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Nigel Wedden Steps Down From Lincoln Center Festival After 20 Years

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 22:03:37 +0000

(image) The director said "he plans to concentrate on his other job, leading the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, S.C." What will happen to the Lincoln Center Festival? That's unclear; "keeping the festival world-class and fresh, year after year, is a challenge, and some critics have warned that Lincoln Center’s was growing stale."29redden-item-master768


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The Jimmys Are Like Tony Awards For Teens On Broadway

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 21:34:34 +0000

(image) The Tony-winning star of 'Dear Evan Hansen' admitted this year that he has been addicted to watching the Jimmys since he was younger than some of the contestants. "The Jimmys take over Broadway’s Minskoff Theater for one sparkly Monday night each June, transforming the set of 'The Lion King' into a showcase for 74 of […]2JIMMYS3-master675


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Michael Bond, The Creator Of Paddington Bear, Has Died At 91

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 21:04:22 +0000

(image) How the books, which have sold millions worldwide and been translated into dozens of languages, got their start: "The story began on Christmas Eve 1956, when he was working as a BBC TV camera operator. On his way home, he stopped by Selfridges department store and spotted a toy bear alone on a shelf. 'It […]29michaelbond-master768


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Do Neurons Dance?

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 20:32:01 +0000

(image) Choreographer Jody Oberfelder believes they do - and that thinking, that thoughts, come from the body. In a new work, she tried to connect the science and the choreography - to the detriment of dance, at first. "So I thought, why not get the audience to try to feel their brains, without telling them how? […]28BRAINDANCE-master768


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Remembering The Forgotten Brontë (Poor Old Branwell!)

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 20:03:55 +0000

(image) "Branwell's legacy has been shaped by sensation, such as the story that he once set his own bed on fire, or the suggestion that he died standing up. His erratic, out-of-control behaviour has contributed to his legacy as the family's black sheep. ... Despite being a passionate poet, writer and artist, he failed to hold […]brontes


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Midori Joins The Faculty At The Curtis Institute

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 19:32:36 +0000

(image) She's moving from the University of Southern California to the East Coast, and "she cited Curtis’ approach as one appeal of the job – the 'commitment Curtis has to nurturing younger musicians to prepare them not just to play the instrument, but to also become responsible citizens.'"dixon-49504-f-wp-content-uploads-2017-06-midori-crop-e1498571898332-1200x799


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Dancers, Here Are The Things Your Class/Rehearsal Pianist Wishes You Knew

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 19:01:45 +0000

(image) Christian Matijas-Mecca: "I train my students to know the ins and outs of dance classes of varying styles. In return, we sometimes wish our collaborative partners understood more about what we bring to the studio." For instance, "Don't use the piano as an ad hoc desk. I teach my students appropriate studio etiquette. They will […]dance pianist


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Medieval Scholars Believed In Parallel Universes

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 18:32:10 +0000

(image) But weirdly, they only got there after the Catholic Church banned many Aristotelian ideas as heretical. "Among the ideas that Tempier condemned was a principle of Aristotelian thought that held that the 'first cause' (or, as medieval scholars would have said, God) could not have made more than one world."image (2)


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A Kind Of Language Linguists Thought Would Be Impossible (And You'd Agree), But It Exists

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 18:02:06 +0000

(image) "One core property of human languages is known as duality of patterning: meaningful linguistic units (such as words) break down into smaller meaningless units (sounds), so that the words sap, pass, and asp involve different combinations of the same sounds, even though their meanings are completely unrelated. ...Try inventing a lexicon of tens of thousands […]duality of patterning


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The Unsung Creator Of Modern Musical Choreography: Bob Fosse

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:31:55 +0000

(image) What gives the dancing in modern musicals such athleticism and power? A style that can be traced back to Fosse. "The roots of Fosse’s signature style were actually in burlesque. As a young teenager ... he had a tap act that he performed in burlesque houses. He translated that style to the screen in ways […]fosse


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Never-Before-Published Hannah Arendt On Poverty, Misery, And The Great Revolutions Of History

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:03:52 +0000

(image) "This manuscript, never before published, is marked 'A Lecture' and dated '1966-67.' Where and when it was delivered, or if it was delivered, is not known. The manuscript seems too long for a single lecture. ... The where and when of the lecture have not been confirmed, though extant records have been thoroughly searched."arendt


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The 45-Year-Old Bay Area Theatre That Developed 'Angels In America' Is Folding

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:31:26 +0000

(image) Wow, no thanks, California tech companies, not to mention voters: "Eureka’s dissolution after many decades is a result of several factors, including rising overhead and the high costs of maintaining its aging facility. Additionally, following the defeat of Ballot Measure S in November 2016, San Francisco Grants for the Arts (funded by the city’s hotel […]fen_eureka-theatre2-1298x770


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What Is A Gaffer And Why Is That Boy "Best"? A Guide To All The Credits At The End Of A Movie

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:04:00 +0000

(image) "Have you ever sat through the end credits waiting for the post-credit teaser and wondered what exactly do all those people do? We'll break down the positions in that sea of credits and explain who's who on a major film production." (video)film credits


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Swedish Actor Michael Nyqvist, Who Starred In 'Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,' Has Died At 56

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:30:43 +0000

(image) The actor, who also had roles in action movies like 'John Wick' and 'Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol,' had lung cancer. "Nyqvist got his start training at the Malmö Theatre Academy, one of Sweden’s leading theaters and where Ingmar Bergman would frequently stage productions in the 1950s" - and one of his big screen breaks […]3502


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Vimeo Gives Up On The Subscription Video Idea

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:06:42 +0000

(image) "The video streamer, which is owned by Barry Diller's IAC, announced last November that it planned to spend "tens of millions" to build out a competitor of Netflix, Hulu and the newly launched YouTube Red. ... The company already has a subscription business in which it sells professional tools to its more than 750,000 creators" […]vimeo barry_diller_and_joey_levin_200


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Can You Make An Opera Out Of The MOVE Bombing? Bill T. Jones And Friends Are Giving It A Try

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:35:55 +0000

(image) In 1985, Philadelphia police attempting to evict and arrest members of the militant activist group MOVE dropped a bomb on the group's headquarters, causing a fire that burned down an entire city block. Jones, composer Daniel Bernard Roumain, and librettist Marc Bamuthi Joseph are creating a new work about the disaster and its aftermath for […]MOVE


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What Happens When You Bring Street Dance Onto The Stage?

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:04:15 +0000

(image) Dance Magazine asked Rennie Harris and two of his students, Nicole Klaymoon and d. Sabela grimes, "Over the years, how has increased acceptance and visibility on concert-dance stages affected hip hop and its artists? And how has hip hop influenced concert dance?" Here's the conversation the three gave in response.street dance onstage


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Dallas Museum Of Art's Mexican Modernism Show Is Having Huge Success In Latino Audience Engagement

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:33:40 +0000

(image) "There was skepticism when Dallas Museum of Art director Agustín Arteaga proposed bringing a major exhibit of Mexican masterpieces here from Paris and allowing families who were not regular museum visitors to see it for free." But the show has been a big hit, and more than half of its visitors, many of them Latino, […]dallas mexican modernism


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Chicago To Spend $1 Million For Public Art For Each Of City's 50 Wards

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:17:56 +0000

(image) The plan is part of the "Year of Public Art" initiative declared by Mayor Rahm Emanuel for 2017.chicago-public-art-in-all-50-wards


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Martha Argerich Is Canceling Concerts Due To 'Serious Health Issues'

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:02:28 +0000

(image) Just what those issues are hasn't been stated, but that's the phrase used in the announcement that the 76-year-old pianist won't be making a scheduled appearance in Athens next month. Last week she cancelled what was to have been her Australian debut, saying in a statement, "I am unable to travel and play in this […]martha-argerich


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Jazz Pianist And Composer Geri Allen Dead At 60

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:46:38 +0000

(image) "[Allen] defied classification while steadfastly affirming her roots in the hard-bop tradition of her native Detroit ... In addition to her varied and commanding work as a leader [of her own ensemble], Allen made her mark as a venturesome improviser on notable albums with the saxophonist-composers Ornette Coleman, Oliver Lake, Steve Coleman and Charles Lloyd; […]geri allen


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Ousted Director Of Shakespeare's Globe To Start Her Own New Theatre Company

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:31:14 +0000

(image) "Emma Rice is to form a new theatre company when she steps down as artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe next year. The company, called Wise Children, will be based in the South West of England and will work with venues through a series of residencies to create 'innovative ensemble theatre' that will then be toured […]Emma Rice


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Another Artists' Space Shut Down By Fire, This Time In Philadelphia

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:15:40 +0000

(image) "A stairwell fire early Tuesday has closed Vox Populi, the artists' space at 319 N. 11th St., displacing the artists and businesses in the entire building for an undetermined time, forcing tenants to find new locations." Among the events affected: the Philadelphia Bad Theater Fest, scheduled for this weekend.artists space fire


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MoMA Expansion Gets $50 Million Gift From Billionaire Collector/Hedge Funder

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:00:34 +0000

(image) "The collector and hedge fund titan Steven A. Cohen and his wife, Alexandra Cohen, are the latest big-money contributors to the Museum of Modern Art's capital campaign for new exhibition space. The institution announced today that the couple's foundation has given $50 million in unrestricted funds."MoMA_Steve_Cohen


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'Lack Of Professional Attitude And Practices' Causing Serious 'Talent Drain' From British Theatre: Study

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:44:45 +0000

(image) "A damning review of workforce practices in commercial and not-for-profit theatre has painted a picture of a sector being undermined by low pay, a damaging culture of overwork, poor treatment of freelance workers and a lack of long-term strategic thinking."Lack of professional attitude and practices


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England Cuts Funding For Four Large Organisations, Adds Smaller Groups Both In And Beyond London

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:29:46 +0000

(image) "The National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Opera House and the Southbank Centre will all lose 3% of their [Arts Council England] national portfolio organisation grant throughout the next funding period, which runs from 2018 to 2022. ... [The cuts] will allow funding for other London-based companies to remain the same and for […]ACE funding


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Top Posts From AJBlogs 06.27.17

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:19:19 +0000

Communities as Data Points? Sometimes a blog post derives from seeing something that only tangentially relates to its point. Such is the case with this one. A while ago I saw an article on the Wallace Foundation’s support of ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2017-06-27 Geri Allen Gone At 60 Geri Allen died […]