Questions About Safety In London Theatres

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“Authorities sought to reassure theatergoers Friday that London’s elegant but aging venues are safe after chunks of ornamental plaster fell from a ceiling of the Apollo Theatre, showering patrons with dust and debris and injuring 79 people.”

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How Oscar Buzz Helps Indy Films

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“If people don’t say, ‘This could win an Oscar,’ they don’t spend the money. In one sense, I don’t blame them — but I don’t have [ads on] bus stops and billboards, so it’s great to have the movie mentioned in a positive way.”

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Museum Boom – China Now Has 4000 Of Them (We Think)

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That is a lot of museums. Then again, how do you define one? In China the word seems to refer to all types of spaces, from state-sponsored institutions to private collector-fueled projects … to the “many new museums … built as part of new property projects to help get them planning permission. Some may never […]

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The Problem With Setting Values On DIA’s Art

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Beverly Schreiber Jacoby, president of BSJ Fine Art in New York, said that while Christie’s did what the city asked it to do, she regarded the evaluation process as “conceptually flawed.” She said it ignored the reality of bringing the art to market in the context of bankruptcy and what would be, in effect, a […]

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The Psychology of Santa Claus

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“It’s weird, isn’t it? Parents lie to their kids about a mysterious, bearded gift-giver, only to set them up for inevitable heartbreak. Except, it’s not so simple.”

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Meet Germany’s Top Contemporary Composer: He’ll Communicate Only By Fax

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When David Patrick Stearns set up his interview with Wolfgang Rihm, these were the conditions he was given: “No phone calls. No e-mail. Only questions submitted (in English) by fax and returned by fax, on handwritten pages – in German.” Says Donald Nally, who’s conducting a major work of Rihm’s this weekend in Philadelphia and […]

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Inside The Mind Of A Half-Iranian, Half-British Comedian

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Omid Djalili: “My English side really loves the royal family, and my Iranian side hates me for this. … You can tell I’m a very, very British person, but I’ve kept my roots quite strong. I still speak Farsi. I find Arabs hilarious.”

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