Detroit Institute Of Arts Collection Has Been Saved: Report

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“The [museum] has cleared its biggest remaining hurdle to secure its art collection. Last week, the city of Detroit reached a settlement with its largest holdout creditor, the Financial Guaranty Insurance Company (FGIC). As Detroit’s 16-month-long bankruptcy trial comes to a close this week, the 11th-hour deal all but guarantees that the DIA’s collection will not be sold to pay down the city’s debt.”

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We Have Two Rivals For 2014 Word Of The Year

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“Described as ‘beautifully British’, the ‘subtle yet devastating’ put-down overshare was today named word of the year by the Chambers Dictionary. Collins, however, has plumped for photobomb as its choice, citing the words 100% increase in usage over the past year.”

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Rich People Want Us To Work For Free: “Internship” Has Gone Too Far

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“I recently got asked by an administrator at the Library of Congress to do unpaid labor for its website. … I was dumbfounded to get hit up by a federal agency with an annual budget of $750 million. Yet clearly my experience was not a random event.” Gioia proposes “five simple rules of etiquette for this ugly new beggar-thy-neighbor economy:”

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People Are Faking Disabilities To Get Free Theatre Tickets

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“Belfast’s Grand Opera House is to review an access scheme for disabled customers, following evidence that it is being abused by people pretending to have disabilities.”

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The Wrong Opera At The Wrong Time? The “Klinghoffer” Controversy Isn’t Really About Klinghoffer

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“Clearly, last summer’s war in Gaza and the rise of brutal ISIS in Iraq and Syria ambushed the Met production, in the planning for years. … The larger picture, though, shows what happens when an artistic vocabulary is scrutinized out of context by hostile parties.”

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Audience Engagement: The Traps We Fall Into

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James McQuaid looks at four assumptions arts organizations tend to make that, all too often, simply don’t hold up.

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Audience Engagement: How To Avoid The Traps

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James McQuaid offers some strategies for shaking off the faulty assumptions arts organizations tend to make, and suggests some organizations we could learn from.

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“Saturday Night Live” Just Ain’t What It Used To Be – Never Was, Not Even In 1975

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“Matters of time have never been simple for fans, enemies, and frenemies of S.N.L. It is one of the few TV programs that people care about long after they’ve stopped watching it. People still talk about John Belushi as though it’d all been crap since then. Younger people do that with Dana Carvey or Will Ferrell.”

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What Ellen Burstyn Survived

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“When [she] was 18, she got on a Greyhound bus going from Detroit to Dallas. She had 50 cents in her pocket … She’d already gotten pregnant and had an illegal abortion. By her mid-20s, determined not to just get by on her looks, she left Hollywood to study acting with Lee Strasberg. In her mid-40s, after leaving an abusive marriage, she starred as a newly single mom in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. The role was based in part on her own life, and it won her an Oscar.” (audio podcast; includes transcript)

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It’s Time To Retire The Idea Of “Genius”

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“From the ‘genius bar’ at the local Apple Store to bestselling books that trumpet ‘the genius in all of us,’ geniuses seem to abound. But if we consider the idea of ‘genius’ as it has evolved across history, it starts to look like we don’t really need geniuses as we once did. … The increasing banality of genius in the contemporary world has begun to dissolve it as a useful category.”

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Neanderthals Weren’t Actually So “Neanderthal”

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The idea of homo sapiens‘ predecessors having been “savage” and “primitive”, in contrast to our own intelligence and ingenuity, has been fundamental to our species’s modern idea of itself. “[Yet] Neanderthals created complex tools, buried their dead, had an organized use of space, probably cared for the infirm, and perhaps even conversed vocally.”

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Can There Be Such A Thing As A Bad Children’s Book? (Hey, It’s Getting Kids To Read, Right?)

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Rebecca Mead: “[The] view that any book that is avidly embraced can serve as a gateway to an enduring love of reading is surely true … But the metaphor of the gateway should prompt caution, too, since one can go through a gate in two directions.”

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Yes To The Bessies: This Year’s NY Dance Awards

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The ceremony, produced with Dance/NYC, was a lot like last year’s: haphazard, fun and occasionally mystifying.

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Study: Playing Lots Of Chess Will Shrink Your Brain

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“The idea that localised brain shrinkage isn’t necessarily bad is brought home wonderfully by a new brain scanning study of elite chess players.”

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This Week In Controversial Opera: Wikileaks

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“Directed by Daniel Fish, “The Source” seeks to create a nuanced portrait of Pfc. Manning while engaging with troves of military documents. The work’s text comes from primary-source material: Manning’s chat logs and the Afghanistan and Iraq war logs that were eventually published by WikiLeaks.”

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As Taboos And Norms Fade, What Happens To Fictional Tension?

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“Readers have become so canny about the way fiction works, so much has been written about it, that any intense work about sexuality, say, or race relations, will be understood willy-nilly as the writer’s reconstituting his or her personal involvement with the matter.”

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Roundup Of “Klinghoffer” Reviews

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Links to reviews of fourteen major critics who reviewed the Metropolitan Opera production of “The Death of Klinghoffer” this week.

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How Museums Have Become Diplomatic Tools

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“Not long ago, our top national art collections were focused primarily on the custodianship of objects in their care, on scholarship and on exhibitions. Today, our museums are also politically engaged, globally connected and incredibly skilled in the arts of international cultural diplomacy, their reach sometimes extending beyond that of governments.”

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Big Jump In TV Production In LA As Movie Production Shrinks

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“Even as local feature film production continued to fall, shoots for television programs jumped 31% in the third quarter compared to the same time a year ago, generating 5,363 production days, according to newly-released figures from FilmL.A. Inc.”

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Creator Of PBS’ Art21 Dies

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“Susan Sollins, the co-founder of Independent Curators International (ICI) and founder and executive director of Art21 — the non-profit organization that produces an artist documentary series with PBS — passed away on October 13 of unknown causes.”

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London Theatre Critic Loses Unfair Dismissal Case

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“Mark Shenton, former theatre critic of the Sunday Express, has lost his employment tribunal against the paper for unfair dismissal and sexual discrimination.” The panel ruled that Shenton was, under UK employment law, a freelancer rather than an employee.

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Backstage Workers’ Union To London’s West End: Make A Better Offer Within Ten Days Or We Strike

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“BECTU has been in talks with the Society of London Theatre since July over pay, and wants a deal that includes London living wage – £8.80 – as a minimum for workers on three pay grades that are below that rate, with a 6% rise for all of its other members.” The theatres’ latest offer, a 1.8% raise, was rejected by 97.8% of voters.

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Grumpy People Get The Details Right (Well, That Explains A Few Things)

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“Feisty personalities, although unpleasant, can be tremendously effective. … You’re probably avoiding this strategy because you think that being negative is, well, negative. … The good news is that a whole range of negativity – of beneficial negativity, mind you – has nothing to do with being a jerk.

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How Countess Tolstoy Answered Her Husband’s Most Notorious Novella

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“There are two novellas by Sofiya: Whose Fault?, the story of a jealous husband who murders his innocent wife, and Song Without Words, about a depressed married woman who becomes obsessed with a composer and his music, and eventually checks herself into a ‘nerve clinic.’ Song Without Words is a response to The Kreutzer Sonata; Whose Fault? is a systematic rebuttal.”

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Art Saved His Life, And Now He’s Using Art To Help Save Other Homeless People

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“If art comes from pain, then James Webster is Michelangelo. He’s suffered from depression, alcoholism, and stroke. He’s been arrested for assault, divorced by two women, and beaten with bats by gangs, and he lived homeless in North Philadelphia for a year. … These days, Webster helps teach art to homeless people at Project HOME, the nationally known Philadelphia nonprofit.”

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An Arab, Two Jews, And A Copy-Editor See “The Death Of Klinghoffer” Together

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Literature professor Moustafa Bayoumi, social media producer and Orthodox Jew Kayla Epstein, cartoonist Eli Valley, and Guardian copy editor Alan Yuhas give their verdicts on the opera – and the sound and fury surrounding it. (Spoiler alert: none of them think it glorifies terrorists.)

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Jury Rejects Oklahoma Ballet Dancer’s Suit For Wrongful Arrest

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“A jury has ruled against a ballet dancer with a bad hip who sued Oklahoma City over his arrest in a park, where he was exercising in high heels with his cane. The woman who saw Allen Galbreath and called police testified she was concerned for the safety of her grandchildren.”

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