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What Do The Residents Of The S-Town Make Of 'S-Town'? Wellllll ...

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:03:11 +0000

(image) Connor Towne O'Neill travels to Woodstock, Alabama to ask the folks there about finding themselves the subject of a record-smashing podcast - and finds some fair-mindedness, some defensiveness, plenty of ambivalence and even more awkwardness. After all, they really do all know each other. (Warning: includes spoilers)s-town


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The Extraordinary Steppenwolf Theatre Leader Martha Lavey Dies At 60

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:31:14 +0000

(image) An indefatigable, unstinting and intellectually voracious artistic director who reinvented Chicago’s most audacious and aggressive theater for a new era, Martha Lavey wrestled the Steppenwolf Theatre Company — kicking and screaming — into the 21st century. And in her cajoling, bullying, flattering, outwitting and otherwise leading its hugely talented but famously passionate and opinionated ensemble […]ct-martha-lavey-2010-theater-chicagoan-of-the-year-20170421


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We Need To Split The 'Millennials' Into Two Separate Generations

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:01:12 +0000

(image) "Old Millennials, as I'll call them, who were born around 1988 or earlier (meaning they're 29 and older today), really have lived substantively different lives than Young Millennials, who were born around 1989 or later, as a result of two epochal events that occurred around the time when members of the older group were mostly […]millennial


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NPR Pioneer Robert Siegel To Retire After 40 Years

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:31:09 +0000

(image) "This is a decision long in the making and not an easy one. I've had the greatest job I can think of, working with the finest colleagues anyone could ask for, for as long a stretch as I could imagine. But, looking ahead to my seventies (which start all too soon) I feel that it […]voss-robertsiegel30_flat-c72860fc1e463e4585205a62b0ac3026f36f9399-s600-c85


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Some Numbers On America's Culture Economy (And California's Place In It)

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:31:15 +0000

(image) The data, which look at the economic role of the arts at the federal level, show that the arts and cultural sector contributed nearly $730 billion to the U.S. economy in 2014, the year for which the agencies evaluated data. That is roughly 4.2% of the U.S. economy for that year. (The NEA’s annual budget, […]la-1492633696-uyllb5f82j-snap-image


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'The Avant-Garde That Lost By Winning' (Jerry Saltz Goes To Glenn O'Brien's Funeral)

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:03:15 +0000

(image) The wild man of art criticism/failed artist/Instagram auteur is haunted by the thoughts he had seeing the art-world stars gathered to mourn the '80s impresario: "I don't mean that these people and their ideals lost. On the contrary, these people represent a kind of total victory!"avant garde


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How To Attract New Audiences To The Arts? Report Says Focus On Fun

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:28:17 +0000

(image) Key to the success of projects is promoting “the ‘fun’ and ‘social’ aspects of participation as opposed to focusing on the artistic aspects of activities”. The report notes that using “exclusive ‘arts’ language and jargon” acts as a barrier to encouraging local communities to get involved.chalk_art


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How Do The Sexual Politics Of 'Chasing Amy' Look After 20 Years? (They Didn't Look Great At The Time)

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:04:22 +0000

(image) Director Kevin Smith says, "The weird thing about it is, you know, when you look at it now - to borrow a term from the present - it was very woke for 1997." Queer critics didn't agree: as Shannon Keating sums it up here, "Ultimately, the film assumes that a lesbian can go straight, even […]chasing amy


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Social Media Firefight Over Female Choreographers And Sexism In Ballet Sparked By NY Times' Peck-Wheeldon-Ratmansky Interview

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:32:42 +0000

(image) Brief answers by the three (male) star dancemakers to this question (evidently texted to them after the main conversation recorded in the article was over) - "Most of the major choreographers in classical dance are men. Why is that?" - led to a ferocious response from The Observer's Luke Jennings, after which "Twitter went mad." […]firefight


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The Holiday When People Give Their Beloveds Books Along With Roses

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:17:40 +0000

(image) It's April 23, el dia de Sant Jordi (St. George's Day), the Catalan counterpart to Valentine's Day - except that it's a book and not a box of chocolates that goes along with the bouquet for your true love. Natasha Lomas gives us a look at the celebration, for which €20 million worth of books […]books and roses


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What One Red State Will Lose When The NEA Is Gone

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:02:32 +0000

(image) "If any state knows the value of publicly financed art, it may be South Dakota: One of its biggest tourist attractions, Mount Rushmore, is, among other things, a colossal federally funded sculpture. ... [The NEA's] generally small grants can have a bigger impact here than they would at the Metropolitan Operas of the world." Michael […]south dakota


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Meet The Dancer With A Prosthetic Arm Who's Making Herself A Mainstream Career

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:47:22 +0000

(image) "Annie Hanauer, 30, has achieved what many thought impossible for a performer with a disability: a thriving career in the mainstream dance world. After performing with the UK's Candoco Dance Company from 2008 to 2014, she is now an in-demand freelancer." (includes video)dancer with prosthesis


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Pop Artist Marisol Leaves Entire Estate To Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:31:38 +0000

(image) The bequest from the artist, who died last May, is the largest gift of art in the history of the Buffalo museum, which made news last fall by raising $100 million in 12 weeks.Marisol


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Robert M. Pirsig, 88, Author Of 'Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance'

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:16:23 +0000

(image) "Where [Carlos Castaneda's The Teachings of Don Juan] pursued enlightenment in hallucinogenic experience, Zen argued for its equal availability in the brain-racking rigors of Reason with a capital R. Years after its publication, it continues to be invoked by famous people when asked to name a book that affected them most deeply."robert pirsig


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L.A. Dance Project Gets Its Own Headquarters

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:03:52 +0000

(image) Benjamin Millepied's young company "has signed a five-year lease for its own rehearsal and performance space in the downtown Los Angeles arts district, and will move to its new headquarters in October. [Its space will] include two studios and a performance space with a seating capacity of about 300.LA dance project


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Arachnid Art: Argentine Artist And 7,000 Spiders Create World's Largest Web

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:45:41 +0000

(image) Tomás Saraceno and his eight-legged collaborators are displaying their installation, titled Quasi-Social Musical Instrument IC 342, at Buenos Aires's Museum of Modern Art.arachnid art


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Actors Making Fun Of The Powerful And Their Politics In Ancient Rome

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:30:00 +0000

(image) Of course, the dangers were rather greater than they are for the cast of Saturday Night Live, or even Bassem Youssef, and more immediate than even for the Belarus Free Theatre.roman political comedy


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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.