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The Time Police Investigated Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

March 19, 2015 - 3:05pm

“Newly discovered documents show that the Staffordshire police fabricated evidence to try to discredit Arthur Conan Doyle’s investigation into the curious case of George Edalji, a Birmingham solicitor accused of maiming horses and sending poison-pen letters at the turn of the 20th century.”

“Empire” TV Show Album Tops The Billboard Music Charts

March 19, 2015 - 2:59pm

“The compilation marks the first time a TV soundtrack debuted on top of the charts since 2010, when Fox’s high school musical “Glee” had three of its compilations hit No. 1. It’s also the first time a network show saw an album featuring original music land at the top since since “Miami Vice” — and that was 30 years ago.”

Performance Artist Ron Athey Looks Back On The Culture Wars Controversies

March 19, 2015 - 2:55pm

“In 1994, I didn’t have information about arts funding. I didn’t belong to any group of artists, any art movement. I was not part of the NEA Four. I considered my performance work more elaborate than actionism, but not quite theater. It was a visual testimonial, an invitation to go beyond minor (or, to some, major) limitations and experience the sublime, or at least an attempt to reach the sublime. Usually it was an interesting exercise in symbolist bloat. I’m not glamorizing my status as an outsider, but to be attacked, to smell the attack coming, was unbelievable because I wasn’t participating in this system.”

It’s Getting More And More Difficult To Tell What Plagiarism Is In Music

March 19, 2015 - 2:52pm

“Music works in a different way than the courts work. The arts are often about breaking rules and the courts are about maintaining rules.”

Why Hollywood Is In Love With Data

March 19, 2015 - 2:48pm

“Newly emerging tools are empowering big studios to convert massive quantities of movie-goer reactions into meaningful, actionable insights into what works and what doesn’t. With big data analytics, movie executives are keeping one ear to the audience and the other to the craft in a way that is dramatically altering how movies get made, marketed and distributed.”

The Promise (And Peril) of Technology In The Museum

March 19, 2015 - 2:46pm

“Curators worry most about millennials. How do static galleries of canvas and artifact engage a generation raised on the reactive pleasures of right swipes and hyperlinks? How do you sell Goya when “Game of Thrones” is a click away?”

So Let’s Compare The National Tour Audience For Theatre With The Broadway Audience

March 19, 2015 - 2:40pm

In the 2013-2014 season, Broadway shows touring across North America drew 13.8 million attendances. Broadway saw only 8.52 million attendees. The Road Audience is almost 2x the size of the Broadway Audience. Now do you see how important The Road is?

Why Are Non-Musicians Running Our Great Opera Houses?

March 19, 2015 - 2:33pm

“Sure, some of them will have worked in opera houses for quite a while, learning the ropes on their way up the greasy pole. But I bet I could count on the fingers of one hand the number of opera directors who are musicians in any shape or form. I’ve certainly met very few who can actually read a score.”

Eight Effective Ways To Practice Music

March 19, 2015 - 2:31pm

“A group of researchers led by Robert Duke of The University of Texas at Austin conducted a study several years ago to see if they could tease out the specific practice behaviors that distinguish the best players and most effective learners.”

Geena Davis: Our Kids’ Movies Are Sexist! Why?

March 19, 2015 - 2:28pm

“What are we saying to kids when the female characters are hyper-sexualised, narrowly stereotyped or not even there? The message clearly is girls are not as important as boys, women are not as important as men and they take this all in completely unconsciously.”

How Musicians Conquer ‘Unplayable’ Works

March 19, 2015 - 3:59am

“Classical composers have for centuries been dreaming up pieces so physically challenging they have initially been considered beyond the realm of human capability – until someone comes along and exerts such superhuman effort that they raise the bar for everyone else.”

Can One Web Site Be A Hub For Everything Literary On The Internet?

March 19, 2015 - 3:55am

“Billed as a ‘go-to daily source for all the news, ideas, and richness of contemporary literary life,’ Literary Hub promises curated and original content such as interviews, profiles and essays.” Its founder, Grove Atlantic president Morgan Entrekin, wants LitHub.com to be “salvation rather than competition for the numerous literary Web sites already grasping for eyeballs.”

“Faith-Based” Movies Go Indie – And Some Of Them Are Really Good

March 19, 2015 - 3:51am

Alissa Wilkinson: “As the chief film critic at one of the oldest and most widely read evangelical publications in the world, Christianity Today, I’ve come to realize there is both widespread category confusion in the industry about what constitutes a faith-based audience and ignorance about a burgeoning religious movement in independent cinema.”

The Dangers Of Spiritual Amateurism In America

March 19, 2015 - 3:50am

“Much of the forbidden, obscure, and esoteric knowledge that once made Buddhism and other religions difficult to study has now become accessible – with potentially dangerous results. … This is the spiritual equivalent of giving every teen driver a Formula 1 racing car: It’ll go fast, but many young innocents will end up splattered on the road.”

NY City Ballet To Offer Seven World Premieres Next Season

March 19, 2015 - 3:44am

Two of them will be by the company’s current it-boy, Justin Peck; one will be by another NYCB member, Troy Schumacher, with another by San Francisco Ballet corps dancer Myles Thatcher, a protégé of choreographer Alexei Ratmansky.

Samuel Charters, 85, The First Blues Musicologist

March 19, 2015 - 3:43am

“When [his] first book, The Country Blues, was published at the tail end of the 1950s, the rural Southern blues of the pre-World War II period was a largely ignored genre. His book immediately caused a sensation among college students and aspiring folk performers … [and] created a tradition of blues scholarship.”

Plays That Should Be Seen And Not Read

March 19, 2015 - 3:40am

“The bare dialogue and stage directions give no sense of the unsettling and innovative spectacle that the work becomes in the theatre. Someone … who read the text without seeing it would be in the position of an archaeologist asked to guess the personality of a skeleton.”

Three Women’s Lives Become One Of Iran’s Most Celebrated Stage Dramas

March 19, 2015 - 3:39am

“None has a name, but their [well-known] identities emerge from the tales they tell. Each narrates a monologue, never acknowledging the others. But they have common memories – of childhood, of war – and when their stories cross, one stops and another picks up the thread. They cook as they speak, each in her own kitchen corner, chopping, cutting, mixing … This is Hamhavaie (acclimatising), … which is now being prepared for Europe and possibly the United States.”

My Work Is Not “Confessional,” Argue Memoirists

March 19, 2015 - 3:38am

“Now that amateur autobiography and its detractors are everywhere, autobiographical writers are increasingly invested in defining and defending the value of their work. How can it escape the gravitational pull of solipsism? For a growing number of essayists, memoirists, and other wielders of the unwieldy ‘I,’ confessional has become an unwelcome label—an implicit accusation of excessive self-absorption, of writing not just about oneself but for oneself.”

Britain Increases Tax Breaks For High-End TV Drama

March 19, 2015 - 3:35am

“As part of the Budget, [Chancellor of the Exchequer George] Osborne revealed that productions where expenditure for pre-production, principal photography and post-production accounted for upwards of 10% of the production budget would be eligible for relief. The previous threshold was 25%.”