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City Opera Bidders Are Getting Ready To Lay It All On The Line

Arts Journal - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 9:15am

“In one corner is Roy Niederhoffer, a former City Opera board member backing a plan to reboot the company under the direction of Michael Capasso, the head of a small Manhattan opera company in the process of being wound down. In the other is Gene Kaufman, an architect who has also expressed interest in restarting City Opera but whose prior proposals have failed to win favor with the defunct company’s board.”

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Not-So-Sunny London Loses Its Spinoff Sundance Festival

Arts Journal - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 9:00am

“The three-day event may have struggled to attract audiences to the O2, a huge corporate space far from central London’s traditional arts hubs.”

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Is The Oscar-Nominated Film ‘Whiplash’ Good Or Bad For Musician Mentorship?

Arts Journal - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 9:00am

“The reactions to the movie seem to occupy the extremes, and it sparks healthy debate among my peers. Where is the fine line between motivating someone and abusing them? Will this movie make young jazz musicians think that all you need to do to become the next Bird is work really hard, get yelled at, and practice till you bleed? Is this portrayal of the teacher-student dynamic helpful or harmful?”

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The World Of (No) Money Kills Off A Socially Responsible Architecture Firm

Arts Journal - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 8:30am

“Architecture for Humanity, a nonprofit design group that sought to repair the world with socially conscious construction in places like Kosovo, Haiti and hurricane-ravaged Mississippi, has abruptly closed its San Francisco headquarters and plans to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection.”

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The Forty-Year-Old Toronto Dance Company That’s Ready For An Entirely New Model

Arts Journal - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 8:15am

“Forster and Kamino’s vision speaks to a larger debate on dance creation that pits the Canadian model against its European counterpart”

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The (Extremely Specific) Time When We All Kill Our Inner Children

Arts Journal - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 8:00am

“This shift begins even earlier than previously believed, and it may be driven by a crucial cognitive development that’s arguably the basis of all human social interaction.”

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Without A Big Budget Picture Among The Nominees, The Oscars Are Sunk For Viewership

Arts Journal - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 7:30am

“‘When the audience has skin in the game, and they have a movie to root for that they’ve actually seen, certainly it makes for a more compelling viewing experiencing,’ said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for entertainment data firm Rentrak.”

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Does Gentrification Actually Even Exist?

Arts Journal - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 7:00am

Not really. “As for displacement — the most objectionable feature of gentrification — there’s actually very little evidence it happens. In fact, so-called gentrifying neighborhoods appear to experience less displacement than nongentrifying neighborhoods. It’s time to retire the term gentrification altogether.”

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Tokyo Still Deeply Split Over Zaha Hadid’s ‘White Elephant’ Olympic Stadium

Arts Journal - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 6:30am

“The most withering criticism has come from the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, who designed the Palau Sant Jordi used in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. In a long open letter sent to the Japan Sports Council (JSC) in November, the 83-year-old said Hadid’s design looked like ‘a turtle waiting for Japan to sink so that it can swim away.'”

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The Theatre World Gets A Massive New Database Of New Plays

Arts Journal - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 6:00am

“Debates had been raged over submission policies—closed, open, credentialed, non-existent, misleading—in private and in public, by playwrights, by academics, and by artistic staffs of organizations large and small. Everyone agreed on only one thing: there had to be a better way.”

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The Top VIII Performances (On Film And TV) Of Henry VIII

Arts Journal - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 5:30am

Is it the actor from A Man for All Seasons? That hot guy from The Tudors? Or maybe the new Henry in Wolf Hall? So many, many Henrys.

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Elena Obraztsova Survived The Siege Of Leningrad To Become A Star At The Bolshoi Opera

Arts Journal - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 5:00am

“Ms. Obraztsova became such an admired favorite of the Soviet cultural establishment that the authorities in Moscow allowed her frequent opportunities to perform abroad as a shining representative of Soviet artistic greatness.”

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24 Lessons From The Publishing World

Arts Journal - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 2:35pm

Sometimes good books sell well; sometimes good books sell poorly; sometimes bad books sell well; sometimes bad books sell poorly. A lot about publishing is unfair and inscrutable. But…

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Satire Is Firmly Embedded In The Traditions Of Every Culture

Arts Journal - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:30am

“In some of the discussion surrounding the case, there has been an implication that Muslims (and other non-Westerners, for that matter) don’t have the rich satirical tradition found in places like France. That’s not quite true. Satirical traditions may not be the same in France as they are in Iraq or Venezuela. But the mocking of rulers, politicians and pretensions has long had a place in every culture.”

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Cal Shakespeare Director Leaving To Join Yerba Buena

Arts Journal - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:19am

“Jonathan Moscone is leaving California Shakespeare Theater, where he’s been artistic director for the past 15 years, and moving across the bay to join Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in the newly created position of chief of civic engagement.”

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Understanding Creativity: Why John Updike Loved Comics

Arts Journal - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:16am

“Literary biography—an enterprise Updike regarded with some skepticism—is largely a hunt for such deeply buried evidence. As an aid to future biographers and anyone else interested in pursuing the mystery of Updike’s prodigious talent, I’d suggest paying attention to his lifelong love affair with cartooning, a passion that burned hottest when he was young but remained warm until his dying days, when he ceased to draw but still repeatedly referred to the comics he had loved in childhood.”

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2014 – Video Games Sales Slumped

Arts Journal - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:13am

“Players still aren’t buying enough games. The holiday season, an opportunity for game makers to rebound, proved that not even the biggest companies with the most highly anticipated franchises could entice consumers to spend their money on new titles.”

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Does Our Constant Technology Use Create Stress? Here’s What The Study Says:

Arts Journal - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:11am

“A new study by researchers at Pew Research Center and Rutgers University found the opposite: Frequent Internet and social media users do not have higher stress levels than those who use technology less often. And for women, using certain digital tools decreases stress.”

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A Debate Over The “Rightness” Of A Dance Performance

Arts Journal - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:00am

“There’s been heated disagreement over the past week about what’s right and wrong. Is the rocket-propelled ex-Bolshoi enfant terrible Ivan Vasiliev ‘right’ for Swan Lake? Is English National Ballet right to accept such huge thighs in this of all classics, when the sizeist cohorts of the Russian establishment always said nyet to the sturdy, forceful Belarussian?”

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2014 – When The Oscars Killed Any Attempts At Diversity

Arts Journal - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 10:42am

“We expect the Academy Awards to ignore all kinds of great genre material; the 2015 list feels all the more galling because David Oyelowo’s performance and Ava DuVernay’s direction were not just extraordinarily good, but also very Oscar-friendly.”

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