Choreographing For A “Cathedral Of Trees”

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The provincial English town of Milton Keynes is known for a long stand of arching trees planted to roughly match the footprint of Norwich Cathedral. Choreographer Rosemary Lee writes about creating Under the Vaulted Sky, a site-specific dance for the spot. (includes video)

So Science Can’t Trust Peer-Review Journals? Maybe There’s A Better Way…


“Peer-review is based on trust, but as the international scientific community grows, scientists won’t spend their careers in the small, trusted networks of known colleagues that earlier generations of researchers were used to. Journals and reviewers need to step up their efforts to check for misconduct, but inevitably, papers with major problems will get through. Crowd-sourced, post-publication review through social media is an effective, publicly open way for science to stay trustworthy.”

France Banned Free Shipping, So Amazon Now Charges One Cent

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“This past October, French lawmakers decided it was time to show Amazon who’s boss. Frustrated by Amazon’s fast and cheap book-selling model, which poses a threat to France’s healthy ecosystem of indie bookstores, politicians banded together to approve a bill that prohibited Jeff Bezos’ company and other online retailers from shipping discounted books for free.” Far be it from Amazon to break the law …

Artists Can’t Get Any Respect – But That Can Change


“Think about how we all instinctively turned to artists to help interpret unthinkable events for us. It was our singers and musicians, our writers and poets that we, all of us everywhere, wanted to hear from. It was our artists that gave voice to our national agony and helped make the incomprehensible tolerable.”

The Beginning Of The End Of The Selfie?


“The future of photography is the past, both as subject and technique. Time-lapse photography is coming to your smartphone, and when it does, expect to see the passage of time take over all your albums, feeds, and streams.”

Why Are Wax Museums Making A Comeback?

Queen Elizabeth II Wax

“You might have thought that the gossipy Twitter feeds, paparazzi glossies and video cameras in every phone would have obliterated the public appetite for goggling at mere reproductions of fame. But paradoxically, more people than ever are visiting Madame Tussauds waxworks around the world.”

So Who’s Buying Vinyl – And Are They Going To Save The Music Industry?

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“Total physical album sales were down 14.9% in the US in the first half of 2014, to just shy of 121 million units. CD sales led the way down, falling by 19.6% (there were still nearly 63 million of them sold), while digital album sales were down 11.6% to 53.8 million units. Set against that, the 4 million vinyl albums sold are an irrelevance.”

Today’s Top AJBlogs 07.11.14

Charlie Haden, Double Bass, 1937-2014 The announcement none of us wanted to hear came early this afternoon from Tina Pelikan of ECM Records. It is with deep sorrow that we… [read more]  AJBlog: RiffTides | Published 2014-07-12

Charlie Haden, anchoring free play Charlie Haden, who died July 11 at age 77, was the man who anchored the free flights of many musicians to the foundations of music:… [read more] AJBlog: Jazz Beyond Jazz | Published 2014-07-12

Timken Intrigue, Part 2: The Power Play If a dispute isn’t about money, it’s usually about power. And that is what is behind the problems at the Timken Museum of Art (below)….[read more] AJBlog: Real Clear Arts | Published 2014-07-11

How Bourbon Street Represents New Orleans to The World


“It’s a place that appalls preservationists, reformers and intellectuals — anyone who gets social rewards by decrying noise and garish commercialism. On the other hand, Bourbon Street is incredibly influential. It’s the most recognized place name in the city – and for better or worse, it has exported a vision of New Orleans culture around the world.”

A New New York Dance Powerhouse

Photo: Whitney Browne for Bash Hash event

Gina Gibney has a singular opportunity to cultivate a new generation of audience members and artists. “Dance has just been in a downward spiral,” she says. “I can’t change that, but I do want to create a space … where things get better.” A modest proposal, but the response to Ms. Gibney’s new center will nonetheless foretell contemporary dance’s chance for survival.

Massachusetts’ Clark Museum Reopens Remade


“To a great extent the Clark, which is known especially for its holdings in French Impressionism and 19th-century academic painting plus a handful of Renaissance masterpieces, has done this by doubling down, intensifying but also elaborating its founders’ mission: the individualistic contemplation of art within domestically scaled spaces in a pastoral setting.”