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Radical Change As Threat? It Wasn’t Always So…

When we do imagine radical change, it is usually dystopian, and often, at least implicitly, predicated on ecological catastrophe. Seen from this vantage point, the change is striking, and the question of how we “got stuck” is indeed the crucial one. - Los Angeles Review of Books

Why American Conservatory Theater Is Shutting Down Its Admired MFA Program

"The school had been working tirelessly to find a university partner in order to stay open. … But, as ACT artistic director Pam MacKinnon put it, there were three reasons that such a partnership did not come to fruition: 'COVID, COVID, COVID.'" - American Theatre

Pivot To Video Is Changing The Performing Arts

 “You get something different from film. We want to be specific in our storytelling: we want it to be close-up and we want to feel the energy of the artist. That means venturing into film. It’s not cheap but it’s extremely rewarding.” - Style Weekly (Richmond)

How Shirley Jackson Took Apart The Pieces Of Postwar American Womanhood

"(Her) career endeavor (was) to explore the fragmentary internal landscape of her generation of women, often through themes of madness, fracturing, and disorientation." - Guernica

Ireland Launches Universal Income Plan For Artists

The program will cover two thousand arts and culture workers for a span of three years. The government has earmarked €25 million ($28.3 million) for the plan, which is expected to go into force later this winter. - ArtForum

A Tale by Mohammed Mrabet As Told to Paul Bowles and Transcribed by Mark Terrill

Mohammed Mrabet, a young Moroccan painter from Tangier, met the American ex-patriate composer and writer Paul Bowles in 1965.

Translator, Author, Cherished Friend A Great One Died 10 Years Ago Today

Carl was a “little magazine” editor, a radio playwright, German translator of more than 100 books (but principally of Charles Bukowski and William Burroughs,...

Jay Clayton talks about the arts and healing

Jay Clayton, Professor of English and Director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University, discusses the vital role for the arts in healing.

Quick Study: Positive Psych Researchers Take on Art Museums

In this episode, we consider art museums as venues for human flourishing, as tracked by NEA-supported researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. The source...

Brooklyn Museum Strikes Gold with Ringgold (but misgivings dull the luster)

As you have probably by now heard, Faith Ringgold‘s panegyrical painting, titled: “For the Women’s House” (short for: “Women’s

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Radical Change As Threat? It Wasn’t Always So…

When we do imagine radical change, it is usually dystopian, and often, at least implicitly, predicated on ecological catastrophe. Seen from this vantage point, the change is striking, and the question of how we “got stuck” is indeed the crucial one. - Los Angeles Review of Books

Having Trouble Focusing? Here’s Why

Our brains aren’t designed to absorb so much at a time: In one study, 136 students took a test; some had their phones turned off, while others received occasional text messages. Those who received messages scored about 20 percent lower than those who didn’t. - Washington Post

Can American Audiences Still Do Ambiguity?

We want thinking and imagining lives that are active rather than passive, evolving rather than static. A flourishing shared cultural life is one in which the stories we are told, and the stories we tell about ourselves, are free-ranging and risky, not locked down and safe. - The Atlantic

I Swear We Are Still A Collective Of Humanity

No matter what our language choices. Consider the word like: "The conversational 'like' strikes many as merely a messy hedge that The Kids use too much. But from the point of view of linguistic analysis, 'like' is a subtle and even kindly thing." - The New York Times

The Architect Of The Googleplex Now Thinks Such Designs Are Dangerous

Why? Clive Wilkinson now says that "blurring the line between work and non-work keeps employees tethered to the office, benefiting the employer most of all. That, he argues, may seem to keep workers happy but can quickly spark burnout." - NPR

Ancient Cynicism Was Empowering. The Modern Version Is Paralyzing Us

What was satire then is ideology today: Cynicism—the belief that people are generally morally bankrupt and behave treacherously in order to maximize self-interest—dominates American culture. - The Atlantic

Ireland Launches Universal Income Plan For Artists

The program will cover two thousand arts and culture workers for a span of three years. The government has earmarked €25 million ($28.3 million) for the plan, which is expected to go into force later this winter. - ArtForum

Africa’s Cultural Institutions Leading The Way On New Ways Of Presenting Culture

These visionary entrepreneurs, who represent some of the continent’s best talent in professions ranging from architecture to finance, are creating new models of preserving and showcasing art, history and culture. From Lagos to Luanda, they are building local museums, archives, libraries, arts spaces, and cultural centers. - Hyperallergic

Checking In On San Francisco’s Pilot Program Of Guaranteed Income For Artists

The program, launched by the city government and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts last March, provides $1,000 a month, no strings attached, to 130 participants (chosen from 25,000 applicants). Here's a look at how two of them, a choreographer and a writer/teacher, are doing. - San Francisco...

Medical Humanities — Using Art To Build Better Doctors

“Things like disease, disability, death, the processes of scientific experimentation and discovery, they don’t happen in a vacuum. They take place in the context of human experience — so these things are always in discourse with each other." - Hyperallergic

Cairo’s Biggest Makeover In Decades Is Focused On Egyptian Culture

"The renaissance of traditions spans everything from new museum exhibits to artisans integrating old crafts into modern furniture and designers selling handmade jewelry, bags and shoes online." (Not to forget, of course, belly dancing.) "There's also the redevelopment of buildings to champion Egyptian identity." - Bloomberg CityLab

UK’s First Dedicated LGBTQ+ Museum To Open In London This Year

"The charity Queer Britain has taken on the ground floor of the Art Fund building in (King's Cross) for the museum but hopes to eventually find a permanent home." - London Evening Standard

This Orchestra Somehow Kept Going Through Lockdowns, Floods, Power Outages, And The Madness Of Today’s Venezuela

The Orquesta Sinfónica Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho in Caracas is already the country's least conventional symphonic ensemble: they frequently perform in the barrios and regularly explore fusion with Afro-Caribbean music. Their most recent project, Sinfonía Desordenada (Disorderly Symphony), turned out to be, er, aptly named. - National Geographic

What Canadian Orchestras Are Doing Online

A majority (69%) of orchestras are planning a hybrid (digital and in-person) season for 2021-22. Once halls return to full capacity audiences, 45.9% of orchestras plan to continue some of the digital activity they’re doing... La Scena Musicale

Meet The Organist Whose Concerts Get Protested By Conservative Catholics As Satanic

Anna von Hausswolff can joke about it, but enraged demonstrators have actually shut down concerts of hers. All because a music blogger called her "the high priestess (of) satanic harmonies" and, in one track recorded 13 years ago, she sang "I made love with the devil." - The New...

What We Learned About Teaching Music Online

Going online has forced music educators to adapt existing ideas, or adopt existing technology, to discover, invent and share ways to reach students to keep music education alive. - The Conversation

Some Musicians Are Going Label-Free, Again

Why? Streaming royalties. - BBC

When Two Stars Play One Part On The Same Stage

Uma Thurman and Renée Fleming are both Penelope; it's just that one speaks, and one sings. Thurman: "When you put language to music, it becomes very specific. ... It’s a challenge that makes me feel like I’m doing things for the first time."  - The New York Times

The Entire Marcel Duchamp Archive Is Now Available For Free Online

"It is a vast online trove of Duchampiana" assembled by the Association Marcel Duchamp, the Pompidou Center, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, "a virtual 'readymade,' now available to scholars, artists, and the general public all over the world." - MSN (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

Little Brick Hospital In Regional Bangladesh Wins RIBA’s Best New Building Award

In the city of Satkhira, near the giant Sundarban mangrove swamp on the Indian border, the Friendship Hospital, designed by the Dhaka-based firm Urbana, manages to channel rain, wind, and sunlight to keep people as dry, cool, and well-lit as possible in such a setting. - The Guardian

Report: Why Did The Glasgow School Of Art Burn Down In 2018?

Following an investigation lasting more than three years, the final report concluded that the cause of the second blaze remained "undetermined". It said this was due to extensive damage and the destruction of evidence. - BBC

Paris Surgeon Tried To Sell X-Ray Of Bataclan Shooting Victim As NFT

Dr. Emmanuel Masmejean, an orthopedic surgeon who claims to have operated on five victims of the 2015 terrorist attack, listed on the NFT sales platform OpenSea an x-ray image of a forearm with a Kalashnikov bullet lodged in it. He now faces legal and professional disciplinary action. - France...

Dallas Museum Of Art Begins Planning For Major Expansion

"'We are now at the very early stages of planning what this will look like,' says the museum's director, Agustín Arteaga." An architecture firm has been engaged to create a master plan and the city has been notified. - NBCDFW (The Dallas Morning News)

Why Is Canadian Architecture So Dreadful?

Today, barring the newish Halifax and Calgary central libraries (which opened in 2014 and 2018, respectively), one wonders whether the average Canadian could name a building constructed in the past thirty years the country could be proud of. - The Walrus

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Assistant Professor of Directing

Applicants should possess an MFA or equivalent professional experience.

Artistic Director – Seattle Children’s Theatre

The Artistic Director will actively advance and advocate for SCT’s commitment and ongoing work to be a highly diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible organization.

Senior Assistant Dean

With a primary goal of building and sustaining institutional business alignment, the Senior Assistant Dean (Sr. AD) enables information sharing and provides point of decision making guidance for the School’s administrative activities in support of Shepherd School of Music (SSM) and Rice University mission and goals.

Director of Marketing – Cincinnati Opera

Cincinnati Opera seeks a Director of Marketing to lead a small but high-producing marketing team to achieve an annual revenue goal of $1.6 million and attendance goal of 35,000.

Symphony San Jose – General Director

Reporting to the board of directors, the General Director will provide strategic leadership and artistic management.

Development Associate

The Pasadena Symphony and POPS seeks a Development Associate who will work to maintain the fundraising efforts of the PSA.

Director of Leadership Giving

The Director of Leadership Giving will be the critical relationship manager with DPAA’s most generous donors, raising their philanthropic sights and generating significant philanthropic revenue for the organization.

Tenure Track Faculty – Critical Theory, Dramatic Literature, and Practice in Theatre

Teaching a 12-unit per semester course-load including Multicultural Theatre, theory and criticism; script analysis; General Education and required theatre major related courses.

Dean, University of Southern California Thornton School of Music

The Dean provides executive oversight of all aspects of the school.

Executive Assistant

Reporting to the dean, the Executive Assistant (EA) performs the administrative management and technical duties of the dean’s office....

Music Director, Greenville Symphony Orchestra

The Music Director is responsible for the repertoire, programming, and artistic production.

Director of HGOco – Houston Grand Opera

The incoming Director will be an individual driven to actively engage within Houston’s many neighborhoods, diverse populations, and restorative civic and educational efforts.

Engagement Manager, Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech

Are you passionate about arts education for youth? Join the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech's energetic, creative programming team in this new Engagement Manager position!

Chair of Arts Entrepreneurship

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), a college distinguished for 135 years of advancing art and design, is seeking a collaborative, forward-looking, highly creative, and visionary individual to become the Chair of Arts Entrepreneurship

Music & Artistic Director, KKBE, Charleston, SC

ging individual to bring musical and visual artistry to our congregational worship and programming, and be an integral member of our worship planning team.

Wharton Center for Performing Arts at Michigan State University – Executive Director

The ED will establish and nurture innovative partnerships across the university, with national and global artists and producers, community partners, and in support of the university’s overarching educational mission .

Los Angeles Master Chorale: Associate Director, Institutional Giving

The Los Angeles Master Chorale, a resident company of The Music Center of Los Angeles, seeks a skilled Associate Director, Institutional Giving to create, develop and execute strategic fundraising plans for foundation, corporate and government giving to the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

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Why American Conservatory Theater Is Shutting Down Its Admired MFA Program

"The school had been working tirelessly to find a university partner in order to stay open. … But, as ACT artistic director Pam MacKinnon put it, there were three reasons that such a partnership did not come to fruition: 'COVID, COVID, COVID.'" - American Theatre

The Brave, Skilled, And Versatile “Swings” Who Keep “The Lion King” Running Through The Pandemic

Jacqueline René, for instance, can do, and has done, everything from Nala the lioness and Shenzi the zebra to the bird lady, a patch of savanna grass, and the eye of the ghost of Mufasa — all depending on who tested positive for COVID that day. - New York...

Omicron Is Wreaking Havoc With Touring Broadway Shows

“Touring, when we can perform, is going great — the audiences are showing up, and the audiences are enthusiastic. Touring is not going great when Covid sweeps through our company, which has happened to every one of our tours.” - The New York Times

As Big West End Shows Offer Massive Discounts, Smaller Shows Are Being Squeezed Out

"Theatre producer David Pugh (fears) it could spell the end of plays in the West End. … By contrast with his show, where tickets have a top price of £59, major West End shows have cut prices to as little as £10." - The Guardian

Broadway Fires Its Harry Potter

The show on Sunday issued a statement saying that James Snyder, who played the title role for about a year before the pandemic and then rejoined the show when it restarted last fall, had been terminated following a complaint by Diane Davis, the actress playing his wife, Ginny. -...

We’re All Used To Streaming Theatre Now, But What About Augmented Reality Theatre?

You know, hologram theatre in your kitchen or living room or ... wherever. "Theater makers are naturally fascinated: They’re used to working in 3-D. ... As soon as you bring a director or stage designer or choreographer into V.R., you see their brains whirring." - The New York Times

The Whirling Dervishes Of Konya Are Torn

The ritual of sema (as it's called) is meant to be a sacred meditative practice, and its practitioners are devout Sufis uncomfortable with commercialization. On the other hand, the Turkish city where they live needs the tourist money. - PRI's The World

Getting Copyright, And Compensation, For The Choreographers Of Hit Music Videos — Including TikTok

Says dancer/choreographer JaQuel Knight, who founded Knight Choreography and Music Publishing Inc. to address the issue, "Over the past year and a half, so many of the biggest records were directly tied to TikTok dances. Those songs made millions. And the creators of the dances received zero." - Dance...

Super Bowl Half-Time Dancers Aren’t OK With Rehearsing And Performing For Exposure

Of course: "Field cast participants — aspiring dancers, actors, singers and musicians recruited from local drill teams as well as theatrical, community and athletic groups — are expected to be grateful for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity." But wait; it's 2022. - Los Angeles Times

How Do We Know For Sure About The Gender Imbalance In Ballet? It’s Thanks To This Woman

Dance Data Project founder Elizabeth Yntema: "The lack of artistic and leadership opportunities for women in ballet has been talked about for years. But since nobody was putting numbers to it, it was all anecdotal. … Without data, it's almost impossible to measure progress." - The New York Times

A New TV Dance Competition Will Restage Set Pieces From “Dirty Dancing”

The series, titled The Real Dirty Dancing and debuting on Fox on February 1, will feature eight celebrities learning routines from the film at the lodge where the original was shot. - Deadline

Cincinnati Ballet Has A New Artistic Director

Jodie Gates —founding director of USC's Kaufman School of Dance, former assistant to William Forsythe as well as admired choreographer in her own right, former principal dancer at the Joffrey, Pennsylvania, and Frankfurt Ballets and Complexions Contemporary Ballet — begins her term on August 1. - The Cincinnati Enquirer

How Shirley Jackson Took Apart The Pieces Of Postwar American Womanhood

"(Her) career endeavor (was) to explore the fragmentary internal landscape of her generation of women, often through themes of madness, fracturing, and disorientation." - Guernica

The Long, Odd History Of American Comic Books

After starting as kids’ entertainment, they were used as World War II propaganda and even a vehicle for public education about the atomic bomb. Then some comics, pursuing an adult audience, grew dark, violent and sexual enough to cause an outright moral panic. And then came the '60s. -...

Why Spats In Academia Are So Nasty

Reviewers are faced with essays that are additions to their already heavy workloads that could have used more time. And the inclination to take one’s frustrations out on the author is just too great. - 3 Quarks Daily

Why Do Certain Sentences Become Famous Independently Of The Works They’re Part Of?

"You can't handle the truth!" or "We tell ourselves stories in order to live." "Celebrity sentences," Nicola Sayers dubs them. "There are countless brilliant sentences that never make it to celebrity status. So what's the formula? What elevates certain sentences above the others?" - 3 Quarks Daily

Catch The “Vibe”

Once, vibe, mood, and energy were watchwords of the counterculture. Today, this vocabulary has diffused beyond any niche group. - The Drift

The Limits Of The Young Adult Label

Selling books is complex, and author Malinda Lo, winner of the National Book Award for young people, says the label is just marketing. "I like very complicated people who make bad decisions because, you know what? Those are the ones who make the best characters." - Slate

Pivot To Video Is Changing The Performing Arts

 “You get something different from film. We want to be specific in our storytelling: we want it to be close-up and we want to feel the energy of the artist. That means venturing into film. It’s not cheap but it’s extremely rewarding.” - Style Weekly (Richmond)

“Fight Club” Gets A Whole New Ending For Streaming In China

In execution, it's sort of lame: instead of explosions, a title card is slipped in to say that the authorities foiled Project Mayhem and Tyler Durden was sent to a "lunatic asylum." And, says one source, this was probably done by the distributor, not the government's censors themselves. -...

Indie Movies Are Quite Odd Right Now

Let’s call them “bizart-house movies,” for lack of a better term — unapologetically odd and original creations, led by a gifted group of rebel auteurs who don’t kowtow to popular expectations. - Variety

Social Media Is Flooding Us With Addictive Junk News

A digital drug for anyone with a phone, and especially young people, the TikTok app uses random reinforcement — similar to a slot machine on the Las Vegas strip — to keep users scrolling. It has changed the way Americans tell and view stories. - Salon

Artists To “Meta”: We Don’t Trust You

Many have begun fleeing Instagram... They expressed skepticism that Meta, a social-media behemoth, could develop, launch and manage a marketplace where they weren’t looking over their shoulders. - Forbes

Countries That Fund Public Broadcasting Better Have Healthier Democracies: Study

The question is: in which direction does the causality run? - Nieman Lab

Badal Roy, Who Brought Indian Tabla Drumming To Cutting-Edge Jazz, Dead At 82

He had only the rudiments of Indian classical training and played in an unorthodox manner, using up to seven drums instead of the conventional two. He spent a long career working with musicians from John McLaughlin to Miles Davis to Ornette Coleman to Herbie Mann. - The New York...

The Weird Spat Over A Star NPR Reporter’s Report On The Supreme Court

In her own telephone conversation with The Daily Beast, Nina Totenberg—a towering presence at NPR who has been there since 1975—responded to NPR's public editor Kelly McBride, the justices, and general criticism of her story. - The Daily Beast

Elza Soares, Brazil’s Grande Dame Of Samba, Dead At 91

"(She) rose from the slums of Rio de Janeiro and became one of Brazil's most popular singers of all time by fusing the traditional samba with bossa nova, Afro-Cuban, pop, soul, jazz and even punk sounds." - MSN (The Washington Post)

Lee Godie Was Chicago’s Iconic ‘Bag Lady’ Artist

Godie was a "weathered blond woman wearing a rabbit fur coat and men’s orthopedic slip-ons as she hawked her art on Michigan Avenue." The short-tempered artist, whose work ended up in solo shows and museums, lived mostly on the streets. - The New York Times

The Value Of Stephen Sondheim’s Estate

The “West Side Story” songwriter’s assets totaled approximately $75 million, according to papers accompanying his 2017 will filed in Manhattan Surrogate’s court last month. - New York Post

An Actress Takes Control Of The ‘Unsexy’ Side Of Movies

Dakota Johnson is now a producer. She says, "It’s not about control. It’s about contribution. It’s about collaboration. ... It’s about really reaching for an idea and sticking to it and maintaining the integrity of whatever story is trying to be told." - Los Angeles Times