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Talking Ballet History With Jennifer Homans And Kevin McKenzie

December 12, 2014 - 4:03am

Homans, author of the survey of ballet through the ages Apollo’s Angels and director of NYU’s new Center for Ballet and the Arts, and McKenzie, former star and current artistic director of American Ballet Theatre, discuss the long Paris-to-Vienna-to-St. Petersburg-to-America trajectory of the art form with host Leonard Lopate. (audio)

What “Serial”, The Rolling Stone Rape Story, And Michael Brown’s Death In Ferguson Can Teach Us About Memory

December 12, 2014 - 4:01am

“Our expectation that memory is consistent and reliable is ubiquitous. It is taken for granted in day-to-day interactions and determines countless decisions. We do not acknowledge often enough how unstable our memories are, how susceptible they are to change, and how serious the implications of those changes are when we rely on memory to determine the fates of real human beings.”

Why Not Bring Back The Movie Serial? (Hey, It’s Working For Cable TV And Public Radio Podcasts)

December 12, 2014 - 4:00am

“Imagine if True Detective, which aired as eight one-hour episodes’ worth of cinema-quality entertainment, had instead been packaged as four two-hour installments of cinema-quality entertainment and released in theaters on the first Friday of every month. And imagine if, for the first three weeks after each release, the only place you could see the new installment was in a movie theater.” The answer to cinema owners’ prayers?

Shonda Rhimes: “I Haven’t Broken Through Any Glass Ceilings”

December 12, 2014 - 3:58am

“If I had broken through any glass ceilings, I would know. If I had broken through a glass ceiling, I would have felt some cuts, I would have some bruises. There’d be shards of glass in my hair. I’d be bleeding. … So how come I don’t remember the moment? When me with my woman-ness and my brown skin went running full speed, gravity be damned, into that thick layer of glass and smashed right through it?”

American Museum Of Natural History To Add New Science Center

December 12, 2014 - 3:57am

“[The] sprawling hodgepodge of a complex occupying nearly four city blocks [in Manhattan] is planning another major transformation … a $325 million, six-story addition designed to foster the institution’s expanding role as a center for scientific research and education.”

Staging A Performance Piece With – Or On – The NYPD

December 12, 2014 - 3:54am

“It became clear, over the course of listening to a variety of experiences, that the exercise worked not so much to disarm cops against us, but to disarm us against cops.”

The Greatest Animated Film That Never Got Finished

December 12, 2014 - 3:53am

“Now in his 80s, the animator, director, and designer [Richard Williams] has created thousands of animated film titles and commercials and even written a book on the art of animation.” (Not to mention doing the Toons in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?) “All this despite the fact that for three decades he was sacrificing other work to direct one immense film that never made it to screen, the Fantasia-esque Arabian tale called The Thief and the Cobbler.”

Some People Actually Like The Voices In Their Heads

December 12, 2014 - 3:51am

Joan of Arc, for instance. (Sure, and look what happened to her.) Seriously, though, one Dutch study found that only 4% of a group of sufferers found the voices they heard to be solely negative.

Why Would A Journalist Leave The Theatre At Intermission? Well…

December 11, 2014 - 4:12pm

“The objections to the column seemed to fall in two camps. People in the business, who feel they are wasting their money, and impassioned theatergoers who say they would never ever leave a show, no matter what. I understand both points of view, though I’m not wedded to either side.”

Germany Plans New, Tighter Regulations On Art And Antiquities Trade

December 11, 2014 - 3:35pm

“In the future, anyone who imports antiquities into Germany will need for each piece a valid export permit from the land of origin, which is to be presented when the object enters the country.”

This Year’s Golden Globe Nominations Have a Few Surprises

December 11, 2014 - 3:32pm

“Though much attention has been given to Oscar’s best actor race, this year’s directing category just gotten even more interesting.”

The Reinvented Cooper Hewitt Museum

December 11, 2014 - 3:09pm

“After a three-year, $81 million renovation, during which the museum was closed to the public, a reinvigorated Cooper Hewitt is set to reopen. The 1902 mansion that was once Andrew Carnegie ’s home now has 60% more gallery space, interactive elements to highlight its collection, and free access to its cafe and garden starting at 7:30 a.m. daily.”

How The US Government Co-Opted Hip Hop Protests In Cuba And It Backfired

December 11, 2014 - 12:01pm

“Instead of sparking a democratic revolution, it compromised an authentic source of protest that had produced some of the hardest-hitting grassroots criticism since Fidel Castro took power in 1959, an AP investigation found.”

Why Art Censorship Is On The Rise

December 11, 2014 - 11:53am

“Why have these recent demands to censor been so successful? It’s worth reflecting on who is protesting, because this is also different from the earlier, top-down attempts to censor.”

Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Kills Himself

December 11, 2014 - 9:24am

Jose Feghali shot himself in the head. “The Brazilian native, trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London, won the gold medal and the chamber music prize in the 1985 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Since 1990 he had been artist-in-residence at Texas Christian University’s School of Music, more recently also serving as its coordinator of internet technologies.”

Here Are The Amazing Trees Where Stradivari Got Wood For Violins (The Forrest Still Thrives)

December 11, 2014 - 8:22am

“The forest where the luthier got his lumber is alive and well. And thanks to the surprising teamwork of modern instrument makers and forest rangers, Stradivari’s trees are doing better than ever.”

Sony Hacking Ignites Hollywood Turmoil

December 11, 2014 - 8:10am

“The breach has caused havoc within Hollywood’s inner circles as private correspondence between powerful producers and executives have exposed internal politics and petty gripes. More importantly, the data also appeared to include spreadsheets outlining financial deals Sony had with third parties, which could hurt its standing with its partners. These details also expose how much these third parties have paid Sony for rights to certain TV shows and films.”

Showdown At Seoul Philharmonic: Music Director Says He’ll Quit If CEO Isn’t Removed

December 11, 2014 - 8:00am

Less than a week after the orchestra’s staff openly demanded the resignation of their boss, Park Hyun-Jung, artistic director Myung-Whun Chung (a local hero in Seoul because of his high-level career in Europe’s capitals) said that Park’s on-the-job behavior “is a clear violation of human rights [of her staff] … such attitude is not acceptable.”

Young Woman Wins Major Conducting Competition In London

December 11, 2014 - 4:25am

“First prize in the 2014 Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition was awarded … to the competition’s first female winner, Elim Chan. The 28-year-old was born in Hong Kong to British parents and currently studies at the University of Michigan.”