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Updated: 17 min 52 sec ago

A History Of Literary Censorship

19 min 50 sec ago

“A more legitimate literary objection to censorship is its implicit portrayal of a reader as the sort of person who jumps off a cliff when asked. Notions such as “obscenity” or “abasement before the west” make literary language a tool of subversion and ascribe to the novelist the hypnotist’s capacity for making a previously obedient or prudish member of the public throw stones or unzip.”

Denver Seriously Considers Tearing Down Its Concert Hall

31 min 47 sec ago

“The CSO is set to move out — temporarily — at the end of the 2014-15 concert season to accommodate a planned $17 million upgrade of the facility. It had hoped to return a year later. But, according to e-mails between the CSO and the Arts & Venues department, the plan may be changing.”

US TV Networks Make Progress On Diversity

37 min 49 sec ago

“If you look at shows that appear to lack diversity, they actually look dated because “America doesn’t look like that anymore.”

The Streaming Debate – Some Musicians Love it. Then There Are Those Who…

40 min 16 sec ago

“The problem seems to be the enforcement of legacy contracts that were signed before streaming even existed and that don’t operate within the streaming environment.”

Julian Lloyd Webber: Corruption Is Rampant In International Music Competitions

57 min 29 sec ago

“Lloyd Webber said corruption was rife in Britain and abroad, singling out the Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow, held every four years and open to musicians between the ages of 16 and 30, as the most prestigious example of unscrupulous judging.”

Canadian Festival Bans Native Headdress At Concerts

1 hour 5 min ago

“As feather headdresses have become popular fashion accessories at concerts and EDM festivals, they have become an increasingly important site for conversations about First Nations relations and cultural appropriation.”

The Practice Versus Talent Debate Continues

1 hour 15 min ago

“We concluded that deliberate practice is undeniably important – it’s just not as important as proponents of the deliberate practice view have claimed.”

Scientists Print A Monet With A Nanoprinter

6 hours 51 min ago

“Regular printing—the kind your home office inkjet is capable of—uses dots of pigments to create the spectrum of colors you see on a page. The type of printing the Singapore team is investigating instead uses microscopic pillars topped with aluminum nanodisks that resonate at visible light frequencies. The process is able to produce more than 300 colors by focusing beams of electrons onto variously-sized pillars.”

Salzburg Festival Opens With Increased Audience And A Difficult Financial Future

6 hours 57 min ago

“The number of performances rose and so did the number of visitors — Alexander Pereira insisted this was necessary to renew a festival that was becoming “increasingly inconspicuous”. Behind the scenes however, there was increased grumbling among artists and staff about the crowded programme, which looks to be reduced once Pereira is gone.”

More Art Found In Cornelius Gurlitt’s House

7 hours 5 min ago

“The task force investigating the art trove has declined to say how many new works were discovered. Gurlitt, who inherited the priceless collection from his father Hildebrand, an art dealer who traded in works confiscated by the Nazis, died in May. In his will, he left the art haul – more than 1,200 pieces including works by Chagall, Picasso and Matisse – to the Kunstmuseum Bern in Switzerland.”

Prado Museum: Just To Clarify – We’ve Know For A Long Time About Our Missing Art Works

7 hours 8 min ago

“The only new element presented in the audit undertaken by the Tribunal de Cuentas in 2012 is the that fact 41 works have been located, the whereabouts of which had been unknown since 1978 when the first report by the Fiscalía General de Reino was published on the situation of works from the collection of the Museo del Prado on deposit with other institutions.”

Protesting Performers Have Been Interrupting French Festival This Summer

7 hours 10 min ago

“Throughout the three weeks of the festival there have been almost daily demonstrations. Several shows have been stopped or disrupted, though the worst nightmare of the organisers – total cancellation of the entire event, as happened in 2003 – has happily been avoided.”

It’s Not Just “Mikado” – Opera’s Full Of Racial Stereotyping, And We Should Deal With That

12 hours 27 min ago

Aida, Otello, Turandot, Madama Butterfly, and on and on. Gwynn Guilford lays out what she sees as the problem and how she thinks opera companies in 21st-century America might address it.

Artists, Officials, Celebrities Unite To Ask Venice To Ban Cruise Mega-Ships

12 hours 31 min ago

“More than 50 leading figures from the worlds of art, film, fashion and architecture have signed a petition calling for a ban on giant cruise ships sailing through Venice. Cate Blanchett, Julie Christie, Michael Caine and Rob Lowe are among the signatories urging the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and the Italian Minister of Culture and Tourism, Dario Franceschini, to ‘halt the passage of the big ships across the Bacino San Marino and along the Giudecca canal’.”

NYC Mayor Fires Eight Board Members Of Queens Library System

12 hours 32 min ago

“The board members were removed after they voted in April against firing Thomas W. Galante, director of the Queens library system, who has been under investigation for using money earmarked for library improvements for renovations to his personal office and for steering contracts for the work to a friend.”

How On Earth Does One Illustrate “Finnegans Wake”?

12 hours 33 min ago

“The book is sui generis, a circle in a spiral, a linguistic Escher drawing … So when John Vernon Lord was asked to illustrated the book for the Folio Society it is no surprise that he found the experience ‘bewildering’.” But he seems to have pulled it off.

Head Of Big New Arts Center In Beverly Hills Out After First Season

12 hours 35 min ago

“The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, which only recently completed its inaugural season, confirmed Thursday that Executive Director Lou Moore has left the fledgling arts organization. Moore, who spent more than a decade raising money to construct the new center and then led its 2013 opening and first season, left the organization on Tuesday.”

Andy Serkis, Star Of A Movie Medium That’s Anti-Star By Its Very Nature

12 hours 36 min ago

“Serkis, whose resume includes playing some of the least likely critical favorites of all time – Gollum, King Kong, and Godzilla – seems like an ideal spokesman for motion-capture if it wants high-brow cred. … [Yet] the singular focus on him in some ways clashes with the collaborative, chameleonic spirit of motion-capture, a field that has a long and glorious tradition of eschewing thespian concerns entirely.”

Angel Corella: “I Have A Lot Of Plans” For Pennsylvania Ballet

12 hours 37 min ago

They include “closely coaching the dancers, touring more, giving outdoor public performances, organizing outreach programs with schools, and bringing in new choreographers. He listed Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor, Justin Peck, and Liam Scarlett as possibilities. He also wants to reassure his dancers and artistic staff.”