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2017 Index: The Twenty "Most Vibrant" Arts Communities In America

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:58:02 +0000

(image) "The overall index is composed of three dimensions: supply, demand, and government support. Supply is assessed by the total number of arts providers in the community, including the number of arts and culture organizations and employees, independent artists, and entertainment firms. Demand is gauged by the total nonprofit arts dollars in the community, including program […]ncar-artsvibrancy2017


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Lindsay Pollock Steps Down As Editor Of "Art In America"

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:31:31 +0000

(image) Under Pollock’s leadership, Art in America instituted regular features such as artist-designed covers and mini-profiles of up-and-coming artists. She also expanded the magazine’s international coverage, publishing regular reports from far-flung parts of the world in the “Atlas” column.lindsay-pollock-1024x747


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The Day They Dropped A Piano From The Sky (And Inspired Woodstock?)

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:02:30 +0000

(image) Whether Woodstock would have happened without Sky River is, of course, anybody’s guess, but Sky River absolutely would not have happened without an even less-heralded event called the Piano Drop, a one-day Dadaist spectacle held on April 28, 1968, in a tiny town (its population was just 455) northeast of Seattle called Duvall. As the […]JoeHelixSm


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Gustavo Dudamel Makes Rare Statement On Venezuela And Gets Criticized From All Sides

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:31:38 +0000

(image) "Opponents of the Maduro regime, which is trying to starve the country into submission, have accused Dudamel of targeting the opposition by failing to name the government as the cause of present miseries. Supporters of the Government are calling him a turncoat. Debate is raging across social media."images


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How Wikipedia Found Its Way Toward A Definition Of Happiness: 6,000 Edits By 3,000 Users

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:03:03 +0000

(image) "In this way, Wikipedia understands something that most philosophers after Socrates didn't - definitions are not static, and cannot be perfected and finalized. They must be constantly challenged, updated, reverted, and discussed. Wikipedia is like a Socratic dialogue on a massive scale." Nikhil Sonnad did a deep dive into the 14 years of edits (some […]happiness


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Youth Shelter In Oregon In Oregon Refuses Donation By Portland Gay Men's Chorus

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:31:34 +0000

(image) "What's more shameful is that Hearts With A Mission is so fearful of being perceived as endorsing — what?" the Medford Mail Tribune wrote in an editorial. "The existence of gay men? The performance of choral music by gay men in a church sanctuary to benefit a charitable organization?"22543290-mmmain


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The Human Brain Is A Sort Of Time Machine

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:04:33 +0000

(image) Neuroscientist Dean Buonomano argues our brains are "constantly tracking the passage of time, whether it's circadian rhythms that tell us when to go to sleep, or microsecond calculations that allow us to the hear the difference between 'They gave her cat-food' and 'They gave her cat food.' In an interview with Science of Us, Buonomano […]brain time machine


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Eugene Symphony NAmes New Music Director (Here's Why That Might Interest You)

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:31:37 +0000

(image) National and even international attention has been focused on music director searches in Eugene lately because three of the last four people on the podium — Marin Alsop, Miguel Harth-Bedoya and Giancarlo Guerrero — have all gone on from their jobs here to national prominence.eugene


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What It Was Like Being A Black, Left-Wing Pundit Facing Bill O'Reilly On Fox News

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:01:05 +0000

(image) Rich Benjamin: "Despite my disgust with the format and with Fox [News] in general, I felt that if I could get a sizable slice of O'Reilly's viewership to think fairly, for a few moments, about undocumented immigrants, corporate wage theft, or police brutality, my time would be well spent. ... I could gauge the quality […]WHAT IT WAS LIKE BEING A LEFT-WING PUNDIT ON THE O’REILLY FACTOR


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Once A Decade: Granta Picks The 21 Young American Writers To Watch

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:31:53 +0000

(image) The literary magazine has a stellar track record picking writers. Rather than make a yearly list, Granta picks looks over the course of a decade to choose writers it thinks will make an impact.1024


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Ta-Nehisi Coates's 'Between The World And Me' To Be Made Into Theater Piece

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:02:20 +0000

(image) "Mr. Coates's fiery work - which made him the National Book Award winner and a Pulitzer Prize finalist [and, arguably, earned him a MacArthur 'genius award'] - will be adapted into a multimedia performance, with excerpted monologues, video projections, and a score by the jazz musician Jason Moran. Portions of Mr. Coates's letters to his […]Ta-Nehisi Coates


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Decoded: Ancient Carvings In Turkey Tell Of Comet That Devastated The Earth

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:31:48 +0000

(image) "Evidence from the carvings, made on a pillar known as the Vulture Stone, suggests that a swarm of comet fragments hit the Earth in around 11000 BC. One image of a headless man is thought to symbolise human disaster and extensive loss of life. The site is at Gobekli Tepe in southern Turkey, which experts […]15117372-1


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Ah, Where Are The Avant-Garde Art Movements Of Yesteryear? (A Trip Down Memory Lane)

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:03:47 +0000

(image) With Jerry Saltz just having ruminated on "The Avant-Garde That Lost By Winning," what about the ones that simply lost? Alex Greenberger and Andrew Russeth offer "an unabashedly opinionated deep dive into the terms, artists, and movements that may once have seemed destined for the canon but that now chart as footnotes, as well as […]avant garde a


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We Should Be Very Careful About What We Call "Art" (And Who We Call "Artists")

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:31:48 +0000

(image) Whereas "artists" originally were, by definition, people who create art, "art" is now defined as anything made by a purported artist. The "institutional theory" codifying that premise is fully operative in the global art establishment.david-2147606_640


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How Playwrights Have Been Putting A Spotlight On Gun Violence In America

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:04:26 +0000

(image) "Cite the numbers, and the problem instantly becomes too vast to grasp: More than 33,000 people killed and upward of 78,000 wounded by firearms each year in the United States ... This is where the stealthy power of theater has an advantage, at least theoretically. ... News reports arrive after the fact, but theater can […]gun plays


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'A Modestly Shattering Discovery' - Alex Ross On The Lost Stravinsky Score That Surfaced Last Year

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:36:04 +0000

(image) "Like thousands of other Stravinsky fans, I listened to a live stream of the première, my anticipation heightened by descriptions that the composer had supplied later in life. (He called it 'the best of my works before The Firebird, and the most advanced in chromatic harmony.') Like many others, I felt mild disappointment. Funeral Song […]Stravinsky


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An Open Letter To The Dancer Who Hates Herself

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:05:38 +0000

(image) Alessa Rogers of Atlanta Ballet: "I see you. I know who you are. If you think you are hiding your self-loathing, you are deceiving only yourself. It is time to stop. ... Don't be seduced by the feeling that berating yourself makes you a better artist. I know you are trying to protect yourself by […]open letter


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The Star Ballerina Who's Making A Real Career As An Actress

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:34:58 +0000

(image) Irina Dvorovenko retired from ABT in 2013, and since then she's had roles in two major dramatic television series. She tells Gia Kourlas how it happened.irina dvorovenko


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What Other States Can Learn From Rhode Island's Arts Incentives

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:18:55 +0000

(image) "While Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the country, [it] has become a powerhouse when it comes to attracting artists and art lovers to its shores. And the method by which state leaders have leveraged Rhode Island's tax code to benefit the creative community could serve as a model for other states looking […]rhode island


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Agent Who Conned Friends Into Investing In Non-Existent Play Pleads Guilty To Larceny

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:03:09 +0000

(image) Roland Cahill claimed to have purchased the rights to soprano Kathleen Battle's life story and that he was producing a one-woman show starring Lupita Nyong'o about Battle's firing from the Metropolitan Opera.roland scahill


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For First Time Ever, Met Museum Chooses Choreographer As Artist-In-Residence

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:47:57 +0000

(image) "The Metropolitan Museum of Art has been seriously getting into dance lately. But now it's taking its love affair one step further: Gallim Dance director/choreographer Andrea Miller was just named the museum's artist in residence for the 2017-18 season - the first dance artist ever chosen for that distinction! We caught up with Miller to […]met museum dance


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What The Two French Presidential Candidates Propose For The Arts

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:32:50 +0000

(image) "[Emmanuel] Macron ... has declared his intention to maintain the cultural budget in exchange for greater efficiency. He wants all schoolchildren to have access to cultural and artistic education, and has proposed a €500 annual 'culture pass' for young people. ... [Marine] Le Pen, meanwhile, ... has made no overall budget commitment. However, as part […]french pres candidates


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Ban On Indian Movie For Being 'Lady-Oriented' Overturned

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:16:07 +0000

(image) "Lipstick Under My Burkha, a drama that explores the sexual awakenings and personal struggles of four small-town Indian women, was initially denied classification [by the Central Board of Film Certification] ... On Wednesday an appeals board overturned that decision, saying ... 'There cannot be any embargo on a film being women oriented or containing sexual […]Lipstick Under My Burkha


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Brand-New Music Director Quits Oslo's Opera House Because He (And Everyone Else) Can't Get Along With Artistic Director

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:01:17 +0000

(image) "Karl-Heinz Steffens announced that he's already decided to leave his post next year. Steffens was popular and had been viewed as a unifying force in an organization riddled with conflict, but he claims he simply hasn't found a good tone with the Opera's incoming and embattled Artistic Director, Annilese Miskimmon."olso opera house


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Performing 'Hamlet' In A Sandstorm At A Syrian Refugee Camp

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:45:17 +0000

(image) Dominic Dromgoole, the former director of Shakespeare's Globe and godfather of the company's every-country-on-earth tour of Hamlet, writes about the tour's visit to Amman, Jordan, and to the Zaatari settlement for refugees near the Jordanian-Syrian border.hamlet in a refugee camp


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Novel About Medieval Sufi Mystic Wins International Prize For Arabic Fiction

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:30:15 +0000

(image) Mohammed Hasan Alwan's A Small Death retells the life of Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi (1165-1240), considered by some the greatest of Sufis and by others (conservative Muslims) an apostate, and his journeys across the breadth of the Islamic world. The award includes $50,000 for the author and another $50,000 toward the costs of translation into English.arabic fiction


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Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.26.17

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:00:28 +0000

A failure of SHIFT — there wasn’t much buzz Why I’m writing these posts about SHIFT, a festival featuring orchestras from around the U.S., coproduced in Washington by the Kennedy Center and Washington Performing Arts, with all tickets affordably priced at $25):  ... read more AJBlog: Sandow Published 2017-04-26 Out-of-Towner Downer: Metropolitan Museum Considers a Xenophobic Admission […]