Here’s How Much UK Performing Arts Earned For Live Movie Theatre Broadcasts Last Year

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“Ballet took £2.1 million, classical music £900,000, popular music £500,000 and comedy £100,000. The other two non-theatrical categories were film documentaries, which generated £2.2 million, and museum exhibitions, which took £900,000.”

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Algorithm “Mutates” Art

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“The algorithm mutates the image in different ways: chopping it in half, overlaying it on another image or randomly altering it. The resulting images are either culled or kept depending on how closely they adhere to the user’s initial stylistic choices, and the process repeats. The person can stop the process at any time and select an image they like, or let it keep running.”

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US Congressional Computers Banned From Editing Wikipedia For Editing Abuses

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The 10-day block comes after anonymous changes were made to entries on politicians and businesses, as well as events like the Kennedy assassination. The biography of former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld was edited to say that he was an “alien lizard”.

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A History Of Literary Censorship

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“A more legitimate literary objection to censorship is its implicit portrayal of a reader as the sort of person who jumps off a cliff when asked. Notions such as “obscenity” or “abasement before the west” make literary language a tool of subversion and ascribe to the novelist the hypnotist’s capacity for making a previously obedient or prudish member of the public throw stones or unzip.”

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Denver Seriously Considers Tearing Down Its Concert Hall

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“The CSO is set to move out — temporarily — at the end of the 2014-15 concert season to accommodate a planned $17 million upgrade of the facility. It had hoped to return a year later. But, according to e-mails between the CSO and the Arts & Venues department, the plan may be changing.”

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US TV Networks Make Progress On Diversity

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“If you look at shows that appear to lack diversity, they actually look dated because “America doesn’t look like that anymore.”

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The Streaming Debate – Some Musicians Love it. Then There Are Those Who…

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“The problem seems to be the enforcement of legacy contracts that were signed before streaming even existed and that don’t operate within the streaming environment.”

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Julian Lloyd Webber: Corruption Is Rampant In International Music Competitions

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“Lloyd Webber said corruption was rife in Britain and abroad, singling out the Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow, held every four years and open to musicians between the ages of 16 and 30, as the most prestigious example of unscrupulous judging.”

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Canadian Festival Bans Native Headdress At Concerts

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“As feather headdresses have become popular fashion accessories at concerts and EDM festivals, they have become an increasingly important site for conversations about First Nations relations and cultural appropriation.”

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The Practice Versus Talent Debate Continues

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“We concluded that deliberate practice is undeniably important – it’s just not as important as proponents of the deliberate practice view have claimed.”

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Scientists Print A Monet With A Nanoprinter

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“Regular printing—the kind your home office inkjet is capable of—uses dots of pigments to create the spectrum of colors you see on a page. The type of printing the Singapore team is investigating instead uses microscopic pillars topped with aluminum nanodisks that resonate at visible light frequencies. The process is able to produce more than 300 colors by focusing beams of electrons onto variously-sized pillars.”

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Salzburg Festival Opens With Increased Audience And A Difficult Financial Future

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“The number of performances rose and so did the number of visitors — Alexander Pereira insisted this was necessary to renew a festival that was becoming “increasingly inconspicuous”. Behind the scenes however, there was increased grumbling among artists and staff about the crowded programme, which looks to be reduced once Pereira is gone.”

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More Art Found In Cornelius Gurlitt’s House

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“The task force investigating the art trove has declined to say how many new works were discovered. Gurlitt, who inherited the priceless collection from his father Hildebrand, an art dealer who traded in works confiscated by the Nazis, died in May. In his will, he left the art haul – more than 1,200 pieces including works by Chagall, Picasso and Matisse – to the Kunstmuseum Bern in Switzerland.”

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Prado Museum: Just To Clarify – We’ve Know For A Long Time About Our Missing Art Works

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“The only new element presented in the audit undertaken by the Tribunal de Cuentas in 2012 is the that fact 41 works have been located, the whereabouts of which had been unknown since 1978 when the first report by the Fiscalía General de Reino was published on the situation of works from the collection of the Museo del Prado on deposit with other institutions.”

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Protesting Performers Have Been Interrupting French Festival This Summer

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“Throughout the three weeks of the festival there have been almost daily demonstrations. Several shows have been stopped or disrupted, though the worst nightmare of the organisers – total cancellation of the entire event, as happened in 2003 – has happily been avoided.”

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It’s Not Just “Mikado” – Opera’s Full Of Racial Stereotyping, And We Should Deal With That

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Aida, Otello, Turandot, Madama Butterfly, and on and on. Gwynn Guilford lays out what she sees as the problem and how she thinks opera companies in 21st-century America might address it.

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Artists, Officials, Celebrities Unite To Ask Venice To Ban Cruise Mega-Ships

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“More than 50 leading figures from the worlds of art, film, fashion and architecture have signed a petition calling for a ban on giant cruise ships sailing through Venice. Cate Blanchett, Julie Christie, Michael Caine and Rob Lowe are among the signatories urging the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and the Italian Minister of Culture and Tourism, Dario Franceschini, to ‘halt the passage of the big ships across the Bacino San Marino and along the Giudecca canal’.”

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NYC Mayor Fires Eight Board Members Of Queens Library System

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“The board members were removed after they voted in April against firing Thomas W. Galante, director of the Queens library system, who has been under investigation for using money earmarked for library improvements for renovations to his personal office and for steering contracts for the work to a friend.”

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How On Earth Does One Illustrate “Finnegans Wake”?

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“The book is sui generis, a circle in a spiral, a linguistic Escher drawing … So when John Vernon Lord was asked to illustrated the book for the Folio Society it is no surprise that he found the experience ‘bewildering’.” But he seems to have pulled it off.

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How Do Conductors Keep Working Into Ripe Old Age? Three Of Them Tell Us

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Head Of Big New Arts Center In Beverly Hills Out After First Season

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“The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, which only recently completed its inaugural season, confirmed Thursday that Executive Director Lou Moore has left the fledgling arts organization. Moore, who spent more than a decade raising money to construct the new center and then led its 2013 opening and first season, left the organization on Tuesday.”

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Andy Serkis, Star Of A Movie Medium That’s Anti-Star By Its Very Nature

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“Serkis, whose resume includes playing some of the least likely critical favorites of all time – Gollum, King Kong, and Godzilla – seems like an ideal spokesman for motion-capture if it wants high-brow cred. … [Yet] the singular focus on him in some ways clashes with the collaborative, chameleonic spirit of motion-capture, a field that has a long and glorious tradition of eschewing thespian concerns entirely.”

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Angel Corella: “I Have A Lot Of Plans” For Pennsylvania Ballet

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They include “closely coaching the dancers, touring more, giving outdoor public performances, organizing outreach programs with schools, and bringing in new choreographers. He listed Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor, Justin Peck, and Liam Scarlett as possibilities. He also wants to reassure his dancers and artistic staff.”

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David Hallberg On Becoming A Celebrity Dancer

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“Ballet needs figures that people can recognize and relate to. People don’t know ballet dancers as well as they know other artists.”

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Natalia Osipova Will Have No Truck With The Ballet Diva Mystique, Thank You

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“I am not interested in sporting diamond tiaras on stage, or having my point shoes cooked and eaten by my fans. Ballet has evolved and the ballerina figure with it. … There is simply no reason, nor time, to perpetuate century-old clichés, such as the remote, semi-divine figure of the 19th-century ballet star.”

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Seems The Hindu Gods Have Been Working Out

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“In new comics, paintings and popular books, depictions of Vishnu, Rama and other greats in the Hindu pantheon are being reimagined to give the deities broad shoulders, six-pack abs, flashy get-ups and smoldering good looks.”

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Where Hearing Voices Can Be A Good Thing (Other Places’ Schizophrenia Is Not Like American Schizophrenia)

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“A new study suggests that schizophrenic people in more collectivist societies sometimes think their auditory hallucinations are helpful.”

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The World Around Us Shapes the Delusions Inside Us

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“The current view of delusions is that they are the result of biology gone awry, of neurons in the brain misfiring, but [Joel and Ian Gold] argue that delusions are in fact the result of the interaction between the brain and the social world.” (audio)

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John Malkovich Gets Very Rude About The Sydney Opera House

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“I mean, I don’t know, I have only played in about 200 opera houses, and it certainly has acoustics that would do an aeroplane hangar a disservice. For a catholicity of reasons, it’s not the wisest place to put on anything … with the possible exception of maybe a circus.”

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