Who Killed “American Psycho”? Hungry Producers, That’s Who

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“Two veteran Broadway producers helped torpedo an Off Broadway theater’s premiere of the high-profile musical American Psycho and are now in talks to bring it directly to Broadway next fall.”

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Rob Ford Musical Will Go On, Cancer Or No Cancer

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“The mostly sold out production of Rob Ford the Musical: Birth of a Ford Nation will open as planned Thursday night, regardless of Wednesday’s health update” that the embattled Toronto mayor has cancer. (They’ve changed the ending, though.)

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ABT Launches YouTube Channel

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“The current videos show interviews with dancers as well as discussions about preperformance rituals, competition in the ballet world and the need for perseverance in a dancer’s career. There are also behind-the-scenes glimpses of company classes and rehearsals.”

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Museums Should Have A One-Hour Daily Ban On Selfies, Says Arts Council England Chair

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Peter Bazalgette: “I’m completely in favour [of allowing photography in museums]. … Let’s allow it, but let’s have each gallery have an hour a day where it’s like the quiet carriage on the train.”

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Edinburgh Int’l Film Fest Suddenly Needs A New Artistic Director

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“The departure of Chris Fujiwara has left the event facing a race against time to find a replacement after the Japanese-American author and critic decided to leave with another year left on his contract.”

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Future Ennui: Technology Advances Aren’t Exciting Anymore, They’re Just …

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“Change is exciting, but it can also be exhausting. And for the first time in a long time, reactions to the Apple Watch reveal seem to underscore exhaustion as much as excitement. But even these skeptical replies question the watch’s implementation, rather than express lethargy at the prospect of living in the world it might bestow on us.”

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Alison Bechdel’s Excellent, Wonderful Year

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She got a fellowship to an artists’ retreat in Italy; the play based on her memoir Fun Home won rafts of award nominations, was a Pulitzer finalist, and became a minor cause célèbre in South Carolina; the “Bechdel test” became common currency in movie circles – and then she got a MacArthur award. (includes video)

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Why You Should Read Alison Bechdel’s Old Comic Strip

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“Just as Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City series wended its leisurely, funny and warm way through the evolving gay and transgender communities in San Francisco, Dykes to Watch Out For dives deep into a fictional lesbian community, considering the impact of transgender politics, marriage and even the death of independent bookstores on her characters. … Did I mention that the strip is fabulous, funny reading?”

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There’s One Place Where They’re Still Buying CDs

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“Around the world, the music business has shifted toward downloads and streaming. But in Japan, the compact disc is still king” – and Tower Records still has 85 stores.

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Finally, Playwriting Awards Are Going To People Who Want To Write Plays (And Not Hollywood Scripts)

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Charles McNulty: “Don’t look now, but a positive trend seems to be developing: A bumper crop of talented American playwrights more interested in artistic expression than commercial validation is being recognized with the most prestigious awards and lucrative fellowships available.” Exhibit A: the MacArthur Fellowship that just went to Samuel D. Hunter.

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Decision On Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial Design Put Off Again (They Couldn’t Get A Quorum)

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“With only five of its 12 members in attendance, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission could not resolve a major design decision Wednesday, forcing another delay in the controversial project.”

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Getty Foundation Launches Program To Fund Conservation Of Modern Architectural Landmarks

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“The Getty Foundation has announced a major new conservation initiative for modern architecture, funding work on 10 landmark designs around the world including Jørn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House in Australia, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House in Chicago and the Ray and Charles Eames residence in Pacific Palisades.”

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An Idea To Encourage New Musicals In Chicago

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“The idea behind the project is to create a seed organization that exposes new musical works to producers, directors and the public.”

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Meet This Year’s MacArthur Genius Arts Recipients

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There are six of them…

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Amazon Becomes A Big Player In Hollywood

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“Like other online video services such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Crackle and YouTube, Amazon has been investing heavily in original programming to grab some business from traditional networks and cable channels.”

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Last Summer’s Matisse Show Was The Tate’s Most Popular Show Of All Time. So What Makes A Popular Show?

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“This summer 562,622 people visited the exhibition (exact figures of how many suggested that their children could have been responsible for them remain unclear, although it appeared to be a common enough observation).”

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So Big Data Will Make Us Better? There’s A Flaw… Us!

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“Data analytics in support of human decision making, however, has one flaw — the human. This weak link in the data-driven agility chain becomes apparent as we move to Big Data: as the data grow so too do the results of the analyses, and yet people have a limited attention span and with it, the ability to process information. It doesn’t matter how wonderful the reports your newfangled Big Data tool generate if no one has the time or predilection to read them — or even worse, understand them.”

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How Are Our Online Relationships Impacting Our Real World Interactions?

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“For something so prevalent in our society, there is surprisingly little conclusive research on how social media affects our offline relationships. Yes, there have been articles proclaiming the downfall of personal relationships because of social media, but there have also been studies arguing that social networking leads to greater amounts of personal interaction.”

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The World’s Art Online (And So The Museums…)

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“The 15 newcomers will be joining more than 500 partners from over 60 countries who already have put online more than 6.2 million objects and artifacts. Art lovers around the world are clicking to show their appreciation. The Google Cultural Institute had more than 19 million unique visitors from June 2013 to June 2014, and they generated 200 million page views in just one year.”

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Canada’s Prestigious Giller Prize Doubles To $140,000

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“Founder Jack Rabinovitch announced Tuesday that the Scotiabank Giller Prize is now worth $140,000. The winner will get $100,000 and the other four finalists $10,000. It represents a doubling of the prize and makes it the highest payout for a literary prize in Canada, richer even than Britain’s Man Booker Prize of 50,000 pounds (about $89,000 Canadian).”

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Report: Majority Of UK Musicians Work Without Contracts

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“Nearly 70% of musicians accept work without a written contract, a survey by industry body the Incorporated Society of Musicians has shown.”

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Should Arts Groups That Offer Audience Participation Get Priority In Funding?

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A UK parliamentary report, “called Wellbeing in Four Policy Areas, recommends that subsidy for these types of activities – such as taking part in a dance or singing workshop – should be improved as they increase wellbeing for participants.”

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Chopin’s Preserved Heart Indicates What Might Have Killed Him

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“Polish medical experts say that the preserved heart of 19th century composer Frederic Chopin shows signs of tuberculosis and possibly some other lung disease.”

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San Francisco Is Pricing Out Teachers, Artists… (And What Does That Mean For City Life?)

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“Is a teacher who can’t afford to live in the city any more or less worthy than an artist? We need to adopt a more holistic approach and think beyond class and occupation. We need to work in partnership with colleagues from every sector.”

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Stephen Adly Guirgis Wins $200K Steinberg Playwrighting Award

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“With their abrasive characters and often profane language, the plays of Stephen Adley Guirgis aren’t crowdpleasers in the conventional sense. The New York playwright specializes in chronicling the rougher side of city life, and has earned critical raves and a Tony Award nomination for his work.”

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Stratford Festival To Offer Shakespeare In Movie Theaters And On TV

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“As the first installment of a long-term project, in which the festival hopes to document its productions of the entire Shakespeare canon, three of this year’s stagings will be filmed in HD. The films will be screened in cinemas around the world in 2015 and television broadcasts by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation will follow, as will on-demand digital releases.”

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Martin Amis’s Latest Book Rejected By German, French Publishers

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“In France, they say they’re puzzled by the humor. In Germany, they say it will be difficult to market. Martin Amis’s latest novel, The Zone of Interest, a satire set in a concentration camp during the Second World War, is having trouble gaining traction in Europe, where his longtime French and German publishers have rejected it.”

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Matisse Show At Tate Modern Breaks Attendance Records

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“Newly published figures showed that Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs received 562,622 visitors, surpassing the Matisse Picasso exhibition of 2002, the previous record holder at 467,166, and the Damien Hirst exhibition of 2012, with 463,087.” (The show opens at MoMA in New York next month.)

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Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial May Lose Most Of Its Gehry-Ness (Including Gehry Himself)

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“The project faces a major crossroad this week over its controversial Frank Gehry design, which uses woven steel tapestries strung on 80-foot columns to depict the modest Kansas roots of the decorated soldier and statesman. The Eisenhower Memorial Commission on Wednesday will review two approaches, including one that removes most of these elements. If that plan is selected, Gehry informed the commission, he will ask for his name to removed.”

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