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Doris Hering Charted The Rise Of New York City Ballet And Basically Made Dance Criticism A Thing In The U.S.

October 27, 2014 - 8:30am

“She began reviewing for Dance in the late 1940s and, from 1951 to 1971, was the magazine’s associate editor and principal critic. Early on, immersed in the New York dance scene, she underwent a change of outlook in 1957, when she was given an out-of-town assignment.” She was 94 when she died earlier this month.

Whatever Happened To Australian Film After ‘Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert’?

October 27, 2014 - 8:00am

“Cinemas and distributors are now “gun shy” of Australian films, becoming more conservative with programming choices, says film producer Brian Rosen, formerly chief of the Film Finance Corporation. All the way to the ticket booth, marketing machines guide which movie opens your wallet or purse.”

What It Takes To Make A New Musical In 2014

October 27, 2014 - 7:30am

“I realized that I had talked Matt into something insane and that we just couldn’t do this on our own. That it’s so much bigger than a play. That’s the main thing I have learned working on musicals. With a play you can invite your friends over to your house to hear it and make a pizza, but with a musical that is just not possible.”

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation ‘Cuts Ties’ To Powerful And Popular Host Of Q, Jian Ghomeshi

October 26, 2014 - 10:15pm

“Ghomeshi stated on his Facebook page Sunday that he was fired because of the risk ‘of my private sex life being made public as a result of a campaign of false allegations pursued by a jilted ex girlfriend and a freelance writer.'”

The Arts Council Of Wales Says Cuts Are Inevitable

October 26, 2014 - 2:30pm

“This difficult decision reflects the overall challenge of our budget position as the result of unprecedented cuts by the UK Government – with our budget £1.5 billion lower in real terms in 2015/16 than in 2010/11.”

How Mid-Century Architecture In Los Angeles Changed Science Fiction

October 26, 2014 - 2:00pm

“Our original cinematic visions of imagined futures — often dystopian wastelands — were shaped by their film locations on what was then undeveloped land outside Los Angeles. Even the futuristic worlds on soundstages called back to Los Angeles, a city whose rapid growth was multi-pronged and haphazard.”

Stepping Into The Void With Marina Abramović

October 26, 2014 - 1:30pm

“‘I’ll take over the interview now,’ said Ms. Abramović. She was staring right at me. ‘When was the last time you wore a blindfold?'”

Using Subway Wi-Fi To Connect Musicians Across New York [VIDEO]

October 26, 2014 - 1:15pm

“Each of the musicians were set up with a music stand and an iPhone, while the conductor stationed himself in Bryant Park with nearly a dozen MacBooks to receive all the different video streams.”

How Jane Smiley Came To Write A Sprawling Saga (It’s Her Husbands, She Says)

October 26, 2014 - 1:00pm

“On the American literary scene, she is singular, and blessed, for the absence of angst in her creative life and her equable delight in what she does.”

Paris’ Picasso Museum Reopens After Long Delay, Huge Cost Overruns, Lots Of Acrimony

October 26, 2014 - 12:40pm

“French President Francois Hollande said at a ceremony the museum was ‘one of the most beautiful in the world and one of the most moving because it brings together the considerable and prolific work of the best-known artist of the 20th century.'”

The Two Big Art Houses Disagree About Whether To Compensate Heirs Of Nazi-‘Owned’ Art

October 26, 2014 - 12:30pm

“The tale of these two works with a shared history illustrates how, even 70 years after the war, experts in the international art market can disagree substantively about how to handle the sale of works once owned by Jews in Europe during the Nazi era.”

Barnes And Noble Will Not Desert The Bronx After All

October 26, 2014 - 12:20pm

“Diaz said it was now up to Bronx residents to do their part to keep the store from leaving. ‘If you want a store to flourish and stay here in our borough, you have to petition with your wallets.'”

Iranian Author: Books Are One Key To Democracy

October 26, 2014 - 12:15pm

“There’s a James Baldwin quote about feeling all alone and isolated until you read Dostoevsky and you discover that someone who lived a hundred years ago connects to you – and you don’t feel lonely any more.”

What’s The Future Of Streaming Content?

October 26, 2014 - 12:00pm

“Personalities and brands may be content in and of themselves. The future may hold a J.J. Abrams or Amblin Television (Steven Spielberg) or Louis C.K. channel.”

Has A Lost Caravaggio At Long Last Been Found?

October 26, 2014 - 11:45am

“Mina Gregori, 90, president of the Roberto Longhi foundation of art history studies in Florence and author of several books on the baroque painter, said she was 100% sure she had found the original Mary Magdalene in Ecstasy.”

The Top Ten Fictional Buildings

October 26, 2014 - 11:30am

“Bag End: Home of Bungo, Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, in Hobbiton, the Shire, Middle-earth.”

Why Does Toronto Have Two Big, Beautiful Art Fairs Going Head To Head This Weekend?

October 26, 2014 - 11:00am

“The arrival of Feature, brainchild of the Montreal-based Association des galeries d’art contemporain (AGAC), was, in fact, described largely positively, as ‘a welcome evolution,’ in the words of Art Toronto director Susannah Rosenstock.”

Comedies Are So Over – It’s All About The Dramedy Now

October 26, 2014 - 10:45am

“If we’re really going to move forward, we need to embrace a broader idea of what comedies are capable of. If you think that isn’t a big obstacle … well, how many times have you seen someone complain an episode of, say, Parks and Recreation was terrible because it ‘wasn’t funny enough’ when it really just dealt with weightier material or took a breather to develop its characters?”

Can Video Games Survive ‘GamerGate’?

October 26, 2014 - 10:30am

“If all the recent experimentation and progress in video games — they’re in the permanent collection at MoMA now — turns out to be just a plaster on an ugly sore, then the medium’s long journey into the mainstream could be halted or even reversed.”