“Artless In Every Sense” – Philly Museum Of Art’s Next Expansion Plan (Per Critic)

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The “Core Project” is the first of three stages of the museum’s Frank Gehry-designed expansion. “[It] involves tearing out the existing auditorium, which sits directly beneath the Great Stair Hall, and replacing it with a space labeled the Forum.” Thomas Hine argues that the Forum, as planned, misses every opportunity it has – and it forgets “the whisper”.

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Madrid’s Reina Sofía Museum To Expand (Again)

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“[The capital's] main Modern and contemporary art museum will expand its permanent exhibition space by a total of 3,000 sq. m by the end of 2015. … The project will ‘finally’ join the Francisco Sabatini-designed building, which fully opened as an art museum in 1992, with the extension by Jean Nouvel, completed in 2005.”

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In Praise Of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Midwestern Immoderation

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Justin Davidson, who recently completed a Wright tour through Pennsylvania and Wisconsin: “This processional of midwestern masterpieces reminds us that great architecture is not always the most sensible solution, or the most frugal, or the sturdiest. Sometimes it’s brilliantly insane.”

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The Unusual (Quaint?) Way San Diego County Distributes Arts Funding

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There’s no longer an arts council to assess grant requests; that was eliminated in 1993. Now cultural groups compete – often in person, during two-day-long pitch sessions – with libraries, health-care organizations, wildlife conservancies, and other non-profits for pieces of each county council member’s discretionary funds.

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Could An Arts Council Work In San Diego County?

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“[Advocates say] it’s time for the county to look for a new, more transparent, professional and equitable option for funding the arts.” And there’s no reason an arts council (like the one in, say, the city of San Diego) couldn’t work. But it probably won’t.

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Michigan Town Disbands Arts Commission Because There’s Too Much “Drama”

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“The [Rockford] City Council voted Aug. 11 to dissolve the Rockford Arts Commission, including releasing the remaining seven board members from their volunteer functions with the city.” Four of the 11 members “had recently resigned ‘because they didn’t like the drama’ of the conflict between the city and the members of the group.”

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Why Did Samuel Beckett Abandon His Mother Tongue (Only To Translate His Work Back Into It)?

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Because he needed to. “It is becoming more and more difficult, even senseless, for me to write an official English. And more and more my own language appears to me like a veil that must be torn apart in order to get at the things (or the Nothing-ness) behind it.”

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Does Creative Ability Really Run In Families?

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People have been arguing about this for a long time. Researchers have been studying it for almost as long. Maria Konnikova takes a brief look at the history.

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Do The Particulars Of A Language Shape The Way Its Speakers Think? Try Translating Poetry To Find Out

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Drew Calvert recounts the year he spent in an informal English-Chinese poetry study and translation group in Beijing – and what it taught him about the natures, strengths and deficits of the two tongues.

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David Hallberg Cancels Performances Through End Of 2014

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The ABT and Bolshoi Ballet principal has been advised to have ankle surgery.

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TV Networks, Having Defeated Aereo, Seek Injunction To Squash It Forever

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“If Aereo’s legal battle were a round of Mortal Kombat, someone would be shouting ‘finish him!’ right now.” The June Supreme Court decision forced it to suspend operations, but it still hopes to obtain a legal ruling that would classify it with cable companies. “But the broadcasters are determined to shut that effort down before it even gets started.”

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Frank Gehry’s New Parisian Palais

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“Despite its echoes of Paris’s architectural past, Frank Gehry’s latest museum project – the Fondation Louis Vuitton, opening this fall in the Bois de Boulogne – is like nothing the city has seen before … Paul Goldberger looks at the genesis of LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault’s partnership with Gehry, and the triumphant result.”

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The Day I Broke Into James Baldwin’s House On The French Riviera

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“I had been told that it was derelict and vacant; that after Baldwin’s death in 1987 there had been legal disputes about who in fact owned the eighteenth-century Provençal building (Baldwin thought he did). The rusty padlock on the austere gates and the broken buzzer confirmed that the house was unoccupied. I glanced furtively around to check that no one was watching and prepared to scale the wall.”

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If We Can’t Censor Our Summer Reading List, We’ll Have No List At All, Says School Board

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“The Cape Henlopen [Delaware] School Board nuked its entire summer reading list to keep kids from reading The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Emily M Danforth’s acclaimed YA novel about a gay teenager coming of age in Montana.”

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Radio Disney Gives Up On Over-The-Air Transmission

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After finding out that only 18% of its listeners tune in via AM or FM radio, the network’s execs have decided to sell all but one of its 24 U.S. stations. (Radio Disney will keep its L.A.-based flagship station, which will produce and distribute the national digital and satellite feed.)

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Does The World Need Another Classical Music Nonprofit? (Well, It Needs This One)

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“[The American Music Project's] goal is simple: to broaden the exposure of American classical composers to the public at large. But does the world really need another classical music nonprofit? AMP’s founder Johnson clearly thinks so, and his reasons for feeling this way are compelling.”

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The Two Things Students Really Want From Teachers

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William Deresiewicz: Not, as people commonly believe, to entertain them in class and hand out easy A’s. That’s what they retreat to, once they see that nothing better is on offer. … They don’t want fun and games; they want the real thing.”

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So What’s In The New Met Opera Labor Agreement? A Few Surprises

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“The unions representing the orchestra and chorus recognized the financial fragility of the opera house and agreed to their first pay cut in decades, while management abandoned its toughest demands and agreed to make significant reductions of its own, with independent oversight.” (emphasis added)

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At The World Hip Hop Dance Championships

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“Hip-hop dance is not going global – it’s been global for years … The global reach was evident not only in the winners of the major world dance crew competitions” – groups fro Japan, Canada and the Philippines – “but also by the fact that a dominant team, New Zealand’s the Royal Family, was so popular that it had a special performance Saturday night.” (includes video)

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Court Approves Corcoran Gallery Merger

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D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert Okun: “This court finds it painful to issue an order that effectively dissolves the Corcoran as an independent entity. But this court would find it even more painful to deny the relief requested and allow the Corcoran to face its likely demise – the likely dissolution of the college, the closing of the gallery, and the dispersal of the gallery’s entire collection.”

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Beyond The Merger: Five Additional Points From The Corcoran Ruling

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“Hidden within the ruling are several other important findings” – among them that the D.C. attorney general isn’t finished with the Corcoran just yet.

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Don Pardo, Iconic Television Announcer, Dead At 96

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His four-decade stint introducing NBC’s Saturday Night Live was just the highest-profile gig in a 70-year career that included (before most of you reading this were born) the original versions of The Price Is Right and Jeopardy!. (includes Weird Al video)

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This Israeli Life, Or, If Ira Glass Spoke Hebrew And Lived In Tel Aviv

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Mishy Harman got hooked on This American Life while on a 13,000-mile U.S. road trip. “And by the time [he] reached Mississippi, … he was determined to copy it.” Now Israel Story is a huge hit; “[it] begins its second season in Israel next Saturday; an English version … will have its premiere online on Monday.”

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“I Hate Violence,” Says World’s Most Famous Living Martial Arts Star

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Jackie Chan: “I have a dilemma. I love action, but I hate violence. There is so much violence in the world, from video games and from other movies. I want my movies to have a message of peace, and helping each other. … There has to be plenty of action, but not violence.”

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What Daniel Radcliffe Really Hates About Press Interviews

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“Frankly, since the age of 20, all of the interviews I’ve done have involved people asking about my impending failure [after all the early success], and how I felt about the possibility of that. … Which is hard to deal with, because a lot of us already have those fears anyway: what if this doesn’t last for ever?; what if I don’t end up working in 10 years? So for other people to then be asking you about those things all the time is like having your innermost fears confirmed by somebody outside of yourself.”

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Was I That Bad? How Actors Cope With Really Bad Reviews

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John Hurt, Una Stubbs, Meera Syal, Douglas Hodge, and Peter Egan recount tales of critical maulings and how they dealt with them.

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“Carrie”-the-Musical Will Not Die

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“The much-maligned musical will now drag its blood-soaked self to Los Angeles in a new production that promoters are billing as an ‘immersive’ experience” – ew! – “featuring a theater transformed into Ewen High School, the setting for much of the story.”

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And The All-Time Leader For Pirated Downloads Is …

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“At their peak, episodes of the HBO series [Game of Thrones] accounted for more than half of all TV shows pirated on file-sharing networks, and more than all music downloads combined.”

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Venue Backs Down On Kicking Out UK Jewish Film Fest

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The Tricycle Theatre “which refused to host the UK Jewish Film Festival while it is sponsored by the Israeli embassy, amid the Gaza crisis, has now dropped its objection … but is too late for this year’s festival as alternative venues have been arranged.”

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