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What Should Italy Do With Recovered Stolen Antiquities? Sell Them?

March 25, 2015 - 2:55pm

“The recent photographs of the stalwart carabinieri in front of the 5,000 stolen antiquities do, however, invite a fundamental question. Where should they go now?”

Where Is The Dialogue Between Music Of North And South Americas?

March 25, 2015 - 2:52pm

“we can no longer talk about Latin America as a single unit, given the lack of information that exists between its different countries. For example, in Chile, we are not informed about what is happening in Ecuador or in Colombia with respect to their musical life. Only occasionally do we pay attention to our neighbors in Argentina, and only because of their proximity. The important role Buenos Aires plays in the development of new music does not encourage us to seek them out. What happened?”

Pierre Boulez Turns 90: His Influence Is Undeniable

March 25, 2015 - 12:57pm

“Boulez’s style is explosive. He detonates a germ of an idea and, like a seed, it grows a sonic forest. The common fallacy is that pieces as highly and intricately structured as these require technical understanding. But you don’t need to be a botanist to be stirred by a field of wild flowers.”

How Philip Glass Changed American Music

March 25, 2015 - 12:49pm

“Whatever the long-term prospects for Glass’s music may be, no one now doubts its historic significance. One reason musical modernism finally collapsed under its own weight in the 1970s was that Glass and his like-minded contemporaries refused to kowtow to the anti-tonal regime of the postwar avant-garde musical monopoly. As a result, there is no longer a “mainstream” classical-music style.”

As The Internet And TV Converge, A New Free-For-All Competition For Eyeballs

March 25, 2015 - 12:46pm

“To prosper, analysts say, Netflix, Amazon and Hulu will have to spend even more on the production and marketing of exclusive comedies, dramas, films, documentaries and other shows. The greater the acclaim and the more exclusive the offerings, the easier it will be to distinguish the services and persuade people to pay up every month.”

America’s Public Radio Challenge: Good Local Reporting To Match The Quality National Stuff

March 25, 2015 - 12:37pm

“NPR’s own staff sets a national standard for serious, if often entertaining, national coverage; local coverage can be as good, but often flags in reporting smarts, voice and quality. Anyone who has ever listened to local public radio traveling across the country can recognize the great disparities in reporting. Closing that gap is central to the next generation of NPR News – and public radio itself.”

Why Are So Many Arts Organizations’ Mission Statements So Bad?

March 25, 2015 - 12:16pm

“Yuck! Those are awful, and for different reasons. Some are dumb. Some are unclear. But all are more about the “what” of the organization more than the “why.” There is no expression or explanation of their purpose, no sense of what they are doing that is good for us.”

Fox TV Sues To Keep “Empire” Name For New Hit Show

March 25, 2015 - 12:12pm

“Unfortunately, success today can often make creators a target for a myriad of baseless legal claims. They hope you will just pay a little something from that success to make them go away. As underscored by today’s complaint, Fox has no intention of allowing anyone to leverage Empire’s success for their own unwarranted financial gain.”

Time For Domingo To Retire, Says NY Times Chief Critic

March 25, 2015 - 4:00am

Anthony Tommasini, reviewing Verdi’s Ernani at the Met: “The time to stop will just come to [Domingo] when it’s right, he explained. ‘I think it will be one evening,’ he said, ‘after a performance, to say, ‘That’s it.’ It may be the moment for Mr. Domingo to heed his own words.”

Couple Who Hid 271 Picassos In Garage For Four Decades Convicted

March 25, 2015 - 3:58am

The court in a Côte d’Azur town gave Pierre and Danielle Le Guennec “a two-year suspended sentence, ending years of intrigue surrounding a mysterious suitcase full of drawings that the couple took to Paris in 2010 to show Claude Picasso, the late painter’s son who represents the artist’s heirs and estate.”

Akhil Sharma’s “Family Life” Wins £40,000 Folio Prize For Fiction

March 25, 2015 - 3:57am

The Indian-American banker-turned-author won the second-ever award “for a novel which took him 13 long and painful years to complete, charting one emigrant family’s heartwrenching search for the American dream.”

Finalists For Man Booker International Prize 2015 Announced

March 25, 2015 - 3:56am

Three African nations and one Caribbean island have authors on the shortlist for the first time; a few familiar names (Amitav Ghosh, László Krasznahorkai, Fanny Howe) made the cut, but literary stars Karl Ove Knausgaard and Haruki Murakami did not.

How A Bharatanatyam Choreographer Is Remaking French Ballet’s Great Chestnut About An Indian Temple Dancer

March 25, 2015 - 3:55am

When Shobana Jeyasingh first heard of La Bayadère, she was excited at the idea of a classic ballet about someone like her. Of course La Bayadère bore no relationship to real Indian classical dance or dancers – until, that is, Jeyasingh got her hands on the piece. (includes video)

After Fire, London’s Battersea Arts Centre Gets £1 Million Emergency Funding

March 25, 2015 - 3:54am

“Half the money will help the venue to find an off-site location that will enable it to accommodate productions that were due to be staged in the Grand Hall. The rest … will go towards BAC’s ongoing £13 million redevelopment project, which needed an additional £500,000 to reach its target.”

Málaga Tries To Make Itself Spain’s Newest Arts Hub

March 25, 2015 - 3:52am

Francisco de la Torre, mayor since 2000 of the Andalusian seaside city, has attracted branches of such museums as the Pompidou, the Thyssen-Bornemisza, and the State Russian Museum – in a bid to make the city a destination for more than just cruise ships. Not all Malagueños are pleased, however.

Norman Scribner, 79, Founder Of D.C.’S Choral Arts Society

March 25, 2015 - 3:51am

“The late Washington Post music critic Paul Hume once called Mr. Scribner ‘one of Washington’s finest musicians and one of the most gifted choral conductors in the country.’ A skilled pianist, organist and composer, he spent nearly five decades at the helm of the Choral Arts Society.”

What ‘Pretty Woman’ Would Have Been Like If They’d Shot The Original Script (Ugly)

March 25, 2015 - 3:50am

“In its original form, which you can read here, it was neither a Cinderella story nor a romantic comedy – it was a cynical, rather depressing tale of a junkie prostitute and the rich asshole she spends a week with. Neither of them is particularly likable, either at the beginning of the story or its conclusion.”

The Detective Novel That Convinced A Generation Richard III Wasn’t Evil

March 25, 2015 - 3:49am

“Though writers and historians have been arguing since the seventeenth century that Richard III wasn’t the villain whom Shakespeare described, it was a 1951 mystery novel that sparked mass interest in Richard’s redemption. The writer went by the name Josephine Tey, and the novel was called The Daughter of Time.”

A Solo Theater Piece About The Israel-Palestine Conflict – By Arafat’s Own Foster Daughter

March 25, 2015 - 3:48am

After Raeda Taha’s father was killed while hijacking a passenger plane in 1972, she was, in effect, adopted by Yasir Arafat and later worked as his press secretary. In Where Can I Find Someone Like You, Ali, Taha looks at the human costs of the conflict, especially those that Palestinians like her father exact on their families.

How Akira Kurosawa Mastered The Art Of Movement In Movies

March 25, 2015 - 3:46am

“Back in January, Tony Zhou shared a sharp little video essay on Akira Kurosawa’s geometric style, a video that was technically culled from a much larger, more expansive piece on the director that Zhou was still fine-tuning. That piece is now finished, and it’s a bracing analysis that applies Zhou’s insight to Kurosawa’s use of movement in general.”