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New Yorker Report: Inside Reinventing The Oscars (Some Historical Perspective)

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:02:24 +0000

(image) "Throughout the spring of 2016, Academy librarians worked overtime scrutinizing older members’ credits, as the board of governors fielded frantic calls from members asking if they were marked for demotion. When the board held its elections last summer, a handful of candidates ran on an anti-reform platform, among them the composer William Goldstein, who railed […]

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The Post-Circus Circus

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:29:56 +0000

(image) The circus, for many, represents nostalgia for a “simpler” past — although that past can be tricky to reconcile with the injustices embedded in history. Still, there's something inherently entertaining about a circus. So the new circuses aim to define what that is...

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"Genius" Never Works Alone

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:02:48 +0000

(image) "We still cling to the notion that groundbreaking creative work happens in isolation. And there's no shortage of productivity experts who will rush to point out that the toughest, most high-value work takes mastery and deep focus—that distractions are bad, and that most distractions result from other people, all being forced to collaborate and failing […]

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Will "The Great Wall" Establish China As A Global Movie Powerhouse?

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:31:32 +0000

(image) "Filmed entirely in China, the film is a $150-million (U.S.) attempt to prove that with enough money and talent, some of the brightest entertainment minds on both sides of the Pacific can assemble a film that audiences in both China and the West want to watch. It is also perhaps the most visible flagpost in a […]

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The Radical Reimagining Of "Who" Shakespeare Was

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:02:28 +0000

(image) "It’s no longer controversial to give other authors a share in Shakespeare’s plays—not because he was a front for an aristocrat, as conspiracy theorists since the Victorian era have proposed, but because scholars have come to recognize that writing a play in the sixteenth century was a bit like writing a screenplay today, with many […]

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Why Great Critics Are Sometimes Wildly Wrong

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:31:34 +0000

(image) "So how does it happen — how can someone on the order of Voltaire (we can insert many other illustrious names here) end up missing the mark so completely? We first need to dispense with the most obvious and least savory explanation, that the nasty judgment is directed more toward the writer than his or […]

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European Union Baroque Orchestra Decides To Relocate Out Of Britain Because Of Brexit

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:06:50 +0000

(image) General manager Emma Wilkinson said that while no one knows what the future may look like, the orchestra decided that moving to Antwerp now would be wise. She fears that the loss of free movement would make life for musicians very difficult: “I do worry that European orchestras will not be inviting talented British musicians […]

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Richard Schickel, Long The Film Critic At Time, Has Died At 84

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:30:40 +0000

(image) "In a career spanning five decades, thousands of reviews and dozens of books, Schickel chronicled Hollywood’s changing landscape, from the days when studios reigned with stars such as Katharine Hepburn to the rise of independent directors who summoned a new wave of realism that distilled the yearnings of a turbulent nation. A reviewer for Time […]

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Does The Cleveland Orchestra Have A Future In Miami?

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:15:49 +0000

(image) Or rather, is its future going to be trimmed? "Miami is expensive. Everything from lodging and food to transportation costs a pretty penny down there, and the orchestra is an enormous outfit. If saving money is a goal, an effective move would be to reduce the amount of time the ensemble spends there."

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Greece Is Having A Moment

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:00:58 +0000

(image) That is, ancient Greece: "The times we are living in have forced us to acknowledge that there is a darkness in humanity. ... The Greek tragedies, those stories of darkness and obsession and revenge, resonate because we’re living in dark times and these are dark stories."

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How A Writer Can Be Harrowing Without Giving Her Soul Away

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:45:34 +0000

(image) Finding essays outside one's personal experience "would be work that was harrowing in another sense of the word, which originally referred to preparing fields for planting by breaking up the soil. A true harrowing essay would dig deeper, ultimately performing a generative function."

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Against The Odds, These Two Actors Appear Together In Two Best Picture Nominees

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:30:42 +0000

(image) In a banner year for movies with black actors in the lead, Mahershala Ali and Janelle Monáe both created breakthrough performances in "Moonlight." They cemented their year with their work in "Hidden Figures." For Ali, the recognition comes after decades of a steady acting career; for Monáe, a successful musician, "Moonlight" was her first time […]

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One Neuroscientist Wants To Understand Why People Who See UFOs Seem To Feel Really, Really Good

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:15:42 +0000

(image) Wait, what? Instead of becoming hostile or paranoid or more like Fox Mulder, 85 percent of people who believe they've encountered UFOs or aliens "become more humane, experience a oneness with the world. They become less interested in organized religion, they become more spiritual, they have less interest in monetary values, and become more sensitive […]

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The City Of Bath Has Its Arts Grants Slashed 100 Percent, And Equity Appeals To The Secretary Of Culture

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:00:51 +0000

(image) Equity says, "The council has committed an act of cultural vandalism in Bath that will result in a new dark age for arts and culture in the region."

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The Art Market: A Partner (Witting Or Un-) In Crime

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:45:22 +0000

(image) The secrecy of the seller might have to go the way of an expectation of no selfies at museums, but for better reasons: "This sort of discretion — one founded in a simpler time, when only a few wealthy collectors took part in the art market — is not only quaint but also reckless when […]

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Remember The Suzuki Method? What Is It, Really?

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:30:28 +0000

(image) Take learning by ear, combine it with some out-of-control pop psychology, and mix in experimentation and perhaps some flat-out lies of biography, and you'll get this pedagogy that powers much of North American violin teaching.

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Abba Tor, The Engineer Who Made Eero Saarinen's TWA Terminal Even Better, Has Died At 93

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:15:48 +0000

(image) "'Concrete is dumb,' Mr. Tor said. ... 'It doesn’t know for whom it is being poured.' Engineering necessity gave birth to one of the most inviting facets of the terminal’s undulating interior: ribbons of skylights along the joints that were opened among the four vaults. The skylights turn what might have been a heavy blanket […]

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A Playwright And Director Who Somehow Fought Through Mutual Dislike To Become Artistic BFFs

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:00:05 +0000

(image) How Qui Nguyen started Vampire Cowboys, realized he would never be "mature," wrote the play Vietgone, and found director May Adrales for a partnership made in theatre paradise.

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The Choir For The Tone Deaf That Sings In The Heart Of Opera Country

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:45:22 +0000

(image) The director, a mezzo-soprano in the symphony choir of Milan, says that it's rare for people to be truly tone deaf - though in Italy, a land with little public music education, they may believe themselves to be so. She says, "Most people who come to the choir only have to learn how to listen, […]

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If You Want Misty Copeland's Shoes, You'd Best Be Prepared With Some Cash

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:30:39 +0000

(image) Basically, "signed pointe shoes often become gift-shop items or special giveaways for ballet fans. But Copeland’s worn-out shoes are different. The principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre has achieved rare celebrity status." In an auction that closes today at 7 pm Eastern, they - and some other memorabilia - are being sold as a Washington […]

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Arts Groups Make Battle Plans For After Trump's Cuts

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:15:00 +0000

(image) Sure, federal funding for the arts in the United States is already at a low, but it's"much-needed money that supports community projects, new works and making the arts accessible to people in different parts of the country and to those who are not wealthy. And after years of culture-war debates in which conservatives took aim […]

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If IMDb Could Figure Out A Way Around The Trolls, The Message Boards Wouldn't Have To Die

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:00:04 +0000

(image) No, IMDb, the conversation has not all moved to social media - even a social media administrator could tell you that: "There is a definite sense of community on the boards. You won’t be able to use the site in the same way." But the site's admins might (with reason) think that racist trolling has […]

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Jannis Kounellis, Pioneer Of Arte Povera, Has Died At 80

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 21:30:19 +0000

(image) Kounellis, who left Greece for Rome when he was 20, "made a highly distinctive contribution to one of the most provocative artistic movements in postwar Europe."

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How Would We Act If We Knew We Would Live Forever? [VIDEO]

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 21:00:33 +0000

(image) Would living forever make people happier or more generous? "It's worth asking, 'Should we die?'"

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Top Posts From AJBlogs For The Weekend Of 02.19.17

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:45:27 +0000

2017 Portland Festival Report No. 1 The Branford Marsallis Quartet and singer Kurt Elling combined in the first major concert of the 2017 Portland, Oregon PDX Jazz Festival. A packed audience in the capacious Newmark Theater heard a ... read more AJBlog: RiffTidesPublished 2017-02-18 The Martha Graham Dance Company’s New Visions The Martha Graham Dance […]

Advertisers Buy All Of The Oscars' Ad Time, Expecting Political Speeches

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:30:08 +0000

(image) It's possible that the "Trump Bump" that's been helping the New York Times, Teen Vogue, ProPublica and other print/online publications is also driving more money toward the producers of the Oscars. The current president "'has been very good for television,' said Ashwin Navin, chief executive of Samba TV, a data and analytics firm. 'The politically […]

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Our Cells Can Tell Left From Right, And That Actually Makes A Difference In Cancer Recovery

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:00:35 +0000

(image) Each cell has a preference - a "handedness," they call it, and that may make a difference in cell repair, in cancer, and in survival. "Ramsdell and a cadre of other developmental biologists are trying to unravel why the organisms can tell their right from left. It’s a complex process, but the key orchestrators of […]

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