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  • Dance

    Brooklyn Bar Sues City For The Right Of Patrons to Dance

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    “Andrew Muchmore​, owner of ​Muchmore’s Cafe ​in Williamsburg, filed suit in Brooklyn federal court to challenge New York’s ​cabaret laws ​– which prohibit danci​​ng ​by more than three people at one time unless the venue has a cabaret license. In the suit, he cites the first and 14th amendments and claims the tight restrictions against […]

    Julio Bocca Injured In Auto Accident

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    The former ballet superstar, now director of the National Ballet of Uruguay, suffered “minor traumas” when his car ran off the road and flipped over about 30 miles north of Montevideo.

    Can Ballet Depict The Abuse Of Native Children In Residential Schools?

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    “In one scene, a young residential school student receives crippling blows from a clergyman. In another, he is brutally strapped. His classmate later has her long hair sheared off. This is part of what viewers will see when Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation debuts at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet on Wednesday.”

    Preparing To Live The Life You Really Should Be Living (In Ballet)

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    “‘Sometimes if you want something so badly you become your own worst enemy,’ she says. ‘I’ve often tried to make things work instead of letting them happen. Now I’m learning to let go.’”

    What Do You Do With Taller Dancers?

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    “Some companies are more tolerant of taller star ballerinas than corps dancers. The question is how to advance beyond the back row.”

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  • Ideas

    Tech Companies Begin To Understand That Changing The World Isn’t Just About Tech, It’s Politics Too

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    “A new generation of tech companies, however, have made Silicon Valley’s political needs less theoretical, and more immediate. They are taking on pre-existing, real-world industries. (The purely virtual ideas — search, portals, email — have been taken.) It’s harder to ignore politics when you’re changing the world, not just the web. And so these companies — Uber and Airbnb are the most obvious — have found a sweet spot where founders’ disdain for politics and regulators meets the smartest political strategy money can buy.”

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    Social Trust And Personal Trust: What Policymakers Can Learn From The Self-Help Gurus

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    “Even some of the most seemingly unemotional forms of trust can be deeply emotional. In other words, policymakers who want to improve our faith in others should take a page from the self-help crowd and do more to build a sense of social intimacy and promote what neuroeconomist Paul Zak once called the ‘empathic human connection’.”

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    We’ve Known The Internet Was Broken For Decades. Now What Do We Do?

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    “Because the net is built on software that gets endlessly used and reused, it’s littered with code that dates back decades, and some of it never gets audited for security bugs.”

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    When We Use ‘Binocularity’ To See Ourselves, Sometimes Things Get Clearer

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    “Just as we need two eyes that integrate slightly different information about one scene to achieve visual depth perception, being able see ourselves though two fundamentally different lenses, and integrate those two sources of information, can give us a greater depth of understanding of ourselves.”

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  • Issues

    As Corporate Arts Sponsorships Decline, Lincoln Center Doubles Down

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    “Lincoln Center’s move comes as overall corporate philanthropy is dwindling and big companies’ support of the arts is eroding. Corporate giving fell nearly 2% in 2013, according to Giving USA. Meanwhile, the share of corporate philanthropy dedicated to the arts fell to 5.3% in 2012 from 8.8% in 2007, according to CECP, a coalition of chief executives working to improve society.”

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    UK Copyright Law Finally Allows Exception For Parody

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    “Under current rules, there has been a risk of being sued for breach of copyright if clips of films, TV shows or songs were used without consent. But the new European Copyright Directive will allow the use of the material so long as it is fair and does not compete with the original version.”

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    Philadelphia Doesn’t Have To Say Goodbye To Those Thousands Of Sendak Items Forever

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    “Practically speaking, it doesn’t matter where the Sendak materials live or who owns them. Any exhibition uses only a few dozen items at a time, and loans are common in the world of arts and literature. In theory, if the Rosenbach and the Sendak trustees agreed, a steady stream of Sendak shows could continue to flow through the Rosenbach, and as far as the backstage legal status and residency of the collection goes, the public would be none the wiser.”

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    Someone Was Stealing All Of The Dinosaurs In Mongolia – Until This Woman Stepped In

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    “He asked what would happen if it didn’t work. I told him, ‘Then you will be the first president who ever claimed a dinosaur. But if you succeed, you will be the first president who ever succeeded in claiming a dinosaur.'”

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  • Media

    The Problem With Protecting Canadian Content

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    “The problem facing the Canadian TV industry – from the big three commercial outfits to the guilds, unions and lobby groups representing the creators – is that cultural protectionism is a very, very hard sell. And it’s a hard sell because there is so little Canadian programming that is truly cherished and admired by the public. In this, everyone, from the top executives to the creative end of the industry, must face blame.”

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    Piracy Stalemate – Illegal Downloading For Good And Bad

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    “Piracy is putting pressure on antiquated business models, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But the prevalence of piracy shows that people are growing up in a culture of free, and that is not good for the future of entertainment, either.”

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    Afraid To Fly? Aside From The Terrifying Crash Shows, Hollywood Can Help You

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    “Air Hollywood has become a go-to destination for filming aviation scenes in Hollywood. Its aircraft sets and props have been featured in countless TV shows, commercials and movies and not just for moments of terror.”

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    If A Japanese Filmmaker Takes Over Iconic U.S. Dreamworks, These Things Are Likely To Happen

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    “Beyond games featuring DWA characters, SoftBank could also offer DWA video content to its mobile subscribers, according to one investment banker not involved in the deal talks.‎ For DWA, the deal would provide further financial firepower at a time when it has been trying to diversify its business amid disappointing box-office results.‎”

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    Can Movie Theaters Win Back Some Customers With Things Like 4D (Whatever That Is)?

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    “The seat moved up and down and side to side, like a simulator ride. There were strobe lights; fog seemed to come out of the walls and little jets of water sprayed over the seats. During one scene, bubbles floated down from the ceiling.”

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  • Music

    Cincinnati International Piano Competition Gets A New Name, New Format, New Life

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    “The World Piano Competition will now be known as the Cincinnati World Piano Competition. The Artist Division, which has a top prize of $20,000, will be held every three years, instead of annually. And on alternate years, there will be a Young Artist Competition and an all-new Amateur Competition.”

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    Battle For The Soul Of Nashville Music

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    The cluster of streets southwest of downtown Nashville has long been the spiritual and commercial center of the nation’s country music business — a concentration of record companies, small-time showbiz strivers and studios that Christine Kreyling, a local writer, once called “the Vatican City of country music.” But “If we let certain musical touchstones go, these centerpieces of collaboration between artists and engineers, then what’s left that makes Nashville’s music scene unique?”

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    Atlanta Symphony CEO Resigns As Lockout Continues

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    “I believe that my continued leadership of the ASO would be an impediment to our reaching a new labor agreement with the ASO’s musicians,” said Stanley Romanstein in a press release.

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    Les Arts Florissants Loses State Funding (But They’ll Adapt)

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    The celebrated Baroque specialist ensemble “is losing the support it has received for 25 years for performing and teaching in Caen, where the city and regional French governments are cutting back.” But, says founder/director William Christie, the group is better situated to absorb the shock than many other French arts organizations.

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    “The Airbnb Of Classical Music”

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    “Groupmuse – started in 2012 and run by [Sam] Bodkin, Ezra Weller and Kyle Nichols-Schmolze – matches Groupmuse users looking to host a concert with willing musicians needing a venue to perform. Once a match is set up, other ‘Groupmusers’ are invited to attend, creating an event that’s part house concert, part party, part social platform.” (includes video)

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  • People

    A Remarkable Career: Soprano Magda Olivero Dies At 104

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    The spell she cast could win over even skeptics like Schonberg, who began his review of her now-legendary Met debut by inexplicably claiming, “It wasn’t Magda Olivero’s evening, as it turned out.” But he then went on to aver, “It was history come to life last night, as the soprano, despite her age, gave us a feminine, fiery, utterly convincing Tosca.”

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    This Woman Worked As A Teamster To Support Her Daughter And Her Writing – And Won The American Book Award

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    “J. California Cooper, an award-winning writer whose black female characters confront a world of indifference and betrayal, but find kinship there in unexpected places, died on Saturday in Seattle. She was 82.”

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    The Intense Confluence Of Fashion And Art In New York (And In One Designer)

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    “I like to consider the intersection between subverting personal style, fashion-as-branding and artistry. Technically speaking I work with a lot of color and patterns — mostly that’s a personal preference — but I also think that color and humor are great tools for sticking it to the man; which is ultimately what I’m trying to do.”

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    The Bed, The Body, The Artist – Tracey Emin On Just About Everything

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    “That’s what I’m trying to understand. Where does that girl go? Where does that youth go? That thing that’s lost, where has it gone? I’m looking for it in the pictures; I’m looking for it in the paintbrush.”

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  • Theatre

    Live Screening Of Billy Elliot Musical Tops UK Box Office This Week

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    “The screening, which was broadcast live from London’s Victoria Palace Theatre to more than 500 cinemas across the UK on September 28, beat new releases The Equalizer and The Boxtrolls to the top spot, and was the widest ever cinema release of a live event.”

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    The New Yorker Discovers Barroom Shakespeare

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    Rebecca Mead visits the Three Day Hangover theatre company, founded last year, which performs “textually divergent interpretations” of Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet” in crowded New York bars.

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    Giving Voice To Syria’s Hidden Dead In New Theatre Piece

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    Tania El Khoury’s interactive sound installation/performance piece Gardens Speak reconstructs “oral histories of the men and women who are buried not in public cemeteries, but in the back gardens of ordinary Syrian homes” because public burials were too dangerous.

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    “Children Of A Lesser God” Returning To Broadway After 35 Years

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    Children of a Lesser God, a groundbreaking play about the relationship between a deaf woman and a hearing man, who clash over ideas about speech even as they fall in love, will be revived on Broadway during the 2015-16 theater season … The director will be Kenny Leon, who won a Tony Award in June for staging the Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun last spring.”

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    The Philly Fringe Festival Isn’t Really A “Fringe”, Says Its Founder

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    Nick Stuccio: “[It] is really not a fringe . … I don’t know what it is. It’s an arts festival, picked by me and Sarah [Bishop-Stone, programming manager], that worked. We call it ‘fringe’ because 18 years ago we really didn’t know what we were doing and we called the whole thing the ‘Fringe’.”

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  • Visual

    Google Earth Reveals Ancient Giant Geoglyphs

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    “Using Google Earth, researchers have discovered an archeological gem in northern Kazakhstan—more than 50 previously unknown geoglyphs of different geometric shapes and sizes sprawled across the landscape. Geoglyphs are large designs created on the surface of the ground, usually made by arranging stones or sculpting the earth.”

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    Leonardo’s “Lady With An Ermine” – Turns Out There Were Three Of Them

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    “Engineer Pascal Cotte has spent three years using reflective light technology to analyse The Lady with an Ermine … [and] has shown the artist painted one portrait without the ermine and two with different versions of the fur.” (includes video)

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    Two Lancaster, Pa. Museums Merge (No Hostile Takeovers Involved)

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    “The Demuth Museum and the Lancaster Museum of Art will merge into one museum at two locations. … The museums will not change their names, nor will they unite under an umbrella title, Lampe said, because the community has strong ties to both museums. … [but] they will be a single 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with one staff and one board of trustees.”

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    Longwood Gardens, Near Philadelphia, To Give Its Fountains $90M Upgrade

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    “With more than one million visitors a year, Longwood – the former estate of the industrialist Pierre S. du Pont, who designed and built the Fountain Garden in 1931 for his own entertainment – is the most popular public garden in the country.” Currently, the fountains’ original plumbing – described as “a network of Band-Aids” – is still in use.

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    The British Museum Is Becoming Part Of “Minecraft”

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    “The British Museum in London – complete with all of its exhibits – is to be recreated in the video game Minecraft. The project is part of the Museum of the Future scheme, which aims to expand the institution’s appeal.” And they’re crowdsourcing the (virtual) construction.

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  • Words

    The Unexpected Rise Of Indie Bookstores

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    “In 2009, the number of independent bookstores in the nation stabilized at around 1,400, and then slowly began to grow. As of last May, the number of indie bookshops in the U.S. was 1,664. Why the turnaround?”

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    The Fight To Save Paris’s Oldest Bookstore

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    “It’s difficult to imagine the shuttering of a bookstore causing a similar outcry anywhere else—not to mention direct government involvement in the matter of a private lease. This has something to do with what the French call l’exception culturelle.”

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    Why Is Academic Writing So Dreadful?

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    “The familiarity of bad academic writing raises a puzzle. Why should a profession that trades in words and dedicates itself to the transmission of knowledge so often turn out prose that is turgid, soggy, wooden, bloated, clumsy, obscure, unpleasant to read, and impossible to understand?”

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    Carol Ann Duffy: My First Five Years As Poet Laureate

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    “When Carol Ann Duffy was appointed poet laureate in 2009, the first woman to hold the post in its nearly 350-year history, she set herself several goals that included setting up new prizes, giving support to new festivals and helping to generate commissions for poets.”

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    Now The Big Guns Are Joining Writers’ Fight Against Amazon

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    “Andrew Wylie, whose client roster of heavyweights in literature is probably longer than that of any other literary agent, said he was asking all his writers whether they wanted to join the group, Authors United. Among those who have said yes … are Philip Roth, Orhan Pamuk, Salman Rushdie, V. S. Naipaul and Milan Kundera.”

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