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Why We Still Need Chekhov's Plays, Even After A Century

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:02:09 +0000

(image) Lyn Gardner: "If the anniversary of the Russian revolution offers one reason for the current glut of Chekhov revivals, the other may well be the way the plays speak so directly to a world in flux, where the characters cannot comprehend or adjust to the cultural, social and political earthquakes that engulf them."chekhov


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Do Civilizations Actually "Collapse"?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:31:49 +0000

(image) "The stories are often presented as cautionary tales to frighten us into correcting the error of our ways – lest we bring about the end of our own global civilisation. They promote an ethic of environmental responsibility that we ignore at our peril. It is no coincidence that they focus on climate change, human-caused environmental […]images


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*This* Is Probably The Right Way For An Orchestra To Do A Nightclub Concert

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:35:04 +0000

(image) Anne Midgette on a National Symphony Orchestra concert at Anthem, a new riverfront club in southwest DC: "[Rather than] pander to a younger audience by giving it what they think it wants to hear, ... this performance had the orchestra, in street clothes, simply playing the music it does well, including large chunks of this […]NSO nightclub concert


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Athens - 'Whatever You Do, Don't Call Us The New Berlin'

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:04:53 +0000

(image) "Artists, collectives, new bars, farm-to-table restaurants, startups, and alternative music venues are amassing in Athens. Abandoned buildings, the scars from what Greeks simply call 'the Crisis', are turning into cultural spaces and homes for startups. Political statements are now emblazoned as street art. Artists from Mexico, Bali, New York and Western Europe are making Athens […]athens


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Kyle Abraham Explains Why He's A Political Choreographer

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:48:20 +0000

(image) "There are times when I do just want to make a dancey dance. ... But for me, I always get to a certain point when I feel it's a waste of time and energy. Being black and gay there's so much that I've faced in my life that I can't be oblivious to what's happening […]kyle abraham


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From A Rural South African Township To The National Ballet Of Canada

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:33:59 +0000

(image) Siphesihle November, aged 19 and a new member of the NBC corps de ballet, talks to Q about his personal and artistic journeys to the far side of the globe. (audio)siphesihle-november


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An Angry Marina Abramović Explains What Happened To The $2 Million Raised For Her Institute

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:17:26 +0000

(image) Responding to a New York Post article - headlined in the print paper "The Art of the Steal" - questioning the fate of the funds intended for her now-abandoned performance-art institute in Hudson, New York, Abramović - in a statement titled "The Art of the Truth" - wrote that "the [tabloid's] allegations are so false, […]marina


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Last Missing Piece Of Magritte Painting Found After 85 Years

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:02:48 +0000

(image) "The enigma of The Enchanted Pose, which depicts side-by-side female nudes, began decades ago. It is listed in the comprehensive catalog of Magritte's works, but its location had been marked as 'unknown' since 1932. Magritte, who died in 1967, never said anything about its fate." Turns out he cut it into four, painted over the […]magritte


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L.A. Phil Picks Seattle Symphony's Simon Woods As Next CEO

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:46:34 +0000

(image) "The Los Angeles Philharmonic's spring news earlier this year that its longtime president and CEO, Deborah Borda, was departing for New York sent the arts world spinning. Since then, one question has hung - or rung, like a symphonic triangle - in the air: Who would replace her?" We now have the answer.LA Phil simon woods


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Matthew Halls Says No One At Oregon Bach Festival Notified Him Of Any Complaints About Behavior

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:31:58 +0000

(image) Following the report that, at the time Halls was fired from the OBF artistic directorship, he was being investigated over claims that he discriminated against women, he wrote in a statement, "I am reading about these complaints for the first time now. At no stage did anybody from the University of Oregon or the Oregon […]OBF-Halls


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Comcast In Talks To Buy 21st Century Fox: Report

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:15:42 +0000

(image) "Comcast is interested in the same set of assets that Disney approached Fox about earlier this year, sources said. Also of interest to Comcast is acquiring the international assets of Fox, given that the Philadelphia-based company is heavily concentrated in the U.S." (includes video)comcast 21st cent fox


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'How To Survive A Plague' Wins UK's Top Prize For Nonfiction

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:10:08 +0000

(image) "Opening with a quote from Paul Monet, 'Grief is a sword, or it is nothing', [David] France's book chronicles how the activist community fought to develop the drugs that would turn HIV into a largely treatable condition. ... [The book] beat titles including Simon Schama's Belonging and Christopher de Bellaigue's The Islamic Enlightenment to win […]how to survive a plague


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Gaudí's First Masterpiece, Casa Vicens, Opens To Public In Barcelona

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:00:37 +0000

(image) "The Moorish-influenced Casa Vicens, commissioned by the stockbroker Manuel Vicens Montaner [as a residence] and built between 1882-88, was the architect's first major project. ... Fifteen lavishly decorated rooms by Gaudí have been restored with input from the descendants of its original tenants as well as extensive archival research."gaudi casa vicens


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Sydney's Largest Art Museum Announces New Wing, Which Everyone Will Now Argue About

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:44:20 +0000

(image) "[The Art Gallery of New South Wales's] new wing, Sydney Modern, will step across the Cahill expressway and spill north down the Domain towards the harbour, under an ambitious plan to increase visits to the city’s pre-eminent gallery. But the latest plan, though more modest than the first version released in 2015, is still likely […]art gallery of nsw


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Toxic Culture? No, Everything's Lovely Here, Say Queensland Symphony Chairman And Musicians

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:29:51 +0000

(image) In response to a news report saying that staff turnover has been high and morale low at the Brisbane, Australia-based orchestra - with sources blaming music director Alondra de la Parra and CEO David Pratt - the QSO section principals released a statement supporting the two, and the board chairman said, "I know that morale […]queensland symphony orchestra


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Top Posts From AJBlogs 11.16.17

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:35:21 +0000

Did Ken Griffin Buy the Leonardo (or provide $$$ for Art Institute of Chicago to acquire it)? While we’re all still coming to terms with the fact that a damaged 26″ x 18″ oil-on-walnut painted panel has just sold for $450.3 million, here’s a potential scoop that is based on some data, ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published […]



Chief Operating Officer, Cultural Facilities & Services

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:49:40 +0000

Houston First Corporation invites applications for the position of Chief Operating Officer, Cultural Facilities & Services.



Seattle: A Culture Of Growth (For Both Good And Bad)

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:01:30 +0000

(image) "Over the past decade, Seattle has added 220,000 jobs, an increase of nearly 15 percent. Amazon, which employs 40,000 people here and holds about one-fifth of the city’s premier office space, has keyed that growth, but the revival has spilled far beyond it. Thirty-one Fortune 500 companies now operate research and engineering hubs in Seattle, […]lead_960


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Kickstarter Launches New Artist Project Subscription Program

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:29:13 +0000

(image) Individual artists and collectives, podcasters, and experimental groups create pages on the site, and visitors can subscribe to certain projects, or whatever else the artist decides to make available to them. Artists have the option to create tiers of membership for different kinds of access, and the goal is that these subscriptions will help fund […]Screen-Shot-2017-11-15-at-5.38.53-PM


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The Russian Oligarch And The $450 Million Leonardo Painting

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:03:12 +0000

(image) One can be forgiven for initially overlooking another elephant in the room — the identity of the seller. When there’s this much money involved, though, it usually pays to follow it, and here the money leads directly back to the Russian billionaire Dmitry E. Rybolovlev.Mundi_Rybolovlev-1460


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London's Old Vic Theatre Reveals 20 Complaints Of Behavior Against Kevin Spacey

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:32:42 +0000

(image) Those affected said they "felt unable to raise concerns", and he "operated without sufficient accountability". The London theatre said it "truly apologises" for not creating a culture where people felt able to speak freely._98776812_spacey_afp


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What Happened To The $2 Million Marina Abramovic Raised For Her Institute?

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:02:08 +0000

(image) The edgy artist, who became world famous for staring down people in her blockbuster 2010 MOMA show, The Artist is Present, touted her multi-million dollar Marina Abramovic Institute for the Preservation of Performance Art as a place for artists to conduct grand experiments. The Yugoslav-born Abramovic also said it would “change the local economy” in […]abramovic


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Can A New "Mayor Of Nightlife" Save New York's Music Scene?

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:32:06 +0000

(image) "The announcement of New York’s Office of Nightlife comes not long after the release of an influential report, in March, by the city’s Office of Media and Entertainment, which oversees the city’s music industry. It found that more tickets are sold for live performances here than in any other city in the world (5.4 million in 2015) and […]10-night-mayor-lede.nocrop.w1600.h2147483647.2x


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Art As Engagement Or Communicator Of Something More?

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:01:47 +0000

(image) "There is an interesting link to be made between art and populism. Populism is not only something that embeds itself into actual politics; it is also a disease affecting the art world. In many institutions the focus on popularizing the programs is so big that one wonders whether the emphasis is still on the art […]download-1


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The Midwest As Cultural Anyplace (Comforting But Problematic)

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:34:46 +0000

(image) "If the Midwest is a particular place that instead thinks of itself as an anyplace or no-place, it is likewise both present and not present in the national conversation. The Midwest is, in fact, fairly frequently written about, but almost always in a way that weirdly disclaims the possibility that it has ever been written or thought about […]THR_2017_Fall


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The Art Of The Hidden Track, That Surprise On Your CD Or LP

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:01:15 +0000

(image) We gained a lot when albums went fully digital, but we also lost a bunch of stuff along the way. Among the things we lost: Record sleeves, media towers, and Tower Records. We have digital equivalents of all these things, so it's not like we necessarily miss them. But perhaps the one thing we lost […]hidden tracks


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Study: Art In The Workplace Inspires Creativity

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:31:09 +0000

(image) "Appreciating art induces inspiration, which in turn facilitates performance on creative tasks. Our results show that simply displaying art in the work environment could enhance employees' creative capabilities, thereby driving innovation."download


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