Russian Orthodox Church Publishes Stalin Calendar (No, We’re Not Kidding)


The printing house of Trinity-St. Sergius, the Patriarchate’s flagship monastery, has issued a 2014 calendar with images and biographical excerpts of the leader under whom thousands of churches were destroyed and thousands of clergy were killed, imprisoned or exiled. (The publishers recommend it as a gift for history buffs.) Fortunately, the Internet is not happy about this.

Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.15.14

A Fizzled Evening with Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal
Source: Fresh Pencil | Published on 2014-01-15

BlogBack: Chris Crosman on Saving Folk Art Museum’s Building
Source: CultureGrrl | Published on 2014-01-15

Come On The “Sexually Explicit” Tour
Source: Real Clear Arts | Published on 2014-01-15

Dark Future?
Source: Engaging Matters | Published on 2014-01-15

Rescuing Wright: New Jersey’s Bachman Wilson House Moves to Crystal Bridges
Source: CultureGrrl | Published on 2014-01-15


“Print” Is A Concept That Used To Be Dictated By The Tools We Had (So…)


“Really, the idea of an immutable and unchangeable text dates only to the printing press. Before that, every scribe tasked with producing a tome thought he was an author. Like movie producers dabbling with plot, it was difficult for the hand-copiers of text not to make a tweak here or there. Books were ever-changing. Stories evolved. And that was the way things were until Gutenberg’s time.”

LA’s New Mayor Meets With Arts Leaders. Here Are His Ideas To Support The Arts


While describing his audience as “spark plugs that can ignite” cultural growth in L.A., the mayor pointedly did not promise to fuel the engine with increased city government funding of the arts. The current core budget of the Department of Cultural Affairs is $8.96 million, down 38.5% from where it stood a decade ago, adjusting for inflation.

Can You Solve MoMA’s Issues With A Redesign?


“You might wonder why we should care if one more quirky little building disappears from the streets of New York. After all, buildings come and go all the time; no one knows this better than architects. But the American Folk Art Museum is a casualty of a different sort, and tearing it down will not usher in the new era of popularity that MoMA seems to be aiming for.”

National Endowment For The Arts Escapes US Budget Unscathed


The funding level came as a relief to arts advocacy group Americans for the Arts, which wrote in an email to supporters today that the budget survived a “fractious appropriations process and a government shut-down that lasted 16 days” and “avoided the disastrous proposal” in the House of Representatives to slash NEA funding by 49%.

Net Neutrality Ruling – The End Of An Open Internet?


“Internet users will probably not see an immediate difference with their service. Consumer advocates, though, warned that higher costs to content providers could be passed on to the public, and called the ruling a serious blow against the concept of a free and open Internet.”

Armond White Expelled From New York Film Critics Circle


The heckling of 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen as he received a NYFCC award was just the latest in a string of public incidents that led the organization to cut off its three-time former chairman. Andrew O’Hehir explains how it all came to this.

Talking Misogynistic Lifts (Not), Rival Ballet Stars (Not), and Rounded Education (Yes!) With Sarah Lamb

Sarah Lamb rehearsing

The Boston-trained Royal Ballet principal says (among other things), “It doesn’t seem right. If children are doing seven hours of ballet a day by the age of 14, it puts a lot of stress on their bodies, and it narrows their outlook on life. It’s like starving their brain, denying them full nutrition.”