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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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 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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Pop Music Is So 20th Century – Classical Music Is Of The Now

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“Now that all music is about the past, and about a curation of taste into playlists, now that fashions and musical progress have collapsed, discernment wiped out, classical music takes a new place in time, not old or defunct, but part of the current choice.”

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The Elephant In The Boston Music World: The City Needs A Real Opera House

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“Astonishingly, given its cultural accomplishments, Boston has no purpose-built home for opera, with an adequately sized pit and acoustics friendly to the natural human voice. Of the 10 largest cities in the country, it is the only one without a dedicated home for this art form.”

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New York’s New Identity Card Comes With A Lot Of Free Culture

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“The incentives are meant, in part, to encourage cultural activity among immigrants and other New Yorkers who may feel they cannot afford to visit the symphony or ballet. That anyone can sign up is by design: The de Blasio administration clearly hopes the cards will be embraced by a wide swath of residents, reducing any potential stigma they may carry.”

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Germany, Like The U.S., Is Falling Apart

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“Autobahn bridges are the most visible sign that a significant portion of Germany’s infrastructure is ailing. Autobahns and federal highways, bridges and locks, railway networks and shipping routes — much of this infrastructure has gotten old.”

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What Will Beijing’s New Mega-Museum Look Like?

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“Sunlight will be filtered through the building’s perforated façade on to a vast internal garden, while a large-scale water feature will be installed on the museum’s sprawling open-air roof terrace.”

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This Woman Made A Living Publishing Short Stories In The New Yorker. Do You Know Who She Is?

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“Imagine a writer named John Gallant … who settled in Paris and published nearly every story he wrote in the New Yorker. Even if he was reclusive, he would be internationally famous. You would know what was thought of as his best work without ever having read it. His stories would be taught in every intro class, in high schools and college both.”

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The Perfect Environment For Creative Success

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Make it dark, make it slightly loud, add some wine: “Recent research has shown that messy, dark, noisy, booze-filled environments … can, in fact, help stimulate creativity.”

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Colorado Ballet Has A Pretty, New Home

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“The Colorado Ballet spent a full dozen years planning its new headquarters, and meandering around the handsome, three-story building, it seems the company got everything on its wish list.”

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Can Getty Images Turn Free Photos Into Money?

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As Getty Images makes photos free via a new app,”the person who owns the copyright — the contributor, the one whose creativity made the image — is not getting anything from this.”

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So What Exactly Is It About Young Adult Literature That Gets Certain Critics So Upset?

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“The idea that pleasure should be relegated to adolescence seems a dreary recipe for adulthood indeed, but whose pleasure, exactly, are we discussing here? What of people who have been persecuted solely on the basis of their pleasures, for daring to be joyful in bodies regulated and punished for those pleasures by the apparatus of the state?”

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And In Chicago, David Bowie Is The Focus Of One Of The Most Expensive ‘Art’ Exhibits Ever

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“Asked if staff at the MCA was feeling full-court pressure, Erica Erdmann, senior preparer of exhibitions, said: ‘Everyone here loves David Bowie. No matter what.'”

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This Film (And Its Landmark Behind-The-Scenes Reels) Sat Unnoticed In MoMA’s Archives For Almost A Century

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“It is a rare visual depiction of middle-class black characters from an era when lynchings and stereotyped black images were commonplace. What’s more, the material features Bert Williams, the first black superstar on Broadway.”

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Does ‘Immersive Theatre’ Even Mean Anything Anymore?

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“Standing around watching a show in a room that appears to have been designed by an Oxford Street store window dresser doesn’t magically make the audience experience something immersive, no matter how many stuffed animals you incorporate into the set.”

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Screenwriters Flee Hollywood For The More Prestigious World Of TV Writing

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“There’s not that big a variety in the types of movies that get made. People don’t take a chance on material as much as they used to. The kind of character-driven stories that we were making in the late ’90s and 2000s — all that stuff has moved to cable.”

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Downtown Theatres Shouldn’t Just Be Placeholders Waiting For Rich Developers To Come Along

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“It’s that same old sad story that’s playing out in cities across the United States as capital flows back into downtown: Money talks, and local culture takes a walk. But before we throw up our hands and cue the world’s tiniest violin, it’s worth noting that it doesn’t have to be this way.”

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Why It’s So Easy To Buy Stereotypes In Fiction

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What gets published by or about South Asians in the U.S.? “Mangoes, spices, and monsoons … saris, bangles, oppressive husbands/fathers, arranged marriages, grains of rice, jasmine, virgins, and a tacky, overproduced Bollywood dance of rejection and obsession with Western culture.”

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