Ninety-five percent of the cultural budget goes towards funding big institutions—operas, theatres, and art collections—whereas the independent scene receives the remaining 5 percent for individual projects and grants. The forty to fifty thousand independent cultural workers in the city have recently demanded for this imbalance to be changed. Artists’ political engagement is often the catalyst for a strong and diverse urban democracy, and it is therefore important to understand why and how they get engaged in politics.
“Unlike arts organizations that might have resources for evaluating the impact of their programs, individual artists often lack the capacity to measure how their projects drive social change. They are active. They are doing the work. Providing independent artists with clear content for their own advocacy, and boosting their own research capacities, is vitally important to driving evidence-based practice in the field. I know this because I am one of them.”
“I’m apprehensive about the limitations inherent in canonization, mainly canon’s inadequate literary representation of difference as tokenism, and the prohibitive inaccessibility for those who can’t afford education at the highest levels. So it’s not a canon exactly, but a corpus. It’s something more like a body: mutable, evolving, flexible, open, exposed, exposing. It’s the opposite of erasure; it’s an inscription.”
She was the daughter of Allaudin Khan, the greatest Indian classical musician of his age; her brother was Ali Akbar Khan and her first husband was Ravi Shankar. Her specialty was the surbahar (bass sitar), and when she and her husband performed together, audiences were even more impressed by her than by him. About a decade into that (very stormy) marriage, she stopped performing in public entirely and became (though something of a recluse) one of India’s most revered classical music teachers.
Ernie Smith offers a brief history of these law-enforcement teaching tools – “where they came from, how they inspired technology’s evolution, and their impact on fighting crime.”
As things currently stand, it’s hard to deny that journal publishing appears little better than a scam. It’s perhaps not an irrelevant fact that the great fraudster Robert Maxwell began his business career in academic publishing.
Follow JC Go “is based on the hugely popular Pokémon-catching game. But instead of collecting as many Pokémon as possible, players must try and find saints, biblical characters, and other religious figures to add to their Evangelization Team, known as an eTeam, and complete in-game challenges. Similar to Pokémon Go, Follow JC Go uses GPS to detect a user’s location in the city.”
As an example of Anna Deavere Smith- and Moisés Kaufman-style plays, assembled from eyewitness and participant testimony, as oral history documents, Richard Watts analyzes The Campaign, about the arrests at the Salamanca Markets in Hobart — Tasmania’s (approximate) equivalent of the Stonewall Rebellion.
Dancing, moving your body around, and trying to be sexy are all fairly vulnerable acts. Because if you do a bad job, people think you look stupid, you get rejected, and you wind up embarrassed. This fear of embarrassment often makes people stiff and uncomfortable on the dance floor.
Literature in translation has never been a priority in the Anglo-Saxon world. While, in a country like Italy, more than half of fiction titles published will be translated, in the US the share of the market is much smaller, somewhere around three percent. Translators are poorly paid and, for the most part, unsung. How encouraging, then, to see a growing advocacy for translated literature and a spirited defense of those who practice this art.
Six months earlier, faced with the reality of closing Patrick’s Cabaret within the year, I had a great deal of difficulty finding resources to help me do it well. Even discussing a closure is taboo, so there is little documentation of best practices. This is the account of an organization at the end of its lifecycle, and how we embraced its final act and staged a beautiful end to its story.
Researchers gave 1,000 pupils a list of 13 names, including Alesha Dixon and Neville Chamberlain, and asked which were playwrights. Seven out of ten managed to pick William Shakespeare from the list.
A one-hour YouTube outage on October 16 at around 9 p.m. ET resulted in a 20 percent net increase in traffic to client publishers’ sites, Chartbeat found.
It wasn’t long ago that “we were sending these kids off on their own devices with no foundation for how to approach this stuff,” recalls acting teacher Adam Noble, who created Extreme Stage Physicality, one of the earliest formalized frameworks for actors and directors to use in intimate situations on stage. Carey Purcell talks to him and several others who have developed such methods.
The push to create rivals to stunt the growth of Netflix has become a global phenomenon, as the streamer is now available in 190 countries and is poised to consistently make more money in the future abroad than in the U.S.
The service, which may exist as a standalone app or within the existing TV app, will launch in the US first and become available in more than 100 countries after a few months of availability, the report says. It will feature a mix of original programming, access to third-party services, and the ability to subscribe directly to channel packages offered by network and cable providers, similar to Amazon’s Channels feature.
Why so long away? “Because when I finished, I finished – I don’t really believe in going back. … There was no special reason. But now when Mr. Muti asked me to come, I said, ‘Why not?'” Barenboim tells Howard Reich how it feels to be back and how the CSO is different from any other orchestra he’s worked with.
— by a sizable margin, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. “The voting process [for the Great American Read] wasn’t terribly scientific … but there are themes among the final 10: They’re largely geared at young readers, nine of the top-voted authors are white, and seven are women. Half are Americans, and the only living writers among them are [J.K.] Rowling and [Diana] Gabaldon.”
“The 75-foot-long ship … appears similar to merchant vessels depicted on ancient Greek vases. A small piece of the wreck was raised and radiocarbon dated to around the fifth century B.C., a time when Greek city-states were frequently trading between the Mediterranean and their colonies along the Black Sea coast.”
977 cultural organizations throughout New York City will benefit from the $43.9 million in grants. In 2014, the DCLA provided $31.3 million for cultural programs — 2019 represents a 40% increase.
Over the past year the breathless articles that used to accompany new tech innovations have dried up, replaced with dystopian concerns about the Dark Web, privacy, hacking, fake news, and the deadening and manipulative effects of social media addiction.
People regularly complain that art criticism displays an off-putting insider-y tone, complete with jargon. But that’s not what I am about to talk about here.
Of course, it’s pure coincidence that the royal pregnancy of the Duchess of Sussex (you may know her as Meghan Markle) was announced only a little before the curtain went up on Nina Raine’s new play, Stories, at the National Theatre. But the news couldn’t be more apt.
Jon De Lucia Octet + Ted Brown, Live At The Drawing Room (Gut String Records)
Laurent Jeanneau is an amateur ethnomusicologist who has traveled across the Zomia collecting sounds. In an update to the old colonial ramblers, under the name Kink Gong, Jeanneau is also a composer who incorporates his sound recordings into live performances. Between 1996 and 2014, he amassed a huge collection of field recordings, totally nearly 160 CDs of raw sound.