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ABT At 75: Its Success Means A Lot Of Imitators

Arts Journal - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 8:00am

“You always try to go back to the original source and go, this is where it came from, this is what it’s about, this is what it was meant to be.”

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Using The Internet Of Things To Handle Intimate Relationships – And Stalk Partners Too

Arts Journal - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 7:30am

“The recipes run the gamut, from the totally sexist (‘Text my wife that I work very hard for us’) to the digitally endearing (‘Text girlfriend ‘I love you’ every day at midnight’) to the totally practical (‘Forward your kid’s school report card on to your husband!’).”

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The Truth About Ballet Dancers Is Less ‘Black Swan’ And More, Yes, Fun

Arts Journal - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 7:00am

That is, lots of coffee, lots of cigarettes and lots of one-night stands with beautiful people.

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In London, The Stars Are Onstage

Arts Journal - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 6:30am

“These stars are just the latest wave of big-name actors to appear on the London stage, which can burnish an already glowing reputation, reboot a career or simply provide a challenge like no other.”

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Two Women Take A Memoir Writing Class, And You (Seriously) Will Not Believe What Happens Next

Arts Journal - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 6:00am

“Their lives crossed in January 2013, on the first day of a writing class, when they took part in one of those familiar around-the-table introductions that by the end had led them to a stunning realization. These strangers were sisters.”

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Orpheum Theatre (Memphis Development Foundation) – President & CEO

Arts Journal - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 12:19pm

The Orpheum Theatre, supported by the Memphis Development Foundation, provides quality, diverse entertainment and education programming to the Memphis region while preserving and improving the historic Orpheum Theatre and its role in downtown Memphis development.

The 2,400-seat Orpheum Theatre has been the Mid-South home of touring Broadway productions since 1977. In addition to the Broadway Series, the Theatre also hosts performances by Opera Memphis and Ballet Memphis, various concerts, urban theatre, and local cultural and community events such as Memphis in May and the International Blues Challenge. The Orpheum is an active member of the IPN and is an investor in Broadway productions.

Originally built in 1890, the Orpheum was one of the first buildings in Memphis placed on the National Historic Register. In the last 35 years, the Orpheum Theatre has undergone $15 million in renovations and improvements that have made it a world-class performing arts facility while preserving the historical and architectural integrity of the vaudeville palace.

Educational programs for students, teachers and families currently serve 70,000 annually. The new Centre for Performing Arts & Education, opening in the fall of 2015, will expand education efforts by providing over 39,000 square feet of program space, including classrooms, a multi-use rehearsal hall, and a 356-seat theatre.

The ideal candidate for President & CEO will have a minimum of 10 years of senior leadership experience in a performing arts center, theater producing or related institution. The candidate should bring innovative ideas, positive energy and a collaborative style. As the public representative of the theater, the individual will have the demeanor and presentation skills to engage major donors, artists and agents, community leaders and the local and regional arts community. Ideal candidates will have had positions such as Executive Director, President, or Chief Operating Officer at a performing arts center, a commercial producing company and/or a theater.

The Orpheum Theatre has retained the services of James Abruzzo and DHR International to lead this search. For a copy of the position description, and for all other inquiries, please contact Michele Counter, Principal in DHR’s Nonprofit Practice at

There is no deadline for submissions, but the position will be filled as soon as the ideal candidate is identified. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact DHR as soon as possible. Compensation is competitive.

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How A Blighted Urban Street Got Shortlisted For This Year’s Turner Prize

Arts Journal - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:38am

“Most locals might still be in a state of baffled amusement that the DIY handiwork of a young London-based architecture collective, Assemble, in doing up some of the area’s empty homes has been shortlisted for the country’s most prestigious art award.”

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Report: Musicals Account For 60 Percent Of UK Box Office

Arts Journal - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:25am

Musical theatre accounts for more than half of all box office income despite comprising just 15% of all productions staged, a report has suggested.

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Minnesota Orchestra Leads An Expected New Wave Of Cultural Ambassadors To Cuba

Arts Journal - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:18am

The Minnesotans are at the vanguard of what is expected to be a flurry of cultural cross-pollination now that there are signs of a diplomatic thaw. The relationship has been a fraught one for more than a century.

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Public Radio Is Membership-Supported. But That “Membership” Is Changing

Arts Journal - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:08am

“Though membership has always been a core part of public media, over the past several years, public radio has been grappling with new questions concerning membership and listener loyalty. The traditional form of building membership and leveraging organizational loyalty — the pledge drive — has declined in effectiveness, and new conversations are beginning about how to recruit and retain members who access content off-air.”

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Bait And Switch? Entire First-Year MFA Class Quits University Of Southern California

Arts Journal - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 9:52am

“[F]aculty voices are silenced and adjunct faculty expands, affecting their overall ability to advocate for students. We seven students lost time, money, and trust in a classic bait-­and-­switch, and the larger community lost an exemplary funding model that attempted to rectify at least some of these economic disparities. What we experienced is the true ‘disruption’ of this accelerating trend.”

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Who Will Be The Next Director Of The Brooklyn Museum?

Arts Journal - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 9:31am

“Whoever is selected will inherit an institution whose endowment roughly tripled during Mr. Lehman’s tenure, to $123 million. The museum’s annual operating budget has more than doubled, to $35 million, and its audience is both young—with a median age of 34—and diverse.”

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The Man Who Has Painted A Picture Of Obama Every Day Of His Presidency

Arts Journal - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 8:49am

“On the day that Obama was inaugurated in 2009, Pruitt made a 2-foot-by-2-foot painting of the president, based on a photographic image taken from the news and rendered in a subdued palette of washed-out red, blue and white. The next day he painted a second. The next day he painted a third. The next … well, you get the idea.”

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It Was The 1950s. Soviet Russia. We Made Jazz Bootlegs In The Back Of The Store

Arts Journal - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 8:16am

“What the printing press was to the samizdat publishers, this little hunk of metal became to a burgeoning scene of jazz fiends. It wasn’t long before a small community of music lovers began haunting his shop, snapping up record after record and lining Philo’s pockets with dirty money.”

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Christopher Knight: The Whitney Museum Misrepresented My Criticism

Arts Journal - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 8:10am

“I can certainly understand why the Whitney Museum might be embarrassed by a review critical of its institutional failure with the 1993 Biennial. But posting a fallacious sign 22 years later merely indicates that the institutional failure continues.”

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We’re Losing Our Words For Outdoors Things As We Use More Words For Indoors Things

Arts Journal - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 7:51am

“Children are now (and valuably) adept ecologists of the technoscape, with numerous terms for file types but few for differ-ent trees and creatures. A basic literacy of landscape is falling away up and down the ages. And what is lost along with this literacy is something precious.”

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What Difference Does It Make Who The Next Berlin Philharmonic Conductor Is? Not That Much, Says Alex Ross

Arts Journal - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 1:56am

“The Berlin Philharmonic is unquestionably a magnificent organism … but the idea that its chief conductor is the Pope of classical music is a relic of the Karajan cult. … Not the least of the challenges that classical music faces is the increasingly unworkable celebrity-maestro model – a twentieth-century mutation.”

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Scientists Figure Out Why You Saw That Dress As White-And-Gold Or Blue-And-Black

Arts Journal - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 1:55am

“We make assumptions about the world that guide the interpretation of sensory data, and these assumptions can be quite different for different individuals.”

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David Letterman, Great American Broadcaster

Arts Journal - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 1:38am

“Nobody would have been shocked if, as Letterman aged, he simply tried to cling to his younger irreverence, flinging his 68-year-old self to Velcro walls, like in the old days. That’s what TV does to people who want to stay on TV, and it’s usually a cringefest. Instead, Letterman began a quiet but noticeable transformation to a broader, more open, human version of himself.”

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Gregor Samsa Metamorphoses Into Different Creatures In Different Translations

Arts Journal - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 1:29am

Did he awake from troubled dreams to find himself transformed into a monstrous insect, a giant verminous bug, a gigantic cockroach, or an enormous bedbug?

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