An Artists’ Boycott Of Putin’s Russia Could Backfire

A scene from Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake. The choreographer has announced it will not be touring Russ

Judith Mackrell: “[If] artists move towards the blanket boycott [Jonathan] Jones has advocated, life can only get harder for all those artists opposed to Putin and his politics. It can only restrict their dialogue with the wider art scene and push them back towards the old cold war-era isolation.”

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

Ballet’s Most Difficult Moves, Dissected

ballet dissected

“What can pass in just a few musical beats during a performance – the corkscrew jumps, the ballerina who seems to fly apart in the air only to land with perfect poise – is dissected here for the speed, timing and calibrated force that audience members might miss if they blinked.” (video)

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

Studying Ballet In Iraq

ballet iraq

“In American and European cultures, ballet is typically viewed as a respectable art form, and you wouldn’t think twice about teenage girls taking lessons.” In Iraq, ballet lessons might get a girl killed. (includes video clip)

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.16.14

But . . . How? AJBlog: Engaging Matters | Published 2014-04-16 Fashion Attracts Record Visitors Everywhere AJBlog: Real Clear Arts | Published 2014-04-16 MoMA Drama: My Participation on Archinect’s Panel Regarding the Expansion Controversy AJBlog: CultureGrrl | Published 2014-04-16      

Is America Suffering A Brain Drain?

s-OBAMA-SCIENCE-large300

“For many years, the United States has benefited from a kind of reverse brain drain, which is that the best and brightest from all other countries would come to the United States to do research because we had for a very long time the most generous support for basic science. But I have seen, especially […]

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

Seattle Theatres Talk About Raising Wages

news-lead-570

“Despite the outcry from some restaurant and bar owners in the past few weeks, not everyone running small and midsize businesses with razor-thin margins is panicking about the prospect of a $15 minimum wage. Arts organizations large and small say they will do what it takes to increase wages.”

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

Why We Shouldn’t Trust People Who Predict The Future

2014+13tech illo2

“Why? Because there’s money in it; money and faith. I don’t just mean the few millions to be made from book sales; nor do I mean the simple geek belief in gadgetry. And I certainly don’t mean the pallid, undefined, pop-song promises of politicians trying to turn our eyes from the present – Bill Clinton’s […]

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

A Wide Open Race This Year For Tonys’ Best Musical

musical-master495

“The 12 shows are such a mixed bag that this year’s race for the top prize, the Tony Award for best musical, is wide open for the first time in recent memory. In question is not just that award, but also (and this is truly rare) the four or five nominations for that category, which […]

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

Study: Some Parts Of Our Brains Deteriorate Significantly After Age 24

oldbrain.jpg

“Using a piecewise regression analysis, we find that age-related slowing of within-game, self-initiated response times begins at 24 years of age,” the authors write. In other words, older players took longer to respond to new visual playing conditions before taking action. And, according to the study, it was “a significant performance deficit,” which likely has […]

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

Study: What Country Music Says About Our Economy

country-music

In an analysis of the most popular country songs over six decades, Jason Eastman and Terry Pettijohn II of Coastal Carolina University finds top hits are “lyrically more positive, musically upbeat, and use more happy-sounding major chords during difficult socioeconomic times.”

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

Man Crowbars A Banksy Out Of A Wall, Sets Off Storm Of Protest

_74274170_74274169

“It was removed by crowbar by the leader of a nearby youth club within hours of being found. Dennis Stinchcombe said he hoped to raise £100,000 for the struggling Broad Plain Boys’ Club by auctioning it. But Bristol mayor George Ferguson asked for the work to be put back on the city council-owned wall.”

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

There IS A Plan To Save San Diego Opera

San Diego Opera logo

“A sharply reduced budget, innovative programming and a list of donors who will step up if San Diego Opera’s current leaders are replaced might be enough to rescue the company from shutdown in two weeks, … [said] Carol Lazier, the San Diego Opera board member who pledged $1 million to save the company.”

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

Reopening Of Paris’s Picasso Museum Delayed Again

Picasso Museum Paris

The Musée Picasso has been closed for renovations for more than four years. “The building site is all but ready, the lights for the art works are in place and except for a few minor technical items, everything is done,” according to the museum’s spokesperson, who gave neither an explanation for the delay nor a […]

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

Two-On-One: A Novelist And Her Editors

Two-On-One A Novelist And Her Editors

“As is the case with many novelists with an international profile, Emma Donoghue has more than one editor. … The Canadian novelist and her two editors [form Canada and the U.S.] talk about sharing responsibilities, resolving disputes, and the long list of ideas Donoghue has waiting for the novels to express them.”

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

Staging The Stories Of Bangladesh’s Shamed And Forgotten ‘War Heroines’

A scene from Birangona: Women of War

The birangona (Bengali for “brave woman” or “war heroine”) were ordinary Bengalis, hundreds of thousands of them, who were abducted and raped by Pakistani soldiers during the Bangladeshi War of Independence – only to be rejected by their families and communities afterward. Leesa Gazi has used their testimony to create a theatre piece now touring […]

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

What Do You Do When The Story You Have To Write Has No Real Plot?

Akhil Sharma New Yorker

“A truly traumatic thing occurs to the family and then the family begins to unravel. The misery of this family’s daily life takes a slow toll. Real life is plotless, but the experience of reading books that replicate this can be irritating.” Akhil Sharma explains how he approached this “technical problem” of writing his autobiographical […]

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter