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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.”

Here’s What Happened When One Foundation Consolidated Its Giving And Focused On The Arts

June 29, 2015 - 8:06pm

“Long a contributor to causes across the board, from homeless shelters to opera companies, the organization began steering all of its funding toward the arts. Culture needed the money, the thinking went, and by targeting one area, the foundation could set itself apart from its peers and become a real player in the community.”

Music Streaming Services Are Pretty Terrible At Discovering New Music

June 29, 2015 - 7:00pm

“Though I keep listening out of animal curiosity for what comes next, I am almost never surprised. I always feel as if I’m shopping somewhere, and the music reflects What Our Customers Like to Listen To. The experience can feel benignly inhuman.”

A New Shakespeare Play?! Computer Algorithm Says Yep

June 29, 2015 - 6:30pm

“The play does have all the hallmarks of a legitimate Shakespeare and Fletcher collaboration.”

Principal Ballet Dancers, Aging Gracefully

June 29, 2015 - 4:00pm

“Retirement is there, it is going to happen. This is going to sound morbid and I don’t know if I should say it, but it’s a bit like dying. You know you’re going to die, everybody does, but you don’t stop what you are doing because of that. You don’t slow down because you know you are going to have to retire. You get on with it, you keep taking the vitamins, you go to Pilates, you do what you have to do to survive in this thing that we do.”

Bookstores Are Planning For Harper Lee’s New Novel Like It’s A Harry Potter Sequel

June 29, 2015 - 2:12pm

“Because Ms. Lee, who is 89 and famously private, will not be doing any publicity or bookstore appearances, booksellers are finding creative ways to draw in customers and capitalize on the widespread anticipation, with read-a-thons, midnight openings, film screenings, Southern food and discussion groups.”

French Singer And Actress Magali Noël Was Muse To Fellini, And Much More

June 29, 2015 - 2:00pm

“Her daughter described Ms. Noel as ‘the muse of Federico.’

“‘It was a great relationship,’ she said. ‘Platonic or not at the start, I do not know.'”

The Underfunded, Disorganized Plan To Save Earth From The Next Giant Asteroid

June 29, 2015 - 2:00pm

“Unfortunately for the future of the world, the recent 2005 Congressional mandate to find NEOs on the order of 140 meters or larger within the decade appears to be floundering due to organizational and funding challenges.”

Apple Music Starts Tuesday

June 29, 2015 - 1:00pm

What it is, what it does, what it means.