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Chicago Symphony Exec Named New Director Of San Diego Symphony

2 hours 23 min ago

“Martha Gilmer’s role has been large. In addition to working with the music directors, their ideas and complex personalities and overseeing all programming, she worked with and enlisted guest conductors and guest artists and created new ongoing programs to move the organization into the 21st century.”

Met Opera Unions Agree To Federal Mediator

7 hours 14 min ago

“The acceptance of a mediator was announced Thursday morning at a caucus of the negotiating committee of the American Guild of Musical Artists, the union representing the company’s chorus, stage directors, soloists and others.”

Indie Movie Makes More In Video-On-Demand Than In Theatres. Is This A More Viable Path?

7 hours 19 min ago

“The movie, directed by Bong Joon-ho, made $3.8 million in its first two weeks of VOD release, compared with $3.9 million from five weeks in theaters.”

Newport Jazz At 60 – Grandad To The Modern Festival

9 hours 44 min ago

“For the past 60 years, no institution has done more to help establish jazz as a legitimate art form than Newport and the notion of the jazz festival that Mr. Wein created. Where jazz once rubbed shoulders with pop stars like Frank Sinatra, it now competes for government and corporate funding with opera and chamber music.”

UK Teenager Quits School After His Drawing Goes Viral Online

10 hours 47 min ago

“I reckon I wasted two years sat at school doing nothing. I didn’t expect this to happen a month ago. I feel honoured people appreciate my work and that I can hopefully make a living off it.”

Israeli Show Canceled In Edinburgh After Protests

10 hours 50 min ago

“The hip-hop opera is presented by a company that receives money from the Israeli government which campaigners said made it legitimate to boycott, particularly due to the current situation in Gaza.”

Will Creating An “Arts District” Make A City More Dynamic?

11 hours 18 min ago

“Dallas is trying to create more “vibrancy” downtown; trying to attract more people and keep them there for longer. One way it is doing that is through its arts district, a truly phenomenal collection of cultural institutions housed in equally impressive buildings, which is just now completing the commercial infrastructure it believes will activate the streetscape both day and night.”

Protests Over Light Installation In Toronto

11 hours 23 min ago

The public art project, known as Nyctophilia, or love of the night, is set to be officially unveiled Wednesday night. In June, when the poles went up at the corner of Weston Rd. and Dennis Ave., it sparked a flurry of negative comments to the Star and other media outlets.

Why The Vienna Philharmonic Sounds Different From Other Orchestras

11 hours 25 min ago

“The “Vienna sound” has been the subject of reams of music criticism, academic research, acoustical experiments and more than a little debate. Not everyone agrees on precisely what it is — it is sometimes described as plush, warm and rich or sumptuous — but many listeners say that they know it when they hear it.”

Amazon: Hachette Dispute Is About Lower Prices And More Money To Authors

11 hours 31 min ago

“Books compete against mobile games, television, movies, Facebook, blogs, free news sites and more,” Amazon said in the statement, which was posted on the forum for its Kindle ebook reader. “If we want a healthy reading culture, we have to work hard to be sure books actually are competitive against these other media types, and a big part of that is working hard to make books less expensive.”

International Study: Culture Is Big Travel Appeal For Young People

11 hours 34 min ago

“Of the 15 countries with the largest economies in the world, the participants – plus 1,000 additional young people surveyed from the UK – said that France was the most attractive place as a source of arts and culture, followed by Italy, the US and then the UK.”

Curator of Contemporary Art – Phoenix Art Museum

15 hours 17 min ago

The Curator of Contemporary Art reports to the Director and is the specialist in the academic disciplines related to the contemporary collection. The chief responsibility of the position is to develop exhibitions and to care for and provide scholarly interpretation of all work in the collection area and on loan to the Museum, as well as to recommend the acquisition of new work. The Curator of Contemporary Art must be a passionate and energetic person with the ability to manage, research, position, exhibit and develop an important collection, while working and accomplishing multiple projects concurrently. Candidates will have a Master’s degree in art history with an emphasis on contemporary art (a PhD is desirable) and a minimum of five years increasingly responsible curatorial experience. This is not an entry level position.  For the full job description, please go to . For further information about the museum, visit their website at

“Save The Corcoran” Court Hearing Has An Uninhibited Star Witness

19 hours 42 min ago

Philanthropist Wayne Reynolds, who was first wooed for the Corcoran’s board chairmanship and then rejected, “led a packed courtroom Wednesday on a rollicking and highly critical narrative account of his interactions with gallery leadership, at one point likening the Corcoran’s executive suite to ‘a goat rodeo,’ and asserting that he could do better, if given a chance.”

Met Opera Proposes Federal Mediator For Last-Minute Labor Talks

19 hours 43 min ago

“With time running out before a lockout of its workers threatened for later this week, the Metropolitan Opera proposed on Wednesday that federal mediators be brought in at the 11th hour to facilitate negotiations with several of the company’s unions. But it was unclear if the unions would agree to a mediator, or if there was enough time left to forge a deal.” (includes video)

Orlando Ballet “Needs To Take A Deep Breath,” Says New Boss

19 hours 44 min ago

“‘We all need to take a deep breath,’ says Jim Mitchell, the ballet’s fourth executive director in three years. During that time, the leadership was in flux and the organization was left homeless after a mold infestation shut down its headquarters in the former Orlando Utilities Commission building.”

Tracey Emin’s Bed Will Spend Ten Years At The Tate

19 hours 47 min ago

“Tracey Emin’s controversial artwork <em>My Bed</em> is to return to the Tate after selling for £2.2m earlier this month. Count Christian Duerckheim, the piece’s new owner, has agreed to loan the work ‘for a period of at least 10 years’, said Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota.”

Is Your Name Your Destiny?

19 hours 50 min ago

“Names work hard: They can affect who gets into elite schools, what jobs we apply for, and who gets hired. Our names can even influence what cities we live in, who we befriend, and what products we buy since, we’re attracted to things and places that share similarities to our names.”

James Wolcott, Frank Bidart, David Rabe Win PEN Literary Awards

19 hours 57 min ago

“The poet Frank Bidart, the critic James Wolcott and the playwright David Rabe are among the winners of the 2014 PEN Literary Awards, announced today by the PEN/American Center.”

Downtown L.A.’s Arts District Is Pricing Out The Artists (It’s An Old Story)

20 hours 3 min ago

“In the 1970s, the streets east of Little Tokyo and west of the L.A. River made up a dingy district of hollowed-out warehouses that landlords rented to artists who needed a lot of space for little money. … [Now, a] new coffee shop moves in every month or so, and it’s hard to walk two minutes in any direction in the 52-block neighborhood without finding a blue-and-white filming notice.”

Hollywood And Kodak Unite To Save Motion Picture Film

20 hours 4 min ago

“Faced with the possible extinction of the material that made Hollywood famous, a coalition of studios is close to a deal to keep Eastman Kodak Co. in the business of producing movie film. The negotiations … [should] result in an arrangement where studios promise to buy a set quantity of film for the next several years, even though most movies and television shows these days are shot on digital video.”