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TV Is Increasingly Being Made For Old(er) People. Rejoice!

September 11, 2014 - 12:40pm

“Television is getting better, especially cable, and using a Sherlockian level of analysis, I’d conclude TV is better because it isn’t always catering to the young, many of whom are known flibbertigibbets.”

Has The Toronto Film Festival Lost Its Way?

September 11, 2014 - 12:30pm

“Maybe it’s time for a break. TIFF has gotten too unwieldy, too Hollywood, too focused on the dozens of film junkets attaching themselves, barnacle-like, to the festival itself.”

No, Musicians, College Will *Not* Kill Your Creativity

September 11, 2014 - 12:15pm

“Over the years, many of my friends and colleagues across the U.S. who are freelance musicians and specialize in contemporary music have told me that they dislike schools of any sort and they want nothing to do with them.”

A Conductor, Prepping To Lead The Boston Symphony

September 11, 2014 - 12:15pm

“This is not a situation that rewards arrogance. A certain humility, even a touch of subservience, is in order, a lesson that Mr. Nelsons has evidently taken to heart and that has served him well.”

Treasure Troves Of Black History In The U.S. Often Lie Hidden, In People’s Homes

September 11, 2014 - 12:05pm

“The relics and heirlooms of African-American families, the Smithsonian says, can help tell the story of America — and should be preserved. To that end, the museum is educating people about how to take care of their own history, making ordinary people collectors of the nation’s heritage.”

Will Americans Ever Grow Up?

September 11, 2014 - 12:00pm

“It isn’t only that patriarchy in the strict, old-school Don Draper sense has fallen apart. It’s that it may never really have existed in the first place, at least in the way its avatars imagined. Which raises the question: Should we mourn the departed or dance on its grave?”

Can A Community Have A ‘Soul’?

September 11, 2014 - 12:00pm

Yes, and that can be created: “A community’s ‘soul’ is not just some ineffable or magical quality. Urban planning and local laws actually affect it.”

The Magic Building Where Creative Writing Majors Make Money After College …

September 11, 2014 - 11:59am

Doesn’t exist. “When is the right time to tell people about their job prospects? In graduate school? Before they even apply to graduate school? Or sooner than that even—in their first creative writing class? Never? Let them Google it because it’s just too depressing otherwise?”

An 88-Year-Old Ballerina Recreates A WWII Ballet [VIDEO]

September 11, 2014 - 11:55am

Dame Gillian Lynne recreates a ballet about the working class of Glasgow that was performed for soldiers near the battlefields of Germany during the war.

The War Machine On TV In China Probably Right Now, And Now, And Now

September 11, 2014 - 11:45am

“About 100 anti-Japan films and nearly 70 TV programs were produced in 2013, according to Reuters, which estimates that the genre holds as much as 70 percent of the market.”

How Should Theatre Deal With Works In Translation?

September 11, 2014 - 11:44am

“Good surtitles are a real art. One issue with surtitles is positioning. Poorly sited surtitles are like trying to hold a conversation in a room where a TV is on. However much you try not to look at them, your eye is constantly drawn towards them, even if you speak the language.”

If You’re A Music Hoarder, The News About The Original iPod Is Not Good At All

September 11, 2014 - 11:25am

“Less of this stuff is on Spotify than its boosters would have me believe, and there’s only so much I’m willing to spend on a ‘cloud.'”

If Books Can Change Your Life, Can They Also Make It Far Worse?

September 11, 2014 - 11:15am

“Novels might not make us worse, but they can unlock parts of us that were already there, already dark, already violent or ruthless or self-destructive.”

The Artist Walks 12 Miles To Make Each Artwork – And Then It Washes Away

September 11, 2014 - 11:00am

“‘It’s a race against the tide, it’s nine hours of furious work,’ says the artist who is best known for making huge geometric snow designs in the Alps with his feet.”

There’s No Such Thing As A Generation, And This Is How They Were Invented

September 11, 2014 - 9:25am

“People do not react to their particular historical conundrums as a monolithic group. This is often where trend pieces get into trouble, when they start attributing one possible reaction to the group as whole.”

Going After Websites That Infringe Copyright Is Like “Whacking Moles”: Advocate

September 11, 2014 - 4:29am

The head of the Australian consumer advocacy group Choice told a forum in Sydney, “The fundamental test if we are going to do something is we need to be confident it will work. If you look at site blocking it is like whacking moles. People who run websites move much faster than courts.”

How The Belarus Free Theatre Keeps On Battling A Stalinist Regime

September 11, 2014 - 4:18am

In Belarus, the KGB attends Free Theatre shows, sometimes just to scare the performers. Other times, the evenings end in arrests. Criminal cases brought against the company drove four members to permanent exile in London. But they never cease their work. … The company now functions as a two-pronged operation: In England they perform with a rotating ensemble of British and Belarusian actors, and in Belarus they continue to write, develop and rehearse new material.”

Robert Curran Wants To Make Classic Ballets “Cinematic”

September 11, 2014 - 4:13am

Says the former Australian Ballet star, who’s just starting his new job as artistic director of Louisville Ballet: “I might be a bit presumptuous in saying this but I would really like to bring a cinematic quality to these productions, to these traditional ballets. I think audiences are used to and expect a certain quality in period pieces, whether they be on the silver screen or whether they be on stage. So what I would really like to bring is reality.”

“Wolf Hall / Bring Up The Bodies” Plays Headed To Broadway

September 11, 2014 - 4:06am

Broadway and London producers are in talks about a New York run of the hit British play Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring Up the Bodies, based on the historical novels by Hilary Mantel about Henry VIII and his adviser Thomas Cromwell … Both plays are running in repertory in London’s West End, where they have enjoyed critical acclaim and record-breaking ticket sales.”

Gerald Wilson, Jazz Trumpeter And Bandleader, Dead At 96

September 11, 2014 - 3:56am

“In a lifetime that spanned a substantial portion of the history of jazz, Wilson’s combination of articulate composition skills with a far-reaching creative vision carried him successfully through each of the music’s successive new evolutions.”