“I stood like a tourist at the foot of Everest. The tower of music loomed forebodingly before me. I began with baby steps, playing piano records in the background as I went about the day, letting the tunes seep in by osmosis, not getting too close in case I scared myself off. Over the next few weeks the slow-drip method started to take and the music began to fall into place. Melodies untangled. Their logic unfurled. Basically, I listened, and listened again, until the music made sense.”
“Since Cunningham revivals largely depend on dancers’ understanding of his style, the disbanding of the company [at the end of 2011] seemed like a farewell to Cunningham dance theater. The End. But … a Cunningham diaspora has now emerged. Former dancers teach his technique in America, Britain, France and elsewhere. Exciting young Cunningham dancers have surfaced. Important revivals of a large number of his works have occurred in several countries.”
“The notion that owning a bookstore is akin to an act of altruism has become a little outdated. In fact, 2016 offered encouraging evidence that after years of dire news stories about the literary industry selling books has once again become sensible business. To be fair, the past year was less a book boom than a hold-steady.”
The host, whose style was to hold guests – especially politicians – to account in a polite and steady way, has to get Botox injections into her vocal chords several times a year.
“Today, every one of the company’s 16 dancers is a proficient technician who can dance on point, a demanding (and painful) aspect of ballet training that men can usually happily ignore, since conventionally it is only women who dance impractically on the tips of their toes.”
Mission Mishmash: Divided Loyalties in Sotheby’s Plan to Advise Artists, Their Estates & Foundations
Decades ago, before Christie’s introduced the buyer’s premium to New York, auction houses in the U.S. were clear on who they represented: Their client was the seller. Today’s murky waters just got murkier with Sotheby’s… read more
AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2016-12-15
“There is no dispute about the basic facts of the trial of Socrates. It is less obvious why Athenians found Socrates guilty, and what it might mean today. People who believe in both democracy and the rule of law ought to be very interested in this trial. If the takeaway is either that democracy, as direct self-government by the people, is fatally prone to repress dissent, or that those who dissent against democracy must be regarded as oligarchic traitors, then we are left with a grim choice between democracy and intellectual freedom.”
“Given the myths and emotions enveloping the issue of trigger warnings and safe spaces, it’s worth asking what science can tell us about the actual effects of verbal triggers on the body, brain, and psyche. Certain people experience certain words as dangerous. Should they have to listen to those words anyway?” Katy Waldman looks at the physical effects that being triggered can have on trauma survivors, the leading therapeutic approaches for overcoming the trigger effect, and the implications for teaching college students.
Spurred by a remark from the Russian president that “the Kazakhs had never had statehood” as well as ongoing chagrin that their nation is best known to much of the world for a fictional, dysfunctional journalist in a mankini, the country’s film industry is producing a lavish 10-part miniseries about the founding, amid the collapse of the Golden Horde, of the Kazakh Khanate in 1465.
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“I killed off several comments that went WAY beyond what I consider constructive argument, though I left a few I find pretty awful just so you can get a little flavor of what I’m talking about.”
What Makes a Great Opera Singer?
>AJBlog: OperaSleuth Published 2015-08-24
The Stone Residency: Harris Eisenstadt’s rhythm/melody feast
AJBlog: Jazz Beyond Jazz Published 2015-08-24
Another Happy New Year
AJBlog: Infinite Curves Published 2015-08-24
Jazz images Made in Chicago: PoKempner sees Steve Coleman, Greg Ward & Onye Ozuzu, Gary Bartz and more
AJBlog: Jazz Beyond Jazz Published 2015-08-23
“Sony Pictures is planning a film adaptation of the Broadway musical … Tom Hanks and his producing partner Gary Goetzman will produce through their Playtone banner along with Paul Blake, the lead producer on Broadway.”
David Cronenberg, on one ickily Cronenbergian moment in his Maps to the Stars: “That scene definitely freaked out several actresses. With Julie it wasn’t even a discussion.”
Laurie Spiegel: “I was playing music, I was improvising, I was making stuff up, and at a certain point I wanted to learn to write things down so I wouldn’t forget them. So I started trying to teach myself to write stuff down. One of my roommates in the house that I lived in pointed out to me that they call that composing. You make things up and write them down.”
Bergen was 84. According to critic Rex Reed, “Bergen was a legendary ‘A-list, New York Oscar party host’ — he remembers watching the Oscars one year on Bergen’s bed while sitting in between Paul Newman and Lucille Ball — but Bergen was even more passionate about women’s rights.”
“Projections of ever-longer life spans assume no incredible medical discoveries—rather, that the escalator ride simply continues. If anti-aging drugs or genetic therapies are found, the climb could accelerate. Centenarians may become the norm, rather than rarities who generate a headline in the local newspaper.”
“The Nashville Ballet is embarking on an unprecedented public fundraising campaign to finance an expansion project to grow studio space, renovate its Sylvan Heights headquarters and dramatically increase the number of students.” The campaign, called ELEVATE, “has already raised $3.7 million out of its goal of $5.5 million.”
Fans of the bestselling author/public radio legend will know that he is obsessed with picking up the litter along the roadsides near his West Sussex home. Now the local council has honored him in the most fitting way possible.
“To the extent that anyone can articulate a sense of aesthetics for this new landscape, it’s all very superficial: It should twinkle at night, bustle by day, have some nice green things here and there, and mainly not impose very much on our eyes or mind. The new Silver Line stations do all of that, and they do it well.”
“The big ratings swings perplexed industry leaders and analysts. The correction in audience share raised questions about how just two families in Nielsen’s audience pool of 2,700 Los Angeles-area families could have such an enormous effect on the ratings.”
Does theatre make you happy?
AJBlog: For What it’s Worth | Published 2014-05-08
Revenge On Germany: Bern Museum To Get Gurlitt’s Trove
AJBlog: Real Clear Arts | Published 2014-05-08
The Struggle of Creative Professionals, and a Gay Bookstore Down
AJBlog: CultureCrash | Published 2014-05-08
Italian reports: Pereira is safe at La Scala but on a yellow card
AJBlog: Slipped Disc | Published 2014-05-08
“By now, Cultural Studies has infiltrated nearly every corner of the humanities and social sciences, and so a generation of educated, internet-addicted music listeners has spent their formative university years questioning the primacy of their own tastes and interrogating bricolage in early-nineties hip hop.”
Breaking News: Disgusting Developments In Detroit
AJBlog: Real Clear Arts | Published 2014-04-09
In Favor of Genetically Modified Organizations
AJBlog: Audience Wanted | Published 2014-04-09
AJBlog: Engaging Matters | Published 2014-04-09
German opera chief quits over 3m cuts
AJBlog: Slipped Disc | Published 2014-04-09
“The federal agency reports that, in 2013, 2.1 million workers had, as their primary occupation, a job that fell into the “artist” category (including musician, writer, and designer). Another 271,000 or so reported their second job—the one where they put in fewer hours than their main job—fit that description.”
“Why do these thinkers’ personal lives and ideological compromises seem unusually relevant to their work, beyond the usual scandal-sheet Schadenfreude? It may have something to do with their distinctive views regarding the relevance (or, rather, irrelevance) of character and personality to the objects of their study.”
“If you want to see intelligent, comprehensive coverage of the arts – features and reviews alike – then you’ve got to start clicking. Journalism is well on its way to being a numbers game for most outlets.”
“While small clubs such as the Smell have long drawn adventurous young punks and Disney Hall gets an older classical crowd, these new spaces signal an audience of young residents for whom music is part of an urbane, walkable lifestyle.”