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Claim: Singing Makes People Smarter, Helps Them Stay In Shape, And Also Makes For A Better Civilzation

4 min 42 sec ago

“It offers the chance to ‘use your lungs in a way that you probably don’t for the rest of your day, breathing deeply and openly,’ to experience ‘a sense of levity and contentedness,’ and to ‘learn how to subsume yourself into a group consciousness.'”

How Should The Owner Of A Former Plantation Build The U.S.’s First Slavery Museum?

35 min 16 sec ago

“If opinions on the restoration varied, visitors were in agreement that they had never seen anything quite like it. Built largely in secret and under decidedly unorthodox circumstances, the Whitney had been turned into a museum dedicated to telling the story of slavery — the first of its kind in the United States.”

Leonard Nimoy, 83, Who Was Star Trek’s Spock And So, So Much More

7 hours 47 min ago

“His artistic pursuits — poetry, photography and music in addition to acting — ranged far beyond the United Federation of Planets, but it was as Mr. Spock that Mr. Nimoy became a folk hero, bringing to life one of the most indelible characters of the last half century: a cerebral, unflappable, pointy-eared Vulcan with a signature salute and blessing: ‘Live long and prosper’ (from the Vulcan ‘Dif-tor heh smusma’).”

Hollywood Cheers New Net Neutrality Rules

February 27, 2015 - 10:24am

“This is clearly a victory for everyone — not just Hollywood, but everyone who uses the Internet,” said Chris Keyser, president of the Writers Guild of America, West. “It is a critical moment in the ongoing fight for free expression and robust competition.”

The Immortality Of The Written Word (Yeah, All That Is Changing…)

February 27, 2015 - 10:21am

“In making the transition from an age of scarcity to an age of glut, the nature of fame itself undergoes a change. One sign of the difference is that it would be hard to find a poet, in the 21st century, who openly claims to write for glory, fame, or immortality. Yet the idea that great poetry was the surest way to achieve fame and outwit death has been very long-lived.”

Writing On The Web, A Deeply Cynical Take

February 27, 2015 - 10:13am

“Remember that first question: What is web writing in 2015? Is it still based on the author model? If you enjoy watching a writer’s mind work over time (or you enjoy having that freedom as a writer), is there still a way to do that? Or is the writer’s-voice-driven Internet over, forever, everything’s atomistic now and it’s no longer possible to scrape an audience together that way even if you want to?”

Stedelijk Museum Makes A Startling Public Admission

February 27, 2015 - 10:07am

“The Stedelijk Museum in the Second World War” recounts the daring ways in which the museum’s employees fought Nazi censors after Germany conquered the Netherlands in May 1940. But the show also features 16 works in the permanent collection by artists including Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky and Henri Matisse that the museum says it might not rightfully own.

How A Radical Idea To Transform Public Spaces Failed In San Diego

February 27, 2015 - 9:10am

“The concept behind the Lab — a cadre of designers embedded in the mayor’s office, with the power to revive public spaces around the city and launch a broad campaign of civic engagement — was unique in North America, and almost unimaginable in conservative San Diego. It seemed to answer the long-held desire of architects, especially, for designers to play a role in the decision-making that shapes cities.”

How Women Playwrights Are Marginalized

February 27, 2015 - 8:40am

“Of course the heightened visibility of plays written by women is welcome. But all over the country, even at venues which are attempting to make female playwrights’ voices heard, there is often a gendering of theatre spaces when it comes to writers and directors.”

Full-time Development Assistant at a thriving performing Arts Center in Pasadena, CA

February 27, 2015 - 8:09am

Boston Court Performing Arts Center seeks a full-time Development Assistant to assist with planning, administering, and implementation of all fundraising activities, other special projects and events. Candidate should have at least 2 years experience for a performing arts organization. Ideal candidate will have a minimum BA/BS university degree, customer service skills, superb problem solving skills and attention to detail. Excellent verbal and written communication skills required. General office administration and computer skills required. Will be required to work evenings and weekends as needed. Please email cover letter, resume, and salary history to Hillary Metcalf, Managing Director at

The Theatre @ Boston Court is an equal opportunity employer.

ISIS Destroys Ancient Statues At Mosul Museum – Or So They Think

February 27, 2015 - 4:50am

Just days after the extremists burned the rare books in Mosul’s library, they went rampaging through the city museum’s collection of Akkadian and Assyrian statues, smashing the works with sledgehammers and drills. It seems, though, that many of the destroyed pieces weren’t originals. (includes video)

Stolen Picasso Found In FedEx Shipment At EWR

February 27, 2015 - 4:49am

“A Picasso painting missing from Paris for more than a decade resurfaced in the United States, where it had been shipped under false pretenses as a $37 holiday-themed ‘art craft.'”

FCC Approves Strict Net Neutrality Rules, Declares Broadband A Public Utility

February 27, 2015 - 4:42am

“Following one of the most intense – and bizarre – lobbying battles in the history of modern Washington politics, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed strict new rules that give the body its greatest power over the cable industry since the Internet went mainstream.” Said the FCC chairman, “This is no more a plan to regulate the Internet than the First Amendment is a plan to regulate free speech.”

The New Net-Neutrality Policy, In Three Simple Phrases

February 27, 2015 - 4:40am

“There are three major principles that Internet-service providers – like Comcast, AT&T, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon – have to follow when sending data from their networks to your computer:”

Tonya Pinkins Remembers “Jelly’s Last Jam,” The Show That Won Her Her First Tony

February 27, 2015 - 4:32am

Jelly’s Last Jam was the first musical written and directed by an African American that was not simply a toe-tapping entertainment with happy, singing people of color. … [It] was akin to a Brancusi sculpture of 50 years in the life of an arrogant, racist, braggadocio genius.”

Memphis Symphony To Lose Music Director Mei-Ann Chen After Next Season

February 27, 2015 - 4:31am

“Roland Valliere, MSO’s president and CEO, said it was no surprise. … Her decision comes at a time when the orchestra has been struggling financially. The MSO announced in January of last year that it was deep fiscal trouble, and it cut staff and expenses to survive the 2013-14 season. It drastically reduced offerings for this season, and musicians took a 38 percent pay cut.”

How A Book Club Is Helping To Keep Ex-Offenders From Going Back To Jail

February 27, 2015 - 4:03am

“They were all teenagers then, charged as adults for their violent crimes. At the D.C. jail, they found solace in a book club, reading memoirs and reciting poems they had written. Over the past year, they finally came home. They see themselves as reformed men who did dumb things as kids but who know that others may have trouble forgiving.”

“The Little Prince” Goes Out Of Copyright, And Turkish Publishers Go Nuts

February 27, 2015 - 4:01am

“In the first two weeks of January, more than thirty Turkish publishers released translations of the 1943 novella. … In a newspaper books supplement the other week, almost half the adverts were for The Little Prince. One publisher put out a mandarine-flavoured edition. Another released three different versions, to show the differences in translation trends. There is a 3D pop-up edition.”

“Obscene” Poet Wins £40,000 David Cohen Prize For Literature

February 27, 2015 - 3:49am

“[Tony] Harrison, 77, wrote his first poems 70 years ago, and has since written a number of films and plays. V., which describes the offensive language graffitied on Harrison’s parents’ grave, contains 25 uses of the word ‘f***’ and 17 uses of the word ‘c***’.”

Here Are The Nominees For “Oddest Book Title Of The Year”

February 27, 2015 - 3:38am

The shortlist for the Diagram prize includes, among others, Divorcing a Real Witch, Nature’s Nether Regions, Strangers Have the Best Candy, The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones, and The Ugly Wife Is a Treasure at Home.