Pop Music Is So 20th Century – Classical Music Is Of The Now

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“Now that all music is about the past, and about a curation of taste into playlists, now that fashions and musical progress have collapsed, discernment wiped out, classical music takes a new place in time, not old or defunct, but part of the current choice.”

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The Elephant In The Boston Music World: The City Needs A Real Opera House

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“Astonishingly, given its cultural accomplishments, Boston has no purpose-built home for opera, with an adequately sized pit and acoustics friendly to the natural human voice. Of the 10 largest cities in the country, it is the only one without a dedicated home for this art form.”

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New York’s New Identity Card Comes With A Lot Of Free Culture

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“The incentives are meant, in part, to encourage cultural activity among immigrants and other New Yorkers who may feel they cannot afford to visit the symphony or ballet. That anyone can sign up is by design: The de Blasio administration clearly hopes the cards will be embraced by a wide swath of residents, reducing any potential stigma they may carry.”

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Germany, Like The U.S., Is Falling Apart

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“Autobahn bridges are the most visible sign that a significant portion of Germany’s infrastructure is ailing. Autobahns and federal highways, bridges and locks, railway networks and shipping routes — much of this infrastructure has gotten old.”

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What Will Beijing’s New Mega-Museum Look Like?

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“Sunlight will be filtered through the building’s perforated façade on to a vast internal garden, while a large-scale water feature will be installed on the museum’s sprawling open-air roof terrace.”

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This Woman Made A Living Publishing Short Stories In The New Yorker. Do You Know Who She Is?

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“Imagine a writer named John Gallant … who settled in Paris and published nearly every story he wrote in the New Yorker. Even if he was reclusive, he would be internationally famous. You would know what was thought of as his best work without ever having read it. His stories would be taught in every intro class, in high schools and college both.”

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The Perfect Environment For Creative Success

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Make it dark, make it slightly loud, add some wine: “Recent research has shown that messy, dark, noisy, booze-filled environments … can, in fact, help stimulate creativity.”

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Colorado Ballet Has A Pretty, New Home

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“The Colorado Ballet spent a full dozen years planning its new headquarters, and meandering around the handsome, three-story building, it seems the company got everything on its wish list.”

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Can Getty Images Turn Free Photos Into Money?

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As Getty Images makes photos free via a new app,”the person who owns the copyright — the contributor, the one whose creativity made the image — is not getting anything from this.”

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So What Exactly Is It About Young Adult Literature That Gets Certain Critics So Upset?

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“The idea that pleasure should be relegated to adolescence seems a dreary recipe for adulthood indeed, but whose pleasure, exactly, are we discussing here? What of people who have been persecuted solely on the basis of their pleasures, for daring to be joyful in bodies regulated and punished for those pleasures by the apparatus of the state?”

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And In Chicago, David Bowie Is The Focus Of One Of The Most Expensive ‘Art’ Exhibits Ever

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“Asked if staff at the MCA was feeling full-court pressure, Erica Erdmann, senior preparer of exhibitions, said: ‘Everyone here loves David Bowie. No matter what.'”

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This Film (And Its Landmark Behind-The-Scenes Reels) Sat Unnoticed In MoMA’s Archives For Almost A Century

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“It is a rare visual depiction of middle-class black characters from an era when lynchings and stereotyped black images were commonplace. What’s more, the material features Bert Williams, the first black superstar on Broadway.”

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Does ‘Immersive Theatre’ Even Mean Anything Anymore?

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“Standing around watching a show in a room that appears to have been designed by an Oxford Street store window dresser doesn’t magically make the audience experience something immersive, no matter how many stuffed animals you incorporate into the set.”

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Screenwriters Flee Hollywood For The More Prestigious World Of TV Writing

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“There’s not that big a variety in the types of movies that get made. People don’t take a chance on material as much as they used to. The kind of character-driven stories that we were making in the late ’90s and 2000s — all that stuff has moved to cable.”

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Downtown Theatres Shouldn’t Just Be Placeholders Waiting For Rich Developers To Come Along

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“It’s that same old sad story that’s playing out in cities across the United States as capital flows back into downtown: Money talks, and local culture takes a walk. But before we throw up our hands and cue the world’s tiniest violin, it’s worth noting that it doesn’t have to be this way.”

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Why It’s So Easy To Buy Stereotypes In Fiction

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What gets published by or about South Asians in the U.S.? “Mangoes, spices, and monsoons … saris, bangles, oppressive husbands/fathers, arranged marriages, grains of rice, jasmine, virgins, and a tacky, overproduced Bollywood dance of rejection and obsession with Western culture.”

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How Hollywood Moved From White Actors In Blackface To Black Cinema Today

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“When African Americans were cast, they were also expected to wear black make-up. It was against this backdrop that a parallel black cinema industry arose.”

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So It Looks Like Facebook Has Made Ultrasound Images Into ‘Baby’s First Photo’

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“Some expectant parents visit spa-like ‘keepsake ultrasound studios’ several times over the course of their pregnancy, to capture images at various stages. Others put ultrasound images on cakes and cupcakes, shower invitations, dog tags, and original prints.”

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Nothing Like Having Your Work Finally Recognized, Says 80-Year-Old Artist Who Just Won A Major Art Prize

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“I’m very happy about it. It’s very nice to be included. I’ve always liked the idea of being included in major exhibitions and stuff.”

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Still Dealing With An Artistic Crisis? More Advice To Help You Move On

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“Mindfulness is critical particularly for artists, who are sometimes naturally inclined to behave instinctively, because it keeps resentments and anger from building up.”

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Shonda Rhimes Takes Down NYTimes TV Critic For Offensive Article

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Shonda Rhimes had little patience on Friday for the way the television critic of the New York Times wrote about her and her shows.

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Iran Sentences Dancers To Being Lashed

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Six Iranians arrested for appearing in a video dancing to Pharrell Williams’ song Happy have been sentenced to up to one year in prison and 91 lashes, their lawyer says.

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College Football Attendance Is Declining (Sound Familiar?)

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“Student attendance at major college football games is declining across the country. By how much varies greatly at each institution, but a recent Wall Street Journal analysis of turnstile data at 50 public colleges with top football programs found that average student attendance is down more than 7 percent since 2009.”

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Toronto’s Museum Of Contemporary Canadian Art Faces Uncertain Existential Future

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“At the tail end of a predictable process that has seen the forces of culture work merrily along as unintentional gentrification elves, sprucing and preening until their grassroots urban renewal rewarded them with skyrocketing rents and a one-way ticket out, the question hangs as heavily as ever: Culture has been thrust into the role of cure-all for a litany of urban ills, but what happens when culture outlives its curative function?”

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Steven J Tepper: Have Our Cultural Experiences Focused Too Much On The “Me”?

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“Me experiences” are different from “bigger-than-me experiences.” Me experiences are about voice; they help students express themselves. The underlying question they begin with is, “What do I have to say?” BTM experiences are about insight; they start with, “What don’t I know?” Voice comes after reflection.

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Upping The Ante: California Increases Its Film Tax Credits To Save Productions

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“The law, which takes effect next year, increases the annual film and TV tax credit offered by California and eliminates a selection process producers complained is arbitrary and flawed. Advocates say the new law is crucial to preventing other states and countries from continuing to lure away film and TV production by offering their own lucrative incentives.”

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In The Age Of The Internet, Who Needs Footnotes?

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“For a book to be taken seriously, does it have to take us right to the yellowing page of some crumbling edition guarded in the depths of an austere library, if the material could equally well be found through a Google search? Has an element of fetishism perhaps crept into what was once a necessary academic practice?”

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Is Local The New Digital?

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“There are still cases when I want to physically experience a product before I buy it, since the product is not standardized. I want to feel and test it. My decision as to whether to buy it or not depends on the feel of it and on a conversation with the sales staff that cannot be replaced by or compensated through a return service.”

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Censorship! (Alas, It’s All Too Easy To Cry Foul)

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“If the concept of censorship is extended to everything, it means nothing. It should not be trivialized.”

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