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Peter Jackson Was Ready To Cast Ashley Judd And Mira Sorvino In Lord Of The Rings, But Harvey Weinstein Blacklisted Them

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 12:30:02 +0000

(image) The blacklist was real: "'I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs,' Jackson said, referencing the production company Weinstein ran with his brother Bob. As a direct result, he said, both women fell out of the running for parts in his Lord of […]5184 (1)


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The Eccentric (Okay, Bizarre) Architecture Of Queens

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:04:02 +0000

(image) Says Rafael Herrin-Ferri, who has been photographing the houses of the New York City borough for five years, "I have always been interested in houses and was impressed by how idiosyncratic - and unorthodox - the low-rise housing stock is. They express the personal preferences and cultural backgrounds of their owners without much regard for […]queenshouses


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Welcome To The Molly House: The Gay Bars Of Georgian England

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:01:37 +0000

(image) "In 1709, the London journalist Ned Ward published an account of a group he called 'the Mollies Club.' Visible through the homophobic bile (he describes the members as a 'Gang of Sodomitical Wretches') is the clear image of a social club that sounds, most of all, like a really good time. Every evening of the […]molly house


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Smellscapes: Mapping A City By Its Scents

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:02:02 +0000

(image) Smellmaps, developed by English artist Kate McLean, "can come in handy for people interested in new ways of exploring both the cities they live in and the ones they visit. So far, McLean has led small armies of urban explorers on 'smellwalks' around 12 other cities, including New York, Singapore, Barcelona, and Kiev."scentmaps


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Application Open for Roy Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellowship at the Columbus Museum of Art

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:34:38 +0000

The Roy Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellowship two-year fellowship in CMA’s curatorial department that is funded by a generous grant from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation.



Orchestra Mashes Up Beethoven And Kanye West

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:03:17 +0000

(image) Time magazine spoke to Johan and Yuga Cohler, creators of Yeethoven and Yeethoven II, "about their process of piecing together the perfect orchestral mash-up, how a 'risky project' like this one can help popularize classical music and why Kanye makes a great case study as an artist with unexpectedly broad appeal."yeethoven


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A Requiem For The Victims Of The Khmer Rouge, Created By Survivors

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:35:39 +0000

(image) Reporter Joshua Barone meets Rithy Panh and Kim Sophy, the director and composer of Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia, which uses both Western and Cambodian instruments as well as traditional smot singing in a memorial for the two million people - and the huge parts of Cambodian culture - wiped out by Pol Pot's dictatorship […]requiem for cambodia


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After #MeToo, What Next For Theaters And Actors?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:04:00 +0000

(image) "To fix a broken system is a daunting challenge. But many individuals and institutions around the country have been stepping up to the plate to do just that, in big and small ways."Stop harassment


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How Chicago's Indie Theater Community Developed A Code Against Abuse And Harassment That's Spreading Around The U.S.

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:33:44 +0000

(image) In the wake of the real-sex-and-violence scandal that led to the collapse of Chicago's Profiles Theatre in the summer of 2016, actors Lori Myers and Laura T. Fisher "responded to what they and so many other insiders knew by methodically creating a 30-page working document" - titled Not in Our House - "[that] any company […]not in our house


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The Tortured-Artist Mystique Is A Myth: Misery Does Not Make For Better Art, If We Can Believe The Market

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:17:34 +0000

(image) "A hue of angst and despair might make work more interesting - jury's out on that - but it doesn't make it more valuable. In fact, work created during what the researchers call 'period of bereavement' was up to 35 percent less valuable than a given artist' other pieces. On top of that, the morose […]misery


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So, Was The Bolshoi's Nureyev Ballet Worth All The Brouhaha?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:46:17 +0000

(image) "By portraying gay love as beautiful and dignified, the ballet transcended its buffoonery and did justice to its subject." Joy Neumeyer gives an eyewitness report of the long line to buy the (few) tickets available to the public, the crowds in the theater, and the actual production.nureyev


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Women Artists At Auction Get Prices Half Those Of Men

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:31:28 +0000

(image) "The findings, published in the paper, 'Is gender in the eye of the beholder? Identifying cultural attitudes with art auction prices', reveal that works by women fetch on average 47.6% less than those by men at auction."women artistrs lower prices


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Did A Tourist In Bethlehem Just Get A Photo Of Banksy?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:15:06 +0000

(image) "Is the secretive street artist Banksy actually a fedora-sporting middle-aged white guy who dresses 'inconspicuous' when he goes out stenciling? That certainly seems to be the case if the photo snapped by 24-year-old British tourist Jason Stellios and published by the Daily Mail is to be believed."banksy-snap


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Investigation Into Royal New Zealand Ballet After Dancer Exodus

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:00:55 +0000

(image) The board of directors of the national company has commissioned an independent inquiry following the departure of more than half of of RNZB's dancers since the arrival in June of new artistic director Patricia Barker. (Another third of the dancers had left under the previous artistic director.)royal nz ballet


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Sales Of Literary Fiction Are Plummeting In Britain: Study

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:44:54 +0000

(image) "The report [for Arts Council England] analysed sales data from Nielsen BookScan and found that between 2007 and 2011, hardback fiction sales slumped by £10m. Paperback fiction had a more extreme dip, seeing declines almost every year after 2008. In 2011, paperback fiction sales were £162.6m; by 2012, they were £119.8m."literary fiction


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Arts Are Spared Further Cuts In Scotland's Next Budget

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:29:14 +0000

(image) "The Scottish Government's draft budget for 2018/19 has set out measures to protect funding for arts organisations, despite earlier warnings that subsidy was likely to be cut. Under proposals announced today (December 14) by cabinet secretary for finance and the constitution Derek Mackay, the overall culture budget for will be £166.8 million, an increase of […]scottish pounds a


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Top Posts From AJBlogs 12.14.17

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:38:55 +0000

Wanna Pay $125 to See Two Shows at the Met? Now You Can! "Have you dreamed of getting VIP treatment at The Met? ... Now you can." That sounds like a quip I've used repeatedly on CultureGrrl. But the Metropolitan Museum is dead serious: If you wanna be a Met ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2017-12-14 American Television's Götterdämmerung Frightens […]



Discover the First Master's Degree in Management for Active Performing Artists - in NYC

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:44:16 +0000

(image) Discover the first graduate management degree designed specifically for active performing artists. The MA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship at The New School enables practicing musicians, actors, directors, dancers, and other performing artists to refine their craft in New York City while developing critical business and leadership skills.TNS-logo-red


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After Sale Of Entertainment Assets, What Will A Smaller Fox Look Like?

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:02:51 +0000

(image) "The biggest and most immediate changes are likely to be felt at Fox Broadcasting, which will be divorced from studio 20th Century Fox Television. Fox will thus become the only broadcast network not affiliated with a television studio."bobs-burgers


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Why Write Fiction In The Age Of Endless Story?

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:31:39 +0000

(image) "As much as we carp about the increasing digitization of our lives, this isn’t really a new problem. Writing required cord-cutting long before the computer. It’s an act of refusal, of relinquishment, and of retreat, a decision to turn away from the world and its noise of possibilities, to chase instead a signal down the […]tumblr_mgoeeafytm1r9qhhio1_1280


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Why Classical Music Audience-Building Strategies Don't Work

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:02:29 +0000

(image) "Working toward greater diversity in new music is necessary and right. The problem is that we’re putting the cart before the horse. Greater inclusivity isn’t an audience-building strategy—it’s an audience-building outcome. Making inclusivity the focus of strategy actually hurts our efforts. All we do is muddle classical music exceptionalism with easily disproven assumptions about musical taste, […]16-kyle-glenn-audienceempty


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How Our Neurological Wiring Informs Our Aesthetic Taste

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:29:46 +0000

(image) "Scientific evidence suggests that most of what we think we see comes from visual processing, perhaps just 20% comes from the actual input to the retina. Again, what is the evolutionary purpose of this? If we encounter a predator and had to construct what we’re seeing from scratch each time, we’d get eaten. So the […]jean-dubuffet-fluence-1984


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How YouTube Stars Are Making Millions Off Their Fans

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:01:18 +0000

(image) The type of shameless promotion that YouTubers engage in on a daily basis is radically different from what Vaccarino had experienced with traditional artists. "When it comes to selling something, with bands and traditional musicians, it's not their priority. They're like, ‘How do I make good music?’ And just assume the money will follow. They […]171213-lorenz-fanjoy-tease_pci34x


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Want To Be Jealous Of Alex Ross? Here's What He Got To Hear This Year

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:33:24 +0000

(image) The list of remarkable performances and recordings will give you some idea of the musical creativity out there.Ross-Notable-Performances-and-Recordings-2017


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What Is "Culture" Anymore? The Answers Are Surprising

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:01:11 +0000

(image) "The study found that more than a third of art museum-goers did not think art museums were a cultural experience, and over half of theatergoers felt the same. Audiences were more likely to consider a street fair or exotic food and drink a cultural experience than opera or ballet. Eighty-one percent of respondents said they […]anne_ellegood_lucy_redoglia_benjamin_millepied_juan_devis_charles_gaines_laurie_ochoa_


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Kurt Vonnegut's Basic Story Arcs

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:32:17 +0000

(image) This archival video features Vonnegut using a chalkboard and his famous deadpan wit to map out three highly familiar narrative arcs that seem to have lost none of their popularity despite countless iterations.download-2


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All Of This Year's Screen Actors Guild Awards Will Be Presented By Women

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:55:38 +0000

(image) The motion to prioritize female visibility at the televised event is designed to be a response to the slew of sexual harassment scandals in Hollywood. Traditionally, a man and a women have been paired to present each category's winner at the SAG awards. The ceremony's list of presenters have not yet been released.gettyimages-873343548-h_2017


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