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Angel Corella: “I Have A Lot Of Plans” For Pennsylvania Ballet

July 25, 2014 - 3:55am

They include “closely coaching the dancers, touring more, giving outdoor public performances, organizing outreach programs with schools, and bringing in new choreographers. He listed Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor, Justin Peck, and Liam Scarlett as possibilities. He also wants to reassure his dancers and artistic staff.”

David Hallberg On Becoming A Celebrity Dancer

July 25, 2014 - 3:54am

“Ballet needs figures that people can recognize and relate to. People don’t know ballet dancers as well as they know other artists.”

Natalia Osipova Will Have No Truck With The Ballet Diva Mystique, Thank You

July 25, 2014 - 3:53am

“I am not interested in sporting diamond tiaras on stage, or having my point shoes cooked and eaten by my fans. Ballet has evolved and the ballerina figure with it. … There is simply no reason, nor time, to perpetuate century-old clichés, such as the remote, semi-divine figure of the 19th-century ballet star.”

Seems The Hindu Gods Have Been Working Out

July 25, 2014 - 3:52am

“In new comics, paintings and popular books, depictions of Vishnu, Rama and other greats in the Hindu pantheon are being reimagined to give the deities broad shoulders, six-pack abs, flashy get-ups and smoldering good looks.”

Where Hearing Voices Can Be A Good Thing (Other Places’ Schizophrenia Is Not Like American Schizophrenia)

July 25, 2014 - 3:50am

“A new study suggests that schizophrenic people in more collectivist societies sometimes think their auditory hallucinations are helpful.”

The World Around Us Shapes the Delusions Inside Us

July 25, 2014 - 3:49am

“The current view of delusions is that they are the result of biology gone awry, of neurons in the brain misfiring, but [Joel and Ian Gold] argue that delusions are in fact the result of the interaction between the brain and the social world.” (audio)

John Malkovich Gets Very Rude About The Sydney Opera House

July 25, 2014 - 3:48am

“I mean, I don’t know, I have only played in about 200 opera houses, and it certainly has acoustics that would do an aeroplane hangar a disservice. For a catholicity of reasons, it’s not the wisest place to put on anything … with the possible exception of maybe a circus.”

Has Philly’s Historic Gay Bookstore Been Saved?

July 25, 2014 - 3:47am

“Owner and cofounder Ed Hermance told PW that he is in the midst of working out an agreement with the same potential buyer that he had alluded to in an e-mail blast to customers two months ago, a local LGBT organization.”

Singapore Unbans Gay-Themed Children’s Books It Had Banned

July 25, 2014 - 3:46am

“Singapore has stopped its national library from destroying two children’s books with gay themes, after an outcry over literary censorship in the tightly regulated city-state.”

Top Posts From AJBlogs 07.24.14

July 24, 2014 - 10:29pm

Big Questions Re: Museum of African Art’s New Dream
AJBlog: Real Clear Arts | Published 2014-07-25

Celebrating the Power of SLAKE
AJBlog: CultureCrash | Published 2014-07-24

Koons, Whitney, Wynn and My “Greater Fool” Theory of Trophy Art
AJBlog: CultureGrrl | Published 2014-07-24

Managing expectations
AJBlog: Sandow | Published 2014-07-24

Survivor stories
AJBlog: Performance Monkey | Published 2014-07-24

What is Creative Placemaking?
AJBlog: Field Notes | Published 2014-07-25


When Manhattan Became The Capital Of The World (In The 1920s)

July 24, 2014 - 8:32pm

“Beginning with the reconstruction of Park Avenue in the early 1920s, Midtown became a destination neighborhood for the city’s ultrarich, eager to abandon their stand-alone Fifth Avenue palaces in favor of contemporary “mansions in the sky.” Alongside the real estate boom came a decadent new night life and a host of more serious cultural diversions, all of them fueled, in Miller’s telling, by a steady supply of ambition, energy and illicit booze.”

TV Edges Out Movies At This Year’s Comic-Con

July 24, 2014 - 8:26pm

“Television has been growing here like kudzu in recent years, but this time around it seems to have finally blocked out the light for much of anything else to be noticed.”

Short Attention Spans? Why, That’s Just A Sign Of How Smart We’re Getting

July 24, 2014 - 10:12am

“The world is faster, faster, faster these days. That’s the current reality, and it’s not going anywhere. Leaving a page that isn’t loading isn’t a character fault; it’s smart. You can get the information you were after elsewhere, and you can get it faster. If we really valued what we were made to wait for, well, we would wait.”

How The Summer Festival Has Gone Big Time (Mainstream, Commercialized)

July 24, 2014 - 10:06am

“Long gone are the painted Volkswagen buses, talk of “free love,” and shoulder-length hair for men, but it’s only recently that the festivals associated with those things have also begun to disappear, replaced by a new breed of festival that’s tailored to a different group entirely: hipsters.”

Women’s Project Theater Gets A New Producing Artistic Director

July 24, 2014 - 10:02am

Lisa McNulty, “who has been the artistic line producer at Manhattan Theater Club since 2006, will begin her new job on Aug. 11. She has a long history with the 36-year-old Women’s Project Theater, whose mission is to produce plays written and directed by women.”

New York City Is Introducing A New ID Card (And It Wants Cultural Groups To Help)

July 24, 2014 - 9:57am

“To broaden the appeal of a card that will be available to all New Yorkers early next year but is designed to help those who do not have a driver’s license or other official identification, the administration has asked some of the city’s most prominent cultural institutions to offer benefits, like memberships or discounted tickets, to cardholders.”

British Government Backs Down On Cuts To Music Education

July 24, 2014 - 9:55am

“This is undoubtedly good news. That extra £17 million (the government says £18 million, but no-one quite understands their arithmetic), means the total amount spread around the music hubs will rise to £75 million. This will reverse the decline of recent years, which has been steep.”

80s Band Duran Duran Sues Its Own Fan Club

July 24, 2014 - 9:52am

“The band, known for hits such as Notorious and Hungry Like the Wolf, are claiming that Chicago-based company Worldwide Fan Clubs have breached contract by not paying the band promised revenue.”

How Popular Culture Of The 1920s Became Obsessed With King Tut

July 24, 2014 - 9:22am

“The tomb’s discovery, at the start of the Roaring Twenties, followed the global upheavals of World War One. Mass media was able to bring news of objects being carried out of the tomb to a wider audience, faster than ever before. America, in particular, became obsessed by “King Tut” – as he became known. Even US President Herbert Hoover used the name for his pet dog.”

Why Do Our Brains Leap To Stereotypes?

July 24, 2014 - 9:07am

“In essence, they write, our minds are hard-wired to categorize information and create mental shortcuts (attribute A is associated with behavior B). This helps us retain knowledge using minimal mental effort, and provides a needed sense of structure to an otherwise chaotic universe. In doing so, however, nuances and complications tend to be discarded.”