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Visual ArtsTue, 28 Apr 2015 07:54
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Nepali Architectural Treasures Destroyed In Earthquake

Some of the country’s most important – and beloved – buildings sustained terrible damage (and a few were relatively lucky under the circumstances). Here are some of the badly-affected sites, with before and after photos.Source: BBC

Visual ArtsTue, 28 Apr 2015 07:44
Ai Weiwei’s In Alcatraz (Well, His Art Is, At Least)

The trickster artist and Chinese dissident is actually imprisoned in his house in Beijing – so who better for a show at the island prison? “To a site often flattened into a caricature as the onetime home of mobster Al Capone, Ai has layered on a contemporary meditation on political imprisonment, freedom of speech and […]Source: Los Angeles Times

Visual ArtsMon, 27 Apr 2015 15:40
Ellis Island Immigration Museum Is (Finally?) Getting An Update

Though it used to end the immigration story in 1954, “the museum will leap more than 60 years forward with the opening of two new galleries in what had once been the station’s kitchen and laundry. They pick up the narrative where it was left off.”Source: The New York Times

Visual ArtsMon, 27 Apr 2015 13:30
An Art Critic Skewers The MoMA Björk Show, In Verse Akin To The Vapid Audio Guide

“The girl continues, step by step, the critic girl, girl critic listening to the audio guide, with its stories that are free, so free — free of context, free of facts, free even of the lava girl’s name, a lava girl, in the shadow of 50, still being described as a ‘girl.'”Source: Los Angeles Times

MusicTue, 28 Apr 2015 13:45
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How Philip Glass Got His Education In World Music

“There were no books that would prepare me for those kinds of things. I was really on my own. Finding my way into other people’s music was a way of learning about music. And of course it had an impact on the way I compose music. It became the engine of change for me.”Source: NPR

TheatreTue, 28 Apr 2015 13:42
Musicals Dominate Tony Nominations

“Three wildly different new musicals, ‘An American in Paris,’ ‘Fun Home’ and ‘Something Rotten!’ were showered with Tony nominations Tuesday morning, setting up one of the toughest choices for Tony voters in years.”Source: The New York Times

TheatreTue, 28 Apr 2015 07:21
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Can L.A.’s Small Theaters Afford To Pay Their Actors Better? Can They Afford Not To?

Charles McNulty: “Producers have built flourishing shoestring operations on the backs of virtually unpaid actors. If the majority of performers aren’t complaining, why should their union interfere? … That’s not the way I see it. I believe that the union is concerned about the future of Los Angeles theater, recognizing that institutional growth over the […]Source: Los Angeles Times

MusicTue, 28 Apr 2015 07:16
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Detroit Symphony Staffers Help Bring Sacramento Philharmonic Back From The Dead

“After a year in the dark, the Sacramento Philharmonic has announced an aggressive return to performing, with a seven-concert season for 2015-16. The return of the 18-year-old orchestra to the concert stage has been largely engineered by a consultancy team composed mostly of staffers from the Detroit Symphony.”Source: Sacramento Bee

IdeasTue, 28 Apr 2015 07:10
Sitting In On UPenn’s Notorious ‘Wasting Time On The Internet’ Seminar

“There’s something wonderful about this dogged insistence on having nothing whatsoever to show for your time in class, especially given the cultural rage for productivity. … But: With the approval of the UPenn English Department, Goldsmith’s crafted a creative writing course that fails to generate any writing, one that to some extent paints basic college […]Source: Slate

TheatreTue, 28 Apr 2015 07:09
Off-Broadway’s Very-Long-Running ‘The Fantasticks’ Saved By Anonymous Donors

“The producers of the long-running Off-Broadway staple, who announced last month that they would close the show in early May, said on Saturday that two unnamed fans had contributed enough money to keep it open indefinitely.”Source: New York Times

MusicTue, 28 Apr 2015 07:05
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Mezzo Jamie Barton Adds Another Prize To Her List: $50K Richard Tucker Award

“She previously won both the main prize and the song prize at the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, and was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2007 – a lively competition that was featured in Susan Froemke’s film The Audition.”Source: New York Times

IdeasTue, 28 Apr 2015 07:01
Why People Keep Reading Work Emails After Work And On Vacation (They Sorta Like It)

“Email pruning doesn’t enact work so much as it simulates work: It’s a ritual – like a secular, corporate rosary – which we perform in the hopes that it will somehow help us leave the domain of ineffectual work and re-enter the domain of gratifying productivity,”Source: The Atlantic

DanceTue, 28 Apr 2015 06:57
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How To Get Boys To Take Up Ballet

Ángel Corella, artistic director of Pennsylvania Ballet and a former star at American Ballet Theater, talks frankly about the bullying and paternal disapproval he suffered while studying ballet as a boy in Spain, the strength and athleticism ballet requires, and the importance of the boys-only classes he has started in Philadelphia.Source: Huffington Post

DanceTue, 28 Apr 2015 06:56
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Hofesh Schechter Gets A Month-Long Festival In London This Fall

Okay, they’re describing it as a “London season” rather than a festival, but they’re calling it “Hofest,” and it “will encompass everything from Shechter’s opera debut to bringing his critically-acclaimed piece Political Mother into the rock concert atmosphere of Brixton Academy.” (And, of course, performances at Sadler’s Wells.)Source: The Guardian

PeopleTue, 28 Apr 2015 06:53
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Actress Jayne Meadows, Wife/Business Partner/Co-Star To Steve Allen, Dead At 95

“[She] was never as well known as her younger sister, Audrey, who played Alice Kramden on the now-classic Jackie Gleason sitcom The Honeymooners. But she was a versatile and accomplished actress in her own right and a familiar presence on television for years, in dramatic productions, prime-time series and game shows.”Source: New York Times

BlogsTue, 28 Apr 2015 05:27

Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.27.15

Handel for hipsters: Revolution or red herring? AJBlog: Condemned to Music Published 2015-04-27 First Thoughts On the New Whitney AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2015-04-27 Musical bits and pieces, mostly uninspiring AJBlog: Lies Like Truth Published 2015-04-27Source: AJBlogs

PeopleMon, 27 Apr 2015 16:30
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The Woman Who Shaped The Las Vegas Skyline

“Baron Haussmann was lucky enough to be hanging around Paris at the exact moment Napoleon III thought it could do with a refit. Christopher Wren had the good fortune to be alive at the time of Britain’s worst bakery fire. And Betty Willis happened to be working for a sign manufacturer in Las Vegas when […]Source: The Guardian (UK)

WordsMon, 27 Apr 2015 16:15
What’s So Great About Young Writers?

“Youthful achievement is often linked to privilege. Not everyone can afford to write when young. Some are already working more than one job. Others are raising children, as I was for many years. Still others may not feel safe expressing themselves, for any number of reasons.”Source: The New York Times

IdeasMon, 27 Apr 2015 16:00
Common Core Prioritizes The Arts In Standardized Test Prep

“A growing number of big cities, including New York, are increasing money for their arts programs as they roll out Common Core.”Source: The Atlantic

IssuesMon, 27 Apr 2015 15:45
Why Museums Need To Partner With – Not Just Consult – Native Peoples For ‘Native American’ Exhibits

“Asserting Native voice in the exhibition is represented by gigantic blow-up photographs of Native people in the exhibition, quotes, videos, interviews, representation in the gift shop, participation in the catalog, is inaccurate and disingenuous.”Source: Indian Country Today


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