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Should Minimum Wage Apply To The Arts (& If Not, How Should Artists Make A Living?)

November 16, 2014 - 10:00am

“While administrative staffers on payrolls of Chicago theaters, performance collectives and small dance companies generally make at least minimum wage, performers, sometimes categorized as solo independent contractors and thus beyond the legal reach of minimum wage, might be paid little or, in some cases, nothing.”

The Winner Of The Giller Prize On Music, Writing, And Unicorns

November 16, 2014 - 9:30am

“I like to sometimes write against the music I’m listening to. So if I’m writing a peaceful, quiet, sad scene, there’s something useful about listening to really assertive, loud music, to find a tension.”

Glen Larson, Battlestar Galactica Producer Who Just Died At 77, Could Make Practically Any TV Show A Success

November 16, 2014 - 9:00am

“Many of the hit shows Glen Larson produced found little favor with critics, including ‘B.J. and the Bear’ (1979), about a trucker and his pet monkey. And despite his success, sometimes with multiple series running simultaneously, he never won an Emmy.”

Creating Cathedrals (To The Arts) With Frank Gehry

November 16, 2014 - 8:00am

“You are not on LSD. All sail and no boat, it’s a vision, one that provoked a perfectly sober, gainfully employed psychologist seeing the building for the first time to respond: ‘I nearly wept in awe. Amazed by how soft, alive and enfolding it is.'”

The Celebrated New Science Fiction Writer Suddenly Exposed As A Longtime, Vicious Troll

November 16, 2014 - 7:30am

“In outing and rushing to condemn Sriduangkaew, are sci-fi fans perpetuating a sexist, even racist double standard? Or are minority voices, on the contrary, so prized in sci-fi/fantasy publishing that their fans will go to any lengths to excuse them?”

When Aging Boy Banders Try To Reclaim A Piece Of The Pop Music Money Pie

November 16, 2014 - 7:00am

“They’re taking a mode of salesmanship that’s traditionally worked on impressionable, wildly hormonal young girls and turning it towards two groups — the gays and the moms — who someone on their team decided would be the next-most susceptible.”

Imagine an M.A. after your name

November 15, 2014 - 1:22am

There are certain advantages. You can more easily get a higher education teaching job, for one thing. But little compares to having your mind expanded and building the multimedia and digital skill sets to go with it. This program, a 9.5 month university program in arts journalism, has a record for fundamentally changing the way we look at the arts & culture & creativity, and how we tell stories about them.

The Arts Journalism program at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is America’s leading master’s program for next generation storytelling. And the place to be. You will have access to people who connect people, shape ideas and define our culture in the maker capital of the world: Los Angeles.

Creative, diverse and dynamic, L.A. is home to the movie industry, the video game industry, the music industry, the entertainment industry, center of America’s visual and graphic arts and home to a vibrant arts scene that celebrates chefs and fashion designers as artists. USC Annenberg is at the center of it.

The program is deeply embedded in Los Angeles’ rich cultural life, working inside a diverse arts community with some of the world’s leading artists. You will have the freedom to pursue what you are passionate about and the ability to study with award-winning faculty from USC’s six arts schools and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Applications for the first round of admissions are due, January 30, 2015. Anyone applying by this deadline will be reviewed for scholarship consideration, including the full-tuition Annenberg scholarships. For more information, click here.

The M.A. degree program in Specialized Journalism (the Arts) is intended for 1) professional arts journalists who work in any medium, 2) recent college graduates holding bachelor degrees in journalism or in one of the arts, or 3) experienced arts practitioners. Our journalism program is distinguished by a vital diversity within the student body. There is an exciting mix of media backgrounds (broadcast, audio, print, online) and specializations (music, theater, dance, architecture, film, visual art).

Whether you are an artist with a passion for storytelling or a storyteller with a passion for the arts, Annenberg’s Arts Journalism program shows you how to do it. While a strong emphasis is placed on your writing skills, the program also prepares you to think creatively and be an active part of experimentation in a changing cultural landscape.

Through our innovative Media Center projects (like DanceMapLA.com and Ampersand) in the new Wallis Annenberg Hall, USC Institute for Multimedia Literacy, Annenberg Innovation Lab and collaborative programs with major media — including the Los Angeles Times, KPCC 89.3 FM public radio and KCET, America’s largest independent public television station – the Arts Journalism program offers graduate students the ability to work alongside many of the best journalists and media thinkers in the world.

Our alumni at present work at traditional and non-traditional jobs, some of which they have created as entrepreneurial start-ups. Our alumni include the film editor of the Village Voice, a journalist-in-residence at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and one at the Geffen Playhouse, and five university professors at prestigious institutions (including USC Annenberg, USC School of Cinematic Arts and USC School of Architecture). Several alumni have media start-ups (The Beer Paper is one), and many work at museums as writers (Santa Monica Museum of Art and the Smithsonian, to name two). There are others at Upworthy and Tech Crunch and Relativity Media. And three successfully are pursuing careers as documentary filmmakers. In short, our alumni are highly coveted and doing well.

In this nine-and-a-half-month program, you will work with the best of the best to get the skills you need. We offer a lot. We expect a lot. To thrive here you need to bring your A game. We’re training storytellers for the 21st Century. Are you ready? Click here to find out how you can be part of it.

Hans Zimmer’s Score For “Interstellar”, Isn’t Just LOUD, It’s Ingenious And Brilliant

November 14, 2014 - 2:42pm

“In fact, in order to do its supporting job as a score for a film that depends on so many difficult concepts, it had to be smart: Emotional heft alone won’t cut it when your camera is headed for a singularity. Zimmer had to find musical ways of reinforcing Nolan’s astrophysics textbook of a script.”

Greco-Roman Myth And “The Hunger Games”

November 14, 2014 - 2:29pm

Katniss Everdeen is an updated Theseus; the Capitol is a reflection of the Rome described by Tacitus.

“Bonfire Of The Inanities”: The Awl Has At The New York Times Styles Section

November 14, 2014 - 2:18pm

“Like a marathon watching of Sex and the City, a sustained reading of Styles reveals more about both the culture and New York City than you might think from a look at a single issue. … The Styles section may well be pretty stupid sometimes. It’s also a richer and more complex entity than any of us would like to believe.”

Another Spanish Artist Rejects A National Prize

November 14, 2014 - 2:09pm

“The latest is the Catalan photographer known as Colita, born Isabel Steva Hernández, who last week refused to accept the National Photography Prize, worth €30,000, … [writing,] ‘The situation of culture and education in Spain is shameful, embarrassing and heartbreaking. It is not possible that such a ministry exists. It is a chimera.'”

A Bike Path Modeled On Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”

November 14, 2014 - 1:55pm

“The ‘Van Gogh-Roosegaarde’ cycle avenue debuted this week just outside of Eindhoven, the design capital of the southern Netherlands.”

The Secrets Of “Serial”‘s Success

November 14, 2014 - 10:30am

The multi-episode spinoff of This American Life is now the most downloaded podcast at iTunes, and entertainment blogs run the sorts of recaps and discussions that are usually the province of juggernaut TV shows like Breaking Bad and Downton Abbey. Laura Miller considers the ingredients that make Serial such a hit.

Tony Committee Agrees To Consider Reviving Sound Design Category

November 14, 2014 - 10:00am

“The Tony Awards administration committee … on Thursday asked the rules committee for the Tonys to review a request by theatrical sound designers, Broadway actors, and many others to restore Tony Awards for best sound design for a play and for a musical. The administration committee eliminated those two awards in June.”

At Smithsonian, Food Service And Custodial Workers Are On Strike

November 14, 2014 - 9:30am

“The striking workers are all employed at companies that have federal contracts with the U.S. government. They include food service workers, cleaning staff and other privately contracted employees who labor on federal properties such as the Smithsonian Institution’s museums and the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.”

Could We Ever Really Program Computers To Write Fiction? (Maybe)

November 14, 2014 - 9:00am

There are challenges, of course – getting machines to understand a plot arc, let alone metaphor or irony. But scientists are working on three programs – Scheherazade, the What-If Machine, and Metaphor Magnet – to tackle these problems. Tom Meltzer talks to the creators, while Nicholas Lezard reviews the stories.

North Miami Settles Lawsuit With Former MOCA Board Members

November 14, 2014 - 4:25am

“[The city of] North Miami will keep the majority of the 600-work permanent collection, some of which was donated by board members who left MOCA, … [as well as] $1 million in grant funds and the rights to the ‘MOCA’ name.”

“The Audience”, About Elizabeth II, To Be Adapted By Netflix

November 14, 2014 - 4:21am

Peter Morgan’s play, a West End hit currently running on Broadway with Helen Mirren as the Queen, will be adapted into a ten-part on-demand video series titled The Crown.

National Dance Company Wales Finally Stabilizes With New Leaders

November 14, 2014 - 4:13am

“Ann Sholem, who co-founded the company formerly known as Diversions, with her husband Roy Campbell-Moore, quit as artistic director last year – months after Campbell-Moore left his post as artistic associate.” Gustavo Ramírez Sansano has been named the new artistic director, with Paul Kaynes as CEO.

Elite Colleges In An Arts Arms Race

November 14, 2014 - 3:56am

“Elite campuses across the country have emerged from the recession riding a multibillion-dollar wave of architecturally ambitious arts facilities, even as community arts programs struggle against public indifference. … But the seeming boom also comes at a time of unprecedented criticism of how colleges teach and how they spend money, and amid a push to measure what students learn.”