Atlanta Symphony Cancels First Seven Weeks Of Concerts Amid Lockout

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“The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra announced on Monday that it will delay the opening of its 70th anniversary season, sending patrons a rather downbeat email announcing that it had ‘regretfully’ postponed all concerts… through November 8.”

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Protests Over “Death Of Klinghoffer” At Met Opera Opening Night (They Weren’t “Massive”, Exactly)

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“Several hundred protesters gathered outside the Met before the performance of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro for a noisy demonstration calling for the company to cancel its production of John Adams’s 1991 opera, The Death of Klinghoffer, which is to have its Met premiere next month.”

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Pa. Drama Teacher Fired Over “Spamalot” Controversy

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“[South Williamsport, Pennsylvania] school officials on Friday dismissed the show’s director after months of back-and-forth arguments – which drew unflattering media attention – over whether the [high school] principal canceled Spamalot because of the show’s gay content.”

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Disney/Taymor “Lion King” Is Now Top-Earning Title In Any Medium

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“With a worldwide gross of over $6.2 billion, The Lion King stage musical has now achieved the most successful box office total of any work in any media in entertainment history. … The show quietly took over top spot from the $6 billion-earning The Phantom of the Opera late this summer.”

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Fed-Up Riccardo Muti Quits Rome Opera

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In a letter to the director of the chaotic, strike-plagued, financially unstable house, the conductor wrote, “There are no conditions [there] to ensure the serenity necessary to my leading successful productions.”

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NY Times Public Editor Slams Article About Shonda Rhimes

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“The readers and commentators are correct to protest this story. Intended to be in praise of Ms. Rhimes, it delivered that message in a condescending way that was – at best – astonishingly tone-deaf and out of touch.” (includes responses from the Culture Editor and the article’s writer, TV critic Alessandra Stanley)

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Alessandra Stanley Says She Meant To Praise Shonda Rhimes, She Was Just Being “Arch”

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“In the review, I referenced a painful and insidious stereotype solely in order to praise Ms. Rhimes and her shows for traveling so far from it. … I didn’t think Times readers would take the opening sentence literally because I so often write arch, provocative ledes that are then undercut or mitigated by the paragraphs that follow.”

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How A Combination Art-and-Housing Project Earned Its Creator A MacArthur Grant

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“Social sculpture” is the term that artist – and new MacArthur Fellow – Rick Lowe uses to describe Project Row Houses, which functions as both visual and conceptual art, social housing (notably for young single mothers), and art incubator and exhibitor.

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García Márquez’s Books Finally Get U.S. Digital Release

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“Vintage Books will release nine of García Márquez’s works as e-books on October 15th, marking the first time his books will be available digitally in the United States.” Not included are One Hundred Years of Solitude and No One Writes to the Colonel, which are published by HarperCollins.

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Actress Polly Bergen, 84

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“A brunette beauty with a warm, sultry singing voice, Bergen was a household name from her 20s onward. She made albums and played leading roles in films, stage musicals and TV dramas. She also hosted her own variety series, was a popular game show panelist, and founded a thriving beauty products company that bore her name.”

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Alastair Reid, 88, Poet, Essayist, Translator

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“In his poetry, he was perhaps best known for his anthologised poem ‘Scotland’, which concludes ‘We’ll pay for it, we’ll pay for it, we’ll pay for it!’ and he was renowned as a fine essayist” who wrote for The New Yorker for 40 years.

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Paul Taylor Reveals First Plans For His Revamped Dance Company

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“The choreographer Paul Taylor startled the dance world earlier this year by reinventing his company as Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance, which he said would perform his works along with those of other modern dance pioneers and contemporary choreographers. Now the new enterprise is coming into somewhat clearer focus” with the announcement of its first season.

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The Fox, The Hedgehog, And The Death Of Classic Hollywood

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Kenneth Turan: “Simply put, Hollywood has traditionally been celebrated as the fox, entertaining everybody by making movies for a wide variety of appetites and audiences. … Today’s Hollywood, by contrast, has transformed itself into the hedgehog. The one big thing it knows how to do is make sequels and superhero movies and sequels to superhero movies, all aimed at a young adult crowd with no end in sight.”

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Yo, What Fools These Mortals Be: When Plays Keep Reminding The Audience That They’re Plays

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Sir Isaac Newton, Chris Jones observes, probably did not say “yay” – except in a new play about him now running in Chicago. “That in itself is not a new idea; playwrights have been modernizing historical subjects and simplifying conversations for generations. But in [this case and others], the anachronisms are intended to draw attention to themselves. … So what gives with this trend? To some degree it’s a consequence of the Wikipedia-ization of our culture.”

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How To Build Arts Audiences?

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Join the conversation: Building Arts Audiences – live panel discussion with Kurt Andersen, NEA chairman and national arts leaders. Oct. 1 at 3pm est. #buildingartsaudiences

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Networks Are Desperate For A Laugh

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“Comedies have long been the ratings and profit drivers of the television industry, cheaper to produce than hourlong dramas and lucrative in syndication,” but “only 14 of the 82 prime-time comedies unleashed since 2009 are on the air.”

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Southern California Institute Of Architecture’s New Director Has A Plan, But He’s Not Talking About It

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“The idea that the next appointed director has one year to establish plans for curriculum and development is a very refreshing thing,” Hernan Diaz Alonso said.

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The Cost Of Exposing The Illegal Antiquities Trade In Utah

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“The task force wanted to send a message: The decades of impunity were over. Agents called the operation Cerberus Action — after the three-headed dog in Greek mythology that guarded the gates to the underworld.”

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How To Tell If You’re In An MFA Workshop Story

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“You drink in a way that is simple and direct and not at all in imitation of Hemingway or Carver, and if it is then it’s an homage, a subtle, searingly thought-provoking homage, and the bartender is a charming old gent who calls you ‘hoss’ and not a college girl with a swallow tattoo on her breastbone.”

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Hate This Restaurant? Do It Publicly, On Yelp, And Get A Reward

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“Does Yelp’s right to run its reviews site in the way it sees fit — never removing Yelp entries — trump the rights of someone who feels bullied by such a site and would prefer to have nothing to do with Yelp at all?”

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Sheldon Patinkin Was A Giant Of Chicago Comedy And Stage

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Patinkin, who died Sunday at age 79, was “a crucial figure in the development of improvisational comedy in Chicago and a mentor to generations of American and Canadian comedians, as well as aspiring theatrical directors and other theater artists.”

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Police Investigation Threatened For ‘Wolf Hall’ Author, Who Penned Short Story About Margaret Thatcher

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“In her story she imagines she is two someone elses – an IRA hit man and a seemingly ordinary woman with a fatally good view. These unlikely allies conspire to kill the prime minister. The writer succeeds where terrorists failed.”

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Author Rolls Her Eyes At Controversy Over Short Story

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Hilary Mantel: “I think it would be unconscionable to say this is too dark; we can’t examine it. We can’t be running away from history. We have to face it head on, because the repercussions of Mrs. Thatcher’s reign have fed the nation. It is still resonating.”

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What Virginia Woolf Learned (Some Might Say Copied) From Edith Wharton

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“Whether Wharton herself ever noticed the parallel is lost to history, but, from our current vantage point, Woolf’s breezy dismissal of American authors, including Wharton — ‘they do not give us anything we have not got already’ — seems, at best, questionable.”

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Does The Future Of Movies Lie In Virtual Reality?

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“Now is the time to figure out how to tell human stories — and that involves questioning fundamental concepts that may be taken for granted when it comes to uses like gaming.”

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A Beautiful Building, For Once, For Architecture Students

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“It’s often easy to spot the architecture department at universities: it’s the one in the really ugly building. Or else it has some bizarre structure attached, the relic of a short-lived and forgotten fad promoted by an ex-professor.”

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A Surge Of In-House Creativity At City Ballet

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“‘It’s a really exciting time,’ Andrew Veyette, one of six dancers who will perform in Mr. Schumacher’s first work for City Ballet — titled ‘Clearing Dawn’ — said in a telephone interview. ‘They bring out the best version of us. They see us as we really are.'”

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The Glories Of The Cannes Film Festival, In Poster Form

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“From surreal illustrations, to memorable film stills, and the original artworks of beloved directors, these posters (and accompanying facts) remind us why the annual celebration on the French Riviera is still the most glamorous, essential, and exciting film festival around.”

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Are We Trapped With Dystopian Movies Forever?

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“After so many totalitarian bummer allegories of varying quality, audiences, I suspect, are good and hungry for something off-world and a little less dire, set in galaxies far, far away.”

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