Berlin Philharmonic Ready To Vote On New Leader

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“No, there will be no white smoke, and these are not cardinals in the Sistine Chapel. These voters are the tenured musicians of the Berlin Philharmonic, and they are set to meet at 10 a.m. on Monday at an undisclosed location in Berlin to make one of the most prestigious appointments in classical music: a new chief conductor and artistic director, who will succeed Simon Rattle when he leaves the orchestra in 2018.”

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“Repairs” Ruin Priceless Roman Mosaics

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“Before and after photos taken by Daskapan show the extent of the damage. Some of the mosaic stones have been replaced with stones of different shapes and colors. Consequently, the facial expressions now appear awry and skewed.”

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Portable Neuroscience For The Masses?

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“The device uses a technique called neurofeedback. This has been around since the 1960s, but traditionally, the EEG equipment needed to practice neurofeedback was limited to research centers and specialized clinics. Now, devices like the Versus are bringing the technique into the homes of corporate executives, elite athletes like Walsh, and others.”

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A Golden Age For Tap

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“The dance historian Constance Valis Hill claims that tap dance is the most cutting-edge dance form currently to be seen in the United States. What makes tap stand out for Hill is the intense innovation going on in the form, coupled with an attention to emotional and political content.”

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Report: Only 10% Of UK Actors Are Working Class

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“Even when someone from working class origins is in the profession we are finding that they are about £10,000 less well off than other people, in theory for doing the same jobs.”

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Why The Closing Of The Tiny Museum Of Biblical Art Matters

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“The absence of religious context for religious art in American museums was not, as one might assume, a product of the culture wars or a precocious expression of the new atheism. It was actually the result of several hundred years of aesthetic politics.”

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The New Whitney: Thinking About The Future

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“Finances permitting, the Whitney should one day revert to its original intention to operate in both its old and new buildings. This could occur after the Metropolitan Museum’s eight-year lease on the Whitney’s former home runs out. Historic art was seen to better advantage in architect Marcel Breuer’s more structured confines.”

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What “The Hollywood Model” Tells Us About How To Work Creatively

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“This approach to business is sometimes called the “Hollywood model.” A project is identified; a team is assembled; it works together for precisely as long as is needed to complete the task; then the team disbands. This short-­term, project-­based business structure is an alternative to the corporate model, in which capital is spent up front to build a business, which then hires workers for long-­term, open-­ended jobs that can last for years, even a lifetime.”

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YouTube’s Copyright Problems Point To Bigger Issues For Artists

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“Here’s the thing: under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), YouTube is not legally obligated to have a mechanism for policing its content for infringement at all. The site is charged with taking content down when it receives notices to do so, but that’s the extent of it. Nevertheless, YouTube takes an overly active role in policing for copyright infringement, and the technology it employs to do so is flawed – which can end up hurting artists and other content creators who employ copyrighted works legally.”

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Rem Koolhaas: Why Do We Destroy Buildings We Could Still Use?

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“It would be madness for an entire period of architectural history — that had a major influence on cities around the world — to disappear simply because we suddenly find the style ugly. This brings up a fundamental question: Are we preserving architecture or history?”

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Is Pop Music Still Evolving? Here’s What The Research Says

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A multifaceted examination of the musical properties of hit songs from 1960 to 2010 concludes that pop is, in fact, continually evolving. This process occurred “with particular rapidity during three stylistic ‘revolutions’ around 1964, 1983, and 1991.”

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The Tug Of War Between Talent And Practice

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“Talent is a destructive myth. To call someone talented is to imply that their abilities are intrinsic. Having written and taught for decades now, I’ve satisfied myself that the improvement of a person’s art isn’t drawn from the mystical well of their soul: it’s generated by practice.”

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Artist Wins $25K Prize, Uses It To Buy Other Artists’ Work For Seattle Art Museum

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“We don’t like it at all when people say, ‘You’re so generous. The intention of it wasn’t to be generous, really… I’d like it to be understood as an art project that was trying to start conversations and have symbolic value in the community around how artists and artworks are valued, how museums make value.”

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Charlie Hebdo Staffers Get Standing Ovation At PEN Gala, Despite Controversy Over Honoring Them

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“Two members of Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine, took the stage to a thundering standing ovation at PEN American Center’s literary gala on Tuesday night, capping a 10-day debate over free speech, blasphemy and Islamophobia that started in the cozy heart of the New York literary world and spread to social media and op-ed pages worldwide.”

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Tax Break On Selling And Then Buying Land Is Being (Ab)Used By Art Collectors Flipping Paintings

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“Now, this little-known provision in the tax code, known as a like-kind exchange, has become a popular tactic for a new niche of investors: buyers of high-end art who want to put off – and sometimes completely avoid – federal taxes when upgrading their Diebenkorns for Rothkos.”

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Alessandra Ferri is Still Dancing Lead Roles At 52

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“Only a handful of ballerinas have danced into their 50s, and … Ferri said she hoped to blaze a trail for older dancers but suggested that the over-40s face age discrimination in the ballet world. Younger choreographers ‘are unable to see that you are unique and to enjoy that fact. Some of them hardly even look at you in the rehearsal studio.'”

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The Onion Is Turning Into A Digital Media Empire – And Doing It Better Than The Media It Makes Fun Of

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“Now, The Onion is not just a comedy website. Onion Inc. cannot be described, simply, as a publisher. It has been transformed into a bonafide digital media company – with a profitable, in-house advertising agency in tow – that wants to succeed where the targets of its barbs have not.

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How A Game-Show Champion Became The Embattled Conscience Of American Male Geekdom

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Jeopardy! champion Arthur Chu “leveraged his 15 minutes of game-show fame into, of all things, a national platform for his opinions about nerds: What America gets wrong about nerds; what nerds – especially male nerds – get wrong about themselves; and why it matters. … Chu wants to make nerd culture better – and to stop more of his fellow nerds from getting drawn into the worst of it.”

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To Beam Or Not To Beam? How Live Broadcasts Are Changing Regional And Touring Theatre

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Do screenings of stage productions from London steal audiences from local theatre or expand them? Nobody can agree on the answer. (Yet.)

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How Virginia Woolf Brought Her Mother Back To Life

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Christopher Frizzelle looks at the miracle(s) the author worked in To the Lighthouse.

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25 Years Of Playing Mayor LaGuardia Onstage

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When Tony LoBianco starred in a one-man show about New York City’s 99th mayor on Broadway in 1989, the production closed after 12 performances. Then the actor started rewriting the script, kept at it, and now has spent a quarter-century taking the piece, now titled The Little Flower, everywhere from Manhattan to Moscow to Milan.

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‘Cryptomnesia’ – How We Come Up With Ideas Or Songs Or Paragraphs That Other People Already Had

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The term, which means “hidden memory,” describes the cause of what’s often described as “unconscious plagiarism” – and it’s a phenomenon that can be replicated in the lab.

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How The Hell Do You Install A 40-Ton Richard Serra Sculpture?

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“The artist’s latest work, Equal, a series of paired 40-ton stacked steel cubes now on display at David Zwirner’s West 20th Street gallery, required master riggers, hydraulic gantries, and a custom runway just to be installed in a building itself expressly designed to accommodate artists’ big ideas. Now, if you were to buy one, just imagine trying to get installing it [past] your co-op board.”

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Dancers, Know What You’re Getting Into When You Join This Guy’s Company

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Says one member of Diavolo, Architecture in Motion about founder/artistic director Jacques Heim, “He often puts on a show. He lives to get a rise out of you. And by really nit-picking at what we don’t do so well, he knows he’s going to get something great out of us.” Says another, “On an artistic level, it’s an upstanding trait. But for the younger dancers, it’s a relationship that can potentially be tumultuous.” (video)

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UK Lottery Generates Record Amount For The Arts

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“£1.8 billion was shared between the Lottery Good Causes, of which the arts receive a 20% share – £359 million – alongside other areas such as sports, heritage, health and education. It represents a 2.6% increase on the previous year, which saw Lottery Good Causes benefit from £1.7 billion.”

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Director Joss Whedon Quits Twitter After Criticism

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Many called him sexist and misogynistic and said he had done a “hatchet job” on Black Widow, also known as Natasha Romanoff. Whedon had been a high-profile user of Twitter, calling it “enormous work – very fun”.

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Rare Garcia Marquez Book Stolen From Colombian Book Fair

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“The first edition is one of only 8,000 copies published in 1967 by an Argentine editorial house, Sudamericana, and a signed copy like the one stolen in Bogota can command as much as $23,000 online.”

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Hollywood’s Native American Problem

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“There’s a paucity of roles for Native Americans — according to the Screen Actors Guild in 2008 they accounted for 0.3 percent of all on-screen parts (those figures have yet to be updated), compared to about 2 percent of the general population — and Native American actors are often perceived in a narrow way.”

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