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Why Innovation Needs To Be Anchored In The Familiar To Be Embraced

February 4, 2016 - 3:41pm

To generate creative ideas, it’s important to start from an unusual place. But to explain those ideas, they have to be connected to something familiar. That’s why so many startups are introducing themselves as the “Uber for X.”

‘Jon Stewart Of Egypt’ To Get Series On U.S. Elections

February 4, 2016 - 3:00pm

The satirist Bassem Youssef, now in exile after one too many visits from Egyptian security forces, “will host The Democracy Handbook for F Comedy, Fusion’s new digital platform,” as part of the network’s 2016 election coverage. “The series … follows Youssef as he comes to America to learn the lessons of democracy.”


February 4, 2016 - 2:46pm

The Joyce Theater Foundation is seeking a new member for it’s Development Department

The Board Liaison and Travel Coordinator is responsible for managing The Joyce Theater Foundation’s relationships with its Board of Trustees, and to plan and cultivate the Joyce Theater’s Travel Program. Working in close collaboration with the Executive and Development Directors, this position manages Board, Committee, and Travel Program administration as well as The Joyce’s ongoing relationship-building with individual Trustees.

The successful candidate will be a positive, highly motivated, organized and focused individual with a high degree of initiative who can effectively prioritize their portfolio and workload to apply best practices in donor moves management and achieve financial goals in the required time period. Because the position has a high degree of public interaction with major donors on financial topics, the utmost professionalism and a high degree of discretion is also required.


Manage Board and Committee administration and ongoing liaison and relationship-building with individual Trustees;

  • In partnership with the Executive Director and Board Chair, plan, execute and administer follow-up for four Annual Board Meetings and additional Special Board Meetings throughout the year,
  • Maintain organization and administration of all Board committees (meeting preparation, scheduling, agendas and materials, logistics, follow-up),
  • Work with the Chair of the Committee on Trustees to research and communicate with prospective Board members and guide them through the election and orientation process,
  • Administer annual Trustee pledge forms and manage donations from Trustees (gift processing, acknowledgement, and tracking),
  • Invite and confirm attendance of Trustees for an annual calendar of activities, including opening night receptions, special events, meetings, etc.,
  • Assist Director of Development on the management of Board member associates and assist in creating stewardship plans for these individuals,
  • Organize Gala ticket and table purchases for Trustees and their guests, and
  • Assist Trustees with all Joyce ticket requests and occasional ticket requests for external theaters;

In partnership with the Director of Individual Giving, will plan, market, and coordinate a minimum of five international trips per fiscal year as well as continue to cultivate past Joyce Travel Program participants through the fulfillment of their benefits period;

Manage individual prospect research and prepare detailed prospect profiles for high-net worth individuals;

The successful candidate will be self-motivated, detail-oriented, and highly organized. Excellent verbal, writing, analytical, and research skills are essential. Experience using online sources to locate biographical, financial, and philanthropic information. A high level of computer literacy required, including familiarity with Tessitura. The candidate will adhere to the highest ethical standards; demonstrate empathetic disposition, and perseverance; reflect an optimistic and positive attitude, and convey sensitivity to needs of the donors. A Bachelor’s degree and three or more years fundraising experience relevant to the role will be favorably regarded.


Address/Contact info
Please email resume and cover letter to:

No phone calls please.

Artificial Intelligence Is Revolutionizing How Google Searches. Tomorrow The World!

February 4, 2016 - 2:28pm

“The truth is that even the experts don’t completely understand how neural nets work. But they do work. If you feed enough photos of a platypus into a neural net, it can learn to identify a platypus. If you show it enough computer malware code, it can learn to recognize a virus. If you give it enough raw language—words or phrases that people might type into a search engine—it can learn to understand search queries and help respond to them. In some cases, it can handle queries better than algorithmic rules hand-coded by human engineers. Artificial intelligence is the future of Google Search, and if it’s the future of Google Search, it’s the future of so much more.”

America’s Fastest (And Slowest) Talkers, Ranked By State

February 4, 2016 - 2:10pm

“To arrive at those state-by-state breakdowns, the analytics firm Marchex used what it calls Call DNA technology—software that analyzes call recordings to determine things like rate of speech, density of speech, hold times, and silences—on a set of calls recorded between 2013 and 2015. (These are the recordings that result when a pleasant robo-voice informs you that “this call may be recorded.” Marchex’s analysis includes more than 4 million such calls.)”

How To Measure A TV “Hit”? Right Now, It’s Anybody’s Guess

February 4, 2016 - 2:07pm

“Ah, passion – the elusive element of TV that networks are still trying to turn into a profit. Research departments try: They can look at tweets, or Facebook posts, or measure exactly how many minutes someone watches a program.” But still…

‘Parasite’ Homes On Rooftops Could Be Paris’s Next Affordable Housing

February 4, 2016 - 2:00pm

An NGO called les Toits du Monde is the developer behind the scheme, which uses prefabricated metal-and-glass boxes bolted into steel supports. on top of existing buildings.

Raleigh, NC Gets A Ten-Year Plan For The Arts

February 4, 2016 - 1:00pm

“After engaging more than 4,000 citizens for input over the course of 10 months, the 34-member arts plan steering committee announced in January that a draft of the plan is ready, with eight overarching goals, both short- and long-term, and 63 strategies designed to help achieve these goals.” (The plan was approved by the City Council that day.)

Eugene, Oregon’s Gallery Scene Collapses

February 4, 2016 - 1:00pm

“Artists and arts writers can list many galleries that have closed or moved towns during the last decade. With few major spots left, artists were shocked when the board of The Jacobs Gallery, located in the city’s performing arts center, announced that it would close at the end of January.”

Seven Myths Of The Starving Artist

February 4, 2016 - 12:53pm

“The starving artist myth is a limiting belief that’s been passed on from generation to generation and it’s about time we put an end to it. Not only is it disempowering to artists trying to promote themselves and their work, it’s also a barrier for many talented teenagers and young adults who will not pursue a career in the arts from fear of not being able to support themselves and later on in life, their families.”

Brooklyn Academy’s New President Talks About The Brooklyn Buzz

February 4, 2016 - 12:43pm

“There are 60 cultural organizations now in the Brooklyn Cultural District, and there’s been a 149% increase in the number of Brooklyn cultural nonprofits since 2005. Local cultural institutions attracted $300 million in economic activity and 4.5 million visitors in 2013. So we are big business.”

That Stolen Picasso Seized In Turkey Last Week? It’s A Fake

February 4, 2016 - 12:00pm

“The Picasso Administration, charged with managing the artist’s estate, … said the canvas is a copy of a 1940 work by the great Spanish artist, Woman Dressing Her Hair – and the original is in the hands of New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).”

Pina Bausch’s Old Company Has A New Director

February 4, 2016 - 11:00am

Adolphe Binder, currently artistic director of the dance company at the Gothenburg Opera in Sweden, “will be the fourth person to run the Tanztheater Wuppertal since Bausch’s sudden death in 2009. “Unlike Dominique Mercy and Robert Sturm, who ran the company just after Ms. Bausch’s death, and Lutz Förster, who succeeded them in 2013, Ms. Binder has no direct relationship with Wuppertal.”

Soprano Collapses Onstage As She Finishes Her Death Aria; Audience Thinks It’s Planned, But It’s Not

February 4, 2016 - 10:00am

Véronique Gens, 49, was singing Béatrice in a concert revival of Benjamin Godard’s 1889 opera Dante at the old Royal Opera in Versailles. As she reached her final phrase – “Where the angels gather human tears to change them into stars” – she lost control of her voice and collapsed, first into the arms of the mezzo and then to the floor, her head lolling on her chest. The mezzo signaled to stop the music and an ambulance was called. The cause was evidently a sudden loss of blood pressure. (in French; Google Translate version here)

Filmmaker Jacques Rivette Dead At 87

February 4, 2016 - 9:30am

“[He was] was the pre-eminent theoretician of the French ‘New Wave’ and the film-maker who, with Jean-Luc Godard, came closest in his own work to realising the movement’s aims and aspirations.” Yet he ultimately came to believe that there is no such thing as an “auteur” – “that ‘A film by Jacques Rivette’, for example, was a contradiction in terms.”

Riccardo Muti Has Hip Surgery After Fall

February 4, 2016 - 9:15am

“Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director Riccardo Muti has withdrawn from his Feb. 11-20 residency here so he can recover from a hip operation following a minor accident, an orchestra spokeswoman announced Tuesday night.”

Is This Why The Pinter Estate Clamped Down On The Wooster Group?

February 4, 2016 - 9:00am

Samuel French chief Bruce Lazarus “maintains that the Pinter estate had not been prepared to grant any subsequent license [for The Room] because the British agent had lined up a ‘first-class’ production in the UK, which had an option for a U.S. transfer. Lazarus points out that French could have simply said no but said his company persuaded the U.K. agent to allow the L.A. production, with restrictions.”

Saudi Arabia Commutes Artist’s Sentence From Beheading To Eight Years And 800 Lashes

February 4, 2016 - 8:45am

A court upheld the conviction of Palestinian poet, artist, and curator Ashraf Fayadh for apostasy – a charge that originally came out of an argument Fayadh had with another man in a cafe.

Ai Weiwei’s Latest Controversy: He Poses For Photo As Drowned Refugee Child

February 4, 2016 - 8:35am

On the pro side: “powerful tribute”; “iconic image”.
On the con side: “egotistical victim porn”; “an opportunist move to hitchhike onto a current tragedy”.

Benjamin Millepied Tells Why He’s Leaving Paris Opera Ballet

February 4, 2016 - 8:26am

“‘I want to regain my freedom and I want to create,’ he said. ‘I’ve been honored to be given the opportunity to work at the Opera and with the dancers, but this job, as it exists today, is not something I want.’ Mr. Millepied declined to speak about other factors that might have contributed to his decision, but his discontent with various aspects of his role has been well documented over the past few months.”