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As Machines Learn To Think, Humans Will Be Redundant

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:05:40 +0000

(image) "Dataism is a new ethical system that says, yes, humans were special and important because up until now they were the most sophisticated data processing system in the universe, but this is no longer the case. The tipping point is when you have an external algorithm that understands you—your feelings, emotions, choices, desires—better than you […]

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Study: We More Readily Believe Things Getting Worse Than Things Getting Better

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:31:07 +0000

(image) “People are quicker to diagnose change for the worse than change for the better. We established this basic effect across many methods, measures, and contexts … People demand less evidence to diagnose lasting decline than lasting improvement.”

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How They Made That Freeway Dance Scene In La La Land

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:02:58 +0000

(image) Susan Stamberg: "The scene was filmed with 30 professional dancers and more than 100 extras on a 104-degree day. They first rehearsed in a parking lot, and later the actual freeway at 3:00 o'clock in the morning. On paper, Moore and director Damien Chazelle mapped out where the cameras would go. That morphed into 3D […]

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Where's Hillary? On Broadway, Of Course...

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:31:03 +0000

(image) "Mrs. Clinton has been attending Broadway shows for years, often when she has had a personal connection to an artist, a producer, or to a show’s subject matter."

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The Case For Shyness As An Asset

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:02:20 +0000

(image) "Today, in the United States, shyness is often associated with a broad jumble of related and overlapping conditions, from occasional timidness to general awkwardness, from stage fright to the DSM-recognized social anxiety disorder. This imprecision is, it turns out, fitting: Shyness isn’t a single situation or character."

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Trump Is Having An Interesting Impact On How TV Networks Think About New Shows

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:26:16 +0000

(image) ABC’s entertainment president Channing Dungey has already contended that her network’s programming may very well be out of touch. “With our dramas, we have a lot of shows that feature very well-to-do, well-educated people, who are driving very nice cars and living in extremely nice places,” she told attendees at the 2016 Content London conference […]

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David Hallberg To Be Australian Ballet's First International Resident Guest Artist

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:03:08 +0000

(image) He injured his foot 2½ years ago - far more seriously than he first realized. More than a year afterward, when he realized he still couldn't perform, he traveled to the other end of the globe and put himself in the hands of Australian Ballet's physiotherapy team. They healed him, and he's very grateful.

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Trump's "Enemy Of The People" Comment? It Comes From An Ibsen Play...

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:31:29 +0000

(image) So that’s where “enemy of the people” comes from. The enemy was unpopular, and undoubtedly an “elitist”; but he trafficked in fact, and he was right. Trump obviously had no grasp of this

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The 19th-Century Religious Movement That Led To The Prosperity Gospel And (Arguably) To Donald Trump-Style Christianity

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:01:06 +0000

(image) A scholar of the history of Christianity writes about "New Thought" - developed by a Maine clockmaker whose most famous student was Mary Baker Eddy (who, of course, went off in her own direction) - and how it led to the uniquely American "prosperity gospel" (which dates back to 1925) and Norman Vincent Peale, who […]

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In An Era Of Endless Choice, It's The Massive Blockbusters That More And More Dominate

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:31:03 +0000

(image) "As a business, entertainment has in some ways become less democratic, not more. Technology is making the rich richer, skewing people’s consumption of entertainment towards the biggest hits and the most powerful platforms. This world is dominated by an oligarchy of giants, including Facebook, Google, Amazon, Netflix and Disney (as well as Alibaba and Tencent […]

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The 19th-Century Chinese Script Only Women Could Write

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:03:26 +0000

(image) In one rural county in Hunan province, women developed a phonetic writing system called nüshu, in which they wrote poems, letters, and even autobiographies. Lauren Young gives a brief history of nüshu and its rediscovery in the 1980s - and she debunks a couple myths about it.

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The Big Challenges Awaiting New Directors For Tate And V&A This Year

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:31:05 +0000

(image) Two of London's biggest museums have new directors who have significant experience outside the museum world. This may lead to new ideas, but they may also have a steep learning curve...

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How 'Weird Al' Yankovic Outlasted Almost Every Star He Parodied

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:04:54 +0000

(image) Some of it is that - to the surprise of many - he's extremely quiet and focused in the studio. Some of it is that he's extremely resourceful in trying to get singers to give permission for his parodies. And some of it is that he's extremely nice: "I don't want to be embroiled in […]

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When Does (And Doesn't) Film Music Qualify As 'Classical'? Ask Philip Glass And John Corigliano

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:33:23 +0000

(image) "Philip Glass and John Corigliano are both regarded as classical composers first and foremost despite their work for the cinema. But both, as Jed Distler found out, find that the lines between classical and film music are by no means clear-cut."

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General Director Who Stabilized Bolshoi Theater Gets Term Extended By Putin Himself

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:02:52 +0000

(image) There was even more backstage drama than usual at Russia's flagship opera and ballet theater earlier this decade - most famously, the acid attack on former ballet director Sergei Filin, but also on the opera side. Vladimir Urin was hired in 2013 to bring order to the house, and the President seems pleased with how […]

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Tracy Letts Furiously Wrote A Play In The Wake Of The Election (And Steppenwolf Is Bringing It To Broadway)

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:31:14 +0000

(image) Steppenwolf artistic director Anna D. Shapiro: "The state of the world was really crushing me, and then Tracy got the script into my mailbox. I called him and said that we are lucky you write plays for us." (And you know that a play by the writer of Killer Joe and August: Osage County is […]

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Unknown Novel By Walt Whitman Rediscovered

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:15:52 +0000

(image) The Life and Adventures of Jack Engle, published without a byline, was serialized in the New York Sunday Dispatch 165 years ago. Jennifer Schuessler tells how a graduate student at the University of Houston found the novel and figured out its authorship.

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'Moonlight' And 'Arrival' Win Writers Guild's Best Screenplay Prizes

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:46:02 +0000

(image) At the last of the big awards ceremonies before the Oscars on Sunday, "Moonlight won for best screenplay, and Arrival for best adapted screenplay; it was based on the Ted Chiang novella Story of Your Life."

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How Herbert Blomstedt Keeps Up His Busy Conducting Schedule At 90

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:31:40 +0000

(image) "Some journalists want me, of course, to say it's because I never smoked, or because I'm a vegetarian, or because I keep the Sabbath." [Blomstedt is a Seventh-Day Adventist.] "But that's not the reason. .... Churchill drank lots of whiskey and smoked enormous big cigars, and he lived to be 90 or so."

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Johannesburg Art Gallery, Africa's Largest, Forced To Close Due To Leaky Roof

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:17:05 +0000

(image) The roof has leaked since 1989, but heavy rains last month did so much damage that the museum - whose collection includes works by Picasso, Monet, and Rodin - has been forced to close for several months. And, as Lynsey Chutel reports, that's by no means JAG's only problem.

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There Were Nobel-Winning Writers At The Munich Security Conference (Who Knew?)

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:02:33 +0000

(image) "In a series of public talks entitled 'The Cassandra Phenomenon,' world class writers Herta Müller, David Grossman, and Wole Soyinka [added] their voices to the debate about international security challenges."

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A 'Rescue Mission' To See If Anything Can Be Rescued After ISIS's Destruction Of Nimrud

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:48:10 +0000

(image) "An Iraqi archaeologist who was recently given emergency training by the British Museum is leading a rescue operation in Nimrud, the Assyrian site which was almost totally destroyed by [ISIS] extremists. The archaeologist has been appointed by Iraq's State Board of Antiquities and Heritage to investigate the damage and stablise what can be saved."

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Street Theatre In Beirut: Palestinian Refugees Act For Syrian Refugees (And Lebanese City Folks)

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:33:44 +0000

(image) Milia Ayache writes about adapting, staging and performing Derek Walcott and Biljana Srbljanović in Arabic with her Masrah Ensemble.

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Top Posts From AJBlogs 02.20.17

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:12:38 +0000

On Entrepreneurialism and Publicness (or Whose Theatre Is It, Really?) I was disquieted when I encountered [Richard Swedberg's] discussion of cultural entrepreneurship a few years ago; however, it took completing a case study on the Margo Jones Theatre last year for me to identify the source of my unease. ... read more AJBlog: Jumper Published 2017-02-20 […]

Jazz Guitarist Larry Coryell, 73

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:28:24 +0000

(image) "Coryell was still performing more than 50 years after his first recordings. He played at New York jazz club Iridium on Friday and Saturday night, and had plans for a summer tour with his fusion group The Eleventh House."

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