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Defending British Dance Training: Well, Everybody Seems To Like Our Choreographers

April 16, 2015 - 3:59am

Kevin O’Hare, artistic director of the Royal Ballet: “Look at Benjamin Millepied’s first season for the Paris Opera. He’s got Wayne McGregor, Chris Wheeldon and Liam Scarlett involved, and Arthur Pita. In Britain, we’ve got choreographers that people around the world want.”

Food Has Now Become A Category Of Media Celebrity, Like Actresses

April 16, 2015 - 3:58am

“Celebrity profiles are infamous, at this point, for their distinctive combination of erudition and ennui. Their adjective-happy explorations of hot-lady celebrities … treat their subjects like ‘irreducible mysteries, floating so high above the mortal (male) writers that they can only be described in terms of their effects.’ … Celebritized food profiles – celebrations of, among other things, actual rump roasts – treat their own subjects with a similar mingling of mysticism and frustrated desire.”

Dudamel And Rattle Have Some Competition In The Brilliant-Maestro-With-Wild-Hair Category

April 16, 2015 - 3:58am

David Patrick Stearns meets Stéphane Denève: “I used to have my hair short, but then I neglected my hair, and that’s how it came to be longer. Later, I wanted to cut my hair, but my agent said, ‘No, no, no. It’s now a recognizable package, and I’m selling the whole package.’ … There’s a study to be done on conductors and hair.”

John Cameron Mitchell – He And Hedwig Have Both Changed A Lot Over 20 Years

April 16, 2015 - 3:57am

“Sitting on his upholstered couch in his rent-controlled apartment in Manhattan’s West Village, we talk about being an openly gay actor in the ’80s, the healing that comes with watching parents age and why he says [his late ex-boyfriend] Jack was the best man he ever knew.” (podcast)

It Had To Happen: Author Of ‘So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed’ Gets Twitter-Shamed

April 16, 2015 - 3:56am

And it was over a passage that didn’t even make it into the published version of the book. Laura Miller explains the what and how.

‘I Do Bad Sex Very Well. In Life And In The Novel Form': Gary Shteyngart Interviews Adam Thirlwell

April 16, 2015 - 3:55am

Thirlwell: “In [my novels] Politics and The Escape, these grand themes of history and politics were mischievously seen as equivalent to more apparently minor problems like sleeping arrangements in a threesome, or premature ejaculation.
Shteyngart: “But premature ejaculation and politics intersect quite a bit.”
Thirlwell: “Well that’s certainly true.”

Study: Creativity Can Be Boosted By Artificial Stimulation

April 15, 2015 - 1:24pm

Artificially activating “cortical oscillations in the alpha frequency band”—a type of brain wave that has previously been linked with creativity—leads to higher scores on a standard test measuring innovative thinking, according to researchers from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

ISIS Destruction Of Artifacts Has Museum World Rethinking Repatriation Of Artifacts

April 15, 2015 - 1:17pm

“The minute that these events in Iraq started, voices came about again saying that we should open up acquisition policies of museums, making it easier to purchase artifacts, just to get them out of the area of conflict. But what these people do not discuss is that these artifacts that you can buy on the market now … they have been looted.”

Artists To NYC: We Want Our Bust Of Edward Snowden Back

April 15, 2015 - 1:10pm

The 4-foot-high, 100-pound, fiberglass-reinforced cement bust of Snowden, who is living in exile in Russia after divulging secret U.S. government collection of phone records, turned up on a monument that honors American captives who died on British prison ships during the Revolutionary War. The three artists say they considered the bust “a gift to the city” that could spur discussion about American ideals, values and heroes. Parks officials and police didn’t see it that way.

LA Film Production Falls 15 Percent, Continuing Slide

April 15, 2015 - 12:58pm

“The drop follows a 28% decline in feature film activity in the fourth quarter of last year and reflects the dwindling availability of state incentives intended to keep movies in Southern California.”

Luminato Festival Cancels Plans To Bring “Exhibit B” To Toronto After Community Objections. But Have Those Objecting Seen The Show?

April 15, 2015 - 12:53pm

So, Luminato approached a wide range of African-Canadian artists, scholars and community leaders to attend a meeting to simply discuss the idea of bringing the show to Toronto. The reaction, especially on social media, was so immediately condemning, with one activist reaching out to the organizer of the British boycott for advice, that Luminato quickly backed away from the idea. The group is still meeting on April 22 to discuss Exhibit B, but it will be a rather hypothetical discussion: On Tuesday, the festival announced that it “has determined that 2016 is not the right time to present Exhibit B in Toronto.”

The Myths Involved In Studying The Brain

April 15, 2015 - 12:46pm

“A growing body of evidence suggests that biological explanations are stigmatizing, possibly because people tend to see such problems as less treatable.”

That Newly-Attributed Shakespeare Play? Kinda Bad, But Interesting

April 15, 2015 - 12:40pm

“In short, a mediocre play, at least by Shakespeare’s standards, and in this instance, mediocre is perfect: It’s hard to understand how good Shakespeare could be until you’ve seen him at his worst (and Shakespeare at his worst is still better than most). So imagine how much more some 11th-grader might appreciate Much Ado About Nothing after reading Double Falsehood.”

Man Buys Building In Town Of Lecce. Man Digs To Fix Toilet. Man Discovers 2000-Year-Old City

April 15, 2015 - 12:36pm

“His search for a sewage pipe, which began in 2000, became one family’s tale of obsession and discovery. He found a subterranean world tracing back before the birth of Jesus: a Messapian tomb, a Roman granary, a Franciscan chapel and even etchings from the Knights Templar. His trattoria instead became a museum, where relics still turn up today.”

“Game Of Thrones” Episodes Weren’t “Leaked” Online. They Were Stolen

April 15, 2015 - 12:32pm

“It’s a small thing, perhaps — a silly bit of semantics — but words matter. When we say that something was “leaked,” we disclaim responsibility. Not only the responsibility of the person who stole the images, mind you, but also the responsibility of those of us who chose to enjoy the ill-gotten fruit.”

Michael Kaiser: What’s Dragging Down American Arts

April 15, 2015 - 12:28pm

“When you say I can watch something online for free or for a modest amount, or pay $100 to go to a live performance, that’s become a very difficult choice for a lot of people,” Kaiser says. For most in the post-great recession era of income stagnation and a shrinking middle class, it’s no choice at all.”

Alex Ross: The Barriers To The Future Of Orchestral Music

April 15, 2015 - 12:09pm

“Can tradition-minded classical listeners ever be made to grasp the crippling contradictions inherent in their hostility toward contemporary music? The question hangs in the air, because the future of the art depends on it.”

What Went Wrong At NBC News (What Didn’t?)

April 15, 2015 - 4:04am

“Brian Williams’s fabrication was just the latest, and worst, of the debacles that have plagued NBC News since NBCUniversal was bought by Comcast in 2011. Who is to blame?”

Rochester (MN) Symphony President Steps Down Amid Criminal Charges

April 15, 2015 - 4:00am

“Jeffrey Amundson, who served as the group’s president for four years, was placed on paid administrative leave in February after prosecutors charged him with stealing money from a vulnerable adult. On April 1, the board changed his leave to unpaid.”