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Thursday, March 2


Download Your Feelings Online Music fans are uploading playlists they've created to music services and tagging them thematically. It's "a phenomenon that some researchers predict will dramatically change the online music business before the decade is out. IMixes are the online cousins of amateur cassette-tape and CD mixes created over the years by countless music collectors as soundtracks for parties and road trips. Many of the playlists focus on a theme -- and many of those on a personal one, whether the subject is a lost love, a class reunion, a nasty breakup, duty in Iraq or a new romance." Washington Post 03/01/06
Posted: 03/02/2006 7:08 am

Social Networking Beats Big Media Sites "In the past 12 months, 'social networking' has gone from being the next big thing to the thing itself. Last month, MySpace, the site that famously propelled the Arctic Monkeys to pop stardom, overtook the BBC website in terms of visitor numbers. Along with competing sites Bebo and Facebook, MySpace has formed one of the fastest growing sectors on the internet." The Guardian (UK) 03/02/06
Posted: 03/01/2006 8:50 pm

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A Vancouver Olympics (By Design?) Vancouver hosts the next winter Olympics. So what will its Olympic architecture be? "Turin served the world divine chocolate and a legacy of architecture by geniuses: a university complex by Norman Foster, the redeveloped Lingotto factory complex by Renzo Piano, the Palasport stadium by Arata Isozaki. For its part, Vancouver will host some fine moments in city building, such as the Olympic Village, but the city is inviting the world to "come play with us" in buildings beaten up by the rising cost demands of an overheated construction industry. Expect a lot of metal cladding and concrete block." The Globe & Mail (Canada) 03/02/06
Posted: 03/02/2006 7:27 am

Cincinnati Museum Votes Expansion The Cincinnati Art Museum is embarking on a huge expansion. "It will cost at least $125 million and add 110,000 square feet, underground parking, new and renovated galleries and an outdoor sculpture park. And it will eclipse the city's most recent art museum projects: construction of the $35 million Contemporary Arts Center in 2002-03 and the $22.8 million renovation and expansion of the Taft Museum of Art in 2003-04." Cincinnati Enquirer 03/01/06
Posted: 03/01/2006 9:36 pm

Another Whitney Biennial? Hmnnn... "The Biennial embodies the Whitney’s eternal identity crisis. The museum cannot abandon its American focus, but today there’s every reason to emphasize global rather than national perspectives. (Besides, art fairs churn out surveys constantly.) What’s the Whitney to do with the Biennial? Its predicament is serious but also funny." New York Magazine 02/27/06
Posted: 03/01/2006 9:06 pm

2005's Most-Visited Exhibitions Three of the top ten most-visited exhibitions worldwide last year were in Japan. The Art Newspaper publishes its annual list... The Art Newspaper 03/01/06
Posted: 03/01/2006 5:52 pm

Deceased MoMA Curator's Inside Memoir William S. Rubin, the longtime curator of the Museum of Modern Art died at the age of 78 in January. Before he died he wrote a memoir. "The 198-page typescript chronicles Rubin’s professional life, with particular focus on the museum’s complex relationships with dealers, trustees, collectors and artists. Few if any published accounts lay out these usually covert matters in such frank detail." The Art Newspaper 03/01/06
Posted: 03/01/2006 5:45 pm

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Blurry Boundaries - Where Is Classical Music? "Where does classical music begin and end? I don't mean in terms of chronology - whether it starts with Josquin or Monteverdi, or finishes with Schönberg or Stockhausen. I ask the question in relation to generic boundaries, and I want an answer because so much effort has been expended recently on "breaking down the barriers" which supposedly surround classical music that it has become impossible to maintain any focused sense of what those barriers were originally intended to mark." The Telegraph (UK) 03/02/06
Posted: 03/01/2006 9:53 pm

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Arts Issues

UK To Reconsider Artist Visa Changes The UK government has agreed to reconsider new visa requirements for foreign artists performing in Britain. "Campaigners had been fearful that organisations such as orchestras or touring theatre companies would no longer be able to apply as a group to enter the UK but rather each individual would have to attend in person at a British consulate in their own country. As well as the significant extra cost and bureaucracy this would create, it was also feared that if one person was refused a visa an entire tour might be scrapped." The Stage 03/02/06
Posted: 03/02/2006 7:41 am

Edinburgh's New Director - A Minnow? The Edinburgh Festival has a new director. "Just how Edinburgh, the city of Hume and Mill, the home along one main street of three latterday Walter Scotts – Rowling, Rankin, McCall Smith – the Venice of the North, the greatest arts festival between Aix-en-Provence and Santa Fe, just how Edinburgh got itself into such a selection muddle that it had to hire a minnow from the other side of the world is almost beyond comprehension." La Scena Musicale 03/01/06
Posted: 03/01/2006 7:25 pm

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Alan Ayckbourn Suffers Stroke The 66-year-old British playwright is in a hospital in Scarborough, northeast England, after falling ill a week ago. Ayckbourn is artistic director of the seaside town's Stephen Joseph Theatre.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (AP) 03/02/06
Posted: 03/02/2006 7:37 am

When Byron Janis Met Georges Sand's Granddaughter Aurore was the granddaughter of Georges Sand. She "was brought up by her grandmother until age 11, when Sand died. After her death, she told me that she decided to completely dedicate her life to her grandmother's memory. 'Chopin was an ingrate!' she told me. 'My grandmother ran the house solely for him, disrupting all our lives, and yet when he left, there was never any communication from him, not even a letter'." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 02/28/06
Posted: 03/02/2006 6:49 am

Shakespeare's Picture (Probably) "After three and a half years' research, and the detailed examination of six paintings, the National Portrait Gallery has concluded that the so-called Chandos portrait shows the true face of Shakespeare - probably." The Guardian (UK) 03/02/06
Posted: 03/01/2006 9:00 pm

Yale Appoints Storr Art School Dean Robert Storr has been named dean of the Yale School of Art. "Storr will have a five-year appointment, Yale said in a statement yesterday. He is a former curator at New York's Museum of Modern Art and a contributing editor at Art in America magazine. Next year he will be the first American commissioner of the Venice Biennale." Bloomberg.com 03/01/06
Posted: 03/01/2006 5:37 pm

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Scottish Theatre Faces Closure Scottish theatres fear they will have to close under a new public arts funding scheme. "For 7:84, which has in the past received around £250,000 a year from the arts council, "core" funding will run out in August. It will be able to apply for funding for individual projects that run from March 2007 onwards, but with no guarantee of getting anything." The Scotsman 03/02/06
Posted: 03/02/2006 7:48 am

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Poll: People Like Happy Endings "Forty-one per cent are overwhelmingly in favour of books with a happy ending, as against 2.2% who like it sad. Women were 13% more likely than men to say they want it all to end happily. Almost one fifth of men expressed a preference for books with ambiguous endings." The Guardian (UK) 03/02/06
Posted: 03/01/2006 8:56 pm

A Trend To Audiobooks Sales of audiobooks were up four percent in 2004. "The major trend emerging from the survey showed higher revenue from new audio formats and the continued slow fade of the traditional audio cassette. MP3 CDs represented 1 percent of sales and digital downloads represented 6 percent of sales in 2004." Publishers Weekly 03/01/06
Posted: 03/01/2006 7:34 pm

Writers Warn Of Totalitarianism Salman Rushdie and a group of other writers have published a statement in a French paper warning of Islamic totalitarianism. "The writers say the violence sparked by the publication of cartoons satirising the Prophet Muhammad shows the need to fight for secular values and freedom." BBC 03/01/06
Posted: 03/01/2006 5:30 pm

Librarians Vote Mockingbird The "Must Read" Book A survey of librarians to mark World Book Day has voted "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee as the "book adults should read before they die." They "came out in favour of The Bible in second place and The Lord of the Rings trilogy in third place. But international best-seller The Da Vinci Code only gained one nomination." BBC 03/01/06
Posted: 03/01/2006 5:25 pm

Authors Protest London Book Fair Producers Authors including Will Self, Ian McEwan, Nick Hornby, JM Coetzee and Mike Leigh are protesting against the organizer of the London Book Fair. The authors are complaining that the producer also organised Europe's biggest arms fair in London last year. BBC 03/01/06
Posted: 03/01/2006 5:19 pm

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The Brokeback Mashups Online parodies of "Brokeback Mountain" are proliferating. "If they're well made, the parodies can presumably serve as a calling card for those who sign their work; some of them are viewed hundreds of thousands of times. Generally, though, the "Brokeback" spoofs are nothing but labors of love, or gay panic, or both." The New York Times 03/02/06
Posted: 03/02/2006 7:35 am

Report: In A Multi-Channel Universe, We Pick Only A Few The average American home now gets 96 TV channels. A new study reports that "though they may have plenty on, the average person watches only 15 of them." Los Angeles Times 03/02/06
Posted: 03/02/2006 7:30 am

Hollywood Guilds Want More For Downloads Hollywood unions are "criticizing the Walt Disney Co.-owned network for deciding to pay residuals on TV episode sales to video iPod users under the same payment formula for DVD sales. That interpretation has angered guild leaders, who contend that Hollywood talent is getting shortchanged by an antiquated formula." Los Angeles Times 03/01/06
Posted: 03/02/2006 7:05 am

Downloaded TV - The Hot New Thing Although still far behind music, television shows represent the fastest-growing type of files downloaded online. As Internet speeds increase and software improves, almost anyone can get high-quality bootlegs of such popular shows as "Desperate Housewives," "24" and "The O.C." — minus the commercials that make "free" TV free. TV producers are worried. Los Angeles Times 03/01/06
Posted: 03/02/2006 6:57 am

Yahoo! Dials Back TV Plans Yahoo! says it is scaling back plans to produce TV shows for the internet. Instead, the company will concentrate on user-created content. "I now get excited about user-generated content the way I used to get excited about thinking about what television shows would work." The New York Times 03/02/06
Posted: 03/02/2006 6:55 am

The Newly-Accessible Avant Garde "Now the elusive avant-garde item is viewable and re-viewable with a flick of your DVD remote. Unsupported by the film industry's marketing and promotion, such proudly independent works usually plummet straight to obscurity — joining the vast unseen cinema, to borrow the title of a new DVD set devoted to making that cinema more seeable than ever before. Not only is this a great development for movie buffs and avant-garde connoisseurs. It also marks a quantum improvement in the plight of film-studies and art-history professors wanting to illuminate this shadowy continent in the classroom." Chronicle of Higher Education 03/01/06
Posted: 03/01/2006 9:39 pm

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O'Connor Takes On The Critics "How much should a critic know about a choreographer's intentions and talk about them? There often seems to be a disconnect between what choreographers say they're doing and what actually occurs onstage." Tere O'Connor takes issue with how critics write about dance. Village Voice 03/01/06
Posted: 03/01/2006 9:20 pm

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