New TV Channel Devoted To Dance To Launch This Fall


The network will be a direct-to-consumers. subscription-based operation available on web browsers, iOS and Android devices and on Roku, with plans to expand later to set-top boxes, video game consoles and other platforms.

Who Do Writers Say Influence Them? (Hint: There’s A Common Thread)


“If a writer lists two influences and they both happen to be male – well, fair enough. They never both happen to be female, though, and receiving list after list of five, seven, 10 or more male influences is disturbing. It points again to the larger issue in the industry: our habitual, unchecked dismissal of the experiences, viewpoints and brilliant work of women.”

Report: Canadians Are Abandoning Traditional Cable TV


“The IDC report projects that the number of Canadians opting for traditional television services like cable and satellite will drop by about half a million to 11.3 million subscribers by 2019. The marketing research company also estimates revenue from those same services will decline by 7.8 per cent over the next five years to $8.3 billion.”

True Crime Writer Ann Rule, 83


The woman credited by her publisher with reinventing the previously male-dominated true crime genre by focusing on the victims has died at age 83. Rule wrote more than 30 books, including “The Stranger Beside Me,” which profiled Bundy. Rule and Bundy met in 1971 and their relationship was mostly a grim coincidence, except that he later confessed to eight murders in the state of Washington.

What Robin Phillips Did For Canadian Theatre


“Many of this country’s finest directors (like Antoni Cimolino and Albert Schultz) learned their craft as young actors in Phillips’ finest days. Hundreds of performers credit him as a watershed in their creative existences. Offstage, he was a complex man who inspired intense emotions from friends and enemies alike, but no one who truly cared for the theatre could ignore the great good he did for all of us at a crucial point in the development of theatre in this country.”

Dallas Morning News Classical Music Critic Takes A Buyout


Scott Cantrell’s departure will be the most significant one for the future of North Texas culture organizations — because of whether the DMN will pursue another shared-academic appointment or keep classical music reviewing a full-time staff position.

How Do You Balance The Rights Of An Artist With The Progress Of A Culture (Who Owns What?)


“The achievements of a people, be they in politics, in science or even in war, must belong on some level to the people for them to bring forth further achievements. And what is true of a society’s great experiment is true of the culture that society produces.”

Changing Media, Changing Criticism (For Better And Worse)


“The Internet has had an explosive and largely positive impact on film culture. The average film lover can read good critics from around the world for free, draw on more academic resources than ever and simply see more films than ever before. They can argue, engage, question and inform each other in film forums and keep up on the latest discoveries from festivals around the world.”

What Ever Happened To The Great Public Intellectuals (Understanding The Vidal/Buckley Debates)


“Why should we rue the disappearance of the “celebrity intellectual” when those who achieved that status so easily pass into cultural oblivion, as Buckley and Vidal are well on their way to doing? If the species were truly important, would its members not leave some sort of enduring legacy?”

Satire Used To Be Fun. So What Happened?


“Face it, audiences today are easily offended by satire—and the younger members of the audience (coveted by the entertainment industry) have the thinnest skins of all. What a surprising turnaround. Just a few years ago, parents wanted to censor comedians, but young people had open minds. Nowadays the parents are tolerant but their children demand trigger warnings!”

You Can’t Force Creativity. Here’s What Creative People Do


“Most creative geniuses don’t start with a specific goal and follow it through with deliberate practice. Instead, they maintain an openness to discovering whatever arises. Although this openness to new ideas might sound like just waiting around for serendipity to strike, it’s a more deliberate process.”

Great Summer Start For New Shows On Broadway


“It’s been a strapping summer for three of the four new shows of the 2015-2016 Broadway season, according to data released on Monday by the Broadway League, a trade group for theater owners and producers.”

University Of Akron Suddenly Shuts Its Performing Arts Center


“The University of Akron’s EJ Thomas Hall, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, shut down Monday as staff was laid off as part of the university’s budget cutting measures.”

Venice Biennale ‘Mosque’ Sues City For Right To Reopen

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“The Icelandic Art Center (IAC) in Reykjavik – the commissioner of artist Christoph Büchel’s mosque in a disused church at this year’s Venice Biennale which was shut down by city authorities – has filed a claim seeking the immediate reopening of the project … [which] was closed late May after being open for only two weeks.”

Metropolitan Museum Breaks Attendance Record

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“Buoyed by strong international tourism, a spate of well-attended shows and a seven-day-a-week schedule, the Metropolitan Museum of Art drew 6.3 million visitors in the last year, the most since it began tracking these statistics more than 40 years ago.”

Andrew Davis Re-Ups With Melbourne Symphony Through 2019

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“The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has confirmed the maestro will extend his original four-year tenure to lead the orchestra until 2019, parallel to his work with Chicago’s Lyric Opera and the Toronto and BBC symphony orchestras.”

They’ve Rediscovered Some Lost Pablo Neruda Poems


“The poems were found by archivists last June, in boxes kept at the Pablo Neruda foundation in Santiago, Chile. They were published by Neruda’s Spanish publisher, Seix Barral, but have not yet been released in English. … The collection, titled, Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda, will be translated by the poet and novelist Forrest Gander, and will include full color reproductions of the handwritten poems.”

NEH Announces First ‘Public Scholar’ Grants


“The Public Scholar program, a major new initiative from the National Endowment for the Humanities, is designed to promote the publication of scholarly nonfiction books for a general audience, and the first round of grants has just been announced: a total of $1.7 million to 36 writers across a broad collection of disciplines. The grants range from $25,200 to $50,400. (Full list at bottom.)”

Pianist Ivan Moravec Dead At 84

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“A noted Chopin interpreter, Moravec focused on the ‘central’ Romantic repertoire as well as music by Czech composers. … [He] enjoyed a loyal following among piano buffs thanks to his recordings and relatively rare concert appearances.” (includes video)

How Poor Are Most Dancers? This Poor

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“More than half of professional dancers [in Britain] earn less than £5,000 a year from their performance work, according to a new survey. The statistics also show that around 50% of dancers’ jobs pay less than the minimum wage, and that 70% of dancers have performed in ‘unsuitable work environments’ in the past 12 months.”

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This Reality Show Thought It Was A Good Idea To Send Contestants To A Syrian War Zone

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The show, called Go Back to Where You Came From, “is a three-part reality series aimed at sparking a conversation on immigration by sending six Australians to see refugee conditions in person.” And considering the current Australian government’s policy toward refugees (park them on a distant Pacific island or tow them back out to sea), perhaps showing what it’s like along the Iraqi-Syrian border was a good idea.

Anna Deavere Smith Takes On The ‘School-To-Prison Pipeline’


“As the term has gained greater currency – even the White House is using it – a belated spotlight has fallen on one of the key contributors to mass incarceration in this country.” In her latest documentary theater piece, “Smith transforms herself into the experts and witnesses she has consulted, including the late educational philosopher Maxine Greene, Councilman Michael Tubbs from Stockton, Taos Proctor, [and] a Yurok fisherman and former inmate.”

Watch Picasso’s 80th Birthday Party


A clip titled “Still Young at Eighty” – part of the enormous trove of historical video that AP is posting on YouTube – “shows the fresh octogenarian in 1961 at his French Riviera home surrounded by a swarm of guests … [and later] enjoying himself at a bullfight. … Fast-forward to 1973, and one can witness the funerary procession following the artist’s death at the age of 91.”

When Conceptual Artists Become Aerobics Instructors

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“The class, ‘Sappho and Sweat,’ was the second offering from ‘Heavy Breathing,’ which its co-founders describe as ‘a summer series of free critical theory seminars in the form of absurd, artist-led conceptual fitness experiences.’ The idea came to Lisa Rybovich Crallé, a multimedia artist, last year. She and Sophia Wang, a dancer who recently completed her Ph.D. in literature, were collaborating on a sculptural installation when they took a long walk up a hill and discovered that discussing Aristotle’s conception of topos while huffing could be uniquely stimulating.”

AP And Movietone Upload Massive Video Archive To YouTube

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“In what is the largest upload of historical news content on the video-sharing platform to date, the Associated Press and British Movietone are to host a collection of 550,000 video stories on two YouTube channels. … [That’s] one million minutes of historical video dating back to 1895 – from footage of a hover scooter floating on a cushion of air to Mussolini calling for world peace.” (includes clips of Mandela, Marilyn, MLK, Mount Vesuvius, and man-versus-tank in Tienanmen)

When John Cage Went On A Game Show


“In a typically Cageian manner, he announces he will make music out of seemingly unmusical objects. The piece, he explains, is called Water Walk ‘because it contains water and because I walk during the performance.'” When told that audience members might laugh, he said, “Of course. I consider laughter preferable to tears.” (video)

‘An Evening in the Theater (Patti LuPone Just Stole My F@#king Cell Phone)’


That’s the title of a song – written from the point of view of that unwise woman in the audience – recently posted to YouTube by composer Robert Maggio and lyricist Matthew Hardy. “I hope she doesn’t open my iTunes / My recording of Gypsy is Bernadette / And my Evita is Madonna / If she sees it, she’ll be really upset.”

How Old Should A Young Adult Author Be?


“Malorie Blackman left her own teen experiences behind a longish time ago but it doesn’t stop her understanding the overwhelming emotions of adolescence and their bravery in standing up for themselves and others when they see unfair things happening.”