American TV Has More Gay Characters (Mostly White)

“In the 2014-2015 television season, gay characters will make up 3.9 percent of primetime series broadcast regulars, GLAAD reports.”

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The Swedish Scientists Who Insert Bob Dylan Lyrics

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“Five Swedish-based scientists have been inserting Bob Dylan lyrics into research articles as part of a long-running bet. After 17 years, the researchers revealed their race to quote Dylan as many times as possible before retirement.”

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Met Opera Faces Possible Downgrade Of Credit Rating

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“Moody’s, which rates the Met’s $100 million of debt A3, seventh-highest, said the review ‘reflects softening in earned and gift revenue’ … Moody’s may lower the rating by several steps if deficits continue to limit the Met’s liquidity.”

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Atlanta Symphony Musicians Say Departed CEO Wasn’t The Problem

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When he resigned this week, Stanley Romanstein wrote that his continued presence would be “an impediment” to ending the lockout. But, says the leader of the musicians’ union, “Stanley was never empowered to negotiate an agreement with the Musicians of the ASO; neither this negotiation nor in 2012.”

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Child Porn Charges Against Australian Artist Dismissed

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“Paul Yore was charged after his large-scale installation, Everything is F—ed, was shown at [a Melbourne-area gallery] last year. The collage featured children’s faces superimposed on images of male bodies performing sex acts.”

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Coming Back To Ballet After Beating Thyroid Trouble And Weight Gain

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Kathryn Morgan had been dancing with New York City Ballet for four years when she was diagnosed with an under-functioning thyroid – complete with exhaustion, hair loss, migraines, and, of course, weight gain – at age 21. After two years trying to dance through it and then two years off, she’s ready to relaunch her career. (includes video)

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Family Of Ballet Stars Make Their Move To Broadway

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Siblings Megan and Robert Fairchild and wife/sister-in-law Tiler Peck, all principal dancers at New York City Ballet, chat with Playbill.com about their upcoming leading roles in On the Town, An American in Paris, and Little Dancer.

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Georgian Cinema Emerges From The Shadows

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“The story of Georgian cinema stretches back more than a century and is filled with remarkable achievements, from silent films featuring stunning landscapes and dynamic editing to subtle anti-Soviet critiques and startlingly inventive poetic narratives. … It’s an aesthetically diverse but often daring cinema that has been internationally acclaimed, and yet some of its filmmakers have been underappreciated and many films have long been unavailable.”

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Watch Matisse’s “The Swimming Pool” Get Restored

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“After a five-year conservation effort to restore its original colour balance, height, and spatial configuration, Henri Matisse’s The Swimming Pool returns to view at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art … This video takes viewers behind the scenes of MoMA’s ambitious conservation effort and reveals the process behind bringing this iconic work back to life.”

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Moscow’s Ferocious Literary Feud Over Solzhenitsyn (Who’s Been Dead For Six Years)

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It all started when the editor of Literaturnaya Gazeta and Kultura suggested that Solzhenitsyn voluntarily left the Soviet Union (he was expelled in 1974) and that he “essentially appealed to the Americans to begin a war” against the USSR.

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“Crime And Punishment” Musical Coming To Moscow

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Director Andrei Konchalovsky (known for the Russian film epic Siberiade and the Hollywood movies Runaway Train and Tango and Cash) will be staging an updated version of a rock-opera from 30 years ago that was based on Dostoevsky’s novel.

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How Exactly Does The Human Brain Pay Attention To Something?

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“Every moment, our brains are bombarded with information, from without and within. The eyes alone convey more than a hundred billion signals to the brain every second. … How do our brains select the relevant data? How do we decide to pay attention to the turn of a doorknob and ignore the drip of a leaky faucet? How do we become conscious of a certain stimulus, or indeed ‘conscious’ at all?”

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America’s Most Pliable, Pernicious, Persistent Myth: The Self-Made Man, From Ben Franklin To Nasty Gal

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“The self-made mythology has evolved in its 200 years: from an exuberant celebration of opportunity in the young republic to a stern admonition against excess in the antebellum years; from a naive story of pluck rewarded in the post-Civil War-era, to a brazen defense of money-getting in the Gilded Age; from a beacon to the great wave’s huddled masses, to a pep talk for the young women of the digital age.”

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Perfectionism Can Be Really, Really Bad For You

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“Perfectionism is a trait many of us cop to coyly, maybe even a little proudly. … But real perfectionism can be devastatingly destructive, leading to crippling anxiety or depression, and it may even be an overlooked risk factor for suicide, argues a new paper.”

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One Architect’s Lifelong Struggle Against The Tyranny Of Straight Lines

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The story of Austrian designer Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser (which means “Realm-of-Peace Rainy-Day Dark-Colored Hundred-Waters”), Friedrich Stowasser. (includes podcast)

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Come Enter The Poetry Brothel (Yes, It’s A Thing)

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Founder Stephanie Berger: “Poetry and prostitution are two of the oldest professions in the world and, in my opinion, were always destined to be bedfellows. Both poetry and sex feed the human need for intimacy, fantasy, desire, violence, and freedom.”

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UK Theatres Becoming Important Venues For Standup Comedy

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“Regional theatres are playing an increasingly important role in hosting stand-up comics, with the number of comedy events in venues around the UK up 46% since 2009.”

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Kennicott: How To Visit A Museum

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“After years of spending time in art museums, I’ve come to accept that I believe wildly contradictory and incompatible things about art. The usual cliché about this realization would be that by forcing us to confront contradiction, art makes us more human. But never trust anyone who says that last part: “art makes us more human.” That’s meaningless.”

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Manuscript Of Important Mozart Sonata Found

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“The head of the Hungarian National Szechenyi Library’s music collection has stumbled across a rare discovery.
As he looked through a folder of unidentified music scores, among the many copies and unremarkable scores he suddenly noticed a page that made his heart jump.”

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What Does It Mean That We Seem To Want To Document Everything Now?

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“What if the omnipresence of cameras and the act of recording helps some people to be more firmly in the moment than if they weren’t documenting it? Maybe it isn’t so much about the result of that documentation – the arguably inflationary numbers of selfies, time-lapses and photos – but about the mere act of consciously documenting?”

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Guggenheim Museum Plans Expansion

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“The expansion plan comes just over 60 years after the Guggenheim commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design its original space and more than a decade after it abandoned a scheme for a second, Frank Gehry-designed museum downtown.”

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Netflix To Release Movie In Theatres And Online At Same Time (How Significant Is This?)

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“Certainly a high-profile movie that would go into theaters and online at the same time is noteworthy. But is it a game-changer –‎ something that, in success, will hint at and even hasten a very different future? Here are a number of questions that inform that answer.”

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Where Are The Real Debates In The Arts?

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“I don’t see a lot of honest debate going on in our field – at least not public debate. Maybe it’s happening somewhere, but it isn’t highly visible and readily apparent to me. I wonder if that kind of challenging of assumptions and holding people accountable for their positions is going on out of the public window in our organizations – from funders to researchers to service groups to academia. I wonder if the kind of serious debate that is healthy for arriving at well thought out conclusions on which to base decision making is happening behind closed doors – because I don’t see it happening much in our public arenas.”

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Gunther Schuller Talks About Composing

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“The thing about composing, nobody can tell — even Beethoven couldn’t tell until he had composed quite a bit of music and it got better and better — the degree of talent. You can’t get up one day [and say], ‘I’m going to be talented today and write a great piece.’ The only thing you can do is start composing and work your buns off working on it and studying the great music of the past and learning from it and then try to create sort of your own language.”

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My Life With Doris Lessing (Words Can’t Describe…)

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“When she died last November at the age of 94, I’d known Doris for fifty years. In all that time, I’ve never managed to figure out a designation for her that properly and succinctly describes her role in my life, let alone my role in hers. We have the handy set of words to describe our nearest relations: mother, father, daughter, son, uncle, aunt, cousin, although that’s as far as it goes usually in contemporary Western society.”

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No, Practice Doesn’t Make Us Experts (But Here’s Why That’s Okay)

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“If we acknowledge that people differ in what they have to contribute, then we have an argument for a society in which all human beings are entitled to a life that includes access to decent housing, health care, and education, simply because they are human. Our abilities might not be identical, and our needs surely differ, but our basic human rights are universal.”

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How I Came To Play Pablo Casals’ 1733 Cello (And What It Was Like)

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“I was shaking when the door was opened and Marta handed the case to me. Should I open it myself? What if it breaks when I touch it? The cello was calmly asleep when I took it over, as if an old man was peacefully enjoying a deep rest. Moreover, I couldn’t resist the strong smell of Casals’s famous pipe emerging from the cello as I settled down to play the first notes.”

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Why The Artworld Is So Fascinated By Outsider Art

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With the growing interest in outsider art comes the seeming contradiction of “mainstream” outsider artists, especially in the US, where monographs and high prices have created cults among collectors.

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Dallas Symphony Starts A Fellowship Program For String Players

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I… “want them to come away with an overview of the nuts and bolts of an orchestra, what it takes to run and fund an orchestra like this. This is not a management program, but we want to give them the tools to ask the right questions as they start their own careers, probably inside an orchestra as performers.”

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