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My War With Language (Why Romanticize It?)

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:52:31 +0000

(image) "Some writers swoon over language: 'It’s my muse, my lover', and so on. Well, it’s my enemy, and I seem to spend all my life arguing and battling with it. Also, sitting down at a desk aggravates my sacroiliac joint, so by the end of a week of solid writing I’m pretty much bed-bound or […]


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Is This The Worst Piece Of Public Art In The UK?

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:28:32 +0000

(image) "Clumsy, aggressive, cheap-looking (despite costing £100,000), it’s the very opposite of a raindrop. Like the worst public art, it’s also the very opposite of art — ungenerous, suggestive only of itself. Who to blame? The artists, Solas Creative, for sure. But also the arrogance of the bureaucrats who commissioned it."


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Stephen Hawking Was Looking For A New Voice So He Auditioned A-List Theatrical Talent

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:02:51 +0000

(image) Candidates included Lin-Manuel Miranda and Liam Neeson. See who he auditioned and who he chose.


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Ontario's Stratford Festival Sold 500,000 Tickets This Year Setting The Stage For...

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:31:01 +0000

(image) The surplus was $687,000 on revenue of $62.4 million, with attendance of 512,016, the festival reported at its annual general meeting on Saturday. According to a news release, passing the 500,000 mark is significant because it’s “where the festival begins to operate most effectively.”


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Joan Acocella: The Mercurial Trisha Brown

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:01:21 +0000

(image) "At the same time as she was becoming more difficult, she was also becoming more accessible. Part of Judson Dance Theatre’s deglamourization program was a refusal, by most of the choreographers, most of the time, to use conventional music, sets, or costumes. But Brown eventually put music back in, and while she often said that […]


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London's Globe Theatre Revises What It Wants In A New Artistic Director

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:31:39 +0000

(image) "The news that Emma Rice would be leaving in April 2018 was accompanied by a commitment from the Globe's board that it would return to more traditional practices following her tenure. The candidate brief for the new artistic director emphasises this, and claims that a review is currently being undertaken to ensure that the "mission, […]


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Deborah Cullinan: Why The Arts Need To Lead For Democracy

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:02:31 +0000

(image) "Arts and culture organizations must understand themselves not as arbiters of taste, but as creative homes for the people. They must be places driven by artists, culture bearers, philosophers, and activists. They must be platforms for cultivating public imagination; building thick and diverse networks; convening across differences and sectors; and incubating breakthrough ideas that stick, […]


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Ford Foundation Prez: The Arts Aren't Frill - Why We Need To Fund The NEA

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:31:37 +0000

(image) Darren Walker: "The fact is, America’s economy depends on the arts.  As of 2014, the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates, our nation’s creative sector contributes nearly $730 billion to our GDP—a larger share than 44 states.  It supports 4.8 million jobs, from schools to galleries, theaters, and beyond.  And it supplies an enormous […]


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Hollywood Studios Are Getting Rid Of Their Leaders. Here's Why

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:02:59 +0000

(image) "Three of the six major studios — Paramount, Sony and Fox — have removed or replaced their top executives in the last year. Jim Gianopulos, the longtime head of the 20th Century Fox movie studio, lost his job. Some of the current leadership turnover reflects long-term struggles at the individual companies, especially Paramount Pictures and […]


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Is Uwe Boll The Worst Director In The History Of Movies?

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:29:23 +0000

(image) Uwe Boll made his name, such as it is, mostly by dragging the already abhorred genre of the “video-game movie” to previously unthinkable new lows. His video-game adaptations BloodRayne, In the Name of the King, and House of the Dead are rated 4 percent on Rotten Tomatoes; Alone in the Dark has a 1 percent […]


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Claim: Romanian Artists Are Stuck In A 70-Year-Old Time Warp

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:02:44 +0000

(image) "By many accounts, Romania has not made dramatic progress in revising the status of the artist since the fall of Communism in December, 1989. The rusty machinery still rumbles, continuing to produce art and to recognize a social status for artists set in place close to seventy years back."


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Now, More Than Ever, Philosophy Needs A Reboot Based On New Information

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:31:21 +0000

(image) "As information technologies come to affect all areas of life, they are becoming implicated in our most important problems — their causes, effects, and solutions, the scientific investigations aimed at explaining them, the concepts created to understand them, the means of discussing them, and even, as in the case of Bill Gates, the wealth required […]


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Why Elon Musk And Other Big Thinkers Are Worried About The Threat Of Artificial Intelligence

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:31:52 +0000

(image) Musk’s alarming views on the dangers of A.I. first went viral after he spoke at M.I.T. in 2014—speculating (pre-Trump) that A.I. was probably humanity’s “biggest existential threat.” He added that he was increasingly inclined to think there should be some national or international regulatory oversight—anathema to Silicon Valley—“to make sure that we don’t do something […]


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Why Do People Try To Destroy Art In Museums?

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:30:31 +0000

(image) Basically, it boils down to three reasons (minus the random disturbed person with a screwdriver): It's famous; it's politically charged; it's sexually explicit.


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The Public Memorial For Carrie Fisher And Debbie Reynolds Became A Musical Revue And Dancefest, And Here's How

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:15:44 +0000

(image) "Emotion flowed openly once the memorial got underway, particularly when the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles rose from seats in the audience and began singing Cyndi Lauper’s 'True Colors' en masse. Troupes of dancers from the Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio — she founded the North Hollywood venue in 1979 — performed with umbrellas and […]


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A Holocaust Survivor Collected More Than 7,000 Pieces Of Anti-Semitic Art

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

(image) Arthur Langerman's father died in Auschwitz, and he has spent years collecting statues, postcards, posters, cartoons and other examples of anti-semitic European art. Now some of it is on display in Norway because the collector sees the situation as urgent: "Langerman believed antisemitism was on the decline when he began his collection. Today, he’s no […]


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Donald Judd, Persistent Disbeliever And Committed Skeptic

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:45:58 +0000

(image) With Judd, to put it mildly, "He had not the slightest appetite for polite back patting. ... Doubt always came first."


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Toronto Gets Its Own Superheated Real Estate Market That Forces Artists And Musicians Out

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:30:44 +0000

(image) Some predict a hollowing out of the downtown core in Toronto, with basically only bad traffic left. Right now, "Landmark musicians are leaving for more affordable regions in unsettling numbers and, with them go songs and culture."


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Conducting John Adams' 'The Gospel According To The Other Mary'

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:15:09 +0000

(image) Conductor David Robertson: "For example, I love the way in which he sets the line 'A new sepulcher.' In the background he has this slow tintinnabulation of cowbells and plate gongs, which seem to invade the whole space with an otherworldly, numinous visionary quality, as if already pregnant in this scene is the possibility of […]


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The Pleasures, And The Pressures, Of Being A 20-Year-Old Demi-Soloist

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:00:48 +0000

(image) Bridget Kuhns of the Houston Ballet isn't one of the ballet dancers who uses the pre-show ritual of "'brush your shoulder, touch your toe,' she says, laughing as she mimicked those movements. But Kuhns does have a thing about fresh breath onstage, she explained. She always brushes her teeth and then chews on a piece […]


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Music Education: Has Privatizing It Made It Now Only For The White And Wealthy?

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:45:56 +0000

(image) A focus on so-called academic subjects locks out music. "The current state of play means many children are, quite literally, locked out. As a discipline, music needs to attract a bigger crowd. Diversity breeds diversity, and teaching is where this needs to start."


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Why Do We Want Good Musicians To Be Good People, Too?

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:30:30 +0000

(image) Interesting question. But it's not just musicians: "A product's worth is often linked to the perceived ethics of those who produce it. When it comes to music, this means that artists are viewed as part and parcel with the work they create."


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An Opera Couple Offstage, But Only Sometimes On

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:15:43 +0000

(image) Soprano Diana Damrau and bass-baritone Nicolas Testé, who travel with their two home-schooled boys, ages 4 and 6, have a match made at an oratorio. Damrau: "The aim is that we are together, that we can make family life and life as a couple possible in our profession. As traveling opera singer-soloists, it’s really hard […]


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Magnetic North Theatre Festival Cancels 2017 Edition, And Shuts Permanently

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:45:37 +0000

(image) The 15-year-old theatre's board announced it was shutting down immediately, with a debt of more than $224,000 (Canadian), one month after it hired a new managing director.


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Ai Wei Wei Has A New Public Artwork For New York

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:30:23 +0000

(image) His work - gates and fences in the city itself - will serve as a comment on the new American mindset. He says, "We are witnessing a rise in nationalism, an increase in the closure of borders, and an exclusionary attitude towards migrants and refugees, the victims of war and the casualties of globalization."


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The Cleveland Orchestra Has Cut Its Miami Residency In Half

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:15:52 +0000

(image) Or at least that's how it appears from the press release about the short 2018 Miami season, which "contains no statement or explanation about why the orchestra has shortened its season or even any acknowledgement that it is doing so."


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