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When You Win $1 Million To Make A Movie... There Are Expectations

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:01:28 +0000

(image) “If someone hands you a million dollars, they expect you to turn out an amazing product. It’s a huge thing to carry on your shoulders.”22tribeca-winner1-superJumbo[1]

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Inside The Broadway Battle For "To Kill A Mockingbird"

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:28:09 +0000

(image) The fight, being waged in the chambers of federal judges in New York and Alabama, offers an unusual glimpse into the vituperative backstage wrangling that can erupt over control of a celebrated work of literary fiction when it has been adapted for the

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How Airline Ticket Pricing Could Be Applied To The Arts

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:01:24 +0000

(image) The secret of an effective pricing strategy is differentiation and airlines do this on a number of levels, harnessing as many of the factors that affect demand for flights as they can.aircraft-2502241_1920

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Why We Need A New Age Of Romanticism

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:29:27 +0000

(image) In our new era of Enlightenment, we need Romanticism again. In his speech ‘Politics and Conscience’ (1984), the Czech dissident Václav Havel, discussing factories and smokestacks on the horizon, explained just why: ‘People thought they could explain and conquer nature – yet … they destroyed it and disinherited themselves from it.’ Havel was not against […]idea_sized-n05882_10

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It's Now Impossible To Make A Living As A Freelance Writer

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:02:13 +0000

(image) "Based on my reporting, my own experience, and interviews with more than a dozen writers, the current median price for a freelancer’s work is between 25 and 50 cents per word (though, to be clear, most places no longer pay per word; they pay lump sums that work out to about $500 for a 1,000- […]download

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Classical Music's Insecurity Problem

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:32:22 +0000

(image) It’s sad but true that many people denigrate and distrust their own reactions to classical music out of fear that they don’t “know enough,” and that other, more sophisticated folks know more. When people leave the movie theater they rarely hesitate to give their opinion of the movie, and it never occurs to them that […]17Hoffman-superJumbo

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Philosophically, Music Of Our Time Has Lost Its Way

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:56:53 +0000

(image) "Few people play instruments, and music at home emerges from digital machines, controlled by buttons that require no musical culture to be pressed. For many people, the young especially, music is a form of solitary enjoyment, to be absorbed without judgment and stored without effort in the brain. The circumstances of music-making have therefore changed […]raphael-the-school-of-athens-detail

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Are These The Most Influential Philosophers In The Second Half Of The 20th Century?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:29:24 +0000

(image) One philosophy professor, Chen Bo of Peking University, conducted a survey along with Susan Haack of the University of Miami, at the behest of a Chinese publisher seeking important philosophical works for translation.wittgenstein

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Tom Lehrer At 90

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:01:24 +0000

(image) A fond look at the life and career of the mathematician-turned-satirical-songwriter-turned-mathematician of whom The New York Times wrote, "Mr. Lehrer's muse [is] not fettered by such inhibiting factors as taste." He's released no new songs in more than 40 years; as he said in 2002, "Things I once thought were funny are scary now. I […]tom lehrer

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The Most Ambitious TV Program Ever About Art

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:32:40 +0000

(image) “Civilizations,” like “Ways of Seeing,” is an attempt to update Clark’s series. But it’s also an unprecedented undertaking in the annals of television. Unlike “Civilisation,” which was focused on Western art from the so-called Dark Ages until the 20th century, the scope of “Civilizations” is global and reaches right back to cave

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The Legend Of Tulipmania In 17th-Century Holland Is Way Overblown

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:02:29 +0000

(image) "Stories have been circulating for nearly 400 years about the apparently strange compulsion that led otherwise sensible merchants, nobles and artisan weavers to spend all they had and more on tulips, only to land in bankruptcy and ruin" - and pulling the entire country's economy down with them - "when the bottom fell out of […]TULIPS, 17th CENTURY. /nThree tulips and an anemone. Color pencil by Jacob Marrel (1614-1681).

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'The Yellow Shark', Frank Zappa's Astoundingly Difficult Suite For Orchestra

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:03:56 +0000

(image) One of the reasons the 17-movement work is so rarely performed, despite Zappa's celebrity, is the fiendishly tricky rhythm in some spots. (You know how triplets are three-notes-in-two? One spot has 23-notes-in-18.) And then there are the movement titles, which range from "Outrage at Valdez" (about the Exxon oil-tanker spill) and "Food Gathering in Post-Industrial […]zappa

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That Day 50 Years Ago Sweden Changed What Side Of The Road It Drives On

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:25:16 +0000

(image) In the run-up to H-Day, each local municipality had to deal with issues ranging from repainting road markings to relocating bus stops and traffic lights, and redesigning intersections, bicycle lanes and one-way streets.p064l0h4

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'Scandal' Was Even More Groundbreaking A TV Series Than You Think

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:04:46 +0000

(image) Matt Zoller Seitz: "Shonda Rhimes's Scandal, which ends its seven-season run Thursday night, is a rare revolutionary TV drama that never became full of itself. It dealt in controversy on the regular, tackling everything from racial politics and sexual power dynamics in a workplace to PTSD, executive privilege, and the efficacy of torture, even letting […]scandal

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At New York City's Public School For Dance

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:36:27 +0000

(image) "'Justin,' yelled the ballet master Patrice Hemsworth. 'Move your arms. Good, good, good. Boys, you look beautiful. Go girls. Use your shoulders.' She watched silently for another few beats and then, as the recorded music stopped, yelled out: 'The feet were good but, the arms have to work with it. And you’re rushing like crazy.'" […]ballet tech

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EU Considers Law To Consider Robots To Be People (The Way Corporations Are)

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:05:52 +0000

(image) "A 2017 European Parliament report floated the idea of granting special legal status, or 'electronic personalities,' to smart robots, specifically those which (or should that be who?) can learn, adapt, and act for themselves. This legal personhood would be similar to that already assigned to corporations around the world, and would make robots, rather than […]EU robots people

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Broadway Introduces New App For Vision- And Hearing-Impaired Audience Members

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:34:55 +0000

(image) "Cell phones in theatres may no longer be taboo. Well, at least in this case, where 12 Broadway theatres now offer GalaPro, a new app that expands accessibility services by providing audio description, captioning, and dubbing to audiences at every performance."broadway app galapro

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MoMA Acquires The Painting That Provoked Rudy Giuliani To Try To Shut Down The Brooklyn Museum

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:18:31 +0000

(image) Billionaire Steve Cohen is donating Chris Ofili's The Holy Virgin Mary to New York's Museum of Modern Art. "The canvas stirred controversy at the Brooklyn Museum during the 1999 'Sensation' exhibition of works by the Young British Artists from the collection of advertising mogul Charles Saatchi. Giuliani criticized Ofili's painting as an affront to Catholics. […]ofili holy virgin mary

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Harper's Magazine Fires Editor In Chief For (He Says) Opposing Controversial Article

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:03:07 +0000

(image) Ousted editor James Marcus says that his dispute with publisher Rick MacArthur was over Katie Roiphe's "The Other Whisper Network: How Twitter feminism is bad for women," the magazine's March cover story. The essay attracted attention - including a brief boycott of Harper's by writers - following reports that Roiphe planned to use it to […]harpers james marcus

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League Of American Orchestras Launches Program To Help Black And Hispanic Musicians Get Orchestra Jobs

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:47:21 +0000

(image) "The new initiative - [called the National Alliance for Audition Support and] created by the Sphinx Organization, the New World Symphony and the League of American Orchestras - will train musicians for auditions, pair them with mentors, showcase their work in concerts and give them stipends to travel to auditions. It is the latest effort […]audition support

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Nine Artists Accuse L.A. Gallery Of Stiffing Them On Work Sold

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:32:21 +0000

(image) "Long before dealer Clyde Beswick established CB1 Gallery in Los Angeles, he spent 13 months in prison for embezzlement. Now, more than 20 years later, a group of artists is accusing the gallerist of breaking the law again. In an open letter published on Tuesday, nine artists claim that the dealer, along with partner Jason […]artists accuse CB1 gallery of stiffing them

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JoAnn Falletta To Step Down From Virginia Symphony

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:23:42 +0000

(image) The 64-year-old conductor will step down from the music directorship of the Norfolk-based orchestra at the end of its centennial season, 2019-20. (She is evidently staying on with her other orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, where her current contract expires in 2021.)joann-falletta

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Subject Of Bestseller 'The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven' Sues Publisher For Defamation

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:16:54 +0000

(image) "The book, which was believed to have been written by [Alex] Malarkey with his father, Kevin, was pulled from print in 2015 after Malarkey, still a minor, recanted his story. Today, at 20-years-old, Malarkey alleges that his father was the sole author of the book, and he is suing Tyndale [House Publishers] for defamation, deceptive […]boy who came back from heaven

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Free Tickets If You Wear A Swastika, Says German Theater (Outrage Ensues)

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:45:19 +0000

(image) "A play based on Adolf Hitler's youth is sparking controversy for an unusual opening-night deal: Audience members willing to wear a swastika (provided by the theater) during the performance get in free. Those who prefer to pay full price are asked to wear the Star of David. ... Producers of the play at the theater […]free if you wear swastika

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Two Bolshoi Ballet Stars Denied Visas To Dance In US

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:30:34 +0000

(image) Olga Smirnova, one of the Bolshoi's biggest stars, and Jacopo Tissi, a La Scala Ballet alumnus who joined the Moscow company in 2016, were refused nonimmigrant worker visas to dance at a Youth America Grand Prix gala at Lincoln Center this week.bolshoi jacopo-tissi-olga-smirnova

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Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.18.18

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:09:29 +0000

The Future of Orchestras - Part Five: Kurt Weill, El Paso, and the National Mood "Wherever I found decency and humanity in the world, it reminded me of America." Kurt Weill wrote those words after returning from a visit to Germany in 1947. I read them aloud at least a dozen times during the Kurt […]

The Next Arms Race: Artificial Intelligence (And It's Already Started)

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 22:02:36 +0000

(image) Artificial intelligence is a very powerful technology, and there is an arms race going on. Fast forward 20 years into the future and one of the players could have won the race. China is more likely to win than Russia is, although Russia has a lot going on. So, we could end up in a […]Hong Kong Robot Designer

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