Luminato’s New CEO Thinks He Knows The Secret To Festival Success

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“I think Edinburgh, Hong Kong, Sydney – those sort of festivals that are known globally as some of the most exciting, most interesting, defining festivals in the world, they have anchors in the cities that they’re in, but their content isn’t narrowly focused on the cities or the countries that they’re in.”

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Pittsburgh’s New Burst Of Dance Activity

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Pittsburgh is helping to pen a new chapter to this “A Chorus Line”-esque experience that’s colored many dancers’ early careers. Rather than fleeing here after school for the likes of Manhattan or Los Angeles to find a gig, lots of aspiring artists are choosing to stay and start their own dance groups or collaborate with some of Pittsburgh’s already established ones.

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Pianist James Rhodes Talks About His Controversial Memoir And The Courts Who Ruled On What He Could Write

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He says the hardest thing about the court case – apart from one preposterous moment in the trial when his behaviour was likened to that of a man who had knowingly infected his wife with HIV – was the 19th-century tort it was brought under, “intentional harm”.

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Ahhhh. So Macbeth Had PTSD?

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“We know from soldiers today coming back from Iraq or Afghanistan that they have these hallucinations,” Michael Fassbender said. “You could be walking down the Croisette here and then it’s Basra. All of a sudden it’s Basra”.

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Australia’s Backward Progress In Indigenous Theatre

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“The use of on-stage tropes to represent colonial oppression has been written about extensively by many scholars in my field of Theatre Studies. The over-arching theme is that non-Indigenous playwrights appear consumed by the desire to exhume, revise, critique or, perhaps, correct a national narrative in which colonial violence, massacre and dispossession has remained concealed in official accounts of history.”

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Philip Roth Said He Was Retiring. But He Hasn’t. Is This His Failure?

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“No, Roth’s announcement that he would leave the literary stage, followed by his conspicuous failure to do so in favor of a series of curtain calls, is about us—Roth’s audience, a community of readers. We’re the ones endlessly fascinated by Roth’s penchant to pontificate about himself in public.”

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Is Fear Of Death Behind All Of Our Accomplishments?

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“The terror of death has guided the development of art, religion, language, economics, and science. It raised the pyramids in Egypt and razed the Twin Towers in Manhattan. It contributes to conflicts around the globe. At a more personal level, recognition of our mortality leads us to love fancy cars, tan ourselves to an unhealthy crisp, max out our credit cards, drive like lunatics, itch for a fight with a perceived enemy, and crave fame, however ephemeral, even if we have to drink yak urine on Survivor to get it.”

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Here’s How Hollywood Keeps Women From Powerful Jobs

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“Women are not tapped for power jobs in Hollywood. Their numbers trail far behind the percentage of females in executive positions in other heavily male-dominated endeavors, including the military, tech, finance, government, science and engineering. In 2013, 1.9 percent of the directors of Hollywood’s 100 top-grossing films were female, according to a study conducted by USC researcher Stacy L. Smith. In 2011, women held 7.1 percent of U.S. military general and admiral posts, 20 percent of U.S. Senate seats and more than 20 percent of leadership roles at Twitter and Facebook — and both companies now face gender-discrimination lawsuits.”

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Raymond Carver’s Work Finally Makes The Leap To Ebooks

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“Vintage, a paperback imprint under Penguin Random House, has a catalog of almost 6,000 backlisted books. Nearly 4,900 of those have been converted into e-books. The publisher held off on publishing digital editions of Mr. Carver’s books because early e-book technology often mangled lines of poetry, mashing it into undifferentiated blocks of text.”

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Amazon Starts Paying Sales Tax In Europe Amid Ongoing Investigation

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“Amazon’s move marks a sea change in its approach to tax in Europe. Depending on how the company allocates costs, it could significantly boost the firm’s tax bill in many EU countries. It could also put pressure on other companies to do the same.”

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Dealing With Bad Reviews

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“The poison of a bad review is not the public shame, although that doesn’t feel great. And it’s not the fact that an expert believes you may be an untalented writer or a horrible mother or a sub-standard teacher. It’s that a bad review can confirm your worst suspicions about yourself.”

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Women Are Studying Animation In Record Numbers, But The Workforce Skews Very, Very Male

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“‘People can share their artwork on Tumblr and Vimeo and YouTube and DeviantArt,’ she says, ‘and see that it’s actually a thing that a lot of people are interested in, not just men.'”

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One Last Convo With American Ballet Theatre’s Three Retiring Stars

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“Each recognizes that it’s time. But that doesn’t make it easy. As Ms. Reyes pointed out, ‘It’s a heartbreak, don’t get me wrong.'”

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Mary Renault And The Drug-Fueled Sensuality Of The Ancient World

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“Cutting-edge science now tells us ancient warriors would indeed consume vast vats of liquid opiates and a ferocious honey-mead, retsina and wine cocktail. There was cannibalism. Girls and boys did oil one another with rose and saffron-scented olive oil. Renault heard and smelt the ancient world many millennia after it had died and decades before it was resurrected by contemporary technology.”

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Playing Haydn And Mozart Behind Bars In Kansas City

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“Several times during the concert, inmates burst into boisterous, spontaneous applause. And at concert’s end, the prisoners gave the players a standing ovation.”

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Cannes Has A Shoe Problem

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“High heels, it turns out, appeared to be part of the unwritten red-carpet dress code. Wearing heels changes how you stand, how you walk and how you are perceived. Even if they are visible only in small flashes, when a hem moves to one side, they are, in essence, a foundation garment: shoes that keep women in their place.”

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ISIS Militants Have Entered The Palmyra Museum

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“Antiquities director Maamoun Abdulkarim said they had destroyed some modern plaster statues and also raised their flag on the ancient castle overlooking the Roman ruins. Most of the museum’s antiquities had been transferred to Damascus, he said.”

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Disney’s Dying For Millennial Fans, But Can’t Let Its News Partners Do Their Own Thing

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“The cultures of the companies and Fusion have already clashed. For instance, according to two senior Fusion staff members, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, Disney put the organization on notice that it would not take kindly to coverage that might dent its standing with consumers. The warning came after Fusion published several stories based on documents that hackers stole from Sony.”

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Our Relationship To Depictions Of Death, From Painting To Instantly Released Video

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“When you see death mediated in this way, pinned down with such dramatic flair, the star is likely to be death itself and not the human who dies. The fact that a photograph exists of a man being shot in the head in Vietnam is easier to remember than Lem’s biography or even his name.”

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Great Comedian And Actor Anne Meara Dies At 85

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“During the heyday of Stiller and Meara, Meara also pursued a separate career as an actress. She had already amassed an impressive list of stage credits before beginning her comedy career, including an Obie Award-winning performance in “Madchen in Uniform” in 1955 and roles in several Shakespeare in the Park productions.”

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French Film About Sri Lankan Refugees Wins The Palme D’Or At Cannes (Plus A List Of Other Winners)

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Director Jacques Audiard, “who previously made A Prophet and Rust and Bone, said: ‘To receive a prize from the Coen brothers is something pretty exceptional. I’m very touched.'”

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The Historic Mosque-Cathedral In Córdoba Stands At The Center Of A Much Wider Dispute

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“The Mosque-Cathedral is currently the focus of a fierce dispute pitting local activists against the Catholic Church and casting a shadow over Córdoba’s legacy of religious tolerance. It has even become a hot-button issue in local elections here amid accusations that the Mosque-Cathedral’s Islamic past is being airbrushed out of history.”

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What This Professor Has Learned From Five Years Of Arts And Culture Blogging

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“When I started, I had absolutely no idea that I was capable of writing so much or so often. Blogging has been a huge surprise for me: It has been a life-transforming experience and a door-opener.”

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John And Alicia Nash – Of ‘A Beautiful Mind’ Fame – Killed While Returning Home From Receiving Prize

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“‘John’s remarkable achievements inspired generations of mathematicians, economists and scientists,’ the president of Princeton, Christopher L. Eisgruber, said on Sunday, ‘and the story of his life with Alicia moved millions of readers and moviegoers who marveled at their courage in the face of daunting challenges.'”

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The Thames Garden Bridge Loses Its Allure

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“It requires much trust to think that the proposed Thames garden bridge will be an asset for Britain.”

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Has Russia Purged Faculty Members At Its Oldest University?

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“In March 27, outside the baroque 18th century building that houses the university administration, about a dozen Smolny students held one-person pickets, the maximum size Russia allows for an unsanctioned protest. Police took down names of demonstrators, participants said, but no one was detained.”

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What Robert DeNiro Told Graduating Arts Students At NYU

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“You made it … and you’re fucked.”

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Is Brad Bird Of Incredibles And Ratatouille (And Tomorrowland) Fame Pretty Much An Ayn Rand Objectivist?

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“How has Bird been able to get away with labelling the majority of his audience inferior cogs who are only impeding their superiors? Being a legitimately brilliant director helps.”

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