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Why Identifying And Censoring Offensive Content Is So Difficult

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:01:55 +0000

(image) To help sort through torrents of material, platform operators increasingly rely on computer algorithms. But these software programs are imperfect tools for assessing the nuances that can distinguish acceptable from unacceptable words or images.AlgorithmTA-wired-headers2400-B5


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Five Degrees Of Liking - How Netflix Is Using Viral Affinity To Understand Its Audience

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:32:34 +0000

(image) The Defenders provides Netflix with a unique case study. Instead of merely allowing it to find out if someone who likes, say, House of Cards also will like Daredevil (yes, BTW), it tells them which of the people who landed on Daredevilbecause of House of Cards will make the jump to The Defenders.Defenders-TA1


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A Tiny Town In Arkansas Has A Plan To Thrive - Using The Arts

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:01:16 +0000

(image) A $70 million infusion is key to the project: The money comes from a combination of donors, including Murphy Oil Corporation, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and the Walton Family Foundation. The first phase of the initiative, the $54 million, six-block Murphy Arts District in downtown El Dorado, is making its debut on Sept. 27. The district’s five-day opening […]22arkansas1-master768


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Report: NY Cultural Institutions Are Disproportionately White

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:31:19 +0000

(image) "The information reflects findings in a study last year that city officials called “troubling”: While 67 percent of New York City residents identify as people of color, only 38 percent of employees at cultural organizations describe themselves that way."23diversity1-web-master768


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Studios, Networks Negotiate On Releasing On-Demand Movies While They're In Theatres (Maybe Not)

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:03:55 +0000

(image) Apple could also eventually join Netflix and Amazon as a threat, but for now, the studios have cast the Cupertino colossus as a PVOD savior. Accelerating the window on movie transactions doesn’t have the importance of, say, iPhone 8, for Apple, but it’s not a trivial matter, either. Coming days after the company made clear […]VARIOUS


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Thomas Meehan, 88, Wrote Annie, The Producers, Hairspray

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:31:53 +0000

(image) He is the only creative to have written the books for three shows that ran more than 2,000 performances on Broadway: the aforementioned Annie (2,377 performances), The Producers in 2001 alongside Mel Brooks (2,502 performances), and Hairspray in 2002, which he wrote with the late Mark O’Donnell (2,642 performances). He earned Tonys for all three shows.22-thomas-meehan.w190.h190.2x


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Sometimes When Your Editor Yells At You, He's Entirely Right (No Matter How Much It Hurts)

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:01:59 +0000

(image) Thomas Ricks labored over his new book, making it just so. When he was done, his editor hated the result, and harshly told him so. In completely rewriting it, Ricks discovered not only that his editor was right but that he could produce something much better...lead_960


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Ai Weiwei To Build Fences Across New York City

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:45:46 +0000

(image) The exhibition uses fences as a way to explore immigration, boundaries and the ongoing refugee crisis. Ai, who lived in New York in the 1980s when he was a student, says it is “a love letter to the city and its people”. The outdoor show will include large-scale site-specific sculptures as well as photography to […]8f6db0e6c392f14fd9cccc77cef9c6a5_9523e4aab74273d47cff4152803376032000x1411_quality99_o_1bo5crhfp1gd810901crt10qc14bpa


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The Time Miles Davis Drag-Raced With Herbie Hancock

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:31:14 +0000

(image) "We both get to the stoplight at Sixth Avenue. It’s like 2, 3 o’clock in the morning. I knew what was going to happen: As soon as the light turns green, we’d floored it, right! So we drove several blocks before the next red light. I got to the light shortly before Miles, and I […]herbie-hancock-douglas-kirkland


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Could A Woman Be The Next Director Of The Met Museum? If So, Who?

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:14:29 +0000

(image) “Just as I would love to see a woman president, I would love to see a woman director at the Met, and there are women who are ready to step into the role,” says Geri Thomas, the president of the firm Art Staffing, which has worked with museums including the Met.



Village Voice To Quit Print Publication

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:02:32 +0000

(image) The Village Voice was founded in 1955 by Dan Wolf, Ed Fancher and Norman Mailer, and for decades it sold a weekly version thick with classified ads. Its mix of political and cultural coverage created a model for alternative weeklies around the country, many of which have since folded. In 1996, facing competition from publications like […]dhwsgmruiaa4ekq_-_h_2017


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Scotland's Herald Newspaper Cuts Coverage Of The Edinburgh Festivals In Half

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:45:20 +0000

(image) “We are collectively concerned about the impact that this will have on the Herald's coverage of the country's vibrant arts scene, the fringe and all Scotland's festivals. The arts thrive on quality arts journalism and an enormous contribution has been made by the excellent team of arts writers and critics at the Herald."shutterstock_109367276-1


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Want To Act On Broadway? These Schools Have The Most Graduates On Broadway Stages

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:31:27 +0000

(image) This Playbill list was gathered from actor bios published within Playbill Magazine and Schools of the Stars at the beginning of the 2017-2018 season, and is reflective of its August 21st, 2017, publication date.static.playbill


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Classical Music, The YouTube Symphony And Neo-Liberalism

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:02:38 +0000

(image) "By combining economic and cultural discussion with interpretations of musical sounds, I have tried to reveal some of the ways new music—its composition, performance, and reception—has been shaped by assumptions drawn from neoliberal dictums. More importantly, I have attempted to argue that when classical music (or any other beloved art form or practice) is pragmatically […]9460447.0011.202-00000001


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The Engine Behind New Orleans' Jazz Fest That Keeps It Alive

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 21:35:41 +0000

(image) "In late April and early May, people in bars and restaurants and in the streets wish each other a happy Jazz Fest in the same tones as "Merry Christmas." Nightclubs book special events for the nights after and the days between the two festival weekends; social and professional groups throw their own parties and gatherings. […]second-line-parade-2017-jazz-fest---jacqueline-marque_custom-05cf8f0f6df96d19cff8bf53f11a03625139924b-s1500-c85


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Here's What TV Actors In Hollywood Make

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 21:01:21 +0000

(image) Among the winners in the past year on the drama side were Robert De Niro, who is in line to receive an eye-popping $775,00 per episode for the untitled Amazon drama series from director David O. Russell. Other big gainers include “Shameless” stars Emmy Rossum and William H. Macy and the “Ozark” duo of Jason […]tv-stars-salaries-revealed


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Dance Movement Psychotherapy Is A Thing

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:32:18 +0000

(image) "DMP recognises body movement as an implicit and expressive instrument of communication and expression. DMP is a relational process in which client and therapist engage in an empathic creative process using body movement and dance to assist integration of emotional, cognitive, physical, social and spiritual aspects of self."whatisdancem


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Russia Detains Prominent Theatre Director

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 19:31:30 +0000

(image) The director, Kirill S. Serebrennikov, leads the Gogol Center, one of the most prominent and progressive artistic venues in Moscow. He is accused of working with accomplices to misappropriate 68 million rubles, or $1.1 million at current exchange rates, that had been awarded to Studio Seven, a theater production company he led.23russia-arrest-master180


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Edinburgh Fringe Festival Is The Biggest Festival In The World (Is That A Problem?)

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 19:01:40 +0000

(image) Some locals worry that the festival is becoming an open-air museum paralyzed by tourists. “There is a debate about whether it’s too big and the city can sustain it,” said Donald Wilson, who is in charge of culture for the City Council. “But it’s not going to become a hollow museum like Venice. It’s too […]17Edinburgh1-superJumbo


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Casting Directors Demand Recognition From Broadway League

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:31:46 +0000

(image) "As one of the most labor-intensive industries in the city, Broadway production is a union shop for actors, stage hands, musicians, directors and choreographers, authors and others. The casting directors, who are seeking to negotiate a union contract as members of Teamsters Local 817, have had no luck so far getting the League’s labor committee […]img_1201-e1503336038107


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UK Report: Investment In Arts And Economic Benefits For Communities

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:01:33 +0000

(image) The findings demonstrate “positive and strong relationships” between investment in culture, sport and heritage and positive economic impacts for local places, although the report notes that the precise mechanisms through which this influence is exerted require further investigation.empowerment_sculpture_-_lincoln_uk


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The Dangerous Mythologies About Utopian Cultures

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:30:12 +0000

(image) The idea of a group of people untouched and unblemished by modernity encouraged social scientists to see them as a control group when it came to asking questions about whether humans have an original nature that has been somehow sullied by civilization. Among the most popular questions are ones about the human capacity for violence […]170820-moss-utopian-society-hero_u3rkbi


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AI-Composed Music - Can You Tell It Hasn't Been Written By A Human?

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:02:15 +0000

(image) Using AI music creation software by Amper, Southern plugged in various parameters like mood, style, and tempo to auto-compose the underlying chords and instrumentation. The album will even be distributed online through Stem, a platform that allows royalties to be divvied up between various creators. So not only will machines write music in the future, they might […]download


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How The 16th Century Created The Template For Classical Music

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:01:19 +0000

(image) It would seem rather that the Catholic church has, literally, called the tunes in western music history. Virtually all notated repertories before the Reformation came from Catholic Europe and the church continued to produce many of the great glories of Renaissance music during the first century of reformation. Even William Byrd, arguably the greatest English composer […]5108


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Liberation From Cable TV? We're Not Really Quite There Yet

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:34:49 +0000

(image) Cutting the cord is absolutely right for some people. Lots of people, maybe. But it's not that cheap, and it's not that easy, and there's not much hope of improvement on either front any time soon.CableBundle-FINAL


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Why Shouldn't We Be Able To Download Everything On The Internet?

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:00:22 +0000

(image) What studios and labels should fear is something that makes downloading more convenient. The VCR and the DVR both upended the industry by letting people record a show and watch it later. Both won landmark lawsuits ruling that their existence amounted to fair use, that people could record programs and manage them on their own terms. Someone will come along […]Streaming_Oddjob


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Claim: Architecture Degree Will Be The Law Degree Of The 21st Century

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:31:50 +0000

(image) "I think creative thinking, in a business sense, has incredible value. My colleague here, Ewan Branda, has said that the architecture degree will be the law degree of the 21st century. He’s basically saying that this degree will open doors in the way that the law degree did last century, in politics and elsewhere."la-1502865472-onlldc027o-snap-image


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