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DC's Arena Stage Doubles Down On Political Plays And Lands A Major Gift

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 23:02:43 +0000

(image) "The $2.5 million is the initial splash in what will plainly need to be a very deep bucket. The Power Plays, first announced in November, are new works focused on politics and power – one for each decade of America’s existence. The 10-year, 25-work series will be composed of five related cycles: Presidential Voices, African-American […]


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You Are What You Think? The Mythologies Of Consciousness

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:31:25 +0000

(image) "What if I were to say that the very idea of consciousness was invented to explain how you could experience an apple when there is no apple in your head. So we have to have this consciousness apple. However, if experience and apple are one and the same, there is no longer any need to […]


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Oscars Ratings Are In - Slight Decline From Last Year

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:02:32 +0000

(image) "In the 56 overnight markets, the Oscars show averaged a 22.4 rating, just below last year’s figure of 22.5. Each rating point represents the percentage of households tuned in."


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Arts Council England Readjusts Major YouTube Strategy Off Unrealistic Expectations

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:26:37 +0000

(image) "Low subscriber rates, minimal commercial opportunities and barriers to entry for arts organisations have forced Arts Council England (ACE)’s £1.8m Youtube network for the arts to readjust as it enters its final year of funding."


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Report: Defining Canadian Culture And Wondering How To Promote It

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:02:10 +0000

(image) For decades Canada has promoted Canadian culture with "Canadian content rules" meant to foster creation of Canadian art working in the shadow of the great American industrial entertainment complex. But what constitutes promoting Canadian culture in the era of content everywhere? This IPSOS study went across the country to find out. The issues aren't surprising.


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Why Paste Magazine Decided To Return To Print

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:34:15 +0000

(image) The magazine had abandoned print in 2010 but stayed online. But print now seems a viable strategy again. "This isn’t a return to Paste Magazine. We’re not reliant on getting 200,000 people to be part of our rate base so we can go sell ads to Ford, BMW and Jack Daniels. Though we do have […]


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The Digital World Has Changed The Very Idea Of What Dictionaries Are

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:02:37 +0000

(image) "The online OED now allows the reader to click on citations from Shakespeare and Milton to get the extended passage they’re drawn from, and readers can easily go online to do the same with citations from other writers. Online dictionaries like Wordnik already use algorithms to construct citation lists on the fly; at the limit, […]


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The Idea Of "Willpower" Is A Dangerous And Outdated Thing

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:25:06 +0000

(image) "Ignoring the idea of willpower will sound absurd to most patients and therapists, but, as a practicing addiction psychiatrist and an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry, I’ve become increasingly skeptical about the very concept of willpower, and concerned by the self-help obsession that surrounds it. Countless books and blogs offer ways to “boost self-control,” or […]


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Thirty Years After He Died, Andy Warhol Still Has The Measure Of American Culture

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:02:43 +0000

(image) "How much responsibility does Warhol bear for our culture's shift from substance to flash, human interest to spectacle? How much responsibility does a mirror bear for whatever beauty or ugliness it beholds? Warhol loved both the heights and depths of American culture, and reflected it back at us through his work, which remains resonant to […]


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That Whole Bringing Tourists Into The Oscars Telecast Thing? Here's What Went Wrong...

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:31:22 +0000

(image) "Our relationship with the icons of culture has changed, refracted through our politics. At the Oscars, the people who made those movies look out of touch in their Harry Winston jewelry and blue velvet dinner jackets. When they declaim a wall on the Mexican border, or quote the Koran, it sounds naïve, even insulting, to a […]


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Small Record Store Chain Steps Up To Buy 70 HMV Canada Music Stores

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:02:53 +0000

(image) HMV said it was closing the stores across Canada because it was losing tons of money. But upstart music retailer Sunrise Records is making a major bet it can expand quickly to make the stores profitable. “A lot of the younger consumers still love having something tangible,” argues the company's enterprising young CEO


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Why Technology Is Making Us Feel Less Secure

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:31:46 +0000

(image) "The more technology multiplies, the more it amplifies instability. Things already don’t quite do what they claim. The fixes just make things worse. And so, ordinary devices aren’t likely to feel more workable and functional as technology marches forward. If anything, they are likely to become even less so. Technology is becoming a force that […]


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In Defense Of Cultural Criticism Even During The Trump Presidency

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:30:55 +0000

(image) "It’s hard to defend doing anything except being in the streets" right now, but the space where the arts lie "is not an apolitical place, it is just not owned by government. In this aesthetic space, the arts explore a less confined politics than the one that controls the state. The state is not the […]


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Inspiration For A Young Violinist

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:15:01 +0000

(image) Francesca Dego, in a Q&A, asked about her musical guilty pleasures: "My guilty pleasures are usually not musical! Does not practising count? I’ve gone on holiday a couple of times without my violin and although I try to convince myself that bringing it would have been useless, because sunbathing and practising don’t coexist well, guilt […]


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Moonlight Writer/Director Barry Jenkins And Original Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney Accepted The Best Adapted Screenplay Award Together

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:00:12 +0000

(image) "'I told my students, ‘Be in love with the process, not the result,’ ' Jenkins said — but admitted he did like the result."


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In The UK, Waterstones Opens 'Unbranded' Small Bookstores To Some Backlash

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:45:34 +0000

(image) Did the large chain do it to avoid the backlash against national chains on high streets? Of course not, says the managing director. It's because the small shops are independent. (Except for being owned by Waterstones.)


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A Shoving Match, Possibly Involving A Neo-Nazi, Broke Out At The Minneapolis Institute Of Art This Weekend

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:30:07 +0000

(image) Three people, at least one of whom who appeared to have a white nationalist symbol on his jacket, argued with a group that had been protesting the president's executive orders on immigrants - and the fight went all the way to the third floor of the museum, where, amid the 18th century European art, guards […]


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Just In Case You Missed A Few Of The Award Winners In The Theatre, Here's Your Catch-Up List

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:15:35 +0000

(image) The New York Times debuts a new movie recommendation service (will this be an app someday soon?) with legal, aboveboard ways to catch up on the Oscar winners from the comfort of the couch.


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The Sculptor Camille Claudel May Finally Be Getting The Recognition She Longed For

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:00:55 +0000

(image) After an apprenticeship, and a relationship, with Rodin, Claudel's art was overshadowed by his. She was committed to a mental institution by her family - but film lovers know this from not one but two films about her. Now, she's getting her own museum, and the work speaks for itself.


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There Was A Time When 'Casablanca' Was An Object Of Art-House Worship, But That Time Is (Finally?) Ending

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:45:50 +0000

(image) The movie, which used to be a cultural touchstone so potent that it made audiences understand that characters like Harry and Sally were perfect for each other, has fallen off in recent years. Is it because Americans don't feel the shadow of WWII anymore?


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As William Hogarth Fans Know, A Gin Craze Nearly Destroyed 18th Century London

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:30:22 +0000

(image) And it's all because Britain was at war with France - which made French brandy hard to come by.


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Sergei Polunin Says He Was Tricked, And That Ballet Dancers Need Agents

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:15:13 +0000

(image) The take of the 'bad boy of ballet,' who left the Royal Ballet in a surprise move in 2012: "The company sort of owns you. I thought about my future. In 10 years' time, I would be in the same position as when I started - the best dancer in the world, but still sharing […]


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A New Horror Film Helps Redefine The Genre, Gets 100 Percent On Rotten Tomatoes, And Wins The Box Office

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:00:27 +0000

(image) Time to reevaluate horror? None of the Best Picture nominees got anything like 100 percent from the critics. But "Get Out," starring comedian Jordan Peele, "is the latest in a string of bloody horror films that attempt to contribute to America’s cultural conversation in a meaningful way."


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So Here's The Moment-By-Moment Of How The Oscars Flub Went Down

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:00:25 +0000

(image) USA Today had stationed reporters in various parts of the theatre, and here's their take: "As the La La Land filmmakers take the stage to accept best picture, the accountant from PriceWaterhouseCoopers jumped up and said, 'He (Beatty) took the wrong envelope!' and goes running onstage. Craziness breaks out. No one knows how Beatty got […]


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Eileen Myles Is A Badass Of Poetry (And A Whole Lot More)

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:45:33 +0000

(image) And now she has a new poetry record album. Yes, record album: "Happily at Naropa University there’s something called the Harry Smith house — it’s a little house on the Naropa campus — which Ambrose Bye uses to record everyone all summer. I had gone into that little house the summer before and recorded a […]


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The Agency In Charge Of The U.S.'s Internet Is Just About As Divided As The Country

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:30:41 +0000

(image) The story is long and winding, involving massive public comment and a stonewalling GOP, but "you can’t blame petty politics alone for the mess the FCC finds itself in. Debates over net neutrality and cable boxes stem from an ideological shift in Washington. In earlier days, it was 'good regulation versus bad regulation,' says Chris […]


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Is There New Evidence In The Story Of Beethoven's 'Immortal Beloved'?

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:15:49 +0000

(image) Maybe. Of course, "many rival camps on the identity of Beethoven’s 'immortal beloved' have developed over the years," but it could be a married, religious aristocrat who held the key to Beethoven's heart - and his later, more intense work.


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