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Visual ArtsTue, 27 Sep 2016 19:31
Skyscrapers In LA’s Hot New Arts District? We’re Dubious

“Even the anti-development activists who see every tall building in Los Angeles as a giveaway to moneyed interests or a threat to the existing character of the city may find something to admire here. We’d be wise to hold on to some skepticism, though.”Source: Los Angeles Times

Visual ArtsTue, 27 Sep 2016 18:31
A 12-Step Program To Erasing Black Artists

This is what can happen if you’re really bad at organizing an event and then not paying attention when things hurtle out of control…Source: The Stranger

Visual ArtsTue, 27 Sep 2016 15:31
Thug Sentenced To Nine Years For Destroying Timbuktu Mausoleums

“Ahmad Al Mahdi could have faced up to 30 years in prison, but mitigating circumstances—including his guilty plea, his initial reluctance to destroy the sites and his co-operation with the prosecution—meant this term was reduced.”Source: The Art Newspaper

Visual ArtsTue, 27 Sep 2016 14:30
Here Are Five Finalists For Design Of New Port Authority Bus Terminal In New York

“The designs that may one day replace the existing hellish landscape [sic] of the Port Authority Bus Terminal are finally here. Earlier today, the Port Authority revealed the five finalists and their mammoth proposals for a new bus terminal as part of the agency’s international design and deliverability contest.” (Aw c’mon, it’s not that bad.)Source: Curbed

Visual ArtsTue, 27 Sep 2016 13:30
Maastricht Art Fair Makes A Move Into Manhattan

“The American debut of the European Fine Art Fair … is more than just another event on the cultural calendar. It’s an attempt by the fair, whose 270 exhibitors face a shrinking audience in Europe, to secure and revitalize its future.”Source: New York Times

Visual ArtsTue, 27 Sep 2016 12:30
Pierre Huyghe Wins Second-Ever $100K Nasher Sculpture Prize

“Huyghe, 54, succeeds last year’s inaugural winner, Colombian artist Doris Salcedo, who received, as Huyghe will, the $100,000 grand prize, along with a special award created by Italian architect Renzo Piano, who designed the Nasher.”Source: Dallas Morning News

Visual ArtsTue, 27 Sep 2016 11:30
Fire Ravages Stockholm’s Royal Institute Of Art

“The institution, which focuses on the fine arts and architecture at the undergrad, grad, and post-grad level, is located near downtown Stockholm on Skeppsholmen island” next door to the city’s modern art museum. “The fire reportedly started on the fourth floor, and it quickly spread to the building’s attic and roof.”Source: Artnet

BlogsWed, 28 Sep 2016 08:47

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MusicWed, 28 Sep 2016 00:40
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Brent Assink To Leave San Francisco Symphony

Assink has been executive director for 17 years. “Running an organization presenting more than 220 concerts a year, with an operating budget close to $70 million (and including the crisis years of the Great Recession), Assink guided the orchestra through many challenges, saved it from going deeper into debt, even during the unusually expensive season […]Source: San Francisco Classical Voice

IdeasTue, 27 Sep 2016 23:01
Want Creative Kids? Give Them Things That Will Bore Them

“Boredom is where creativity is born. Boredom is not the enemy. Boredom is the friend. Boredom is what gives rise to ‘What happens when I take a picture between my fingers? What happens when I turn the camera sideways?’”Source: Wired

IssuesTue, 27 Sep 2016 22:02
Why Is Tenure Important? It Changes What Professors Tell Us Is True

“When researchers get the message that they better not produce data that might offend the powerful, they end up telling us not what is true, but what we want to hear. Policy separates from reality, and we end up with waste and poor outcomes in education, healthcare, economics, and the justice system. Good policy cannot […]Source: Aeon

IssuesTue, 27 Sep 2016 21:31
Teach The Three “R”s? That’s Not What Education Is For

“Instruction is the least important part of education. Most information is accessible from books and the media. Basic literacy and numeracy are important, but many if not most skills used by adults in daily life are picked up on the job. The main objective of education in every enduring society is to transmit authoritative cultural, […]Source: The Smart Set

TheatreTue, 27 Sep 2016 21:02
$200K Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award Goes To Sarah Ruhl

“Ruhl, 42, is based in Brooklyn and is the author of plays such as The Clean House, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, Passion Play and The Oldest Boy. She previously won the MacArthur ‘genius’ grant and is a Tony nominee and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.”Source: Wall Street Journal

WordsTue, 27 Sep 2016 20:31
Is This The Most Beautiful Bookstore In The World?

“The bookstore covers a sprawling 21,000 square feet, draws in more than a million tourists, and sells about 700,000 books every year. And while most of the titles are printed in Spanish, just marveling at the theater-turned-bookshop is worth a trip.”Source: Dose

PeopleTue, 27 Sep 2016 20:01
How Gustavo Dudamel Made His Unscheduled Impromptu Debut Conducting At The White House

The LA Philharmonic conductor was at lunch at the White House last week and the Marine band played. He was impressed. One thing led to another and…Source: Los Angeles Times

IssuesTue, 27 Sep 2016 19:00
How To Pay For Finishing Orlando’s New Arts Center? Mayor Calls For Resort Tax

“Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs … revealed a new plan, in a memo to county leaders, that lays out a path to get the arts center the final $45 million in tourist development tax dollars it needs to start the $185 million second phase that includes the 1,700-seat Steinmetz Hall acoustical theater.”Source: Orlando Business Journal

MediaTue, 27 Sep 2016 18:00
Google Should Buy Twitter And Attach It To YouTube: Columnist

“If you combined the fastest and slowest types of social media, the result could be both must-see and never-forgotten.”Source: TechCrunch

MusicTue, 27 Sep 2016 17:35
Researchers Restore The First-Ever Computer-Generated Music

“A computer scientist and a composer have restored an ancient recording of the first ever computer-generated music. Jack Copeland and Jason Long remastered a recording of three melodies, including “God Save the Queen,” made by the BBC in the labs of computer pioneer Alan Turing in 1951.”Source: The Verge

The WorldTue, 27 Sep 2016 17:00
Was The Trial Of Socrates About Free Speech Or Rule Of Law In A Democracy?

“There is no dispute about the basic facts of the trial of Socrates. It is less obvious why Athenians found Socrates guilty, and what it might mean today. People who believe in both democracy and the rule of law ought to be very interested in this trial. If the takeaway is either that democracy, as […]Source: Aeon

IssuesTue, 27 Sep 2016 16:31
The African American Museum Is Finally Open. Now What?

“The new museum opens with all the usual tensions already in place. Among its major donors are banks that played a brutal role in predatory loan scandals that targeted African American communities as well as companies that manufacture the cigarettes, food and soft drinks that play such a big part in the plague of diabetes […]Source: Washington Post


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