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A Copy Editor Disavows Copyediting

It’s clear that copyediting as it’s typically practiced is a white supremacist project, that is, not only for the particular linguistic forms it favors and upholds, which belong to the cultures of whiteness and power, but for how it excludes or erases the voices and styles of those who don’t or won’t perform this...

Black Dancers In Pacific Northwest Ballet Reflect On Their Careers

When you see more people who look like you onstage, it makes you want to go and it makes you want to bring people with you. If there are people who look like you, it’s more inviting. - Seattle Times

Naps Are A Creative Canvas

The relationship between sleep, dreaming, and creativity has been the subject of conjecture for hundreds of years. Reports of creative inspiration and discoveries made by artists, inventors, and scientists while dreaming suggest these states of mind are intimately bound together. - Nautilus

Tales From The Road: The Book-signings/readings No One Comes To

In-person author appearances are back in local bookstores, after a long pandemic absence. And for every standing-room-only reading featuring a massively well-known name, there might be a quiet event, with empty chairs outnumbering occupied ones. - Seattle Times

No, We Don’t Have Different Learning Styles

Despite its appeal, there is simply no credible evidence to support the idea that attending to learning styles actually supports learning, regardless of how well-intentioned the teacher might be. To paraphrase the physicist Wolfgang Pauli, not only is it not right, it’s not even wrong. - Aeon

It Isn’t Just Humanities: Science Education Is Seriously Broken

Leaders see science as essential to national prosperity, well-being and, of course, competitiveness. So, is research fit for the challenge of advancing, refining or critiquing these goals? Not exactly. And it won’t be until there is fundamental reform to the gateway to a research career: PhD training. - Nature

Popular Music Has Become An Asset Class

Justin Bieber selling his catalogue for $200 million is just the latest example.  Investment funds have been paying big money for rights to pop songs and jazz, especially older music, and collecting the income from streaming and cover versions.  Now there's even a music futures index. (Oh God.) - Ludwig Van

The Dancers Who Escaped Russia

If the war has made refugees out of some Ukrainian dancers, it's made soldiers out of others. - 60 Minutes

“Opera Can Be Hip-Hop, and Hip-Hop Can Be Opera”: Figaro In A South Side Chicago Barbershop

Baritone Will Livermore and DJ King Rico have adapted Rossini's Barber of Seville into a work called The Factotum, "blending operatic writing with a kaleidoscope of styles like R&B, funk, hip-hop, gospel, rap and, of course, barbershop quartet" — opening next week at Lyric Opera of Chicago. - The New York Times

Intriguing Questions About How AI Trains On Large Language Models

Do they merely memorize training data and reread it out loud, or are they picking up the rules of English grammar and the syntax of C language? Are they building something like an internal world model—an understandable model of the process producing the sequences? - The Gradient

Teachers In A Florida County Cover All Books In Their Classrooms, Fearful Of Felony Charges

"The Manatee County School District directed teachers to remove all books that had not yet been approved by a specialist from their classroom libraries. ... Many teachers have chosen to close access altogether, since making unvetted books available could lead to felony prosecution." - Sarasota Herald-Tribune

As Deepfakes Proliferate, Countries Struggle With What’s Real

The worst abusers of the technology tend to be the hardest to catch, operating anonymously, adapting quickly and sharing their synthetic creations through borderless online platforms.  - The New York Times

Archaeologists Find 9000-Year-Old Stonehenge-Like Structure On The Bottom Of Lake Michigan

They uncovered a rock with a prehistoric carving of a mastodon, as well as a collection of stones arranged in a Stonehenge-like manner. - The Archeologist

American Artists Are Worried About AI And Copyright.  American Policymakers, Not So Much.

"While the UK and the European Union have released more specific guidelines around AI development, such as the Digital Single Market Directive and the proposed Artificial Intelligence Act,  the US is currently lacking regulations or legislation around what is already proving to be a disruptive technology." - ARTnews

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Appoints Choreographer Aszure Barton Artist-In-Residence

"The appointment follows a long vacancy after resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo's departure in 2018. ... (While) Cerrudo lived in Chicago full-time and, until 2015, was also a dancer in the company, Barton's tenure is likely to be more transient. She'll come to Chicago for two weeks here, four weeks there." - Chicago Tribune

US Museums And Universities Have Thousands Of Indigenous People’s Remains, Three Decades After A Law Required Their Return

"Our reporting, in partnership with NBC News, has found that a small group of institutions and government bodies has played an outsized role in the law's failure. Ten institutions hold about half of the Native American remains that have not been returned to tribes." - ProPublica

Do Not Send That Disputed Van Gogh Back, Federal Court Orders Detroit Institute Of Arts

"Federal appeals court judges Wednesday ordered (museum) officials to hold onto a long-missing multimillion-dollar painting by Vincent van Gogh" — The Novel Reader — "less than a week after (a judge) dismissed a lawsuit filed by the purported owner, Brazilian collector Gustavo Soter," who claims it was stolen from him. - The Detroit News

Facial Recognition Software Helps Identify A Raphael

"Researchers from the (UK) used facial recognition technology to identify the author of a painting known as the de Brécy Tondo. ... The researchers found that the faces of the Madonna and child in the de Brécy Tondo were identical to ones in the Raphael altarpiece Sistine Madonna." - ARTnews

Artistic Director Of London’s Donmar Warehouse Announces His Planned Departure

Michael Longhurst, who took the top job at the small and extremely successful theatre in 2019, will depart when his five-year contract ends in 2024. (He also expressed confidence that the Donmar would remain financially healthy despite the loss of its Arts Council England funding.) - WhatsOnStage (London)

Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director of New York’s Primary Stages, Is Dead At 53

For 21 years he led Primary Stages, one of New York's most prominent Off-Broadway companies, producing works by such playwrights as Theresa Rebeck, Terrence McNally, Charles Busch, Horton Foote, Danai Gurira, A.R. Gurney, Billy Porter, and Kate Hamill. - Deadline

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Naps Are A Creative Canvas

The relationship between sleep, dreaming, and creativity has been the subject of conjecture for hundreds of years. Reports of creative inspiration and discoveries made by artists, inventors, and scientists while dreaming suggest these states of mind are intimately bound together. - Nautilus

As Deepfakes Proliferate, Countries Struggle With What’s Real

The worst abusers of the technology tend to be the hardest to catch, operating anonymously, adapting quickly and sharing their synthetic creations through borderless online platforms.  - The New York Times

Arts Groups Must Innovate If They Want An Audience

The pandemic accelerated a generational shift: "Past program choices are not adequately energizing younger audiences. They want the experience to be new and different, on their feet, immersed in the experience and socially connected." - Seattle Times

What Gives Food Its Taste?

Turns out it's what's already in your mouth. "When people eat, he explains, they don’t actually savor the food itself, but a mixture of the food plus saliva." - Smithsonian

Dallas Paper Tries Replacing Its Architecture Critic With Artificial Intelligence

Things didn't go well: "Because an AI program can’t 'be there,' it ends up, like a lazy college freshman, culling what material it can find floating around the internet and regurgitating it in a generic format." And the factual errors weren't great either. - Dallas Morning News

After Humans Come The “Trans-humans”

Transhumanism emerged as a distinct school of thought in the 1980s, when philosophers, scientists, and artists began to think intensively about how technology might transform human bodies and minds. - American Scholar

No, We Don’t Have Different Learning Styles

Despite its appeal, there is simply no credible evidence to support the idea that attending to learning styles actually supports learning, regardless of how well-intentioned the teacher might be. To paraphrase the physicist Wolfgang Pauli, not only is it not right, it’s not even wrong. - Aeon

It Isn’t Just Humanities: Science Education Is Seriously Broken

Leaders see science as essential to national prosperity, well-being and, of course, competitiveness. So, is research fit for the challenge of advancing, refining or critiquing these goals? Not exactly. And it won’t be until there is fundamental reform to the gateway to a research career: PhD training. - Nature

American Artists Are Worried About AI And Copyright.  American Policymakers, Not So Much.

"While the UK and the European Union have released more specific guidelines around AI development, such as the Digital Single Market Directive and the proposed Artificial Intelligence Act,  the US is currently lacking regulations or legislation around what is already proving to be a disruptive technology." - ARTnews

US Museums And Universities Have Thousands Of Indigenous People’s Remains, Three Decades After A Law Required Their Return

"Our reporting, in partnership with NBC News, has found that a small group of institutions and government bodies has played an outsized role in the law's failure. Ten institutions hold about half of the Native American remains that have not been returned to tribes." - ProPublica

Florida Governor’s Desire To Whitewash History Is Sparking Pushback

"The latest controversy in Florida education policies began this month, when the DeSantis administration said a pilot Advanced Placement course on Black history would not be approved by the state Department of Education because it violated state law and 'lacks educational value.'" - Washington Post

It’s Not Just The Oscars Failing Black Women – It’s The Whole Ecosystem

"What does it say that the Black women who did everything the institution asks of them — luxury dinners, private academy screenings, meet-and-greets, splashy television spots and magazine profiles — are ignored when someone who did everything outside of the system is rewarded?" - Los Angeles Times

Popular Music Has Become An Asset Class

Justin Bieber selling his catalogue for $200 million is just the latest example.  Investment funds have been paying big money for rights to pop songs and jazz, especially older music, and collecting the income from streaming and cover versions.  Now there's even a music futures index. (Oh God.) - Ludwig Van

“Opera Can Be Hip-Hop, and Hip-Hop Can Be Opera”: Figaro In A South Side Chicago Barbershop

Baritone Will Livermore and DJ King Rico have adapted Rossini's Barber of Seville into a work called The Factotum, "blending operatic writing with a kaleidoscope of styles like R&B, funk, hip-hop, gospel, rap and, of course, barbershop quartet" — opening next week at Lyric Opera of Chicago. - The New York Times

A Chinese Musician Is Working To Revive The Gehu

The gehu, an instrument which was introduced into Chinese orchestras in the 20th century and then replaced by the cello, "has four strings, a fingerboard and a horizontal cylinder." One Berklee student wants it to make a comeback. - The World

Fighting The Good Fight Against Focal Dystonia

At USC in Los Angeles, faculty at the Thornton School of Music are working with neurologists, otolaryngologists, psychologists, physical therapists, and other health care professionals on ways to treat, and to prevent, the repetitive-motion neuromuscular disorder that can end musicians' careers. - San Francisco Classical Voice

British Opera Singer Creates A Work Based On Music Of Enslaved Ancestors

Baritone Peter Braithwaite: "These folk traditions are really strong; they’re about resistance and they’re about remembrance of former freedoms, but they’re also about laying something down that can be passed on to future generations." - The Guardian (UK)

For John Adams, Revising “Girls Of The Golden West” Was Harder Than Composing It

"It was not well received, and I was devastated by the reaction. ... It was way too long in San Francisco and Amsterdam. The stories are still great, but it's considerably shorter now. I've made significant changes that I think focus on the fates of these characters." - San Francisco Classical Voice

Archaeologists Find 9000-Year-Old Stonehenge-Like Structure On The Bottom Of Lake Michigan

They uncovered a rock with a prehistoric carving of a mastodon, as well as a collection of stones arranged in a Stonehenge-like manner. - The Archeologist

Do Not Send That Disputed Van Gogh Back, Federal Court Orders Detroit Institute Of Arts

"Federal appeals court judges Wednesday ordered (museum) officials to hold onto a long-missing multimillion-dollar painting by Vincent van Gogh" — The Novel Reader — "less than a week after (a judge) dismissed a lawsuit filed by the purported owner, Brazilian collector Gustavo Soter," who claims it was stolen from him. - The Detroit News

Facial Recognition Software Helps Identify A Raphael

"Researchers from the (UK) used facial recognition technology to identify the author of a painting known as the de Brécy Tondo. ... The researchers found that the faces of the Madonna and child in the de Brécy Tondo were identical to ones in the Raphael altarpiece Sistine Madonna." - ARTnews

Amsterdam Museum Finds Out Presenting ‘Nuance’ About WWII Isn’t Such A Great Plan

The effort to provide profiles of everyone from Resistance heroes to those wowed by Nazi propaganda "has touched a sensitive nerve among many Dutch people, ... argue that it fails to adequately distinguish between good and bad behavior." - The New York Times

Take A Look At Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unbuilt Mile-High Chicago Skyscraper

"The new renderings include the Gordon Strong Automobile Objective, a planetarium proposed in 1925, as well as the National Life Insurance building, the floating cabins of Summer Colony on Lake Tahoe, and his most famous unrealized structure ... in Chicago."  - Artnet

Complete Roman-Era City Unearthed At Luxor, Ancient Egypt’s Capital

"On Tuesday, Egyptian archaeologists announced that they had uncovered a complete 1,800-year-old residential Roman city. … Most archaeological work in Luxor, a city that has regularly turned up all kinds of ancient material, has focused on temples and tombs, so the city is a somewhat unusual find." - ARTnews

A Copy Editor Disavows Copyediting

It’s clear that copyediting as it’s typically practiced is a white supremacist project, that is, not only for the particular linguistic forms it favors and upholds, which belong to the cultures of whiteness and power, but for how it excludes or erases the voices and styles of those who don’t or won’t perform this...

Tales From The Road: The Book-signings/readings No One Comes To

In-person author appearances are back in local bookstores, after a long pandemic absence. And for every standing-room-only reading featuring a massively well-known name, there might be a quiet event, with empty chairs outnumbering occupied ones. - Seattle Times

Intriguing Questions About How AI Trains On Large Language Models

Do they merely memorize training data and reread it out loud, or are they picking up the rules of English grammar and the syntax of C language? Are they building something like an internal world model—an understandable model of the process producing the sequences? - The Gradient

Teachers In A Florida County Cover All Books In Their Classrooms, Fearful Of Felony Charges

"The Manatee County School District directed teachers to remove all books that had not yet been approved by a specialist from their classroom libraries. ... Many teachers have chosen to close access altogether, since making unvetted books available could lead to felony prosecution." - Sarasota Herald-Tribune

On Not Reading

It's not the flex some celebrities seem to think it is. - The Atlantic

Texas Library Board Chair Says She Was Removed Because Of Anti-LGBTQIA Bullies

"Cat Serna-Horn says council members offered her 'political favors' to quietly resign from the board ... was told the board's compromise to keep LGBTQ sections in the library forced her removal." - KERA (Dallas)

On That Viral Video Brawl Starring The Michelle Yeoh Of Waffle House

"It's a miracle how she dispenses with the chair. 'Dispenses' isn't even the right word: She repels it. She parries it like an anime character deflecting a beam of supernatural power, like Neo dodging bullets in The Matrix, like King Kong swatting away a helicopter." - The New York Times Magazine

Israel’s New Far-Right Government Tries To Claw Back Funding For Two Documentaries About The West Bank

"The (culture) minister, Miki Zohar, of Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling Likud party, has pledged to 'revoke funding that promotes our enemy's narrative' and withhold grants from films that 'present Israeli soldiers as murderers'. … Israeli cinema, including its high-profile documentary industry, is heavily reliant on the state grants." - The Guardian

France’s Cesar Nominations Include Many For A Movie About An Injured Dancer

"Cédric Klapisch’s Rise, about a ballet dancer (Marion Barbeau) who, after an injury, seeks a new future in contemporary dance, picked up 9 César nominations." - The Hollywood Reporter

Rupert Murdoch Calls Off The Reunification Of News Corp. And Fox

"Rupert Murdoch sent letters to the board of directors of News Corp. and Fox Corp. on Tuesday, informing both groups he had decided to withdraw his recent proposal to recombine the two companies, which his family, controlling shareholders of both, split apart in 2013." - Variety

India Bans BBC Documentary About Narendra Modi And Deadly 2002 Riots

The Modi Question examines the anti-Muslim violence in Gujarat state in 2002 and the role in it played by Modi, who was then the state's premier and is now the nation's prime minister. After clips appeared on social media in India. Modi's government used emergency powers to block it. - Time

John Williams Is, Again, The Most Oscar-Nominated Person Alive

With the Academy's nod for his score for Steven Spielberg's The Fabelmans,  the 90-year-old composer has tallied 53 nominations (and counting), trailing only Walt Disney (with 59) for the most individual Oscar nominations in history. - The Hollywood Reporter

Black Dancers In Pacific Northwest Ballet Reflect On Their Careers

When you see more people who look like you onstage, it makes you want to go and it makes you want to bring people with you. If there are people who look like you, it’s more inviting. - Seattle Times

The Dancers Who Escaped Russia

If the war has made refugees out of some Ukrainian dancers, it's made soldiers out of others. - 60 Minutes

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Appoints Choreographer Aszure Barton Artist-In-Residence

"The appointment follows a long vacancy after resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo's departure in 2018. ... (While) Cerrudo lived in Chicago full-time and, until 2015, was also a dancer in the company, Barton's tenure is likely to be more transient. She'll come to Chicago for two weeks here, four weeks there." - Chicago Tribune

Rennie Harris Has Created A Curriculum To Train Dance Teachers In Hip-Hop

"Over the course of his decades-long career, Harris ... has been a guiding force, ushering hip-hop and street dance into new spaces and championing their history and legacy. ... Rennie Harris University builds on the principles that have shaped its founder's career, bringing them into the classroom." - The New York Times

All Robots Should Dance — Just Like M3GAN Does

Choreoroboticist Kate Sicchio: "It's really interesting to have this unfamiliar device do this uncanny human thing. It’s similar to why we love putting googly eyes on everything. This makes it human even though it's not supposed to be. And that becomes funny or endearing somehow." - Inverse

Dance Artists Of Color Are Getting More Chances To Lead

Kiyon Ross at Pacific Northwest Ballet: "The skills you learn as a choreographer are definitely transferable to being a leader. ... You have to have a certain kind of authority over the room—not an oppressive kind of authority, there just needs to be someone running the show." - Dance Magazine

Artistic Director Of London’s Donmar Warehouse Announces His Planned Departure

Michael Longhurst, who took the top job at the small and extremely successful theatre in 2019, will depart when his five-year contract ends in 2024. (He also expressed confidence that the Donmar would remain financially healthy despite the loss of its Arts Council England funding.) - WhatsOnStage (London)

Broadway Is Really Into Drag, But Why?

A new Some Like It Hot musical tries to balance painful depictions "and the rich reality of drag as art, self-expression, and everything in between. But can a revision of an old story featuring harmful stereotypes ever truly be a vehicle for authentic representation?" - The Takeaway

Dallas Theater Center’s Renovation Plans Cause Sticker Shock On City Council

"Dallas Mayor pro tem Omar Narvaez brought up the issue of 'sticker shock' at the very start of the meeting early Tuesday. In 2010, a master plan put renovating the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed theater at $25 million."  The current expected cost? $308 million. - KERA (Dallas)

DC’s Theater J, One Of America’s Leading Jewish Theater Companies, Appoints A New Artistic Director

Hayley Finn, 48, is a career-long specialist in new plays and has conducted workshops for nearly 1,000 scripts.  She's currently associate artistic director of the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis. - MSN (The Washington Post)

One Of Edinburgh’s Leading Theatres Could Close After Money To Complete Renovation Runs Out

Funding for the King's Theatre rehab had been secured at the project's original budget of £25.7 million, but COVID-related delays, supply chain issues and inflation have increased the cost by £8.9 million — and management says necessary work can't start until the extra money has been raised. - The Scotsman

If You Missed Broadway Musicals Last Year, Don’t Worry; Listen

Almost every show, even ones that closed relatively quickly, created a cast album. And "some improve on the shows they preserve merely by jettisoning most or mercifully all of the book. In other cases, you can actually hear what the authors had in mind." - The New York Times

Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director of New York’s Primary Stages, Is Dead At 53

For 21 years he led Primary Stages, one of New York's most prominent Off-Broadway companies, producing works by such playwrights as Theresa Rebeck, Terrence McNally, Charles Busch, Horton Foote, Danai Gurira, A.R. Gurney, Billy Porter, and Kate Hamill. - Deadline

B.V. Doshi, India’s Most Prominent Architect And First Pritzker Winner, is Dead At 95

After working as the lead local partner on Le Corbusier's and Louis Kahn's Indian projects, he designed some of India's most renowned works of modern architecture. But he was proudest of his low-cost housing developments, one of which, in Indore, has 6,500 residences hosting 80,000 people. - CNN

Why Did Cate Blanchett Choose Her Role In Tar?

Because, she says, she's "an experience junkie" - and playing a conductor was a new and challenging experience. - El País

Victor Navasky, Editor Of The Nation And Voice For Progressive Journalism, 90

Navasky "appreciated the work of making news stories passionate and beguiling. He told NPR he watched Fox News for years, because Bill O'Reilly and other Fox stars were so entertaining. ... But Navasky added he missed progressive voices in mainstream media." - NPR

Everett Quinton, Who Kept The Ridiculous Theatrical Co. Alive, Is Dead At 71

A seminal presence in both Off-Off-Broadway and queer theater, Ridiculous was founded by playwright/director/actor Charles Ludlam in the late 1960s.  Quinton became Ludlam's partner and co-star in 1975; after Ludlam died of AIDS in 1987, Quinton took over all of Ludlam's roles and maintained the company for a decade. - TheaterMania

Dick Polich, Fabricator To The Stars Of Modern American Sculpture, Is Dead At 90

"Louise Bourgeois, ... Nancy Graves, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein and Frank Stella all relied on Mr. Polich and his team of some 100 artisans to forge baubles as small as a hand's width and behemoths so large that even his cavernous facility could barely accommodate them." - The New York Times

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British Opera Singer Creates A Work Based On Music Of Enslaved Ancestors

Baritone Peter Braithwaite: "These folk traditions are really strong; they’re about resistance and they’re about remembrance of former freedoms, but they’re also about laying something down that can be passed on to future generations." - The Guardian (UK)

Can ChatGPT Replace Human Writers? No, But It Can Make Them Better

I decided to try a combination of tools to see if the AI-assisted work product would outperform my purely original work. Unsurprisingly, the work done in partnership with my AI-coworker outperformed work I did alone. - Shelly Palmer

AI Might Doom The College Essay, But Students Have Already Moved On

The current generation of students has moved on from writing. Literally. Most students fail to see the relevance of writing in a world—their world—that is largely post-literate. They are at home in media not yet born when I began teaching, media that privilege images and sounds over written text. This does not spell the...

Kimmel Center Follows Through, Evicts Philly Pops

The arts presenter removed the Philly Pops as a resident company, "shutting the group out of Verizon Hall and removing customers’ ability to buy Pops tickets from its website." - Philadelphia Inquirer

What A Decades-Long Study Tells Us About Happiness

Since 1938, the Harvard Study of Adult Development has been investigating what makes people flourish. After starting with 724 participants the study incorporated the spouses of the original men and, more recently, more than 1,300 descendants of the initial group. - The Atlantic

An Intriguing Business Model For Presenting Concerts In London

Noisenights are run via a crowdfunding model—events are announced, artists and venues secured, and when audience members buy tickets, they are helping to create a fully-funded event. Each of the 17 noisenights so far has sold out. - Van

Is Asking Smart Questions Actually Kinda Dumb?

Smart Questions are, typically, kind of dumb. And, just as typical, questions that might initially seem dumb or underinformed, or downright unintelligent, are the smartest way to learn stuff if you’re a journalist, an academic, or anybody else. - The Atlantic

The Ridiculousness Of Trying To Pick Oscar Nominees (And Winners)

Those voters can never quite decide how much heed to pay to a movie’s popularity or accessibility. That’s how you wind up with absurd best picture races like the one in 2010 between “The Hurt Locker” and “Avatar.” (“The Hurt Locker” won.) - The New York Times

Film Festivals These Days Are Treating Controversial Movies As Radioactive

"For many in the indie film world, the drama surrounding Jihad Rehab (now titled The UnRedacted) marks a new status quo. ... (There's)  a new, unspoken modus operandi in which festivals — once the bastion of provocative, button-pushing fare — are desperate to avoid controversy and the wrath of any identity-focused Twitter mob." -...

“A Justin Peck Ballet Doesn’t Look Like Anything Else”

"He is mathematical like Balanchine, but there's more of a lightness, an everyday quality that feels playful, even when the steps are technically arduous. … In honor of this peak Peck moment, we asked Peck and his collaborators to decode his artistic tics." - New York Magazine

Philly Pops Gets An Eviction Notice From The Kimmel Center

"(The venue) has told the Philly Pops that unless it immediately comes up with rent from its just-finished holiday run, as well as advance payments for upcoming concerts in February, the Pops will have to vacate the Kimmel and will no longer be allowed to perform there." - The Philadelphia Inquirer

The French Have It Right: The Right Not To Be Fun At Work

In another win for workplace dignity, one of the nation’s highest courts recently suggested that businesses cannot force their employees to participate in office parties and other supposedly enjoyable activities. - The New Yorker