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Atlanta Symphony CEO Resigns As Lockout Continues

3 hours 27 min ago

“I believe that my continued leadership of the ASO would be an impediment to our reaching a new labor agreement with the ASO’s musicians,” said Stanley Romanstein in a press release.

Julio Bocca Injured In Auto Accident

3 hours 29 min ago

The former ballet superstar, now director of the National Ballet of Uruguay, suffered “minor traumas” when his car ran off the road and flipped over about 30 miles north of Montevideo.

Can Ballet Depict The Abuse Of Native Children In Residential Schools?

3 hours 31 min ago

“In one scene, a young residential school student receives crippling blows from a clergyman. In another, he is brutally strapped. His classmate later has her long hair sheared off. This is part of what viewers will see when Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation debuts at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet on Wednesday.”

The New Yorker Discovers Barroom Shakespeare

3 hours 46 min ago

Rebecca Mead visits the Three Day Hangover theatre company, founded last year, which performs “textually divergent interpretations” of Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet” in crowded New York bars.

Les Arts Florissants Loses State Funding (But They’ll Adapt)

3 hours 49 min ago

The celebrated Baroque specialist ensemble “is losing the support it has received for 25 years for performing and teaching in Caen, where the city and regional French governments are cutting back.” But, says founder/director William Christie, the group is better situated to absorb the shock than many other French arts organizations.

Giving Voice To Syria’s Hidden Dead In New Theatre Piece

3 hours 54 min ago

Tania El Khoury’s interactive sound installation/performance piece Gardens Speak reconstructs “oral histories of the men and women who are buried not in public cemeteries, but in the back gardens of ordinary Syrian homes” because public burials were too dangerous.

“The Airbnb Of Classical Music”

4 hours 2 min ago

“Groupmuse – started in 2012 and run by [Sam] Bodkin, Ezra Weller and Kyle Nichols-Schmolze – matches Groupmuse users looking to host a concert with willing musicians needing a venue to perform. Once a match is set up, other ‘Groupmusers’ are invited to attend, creating an event that’s part house concert, part party, part social platform.” (includes video)

Could We Reconstruct The Music Of Ancient Mesopotamia?

4 hours 3 min ago

Composer and musicologist Stef Conner means to try. “The reason I think we can do this is that the language of the poems – their stresses, intonation, and rhythm – provides clues about musical style.”

“Children Of A Lesser God” Returning To Broadway After 35 Years

4 hours 20 min ago

Children of a Lesser God, a groundbreaking play about the relationship between a deaf woman and a hearing man, who clash over ideas about speech even as they fall in love, will be revived on Broadway during the 2015-16 theater season … The director will be Kenny Leon, who won a Tony Award in June for staging the Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun last spring.”

Leonardo’s “Lady With An Ermine” – Turns Out There Were Three Of Them

4 hours 27 min ago

“Engineer Pascal Cotte has spent three years using reflective light technology to analyse The Lady with an Ermine … [and] has shown the artist painted one portrait without the ermine and two with different versions of the fur.” (includes video)

Now The Big Guns Are Joining Writers’ Fight Against Amazon

4 hours 33 min ago

“Andrew Wylie, whose client roster of heavyweights in literature is probably longer than that of any other literary agent, said he was asking all his writers whether they wanted to join the group, Authors United. Among those who have said yes … are Philip Roth, Orhan Pamuk, Salman Rushdie, V. S. Naipaul and Milan Kundera.”

The Philly Fringe Festival Isn’t Really A “Fringe”, Says Its Founder

4 hours 39 min ago

Nick Stuccio: “[It] is really not a fringe . … I don’t know what it is. It’s an arts festival, picked by me and Sarah [Bishop-Stone, programming manager], that worked. We call it ‘fringe’ because 18 years ago we really didn’t know what we were doing and we called the whole thing the ‘Fringe’.”

Social Trust And Personal Trust: What Policymakers Can Learn From The Self-Help Gurus

4 hours 45 min ago

“Even some of the most seemingly unemotional forms of trust can be deeply emotional. In other words, policymakers who want to improve our faith in others should take a page from the self-help crowd and do more to build a sense of social intimacy and promote what neuroeconomist Paul Zak once called the ‘empathic human connection’.”

UK Copyright Law Finally Allows Exception For Parody

4 hours 55 min ago

“Under current rules, there has been a risk of being sued for breach of copyright if clips of films, TV shows or songs were used without consent. But the new European Copyright Directive will allow the use of the material so long as it is fair and does not compete with the original version.”

Two Lancaster, Pa. Museums Merge (No Hostile Takeovers Involved)

5 hours 4 min ago

“The Demuth Museum and the Lancaster Museum of Art will merge into one museum at two locations. … The museums will not change their names, nor will they unite under an umbrella title, Lampe said, because the community has strong ties to both museums. … [but] they will be a single 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with one staff and one board of trustees.”

Can L’Exception Culturelle Save Paris’s Oldest Bookstore?

5 hours 19 min ago

“This month, the Librairie Delamain’s lease is up for renewal by the Qatari company Constellation Hotel Holdings, which … plans to double the bookstore’s rent to 100,000 euros per year – nearly a tenth of their annual revenue.” But now the Académie Française and the nation’s minister of culture have gotten involved.

Philadelphia Doesn’t Have To Say Goodbye To Those Thousands Of Sendak Items Forever

5 hours 26 min ago

“Practically speaking, it doesn’t matter where the Sendak materials live or who owns them. Any exhibition uses only a few dozen items at a time, and loans are common in the world of arts and literature. In theory, if the Rosenbach and the Sendak trustees agreed, a steady stream of Sendak shows could continue to flow through the Rosenbach, and as far as the backstage legal status and residency of the collection goes, the public would be none the wiser.”

Legal Battle Over Astérix Ends As Co-Creator And Daughter Kiss And Make Up

5 hours 33 min ago

“It was a dispute as bitter and drawn-out as Astérix the Gaul’s campaign against the Romans. On Friday, however, the illustrator Albert Uderzo … and his daughter … buried the hatchet after a court threw out a case brought by Sylvie Uderzo claiming her father had been tricked into selling off part of the family heritage.”

Longwood Gardens, Near Philadelphia, To Give Its Fountains $90M Upgrade

5 hours 58 min ago

“With more than one million visitors a year, Longwood – the former estate of the industrialist Pierre S. du Pont, who designed and built the Fountain Garden in 1931 for his own entertainment – is the most popular public garden in the country.” Currently, the fountains’ original plumbing – described as “a network of Band-Aids” – is still in use.

The British Museum Is Becoming Part Of “Minecraft”

6 hours 19 min ago

“The British Museum in London – complete with all of its exhibits – is to be recreated in the video game Minecraft. The project is part of the Museum of the Future scheme, which aims to expand the institution’s appeal.” And they’re crowdsourcing the (virtual) construction.