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Washington Ballet Returns To Using A Live Orchestra

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:00:45 +0000

(image) “We won’t sell one more ticket if we have live music in the orchestra, and it’s about $100,000 a week. We have to move forward strategically and sensibly, and use the money for the orchestra where we can get the most out of it.”washington-ballet-announces-return-of-its-orchestra-a-jfk-themed-world-premiere-the-washington-post

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Toronto Artists Being Pushed Out By Soaring Rents

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:57:39 +0000

(image) “According to commercial real estate statistics provided by the Toronto Real Estate Board, commercial space in the city’s west end has increased on average from $15.89 per square foot (annually) for spaces under 1,000 square feet in 2006 to $26.44 in the third quarter of this year.”partheniou-jpg-size-custom-crop-1086×724

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Paul Beatty Is First American To Win Man Booker Prize

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:41:16 +0000

(image) “The 54-year-old Los Angeles-born writer won for The Sellout, a laugh-out-loud novel whose main character wants to assert his African American identity by, outrageously and transgressively, bringing back slavery and segregation.”booker

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Will AT&T’s Deal For Time Warner Kick Off A New Round Of Media Consolidation?

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:02:39 +0000

(image) “Analysts were split on whether AT&T’s move would spur other companies to combine. Several attributed AT&T’s play as a way to position itself as a more robust competitor to Google and Facebook, which capture the lion’s share of online advertising, and Amazon and Apple, which have strong customer relations.”la-1477364241-snap-photo-1

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Cities Fight Over Proposed Iconic Gehry Building Plans For Hollywood

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:02:38 +0000

(image) “Since renderings were unveiled last year, the discussion has turned away from Gehry’s daring architecture to whether the 334,000-square-foot development is simply too large for the famed boulevard. The main tower, at 15 stories, would be the tallest building to be erected on the Sunset Strip in more than 30 years.”la-1477343967-snap-photo

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Madeline Thien Wins This Year’s Governor General’s Prize For Writing

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:31:07 +0000

(image) “Thien, a 42-year-old Montreal writer, has been awarded this year’s English-language fiction prize for her breakout novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing. The prize, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, counts many of the giants of CanLit among its previous winners: Hugh MacLennan, Gabrielle Roy, Margaret Laurence, Alice Munro, Mordecai Richler, Robertson Davies, […]web-rv-gg-1025

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Novel Claim: The 1980s Was A Golden Age For TV

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:02:27 +0000

(image) “The ’80s bridged the gap between the medium’s tumultuous birth — when it seemed as if it couldn’t decide whether to be vaudeville, legitimate theater, radio with pictures, or free-form video art — and its Peak TV maturation, a period of increased artistic sophistication and overwhelming quantity, literary pretensions, and cinematic effects.”25-80s-tv-w529-h352-2x

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Curtis Institute Fires Its Board Of Overseers

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:49:57 +0000

(image) “Deeply disappointed” is the way overseers chairman Lowell J. Noteboom characterized his reaction in an email to other overseers. “I believe the discontinuance of the overseers is a significant loss to Curtis and that the administrative burden could have been managed in ways that would not have required such drastic action. That said, there seemed […]vonmaltzahn

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Carlos Acosta’s Experimental New Hybrid Dance Company

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:31:07 +0000

(image) “I think sometimes dance is very segregated,” Acosta said at the UK launch of his new company. “This is an experiment; not many people have done it before. When you create half the company from ballet and half from contemporary it creates an energy, it could be a bomb … it is like two different […]acosta

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A Brief History Of The Ouija Board

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:03:33 +0000

(image) Boomers will remember the board as either a popular sort-of-board-game or the means by which the demon possessed Regan in The Exorcist. But its history goes all the way back to 19th-century Spiritualism; it was condemned by a Pope and denounced by a professor as “a serious national menace.”ouija

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‘Don Giovanni,’ Don Trump, And Rape Culture

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:02:15 +0000

(image) “In the end the [opera’s] message is that even a rich charismatic guy can not get away with predatory behavior, groping, serial rape, and, I’m sure, the occasional pussy-grab. The Don ends up dragged to hell.”don_giovanni

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Buckminster Fuller Believed Technology Is Mankind’s Salvation (Ah, It Was A Gentler Time, Then)

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:33:17 +0000

(image) “Fuller put his faith in technology as a means to tame the messiness of humankind. ‘I would never try to reform man – that’s much too difficult,’ Fuller told The New Yorker in 1966. Appealing to people to remedy their behaviour was a folly, because they’d simply never do it. Far wiser, Fuller thought, to […]sized-wikimedia-biosphere_montreal

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How Police Pressure Shaped The Ways Hollywood Depicts Law Enforcement In America

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:03:10 +0000

(image) “This is not a straightforward story about how police departments are bad and Hollywood is good, or vice versa. Nor is it a simple morality tale about how creative freedom made it possible for a liberal industry to critique a conservative profession. … But driven by the need for drama and excitement, Hollywood used genres […]police-hollywood-washpost

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Israel’s Culture Minister Goes To War Against… Culture

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:31:55 +0000

(image) Miri Regev has done just about everything she can to alienate and enrage those she considers the elites, or the “cultural junta,” of Israel. Leftists. Secularists. Tel Avivians. Ashkenazim — Jews of European origin. People who, as she told me recently, think that “classical music is better than the Andalusian music” of Morocco, or that […]miri-regevs-culture-war-the-new-york-times

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Amidst Chaos, Looted Antiquities Are ‘Gushing Out’ Of Libya

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:02:36 +0000

(image) “One of the hardest-hit areas is the country’s eastern coastal region, which is rich in archaeological treasures from sites such as the ancient Greek and Roman city of Cyrene. International and Libyan specialists say that ‘random digging’ here is proceeding unchecked.”looting-in-libya

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Is Casting Screen Stars In Broadway Plays Good For Theater?

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:31:00 +0000

(image) Alexis Soloski: “Well, that depends on your criteria. Certainly, it brings people in who otherwise might not attend and gives Broadway a welcome shot of the glamour it can sometimes lack, making the lights of the Great White Way glow more brightly. But too often celebrity casting seems a cheap ploy to increase box office […]casting-screen-stars-200

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The Super-High Frame Rate In ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ Looks Great – And It’s Still Unwatchable

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:03:49 +0000

(image) Ang Lee’s latest film “is the first ever to be shot in super-high-resolution 3-D at 120 frames per second. Lee knew its novel look—unrelenting clarity, abundant blooms of fine detail – might come off as more disturbing than impressive. ‘This is not just a new technology, but a new habit in watching movies,’ he warned […]billy-lynn-halftime-walk

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Rarely-Seen, Never-Sold Clyfford Still Painting Coming To Market

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:32:47 +0000

(image) “Estimated to make between $12m-$18m, the untitled painting from 1948-49 was acquired from the artist by the painter Edward Dugmore, his student at the California School of Fine Arts, and also passed through the hands of the Texas collector Edward Kitchen, before entering an East Coast collection about 20 years ago.”clyfford-still

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Board Of Shakespeare’s Globe Decides To Jettison Controversial New Artistic Director

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:16:04 +0000

(image) “Shakespeare’s Globe artistic director Emma Rice is to leave the theatre in 2018 after its board decided her methods are not authentic enough. Rice took charge of the London theatre in January but has come in for fierce criticism, including for her use of sound and lighting technology.”emma-rice

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Texas Couple Gives $380M Art Collection To Musée d’Orsay In Paris

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:02:02 +0000

(image) Marlene and Spencer Hays’s collection of roughly 600 works from late-19th- and early-20th-century France includes works by, among others, Matisse, Modigliani, Bonnard, and Degas.hays-musee-dorsay

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Columbus, Ohio Is Seeing A Mini-Boom In Small Dance Companies

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:46:33 +0000

(image) “Movement Afoot is just one of several startup dance ensembles to emerge in the past five years in central Ohio. The groups – also including Oyo Dance Company (contemporary), New Vision Dance Co. (jazz), and Columbus Modern Dance Company and Columbus Moving Company (modern) – represent a variety of styles. Most have fewer than 10 […]columbus-dance

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The Enemy Within At MoMA: Dust

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:32:40 +0000

(image) “Over two years, [Nina] Katchadourian interviewed staff members across every department, ultimately realizing that they were united by their stance against this pervasive, invisible-until-it’s-not element.” Then she created a new audio guide: “Wall texts encourage visitors to listen in at a dozen locations throughout the museum, including a tough-to-Swiffer ledge overhanging four stories of the […]dust-at-moma

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Poet Lucia Perillo Dead At 58

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:16:54 +0000

(image) “Known for her sense of humor and her writing about living with multiple sclerosis, … she received a MacArthur ‘Genius’ fellowship [in 2000] … {and] was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for her collection Inseminating the Elephant.”lucia-perillo

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Bill Murray Accepts The Mark Twain Prize

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:02:53 +0000

(image) “‘My theme tonight is what is it like to be beloved,’ a straight-faced Murray told the crowd at the end of the two-hour salute. ‘It’s hard to listen to all those people be nice to you. You just get so suspicious.'”bill-murray

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Artist Tino Sehgal Returns To His Ballet Roots – Sort Of

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:46:06 +0000

(image) “In his early years, Sehgal” – now famous for his “constructed situations” – performed for the French choreographer Jérôme Bel, working also with Les Ballets C de la B, a highly conceptual contemporary dance company in Ghent.” Earlier this fall, he created new works for a very un-Sehgalian setting: the Paris Opera Ballet at the […]tino-sehgal-garnier

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Australia’s Opera Companies Should Get Extra $24M In Funding (And One Of Them Gets An Ultimatum): Government Report

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:30:08 +0000

(image) “Australia’s four major opera companies should receive more than $24m in extra federal funding over four years, according to recommendations from the long-awaited National Opera Review. Along with the proposal for extra funding, the review also recommended that one of the companies, Opera Queensland, be given three years to sort its finances out or lose […]australia-opera

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London Gallery Sues Authentication Committee Over Agnes Martin: Decision Rendered Paintings “Worthless”

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:32:42 +0000

(image) Mayor Gallery says that the authentication committee acted wrongly when it rejected 13 works submitted to it by the gallery’s clients. Neither Sotheby’s nor Christie’s will accept a work by Martin for auction or private sale unless it has been or will be included in the catalogue raisonné, the complaint says, so “a refusal by […]eea00456142ea88343e06eb815151ecf_19ea1720b429261addbfa47d8885788a2000x1343_quality99_o_1avss8n1c1bl0135ndcub0a3l6s

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Top Posts From AJBlogs 10.24.16

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:13:43 +0000

When Is a Climax Not One? The Yasmeen Godder Company from Israel mingles performers and spectators. … read more AJBlog: Dancebeat Published 2016-10-24 Nobel Thoughts Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature this year, and discussions ensued: why him?  These discussions are understandable and mostly reasonable, and they are good discussions to have.  But […]

Diversity Might Be Good For Canada. But Will It Translate To The Theatre Box Office?

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:03:02 +0000

(image) In a much-shared speech last year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: “We know that Canada has succeeded – culturally, politically, economically – because of our diversity, not in spite of it.” But it’s still not known whether greater diversity and inclusion are good for the bottom line in the arts.nestruck1021rv01

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Report: The Biggest Arts Funding Continues To Go To The Largest Organizations. And So…

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:03:36 +0000

(image) “The lion’s share (60%) of funding – grants, gifts and contributions – continue to go to the largest budget cultural institutions across the country (those with budgets over $5 million) and that, in fact, the funding to the smaller organizations, with budgets under $1 million has actually declined, and ‘that is a drearier future than we […]fundingkey

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