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How The Rorschach Test Became A Piece Of Universal Art

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:01:04 +0000

(image) "Over the past century, Rorschach would have seen his inkblots morph from an obscure therapeutic instrument into a nearly universal cultural meme, at once a familiar touchstone for art, music, film, and fashion, and a controversial test for assessing job applicants and prosecuting criminal defendants. Perhaps he would have wondered why his inkblots, once reserved […]

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This Band Has Committed To Performing Women, Composers Of Color On Each Concert. It's Not Easy

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:31:23 +0000

(image) The band directors at Spring Lake, outside of St. Paul, Minnesota, have pledged to include at least one piece by a female composer and one by a composer of color in each concert, for each of the school's bands. "We made a commitment this year to only buy music from composers of color," says Brian […]

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How The Oscars' Best Picture Voting Is Biased Towards Rewarding Movies Like "La La Land"

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:02:54 +0000

(image) "When the Academy expanded the best picture category to more than five nominees for the 82nd Academy Awards in 2010, it also made a fascinating tweak to how the votes are counted. It used to be a first-past-the-post system, where all you needed was more votes than everyone else to win. This meant that movies […]

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The Mall Of America Is Looking For A Writer-In-Residence

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:31:13 +0000

(image) Following in the footsteps of unlikely writer-in-residence stunts at places like the Ace Hotel, London’s Heathrow Airport, and aboard Amtrak, the Mall of America will give one writer the chance to spend a short residency “deeply immersed in the Mall atmosphere while writing on-the-fly impressions in their own words” in celebration of the mall’s 25th […]

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A Brief History Of Yorick's Skull

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:01:55 +0000

(image) "No other piece of stage business has burned itself so deeply into the collective consciousness. All the greats have been there, from Richard Burbage to Thomas Betterton, Sarah Bernhardt to Laurence Olivier. Even Bart Simpson has got in on the act. Given all this, it's worth reflecting on the fact that, for Hamlet's earliest audiences, […]

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What The California Symphony Has Discovered About Attracting Millennials

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:31:58 +0000

(image) "What the California Symphony discovered, in short, was that “almost every single piece of negative feedback was about something other than the performance.” Another important discovery was that it’s single-ticket buyers, not veteran subscribers, who are most likely to use the orchestra’s website."

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Has 'Interesting' Has Become A Meaningless Concept?

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:04:29 +0000

(image) Simon L. Garfinkel: Calling something interesting is the height of sloppy thinking. Interesting is not descriptive, not objective, and not even meaningful. ... Interesting is a kind of linguistic connective tissue. When introducing an idea, it's easier to say 'interesting' than to think of an introduction that's simultaneously descriptive but not a spoiler. ... In […]

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Turns Out Andy Warhol's Death Wasn't So Simple

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:31:35 +0000

(image) "For at least a month before his death, Warhol had been ill, but had done his best to keep up his usual exhausting pace. His terror of hospitals had prevented him from getting any serious treatment. Even once Warhol had finally ended up in the office of Bjorn Thorbjarnarson, a leading surgeon — he was […]

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How The Chelsea Manning-WikiLeaks Opera Changes (And Doesn't) With The Current Political Situation

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:03:06 +0000

(image) Ted Hearne's The Source premiered in Brooklyn in 2014, when Manning had been eclipsed by Edward Snowden; it played in Los Angeles just before the election; it's now, early in the Trump era, about to open in San Francisco. Hearne talks with Zachary Woolfe about the piece's content and context, then and now.

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Oliver Sacks: A Love Story

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:31:17 +0000

(image) "He puts his ear to my chest and listens to my heart and counts the beats. 'Sixty-two,' he says with a satisfied smile, and I can't imagine anything more intimate." Bill Hayes, partner of the late neurologist and author, shares snippets from the diary of their life together that Sacks convinced him to keep.

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What Will DC's Shakespeare Theatre Do Without Founder Michael Kahn?

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:02:21 +0000

(image) When Kahn announced that he'd be stepping down after two more seasons, he said that he would leave his successor a financially healthy company. Artistically? That may be a different matter, worries Peter Marks.

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New Music Is Booming In L.A. - And There's One Problem With That

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:33:26 +0000

(image) More groups and composers are competing for donors. Jim Farber looks at how some organizations, large and small, and handling the challenge.

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Wendy Whelan And Brian Brooks On Making Dance Together

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:19:40 +0000

(image) "On paper, Mr. Brooks is the choreographer, and Ms. Whelan the dancer and his partner onstage. But, as a recent conversation revealed, the lines between creation and interpretation have become increasingly blurred." Marina Harss shares excerpts from that conversation.

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'Spider-Man' Art Thief And Accomplices (Including The Guy Who Threw The Picasso In The Trash) Get Prison

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:04:04 +0000

(image) Vjéran Tomic - nicknamed "Spider-Man" for the athletic way he executed the theft - stole paintings by Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, Braque and Léger from the Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris in 2010. He, the instigator, and the fence each got multi-year jail terms and six-figure fines plus an order to reimburse the […]

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Met Museum Director Makes The Case For The NEA In New York Times Op-Ed

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:48:08 +0000

(image) Thomas P. Campbell: "I fear that this current call to abolish the N.E.A. is the beginning of a new assault on artistic activity. Arts and cultural programming challenges, provokes and entertains; it enhances our lives. Eliminating the N.E.A. would in essence eliminate investment by the American government in the curiosity and intelligence of its citizens."

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Portland, Maine Classical Radio Station Abruptly Switches To Country

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:33:52 +0000

(image) The announcement said no more than this: "We would like to thank the fans of WBACH and classical music for listening over the years and we regret any inconvenience as a result of the changes." WBACH's frequency is now used to simulcast a country station just a little ways down the dial.

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Michelangelo Sculpture, Unnoticed For Centuries, Goes On View At Last

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:17:01 +0000

(image) It's a seven-foot white marble nude statue of Jesus, and you'd think it would be famous by now - or stolen. But Risen Christ survived both Napoleon and the Nazis. Elisabetta Povoledo explains how.

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Can Damien Hirst Win Back Pissed-Off Collectors With His New Show?

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:02:05 +0000

(image) "Like previous Hirst extravaganzas, this project is being rolled out with the same hypervigilant level of control and fanfare. And hovering over the project is whether - given the precipitous drop in his prices after his all-Hirst Sotheby's auction in 2008 - the celebrity artist can have another chapter." Or has he (ahem) jumped the […]

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Boston Symphony Announces $30 Million Expansion At Tanglewood

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:46:50 +0000

(image) "The new four-building complex, set to open in 2019, represents the largest building initiative at Tanglewood since the opening of Ozawa Hall more than two decades ago."

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Chris Hellman, San Francisco Ballet's Great Benefactor, Dead At 83

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:31:10 +0000

(image) A former professional ballet dancer herself, Hellman was the board chair who oversaw the campaign that raised SFB's endowment from $3 million to $33 million.

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Top Posts From AJBlogs 02.21.17

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:52:07 +0000

Engagement Is Not . . . There are, of course, many things that community engagement is not. High on that list is “a magical elixir to cure all of the nonprofit arts industry’s ills.” ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2017-02-21 Portland Brings Kids To Jazz In the windows of a Target store on […]

Passage Theatre Trenton NJ Seeks Artistic Director

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 02:04:50 +0000

(image) Innovative, resourceful, & mission driven. Advocates for Trenton community, lives locally. Leads community theatre education, produces/directs new social content plays. Fundraiser & donor cultivator.

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Conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, 93

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:56:35 +0000

(image) Skrowaczewski suffered a stroke in November and again in February. A memorial service will be held March 28 at Orchestra Hall. “It is hard to express all that Maestro Skrowaczewski has meant to the Minnesota Orchestra,” the orchestra said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. “In total, his partnership with the Minnesota Orchestra spanned 56 years, […]

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As Machines Learn To Think, Humans Will Be Redundant

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:05:40 +0000

(image) "Dataism is a new ethical system that says, yes, humans were special and important because up until now they were the most sophisticated data processing system in the universe, but this is no longer the case. The tipping point is when you have an external algorithm that understands you—your feelings, emotions, choices, desires—better than you […]

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Study: We More Readily Believe Things Getting Worse Than Things Getting Better

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:31:07 +0000

(image) “People are quicker to diagnose change for the worse than change for the better. We established this basic effect across many methods, measures, and contexts … People demand less evidence to diagnose lasting decline than lasting improvement.”

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How They Made That Freeway Dance Scene In La La Land

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:02:58 +0000

(image) Susan Stamberg: "The scene was filmed with 30 professional dancers and more than 100 extras on a 104-degree day. They first rehearsed in a parking lot, and later the actual freeway at 3:00 o'clock in the morning. On paper, Moore and director Damien Chazelle mapped out where the cameras would go. That morphed into 3D […]

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Where's Hillary? On Broadway, Of Course...

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:31:03 +0000

(image) "Mrs. Clinton has been attending Broadway shows for years, often when she has had a personal connection to an artist, a producer, or to a show’s subject matter."

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