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How The Pulitzer Committee Chose Kendrick Lamar For Music

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 16:00:24 +0000

(image) Violinist and Pulitzer jury member Regina Carter: "I just sat down and it was like wow. I just felt like what he had to say and how he would say it, you had to really sit down and think about it and what does it mean for me? It might mean something completely different for […]lead_960_540

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A Court In Mexico Has Blocked Sales Of The Frida Kahlo Barbie Doll

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 15:00:52 +0000

(image) Mattel's been met with a temporary injunction after "Kahlo’s great-niece Mara de Anda Romeo argued in a Mexican court that Mattel does not have the rights to use Kahlo’s image as part of its Inspiring Women series." The toymaker had permission from the Frida Kahlo Corporation, but not (some of) Kahlo's family members.1436

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When You're One Of TV's Rare Latina Leads, You Have To Prove Yourself In Many Arenas (Including The Climbing Wall)

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 14:30:45 +0000

(image) Jaina Lee Ortiz is starring in a show about firefighters, so naturally, she "signed herself up for the firefighter’s Candidate Physical Abilities Test as soon as she landed the Station 19 role, running up flights of stairs in weighted gear, dragging a 165-pound dummy out of a building." And going on climbing walls for "moving […]22ENCOUNTRES1-superJumbo

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New York Removes A Statue Of The 'Father Of Gynecology,' Who Experimented On Enslaved Black Women

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 14:00:22 +0000

(image) This wasn't a fast decision about the man who didn't use anesthesia when he performed experimental surgeries on the women. "The removal of his 80-year-old statue comes after eight years of protests, activism and the local community collecting more than 26,000 signatures."3000

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When Australia Comes To U.S. Streaming, At Least One Actor Seems To Be Everywhere

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 13:30:01 +0000

(image) Look, Australia only has about 24 million people, and not that many of them are in acting. So that means, when U.S. streaming services start bringing in the Aussie content by the bucketful, the viewing public is going to get the familiar "British actor" feeling ("What's Snape doing as King Louis?"), except in an Australian […]21letdown2-master768

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George Eliot's Masterpiece 'Middlemarch' Was Shaped, Says Novelist Jennifer Egan, By Eliot's Unconventional Love Life

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 13:00:33 +0000

(image) Eliot, whose non-pen-name was Mary Ann Evans, lived for decades with her partner, whose open marriage meant that when his wife had a baby with a different man, he was fine with it (and supported the baby). "Lewes’s legal wife went on to have three more children with her lover, all of whom Evans and […]6000

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Changing Up The 'History' Part Of Art History In Museums To Mix Old, New, And Whatever Else Fits

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 12:30:17 +0000

(image) The museum buzzword is "transhistorical," and it's being applied to everything from Franz Hals paintings to the Met's big "Unfinished" exhibition from 2016. "Suzanne Sanders, an art historian in Amsterdam, who organized conferences on 'The Transhistorical Museum' in 2015 and 2016, calls transhistorical curating 'the most urgent thing curators are doing in trying to reinvent […]21transhistorical3-master768

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Pushkin Was A Radical Russian Poet Whose Works Became Some Of Our Greatest Operas - And Now His Life Is One, Too

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 12:00:44 +0000

(image) The British writer and lyricist Marita Phillips, a descendant of Pushkin's, grew up with a large book of his fairy tales, and she's wanted to mount an opera about him, and his tragically early death in a duel, ever since. Plus, he was quite political, and "Russian history is so violent and colourful it is […]3757

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Troubled Los Angeles Gallery CB1 To Close After Artists Say They Weren't Paid

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 11:00:37 +0000

(image) CB1 will close when the current show closes, after claiming they were having cash-flow problems. "Those cash-flow issues are what prompted a group of artists to publish an open letter alleging that CB1 Gallery had 'consistently failed' to pay artists according to the terms of its contracts, wrote checks that bounced and repeatedly sold work […]ZBABD3F4URGELEP7TUSZ2VASWM

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The Last Of Istanbul's Public Scribes

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 15:03:43 +0000

(image) The arzuhalciler, petition writers or public scribes who set up shop in the streets, go back to the early years of the Ottoman Empire, composing and writing legal documents for citizens to submit to courts and government offices. There are still a very few of them left (despite the efforts of Turkey's legal profession to […]istanbul scribes

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CBC Is Digitizing, Then Destroying Eight Decades Of Audio/Video Archives

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 22:06:01 +0000

(image) The Canadian Broadcast Museum Foundation says the public broadcaster’s English service earlier this month began destroying acetate transcriptions, as well as audio and video recordings that span eight decades, after converting the master copies into a digital format. The foundation asked the CBC earlier this year for time to find a suitable space to archive […]cbc.jpg.size-custom-crop.1086x0

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Philip Glass Talks About His Life In Music

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:32:50 +0000

(image) When I do concerts I often give talks to students. They get them together, and I talk to them in the afternoon, and we talk about music. Not too long ago one young fellow, he said, “Tell me one thing that I can take away from this talk that I’ll remember and that’s important.” And […]lead_960_540

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The Technological Take On Expressing Ourselves

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:01:27 +0000

(image) "More and more of us now express our emotions through the devices and software we rely on in our everyday lives. E-mail, text messages, social media, video chat—each platform demands of us different expressions of ourselves. And in the near future, we will have a new range of technologies at our disposal—sensors, monitors, and software […]THR_2018_Spring

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Does Literature Matter?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:31:02 +0000

(image) Only in America do we ask our writers to believe they don’t matter as a condition of writing. It is time to end this. Much of my time as a student was spent doubting the importance of my work, doubting the power it had to reach anyone or to do anything of significance. I was […]Snow Storm NYC

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Was The Orpheus Model Of Flattened Orchestra Hierarchy A Success?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:02:04 +0000

(image) Asked whether the principles of the Orpheus Process had any resonance these days, Stanford business professor Jeffrey Feffer replied in an email, “There are various movements that have tried to ‘democratize’ organizations. They mostly don’t work or don’t last. I am a huge believer in the advantages of the Orpheus approach, but it flies in […]Orpheus_CO_part2_header

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Facebook Wants To Make Its User Data Available To Social Scientists. Should It?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:25:35 +0000

(image) In partnership with the non-profit Social Science Research Council, Facebook's social-science program will put out a call for university scientists to apply for grants to study the effects of social media on democracies and elections, potentially using proprietary Facebook data. The money will come from various foundations known to give to Democrats, Republicans, and journalists.gettyimages-936177628

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Netflix Considers Buying A Movie Theatre Chain

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:31:14 +0000

(image) Although no cinema deal has materialized, the idea of Netflix buying a theater chain would mark a new phase in the company's rapid ascent to become one of the most powerful players in the entertainment industry.zx3lwuicn4y1gmwwu7ym

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'Albee Would Never Have Allowed This' - Joe Mantello Talks About Directing 'Three Tall Women'

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:04:49 +0000

(image) "I also think that he was a playwright who was very confident in his interpretation of the play. I once heard him say, 'No actor or director has ever shown me anything in one of my plays that I didn't intend to be there.' I think what he meant by that was not that he […]joe-mantello

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NYC Will Move "Fearless" Girl" Off Wall Street

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:32:48 +0000

(image) The statue known as “Fearless Girl” will soon be moved from its spot at the southern tip of Broadway to a spot facing the New York Stock Exchange, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday. And if the city has its way, the bull will eventually go with her.merlin_137050992_c2b88e51-a6ba-4477-bed9-d0ecd88c935d-master768[1]

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How Liesl Tommy Carved Out A Career For Herself As Director, Tony Nominations And All

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:01:29 +0000

(image) It was, in her words, "a fucking compulsion," says Tommy, a mixed-race native of Cape Town who came to Massachusetts with her family at age 15. "I believed the lie that the reason that there weren't more of us [directors of color] working was because they didn't believe we were qualified. So I was like, […]liesl-tommy

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In A Florid Suit, Collector Sues Jeff Koons For Not Delivering

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:32:52 +0000

(image) In the 53-page complaint that includes lines that reference Shakespeare (“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”) and that are almost Dickensian, New York litigator Aaron Richard Golub charges, “Behind the ostensible façade of Jeff Koons’ art world triumphs and record-breaking auction prices . . . lurks a well-oiled machine, more specifically an established, archaic […]2599795012_1b0247eddc_z

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Collecting All The Music Written In Nazi Concentration Camps

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:02:46 +0000

(image) "Jewish Italian musicologist and pianist Francesco Lotoro has devoted his life to unearthing thousands of songs and scores written during the Holocaust. ... Lotoro has catalogued symphonies, operas, scores and songs written on everything from coal sacks to toilet paper and by anyone who composed it in the captivity of a concentration camp: Jews, gypsies, […]concentration camp music

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Ohio Arts Funding ED Steps Down In "Challenging" Climate

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:32:11 +0000

(image) Cuyahoga Arts and Culture CEO and executive director Karen Gahl-Mills has resigned, effective June 7, according to a press release sent this morning, April 18.  In a challenging atmosphere of funding cuts, the leader of one of the nation’s largest public funders of the arts became embattled on several fronts: first in an attempt to […]GahlMillsHeadshot

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Solresol, The 19th-Century Invented Language Based On Music

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:35:37 +0000

(image) "Jean-François Sudre, a music teacher in 19th-century France, ... [had a] vision of a universal language [that] transcended linguistic boundaries. From written and spoken word to melody, gesture, number, and even color, there are few ways that one can't express Solresol, the language that Sudre spent more than three decades developing. But after his death […]solresol

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A New Boom In Ceramic Art

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:04:40 +0000

(image) Call them potters, ceramicists, or clay sculptors, but there are getting to be more of them, amateur and professional - and their work is fetching higher prices. Reporter Amy Fleming looks at how the trend has developed and the reasons for it.ceramic art

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The Difficult Birth Of The Tate Modern

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:46:21 +0000

(image) "The Tate briefly flirted with the idea of splitting in two and setting up an entirely separate Museum of Modern Art, inspired by the success of MoMA in New York. This was in the early 1990s, before the gallery decided to remain a single institution with two London venues: Tate Britain and Tate Modern. The […]tate modern'

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'Disney For A Despot': How Saddam Hussein Turned The Ruins Of Babylon Into A Propaganda Vehicle

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:33:17 +0000

(image) "For Saddam, the ruined city of Babylon had always held a special fascination. He ordered an ambitious reconstruction of the city's walls, costing millions of dollars at the height of the Iran-Iraq War. ... When archaeologists told him that ancient kings like Nebuchadnezzar had stamped their names on Babylon’s bricks, Saddam insisted that his own […]Murials Of Saddam Hussein

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Marcia Hafif, Painter Of Exuberant Monochromes, Dead At 89

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:17:57 +0000

(image) "By the mid-1960s, it was assumed in some circles that all of the possibilities for painting were exhausted - that the medium had, more or less, died. But some painters pushed back against that idea, arguing that painting could reset itself, and one was Marcia Hafif. ... [She] was overlooked by many art institutions for […]Marcia-Hafif

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NEA Forbids State Champion In High School Poetry Contest From Going To Nationals Because He's Not A US Citizen

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:46:07 +0000

(image) Nineteen-year-old Allan Monga, who arrived (legally) in Portland last year as a refugee from Zambia, won the Maine state finals of the NEA's Poetry Out Loud contest last month. All state champions are supposed to get an all-expenses-paid trip to the national finals in DC next week - but the NEA says its rules permit […]maine poetry out loud

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How Can Arts Orgs' Boards Help Combat Harassment? Talk To The Artists

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:31:17 +0000

(image) Pia Catton: "For non-profits, misconduct can pose a real threat to funding. Foundations don't want molesters and predators operating with those they fund. Why should individual donors give to theatres turning a blind eye? If people act that way, a new level of board involvement in hiring and oversight is needed. One path to that […]arts org boards harassment

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Russia Can't Let Go Of Fight Over Movie About Tsar Nicholas II And The Ballerina He Loved

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:15:16 +0000

(image) "The reaction to Matilda represents, in microcosm, many of the contradictions of contemporary Russian culture. It should have been a flagship Russian movie, ... [and] originally had Oscar ambitions. Instead, the film's reception was derailed by religious purists. Part of Vladimir Putin's narrative is that he, too, is part of Russia's imperial legacy. Some think […]matillda

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Embattled Director Kirill Serebrennikov Gets A Film Into Cannes - So Russia Extends His House Arrest

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:00:04 +0000

(image) The director of Moscow's acclaimed Gogol Center theater, Serebrennikov has been under house arrest since last August, awaiting trial on embezzlement charges that his allies call absurd and trumped-up. Seemingly in response to the news that Serebrennikov's latest film, Summer, will be screened in competition at the Cannes Festival next month, authorities in Moscow extended […]kirill serebrennikov

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Bolshoi's Controversial 'Nureyev' Leads Nominations For Russia's Top Dance Awards

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:44:48 +0000

(image) "Both the creators of the ballet and its performers have been nominated for the Benois de la Danse, nicknamed the ballet's Oscars, in four professional categories: Ilya Demutskiy for Best Composer, Yuri Possokhov for Best Choreographer, Kirill Serebrennikov for Best Stage Design, and dancer Vladislav Lantratov for Best Performance in the title role of the […]bolshoi nureyev

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'There Is No Going Back From Here': Saudi Arabia's First Female Filmmaker On The Kingdom's Lifting Of The Ban On Cinemas

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:29:32 +0000

(image) "Five years ago, Haifaa al-Mansour made history with her moving and critically-acclaimed drama Wadjda, making her not just the first female Saudi filmmaker, but the first director to have shot a feature film in the kingdom. At the time, the idea of Wadjda being released on home soil was ludicrous: its cinema and theaters had […]saudi filmmaker

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Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.19.18

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:10:35 +0000

Breasting the Wave The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company Celebrates its 50th Anniversary Season ... read more AJBlog: Dancebeat Published 2018-04-19 Deaccession Dejection: La Salle's Sales Slide at Christie’s This is an I-told-you-so post. Some six of 16 old masters deaccessioned by the La Salle University Art Museum were left stranded on the auction block at Christie's this […]

When You Win $1 Million To Make A Movie... There Are Expectations

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:01:28 +0000

(image) “If someone hands you a million dollars, they expect you to turn out an amazing product. It’s a huge thing to carry on your shoulders.”22tribeca-winner1-superJumbo[1]

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Inside The Broadway Battle For "To Kill A Mockingbird"

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:28:09 +0000

(image) The fight, being waged in the chambers of federal judges in New York and Alabama, offers an unusual glimpse into the vituperative backstage wrangling that can erupt over control of a celebrated work of literary fiction when it has been adapted for the

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How Airline Ticket Pricing Could Be Applied To The Arts

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:01:24 +0000

(image) The secret of an effective pricing strategy is differentiation and airlines do this on a number of levels, harnessing as many of the factors that affect demand for flights as they can.aircraft-2502241_1920

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Why We Need A New Age Of Romanticism

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:29:27 +0000

(image) In our new era of Enlightenment, we need Romanticism again. In his speech ‘Politics and Conscience’ (1984), the Czech dissident Václav Havel, discussing factories and smokestacks on the horizon, explained just why: ‘People thought they could explain and conquer nature – yet … they destroyed it and disinherited themselves from it.’ Havel was not against […]idea_sized-n05882_10

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It's Now Impossible To Make A Living As A Freelance Writer

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:02:13 +0000

(image) "Based on my reporting, my own experience, and interviews with more than a dozen writers, the current median price for a freelancer’s work is between 25 and 50 cents per word (though, to be clear, most places no longer pay per word; they pay lump sums that work out to about $500 for a 1,000- […]download

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Classical Music's Insecurity Problem

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:32:22 +0000

(image) It’s sad but true that many people denigrate and distrust their own reactions to classical music out of fear that they don’t “know enough,” and that other, more sophisticated folks know more. When people leave the movie theater they rarely hesitate to give their opinion of the movie, and it never occurs to them that […]17Hoffman-superJumbo

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Philosophically, Music Of Our Time Has Lost Its Way

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:56:53 +0000

(image) "Few people play instruments, and music at home emerges from digital machines, controlled by buttons that require no musical culture to be pressed. For many people, the young especially, music is a form of solitary enjoyment, to be absorbed without judgment and stored without effort in the brain. The circumstances of music-making have therefore changed […]raphael-the-school-of-athens-detail

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Are These The Most Influential Philosophers In The Second Half Of The 20th Century?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:29:24 +0000

(image) One philosophy professor, Chen Bo of Peking University, conducted a survey along with Susan Haack of the University of Miami, at the behest of a Chinese publisher seeking important philosophical works for translation.wittgenstein

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Tom Lehrer At 90

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:01:24 +0000

(image) A fond look at the life and career of the mathematician-turned-satirical-songwriter-turned-mathematician of whom The New York Times wrote, "Mr. Lehrer's muse [is] not fettered by such inhibiting factors as taste." He's released no new songs in more than 40 years; as he said in 2002, "Things I once thought were funny are scary now. I […]tom lehrer

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The Most Ambitious TV Program Ever About Art

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:32:40 +0000

(image) “Civilizations,” like “Ways of Seeing,” is an attempt to update Clark’s series. But it’s also an unprecedented undertaking in the annals of television. Unlike “Civilisation,” which was focused on Western art from the so-called Dark Ages until the 20th century, the scope of “Civilizations” is global and reaches right back to cave

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The Legend Of Tulipmania In 17th-Century Holland Is Way Overblown

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:02:29 +0000

(image) "Stories have been circulating for nearly 400 years about the apparently strange compulsion that led otherwise sensible merchants, nobles and artisan weavers to spend all they had and more on tulips, only to land in bankruptcy and ruin" - and pulling the entire country's economy down with them - "when the bottom fell out of […]TULIPS, 17th CENTURY. /nThree tulips and an anemone. Color pencil by Jacob Marrel (1614-1681).

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'The Yellow Shark', Frank Zappa's Astoundingly Difficult Suite For Orchestra

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:03:56 +0000

(image) One of the reasons the 17-movement work is so rarely performed, despite Zappa's celebrity, is the fiendishly tricky rhythm in some spots. (You know how triplets are three-notes-in-two? One spot has 23-notes-in-18.) And then there are the movement titles, which range from "Outrage at Valdez" (about the Exxon oil-tanker spill) and "Food Gathering in Post-Industrial […]zappa

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That Day 50 Years Ago Sweden Changed What Side Of The Road It Drives On

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:25:16 +0000

(image) In the run-up to H-Day, each local municipality had to deal with issues ranging from repainting road markings to relocating bus stops and traffic lights, and redesigning intersections, bicycle lanes and one-way streets.p064l0h4

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'Scandal' Was Even More Groundbreaking A TV Series Than You Think

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:04:46 +0000

(image) Matt Zoller Seitz: "Shonda Rhimes's Scandal, which ends its seven-season run Thursday night, is a rare revolutionary TV drama that never became full of itself. It dealt in controversy on the regular, tackling everything from racial politics and sexual power dynamics in a workplace to PTSD, executive privilege, and the efficacy of torture, even letting […]scandal

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At New York City's Public School For Dance

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:36:27 +0000

(image) "'Justin,' yelled the ballet master Patrice Hemsworth. 'Move your arms. Good, good, good. Boys, you look beautiful. Go girls. Use your shoulders.' She watched silently for another few beats and then, as the recorded music stopped, yelled out: 'The feet were good but, the arms have to work with it. And you’re rushing like crazy.'" […]ballet tech

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EU Considers Law To Consider Robots To Be People (The Way Corporations Are)

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:05:52 +0000

(image) "A 2017 European Parliament report floated the idea of granting special legal status, or 'electronic personalities,' to smart robots, specifically those which (or should that be who?) can learn, adapt, and act for themselves. This legal personhood would be similar to that already assigned to corporations around the world, and would make robots, rather than […]EU robots people

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Broadway Introduces New App For Vision- And Hearing-Impaired Audience Members

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:34:55 +0000

(image) "Cell phones in theatres may no longer be taboo. Well, at least in this case, where 12 Broadway theatres now offer GalaPro, a new app that expands accessibility services by providing audio description, captioning, and dubbing to audiences at every performance."broadway app galapro

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MoMA Acquires The Painting That Provoked Rudy Giuliani To Try To Shut Down The Brooklyn Museum

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:18:31 +0000

(image) Billionaire Steve Cohen is donating Chris Ofili's The Holy Virgin Mary to New York's Museum of Modern Art. "The canvas stirred controversy at the Brooklyn Museum during the 1999 'Sensation' exhibition of works by the Young British Artists from the collection of advertising mogul Charles Saatchi. Giuliani criticized Ofili's painting as an affront to Catholics. […]ofili holy virgin mary

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Harper's Magazine Fires Editor In Chief For (He Says) Opposing Controversial Article

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:03:07 +0000

(image) Ousted editor James Marcus says that his dispute with publisher Rick MacArthur was over Katie Roiphe's "The Other Whisper Network: How Twitter feminism is bad for women," the magazine's March cover story. The essay attracted attention - including a brief boycott of Harper's by writers - following reports that Roiphe planned to use it to […]harpers james marcus

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League Of American Orchestras Launches Program To Help Black And Hispanic Musicians Get Orchestra Jobs

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:47:21 +0000

(image) "The new initiative - [called the National Alliance for Audition Support and] created by the Sphinx Organization, the New World Symphony and the League of American Orchestras - will train musicians for auditions, pair them with mentors, showcase their work in concerts and give them stipends to travel to auditions. It is the latest effort […]audition support

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Nine Artists Accuse L.A. Gallery Of Stiffing Them On Work Sold

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:32:21 +0000

(image) "Long before dealer Clyde Beswick established CB1 Gallery in Los Angeles, he spent 13 months in prison for embezzlement. Now, more than 20 years later, a group of artists is accusing the gallerist of breaking the law again. In an open letter published on Tuesday, nine artists claim that the dealer, along with partner Jason […]artists accuse CB1 gallery of stiffing them

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JoAnn Falletta To Step Down From Virginia Symphony

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:23:42 +0000

(image) The 64-year-old conductor will step down from the music directorship of the Norfolk-based orchestra at the end of its centennial season, 2019-20. (She is evidently staying on with her other orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, where her current contract expires in 2021.)joann-falletta

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Subject Of Bestseller 'The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven' Sues Publisher For Defamation

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:16:54 +0000

(image) "The book, which was believed to have been written by [Alex] Malarkey with his father, Kevin, was pulled from print in 2015 after Malarkey, still a minor, recanted his story. Today, at 20-years-old, Malarkey alleges that his father was the sole author of the book, and he is suing Tyndale [House Publishers] for defamation, deceptive […]boy who came back from heaven

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Free Tickets If You Wear A Swastika, Says German Theater (Outrage Ensues)

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:45:19 +0000

(image) "A play based on Adolf Hitler's youth is sparking controversy for an unusual opening-night deal: Audience members willing to wear a swastika (provided by the theater) during the performance get in free. Those who prefer to pay full price are asked to wear the Star of David. ... Producers of the play at the theater […]free if you wear swastika

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Two Bolshoi Ballet Stars Denied Visas To Dance In US

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:30:34 +0000

(image) Olga Smirnova, one of the Bolshoi's biggest stars, and Jacopo Tissi, a La Scala Ballet alumnus who joined the Moscow company in 2016, were refused nonimmigrant worker visas to dance at a Youth America Grand Prix gala at Lincoln Center this week.bolshoi jacopo-tissi-olga-smirnova

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Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.18.18

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:09:29 +0000

The Future of Orchestras - Part Five: Kurt Weill, El Paso, and the National Mood "Wherever I found decency and humanity in the world, it reminded me of America." Kurt Weill wrote those words after returning from a visit to Germany in 1947. I read them aloud at least a dozen times during the Kurt […]

The Next Arms Race: Artificial Intelligence (And It's Already Started)

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 22:02:36 +0000

(image) Artificial intelligence is a very powerful technology, and there is an arms race going on. Fast forward 20 years into the future and one of the players could have won the race. China is more likely to win than Russia is, although Russia has a lot going on. So, we could end up in a […]Hong Kong Robot Designer

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New EU Regulations On Lights Threaten £180 Million Cost For UK Theatres

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 21:32:45 +0000

(image) Theatres across the UK face unexpected costs in excess of £180 million under “devastating” EU proposals to ban the vast majority of stage lighting by 2020. Costs in London alone are expected to reach £35 million as venues are forced to replace most of their lighting equipment, with experts warning that venues could go dark […]

What Kendrick Lamar's Win Means For Hip Hop

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 21:02:26 +0000

(image) "Lamar’s historic win figures in the grander, affected consecration of blackness within élite spaces—exemplified, I think, by the “thousand flowers of expectation” blooming in Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of Barack Obama. It was Obama, with his caucuses of rappers in the White House, who accelerated the conclusion that hip-hop had earned a prestige as a great American […]St-Felix-Kendrick-Lamar-Pulitzer

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Kendrick Lamar Did The Pulitzer A Favor By Winning

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:32:14 +0000

(image) The music Pulitzer was an obscure bauble coveted only by the people who cared about it, of which there were not many. Forget the big reporting and magazine awards; even the poetry Pulitzer mattered more than music. Grammys are the awards that count most in music, and given that Kendrick is already loaded with golden […]16-kendrick-lamar-pultizer-2.w710.h473.2x

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So... Blame Humanities For Today's Bad Politics?

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:02:03 +0000

(image) "The midcentury ideal — of literature as an aesthetically and philosophically complex activity, and of criticism as its engaged and admiring decoding — is gone. In its place stands the idea that our capacity to shape our protean selves is the capacity most worth exercising, the thing to be defended at all costs, and the […]photo_86812_landscape_650x433

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The Internet Has Grown Toxic, Say The Guys Who Built It

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:29:35 +0000

(image) "To understand what went wrong — how the Silicon Valley dream of building a networked utopia turned into a globalized strip-mall casino overrun by pop-up ads and cyberbullies and Vladimir Putin — we spoke to more than a dozen architects of our digital present. If the tech industry likes to assume the trappings of a […]13-internet-cat-apology.w512.h600.2x

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MoviePass Is Growing Crazy Fast. But Can It Survive?

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:29:10 +0000

(image) Since MoviePass slashed its monthly subscription costs last August from $50 to $9.95, its user base has exploded from roughly 20,000 to more than 2 million. In the process, it’s become the fastest-growing paid-entertainment subscription service in history, signing people at a greater clip than Netflix or Spotify. All that disruption in the movie theater business has […]Mitch Lowe Portrait

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What George Lucas' Museum Of Narrative Art Will Be

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:31:22 +0000

(image) “In their daily lives, people interact with all kinds of popular storytelling visual forms, most of which are maybe not what we have historically called fine art. Our purpose as a museum is to highlight and explore and celebrate the best of these forms, and to really unpack the way in which they work. We’re […]download

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Winner Of This Year's Pulitzer For Fiction Tells You About All The Novels He Almost Wrote

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:01:04 +0000

(image) Andrew Sean Greer: "I think every novelist has a list of novels they never wrote - and never plan to write. Some are impossible dreams. Some are good ideas over a bad bottle of wine. And some are, let's admit it, just bad ideas. Really bad ideas. So for what it's worth, a little advice […]Andrew-Sean-Greer

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How Art Was (Mostly) Protected During World War II

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:32:57 +0000

(image) In London, the Elgin Marbles were hidden in Aldwych tube station – although, alarmingly, it was later revealed it wouldn’t have withstood a direct hit. In Paris, the Louvre was emptied out in 1939, with 3,600 paintings packed off to safe houses. The Mona Lisa – now considered too fragile to be moved – was […]p0647xv1

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These Monks Meditate By Dancing

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:02:22 +0000

(image) "In the West, our idea of monastic ritual involves prayer and quiet reflection. But there are monasteries in Assam, in the far reaches of northeastern India, where prayer has always been, and continues to be, expressed through dance. The monks in these communities, or sattras, perform with and for each other, and for the deity. […]assam dancing monks

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The Art Of Nairobi's Dancing Buses

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:32:29 +0000

(image) Matatu are the privately owned buses that have transported at least 60 percent of Nairobi’s population since the early ’60s. The word matatu comes from the Kikuyu word for “three,” referring to the three ten-cent coins used to pay for a ride to the city when matatus first started operating.merlin_136166598_d99603f5-9d3c-4113-a016-b914dae7078e-superJumbo[1]

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How One Joke On 'Roseanne' Explains The Entire Show

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:03:07 +0000

(image) Emily Nussbaum: "It would feel good to critique the new version [of the show] with a tolerant smile - to say simply that you shouldn't judge any sitcom too harshly, early on. ... I can't write that review, though, and it's because of zingers like the one above, dog whistles that won't let you stay […]roseanne

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A Great Play About (Of All Issues) Urban Renewal - August Wilson's 'Two Trains Running'

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:35:24 +0000

(image) "The narrow lens is one of the play's surprises: It examines the titanic forces of urban renewal via a single establishment, never leaving the checkerboard-tiled stage of [Memphis Lee's] diner. For a play about sweeping change, what emerges is a slow portrait, one that tries to convince you that everything depends on the fate of […]august wilson urban renewal

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How Did Kendrick Lamar Win The Music Pulitzer? Let The Pulitzer Prize Administrator Tell You

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:04:53 +0000

(image) Dana Canedy: "In this case [the jurors] were considering a piece of music they felt had hip-hop influences and said, 'Well if we're considering a piece of music that has hip-hop influences, why aren't we considering hip-hop?' And someone said, 'That's exactly what we should do.' And then someone said, 'We should be considering Kendrick […]kendrick-lamar

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Robert Fairchild's Blooming Post-New York City Ballet Career

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:33:06 +0000

(image) "'I would rather try and fail than not try,' he says. He's applied that same philosophy to his career: Last fall, he decided to leave life as a ballet star behind to find out what possibilities might lie in musical theater, TV and film. In the course of our conversation, he repeats the same sentence […]robbie fairchild

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Uh-Oh - After Seven-Year Ban, Lars Von Trier Is Returning To Cannes

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:17:50 +0000

(image) "Von Trier was made persona non grata by Cannes after jokingly declaring himself a Nazi and expressing sympathy for Adolf Hitler during a 2011 press conference for his Palme d'Or-nominated film Melancholia. ... However, speaking to French radio station Europe 1, festival director Thierry Frémaux suggested that negotiations to lift Von Trier's outcast status were […]lars von trier

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Florida Repertory Theatre Fires Founder/Artistic Director For Bullying

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:02:37 +0000

(image) According to an official statement from the Florida Rep board, the reasons for the dismissal of Robert Cacioppo, who co-founded the Fort Myers company in 1998, were "behavioral problems [including] bullying, considerable absence, demeaning individuals (particularly women) both publicly and privately, and anger management issues."florida rep Robert_Cacioppo

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First Museum To Victims Of Lynching Opens In Alabama

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:46:14 +0000

(image) "After two years of planning and construction, and having raised an estimated $20m from Google, the Ford Foundation and private philanthropists such as the billionaire activist siblings Pat and Jon Stryker, the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice [in Montgomery] will be inaugurated with a two-day 'peace and justice summit' starting […]lynching museum

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Carl Kasell, Longtime NPR Newscaster, Dead At 84

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:31:32 +0000

(image) "In 1975, Kasell joined NPR as a part-time employee. Four years later, he announced the news for the first broadcast of a new show called Morning Edition. Over three decades, he became one of the network's most recognized voices. ... And then came a surprise second act; after decades of being super-serious, Kasell got a […]carl kasell

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Minnesota Orchestra Finds Its New CEO In Dallas

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:15:00 +0000

(image) "Michelle Miller Burns, former chief operating officer for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, will lead the state's largest performing arts organization starting Sept. 1." She succeeds Kevin Smith, who stabilized the orchestra and repaired management-musician relations following the 2012-13 lockout.MinnOrch new CEO

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Golden Case Containing Heart Of Queen Of France Stolen From Museum

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:00:37 +0000

(image) The six-inch oval reliquary holding the heart of Anne of Brittany (1477-1514), the only woman to be crowned Queen of France twice, was taken from the Musée Dobrée in Nantes.anne of brittany heart

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Choi Eun-Hee, South Korean Actress Kidnapped By North, Dead At 91

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:44:24 +0000

(image) One of South Korea's most famous actors in the 1960s and '70s, Choi was kidnapped in Hong Kong in 1978 and transported to Pyongyang at the order of Kim Jong-Il. With her ex-husband, Shin Sang-Ok, who was abducted shortly afterward, she was held in North Korea and forced to make films for eight years.choi eun hee

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Security Staff At London's Royal Opera House Threaten Strike

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:29:54 +0000

(image) "Summer performances at the Royal Opera House face disruption if security staff vote to go on strike over allegations of bullying and poor pay. Union Unite represents the vast majority of the 30-strong security workforce at the ROH, who will start voting on whether to take strike action on April 16, with the ballot closing […]Royal-Opera-House-London-photo-by-Rob-Moore-courtesy-of-the-Royal-Opera-House

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Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.17.18

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:06:33 +0000

Why Max Hollein Was Inevitable as Met's Director Put yourself in the position of a member of the Metropolitan Museum's search committee: Despite all the pressure to choose anyone but another white male – somewhat wrong-headed pressure, imho – I think you'd have picked Max Hollein ... read more AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2018-04-16

Strathmore - Chief Executive Officer

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 23:38:25 +0000

Strathmore, a Montgomery County nonprofit multidisciplinary arts center, seeks a visionary, expansive, ethical, and collaborative Chief Executive Officer to partner with its board of directors to advance the organization's overall success and sustainability. The CEO will be the organization's chief spokesperson in clearly articulating Strathmore’s mission, vision, and values that guide the growth, public image, […]

Collecting: Why Canada's National Gallery Is Selling A Chagall To Get A David

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 22:01:17 +0000

(image) There will, no doubt, be many who oppose the decision. Chagall’s lofty position in the pantheon of Modern art is equalled by few, and bested by maybe only two: Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. David, a towering figure in French neo-classical painting, is no less important, an art historian would tell you, though in another […]composite.jpg.size-custom-crop.1086x0

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Neuroscience Research: Best Friends Share Brain Waves

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 21:28:34 +0000

(image) New research suggests the roots of friendship extend even deeper than previously suspected. Scientists have found that the brains of close friends respond in remarkably similar ways as they view a series of short videos: the same ebbs and swells of attention and distraction, the same peaking of reward processing here, boredom alerts there.merlin_136764630_6dc7a59a-8856-4451-bc3f-13a48762f125-blog427[1]

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Can Neuroscientists Figure Out Empathy?

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 21:01:16 +0000

(image) The advances of modern imaging technology mean that we no longer have to guess what the brain is up to. Our innermost thoughts and character are on display, and via scans that lay bare who has lots of empathy and who has none, who lies and who is a truth-teller, whom we should trust and […]5ba6a2aa-3cd0-11e8-b8eb-a2b1e54e4e884

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Online Art Market Report: Some Warning Signs

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 20:32:48 +0000

(image) Even as Instagram surges ahead as the art world’s social media platform of choice, and artificial intelligence is examined for its potential for luring buyers, the overall picture is downbeat as growth slowed for a second year.online_art_sales_01_1

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Future Of Movies: Battle Between Cannes And Netflix Is Bad - But It's Hard To Root For Either

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 20:01:16 +0000

(image) France’s protectionist laws, which require a 36-month window between a film’s theatrical opening and its streaming debut, seem like the last gasp of a rapidly dying era. And the manner in which Frémaux handed down the Cannes ban, at the same time as the festival announced it was putting the kibosh on red-carpet selfies, was […]295ed3ca-f0eb-48bd-a0e5-a8be3c3108a9

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Vend-A-Story - Getting Your Literature From A Machine

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:32:52 +0000

(image) Here’s how a dispenser works: It is shaped like a cylinder with three buttons on top indicating a “one minute,” “three minute” or “five minute” story. (That’s how long it takes to read.) When a button is pushed, a short story is printed, unfurled on a long strip of paper. The stories are free. They […]00xp-kiosk-blog427[1]

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How NYCBallet Planned Its Season Post-Martins

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:56:12 +0000

(image) The new team chose two of the six premieres City Ballet will present in the 2018-19 season, reaching beyond the traditional ballet world to commission works by Kyle Abraham and Emma Portner. They learned the puzzle-like intricacy of planning a year’s worth of ballets, which must be chosen so subscribers won’t see too many repeats […]merlin_100884541_50b4f616-9513-4420-a897-5602f59f9c38-master768[1]

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Is The College Experience Converging With The Retail Shopping Experience?

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:32:42 +0000

(image) As online learning extends its reach, though, it is starting to run into a major obstacle: There are undeniable advantages, as traditional colleges have long known, to learning in a shared physical space. Recognizing this, some online programs are gradually incorporating elements of the old-school, brick-and-mortar model—just as online retailers such as Bonobos and Warby […]lead_960_540

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Artisan's Asylum - Executive Director

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:02:24 +0000

Artisan's Asylum, a Somerville makerspace, seeks organized and resilient Executive Director to supervise all aspects of the organization’s operations, programs, fundraising, public visibility and partnerships, and financial planning.

UK Arts Diversity Study: It's Not!

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:32:15 +0000

(image) Although differences emerge within the sector, the overall picture is of a homogenous workforce whose social networks are largely limited to other culture professionals and whose values are markedly different to those of any other occupation. Cultural workers are ‘the most liberal, most pro-welfare and most left wing of any industry.’ These same descriptions apply both to […]survey_body_4_0

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Britain's Abandoned Brass Instruments Are Changing Children's Lives In Uganda

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:02:09 +0000

(image) The not-for-profit Brass for Africa "has delivered 800 brass instruments to both Uganda and Liberia and reaches over 1000 children weekly. ... The children involved include those living in extreme poverty (living either as street children or in a slum), as well as children living in orphanages and rehabilitation centres, living with physical or mental […]brass for africa

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Study: Few Artists In UK Come From Working Class Backgrounds

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:29:37 +0000

(image) The percentage of people working in publishing with working-class origins was given as 12.6%. In film, TV and radio it was 12.4%, and in music, performing and visual arts, 18.2%. “Aside from crafts, no creative occupation comes close to having a third of its workforce from working-class origins, which is the average for the population […]4866

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America's Poet Laureate Takes Poetry Down America's Back Roads

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:03:34 +0000

(image) "[Tracy K.] Smith, the fifth African-American to hold the title, has put an unexpected spin on it. She is taking poetry on the road around the nation, focusing primarily on rural areas where most writers are unlikely to visit." She say, "This is a strange period where, nationally, we're being reminded or convinced of the […]tracy k smith

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