Jeff Dinsmore, 42, Singer Who Died Preparing For L.A. Debut Of Choir He Co-Founded

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In addition to being a busy ensemble singer and marketing professional (as well as custodian of a magnificent moustache), Dinsmore co-created and administered The Crossing, a professional chamber choir which, over only eight years, has become one of Philadelphia’s best ensembles of any kind.

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Despite Death Of Singer, Choir Will Go Ahead With L.A. Phil Performance

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Donald Nally, director of The Crossing: “We will go on, because that is what humans do. Rebecca, observing Jeff’s endlessly practical and pragmatic approach to life, has asked us to stay with this project and sing Andriessen’s De Materie here on Friday night. In a work that revolves around two chords comprising eight tones, the absence of one of those tones in every chord of every measure is a fitting metaphor for the great hole in our lives that, at this point, seems unfathomably deep.”

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There IS A Plan To Save San Diego Opera

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“A sharply reduced budget, innovative programming and a list of donors who will step up if San Diego Opera’s current leaders are replaced might be enough to rescue the company from shutdown in two weeks, … [said] Carol Lazier, the San Diego Opera board member who pledged $1 million to save the company.”

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Reopening Of Paris’s Picasso Museum Delayed Again

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The Musée Picasso has been closed for renovations for more than four years. “The building site is all but ready, the lights for the art works are in place and except for a few minor technical items, everything is done,” according to the museum’s spokesperson, who gave neither an explanation for the delay nor a revised opening date.

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West End’s ‘War Horse’ Won’t Have To Rehire Fired Musicians (Yet)

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“Musicians who were made redundant from the National Theatre’s West End production of War Horse have failed to secure an interim injunction which they had hoped would allow them to return to work.”

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Two-On-One: A Novelist And Her Editors

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“As is the case with many novelists with an international profile, Emma Donoghue has more than one editor. … The Canadian novelist and her two editors [form Canada and the U.S.] talk about sharing responsibilities, resolving disputes, and the long list of ideas Donoghue has waiting for the novels to express them.”

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‘Mad Men’ and the Sexual Revolution, According To Gay Talese

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Who better to take on this subject than the author of Thy Neighbor’s Wife?

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Staging The Stories Of Bangladesh’s Shamed And Forgotten ‘War Heroines’

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The birangona (Bengali for “brave woman” or “war heroine”) were ordinary Bengalis, hundreds of thousands of them, who were abducted and raped by Pakistani soldiers during the Bangladeshi War of Independence – only to be rejected by their families and communities afterward. Leesa Gazi has used their testimony to create a theatre piece now touring England.

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What Do You Do When The Story You Have To Write Has No Real Plot?

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“A truly traumatic thing occurs to the family and then the family begins to unravel. The misery of this family’s daily life takes a slow toll. Real life is plotless, but the experience of reading books that replicate this can be irritating.” Akhil Sharma explains how he approached this “technical problem” of writing his autobiographical novel Family Life.

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Repetition In Music: We’re Hard-Wired To Respond To It

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Music psychologist Elizabeth Margulis found that she could make ordinary listeners respond positively even to Berio by simply adding repeats to it. Why did that work? (includes audio)

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What The Heck Are Dance Critics Looking For, Anyway? A Choreographer-Turned-Critic Explains

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“Love us or hate us, we need each other.” Lauren Warnecke (who’s still a bit surprised to hear herself called a critic) understands where choreographers and dancers are coming from – and explains for them her new point of view. (She really is on your side. Most critics are.)

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In Defense Of Aerial Dance

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Lindsey Butcher, artistic director of Gravity & Levity: “Audiences don’t quite know what it is. Circus aficionados tend to think it waters down aerial skills and feel excluded because it is contemporary dance, but equally I’ve had dance buffs tell me I’m ‘selling out’ to circus. The truth is that aerial dance borrows from both disciplines but aims to forge its own artistic identity.”

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Religion Vs. Science: The Battle America Just Can’t Get Past

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Andrew O’Hehir: “We already had this debate, which occupied a great deal of the intellectual life of Western civilization in the 18th and 19th centuries, and it was a whole lot less stupid the first time around.”

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The Kept Women Of 18th-Century Paris, And The Police Who Kept Tabs On Them

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Europe’s first vice squad “compiled vast dossiers of information on the city’s elite sex workers and their patrons. But they rarely acted on that information. To this day, it remains a mystery why the Parisian police spent so much time and effort observing an underground economy it apparently had no interest in curtailing. But their files are an historian’s dream.”

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Japan’s Big Pop Star Of The Moment Is A Hologram

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“Even by the standards of pop stars, Hatsune Miku is eccentric and protean, her mystique elusive. Her eyes are too round and blue to be real. She can be buxom or boyish, and almost painfully sultry – all in a droid-ish, understated way. … And yet she never fails to elude the paparazzi.”

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The Rise of Japan’s Creepy-Cute Craze

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“Long considered the global capital of cute, Japan is currently experiencing a boom in less-than-cuddly characters … Called kimo-kawaii, translated as ‘gross cute,’ the phenomenon … is part cultural backlash to Japan’s decades-long adorability binge, and part smart marketing tactic.”

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Finland Is Actually Issuing Tom Of Finland Stamps

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Yes, that Tom of Finland, the one world-famous for line-drawings of rough gay erotica. (The stamps will be self-adhesive, so there will be no need to lick them.)

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A Statistical Analysis Of What Bob Ross Painted On TV

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“I used an algorithm to divide the entire set of 403 paintings from “The Joy of Painting” into clusters of similar paintings. I wanted to know whether it was possible to identify the 10 basic paintings featured on the PBS series. To do this, I ran a k-means clustering analysis of the paintings.3 The results were mixed.”

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Can Standardized Tests Predict Success? The Short Answer Is Yes

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“We know as well as anything we know in psychology that IQ predicts many different measures of success.”

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The Remarkable Neville Marriner At 90

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“Given his work ethic and the fact that it’s only 4pm, Marriner could probably conduct a quick opera and record a string quartet before the day’s out. Doubtless there’s more coming from the Academy of you-know-where conducted by you-know-who.”

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American Library Association’s Most Challenged Books Of 2013

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“The erotic romance book Fifty Shades of Grey is infamous for its scenes involving bondage, sadism and masochism, but the most troublesome literary content in 2013 was language like pee-pee, poopy, wedgie and Dr. Diaper.”

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Michael Kaiser To Become Co-Chairman Of IMG Artists

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“Mr. Kaiser, who steps down as president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Sept. 1, will become co-chairman of IMG Artists, the performing arts management agency, IMG announced on Monday.”

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Pediatricians Warn About Kids’ Use Of Touch Screens

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“The American Academy of Pediatrics is unequivocal: If your kid is under 2, no screens. For older kids, two hours a day, max. But the AAP doesn’t differentiate between activities; education apps, base-jumping videos, first-person shooters, ebooks, Sesame Street, and The Shining are all thrown into the same bucket. It’s all just screen time.”

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Could A Hotel Help Revive LA’s Theatre Street?

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“The theaters’ fates appear to be turning around, having bounced off rock bottom and ridden (and contributed to) a wave of revitalization in the heart of the country’s second largest city. Perhaps the most promising re-launch is the United Artists Theater, which has been incorporated into the recently opened Ace Hotel.”

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Stephen King, Reckless Twitter User

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“So many of King’s tweets contained spoilers that the author began to capitalise the film, TV show and books he was exposing.”

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