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New York City Ballet Uses Art To Draw Younger Audience – And It’s Working

February 26, 2015 - 4:21am

“There seemed to be an explosion of young men in knit caps and young women in leather pants watching as New York City Ballet recently performed a trio of Balanchine classics. In fact, the average age in the David H. Koch Theater seemed to have dropped by years, if not decades.”

How Ballet Dancers Learn Their Steps: Music, Muscle Memory And Mystery

February 26, 2015 - 4:04am

Jenifer Ringer, late of New York City Ballet, explains the process and the factors that affect it.

Dutch Restorers Offer To Repair Roman Fountain Damaged By Soccer Hooligans

February 26, 2015 - 3:55am

“A Dutch restoration firm has offered to repair a 400-year-old fountain that was damaged last week when supporters of Rotterdam soccer team Feyenoord went on a drunken rampage in Rome’s historic center.” The Dutch government has rejected any responsibility to pay for restoration, though it says it supports private efforts.

Hard Feelings: Science’s Struggle To Define Emotions

February 26, 2015 - 3:46am

“The debate over the nature of emotion has been reinvigorated in recent years. While it would be easy to paint the argument as two-sided – pro-universality versus anti-universality, or Ekman’s cronies versus his critics – I found that everyone I spoke to for this article thinks about emotion a little differently.”

Early To Bed And Early To Rise Does Not Make You More Moral (Take That, Ben Franklin!)

February 26, 2015 - 3:44am

“Early birds aren’t ethically superior. And, to the extent that other research suggests that they are, it may just be that they are luckier: modern society, for the most part, is built around their preferences.”

The Man Who Saved Impressionism

February 26, 2015 - 3:20am

The story of Paul Durand-Ruel, who repeatedly risked bankruptcy to support Monet, Degas, Manet, Pissarro, and their fellows – and created a market for their work, especially in the United States.

Unknown Harold Pinter Script To Premiere, 33 Years After It Was Written

February 26, 2015 - 3:15am

“The work, discarded by Pinter when plans to make it into a film fell through, has been adapted for radio by the film and stage director Sir Richard Eyre.”

Ancient Frescoes In Roman Catacombs May Undermine Church Teaching About Women Priests – Or May Not

February 26, 2015 - 3:10am

The wall paintings in the Catacombs of Santa Priscilla “have sparked controversy over the role of women in the Church, and helped scholars re-evaluate the importance of the Virgin Mary in early Christian history.” Some claim that one fresco even provides evidence that female priests served the Eucharist, though others are skeptical.

Thai Actors Jailed For Insulting Monarchy With Student Play

February 26, 2015 - 2:59am

“Student Patiwat Saraiyaem, 23, and activist Porntip Mankong, 26, had pleaded guilty to defamation” under Thailand’s lèse-majesté law, the world’s strictest, “following their arrests last August, nearly a year after The Wolf Bride – a satire set in a fictional kingdom – was performed.”

“Amadeus” The Movie At 30 – And Everything It Got Wrong About Mozart And Salieri

February 26, 2015 - 2:50am

BBC Radio 3 presenter Clemency Burton-Hill reviews the liberties writer Peter Shaffer and director Milos Forman took with the historical record (and the device they used to get away with it) – and nevertheless finds that Amadeus is “arguably the finest movie ever made about the process of artistic creation and the unbridgeable gap between human genius and mediocrity.” (text-only)

“Not Useful For Creating Original Work”: Why John Cameron Mitchell Avoids Social Media, Even For “Hedwig”

February 26, 2015 - 2:40am

“It’s hard to keep up with that; it takes a lot of energy and recently [there was] some study that overusing social media can make you depressed and jealous, so I actually chose not to go there. … User comments-culture is not useful for creating original work, I think. I’m all for information diets, which are helpful for the mood and for the art.”

India’s Famous Cave Temples That Sat Unknown For More Than 1,000 Years

February 26, 2015 - 2:33am

“The Ajanta Caves, 30 spellbinding Buddhist prayer halls and monasteries carved, as if by sorcery, into a horseshoe-shaped rock face in a mountainous region of India’s Maharashtra state, … were ‘discovered’ by accident in 1819 … [after being] abandoned by those who created it as long ago as AD 500.”

Where Beethoven Is A Star: Violent Video Games

February 25, 2015 - 10:38am

“The spirit of Beethoven has come back to life in first-person shooter games. Over-the-top Romanticism, in all its most extravagant manifestations, is now the preferred musical accompaniment to virtual killing.”

These Artists Promote Cultural Understanding (But Not If They Can’t Get Visas)

February 25, 2015 - 10:29am

“In a time when cultural understanding is more critical than ever before, it’s become an uphill battle for artists from Islamic countries to obtain permission to travel to the United States.”

Study: Violent Video Games Are Less Violent For Good Players

February 25, 2015 - 10:16am

“The level of aggression and hostility such games produce varies considerably depending upon the skill of the individual player.”

Here’s Why Classifying Writers Is A Bad Idea

February 25, 2015 - 9:43am

“Given the chance, we would resist classification. I have never met a writer who wishes to be described as a female writer, gay writer, black writer, Asian writer or African writer. We hyphenated writers complain about the privilege accorded to the white male writer, he who dominates the western canon and is the only one called simply ‘writer’.”

Non-Profits Versus For-Profits – The Lines Are Blurring

February 25, 2015 - 9:35am

“All organizations – not just nonprofits – are now in the business of promoting “social good” in order to gain support… If your organization imagines one of its key differentiators to be its social responsibility, well, then your thinking may be at complete odds with the way the market perceives and evaluates all organizations (i.e. nonprofits and for-profits alike).”

Theatre Cancels All-Asian “Showboat” After Concluding It Couldn’t Be Done

February 25, 2015 - 9:33am

“We spoke with, and listened purposefully to members of racially diverse communities and particularly with our most direct constituents, Asian-Americans, regarding how tackling this work might be perceived when the Asian presence is thrust into the center of a conversation that has historically excluded it. After carefully absorbing arguments of both support and opposition, we have chosen to cancel the production, concluding that the goal that propelled us — to lift up the Asian-American theater artist — could not be sufficiently achieved.”

Con Men Try To Sell Fake Goya, Get Paid In Counterfeit Money, Then Get The Book Thrown At Them

February 25, 2015 - 9:23am

“The con artists realized they had been tricked when they tried to deposit 1.7 million Swiss francs (€1.5 million) in a Geneva bank and were told that the banknotes were mere photocopies.”