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Douglas McLennan

Douglas McLennan
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Doug is the editor of ArtsJournal

Mapping The Reopening: A TRG Report

55% of U.S. organizations plan to host performances before October 2021. U.K. arts and culture organizations are even more optimistic, with 83% planning a...

How Musical Memories Evolve

Our unreliable memories of musical events are only partly the result of faulty powers of recall. Another contributing factor is the aging process. -...

Security Guards Curate Baltimore Museum Show

“I was struck and moved by the extraordinarily personal, cogent arguments that each officer made for their selection, which was so different from the...

A Music Critic Reconsiders The Star Spangled Banner As A Piece Of Music

What if, after 90 years, we took a diagnostic check on this venerable musical document to see whether it still works as intended? -...

What Jerry Saltz’s Rejection Of Substack Really Means

"Some more enterprising major-media columnists sometimes compare Substack to the broadsheets of journalism’s early decades in the 1800s, though they do this, invariably, as...

How Mathematical Models Gave Us An Advantage With COVID

Enormously useful mathematical tools that have been put to work during the pandemic—from classical differential equations to more recent techniques such as Monte Carlo...

Oklahoma City Ballet Sues Insurance Company Over Denied COVID Claims

“An all risk policy is to cover any loss that you have during the policy period, unless it is specifically excluded.” - KFOR

France Fines Google $593 Million Over News Sharing

It is "one of the first attempts to apply a new copyright directive adopted by the European Union intended to force internet platforms like...

They Said COVID Would Kill Cities. Clearly It Hasn’t

What is so alluring about the perpetually imminent End of Cities? Why won’t that idea itself die? - The New York Times

The Arts Have A Class Problem

Our research found that a complex blend of social inequalities, labour market failures, and outright discrimination are making these jobs so exclusive and keeping...

Movie Theatre Stocks Down As Industry Realigns

“Imagine being a theater owner and realizing studios need you less and less every day. Leverage is shifting rapidly in the streaming era toward...

Warner (Seeing Easy Money) Introduces “NFTs For The Masses”

Nifty’s, which launches on Monday, is all about making NFTs more accessible to the average person who may not want to spend money (let...

US Post Office Launches Stamps Featuring Tap Dancers

"Today, we are celebrating the American art form of tap dance with these vibrant stamps in the heart of Times Square." - KPVI

TV Has Done A Bad Job At Portraying Poverty

We need productions that embrace social realism without condescension, interrogate class insightfully, and present characters that are not caricatures. - The Walrus

LA’s Theatres Face Big Issues In Reopening

Two issues: Uncertainty as to when theatergoers will be ready to cram into small black boxes, and a 2020 state law that stands to...

9/11 Museum’s Twentieth Anniversary Show Canceled For Budget Cuts

Before the coronavirus pandemic, curators had discussed a large anniversary exhibition examining music’s role in uniting Americans after 9/11 and other tragedies. -...

Today’s Newsletter Boom – A New Literary Genre?

The first-person informality that has been present since the earliest days of web writing achieves its business apotheosis in the newsletter: from personal essay...

Meet Andrew Lloyd Webber, Activist

Lloyd Webber — who redefined musical theater with shows like “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Cats,” and served for years in the House...

Why Debate Over Critical Race Theory Has Nothing To Do With It

Recall the central claims of CRT. Racism is a big, systemic problem in America. If you don’t recognize that, if we can’t at least...

What To Do With The Artists Who Were Bad People?

So little of what well known thinkers and artists did or said is actually reflected in public consciousness,  assuming it makes a showing at...

Buying Culture? Unopened Super Mario Brothers Game From 1986 Sells For $1,56 Million

The auction house was shocked to see a game sell for more than a $1 million two days after the Zelda game broke its...

Vijay Gupta’s Path To Music

Being “in dialogue with an audience that otherwise would never have access to that music” opens up what Gupta calls “a mutual space of...

When Artists Decided To Make Pop Culture The Raw Materials For Their Work

In the 1950s and 60s artists increasingly looked at the products of pop culture as ideas and materials they could use for their own...

Bookshop Fined By Hungarian Government For Selling Book Featuring LGBT Families

The shop has been fined for selling a children’s story depicting a day in the life of a child with same-sex parents, with officials...

How They’re Planning To Televise The Tokyo Olympics Without Fans

Those plans include an “online cheer map” and a “fan video wall” that will be made available to TV rightsholders, and which will also...
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