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  • ROTECTING OUR OWN: As the World Trade Organization begins meeting in Seattle, France vows to protect its movie industry from Hollywood incursion. French directors fear US will use WTO to undermine French government support for homegrown films in a drive to increase Hollywood's dominant market share in France. Toronto Globe and Mail 11/30/99
  • AFTER ALL, THIS ISN'T PRO SPORTS: The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has pulled out of negotiations on broadcasting next year's Sydney Festival. "Too expensive," says the national broadcaster. Sydney Morning Herald 11/30/99
  • CROSSING OVER: Five artists - choreographer Donald McKayle, visual artist Alexis Smith, TV producer Darren Star, R.E.M singer Michael Stipe, and director Julie Taymor - sit down to talk about art in the new century. Los Angeles Times 11/28/99
  • SO YOU THINK LEARNING IS JUST FROM WORDS? Hartford recently cut instrumental music from its school curriculum. City's residents protest while taking stock of its other arts education programs. Hartford Courant 11/29/99
  • CANADA heads to this week's World Trade Organization meetings in Seattle with cultural protection on its mind. CBC 11/28/99
  • CULTURE JAMMING: It's National Buy Nothing Day - culture jamming is a new movement dedicated to resisting the consumer urge when those about you have had their taste shaped by  corporate America. CBC 11/26/99
  • BUNGLING ART FUNDING: Trying to save face in a last minute move, England's Arts Council announces 10 million in grants for touring. But it's too late to help this winter, and it can't disguise the embarrassing shortage of productions available for the three major new theatres opening with British Lottery proceeds. London Telegraph 11/22/99.
  • INDIGENOUS COPYRIGHT: Australia attempts to allow copyright of indigenous cultural art forms. Not so easy to accomplish though, say those at the National Aboriginal Dance Conference, held at the Powerhouse Museum last week. Sydney Morning Herald 11/22/99
  • ENTERTAINMENT RENEWAL: Many cities believe the key to redevelopment of their downtowns is building entertainment/retail districts. Do they work? A survey. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 11/20/99
  • CLASSICAL REVENGE: Washington public radio station drops morning classical music programming in favor of "Morning Edition." Music-lovers desert, taking their pledges with them. Washington Post 11/21/99
  • FRANCE CALLS FOR CULTURAL PROTECTIONS: Heading in to new round of world trade talks, President Jacques Chirac says France supports the concept of cultural diversity and argues that this can only be achieved by acknowledging a cultural trade exemption that allows nations to protect their cultures from being overwhelmed by competition from outside. CBC 11/18/99
  • WHO HAS TIME FOR SCHOOL? New study says kids between ages of 2 and 18 spend 5 1/2-hours on daily media entertainment - 2 hours, 46 minutes of television; 49 minutes of computer games and other computer uses; 48 minutes of recorded music; 44 minutes of reading; and 39 minutes of radio. (AP) Boston Globe 11/18/99
  • IT HAPPENED TO OIL. IT HAPPENED TO AUTOS: It's the rise and consolidation of the multinational conglomerate. The global media/entertainment market is dominated by eight transnationals. The Nation 11/16/99
  • OPENING CHINA: Chinese admittance to World Trade Organization means more American movies in China, maybe less piracy. Variety 11/16/99
  • A NIGHTCLUB PIRANESI WOULD HAVE ENVIED: Former cold storage facility, 24,000-square-feet of vaulted tunnels below the streets of London, has been turned into city's newest nightclub. London Telegraph 11/16/99
  • SELF-HELP BOOKS FOR ARTISTS:  Allworth Press celebrates ten years of publishing practical guides to the business of the arts. Publisher's Weekly 11/16/99

  • PEDAL TO THE METAL: Detroit arts economy is booming along with the local economy. New concert hall, theaters, museums, rejuvenating downtown. Next up: an arts tax to generate $24 million/year for the arts. Detroit News 11/15/99

  • "MICHELANGELO AND BACH WERE IN ADVERTISING?" Consumer culture is so ingrained in modern life that traditional barriers between art and advertising have eroded. Toronto Globe and Mail 11/13/99

  • THIRTEEN HOURS AND $32: That's what the average American spent on movies in theaters last year. Our appetite for entertainment rockets ahead - last year spending on all forms of entertainment increased to $55 billion, up 10 percent from 1998. Variety 11/11/99

  • ESTHETICS ABSOLUTISTS: Increasingly, beauty has become a battleground for local land-use regulation. Stylistic choices as visual pollution. Reason 11/10/99

  • OLIPHANT ON GIULIANI: Cartoonist imagines how great artists would have portrayed New York mayor in their work. 11/9/99

  • BUSTED: Seventy-one Carnegie Mellon University students lost their computer privileges for the rest of the semester after officials staged a surprise raid and found the students had MP3'd copyrighted music online. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 11/6/99

  • A (DETAILED) CASE AGAINST PUBLIC ARTS FUNDING: Arts journalist Alice Goldfarb Marquis contends that public financing warps how we do culture in America. The Idler 11/8/99

  • JUST WHAT, EXACTLY, IS POST-MODERNISM? Chicago Tribune 11/8/99

  • A Ph.D IN BEING SMART?: Florida university creates a doctoral program to turn out "public intellectuals." So now you need a degree to drop a literary reference at a cocktail party? Chronicle of Higher Education 11/99
         AND: Camille Paglia retorts: "They're going to groom people--what? To be me? Slate 

  • HONOR IN ABSENTIA: Clips of movie nominated for Canada's top film award can't be shown on national broadcast of this weekend's awards because Canadian judge has banned it from the air. National Post 11/5/99 

  • BETWEEN SELF-REFERENCE AND IRRELEVANCE: The cultural world is mired in itself - how to escape? 
    Feed 11/3/99

  • NAACP LIFTS BOYCOTT THREAT: won't boycott one of the major broadcast networks. Instead will hold hearings on the lack of racial diversity on US airwaves.  Atlanta Journal-Constitution 11/4/99

  • WRONG MESSAGE? US Congress was ready to pass tax incentives for low budget movies encouraging them to keep production in US. Then bill's sponsors discovered the plan might subsidize pornographers and the bill was quickly nixed. Variety 11/4/99

  • HONG KONG DISNEYLAND: A plan to build a $3 billion theme park in the former British colony in bid to boost flagging tourist industry. BBC 11/2/99 

  • TAX BREAKS FOR ARTISTS: A proposed new federal law would give tax breaks for playwrights, lyricists, and composers who donate their work to public institutions such as libraries and museums. Backstage 11/1/99

  • SF.COM: How internet wealth ruined the best parts of San Francisco. Salon 11/1/99

  • LIFE BEFORE THE FLOOD: researchers piecing together epic poem written 2000 years before Noah, discover similarities between life in the Middle East then and now. National Post 11/1/99

  • MY 15 MINUTES: Biographies are hot right now - on the tube, in film, in print. But are enough of these stories worth telling? Philadelphia Inquirer 11/1/99