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A New App Sends Notes On The Music To Your Phone While The Orchestra Plays

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:02:01 +0000

(image) Yes, really: The idea is to look at your phone, with the app open, during the concert. "The app, Octava, is intended to 'assist the participant through a musical journey,' with Chris Evans, director of press and marketing at RPO, saying its tone is 'specifically aimed towards new and potentially younger audiences.'"Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 09.34.07

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The Possibilities Of High-Tech Design Include 7 Million Different Labels For Nutella Jars

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:08:20 +0000

(image) Not that Nutella needed help on the shelf, but ... "The algorithm pulls from a database of dozens of patterns and colors to create seven million different versions of the Nutella label — pink and green, striped and polka-dotted, Pop Art-inspired and minimal."11

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'Jane Eyre' May Have Been Written As A Coded, Secret Love Letter

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:04:54 +0000

(image) Charlotte Brontë was facing two crises: Her father's health was in trouble, and she had for years been in love with a married, and uninterested, man. "The unstated fantasy driving the writing of Jane Eyre, which she began drafting nine months later, was in all likelihood to create a novel of romantic love that would […]jane-eyre-2011-02

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Will Ottawa's National Arts Centre Renovation Undercut The Complex's 'Brutalist Truth'?

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:10:47 +0000

(image) Where the brutalist designs of the 1960s meant to give the complex an aura of "high art," the ethos of 2017 means opening up, warming up, inviting people in, including many people who don't have tickets and never will have tickets to events inside. But Alex Bozikovic asks, "What if, 50 years from now, every […]National+Arts+Centre+Rejuvenation

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Arts Criticism Is Not A One-Way Street (Anymore)

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:37:56 +0000

(image) Kris Vire: "What we have in this moment, I believe, is a theater community that feels newly empowered in the wake of last year’s explosive Profiles Theatre saga to root out bad behavior within its ranks, and a new generation of artists in the social-media age who believe criticism should be a back-and-forth conversation with […]image (1)

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Audiobooks: They're Just As Good As 'Real' Books

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:04:16 +0000

(image) Seriously though, think of The Iliad. "Our cultural anxiety about audiobooks may have deeper roots in media and educational history, dating as far back as the beginning of the Enlightenment period, when the West made a general shift towards the privileging of sight over the other senses. After all, oral storytelling predates print and writing […]Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 08.16.21

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Before The Internet

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:34:48 +0000

(image) "You would lean against the lockers with a faraway expression on your face and let people assume whatever they wanted. Like that you were a girly girl but could also be a tomboy. Or that back in your home town you’d been friends with a bunch of crows. And everyone assumed that if they saw […]170626_r30166

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The Village That Used To Crank Out 60 Percent Of The World's Art Output May Be Hitting Reset

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:02:46 +0000

(image) "In the mid-2000s, Dafen’s copy industry was booming. It was at this point that auxiliary commercial avenues began to take root in the village. Quaint cafes, as well as more accessible 'gallery shops' (predominantly fronts for anonymous art workers and addresses from which to tout for business both wholesale and retail) lent the village lucrative […]download (1)

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A Year In The Life Of Competitive Pun-Making

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:37:44 +0000

(image) Joe Berkowitz: "The best pun I heard during the course of writing the book was: 'I went to go shopping for cherries and microphones the other day: bought a bing, bought a boom.'"Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 07.58.43

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Should Theatre Critics Be Focused On Issues Larger Than The Performance In Front Of Them?

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:01:08 +0000

(image) Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins: "There’s a thing where just because you’re an arts journalist, you’re automatically assumed to be quote ‘woke’. But that’s actually part of what this moment is about, it’s about not being so complacent with your own perceived tolerance."an-octoroon-image-960x600

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The Writer Who Creates Romances For An American History That Actually Happened

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:32:02 +0000

(image) Beverly Jenkins' books teach the history between the end of the Civil War and the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement - almost all with romance as the focus. But she's a little tired of the miscategorization of her books. She says, "African-American is not a genre! When they put us on a separate shelf, […]beverly-jenkins-620x412

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Good News: Google Will Stop Scanning All Of Your Gmail To Help With Ad Targeting

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:00:21 +0000

(image) Why? Because they care? Because they're not doing evil? Ha! No: Because, even though the practice is only for personal email and not corporate email, the scanning "has made it difficult for Google to find and retain corporate clients for its cloud services business ... due to general confusion over Google’s business tactics and an […]Screen Shot 2017-06-25 at 22.30.29

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Will Performers Go On Strike? SAG-AFTRA Membership Has Authorized One

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:00:03 +0000

(image) They say that "the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers has pushed for 'outrageous rollbacks'" during negotiations. The contract covers 160,000 performers in film and TV, so ... that's a lot.sag-aftra-protest

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So Far, Audiences For Broadway's '1984' Have Fainted, Vomited, And Been Arrested

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:45:47 +0000

(image) So that's going well, then? "'I’m not surprised, since this experience is unique, bold and immersive,' [said star] Olivia Wilde, who broke her tailbone and dislocated her rib during previews."gettyimages-800013210_-_h_2017

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Fans May Never Hear All Of The Music In Prince's Vault

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:15:34 +0000

(image) The artist's estate is in what the judge overseeing it calls a state of "personal and corporate mayhem."26PRINCE-master768

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The Writer Who Can Help Make A Show About Eating Disorders Both Good And Right

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:00:57 +0000

(image) Marti Noxon won fame on Buffy the Vampire Slaver and Angel. Now she's in the middle of promoting a movie for Netflix, filming a series with HBO, finishing a series with Bravo, and starting the first series of a three-year deal with Skydance Media. "I'm somebody's Joss [Whedon] now!" she says.22-noxon-lede.w710.h473.2x

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New York Says Goodbye To A Lot Of Midsize Galleries

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:45:51 +0000

(image) It's not a pleasant trend, whether it's in London, New York or Los Angeles. Indeed, as more small and mid-size galleries merge or close, "some see the solidifying of a class society."26CLOSINGSJP2-master768

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How, In This Time Of Collapsing Theatre Coverage, Is London's 'Theatre Record' Still Alive?

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:30:43 +0000

(image) The guy who runs it works for free, and it takes its content from printed reviews. (But are there any printed theatre reviews anymore? Or will there be in the future?)Pages-from-TR_1985_issue01_pp0001-0048

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The Last Moments Of A Prima Ballerina's Life With The ABT, In Photo Essay Form

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:15:07 +0000

(image) It's a ritual: "A ballerina’s farewell — especially at American Ballet Theater — is a time-honored drama. Rose petals fall like rain from the rafters, fellow dancers parade out to deliver bouquets, and audience members crowd the aisles, roaring as if at a rock concert."25ballerina-6-superJumbo

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An Artist's Design For An LGBT Memorial In New York Reflects Desire To Bond With The City

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:00:16 +0000

(image) Artist Anthony Goicolea: "It feels like there are certain shapes and patterns that are encoded in our DNA as humans that transcend any particular culture and speak to how we are unified in the larger scheme,” he said. “I wanted to create a space that feels familiar, even though it is new."26memorial-item-master768

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The Writer Lidia Yuknavitch, Who Reinvented The Memoir, Says She'll Never Tire Of 'Swimming Within Language'

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:45:39 +0000

(image) Her book The Chronology of Water ends with an interview with her editor Rhonda Hughes, and here's why: "What you want is an editor who is dying to go with you into your material, to ride the waves, to dive down or kick up, to swim the waters of your imagination. The interview was a […]0979018838.01.LZZZZZZZ

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The Huge Price Someone - Maybe All Of Us - Pays For Empathy In 'S-Town'

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:30:03 +0000

(image) The podcast, originally a discussion between host Brian Reed and a man in the town he calls "S-Town," is now a genuine phenomenon. But what are the ethics of so many of knowing so much about the life of someone we've never met? "None of this is easy. Or ethically clear. But it is moving […]S-Town-feature

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The Making Of GLOW, Netflix's New Women Wrestling Comedy

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:15:10 +0000

(image) For one thing, all of the actors had to learn how to wrestle. "We knew from the beginning GLOW was a show about bodies and women using their bodies in different ways that they hadn’t used them before, and using bodies in ways that we as an audience haven’t seen before. It felt pretty important […]glow_and_inset_of__carly_mensch_and_liz_flahive_-getty-h_2017

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What Do We Know About Shakespeare's Politics?

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:00:09 +0000

(image) Not a lot because, well, he was a playwright. But "some themes recur; and some messages in the action of his plays are too powerful to miss. Such themes are most abundant in the four plays written at the height of Shakespeare’s powers. In Polonius’s classification, they are tragical-comical-historical. They are about the state in […]Screen Shot 2017-06-25 at 19.48.43

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The Slow And Semi-Secret Death Of The Electric Guitar

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 21:00:22 +0000

(image) The industry (and music in general) needs more guitar heroes if it's going to survive - or else technology, and the electronic music it produces, will take over.Death of the Electric Guitar

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Buffalo's Albright-Knox Museum To Reconfigure, Expand, And 'Become One With The Park'

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 20:30:10 +0000

(image) There are several phases of construction planned, but "perhaps the most striking feature of the planned expansion is the creation of a vast, light-filled entry hall where the current courtyard and Bunshaft galleries exist. Renderings show the space as a glass-walled public plaza with an elevated walkway providing access to the existing auditorium on the […]cds1-1100x733

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Top AJBlog Posts For The Weekend Of 06.25.17

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 20:15:59 +0000

Four Companies, Six Dances Karole Armitage, Jaqulyn Buglisi, Elisa Monte, and Jennifer Muller join forces. Elisa Monte’s Day’s Residue. Left rear: Clymene Baugher. Jumping (foreground): Scott Willits. Plus Thomas Varvaro, Wade Watson, and Alrick Thomas. Photo: Darial Sneed As ... read more AJBlog: DancebeatPublished 2017-06-24 Lloyd Cole and All the Poets YOUR humble blogger has […]