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Investigators Say The Art Institute Of Chicago Is Clinging To A Nazi-Looted Schiele Drawing

“The institute’s decision to continue to fight the efforts by Manhattan prosecutors to retrieve its Schiele work makes it a lone holdout among the museums and collectors who received warrants from investigators telling them they possessed stolen property." - The New York Times

As The BT Tower Becomes A Hotel, What Will Change About London’s Futuristic Landmark?

“With its slender vertical fuselage and long-stalled revolving restaurant, it speaks of the hopeful futurism of the 1960s, of the white heat of technology, of Minis and miniskirts and the Beatles.” - The Observer (UK)

As ‘The Outsiders’ Makes Its Way To Broadway, The Young Cast Visits Its Oklahoma Inspiration

The cast and crew took a “granular, history-flecked tour of the place where, about 60 years earlier, S.E. Hinton’s coming-of-age story was written and set. Hinton, 75 and still a beloved local, was a star attraction." - The New York Times

Why Aren’t We Talking About Robert De Niro’s Best Performance?

This actor we all know so well has done something that, for him, is entirely new - at 80 years old. “Rather than the banal, De Niro’s Hale embodies what you might call the congeniality of evil.” - Slate

The Heartbreak At The Center Of Miyazaki’s The Boy And The Heron

“Many scenes and images in The Boy and the Heron echo those from his earlier films, only this time they’re rendered in service of a story almost wholly about the profound ravages of war.” - The Atlantic

In The UK, Galleries And Museums Fight For Younger Audiences

"We have to make our galleries welcoming and accessible, and to make it clear they are not just about the past and full of dead white males.” Lower prices for those younger than 25 don’t hurt either. - The Observer (UK)

Why Is Second City Moving To First City?

In Brooklyn, “on the site of an old record shop and club, the company has built a 200-seat mainstage, a 60-seat second stage, several classrooms, where improv and comedy writing are taught, and a restaurant." - NPR

Steve Paxton Of The Judson Dance Theatre Has Died At 85

Paxton "helped radically upend ideas about dance as a member of the 1960s collective Judson Dance Theater in New York City, and ... developed contact improvisation, a movement form that is now practiced around the world." - The New York Times

Chicago, And Its Artists, Are Obsessed With The So-Called Rat Hole

Honestly, the memes are everywhere on social media - and now there’s rat hole art for sale. Why enshrine a rat (or more likely a squirrel) this way? “The rat hole, in an odd way, conveys hope." - Chicago Sun-Times

Hollywood’s Musicians Reach A Tentative Deal With The Studios

The musicians’ union calls it “a major win” and “a watershed moment.” Next up: The “below the line” workers - that is to say, the Hollywood crew members in IATSE and the Teamsters - start to bargain. - MSN (Los Angeles Times)

The Berlin Film Festival Stays Different

The Golden Bear goes to … a one-hour documentary about the return of some artwork? Yes. And “by awarding the top prize to Dahomey, the jury doubled down on Berlin’s distinctive, more political and less populist identity.” - The Guardian (UK)

Do Historically Black Colleges And Universities Provide An Edge For Their Theatre Alumni?

Says one HBCU alum, Broadway director and theatre founder Kenny Leon, “I was trained to believe in myself and know that anything is possible. You didn’t have to go to Juilliard, Harvard, or Yale. All you have to do is understand the practicality.” - American Theatre

Can We Still Write Good Climate Fiction If We’re In Despair?

American fiction has some problems, including an inability to focus on something so big, it encompasses everything. - LitHub

Let’s Talk About Chilean Artist Cecilia Vicuna

"Her magically vibrant and simultaneously mournful and vulnerable painting expresses the dualism at the heart of her vision — and perhaps at the heart of existence itself." - Washington Post

We Can Now Be Pretty Sure What, And Who, Is Going To Win Each Oscar

Sorry, Paul Giamatti! Cillian Murphy and Oppenheimer are her. Lily Gladstone seems to have the edge over Emma Stone in the Best Actress category too. The SAG Awards were on Netflix this year - which maybe didn’t know how to handle them. Anyway, here’s the list. - The Hollywood Reporter

The Trigger-Warning Debate

A trigger warning is not a call to censorship as the quoted tweeter above suggests – if there is an instinct for that, it should be enacted in the rehearsal room. But it is entirely right that we ensure our audiences know what it is they are getting into. - Classical Music UK

Every Dictator Needs A Good Storyteller

It is a writer’s work to wrestle coherent storylines out of the mess that is real life (that’s what dictators employ writers for). - New Statesman

Michelangelo’s Diary Wherein He Describes How Miserable It Was to Paint The Sistine Chapel

Michelangelo was trapped with his thoughts. He began to have doubts, ones he described as “crazy.” He worried painting in such an unnatural position would lead to bad work. “The painting is dead,” he wrote, adding “I am not in the right place—I am not a painter.” - Artnet

Tyler Perry Puts $800M Studio Expansion On Hold After Seeing AI Video

“Being told that it can do all of these things is one thing, but actually seeing the capabilities, it was mind-blowing,” he said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday, noting that his productions might not have to travel to locations or build sets with the assistance of the technology. - The Hollywood Reporter

The Culture Wars Come For AI

What we’re seeing here is the collapse of a long and interesting discussion about AI bias into a tense, obfuscating exchange between anti-woke culture warriors and a hypercautious tech giant with a large comms team. - Intelligencer (MSN)

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The Heartbreak At The Center Of Miyazaki’s The Boy And The Heron

“Many scenes and images in The Boy and the Heron echo those from his earlier films, only this time they’re rendered in service of a story almost wholly about the profound ravages of war.” - The Atlantic

The Culture Wars Come For AI

What we’re seeing here is the collapse of a long and interesting discussion about AI bias into a tense, obfuscating exchange between anti-woke culture warriors and a hypercautious tech giant with a large comms team. - Intelligencer (MSN)

What Will The Arts Canon Look Like In 2050?

In terms of defining the canon in 2050, preservation of the “now” is a big question, but so is whether a preserved work can actually be presented again in the future. - ArtHub

Those Who Are In Love With Chaos

The researchers came up with a term to describe the motivation behind these all-purpose conspiracy mongers. They called it the “need for chaos,” which they defined as “a mindset to gain status” by destroying the established order. - The Atlantic (MSN)

How We Picture Sound In Our Minds

​​​​If you think of a sound, such as a dog barking, a loved one’s voice, or a favorite tune, to what extent can you hear that sound in your mind? Not at all? As vividly as actually hearing it in real time and space? Somewhere in between? - Nautilus

Machines That Can Read Minds Are Teaching Us About Ourselves

Results are overturning assumptions about brain anatomy, for example, revealing that regions often have much fuzzier boundaries and job descriptions than was thought. - Nature

The Trigger-Warning Debate

A trigger warning is not a call to censorship as the quoted tweeter above suggests – if there is an instinct for that, it should be enacted in the rehearsal room. But it is entirely right that we ensure our audiences know what it is they are getting into. - Classical Music UK

“Harassment” And “Governance Concerns” Lead Ontario Region’s Arts Fund To Suspend All Activity

"The activities of the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund have been paused effective immediately, with the region saying the move was necessary due to 'incidents of harassment of regional staff and governance concerns related to the fund's administration.'" Two board members have resigned; a nonprofit is stepping in with interim funding. - CBC

City of Winnipeg Cuts — No, It Reassigns — Coming Year’s Funding For Public Art

While some artists and observers are criticizing the zeroing-out of Winnipeg Arts Council money for public art, that annual $500,000 will go instead to support capital projects for downtown cultural institutions. Also, the Arts Council's budget for other projects has been restored to the pre-pandemic level of $4.6 million. - Winnipeg Free Press

A Call For Philanthropic Investment In Culture

While some grassroots organizations and organizers do integrate culture into their efforts, the potential to build power in under-resourced and marginalized communities by harnessing culture is not well understood or supported by funders. - Stanford Social Innovation Review

As Traditional Journalism Struggles In Canada, Journalists Take To TikTok

They're demonstrating that there is a demand for watching someone deliver the news when the traditional local TV news landscape is diminishing. But media experts say though some audiences have shifted to less conventional options, local TV news reporting isn't easily replaced once it disappears. - CBC

Dallas Arts Groups Nervously Hope Voters Will Approve Ballot Measure With New Arts Funding

"Dallas residents will vote on a $1.25 billion bond package in May, which includes one of the largest allocations for cultural facilities in decades. The Dallas City Council allocated $75.2 million of the package last Wednesday for cultural facilities or a little over 6% of the package." - KERA (Dallas)

Hollywood’s Musicians Reach A Tentative Deal With The Studios

The musicians’ union calls it “a major win” and “a watershed moment.” Next up: The “below the line” workers - that is to say, the Hollywood crew members in IATSE and the Teamsters - start to bargain. - MSN (Los Angeles Times)

Royal Scottish National Orchestra To Be Stripped Of All Local Government Funding

"The RSNO (has been) told it will lose all of its local authority support over the next three years. It is expected to cut back its performances at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, (its) permanent base, as well as events in schools and communities across the city." - The Scotsman (MSN)

San Francisco Symphony Is Knocking Scents Into Scriabin

"Prometheus: The Poem of Fire … has an element of synesthesia in its score, which calls for a color organ along with a full orchestra, a piano soloist and a choir. But in October at Davies Symphony Hall, … the piece was being prepared with an additional sense in mind." - The New York...

Could a Paywall Have Saved Pitchfork?

Implementing a paywall would have given Pitchfork’s readers an opportunity to support it while liberating its staff from having to conjure money out of thin air. Instead, Condé Nast bought it, failed to set it up for success, then cut it up as soon as it became a burden. - The Walrus

New Lawsuit Charging Sexual Abuse At San Francisco Conservatory

Two women say they were assaulted by former professor of violin and chamber music Axel Strauss. - Van

Cash-Strapped Metropolitan Opera Has Cut Back On Productions

"(The company) will present 18 productions in 2024-25, matching the current season and pandemic-curtailed 2019-20 for the fewest since 14 in strike-shortened 1980-81." There's only one completely new production (Michael Mayer directing Aïda), plus five which are new-to-the-Met, four of those being contemporary works. - AP

Investigators Say The Art Institute Of Chicago Is Clinging To A Nazi-Looted Schiele Drawing

“The institute’s decision to continue to fight the efforts by Manhattan prosecutors to retrieve its Schiele work makes it a lone holdout among the museums and collectors who received warrants from investigators telling them they possessed stolen property." - The New York Times

As The BT Tower Becomes A Hotel, What Will Change About London’s Futuristic Landmark?

“With its slender vertical fuselage and long-stalled revolving restaurant, it speaks of the hopeful futurism of the 1960s, of the white heat of technology, of Minis and miniskirts and the Beatles.” - The Observer (UK)

In The UK, Galleries And Museums Fight For Younger Audiences

"We have to make our galleries welcoming and accessible, and to make it clear they are not just about the past and full of dead white males.” Lower prices for those younger than 25 don’t hurt either. - The Observer (UK)

Chicago, And Its Artists, Are Obsessed With The So-Called Rat Hole

Honestly, the memes are everywhere on social media - and now there’s rat hole art for sale. Why enshrine a rat (or more likely a squirrel) this way? “The rat hole, in an odd way, conveys hope." - Chicago Sun-Times

Let’s Talk About Chilean Artist Cecilia Vicuna

"Her magically vibrant and simultaneously mournful and vulnerable painting expresses the dualism at the heart of her vision — and perhaps at the heart of existence itself." - Washington Post

Michelangelo’s Diary Wherein He Describes How Miserable It Was to Paint The Sistine Chapel

Michelangelo was trapped with his thoughts. He began to have doubts, ones he described as “crazy.” He worried painting in such an unnatural position would lead to bad work. “The painting is dead,” he wrote, adding “I am not in the right place—I am not a painter.” - Artnet

Can We Still Write Good Climate Fiction If We’re In Despair?

American fiction has some problems, including an inability to focus on something so big, it encompasses everything. - LitHub

Every Dictator Needs A Good Storyteller

It is a writer’s work to wrestle coherent storylines out of the mess that is real life (that’s what dictators employ writers for). - New Statesman

When Fan Fiction Becomes A Commercial Hit… A Legal Grey Area?

The great success of Fifty Shades has turned publishers’ attention to the wealth of stories found in online fan fiction archives. These stories sometimes have huge loyal readerships. - The Conversation

Why The Neighbors Are Not Happy That The Burned Herculaneum Scrolls Are Being Deciphered

The news that a team of students, using AI on digital scans, has deciphered the text on one of the scrolls carbonized in the 79 AD eruption of Vesuvius was greeted with excitement in many places — but not among the current residents of the site. - Artnet

When And Where Did The First Indo-European Language Develop? There’s A New Argument About That.

"Most linguists think those speakers were nomadic herders on the steppes of Ukraine and Russia about 6,000 years ago. Yet a minority put the origin 2,000 to 3,000 years earlier, (in agricultural) Anatolia. ... Now a new analysis, using techniques borrowed from evolutionary biology, has come down in favor of the latter." - Knowable

Explaining The Censorship Scandal At The Hugo Awards

The controversy is over nominations for the 2023 awards: the ceremony was held for the first time in China, in Chengdu. Memos leaked afterward show that, in an act of anticipatory censorship, several titles with enough votes to be finalists were declared ineligible out of fear of offending China's government. - Salon

The Berlin Film Festival Stays Different

The Golden Bear goes to … a one-hour documentary about the return of some artwork? Yes. And “by awarding the top prize to Dahomey, the jury doubled down on Berlin’s distinctive, more political and less populist identity.” - The Guardian (UK)

We Can Now Be Pretty Sure What, And Who, Is Going To Win Each Oscar

Sorry, Paul Giamatti! Cillian Murphy and Oppenheimer are her. Lily Gladstone seems to have the edge over Emma Stone in the Best Actress category too. The SAG Awards were on Netflix this year - which maybe didn’t know how to handle them. Anyway, here’s the list. - The Hollywood Reporter

Tyler Perry Puts $800M Studio Expansion On Hold After Seeing AI Video

“Being told that it can do all of these things is one thing, but actually seeing the capabilities, it was mind-blowing,” he said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday, noting that his productions might not have to travel to locations or build sets with the assistance of the technology. - The Hollywood Reporter

News Website DCist Shut Down By NPR Outlet WAMU; 15 Staffers Laid Off

As with (still-operational) local news sites Gothamist, LAist, and others, DCist was acquired by its nearby public radio station when the -ist sites' parent shut down. WAMU management says it is refocusing on audio content, and the DCist website is now unavailable to the public. - The Washington Post (MSN)

France’s Film Industry Enters A New Phase Of #MeToo

"Actors who allege they were teenage victims of sexual and physical abuse by directors decades older than them are shining the light on the repulsive underside of the country’s industry. The latest step in the #MeToo movement could come at the French cinema awards (the Césars) on Friday." - AP

Vice Media Is — Well, If It’s Not Completely Dead, It’s A Zombie

"Several hundred of Vice’s remaining 900 employees will soon be laid off in a restructuring that essentially kills off the editorial brand. … No more stories will be published on Vice.com. But … remaining employees will put 'more emphasis on our social channels as we accelerate our discussion with partners.'" - Vulture (MSN)

The Outsider Queer Trio Running — Entirely Together — The Ballet National De Marseille

"(Marine) Brutti, Jonathan Debrouwer and Arthur Harel are the trio behind (La)Horde. They met 14 years ago on Paris’s queer club scene and ... started helping each other out with projects. Over time it coalesced into something official and since 2019 they have been (BNM's) artistic directors." - The Guardian

“Not Every Giselle Has To Be Fragile And Petite”: New English National Ballet AD Aaron Watkin

"A lot of people in the culture have grown up with a certain physical ideal. The more traditionally minded are bound to the idea that certain characters have to be small, innocent looking blondes. But … it’s not only small women who have their hearts broken." - The Telegraph (UK) (MSN)

Alvin Ailey Company Performance In Birmingham, Alabama Cancelled Mid-Show Due To “Cold Temperatures Backstage”

The performance on Feb. 17 began 40 minutes late, the company did one piece, then there was another 40-minute wait before the audience was told the show was over. The dancers' contract requires a backstage temperature of 72°F.; the venue claims the temperature was 68°F to 70°F. - WBMA (Birmingham, AL)

Merging American Sign Language Into Choreography Aimed At General Audiences

"(There's) a wider shift in the performing arts, one that is more artistically fulfilling for Deaf and ASL-fluent artists and that also repositions accessibility: Rather than something tacked on to and separate from the performance, (ASL) is something deeply ingrained and integrated." - Dance Magazine

Alonzo King: Attaching Dance To The World

That prospect of dance having a life and an urgency beyond an arrangement of steps has fueled King’s path as a dancer and a choreographer. - The New York Times

Choreographer Fatima Robinson Says The Dance World Has Changed Dramatically In Her Time

That includes, in recent years, TikTok trends. “I find it so much fun. It’s an inspiring place to go to find out how young people are moving their bodies - young and old,” Robinson says. - NPR

As ‘The Outsiders’ Makes Its Way To Broadway, The Young Cast Visits Its Oklahoma Inspiration

The cast and crew took a “granular, history-flecked tour of the place where, about 60 years earlier, S.E. Hinton’s coming-of-age story was written and set. Hinton, 75 and still a beloved local, was a star attraction." - The New York Times

Why Is Second City Moving To First City?

In Brooklyn, “on the site of an old record shop and club, the company has built a 200-seat mainstage, a 60-seat second stage, several classrooms, where improv and comedy writing are taught, and a restaurant." - NPR

Do Historically Black Colleges And Universities Provide An Edge For Their Theatre Alumni?

Says one HBCU alum, Broadway director and theatre founder Kenny Leon, “I was trained to believe in myself and know that anything is possible. You didn’t have to go to Juilliard, Harvard, or Yale. All you have to do is understand the practicality.” - American Theatre

“The Real Tragedy Of This Play Is That Everyone’s Right All The Time”

That's what one cast member said, during rehearsals at New York's Public Theater, about Itamar Moses's The Ally, in which the characters hash out a myriad of today's thorniest issues — and they all have good points to make. - The New York Times

Long Lost Gershwin Musical Manuscript Found

The approximately 800 pages of material included the musical’s complete orchestration, with parts for flute, cello, trumpet, trombone, percussion, violin, bass and piano. - Michigan Live

How One Of Metro DC’s Best Stage Directors Came Back From A Catastrophic Highway Crash

After midnight on Nov. 30, 2022, Synetic Theater co-founder Paata Tsikurishvili was sitting in traffic when another car rear-ended his and knocked it into the HOV lane, where it was hit at full speed by a third vehicle. Astoundingly, he was back at work in under a year. - The Washington Post (MSN)

Why Aren’t We Talking About Robert De Niro’s Best Performance?

This actor we all know so well has done something that, for him, is entirely new - at 80 years old. “Rather than the banal, De Niro’s Hale embodies what you might call the congeniality of evil.” - Slate

Steve Paxton Of The Judson Dance Theatre Has Died At 85

Paxton "helped radically upend ideas about dance as a member of the 1960s collective Judson Dance Theater in New York City, and ... developed contact improvisation, a movement form that is now practiced around the world." - The New York Times

The Critic’s Enthusiasms: Joan Acocella

Acocella’s attention is fixed first on the lives of her readers. She doesn’t neglect to tell us a writer’s best book and is never above saying when someone was born. She has always surveyed the literature, read the footnotes, seen the painting in real life; the reader can trust her. - The New York Times

“The City Hall Powerhouse Shaping London’s Cultural Landscape”

Meet Justine Simons, Mayor Sadiq Khan's deputy mayor for culture. - The Standard (London)

The Unwinding Of Art Publisher Louise Blouin

Ms. Blouin plowed resources into an art news site, ArtInfo, staffing it with young journalists. She also moved into philanthropy with the founding of the Louise T. Blouin Foundation, an international nonprofit organization. - The New York Times

Russia Arrests Los Angeles Ballerina, A US Citizen, On Charge Of Treason

Ksenia Karelina (also known as Ksenia Khavana), a 33-year-old native of Yekaterinburg who holds both Russian and US citizenship, had been visiting her hometown since early January. Her alleged act of treason: donating $58 to a Ukrainian charity. - NBC News

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Investigators Say The Art Institute Of Chicago Is Clinging To A Nazi-Looted Schiele Drawing

“The institute’s decision to continue to fight the efforts by Manhattan prosecutors to retrieve its Schiele work makes it a lone holdout among the museums and collectors who received warrants from investigators telling them they possessed stolen property." - The New York Times

As ‘The Outsiders’ Makes Its Way To Broadway, The Young Cast Visits Its Oklahoma Inspiration

The cast and crew took a “granular, history-flecked tour of the place where, about 60 years earlier, S.E. Hinton’s coming-of-age story was written and set. Hinton, 75 and still a beloved local, was a star attraction." - The New York Times

Hollywood’s Musicians Reach A Tentative Deal With The Studios

The musicians’ union calls it “a major win” and “a watershed moment.” Next up: The “below the line” workers - that is to say, the Hollywood crew members in IATSE and the Teamsters - start to bargain. - MSN (Los Angeles Times)

News Website DCist Shut Down By NPR Outlet WAMU; 15 Staffers Laid Off

As with (still-operational) local news sites Gothamist, LAist, and others, DCist was acquired by its nearby public radio station when the -ist sites' parent shut down. WAMU management says it is refocusing on audio content, and the DCist website is now unavailable to the public. - The Washington Post (MSN)

Britain’s Second City, Effectively Bankrupt, Announces Elimination of All Arts Funding

In Birmingham, which faces a long-brewing cash crisis, "grants to regularly-funded arts organisations will face 50% cuts this year and 100% next financial year." This includes, among others, the City of Birmingham Symphony, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham REP Theatre, IKON Gallery, and Birmingham International Dance Festival. - Birmingham Live

The Terrifying Logistics Of Getting An Entire U.S. Symphony Orchestra Packed Up And Onto The Plane For A European Tour

"(It's) a finely tuned and precisely orchestrated operation, requiring months of advance planning and permitting, a crew of nearly a dozen workers and an all-hands effort by the musicians themselves." Michael Andor Brodeur watches as DC's National Symphony prepares and sets off. - The Washington Post (MSN)

At 61, Jodie Foster Is Finally Unclenching And Letting (Some Of) Her Guard Down

"At a certain point, the survival tool, which has kept you safe and kept you warm, which has kept you with your family, it’s allowed you to exist in the world — you gotta cut that fucking thing off," she said. "You gotta cut that thing off, because it’s killing you." - The Atlantic

Israeli Forces Raid, Destroy Publishing Houses In The West Bank

"IDF raids on Palestinian publishing houses are nothing new. Seven Palestinian publishing houses were raided or destroyed over a six-month period in 2016-2017, and eleven more were targeted in a seven-month period in 2021." - LitHub

The Life Of A Pro Whistler, Including Her New Album And Her ‘Barbie’ Fame

Molly Lewis: "People often don’t have a reference for whistle music apart from a jingle or a riff in a bad pop song. … I think it’s a beautiful instrument." - Washington Post

New Biographies Of Recently Deceased Celebrities Are Coming From – You Knew It – AI

This is a "macabre new publishing subgenre: hasty, shoddy, A.I.-generated biographies of people who have just died." - The New York Times

Alexei Navalny’s Last Laugh

"I will always remember the words written on a piece of paper that Navalny held at one of his court hearings: 'I am not afraid and you should not be afraid.' Navalny was still smiling and laughing on the eve of his death." - The Atlantic

For These Major Awards, Some Authors Were Unaccountably Declared Ineligible

Then Hugo Awards rumors started; now leaked emails confirm that “one of the Hugo administrators had advised other members to vet the finalists and 'highlight anything of a sensitive political nature' in China. ... Such works, he added, might not be safe to put on the ballot." - The New York Times
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