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The Russian Orthodox Church Originally Blocked The ‘Eye Of Sauron,’ But Gave In For The Holidays

December 15, 2014 - 9:00am

“The evil eye appeared exactly where it was first planned to be installed – on top of a skyscraper in the Moscow City business area, a stone’s throw away from the country’s government office. The symbol, which has sparked controversy among Muscovites, is hidden from bare eyes; to see it, one needs a smartphone or tablet.”

Is Philly’s Proposed Velodrome A Cool Urban Plan – Or Just Another Land Grab?

December 15, 2014 - 8:30am

“Project 250’s backers have come up with an ambitious plan and a seductive set of renderings, showing a sleek, 21st-century velodrome that looks like a cross between a spaceship and a tidal wave. Not only do they maintain they can build this high-tech, enclosed arena with zero public dollars, but they also insist they can operate it as a for-profit venture. All they ask is that the city gift them a four-acre sliver of South Philadelphia’s FDR Park.”

The Sneaky Contract Language That Lets Broadway Owners Push Out Shows That Aren’t Hits

December 15, 2014 - 8:00am

“Many of Broadway’s 40 theaters are off the market because they house long-running hits, giving landlords the upper hand and creating pressure for productions like ‘Side Show’ to click quickly with audiences, or at least demonstrate that they might.”

Agnès Varda Is Fed Up With The Sexism Of European Cinema

December 15, 2014 - 7:30am

“I know a lot of very good female directors and women editors and I would like them be more represented and helped by the European film academy.”

Uzbek Museum Sold Off All Its Major Art And Replaced It With Copies

December 14, 2014 - 5:30pm

“The chief curator of the Uzbek State Arts Museum, Mirfayz Usmonov, received a nine-year sentence and two other museum staff received eight years each, the Huquq newspaper reported.”

The UK Is Protecting Rural Views From Windfarms, But Who’s Protecting London’s Skyline?

December 14, 2014 - 3:30pm

“Unesco, which had been awaiting this decision, is now likely to put Westminster on the danger list.”

The Internet Meets Duchamp

December 14, 2014 - 3:15pm

“The most effective conceptual writing, as with all conceptual art, alters a thing’s accepted context. Critics would have you think that all this is merely silly, but in the best cases there’s a method to the madness: these artists are doing the very basic, very necessary work of helping us see with new eyes.”

Are Print Books Back? And Was It Just A Rumor That They Were Going To Die?

December 14, 2014 - 3:00pm

“This is not the end of civilisation, but a sign of the times. Reading habits are changing worldwide. The consumer’s use of leisure time is no longer dominated by book-reading. That, says Daunt, means ‘we have to rethink what a good bookshop should be.'”

A Year In The Life Of Ireland’s ‘National City Of Culture’

December 14, 2014 - 2:45pm

“What I would hate to see happen now is that City Hall would breathe a big sigh of relief and think, Thank God that’s over: we made it to the finish line and nobody got hurt – now let’s not talk about arts and culture for a long time.”

Prepping For The Bolshoi’s ‘Swan Lake’ [VIDEO]

December 14, 2014 - 2:30pm

“When the tragic situation happened with Sergei Filin, I froze. … I understood that if we wanted to do something good for Sergei, we have to try to dance as well as we can.”

How To Become A Poet

December 14, 2014 - 2:15pm

“I’ve been thinking about 1998. I was twelve years old that year; Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. were both killed that year. To learn about that kind of violence existing in the world — both racist and homophobic — it changed me. I don’t know if I fully understood it at the time, but I was terrified. And terror does many things but it also clarifies.”

‘Ida’ Is Piling Up The Awards As The Season Chugs Into Gear

December 14, 2014 - 2:00pm

“Eric Abraham, one of the producers of the film, dedicated the award to the people whose relatives were victims of the Holocaust, which included members of his own family. He remarked on the fact that anti-semitism was again on the rise.”

Who’s Saving – And Curating – Protest Art?

December 14, 2014 - 1:45pm

“Since it wouldn’t be in the true spirit of protest if there weren’t at least a few voices of dissent, not everyone’s on board with preserving these ephemeral but powerful works. In Hong Kong, many museums that were asked to keep some of the artworks rejected them because they were ‘political.'”

Book Publishers Need To Understand Fan Culture

December 14, 2014 - 1:30pm

“The online book world is about gathering around a book, or a love of books generally. As I’ve argued here before, for millions of us, the solitary act of reading becomes incredibly social in the digital spaces where we spend our time.”

Stage Manager Paralyzed In Theatre Accident Is Awarded Millions In Compensation

December 14, 2014 - 1:15pm

“She went through a standard, unmarked door, which had no warning signs or notices. When she opened the door she was met with a black curtain, which she assumed was a light blocker. She went in what she thought was a room but stepped into open air above the stage.”

The New York Philharmonic Needs (A Lot Of) Money. What Will The New Chairman Of The Board Do?

December 14, 2014 - 1:00pm

“The orchestra, which hopes to begin renovating its home as soon as 2019, wants to effectively double the size of its endowment. But there will be stiff competition: Its next-door neighbor, the Met, is planning its own campaign to double its endowment.”

A Supreme Court Case About A 50-Year-Old Spiderman Toy May Change Everything About Patents

December 14, 2014 - 12:45pm

“The court noted concern that a patent holder might require someone licensing a patent to also license expired patents in order to seal the deal — a bargaining power that would have undermined the intent of making patents eventually open up to the public. Effectively, it would give some added leverage where they already have a monopoly.”

How Can Music Matter At A Time With Thousands Marching Through The Streets?

December 14, 2014 - 12:30pm

“People turn to music in times of crisis — I do — but even as it brings happiness and helps process deep feeling, it can feel like something extra. There’s an urge to repurpose it, to figure out how it can serve a higher cause.”

Museums Are Set To Become Downright Creepers (In An Attempt To Collect Data)

December 14, 2014 - 12:15pm

“A team of experts at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum searched for hidden spots in the rotunda to conceal tiny electronic transmitters. The devices will enable the museum to send messages about artworks to visitors via their smartphones while at the same time collect details about the comings and goings of those guests.”