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  • Dance

    The Teenager From Alaska Who’s Studying At The Bolshoi

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    “Though she noted that the academy feels both sheltered and separate from the Bolshoi company, she and her family are far from ignorant of the current political situation not only in Russia but at the Bolshoi.”

    An Aboriginal Dance Company Explores Australia’s Cultural History

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    Bangarra Dance Theatre is Australia’s most famous indigenous performing arts group, popular at home and overseas. Supporters argue that it gives today’s indigenous Australians an important way to retell and process their own history – not to mention providing all-too-scarce employment for aboriginal performers. “[But] some critics have described Bangarra’s liberal use of traditional indigenous […]

    Joffrey Ballet Creates Employee Training Videos For Marriott Hotels

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    “Starting Saturday, employees throughout the luxury hotel chain’s properties will get tips from Joffrey dancers as well as its artistic director on the importance of warming up, proper breathing, flow of movement and connecting with the audience, delivered through a series of four short videos. The aim is to improve guests’ experience.”

    You Dare To Arrive Late? We’re Dancing Here!

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    “The curtain rose five minutes ago, the corps de ballet is building the atmosphere, the ballerina is about to enter, the audience is collecting itself in mounting excitement when — — “Excuse me, I’m so sorry.” Upheaval follows. Sometimes eight people have to rise or adjust themselves as the patrons claiming the ninth and 10th […]

    Bloodbath At Pennsylvania Ballet

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    “With a single swing of the ax, the new leadership of Pennsylvania Ballet has cleared out the longtime artistic pillars of the company” – the ballet master and mistress, both of whom were there for nearly 40 years; the director of the company’s school; and the assistant to the artistic director. Angel Corella was named […]

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  • Ideas

    Here We Go: This University’s ‘Library’ Is Completely Print-Free

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    “It has a collection of roughly 7,000 books it obtained from another recently-closed polytechnic university — though administrators still have to figure out what to do with the paper books.”

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    Will Our Digital Future Be Virtual – Or Integrated?

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    “Interfaces will migrate away from our handheld devices to hard surfaces like walls, countertops or even products themselves, making it possible to access information through gestures or spoken commands.”

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    An 11-Year-Old Recreates David Foster Wallace’s ‘Infinite Jest’ – With LEGOs

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    Let those who have not finished the 1,104-page book cast the first toy.

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    How The Brain Decides To Trust Another Human

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    “Knowing whether or not to trust someone is so critically important that we can tell whether a face is trustworthy before we even consciously know it’s there.”

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  • Issues

    In Our Era Of Digital Everything, Are We Losing Our Sense Of Touch?

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    “Touch is the most intelligent sense, Aristotle explained, because it is the most sensitive. When we touch someone or something we are exposed to what we touch. We are responsive to others because we are constantly in touch with them.”

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    Can A Cartoon Muslim Princess Soothe China’s Ethnic Tensions?

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    That seems to be what the government hopes, since it has commissioned a 104-episode series about a ten-year-old Uighur princess who works with her Han and Kazakh friends to free her captive father. Problem is, the folk character on which she’s based is seen very differently by Uighurs (who call her Iparhan) and Han Chinese (who know her as “the Fragrant Concubine”).

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    Is Graffitti Dying Out As Public Takes To Twitter?

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    “Sir Stephen House, the Chief Constable of Police Scotland, suggested that disaffected members of the public are increasingly using services such as Twitter and Facebook to make angry or abusive comments instead of spray-painting buildings, leading to a decline in recorded vandalism.”

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    Festivals Have Become Big Business

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    “Festivals are one of the biggest growth stories in live entertainment of the past two decades and they are still expanding, diversifying from pop, rock and electronic dance music into poetry and theatre. “

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  • Media

    The Head Of The BBC Trust Will For The First Time Be A Woman

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    “A member of Bournemouth Flying club, she is almost certainly the first BBC Trust boss with a pilot’s licence – useful if she has to make a hasty exit.”

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    The Academy Plans To Recognize Miyazaki, Whether Or Not He’s Really Quitting Films

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    “Miyazaki is the first Japanese filmmaker to receive a lifetime achievement award from the organization since 1990.”

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    Arab Film Fests Get Bigger, And Highlight Local Talent

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    “The fall festival slot, which includes the Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Cairo and the Marrakech film festivals, offers significant opportunities for Arab filmmakers to stump for financing and make crucial connections within the industry, as well as a portal in which to take their work beyond the region.”

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    Why Does France Dominate Film Festivals?

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    “The danger is of French movies becoming just festival films. We’d like them to enjoy healthy commercial distribution as well.”

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    Hollywood’s ‘Brutal Summer’ Ends With Box Office Down 15 Percent

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    Sorry, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” you tried SO HARD but couldn’t quite save this season for the money people.

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  • Music

    A Successful Edinburgh International Fest – At Least, By The Numbers

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    “Some 80% of available tickets were issued, and overall audience attendance is estimated at more than 415,000.”

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    The San Diego Opera Downsizes, But, More Importantly, Survives

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    “The rise-from-the-dead drama that has unfolded here is being applauded as a hopeful sign in what has otherwise been a decidedly dispiriting stretch for opera, what with the closing of New York City Opera and the bitter labor battle that was recently resolved at the Metropolitan Opera.”

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    Simon Rattle: Music Is Our Birthright

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    “A free music education was one of the glories of the UK when I was a child. Too much has been sacrificed in the name of economic necessity. Learning music is a birthright. And you have to start young.”

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    When An Office Group Sings Together, Apparently It’s Good For Just About Everyone

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    “London, long a choral capital, is setting the tone with law firms, banks, accountancy firms, tech firms, even cosmetics giant L’Oréal now featuring company-supported choirs. A number have set up Google-style music rooms, and some even offer music lessons during the workday.”

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    Salzburg’s Director Leaves A Lackluster Festival Behind As He Heads To La Scala

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    Alexander Periera “was reflective about his struggles with the budget in Salzburg, where he arrived after more than 20 years at the Zurich Opera House to discover that the locked subsidies had created a large financial hole. ‘I was so charmed by being asked back into my home country that I didn’t do due diligence,’ he said. ‘And that was a big mistake.’”

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  • People

    When Author Ralph Ellison Met The Love Of His Life (For A While)

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    “She had barely hit city limits when he telegrammed, YOUR SILENCE PREVENTING WORK. WIRE ME EVEN IF MIND CHANGED. Fanny replied, NOTHING HAS CHANGED. I AM THE SAME AND LOVE YOU.”

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    William Greaves, 87, Pioneering African-American Documentarian

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    “Greaves made hundreds of movies, and in the 1960s, he served as co-host and executive producer of Black Journal, among the first TV news programs designed for a black audience.”

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    Sandy Wilson, Composer Of “The Boy Friend”, Dead At 90

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    The “winsome, nostalgic and tuneful” 1953 musical, which made stars of Julie Andrews (on stage) and Twiggy (on screen), subsequently became a perennial favorite of school and comunity theaters all over the English-speaking world. “He would say that The Boy Friend always held a place in his heart because it gave him the economic means never to work again.”

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    How A Drag Queen Became A Major Star Of Mexican Wrestling

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    “Being gay is a gift from God,” says Saúl Armendáriz, though that was hardly his experience as an abused and bullied youngster in El Paso and Ciudad Juárez.But he was quick and athletic and hardworking and had a sense of showmanship. Today, he’s Cassandro, one of lucha libre‘s biggest stars, kicking macho ass from Mexico City to L.A. to Tokyo.

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  • Theatre

    A Celebrated Young Playwright Deals With The Pressure By Succeeding

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    “But when you’re young, gifted, gay and black and the theatrical world is toasting you as the next great one, it makes sense to proceed with caution. You never know when the fickle star-making gods will turn on you.”

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    Why Is ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Still So Incredibly Popular?

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    “Rarely offstage, rarely on hiatus, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ has already been back on Broadway for four revivals, played London’s West End four times and remains among Broadway’s 16 longest-running shows ever.”

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    Why Isn’t Portland’s Diversity Reflected In Its Theatres?

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    “A movement to create theater that reflects the changing demographics of Portland has been picking up steam for years now, and by some measure appears to be working. So is Portland theater in good shape? Does it have a ways to go? Where are culturally specific theater groups in the mix?”

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    Syrian Refugee Take On “The Trojan Women” Scuttled As U.S. Denies Performers Visas

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    “It had the potential to be one of the most galvanizing cultural events of the season: a dozen Syrian women, refugees from that besieged country, performing in Washington a version of a 2,500-year-old Greek tragedy revised to include their own harrowing stories. But now the … State Department rejected the women’s applications for entertainers’ visas for the performances … because it is not convinced that the women would leave.”

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    So Many Theaters Try To Develop Promising Composers; This One Is Focusing On Lyricists

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    The Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA is about to begin a one-year program “focusing on a musical’s lyrics as part of a push to incubate new shows and mentor fledgling lyricists.”

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  • Visual

    Hey, Artists And Sportsters, Native People Called – They Want Their Imagery Back

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    “Another body of artwork out there — produced by Native American artists and entrepreneurs — asserts ownership over the images associated with their culture.”

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    Look, Great Art Belongs In The Capital, Not The Provinces

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    “I didn’t invent London. It has dominated British culture since the 18th century and has never exerted more global cultural power than today. Tourists from all over the world are flocking, right now, to London for its renowned galleries. It is a stage on which artists are made and ruined.”

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    Nashville’s Music Row Has Some Ugly Buildings With Big History. Should They Be Preserved?

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    “Veterans of Nashville’s commercial recording industry complain that a city that has branded itself over the last 50-plus years as ‘Music City’ is in danger of turning into a landscape of luxury apartments, mixed-use retail and other amenities.”

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    LA’s MoCA Seems To Be Turning Itself Around Under New Director

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    “After five years of financial and managerial turmoil, the museum finally is poised on the brink of a bright new era, and community anticipation and goodwill are high.”

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    Stolen Matisse Returned To Venezuelan Museum

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    “The Venezuelan museum, which had bought the Henri Matisse painting for about $500,000 from a New York gallery in 1981, reported that it had been stolen in December 2002 — apparently swapped for a forgery after it was lent to an exhibit in Spain. But a Miami FBI agent who has led the investigation to recover the work confirmed Wednesday that it was actually stolen sometime before September 2000, and spotted in Paris a year later.”

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  • Words

    Apparently, Martin Amis’ German And French Publishers Don’t Want His WWII Novel

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    “Amis went on to say that he felt the publisher had failed to understand the main character in the novel.”

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    How Virginia Woolf Invented Modern Literature (And The Contemporary Essay Too)

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    “Her drive to observe her own perception, to take an ice-core sample of an instant, or of a day, or of a memory, is at heart a restorative gesture in the face of her era’s intensified speed, instability, and violence.”

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    Will Self Declares George Orwell ‘A Literary Mediocrity’

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    “It’s this prose style that has made Orwell the Supreme Mediocrity – and like all long-lasting leaders, he has an ideology to justify his rule.”

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    Nation’s Oldest LGBT Bookstore To Reopen As A ‘Camp, Kind Of Hipsterish’ Partial Bookstore

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    Ed Hermance, the founder of Giovanni’s Room, “said the new operator had a good chance of succeeding because of the array of items the store will offer.”

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    A Book Reviewer’s Lament

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    “I really resent being told by swathes and swathes of people – and not just people, but people who ostensibly like books and read them – that a book is good, only to obtain it and find myself confronted with free-market capitalism funneled into something completely unremarkable, and I also really resent the alienation that goes along with that.”

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