So Much Criticism For Marco Polo May Harm Diversity On Netflix

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“Recall that Marco Polo’s cast is more than 90 percent Asian; how many other big-budget Western shows can say that?”

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The Intricate Dance Of Machine And Human In The Marble Quarry [VIDEO]

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“In the Apuan Alps of northern Tuscany in Italy, ‘Il Capo’ or the chief directs the processes of extraction at a quarry for Carrara marble.”

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Will Renewed U.S.-Cuba Ties Mean More Musical Collaborations And Cross-Pollination?

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“The last time musicians from Cuba and the U.S. could easily move between the two countries, it led to some of the most innovative music of 20th century. The stage is set for a similar renaissance in the 21st.”

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The Art Of Making A (Perfect) Tutu

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“Bacon only takes on a handful of commissions per season—this year, she has five in the works. They’ll keep her busy until competition time rolls around early in 2015.”

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Urbanism Means More Than Bars And A Few Walkable Streets

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“As our city planners consider the ways in which downtown is developed, it’s worth remembering that a healthy urban ecosystem isn’t made out of any one kind of person or business or building.”

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Spin Doctor Who Worked In George Bush’s White House And Inspired ‘Scandal’ Is Called In To Manage Sony’s Issues

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“Insiders said Sony appeared to be shifting its position while giving as strong an impression as possible that it had adopted the same line all along.”

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The Worst Cultural Criticism Of 2014

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“For every yin, there’s a yang, and in this case, the yang involves snobbery, asinine arguments about everything from marriage to Brooklyn DIY, another page for the ‘Gavin McInnes is the worst’ annual, and the ongoing misogynist temper tantrum of #Gamergate.”

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Threat: Jeff Koons Sued Over Copyright (Again)

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“Franck Davidovici, creator of a 1985 ad campaign for the French clothing retailer Naf Naf featuring a similar figure and pig, is pressing a legal complaint.”

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Too Much Choice? Yeah, Well, That’s Why You’re Unhappy…

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“We evaluate ourselves by comparing ourselves to other people. Well, if you compare yourself to other people in life, you get to see their good moments and bad moments. But if you’re comparing yourself to other people on Facebook, well, everyone is a superstar on Facebook. The result is you feel that your life is duller and duller, shabbier and shabbier. You seem less and less special, less and less competent, because everyone else is living this perfect life.”

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Music (Or Any Art) Without An Audience Is… A Failure

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“As much as we, in the solitary spaces of our practice rooms, can throw ourselves into a piece, we must remember that if the performance hall is as empty as that practice space then we have clearly not achieved connection with our audience. That is our responsibility.”

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A Gajillion Gallons Of Water, A Piano, And A Concert

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“The Armory’s latest installation-meets-performance piece Tears Become…Streams Become…required its staff to slowly, over the course of a 10-minute piano piece, fill the 55,000 square feet of the Wade Thompson Drill Hall with a standing pool of water that would mirror the hall’s gilded ceilings.”

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The Day Justin Beiber Lost 3.5 Million Instagram Followers

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“In December 2014, we’re fixing an ongoing issue that incorrectly includes inactive or fake accounts in follower/following lists,” the company explained in a recent post.

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Why Is Our New Architecture Looking Back?

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“Architecture spent the year puzzling over its own self-sufficiency, finding various ways to wonder if it is capable, for the first time in a long while, of standing on its own two feet.”

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The $100 Million Painting You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

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“The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House quietly sold a Paul Cézanne oil painting in 2013 to a private buyer for $100 million, likely making the piece one of the 15 most expensive works of art ever sold.”

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New York Times Lays Off Critic Allan Kozinn

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The paper’s longtime classical critic (on staff for 23 years, a freelancer for 14 years before that), who was reassigned to the general cultural news beat in 2012, departs on Friday.

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The Highs And Lows Of Classical Music In 2014 – A Roundtable

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“Joining host Naomi Lewin for this discussion … are Anne Midgette, the classical music critic of The Washington Post; David Patrick Stearns, classical music critic of The Philadelphia Inquirer and for WQXR’s Operavore blog; and Zachary Woolfe, freelance classical music critic for The New York Times.” (audio)

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MoMA Will Bring Its Matisse Show To Cinemas

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“Borrowing a page from the opera and European museums, the Museum of Modern Art will soon begin to experiment with taking its exhibitions into movie theaters. On Jan. 13, Matisse – a documentary based on the highly popular exhibition Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs … – will open in movie theaters across the United States.”

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San Francisco Gets To Keep The Bay Bridge Light Sculpture

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“After a two-month campaign, the nonprofit Illuminate the Arts announced Wednesday that it had raised the needed $4 million to reinstall the Lights permanent fixture on the western end of the bridge.”

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The Near-Impossible Challenge Of Fitting The Harvard Art Museum Expansion Into That Location

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“The long list of difficulties Renzo Piano faced with this renovation and expansion point to why many architects prefer greenfield builds to infill.”

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Portland (Maine) Ballet’s Founder Steps Aside After 35 Years

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“[Genie] O’Brien began Portland Ballet in 1980 and guided its development from a niche school focused on classical and contemporary ballet to one of the top dance schools and presenters of modern dance in northern New England.”

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“One Of The Most Bizarre Cultural-Political Episodes Of Recent History”

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Andrew O’Hehir: “Let me see if I have this right, because the whole thing stretches credulity: North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has apparently managed to kill a major Hollywood movie. … We had a choice – ‘we’ being a term of art that does not actually include you and me – of whether to stand tall for the supposed principles of free expression and free enterprise or ‘let the terrorists win.’ We let them win, with barely a moment’s hesitation. … It’s a breathtaking and total victory by a despised, isolated and impoverished nation (or by those acting on its behalf), over one of the biggest media corporations in the world.”

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North Korea Is Not Funny, And “The Interview” Is Not Brave

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Adrian Hong, co-founder of the refugee rescue organization Liberty in North Korea: “It takes no valor and costs precious little to joke about these things safely oceans away from North Korea’s reach. … To pretend that punchlines from afar, even in the face of hollow North Korean threats, are righteous acts is nonsense.”

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U.S. Gov’t Should Pay Costs Of Releasing “The Interview” (Argues Pundit)

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Jonathan Chait: “We don’t entrust for-profit entities with the common defense. And recognizing that the threat to a Sony picture is actually a threat to the freedom of American culture ought to lead us to a public rather than a private solution. … Either Washington should guarantee Sony’s financial liability in the event of an attack, or it should directly reimburse the studio’s projected losses so it can release the movie online for free.”

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Watching What Might Have Been One Of The Last-Ever Screenings Of “The Interview” – With Seth Rogen

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Your correspondent talks with the co-star/co-producer/co-writer of the comedy-turned-cause célèbre about why he decided to make a movie about Kim Jong-Un in the first place, negotiating with Sony about the details of the Dear Leader’s exploding head, and what he listens for at the many, many test screenings he attends.

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