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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:16:15 +0000

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How Would You Define American Music? (And, BTW, Why Do You Care?)

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:31:24 +0000

(image) What is American music? And, perhaps more to the point, why do we care so much? “I remember being asked in Prague not so long ago, ‘What is your obsession, you Americans, with American music?’ ” said Robert Spano, the music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, which will perform at SHIFT on March 31. […]


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While US Considers Killing Federal Arts Funding, Canada Proposes $1.8 Billion Increase In Arts Budget

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:06:05 +0000

(image) "The federal government will devote $1.8-billion more to culture and recreation spending over the next decade, “modernize” the Broadcasting Act and Telecommunications Act, and spend more on official and Indigenous languages, according to the budget delivered on Wednesday by Finance Minister Bill Morneau. But anyone looking for details of the extensive cultural-policy overhaul promised by […]


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How Netflix Is Becoming A Global Media Company

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:31:04 +0000

(image) "Netflix has morphed into an international service that streams in nearly every country around the world. This fast-paced growth has meant that the company’s dedication to improving models now extends to just about everything it does. Another reveal at Labs Day was that it has even created an online translation test, called Hermes, that helps […]


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End Of History? The Much-Maligned Francis Fukuyama Was Right About Our Current Political Circumstances

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:02:52 +0000

(image) Rarely read but often denigrated, it might be the most maligned, unfairly dismissed and misunderstood book of the post-war era. Which is unfortunate for at least one reason: Fukuyama might have done a better job of predicting the political turmoil that engulfed Western democracies in 2016 – from Brexit, to Trump, to the Italian Referendum […]


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Looking For A Theatre Response In A Time Of Trump

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:31:40 +0000

(image) "Since the election, I have been urgently seeking direction from dramatists in the way a cardiac patient might turn to nutrition and meditation after a heart attack. I have been thinking not just of Chekhov but of Harold Pinter, who is an even better guide to Trump’s brutal relativism and canny opportunism. Pinter’s plays throw […]


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This Building Would Be A Stunning Addition To Manhattan's Slyline

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:01:49 +0000

(image) Described as the ‘longest building in the world’, the project's concept drawings reveal a skyscraper reaching an apex then curving back down. And featuring an elevator system that can travel in curves, horizontally and in loops.


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Patti Smith Buys Arthur Rimbaud's House

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:31:35 +0000

(image) The dwelling, which is located near the French border with Belgium in a small town called Roche, is a reassembled version of Rimbaud's childhood home. It was here that the late 19th-century French poet wrote his most famous piece, A Season in Hell, when he was merely 19 years old.


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Inside Mirriam-Webster's Version Of The 21st Century Dictionary

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:31:27 +0000

(image) There are only about 50 lexicographers working at dictionary companies in the United States today, Kory Stamper estimated. But their work, she believes, remains as vital as it was in Noah Webster’s day. “There’s something to having a bunch of nerds sitting in an office dispassionately reading lots and lots of material and distilling the […]


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Social Revolution At The Drive-In Movies

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:01:30 +0000

(image) "Drive-ins also appealed to a new audience-a mixed bag of viewers of different classes, neighborhoods, and races. ... They were some of the South's first integrated sites, and African-American moviegoers felt more safe and respected there than in the dirty balconies of Jim Crow movie theaters. Obese and disabled people, housewives and children, and working-class […]


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How English Has Created A New Caste System In India

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:34:17 +0000

(image) "Fluency in English is endemic of the deep class-based divisions that continue to plague Indian society. A 2014 report from the Centre for Research and Debates in Development Policy in India found that only 20 percent of the population speaks English, and only 4 percent of the population speaks the language fluently. The report emphasizes […]


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'A Renaissance Of Gore': We're In A Golden Age Of Onscreen Violence

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:02:05 +0000

(image) Well, if "golden age" is the right term. "If you have a massive appetite for high body counts, stunning fight choreography, and general onscreen savagery, Hollywood might finally be meting out enough punishment for you to scream your safe word." Jordan Crucchiola looks at how and why this has happened.


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Carey Perloff To Retire From San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre After 25 Years

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:31:23 +0000

(image) Perloff, who will leave after the end of next season, plans to write and direct on a freelance basis. One of the few women leaders in the still male-dominated American theater, the indefatigable Perloff first came to the 50-year-old ACT back in 1992 when the theater was in disarray both physically, in terms of the […]


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One Sector Of The Art World That's Thriving Under Trump

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:33:09 +0000

(image) According to NPD Group, 2.7 million poster and foam boards were sold in the US in the week leading up to the post-Inauguration march. That’s 33 percent more poster board that was sold during the same time period in 2016!


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Have A Look At Domestic Customs Of China A Thousand Years Ago, Shown On These Tomb Murals

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:04:14 +0000

(image) "Archaeologists in the northern Shanxi province of China have uncovered a vibrant record of the customs and costumes of the people living in the area about 1,000 years ago. An ancient tomb filled with colorful, partially preserved murals resurfaced in Datong City as part of Datong Municipal Institute of Archaeology's excavation of 31 tombs of […]


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A Voyage To The Depths Of Merriam-Webster HQ

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:36:51 +0000

(image) Jennifer Schuessler's guide on the trip is Kory Stamper, one of Merriam-Websters new generation of social-media stars.


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'The Final Word' On The Oxford Comma, As Decreed By Columbia Journalism Review

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:35:20 +0000

(image) "Newspaper style has long been to omit that final comma. But every stylebook that allows omission of the Oxford comma includes a caveat, often forgotten: Once the sentence moves beyond a simple series, that comma might be necessary for clarity."


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Daniel Dennett, Scientist Of The Soul

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:34:49 +0000

(image) "Dennett does not believe that we are 'mere things.' He thinks that we have souls, but he is certain that those souls can be explained by science. If evolution built them, they can be reverse-engineered. 'There ain't no magic there,' he told me. 'Just stage magic.'"


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Where Did Thinkers Search For The Location Of The Human Soul Before Modern Neuroscience?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:18:28 +0000

(image) Daniel Suggs reviews the early history of the science of the soul in the Western world, from Vesalius to Donne to Marlowe to Overton to the New England doctor who determined (with methodology that wasn't exactly rigorous or ethical) that the soul weighs 21 grams.


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Indianapolis Symphony Principal Bassoonist Sues Orchestra For Age Discrimination

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:03:23 +0000

(image) John Wetherill, 62, accuses music director Krzysztof Urbański, 34, of a five-year campaign of harassment, including attempts at public humiliation, in an effort to get Wetherill to retire or give up his principal chair in favor of a younger player. The ISO has no comment. (Where's the musicians' union?)


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A Musical Instrument You Can Play With Your Mind Alone

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:47:59 +0000

(image) It's called the encephalophone (brain instrument), and it was developed "with a double-edged purpose: to explore new frontiers in music technology and as a possible therapeutic tool for people who'd suffered from strokes or neurological problems like ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease)."


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Crowds At The Smithsonian's New Museum Of African-American History Have Been Big - And They're Going To Get Bigger

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:32:17 +0000

(image) "If you think you can wait a few months to avoid the long lines and crowded galleries at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, you'll need a new strategy." Peggy McGlone reports.


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An 'Audience Manifesto': This Theatre Asked Its Biggest Stakeholders What They Really Want, And Here's What They Came Up With

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:16:25 +0000

(image) The Director of Engagement at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester writes about how she and her colleagues developed their two-years-and-running project, You,The Audience.


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Beloved Miami City Ballet Star Patricia Delgado Says Farewell

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:01:16 +0000

(image) "Repeated injuries - and a longing to finally join her boyfriend of several years, New York City Ballet resident choreographer and dancer Justin Peck - mean that Delgado is retiring from the company."


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Performance Artists In Exile In Britain Fear They'll Be Forced To Return To Poland

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:45:28 +0000

(image) Władysław Kaźmierczak and Ewa Rybska face charges, which they insist are politically motivated, of financial malfeasance from the 2000s, when Kaźmierczak was director of the Baltic Gallery for Contemporary Art in Słupsk. The pair's work has been critical of the right-wing-nationalist Law and Justice Party, which is currently in power in Poland.


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Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.23.17

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:52:56 +0000

I know you won’t judge me This Arts Advocacy Day, the stakes are much higher. As we work to make the case for the arts, we wonder, is our data keeping pace? We’re using love (or breakup) letters as a creative and fun design research method to get powerful insight into the perceptions of our stakeholders. ... […]



Alex Ross: LA Philharmonic At The Top Of The Orchestra World

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:02:00 +0000

(image) "The most venerable American orchestras take pride in having a distinctive sound: the Philadelphia strings, the Chicago brass, the Cleveland blend. The New York Philharmonic has prized a virtuosity that edges, for better or worse, into brashness. The L.A. Phil, by contrast, has a tradition of no tradition: its sense of self resides not in […]


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