Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.22.14

Keeping company
Source: Life’s A Pitch | Published on 2014-01-23

73,000 of My Closest Friends
Source: Engaging Matters | Published on 2014-01-22

Day’s Wrap-Up For DIA: Settlement Link To Pensions Is Key
Source: Real Clear Arts | Published on 2014-01-23

Video: These playable instruments are made of ice
Source: Slipped Disc | Published on 2014-01-22

Don’t Regret Missing “Civilisation” — Not Anymore
Source: Real Clear Arts | Published on 2014-01-22



Human Nature – We JUDGE People When They Dance (Can’t Help It)


“That’s literally all Living Stars is: 30-plus strangers shaking their stuff to Britney Spears and the Black Eyed Peas. There’s good dancers and bad dancers and a whole lot of mediocre. It makes your body want to move, and then, improbably, it makes your brain start to race.”

Why It’s Getting Harder To Prove Things


“It has been jarring to learn in recent years that a reproducible result may actually be the rarest of birds. Replication, the ability of another lab to reproduce a finding, is the gold standard of science, reassurance that you have discovered something true. But that is getting harder all the time.”

Yo Yo Ma: Why The Arts Are Essential


“For me the most proficient way to teach the values of collaboration, flexibility, imagination and innovation — all skill sets needed in today’s world — is through the performing arts. If you have these tools, you can do well in any field from software engineering to the biosciences.”

Classical Music in America Is Dead, Says Concern Troll


Mark Vanhoenacker: “When it comes to classical music and American culture, the fat lady hasn’t just sung. Brünnhilde has packed her bags and moved to Boca Raton.” (No, actually. She got a makeover and moved to downtown Brooklyn.) Readers are arguing back in the comments, so join the battle, comrades!

Backstage at Matthew Bourne’s ‘Swan Lake’


“Backstage is the best place to sight-see, and we troop respectfully past an inanimate corgi and past a park bench that displays the sign ‘Don’t feed the swans’.” (And those feathered pantaloons the male swans wear? €1,000 a piece.)

Shia LaBoeuf Says His Plagiarism Was Really Performance Art


“In recent weeks, Shia LaBeouf has been accused of plagiarism and then of plagiarizing his apologies for plagiarism. He has been embroiled in Twitter feuds. He written his apologies for his behavior with an airplane. He even said he sent a picture of his genitalia to a director to land a role in Nymphomaniac. This, he says, was all part of the act.” (Sure it was.)

Meet the New Editor of the OED


Michael Profitt: “My idea about dictionaries is that, in a way, their time has come. People need filters much more than they did in the past. As much as I adhere to the O.E.D.’s public reputation, I want proof that it is of value to people in terms of practical use.”

Live Theatre Vs. Cinemacasts – Can They Avoid Being Enemies?

Pentabus Theatre's Milked, which was performed in a village hall and streamed on the Royal Court's o

Elizabeth Freestone, who directs a small British touring company: “I’m thrilled live screenings give our audiences more opportunities to experience theatre near them. … But some of the infrastructure surrounding screenings can’t help but pitch one against the other. And if put into competition with each other, venues will always choose live screenings because they are much cheaper to buy than live theatre. The good news is, the problems are solvable.”

Why Harvey Weinstein’s Comments About Movie Violence Matter


“The question is, of course, how Harvey is going to reconcile being in business with Tarantino. The filmmaker has made a lot of money for the company with violent fare. … Weinstein is trying to tip the scales; to shift Hollywood from glorifying violence in films, to showing the true human cost and destructiveness of it.”