“No other American orchestra comes close to equaling the Minnesota Orchestra’s achievement as a recording powerhouse over the past quarter-century. Most orchestras in the U.S. are not recording at all or release only occasional live recordings, usually on in-house labels with zero support from major record companies.” But Osma Vänskä and the Minnesotans have been racking up rave reviews, awards, and sales figures with their CDs on the BIS label. Reporter Terry Blain looks at how they do it.
“The postmodern choreographer and director came to prominence in the 1960s and ’70s, first with Judson Dance Theater and then with her own eponymous company. She shut down her troupe almost two decades ago to work as a freelance director, relaunched it nine years later to stage a couple of revivals … and then just kept going.” Rachel Elson talks to Childs about how having her own company has been different the second time around and why she’s decided to stop.
The architecture of most deep learning models is based on layers of processing– an artificial neural network that is inspired by the neurons of the biological brain. Yet neuroscientists do not agree on exactly what intelligence is, and how it is formed in the human brain — it’s a phenomena that remains unexplained.
Well, as Scrooge in the majority of A Christmas Carol, anyway. Posy Simmonds, author of Gemma Bovary and Tamara Drewe, is ready to let her grump loose on the world. “I start in notebooks and was drawing a character who I thought might run an art gallery. I’ve always thought that, with rare exceptions like Mrs Danvers [from Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca], women really aren’t allowed to be total rotters.”
In Oaxaca, Mexico, rap and hip hop have been dominated by men. But women are changing the scene. Every month in the central plaza, Oaxacans can hear “a tight-knit group of women who are rapping as a way to draw attention to issues like poverty, gender inequalities and disenfranchisement of indigenous communities.”
But writers don’t get to choose what their words mean after they send them out into the world. “Kindly and self-skewering, Lamott, now 64, has been doggedly chronicling the messy stuff of life — refracting her own complicated stories of addiction and loss — in mordantly comic and sharply observed memoirs and novels for over three decades.”
Amanda Peet of The Romanoffs (and many, many other shows) wanted to get better at tennis so that a play she was writing could be more realistic. But “‘writing is easier than tennis,’ she said. ‘And that’s saying a lot.'”
Betzabé Garcia broke out with a documentary in 2015, and since then she’s won awards for her short films – and now she’s working on “an over the top, hyper-stylized documentary which peers into the life of Garcia’s roommate, the now-famous YouTuber #Mickey, who at the age of 11 started making videos as a way of dealing with the intense homophobia present in her community.”
The poet believed that Shakespeare wrote some of the plays almost as a single work, about Puritan suppression of sexuality and an avenging goddess. Why read it now? “The thrilling effrontery of Hughes’s vision has three outstanding and transcendent qualities. First, it hot-wires the reader into the wild voltage of his fascination with myth, language and folklore.”
Take a look at films and movies from the past, say, 20 years. It’s not pretty. “If this survey of today’s extreme culture tells us anything, it is that humans have worn out their welcome.”
And the fine was minuscule. Of course. The only way to truly see how little the fine affects Facebook is to put it in contrast to how much money the company makes per hour. “Still, even by that metric, Facebook’s profit dwarfs the fine.”
The play, a choreopoem whos full name was For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Was Enuf, has been an identity-affirming find for young women for decades. “‘Zake was a woman of extravagance and flourish, and she left quickly without suffering,’ said Ifa Bayeza, her sister who also is a playwright and theater artist. ‘It’s a huge loss for the world. I don’t think there’s a day on the planet when there’s not a young woman who discovers herself through the words of my sister.'”
Yesterday afternoon alarms were activated when a man smashed the glass box surrounding the Magna Carta, which is displayed to visitors in the cathedral’s chapter house. This was shortly before 5pm, when the exhibition was due to close to the public. Police were immediately called and the entire cathedral was evacuated. There were no injuries.
The phrase “dumbing down” got its start in entertainment. During the golden age of Hollywood, in the 1930s, “dumbing down” became a screenwriter’s shorthand for making an idea simple enough that people with limited education or experience could understand it. Over time, it came to refer to intellectual oversimplification of all kinds, particularly in the interest of making something coarsely popular. In education, it named a worry about curricula and policy: that students were being asked to do less, held to a lower standard than necessary than they are capable of—and that is necessary to produce an informed citizenry. In the process, “dumbing down” has entrenched and spread as a lamentation, often well beyond any justification.
FilmStruck is best known as the exclusive streaming home for The Criterion Collection, which was previously available to stream on Hulu. In addition to streaming films, FilmStruck also produced original content featuring director’s commentary and series such as film historian David Bordwell’s “Observations on Film Art.” When the service launched two years ago, it was touted as containing “the largest streaming library of contemporary and classic arthouse, indie, foreign and cult films.”
“[Playing in the avant-garde improvisation group] Nuova Consonanza really reunited me with the love of my life — composing absolute music, music that is not related to a film, or to a pop song. One of our rules was to avoid anything that was melodic, anything that was usual. We had to produce very strange sounds, very complicated sounds, because we wanted to get as far away as possible from the so-called traditions of classical music. The experience with them really helped me to bear the burden of working in the commercial sector.”