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Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.25.17

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:19:22 +0000

Combining Cultures This year, Ballet Hispanico will celebrate its 47th anniversary. I know, I know. In the performing-arts world, we only go all out for a year that ends in zero or five. But what’s immodest about a company being proud of its achievements in other years? ... read more AJBlog: Dancebeat Published 2017-04-25 “Moral […]

Can Theatre Spur Action On Climate Change?

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:18:52 +0000

(image) "The time for reckoning is over. It’s time for action. And for action to be effective, we need inspiration. Doomsday scenarios won’t galvanize us; we need hope and a capacity to imagine the future we want to create. In short, we need new narratives. And who better to provide those than writers?"B_C_Bilodeau_photo 2

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Why Do We Treat Arts Education As Remedial Activity Rather Than Enormous Possibility?

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:31:30 +0000

(image) "While most community arts programs for underserved youth were planned by caring, well-intentioned organizers, they are doing serious harm. They are designed to mitigate risk — to treat participants not as creative talent full of ideas and possibility, but as disadvantaged youth or, worse, cautionary tales in the making. Their target outcomes are preventing violence […]arts-programs-children

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Why Linda Winer Is Quitting Her Job As A Theatre Critic After 30 Years

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:01:45 +0000

(image) "Winer’s beef, it should be clear, is not with her employers, about whom she had nothing but kind words in a brief interview today. She’s instead stepping down in protest over (or surrender to) the apparent collective indifference of readers to arts criticism, as a chill wind of click metrics has blown through the profession […]NEWSDAY theater critic/arts columnist LINDA WINER.

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The Joy With Which The Onion Imagines Orchestra Musicians Anticipate Pops Concerts

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:31:05 +0000

(image) “To repeat the same sequence of eight notes over and over again while staring at the back of John Mellencamp’s head as amplified guitars and boisterous audience members drown out most of the sound—I can’t think of a greater privilege than that. The only thing better would be playing with Jon Bon Jovi, but I’m […]1600

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How The Barnes Museum Figured Out How To Use The Cloud To Track Visitors

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:01:55 +0000

(image) "Counters keep track of average visit duration in any space where we use them and by tracking at our main entrance, special exhibition, and collection gallery we have a sense of visit duration throughout the building on any given day and at any given time. This has given us the opportunity to manage queues effectively […]1-S4Y65qSjT6X5qUZ-u9oDzg

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Fifty Years Ago Canada Threw Itself A Giant Party (Looking Back, We Can See What A Different Time It Was)

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:29:16 +0000

(image) 1967 “was a year in which most Canadians felt good about themselves and their country.” A principal reason was Expo, which attracted more than 50 million people and was described by the respected Canadian writer Peter C. Newman as “the greatest thing we have ever done as a nation.”AP-6612050101

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NYT Classical Music Editor Talks About Attempts To Think Differently About Coverage

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:02:58 +0000

(image) "How can we change what we do so that we are bringing in more readers in more places to be more engaged. It’s not a question purely of page views, but more engaged: the term that encompasses both sheer numbers and the kind of readers they are, whether they are subscribers, how long they’re spending […]Zachary-Woolfe

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Can Literature Give You Hope?

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:31:29 +0000

(image) "When reading about the feeling of hopefulness in a novel, it can become an almost tangible thing, perhaps made out of the fiber of the pages you’re turning, or housed within the blackness of the ink used to print the words you’re reading. And hope can often be easier to hang on to in literature […]Pandora_-_John_William_Waterhouse

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UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music: Associate Director of Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:21:57 +0000

The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music seeks an experienced administrator and university-level instructor to be the Associate Director and to teach School of Music courses.

$24M Project To Save Britain's Oldest Sound Recordings

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:01:56 +0000

(image) "The British Library has launched a preservation and access project which will save almost half a million rare and unique recordings which are threatened by physical degradation or stored on formats which can no longer be played. ... Recordings include oral histories from WWI and WWII, Cornish brass bands, local dialect from the UK regions, […]saving old sound recordings

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Tonys Reinstate Sound Design Awards

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:30:19 +0000

(image) "Next season, Best Sound Design of a Musical and Best Sound Design of a Play will be reinstated to the list of competitive Tony Award categories with a new voting process. In addition, it was determined that for similar reasons, the category of Best Orchestrations will adhere to this same new voting process. The Tony […]

When Dan Savage Meets Wagner: The Problematic Sexual Politics Of 'The Flying Dutchman'

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:02:04 +0000

(image) Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim looks at the still-common dynamic that the opera explores via myth: as Savage puts it, "It's a common delusion, particularly among women, that their love is transformative. That they can find their damaged man and, by loving him, they can save him, restore him, fix him, make him a better person."flying dutchman

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The New Generation Of "Reality" TV Shows Is Fascinating (If You Want To Understand America)

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:31:48 +0000

(image) "Niche reality shows reveal a range of American cultures and give the audience a new experience: the chance to plunge into others’ unfamiliar realities. Dividing “reality” into ever more microscopic fields, the joyously weird new contest shows celebrate the deviations from the normal, amplifying a subculture’s arcana to stadium size. A cynic might cavil that […]92c06ee59bb3d3f879cd96f713fc8891332b8e4c

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My Dinner With Georgia O'Keeffe, When Her Eyebrow Burned Off

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:03:00 +0000

(image) "I saw O'Keeffe rise unsteadily to one knee, and then to her feet. She looked shaken. 'Well,' she said, with a thin smile, 'It seems we're not having chicken.'" Calvin Tomkins remembers a visit to the artist at her summer home in New Mexico, the Ghost Ranch, in 1973.georgia-Okeeffe-at-the-Ghost-Ranch-320

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Nostalgia Is Huge Business Right Now. Here's Why

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:33:49 +0000

(image) "The feeling that every advertiser wants to evoke in millennials is nostalgia; that warm, comforting sensation that one experiences when recollecting the past. People usually feel nostalgic for their own past, commonly referred to as autobiographical nostalgia. But oddly enough, they can also feel nostalgia for time periods when they weren't alive; perhaps their parents […]1492629593745-beauty-beast-1

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38 New Commissions Over 20 Years To Create Modern Riffs On Shakespeare's Plays

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:04:11 +0000

(image) The project by the American Shakespeare Center, in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, "invites writers to submit plays inspired by each of Shakespeare's, on a schedule coordinated with the theater's season. Two winners will be chosen each year, and will be performed in repertory along with the Shakespeare play that inspired them, starting in 2019. (Each winning […]shakespeare new riffs

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'Art Criticism Shouldn't Be The Consumer Reports Of Art' - Blake Gopnik On The Art Of Art Journalism

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:36:07 +0000

(image) "I think art critics should be more like science journalists. We should be some kind of intermediary between the smartest people who talk about art, the smartest writing from art historians and the general public." (podcast)blake gopnik

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That Ballerina Fired For Being Too Tall? She's Headlining A New Ballet Company That's Making Diversity Its Focus

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:05:36 +0000

(image) Sara Michelle Murawski made headlines in January after the Pennsylvania Ballet told her (shortly before she went onstage) that her contract wasn't being renewed because she's too tall to fit in visually with the company's other dancers. Now she's joining the American National Ballet, a new company, launching this fall in Charleston, that's making a […]amer natl ballet

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The Art World Has Gone To War With Trump - But Will It Shoot Itself In The Foot?

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:34:50 +0000

(image) "The protests started almost immediately after the presidential election. ... And it hasn't let up. Each Trump proclamation has seemed to inspire a new round of agitation and action. ... Whether this ideological high alert will produce good art is one question; whether the art will do any good is another." Carl Swanson explores the […]art world war on trump

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What Kinds Of Protest Art Actually Work?

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:18:17 +0000

(image) Rachel Corbett of New York magazine asked 22 artists, curators, and critics what works of political art they found genuinely powerful. Here's a slideshow gallery with their answers (with which one may or may not agree).political art that works

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Mixing Things Up: Anne Midgette On Two Attempts To Break Out Of The Concert-Experience Rut

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:03:13 +0000

(image) "Expanding the concert experience is a pet theme of classical music these days. And if you wonder why the concert experience needs expanding, it's because the term 'classical concert' tends to translate as '19th-century music played in a stuffy setting' - at least, to the people who aren't coming. In fact, classical concerts are more […]mixing things up

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A New Tool To Fight Art Forgery And Fraud: Online Bots Trolling The Dark Web

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:47:32 +0000

(image) "While several companies already exist to police artists' copyright, few have the technical firepower to search the dark web for works that are potentially stolen or forged." But a DC-based art forensics firm and Singapore-based specialists in online intellectual property violations have teamed up to develop that firepower.bots fight art fraud

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Trial Begins For Lawsuit Over Doomed Broadway 'Rebecca'

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:32:37 +0000

(image) "Opening arguments began on Monday in a civil trial about a Broadway musical that never came to be, a real-life drama that, even by showbiz standards, stretched the suspension of disbelief."rebecca

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Paris Has Another New Concert Hall, And A Woman Conductor Is Running It

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:16:33 +0000

(image) Well, strictly speaking, it's in Boulogne-Billancourt, about 10 miles and 20 Métro stops southwest of the city center. Designed by the Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban (known for his extraordinary way with much materials as cardboard and paper tubes), La Seine Musicale has a 6,000-seat hall for rock events (it opened on Friday with Bob […]seine musicale

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Kristine Jepson, Mezzo-Soprano, Dead At 54

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:01:57 +0000

(image) Among the many roles that won her acclaim at the Met, Covent Garden, and two dozen other international opera houses were the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, Idamante in Mozart's Idomeneo, and, in contemporary opera, Kitty Oppenheimer in Doctor Atomic and Sister Helen Préjean in Dead Man Walking.kristime jepson

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Smartphones And Siri Don't Understand Icelandic, And That Has Icelanders Really Worried

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:45:46 +0000

(image) The 1,200-year-old language isn't among the many options available on smartphones, virtual assistants, voice-activated devices, and even many computers - and with a small base of speakers (fewer than 350,000), Silicon Valley has little reason to spend money to add Icelandic. The worry: "The less useful Icelandic becomes in people's daily life, the closer we […]iceland

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