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Black Velvet Paintings Are (Finally) Getting Their Due In A Michigan Exhibit

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:45:37 +0000

(image) Rasquache is the art of making do with very little - something that might lead to, well, black velvet paintings. "For generations, these pieces have been placed on the mantles of Chicano households from L.A. to Texas, Oklahoma to Michigan, and yet, have never really gotten the recognition they deserve as a legitimate art form" […]Cockfighting

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The Quest To Preserve Stephen Hawking's Voice

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:30:24 +0000

(image) A man who worked on the technology of Hawking's voice synthesizer in 1986 got a call in 2014 about saving the tech. "In nearly 30 years, he had never switched to newer technology. Hawking liked the voice just the way it was, and had stubbornly refused other options. But now the hardware was showing wear […]920x920

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After 33 Years, Chicago's American Theatre Company Abruptly Shuts Its Doors

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:15:36 +0000

(image) The theatre took down its website and all of its social media at the same time the announcement went out on a Friday morning. "The unsigned statement from ATC’s board (which declined interview requests) praised [AD Will] Davis while implying a downturn in ticket sales under his tenure: 'Despite the innovative, engaging and inclusive approach […]image

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Publishing: Adapt Or Die

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:00:20 +0000

(image) Sharmaine Lovegrove, the woman who opened the first English-language bookstore in Berlin when she couldn't get any hold in London, returned to Britain 20 years later - only to be met with a depressing reality. "It felt like we had gone backwards. The publishing industry has utterly failed to tell the stories of people across […]3447

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Where Is Pop Music's MeToo Movement?

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 20:30:47 +0000

(image) They tried to have a panel about it during SXSW. But even the panel showed the problem: "Issues surrounding sexual harassment and misconduct are one of the greatest challenges facing not only the entertainment business but the culture at large. Yet the single most topical panel at SXSW, an event that attracts more than 70,000 […]YIDPIMSR2VBTLPXCPB4YP2WACI

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Reconstructing Van Gogh, Monet, And Other 'Lost' (Or Destroyed) Masterpieces

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 20:00:33 +0000

(image) A group called Factum Arte is using high-quality 3D scanners to bring works of art that have been damaged or partially lost back to life. And it has some intense results: "It’s absolutely breathtaking. ... I think Monet would believe it was his painting." Um, time for an update to the classic Walter Benjamin essay […]1200

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Kate Wilhelm, Groundbreaking Science Fiction Writer Who Co-Founded The Clarion Writers Workshop, Has Died At 89

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 19:30:13 +0000

(image) Wilhelm was a trailblazer, "one of the few women writing science fiction under their own names in the 1960s, and her books quickly gained a following as well as awards. Unlike many of her colleagues, she straddled genres, between futuristic fantasies and enigmatic mystery novels. She set her science fiction in the near term and […]18wilhelm-ibit1-master768-v2

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Top AJBlog Posts For The Weekend Of 03.18.18

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 19:15:47 +0000

Propwatch: the axe in Buggy Baby It was Chekhov who defined the essential rule of theatre props. ‘If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall,’ he told a friend in 1889, ‘then in the ... read more AJBlog: Performance MonkeyPublished 2018-03-16 Fallen Giants: Richard Meier at Cornell University & the Getty Center […]

Technology Is Ruining Music

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 19:00:34 +0000

(image) Not in the way you might expect, though. "Everyone seems so excited by the fact that music is more accessible, people can find new artists more easily and it’s cheaper, without focusing on the potential negatives, not least of which is that idiots can more easily listen to your favourite music."4992

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Austria Gets A Quiet, And Disquieting, Reminder Of Its Nazi Past

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 18:30:36 +0000

(image) Amid the emergence of a far-right, anti-refugee coalition government in the country, "the Scottish artist Susan Philipsz is using the eerie sound of fingers rubbed on water-filled glasses to remind visitors of Nazi Germany’s annexation of Austria 80 years ago. On March 12, 1938, Austrians cheered German troops as they marched into the country, and […]merlin_135436194_800a2835-c7b2-4a68-81ee-56da0d124f45-superJumbo

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In Britain, Only Thirty Percent Of Students Think Arts Degrees Are A Good Value For The Money

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 18:00:07 +0000

(image) And this is from the students themselves, who ranked arts degrees above language, history, and philosophy. This may be more a reflection of the schools than the subject, however. One student: "I fail to see where my money has been spent other than on new campus development, staffing and subsidising degrees in other disciplines."Exam-entries-pic-c-wavebreakmedia-shutterstock_119455231

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Opera Singers Need Gowns, But Opera Students Don't Have Money. Here's One Solution

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 17:30:18 +0000

(image) Basically, women with money donate gowns, and the students at Juilliard get to go "shopping" when the racks of designer wear come in. The students "are expected to be outfitted in fancy attire at their many auditions and performances, as well as at galas and parties. These singers try to avoid being photographed in the […]18JUILLIARD1-master768-v2

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Television Returns To New York

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 17:00:32 +0000

(image) After some years in the doldrums, TV has caught back on to New York as one large studio - a boon for New York actors, of course, and perhaps largely the result of an expansion of tax breaks for studios.dibrova-shutterstock_152295734-web.jpg.644x433_q100

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Irish Dance Dresses Used To Be Hand-Embroidered, And Then Came The Great Bedazzling

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 16:30:46 +0000

(image) This isn't new; once digital designs became possible, and embroidery machines could run all day and night, the costumes had to step it up to match. The early days of change were harsh: "Irish dancing solo costumes went through a very bad period in the early 2000s. ...There were feathers, animal prints. It was almost […]IMG_8090

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Pittsburgh Is Ready To Replace A Statue Many Have Called Racist With A Statue Of A Black Woman

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 16:00:53 +0000

(image) The status to be moved is of songwriter Stephen Foster - and, in words written at the time the status was created in 1900, "an old darkey reclining at his feet strumming negro airs upon an old banjo." Pittsburgh residents now get to vote about, or at least give an opinion on, which of seven […]Stephen_Foster_Monument_-_Pittsburgh_-_IMG_0791

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Untangling The Levine Lawsuit Against The Met

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:00:36 +0000

(image) Is it all a feint to ensure that the focus is off Levine as a sexual predator and instead focused on Peter Gelb, the general manager of the Met? Or do Levine's legal complaints have a basis in a disagreement between the two powerful men?merlin_135608568_de11bf71-0ea9-4fce-b9e4-681e0f0055af-master675

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Can Anyone Heal The University Of British Columbia's Creative Writing Program (And Canadian Literature In General)?

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 14:30:03 +0000

(image) Alix Ohlin is taking on at least the first task for a program that has been in disarray since the suspension and firing of its former chair, Stephen Galloway, under accusations of sexual harassment, in the fall of 2015 and early 2016. Ohlin, who was out of the country when this happened, says "I know […]ERDWOBCJAVHLZJSN2LBP4MUGTY

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The Bay Area Kid Who Became A Superstar In China, And Returned To Hollywood For A Blockbuster Action Movie

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 14:00:03 +0000

(image) Daniel Wu's life is not well-known in the U.S., even though he's a Cali native. Why? He randomly took a trip to Hong Kong after he got an architecture degree, and in Hong Kong, he was discovered - and turned into a movie star, with three movies his first year there and six the year […]4C3IBTQWMJFCNGRJVG3ZIQPAOU

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The Great Irish Writer Who Died Homeless In New York

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 13:30:42 +0000

(image) Maeve Brennan "would not have left Ireland at the age of 17 if she’d been given the choice, and yet in her adult years she didn’t choose to return. A displaced person, always on provisional ground. When writing about New York City she described herself as a 'traveler in residence.' She was staying for a […]image-1

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When A Fashion Designer Works With A Ballet Company, Things Can Get Interesting

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 12:30:22 +0000

(image) Erdem Moralioglu's company is famous for its evening gowns and "decadent craftsmanship." How will he work with dancers at the Royal Ballet in London?Screen Shot 2018-03-17 at 21.50.38

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Bill Bulick, The Arts Administrator Who Changed Portland's Arts Funding And Culture, Has Died At 65

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 12:00:49 +0000

(image) Bulick, a folk musician and potter and human of many talents,"supervised the nation’s first comprehensive regional cultural planning process, Arts Plan 2000. That document led to the creation of the Regional Arts & Culture Council, an autonomous nonprofit serving [Portland's three] counties. During Bulick’s tenure the agency quadrupled in size to a budget of more […]bulickimage

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How Did The San Antonio Symphony Save Itself?

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:30:53 +0000

(image) Well, it didn't actually save itself. Instead, there was a dramatic discovery, a dramatic check delivery, a dramatic intermission meeting, a dramatic announcement - and then some fundraising, grantwriting, and more.130204-sebastian-lang-lessing

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Let's Get Rid Of These Stereotypes On Screen

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:00:34 +0000

(image) Are you writing a role for a woman on the phone, just holding out for info about her man? What about a hapless yet winsomely inspiring girl (the child kind, not the girlfriend kind)? Stop it. Do better. It's (sobs) 2018.3UG6GTISO5G2JP3UG6BBAJE2ZQ

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Why The Search For A Utopia Is Doomed To Fail

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 21:59:56 +0000

(image) The belief that humans are perfectible leads, inevitably, to mistakes when ‘a perfect society’ is designed for an imperfect species. There is no best way to live because there is so much variation in how people want to live. Therefore, there is no best society, only multiple variations on a handful of themes as dictated […]show_sized-poster_of_azerbaijan_1938_stalin

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Amazon's Unorthodox Formula To Calculate Whether A Streaming Series Was Worth The Cost

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 21:28:05 +0000

(image) While The Man in the High Castle, for instance, had one of the lowest costs per first stream after its first season, $63, that number jumped up to a whopping $829 following the production of Season Two. Mozart in the Jungle season two, despite having one of the studio’s lowest budgets at $37 million, cost $581 per first […]71162304-f625-4e37-a6b6-a183ee47c88e

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Ode To The Dearly Departed Tower Records

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 21:02:42 +0000

(image) "So there I was, 26 years old (but looking 16), running a jazz department for one of the world’s largest record stores. The perks were manna from music heaven: I picked the music played in my section; I got promos galore; and, most importantly, I got on the guest lists to see jazz artists who […]15-TowerRecordsDC-Video

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Dreams Aren't Simply Dreams. They Change Both Over Our Lifetimes And Through History

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:32:18 +0000

(image) Dreams differ not only across a single lifetime or a single night, they also differ dramatically across historical epochs. The dreams of the ancient Greeks and Romans, and indeed the dreams of most peoples of the ancient world, were viewed as direct portals into the spirit world and the realm of the ancestors and gods. […]show_sized-tannaz-5369848019_573d41c5ff_o

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