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ISIS Smashed Priceless Artifacts? They Might Not Have Been Real

March 4, 2015 - 10:55am

“If you watch the video – which is, of course, what the Islamic State wants you to do – you’ll notice that several of the pieces disintegrate into a cloud of white powder as they hit the ground. That is plaster not stone, the experts say: Those statues are modern replicas. At one point, you can also see metal rods sticking up through the broken legs of a standing figure, another clue that piece is modern.”

The Double-Edged Sword Of Nostalgia

March 4, 2015 - 10:42am

“I try to support what few record and book stores survive, and I still mourn the closing of Driggs Pizza in Williamsburg, where on our first date, my wife and I shared a few of the most exquisite pesto-enhanced grandma slices Brooklyn ever conceived. But I also like living in a city that moves to the beat of what Joseph Schumpeter referred to as “creative destruction,” one that innovates, evolves and experiences cultural ebbs and flows.”

Big Plans For Transforming Milwaukee’s Waterfront

March 4, 2015 - 10:30am

The project is described as “catalytic” for downtown and is intended to create public plazas, improve pedestrian access from downtown to the lakefront, calm traffic, create a sense of arrival to the city and enhance Milwaukee’s sense of civic identity.

ASCAP Pulled In More Than $1 Billion In 2014

March 4, 2015 - 4:17am

“ASCAP, the music licensing agency, is in one sense fighting for its survival, seeking to change decades-old rules to fit the economics of online music. In another, it is finding ways to distribute more money than ever to its thousands of songwriters. … [Last year was] the first time that ASCAP or any organization like it has raised so much.”

Here’s How The Egyptian Museum Is Responding To The Tutankhamun’s Beard Debacle

March 4, 2015 - 4:10am

“The embattled Egyptian Museum says it has begun to log every act of conservation it makes, as it attempts to restore its reputation following the furore over Tutankhamun’s botched beard.”

There Will Be No Oprah “‘Night, Mother” On Broadway (“Too Depressing”)

March 4, 2015 - 4:04am

“Last February, The New York Times reported that talk show queen Oprah Winfrey was in talks to make her long-awaited Broadway debut in a revival of Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play ‘night, Mother opposite five-time Tony-Award winner Audra McDonald. Winfrey was reportedly interested in portraying the role of a mother who desperately tries to prevent her daughter from killing herself.”

“Saturday Night Live” Is Going To China

March 4, 2015 - 3:52am

“After 40 years as a weekend staple on U.S. television screens, Saturday Night Live will start a Chinese version in partnership with Sohu.com Inc., operator of an online search engine and video streaming sites.”

Workers Of The Word Unite! – Language And Class At The Copy Desk

March 4, 2015 - 3:48am

“The truth is that the work of the copy editor is largely disdained. And because their work is so undervalued, copy editors (and fact checkers) routinely work significantly longer hours for much less money … The popular image of the copy editor as a usefully malfunctioning person justifies the natural order of things: In the Calvinistic world of magazines, maladjusted grammar weirdos simply fall to their natural station.”

“Relying On Private Sector Funding Makes Me Uneasy,” Says Top British Stage Director

March 4, 2015 - 3:47am

Rupert Goold, artistic director of the Almeida Theatre: “The arts have to be very uncomfortable and provocative at times, that is their function, it is their function to really serve you. Inevitably, people who are bringing people to see the work in a corporate climate may be resistant to that kind of work being made.”

How Much Do Britain’s Top Arts Institutions Get From Corporate Sponsors? And What Do The Sponsors Get For Their Money?

March 4, 2015 - 3:45am

“Details of specific deals are usually secret, because neither arts organisations nor sponsors want their rivals to know exactly what is changing hands. So we looked at the accounts of 10 top arts organisations – Royal Opera, English National Opera, National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Southbank Centre, British Museum, Science Museum Group, Victoria and Albert Museum, Natural History Museum and National Gallery – and asked them how much money they get from sponsors overall.”

Director Luca Ronconi, 81, “One Of The Great Theatrical Innovators Of The 20th Century”

March 4, 2015 - 3:36am

“[His] most revolutionary production, and the one which brought him international renown, was in 1969, a stage adaptation of Ariosto’s mammoth epic poem Orlando Furioso.”

Man’s Law or God’s Law? Sophocles’s Antigone: Heroine Or Criminal?

March 4, 2015 - 3:35am

“It is this tension that is at the heart of the play: which law trumps all others? For Creon, obeying the law of the land is the single most important thing we must do, as citizens. … It is this tension that is at the heart of the play: which law trumps all others? For Creon, obeying the law of the land is the single most important thing we must do, as citizens.”

Zoë Wanamaker: “I Had A Lot To Live Up To”

March 4, 2015 - 3:33am

“As she prepares to play poet Stevie Smith, Zoë Wanamaker talks to Lyn Gardner about acting through grief, finding her voice – and why she has never performed in the theatre that bears her father’s name.”

Understanding the Two Types of Extroversion (Yes, There Seem To Be Two)

March 4, 2015 - 3:32am

“Agentic extraversion is about sensitivity to reward, engagement with goals and achievement, persistence, and taking a leadership position when you have an opportunity to do that. In other words, being comfortable in the limelight. … Affiliative extraversion is also a really great trait – it’s a dimension of social warmth. People who are high on the trait, close social relationships mean a lot to them, … they tend to have a very large group of meaningful friendships.”

Burlesque Dancer Fired For Being Too Curvy, Sparks Online Uprising

March 4, 2015 - 3:30am

When the Bourbon Street burlesque club Lucky Pierre’s dismissed performer Ruby Rage – over the objections of the show’s producer – “word spread quickly and social media did what it does best, dumping voluminous righteous outrage on every conceivable target: the club, its owners, its employees, [producer] Bella Blue, the traditions of burlesque itself.”

Who Was THE Original Manic Pixie Dream Girl? (Hint: You Saw Her On The Oscars)

March 4, 2015 - 3:29am

“[She] is one of the earliest examples of an affected and oft-debated cinematic trope … that fictional bearer of quirky fun and madcap outings and ultimate lifelong happiness once emotional walls have been dismantled, brick by brick.”

Coralville, Iowa Seeks Managing Director

March 3, 2015 - 5:30pm

Coralville, Iowa is seeking an enthusiastic, motivated, and dynamic Managing Director for the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Coralville Center for the Performing Arts is a 472 seat theater in the heart of Coralville’s Town Center.

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Managing Director
Coralville Center for Performing Arts

The City of Coralville, Iowa is seeking an enthusiastic, motivated, and dynamic Managing Director for the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Coralville is a progressive, growing community of approximately 19,000 located next door to the University of Iowa. Coralville Center for the Performing Arts is a 472 seat theater in the heart of Coralville’s Town Center. The theater opened in 2011 and has been a cultural addition to the community hosting 157 public events this past year. The ideal candidate will play an important role in continuing to establish its cultural presence and performance potential in the region and to facilitate two community theater programs recently merged under its operations.

This position will plan, coordinate, administer, supervise, and evaluate all operations related to the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. The successful candidate will demonstrate ability to build relationships with many arts, culture, and business organizations, ability to create a program involving volunteers and philanthropic giving to the theater, ability to seek grant opportunities and prepare grants, and ability to coordinate theater operations with staff and volunteers.

Graduation from an accredited four (4) year college or university with bachelor’s degree in performing arts management, theater management, business administration, arts administration , or related field; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the essential knowledge, skill, and abilities.
Four (4) years experience in a supervisory/administrator role desired. Must be able to work night and weekend hours as the job requires.

Annualized salary $76,554 plus full benefit package which includes family health insurance paid. For job description and application information, visit www.coralville.org/jobs. Deadline for application is 3/11/2015 at 5:00 PM.

Applicants must pass a post-offer, pre-employment physical & drug screen & must reside within 20 minutes of the Coralville city limits after hire. EOE

Why Net Neutrality Ruling Might Not Be All It’s Cracked Up To Be

March 3, 2015 - 2:23pm

“Competition on the internet is constantly evolving and poorly understood. AOL was a has-been before the ink was dry on the relentless complaints about its unassailable monopoly; cable content is suddenly challenged by streaming video; DSL, once thought dead, now offers 25-75 Mbps service. Yet the FCC’s rules ignore this complexity, insisting on a one-dimensional conception of internet competition that’s never actually existed.”

And Then There Were None (New York’s Last Sheet Music Store Closing)

March 3, 2015 - 2:09pm

Frank Music has been struggling for years, as music became readily available online, said Heidi Rogers, the shop’s owner. “We went from seeing 15 to 20 people per day to seeing two or three,” Ms. Rogers said on Monday. “I went from feeling like I was at the center of the world to feeling invisible.”