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The Virtual You Is Getting Closer

It would be a mistake to think that the algorithms in the room will remain mere observers. AI is more like an ambitious virtual worker seeking a promotion, or at least a more active role in the proceedings. One day an AI-powered service might actually run the meeting for you. And why not? - Wired

Where The Money Is: Warner CEO Gets $50M This Year

David Zaslav’s 2023 pay consisted of a $3 million salary, and more than $23 million in stock awards, as well as $22 million in non-equity incentive compensation and $1.6 million in other compensation, including security costs. - The Hollywood Reporter

Is It Okay To Throw Away Books?

A book is different from a pair of shoes or a scented candle—but is it that different? The kinds of excess we permit—even exalt—for books is unheard of for other categories of possessions. - The Walrus

Bay Area Film Festivals Are Struggling

This is not just a Bay Area problem. Film festivals all over the world are hurting, no matter how well-established. The two biggest film festivals in North America, Sundance and Toronto, have each experienced a dramatic drop in revenue, with Toronto losing its biggest sponsor. - San Francisco Chronicle (MSN)

Colorado Public Radio Has Big News Ambitions. There Are Challenges

Colorado Public Radio has a vision to be the state's top, free news source. Getting there has created some controversy. - WestWord

What Is Music? Noise?

With a universal definition hovering out of reach, the discourse concerning noise often starts with the personal. - The New Yorker

The AI Dilemma: Who Owns The Essence Of Our Work?

“More and more, we’re seeing AI used to replicate someone’s likeness and voice in novel ways without consent or compensation." - Politico

Was Anne Of Cleves Really As Ugly As Henry VIII Said?

The famous Holbein portrait of the king's fourth wife portrays her as nice-looking enough. Yet Henry declared her a "Flanders Mare" and annulled the marriage, and letters from ambassadors at the court were not flattering. It's possible, one scholar argues, that the problem was not her face but her clothes. - History Today

This Company’s Music Gets Played 2.5 Billion Times a Day, But Profits Are Thin

There are now 26 million videos on YouTube and TikTok videos featuring Epidemic Sound music, and the company reports that its tracks receive 40 million plays daily on music streaming platforms. - Music Business Worldwide

An Immersive Kit Kat Club — How Broadway’s Revival Of “Cabaret” Put Together A 75-Minute Prologue

The lobby became the Vault Bar, with an elevated stage and a rotating disco-ball eye. Upstairs is the Red Bar, with dancers behind beaded curtains. Then the Green Bar has sequined fruit on the walls. Dancers move between the spaces on a tightly choreographed schedule, accompanied by a trippy musical mix. - Variety

New World Record For Dancers En Pointe

A total of 353 dancers from across the globe held the position, known as going “en pointe,” to beat the current Guinness World Record of 306, said Youth America Grand Prix, the group that organized the tutu-centric turnout. - New York Post

Things Finally Stabilize At Cleveland Ballet With A Permanent CEO

Larry Goodman, a board member, stepped in as interim CEO after founding chief exec Michael Krasnyansky resigned and his wife, artistic director Gladisa Guadalupe, was fired. The board has now anmed him to the position on a permanent basis. - WKYC (Cleveland)

“I Love The Art So Much I Sometimes Weep” — A Former Writing Professor’s Life As An Art Framer

"We are not a museum, just a neighborhood frame shop in Evanston, Illinois. … The art is unrelenting. … When I get home at night, I collapse in a chair, mute and unable to move. The art feels like a tornado whooshing through me. I feel euphoric and empty, cleaned out." - Oxford American

Spotify Audiobook/Music Bundle Means Lower Music Payouts

With the introduction of the stand-alone audiobooks offering, Spotify is now able to pay lower music-licensing rates for the music-and-audiobook bundle, introduced in the U.S. in November 2023. - Variety

It’s Been Only Six Years, And TikTok Has Changed The United States

"Here are 19 ways of understanding how TikTok became part of American life. ... Even if you’ve never opened the app, you’ve lived in a culture that exists downstream of what happens there." - The New York Times

For Estonians, Culture Could Be The Only Thing Keeping Them From Being Swallowed By Russia Again. They Should Protect It.

"Because as soon as Estonia doesn’t have its own culture, the country will become fair game for Russian propaganda and Russian aggression. … All they have is their culture. And if culture keeps being treated so badly, then we could find ourselves in a really tough situation in 10 years." - Van

Conserving Rare Books At (Yes) The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

"Not every workplace features a guillotine. … Fearsome machines are part of daily life at the lab, which serves as a hospital where ailing books from every department of the museum are restored to health." - The New York Times

Here’s The Painting That The Fired Museum Employee Put On The Museum’s Wall — And Here’s Why He Did It

"'The motive behind (the caper) was to see if the directors of the museum were prepared to practise what they preach,' said one person familiar with the events (at Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne). 'It was an artistic challenge. The technician who hung up the picture wasn’t lusting for fame.'" - The Observer (UK)

Climate-Protesting Theatre Vandals Convicted In London

"Five Just Stop Oil protesters have been (convicted) of aggravated trespass after they stormed a performance of Les Misérables in London's West End. Two of (them) were also found guilty of criminal damage after standing on the orchestra pit netting. … The estimated cost to the theatre of cancelling the performance was £60,000." - BBC

New York Philharmonic Launches Independent Investigation Into Revived Assault Allegations And Broader Work Culture

"The New York Philharmonic, which has been facing an uproar since a recent magazine article detailed allegations of misconduct against two players it tried and failed to fire in 2018, said on Thursday that it was commissioning an outside investigation into its culture." - The New York Times

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The Virtual You Is Getting Closer

It would be a mistake to think that the algorithms in the room will remain mere observers. AI is more like an ambitious virtual worker seeking a promotion, or at least a more active role in the proceedings. One day an AI-powered service might actually run the meeting for you. And why not? - Wired

The AI Dilemma: Who Owns The Essence Of Our Work?

“More and more, we’re seeing AI used to replicate someone’s likeness and voice in novel ways without consent or compensation." - Politico

What Does It Mean To “Own” Culture? (And Do We Have To?)

Our music, films, books and photographs are increasingly accessed via digital platforms rather than stored on our shelves. Do these digital items really feel like “mine” in the same way that physical possessions do? And can they become as personally meaningful? - The Conversation

Fighting Against The Information Overload

We’re living in what they call the “Information Age,” but life only seems to be making less sense. We’re isolated, listless, burnt out on screens, cutting loved ones out like tumors in the spirit of “boundaries,” failing to understand other people’s choices or even our own. - LitHub

How Accurately Can Computers Simulate The Real World?

Video games have long bent toward realism, and in the past thirty years engines have become more sophisticated: they can now render near-photorealistic graphics and mimic real-world physics.  - The New Yorker

Our Aimlessness Online

Byung-Chul Han diagnosed what he called “the violence of positivity,” deriving from “overproduction, overachievement, and overcommunication.” We are so stimulated, chiefly by the Internet, that we paradoxically cannot feel or comprehend much of anything. - The New Yorker

Colorado Public Radio Has Big News Ambitions. There Are Challenges

Colorado Public Radio has a vision to be the state's top, free news source. Getting there has created some controversy. - WestWord

For Estonians, Culture Could Be The Only Thing Keeping Them From Being Swallowed By Russia Again. They Should Protect It.

"Because as soon as Estonia doesn’t have its own culture, the country will become fair game for Russian propaganda and Russian aggression. … All they have is their culture. And if culture keeps being treated so badly, then we could find ourselves in a really tough situation in 10 years." - Van

Why New Zealand Nees A Culture Strategy

Government regulation can help and hinder the creative sector, just as much as it does agriculture and housing. - The Big Idea

Why The Costumed Performers At Disneyland California Are Unionizing

As one cast member puts it, "After a couple of months … the fairy dust fades away, and you see your friends and people you really care about hurting and burnt out and not able to pay their rent." - Los Angeles Times (MSN)

Florence Is Drowning In Selfie-Seeking Tourists. One Museum Director Suggests A Solution

The city has 360,000 residents, only 40,000 of whom live in the historic center, but receives 11 million tourists each year. Cecilie Hollberg, director of the Galleria dell' Accademia (where Michelangelo's David is located), suggests the city try a larger version of the crowd-control measures she's introduced at the museum. - The Guardian

Culture Is Arguably The UK’s Biggest Industry. So Why Isn’t The Government Supporting It?

Even a hard-nosed economic perspective suggests that arts provision warrants support, rather than a freeze. By the government’s own estimates, the creative industries contribute around £126 billion to the UK economy. That’s more than the car industry, for instance, or aerospace, oil and gas. - The Conversation

What Is Music? Noise?

With a universal definition hovering out of reach, the discourse concerning noise often starts with the personal. - The New Yorker

This Company’s Music Gets Played 2.5 Billion Times a Day, But Profits Are Thin

There are now 26 million videos on YouTube and TikTok videos featuring Epidemic Sound music, and the company reports that its tracks receive 40 million plays daily on music streaming platforms. - Music Business Worldwide

Spotify Audiobook/Music Bundle Means Lower Music Payouts

With the introduction of the stand-alone audiobooks offering, Spotify is now able to pay lower music-licensing rates for the music-and-audiobook bundle, introduced in the U.S. in November 2023. - Variety

New York Philharmonic Launches Independent Investigation Into Revived Assault Allegations And Broader Work Culture

"The New York Philharmonic, which has been facing an uproar since a recent magazine article detailed allegations of misconduct against two players it tried and failed to fire in 2018, said on Thursday that it was commissioning an outside investigation into its culture." - The New York Times

Seattle Opera Hires An “Artistic Ambassador”

Although specific events are not yet planned, in his role as artistic ambassador, Kellogg will engage with opera audiences through post-show Q&As, panel discussions, podcasts and other community events. - Seattle Times

Anne Midgette: Calling Out Fake Concern In The Classical Music Industry

"I will truly believe you mean your support and sympathy when I stop seeing ads featuring these people as star attractions at your concerts; when you offer the same protections and sympathy to victims of your own institutions that you do to victims of others (hello, Curtis Institute of Music!)." - Anne Midgette

“I Love The Art So Much I Sometimes Weep” — A Former Writing Professor’s Life As An Art Framer

"We are not a museum, just a neighborhood frame shop in Evanston, Illinois. … The art is unrelenting. … When I get home at night, I collapse in a chair, mute and unable to move. The art feels like a tornado whooshing through me. I feel euphoric and empty, cleaned out." - Oxford American

Here’s The Painting That The Fired Museum Employee Put On The Museum’s Wall — And Here’s Why He Did It

"'The motive behind (the caper) was to see if the directors of the museum were prepared to practise what they preach,' said one person familiar with the events (at Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne). 'It was an artistic challenge. The technician who hung up the picture wasn’t lusting for fame.'" - The Observer (UK)

Pro-Palestine Demonstrators Protest At Venice Biennale

Around 100 protestors gathered outside of the Israeli Pavilion in the Giardini and moved toward other national pavilions, like those of the U.S., France, and Germany, chanting “stop the genocide,” “shut it down,” and “viva Palestina.” - Artnet

When Inigo Philbrick And I Tried To Cut A Banksy Out Of The Wall It Was Painted On

Orlando Whitfield (as recounted in his new book): “I mean, this is great, but it’s on a fucking wall. A door was one thing, but this is different.” Philbrick: “I know. But it has to be doable, right? Has to be. Think of all those frescoes they move in Italy.” - The Guardian

Flagship National Museum Of Wales Faces Staff Cuts And Possible Closure

Due to funding cuts and an existing deficit, the main gallery in Cardiff could eliminate up to 90 staff positions, and it may have to start charging for admission for the first time. Water leaks and deteriorating wiring will require closing the building if funding for repairs isn't approved. - Time Out UK

Brooklyn Museum Appoints Its First Composer In Residence

Cellist and composer Niles Luther, 27, "is kicking off his residency by composing three musical arrangements to accompany the exhibition 'Hiroshige’s 100 Famous Views of Edo' (feat. Takashi Murakami), which opened today." - Forbes

Is It Okay To Throw Away Books?

A book is different from a pair of shoes or a scented candle—but is it that different? The kinds of excess we permit—even exalt—for books is unheard of for other categories of possessions. - The Walrus

Conserving Rare Books At (Yes) The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

"Not every workplace features a guillotine. … Fearsome machines are part of daily life at the lab, which serves as a hospital where ailing books from every department of the museum are restored to health." - The New York Times

PEN America’s Major Events For This Spring Are Falling Apart Over Gaza

"Amid growing criticism over its response to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, freedom of expression nonprofit PEN America is facing questions over whether its Literary Awards ceremony, World Voices Festival, and Literary Gala, all scheduled to be held within the next month, can proceed as planned." - Publishers Weekly

Librarians Under Attack (And It’s Taking A Toll)

Instead of standing up for the robust exchange of ideas, lawmakers in state after state are pushing bills that would criminalize librarians for putting certain books on the shelves. Nuisance lawsuits and fights over book bans are draining librarians' time, energy, and resources. - Newsweek

Canceled Glasgow Book Festival Gets a Surpise Gift From A Lottery Winner’s Fund

The full multiday festival – which last year saw 175 authors appearing in more than 120 events across 10 days – will still not go ahead. However, Wee Write, a festival for children and young people, will now go ahead in autumn on a smaller scale. - The Guardian

Silent Book Clubs Are (Ahem) Booming

"The rules are always the same: 30 minutes before the meeting’s official start time, people can come, share what they are reading and find a place to sit. Then someone rings a bell or makes an announcement, and it’s reading time. For an hour, that’s it." - The Washington Post (MSN)

Where The Money Is: Warner CEO Gets $50M This Year

David Zaslav’s 2023 pay consisted of a $3 million salary, and more than $23 million in stock awards, as well as $22 million in non-equity incentive compensation and $1.6 million in other compensation, including security costs. - The Hollywood Reporter

Bay Area Film Festivals Are Struggling

This is not just a Bay Area problem. Film festivals all over the world are hurting, no matter how well-established. The two biggest film festivals in North America, Sundance and Toronto, have each experienced a dramatic drop in revenue, with Toronto losing its biggest sponsor. - San Francisco Chronicle (MSN)

It’s Been Only Six Years, And TikTok Has Changed The United States

"Here are 19 ways of understanding how TikTok became part of American life. ... Even if you’ve never opened the app, you’ve lived in a culture that exists downstream of what happens there." - The New York Times

Italian Government Vacillates Over Tax Incentives For TV And Filmmakers, Driving The Industry Nuts

"After reaping the rewards of a protracted growth spurt, Italy‘s film industry is facing a forced slowdown as the country’s right-wing government dithers with modifications they plan to make to several key regulations, most significantly to the country’s now stalled tax incentives for film and TV production." - Variety

NPR Editor Who Criticized The Broadcaster Resigns

Before he resigned from NPR, Mr. Berliner was on a five-day suspension from the network for violating company policy against working for outside organizations without securing permission. - The New York Times

AI Can Enhance Film. But Something Seems Off…

It can be hard to pinpoint what is changed. But there does seem to be a difference, and depending on the viewer, it can feel slightly uncanny. - The New York Times

New World Record For Dancers En Pointe

A total of 353 dancers from across the globe held the position, known as going “en pointe,” to beat the current Guinness World Record of 306, said Youth America Grand Prix, the group that organized the tutu-centric turnout. - New York Post

Things Finally Stabilize At Cleveland Ballet With A Permanent CEO

Larry Goodman, a board member, stepped in as interim CEO after founding chief exec Michael Krasnyansky resigned and his wife, artistic director Gladisa Guadalupe, was fired. The board has now anmed him to the position on a permanent basis. - WKYC (Cleveland)

The Pop Star Who’s Dancing A Martha Graham Solo With Graham’s Own Company

FKA twigs (née Tahliah Debrett Barnett), the British singer/songwriter/actor, studied ballet and contemporary dance, including Graham technique, throughout her childhood and teen years. This week, at artistic director Janet Eilber's invitation, she'll perform "Satyric Festival Song." As she tells Gia Kourlas, it's a highlight of her entire career. - The New York Times

As Tensions Between Russia And South Korea Rise, Ballets Featuring Bolshoi Stars Get Cancelled

Last month a production in Seoul starring Bolshoi prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova was called off following protests. This week, another show featuring 12 Bolshoi principals was cancelled a day before opening. One banner held by protesters read "Purchasing tickets for Russian performances = Purchasing missiles that will kill civilians." - AFP (Yahoo!)

A Philadelphia Ballerina Battles MS In Scotland

After six years dancing with the Philadelphia Ballet, Emily Davis moved to Glasgow in 2021 to do a PhD degree in dance health. Her focus is how dance classes can help patients with multiple sclerosis — of which Scotland has one of the world's highest incidence rates. - BBC

How Harlem Stage Has Helped Create Choreography Careers

The series E-Moves is 25 years old now, and one of its "intended effects has been to take choreographers who work mainly ‘downtown,’ in white-dominated dance institutions, and bring them ‘uptown’ to Harlem." - The New York Times

An Immersive Kit Kat Club — How Broadway’s Revival Of “Cabaret” Put Together A 75-Minute Prologue

The lobby became the Vault Bar, with an elevated stage and a rotating disco-ball eye. Upstairs is the Red Bar, with dancers behind beaded curtains. Then the Green Bar has sequined fruit on the walls. Dancers move between the spaces on a tightly choreographed schedule, accompanied by a trippy musical mix. - Variety

Climate-Protesting Theatre Vandals Convicted In London

"Five Just Stop Oil protesters have been (convicted) of aggravated trespass after they stormed a performance of Les Misérables in London's West End. Two of (them) were also found guilty of criminal damage after standing on the orchestra pit netting. … The estimated cost to the theatre of cancelling the performance was £60,000." -...

An All-Male “Macbeth” Gets Pushback, And The Director Returns It

Alex Burns of Philadelphia's Quintessence Theatre Group has been criticized by a number of female and trans actors for, in effect, robbing them of all-too-rare opportunities. He asks, "When does the community get to abort someone else’s creative impulse or vision or claim it’s not appropriate?" - Broad Street Review (Philadelphia)

Putin’s Government Adds Imprisoned Playwright And Director To List Of “Terrorists And Extremists”

"Russian theatre director Zhenya Berkovich and playwright Svetlana Petriychuk have been added to an official list of 'terrorists and extremists' as they await trial on charges of 'justifying terrorism' … (for) an award-winning play about Russian women who married Islamic State fighters." - Reuters

The Torch-Lighting Ceremony In Greece For The 2024 Olympic Games

"Women dressed as priestesses are at the heart of the ceremony, first held for the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Leading the group is an actress who performs the role of high priestess and makes a dramatic appeal to Apollo ... for assistance moments before the torch is lit." - AP

Why Are Broadway Tickets So Much More Expensive Now?

If Broadway feels more expensive than ever before, that’s because it is. Despite crowds that haven’t rebounded to pre-COVID levels, the average ticket price for a Broadway show reached an all time high: $128 in the most recent full season. - Gothamist

Was Anne Of Cleves Really As Ugly As Henry VIII Said?

The famous Holbein portrait of the king's fourth wife portrays her as nice-looking enough. Yet Henry declared her a "Flanders Mare" and annulled the marriage, and letters from ambassadors at the court were not flattering. It's possible, one scholar argues, that the problem was not her face but her clothes. - History Today

“When The Beginning Is Also The End” — Some Of The Very Greatest One-Hit Wonders

Ralph Ellison. Charles Laughton (as filmmaker). Willis Alan Ramsey, the granddaddy of alt-country. Miguel Adrover, a former fashion designer who made a coat from Quentin Crisp's old mattress. And, of course, Harper Lee. - T — The New York Times Style Magazine

Hugh Grant, Suing One Of London’s Most Notorious Tabloids, Settles For “An Enormous Sum”

"The actor had accused the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun of phone hacking, unlawful information-gathering, landline tapping, bugging his phone and burgling his flat and office. His case was due to go to trial at London’s high court in January 2025." - The Guardian

Patti Astor, Arts Doyenne, 74

With her platinum hair, raspy voice and glamorous ’50s-style dresses, Ms. Astor was a formidable presence among the music, film and art makers who gathered at the Mudd Club in TriBeCa. - The New York Times

Salman Rushdie Recalls The Loss Of His Right Eye In The Stabbing Attack

"'It was kind of hanging out of my face, sitting on my cheek, I've said like a soft-boiled egg. And blind.' Sir Salman said losing one eye 'upsets me every day'. ... But he considers himself lucky to have avoided brain damage." - BBC

Remembering Seiji Ozawa

Ozawa refused to live in Boston, raising his family in Tokyo and commuting when required. His English was never more than functional. Most musicians grasped what he wanted; any who protested did not last long. - The Critic

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When Inigo Philbrick And I Tried To Cut A Banksy Out Of The Wall It Was Painted On

Orlando Whitfield (as recounted in his new book): “I mean, this is great, but it’s on a fucking wall. A door was one thing, but this is different.” Philbrick: “I know. But it has to be doable, right? Has to be. Think of all those frescoes they move in Italy.” - The Guardian

How Harlem Stage Has Helped Create Choreography Careers

The series E-Moves is 25 years old now, and one of its "intended effects has been to take choreographers who work mainly ‘downtown,’ in white-dominated dance institutions, and bring them ‘uptown’ to Harlem." - The New York Times

Disastrous Decisions In The UK As Birmingham Council Slashes All Arts Funding

Birmingham is a bellwether for the UK. Nothing “could be more emblematic of the way that Britain currently devalues life: when we only focus on our most basic needs, dismissing leisure, art, literature and culture as something decadent and middle-class, we do ourselves an injustice.” - The Observer (UK)

Artist Faith Ringgold, Who Wove Black History Into Quilts And Books, Has Died At 93

“For more than a half-century, Ms. Ringgold explored themes of race, gender, class, family and community through a vast array of media, among them painting, sculpture, mask- and doll-making, textiles and performance art.” - The New York Times

The Long-Hidden Sexual Assault Scandal At The New York Phil

Even now, "some employees, particularly female employees, continue to feel unsafe. A current member of the orchestra told me about an incident this past February in which her male colleagues spoke negatively about Asian women performing with the orchestra." - Vulture (MSN)

Roberta Smith On 38 Years Of Art Criticism For The New York Times

"Critics need to be more flexible than artists. You have to be open to being changed and pushed into new directions. ... My main goal has always been to point out art that people would enjoy seeing, and to show them how I saw it and enjoyed it." - The New York Times

Fraud Fail: Musicians Are Seeing Their Music Being Taken Down From Streaming Services

Although distributors and streaming services frequently use language that places the blame on the artist for fraudulent activity detected on their accounts, it has become clear that artists are often caught in the middle of a crossfire between streaming services, distributors and fraudsters attempting to game the system for their own financial gain. - Variety

Librarians Under Threat Of Jail, Lawsuits In Trump 2nd-Term Agenda

In the foreword to Project 2025, the Heritage Foundation’s blueprint for a possible second Donald Trump administration, it says “people who produce and distribute it should be imprisoned. Educators and public librarians who purvey it should be classed as registered sex offenders.” - AP

Conductor Edo De Waart Suddenly Announces His Retirement

Said the 82-year-old this morning, "I woke up at 5:30 yesterday morning to get ready for rehearsal and I thought, what am I even doing? I was wobbly on my feet, and then I thought, I just shouldn't do it anymore." - NPO Radio 4 (Netherlands) (via Google Translate)

Visa Costs For International Artists In The U.S. Have Risen Astronomically, And With Devastating Effect

One musician says, "Every time I go over there, I'm losing money. … We’re never making money, it's not a possibility. I'm lucky enough that I'm signed now and I've made two albums so I have the money to lose in America.” - BBC

An Oral History Of Playing Mrs. Lovett, One Of Theatre’s Bloodiest Roles

Lea Salonga, on the song “The Worst Pies in London": "There are a whole lot of built-in reversals and crazy shifts. And I don’t mean vocal, but rather where she goes emotionally. It’s like this woman is the multitasking queen.” - Washington Post

What Happened To Berlin?

The city was a beacon of artistic freedom. Then came October 7. Now, "a climate of fear and recrimination has put Berlin’s status as an international cultural capital in greater hazard than at any time since 1989." - The New York Times
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