Want To Stop Physical Attacks In Public? Play Classical Music

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“Classical music could improve people’s behaviour, the report suggests, as it creates ‘a calming effect by releasing pleasure-inducing dopamine and inhibiting the release of stress hormones.'”

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Toronto Film Fest Closes With Nary A Standout Film To Cheer

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Actors are turning in good, even great performances, but they can’t rescue mediocre films. Dear 2014: When will your movies get better?

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Keeping The Ballet Academy Full By Teaching Cirque Du Soleil-Style Tumbling

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How you can tell this is in Las Vegas: “The instruction will help prepare students for the commercial dance field — music videos, touring musicals, commercials, television shows, touring with recording artists and dancing in shows on the Strip.”

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Miami City Ballet Cleans House, Gets Fired Up With A New Vision

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“The most obvious changes are in the company leadership and staff. There has been an almost complete turnover — from a new board president and new executive director to new teachers at the company school. The board has become better organized and more functional, with a more clearly defined and helpful relationship with the company.”

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Ten Works Of Architecture That Could Easily Kill You

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“Adrenaline junkies, adventure enthusiasts, and radical architecture lovers: we have a house for you.”

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“Massive” Protests Planned For Met Opera’s Opening Night

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Why? Surely not to protest that night’s “Magic Flute”. No, a group calling itself the “Coalition Against The Met Terror Opera” has another target in mind.

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Making E-Readers (And E-Books) Poet Friendly

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“Of all the literary genres, poetry has proved the most resistant to digital technology, not for stodgy cultural reasons but for tricky mechanical ones. Most e-readers mangle the line breaks and stanzas that are so crucial to the appearance and rhythm of poetry.”

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What Happens To Film When The Frame Rate Goes Up? (Hint: It’s Not Just A Nerdy Question)

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“Once everything is in focus it requires a lot more staging, and a lot more sophistication in visual effects, and more attention to prop work, set design, and costuming.”

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The Met Cuts 22 Nonunion Jobs

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“The company said it had eliminated nonunion positions across the opera house, cutting jobs in its artistic, finance, marketing, development, and technical departments — through attrition in some cases, but primarily through layoffs.”

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People Are So Sad About The End Of The iPod Classic That Yes, Here’s Another Paean To That Object

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“Looking at someone’s iPod was like looking into their soul. In their music you could see who they were. You could tell if they were sophisticated or rough. You could see in their playlists the moments they fell in love and the moments they fell back out again. You could see the filthiest, nastiest hip hop in the little white boxes of the primmest people, and know their inner lives a little better than you did before.”

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Should London Try To Outdo New York’s High Line With Its Forested Floating Bridge Design?

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“In six months, the public cost had gone from minimal to £60m, with limited transparency, on the basis of wavering cost estimates. These facts were not made available at the time of the public consultation on the project in November 2013.”

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Jane Austen Fans Really Love To Dress Up Like Jane Austen’s Characters

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“It is not just about Jane Austen, it is about a way of life which was much more elegant, much more refined.”

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Building A Television Empire Requires A Lot Of Drama

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“In giving [Shonda] Rhimes the key to Thursday, which remains a lucrative night as film studios promote weekend releases, the alphabet network is acknowledging how big a draw her name has become with her patented style of traditional procedural meets emotional roller coaster — and showing that it sees her as a vital figure in helping them crawl out of a three-year spell in fourth place in the advertiser-preferred 18-49 demographic. “

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The Power Of Technology: An Ending To 13-Year-Long Quest To Find People In 9/11 Wedding Photo

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“She’s looking at the pictures, the perished, the fallen, trying to match them up to the people in the photo, and the whole time she’s been keeping this photo safe in her favorite Ernest Hemingway novel.”

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Joe Sample, Pianist Of The Jazz Crusaders, Dead At 75

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“The Jazz Crusaders, who played the muscular, bluesy variation on bebop known as hard bop, had their roots in Houston, where Mr. Sample, the tenor saxophonist Wilton Felder and the drummer Nesbert Hooper (better known by the self-explanatory first name Stix) began performing together as the Swingsters while in high school.”

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‘Longmire’ Canceled Because Its Big Audience Was Just Too Old

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“A&E said it pulled the plug on ‘Longmire’ because it appeals primarily to older viewers—the median age of the show’s viewers is 60 versus 48 for the network as a whole.”

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The New, Gorgeous Instrument That You Have To Qualify In Order To Purchase

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“The reliance on craftsmanship suppresses supply: It takes years to learn to build a handpan and requires patience, physical strength, dexterity, and a pitch-sensitive ear.”

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The Steampunk Heart Of Artist Anselm Kiefer’s 200-Acre Studio

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“When Kiefer moved there in 1992 he needed 70 lorries to move the contents of his studio: he would need rather more now. The artist turned this quiet domain into a Brobdingnagian Gesamtkunstwerk, surely one of the most extraordinary artworks of the last century.”

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Yes, Heidegger Believed In The Nazi Cause (For A Time). Now What Do We Do With Him?

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“One reason to take the Notebooks seriously, therefore, is to understand how a figure who inspired such a wide following could have held such views — and what this might mean for his legacy. This is a question of intellectual history and influence. While it is important, there remains an even deeper one: whether there is anything left for us to think about in reading Heidegger.”

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Life Is Random (No Matter How Much We Want It To Be Organized)

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“Futurists and science-fiction authors predict that genetic engineering will someday allow designer children, built to order, with whatever smarts, looks, and personalities their parents prefer. But biology’s new recognition of the role of noise in development gives us one more reason to think that this simply isn’t going to happen.”

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A Deep Dive Into The Issues – And The Future – Of The Vivian Maier Case(s)

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“The rights to some of Maier’s work may hinge on a rental agreement she signed for a storage unit — a storage unit on which she later defaulted.”

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A Dancer Who Works In Sneakers (And Dances Right Through Many Pairs Of Them Per Year)

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“Most of my shoes last two and a half weeks. I wear a lot of Jordans because they feel really good and are comfortable when I’m dancing and they have just enough toe support.”

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New Playwrights Will Never Defeat Romeo & Juliet – But Can They At Least Get A Hearing?

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“I get it. Dead people work for cheaper than those of us who breathe air. And they’ve got more name recognition and audience draw. Plus, they won’t show up to rehearsal with script changes or input. There’s no need to spend money ‘developing’ their plays. Their work is finite. Frozen forever in perfection.”

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So, Turns Out People Under 30 – AKA Millennials – Love Print Books

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Millennials may not care for libraries the same way Gen-Xers and Boomers do, but they sure do love books in print form.

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For A Hard-working Actress, Finally A Chance At The Bronze Ring

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“Her characters often serve to ‘hold up the wall’ of the narrative, she said, like the empathetic best friend in ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ or the kindly stranger in ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.’ Or the kindly mental-institution psychiatrist in ‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story,’ the kindly rape-treatment counselor in ‘Trust’ or the kindly medium in ‘Beautiful Creatures.'”

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Three City Ballet Dancers Are About To Break Into Stardom – In Broadway Musicals

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“Not many musicals require the specialized skills of world-class ballet dancers. It’s mostly a fluke that three high-profile shows with such needs are opening within months of one another.”

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(Why) Are We OK With Oil Barons Funding Natural History Museums?

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“The politics isn’t in the science itself — science is raw data, as close to the truth as you can get. The funding is about how we are interpreting that knowledge to further an agenda”

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The Dismantling Of A (Formerly Very Good) British Education

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‘Oh, wowww!’ she cried, ecstasy lifting her voice above the wind whipping off the marshes. ‘New brutalism! Rarely seen any so pure. First pressing. Cold pressing. Purrrfect!’

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The Cult Of Jeff Koons Must Die

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“Koons is alert to a tendency on the part of the art audience to submit—to submit to something (to anything) that exerts a certain discomfiting power. This is the S&M of the contemporary art world, with the audience angling for an opportunity to grovel at the feet of the superstar.”

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