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My Three Sons All Do Ballet, And There’s Nothing Girly About It

July 15, 2014 - 12:45am

The Kempsey-Fagg brothers of Birmingham – Oscar, aged 11; Marlo, 9; and Arlie, 6 – were all recruited by a Birmingham Royal Ballet outreach and education program for particularly promising young people. And they’ve got ready answers for anyone who might tease them about it.

Actors Union Approves New TV Contract (And Announces Big Budget Surplus)

July 14, 2014 - 2:44pm

“SAG-AFTRA reported a year-end surplus of $8 million “due to expense management efforts and increased revenue from dues and initiation fees.”

Yes Of Course You Can Self-Publish. But The Reality Is…

July 14, 2014 - 2:41pm

“While it is possible to create a do-it-yourself e-book, even those who have self-published their work do not recommend going it alone.”

The Unlikely Sculpture Park That Went From Blight To Museum Of The Year

July 14, 2014 - 2:39pm

Founder Peter Murray explains how the park once accused of desecrating the countryside is now 2014 UK museum of the year.

The Pristine Ruins Of Online Past Cities – And Lives

July 14, 2014 - 1:00pm

“I imagine all of the strings of text that have come before or after mine that similarly disappeared into the void. But what happens when those spaces stick around, as in a virtual world—when they can’t physically decay?”

The Jazz Cemetery

July 14, 2014 - 12:53pm

“We’ve only got a few left,” he comments, adding that a “high percentage” of those who have invested will have done purely because of the proximity to the trumpeter.

Artists Can’t Get Any Respect – But That Can Change

July 14, 2014 - 12:30pm

“Think about how we all instinctively turned to artists to help interpret unthinkable events for us. It was our singers and musicians, our writers and poets that we, all of us everywhere, wanted to hear from. It was our artists that gave voice to our national agony and helped make the incomprehensible tolerable.”

Is The Crossword Puzzle Going Extinct?

July 14, 2014 - 12:00pm

“Fewer people than ever before are crosswording. And just because crosswords are slowly losing their crotchety clues doesn’t mean that solver demographics have changed.”

The Guy Who Keeps The Studio Audience Laughing (And Laughing, Even On Take 15)

July 14, 2014 - 11:30am

“The only thing standing between the show keeping the audience on its side and outright mutiny is often the warm-up (and his reliable sidekick, the DJ), who aims to keep those long gaps between scenes light-hearted and funny, then drop the audience right back into the action when taping resumes.”

Getting British Theatres Large And Small To Mount The Funding Barricades, Together

July 14, 2014 - 11:00am

“Although it sometimes feels hard to effect change in any sphere, particularly government thinking, theatre is not helpless. Far from it.”

Keeping Beaux Arts Museums In Shape Is Super Hard, And Here’s Why

July 14, 2014 - 10:30am

“Every time a fluted column or pedimented doorway gets in the way of a future gallery, the same problem crops up: how to make a grand old building more rational and efficient without neutralizing its ­idiosyncrasies—how, in other words, to make it better without ruining it completely.”

Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer, 90

July 14, 2014 - 10:02am

“Regarded by many as South Africa’s leading writer, Gordimer was renowned as a rigid moralist whose novels and short stories reflected the drama of human life and emotion in a society warped by decades of white-minority rule.”

There’s So Much Good Television Out There, Even The TV Academy Doesn’t Know How To Deal With It

July 14, 2014 - 10:00am

“We need to be responsive to the way the industry is evolving and reflective of the kind of shows being produced … So much production is being done around town, and they don’t all fit into nicely, cleanly defined boxes.”

What Lorin Maazel Did For Washington, D.C.

July 14, 2014 - 9:30am

“In the obituaries and tributes that will flood the media in the coming hours and days and weeks, Castleton will not play as large as the major international ensembles Maazel shaped and led … But for the Washington region, Castleton offered a closer and more personal look at Maazel’s life and work, and even family.”

Why So Many Dead Moms In Children’s Movies And Books?

July 14, 2014 - 9:00am

“The void left by a dead mother used to be filled by an evil stepmother, but in recent years another figure has stepped in to take her place: the ‘perfect father.’”

Classical Music Auditions Are Terrifying. Is This A Good Thing?

July 14, 2014 - 8:30am

“If you didn’t have a good day — after putting your whole life into getting to this moment — it could be over in a flash. It’s heart-breaking. It’s human beings doing this.”

Want More Boys In Ballet? Form A Boys’ Ballet School

July 14, 2014 - 8:00am

“Boys don’t want to go in a class with girls where they end up being the only boy in the ballet class.”

So, Is Amazon A Ruthless Giant, Or A Friend To Authors? (Or Both And More?)

July 14, 2014 - 7:30am

“Amazon looks so good because it has the rest of publishing to compete against. But if those publishers wither, maybe that would not be true.”