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In London The New Theatres Are Thriving, And Here May Be Why

February 5, 2016 - 4:33pm

Both The Yard and the Park Theatre originate in the ambitions of impressively determined founders. Though in some ways the two venues are very different, Miller and Bond express the purpose of what they’re doing in much the same way. “How do you engage with your community and how do you diversify your audience? But I think it’s especially true in London which is growing so quickly and the population is changing all the time.”

If It’s So Hard To Authenticate A Rothko, Then…

February 5, 2016 - 3:27pm

In an art market governed largely by pretense and money, does a masterpiece have any intrinsic value?

Why Paula Poundstone Started Making Jokes About Pop-Tarts

February 5, 2016 - 3:00pm

“I was a young comic at the time, so I didn’t really have all that much actual material, and so at a point, I would read from the box or the package of whatever food I had. I have no idea why. And you know, the toasting instructions on the Pop-Tarts are so damn funny.”

Director Peter Brook At 90

February 5, 2016 - 2:03pm

“To modern audiences, Brook’s advocacy of the barest theatrical essentials may seem far from revolutionary, so we need to be taken back in time to a period when bourgeois sensibilities exerted an asphyxiating stranglehold.”

‘If You Don’t Feel It, You Can’t Do It’ – Diary Of A Flamenco Superstar

February 5, 2016 - 2:00pm

Sara Baras: “It takes courage, but flamenco artists often have longer careers than other kinds of dancers. They learn to adapt themselves to a type of exercise that develops extra agility and vigour. Older flamenco dancers can perform with a strength that you will not find in other dance genres.”

Is There Anything Wrong With A Museum Of Fakes?

February 5, 2016 - 1:20pm

“One can imagine a near-future museum with every important artwork in the world – the entire contents of E H Gombrich’s 1950 classic The Story of Art – made manifest in a single super-didactic replica collection. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as long as no one feels fooled. A copy is just a copy, entirely legal and often useful (not least for scholarship and education), and becomes a forgery only if the work is used to defraud.”

T.S. Eliot Adored Detective Fiction

February 5, 2016 - 1:00pm

“Eliot’s attitude toward popular art forms was more capacious and ambivalent than he’s often given credit for. … And it so happens that, well before detective stories came into vogue among [Edmund] Wilson’s cohort, Eliot had become one of the genre’s most passionate and discerning readers.”

‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ Creators On Their Relationship With Veracity And Why All Film Is Manipulation

February 5, 2016 - 12:45pm

“All the shows we get compared to are documentaries. We are a work of drama, and that sometimes allows us to go dig deeper. [But] even documentaries aren’t as truthful as you think they are. [If] someone says something in a documentary and you cut to someone else’s face, that filmmaker has made a decision.”

Actor Dies In Stage Hanging Gone Wrong

February 5, 2016 - 12:08pm

Raphael Schumacher “was performing in an experimental theater production in the courtyard of Pisa’s Teatro Lux when a member of the audience noticed that the rope around his neck was too tight. The actor’s head was covered at the time, but the spectator — a female medical graduate — saw him trembling and realized something was wrong.”

Scientists: Practicing Scales Might Not Be The Best Way To Learn The Piano

February 5, 2016 - 12:04pm

“The research goes somewhat against the old assumption that simply repeating a motor skill over and over again – for example, practising scales on the piano or playing the same level on your game over and over again – was the best way to master it. Instead, it turns out there might be a quicker (and more enjoyable) way to level up.”

Winona Ryder, Holden Caulfield, And The ’90s

February 5, 2016 - 11:00am

“‘The goddam movies. They can ruin you. I’m not kidding.’ At 17, Winona Ryder underlined those words by Holden Caulfield in one of two copies of The Catcher in the Rye she was carrying with her. ‘Me and Holden are, like, this team,’ she said.” Because she turned out to be completely incapable of phoniness, even when it might have done her some good.

The ‘Dark Web’ Gets Its First Literary Magazine

February 5, 2016 - 10:30am

“Depending on who you ask, the ‘Dark Web’ – the Internet’s mysterious undercurrent accessible only through specialized software – is either a libertarian utopia or a criminal hellscape run by cryptoanarchists trading stolen bitcoins. Now it’s more than either.” A Q&A with the founders of the new literary magazine The Torist.

UK’s National Theatre Commits To Gender Parity By 2021

February 5, 2016 - 10:00am

“National Theatre director Rufus Norris has committed to ensuring gender equality in terms of the directors and living writers the venue employs by 2021. … He added: ‘There are a lot of women playwrights and women directors coming through, so it’s our responsibility to encourage that and reap the benefits.'”

Yemenis, Like Syrians, Struggle To Save Art And Architecture From War’s Destruction

February 5, 2016 - 9:45am

“Air strikes by a Saudi Arabia-led coalition and attacks by fundamentalist groups linked to Al Qaeda and ISIS have caused widespread destruction to Yemen’s heritage, losses that have been under-reported compared with the destruction wreaked by extremists in Syria and northern Iraq. The latest casualty is the National Museum in the city of Taiz, which was badly damaged when shelled by Houthis militants on Sunday.”

Egyptian Police Arrest, Then Release, Country’s Most Popular Young Cartoonist

February 5, 2016 - 9:30am

Islam Gawish, a 26-year-old satirist with 1.6 million Facebook followers, was arrested last Sunday, ostensibly for running a website without a license. Following a swell of online protest, authorities released him the next day with the statement that he was found not to have any links with terrorists.

#JeSuisCirconflexe ! French Twitterstorm Over Spelling Reform

February 5, 2016 - 9:15am

The Académie Française introduced these changes – the elimination of some (not all) circumflexes and simplified spelling of some words – back in 1990, but they’re only now entering the school curriculum. And the French are protesting in (very Gallic) solidarity with their beloved diacritical mark.

How A Discreet Art Shipper Quietly Became A Wealthy Dealer – And Got Sued By His Russian Oligarch Client

February 5, 2016 - 9:00am

Says Yves Bouvier: “If I buy for two and I can sell for eleven, I will sell for eleven.” (That’s not counting the commission.) “I think in [my client’s] head the problem was not that Bouvier made money – it was that he made too much money.”

Why ‘Hamilton’ Is The Musical For The Age Of Obama

February 5, 2016 - 8:45am

Just as Camelot was the emblematic show of JFK’s day (“about the idealism and glamour of courtly power, and also about its fragility”) and South Pacific was of the Truman-Eisenhower era (“about what America was going to do and be after the Americans had won their terrible war”), argues Adam Gopnik, Hamilton captures both the changes and the contradictions in the U.S. during this President’s term.

Where Classical Music Meets Social Justice: The Sphinx Organization

February 5, 2016 - 8:30am

“We’re looking at classical music and the broader arts as being woefully under-representative of the communities in which they reside. That’s one piece of the puzzle, but it’s only the art form. Then I see key minority communities that are strongly represented in the population but not represented in the field. There’s this reciprocal void that has to do with history, barriers, lack of opportunities, lack of access. To bridge that gap is where Sphinx comes in.”

Here’s The Woman Replacing Millepied At The Head Of The Paris Opera Ballet

February 5, 2016 - 8:15am

Aurélie Dupont has spent her entire education and career at the company and its school; she retired from the stage last summer at the top rank of étoile.