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A Theatre Critic Reviews The NFL Season's Best Touchdown Celebrations

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:02:41 +0000

(image) Nelson Pressley: "Victory rituals have been part of football for decades. ... But this season's repertory ensembles are different from the soloists who have historically commanded the end zone, from Billy 'White Shoes' Johnson and his Funky Chicken to Ickey Woods ... doing his light-footed soft shoe known as the 'Ickey Shuffle.' ... Three Kansas […]NFL celebrations

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Welcome To The Era Of The Crowd (And What It's Doing To Us)

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:33:37 +0000

(image) Because tech companies like Facebook and Google make money off the sale of our personal data to advertisers, they depend on the attention of the masses to survive. And because their algorithms shape much of what we see online, it’s to their benefit to coerce us into thinking of ourselves not as individuals but as […]download

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Cellist Pulls Out Of New Concerto Premiere With Three Days' Notice, And L.A. Phil Comes Up With Daring Solution

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:03:39 +0000

(image) "There are said to be only three [other] cellists on the planet who have played [Bernd Alois] Zimmermann's incredibly demanding concerto, all in Europe. I'm not sure any other orchestra would have dared, or even could have dared, to go on. But management turned to three local musicians with exceptional new music chops - L.A. […]LA Phil concerto

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How Technology Is Changing Our Basic Senses

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:32:13 +0000

(image) "In a time when our environment is changing more rapidly than ever before—the inclusion of technology, potential for humans to travel to different planets, climate change—our senses are going to undergo a change to keep up with our environment’s transformation. It’s already happening, in fact."180119-basu-senses-tease_gyron7

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'I Am Not A Prophet,' Says Margaret Atwood

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:02:48 +0000

(image) "Let's get rid of that idea right now. Prophecies are really about now. In science fiction it's always about now. What else could it be about? There is no future. There are many possibilities, but we do not know which one we are going to have." (That said, she's "sorry to have been so right.")atwood

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Some Clear Trends About Movies That Grabbed Oscars' Zeitgeist

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:26:07 +0000

(image) “The Shape of Water,” a low-budget fantasy about a mute janitor who falls in love with an imprisoned sea creature, became 2017’s most decorated film on Tuesday, receiving 13 nominations from Oscar voters, one fewer than the record for the most in Academy Awards history.23OSCARNOMS-bestactress-hawkins-1516587117339-master675

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Should I Take My Daughter To See Opera, Where Terrible Things Happen To Women?

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:05:01 +0000

(image) Actually, yes. "Asked if she wanted to copy Gilda's supremely self-sacrificing approach to romance, your correspondent's daughter replied: 'No, the opera made it quite clear that people who act like Gilda end up shanked and in a bag.'"opera for girls

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Listening To Classical Music Every Day Saved My Sanity, And It Can Save Yours

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:34:47 +0000

(image) Freelance writer, BBC Radio 3 presenter, and mother of a toddler Clemency Burton-Hill: "It turned out that, when I converted my listening habits into a conscious daily ritual, I began to feel less anxious almost immediately. I curated myself monthly classical playlists with a specific piece for each day. Getting on the Tube and pressing […]calssical music can save your sanity

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Long Wharf Theatre's Artistic Director Accused Of Sexual Assault And Harassment

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:18:36 +0000

(image) Four women have gone on the record describing persistent unwanted sexual contact by Gordon Edelstein. "Six other former employees, women and men, described frequent sexually explicit remarks in the workplace." Several current and former Long Wharf employees say that other officers and board members had been alerted to Edelstein's behavior.long wharf

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Bayeux Tapestry Is Too Fragile To Loan To England, Say Curators Who Care For It

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:03:56 +0000

(image) "[Former Bayeux Museum director] Isabelle Attard said moving such a 'fragile, near-1,000-year-old roll of wool and linen' even a few metres was risky, never mind transporting it overseas." The curator directly responsible for the tapestry said that when he first heard news of the plan to loan the piece to Britain, he thought it was […]FRANCE-BRITAIN-DIPLOMACY-HISTORY

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French Arts Leaders Demand Abandonment Of Jeff Koons Memorial To Paris Terrorist Victims

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:47:34 +0000

(image) "In [an open] letter, the signees say that the work is symbolically inappropriate to its subject matter, that it will obstruct views of the Eiffel Tower, that erecting it would be financially irresponsible, that the pavement below couldn't possibly support the 30-ton work, and that no open call was made for artists to submit plans […]BKoons

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Hugh Masekela, 'Father Of South African Jazz' And Anti-Apartheid Champion, Dead At 78

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:32:31 +0000

(image) "[He] came to the forefront of his country's music scene in the 1950s, when he became a pioneer of South African jazz as a member of the Jazz Epistles, a bebop sextet that included the pianist Abdullah Ibrahim and other future stars. After a move to the United States in 1960, he won international acclaim […]hugh masekela

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One Of Hong Kong Booksellers Kidnapped By Chinese Police Abducted Again, 'Snatched' From Swedish Escorts

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:16:48 +0000

(image) "Hong Kong-based publisher Gui Minhai, one of the Causeway Bay booksellers whose disappearance two years ago caused an international storm, was snatched again by mainland Chinese authorities from a train heading for Beijing over the weekend, his daughter reported on Monday."gui minhai

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Neil Diamond, Suffering From Parkinson's Disease, Will End His Touring

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:01:59 +0000

(image) The 77-year-old singer "made the announcement while in the midst of his '50-Year Anniversary World Tour.' In March, Diamond was set to visit New Zealand and Australia on the third leg of the tour. ... He is one of the world's most popular recording artists, having sold more than 130 million records."neil diamond

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Naomi Parker Fraley, 96, Real-Life Model For Rosie The Riveter

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:45:17 +0000

(image) "Over the years, a welter of American women have been identified as the model for Rosie, the war worker of 1940s popular culture who became a feminist touchstone in the late 20th century. Mrs. Fraley ... staked the most legitimate claim of all. But because her claim was eclipsed by another woman's, she went unrecognized […]Naomi Parker Fraley, the Real Rosie the Riveter

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The Guy Who Helps Hollywood Celebrities Resemble Professional Ballet Dancers

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:30:52 +0000

(image) Kurt Froman trained Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman for Black Swan, and more recently he's been training Jennifer Lawrence for the upcoming Red Sparrow. "One of the biggest things, I think, for a non-dancer is just understanding dancers hold their arms from their backs. ... When I was working with Jen, as well as with […]download (1)

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Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.22.18

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:09:54 +0000

CultureGrrl Confidential: Leaks from La Salle President’s Student Forum on Art Sales In explaining why the 46 artworks deaccessioned by La Salle University were spirited away from its museum by Christie’s during intersession (while the Philadelphia campus was mostly devoid of students and faculty), ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2018-01-22 Spotify, David Lowery, and the Future of Artists’ Rights […]

Translation Is Not Just About Trading Words

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:29:20 +0000

(image) Since there is no such thing as a truly literal translation — no two languages’ grammars match, their vocabularies diverge, even punctuation has a different weight — there can be no such thing as a translation that is not “creative.” And while most of us translators think of ourselves as “faithful,” definitions of faithfulness can […]phpThumb_generated_thumbnail

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Why Feelings Deserve A Starring Role In Culture

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:02:21 +0000

(image) "We procure energy so that the organism can be perpetuated, but then we do something very important and almost always missed, which is hoard energy. We need to maintain positive energy balances, something that goes beyond what we need right now because that’s what ensures the future. What’s so beautiful about homeostasis is that it’s […]14074_da1e732bc2b7ce5dafda6bfc58a4b5ec

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Oslo's New Opera House Is The City's Most Striking, Democratic Building

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:28:45 +0000

(image) The most striking modern building in the capital of Norway proudly identifies itself as the Oslo Opera House. Yet a more democratically accessible building in this hereditary kingdom would be difficult to imagine. When I paid my first visit last year, young people were dangling their feet in the water from its roof. Yes, its […]Oslo Opera House

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Did This One Dance Change History?

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:02:53 +0000

(image) Well, Netflix might have exaggerated a little bit in the second season of The Crown. "Well, that's nice. ... It's a lot of bulls**t."queen-dancing-059f6647f5d73b6a85881b2f389c8ef64fe8568b-s1500-c85

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How Sundance Is Recovering From Harvey Weinstein

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:32:59 +0000

(image) Very well, partly because of Amazon and Netflix. "This is no longer Mr. Weinstein’s freewheeling festival, the one he blasted into the public consciousness with eye-popping deals to bring male-gaze entries like Sex, Lies and Videotape and Reservoir Dogs to theaters. Sundance is now a prime showcase for women — films directed, produced and written […]22sundance-master768

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Philip Roth Talks About Life After Writing

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:01:24 +0000

(image) I had “a strong suspicion that I’d done my best work and anything more would be inferior. I was by this time no longer in possession of the mental vitality or the verbal energy or the physical fitness needed to mount and sustain a large creative attack of any duration on a complex structure as […]

Dallas Black Dance Theatre Director Suddenly Departs

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:32:27 +0000

(image) By all outward appearances, she had a successful start, quickly putting her own stamp on the company. End-of-the-year wrap-ups in The Dallas Morning News and other local performing arts publications cited Bridget Moore's contributions to the local dance scene as among the most important in 2017.1516404578-NGD_15DBDT_003ib

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Google Discovers That STEM Skills Aren't Most Important For Its Employees

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:01:37 +0000

(image) In 2013, Google decided to test its hiring hypothesis by crunching every bit and byte of hiring, firing, and promotion data accumulated since the company’s incorporation in 1998. Project Oxygen shocked everyone by concluding that, among the eight most important qualities of Google’s top employees, STEM expertise comes in dead last. The seven top characteristics […]Untitled-design-17

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Developer Destroys Frank Lloyd Wright Building In Montana

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:29:04 +0000

(image) Completed the year after Wright passed away, the building opened first as a clinic before it became a bank in 1964. It was then used as law offices when the bank moved 16 years later. In 2012, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, along with the only other surviving buildings […]Demolition of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building

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"Cool School" Artist Ed Moses, 91

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:01:39 +0000

(image) Moses will be remembered as an L.A. art world fixture, one of the city's most productive and experimental artists of the last half-century. He had a restless romance with abstract painting that sparked a perpetually evolving body of work, leading him to dub himself “The Mutator.” Moses formed the “Cool School” of artists — who […]la-1516307631-4k8zljy5pc-snap-image

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