Telegraph’s Longtime Chief Theatre Critic Charles Spencer Retires

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“I have loved my job, but critics shouldn’t go on too long. I feel I’ve had my say and it’s time to stop and put my feet up,” said the 59-year-old journalist on his decision to take early retirement after 25 years with the London-based paper.”

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Breathtaking Personal Honesty: A Fellow Critic’s Tribute To Charles Spencer

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Mark Shenton: “It is not always appropriate for a critic to put himself at the centre of a narrative about a play he is reviewing, but when a play affects you directly and personally, it is honest to point it out. … I’m very proud of Charlie for doing so with such openness, and I have tried to follow his example.”

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Another Milestone For Maestras: Susanna Mälkki Named Chief Conductor Of Helsinki Philharmonic

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The 45-year-old Finn, until last year music director of Ensemble InterContemporain in Paris and recently appointed principal guest conductor of Lisbon’s Gulbenkia Orchestra and active throughout Europe and North America as a guest conductor, takes over from John Storgårds in Helsinki at the start of 2016.

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Fabio Luisi To Lead Danish National Symphony Orchestra

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“The music director of the Zurich Opera and principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera has a new gig … Mr. Luisi, 55, signed a three-year contract with the [DNSO] from 2017 through 2020, his representatives said, and plans to step up his appearances with the orchestra even before that.”

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“The Internet Is A Cargo Cult”: The Fundamental Reason Why Songwriters (Or Any Content Creators) Have Trouble Making Money On The Web

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David Lowery of Cracker and Camper van Beethoven: “People worship the Internet like a cargo cult. It’s this thing that they have that brings them free stuff, and they think it’s magic. … They don’t want to hear that behind the way you get this free stuff, some really actually fucked-up things have happened to individuals and their individual rights.”

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Rock Festival In L.A.’s Grand Park Was A Grand Experiment In Several Ways

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“The decision to close the park for a for-profit event will be redeemed only if the money Live Nation paid the county to rent it out makes it a better place to visit, over the long term, for the public. Luckily, even as concertgoers were tramping across Grand Park’s lawns and through its flower beds, they were also helping demonstrate pretty clearly where its design might be tweaked and improved. They made up a huge and unwitting landscape-architecture focus group.”

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Lars Von Trier Returning To TV

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“The Danish director Lars von Trier is planning to make his first televisions series in two decades, a producer for the project recently announced. The English-language series will be titled The House That Jack Built.”

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Daniel Ezralow Launches New Dance Company

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“With this new company of 9 dancers, I want to build a creative home for the huge amount of repertory I’ve developed around the world. Being an eclectic artist means that I’ve been lucky enough to jump from film to TV to stage, but there’s been no way until now to collect everything into a single body of work.” Ezralow Dance debuts this month at the Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.

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“The Opera Olympics”, Operalia, Reveals Its 2014 Winners

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Tenor Mario Chang and soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen each won three medals prizes, including the first-place awards for male and female singer. “In a rare occurrence for the competition, the third-place prizes were awarded to four singers whom the judges said received identical scores.”

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The Artist Who Reinvented Blue

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Maybe Yves Klein was an attention whore. (There was that time he took an empty gallery and called it an exhibition, and the time he had naked models covered in paint roll around on canvas.) But he created (and patented) an ultramarine pigment that countless artists before him had tried without success to stabilize.

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Paris Is Forgetting Ernest Hemingway

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“American writer Ernest Hemingway had close links with Paris. He first lived there in 1920 and played a marginal, much-mythologised, role in the 1944 liberation of the city. But now, 70 years on, memories of the author are starting to fade.”

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Sometimes Even Successful Writers Abandon Novels After Years Of Work

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Esther Freud: “Sitting down at your desk every day is an appointment with doubt; that is the nature of writing. But eventually I just had to admit that it wasn’t working; there just wasn’t enough happening to keep me interested.”

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A Successful Edinburgh International Fest – At Least, By The Numbers

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“Some 80% of available tickets were issued, and overall audience attendance is estimated at more than 415,000.”

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The Head Of The BBC Trust Will For The First Time Be A Woman

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“A member of Bournemouth Flying club, she is almost certainly the first BBC Trust boss with a pilot’s licence – useful if she has to make a hasty exit.”

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Here We Go: This University’s ‘Library’ Is Completely Print-Free

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“It has a collection of roughly 7,000 books it obtained from another recently-closed polytechnic university — though administrators still have to figure out what to do with the paper books.”

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A Celebrated Young Playwright Deals With The Pressure By Succeeding

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“But when you’re young, gifted, gay and black and the theatrical world is toasting you as the next great one, it makes sense to proceed with caution. You never know when the fickle star-making gods will turn on you.”

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The Teenager From Alaska Who’s Studying At The Bolshoi

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“Though she noted that the academy feels both sheltered and separate from the Bolshoi company, she and her family are far from ignorant of the current political situation not only in Russia but at the Bolshoi.”

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Apparently, Martin Amis’ German And French Publishers Don’t Want His WWII Novel

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“Amis went on to say that he felt the publisher had failed to understand the main character in the novel.”

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Hey, Artists And Sportsters, Native People Called – They Want Their Imagery Back

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“Another body of artwork out there — produced by Native American artists and entrepreneurs — asserts ownership over the images associated with their culture.”

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How Virginia Woolf Invented Modern Literature (And The Contemporary Essay Too)

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“Her drive to observe her own perception, to take an ice-core sample of an instant, or of a day, or of a memory, is at heart a restorative gesture in the face of her era’s intensified speed, instability, and violence.”

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Why Is ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Still So Incredibly Popular?

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“Rarely offstage, rarely on hiatus, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ has already been back on Broadway for four revivals, played London’s West End four times and remains among Broadway’s 16 longest-running shows ever.”

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The Academy Plans To Recognize Miyazaki, Whether Or Not He’s Really Quitting Films

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“Miyazaki is the first Japanese filmmaker to receive a lifetime achievement award from the organization since 1990.”

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Will Self Declares George Orwell ‘A Literary Mediocrity’

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“It’s this prose style that has made Orwell the Supreme Mediocrity – and like all long-lasting leaders, he has an ideology to justify his rule.”

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Will Our Digital Future Be Virtual – Or Integrated?

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“Interfaces will migrate away from our handheld devices to hard surfaces like walls, countertops or even products themselves, making it possible to access information through gestures or spoken commands.”

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The San Diego Opera Downsizes, But, More Importantly, Survives

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“The rise-from-the-dead drama that has unfolded here is being applauded as a hopeful sign in what has otherwise been a decidedly dispiriting stretch for opera, what with the closing of New York City Opera and the bitter labor battle that was recently resolved at the Metropolitan Opera.”

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Arab Film Fests Get Bigger, And Highlight Local Talent

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“The fall festival slot, which includes the Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Cairo and the Marrakech film festivals, offers significant opportunities for Arab filmmakers to stump for financing and make crucial connections within the industry, as well as a portal in which to take their work beyond the region.”

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Why Does France Dominate Film Festivals?

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“The danger is of French movies becoming just festival films. We’d like them to enjoy healthy commercial distribution as well.”

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Simon Rattle: Music Is Our Birthright

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“A free music education was one of the glories of the UK when I was a child. Too much has been sacrificed in the name of economic necessity. Learning music is a birthright. And you have to start young.”

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Hollywood’s ‘Brutal Summer’ Ends With Box Office Down 15 Percent

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Sorry, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” you tried SO HARD but couldn’t quite save this season for the money people.

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