Could the Creative Class Be Priced Out of L.A.?

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“From Santa Monica to Venice to Highland Park – and now the Arts District in downtown Los Angeles – the painters, sculptors, musicians and dancers who made those and other neighborhoods centers of artistic creativity can’t afford to live or work there anymore.” (audio)

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European Union Finally Publishes Guidelines On Right To Be Forgotten

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“Search engines (mainly Google) that have been attempting to comply with the European Union’s right-to-be-forgotten regulations have had to muddle through without guidance for making subjective decisions about what to take down and what to leave up. Now the EU has finally released guidelines.”

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Manchester To Get New £78M Arts Venue Named The Factory

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The theatre, built on the site of the old Granada TV studios, will be “‘a large scale, ultra-flexible arts space’ that [will] hold 2,200 people when seated, or 5,000 standing … and provide a permanent home for the Manchester International Festival.”

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Even Pippi Longstocking Gets Caught Up In Racial Controversy

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“In Sweden, Pippi is something more: a national treasure and embodiment of the country’s egalitarian spirit. So when the Swedish national broadcaster announced this fall that it would edit two scenes that it considered offensive in a 1969 television series about Pippi – including one in which she says her father is ‘king of the Negroes,’ using a Swedish word now viewed as a racial slur – it hit a nerve.”

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A Literary Love Letter, With Despair And Grief, To Moscow

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“The nature of the Russian regime did not change when Peter the Great made his subjects shave their beards and moved the seat of government from Moscow to St. Petersburg. Nor did it change when Lenin moved it back to Moscow. Nor has it changed since; it still ‘wants everything to tremble before it.'”

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Is Our Art Reflecting Our Time?

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“I would never tell artists that they had to address social issues in their work, because as soon as you tell artists that they have to do something, they turn around and poop on the floor. Tell them, instead, that these questions are difficult, that the story is missing something without them, that they are another dimension, and then see what happens.”

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NY Subway Performers Being Arrested By Police

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“Although performing on the platform and mezzanine is legal (there is no permit or permission needed), subway performers have experienced an unprecedented amount of harassment from NYPD officers this year.”

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Legendary London Cabaret Shut Down After Bouncers’ Baseball Bat Attack

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“Madame Jojo’s – home to some of London’s most diverse nightlife for more than half a century” – has had its license revoked by the local council of Westminster. Some activists say that it’s an attempt by the council to gentrify Soho; the council says it’s because of “an organised assault with injury” by the club’s staff.

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Alex Poots Named To Lead NYC’s New Culture Shed (So What Is Culture Shed?)

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“The center plans to commission, program and present innovative work from around the world, across the arts and the creative industries, including film, fashion, video, performing arts, culinary arts, music and publishing. It is expected to become the new home of Fashion Week and a possible anchor for the Tribeca Film Festival.”

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A History Of Highbrow Versus Lowbrow

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“The antagonisms between highbrow and lowbrow aren’t new, and have arguably even diminished somewhat in comparison with the Astor Place riot. Highbrow has long sneered at lowbrow, and lowbrow has long sneered right back. What’s different is not the conflict, but the fact that the antagonism occurs in a landscape where highbrow and lowbrow have split into more clearly defined camps.”

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The Nature Of Clickbait Today (And Why We Might As Well Quit Kvetching About It)

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By now, most of us have learned to see through, and make fun of, Upworthy-style headlines. “Thus clickbait – or whatever you want to call it – has now, in the manner of a hemorrhagic fever, evolved. It’s finished with its low-hanging-fruit phase, and has attached itself to a new form of curiosity-gap exploitation, one that’s more insidious, but no less irritating.”

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What It Means To Live In A ‘Museum City’

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“Governments coddle these cities the same way nursing homes care for Alzheimer’s patients; everything is planned, nothing happens organically. Those splendid skylines are so fraught with symbolism and national pride that a misplaced roof tile could cause panic. The only future these cities will ever know is their own past.”

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A Better Case For Corporate Support For The Arts

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“More than half of all Canadians listen to music daily, read fiction several times a month or more and have visited a museum or art gallery in the last year. The numbers who go to concerts and plays are smaller, but when asked what kind of event they like to attend outside the home, 34 per cent of Canadians chose the arts while 29 per cent chose sports. That last stat contains a big message for business sponsors who sometimes prefer to lend their names to sporting events because they judge them to be more popular – and more populist.”

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Hiding Behind Falsifiability

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“Basically, it refers to whether or not a belief can be proven wrong. If I tell you that I weigh 70 pounds, this is a claim that can be easily tested and promptly thrown out by bringing me to a scale — that is, it’s falsifiable. If, on the other hand, I tell you that everything in the universe is controlled by an invisible astral monkey with a million arms, then there’s little you can do to prove, empirically, that this is a zany notion.”

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Drones In Popular Culture

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“In recent years, not just in novels but in movies, television, poetry, video games and the visual arts, drones have taken on a life of their own. As a character, they are menacing, melancholy or gallant; beastly, blind, snub-nosed, noisy and fast … They show off the military talent of their users, or they are an expression of unbridled hubris. They represent protection or extermination – and they carry out both things at once.”

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