Royal Ballet Of Flanders Fires Artistic Director

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“Although the ballet did not provide an explanation for letting her go, from the beginning, [Assis] Carreiro was a controversial choice for the role of artistic director. … Dancers wrote a letter to the organisation’s board late last year citing that 69% of them had voted no confidence in the artistic director. Eventually, one-third of the company left.”

The Spy Heroes Fighting To Save Syria’s Ancient Treasures

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Hoping to help in catching smugglers and eventually rebuilding whatever possible, Cheikhmous Ali and his fellows are risking their lives, using equipment such as cameras hidden inside ballpoint pens (yes, really) to document the catastrophic damage to historic buildings and artifacts from Syria’s civil war. (in English)

Jed Perl: Art For Art’s Sake Is Losing As Liberals Need It To Do More


“In our data- and metrics-obsessed era the imaginative ground without which art cannot exist is losing ground. Instead of art-as-art we have art as a comrade-in-arms to some more supposedly stable or substantial or readily comprehensible aspect of our world. Now art is always hyphenated. We have art-and-society, art-and-money, art-and-education, art-and-tourism, art-and-politics, art-and-fun. Art itself, with its ardor, its emotionalism, and its unabashed assertion of the imagination, has become an outlier, its tendency to celebrate a purposeful purposelessness found to be intimidating, if not downright frightening.”

Double Hand Transplant Patient Returns To Drawing And Playing Piano


“Richard Mangino, a quadruple amputee, became the world’s first successful double hand transplant case at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. … Now Mangino, a musician and painter who lost his lower arms and legs to an infection in 2002, has gained enough sensation in his fingers to draw as well as play music.” (includes video)

So There’s A Neurological Explanation For Why Boomers Think Their Culture Was Best


“The music that moved us in our youth stays with us for a lifetime. It imprints itself on our brains when our personalities are still forming. It mingles with our memory functions and defines our sense of pleasure. It restores a sense of wholeness to even the most fractured souls. But its effect may also account for something else – the fact that people tend to love throughout their lives the music (and movies and books and television) they loved as kids and teenagers. That’s another way of saying there might be a neurological reason baby boomers can be so boring when they insist their music was so much better than anything that came before or after. They can’t help it.”

Frank Lloyd Wright’s American Office Classic – Now Open For Visits


“It’s risky to call any office building a masterwork. Even the most insightful architecture can prove too inflexible in the face of changing business models, advancing technologies and the volatile fate of companies themselves. Yet Wright’s design for H.F. Johnson Jr., the third-generation leader of what was then called S.C. Johnson & Son, endures both because of the innate intelligence of its design and the pride the family-owned company takes in it.”

An Ambitious Plan For A New Flagship Theatre In South Florida


The Coconut Grove Playhouse shut down in 2006 during its 50th anniversary season. It was $4 million in debt. The county has a plan for a small theatre to replace it. But Mike Eidson has a bigger idea: “a civic center dedicated to great theater in a modern playhouse complex would be a tremendous amenity and asset. . . . It sends a powerful and indisputable message to people who want to live and invest here that we are a serious, maturing city.”

Sony Gives Up Manufacturing E-Readers


Having already abandoned its e-book stores for North America and Europe, the tech giant announced that it will stop producing e-reading hardware because it isn’t “economically viable”. … “Sony will instead focus on the Japanese e-reading market and in particular business customers.”

Japan’s Saito Kinen Festival Renamed For Seiji Ozawa


The 78-year-old conductor, largely sidelined from performing in recent years by ill health, will continue to serve as the festival’s general director, though the festival orchestra (with which Ozawa has made some of his finest recordings) will keep the Saito Kinen name.

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