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Visual ArtsThu, 23 Mar 2017 12:32

Next On Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth: A Statue Destroyed By ISIS And Dessert-By-Drone

After the sore thumb that's sticking out there now, installed on top of the column in 2018 will be Michael Rakowitz's The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist, followed in 2020 by Heather Phillipson's THE END. And yes, they basically are as described in the headline. Hannah Ellis-Petersen fills us in.Source:

Visual ArtsThu, 23 Mar 2017 12:16

Shrine At Site Of Jesus's Tomb Reopens After Nine-Month Restoration

The historic structure, known as the Edicule, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem had fallen into such disrepair that the Israeli government declared it a safety hazard and closed it. Now, after $4 million worth of work, the Edicule is open to pilgrims again - and the cage of iron girders that […]Source:

WordsThu, 23 Mar 2017 21:31

William O'Rourke Clarifies: What I Meant By "Fatal Lack Of Talent"

Let us be reasonable here. I am too old and have published too much to be thought ignorant enough not to be aware of the objections put forward by the miffed 13. But, I contend, writers who publish are always writing at the top of their form. No one writes down. It’s difficult, almost impossible. […]Source:

MusicThu, 23 Mar 2017 21:02

Charge: Funders Are Out Of Touch With What Opera Needs Right Now

"When it comes to opera, the council does not appear to know what is best for opera in Ireland and seems shy of taking the advice of the report writers it has hired to tell it what might be better for opera in Ireland."Source:

IdeasThu, 23 Mar 2017 20:31

It Might Not Be Popular, But We Need To Defend Hierarchies (The Right Kind, Of Course)

"Hierarchy is an unfashionable thing to defend or to praise. British government ministers denounce experts as out of tune with popular feeling; both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders built platforms on attacking Washington elites; economists are blamed for not predicting the 2008 crash; and even the best established practice of medical experts, such as childhood […]Source:

WordsThu, 23 Mar 2017 20:03

Why Do People Keep Wanting To Write Off The Novel As Dead?

"Any number of critics since Bergonzi have regurgitated the idea that the novel as we know it today persists in a kind of zombie state, stripped of whatever vital essence it once had (and this in spite of the fact that novels are being published and consumed in unprecedented numbers). But the argument for the […]Source:

IssuesThu, 23 Mar 2017 20:01

Magnetic North Festival Disbands And Shuts Down

"The Magnetic North Theatre Festival has cancelled its 2017 edition in Ottawa and is shutting down operations permanently due to an accumulated deficit of $224,000, the 15-year-old theatre festival’s board of directors announced on Wednesday."Source:

IssuesThu, 23 Mar 2017 19:31

Neil deGrasse Tyson Goes On A Twitter Rant About The NEA

Tyson pointed out in a series of tweets that the agencies’ combined budgets are roughly equivalent to what Americans spend annually on lip balm, and would fund fewer than five hours of military spending.Source:

TheatreThu, 23 Mar 2017 19:03

NYT Adds Jesse Green As "Co-Chief" Theatre Critic, Hints At More Critics To Come

"With the addition of Jesse to the already formidable theater team led by theater editor Scott Heller, The Times continues its commitment to cultural criticism. In the last two years alone, the voices of Amanda Hess, Margaret Lyons, Wesley Morris, James Poniewozik and Jennifer Senior have joined The Times’s already unbeatable roster of full-time critics, […]Source:

IssuesThu, 23 Mar 2017 18:31

Double Your Grant Money By Crowdfunding?

"A pilot programme testing the impact of matched crowdfunding is doubling the amount of funding that successful projects can receive."Source:

IdeasThu, 23 Mar 2017 18:01

How To Learn And Remember New Things As An Adult

Some of the things we most commonly do - re-reading (especially when we skim), highlighting sections of text - actually make things worse. Education researcher Ulrich Boser explains why, and offers some better suggestions, in this Q&A.Source:

IdeasThu, 23 Mar 2017 17:31

Is Our Reality Real? (Or Only The Reality We Create?)

"In the room we have a whirlwind of physical states. This whirlwind contains a lot more than a human being could ever perceive—atoms, neutrinos, photons, quarks, strings, quantum fields; a huge range of possibilities. When the body comes into the room, its sensory capacities carve out one possible subset of that whirlwind. Or, looked at […]Source:

MediaThu, 23 Mar 2017 17:02

David Lynch's 'Eraserhead' At 40

"On 19 March 1977, the world changed, after which there was a long uncomfortable silence." Danny Leigh goes looks into the background and influence of a movie that, after four decades, has lost none of its power to freak people out.Source:

IssuesThu, 23 Mar 2017 16:31

Argument: Kill The NEA To Help Art And Artists

"Our cultural bureaucracies, from the NEA down to the local organizations and institutions it supports, are the great enemy of American art, distorting tastes, careers, and patronage. They are a major factor in the malinvestment that has employment in cultural institutions growing significantly more quickly than that of the overall labor force. I am sure […]Source:

IssuesThu, 23 Mar 2017 16:03

Australia's Largest Arts Festival Smashes Box Office Records

"Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy have had a dream start to their tenure as Joint Artistic Directors of the Adelaide Festival with their debut programme taking more than $4.08 million at the box office, representing a 44 percent increase on last year. The 2017 takings were the highest in the Festival's 57-year history, matching a […]Source:

IssuesThu, 23 Mar 2017 15:31

How Killing The NEA Would Hurt Alabama

"The first step before diving down this rabbit hole should probably begin with a few real facts. Contrary to the European model where 'the state and/or central government' supports the arts and culture almost totally, in this country support of the arts is a partnership between the private sector and government, local, state and federal. […]Source:

TheatreThu, 23 Mar 2017 15:04

A Brief History Of Dolly Gallagher Levi, From Carol Channing To Pearl Bailey To Jack Benny (Yep) And On

Eric Grode considers the many famous actresses and comediennes - and even male performers (Benny never actually played Dolly, but he did seriously consider it) to put their own stamps on the title role in Hello, Dolly! since Channing created it in 1964.Source:

MediaThu, 23 Mar 2017 14:36

Between 'Trainspotting' And 'T2 Trainspotting', Danny Boyle Says He's Become A Worse Director

Yes, that's despite Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later, 127 Hours, and Steve Jobs. In a Q&A, he tells Kevin Lincoln what on earth he means by that.Source:

MusicThu, 23 Mar 2017 14:05

Verdi Opera Cancelled After Star Tenor Arrested For Domestic Violence

"A performance of Verdi's Ernani at the Capitole de Toulouse was cancelled last Tuesday, because South Korean tenor Alfred Kim, who held the title role, was placed under custody over violence against his girlfriend."Source:

WordsThu, 23 Mar 2017 13:34

There Have Been Many Literary Hoaxes, But Only One Led To A Duel With Pistols

Eric Grundhauser tells the story of "Cherubina de Gabriak" of St. Petersburg and the two great Russian Symbolist poets who fell in love with her, even though she didn't exist.Source:


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