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Visual ArtsThu, 25 Aug 2016 13:00
Earthquake Wrecks Scores Of Pagodas In Myanmar’s Ancient Capital

“At least four people were killed and at least 171 pagodas were damaged in Bagan after a 6.8 magnitude quake struck the area on Wednesday. … The city is one of Myanmar’s top tourist attractions, drawing visitors from all over the world who can view a panorama of temples stretching to the horizon flanked by […]Source: AP

Visual ArtsThu, 25 Aug 2016 12:15
Museum Of Contemporary Art San Diego Cuts 28 Jobs Ahead Of Expansion

“The [MCASD] is eliminating eight full-time positions and 20 part-time positions in January. … The layoffs come in anticipation of the museum’s big expansion, which will quadruple the exhibition space of the La Jolla location to about 40,000 square feet.”Source: Voice of San Diego

Visual ArtsThu, 25 Aug 2016 12:00
So, Just How Poorly Paid Are Junior Curators At The Tate?

“In mid-August, [the museum] posted three job listings for assistant curator positions at Tate Britain and Tate Modern with starting annual salaries of £24,360 (~$32,200). The average monthly rent in London, £1,561 (~$2,065), will gobble up all but £5,628 (~$7,450) – or 23% – of that.”Source: Hyperallergic

Visual ArtsWed, 24 Aug 2016 15:31
Antiquities Chief: Most Of Antiquities Coming Out Of Syria Are Fakes

“There have been growing questions over the extent of illicit digging and antiquities trafficking in Syria by militant groups including Isis. While 7,000 objects have been seized by authorities in Syria since 2013, the proportion of fakes has risen from 30% to closer to 70%, both inside the country and in neighbouring Lebanon.”Source: The Art Newspaper

IssuesThu, 25 Aug 2016 15:31
The Book That Changed The Way The World Sees Los Angeles

“Ever since publication, it has shown up on lists of great books about modern cities – even those drawn up by people who consider Los Angeles anything but a great American city. Somehow, this book that drew so much of its initial publicity with shock value (“In Praise (!) of Los Angeles”, sneered the New […]Source: The Guardian

DanceThu, 25 Aug 2016 15:00
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‘I’m Sick To Death Of Being Told No One Can Choreograph To Mozart!’, Yells Mark Morris

“Choreographers have tended to avoid Mozart’s music when making dances, for fear their steps will look trivial in comparison. … There is a lingering sense that dance, which involves physical bodies subject to the laws of gravity and propelled by muscle, will somehow drag down the music’s graceful architecture. … Ridiculous! says Mr. Morris.”Source: New York Times

WordsThu, 25 Aug 2016 14:30
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Oxford Dictionaries Begins Search For World’s Most Disliked English Word

“Kicking off what it hopes will be the largest global survey into people’s language gripes, the dictionary publisher is inviting English speakers around the world to answer a range of language-related questions under the #OneWordMap initiative, starting with the quest to find the least popular English word.” (includes current leading contender)Source: The Guardian

The WorldThu, 25 Aug 2016 14:19
Director of Development – Eugene O’Neill Theater Center

Connecticut's award-winning Eugene O'Neill Theater Center -- a launchpad for the next generation of American theater since 1964 -- seeks a passionate, experience development professional for its next Director of Development.Source: Eugene O'Neill Theater Center

TheatreThu, 25 Aug 2016 14:00
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Head Of Philadelphia Theatre Company Steps Down After 35 Years

“Sara Garonzik, who has helmed the Philadelphia Theatre Company from its tentative days as a professional troupe in 1982 to its status as a well-regarded and highly visible anchor for the Avenue of the Arts, has decided to step down from her post as executive producing director.”Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

DanceThu, 25 Aug 2016 13:30
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New York Times Dance Critic Considers Olympic Synchronized Swimming

Gia Kourlas: “Fred Astaire, as the famous saying goes, may have been a great dancer, but Ginger Rogers did everything he did – only backward and in high heels. At least she had gravity on her side. Synchronized swimmers often perform upside-down and without air.”Source: New York Times

IssuesThu, 25 Aug 2016 13:15
Are US Nonprofits Dependent On Staffers’ Unpaid Overtime Work?

“[There’s] a gap between the values that many nonprofits hold and the way they treat their own staffs. There’s no doubt that nonprofits today face serious financial difficulties and constraints, but do they have no choice but to demand long, unpaid hours of their employees? … The answers have a lot to do with how […]Source: The Atlantic

IssuesThu, 25 Aug 2016 12:45
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Italy To Give Every 18-Year-Old €500 To Spend On Culture

“In a scheme that gets underway on September 15th, every Italian resident [born in] 1998 will be given a ‘culture bonus’, which they can use to buy books, concerts tickets, theatre tickets, cinema tickets, museum visits and even trips to the country’s national parks.”Source: The Local (Italy)

MusicThu, 25 Aug 2016 12:30
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Music Director Of Augusta, Georgia’s Orchestra Abruptly Departs

“After seven seasons leading the Symphony Orchestra Augusta, Maestro Shizuo Z Kuwahara is leaving to pursue other opportunities. … Kuwahara’s departure is effective immediately, said Carra Purvis, the symphony’s development director.”Source: Augusta Chronicle

MediaThu, 25 Aug 2016 11:45
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‘Welcome To The Era Of Empathy TV’: Reality Shows Are Getting Way Less Mean

“[Things are now] an extremely far cry from the old days of The Voice‘s ideological predecessor, American Idol.” (Remember Simon Cowell’s insults?) “What The Voice is similar to, though, … is The Great British Baking Show, whose judges offer encouragement to their contestants even, and especially, when they fail. … And Project Runway and Dancing […]Source: The Atlantic

MediaThu, 25 Aug 2016 11:30
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Why Hollywood Thought Remaking ‘Ben-Hur’ Was Ever A Good Idea (And Why That Was Wrong)

“In 2004, Mel Gibson’s biblical film The Passion of the Christ hit theaters after a months-long, small-scale ad campaign that focused on church groups and evangelical leaders … After opening on Ash Wednesday, it became the highest-grossing R-rated film in history, earning $611 million worldwide.” The new Ben-Hur, on the other hand, “opened this weekend […]Source: The Atlantic

BlogsThu, 25 Aug 2016 07:56

Top Posts From AJBlogs 08.24.16

Is Naked Trump Bad Satire? (And Do We Care?) In this week’s AJ highlights I included some of the stories we found about the naked Donald Trump statues that appeared in five American cities last week. One reader was unhappy: “Vile & disgusting. This … read more AJBlog: diacritical/Douglas McLennan Published 2016-08-24 Boiling Pot In […]Source: AJBlogs

MediaWed, 24 Aug 2016 22:28
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Report: Consumers Are Mostly Not Buying Or Renting Digital TV Shows

“46 percent of consumers have ever bought or rented a digital movie or TV show, according to GfK’s recent Home Technology Monitor. In contrast, 86 percent of consumers have rented or bought a DVD or Blu-ray in the past, and 78 percent have done so with a VHS tape.”Source: Variety

WordsWed, 24 Aug 2016 22:02
Let’s Have A Frank Word About Book Reviews

“The nightmare reviewer is the reviewer who has some sort of agenda that precludes him or her responding sincerely to the book. Often that agenda is seeming clever and/or taking someone who has received more than her fair share of attention down a notch. But again, there are people who are just on a different […]Source: The New York Times

IssuesWed, 24 Aug 2016 21:01
What Should We Do With Art Whose Message Hasn’t Endured (Or Is Now Offensive)?

“People who denounce the cultural cleansing of ISIS and the Taliban are often just as likely to demand the removal of old-fashioned artwork from their own public spaces. Our Western reasons are far more sensible: We want the removal of murals and paintings that perpetuate dangerous racial or gender stereotypes (noble “natives” leading European explorers, […]Source: The Globe and Mail (Canada)

WordsWed, 24 Aug 2016 19:57
Bad Puppy! The Alt-Right Clique That Tried To Hijack Sci-Fi’s Hugo Awards

The Hugo awards ceremony “only represents tiny, insular, politically motivated cliques taking turns giving their friends awards,” Larry Coreia, a ringleader of the Puppies, argued in 2015. Because of this supposed conspiracy — for which there continues to be no real evidence — he felt justified in helping organize an actual conspiracy of his tiny, […]Source: Salon


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