National Art News

The Story Of War Orphan Turned Ballet Prodigy Michaela DePrince Will Become A Movie

Arts Journal - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 9:01am

“Veteran film and music video director Sanaa Hamri (Something New, Just Wright) has been tapped to direct MGM’s Taking Flight, an adaptation of the book Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina by Michaela DePrince and her mother, Elaine DePrince.”

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Texas Wins The Literary Archives Of Yet Another Author

Arts Journal - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 8:14am

Kazuo Ishiguro, author of Remains of the Day: “I’ve been in the habit of keeping a large cardboard box under my desk into which I throw, more or less indiscriminately, all papers produced during my writing that I don’t want to file neatly and take into the next stage of composition: earlier drafts of chapters, rejected pages, scraps of paper with scribbled thoughts, repeated attempts at the same paragraph. etc.”

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It’s Past Time To Get Beyond Theatre’s ‘Black Slot’

Arts Journal - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 7:53am

Lynn Nottage: “I’ve always been told that there’s only room for one black play. If the black slot’s full, they won’t put in another.”

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A Quarter Of A Century With L.A.’s Fountain Theatre

Arts Journal - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 11:00pm

“Located between Western and Vermont avenues, the Fountain is at a crossroads of multiculturalism. ‘We’re right in the heart of Little Armenia, so it feels very natural for us to be commissioning playwrights to go out into the community and bring back the stories of the shop owners and apartment residents, as we did in ‘Little Armenia.’ Our process for choosing projects for a season is about what community haven’t we served and what issues are they wrestling with.'”

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And The Ancient Palmyran Temple Falls To ISIS

Arts Journal - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 9:51pm

“Palmyra, one of the Middle East’s most spectacular archaeological sites and a UNESCO World Heritage site, sits near the modern Syrian city of the same name. Activists said the militants used explosives to blow up the Baalshamin Temple on its grounds, the blast so powerful it also damaged some of the Roman columns around it.”

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Sorting All The Numbers In The World

Arts Journal - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 9:47pm

“What’s the greatest number of cake slices that can be made with n cuts? Look up sequence A000125 in the OEIS. How many chess positions can be created in n moves? That’s sequence A048987.”

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Can David Foster Wallace Be Reclaimed From The Litbros?

Arts Journal - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 1:50pm

“The more we talk about Wallace without talking about his work—which, of course, is the whole reason we’re here, talking about him—the more we aid in this false image of him as bro-lord. His fiction is thoughtful and daring and adventurous and sad and fun and difficult and complex.”

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Ten Movies Where Older Actresses Like Lily Tomlin And Helen Mirren Kick Ass

Arts Journal - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 12:47pm

“While the statistics about roles for women over 40 are dismal at best, cinema has featured some unconventional, intelligent, and downright badass parts for world-wise women in film.”

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Anna Shapiro Running Steppenwolf Theatre: Year Zero

Arts Journal - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 11:42am

“Shapiro is a star of sorts, the company’s 35th ensemble member (and one of the few nonactors in that group), acclaimed for muscular, lyrical relationship studies, the kind where a chair or two gets thrown. She is a Tony Award winner whose production of ‘August: Osage County’ remains intrinsic to Steppenwolf’s identity. Advance ticket sales alone for ‘Fish in the Dark; ($14.5 million) were about the same as Steppenwolf’s annual operating budget. And for the past few years she has added to her reputation by becoming a Broadway insurance plan of sorts, celebrity-whispering famous actors until they become believable, bankable presences onstage.”

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Ten Lessons From The Theatre World On How To Start A Diversity And Inclusion Program Without Screwing It Up

Arts Journal - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 11:38am

“4. Walk through the entire program through the lens of those you are inviting into your theatre or organization. What would you see? What would you experience? What does it feel like to be as a person of color and walk into your institution? An easy way to feel tokenized is when you are the only one at an institution.”

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Writer Nalo Hopkinson On The 21st Century And A Lot More

Arts Journal - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 10:36am

“Who’s your favourite villain in literature, and why?”
“Frankenstein’s monster, because he’s right: Victor Frankenstein is an entitled dick who doesn’t care about the humanity of his creation.”

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There’s Just So Much TV To Watch (Is It OK To Skip Some?)

Arts Journal - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 9:50am

“Binge-watching isn’t just the new sex — it’s the new workout, the new book club, the new cocktail hour. Where once most new shows premiered in the fall, now they drop all the time, some in complete seasons. Announcements of new programming from clever upstarts Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and Acorn feel like pop-culture air-raid sirens: ‘Citizens, seek shelter: ‘The Man in the High Castle’ is descending.’ Of course, we want to see it, but, oh, my God, who has the time?”

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The Wurlitzer Organ Sounds Again In A UK Cinema After A 55-Year Silence

Arts Journal - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 9:16am

“‘It’s stunning,’ said Andrew Barham, one of the team that has been working on the organ. ‘When there are no chairs and just the dance floor, it blows your socks off.'”

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This Physicist Is Saving Music

Arts Journal - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 8:58am

“Some of those delicate things are wax cylinders, lacquer and metal disks, plastic belts and even sheets of tin foil—cutting-edge technology from the past. The sounds that they hold include early, experimental voice recordings made by Alexander Graham Bell and his father in the 1880s.”

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Dissident Cuban Artist Tania Bruguera Is Free After 8 Months Of Detention, Back In The U.S.

Arts Journal - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 8:28am

“Performance artist Tania Bruguera, who had her passport confiscated in Cuba after trying to stage a performance about freedom of expression in a public plaza in Havana, is back in the U.S., according to a statement issued by #YoTambienExijo, the art and activism program run by Bruguera and her sister Deborah.”

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Can Anything Fix The Hollywood Director Gender Imbalance?

Arts Journal - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 6:45am

“The challenges are daunting, the statistics are depressing, but rather than sit around complaining, the idea behind Film Fatales is that we can change things. And I think real progress will take this bottom-up, grass-roots approach as well as a top-down approach.”

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Gaming While Gay

Arts Journal - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 5:24am

“The characters matter. As we become the story’s protagonist, the companions represent the other players. In a way, they bring a sense of humanity into the plot. Their personalities may attract or repel us, their motivations may or may not align with our own. They become our point of reference, our guides, our rivals or friends. They give us decisions to make and show us the consequences. Sometimes, through them we see our community. Sometimes, they are extensions of ourselves.”

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Ballet Still Has A Boy Shortage

Arts Journal - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 1:22am

“‘Programs fight to get boys to come to their programs and offer them incredible financial packages, just to come to their summer workshops,’ Madonia says. ‘They might get full tuition. In many places, they get housing. Sometimes they even provide transportation, a stipend, a living expense.'”

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New York City Museums, Ranked

Arts Journal - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 10:20pm

“11. Scandinavia House
10. Madame Tussauds
9. The Studio Museum in Harlem”

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