Surprises, Snubs and Sadness in the Oscar Nominations


Yeah, there were some raised eyebrows at who was left out; no real shockers as to who was included. (Don’t worry about Oprah; she’ll be fine. Same for Tom Hanks.) Andrew O’Hehir analyzes the choices – and laments that his two favorite films of the year were shut out.

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Another Dicey Choice: LA MOCA Picks Dia Art Foundation’s Philippe Vergne As Director
Source: CultureGrrl | Published on 2014-01-16

Malyasian Philharmonic will face sacked musicians next week in court
Source: Slipped Disc | Published on 2014-01-16

Michigan Governor Steps Up
Source: Real Clear Arts | Published on 2014-01-16
Philippe de Montebello Checks Up On Happenings At the Met
Source: Real Clear Arts | Published on 2014-01-16

Ending in Darkness
Source: Dancebeat | Published on 2014-01-16




Study Suggests What Motivates Young Musicians To Be Great


According to newly published research that checked in with budding virtuosos as they started their studies, and again 10 years later, successful students tend to be those who have “a sense of where their future learning may take them, and whose personal identity includes a long-term perspective of themselves as musicians.”

New MoCA Chief: I Can Fundraise


“My vision is to commit to the most experimental artists of our time, but also to contextualize their work within a broader context. And I think MOCA’s collection is one of the best to contextualize that kind of experimentation.”

Architect Elizabeth Diller Defends MoMA Building Plan


“I think that the press has been too fast to reduce the conversation to heroes and villains and martyrs, and to suggest that what MoMA is doing is necessarily bad. We want to get more information out. We want to share the problem with others and invite them to really take a hard look.”

Juan Gelman, 83, Argentina’s Great Poet


The Cervantes Prize winner, considered one of the Spanish language’s greatest 20th-century writers, was known for both his stark, powerful verse and his opposition to his country’s military junta. (Gelman’s own son and daughter-in-law were disappeared.)