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Discover the First Master's Degree in Management for Active Performing Artists - in NYC

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:44:16 +0000

(image) Discover the first graduate management degree designed specifically for active performing artists. The MA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship at The New School enables practicing musicians, actors, directors, dancers, and other performing artists to refine their craft in New York City while developing critical business and leadership skills.TNS-logo-red

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After Sale Of Entertainment Assets, What Will A Smaller Fox Look Like?

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:02:51 +0000

(image) "The biggest and most immediate changes are likely to be felt at Fox Broadcasting, which will be divorced from studio 20th Century Fox Television. Fox will thus become the only broadcast network not affiliated with a television studio."bobs-burgers

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Why Write Fiction In The Age Of Endless Story?

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:31:39 +0000

(image) "As much as we carp about the increasing digitization of our lives, this isn’t really a new problem. Writing required cord-cutting long before the computer. It’s an act of refusal, of relinquishment, and of retreat, a decision to turn away from the world and its noise of possibilities, to chase instead a signal down the […]tumblr_mgoeeafytm1r9qhhio1_1280

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Why Classical Music Audience-Building Strategies Don't Work

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:02:29 +0000

(image) "Working toward greater diversity in new music is necessary and right. The problem is that we’re putting the cart before the horse. Greater inclusivity isn’t an audience-building strategy—it’s an audience-building outcome. Making inclusivity the focus of strategy actually hurts our efforts. All we do is muddle classical music exceptionalism with easily disproven assumptions about musical taste, […]16-kyle-glenn-audienceempty

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How Our Neurological Wiring Informs Our Aesthetic Taste

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:29:46 +0000

(image) "Scientific evidence suggests that most of what we think we see comes from visual processing, perhaps just 20% comes from the actual input to the retina. Again, what is the evolutionary purpose of this? If we encounter a predator and had to construct what we’re seeing from scratch each time, we’d get eaten. So the […]jean-dubuffet-fluence-1984

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How YouTube Stars Are Making Millions Off Their Fans

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:01:18 +0000

(image) The type of shameless promotion that YouTubers engage in on a daily basis is radically different from what Vaccarino had experienced with traditional artists. "When it comes to selling something, with bands and traditional musicians, it's not their priority. They're like, ‘How do I make good music?’ And just assume the money will follow. They […]171213-lorenz-fanjoy-tease_pci34x

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Want To Be Jealous Of Alex Ross? Here's What He Got To Hear This Year

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:33:24 +0000

(image) The list of remarkable performances and recordings will give you some idea of the musical creativity out there.Ross-Notable-Performances-and-Recordings-2017

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What Is "Culture" Anymore? The Answers Are Surprising

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:01:11 +0000

(image) "The study found that more than a third of art museum-goers did not think art museums were a cultural experience, and over half of theatergoers felt the same. Audiences were more likely to consider a street fair or exotic food and drink a cultural experience than opera or ballet. Eighty-one percent of respondents said they […]anne_ellegood_lucy_redoglia_benjamin_millepied_juan_devis_charles_gaines_laurie_ochoa_

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Kurt Vonnegut's Basic Story Arcs

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:32:17 +0000

(image) This archival video features Vonnegut using a chalkboard and his famous deadpan wit to map out three highly familiar narrative arcs that seem to have lost none of their popularity despite countless

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All Of This Year's Screen Actors Guild Awards Will Be Presented By Women

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:55:38 +0000

(image) The motion to prioritize female visibility at the televised event is designed to be a response to the slew of sexual harassment scandals in Hollywood. Traditionally, a man and a women have been paired to present each category's winner at the SAG awards. The ceremony's list of presenters have not yet been released.gettyimages-873343548-h_2017

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As Our Machines Get Smarter, Do Humans Need An Upgrade?

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:34:57 +0000

(image) Brain augmentation might sound like science fiction, but the technology is already a well-established field of neuroscience. There are noninvasive forms of tech like EEG, in which sensors use electrical signals to communicate with our brains, and cochlear implants that interface with auditory neurons to restore hearing. Brain-computer interfaces already play a crucial role in […]download-1

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The Art Of Book Acknowledgments (Dreary And Mundane, But Sometimes Quite Revealing)

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:02:26 +0000

(image) Some revelations are inadvertent, and not especially flattering to the author. In my head, I have an informal taxonomy of acknowledgments, and one species is the Name-Dropper. Do writers know the kind of insecurity they’re betraying when they do their Trump Towers of thanks, their gold-plated word-piles of self-regard?17bookbrown2-master180

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How Artificial Intelligence Is Transforming The Music Business

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:25:14 +0000

(image) Youtube, fueled by their parent company's artificial intelligence division, Google Brain, has successfully accelerated their recommendation capabilities through a series of micro-improvements. For example, roughly four years ago, YouTube made its first significant improvement to its recommendation algorithm when it decided to value the number of times users spent watching a video more than the […]GoldMine_gif-3

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When A Pack Of Opera Stars Goes Out For Karaoke

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:03:55 +0000

(image) "It was a bit like going ice skating at Rockefeller Center, only to discover that Michelle Kwan was also there, breezing through axels and lutzes." A reporter follows Susan Graham, Paul Groves, Jamie Barton, Barry Banks, and other singers currently at the Met as they let loose at a karaoke bar. "Bohemian Rhapsody"? Piece of […]opera stars karaoke

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Are You Legally Allowed To Eat An Artwork You Own?

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:32:51 +0000

(image) "In the United States, whether or not you are legally allowed to eat (or burn, slash, or destroy) an artwork depends on whether said work falls under the protection of the 1990 Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA). In America, property rights generally reign supreme—meaning that, if you own something, you can pretty much do whatever […]d7hftxdivxxvm.cloudfront

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Here's What Happened When A Bot Tried To Write A Harry Potter Book

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:04:45 +0000

(image) "After the team at Botnik fed the seven Harry Potter novels through their predictive text keyboard, it came up with a chapter from a new Harry Potter story: 'Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash'." Here's one choice sentence: "He saw Harry and immediately began to eat Hermione's […]harry potter bot

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America's First Gospel Music Museum To Open In Chicago

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:36:23 +0000

(image) The National Museum of Gospel Music, with a planned opening in 2020, "[will be] on the site once occupied by Pilgrim Baptist Church, known as the birthplace of gospel."gospel music museum

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How Ridley Scott's Team Erased Kevin Spacey From A Film And Edited In Christopher Plummer

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:05:40 +0000

(image) When allegations of sexual abuse and harassment by Spacey came out in the fall, he became PR poison, and all Hollywood ran the other way. Sony was inclined to withdraw the planned Christmas release All the Money in the World, in which Spacey played the late billionaire J. Paul Getty III - until director Ridley […]christopher plummer

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A 'Rotten Tomatoes' For The #MeToo Moment

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:34:09 +0000

(image) "Since Harvey Weinstein's unraveling, the list of cultural heavy-hitters accused of sexual misconduct has been growing at a dizzying clip, particularly in Hollywood. Enter Rotten Apples: a searchable database introduced on Tuesday that informs users which films or television shows are connected to those accused of sexual harassment or worse."rottenapples

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Pianist Willie Pickens, 86, Giant Of Chicago Jazz

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:18:07 +0000

(image) "[He was] revered in Chicago - and around the world - not only as a colossal piano virtuoso but as a symbol of Chicago jazz. ... [He] summoned immense masses of sound at the piano without succumbing to a percussive clatter. Add to this the extraordinary velocity he could achieve, as well as the melodic […]willie pickens

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PBS Suspends 'Tavis Smiley Show' Amid Charges Of 'Misconduct'

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:03:08 +0000

(image) "[An] investigation found credible allegations that Smiley had engaged in sexual relationships with multiple subordinates, sources said.... In general, witnesses described Smiley as creating a verbally abusive and threatening environment that went beyond what could be expected in a typical high-pressure work environment."tavis-smiley

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Merriam-Webster's 2017 Word Of The Year: 'Feminism'

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:47:00 +0000

(image) Beating out's more disheartening choice, "complicit", "feminism" saw searches spike by 70% over last year - thanks to the Women's March, #MeToo, and (we're afraid so) Kellyanne Conway.word of the year

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3,500-Year-Old Burial Mural Found In Egypt

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:32:47 +0000

(image) Two tombs, dated to the 18th Dynasty (1550-1292 B.C.) and containing mummies and funeral goods as well as a large mural, were excavated and uncovered in Luxor.3500 year olf mural c

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Disney Co. Reaches Deal To Buy Most Of 21st Century Fox

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:16:29 +0000

(image) "The Walt Disney Company said on Thursday that it had reached a deal to buy most of the assets of 21st Century Fox, the conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch, in an all-stock transaction valued at roughly $52.4 billion. ... The once unthinkable acquisition promises to reshape Hollywood and Silicon Valley."disney fox

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For Second Time, Jock Sturges Photos Vandalized In Moscow For 'Promoting Pedophilia'

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:01:09 +0000

(image) "A Russian nationalist activist has vandalised Absence of Shame, an exhibition by American photographer Jock Sturges at a Moscow photography gallery for the second time in just over a year after already targeting it last year for allegedly promoting paedophilia."jock sturges

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London Theatre Axes Play Because It's Too 'Highly Conflictual' During Anti-Sexual Harassment Campaign

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:45:21 +0000

(image) "The Royal Court Theatre has shelved its planned production of Rita, Sue and Bob Too after The Guardian revealed its original co-director Max Stafford-Clark had been forced to step down after allegations of sexual harassment. The play, which tells the story of two teenage girls who have a sexual relationship with an older married man, […]london royal court

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Lewis Manilow, Chicago Arts Philanthropist, Dead At 90

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:30:34 +0000

(image) By profession an attorney and real estate developer, he was a co-founder of Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art and led the effort to move the Goodman Theatre into a building of its own, anchoring a "theatre row" in the North Loop.lewis manilow

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