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Poetry Is Roaring As Festivals Sell Out And Book Sales Shoot Up

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:30:41 +0000

(image) Well, at least in the UK: "Poetry book sales have gone up by more than 50% in four years, while there are now more than 30 annual events devoted to celebrating spoken and written verse."

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Why Is Hollywood Leadership In Such Flux Right Now?

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:00:09 +0000

(image) Because the business model is changing. "You could bring in genius people to run these studios, ... and I don't think the overall problems are going to change."

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Top AJ Blog Posts For The Weekend Of 03.26.17

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:41:32 +0000

Squatting at The Bunker in London ‘Home Truths: An Incomplete History of Housing Told in Nine Plays.’ The play cycle runs from April 17 through May 13. ... read more AJBlog: Straight|UpPublished 2017-03-26 Mr. P.C. Found You must have been wondering—haven’t we all?—what happened to Mr. P.C.’s Guide To Jazz Etiquette And Bandstand Decorum. The […]

Tracy Moffatt Is The First Indigenous Australian To Exhibit At The Venice Biennale

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:30:52 +0000

(image) Photographer and filmmaker Moffatt never wants to repeat herself. The pavilion "will feature two new large-scale photographic suites and two films. Commissioned by Naomi Milgrom and curated by Natalie King, the exact nature of the works in this exhibition is still a tightly guarded secret, but Moffatt says she used a lot of natural light […]

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Theatre Isn't Just Fun; It's Work, And It's Necessary

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:30:18 +0000

(image) Harvey Fierstein: "I’ve heard that more tickets are sold on Broadway in a year than are sold to all the city’s major sports team events combined. Wouldn’t it be great if the last seven minutes of the news every night was dedicated to theater?"

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A New Ballet That's Most Definitely Not About 'Relationships'

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:00:58 +0000

(image) Unless one considers the relationships among the criminally insane and their terrible "care"-givers a traditional ballet subject, a new ballet inspired by Frederick Wiseman's 1967 long-censored documentary "The Titicut Follies" will likely be a bit of a surprise. "Adapting the film’s troubling message has been a challenge for every artist involved in the new ballet."

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An Unslakable Thirst For David Hockney Paintings Means Tate Britain Will Stay Open Until Midnight

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:30:53 +0000

(image) No, seriously. People love their Hockney, and he returns the favor: "The vast audience that his retrospective has attracted is sure to please Hockney, who has always been an advocate for his art being not for a small elite."

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This Actress Uses A Wheelchair And Is Playing Laura In 'Glass Menagerie' - Exploitation Or Progress?

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:00:44 +0000

(image) Broadway audiences are used to perfectly abled bodies, as are reviewers, which might be why some reviewers are having a hard time with Madison Ferris' Laura. But, despite a few Off-Broadway and other companies having better representation, on Broadway, actors with visible disabilities "remain a rare occurrence, and as a result Broadway remains unrepresentative of […]

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Vladimir Lenin Loved Literature, And That Shaped The Russian Revolution

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:30:48 +0000

(image) "In April of [1917], he broke with Russian social-democratic orthodoxy and, in a set of radical theses, called for a socialist revolution in Russia. A number of his own close comrades denounced him. In a sharp riposte, Lenin quoted Mephistopheles from Goethe’s masterwork: 'Theory, my friend, is grey, but green is the eternal tree of […]

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As The Senate Votes To Make Our Online Information Less Secure, What Can We Do To Protect Ourselves?

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:00:11 +0000

(image) Nothing is certain, but there are a few ways to help stop your ISP from collecting everything about you. "Here, we’re talking about a very specific problem: how to stop internet service providers from mass-collecting information about perfectly legal things you do online."

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Elfriede Jelinek Is A Nobel Laureate - And Her Latest Play Takes On The Notoriously Thin-Skinned Current President Of The United States

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:30:08 +0000

(image) The Austrian playwright and novelist wrote a new play ("an attack on the Trump aesthetic: the gold, the plush furniture") for the times. It's coming to NY, and here's the description, from the play's translator: "This seer with bleeding eyes sends Trump through a shattered looking glass where Jelinek examines him through the distorted mirrors […]

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People In Theatre Say They Can't Talk About Mental Health Issues, Or They'll Lose Work

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:00:41 +0000

(image) One director says that "The industry needs to begin addressing it very seriously, so that we all have decent guidelines, and so that performers who do have a history of mental health issues and may enter a crisis during the time they’re spending with you have some recourse."

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The Eerie Perfection Of 'Annie'

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:30:14 +0000

(image) A theory about why the 1982 movie, which is considered "bad" by most film critics, fascinates and educates young children, even though the themes are hardly childlike: "The possibility of being a single being, alone in the world, was deeply fascinating to me. Annie, the protagonist of the film, makes hard decisions several times in […]

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Robin O'Hara, Producer Of Independent Video And Film, Has Died At 62

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:00:23 +0000

(image) O'Hara, who produced (with her partner Scott Macaulay) the indie film "What Happened Was ... ," got her start as a producer at the experimental space the Kitchen, where she had been an intern, helping distribute videos by Nam June Paik, Robert Wilson and Bill Viola to galleries and museums around the world.

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New Shows Prove That The Resolution Of A Mystery Doesn't Need To Come Quickly - Or At All

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:30:39 +0000

(image) The extension of a cliffhanger across seasons isn't new, but the almost suspended suspense is. For shows like Big Little Lies, "their cliffhangers involve not so much people hanging off mountains as they involve people simply hanging out. They are in no rush. Their mysteries dangle, languorously. Tension is created, and then, instead of being […]

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The Africa Center Is Finished, But It Can't Open Its Doors Without A Lot More Money

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:00:47 +0000

(image) With a new board president, the former Museum for African Art is also pitching a new simulation of what it will look like inside - if it can raise the money.

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Feminist Science Fiction Writers Predicted This Future (And Far Bleaker Ones As Well)

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:30:22 +0000

(image) "What makes The Handmaid’s Tale so terrifying is that everything that happens in it is plausible. In fact, everything – like the stratagem of the handmaids – has happened somewhere before. Everything in it has been praised by someone as the right, the good, the best, the only way to live."

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Will Hollywood's Writers Strike Again?

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:00:32 +0000

(image) The Writers' Guild of America has asked its members to authorize a strike, but that doesn't mean one will happen. "The move came after what the committee described as an "unacceptable" series of 'noes' from AMPTP studio negotiators over the last two weeks of talks about a new three-year deal."

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The Man Who Discovered That Hemingway Spied For The Soviets

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:30:17 +0000

(image) "I was a traditional product of the Cold War. ... There was little sympathy for Communism in our house. So I felt like le Carré’s character George Smiley, who learns of yet another betrayal: I felt like I had taken an elbow deep in the gut."

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Do The Blues Still Stand For Authenticity? A British Novelist Wants To Know

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:00:03 +0000

(image) Hari Kunzru takes a road trip through the Deep South to figure it out. "It is extraordinary music, if you can really hear it. I’ve been making playlists of songs originally recorded on 78rpm shellac discs in the years before the second world war, songs that sounded like the work of ghosts. The voices of […]

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That Time They Cancelled A Reality TV Show But Just Didn't Tell The People In It

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:30:41 +0000

(image) They only showed four shows - the last in August. But ten people just emerged from "an uninhabited private estate that the Ministry of Defense used as a training ground during World War II, The Radio Times of London reported. A six-foot fence was erected on three sides of the estate, with the fourth side […]

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How A Small Kansas Town Promoted The Arts Without Government Funding

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 15:32:01 +0000

(image) "Hays, a college town with about 21,000 residents, is a case study of how the arts can continue to thrive when public funds dry up. But it is also a cautionary tale of the sometimes-hidden costs."

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IT Director - Mark Morris Dance Group

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:16:15 +0000

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How Would You Define American Music? (And, BTW, Why Do You Care?)

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:31:24 +0000

(image) What is American music? And, perhaps more to the point, why do we care so much? “I remember being asked in Prague not so long ago, ‘What is your obsession, you Americans, with American music?’ ” said Robert Spano, the music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, which will perform at SHIFT on March 31. […]

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While US Considers Killing Federal Arts Funding, Canada Proposes $1.8 Billion Increase In Arts Budget

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:06:05 +0000

(image) "The federal government will devote $1.8-billion more to culture and recreation spending over the next decade, “modernize” the Broadcasting Act and Telecommunications Act, and spend more on official and Indigenous languages, according to the budget delivered on Wednesday by Finance Minister Bill Morneau. But anyone looking for details of the extensive cultural-policy overhaul promised by […]

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How Netflix Is Becoming A Global Media Company

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:31:04 +0000

(image) "Netflix has morphed into an international service that streams in nearly every country around the world. This fast-paced growth has meant that the company’s dedication to improving models now extends to just about everything it does. Another reveal at Labs Day was that it has even created an online translation test, called Hermes, that helps […]

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End Of History? The Much-Maligned Francis Fukuyama Was Right About Our Current Political Circumstances

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:02:52 +0000

(image) Rarely read but often denigrated, it might be the most maligned, unfairly dismissed and misunderstood book of the post-war era. Which is unfortunate for at least one reason: Fukuyama might have done a better job of predicting the political turmoil that engulfed Western democracies in 2016 – from Brexit, to Trump, to the Italian Referendum […]

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