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A New Professional Orchestra Comprised Of Disabled Musicians

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 21:01:12 +0000

(image) Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is thought to be the first professional orchestra in the world to form an ensemble of disabled musicians. The group is led by a disabled conductor, James Rose, who has cerebral

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The Next-Gen Ticket?

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 20:32:29 +0000

(image) It could be an early sign that the days of the barcode are numbered as technological improvements allow companies to replace them with more secure digital tickets with codes embedded in a fan's phone or a Wi-Fi connected wristband that lets them track consumers for both security and data-collection purposes.barcode-death-20180318

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"Black Panther" Box Office Juggernaut Rolls On

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 20:02:53 +0000

(image) The only previous films to win five straight weekends in the past 20 years are 2009’s “Avatar” and 1999’s “The Sixth Sense.” “Titanic,” from 1997, holds the record, which seems unbreakable in the current quick-to-DVD era; it reigned for 15 straight weekends, according to Box Office Mojo. “Black Panther” is the year’s biggest release by a […]download

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Is Being A Fan Really Worth The Cost?

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 19:32:18 +0000

(image) At first glance, the evidence isn’t encouraging. Following a loss, fans are more likely than usual to eat unhealthy food, [1] be unproductive at work, [2] and—in the case of the Super Bowl—die from heart disease. [3] What about fans of the winning team? Well, their testosterone levels tend to increase, [4] which may account for why triumphant fans are more likely than […]lead_large

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How Do You Measure The Soft Power Of Culture?

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 19:01:12 +0000

(image) The impact of cultural work is complex: it imparts insights, experience and attitudes that do not necessarily have to culminate in a ‘work’, but may create new networks, creative ideas, and extended action horizons. Here, the artistic process itself is often just as important as the result. In terms of intercultural understanding, it is sometimes […]pillow_fight

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What Happened To Alienation? It Used To Be A Staple Of Literature

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:32:00 +0000

(image) After the Second World War, alienation came to betoken a near-universal spiritual and psychological malaise. Existentialist philosophers such as Jean-Paul Sartre used it to describe a fundamental aspect of the human condition. Novelists such as Albert Camus, the author of The Stranger (1942), demonstrated its effects in the indifferent numbness of casual violence. By the time J D […]show_essay-final-mg1529

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2018's Great British University Strike: The Lecturers Rebel

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:33:59 +0000

(image) The goad for this stunningly resolute strike was deep cuts to retirement pensions, but as in all such vast, spontaneous outpourings from below, the issue is not the issue. The issue, rather, is the deteriorating quality of work life and morale in the higher-education sector. The Great University Strike of 2018 is a powerful statement […]1521144474PhelpsUKlecturersstrikeBristolUCUwords_worth666x333

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Behind The Firing Of LA's Museum of Contemporary Art Chief Curator

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:02:39 +0000

(image) Behind the scenes, according to several sources close to the museum who were interviewed by artnet News, Molesworth’s personal priorities, progressive politics, and constitutional aversion to flattering donors put her on a collision course with the museum’s director and board. Ultimately, they said, the competing agendas and approaches proved irreconcilable, and the situation became untenable.GettyImages-674950444-681x1024

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Britain's Literary Prize For Writers Of Color Goes To A Collection Of Essays

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:30:55 +0000

(image) And - perhaps ironically! - the book is titled after a viral blog post from 2014 by author Reni Eddo-Lodge: "Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race." The prize is for, in Britain's terms, a BAME writer - Black, Asian, or minority ethnic. The judges said it was "a thunderclap of a […]4147

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As London's Rents Keep Rising, Warnings That The City Will Lose Its Artists And Its 'Creative Crown'

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:00:11 +0000

(image) Yikes: "Anna Harding, the chief executive of Space studios, which provides premises for nearly 800 artists including three Turner prize winners, blamed rising property prices and shrinking studios for dramatically squeezing the time and space available for creative activity. Artists now face a choice between working full time to pay the rent and fitting in […]5616

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Female Directors Are Finally Starting To Get Traction In Sci-Fi

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:32:55 +0000

(image) Katherine Bigelow made Strange Days ($42 million budget) more than 20 years ago. Excepting the Wachowski siblings' Cloud Atlas and Jupiter Ascending (they got their Hollywood cred from the Matrix series, which they made when they were male), it took until Patty Jenkins's Wonder Woman and Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle in Time for Hollywood to […]women sci fi

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A Longtime Cirque Du Soleil Performer Fell And Died During A Performance In Florida

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:00:48 +0000

(image) "While he was performing an aerial straps number, long-time aerialist Yann Arnaud fell onto the stage, a Cirque du Soleil representative said in a statement. He was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he died from his injuries."29906170001_5753759335001_5753757403001-vs

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Bomb Threat Cancels A Concert In Austin, At SXSW

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:30:30 +0000

(image) Austin, which has been struck by a series of handmade bombs in the last few weeks, is on edge, so when the promotion company Live Nation said it had gotten an emailed bomb threat, the police took it seriously. They "scoured the area around the Fair Market venue, where a 'Bud Light x The Roots […]merlin_85001447_0285e0ff-79f8-4ddd-9259-a6e596f7d609-master768

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The Historical Information About Racism, Anti-Catholicism, And Much More Encoded In Old Folk Songs

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:00:34 +0000

(image) Oh: "'Southern folk music’s overwhelming dominance — for all its championing by non-Southern liberals — also subtly reinforces the ‘heritage not hate’ defenses of the Confederate flag and other antebellum and pre–civil rights nostalgia,' Josh Garrett-Davis, the Gamble assistant curator at the Autry Museum of the American West, wrote recently. This cultural rebranding began after […]Sullivan-Anna-and-Elizabeth (1)

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Can Writers Who Wrote Beautifully While Drunk And Who Stop Drinking Still Write Well?

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:45:46 +0000

(image) Ask David Foster Wallace - or Leslie Jamison: "I’d been afraid that meetings were basically lobotomies served alongside coffee-flavored water and Chips Ahoy!; afraid that even if sobriety could offer stability and sincerity and maybe even salvation, it could never be a story. But Infinite Jest knew better. It wasn’t that the novel’s brilliance survived […]18mag-recovery1-superJumbo

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Community Theatre Putting On Play 'With Holocaust Themes' Gets Hate Calls

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:30:35 +0000

(image) Since the new play opened last weekend, the Footlights Theatre in Falmouth, Maine, has been getting hate calls. "I had one woman tell me, ‘I don’t want to see a play about those (expletive) Jews,” the executive artistic director says. He sent an email out to supporters: "I need people to know this is happening. […]Footlights Theatre in Falmouth

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A New Opera Confronts The My Lai Massacre, And Its Long Shadow

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:15:38 +0000

(image) It's been 50 years since the massacre, and since Hugh Thompson and his helicopter crew stopped it from being far worse. Now, as the opera plays around the country, traditional Vietnamese instrument expert Van-Anh Vanessa Vo explains why it's so important. "As a child in Hanoi, Vietnam, Vo learned about the My Lai Massacre in […]_mg_9453_1_wide-20b231934ccca3034c49e542e2ca5278caeb74da-s1500-c85

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Emily Nasrallah, 'Icon Of Literature And Lebanese Creativity,' Has Died At 86

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:00:46 +0000

(image) Nasrallah was a journalist, teacher, lecturer and novelist who advocated for women's rights and wrote about refugees and war in Lebanon. Her books "recount the emptiness left by immigration, the women left behind by men seeking a better life beyond war-torn Lebanon, the parents abandoned by children desperate to fulfill the dreams they had been […]17nasrallah1-blog427

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People Don't Agree On What Morality Is Or Whether It Exists, But We Still Teach It

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:45:26 +0000

(image) Why? And how? "We might deny that morality needs to be taught, putting our faith in the natural goodness of children or their propensity to discover and sign up to moral standards of their own accord. Or we might bite the indoctrination bullet and resolve to inculcate a selected moral code and associated justification. ... […]idea_sized-924699606

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In Pennsylvania, A High School Decides Its Stagehands Don't Need To Have 'Blackened Faces' During Shows

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:30:40 +0000

(image) You call it 'blackened faces,' the parent who pointed it out was concerned that it looks more like 'blackface' - perhaps it's time, Bethel Park High School, near Pittsburgh, to call the whole thing off, or at least replace that practice with black ski masks. (Note: This article uncritically says that blackening stagehand faces is […]Screen Shot 2018-03-18 at 17.40.19

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Are We In A Time Of Anomaly - Or A Breakthrough Time For Women Directing Big-Budget Science Fiction Films?

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:15:27 +0000

(image) One problem is simply the numbers in the U.S. - single digits for women directors, compared to women being 1/4 of directors in France, for instance. And then, of course, "sci-fi is still fiercely defended masculine territory. The word “science” doesn’t help, judging by men’s rights movement support for James Damore, the Google engineer fired […]7952 (1)

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What's It Like To Live In Grant Wood's 'American Gothic' House?

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:00:32 +0000

(image) This is part of what it's like: "By day, a steady stream of tourists came, posing for pictures (and peeking in the windows) dressed in the free costumes provided by the visitor center — calico smocks with cameos, overalls and black jackets, even the spectacles — and wielding pitchforks of all sizes. They brought their […]merlin_135545979_803106fd-12c6-4901-8746-f47e6131d4b9-blog427

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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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