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Animals Can Also Be Heroes, Of Course

October 17, 2014 - 2:25am

Sure, we know about dogs who’ve rescued people and the cat that chased a dog away from a toddler, but seals, hippos, and rats are among the many animals who’ve been observed displaying altruistic behavior. (Especially rats, some of whom have learned to locate land mines.)

How Much Will Artists Be Paid Under The New W.A.G.E. Certification Program?

October 17, 2014 - 2:20am

“Last Friday, Working Artists and the Greater Economy (aka W.A.G.E.) announced that they will be rolling out their new W.A.G.E. Certification program, which promises to be a ‘paradigm-shifting model for the remuneration of artistic labor’.” Hrag Vartanian finds out just what wage rates W.A.G.E. has in mind.

Edward Villella Gives Ice Dancing A Spin

October 17, 2014 - 2:16am

No, not as a skater. (Our Eddie is 78, after all.) Dick Button – no doubt with an assist from Villella’s wife, once a champion skater herself – convinced him to try choreographing serious ice ballets. (And by the way, Villella says, “I will never work for a board again and I will never raise money again. It’s a beautiful freedom.”)

Did Jesus Save The Klingons, Too? How Human Religions Would Cope With Extraterrestrial Beings

October 17, 2014 - 2:11am

(And yes, “Did Jesus Save the Klingons?” is an actual Scientific American headline.)

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October 17, 2014 - 12:31am

Chinese President Lectures Artists On What Their Role Should Be

October 16, 2014 - 2:00pm

“Artists should not be “slaves” to the market or “lose themselves in the tide of market economy”, Mr Xi told them. Nor should they “go astray while answering the question of whom to serve, otherwise their works will lack vitality”, he warned.”

Paris’ Picasso Museum Is About To Reopen. Here Are Pictures

October 16, 2014 - 1:56pm

“After a renovation marred by delays, infighting and controversy the Picasso Museum in Paris is due to open on the anniversary of the artist’s birth on 25 October.”

National Gallery Of Australia Gets A New Director

October 16, 2014 - 1:53pm

“Gerard Vaughan previously spent 13 years as director of the National Gallery of Victoria, leaving the role two years ago. He was also previously the director of the British Museum development trust and held an arts role at Oxford University.”

Netflix Is Going To Change The Movie Business? Not So Fast, Says Time-Warner

October 16, 2014 - 1:50pm

“Netflix looked like a lightweight yesterday. It may have revolutionized streaming. It may have ambitions to upend tired business models with digital age know-how. But it forgot that you never bring a knife to a gunfight.”

Is TV As We Know It About To End?

October 16, 2014 - 1:42pm

“If content providers continue to launch their own platforms, as HBO and CBS have done, the future of internet TV will not just be unbundled. It will be deeply fragmented. That could threaten the very companies that pioneered this space to begin with—and make it more difficult and more expensive to get everything you want to watch.”

Is Reading E-Books To Your Kids Reading Time Or Screen Time?

October 16, 2014 - 1:20pm

“There’s the possibility for e-books to become the TV babysitters of this generation,” he said. “We don’t want parents to say, ‘There’s no reason for me to sit here and turn pages and tell my child how to read the word, because my iPad can do it.’ ”

Could Atlanta Lose Its Orchestra?

October 16, 2014 - 1:11pm

“Could we lose the orchestra altogether, as happened in Miami and Honolulu in recent years? Of course we could. These things always seem impossible until they happen. There is a cascading effect flowing from the lockout. We are losing subscribers. Donors are angry. The crisis feeds on itself.”

Chinese Arrest Beijing Artists Protesting In Solidarity With Hong Kong

October 16, 2014 - 1:10pm

“In Beijing, police detained about 11 artists, poets, and journalists from Songzhuang Artist Village who were planning a pro-democracy poetry reading that would also showcase posters expressing sympathy for the Hong Kong demonstrators.”

Atlanta Symphony Musicians Appeal To Board In Frustration With Woodruff Arts Center

October 16, 2014 - 4:33am

“Yet after only two days of participating in the mediated negotiation process (October 7-8), the WAC’S representatives … left the table to await further guidance and instruction from the WAC Governing Board [and have not returned] … Clearly, once again, they arrived at the table with neither proposals nor the ability to authorize a deal.”

She’s Making Flamenco Postmodern

October 16, 2014 - 4:14am

“Some say she’s killing ‘real’ flamenco – but Rocío Molina has no time for conservatism. She’s teaming up with a Korean hip-hop dancer and takes her inspiration from Nietzsche and Brueghel.”

Shakespeare And Co. Artistic Director Ousted

October 16, 2014 - 4:06am

“Roughly a month after Shakespeare & Company’s new executive director and president, Rick Dildine, arrived at his job at the helm of the venerable Berkshires company from a similar job at the helm of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, he announced the departure of artistic director Tony Simotes, effective on Nov. 10, several months before the end of Simotes’ contract.”

Disney To License “The Lion King” For School Productions

October 16, 2014 - 3:57am

“There will be two versions of the musical available – a 30-minute version for primary schools and 70-minute adaptation for secondary schools.”

Feminist Critics of Video Games Facing Threats in “GamerGate” Campaign

October 16, 2014 - 3:52am

“The atmosphere has become so toxic that critics and developers are urging big companies in the $70-billion-a-year video game industry to do more to stop it.”

Glad Your First Show Went So Well – Now You’re Evicted

October 16, 2014 - 3:47am

“London fringe venue the Twickenham Theatre is to close just days after its first production – Sweeney Todd starring David Bedella – came to an end. [The company] has been told it has to vacate the premises after the pub over which it is based … was sold without warning.”

What Does It Take To Get Translated Into English, A Nobel Prize?

October 16, 2014 - 3:42am

“As soon as the Nobel Prize in Literature was announced on Thursday, people started asking the inevitable question: Who is Patrick Modiano? … Here, let’s raise another question: Why is it that, so often, when a Nobel Prize is awarded to a non-American writer, readers in the U.S. – even the most well-read and cosmopolitan among us – find themselves drawing a blank?”