The Archdiocese of New York Gets Into Downtown Theater

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This spring in Manhattan’s Noho neighborhood, the Catholic archdiocese will open a two-theater, four-studio complex named after Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Says the Sheen Center’s director, “We had been thinking that we wanted a place to showcase Christian humanism – the true, the good and the beautiful.”

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Greece Selling Off Ancient Cultural Heritage (And Citizens Are Protesting)

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“The decision to sell off public assets invested with such historic significance has not only angered anti-austerity leftists. It has raised howls of protest from reform-minded conservatives with many wondering whether Greece is finally enacting what Germany’s tabloid press has long taunted it to do: sell off its cultural heritage to pay off its monumental debt.”

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To Be Or Not To Be – Oregon Shakespeare Festival Debates How Much Bard

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“The balance of Shakespeare to non-Shakespeare, and of “traditional” to contemporary staging, will always be a matter of conflict in Ashland, because the interested parties, from directors and actors to the audiences who keep the place alive, have such differing likes and dislikes and opinions about what’s important and what is ultimately fleeting and trivial.”

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The Faster You Die, The More Popular The Video Game

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“Apparently life isn’t tough enough for those of us who seek amusement in failure’s premiere form of entertainment. Taxes, relationships and health troubles not stressful enough? Play an arduous video game that you’ll fail at in seconds. Millions of people do.”

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By The Way, Rosebud Was … An Indicator Of The Value Of Spoilers

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“There has to be a statute of limitations established; and we have to stop being over-precious as well, because this spoiler sensitivity is really revoltingly self-centred. Personally, I’m always asking people about films, and I now have to tell a lie (‘No, I’ll never see it. What happens?’) – just to get the goods.”

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Mitch Leigh, Who Wrote ‘Man of La Mancha,’ Dead At 86

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“Mitch Leigh, the Brooklyn-born son of a Jewish furrier from Ukraine, had no theater experience to speak of. All he had ever done was compose incidental music for a couple of short-lived Broadway comedies — “Too True to Be Good” (1963) and “Never Live Over a Pretzel Factory” (1964).”

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In Greece, Nobody (Except The Government) Wants To Sell Off Famous Greek Buildings Near The Acropolis

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“Furious opponents marched through the city centre at the weekend to denounce the ‘illegal sale’ of the country’s heritage. More than four years into debt-stricken Greece’s prolonged economic crisis, many described the step as the height of humiliation for a nation already hit by excoriating austerity and record levels of poverty and unemployment.”

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Would Plato Tweet About His Lunch? (Hint: Unlikely)

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“What can we do to give our lives a moreness that will help withstand the eons of time that will soon cover us over, blotting out the fact that we ever existed at all? Really, why did we bother to show up for our existence in the first place? The Greek speakers were as obsessed with this question as we are.”

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