edit deak

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Are Tech Metaphors Getting In The Way Of Our Understanding Of The Brain?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:01:52 +0000

(image) "In this technology-ridden world, it’s easy to assume that the seat of human intelligence is similar to our increasingly smart devices. But the reliance on the computer as a metaphor for the brain might be getting in the way of advancing brain research."TechBrain2-94257180

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Scientists: Here's How To Have Great Brain Functioning As You Age

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:31:25 +0000

(image) "Scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital studied 17 'superagers,' people over 65 who have the mental function of those in their 20s. The goal was to find out if there were any observable differences between superager brains and normal brains, and if so, whether the rest of us could use that information to give ourselves better […]getty_484793959_127189

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A 'Bechdel Test'-Style Rating To Cover Gender Stereotyping

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:02:41 +0000

(image) "Founded in 2003, Common Sense Media provides parents with an online rating system that suggests age-appropriate shows for children, highlighting those that underscore admirable character traits like courage, empathy and perseverance. On Tuesday it will introduce a new metric: the portrayal of gender. At its website, a symbol with the phrase 'positive gender representations' will […]gender stereotype rating

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Defining America's Deep Cultural Divide

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:28:07 +0000

(image) The Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation survey of nearly 1,700 Americans — including more than 1,000 adults living in rural areas and small towns — finds deep-seated kinship in rural America, coupled with a stark sense of estrangement from people who live in urban areas. Nearly 7 in 10 rural residents say their values differ from […]house

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The First Female Photographer - And Her Exquisite Botanical Images

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:03:09 +0000

(image) Born in 1799 in Kent, south of London, Anna Atkins "made her most significant contribution across 10 years in the mid-19th century in which she created at least 10,000 images by hand. But it was what she did with those pictures that gave her a place in art history. ... She created the first book […]anna atkins

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Does The Public's "Julius Caesar" Controversy Prove Theatre Still Matters?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:31:35 +0000

(image) "Amid all the dumbed-down outrage, it’s good to be reminded that theater is still a dangerous art form. The reason Plato, the church fathers, generations of Lords Chamberlain and Jesse Helms and his National Endowment for the Arts-axing kind distrusted the stage had little to do with its use as a forum for intellectual debate. […]la-1497983560-krcy3tny5w-snap-image

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Is Square Dancing The World's Whitest Dance Form? Actually, No

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:06:27 +0000

(image) As early Americans adapted the country dances of Europe, African-Americans (often enslaved, alas) were right there - first as musicians, then as callers. Erin Blakemore gives us the history.squaredance

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Competitive Punning: It's Not Just A Thing, It's An Entire Subculture, And This Guy Went Inside It

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:35:43 +0000

(image) Joe Berkowitz: "Picture someone practicing for a pun competition. It's the saddest Rocky training montage of all, isn't it? In my case, the image entails a man firmly in his midthirties, sitting alone in his bedroom with the door shut, making puns about colors. ('Is having the blues what made Matthew Perry wrinkle?') The thought […]compatitive punning

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The First Known Poet In History - Why Have So Few People Heard Of Her? (Yes, Her)

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:04:28 +0000

(image) "Though hardly anyone knows it, the first person ever to attach their name to a poetic composition is not a mystery. Enheduanna was born more than 4,200 years ago and became the high priestess of a temple in what we now call southern Iraq. She wrote poems, edited hymnals, and may have taught other women […]worlds first poet

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'Sleeping Beauty' - Why Is Such A Socially Retrograde A Ballet So Perennially Popular? Here's Why

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:33:45 +0000

(image) "Isn't this the most royalist of all ballets? King Florestan XXIV and his queen have a daughter, you see, and the story hinges on her finding Prince Right. Dynastic succession is the name of the game. ... So why is this classic danced so regularly and well across America? Is royalism merely its surface?" The […]sleeping beauty

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The World's Historic Artworks Are Under Attack - By Monstrous Microorganisms!

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:17:53 +0000

(image) Notwithstanding our horror-movie headline, this is a serious issue. "These tiny invaders" - bacteria, fungi, even algae - "have wrought catastrophic damage on historic sites like the Lascaux cave paintings in France and the Titanic - [which] is being devoured by a tenacious species of metal-hungry bacteria. That's why scientists and conservators are working to […]art under attack by microbes

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Alan Gilbert's New Conducting Job Will Be At The World's Hottest New Concert Hall

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:02:55 +0000

(image) "He is leaving a fixer-upper on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for a sleek new home in Hamburg, Germany. Alan Gilbert, the departing music director of the New York Philharmonic, announced Friday that he would be the next chief conductor of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, whose striking new $843 million concert hall overlooking Hamburg's […]alan gilbert

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'There Is No Individual Who Has Done More To Change The Way This Country Sees Art' - Nicholas Serota Transformed More Than Just The Tate Galleries

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:46:07 +0000

(image) "There is no one in the British cultural world more single-minded, more monkishly devoted to the arts as a civic and public necessity, more able to bend events to his will. ... When he arrived at the Tate in September 1988, it was an affectionately regarded and faintly parochial museum; he left it earlier this […]nicholas serota

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'Indecent' Isn't Closing On Broadway After All

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:31:27 +0000

(image) "In a rare, almost unheard-of move, the play's producers announced late Thursday that the production - which was set to close on June 25 because of poor ticket sales - would in fact stay open through Aug. 6 at the Cort Theater. The play, which was written by the Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel, won […]indecent

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Do Free And Discount Tickets Really Make Opera More Accessible?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:15:03 +0000

(image) Some observers question whether free or low-cost opera tickets really are reaching new audiences, as opposed to being giveaways to fans who'd come anyway. Here, the general director of Opera Holland Park in London describes the several different programs of the sort his company offers, explains the philosophy behind the schemes, and describes the experience […]accessible opera

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Napoleon III's Historic Theatre Will Have Its Original Stage Machinery Restored

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:00:49 +0000

(image) A multi-year restoration of the 1857 theatre at the Château de Fontainebleau, which has already seen the golden jewel-box auditorium refurbished, will focus in its final phase on the original scenic machinery, the upper salons, and "the podium that houses one of France's most important stage sets."napoleon iii theatre

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The Arts' Economic Impact Around The U.S.: Richard Florida Crunches The Numbers

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:44:27 +0000

(image) "Across the nation, arts and culture industries employed roughly 1 million Americans in 2014. That's less than 1 percent of all workers. ... [Yet] arts and cultural economic activity accounted for 4.2 percent of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), or $729.6 billion [that year], ... growing by roughly 2 percent annually." With colored maps and […]arts econ rich florida

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Creating A True Democracy Of The Arts, Using People's Everyday Creativity

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:29:25 +0000

(image) "Only 8% of people regularly engage with publicly funded art, but every day people are creating their own versions of culture. Nick Wilson and Jonathan Gross report on research that makes the case for a new approach to cultural policy."cultural democracy

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Top Posts From AJBlogs 06.22.17

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:40:52 +0000

Dancing into Summer Jacob’s Pillow opens its season with a Gala performance. ... read more AJBlog: Dancebeat Published 2017-06-22 Propwatch – all the stuff in Hir ‘No good ever came from things.’ This line from Hir by Taylor Mac is guaranteed to strike fear into propwatchers. For what is this series but an act of […]

How Timothy Morton's Ideas Are Changing The World

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:55:19 +0000

(image) Morton’s terminology is “slowly infecting all the humanities”, says his friend and fellow thinker Graham Harman. Though many academics have a reputation for writing exclusively for their colleagues down the hall, Morton’s peculiar conceptual vocabulary – “dark ecology”, “the strange stranger”, “the mesh” – has been picked up by writers in a cornucopia of fields, […]5278

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Residents Of Venice Vote Overwhelmingly To Ban Cruise Ships

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:31:03 +0000

(image) More than 18,000 people voted at 60 polling booths set up by activists and 17,874 chose to eject the ships, which are accused of shaking the delicate foundations of Venice’s venerable palazzi.methodetimesprodwebbinb0ea4a58-54d9-11e7-b34e-8647bf2bc7f8

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The Doctor Seuss Museum: Oh The Places It (Won't) Go

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:02:43 +0000

(image) "The museum, which opened on June 3, displays a bit of amnesia about the formative experiences that led to Mr. Geisel’s best-known body of work. It completely overlooks Mr. Geisel’s anti-Japanese cartoons from World War II, which he later regretted."22SEUSS-WEB-master768-1

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Artists Must Realize They Have A Role In Gentrification (And What To Do About It)

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:31:39 +0000

(image) "We recognize that art is an industry with a structural reality that must be acknowledged in order for artists to challenge their complicity in the displacement of long term residents in low-income and working class neighborhoods and fight against this. It’s important that people see the devastating impacts of securing housing in working class and […]East-Side-Local-Chapter-of-LA-Tenants-Union-and-Union-de-Vecinos-Action-in-Boyle-Heights-Los-Angeles-2016-Photo-by-Timo-Saarelma-1

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Dance As Event As Stream As Experience For The Camera

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:35:58 +0000

(image) "Digital broadcasts of dance generally fall into two categories: behind-the-scenes glimpses into rehearsals, like those offered by ballet companies around the globe on World Ballet Day, and live streams of in-demand theatrical performances, like those presented by the Guggenheim for its Works & Process performance series. In these latter cases, the broadcast usually supplements the […]img-marfa-dance-3_131355198354.jpg_x_475x356_c

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After Ten Years, 'Jerry Springer - The Opera' Is Finally Making It To New York

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:03:56 +0000

(image) "Jerry Springer — The Opera was supposed to come to Broadway more than 10 years ago after its [Olivier] award-winning premiere in London. That didn't happen for a variety of reasons, but that brazen musical will finally have a proper run in New York as part of the Off Broadway troupe New Group's 2017-18 season, […]jerry springer opera

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Does A Playwright Really Have The Right To Control Discussion Of A Play?

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:33:27 +0000

(image) It is a well-established, incontestable fact that playwrights may exert veto power over both casting and creative teams, too, for unlike film and TV, playwrights hold all the cards in the theater. I use the word “incontestable” very much on purpose, for the playwright, indeed, has a legal basis for that level of control, even […]david_mamet-620x412

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The True Power Of Theater: It's Where We Come Together To Hear Stories

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:01:39 +0000

(image) "The storytelling one encounters in the theater is found nowhere else in life. ... These stories are how we come to an agreement about just what is this world is. To experience them together is to renew our shared understanding, and to give ourselves a common point around which to debate life's big questions."true power of theater

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In Finland, The Foundation Of Learning Is Music

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:29:44 +0000

(image) "Finland has one of the best education systems in the world, where teaching music and learning to play an instrument are the foundation of children’s schooling; it should be the model for us to follow. The principle is that a child is never too young to start a relationship with music; creative play is the […]5100

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Bullshit Studies As An Academic Discipline

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:02:49 +0000

(image) A longread report on "Calling Bullshit in the Age of Big Data," a full course taught by two data scientists at the University of Washington who believe that teaching bullshit detection is one of the main purposes of education - and crucial for a healthy democracy. (Be sure to look out for Brandolini's Bullshit Asymmetry […]bullshit

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Scientists Show How To Measure Reality (No Kidding)

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:27:15 +0000

(image) Australian scientists have recreated a famous experiment and confirmed quantum physics's bizarre predictions about the nature of reality, by proving that reality doesn't actually exist until we measure it - at least, not on the very small scale.shutterstock_210000454_web_1024

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The Original Cat Video (It Was Made In 1894)

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:03:17 +0000

(image) "Thomas Edison might be best known for the electric lightbulb, but he was also a connoisseur of strange short films." And one of those odd little movies was Boxing Cats. (includes video)cat boxing

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What It's Like To Be Sofia Coppola

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:31:34 +0000

(image) To be Sofia Coppola is to have grown up with certain advantages. The Coppola family tree is a verdant one: ­Sofia’s grandfather was composer Carmine Coppola; actors Jason Schwartzman and Nicolas Cage are her cousins; and her brother Roman produces her films through the family-run production company American Zoetrope. But lineage alone doesn’t determine who […]director-sofia-coppola-2

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The Ones They Missed In The List Of 'The Most Influential People In Dance Today'

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:04:46 +0000

(image) When Dance Magazine published its list last week, the editors asked readers to tell them whom they unjustly left out. And readers definitely did.who they missed

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Remaking School Libraries Into Hotbeds Of High Tech

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:36:56 +0000

(image) "[There's] a national movement to turn K-12 librarians into indispensable digital mavens who can help classroom teachers craft tech-savvy lesson plans, teach kids to think critically about online research, and remake libraries into lively, high-tech hubs of collaborative learning - while still helping kids get books."School-Library-Tech-Hub

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Librarians On Horseback, The Bookmobiles Of The Great Depression

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:05:10 +0000

(image) Eliza McGraw tells the story of the Pack Horse Library, a WPA program that served the isolated, book-starved towns of the eastern Kentucky mountains.librarians on horseback

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Diverse Casting In Movies Pays Off At The Box Office: Study

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:34:25 +0000

(image) "While women, people of color, LGBTQ folk and other historically marginalized communities in Hollywood continue to insist 'diversity pays,' the box office success of films with diverse casts such as Hidden Figures ($230.1 million worldwide) and Get Out ($251.2 million worldwide) is inevitably deemed a 'surprise.' A new study and database crafted by Creative Artists […]diverse casting

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The Problem With 'Woke' Pop-Culture Criticism

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:18:04 +0000

(image) "The takes are scorchingly hot, the opinions often on point. And yet the pronounced progressiveness of opinionated pop culture writing stands in direct contrast to the increasingly regressive nature of America’s actual politics. What accounts for the discrepancy?" Shaun Scott explains what.woke

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'A Shimmering African Canopy': A First Look At The 2017 Serpentine Pavilion In London

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:03:25 +0000

(image) Says Francis Kéré, the first African architect to design the annually built structure, "I was inspired by the big tree in my native village of Gando [in Burkina Faso]. The community always gathers in its shade. I wanted to create a place that would encourage people to come together, with spaces where you feel enclosed […]serpentine pav

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$166.3 Billion - That's How Much U.S. Arts Nonprofits Outside LA And NYC Generated In 2015

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:47:21 +0000

(image) "The average culture vulture in the US spends an additional $31.47 whenever she attends an arts event: almost $17 on food, about $4.50 on souvenirs and gifts, over $3 on local transportation - it all adds up. This is the micro level of the $166.3 billion in economic activity that the nonprofit arts sector contributed […]Arts Nonprofits Outside LA and NYC

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Why Wayne McGregor Is Giving Away Time And Space In His Brand-New Studios

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:32:13 +0000

(image) "'It's easy to talk about the issues facing the dance sector, but I thought we had to do something,' McGregor says, citing the cost ("around £2,000 per week," or over $2,500) of renting a studio in London. As part of [his] FreeSpace [program], 5,000 hours of studio time will be gifted to 25 artists over […]wayne mcgregor b

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'We Are Not Going For The Bilbao Effect!" Insists New Spanish Museum (Even Though They Hired A Starchitect)

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:16:14 +0000

(image) "The idea was not to create an icon," avers the director of the Centro Botín in Santander. "The building is not trying to show off or give the impression that Santander is more than it is." "I suppose our strategy was the opposite of the Guggenheim,” says architect Renzo Piano, who designed the building not […]we are not bilbao

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Syrian Refugees To Be Trained To Rebuild Palmyra

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:01:38 +0000

(image) "The World Monuments Fund is launching a £500,000 scheme to train Syrian refugees living in and around the Zaatari camp on the Jordanian border in traditional stone masonry. The aim is to develop skills so that cultural heritage sites that have been caught in crossfire or destroyed by [ISIS] can be rebuilt once peace is […]palmyra

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Derek Walcott Museum, On His Home Island, Shut Down, Allegedly Due To Unrelated Political Fight

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:45:04 +0000

(image) "A museum on the site of the boyhood home of the [Nobel-winning] poet and playwright Derek Walcott has closed amid a funding shortfall that has been linked to disputes over controversial tourist developments on St Lucia."derek walcott

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Angolan Author Wins €100K International Prize Chosen By Libraries

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:30:07 +0000

(image) José Eduardo Agualusa and translator Daniel Hahn share the International Dublin Literary Award 2017 for A General Theory of Oblivion, which was a finalist for this year's Man Booker International Prize. Candidates for the IDLA are nominated by librarians and library readers all over the world.angolan author

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Top Posts From AJBlogs 06.21.17

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:29:30 +0000

Artifacts Reinvented Sally Silvers’ three new works at Roulette, June 15 through 17. I love pondering the palimpsest that is New York City. Sometimes when a building’s skeleton is all that’s left, ... read more AJBlog: Dancebeat Published 2017-06-21  

Washington National Opera Parts Ways With Its Music Director

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 01:04:51 +0000

(image) Philippe Auguin, 56, will have completed eight seasons with WNO by the time he steps down from his post. Having made his company debut in 2009 as an 11th-hour replacement for his ailing predecessor, Heinz Fricke, in a concert version of Wagner’s “Twilight of the Gods,” he has particularly excelled in Wagner, leading “Tristan and […]Philippe

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Study: How Adults And Children Look Differently At Art

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:02:28 +0000

(image) "In a small-scale study, a research team led by Francesco Walker of Vrije University presents evidence that children and adults look at works of art quite differently, with kids focusing first on visually stimulating elements. Adults, in contrast, try to make sense of the thing from the get-go."painting

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Four Smart People Warn Of The Threats Of Artificial Intelligence

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:31:39 +0000

(image) "People who enjoy a lot of respect — like Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk — warn of a coming artificial intelligence apocalypse. Others say the conversation has become alarmist — either that general AI is unlikely, or that even if it arrives, it will be here to help, not harm us."aigraph

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Defending Chicago Theatre Critic Hedy Weiss

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:01:59 +0000

(image) "As far as I know, Weiss has never bothered with political correctness. If a chorus line breaks with tradition by incorporating a variety of body types, she notices—as does everyone in the audience. If a play for young audiences glorifies vandalism in the form of graffiti, she objects. I'd argue that's her greatest strength as […]fob_isaacs-hedy_weiss-1-900

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The Importance Of Historical Fiction In Times Of Historical Turmoil

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:31:00 +0000

(image) "Reading historical fiction not only puts our current events into a historical context, but also helps us understand and imagine and empathize with what people lived through in other times and places. It reminds us that other people, ordinary people, real people, have lived and survived and fallen in love, but also, died in these […]shutterstock_5767946532

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Is FOMO The Essential Ingredient In Art For The Instagram Age?

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:02:54 +0000

(image) "The fact that some folks have managed to make the scene while others get left out in the cold is integral to the excitement of participatory art. The thrill is akin to exotic travel, or getting to see Hamilton. Because not everyone who wants the experience actually gets the experience, these works, even if their […]1920

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Portrait Of An Arts Economy By The Numbers: Sarasota

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:35:12 +0000

(image) According to the “Arts & Economic Prosperity Report V,” a data-intense survey released during the weekend by the nonprofit Americans for the Arts, Sarasota County’s arts and cultural organizations and audiences pumped $295 million into the economy in 2015, up 64 percent from $180 million in 2010, when the previous survey was taken.sarasota

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When Secondary Characters Get Novels Of Their Own

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:03:12 +0000

(image) Anjum Hasan looks at the phenomenon of "minor-character elaboration" - from Jean Rhys's The Wide Sargasso Sea (the story of Jane Eyre's madwoman in the attic) to Margaret Atwood's The Penelopiad (how Ulysses's wife and queen passed the twenty years waiting for his return) and onward. (Hasan also includes Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, though […]Secondary Characters

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Was There A "Golden Age" Of Local TV? And If There Was, Was Boston The Center Of It?

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:26:47 +0000

(image) "What makes that era seem if not golden then at least more sophisticated is that by comparison, local television today, Boston included, is in the doldrums. For the declining influence of local television, and for the withering influence upon younger viewers, executives blame the internet and the profusion of cable options. A reason they do […]Knopf_GoldenAgeBoston-400x600

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'Power Chords And Pollock': A Theory Of Punk Rock And Abstract Expressionism

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:04:47 +0000

(image) "It was after seeing the sharp distinction in approach, methodology and effect between Rancid and the concert's headliners, Green Day, that a theoretical superstructure for punk rock struck me - one which can be linked to the history of art." Noah Charney - who grants that "normally you don't find 'punk rock,' 'theoretical superstructure' and […]noah charney

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Opera As A Serial Episodic Experience

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:28:43 +0000

(image) Vireo is the first opera designed for episodic release, both on television and online, and the culmination of an artist residency project at the Grand Central Arts Center at California State University, Fullerton. “My hopes for Vireo,” says center director John Spiak in a promotional film about Vireo’s making “is that 30 or 40 years […]LisaBielawa1_byDanielClark

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Why Is Diana Vishneva Leaving ABT? She's Too Busy!

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:04:28 +0000

(image) She's opening a studio in St. Petersburg that will teach yoga and gymnastics as well as ballet; she's running a dance festival that covers both that city and Moscow; she loves being a guest with other companies and wants to do more of it. In a Q&A with Gia Kourlas, she talks about her plans, […]diana vishneva

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Theatre Impresario Garth Drabinisky Banned From Being Director Of Any Public Company

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:31:36 +0000

(image) The disgraced theatre mogul had run the hugely successful Livent company. "At its height, Livent produced shows including The Phantom of the Opera and Ragtime across North America, the United Kingdom and Australia. The company sought bankruptcy protection in 1998 and was sold off three years later."in-the-news-feb-22-20170222

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James Salter: The Final Interview

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:05:37 +0000

(image) Alexander Slotnick: "I conducted the following interview with James Salter in the Fall of 2014. It was published in the University of Virginia's literary journal Meridian several months later, and Jim died shortly thereafter, on June 19th, 2015, at the age of 90. As far as Literary Hub's editors and I know, this was Jim's […]james salter

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When We Care More About The Artist's Personal Story Than The Art

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:29:17 +0000

(image) The play reveals this odd, disconcerting paradox: we mythologize artists, but do so with precisely the attributes of authenticity we ironically think make them more real. It’s as if we want genuineness but don’t quite know how to grasp it. Master brings up the question of where artists actually exist in their careers — we […]Image-of-Collage

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Paris's Opéra Comique, Lavishly Restored, Is Becoming One Of The City's Hot Tickets

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:06:46 +0000

(image) The ornate Belle Epoque theatre had lost its luster, visually and artistically, by the end of the last century. But the house's director, Olivier Mantei, is determined to bring excitement and audiences back. So he's overseen a meticulous restoration of the building to its original splendor, reopened it with a spectacular revival of a grand […]opera comique salon

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Dinner After The Show With The Woman Who Disrupted 'Julius Caesar' In Central Park

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:35:35 +0000

(image) Reporter Andrew Marantz: "[Laura] Loomer provided several rationales for her actions: that she had merely used words, whereas the left engages in actual violence; that she felt it was her patriotic duty to stop the play, which was 'a form of terrorism' that would 'bring us closer to civil war'; that the Public Theatre is […]caesar laura loomer

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Forget 'Julius Caesar' - *This* Is The Shakespeare Play The Pro-Trump Folks Should Worry About

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:04:17 +0000

(image) Susan Rella: "Now let me tell you about another play. It involves a king so bogged down by the personal and political conflicts of his staff of toadies that his ability to govern is utterly compromised. False narratives are spun on all sides until even the king doesn't know what's true. There are accusations of […]forget julius caesar

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Jeff Koons Gives A Present To Paris - And Paris Is, Let's Say, Ambivalent

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:33:07 +0000

(image) The gift is a large sculpture - a hand holding a bouquet of the artist's signature balloon tulips - in honor of the victims of the 2015 terrorist attacks. But it's a problematic present: it's too heavy for the site Koons wants, not everyone cares for it (one museum director says, "I think it will […]koons

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Could This Be A New Funding Model For Dance?

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:17:49 +0000

(image) "Using the sports marketing model, where major brands advertise to capture the sporting fan market," the National Performing Arts Funding Exchange "will target corporate underwriters for various [small and independent] dance organizations. [Founder Cliff] Brody is convinced that companies will jump on the bandwagon to put their names behind dance."new funding model for dance

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'Fearless Girl' Wall Street Statue Wins Three Awards - At Advertising Festival

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:02:50 +0000

(image) "McCann New York's Fearless Girl statue, placed on Wall Street for State Street Global Advisors as a symbol of the power of women in business, enjoyed a spectacular first day here at the Cannes Lions festival, sweeping the first three competitions by picking up the Grand Prix in the Glass, PR and Outdoor Lions."fearless-girl

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Mass Resignations At Boulder Museum Of Contemporary Art After Allegations Of Malfeasance

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:46:54 +0000

(image) "The museum and its ex-employees are offering starkly different accounts as the museum is reeling after losing five full-time staffers, at least two part-time visitor-services workers, and seven contract support staff and educators on June 13."boulder moca

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Time Warner Gets $100 Million Deal To Make Video For Snapchat

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:31:54 +0000

(image) "Under the two-year deal with Snap Inc., Time Warner - which owns Warner Bros. as well as cable networks CNN, HBO, TBS and TNT - will develop and produce up to 10 made-for-Snapchat shows per year. The projects will span genres, including scripted dramas and comedies, and will reach across Time Warner's networks and entertainment […]time warner snapchat

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Toronto's Biggest Theatre Company Sets Up Camp In New York For A Month

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:15:54 +0000

(image) "Soulpepper Theater Company isn't moving everything to New York for the month of July. Its theater in Toronto's Distillery District will still be open, with six productions on two of its three main stages. But a dozen other Soulpepper shows are headed for Manhattan, and 65 artists are making the trip. Add support staff, and […]soulpepper

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