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So, *Are* College Students Customers Of Higher Education?

May 24, 2015 - 11:30am

Nope. “That analogy needs to die. It needs to be drowned in the world’s largest bathtub. It needs a George R.R. Martin–esque bloodbath of a demise.”

How Juilliard Is Changing Early Music – And Contemporary Music, Too

May 24, 2015 - 11:00am

“After just five years our students now play as regulars or ‘deps’ – or stand-ins – in pretty much all of the main North American period instrument orchestras, as well as in Europe and in their own new groups. Will it one day reach saturation point? I don’t know. But we certainly haven’t come close to that yet.”

Artists Need To Be Able To Take Risks, But How Can That Work Without A Welfare State?

May 24, 2015 - 10:30am

“There’s not much point hanging a big welcome sign above the box office if the stage door is clearly barred to anyone without a financial safety net.”

A Story About Brothers, Rams And A Remote Iceland Valley Won At The Cannes Festival’s ‘Sidebar’

May 24, 2015 - 10:00am

Of course it did. And “the top prizes for the main selection will be awarded on Sunday night during the closing ceremony at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.”

Can The Germans Fix Opera In New York?

May 24, 2015 - 10:00am

“Accustomed to hearing opera at the Met, where the average attendee is more likely than not on Medicare, I was bewildered at the number of kids—high schoolers barely over Platée’s recommended minimum age of 14—crowding the auditorium.”

The Bookstore That ‘Wimpy Kid’ Built

May 24, 2015 - 9:30am

“With this foray into retailing, Mr. Kinney is joining a handful of authors who are injecting cash and a dose of literary celebrity into what seemed a dying trade.”

Should Opera Singers Stop Providing Printed Translations?

May 24, 2015 - 9:12am

“In hearing the texts we focused on the words, their meanings and — importantly — their ideas on their own. We listened attentively during these spoken passages and then, with the texts fresh in our minds, we listened more actively to the music that both singer and pianist produced. And, as Blythe wanted, we were looking at her and she at us.”

The English National Ballet Prepares To Move To Its New Home In East London

May 24, 2015 - 8:30am

“The aim is to ‘create a new space that allows us to produce and rehearse amazing work,’ said the ENB’s artistic director, Tamara Rojo, adding that the facilities could also be used by other organisations. She said: ‘I want the space to echo to the sound of creative Britain.'”

Why Jhumpa Lahiri Quit The U.S. For Italy – And Wrote A Book In Italian

May 24, 2015 - 8:00am

“After a lifetime of feeling that she never quite fitted into either India or the US, Lahiri feels a casa (‘at home’) in Rome. She recently wrote about her Italian metamorphosis in a ‘linguistic autobiography’, titled In Altre Parole (‘In Other Words’), which hit Italian bookstores in January.”

Illumination Artists Sue NYPD Over Arrests In Museum Protest

May 23, 2015 - 2:35pm

“They were charged with unlawful posting of advertisements for projecting images critical of Koch and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Even someone who’s not a lawyer can tell that there are two problems with that charge. The statute defines ‘posting’ as sticking to something. Images and projections don’t stick, and no advertisements were involved.”

So You Think Dance Emigrated Out Of The Old Soviet Union? Here Are The Treasures That Stayed

May 23, 2015 - 2:32pm

“For the past decade or so, the Russians have been rehabilitating works from the Stalinist era that brilliantly debunk the notion that Soviet ballet slept out the 20th century. And Yakobson is the ideal figure on whom to focus a corrected and expanded ballet history.”

Last Week Berlin Philharmonic Musicians Deadlocked On A New Music Director. Here’s How It Happened

May 23, 2015 - 2:28pm

“It is hard to see how enough players can be swayed from Thielemann to Nelsons or vice versa in order for the orchestra to bury its differences and rally around a new music director. That leaves three options, none of them easy.”

Palmyra’s Antiquities Have Been In Danger Long Before ISIS Showed Up

May 22, 2015 - 5:55pm

UNESCO warnings about Palmyra go back as far as 2013, predating the rise of ISIS. Historian Eleanor Robson said that throughout the four-year Syrian civil war, the city’s antiquities have been imperiled by “members of the Assad regime, rebels, criminals, and opportunists.” She added, “It’s been chaos for years.”

Has Toronto’s Luminato Failed To Make An Impact As An International Festival?

May 22, 2015 - 2:52pm

“When Toronto was at a particular low point in the 2000s, Luminato was conceived by business leaders as the kind of high-level, multiarts smorgasbord that would attract international cultural tourists while also providing enough free, fun and family events to entertain the city. It was planned without sufficient consultation with Canadian arts groups and has often felt like a top-down exercise, a perception that repeatedly hiring Europeans will only reinforce.”

Perhaps The Most Audacious (And Ridiculous) Art Heist Ever (And How It Shook The British Government)

May 22, 2015 - 2:34pm

“The resulting image shows the young Irish art student, the belt of his tweed overcoat flapping as he moves at speed, grappling with the heavy gilt frame containing Berthe Morisot’s Jour d’Eté and two large pieces of card attempting to cover the image of two French ladies on a boating lake. After jumping into a taxi, Mr Hogan realised he had no idea where to take his loot and instructed the driver to head to the only place he could think of – Piccadilly Circus.”

What We Look At: Big Data Suggests That Applying Filters To Pictures Increases Our Interest In Them

May 22, 2015 - 1:45pm

“Overall, controlling for things like a user’s follower count and the popularity of the larger stream in which a given photo sits, “filtered photos are 21% more likely to be viewed and 45% more likely to be commented on” than unfiltered ones. As for which filters have which effects, the authors examined five.”

Police Shut Down Controversial Venice Biennale Project

May 22, 2015 - 12:52pm

“The provocative project, created inside a long-unused Catholic church, serves as Iceland’s national pavilion for the 56th Venice Biennale and was intended in part to highlight the absence of a mosque in the historic heart of Venice, a city whose art and architecture were deeply influenced by Islamic trade and culture.”

Chicago Theaters Want Your Help When You Die

May 22, 2015 - 12:40pm

“The subject is sensitive, awkward and uncomfortable but also, a growing priority for even the most established theater companies in Chicago, many of which are still relatively new at what museums and universities have been doing for decades: discretely shimmying up to cherished, aging supporters and gently wondering if they might leave the theater a little something in their wills some day. But there is an art to the ask.

Why Doesn’t Hollywood Cater More To Older Audiences? (They’re Growing)

May 22, 2015 - 12:06pm

“According to a 2014 study of theatrical market statistics by the Motion Picture Association of America, the number of “frequent moviegoers” in the 60-plus demographic (that is, those who attend the cinema at least once a month) jumped almost 30 percent last year from 2013, to 5.3 million viewers. That is the highest level for the 60-plus demographic since 2010. Over the same period, attendance by frequent moviegoers ages 18 to 24 and 25 to 39 — still the dominant age groups, with annual attendance about 7 million each — continued to slide. But the pickings are sometimes slim for mature audiences looking for characters their age appearing in quality fare.”

Tom Stoppard: Here’s Where Science’s Explanations Of How The World Works Stop

May 22, 2015 - 11:36am

When I said: “could you relate cultural evolution to biological evolution”, that’s where I think there’s a fudge or a missing rung. I don’t understand what you mean, because your starting point is that there is no you and me outside our brains.”