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Magnetic North Festival Disbands And Shuts Down

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:01:24 +0000

(image) "The Magnetic North Theatre Festival has cancelled its 2017 edition in Ottawa and is shutting down operations permanently due to an accumulated deficit of $224,000, the 15-year-old theatre festival’s board of directors announced on Wednesday."


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Neil deGrasse Tyson Goes On A Twitter Rant About The NEA

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:31:19 +0000

(image) Tyson pointed out in a series of tweets that the agencies’ combined budgets are roughly equivalent to what Americans spend annually on lip balm, and would fund fewer than five hours of military spending.


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NYT Adds Jesse Green As "Co-Chief" Theatre Critic, Hints At More Critics To Come

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:03:18 +0000

(image) "With the addition of Jesse to the already formidable theater team led by theater editor Scott Heller, The Times continues its commitment to cultural criticism. In the last two years alone, the voices of Amanda Hess, Margaret Lyons, Wesley Morris, James Poniewozik and Jennifer Senior have joined The Times’s already unbeatable roster of full-time critics, […]


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Double Your Grant Money By Crowdfunding?

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:31:22 +0000

(image) "A pilot programme testing the impact of matched crowdfunding is doubling the amount of funding that successful projects can receive."


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How To Learn And Remember New Things As An Adult

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:01:20 +0000

(image) Some of the things we most commonly do - re-reading (especially when we skim), highlighting sections of text - actually make things worse. Education researcher Ulrich Boser explains why, and offers some better suggestions, in this Q&A.


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Is Our Reality Real? (Or Only The Reality We Create?)

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:31:11 +0000

(image) "In the room we have a whirlwind of physical states. This whirlwind contains a lot more than a human being could ever perceive—atoms, neutrinos, photons, quarks, strings, quantum fields; a huge range of possibilities. When the body comes into the room, its sensory capacities carve out one possible subset of that whirlwind. Or, looked at […]


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David Lynch's 'Eraserhead' At 40

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:02:30 +0000

(image) "On 19 March 1977, the world changed, after which there was a long uncomfortable silence." Danny Leigh goes looks into the background and influence of a movie that, after four decades, has lost none of its power to freak people out.


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Argument: Kill The NEA To Help Art And Artists

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:31:37 +0000

(image) "Our cultural bureaucracies, from the NEA down to the local organizations and institutions it supports, are the great enemy of American art, distorting tastes, careers, and patronage. They are a major factor in the malinvestment that has employment in cultural institutions growing significantly more quickly than that of the overall labor force. I am sure […]


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Australia's Largest Arts Festival Smashes Box Office Records

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:03:07 +0000

(image) "Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy have had a dream start to their tenure as Joint Artistic Directors of the Adelaide Festival with their debut programme taking more than $4.08 million at the box office, representing a 44 percent increase on last year. The 2017 takings were the highest in the Festival's 57-year history, matching a […]


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How Killing The NEA Would Hurt Alabama

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:31:38 +0000

(image) "The first step before diving down this rabbit hole should probably begin with a few real facts. Contrary to the European model where 'the state and/or central government' supports the arts and culture almost totally, in this country support of the arts is a partnership between the private sector and government, local, state and federal. […]


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A Brief History Of Dolly Gallagher Levi, From Carol Channing To Pearl Bailey To Jack Benny (Yep) And On

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:04:31 +0000

(image) Eric Grode considers the many famous actresses and comediennes - and even male performers (Benny never actually played Dolly, but he did seriously consider it) to put their own stamps on the title role in Hello, Dolly! since Channing created it in 1964.


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Between 'Trainspotting' And 'T2 Trainspotting', Danny Boyle Says He's Become A Worse Director

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:36:45 +0000

(image) Yes, that's despite Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later, 127 Hours, and Steve Jobs. In a Q&A, he tells Kevin Lincoln what on earth he means by that.


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Verdi Opera Cancelled After Star Tenor Arrested For Domestic Violence

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:05:06 +0000

(image) "A performance of Verdi's Ernani at the Capitole de Toulouse was cancelled last Tuesday, because South Korean tenor Alfred Kim, who held the title role, was placed under custody over violence against his girlfriend."


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There Have Been Many Literary Hoaxes, But Only One Led To A Duel With Pistols

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:34:30 +0000

(image) Eric Grundhauser tells the story of "Cherubina de Gabriak" of St. Petersburg and the two great Russian Symbolist poets who fell in love with her, even though she didn't exist.


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These Two Playwrights Have Been Prominent For Decades - Why Are They Only Now Getting To Broadway? (Is It Because They're Women?)

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:18:48 +0000

(image) "They are two of the nation's pre-eminent playwrights. Each has won nearly every award their field has to offer, including the Pulitzer Prize. Each has written works that are staged around the world and have become required reading in college classes. And each has earned an admired position in the academy, teaching aspiring dramatists at […]


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Royal Ballet Choreographer Publicly Insults Dancers Over Bad Reviews

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:03:53 +0000

(image) The London critics were not fond of David Dawson's The Human Seasons, onstage at Covent Garden as part of a triple bill. In the comment section for one particularly harsh review, Dawson's assistant choreographer, Tim Couchman, left a rant blaming the poor quality of the performance on the dancers, insulting their professionalism, skill, work ethic, […]


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With Sacramento Ballet In Turmoil, Dancers Look To Unionize

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:47:38 +0000

(image) The company's board recently announced that they've asked longtime artistic directors Ron Cunningham and Carinne Binda to step down after next season. The pair don't want to go, and the dancers are fighting for them. Last week, the dancers unanimously petitioned to join AGMA.


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Next On Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth: A Statue Destroyed By ISIS And Dessert-By-Drone

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:32:42 +0000

(image) After the sore thumb that's sticking out there now, installed on top of the column in 2018 will be Michael Rakowitz's The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist, followed in 2020 by Heather Phillipson's THE END. And yes, they basically are as described in the headline. Hannah Ellis-Petersen fills us in.


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Shrine At Site Of Jesus's Tomb Reopens After Nine-Month Restoration

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:16:32 +0000

(image) The historic structure, known as the Edicule, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem had fallen into such disrepair that the Israeli government declared it a safety hazard and closed it. Now, after $4 million worth of work, the Edicule is open to pilgrims again - and the cage of iron girders that […]


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Chuck Barris, Creator Of 'The Dating Game', Mastermind And Host Of 'The Gong Show', And (He Says) CIA Assassin, Dead At 87

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:01:49 +0000

(image) As he once told an interviewer, "I was never on drugs, but everybody thought I was. When they saw The Gong Show, and I would come out, they all thought I was whacked out of my mind. But I never did drugs. I had a public company."


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Lessons On Male Insecurity (And Indigestion) From Walt Whitman's Men's-Health Column

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:45:15 +0000

(image) Oh yes, he did. Starting in 1858, Whitman (under one of his man pseudonyms) wrote an advice column for the New York Atlas titled "Manly Health and Training." Dan Piepenbring suggests that, behind Whitman's vigorous exhortation, his advice betrayed more than a bit of insecurity about masculinity.


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Anselm Kiefer And Mario Vargas Llosa Awarded J. Paul Getty Medals

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:30:44 +0000

(image) "Since it was established in 2013, the J. Paul Getty Trust has only recognized six individuals for their extraordinary contributions to the arts. Past recipients of the award include Harold Williams, Nancy Englander, Jacob Rothschild, Frank Gehry, Yo-Yo Ma, and Ellsworth Kelly."


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Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.22.17

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:52:11 +0000

You’re the best This Arts Advocacy Day, the stakes are much higher. As we work to make the case for the arts, we wonder, is our data keeping pace? We’re using love (or breakup) letters as a creative and fun design research method to get powerful insight into the perceptions of our stakeholders. ... read more AJBlog: […]



Threats To World Music In The Age Of Travel Bans

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:02:24 +0000

(image) "The situation is an active threat to the ability of global music artists to tour the United States— something that is often already complicated—and arrives, paradoxically, at a time when audiences are more easily immersed in international sounds than ever before. It seems like an opportune moment to consider the meaning and relevance of what […]


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Should Anything Offensive Be Off Limits For Comedy?

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:31:12 +0000

(image) "Comedy requires passage into the ugly, uncomfortable areas of the human heart, particularly in a live forum. So, in the manner of jesters before medieval kings, comics need a temporary pass, a stay of execution, to do their work. Calling oneself a comedian is tantamount to issuing a personal-injury disclaimer. Like philosophical BDSM, the audience’s […]


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Alex Good: We're In The Age Of The Intentional Non-Reader (What's That About?)

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:02:49 +0000

(image) "Many believe we live in a post-literate age, one in which, writer Douglas Glover concludes, “books have become irrelevant.” Others disagree, some vehemently. His point is not, however, one I want to enter into a debate over. I don’t want to beat up on the degraded tastes of the common reader, analyse the impact of […]


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Are Our Classrooms Set Up Wrong? Studies Show Kids Need To Move!

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:31:52 +0000

(image) “We fall into this trap that if kids are at their desks with their heads down and are silent and writing, we think they are learning. But what we have found is that the active time used to energize your brain makes all those still moments better,” or more productive.


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