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To Be Part Of Broadway's 'Clockwork Orange,' It Helps To Be Ultrafit

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:30:43 +0000

(image) The director says, "Alex makes a point in the book of saying as a young man, you should be the best version of yourself that you can be. And certainly Jonno’s translation of that is: ‘Don’t let your body go to waste when it’s in its prime.’"25droogs11-superJumbo


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The Architect Of Louvre Abu Dhabi Says The Treatment Of Workers Is 'An Old Question' That's Not Important

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:15:53 +0000

(image) Jean Nouvel, speaking of the workers who built his museum - and despite a 2015 report that says the workers were badly abused - said, "They have the same conditions, even better conditions, than those I see in other countries. ... We checked and it was fine. We saw no problem."8256


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The City Of Anaheim Is (Probably) Not Getting What It Needs From Disney

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:00:38 +0000

(image) Anaheim is fed up, too. For instance: "The Burbank company masterfully works the political system, sometimes deploying aggressive strategies that belie its carefully cultivated image. Support for various deals benefiting Disney has come from Anaheim City Council members who have received generous campaign contributions through a byzantine network of political action committees funded by the […]la-fi-anaheim-disney-photos-20170719-037


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An Artist Collective Booted After The Ghost Ship Tragedy Finds A Warehouse - With Permits, Even

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:45:50 +0000

(image) Truly an unlikely story: "Unlike many collectives that disbanded post-eviction, members of the Trapp managed to pull off a miracle in Oakland’s increasingly tight real estate market: They convinced a warehouse owner to let them build out a new live/work space and do it legally."ebt-l-trapp-0920-07


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Actors Have Been Occupying This Iconic Berlin Theatre All Weekend

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:30:27 +0000

(image) On Friday afternoon, at Berlin's Volksbühne theatre, "a group of left-wing activists moved into the building and proclaimed they were occupying the institution with the aim of turning it into a collectively run theater." The actors left a newly built stage at the disused Templehof theatre for their ostensible director, Chris Dercon.25volksbuhne1-master768


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Shonda Rhimes, Who Made Grey's Anatomy And Many Other Hit Shows, Says Hollywood Needs To Get More LGBT Representation

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:15:43 +0000

(image) At the Los Angeles LGBT Center awards night, Rhimes spoke up. "Everyone has the right the see themselves on the screen, and I think it’s really dangerous when that doesn’t happen," she said. "People deserve realistic portrayals."48th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards, Show, Los Angeles, USA - 23 Sep 2017


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The Life Of A Comic-Book Letterer [PODCAST]

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:00:46 +0000

(image) The letterer's art is to make it look like no art at all. "Though their work is essential to the look and feel of a book, it also tends to disappear into the page itself."170922_WORKING_dbennett_headshot.jpg.CROP.promo-xlarge2


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Myrna Lamb, Feminist Playwright Lambasted By Male Critics, Has Died At 87

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:45:38 +0000

(image) Her first musical, "Mod Donna," had its opening at the Public in 1970. One Lamb supporter: "I was at opening night with my then-boyfriend, ... a deceptively mild-mannered man who rose out of his chair at the curtain and began to shout that feminism was a sham and that he would tell the awful truth […]23lamb-obit-1-blog427


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The Theatre Of Cruelty At The Heart Of Darren Arnofsky's 'Mother!'

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:30:24 +0000

(image) Just ask Artaud: Language is insufficient to communicate the pain of existence (so add some intensely horrible sound to your unsubtle movie, and communicate it that way).lead_960 (1)


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What's The Point Of Our (Illusory) Sense Of Agency, Anyway?

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:15:35 +0000

(image) What one neuropsychology professor thinks: "If our experience of action doesn’t really affect what we do in the moment, then what is it for? Why have it? Contrary to what many people believe, I think agency is only relevant to what happens after we act – when we try to justify and explain ourselves to […]DominoIllusion-1


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Colin Firth, Whose Wife Is Italian, Now Has Dual Italian And British Citizenship

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:00:19 +0000

(image) Without saying "Brexit," the actor says Brexit, as his wife gets British citizenship too: "We never really thought much about our different passports. But now, with some of the uncertainty around, we thought it sensible that we should all get the same."_97987298_hi041863730


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Charles Bradley, The 'Screaming Eagle Of Soul' Who Found Fame Late In Life, Has Died At 68

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 21:00:43 +0000

(image) Bradley's first album, on the '60s sound revival label Daptone, was released when he was 62, and his James-Brown-evoking performances became legendary. Daptone's Gabriel Roth: "Charles was somehow one of the meekest and strongest people I've ever known. His pain was a cry for universal love and humanity."gettyimages-815825648_wide-73da66a740c3ddbee9768dcaac9433f6fafa20c6-s1500-c85


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How Weird - And How Abusive - Do Celebrities Have To Be Before We Stop Watching Their Movies?

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 20:30:48 +0000

(image) Apparently, audiences will accept almost anything as long as it has to do with controlling women. See: Tom Cruise and Jim Carrey.5000


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Top AJBlogs For The Weekend Of 09.24.17

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 20:15:05 +0000

After Degas: Burrell Collection at the National Gallery A small Degas show, “Drawn in Colour,” at the National Gallery until 7 May, comprises a splendid group of pictures, chiefly on loan from the Burrell Collection, near Glasgow, complemented by some from the National’s ... read more AJBlog: Plain EnglishPublished 2017-09-24 A Book With Extra Thrust This is the […]



What A New Science Fiction Series Reveals About Our Planet (It's Rather Grim)

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 20:00:48 +0000

(image) Traditionally, science fiction with spaceships has been about exploration and escaping Earth. But that escape is a pipe dream. "We experience our actual earthbound future as an incomprehensible betrayal. For humanity to flicker and die on Earth alone — and to leave no trace of itself save its garbage and the geological echo of incomprehensibly […]earth_render_2012


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Are Artists About To Get Kicked Out Of Bushwick By A Wave Of Development?

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:30:13 +0000

(image) Many people see the artists as the first wave of development and gentrification, of course. "Tensions have simmered for much of the past decade between Bushwick’s longtime Latino and African American residents and artists who moved into the area. But as more people discover the neighborhood’s charms, investors pour money into projects that increase property […]state-of-bushwick-2017-4347


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Ritha Devi, A 'Consummate Actress' Who Brought Indian Classical Dance To The U.S., Has Died At 92

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:00:59 +0000

(image) She specialized in Odissi, a form of temple dance from the eastern Indian state of Odisha. "By the 1940s and ’50s, Odissi had fallen out of favor in India. But Ms. Devi, who began studying it in 1964, helped revive it through worldwide tours in the 1970s and as a professor in New York University’s […]merlin-to-scoop-127682408-402464-blog427


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Jean Michel Basquiat Made His Entire Life Art, And Essentially Predicted Our Identity-Obsessed Digital Age

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 18:30:27 +0000

(image) Think about this when you see artists on Instagram: "Artists always make spectacular choices in terms of what they are going to wear - it’s part of the gallery game, a game of seduction with the collectors. They are buying you as much as they are buying the work. It’s one of the rare occasions […]landscape


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Where Are All Of The Rural Gay Poets?

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 18:00:14 +0000

(image) Obviously they've all moved to cities, right? But for real: Does "the omission of gay voices in [the] rural canon gesture toward a more pointed claim, that the 'moral glory' of the American countryside somehow prevented, or at least denied, the existence of gay men and women"?Indiana-farm


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José Carreras, The Third Tenor In The Three Tenors' Juggernaut, Exits The Stage

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 17:30:37 +0000

(image) Carreras was on his way to the heights of opera stardom when he was struck by leukemia - but a comeback concert with friends and fellow tenors Luciano Pavarotti and Plácido Domingo turned him into a massive crossover star. Now he's preparing to sing his final concert at Carnegie Hall.23CARRERAS1-master768


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This 'Star Trek' Goes, Digitally, Where No CBS Show Has Gone Before

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 17:00:24 +0000

(image) After the opening episode arrives over the usual airwaves, the show is only going to be available on CBS All Access - something that executives hope will get more people to sign up for the streaming service.la-1506133507-4s7w530sfn-snap-image


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Inside The Massive, Two-Year Effort To Save, And Restore, Gainsborough's 'Blue Boy'

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 16:30:35 +0000

(image) The Huntington's senior paintings conservator, Christina O’Connell, has a plan. "The Blue Boy will be reframed and returned to the portrait gallery on November 1. It will remain there for 10 months while O’Connell processes reams of data and formulates her treatment plan. Then the painting will come down for another several months of treatment. […]lead_960


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Cressida Pollock, Who Steered The English National Opera Through Its Troubles, Will Step Down

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 16:00:57 +0000

(image) That righting came at a cost - cutting the number of operas, losing a music director, dealing with a threatened strike by the chorus - but the young executive director leaves the ENO on a much more stable financial footing, with new artistic leadership coming in.3040


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A Backroom Deal With Weinstein Productions About 'Finding Neverland' Raises Questions For A High-Profile AIDS Fundraiser

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 15:30:53 +0000

(image) Well: "Mr. Weinstein said that when arranging the charitable contributions that flowed to the theater he told some donors that the funds were to support the 'Finding Neverland' production. But, he said, it wasn’t his responsibility to further disclose that the money would be used to reimburse him and the other investors or otherwise cover […]23AMFAR4-master675


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Viola Davis Says Hollywood's Lack Of Diversity Can Only Be Changed From The Inside

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 15:00:54 +0000

(image) Davis and her husband, Julian Tennon, set up a production company in 2011 to do just that - but, Tennon says, "When I go to meetings, it’s generally not African Americans that I’m talking to about getting something greenlit. Folks at the top are going to have to make decisions about trying to make systemic […]2907


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Transforming Teenagers Into Readers With An Intimate Love Of Books

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 14:30:29 +0000

(image) A high school teacher who does surveys and knows only 15 percent of any class ever reads the entire book thinks that "if reading were less of a spectator sport maybe we’d inhabit a world better informed, more critical—and critical in a reflective rather than a reactive sense—a world shaped more collectively by thoughtfulness, by […]classroom


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Can The Zeitz Museum Become The Tate Modern Of South Africa?

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 14:00:25 +0000

(image) Sure, if by that you mean where the world's wealthy come to play. "At its media preview last Friday, two of the first questions from South African journalists raised awkward points about Cape Town's reputation as an unequal and inaccessible playground for the wealthy. The city is arguably one of the least African cities on […]exterior-mocaaxxnw2


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