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Network Bans “Dukes Of Hazzard” Reruns. Why?

July 2, 2015 - 12:11pm

“The flag will remain charged whether publicly visible or not, and so TV Land banning The Dukes of Hazzard is a banal gesture of how little we are prepared to confront the horror of Charleston, the continuing gritty day-to-day horror of all kinds of hatred aimed at all kinds of minorities.”

Misty Copland’s Promotion At ABT Signals New Era For Company

July 2, 2015 - 11:21am

“Along with Ms. Copeland’s ascendance, the company’s other, less-heralded promotions announced Tuesday suggest a new era at Ballet Theatre—one with a stronger emphasis on promoting dancers who have made a commitment to the company, especially in the early stages of their training.”

Sotheby’s Just Had Its Biggest Ever Sale Of Contemporary Art

July 2, 2015 - 10:58am

“Warhol’s ‘One Dollar Bill (Silver Certificate)’ fetched £20.9m, smashing its pre-sale estimate of £13-18m. This was Warhol’s first such work of a dollar, painted by hand in 1962. A bidding frenzy powered Lucien Freud’s 2002 work ‘Four Eggs on a Plate’, which was originally a gift to the late Duchess of Devonshire, to sell for £989,000, nearly ten times the pre-sale estimate of £100-£150,000.”

Big Changes Ahead For American Public Media? (An Ominous Memo Leaks)

July 2, 2015 - 10:07am

“Some inside the public-radio walls are speculating that the reason for the siren has to do with the struggle to get institutional funding, a fairly common problem these days. An APM spokesperson denies that is the case. In fact, this person says, APM is growing and is working under a balanced budget.”

Greece Needs Money. Britain Wants The Parthenon Marbles. A Deal To Be Made?

July 2, 2015 - 9:24am

“For the last few years, amidst her financial crisis, Greece has flirted with the idea of selling off state historical assets. Since Greek independence, Graeco-British relations have been shadowed by the Elgin marbles: relief panels from the Parthenon, along with major pediment sculptures, which were purchased by the 7th Earl of Elgin in 1798.”

Paris Okays Its First Skyscraper In 40 Years – A Giant Pyramid

July 2, 2015 - 9:22am

“A common sight in most major capitals, skyscrapers have faced deep opposition in Paris ever since the 300-metre high Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 Universal Exposition. Paris’s socialist mayor, Anne Hidalgo, diluted opposition to the new Tour Triangle last November after some of its planned office space was sacrificed for childcare and cultural centres.”

The Smithsonian’s Air And Space Museum Is Falling Apart (Here’s Why)

July 2, 2015 - 9:05am

“The Air and Space Museum, designed by Hellmuth Obata and Kassabaum Architects (HOK), is marked by its four marble-clad pavilions, separated by three recessed steel-and-glass atria. Construction started in 1972 and continued until the museum opened on July 1, 1976. It has undergone basic repairs since, but the systems and materials are running on borrowed time in part because certain building components were “downgraded” as part of the original construction to reduce cost and hit the stunningly low $40 million budget.”

So This Is The End Of iTunes

July 2, 2015 - 8:08am

“Apple still makes billions per year on iTunes downloads. But Spotify, Pandora, and other startups have eroded that business, first with their free streaming services and more recently with a paid subscription model. It’s been clear for a while now that streaming is the music industry’s future: iTunes Store sales dropped an alarming 14 percent in 2014 while revenue in the streaming sector jumped 28 percent. So Apple had a choice: Hold fast to a fading business model, or hasten the transition by getting out in front of it. It made the only sensible call.”

Russian Wins Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

July 2, 2015 - 1:00am

“Russian Dmitry Masleyev on Wednesday won first prize for the piano at the prestigious Tchaikovsky international music competition in Moscow.”

Are The Arts Dying Because Of Indifference?

July 2, 2015 - 12:51am

“For while the fine arts can survive a hostile or ignorant public, or even a fanatically prudish one, they cannot long survive an indifferent one. And that is the nature of the present Western response to art, visual and otherwise: indifference.”

Book Subscription Service Stops Offering Romance And Erotica Titles Because Its Readers Read Them Too Much

July 1, 2015 - 9:22pm

“Scribd appears to have slightly underestimated just how much can be consumed at their all-you-can-eat literary buffet – especially by fans of romance. Because Scribd has to pay the authors of the books they make available on their site, it is now shelling out more money than it can make back in subscriptions, thanks to the voracious appetites of romance and erotica readers.”

The 12 Most Controversial Opera Productions

July 1, 2015 - 8:53pm

Opera has never been a stranger to controversy. It’s part of its allure. Here are twelve opera productions that shocked…

Is It Time To get Rid Of Computers In Education?

July 1, 2015 - 8:44pm

“If we want schools to be democratizing, then we need to stop and consider how computers are likely to entrench the very opposite. Unless we stop them.”

Most Expensive West End Theatre Ticket Tops £200 (A Complete List Of Ticket Prices)

July 1, 2015 - 8:14pm

“Top price seats for The Book of Mormon have reached a record-high of £202.25. This is an increase of a third on last year’s most expensive seat in the survey, which came in at £152.25 and was also The Book of Mormon.”

The Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto We All Know And Love? Turns Out It’s Not The Version The Composer Intended

July 1, 2015 - 7:49pm

“You can hear the differences immediately. Those massive chords we’re all so used to at the start of the piano part? They’re supposed to be arpeggiated as lyrical, harp-like consecrations of the harmony, not bashed out like military hammer-blows, and they were marked to be played at a lower dynamic than they are in the Siloti version, and they’re also an octave lower.”

Remembering Gunther Schuller

July 1, 2015 - 6:56pm

“Although he coined the expression “third stream” in the late 1950s as a suitable epithet for his own amalgam of classical and jazz forms, his music was technically complex and demanding. Hence it never secured a wide and sympathetic audience in his lifetime.”

How Your Personality Affects Your Creativity

July 1, 2015 - 6:02pm

Researchers “found that focused attention generally decreased people’s creative performance, but focused individuals still did better than mind-wanderers when both personality types tried to solve problems analytically.”

Why Does The Work Of Great Artists Get Destroyed?

July 1, 2015 - 5:42pm

The motivation for destroying an artist’s work is often shadowy, and always riven with questions of ownership.

There’s Almost Never A Good Reason To Include A Rape Scene In Art

July 1, 2015 - 2:44pm

“Because rape is widely acknowledged as a Very Serious Topic, there’s also a tendency to treat rape scenes as a means to be edgy or shocking. You know, as a way of creating really serious, mature content. Most of the time, however, this approach radiates nothing so much as ignorance and immaturity.”

Why Do Songwriters Use The Same Titles Over And Over Again?

July 1, 2015 - 2:21pm

Copyright law doesn’t stop songwriters picking song titles that have already been used, unless that title has acquired a “secondary meaning”. So, if you decided to publish a song called “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, a court would probably rule that you were trying to cause deliberate confusion.