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A Truly Living Art Form: Chicken Artist Breeds Poultry For Gallery Shows

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 14:03:45 +0000

(image) For his Cosmopolitan Chicken Project, Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen has spent two decades crossing heritage breeds from different nations to create handsome, healthy, and (yes) cosmopolitan birds, which he shows in art galleries. For an upcoming show in Detroit, he’s taking things to the next level – the Planetary Community Chicken.chicken-art

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Dude, *Please* Don’t Call Me A Philanthropist, Say Millennial Donors

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:48:47 +0000

(image) Have the young’uns heard too many TED Talks? “The next generation of philanthropists at this year’s Philanthropy Australia conference made it perfectly clear that they would prefer to be known as ‘change-makers’ or ‘social entrepreneurs’, and so, are ‘consciously uncoupling’ from being known as philanthropists.”philanthropist

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How Hollywood Eagerly Enlisted In The War On Drugs

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:28:28 +0000

(image) “The prospect of foreign drug traffickers invading American shores gave pop-culture cops a new and more dangerous enemy to fight, one that justified fast driving, explosive shootouts and all sorts of audience-thrilling rule-breaking. In return, Hollywood promoted the idea that drugs posed a grave threat that justified new, frightening police tactics and the erosion of […]hollywood-drugs

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Black-And-Blue Lives That Matter: Minority Cops In Popular Culture

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:16:41 +0000

(image) “As Tom Wolfe put it in The Bonfire of the Vanities, ‘All the cops turned Irish: the Jewish cops … the Italian cops, the Latin cops, and the black cops.'” You’re only accepted if you adopt that brand of

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Opera Is *Not* Too Posh And Exclusive, And If You Think It Is, It’s Your Own Damn Fault, Says Opera Boss

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:03:34 +0000

(image) “I continue to argue incessantly with people who claim opera is for the rich, unattainable, impenetrable, elitist and from a parallel universe,” writes Michael Volpe, general director of London’s Opera Holland Park. “I swear and shout and stamp my feet – well, I used to, but I stopped doing that because it doesn’t work.”opera-aint-exclusive

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Edmonton Symphony’s New Chief Conductor Is A 24-Year-Old Former Child Prodigy

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:47:30 +0000

(image) When he was 13, Alexander Prior wrote a ballet score commissioned by the Moscow State Ballet; when he was 17, he finished a conducting degree at the St. Petersburg Conservatory; he speaks six languages. Now, he’ll take over the baton in Alberta’s capital from William Eddins at the beginning of next season.alex-prior

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Is It A Farmers’ Market? A Train Station? No, It’s Berlin’s Next Museum

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:31:41 +0000

(image) “The Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron has won a competition to build a new museum of 20th-century art in central Berlin with a long, low red-brick design that invited comparisons to a rail station, a barn, a temple and an indoor market.”berlin-museum

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Here’s How To Get Boys Interested In Ballet (From A Star Dancer Who Grew Up In A Maryland Slum)

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:16:21 +0000

(image) “I found the best way to engage with these kids was to see if they could jump higher than me, run faster than me – physicality is what stimulated them. … Kids are required to take PE, so they could be encouraged to consider dance, too. The way in would be through dance generally, and […]eric-underwood

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Susan Graham To The Rescue At Lyric Opera Of Chicago

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:02:29 +0000

(image) Talk about a casting coup … Sophie Koch was going to sing Didon in Lyric’s new production of Berlioz’s Les Troyens, which opens in a bit more than two weeks, but she just pulled out for personal reasons. And who should happen to be available but the world’s reigning singer of the role?susan

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Chicago Symphony Had Record Ticket Sales Last Season, But Still Ran A Deficit

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:46:48 +0000

(image) Single-ticket sales, and overall box office were at all-time highs, contributions were up, subscription renewals were at 90% – and still the budget gap just hasn’t closed yet.chicago-so

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Making Dance For Dancers Over 60

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:30:48 +0000

(image) The company manager of England’s DANCE SIX-0 writes about how the project started, the needs it’s fulfilling, and its activities from full-fledged public performance to dance for dementia patients.dance_six-0

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Top Posts From AJBlogs 10.27.16

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 08:58:00 +0000

Viewpoint diversity In a guest blog at Scientific American, social psychologist Clay Routledge asks whether American (and presumably this applies to other countries) universities allot an excessive amount of attention to racial, gender, and cultural diversity, but insufficient attention to viewpoint diversity. … read more AJBlog: For What it’s Worth Published 2016-10-27 Moving Architecture American […]

Cincinnati Symphony CEO Named New Head Of Interlochen

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 21:53:02 +0000

(image) “A nonprofit, Interlochen includes one of the nation’s most renowned arts camps, which draws 2,500 students each summer for intensive work in seven arts disciplines in a nature setting. The center also has a 500-student fine arts boarding school, an acclaimed concert series and a public radio station. Its alumni include opera legend Jessye Norman, […]636130128064322164-trey-devey-1399-88

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First Look At George Lucas’s Futuristic Plans For A San Francisco Museum

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 21:02:40 +0000

(image) “Call it hedging your bets, call it beefing up your odds, call it the architectural equivalent of quite publicly asking two people to prom on the same day: The dual-track proposal is an unusual gambit by any measure. And it suggests that rather than feeling chastened enough by those prior defeats to reassess his sales […]la-1477542713-snap-photo

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Overnight Earthquakes Damage More Italian Heritage, Church Collapses

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 20:27:17 +0000

(image) “The 5.4-magnitude and 5.9-magnitude tremors near Visso in the Marche region follow a 6.2-magnitude earthquake that destroyed the town of Amatrice, 70km to the south, on 24 August, killing at least 295 people. The impact was felt in Rome, Naples and the Veneto coast, according to Italian press reports.”5e0e0ee403af858a6a791c1a532e4966_267e20a3b9f16af967b59e3bbd752483900x675_quality99_o_1b02pfkomttd1ah7gbi1mg1ggpa

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Why Do Witches Ride Broomsticks?

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 20:04:55 +0000

(image) “Before the Wicked Witch of the West or Harry Potter took flight on the spindly cleaning tool, the image first appeared in the 15th century.” You may not be surprised to read that the depiction was an attack on both sexuality and heresy.witches-on-broomsitcks

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Research: What Kind Of Arts Video Do Audiences Want?

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 19:25:10 +0000

(image) “Based on our research data, digital content has two functions primarily: it develops the audience’s familiarity with the company’s work, and it aligns their expectations of a particular performance. Rather than using supporting materials to make a purchase decision, audiences tend to consume them after booking their tickets, to gain an insight into the story […]note_taking

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The Memory Lane In Your Brain Has A Three-Way Fork

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 19:03:19 +0000

(image) “There are things you remember, and there are things you remember well. Even if you can recall a past event, your memories will vary considerably in how much detail they contain, and how correct those details are. In an elegant experiment, a team of neuroscientists … [at] Cambridge have shown that these aspects of our […]A woman pauses along the edge of the North Pool of the 9/11 Memorial in New York

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Researchers: Why Happiness Doesn’t Make You More Creative

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 18:32:29 +0000

(image) “A positive mood is useful when first brainstorming, processing information, and coming up with as many ideas as possible—you don’t want to bring judgment into that, because it could stifle idea generation. But rigor is the key to overcoming obstacles and completing tasks—and good mood doesn’t improve problem-solving, which involves judgments that almost by necessity […]the-lack-of-science-behind-happiness-and-creativity-quartz

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Remember Bookmobiles? Here’s A Book Boat

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 18:02:41 +0000

(image) “The Perahu Pustaka (Book Boat) is sorely needed. … More than 10% of the [province of] West Sulawesi’s adult population cannot read, while in many villages, the only book available is a solitary copy of the Quran. So in 2015, local news journalist Muhammad Ridwan Alimuddin decided to combine his twin passions for books and […]book-boat

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Hal Prince: Theatre Needs More Producers

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:32:55 +0000

(image) “Today, the producing population has been infiltrated by investors who assume the job title of “producer.” In the days when I was producing, I had 175 investors. They were press agents, company managers, actors, stagehands, and, of course, a few of my parents’ friends. But the names of producers above the title were never more […]NY: AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS NATIONAL ARTS AWARDS

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The Three Marina Abramovićs

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:01:36 +0000

(image) “As she likes to say herself, there are three Marina Abramovićs: Warrior Marina (who can endure any pain and scream louder than anybody else), Spiritual Marina (who can endure any amount of stillness and remain silent longer than anybody else) and Bullshit Marina (who adores celebrity and likes to talk about fickle men and why […]marina

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A Need For Women’s Theatre

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:27:35 +0000

(image) “I believe in small, immersive theatre, and that the disappearance of the black box—which is happening all over—means devastation to the form. When we package theatre up and market it like dollar store pregnancy tests, we lose the power of the form. Women make up 50 percent of our world, so without the contemporary voices […]b_d_randall_photo-1_0

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Now *This* Is A Public Service: Cairo Bookstore Provides Room Where Customers Can Go To Scream

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:03:15 +0000

(image) “Visitors to a bookshop in Cairo are being invited into a dark, soundproof room to scream at the top of their lungs in an effort to relieve their frustrations and escape from the stresses of daily life. The new ‘scream room’ is tucked away in the “The World’s Door” [Bab Aldounia] bookshop and is also […]Ahmed Sharaf screams in a dark, soundproof room in an effort to relieve his frustrations and escape from the stresses of daily life in the new “scream room” inside a bookshop in Cairo

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What Bob Dylan’s Non-Response To The Nobel Means

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:31:31 +0000

(image) “The Nobel Prize is in fact the ultimate example of bad faith: A small group of Swedish critics pretend to be the voice of God, and the public pretends that the Nobel winner is Literature incarnate. All this pretending is the opposite of the true spirit of literature, which lives only in personal encounters between […]26kirschweb-master768

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Taking The ‘Hall’ Out Of ‘Concert Hall’ – Classical Organizations Move Into Un-Classical Venues

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:02:25 +0000

(image) “Arts administrators are united in the belief that spreading music as far as possible, in both the digital and physical worlds, is more than just a marketing gimmick: It’s a strategy for survival. The world is full of intellectually curious, artistically adventurous young people who would no more buy a ticket to hear Brahms’s Requiem […]not-a-concert-hall

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Preview Periods For Plays Will Disappear ‘In My Lifetime’, Says Leading Director

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:33:09 +0000

(image) Michael Grandage: “One of the jobs of a director, and certainly I see it as one of my jobs, is to make sure the rehearsal period is such that when you get to that first preview, you are effectively getting to an opening night. … Opening previews will be opening nights before too much longer […]michael-grandage

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Prado Mounts Its First Show Ever Dedicated To A Female Artist (It Only Took 197 Years)

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:01:09 +0000

(image) “The Art of Clara Peeters, which travels from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, is a display of 15 still-lifes by one of the few women to work as a professional painter in 17th-century Europe. The Flemish artist is among just 41 women to be represented in the Spanish museum’s permanent collection (compared […]prado-first-woman-artist

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From Joe Friday To Dirty Harry: How Pop Culture’s Cops Turned Away From, And On, Their Communities

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 13:28:17 +0000

(image) “As Andy Taylor [of Mayberry] became even more anachronistic, a fantasy of policing as it never really was, he was replaced by successive generations of cops who gradually came to occupy a separate, hermetically sealed sphere. Pop culture may not have predicted our current [Black Lives Matter] moment, but it captured the disconnectedness and animosity […]dirty-harry

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In American Popular Culture, There’s No Such Thing As A Bad Police Shooting

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 13:17:36 +0000

(image) “Decade after decade, pop culture has continued to churn out stories that justify and even lionize officers who kill. These stories first turned shootings – and they are almost always shootings – into acts of last resort by noble policemen, and later into exciting executions of dangerous villains. Hollywood has promoted the very myths that […]no-bad-police-shootings

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