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Not Your Parents’ Library: Libraries Across America Have Reinvented Themselves

February 11, 2016 - 12:15pm

“There are three areas where libraries function as vibrant centers of America’s towns: technology, education, and community.”

Paris’s Grand Palais To Close For Renovations – What Will The Art World Do?

February 11, 2016 - 12:00pm

“The Grand Palais in Paris will have to close for at least two years to undergo major renovations, … raising fears about the fate of key culture events held at the site such as major exhibitions, the Monumenta contemporary art commission and Fiac Modern and contemporary art fair.”

TV (Unlike The Movies) Has Figured Out That Diversity Is Smart Business

February 11, 2016 - 11:45am

“TV audiences for everything are smaller now, which means networks aren’t programming each show for an imagined audience of tens of millions of white people. On top of that, there are younger viewers for whom diversity — racial, religious, sexual — is their world. That audience wants authenticity; advertisers want that audience.”

Jazz Is About To Have A Moment In The Movies

February 11, 2016 - 11:30am

Jazz on film has an erratic history, starting in 1927 with the first sound motion picture, The Jazz Singer.

How Realistic Is It To Think You Can Make A Living As A Mid-Career Artist?

February 11, 2016 - 11:15am

The chances that you’ll make any money making art are so few and far between that it is like, “Why give everyone false hope?” The main thing I try to encourage is that if you want to be an artist, don’t be realistic.

Mario Vargas Llosa Wins Dominican Literary Prize, And Dominicans Are Angry

February 11, 2016 - 11:00am

Why? “In a 2013 article published in the Spanish newspaper El País, Vargas Llosa called the ruling by the Dominican constitutional court that stripped many ethnic Haitians of their Dominican nationality a ‘legal aberration’ inspired by Hitler-era legal sentences that denied Jews German citizenship.”

How The Smithsonian Is Using Crowdsourcing To Transcribe History

February 11, 2016 - 10:45am

“Launched in 2013, the project invites anyone with access to a computer to choose from a buffet of documents supplied by 14 of the Smithsonian’s libraries, archives and museums. Volunteers participate anonymously or create profiles, and each project comes with specific instructions. Participants read scanned pages and type their transcriptions into a field below.”

Knoedler Gallery Art Fraud Case Settled For $8.3 Million

February 11, 2016 - 10:30am

This brought an anticlimactic end to a trial in Federal District Court in Lower Manhattan that has lasted nearly three weeks and included dramatic testimony from a string of art experts, former Knoedler employees, and the De Soles themselves.

Math Revolution? Some American Students Are Suddenly Really Good At Math. Why?

February 11, 2016 - 10:15am

“You wouldn’t see it in most classrooms, you wouldn’t know it by looking at slumping national test-score averages, but a cadre of American teenagers are reaching world-class heights in math—more of them, more regularly, than ever before. The phenomenon extends well beyond the handful of hopefuls for the Math Olympiad.”

The Bitter Fight Over The Benefits Of Bilingualism

February 11, 2016 - 10:00am

It’s been the general scientific consensus for several decades that bilingual people have stronger cognitive abilities, especially in executive function. But lately there have been attempts to replicate some of the classic studies in the field – with entirely different results. And the argument (like so many in academia) is getting ugly.

Peter Gabriel: Here’s The Point Of Music

February 11, 2016 - 9:45am

The philosopher Hegel argued that music is so necessary because it rehearses in the language of the body concepts and truths we are in danger of losing touch with when they reach us only through our rational faculties. Music is, he said, “the sensuous presentation of the crucial ideas”.

‘I Am A Radicalised Goat Hell-Bent On Jihad’ – The FBI’s New Anti-ISIS Video Game

February 11, 2016 - 9:30am

“The game, entitled Slippery Slope, is supposed to educate impressionable kids on ‘the distorted logic of blame that can lead a person into violent extremism’, but it’ also indicative of how clueless governments can be when it comes to reaching out to the kids.” (Another failure of the nanny state.)

The Syrian Archaeologist Who Struggles On Through The Chaos

February 11, 2016 - 9:15am

“As the fifth anniversary of the Syrian civil war approaches, Cheikhmous Ali continues to document the destruction and looting of the country’s heritage from France and Turkey, with the help of a network of volunteers on the ground.”

Authors Guild Appeals Google Books Ruling To US Supreme Court

February 11, 2016 - 9:00am

“In 2013, US circuit judge Denny Chin dismissed an authors’ lawsuit against Google, saying its scanning of the books, and the ‘snippets’ of text it makes available to users, constituted fair use,” and in 2015, an appeals court agreed. “The American writers’ body is now asking the supreme court to hear its case, with a group of writers, publishers and copyright organisations backing its petition.”

Benjamin Millepied Opens Up About Leaving Paris Opera Ballet

February 11, 2016 - 8:46am

“To face the cultural and economic issues of our time, we need new kinds of organizations, and I’ve realized that it’s too hard to turn this one into what I think is most relevant for ballet today. It’s two and a half years that I’ve worked on this, and I know it’s a short time, but it is long enough to realize this is not something I want to do. They need someone better suited to run this company.”

Paris Opera Ballet Won’t Open Up About Benjamin Millepied

February 11, 2016 - 8:45am

At the end of a two-hour event unveiling the coming season, “[general director Stéphane] Lissner declared the floor open for questions. But, he added: ‘I ask that your questions be about the 2016-17 season, and only about the season. We won’t answer anything else.’ There was a brief silence, then Mr. Lissner rose to his feet. ‘No questions? Well, thank you.'”

An Arts Revolution Is Transforming Small Cities

February 11, 2016 - 8:30am

As part of an Atlantic cover story on how down-and-out-of-the-way cities and towns in the U.S. are reviving themselves, James Fallows writes, “Perhaps the topic on which I’ve most changed my mind through our travels concerns the civic importance of local arts, and the energy being devoted to them across the country. Almost every place we visited offers an example.” (scroll down to fourth boldface sub-headline)

English National Opera’s Music Director Publishes Plea To Reverse Cuts In Staff And Pay

February 11, 2016 - 8:15am

Mark Wigglesworth: “ENO’s identity as a team defines its past and will be its greatest asset in protecting its future. Cutting the core of the company – musicians and technicians alike – would damage it irreparably.”

Sofia Coppola To Direct Her First Opera

February 11, 2016 - 8:00am

The American filmmaker (The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, Marie Antoinette) “is to make her opera debut this year with a production of La Traviata at the Opera of Rome – a star-studded coup for the beleaguered venue, which has long been overshadowed by La Scala in Milan.”

Aaron Sorkin Is Adapting ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ For Broadway

February 11, 2016 - 7:45am

“[Sorkin’s] version will open differently than the novel and will include new dialogue and fleshed-out scenes that are alluded to in the novel but not fully depicted.” Observes the director, Bartlett Sher, “The conversation between Harper Lee and Aaron Sorkin is going to be an interesting one.”