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Remembering Pauline Oliveros And Her Radical Vision Of Listening

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 22:32:23 +0000

(image) Considered as a healing practice—or a “tuning of mind and body”—Oliveros’s “Sonic Meditations” are, to an extent, unique in the history of musical experimentalism. In these works, experiments were not conducted on the music; the music was an experiment on the self. Anyone searching today for the complete box set of “Sonic Meditations” won’t find […]

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Color? What's That? Neuroscience Is On The Case

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:31:43 +0000

(image) "Colors are something we experience, individually and collectively. But without our experience of color, science would have no reason to suspect its existence. There would just be fifty shades, or more likely fifty thousand shades, of electromagnetic waves. That is why even a Nobel Prize-winning biologist like Gerald Edelman tells us that reality is actually […]

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Tragic Oakland Fire Spotlights Artist Housing Problem

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:02:30 +0000

(image) "The horrific event could lead city officials to go after illegally converted warehouses across Oakland, especially as evidence mounts that building inspectors knew of numerous problems with the Ghost Ship property but didn’t take action. Already, Oakland tenants housed in similar spaces are receiving eviction notices, and Mayor Libby Schaaf announced that the city is considering new […]

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Teaching Critical Thinking Skills? Well, Maybe It's A Waste Of Time?

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:31:13 +0000

(image) "Since the early 1980s schools have become ever more captivated by the idea that students must learn a set of generalised thinking skills to flourish in the contemporary world – and especially in the contemporary job market. Variously called ‘21st-century learning skills’ or ‘critical thinking’, the aim is to equip students with a set of […]

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'Dangerous Curves' - Plus-Size Pole Dancers

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:03:39 +0000

(image) Filmmaker and writer Merete Mueller introduces her 7½-minute documentary about Roslyn Mays and the workshops she teaches. (video)

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Claim: Small Presses Are Doing The Heavy Lifting In the Publishing Business

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:31:52 +0000

(image) "Are big publishers unwilling to take risks any more? Increasingly, 'risky' authors, those who’ve been rejected over and over again by traditional publishers or dozens of agents, are being picked up by small presses whose modus operandi is to take risks on literature that is exciting, innovative, or that they deem important either stylistically or […]

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Why It Took Scorsese Three Decades To Make 'Silence'

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:02:24 +0000

(image) In a story that begins with the director's near-death from drugs and asthma in 1978, Stephen Galloway follows the project through legal troubles (complicated), money troubles (recurring), and weather troubles (terrifying) - with the happy ending of a screening for Pope Francis and 200 teary-eyed Jesuits.

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Eight Misconceptions About Raising Money For The Arts In The UK

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:24:55 +0000

(image) In the UK there's a perception that US-style fundraising won't work there. But as government and corporate funding for the arts gets scarcer, trying to get private philanthropists to give more is getting energy. Here are eight myths about fundraising in the UK.

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Kafka's Notorious Sex Hangups Were Actually Pretty Normal, Says Biographer

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:01:47 +0000

(image) Well, normal for his place and time. What's more, his buddy Max Brod, notorious womanizer, had them, too, if we can believe his journal.

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How Your Brain Deciphers A Pun

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:31:46 +0000

(image) The interaction between the right and left hemispheres “enables us to ‘get’ the joke because puns, as a form of word play, complete humor’s basic formula: expectation plus incongruity equals laughter.”

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Have A Listen To The World's Oldest Surviving Piano

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:03:11 +0000

(image) It's a 1720 instrument by the inventor himself, Bartolomeo Cristofori, and Dongshok Shin plays one of the earliest pieces written for it. As long as you don't expect the timbre of a Steinway grand (or the equal-temperament tuning Steinways typically use), the Cristofori sounds pretty good. (video)

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Big Data Companies Are Trying To Bring Investor Confidence To The Market

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:45:53 +0000

(image) Each company has different aims, but one thing is clear: data will play a key role in how they—and the art market—move forward.

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Google Translate Has Invented Its Own Language

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:02:13 +0000

(image) "The online translation tool recently started using a neural network to translate between some of its most popular languages - and the system is now so clever it can do this for language pairs on which it has not been explicitly trained. To do this, it seems to have created its own artificial language."

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The New York Times Tells You What It's Like To Be A Bee

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:27:25 +0000

(image) Using the second person, an interactive feature by Joanna Klein walks the reader through the hive, the hunt for pollen, the tastes and smells (powerful) and sights (not so much) and movements of apian existence.

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Why Are So Many Scientists So Resistant To The Idea Of Animals' Consciousness And Emotions?

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:04:44 +0000

(image) Zoologist Antone Martinho: "Were I not an animal behaviour researcher, I would hardly notice; but because I am, I constantly ask myself: why do I treat my pets like thinking, conscious companions, and the ducklings in my lab like feathered robots? The reluctance of my field to engage seriously with animal consciousness is, I believe, […]

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Faculty At Notre Dame Demand Inclusion On Conservatives' Professor Watchlist

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:29:00 +0000

(image) Last month the conservative youth group Turning Point USA launched this website to identify academics who (in the opinion of Turning Pointers) "advance leftist propaganda in the classroom." (Last week George Yancy wrote an Op-Ed for the New York Times about finding his name on it.) Now, saying "this is the sort of company we […]

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Watchlist Redux Augments Professor Watchlist With Others Who Should Be On It - Like Socrates, Jefferson, And Jesus

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:17:46 +0000

(image) "Redux includes two lists of radical thinkers: those of the past and present, respectively. The past list includes blurbs about influential thinkers from Socrates to Thomas Jefferson to Anna J. Cooper to Alan Turing, with some perhaps unexpected entries. An entry on Jesus of Nazareth, for example, reads, 'Notorious radical and troublemaker, taught the poor, […]

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We Have A Winner In The Competition To Light Up London's Bridges

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:02:22 +0000

(image) And he's an American - in fact, he's the guy who lit up the new San Francisco Bay Bridge. The £20m project, which covers 17 bridges along a six-mile stretch of the Thames, is one of the largest public art commissions in British history.

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Dmitri Hvorostovsky Cancels All Future Opera Performances

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:46:50 +0000

(image) While he says he can still do concert performances, that brain tumor continues to wreak its damage.

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Lauders Give Portland (Maine) Museum Of Art Largest Matching Gift In Its History

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:31:53 +0000

(image) Cosmetic mogul Leonard and his wife, Judy, are giving the museum $5 million (contingent on the raising of a matching amount) toward its $15 million endowment drive.

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Dominic Dromgoole Launches A New Classical Theatre Company

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:16:56 +0000

(image) "Former Shakespeare's Globe artistic director Dominic Dromgoole has teamed up with producer Nica Burns to launch a theatre company focused on classic playwrights. Called Classic Spring, it will celebrate the work of proscenium playwrights, including Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw, staging their plays in the theatres they wrote for."

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Composer Elliott Schwarz, 80

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:02:05 +0000

(image) A mid-century modernist who loved puzzles and puns, Schwartz wrote one piece called By George that spliced together snippets by Georges Gershwin and Handel and another called Elevator Music that had the audience riding in the titular conveyance while musicians played portions of the score on various floors.

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Anonymous Donor Saved The Season At Fort Worth Symphony

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:45:12 +0000

(image) "[The $700,000 gift] allowed the two sides to agree on a new four-year contract, which was ratified by the musicians on Wednesday, without the cuts that management had sought."

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Dutch National Ballet And Rambert Contemporary Dance Begin Joint Project To Develop Choreographers

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:31:01 +0000

(image) "Contemporary dance company Rambert has announced an artistic development partnership with the Dutch National Ballet to nurture choreographers and composers from both companies. The partnership will begin with a joint programme of exchange between both companies and the artists working within them."

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Top Posts From AJBlogs 12.08.16

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:18:40 +0000

Past Hits and a New Dance from Abroad The Alvin Ailey America Dance Theater at New York City Center, November 30-December 31. ... read more AJBlog: Dancebeat Published 2016-12-08  

Study Puts Some Numbers On How Silo-ized Theatre-Goers Are

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:03:22 +0000

(image) We like to talk about an "arts community" as if it's really a thing, but in fact, art is a very personal experience, and people tend to be fans of who they like rather than the art form generally. They go to specific artists or plays or museums. New music fans aren't necessarily interested in […]

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When Jazz Was Cool It Was A Different World

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 02:31:05 +0000

(image) "TV is now enjoying a vogue of being cool, but the great era of TV cool was the 1950s. You could catch Miles and John Coltrane on TV, and jazz was all over its soundtracks. That and the movies were the mediums with the broadest and deepest reach in popular culture, and they brought jazz […]

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Teen Cellist Gets The Loan Of A 17th Century Rare Amati For Life

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 02:02:53 +0000

(image) He's a major talent. It's an elite cello. A marriage destined to be.

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Neo-Futurists Founder Splits With The Company And Blames Trump

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 23:02:44 +0000

(image) "Faced with the pending inauguration, Greg Allen said in his statement, 'I could no longer stand by and let my most effective artistic vehicle be anything but a machine to fight Fascism.' His new company 'will be comprised entirely of people of color, LBTQ+, artist/activist women, and other disenfranchised voices in order to combat the […]

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Claim: Musicals Are Squeezing Plays Out Of London's West End

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 22:02:59 +0000

(image) In an interview with The Stage, Wilson was asked if the West End needed a greater variety of theatre sizes. He responded: “Yes we do. And the reason is that the big theatres, progressively the smaller big theatres, are being used for musicals more. Gypsy going in to the Savoy, and Funny Girl… the 800 and […]

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