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Gustavo Dudamel Speaks Out About Venezuela In The NY Times

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:02:50 +0000

(image) "My country is living through dark and complicated times, following a dangerous path that may lead us inevitably to the betrayal of our deepest national traditions."20Dudamel-inyt-master768-1

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Philadelphia's Mann Center Transcends Being A Music Venue

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:02:12 +0000

(image) "Steadily and surely over the past few years, the Mann has become much more than just a venue. In addition to making new commissions, it has gone a long way toward realizing its educational potential with master classes and a months-long schedule of projects in partnership with schools, and has discovered its neighbors in West […]dixon-75289-f-wp-content-uploads-2017-07-726639_85bd51c954a9654-1200x800

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The Knox-Albright Museum's Anti-Historical Expansion Plan

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:27:37 +0000

(image) "In this case, the Albright-Knox seems to be trying to rewrite history, repeating the canard that Bunshaft’s building was built as an auditorium, not galleries, so that’s the only part worth saving. According to the history books, this is simply not true."AK360_Aerial_View_of_Program_Placement_copyright_OMA

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Betsy DeVos's Other Job: Arts Patron

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:02:33 +0000

(image) What many may not realize is that when Devos isn’t busy gutting unions, spreading the word of God or reminding us that “nothing in life is free” (except her multimillion-dollar inheritance), she and her family are quite active in the arts world. In 2010, Betsy and her husband, Dick, donated $22 million to the Kennedy […]Devos_Warhol-600x400

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La Scala Regulars Are Appalled By What Audiences Are Wearing This Summer

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:32:38 +0000

(image) "Instead of donning jackets and evening dresses, ticket holders are turning up as if dressed for the beach, as temperatures reach 95F or more during one of Italy’s hottest summers for years.  The worst culprits are normally foreign tourists but even Italians, who are normally renowned for their stylish dress, are not averse to arriving […]download

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How Much Adult Content Is Desirable In Children's Theatre?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:02:05 +0000

(image) “I as a director do not feel it is my responsibility to have a dialogue with a young person about subject matter that should be left to the parents. So to do a scene that is dealing with sex — I mean, I have trouble even just communicating a kiss and the emotion of love […]636356497551026157-GYT-Heathers-REDcast-548-

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John Luther Adams - A Life In Music (And Environment)

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:32:06 +0000

(image) “You know, I went north all those years ago, as a romantic young crusader and artist, and I imagined that in Alaska I could step outside my own culture — which is patently ridiculous. But somehow I was able to draw music from the air and the earth, and that has served me well. Even […]920x1240

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Why You Can Feel Exhausted After Just Sitting At Your Computer All Day

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:01:24 +0000

(image) "The human body reacts to stress in many of the same ways regardless of whether the source is mental, like a difficult math problem, or physical, like running. ... If you're conscious, your brain demands your energy, and lots of it. Using your brain takes real, honest, physical work - it's just not visible to […]brain-exhaustion

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Why Progressive Rock Gets No Respect (But It Should)

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:33:00 +0000

(image) Pop culture at large has enjoyed mocking prog obsession via negative portrayals of prog-rock fans (see: the weird misfit characters of The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Buffalo '66, for example). But, David Weigel argues, the genre doesn't get enough credit for its dynamism and inventiveness.gettyimages-113567787-9516085a294b3244aee5da89807f05fb6dd3b2f6-s1600-c85

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DataArts, President and CEO

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:04:57 +0000

(image) The President & CEO will work collaboratively with DataArts’ board to envision and lead the implementation of its strategic action plan, comprehensive resource development, and delivery of high quality services to participants, subscribers, and those who support the arts and cultural sector. DataArts-Logo

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'Paradise Lost' Has Been 'Translated More Often In Last 30 Years Than Previous 300'

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:02:33 +0000

(image) "More than 50 academics around the world collaborated to research a new book, Milton in Translation, discovering that the works of the 17th-century author have been translated more than 300 times and into 57 different languages. These range from Faroese and Manx to Tamil and Tongan, from Persian and Hebrew to Frisian and Welsh."paradise lost

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Scientists Report Birds Use Jazz Technique In Their Songs

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:31:09 +0000

(image) The 'swinging' birds were found after scientists used mathematical analysis to study the song of the thrush nightingale. The nightingale's song deviates slightly in its note timing, making it more 'expressive' like a jazz swing track, the researchers, from the Max Planck Institute in Frankfurt, Germany, found.4255DE4100000578-4697086-image-a-14_1500043899371

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Is It Even Possible To Make A Movie About Eating Disorders That Doesn't Make Things Worse?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:03:35 +0000

(image) Elizabeth King looks at the worries over the new Netflix production To the Bone and the (none-too-encouraging) previous attempts to deal with anorexia and bulimia onscreen.eating disorder movies

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Small Music Venues In The UK Are Disappearing - Is The Arts Council's Support Of Classical Music To Blame?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:31:52 +0000

(image) "Across the UK, music venues that have flourished for decades have begun to disappear. This week, the Music Venue Trust, the charity that supports the interests of Britain’s small music venues, questioned Arts Council England’s decision to reject its application for funding. The trust argues that while Arts Council England does much to support new music, with […]960

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What The Bolshoi Ballet's Director Came There To Do (Besides Throw Shade At His Predecessors)

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:04:56 +0000

(image) Makhar Vaziev: "When I accepted this position, [Bolshoi general director] Vladimir Urin set a concrete task before me about what he wanted to see from the troupe, and we came to a mutual agreement about that. In terms of classical ballet, I prefer irreproachable, ideal form, and that doesn't change from theater to theater. What […]bolshoi vaziev

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If SoundCloud Shuts Down, You Know What? Music Will Be Okay

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:36:10 +0000

(image) "The panic was illuminating, because there shouldn't have been a panic in the first place. ... 'If SoundCloud is no more,' Los Angeles rapper-producer Jonwayne tweeted, 'people will continue to make music. Another [better] aggregate will take its place. We won't miss it.' ... Singer-rapper D.R.A.M. offered a similar sentiment: 'We gon' be alright, I […]soundcloud-logo

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If The Confederacy Won: 'Game Of Thrones' Creators Plan Alt-History Series In Which Slavery Is Legal And Third Civil War (!) Is Coming

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:05:36 +0000

(image) "HBO said that the show" - titled Confederate - "would portray events leading to a Third Civil War and follow 'a broad swath of characters on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Demilitarized Zone - freedom fighters, slave hunters, politicians, abolitionists, journalists, the executives of a slaveholding conglomerate and the families of people in their thrall.'" […]game of thrones showrunners

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Jim Henson's Son Explains Why Kermit The Frog Actor Was Fired

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:34:13 +0000

(image) "[Brian] Henson said he had to have numerous talks with [Steve] Whitmire over the years about his unprofessional conduct, which included 'appalling' communications with colleagues. ... Henson declined to go into specifics about Whitmire's exact demands, but did say, 'Steve would use 'I am now Kermit and if you want the Muppets, you better make […]jim henson son

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Yes, Tony Kushner Is Writing A Play About Donald Trump

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:18:05 +0000

(image) "The play, he says, will not focus on the Trump presidency itself, but will be set two years before the election. Kushner says he will try to write Trump as a direct character, rather than anything oblique or symbolic. 'He's the kind of person, as a writer, I tend to avoid as I think he […]tony kushner

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New York City's First-Ever Cultural Plan Will Tie Funding To Greater Diversity In Cultural Institutions

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:03:16 +0000

(image) "The city has been funding the arts since the 19th century, but until now City Hall has never embarked on a comprehensive review of where all that money goes and what it does. The result of that effort is a 180-page report ... called 'CREATENYC: A Cultural Plan for All New Yorkers,' which aims to […]New_York_City_Hall

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From The British Museum Extension To A Pier On The Beach: The 2017 Stirling Prize Shortlist

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:47:11 +0000

(image) "Hastings' revived seaside pier will go head to head with a stealthy addition to the British Museum and a photographer's concrete studio in west London in the race to win the RIBA Stirling prize for the UK's best new building. They are joined on a diverse shortlist by a new visitor centre at Chatham's historic […]stirling prize shortlist

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The Arts Really Can Make People Healthier, And Doctors Could Legitimately Prescribe Them: Report

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:32:22 +0000

(image) "GPs prescribing arts activities to some patients could lead to a dramatic fall in hospital admissions and save the NHS money, according to a report into the subject of arts, health and wellbeing published after two years of evidence gathering. ... [The] inquiry contends that the arts can keep people well, aid recovery from illness, […]arts and health

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What Documenta Left Behind In Athens (And What It Didn't)

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:16:24 +0000

(image) "'Too bad that it won't be here anymore,' says an older woman wearing a large grey ponytail. She's talking about the free food at the colorful pavilion on Athens's Kotzia Square. The woman probably doesn't know that it's really an art project by Pakistani artist Rasheed Araeen ... 'You have to be pretty brash as […]athens documenta

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Three Tips For Staying Sane When You're Both A Dancer And Choreographer

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:01:19 +0000

(image) "Many people see dance and choreography as separate pursuits, or view choreography as a dance career's second act. For some dancers, however, performing and choreographing inform one another. ... Though a dual career can be fulfilling, simultaneously inhabiting the roles of dancer and choreographer requires focus, organization and a great deal of energy."stay sane

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The Pompidou Center Shanghai Is Coming

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:45:01 +0000

(image) "Officials at the Centre Pompidou have confirmed that ... more than 20 exhibitions drawn from the holdings of the Beaubourg Gallery will be shown in the new outpost, called Le Centre Pompidou Shanghai (West Bund), which is based in a wing of the new 25,000 sq. m West Bund Art Museum designed by the UK […]pompidou shanghai

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Remember The 'Who's Who' Directories Of Notable People? (They Really Did Matter Once)

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:30:59 +0000

(image) "So what's the deal? Where did this seemingly dumb idea come from and why does it persist? Today's Tedium points out why it was once valuable, and why it no longer is."whoswho

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Top Posts From AJBlogs 07.19.17

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:46:43 +0000

The World Is Your Classroom (Or Gym) Naomi Even-Aberle introduces us to her community: her gym. She shares how impactful it can be to take part in the successes, failures, and challenges of her students and peers as well as ... read more AJBlog: Field Notes Published 2017-07-19 Part of Something Bigger Jaclyn Roessel reflects on the […]