Today’s Top AJBlog Posts 01.31.14

Curiouser and curiouser
Source: The Artful Manager | Published on 2014-01-31

Finland is selling a Sibelius house. Interested?
Source: Slipped Disc | Published on 2014-01-31

The Cost of Poor Care: Multi-millions
Source: Real Clear Arts | Published on 2014-01-31

Looking Back, Dancing Now
Source: Dancebeat | Published on 2014-01-31

Week in Review: Obama on Art vs Factories, and More
Source: CultureCrash | Published on 2014-01-31

How Big Data Is Finding Meaning In Meaningless Data


“While traditional data analysis tends to focus on data that has intrinsic, meaningful value, Big Data allows us to aggregate otherwise meaningless data and find insight in the group. By way of analogy, it probably won’t tell us much to observe the individual meanderings of an ant, but when observing the colony together, patterns emerge.”

Ukraine’s Filmmakers Are Shaping How The World Is Seeing The Country’s Political Crisis


“As Ukraine’s crisis enters its third month since President Yanukovych’s abrupt decision to walk away from a deal for closer trade and political links with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia, social media activists and local filmmakers are playing a key role in alerting the world to the country’s plight.”

What Happened To The Biopic?


“Biopics used to be a mix of entertainment, education, and guilt-free voyeurism—a peek behind the curtain at people who touched our lives in some way. Now, they’re a contradictory mix of hagiography and revisionism, lionizing their subjects while somehow managing to diminish them in comparison to the products of their imaginations.”

Two Unknown Poems by Sappho Discovered

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Charlotte Higgins, The Guardian’s chief arts writer and a classicist herself, recounts how the poems were found, explains how we know they’re Sappho’s, and provides plenty of background – plus a translation of one of the poems.

Painter Bernard Perlin, 95

Bernard Perlin

“[He] displayed a mastery of light and line across seven decades and a wide range of work, including wartime propaganda posters, street scenes of New York and effervescent views of Italy.”

Harlem’s Apollo Theater Is Going Global

Apollo Theater

“Looking to expand its brand to international proportions, the Apollo Theater is kicking off its 80th anniversary with a series of global initiatives – including a first-ever international tour of its original production about the Godfather of Soul.”

Online Video – Legal Online Video – Finally Starts Taking Off in Russia

Online video Russia

“While online video streaming in the U.S. has shown that the Internet can be effectively monetized by film and television, the fear of piracy in Russia has limited the spread of such services here. Only now, a few companies are taking the plunge and offering online streaming services, and The Moscow Times spoke to three of them to get a sense of the online video market in Russia today.”

The Typical Arts Worker in Britain Is –

Typical arts worker in UK

– a 34-year-old Londoner who makes just under £20,000 a year. She has a university degree, likely works two jobs (at least one of which in administration), has had five jobs in the past ten years, and isn’t being supported by anyone else. Behold the UK Arts Salary Survey 2013/14

Playwright Sues to Get His ‘Three’s Company’ Deconstruction Out of Copyright Limbo


After David Adjmi’s 3C had an Off-Broadway run, attorneys for the producers of the old ABC sitcom sent a cease-and-desist letter alleging copyright infringement, and the play has not been staged since. Now Adjmi has gone to U.S. Federal court, arguing that fair-use laws regarding parody proyect him and his script.

Why Conspiracy Theories Make Some People Go Postal

going postal

Jared Loughner in Tucson. Aaron Alexis at the Washington Navy Yard. Raulie Wayne Casteel in Michigan. Timothy McVeigh. Lots of people believe in strange conspiracy theories; why are some people driven to serial murder because of them?

‘We’re Not a Bunch of Dopes Who Scream’: Jennifer Rivera Explains Opera to the Super Bowl Crowd

Jennifer Rivera

In advance of Renée Fleming’s appearance at the Super Bowl, the always-witty mezzo lays it out in plain language for regular folks: “Opera singers have to train for years.” “Opera was into color-blind casting way before it was a thing.” “Opera is not just for the rich. Period.” (Especially compared to the cost of Super Bowl tickets.)

What Makes a Book a ‘Classic’ – And When That Question Matters

What Makes a Book Classic - Vonnegut and Wallace

Laura Miller: “That’s one of the most acrimonious, endless and irresolvable discussions in the literary world. … But there are a few places where deciding whether a book is a classic or not has real consequences. One is, obviously, classrooms, but the other is bookstores.” How do, or should, they make that decision?

People, People, People – Why Waste Time Arguing Over An Ill-Informed Article On Classical Music?


“Classical music isn’t dying. I also say to all of you: some people will write bad articles, and that doesn’t signal the death of journalism, either. But for those of us who love the field, let’s think of more productive ways to marshall our intellectual resources than shooting fish in a barrel and congratulating each other about it afterwards.”