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  • Dance

    Vogue Goes To The Paris Opera Ballet

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    Benjamin Millepied himself hosts the visit, with no less than Annie Leibovitz taking the pictures.

    Coordinating Every Part Of The Dancer – For Eight Decades

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    “A young ballerina at the Kirov at the height of Soviet isolationist policy, a revered star and a card-carrying member of the Communist Party as glasnost began to break through, she has lived and worked in America since 1989, when Mikhail Baryshnikov invited her to teach at Ballet Theater.”

    The Rough Ways Of Making The Perfect Ballet Shoes [VIDEO]

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    “Far from the dance studio, craftsmen hammer and form ballet shoes with their own rough grace.”

    How Does A Choreographer Go About Updating One Of Jerome Robbins’s Greatest Works?

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    It’s a tough job bringing On the Town into the 21st century, especially for a high-profile Broadway revival, but Joshua Bergasse took it on.

    Edward Villella Gives Ice Dancing A Spin

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    No, not as a skater. (Our Eddie is 78, after all.) Dick Button – no doubt with an assist from Villella’s wife, once a champion skater herself – convinced him to try choreographing serious ice ballets. (And by the way, Villella says, “I will never work for a board again and I will never raise […]

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  • Ideas

    Learning Narrative From Your Pet Wolf

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    “Depending on the details I selected, the story could be comic or sad. My parents could be painted as reckless or heroic. I could accept one teller’s version over another. I could create my own. Fiction, through fabrication, finds the truth that real life tends to cover up.”

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    How Do You Build A Beer Pipeline Under A Medieval World Heritage Site?

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    “Even under roads and public parks, there are centuries-old historic sites to avoid. There are more practical obstacles, too, like canals, major traffic crossings, and sites where things like underground garages will be built in the future. … Then there’s the chance the drilling process will stumble across something like the ruins of an unknown ancient castle.”

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    Should We Turn To Science Fiction To Spur Science Innovation?

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    “As Neal Stephenson puts it, science fiction ‘supplies a plausible, fully thought-out picture of an alternate reality in which some sort of compelling innovation has taken place,’ producing icons that serve as ‘hieroglyphs — simple, recognizable symbols on which everyone agrees.'”

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    When A Boy With Autism Started A Friendship With Siri

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    “For most of us, Siri is merely a momentary diversion. But for some, it’s more. My son’s practice conversation with Siri is translating into more facility with actual humans.”

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  • Issues

    Smithsonian Turns To Private Funding To Supplement Its Budget

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    “In an era of tighter federal funding the Smithsonian is increasing its private fundraising efforts to pay for its stepped-up ambitions at its sprawling network of museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and research centers, one of the largest collections of museum and research centers in the world.”

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    Paris Opera Ejects Audience Member In Muslim Face Veil

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    Officials at the Opéra-Bastille asked a woman seated in the front row, a tourist from the Persian Gulf area, to either remove her niqab or leave the theater after some cast members refused to begin the second act while she was there.

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    Orlando’s Arts Center Is Late And Over Budget, But At Least The Lawsuit Is Settled

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    “Contractor Balfour Beatty Construction and the center’s managers have blamed each other, and now the parties have signed a settlement agreement to avoid legal claims that would likely top $25 million. The agreement settles the dispute by paying Balfour Beatty another $9.5 million.”

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    Facebook Is Now Trying To Protect Your Privacy (At Least From The Government)

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    “The social network ‘asks that the DEA immediately confirm that it has ceased all activities on Facebook that involve the impersonation of others or that otherwise violate our terms and policies.'”

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  • Media

    The End Of Traditional TV Networks?

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    “Eventually cable will follow bunny ears into the basement of dead technology, and online TV will be called something else: plain old TV.”

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    Nielsen’s Plan To Measure Ratings For All Media

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    “The new ratings, Nielsen says, can rank an online video next to a podcast next to an article. Unlike television or radio, the internet isn’t a medium that funnels just one format. The aim of Nielsen’s new ratings is to create a context to figure out what people care about online, regardless of what form it takes.”

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    The Medium Is Still The Message, Even After 50 Years

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    “Fifty years ago, Marshall McLuhan published Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. Assessing all media that came before television and predicting all that would come after, he argued that we shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us.” Yet, after half a century, lots of folks who spout the aphorism still know nothing of his work. (audio)

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    Will The Networks’ New Streaming Services Eventually Devour Each Other?

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    “Do I get Netflix, HBO, CBS and Showtime?”

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    The Artist Who Made Art From Bell Labs Machines For Three Decades

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    “This framing embodies the magic of what was happening with Lillian at Bell Labs: it was science and art, instead of science or art. I heard many more stories from which followed the same pattern: brief conversations over lunch would lead to long collaborations, fruitful for both parties involved.”

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  • Music

    Ten Classic Parodies Of Classical Music

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    Parodies, comedy and wry comment; classical music as object of fun.

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    “Death Of Klinghoffer” At Met Starts With Shouts, Ends With Cheers

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    “The major accomplishment of this powerful, mesmerizing production … is to effectively dismantle the suggestion that the work is anti-Jewish and trivializes a brutal act.”

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    Philadelphia Orchestra Back In The Black After “A Remarkable Year”

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    “Since the Philadelphia Orchestra exited bankruptcy more than two years ago, several key financial indicators have brightened. Obligations associated with the orchestra’s Chapter 11 settlement have been paid off, income from concerts is growing nicely, and annual fund-raising is improving more than nicely.”

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    Memphis Symphony Musicians Agree To 38 Percent Pay Cut

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    “Memphis Symphony Orchestra musicians on Monday formally agreed to accept a one-year, 38 percent pay cut in an attempt to help the financially struggling performance arts organization reduce expenses as it works toward the goal of balancing its budget.”

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    Troubled Times Or No, Here’s A New Orchestra Taking Shape And Growing

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    “With more orchestras declining than thriving, classical music audiences can be forgiven for thinking the brand new Pennsylvania Philharmonic is a mirage.” Especially since it’s performing in towns – Pottstown, York, Bethlehem, and the like – “that can’t always support a professional group.”

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  • People

    Composer John Adams Reflects On “Klinghoffer” Controversy

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    “Classical music is the slowest-moving boat in the world. Maybe it is a good thing, if it means what I’m doing has meaning.”

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    Composer Stephen Paulus Dead At 65

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    “[His] voluminous output ranged from the operatic, oratorio and symphonic to choral hymns. His opera The Postman Always Rings Twice, written in 1982 for Opera Theatre of St. Louis, was popular with regional companies and universities.”

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    Suni Haru, Who Sacrificed Her Career To Help Other Asian American Actors In Theirs, Dead At 75

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    “To her Philippines-born parents, dismayed that she had participated in a public protest, Haru said, ‘How else can we let people know that here’s discrimination in the theater?’ she wrote in “Iron Lotus” her 2012 autobiography. ‘You’ll see, someday I’ll make a living acting.'”

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    Architect Michael Graves Has Forgiven His Mother For Telling Him He’d Be A Starving Artist

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    “The books I look at again and again are: my collection on Camille Corot. He can make a sketch that just makes you gasp. What he would do is go out to the site with a piece of cardboard—something stiff, not canvas—and paint a little oil sketch on it, and then take it back to the studio and create a larger painting based off that. He would, as I always say, correct the landscape.”

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  • Theatre

    Harvard Will Finally Get A Theatre (And Dance) Major. Will Princeton Ever Cave?

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    “We have so many students who are active in the arts and are trying to figure out how to make that a core part of their experience, and this does that.”

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    Irish Theatre Wins Big At UK Theatre Awards

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    “The awards recognize the achievements of regional theater, while the annual Olivier Awards focus on the London stage.”

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    Apparently, Actors Aren’t ‘Workers’ And Thus Don’t Deserve Minimum Wage

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    “The appeal found that the original tribunal had failed to consider whether or not the actors were in fact self-employed professionals, rather than workers, and therefore not entitled to the minimum wage.”

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    Can The UK (Or The US) Replicate Australia’s Success In Theatre Starring People With Developmental Disabilities?

    Startling images … Brian Tilley and Simon Laherty in Ganesh Versus the Third Reich at the Edinburgh

    “The next step must be not just applauding intentions, but making a real attempt to evaluate how such work can benefit the participants, and finding ways it can gain greater prominence.”

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    Well, Of Course My Adaptation Of “The Cherry Orchard” Isn’t Accurate – That Would Be Impossible

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    Simon Stephens, who worked from a literal translation by a professor: “It seems especially odd to suggest that a play text, out of any literary form, should be carved out of an attempt to accurately translate the original language of an author writing a century ago. … The nature of translation means that to think otherwise is folly. The nature of theatre means that to aspire to do so is slightly perverse.”

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  • Visual

    How To Put Your Graffiti Tag On Insanely Expensive Art Without Actually Damaging It

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    “It’s resourceful, at least: Instead of going straight for the million-dollar works, an especially DGAF graffiti artist used the reflective surface of a Koons piece by spray-painting the white Whitney wall next to it. All the better to selfie with.” (includes video of incident)

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    King Kong Vs. Godzilla In The Art World: Ron Perelman’s Feud With Larry Gagosian

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    Perelman, one of the top art collectors on the planet, says that art, “a beautiful thing”, has “been sullied by an ugly business [and] needs to be fixed.” Mega-dealer Gagosian’s side says that Perelman is a “notorious bully” who’d rather file “meritless litigations … [than] pay what’s owed.”

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    Heirs Who Never Saw Any Money Sue Over Sales Of Nazi-Looted Art

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    “Turns out that the Kainer “heir” that has for years collected proceeds from these sales and other restitutions, including war reparations from the German government, is not a family member but a foundation created by Swiss bank officials.”

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    The Documentary That Jeff Koons (Apparently) Didn’t Want You To See

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    “The original conception was to edition the piece, and to make it available with a very restricted contract to museums, institutions and collectors, … but that was before I knew that the art world was going to close ranks around Koons, and bow before his scary power.”

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    Parisian Vandals Deflate Christmas Tree/Giant Green Butt Plug Artwork

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    “‘Paris will not succumb to the threats of those who, by attacking an artist or a work, are attacking artistic freedom,’ [Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo] said in a statement. ‘Art has its place in our streets and nobody will be able to chase it away.'”

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  • Words

    Drawing The Disappearing Bookstores Of New York

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    Bob Eckstein offers watercolor-style portraits, with anecdotes, of the likes of Coliseum Books, Scribners, Shakespeare & Co., and Forbidden Planet.

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    The Aromas Of Books (An Infographic)

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    A chart explains the chemistry behind the smell of new books – and how it changes as books get old.

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    Paul Krugman Is Deeply Over Amazon And Its Defenders

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    “The desirability of new technology, or even Amazon’s effective use of that technology, is not the issue. After all, John D. Rockefeller and his associates were pretty good at the oil business, too — but Standard Oil nonetheless had too much power, and public action to curb that power was essential. And the same is true of Amazon today.”

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    Living The Dream: Locked In A Bookstore In London (But Tweeting For Help)

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    “Web developer Tim Archer said: ‘@DWill_ @Waterstones tell them you’ll be randomly moving the books until you are released, that should speed them up a bit.'”

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    Sometimes, Adults Read And Enjoy Young Adult Books, And That’s Just Fine

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    “The books and conversation also serve as a continuation of my education. Not only do I feel an intense connection with my earlier, often more vulnerable and intensely curious self, I also feel that I’ve been given access to a pure form of the complications involved with being young, now filtered through the compassion, perceptions (and barnacles) of my older self.”

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