Today’s Top AJBLOG posts 12/17/13

That $142.4 Million Bacon Is Going To Portland! Source: Real Clear Arts | Published on 2013-12-16 ‘Aletheia,’ a Work-in-Progress Source: Straight|Up | Published on 2013-12-16 Opera sacks art director, offers him post as cloakroom attendant Source: Slipped Disc | Published on 2013-12-16 Ugly Beauty Source: PianoMorphosis | Published on 2013-12-16

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Day Jobs Suck The Life Out Of Creative Workers. Why?

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“Unlike machines, humans operate on a cyclical basis, which means our energy and motivation fluctuate in peaks and troughs. Cognitive workers tend to be more focused in the late morning, getting another energy boost in the late afternoon when lung efficiency peaks.”

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US Versus UK – A Telling Shakespeare Comparison

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Comparisons are odorous, as the linguistically challenged Dogberry contends in “Much Ado About Nothing,” but they can also be instructive. These productions are a study in cultural contrasts, shedding light on the difficulty of translating Shakespeare from the page to the stage on either side of the pond but ours especially.

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Taylor Swift, Nashville Symphony Benefactor

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“Ms. Swift and the orchestra are not strangers: though she has not performed with the ensemble, she was the recipient of its annual Harmony Award in 2011, and has performed at the Schermerhorn. A resident of Nashville since she was 14, Ms. Swift also pledged $4 million to the Country Music Hall of Fame in […]

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Why Are So Many Of Washington’s Arts Leaders Jumping Ship?

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“For many, the vacancy is sheer coincidence, an alignment of slots in a city known for its turnover. But others ask a dreaded question, one that looms over federally funded institutions: In a time of government shutdowns and regular budget brawls, does top talent really want to deal with us?”

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Did Wagner Make Art Out Of Migraines?

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“The researchers demonstrate this contention by looking specifically at Siegfried, the third opera in his massive Ring Cycle. They even describe what they call a “migraine leitmotif” that recurs in the opera.”

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