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The First Known Poet In History - Why Have So Few People Heard Of Her? (Yes, Her)

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:04:28 +0000

(image) "Though hardly anyone knows it, the first person ever to attach their name to a poetic composition is not a mystery. Enheduanna was born more than 4,200 years ago and became the high priestess of a temple in what we now call southern Iraq. She wrote poems, edited hymnals, and may have taught other women […]worlds first poet

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'Sleeping Beauty' - Why Is Such A Socially Retrograde A Ballet So Perennially Popular? Here's Why

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:33:45 +0000

(image) "Isn't this the most royalist of all ballets? King Florestan XXIV and his queen have a daughter, you see, and the story hinges on her finding Prince Right. Dynastic succession is the name of the game. ... So why is this classic danced so regularly and well across America? Is royalism merely its surface?" The […]sleeping beauty

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The World's Historic Artworks Are Under Attack - By Monstrous Microorganisms!

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:17:53 +0000

(image) Notwithstanding our horror-movie headline, this is a serious issue. "These tiny invaders" - bacteria, fungi, even algae - "have wrought catastrophic damage on historic sites like the Lascaux cave paintings in France and the Titanic - [which] is being devoured by a tenacious species of metal-hungry bacteria. That's why scientists and conservators are working to […]art under attack by microbes

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Alan Gilbert's New Conducting Job Will Be At The World's Hottest New Concert Hall

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:02:55 +0000

(image) "He is leaving a fixer-upper on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for a sleek new home in Hamburg, Germany. Alan Gilbert, the departing music director of the New York Philharmonic, announced Friday that he would be the next chief conductor of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, whose striking new $843 million concert hall overlooking Hamburg's […]alan gilbert

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'There Is No Individual Who Has Done More To Change The Way This Country Sees Art' - Nicholas Serota Transformed More Than Just The Tate Galleries

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:46:07 +0000

(image) "There is no one in the British cultural world more single-minded, more monkishly devoted to the arts as a civic and public necessity, more able to bend events to his will. ... When he arrived at the Tate in September 1988, it was an affectionately regarded and faintly parochial museum; he left it earlier this […]nicholas serota

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'Indecent' Isn't Closing On Broadway After All

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:31:27 +0000

(image) "In a rare, almost unheard-of move, the play's producers announced late Thursday that the production - which was set to close on June 25 because of poor ticket sales - would in fact stay open through Aug. 6 at the Cort Theater. The play, which was written by the Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel, won […]indecent

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Do Free And Discount Tickets Really Make Opera More Accessible?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:15:03 +0000

(image) Some observers question whether free or low-cost opera tickets really are reaching new audiences, as opposed to being giveaways to fans who'd come anyway. Here, the general director of Opera Holland Park in London describes the several different programs of the sort his company offers, explains the philosophy behind the schemes, and describes the experience […]accessible opera

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Napoleon III's Historic Theatre Will Have Its Original Stage Machinery Restored

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:00:49 +0000

(image) A multi-year restoration of the 1857 theatre at the Château de Fontainebleau, which has already seen the golden jewel-box auditorium refurbished, will focus in its final phase on the original scenic machinery, the upper salons, and "the podium that houses one of France's most important stage sets."napoleon iii theatre

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The Arts' Economic Impact Around The U.S.: Richard Florida Crunches The Numbers

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:44:27 +0000

(image) "Across the nation, arts and culture industries employed roughly 1 million Americans in 2014. That's less than 1 percent of all workers. ... [Yet] arts and cultural economic activity accounted for 4.2 percent of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), or $729.6 billion [that year], ... growing by roughly 2 percent annually." With colored maps and […]arts econ rich florida

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Creating A True Democracy Of The Arts, Using People's Everyday Creativity

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:29:25 +0000

(image) "Only 8% of people regularly engage with publicly funded art, but every day people are creating their own versions of culture. Nick Wilson and Jonathan Gross report on research that makes the case for a new approach to cultural policy."cultural democracy

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Top Posts From AJBlogs 06.22.17

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:40:52 +0000

Dancing into Summer Jacob’s Pillow opens its season with a Gala performance. ... read more AJBlog: Dancebeat Published 2017-06-22 Propwatch – all the stuff in Hir ‘No good ever came from things.’ This line from Hir by Taylor Mac is guaranteed to strike fear into propwatchers. For what is this series but an act of […]

How Timothy Morton's Ideas Are Changing The World

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:55:19 +0000

(image) Morton’s terminology is “slowly infecting all the humanities”, says his friend and fellow thinker Graham Harman. Though many academics have a reputation for writing exclusively for their colleagues down the hall, Morton’s peculiar conceptual vocabulary – “dark ecology”, “the strange stranger”, “the mesh” – has been picked up by writers in a cornucopia of fields, […]5278

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Residents Of Venice Vote Overwhelmingly To Ban Cruise Ships

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:31:03 +0000

(image) More than 18,000 people voted at 60 polling booths set up by activists and 17,874 chose to eject the ships, which are accused of shaking the delicate foundations of Venice’s venerable palazzi.methodetimesprodwebbinb0ea4a58-54d9-11e7-b34e-8647bf2bc7f8

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The Doctor Seuss Museum: Oh The Places It (Won't) Go

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:02:43 +0000

(image) "The museum, which opened on June 3, displays a bit of amnesia about the formative experiences that led to Mr. Geisel’s best-known body of work. It completely overlooks Mr. Geisel’s anti-Japanese cartoons from World War II, which he later regretted."22SEUSS-WEB-master768-1

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Artists Must Realize They Have A Role In Gentrification (And What To Do About It)

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:31:39 +0000

(image) "We recognize that art is an industry with a structural reality that must be acknowledged in order for artists to challenge their complicity in the displacement of long term residents in low-income and working class neighborhoods and fight against this. It’s important that people see the devastating impacts of securing housing in working class and […]East-Side-Local-Chapter-of-LA-Tenants-Union-and-Union-de-Vecinos-Action-in-Boyle-Heights-Los-Angeles-2016-Photo-by-Timo-Saarelma-1

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Dance As Event As Stream As Experience For The Camera

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:35:58 +0000

(image) "Digital broadcasts of dance generally fall into two categories: behind-the-scenes glimpses into rehearsals, like those offered by ballet companies around the globe on World Ballet Day, and live streams of in-demand theatrical performances, like those presented by the Guggenheim for its Works & Process performance series. In these latter cases, the broadcast usually supplements the […]img-marfa-dance-3_131355198354.jpg_x_475x356_c

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After Ten Years, 'Jerry Springer - The Opera' Is Finally Making It To New York

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:03:56 +0000

(image) "Jerry Springer — The Opera was supposed to come to Broadway more than 10 years ago after its [Olivier] award-winning premiere in London. That didn't happen for a variety of reasons, but that brazen musical will finally have a proper run in New York as part of the Off Broadway troupe New Group's 2017-18 season, […]jerry springer opera

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Does A Playwright Really Have The Right To Control Discussion Of A Play?

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:33:27 +0000

(image) It is a well-established, incontestable fact that playwrights may exert veto power over both casting and creative teams, too, for unlike film and TV, playwrights hold all the cards in the theater. I use the word “incontestable” very much on purpose, for the playwright, indeed, has a legal basis for that level of control, even […]david_mamet-620x412

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The True Power Of Theater: It's Where We Come Together To Hear Stories

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:01:39 +0000

(image) "The storytelling one encounters in the theater is found nowhere else in life. ... These stories are how we come to an agreement about just what is this world is. To experience them together is to renew our shared understanding, and to give ourselves a common point around which to debate life's big questions."true power of theater

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In Finland, The Foundation Of Learning Is Music

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:29:44 +0000

(image) "Finland has one of the best education systems in the world, where teaching music and learning to play an instrument are the foundation of children’s schooling; it should be the model for us to follow. The principle is that a child is never too young to start a relationship with music; creative play is the […]5100

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Bullshit Studies As An Academic Discipline

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:02:49 +0000

(image) A longread report on "Calling Bullshit in the Age of Big Data," a full course taught by two data scientists at the University of Washington who believe that teaching bullshit detection is one of the main purposes of education - and crucial for a healthy democracy. (Be sure to look out for Brandolini's Bullshit Asymmetry […]bullshit

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Scientists Show How To Measure Reality (No Kidding)

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:27:15 +0000

(image) Australian scientists have recreated a famous experiment and confirmed quantum physics's bizarre predictions about the nature of reality, by proving that reality doesn't actually exist until we measure it - at least, not on the very small scale.shutterstock_210000454_web_1024

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The Original Cat Video (It Was Made In 1894)

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:03:17 +0000

(image) "Thomas Edison might be best known for the electric lightbulb, but he was also a connoisseur of strange short films." And one of those odd little movies was Boxing Cats. (includes video)cat boxing

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What It's Like To Be Sofia Coppola

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:31:34 +0000

(image) To be Sofia Coppola is to have grown up with certain advantages. The Coppola family tree is a verdant one: ­Sofia’s grandfather was composer Carmine Coppola; actors Jason Schwartzman and Nicolas Cage are her cousins; and her brother Roman produces her films through the family-run production company American Zoetrope. But lineage alone doesn’t determine who […]director-sofia-coppola-2

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The Ones They Missed In The List Of 'The Most Influential People In Dance Today'

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:04:46 +0000

(image) When Dance Magazine published its list last week, the editors asked readers to tell them whom they unjustly left out. And readers definitely did.who they missed

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Remaking School Libraries Into Hotbeds Of High Tech

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:36:56 +0000

(image) "[There's] a national movement to turn K-12 librarians into indispensable digital mavens who can help classroom teachers craft tech-savvy lesson plans, teach kids to think critically about online research, and remake libraries into lively, high-tech hubs of collaborative learning - while still helping kids get books."School-Library-Tech-Hub

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Librarians On Horseback, The Bookmobiles Of The Great Depression

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:05:10 +0000

(image) Eliza McGraw tells the story of the Pack Horse Library, a WPA program that served the isolated, book-starved towns of the eastern Kentucky mountains.librarians on horseback

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