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Wednesday, April 5


How Do Our Bodies Respond To Music? Scientists are trying to measure it in an experiment with the Boston Pops. "Instead of his usual suit jacket or tuxedo, conductor Keith Lockhart will wear an armband and a black Lycra top that looks more like a biking jersey. They will both be wired with a series of sensors that will measure his heart rate, movements, muscle tension, and other physiological evidence of emotion. Five musicians will be similarly wired to measure how they react to his conducting and to playing the music. In the audience, some children and adults will wear these same sensors on their arms and fingers, allowing their bodies to tell the scientists what kinds of emotional intensity they are feeling." Boston Globe 04/05/06
Posted: 04/05/2006 6:49 am

A Unique Time In Human History "Late tonight -- specifically, 123 seconds after 1:00 a.m. -- the time and date, for the first time in all of humanity, will be 01:02:03 04/05/06." Wired 04/04/06
Posted: 04/04/2006 9:34 pm

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Emerging Artists: No Room to Grow Art Info 4/4/06
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Visual Arts

This Year's Beck's Futures? It's All About The Shoes "Shoes pervade the London instalment of this year's Beck's Futures show, which opened at the ICA on Friday. Gallery-goers in Glasgow and Bristol, where the same shortlisted artists will soon be showing a different selection of works, may come away with a different impression. But in London, feet and shoes seem to be everywhere." The Guardian (UK) 04/05/06
Posted: 04/05/2006 8:54 am

Everyone Wants Guernica Picasso's "Guernica may denounce war, but Spaniards appear determined not to allow one of their most famous paintings any peace. Everybody in Spain, it sometimes seems, wants to get their hands on it. The latest claim comes from the Basque country." The Guardian (UK) 04/05/06
Posted: 04/05/2006 8:51 am

Fake Sheik Sentenced For Faux Rembrandt A man who admitted posing as a Saudi sheik as part of a scheme to sell a fake Rembrandt painting for $2.8 million, was sentenced Tuesday to 10 months in confinement in St. Louis. St. Louis Post-Dispatch 04/04/06
Posted: 04/05/2006 7:23 am

Museum-By-Phone "In recent months, a number of museums nationwide — including the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles — have begun offering audio tours that can be accessed via mobile phones as an alternative to the audio devices often available for rent at exhibitions. Museum visitors are given a phone number to dial to begin the tour. Then information on individual artworks is heard by entering various codes on the keypad." Los Angeles Times 04/05/06
Posted: 04/05/2006 6:46 am

Returned Art - What Are The Obligations? Maria Altmann successfully sued the Austrian government for return of paintings by Gustav Klimt. Now she's loaned them to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "The three-month loan to LACMA of a textbook painting is partly a gesture of gratitude to the city where Altmann emigrated. But it's also a holding action. With the seven-year legal battle over title to the art now settled, the heirs face a daunting question: What obligations — if any — does the family have in determining the ultimate fate of a painting of monumental cultural significance?" Los Angeles Times 04/04/06
Posted: 04/04/2006 10:14 pm

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What Illegal Downloads Cost The Big Music Biz? A lot, says a new industry report. "The rise in illegal piracy cost the UK music industry Ł1.1 billion over the last three years, despite the fact that the number of Britons downloading illegally has fallen since last year. But the dent to the music industry coffers has increased largely because those downloading music illegally are the individuals expected to spend the most on music." The Guardian (UK) 04/05/06
Posted: 04/05/2006 7:56 am

Cancelling Out - Disaster Wrapped In Opportunity There's been a rash of cancellations in the classical music world this year. A cancelling artist sends an orchestra into a frenzy of looking for a replacement. But it can also be an opportunity; orchestras plan seasons in advance, and a sudden opening can be a chance to check out someone new or hot. Los Angeles Times 04/04/06
Posted: 04/04/2006 10:23 pm

The Digital Music Corner Store "In the digital world, small record shops have to find creative ways to market their service. Sometimes, that means giving away their product for free in order to build traffic. Consider Tight Tunes—where, since July 2005, Queens natives Matthew Warren and James Reixach have been building a MySpace where artists can conduct monetary transactions." Village Voice 04/04/06
Posted: 04/04/2006 10:03 pm

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Arts Issues

Ontario - An Artless Budget Ontario's government announced its legislative agenda this week. And despite lots of previous talk, there wasn't any mention of the arts, or money to support it. Is that really a surprise? Toronto Star 04/05/06
Posted: 04/05/2006 6:29 am

NY Opens Office To Promote Arts The City of New York is opening an office to "aggressively pitch New York City around the world as the nation's art and cultural capital by helping nonprofit organizations, especially those in the arts, cope with the high costs that threaten their survival." The New York Times 04/05/06
Posted: 04/04/2006 10:33 pm

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Impediments to Arts Exchange Inside Higher Education 04/05/06
Untrue Colors: Hues Are Shady Characters Washington Post 4/2/06
Schools Cut Back Subjects to Push Reading and Math New York Times 2/26/06
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Poet Wants Guantanamo Work Returned Abdul Rahim Muslim Dost says he wrote 25,000 lines of poetry while he was a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay. Now that he's out, he wants it returned... The Guardian (UK) 04/04/06
Posted: 04/05/2006 8:06 am

Bay Area Critic Judith Green, 54 Short of stature, round of figure, Judith never merely walked into a theater; rather, she marched in like an officer about to review the troops. She was a complicated, passionate woman who seemed to have no filtering mechanism whatsoever. If something displeased her, her face would redden in an instant. If one of her favorites succeeded in a performance -- people like Margie Jenkins, Ashley Wheater, Joe Goode, Joanna Berman -- she was on her feet before the curtain fell, yelling "bravo" with no apparent regard to whatever is meant by "critical distance." San Francisco Chronicle 04/05/06
Posted: 04/05/2006 6:24 am

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A Sick Little Musical (We'll Make It Better) They're making musicals about everything these days. Next up? How about Britain's national Health Service? Really: "Featuring such toe-tapping numbers as The Morning Song of the Poor Hard-Pressed GP and The Great Hospital Sweepstake, NHS The Musical! is described as a "living autopsy" by its director." The Guardian (UK) 04/04/06
Posted: 04/05/2006 7:59 am

Ottawa Theatre's Bold Move Peter Hinton, the new head of Ottawa's National Arts Center English is planning a bold first season. He's offering an all-Canadian program that "draws heavily on the work of small, independent theatre groups across the country and includes five world premieres. Gone are the familiar classics or the recent Broadway hits that are the foundation of subscription seasons in big theatres across North America. In their place, Hinton is daring Ottawa's notoriously unadventuresome audiences to try something new and unknown." The Globe & Mail (Canada) 04/05/06
Posted: 04/05/2006 6:17 am

Humana Thinks Big At 30 The Humana Festival turns 30 this year, and the festival's playwrights are thinking big. "The three stages at the Actors Theater of Louisville are awash in bold ideas wrapped in colorful theatrical packaging." The New York Times 04/05/06
Posted: 04/04/2006 10:31 pm

Is Melbourne Losing Its Sense Of Humour? "The success of the annual Comedy Festival — now in its 20th year and one of the world's Big Three — has become the starting point for most aspiring comics rather than the objective it once was for those who had spent years proving material and building confidence in rough-and-tumble rooms that ran year-round. Has Melbourne lost its reputation for funny bones?" The Age (Melbourne) 04/04/06
Posted: 04/04/2006 9:17 pm

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Will Previous Scandal Hurt Hendra's New Book? Two years ago author Tony Hendra was promoting his bestselling book when his 39-year-old daughter said Hendra had abused her as a child. "Now, as Hendra prepares to promote his latest, a novel called The Messiah of Morris Avenue (in bookstores today), one question seems unavoidable: Will the new book be hurt by the old scandal?" Publishers Weekly 04/04/06
Posted: 04/04/2006 9:58 pm

Sony Begins Selling E-Book Reader Sony is beginning to distribute a new e-book reader, which it hopes will popularize the devices. "Ever since they emerged in the late 1990s, when they were widely labeled as the future of publishing, e-books have suffered because there was no popular device to read them on. Previous readers have been criticized for being difficult to look at and for lacking the intimacy of a bound paper text." Yahoo! (AP) 04/04/06
Posted: 04/04/2006 9:51 pm

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Movie Theatre Pulls Trailer About Downed Jet A New York movie theatre has stopped showing a trailer for an upcoming movie "United 93," which chronicles the hijacked United Airlines flight that crashed in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11. "I don't think people are ready for this. One lady was crying. She was saying that we shouldn't have played the trailer. That this was wrong." Boston Globe 04/05/06
Posted: 04/05/2006 6:51 am

Netflix Takes Blockbuster To Court Over Online Biz The online movie company Netflix is accusing Blockbuster of stealing its ideas. "The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, focuses largely on the online wish lists that prioritize the DVD desires of about 5.4 million people who subscribe to either Netflix or Blockbuster's Internet service. Netflix also believes its patents cover perhaps its most popular feature — the option of renting a DVD for an unlimited time without incurring late fees." Yahoo! (AP) 04/04/06
Posted: 04/04/2006 9:42 pm

Studios Leave Critics Out In The Cold Hollywood movie studios rae increasingly shutting critics out of advance screenings of their movies. "The practice does not sit well with critics, who either must do without or scramble to catch the movie on opening day and dash something off if their outlets want to have a review over opening weekend. But it makes business sense for studios, which may presume the drawbacks outweigh the benefits if critics are likely to hate a movie." Backstage 04/04/06
Posted: 04/04/2006 9:07 pm

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Chicago - City Of Dance "Chicago is fast becoming a ballet boomtown -- a magnet for long-necked beauties with narrow, gently sloping shoulders. And with this weekend's formal announcement that this fall the New York City Ballet will make its first visit to Chicago in more than 25 years, the city's dance calendar has begun to rival its classical music lineup." Chicago Sun-Times 04/05/06
Posted: 04/05/2006 6:57 am

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