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Roy Dotrice, Star Of Screen, Stage, And 'Game Of Thrones' Audiobooks, Dead At 94

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:45:41 +0000

(image) His six-decade career included plenty of television and film work (he played Mozart's father in Amadeus) as well as an astounding number of stage appearances. He was an early member of Peter Hall's Royal Shakespeare Company, won a Tony as the scheming father in A Moon for the Misbegotten, gave nearly 1,800 performances as 17th-century […]roy dotrice


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Another Brazilian Arts Institution Attacked By Right-Wingers For 'Pedophilia'

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:30:50 +0000

(image) Last month, the country's first major show of queer art was shut down in Pôrto Alegre after conservative groups began protesting, claiming that the art endorsed blasphemy and pedophilia. A couple weeks later, the same groups loudly objected to dancer Wagner Schwartz's La Bête - in which he lies on the floor naked and invites […]brazil


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Top Posts From AJBlogs 10.16.17

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:34:09 +0000

The Voracious Collector That headline could apply to dozens of people, especially nowadays in this age of competitive, ostentatious collecting of contemporary and modern art. But I was referring to J. P. Morgan, who in his lifetime purchased ... read more >AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2017-10-16 Salvaging "Salvator Mundi": Inside Look at "Extensive Restoration" of Leonardo […]



Study: Dance Helps With Aging Health Compared To Regular Exercise

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:01:41 +0000

(image) Over a year and a half, older adults who took weekly dance classes showed gains in their balancing ability. There were no such improvements in the traditional exercise group. Researchers also found hints that all those mambos and cha-chas had extra brain benefits.danceyourway


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Bewildering - The Inexplicable Re-Popularity Of Vinyl Records

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:31:22 +0000

(image) “Plenty of technological advancements have followed the modern LP record, which debuted in 1948: audio cassettes, compact discs, MP3 files, and now streaming services. Yet vinyl sales skyrocketed by nearly 4,000 percent between 1993 and 2016. And while CDs still vastly outpace vinyl in total units sold—99.4 million to 17.2 million in 2016—CD sales have […]download


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Why Study Humanities? Job Pathways

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:01:42 +0000

(image) “The skills you learn in the humanities are exactly the skills you use in a job search. The humanities teach students to understand the different rules and expectations that govern different genres, to examine social cues and rituals, to think about the audience for and reception of different kinds of communications. In short, they teach […]images


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City Gap: Bigger American Cities Are Thriving. Small Cities Are Languishing

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:31:19 +0000

(image) Private employment grew almost twice as fast in large metropolitan areas as it did in small ones from the trough of the recession, in 2009, to 2015. Income grew 50 percent faster. And the labor participation rate — the share of the working-age population in the labor force — shrank only half as much. “Economic […]11PORTER-92-superJumbo


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Canadian Literature At A Crossroads?

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:01:48 +0000

(image) “Part of me fears the parameters that are being placed on writers whose voices have not traditionally been heard, whether it’s to be “authentic” (however we decide to define it), to be representative of their culture or to be the interpreter for a group of readers that’s assumed to be a mainstream/white readership.”canisia_lubrin.jpg.size-custom-crop.0x650


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Scottish National Arts Funder Warns Of Steep Declines

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:33:52 +0000

(image) In a letter to arts organizations this week, Iain Munro, deputy chief executive of Creative Scotland, outlined the decline in National Lottery income, which he said had a 15% year-on-year reduction in 2016/17 and is continuing on this downward trend. “This means we are having to budget very carefully for 2018/19 and subsequent years,” he […]Iain-Munro-image-drew-farrell


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Surely A War On Knowledge Must Not Be Won So Easily

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:01:08 +0000

(image) “We must trust that the intelligence that has allowed humanity to stave off death, make medical and engineering breakthroughs, reach the stars, build wondrous temples, and write complex tales will save us again. We must nurse the conviction that we can use the gentle graces of science and reason to prove that the truth cannot […]trump-eclipse


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Metropolitan Museum Protests US Withdrawal From UNESCO

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:30:16 +0000

(image) “President Trump’s decision to withdraw from UNESCO undermines the historic role of the United States as a leader in this effort and weakens our position as a strong advocate for cultural preservation.”eee3503c894be321f31a99d1294ccd7b-768x583


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Study: Fundraising Matches Increase Size Of Average Donations

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:01:48 +0000

(image) The UK study “reveals the average donation to participating organisations increased by 17% when the project was match funded, and over three quarters of crowdfund backers gave more than they usually would. In addition, more than 66% of fundraisers reported improvements in pitching and fundraising skills, and 32% of project participants leveraged additional funding from […]audience-crowd-event-cheer-cheering-concert-live


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Our Obsession With Scientific Explanation Does Little For Creativity

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:33:51 +0000

(image) As long as the idea persists that myth, purpose and meaning are things to be burned away by the acid of scientific reason, evolution and science will be silent about creativity.Herman_Kruyder_Self_Portrait_with_Paintbrush


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Information Over Insight? Is That what We’ve Become?

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:01:59 +0000

(image) “Wittgenstein was hostile to modern philosophy as he found it. He thought it the product of a culture that had come to model everything that matters about our lives on scientific explanation. In its ever-extending observance of the idea that knowledge, not wisdom, is our goal, that what matters is information rather than insight, and […]ludwig-Wittgenstein2


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Cuts In University Budgets Are Imperiling The Midwest Economy

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:31:23 +0000

(image) Trump’s cuts would affect all research universities, but not equally. The problem is more pronounced at public universities than private ones, and especially at public institutions in the Midwest, which have historically conducted some of the nation’s most important research. These schools are desperately needed to diversify economies that rely disproportionately on manufacturing and agriculture […]lead_960


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Millennials Are Done. Make Way For Gen Z

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:01:39 +0000

(image) “The oldest Gen Z'ers are turning 18 this year, and we millennials, long used to being the cool kids, can already feel your cultural power pushing us to the side. While big and deeply uncool companies once paid $20,000 an hour to learn how millennials think, they've now moved on to shelling out cash for […]millenialz


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The Story Of Donald Trump And His Fake Renoir

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:31:01 +0000

(image) Curious, Tim O’Brien asked Trump about the painting: was it an original Renoir? Trump replied in the affirmative. It was, he said. “No, it’s not Donald,” O’Brien responded. But, once again, Trump protested that it was. “Donald, it’s not,” O’Brien said adamantly. “I grew up in Chicago, that Renoir is called Two Sisters on the Terrace, and it’s […]donald-trumps-fake-renoir


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Czech Harpsichordist Zuzana Ruzickova, Survivor Of Auschwitz And Bringer Of The Instrument To New Audiences, Has Died At 90

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:00:56 +0000

(image) Bach was her religion and her guide. When she "left the Nazi labour camp at Terezín in a truck bound for Auschwitz, she wrote down a passage from one of JS Bach’s English Suites 'as a sort of talisman, because I didn’t know what was awaiting us.' She came to think of his music as […]8000


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Libraries Are Having A Hard Time Figuring Out How To Deal With Homeless Populations

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:30:09 +0000

(image) For instance, take the story of St. Louis' Central Library, which was, for four years, across the street from a large homeless shelter that provided nothing but beds for the night, turning the library into a de facto shelter during the day. "It’s an extremely difficult and complex problem, balancing the safety of the library […]IMG_0220


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Richard Wilbur, Twice A Pulitzer Winner And Former Poet Laureate, Has Died At 96

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:00:27 +0000

(image) The poet, who wrote "pretty" and orderly poems that didn't always suit reviewers' tastes, also wrote lyrics for musicals and for opera, including Bernstein's Candide. "'I feel that the universe is full of glorious energy,' he said in an interview with The Paris Review, 'that the energy tends to take pattern and shape, and that […]Wilburobit2-master768


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Landscape Architects Are Designing For The Last Tragedy - And Trying To Prevent New Ones

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:45:08 +0000

(image) Landscape architects put rain gardens at the new Sandy Hook Elementary School to allow observation space before anyone enters the building, for instance. But "security focuses on what happened in the past. That can mean large barricades to stop cars from entering, bomb-sniffing dogs to check abandoned backpacks, and bag checks at gated entrances. Yet, […]Screen Shot 2017-10-16 at 06.27.20


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How Will Iraq Look In 100 Years? These Authors Have Some Ideas

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:30:40 +0000

(image) Why Iraq for a speculative fiction future? Well, it's obvious: "Baghdad is where algebra, the decimal point, and the first method to calculate the radius of the Earth were invented in ancient times — and Iraq, Blasim feels, is a rightful heir to the sci-fi tradition."lead_960 (5)


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What Happens When Governments, Or Revolutionaries, Declare War On Intelligence

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:15:56 +0000

(image) Ariel Dorfman, who knows a thing or two about what happens when anti-intellectualism overwhelms a country: "The resurgence of nationalism in our time has not yet reached the homicidal extremes it did when Hitler, Mussolini, and Franco misruled their lands, but the United States still faces an assault on rational discourse, scientific knowledge, and objective […]1-D1idUrXVCXBB_PN7O6ENHQ


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After Allegations Of Sexual Abuse Led To The Controversial Firing Of A Popular Artistic Director, Theatre Asks City For Cash

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:00:44 +0000

(image) Rochester, Minnesota's Civic Theatre is asking the city for $80,000 on top of its usual $200,000 appropriation. In June, after news stories detailed seven different allegations of abuse for the former executive director and former board members failing to stop the abuse, the theatre also fired its popular artistic director. Now the theatre's in need […]Rochester_Civic_Theatre_Controversy_Over_Dismissal_of_Artistic_Director-syndImport-075220


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Tig Notaro Says She's Cautiously Optimistic About The Whole Harassment Discussion Actually Occurring

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:45:45 +0000

(image) Earlier this year, Notaro spoke out against fellow comedian Louis CK. Now, she says, "I feel like there is hope. I feel like it’s cracking the glass."960


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All The Winners Of The UK's 2017 Theatre Awards

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:30:23 +0000

(image) The musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie scooped the major awards, but who won everything else? Here's the list.Gemma Bodinetz © Dan Kenyon - 319 - (smaller)


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Woody Allen (Who Has Also Been Accused Of Abuse) Seems To Defend Harvey Weinstein And Then Backtracks

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:15:50 +0000

(image) This happened first: "You also don’t want it to lead to a witch hunt atmosphere, a Salem atmosphere, where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend himself." Then today, he clarified, "When I said I felt sad for Harvey Weinstein I thought it […]la-me-ln-hollywood-sign-20170415


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