Rethinking How Languages Are Taught "Too often, in practice, bilingual education has been a disaster in America. However, the problem has been one of implementation, not of philosophy. Worldwide, it has been shown endlessly that children learn to read more quickly when first taught in their native language and are gently transitioned into the dominant one." New York Sun 11/11/06
Posted: 11/12/2006 7:24 am
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Dealers Complain About Auction House Entry To Maastricht Art dealers are angry that Sotheby's and Christie's have bought their way into the Maastricht Fair. "Art fairs are supposedly the trade’s answer to auctions, a way of creating a glamorous event to attract buyers, so the presence of an auction house in a fair—let alone such a prestigious one—was seen as a Trojan horse."
The Art Newspaper 11/10/06 Posted: 11/12/2006 7:57 am
College Sells American Masterpiece To Museums Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia is selling its prized 1875 painting by Thomas Eakins "for $68 million to the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, founded by the Wal-Mart heiress Alice L. Walton and under construction in Bentonville, Ark. That sum is a record for an artwork created in the United States before World War II."
The New York Times 11/11/06 Posted: 11/12/2006 7:36 am
Critics Denounce Portrait Museum's "Appalling" Acquisition London's National Portrait Gallery has bought a picture of Lady Jane Grey for £100,000. But critics are deriding the purchase. "It's an appallingly bad picture and there's absolutely no reason to suppose it's got anything to do with Lady Jane Grey. But if the National Portrait Gallery has public money to burn, then so be it."
The Guardian (UK) 11/11/06 Posted: 11/12/2006 7:31 am
Gym Teacher Returns Piece Of Acropolis A Swedish gym teacher has returned a piece of the Acropolis to Greece. "Birgit Wiger-Angner's family held the marble for 110 years, but she decided to return it to Athens after hearing about Greece's Elgin marbles campaign. The small fragment comes from the Acropolis's Erechtheion temple."
BBC 11/10/06 Posted: 11/12/2006 7:02 am
True: Antiquities Market Is Corrupt Former Getty curator Marion True, on trial in Italy for thefts of antiquities, days the antiquities market is probably the "most corrupt" of art markets. "The museum had to accept the premise that the majority of antiquities available on the market had, in all probability, been exported from the countries of origin illegally," True, 58, wrote, explaining why the Getty adopted policies that restricted artifacts it could buy.
Bloomberg 11/10/06 Posted: 11/12/2006 6:50 am
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Back From The Dead New recordings are expensive. And better technology make it easier and easier to bring old historic recordings back to life, making them sound, in some cases, like new. "It really is amazing, after all, to put on a recording by Enrico Caruso that was made in 1920 and have it sound as though the tenor, dead 85 years now, is in the next room." Washington Post 11/11/06
Posted: 11/12/2006 7:05 am
NEA Blasts Public Radio For Giving Up On Music "A new report from the National Endowment for the Arts blasts public radio, saying it fails to fulfill its obligation to provide music that commercial stations won't touch. The NEA says public radio -- once dominated by classical, jazz and other minority forms of music -- is retreating ever further from that mission, choosing to focus on news and talk." Washington Post 11/011/06
Posted: 11/12/2006 6:59 am
Dallas Opera Wins New Contract With Musicians The Dallas Opera has avoided a strike by musicians. The new contract provides raises of 3 percent in each of the first three years, 4.8 percent in the fourth year and 5 percent in the final year. The cumulative impact will be a pay raise a little over 20 percent." Dallas Morning News 11/11/06
Posted: 11/12/2006 6:01 am
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UK To Confiscate Criminals' Book, Movie Profits The UK has proposed that "money made by criminals who sell the stories of their crimes to newspapers or have them turned into books or films will be confiscated through the courts." The Guardian (UK) 11/11/06
Posted: 11/12/2006 7:13 am
Dikes To Protect Venice Approved Italy has approved a $5.9 billion project to build dykes to protect the city from flooding. "The project, slated for completion in 2011, includes the construction of 78 floodgates that can be raised by 110 centimeters (43 inches) to keep water from entering Venice's lagoon. High tides now flood the city several times a year, damaging historic buildings and disrupting transport." Bloomberg 11/10/06
Posted: 11/12/2006 6:47 am
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Turkish State Opera To Women Musicians: Cover Up! Female Turkish orchestra musicians have been warned not to show any cleavage. "It is not appropriate for a musician's cleavage to draw more attention than the instrument they are playing. This is a state institution. Women wear dresses that show the cleft in their cleavage, which is unsightly." Hurriyet (Turkey) 11/11/06
Posted: 11/12/2006 7:27 am
Vandals Damage Boris Pasternak's Grave "The modest tombstone, at a cemetery in the famed writers' retreat of Peredelkino outside Moscow, was covered with soot after vandals put wreathes around it and set them on fire." Yahoo! (Reuters) 11/11/06
Posted: 11/12/2006 6:56 am
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Hare Gambles On Broadway Playwright David Hare is bringing his new play straight to Broadway. But why? It is the only new play opening there this fall. "Though much of his professional success has been in America, until now - with Stuff Happens and The Vertical Hour - he has never felt comfortable writing about it. What he's most famous for are his dissections of British life, yet America has played a crucial part in his political - and theatrical - education." The Observer (UK) 11/12/06
Posted: 11/12/2006 7:10 am
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A Focus On African American Books "Next week The Baltimore Times will join The New York Amsterdam News, The Philadelphia Tribune and several others in introducing Blacks & Books, a monthly insert focusing on books by or of interest to readers of African descent. The publishing industry is greeting the enterprise and its initial 100,000-copy print run with enthusiasm, and caution." The New York Times 11/12/06
Posted: 11/12/2006 7:52 am
Stoking Interest In Pynchon In The Digital Age Thomas Pynchon is now 69, but "time, and the Internet, have advanced in his favour. It's been nine years since his previous novel, 'Mason & Dixon,' came out, and fans have fully digitized their passion, building an online community worthy of an author who as much as anyone brought a high-tech sensibility to literary fiction." The Globe & Mail (Canada) 11/11/06
Posted: 11/12/2006 7:39 am
BookExpo To Try Its Luck In Vegas America's annual BookExpo is hading back to Las Vegas for te first time in 10 years. "The 2007 BookExpo America is scheduled for May 31 to June 3 in New York. The convention will move to Los Angeles in 2008 and back to New York in 2009 before heading to Las Vegas in 2010." Yahoo! (AP) 11/11/06
Posted: 11/12/2006 6:53 am
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Why Are Agents Shut Out Of Oscar Voting? Sometimes it seems, like they let anyone vote for the Oscars. Besides actors, directors and producers, casting directors and makeup, design and other technical teams all get votes. Even publicists. But not agents. "As they prepare to argue their case yet another time, agents note that their role has changed from the days when they simply got actors to sign on the dotted line." Los Angeles Times 11/11/06
Posted: 11/12/2006 7:20 am
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In Praise Of Matthew Bourne "The most popular choreographer today, the man who is pulling in the crowds that otherwise leave dance alone, is the one who concentrates most on dance narrative: Matthew Bourne." San Francisco Chronicle 11/12/06
Posted: 11/12/2006 8:05 am
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