Top Posts From AJBlogs 02.19.14

The Past and Future of Jazz, and “Writing From California” Source: CultureCrash | Published on 2014-02-19 The components of risk Source: The Artful Manager | Published on 2014-02-19 The “Pandering” Straw Man Source: Engaging Matters | Published on 2014-02-19 Shouldn’t the swan be breathing? Source: Performance Monkey | Published on 2014-02-19 More on Joseph Lewis Antiquities Case: Dealer Got More Than Wrist-Slap Source: CultureGrrl | […]

Kennicott: The End Of The Corcoran Gallery

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“The National Gallery is hands down the most prestigious and respected steward of fine art in Washington, and its reputation is international. But this is not a swallowing of the Corcoran — this is the end of the Corcoran and its final dismemberment.”

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Take Two: FCC Has A New Proposal On Net Neutrality (Yay)

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“The proposal on so-called net neutrality, to be introduced by Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the commission, will prohibit broadband companies from blocking any sites or services from consumers. It will also aim to prevent Internet service providers from charging content companies for access to a faster, express lane on the web.”

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Breaking: National Gallery To Take Over Corcoran Gallery?

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“The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington’s oldest private art museum, and its venerable college of art and design would cease to exist as an independent institution, and its key components — artwork, historic building and school program — would be taken over by the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University, under a plan […]

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What The….? Our Rich History Of Swear Words

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“Our favourite four-letter words have a fascinating history. Rather than being written in manuscripts by monks, we find them used by normal people and preserved in surprising places like place names, personal names, and animal names and they reveal more about our medieval past than just attitudes towards sex and body parts.”

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Making The Case For Music Education – It’s Not All About Test Scores

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“Backers of music education have responded to that pressure by pointing to the academic benefits of learning music, like better grades and improved attendance. But now, some advocates say that rhetoric is missing the point and overlooking the virtues of music that can’t be tested.”

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Dudamel Reacts To Criticism: Music Should Not Be In Politics

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Dudamel “rejects calls to make a political statement, saying it would not be in the spirit of El Sistema, a foundation of the government serving more than 500,000 school children and probably its most popular program. It is not a political institution, Dudamel said. It belongs to no one party or group but the entire […]

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Here’s Why Big Prizes To Famous Artists Is A Bad Idea

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“There’s no sense of discovery or risk with these prizes, no feeling that the juries have any of that courage we admire in the artists themselves. A safe and predictable dullness is the result. There aren’t that many geniuses around, so it’s the same old names, shuffled round from one prize to another.”

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Hard Choices In Makeover Of DC’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

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“The building on Ninth and G streets NW was never perfect, and it’s long been overdue for renovation. But the choice of Mecanoo suggests there may be complicated and painful process ahead, as concerns about historic preservation clash with the library’s urgent desire for a more functional, welcoming and contemporary building.”

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Santa Barbara Classical Music Station Is Sold

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“KCRW is acquiring KDB, a longtime Santa Barbara classical music station at 93.7 FM. The bottom line appears to be that KCRW gets a stronger signal along the Santa Barbara coast, using 88.7 FM, while classical music will continue at 93.7 in a partnership between KDB and KUSC.”

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Author Mavis Gallant, 91

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“Considered one of Canada’s finest writers of short fiction, Gallant is known for collections such as Montreal Stories, Going Ashore and 1981′s Home Truths, which earned her a Governor General’s Literary Award.”

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Iain Banks’s Final Book To Come Out in 2015

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“Banks died last June, two months after revealing he had terminal cancer. He would have been 60 on 16 February, and his publisher Little, Brown said it would mark the date next year by publishing a collection of poems by Banks and his friend and fellow science fiction author Ken MacLeod, who will edit it.”

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Unseen Derek Jarman Footage Surfaces

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“Almost exactly 20 years after his death, a previously unseen film by Derek Jarman has come to light, shot inside a gay nightclub in east London, and will be premiered next month” with the title Will You Dance With Me?

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At Least Sergei Filin Can See This Much

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“Sergei Filin, the Bolshoi Ballet artistic director who was wounded in an acid attack last year, will come to New York in April as one of the judges in the Youth America Grand Prix ballet competition, officials from the contest announced.”

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