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Comedy Central Is (Kind Of) Booming, Except For The Money Part

June 30, 2015 - 7:12pm

“Comedy Central’s quandary is almost paradoxically acute: What does a television network do when its bread-and-butter demographic — young, piracy-fluent, glued to phones — stops watching television?”

Menil Collection Director To Step Down

June 30, 2015 - 6:57pm

“Under Josef Helfenstein, the Menil doubled its annual attendance, increased its endowment by almost 54 percent, and added more than 1,000 works to the collection, including pieces by Jasper Johns, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Serra and Kara Walker.”

Why “Smart” Kids Often Don’t Turn Into Smart Adults

June 30, 2015 - 6:50pm

“When people perform well (academically or otherwise) at early ages and are labeled smart or gifted, they become less likely to challenge themselves. They become less likely to make mistakes, because they stay in their comfortable comfort zone and stop growing. And their fixed mindset persists through adulthood. The simple and innocent praising of a smart kid feeds an insidious problem that some researchers track all the way up to gender inequality in STEM careers.”

Misty Copland Promoted To Principal At ABT

June 30, 2015 - 5:56pm

“Her promotion — after more than 14 years with the company, nearly eight as a soloist — came as Ms. Copeland’s fame spread far beyond traditional dance circles. She made the cover of Time magazine this year, was profiled by “60 Minutes” and presented a Tony Award on this year’s telecast. She has written a memoir and a children’s book, and has more than a half-million followers on Instagram.”

Did Adding More Best-Picture Nominations Devalue The Oscars?

June 30, 2015 - 12:26pm

In opting for more pictures, the Academy has risked tarnishing the value of a nomination. “It’s hard to find 10 movies that should be nominated,” says producer and former studio chief Bill Mechanic. “Truth is, it’s hard to find even five right now.”

Crowdfunding To Recreate An Old TV Show As A Live Experience Smashes Its Funding Goals

June 30, 2015 - 11:44am

The live immersive project has now raised more than £600,000 from close to 4,500 people in just 16 days, after reaching its £500,000 target last week. Money from fans just keeps on coming on the Indiegogo page, meaning “two extra games will be added to each zone”.

Damien Hirst, Curator? (Shudder)

June 30, 2015 - 11:09am

“Now Hirst, too, has reached an uncomfortable stage in his career, embedded in the establishment he once goaded. On past performance, he might be expected to try even harder to shock, to prove his relevance. Instead, by founding Newport Street, he is doing something far more likely to shore up his status and secure his legacy. In promoting his own view of contemporary art through the medium of a big, public gallery, he is testing his power to shape tastes and markets, and his ability to exert control.”

The Hunt For The Last Few Missing Faberge Eggs

June 30, 2015 - 10:12am

“Today seven imperial eggs are still missing, along with many of their “surprises”, but an impassioned group of experts and enthusiasts from Russia, the UK, the US, Switzerland and Finland are on their trail. Géza von Habsburg, one of the world’s leading Fabergé experts, has been on the egg hunt for more than 40 years.”

It’s Leap-Second Day. Do You Know Where Your Computer Is?

June 30, 2015 - 9:46am

“About 50 years ago, we started keeping time with atomic clocks—clocks that operate according to the oscillations of a tiny atom.—and in order to keep these clocks in step with the earth, we add an extra second every now and again. The trouble is: the world’s computers, often running on ancient software code, aren’t always configured to accommodate this extra second. And that can cause problems.”

Royal Opera House Audience Boos Rape Scene In “William Tell”

June 30, 2015 - 9:10am

“We thought maybe that would be the end of it, although I had been forewarned by a notice about the production containing nudity, and sure enough, suddenly she was starkers on a very long table. They were all pawing her and then the heckling from the crowd started. There was a lot of booing during that, then it subsided.”

Indie Musicians Hope Apple Music Changes The Streaming Biz (As In Make It Profitable)

June 30, 2015 - 8:45am

“The belief is that the revenue for indie artists on Apple Music—even if it’s minuscule per stream—may mean more bucks overall than what they get from streaming competitors. And with Apple Music’s new social network, Connect, indie artists may finally have the definitive place to interact directly with their fans—like Myspace a decade ago, but with way more weight behind it.”

EL James Hosts A Twitter Chat About “Fifty Shades Of Grey” And Things Quickly Go South

June 30, 2015 - 12:51am

alongside the serious queries came a deluge of questions that made fun of James’s much-criticised prose style, including jibes such as “Do you get paid per adjective?”, “Have you ever held a dictionary?” and “Did you ever consider using a thesaurus, or did that sound too much like hard work?”

Christian Thielemann Gets A New Job In Bayreuth

June 30, 2015 - 12:46am

“The title of music director is essentially a new one at Bayreuth — officials there said it was given briefly in 1931 to Wilhelm Furtwängler — and the decision to bestow it upon Mr. Thielemann showed his growing influence at the festival.”

The Top-Earning Musician In The Past Year

June 30, 2015 - 12:27am

Katy Perry was the third highest-earning celebrity overall, behind boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao who fought a highly anticipated match in May in Las Vegas.

Museum Quandry: In A World Of 3D Printers, What Happens To Originals?

June 29, 2015 - 10:02pm

The proliferation of replicas does stand to diminish the value of the real thing. Susan Ades, who is in charge of the exhibit’s 3‑D-printing operation, told me that she believes the technology ought to be carefully deployed and fully disclosed in galleries. “For museums,” she said, “the real thing is what we have going. Authenticity.”

Former NYCity Ballet Principal Albert Evans, 46,

June 29, 2015 - 9:51pm

“Mr. Evans joined City Ballet in 1988 and was named a soloist in 1991 and a principal four years later, becoming only the second black dancer in the company’s history to hold that position. The first, Arthur Mitchell, now 81, performed with City Ballet in the 1950s and ’60s and in 1969 helped found Dance Theater of Harlem.”

Two-Year Stalemate Between The Hartford Symphony And Its Musicians

June 29, 2015 - 9:30pm

The orchestra says it’s “severely undercapitalized” and struggling with annual deficits of more than $1.3 million, a fully-drawn $2 million line of credit, falling subscriptions and ticket sales that are flat.

John Lassiter: Technology Is Changing The Vocabulary Of Film Storytelling

June 29, 2015 - 9:02pm

“What’s great about film is it constantly reinvents itself. It started as a sheer novelty, those images moving on the screen. Then it went and every step of the way a new technology started being added — sound, color. What happens is the film grammar of storytelling evolves and changes as well. The technology goes directly with the evolution of the storytelling.”

Tennis Anyone? A Surprising Amount Of Music Has Been Inspired By The Raquet Game

June 29, 2015 - 8:44pm

“With the rise in popularity of the sport in the late-19th century, tennis and music soon began to make a match.”

Those Awkward Animal Moments On Stage

June 29, 2015 - 8:24pm

“During a four-week run of “Gypsy,” a baby lamb from Living History Farms grew almost too big for the star to hold in her lap. Mice in “Cinderella” gave birth to a squirmy pink litter in the Playhouse costume shop, and a goat in “Mister Roberts” ate a hole in the dressing-room wall.”