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Executive Director, Sacramento Ballet

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 23:27:01 +0000

The Sacramento Ballet enters an exciting new phase of its 63-year existence as it transitions from the accomplished direction of Ron Cunningham and Carinne Binda Cunningham to a new leader, Amy Seiwert, former Sacramento Ballet principal and Artistic Director of Imagery.



Famous Poems Translated Into Emojis?

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 22:03:42 +0000

(image) Possible? Some are making the case that emojis are the new language. So Paris Review translates a few famous verses into emojis and asks you to guess at a translation.emojipoem1


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Sondheim: Beware The Directors

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 21:32:02 +0000

(image) When asked what he looks for in the people he entrusts to interpret his work, Stephen Sondheim said In London This week: "Mostly it's the directors you have to be careful of. Many, many directors, particularly in musicals, are more interested in serving themselves rather than serving the text, because musicals invite a lot of […]Stephen-Sondheim-CREDIT-Dave-Benett


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Mark Swed: Dudamel Is In Tough Political Position Over Venezuela's Fraught Politics

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 21:01:35 +0000

(image) "As bad as things are right now in Venezuela, a failed coup before the presidential election next year might lead to martial law. Maduro takes care of the police and army, so despite a few defections, they continue to support him for their own well-being. Against this background, Dudamel may deserve more credit for not […]la-1503362877-10l91ovkjq-snap-image


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Mark Wahlberg Tops This Year's List Of Highest-Paid Movie Actors

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:32:02 +0000

(image) The Boston native recorded his highest-ever payday thanks to soaring fees for movies such as Transformers: The Last Knight and the forthcoming Daddy's Home 2. The former may have scored a miserable 15% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and the lowest gross of the franchise to date, but Wahlberg need not worry--fixed compensation means he benefits even when movies don't […]mark-wahlberg-2-1200x798


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If The Art World Is Demanding Lighter Fare, What Happens To Artists Who Want To Be Serious?

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:32:47 +0000

(image) "Artists are being asked, even by the art world itself, to make work that’s easy, digestible, good for short attention spans, Instagrammable, marketable. Even the political stuff needs to be something one can “get” through the equivalent of a Hollywood pitch. Where does that leave the majority of our most dedicated artists?"inside-llewyn-davis


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Police: Terrorists In Barcelona Had Planned To Blow Up Gaudi's Sagrada Família

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:02:52 +0000

(image) According to local press, who spoke to court officials, Mohamed Houli Chemlal confirmed police suspicions – that the 12-strong cell had also been planning to use major explosives at the Sagrada Família, the basilica that is one of Spain's most important architectural landmarks.sagrada-familia-news_dezeen_sq-2


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Geffen Playhouse's Former Artistic Director Sues For Age Discrimination

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:31:09 +0000

(image) In his 27-page complaint filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here), Randall Arney who was the theater’s artistic director for 17 years before leaving in February, claims that Geffen Playhouse board co-chairs Pamela Henderson and Martha Robinson “abruptly and without explanation changed the terms of his employment” shortly after he turned 55 in 2012, “presenting him with […]geffen-playhouse


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Music Licensing For TV, Commercials Has Become Big. Now Licensing For Middle-Class Musicians

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:02:20 +0000

(image) The company enables any artist to upload tracks to its online platform for free. Potential licensers can then search through the site’s entire catalog and listen to individual songs before cutting a deal directly with rights holders through Songtradr’s scalable pricing model.la-1502300869-4xucwusotn-snap-image


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Interesting: Gen Z Students Share Behavior Traits With Adult Students

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:33:02 +0000

(image) "Like their adult learner counterparts, Gen Z students attend college in order to get jobs and advance their careers. A 2015 study by Barnes & Noble College showed that the number one factor in choosing a college is career preparation. They lean toward practical degrees that lead to financial stability—even if that means leaving behind a more […]download-1


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Brain-Training Apps Have Been Discredited. But Here's What Works

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:02:21 +0000

(image) "Science does show that some brain training programs do work. So which ones? As the Australian study showed, Mahncke’s BrainHQ and competitor Cognifit actually do have a real benefit. Because both are based on brain training that is focused on improving processing speed–the speed and accuracy with which the brain processes information."what


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Why What's Reality In Reality Is Different Than What's Reality In Real life

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:32:05 +0000

(image) "To put it simply: Much of digital technology seems to be, in the words of our YouTube debunker, not in sync. It doesn’t quite track. Twitter emotion doesn’t rise and fall the way human emotions do. Similarly, death, final by definition, is not final in Super Mario 0dyssey. GPS tech is not true to the temperature […]anx_uncanny_opener-1


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Why Identifying And Censoring Offensive Content Is So Difficult

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:01:55 +0000

(image) To help sort through torrents of material, platform operators increasingly rely on computer algorithms. But these software programs are imperfect tools for assessing the nuances that can distinguish acceptable from unacceptable words or images.AlgorithmTA-wired-headers2400-B5


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Five Degrees Of Liking - How Netflix Is Using Viral Affinity To Understand Its Audience

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:32:34 +0000

(image) The Defenders provides Netflix with a unique case study. Instead of merely allowing it to find out if someone who likes, say, House of Cards also will like Daredevil (yes, BTW), it tells them which of the people who landed on Daredevilbecause of House of Cards will make the jump to The Defenders.Defenders-TA1


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A Tiny Town In Arkansas Has A Plan To Thrive - Using The Arts

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:01:16 +0000

(image) A $70 million infusion is key to the project: The money comes from a combination of donors, including Murphy Oil Corporation, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and the Walton Family Foundation. The first phase of the initiative, the $54 million, six-block Murphy Arts District in downtown El Dorado, is making its debut on Sept. 27. The district’s five-day opening […]22arkansas1-master768


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Report: NY Cultural Institutions Are Disproportionately White

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:31:19 +0000

(image) "The information reflects findings in a study last year that city officials called “troubling”: While 67 percent of New York City residents identify as people of color, only 38 percent of employees at cultural organizations describe themselves that way."23diversity1-web-master768


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Studios, Networks Negotiate On Releasing On-Demand Movies While They're In Theatres (Maybe Not)

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:03:55 +0000

(image) Apple could also eventually join Netflix and Amazon as a threat, but for now, the studios have cast the Cupertino colossus as a PVOD savior. Accelerating the window on movie transactions doesn’t have the importance of, say, iPhone 8, for Apple, but it’s not a trivial matter, either. Coming days after the company made clear […]VARIOUS


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Thomas Meehan, 88, Wrote Annie, The Producers, Hairspray

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:31:53 +0000

(image) He is the only creative to have written the books for three shows that ran more than 2,000 performances on Broadway: the aforementioned Annie (2,377 performances), The Producers in 2001 alongside Mel Brooks (2,502 performances), and Hairspray in 2002, which he wrote with the late Mark O’Donnell (2,642 performances). He earned Tonys for all three shows.22-thomas-meehan.w190.h190.2x


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Sometimes When Your Editor Yells At You, He's Entirely Right (No Matter How Much It Hurts)

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:01:59 +0000

(image) Thomas Ricks labored over his new book, making it just so. When he was done, his editor hated the result, and harshly told him so. In completely rewriting it, Ricks discovered not only that his editor was right but that he could produce something much better...lead_960


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Ai Weiwei To Build Fences Across New York City

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:45:46 +0000

(image) The exhibition uses fences as a way to explore immigration, boundaries and the ongoing refugee crisis. Ai, who lived in New York in the 1980s when he was a student, says it is “a love letter to the city and its people”. The outdoor show will include large-scale site-specific sculptures as well as photography to […]8f6db0e6c392f14fd9cccc77cef9c6a5_9523e4aab74273d47cff4152803376032000x1411_quality99_o_1bo5crhfp1gd810901crt10qc14bpa


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The Time Miles Davis Drag-Raced With Herbie Hancock

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:31:14 +0000

(image) "We both get to the stoplight at Sixth Avenue. It’s like 2, 3 o’clock in the morning. I knew what was going to happen: As soon as the light turns green, we’d floored it, right! So we drove several blocks before the next red light. I got to the light shortly before Miles, and I […]herbie-hancock-douglas-kirkland


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Could A Woman Be The Next Director Of The Met Museum? If So, Who?

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:14:29 +0000

(image) “Just as I would love to see a woman president, I would love to see a woman director at the Met, and there are women who are ready to step into the role,” says Geri Thomas, the president of the firm Art Staffing, which has worked with museums including the Met.



Village Voice To Quit Print Publication

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:02:32 +0000

(image) The Village Voice was founded in 1955 by Dan Wolf, Ed Fancher and Norman Mailer, and for decades it sold a weekly version thick with classified ads. Its mix of political and cultural coverage created a model for alternative weeklies around the country, many of which have since folded. In 1996, facing competition from publications like […]dhwsgmruiaa4ekq_-_h_2017


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Scotland's Herald Newspaper Cuts Coverage Of The Edinburgh Festivals In Half

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:45:20 +0000

(image) “We are collectively concerned about the impact that this will have on the Herald's coverage of the country's vibrant arts scene, the fringe and all Scotland's festivals. The arts thrive on quality arts journalism and an enormous contribution has been made by the excellent team of arts writers and critics at the Herald."shutterstock_109367276-1


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Want To Act On Broadway? These Schools Have The Most Graduates On Broadway Stages

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:31:27 +0000

(image) This Playbill list was gathered from actor bios published within Playbill Magazine and Schools of the Stars at the beginning of the 2017-2018 season, and is reflective of its August 21st, 2017, publication date.static.playbill


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Classical Music, The YouTube Symphony And Neo-Liberalism

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:02:38 +0000

(image) "By combining economic and cultural discussion with interpretations of musical sounds, I have tried to reveal some of the ways new music—its composition, performance, and reception—has been shaped by assumptions drawn from neoliberal dictums. More importantly, I have attempted to argue that when classical music (or any other beloved art form or practice) is pragmatically […]9460447.0011.202-00000001


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The Engine Behind New Orleans' Jazz Fest That Keeps It Alive

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 21:35:41 +0000

(image) "In late April and early May, people in bars and restaurants and in the streets wish each other a happy Jazz Fest in the same tones as "Merry Christmas." Nightclubs book special events for the nights after and the days between the two festival weekends; social and professional groups throw their own parties and gatherings. […]second-line-parade-2017-jazz-fest---jacqueline-marque_custom-05cf8f0f6df96d19cff8bf53f11a03625139924b-s1500-c85


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