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Neil Young Removes His Music From Streaming Services (But Not Because Of Money)

Arts Journal - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 9:08am

Neil Young says he’s removing his music from all streaming services because his songs are being “devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting.” In two Facebook posts, the Toronto-born 69-year-old denigrates streaming and notes his preference for the formats of yesteryear, including analog cassettes, eight tracks and AM radio.

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How To Build A Better (More Compelling) Digital Book

Arts Journal - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 8:54am

“Created by the British novelist Kate Pullinger and British-Canadian multimedia artist Chris Joseph, Alice is a book that blinks, buzzes, hums, sings, jitterbugs, plays games, and, on occasion, rains and snows. Using her laptop, Fleming projected the first Alice story onto a library whiteboard … and her fifth-graders went nuts. The story was immersive like little else, the first piece of fiction that helped them see life through a character’s eyes.”

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Size Matters

Arts Journal - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 8:02am

“For an artist, going big can be the most seductive of ego trips. But it can also offer an opportunity to disappear from view. Some large-scale works are boastful, whereas others are shaped by the lightest of touches; they are as likely to oppress as to inspire. But whatever the medium and whatever the message, there is no doubt that, when it comes to art at least, size really does matter.”

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Dance, Disability And Stretching The Limits Of Human Movement

Arts Journal - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 7:49am

“There still seems to be a distinction between companies interested in presenting diverse bodies and companies committed to a long-standing aesthetic norm. For now, the solution still exists in parallel structures rather than full-scale integration – not so different from what’s happening in ballet or, for that matter, sports. What’s fascinating about this debate between “excellence” and inclusivity is that it doesn’t exist the same way in breakdance culture.”

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Oh My, Your Smart Phone Can Tell When You’re Depressed

Arts Journal - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 7:01am

“Measuring behavioral markers for depression through GPS and usage sensors, researchers were able to predict with 86 percent accuracy whether or not the individual was depressed.”

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Detroit – Art’s New Wild West Frontier

Arts Journal - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 6:44am

“Public art has long had a home in Detroit, with its expansive vacated spaces and ambitious class of D.I.Y. makers. But lately, the back-lot murals, pop-up sculpture parks and boundary-crossing performances are increasing, as old-guard artists find new outlets and resources, and younger artists arrive overflowing with ideas.”

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‘A Writer For Grown-Ups': Richard Ford On Anton Chekhov

Arts Journal - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 1:19am

“As is true of many American readers who encountered Chekhov first in college, my experience with his stories was both abrupt and brief, and came too early. … Chekhov seems to me a writer for adults, his work becoming useful and also beautiful by attracting attention to mature feelings, to complicated human responses and small issues of moral choice within large, overarching dilemmas.”

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Every Nation Has A Chekhov – Who’s Whose?

Arts Journal - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 1:17am

“We took it upon ourselves to search the world for authors who have been called ‘the Chekhov’ of their country or, more endearingly in Cynthia Ozick’s characterization of Alice Munro, ‘our Chekhov.’ Chekhovs from Ireland, Canada, India, China, Mexico, The United States, Greece, Israel, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Japan have made the list so far, but we, as readers, are in perpetual search of the next Chekhov of X …”

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Black Dancers, White Ballets – Misty Copeland Is Not Enough (Classical Dance Makes The NY Times Op-Ed Page)

Arts Journal - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 1:16am

Laurie A. Woodard, formerly of Dance Theater of Harlem, now teaching at NYU: “Ms. Copeland’s career, on the stage and beyond, has brought ballet into the wider culture in ways Louis XIV could not have imagined. … [Yet] the insular world of classical ballet has limited not just the number of black ballerinas; there are only a handful of black classical choreographers. And for companies other than D.T.H., black spectators are rare. The days of whiting-up are behind us, but ballet still needs to change.”

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Kennedy Center Honors 2015: Cicely Tyson, Seiji Ozawa, Rita Moreno, Carole King, George Lucas, And The Eagles

Arts Journal - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 12:42am

For the first time, the roster of honorees has expanded from five to six.

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Female Playwrights Are Still Underrepresented On Stages, But At Least We’re Making Some Progress

Arts Journal - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 12:40am

“Roughly one-fifth” – 22%, actually – “of the productions staged at hundreds of theaters nationwide over the past three seasons were written by women, according to a study to be released Friday.” That’s up five percentage points from 2002.

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‘Banned In Syria’ – Shooting A Parody TV Series Amidst A Civil War

Arts Journal - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 12:38am

“A location scout was preparing for the day’s filming when a single bullet killed him instantly. The cast and crew continued undeterred. That is the bargain when you sign up to produce a rebel television series in the wartime Syrian city of Aleppo with little pay, no insurance and militias that want you dead.”

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Are Human Beings The Only Political Animals? (Nope)

Arts Journal - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 12:35am

“If all social life is political, won’t it be necessary to think of the designation ‘political animal’ as a genus name, including many species, rather than as something unique to human beings? After all, and as Aristotle knew well enough, there are many highly social species of animals.”

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Never Forget: The Biggest Subsidisers Of The Arts Are Those Who Work In The Arts

Arts Journal - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 12:27am

Lyn Gardner: “Very little work would ever make it to the stage if it was not for people giving their labour away for free, or being paid very poorly for what they do. … Just because you are doing a job you love, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be properly paid for it.”

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They’ve Found The Literary Journal Dickens Edited, With His Own Handwritten Notes

Arts Journal - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 12:25am

“In a lucky coincidence that would not look out of place in a Charles Dickens novel, an antiquarian book dealer has stumbled across what is believed to be Dickens’s own personally annotated copy of a literary periodical he edited.” Literary Hub calls it “the Rosetta Stone of Victorian studies.”

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America’s First Abstract Painter Was An Engineer Who’d Never Seen Modernist Art

Arts Journal - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 12:23am

Manierre Dawson, “although not a household name, is increasingly recognized as the first American artist to work in a completely abstract mode. … He made his breakthrough to non-objective imagery prior to any exposure to modernist art. Instead, his innovation stemmed from his training and employment as a structural engineer.”

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Alan Curtis, 80, Leader Of Baroque Music Revival

Arts Journal - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 12:09am

As a harpsichordist, scholar, conductor, and founder-director of the ensemble Il Complesso Barocco, Curtis brought an enormous amount of neglected music – opera and vocal works in particular – from the 17th and 18th centuries to modern ears. In recent years he was known for a series of Handel opera recordings funded by mystery author Donna Leon.

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OBERON Programming Associate

Arts Journal - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 10:24pm

Harvard University, American Repertory Theater

Duties & Responsibilities
Under the leadership of Artistic Director, Diane Paulus, the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) aims to expand the boundaries of theater and engage thousands of theatergoers at more than 200 performances and events each season. OBERON, the second stage and club theater of the A.R.T., is an integral part of this vision. In addition to offering work from the A.R.T.’s main season, OBERON is also a thriving incubator for emerging artists to imagine new projects that could only exist in this exciting club theater environment. Hundreds of artists and performance groups bring work to the space each year.

Reporting to the Director of Special Projects and working with OBERON’s Programming Manager, the Programming Associate works to perform a wide range of duties related to planning, oversight, and execution of projects, events and productions that take place in OBERON.

  • Helps in the maintenance of OBERON’s calendar of events, suggests programming.
  • Works with artists and performers to schedule events
  •  Oversees work with visiting artists, actors, musicians, and other performers for various events and activities.
  • Aids in upkeep of OBERON website and box office system, along with a focus on OBERON marketing and Public Relations outreach through work with the A.R.T marketing department. Includes work on monthly press listings and releases as well as working collaboratively on innovative marketing and audience development strategies.
  • Acts as liaison between artists and Venue/Production staff for assigned events and acts as part of programming team to implement daily/nightly events and activities.
  • Assists with basic budget tracking, creation and processing of various financial paperwork, invoices, box office reconciliations and other reporting.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Special Projects.


Job Function

Time Status


Salary Grade

00 – Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Basic Qualifications
B.A. preferable. At least two years’ professional theater experience in programming and producing and/or event planning. Familiarity with a club theater environment a plus.

Additional Qualifications
Candidates should be fluent in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Knowledge of web design content management software (Drupal, HTML, etc.) and or ticketing software (Audience View/Tessitura, etc.) a plus. Extreme attention to details and accuracy. Self starter with an ability to problem-solve efficiently and effectively. Excellent written and verbal skills. Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment. Team player with a sense of humor. Ability to work some evenings and weekends required.

Pre-Employment Screening

EEO Statement
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Kerouac’s ‘On The Road’ – A Masterpiece Or A Mess? And Is It Just A Guy Thing?

Arts Journal - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 12:44pm

“Jonathon Menjivar read On the Road as a teenager and, like so many American teens, was completely infatuated by it. His wife, fellow radio producer Hillary Frank, had never read it. They decided to read it together … Menjivar desperately wants her to see what he saw in it as a kid.” She doesn’t. (audio)

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