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The Opera Star Who’s Giving Up The Stage For Politics

27 min 15 sec ago

“Paata Burchuladze, a world-renowned operatic bass and in Georgia also known for his charity foundation Iavnana (‘Lullaby’), on Friday announced that he has cancelled all opera performances for the next year to develop an organization he founded last year called Georgian Development Fund, which many believe may turn into a political party.”

What Drives People Nuts About Waiting In Line Isn’t Really How Long They’re Waiting

42 min 12 sec ago

“Researchers began to realize that there were subtler factors influencing people’s experience of waiting in line, including ideas of fairness, mismanaged expectations, and the strange and inaccurate way that most people perceive both time and pain.”

Dear Old Saint Nick’s Evil Counterpart

57 min 7 sec ago

“While Saint Nicholas may bring gifts to good boys and girls, ancient folklore in Europe’s Alpine region also tells of Krampus, a frightening beast-like creature who emerges during the Yule season, looking for naughty children to punish in horrible ways – or possibly to drag back to his lair in a sack. In keeping with pre-Germanic Pagan traditions, men dressed as these demons have been frightening children on Krampusnacht for centuries, chasing them and hitting them with sticks, on an (often alcohol-fueled) run through the dark streets.” (photo essay)

Top Posts From AJBlogs 11.30.15

2 hours 18 min ago

The Mass Market Ain’t What It Used To Be (And What That Means For The Arts)
What does it mean to “engage with an audience”? It’s a fundamental question for anyone who makes anything. Whether it’s a political party trying to win votes, Coke trying to sell drinks, an entrepreneur trying to sell drinks, an entrepreneur trying to sell an idea, or a theatre trying to sell tickets. … read more
AJBlog: diacritical Published 2015-11-30

“Mission Accomplished”? Izabela Depczyk Out as Publisher of ARTnews
Arriving last week, my December issue of ARTnews magazine included an inserted letter, signed by Izabela Depczyk, publisher and CEO of Artnews S.A., informing subscribers that “ARTnews will be a quarterly publication, publishing four issues a year,” beginning this February. … read more
AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2015-11-30

On the First Day of Christmas, ABT Brought Costa Mesa a Lovely Nutcracker
Kevin McKenzie, Gillian Murphy and others discussed Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker with me for California’s Coast magazine this month. The heralded production left the Brooklyn Academy of Music to establish a new home in Costa Mesa beginning December 10th. … read more
AJBlog: Fresh Pencil Published 2015-11-30

Scrapping of Maurer Show Revealed As National Academy Finally Announces Director’s Resignation
The National Academy’s very belated official statement announcing the resignation of director Carmine Branagan and the appointment of Maura Reilly has just hit my inbox, in the same form that I reported to you last Tuesday. … read more
AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2015-11-30

Dan Brubeck Quartet At The Seasons
Dan Brubeck, the drummer among Dave Brubeck’s five musician sons, took his own quartet into The Seasons Performance Hall in Yakima, Washington, last night. As did his band’s recent album, the concert paid tribute to … read more
AJBlog: RiffTides Published 2015-11-29

December Spinout: Links, Letters, Libraries
Van Gogh’s Letters by Nicole Kraus “In Jewish mysticism, the empty space — the Chalal Panui, in Hebrew — has tremendous importance, because it was the necessary pre-condition for God’s creation of the world.  … read more
AJBlog: blog riley Published 2015-11-30


The University Of Arizona Still Wants Its De Kooning Back

November 30, 2015 - 9:01pm

“The museum had just opened when a man and a woman walked in. They were the sole visitors. The woman, described as being in her mid-50s with shoulder-length reddish and blond hair, distracted the a security guard by making small-talk while the man, who appeared to be in his 20s and wore a mustache and glasses, cut the painting from the large frame, leaving the edges of the canvas attached.”

When Your Art Becomes Part Of The Dialogue In A Popular TV Show

November 30, 2015 - 8:08pm

“Patterson is a multimedia artist who explores social issues, including race, class and gender, through a female lens. Her artworks, which often weave intricate patterns, jacquard photo tapestries and glitter, are prominently featured in the current season of the TV show ‘Empire.'”

British Authors Ask Book Industry ‘Where Are The Brown People?’

November 30, 2015 - 7:05pm

“Everyone keeps saying ‘I am not prejudiced, or racist,’ but they won’t say it is my responsibility as well to try and do better.”

Seriously, How To Get Gender Parity In Theatre?

November 30, 2015 - 6:02pm

“This is the way that recognition of the issue—which is usually step one—has been sidelined by those who want to feel that they’ve addressed the problem but don’t actually want to address it. They say it’s already been addressed, solved, and resolved. They say that now it’s a merit-based system, and anyone who isn’t entering and moving up the pipeline doesn’t have merit. They say that women have other priorities, choosing families and personal lives over their work. They say that to give voice to artists who don’t meet their standards would be minimizing the quality of the work they offer the world.”

The Bronx, Where Art Is Saving The World

November 30, 2015 - 5:04pm

“The DreamYard Project has a patriotic attachment to the Bronx. Two young actors, Jason Duchin and Tim Lord, founded it, twenty-one years ago, to teach public-school kids in grades K through twelve by using the arts. The idea was to recruit teachers from among working artists of Duchin’s and Lord’s acquaintance in New York and match them with schools whose funding for arts education had been cut. Through a few changes, that has been DreamYard’s basic mission from the start”

The Internet Is For Everyone (Who Speaks One Of Very Few Languages)

November 30, 2015 - 4:09pm

“At the moment, the Internet only has webpages in about five percent of the world’s languages. Even national languages like Hindi and Swahili are used on only .01 percent of the 10 million most popular websites. The majority of the world’s languages lack an online presence that is actually useful.”

The (Frankly Bizarre) Dominance Of Enya

November 30, 2015 - 3:03pm

“Her success so deeply contradicts accepted industry wisdom that it’s inspired a term — ‘Enya-nomics’ — to describe it. Several years ago, she was invited to Harvard Business School to discuss the subject, but, like most invitations, Enya declined. Her underexposure, after all, is at the heart of both Enya-nomics and her appeal.”

How To Fix Risk-Averse Arts Institutions

November 30, 2015 - 2:15pm

From a Portland playwright and grantwriter: “Consider just doing a show when you’re ready and not forcing yourself to program a whole season. Consider strategic partnerships. Consider not becoming a nonprofit and being an LLC instead. Consider the difference between what you want and what you need. (Do you WANT your own building, or do you NEED your own building?) Consider what you’re spending money on. Invest in people first, stuff second.”

India’s Film Board Asks For Cuts To Latest Bond Flick

November 30, 2015 - 2:01pm

“The film board demanded trims to two kissing scenes in ‘Spectre’ and also ordered that some salty language be cut. Sony Pictures acceded to the order, but the episode angered many in India who believe it illustrates increasing prudishness by the film board as well as a disturbing trend toward rising intolerance in the country.”

So It Turns Out There’s A ‘Mollywood’ – The Mormon Film Industry

November 30, 2015 - 1:06pm

“Two different films from recent years — ‘Mobsters And Mormons’ and ‘Inspired Guns’ — involve culture clashes between, well, mobsters and Mormons. However, because these films’ humor relies so heavily on Mormon-specific culture, and often Utah-specific Mormon culture, they’re thought to be near-incomprehensible to a wider audience.”

The One-Off Song That Accidentally Became One Of America’s Most Popular Mnemonics

November 30, 2015 - 12:05pm

“The odds of ‘Fifty Nifty United States’ becoming a beloved children’s classic were slim. Kraft Music Hall wasn’t exactly must-see TV—in the season that ‘Fifty Nifty United States’ made its first appearance, it wasn’t even in the top 30 most-watched shows on TV.”

Toronto’s Mayor Dances In The Nutcracker

November 30, 2015 - 11:04am

He played the moose. Wait, the … moose? “This is a Canadianized version of the Nutcracker, and that’s why there is a moose in it.”

Eldzier Cortor Painted The African-American Social Life Of Chicago’s South Side

November 30, 2015 - 10:03am

“With money from the W.P.A., he helped found the South Side Community Art Center in Chicago, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.”

William Blake, Poet And Artist And Sex Radical

November 30, 2015 - 9:23am

“Blake also claimed he encountered Satan on the staircase of his South Molton Street home in London.”

Miami City Ballet Turns 30, And Here’s How It Has Grown

November 30, 2015 - 8:03am

“Today it’s one of America’s leading companies: together with San Francisco, Pacific Northwest and Boston—Houston, some would say—it ranks in artistic success and national recognition right behind The Big Two: New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. In other words, it’s a miracle.”

So It Begins: The New York Times’ 100 Notable Books Of 2015

November 30, 2015 - 7:20am

And it’s full of literary fiction, poetry and nonfiction, with the occasional genre book tossed in.