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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Whatever You Get Out Of That Arts Degree, It Probably Won’t Be Well-Paid Employment (So Says The Data)

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“There’s one very clear take-away from the latest report released by the collective BFAMFAPhD: … ‘the fantasy of future earnings in the arts cannot justify the high cost of degrees’.” Alexis Clements crunches the numbers.

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Amazon Strikes Deal With Another Major Publishing House That Isn’t Hachette

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“The agreement ‘is economically advantageous for both Simon & Schuster and its authors and maintains the author’s share of income generated from eBook sales,’ said a letter signed by Carolyn Reidy, the publisher’s chief executive.”

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Musicians Protest, But Rome Opera Refuses To Reconsider Mass Firings

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“The first night of the opera Rigoletto was due to go ahead at the Rome Opera Theatre Tuesday but performers planned to read a message to the audience protesting the mass sacking of 182 orchestra and choir members … Earlier the troubled opera house’s personnel manager, Stefano Bottaro, … rejected a request to rescind the sackings in return for a discussion over productivity levels and costs.”

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Mikhail Baryshnikov Salutes Wendy Whelan

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“The German sociologist Erich Fromm said that creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. That’s what Wendy has, in my opinion – courage. … It may sound like a silly pun, but when I say there’s a certain grace to these next steps, I mean it in the most sincere way. I salute her fortitude, and along with everyone else, I’m eager to see what she does next.”

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Orlando’s New Arts Center: As Opening Nears, Plans For Symphony/Opera Stage Are Still On Hold

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“That theater is supposed to be the crown jewel of the center. For many, the center won’t be complete without [it]. … It converts hydraulically from an opera house to a symphony hall and the seats can turn upside down into a flat floor. … But the center needs another $40 million in private donations before it can continue with [that phase] of the project.”

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Is This Britain’s Next Great Ballerina?

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“At the age of 22 and still a junior soloist, [Francesca] Hayward is already being fast-tracked into principal roles. The self-possession and technical command of her performances have fired enormous interest among critics, bloggers and fans, and ignited hopes that she may become that elusive thing, the next great British ballerina.”

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The Generous, Grumpy, Disheveled, Cultured Man Who Ran The World’s Most Famous Indie Bookstore

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Bruce Handy travels to Shakespeare & Co. in Paris to learn about the long, strange life of its longtime proprietor, George Whitman – and his daughter, Sylvia, who’s bringing the store into the 21st, or at least 20th, century.

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Lots Of Sound In “Klinghoffer” Protests (But To What Point?)

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“There are a number of reasons why people claim this work is anti-Semitic, but the loudest protesters seemed to focus on the most banal of them. The notion that we should prohibit all works of art that allow the bad guys a point of view would decimate the Western canon.”

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Information Is Power (How We Go To War?)

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“Global information warfare is not virtual. It is mostly latent; that is, it is in the world but not experienced as part of the world. It is a war without shadows. You cannot see it, and you cannot hear it; it happens silently every day, can hit anyone anywhere, and we can all be its unsuspecting victims.”

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Can An Art Biennial Fix New Orleans?

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“Conceived in 2006, one year after Hurricane Katrina, the biennial was created with lofty goals. Billed as a kind of saviour of the struggling city, it was founded by the curator Dan Cameron “on the principle that the art of our time can play a significant role in the revitalisation of an important US city”, according to an early mission statement.”

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The Realities Of Writing In The Age Of Citizen Critics

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“Everyone is a critic. Everyone’s got a soapbox. And the worst fate for a writer isn’t being attacked … it’s being ignored.”

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Canada’s Richest Theatre Prize Goes To ‘Theatre Hacker’ Olivier Choinière

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“What’s distinguishes the Siminovitch Prize from other honours is that it is not just a reward for an individual play or production, but an investment in an artist at a time in mid-career when they often hit financial hurdles.”

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Why Has Innovation Become A Religion?

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“I’ve decided that the champions of innovation-speak are as confused by the subject as anyone. To them, technology is a thing with a life of its own. And it can evidently only be understood via the ministrations of a class of reverent spiritual adepts, duly catechized in treating its essence as holy and its creators as demigods. And so their tales are ultimately as simple, as explicit in their lessons, as a sacred text.”

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Ten Classic Parodies Of Classical Music

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Parodies, comedy and wry comment; classical music as object of fun.

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Smithsonian Turns To Private Funding To Supplement Its Budget

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“In an era of tighter federal funding the Smithsonian is increasing its private fundraising efforts to pay for its stepped-up ambitions at its sprawling network of museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and research centers, one of the largest collections of museum and research centers in the world.”

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The End Of Traditional TV Networks?

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“Eventually cable will follow bunny ears into the basement of dead technology, and online TV will be called something else: plain old TV.”

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Nielsen’s Plan To Measure Ratings For All Media

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“The new ratings, Nielsen says, can rank an online video next to a podcast next to an article. Unlike television or radio, the internet isn’t a medium that funnels just one format. The aim of Nielsen’s new ratings is to create a context to figure out what people care about online, regardless of what form it takes.”

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Composer John Adams Reflects On “Klinghoffer” Controversy

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“Classical music is the slowest-moving boat in the world. Maybe it is a good thing, if it means what I’m doing has meaning.”

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“Death Of Klinghoffer” At Met Starts With Shouts, Ends With Cheers

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“The major accomplishment of this powerful, mesmerizing production … is to effectively dismantle the suggestion that the work is anti-Jewish and trivializes a brutal act.”

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Paris Opera Ejects Audience Member In Muslim Face Veil

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Officials at the Opéra-Bastille asked a woman seated in the front row, a tourist from the Persian Gulf area, to either remove her niqab or leave the theater after some cast members refused to begin the second act while she was there.

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