Why Does France Dominate Film Festivals?

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“The danger is of French movies becoming just festival films. We’d like them to enjoy healthy commercial distribution as well.”

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Simon Rattle: Music Is Our Birthright

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“A free music education was one of the glories of the UK when I was a child. Too much has been sacrificed in the name of economic necessity. Learning music is a birthright. And you have to start young.”

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Hollywood’s ‘Brutal Summer’ Ends With Box Office Down 15 Percent

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Sorry, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” you tried SO HARD but couldn’t quite save this season for the money people.

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Look, Great Art Belongs In The Capital, Not The Provinces

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“I didn’t invent London. It has dominated British culture since the 18th century and has never exerted more global cultural power than today. Tourists from all over the world are flocking, right now, to London for its renowned galleries. It is a stage on which artists are made and ruined.”

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When An Office Group Sings Together, Apparently It’s Good For Just About Everyone

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“London, long a choral capital, is setting the tone with law firms, banks, accountancy firms, tech firms, even cosmetics giant L’Oréal now featuring company-supported choirs. A number have set up Google-style music rooms, and some even offer music lessons during the workday.”

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When Author Ralph Ellison Met The Love Of His Life (For A While)

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“She had barely hit city limits when he telegrammed, YOUR SILENCE PREVENTING WORK. WIRE ME EVEN IF MIND CHANGED. Fanny replied, NOTHING HAS CHANGED. I AM THE SAME AND LOVE YOU.”

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Nation’s Oldest LGBT Bookstore To Reopen As A ‘Camp, Kind Of Hipsterish’ Partial Bookstore

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Ed Hermance, the founder of Giovanni’s Room, “said the new operator had a good chance of succeeding because of the array of items the store will offer.”

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An 11-Year-Old Recreates David Foster Wallace’s ‘Infinite Jest’ – With LEGOs

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Let those who have not finished the 1,104-page book cast the first toy.

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A Book Reviewer’s Lament

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“I really resent being told by swathes and swathes of people – and not just people, but people who ostensibly like books and read them – that a book is good, only to obtain it and find myself confronted with free-market capitalism funneled into something completely unremarkable, and I also really resent the alienation that goes along with that.”

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Salzburg’s Director Leaves A Lackluster Festival Behind As He Heads To La Scala

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Alexander Periera “was reflective about his struggles with the budget in Salzburg, where he arrived after more than 20 years at the Zurich Opera House to discover that the locked subsidies had created a large financial hole. ‘I was so charmed by being asked back into my home country that I didn’t do due diligence,’ he said. ‘And that was a big mistake.’”

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Hip Hop Star Wants To ‘De-Gentrify’ Publishing

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“He’s interested in titles that teach — books with a moral. And that grows in part out of the three years he spent in prison on a gun-possession charge.”

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Nashville’s Music Row Has Some Ugly Buildings With Big History. Should They Be Preserved?

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“Veterans of Nashville’s commercial recording industry complain that a city that has branded itself over the last 50-plus years as ‘Music City’ is in danger of turning into a landscape of luxury apartments, mixed-use retail and other amenities.”

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In Our Era Of Digital Everything, Are We Losing Our Sense Of Touch?

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“Touch is the most intelligent sense, Aristotle explained, because it is the most sensitive. When we touch someone or something we are exposed to what we touch. We are responsive to others because we are constantly in touch with them.”

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How The Brain Decides To Trust Another Human

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“Knowing whether or not to trust someone is so critically important that we can tell whether a face is trustworthy before we even consciously know it’s there.”

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Is Music Losing Regional Flavor, Thanks To Technology?

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“For those who don’t choose to make all their music on a chip, location still matters very much, though perhaps in different ways.”

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The Traveling Book Sales Van That’s Expanding From Portugal To All Of Europe

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“The vehicle, a gorgeous 1975 Renault Estafette, has character, but the soul of this literary omnibus is its driver, Francisco Antolin. He’s a 36-year-old Lisboner who loves books and talking about them with whomever stops by.”

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In California, Legislators Plan To Triple Tax Credits For Hollywood

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The legislation “would increase funding for the state’s film incentives to $330 million a year for five years, a substantial boost from the $100 million a year currently allocated under the film program.”

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Sure Sure, Film Tax Credits *Feel* Good, But Are They Worth The Investment?

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“The generous subsidies given to Hollywood productions have to be paid for by either cuts in government services or higher taxes on other groups and individuals. ‘They don’t pay for themselves.’”

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Literary Culture Needs A Poptimism Revolution

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“Lots of people who are professionally writing about books are also snobs, and snobs to the point that they won’t even consider what the specific alchemy and magic is that makes something like 50 Shades of Grey save the book industry for a year.”

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When TV Shows End, Things Can Go Wildly Wrong – This Is Why

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“Ending a television show is not like ending a movie. The creator hasn’t asked the audience to join in on their world for two or three hours, they have brought that audience along with them to the finishing line for years.”

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Have We Entered The World Of Vampire Boomers And Preyed-Upon Millennials?

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“No matter how much a culture congratulates itself on being science-minded, we wrestle with a deep-seated tendency towards magical thinking – in this case, sympathetic magic, the idea that one can exert magical influence through contact or kinship.”

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LA’s MoCA Seems To Be Turning Itself Around Under New Director

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“After five years of financial and managerial turmoil, the museum finally is poised on the brink of a bright new era, and community anticipation and goodwill are high.”

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Why Isn’t Portland’s Diversity Reflected In Its Theatres?

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“A movement to create theater that reflects the changing demographics of Portland has been picking up steam for years now, and by some measure appears to be working. So is Portland theater in good shape? Does it have a ways to go? Where are culturally specific theater groups in the mix?”

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Ominous: More Top Management At Chicago Symphony Jump Ship

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“Whenever the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association finds a successor to former president Deborah F. Rutter, about to take leadership of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., that person will start with a clean slate in senior artistic management.”

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MPAA’s Movie Ratings Are Capricious And Odd (The Latest Example)

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“MPAA ratings administrators have always resisted strict rules and regulations when determining what instances and degrees of rough language, nudity and violence can lead to a PG, or PG-13, or R, or the supremely rare NC-17. Narrowing this to the language question, these variances nonetheless are chaotic at best.”

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Did Peter Gelb Exaggerate The Met’s Budget Issues?

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“Either Mr. Gelb exaggerated the company’s plight as a negotiating tactic, or the unions ate his lunch. If he was exaggerating, then he’s made a fatal mistake.”

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Stolen Matisse Returned To Venezuelan Museum

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“The Venezuelan museum, which had bought the Henri Matisse painting for about $500,000 from a New York gallery in 1981, reported that it had been stolen in December 2002 — apparently swapped for a forgery after it was lent to an exhibit in Spain. But a Miami FBI agent who has led the investigation to recover the work confirmed Wednesday that it was actually stolen sometime before September 2000, and spotted in Paris a year later.”

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New Opera Cancelled In Russia After Venues Refuse To Host It, Composer Gets Beaten Up, And Death Threats Are Made

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Ilya Demutsky’s New Jerusalem is about a vigilante who tracks down and kills pedophiles. Once a video trailer for the premiere was made and word got around, all hell started breaking loose.

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Did Someone Just Try To Start A Classical Music Critics’ War In Dallas?

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In a 1,274-word online column titled “Classical Music Criticism in Dallas: It’s Time for a Makeover”, D Magazine’s Catherine Womack goes after The Dallas Morning News‘s Scott Cantrell for a 55-word blog post – a quick little kvetch about the word maestro – that Womack calls “insulting and condescending towards both enthusiastic audience members and The Dallas Opera’s newly appointed principal guest conductor, Nicole Paiement, who happens to be a woman.”

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