Fear Of ‘Extremist Agenda’ Was Reason For Cancelling Play About Girls Who Joined ISIS

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In a just-released email sent July 30, the UK National Youth Theatre’s artistic director wrote, “The creatives have failed to meet repeated requests for a complete chronological script to justify their extremist agenda and so it doesn’t look good for the future of Homegrown on National Youth Theatre turf.”

William Kentridge Plans Massive, Vanishing Mural On Roman Riverbank

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Triumphs and Laments, an 1,800-foot frieze along the Tiber River, will be created using the “reverse graffiti” technique.

Atlanta Ballet’s Longtime Artistic Director To Retire

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“John McFall, who has led Atlanta Ballet into what many consider a “golden era” during his 20 years as the troupe’s artistic director, announced yesterday that he will retire at the end of the upcoming season.”

Touring Theatre On A Long, Skinny Canal Boat

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“Despite having to deal with endless locks, cabin fever and chemical toilet mishaps, the Mikron theatre company is flourishing, thanks to its passionate following.”

Denver-Area Arts Orgs Battle Over How To Divide $87M In Public Funding

LITTLETON, CO - NOVEMBER 6: Hillary Schefter plays a solo on the harp as she performs the Swan Lake Suite with the Arapahoe Philharmonic during a rehearsal at Mission Hills Church in Littleton, Colorado on November 6, 2014. The Arapahoe Philharmonic will be performing with its new composer-in-residence, Edward Girtain, for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

“No one in the cultural community wanted to see a noisy fight erupt over the money. The theaters and history museums, dance companies, classical quartets and galleries all feared an ugly battle would leave a bad taste in the mouths of voters who they are counting on to reauthorize their funding for a third, 10-year period in 2016.”

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Makes Peace With Bernard Haitink


“The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has apologised to its former Chief Conductor, healing a rift that has existed for the last couple of years. Announcing the return of its Honorary Conductor, the RCO admitted that ‘strains in the relationship between the management of the RCO and [Haitink]’ had led to the conductor’s absence during the past 18 months.”

Fed-Up Myung Whun Chung Says He’s Leaving Seoul Phiharmonic; Musicians Campaign For Him To Stay

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After a horrendous year that saw the orchestra openely rebel against an abusive but politically connected CEO, who resigned with obvious reluctance and then had Chung investigated for embezzlement, the maestro announced he was stepping down as music director. Then the musicians held a press conference pleading for the city government to convince Chung not to quit.

The Worst Monarch In English History, Chosen By History Writers

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He was, said one voter, “a gross man-child, wilfully and capriciously dangerous to everything around him including the country … [who] with little more policy than petulant self-gratification.” And who was voted the best monarch? His child.

GLAAD Gives Up Its Annual Report Card Of LGBT Characters On TV


“The [Network Responsibility Index] has reflected tremendous change over the last decade – and has helped to convince networks of the validity and value of LGBT-inclusive programming. So why is GLAAD leaving it in the past?”

La Monnaie, In Brussels, Names New Music Director

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“[Alain] Altinoglu will take on his new role at La Monnaie, one of Europe’s most innovative opera companies, as the theater has been grappling with budget cuts and musical upheaval.”

The Sound’s The Thing: A Writing Lesson From Ursula K. LeGuin

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“The sound of the language is where it all begins. The test of a sentence is, Does it sound right? The basic elements of language are physical: the noise words make, the sounds and silences that make the rhythms marking their relationships. … This is just as true of prose as it is of poetry, though the sound effects of prose are usually subtle and always irregular.”

Israel’s Favorite Palestinian – He’s Given Up And Emigrated

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“In the past decade, he has become the kind of writer whose column, in the left-leaning newspaper Haaretz, ‘people hang on their fridge,’ as a colleague put it. In 2007, a sitcom he wrote, titled Arab Labor (a Sabra idiom for second-rate work), had its début, introducing an Arab family to Israeli audiences for the first time. It made him a celebrity not just on the comfortable left,” but even among taxi drivers and soccer hooligans.

Arabic ‘Sesame Street’ Returns For First Time Since Gulf War

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“On Friday, a new production of Iftah Ya Simsim, the Arabic cousin of Sesame Street that ended in 1990, will have its premiere on nine channels across the Gulf Cooperation Council countries of the Persian Gulf.”

Which Humanities Majors Make The Most Money? Philosophy Majors

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“Although philosophy majors rank 75th on PayScale’s overall list of majors at mid-career earnings, it’s the top humanities bachelors degree in their ranking – from early career all the way to later career.”

Garrison Keillor Explains Why He’s Leaving His Radio Show (He’s Not A Radio Guy)

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“No, no, I’m just a writer. I’m just a writer who looked to slip into radio as a way of supporting myself. … I’m at the end of a very long and pretty happy detour. … You invent a town with all these characters in it and story lines, and it’s been interesting, until you realize that you have created [wry laugh] an obligation to keep it going, for the listener. And it’s at that point that your inventiveness wanes. And you feel restless.”

Since No One Can Talk To Elena Ferrante, They’re Talking To Her Translator Instead

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“Translated books, Goldstein says, ‘hardly ever get this much attention.’ And when they do, it’s unusual for much of that attention to be directed at the translator. But Ferrante, by insisting on preserving her own anonymity despite her international audience’s growing curiosity, has (perhaps unintentionally) managed to create an unlikely spotlight for her American translator.”

Spielberg’s Dreamworks Splits From Disney


“A new deal could mean a fresh start for DreamWorks, which has faced struggles from the inception of the Disney relationship. Sources say the DreamWorks team felt something of a strain from the start because its deal was negotiated with Dick Cook, then chairman of the studio, with the understanding that Disney would invest in DreamWorks’ films and invite DreamWorks to participate in some of its projects. But soon after the deal was made, Cook was ousted and Disney CEO Bob Iger set a strategy of fully financing Disney movies.”

Chailly To Quit Leipzig Gewandhausorchester Four Years Early


What prompted the change of plan is not clear, though a statement issued by the orchestra implies it didn’t want him to leave. The city’s mayor Burkhard Jung is quoted as saying he ‘has conceded’ to Chailly’s desire to leave ‘in recognition of the exceptional accomplishments of Riccardo Chailly in furthering the artistic and international reputation of the Gewandhausorchester.’

Report: Match Funding Is Ineffective At Spurring Donations


Match funding schemes, often used by arts organisations to boost income, were tested in several field experiments as part of the survey, which also assessed how effective these were at encouraging donors to give more. The report said that the match funding experiments carried out found the method had “no significant effects… on donation behaviour”.

Hacking Used To Be Cool (Until It Got Hacked)


“Unlike the open uprising of the liberation leader, the hacker impulse expresses itself via a constellation of minor acts of insurrection, often undertaken by individuals, creatively disguised to deprive authorities of the opportunity to retaliate. Once you’re attuned to this, you see hacks everywhere.”

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Google’s Robots Have Been Hallucinating In Images. What’s THAT About?


“The computer-made images feature scrolls of color, swirling lines, stretched faces, floating eyeballs, and uneasy waves of shadow and light. The machines seemed to be hallucinating, and in a way that appeared uncannily human.”

We Are The Stories We Tell? Don’t Believe It


“We story ourselves and we are our stories. There’s a remarkably robust consensus about this claim, not only in the humanities but also in psychotherapy. It’s standardly linked with the idea that self-narration is a good thing, necessary for a full human life.” But it isn’t true.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival Has Been Focused On Diversity. Here’s How It’s Going…


“Once settled in your seat, I suspect the first thing you’d notice would be the unusual ethnic and racial diversity onstage.”

We Asked Music Critics Who Are The World’s Best Orchestras And Conductors…


Five of the world’s greatest orchestras, as collectively ranked, are German….

Dean Jones, The Go-To Leading Man Of Disney’s Golden Age, Dead At 84

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“Precocious and multitalented as a youth, the boyishly handsome Mr. Jones began his career as a teenage radio host and performer in amateur musical revues. He became a stage actor, and he and Jane Fonda made their Broadway debuts together. But it was not until the mid-1960s that he found his niche, as the affable, hapless, clean-cut Everyman in a series of genial family comedies produced by the Walt Disney Company, beginning in 1965 with That Darn Cat!

Carbuncle Cup 2015: The Worst Building Of The Year In Britain Is –

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– just awful. “It has singed shopfronts, melted cars and caused great gusts of wind to sweep pedestrians off their feet. … Responsible for a catalogue of catastrophes, it is hard to imagine a building causing more damage if it tried.”

The Kids In Brooklyn Who’ve Really Got Opera Figured Out

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James Jorden: “It’s not easy to pin down exactly what makes LoftOpera so unlike the myriad other small opera companies that dot New York, but whatever that disparity might be, it makes all the difference.”

Cooper Union Reaches Settlement With NYS Attorney General And Alumni

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The agreement doesn’t provide for the return of free tuition – yet – but it does end the current litigation over that issue and provide for outside financial oversight.