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Cai Guo-Qiang Explains What’s Missing In Contemporary Chinese Art

April 26, 2015 - 3:15pm

“The first few times the Chinese contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang tried to make gunpowder drawings, his art caught on fire—literally. His early method involved hanging blank canvases and oil paintings on the wall and throwing rocket fireworks at them.”

Watch These Eerie Mini-Films Of London In The 1890s

April 26, 2015 - 3:00pm

“The most obvious change is at street level. In the old footage men wear bowler and top hats, while women wear voluminous dresses and horse drawn carriages are a common sight.”

Late Night At Rijksmuseum With Rembrandt In A Limited Paradise

April 26, 2015 - 2:52pm

Once a week, during a show that attracts about 13,000 people a day, “the museum sells tickets to a late-night showing of the exhibit. A maximum of 1,100 guests are allowed into the vast museum to wander freely through uncrowded galleries for the evening.’

A Pioneer Of Making Buildings Sing At Night

April 26, 2015 - 2:45pm

Janet Turner “became a much admired role model for women in the design business at a time when few made it into the boardroom. … She was also a powerful proponent of lighting design as a profession in Britain. Until the late 80s, lighting schemes had generally been the province of architects and lighting manufacturers. The emergence of a new breed of specialist designers and consultancies was something she keenly supported.”

Writers Romanticize Readers … And Then They Go On Tour

April 26, 2015 - 2:30pm

“Just as the author romanticizes the reader, so does the reader romanticize the author — there’s something inevitable and touchingly human about it all. Many years ago, at a book signing, a reader said she wanted to be me because she felt that her own life was so drab. My heart sank like wet sand. The writer’s life can seem glamorous, but mine certainly wasn’t.”

Competitive College A Cappella Is Super Intense [AUDIO]

April 26, 2015 - 2:00pm

“Kari Wei doesn’t carry her ‘pitch peanut’ everywhere because a cappella is popular; she carries it everywhere because a cappella is consuming.”

Facebook Debuts New ‘Safety Check’ Feature After Nepal’s Devastating Earthquake

April 26, 2015 - 1:45pm

“Safety Check locates Facebook users near a disaster site through the city they list on their profile, or from where they last used the Internet. Users then receive a notification asking to confirm that they’re safe or to say that they weren’t in the affected area.”

More On Toni Morrison And Her New Book (What Else To Say? She’s Just Tremendous)

April 26, 2015 - 1:30pm

“Evil itself, Morrison says, is, ‘completely boring': the thing she finds ‘intellectually fascinating’ is how people respond to it.”

Postcards Of Actual London, The One Being Altered By Developers Every Day

April 26, 2015 - 1:15pm

“South London artist Gram Hilleard has created a series of postcards showing the city as he sees it: grey skies, soulless skyscrapers and boarded-up shops.”

Yes, You Sure Should Google Everyone, Including Your Potential Therapist

April 26, 2015 - 1:00pm

“You’re basically behind the curve if you’re not Googling pretty much everyone you meet.”

This Kid Was So Very Over ‘Boy Books’ And ‘Girl Books’

April 26, 2015 - 12:45pm

“Scholastic has now removed the ‘boys’ and ‘girls’ sections on its online Book Wizard which had previously limited questions about sport to boys and those about animals to girls. It has pledged to no longer publish books that declare they are for a particular gender in the title.”

A Writer’s Walk – Well, Hike – Up An Old Roman Road To Get To The Heart Of A Novel

April 26, 2015 - 12:30pm

“What I really needed was to step into the half-born book and let it close over my head for a few days – perhaps it was this kind of inchoate instinct rather than the more rational reason I gave myself, which was that I should walk at least a little way in my character Jack’s shoes in order to get a feel for the journey he makes.”

The Convention Where Hollywood Woos The Theaters

April 26, 2015 - 12:15pm

“Unlike, say, Comic-Con, movie fans are not invited. Instead, theater owners from around the world come to see everything from the latest projectors, new food items to sell alongside the popcorn, and of course, the movies themselves.”

A Principal Dancer Moves On – To Conflict Resolution

April 26, 2015 - 12:00pm

“‘As a performer, you create situations from the inside,’ [Dana Caspersen] said. ‘Now I’m interested in looking more broadly at bigger structures: How do our actions shape our world, and how does the world shape our actions?'”

A Modernist Composer Who Swore Off Opera As A Youngster Is About To Premiere His Tenth

April 26, 2015 - 11:45am

Peter Eotvos: “It was so random, so chaotic, especially in contrast to our electronic studio where we worked with unbelievable precision.”

Theatre Of The Community Isn’t Necessarily ‘Community Theatre’

April 26, 2015 - 11:30am

“HartBeat does not look at its Greater Hartford community as potential audience members but rather as an important part of the play-making. Ensemble members regularly spend months researching a subject by interviewing people from whatever the community or neighborhood the subject is about as it develops its works.”

‘Rosie The Riveter’ Model Never Actually Posed For Norman Rockwell, Became A Dental Hygienist

April 26, 2015 - 11:15am

“Keefe posed as Rosie not for Rockwell but for his photographer, Gene Pelham, in two sessions, lasting about two hours in all. She was paid $5 (roughly $144 in today’s dollars) per session.”

Urban Legends, Filtered Through A Skilled Writer’s Hands

April 26, 2015 - 11:00am

“While the narrator tells of sexual awakening, marriage, and adulthood, the ribbon around her neck (which she will neither remove nor explain) recalls the terrible buried knowingness of childhood. Campfire chillers draw their energy from the fact that everyone knows the ending will be horrible, and the teller knows exactly how.”

Opera Star Jessye Norman Is Rejoining Public Life In America, As A Political Commentator

April 26, 2015 - 10:45am

“If the Democrats felt the lack of a Wagnerian Valkyrie on their side, the role is now filled. And what’s more, they have found someone who can bridge the awkward gap between Ms Clinton’s supporters and Obama’s people. Norman is that rare thing, a prominent member of both camps.”

The Tony Awards: They’re About PR, People, Not ‘Good’ Theatre

April 26, 2015 - 10:30am

“The Tony system canonizes a subset of a subset, making the odds of any one show or person pocketing a Tony rather less impressive. What’s more, the awardees and runners-up have typically been nurtured beyond Broadway — often in the nonprofit theaters that have grown up across the United States since the mid-20th century.”