Top Posts From AJBlogs 02.17.14

The High Cost of Theater, and Defending Gatekeepers Source: CultureCrash | Published on 2014-02-17 Still walking. Still talking Source: Performance Monkey | Published on 2014-02-17 Rituals of Love and Regeneration Source: Dancebeat | Published on 2014-02-17

“Shark Tank” For The Arts? Here’s How It Worked In Arizona

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“Inspired by the ABC series “Shark Tank,” the agency last week hosted four Art Tank events, in Peoria, Chandler, Prescott and Tucson, where applicants were given six minutes to pitch a project or idea. A panel of experts picked the winners on the spot, handing out more than $120,000 in “seed money” to encourage innovation […]

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What Art Defines The Obama Era? Anyone?

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“The Obama era, one that has coincided with greater-than-ever atomization of entertainment such that no one can be assured that anyone is watching the same stuff, has not lent itself very well to artwork that gets at the national mood.”

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The Singing Missouri Nuns And Their Top-Of-The-Charts Recordings

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“Quite unexpectedly, this private, prayerful pursuit has made the Benedictines of Mary a chart-topping recording industry curiosity. After being named Billboard’s No. 1 Classical Traditional Artist of 2012 and 2013, the nuns released their third album, called “Lent At Ephesus,” Feb. 11 on the De Montfort Music/Decca/Universal Classics label.”

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Why Are “Artist Statements” So Awful?

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The ubiquitous request “Please include an artist statement …” inspires cringes and groans among artists. An artist friend of mine called artist statements “the dentistry of the art world.”

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Report: British TV-Watching Fell By Nine Minutes/Day Last Year

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“The average person last year spent over three hours each day watching television – nine minutes less than the previous year – the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board (Barb) has reported. It also found that 98.5% of viewing still takes place via television sets.”

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The Long Strange Story Of Chopin’s Heart

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“Chopin’s heart remains an object of fascination and dispute. In 2008, a team of scholars asked for permission to subject it to a DNA analysis, in order to test a theory that Chopin died not of tuberculosis, as was long believed, but of cystic fibrosis.”

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Norwegians Are Totally Addicted To “Slow” TV (Think Paint Drying)

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The hosts of National Firewood Night, a 12-hour broadcast of logs being cut and then burned, invited viewers to submit advice via Facebook on how to position the wood. “I couldn’t go to bed because I was so excited,” one commenter wrote on the Web site of Dagbladet, a Norwegian newspaper. “When will they add […]

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New: Self-Published Books Are Now Outselling Traditional Publishers

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“Indie authors are outselling the big five. That’s the entire big five. Combined. Indie and small-press books account for half of the ebook sales in the most popular and bestselling genres on Amazon,” writes Howey in his report, which has been described as “the most penetrating, ground-breaking, explosive article about publishing in memory.”

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