Thursday, June 27, 2019

Greta Matassa In L.A. by Artsjournal1

Following the recent Rifftides review of her new album, we thought you’d enjoy Ms. Matassa and friends in a Gershwin medley. – Doug Ramsey

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What Happened to Nelson Algren? by Artsjournal1

The New York Times Book Review has finally covered Never a Lovely So Real, Colin Asher’s Algren biography, and Susan Jacoby’s honest, well-reported review sets a judicious standard. – …

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The Grace of Uzbek Dance by Artsjournal1

What struck me watching Zamira Aminova in Bukhara was that, although her movements were not as complex as others I’ve seen, she never stopped seeming to float like a leaf on the wind. That…

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Large Study: Students Who Study Music Do Better In Other Subjects by Artsjournal

“It is believed that students who spend school time in music classes, rather than further developing their skills in math, science, and English classes, will underperform in those discipli…

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Arts Council England Plans To Include “Relevance” In Funding Criteria by Artsjournal

“Most of us already lead creative and cultural lives: we join book clubs, we take craft classes, we stream music,” the strategy document says. “The task for the Arts Council is to enab…

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Google Is Building A Massive New Smart City In Toronto. Here’s What It Will Look Like by Artsjournal

Sidewalk Labs, the smart-city startup from Google parent company Alphabet, has released its master innovation and development plan to turn a sizable swath of Toronto’s Lake Ontario shore…

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YouTube Stars’ New Big Thing? Excessive Over-The-Top Consumerism by Artsjournal

After over 200 studies, we know that the more people endorse materialism, the worse their wellbeing. They’re less empathic, less prosocial, more competitive. They’re less likely to suppo…

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Thinking About Music As Not Just The Notes But The Cultural History In The Performance by Artsjournal

Jeremy Dutcher incorporates in his live and recorded music an unusual and affecting act of legacy, playing transcribed wax recordings from 1911 by an early anthropologist of a tribal elder s…

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Opponents Of LACMA’s Design For A New Campus Start To Organize by Artsjournal

The group is primarily concerned about the latest design’s 10% reduction in size and museum director Michael Govan’s plan to disburse objects from the permanent collection to future s…

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The Hottest Attraction At England’s Biggest Rock Festival Is Not A Band by Artsjournal1

It’s a 140-ton, 100-foot crane that used to lift freight at the docks in Bristol. Now — decked out with multiple speakers that shoot flames into the air, all powered by a generator that …

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What Makes A Successful Theatre Artistic Director? Voices, Courage… by Artsjournal

Joseph Haj: “When I see artistic directors who have a five-show season directing three of the shows, I think: nobody’s that interesting, nobody. I don’t care how beautiful and thrillin…

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NRA Shuts Down Production Of NRA TV, Amid Financial, Political Crisis by Artsjournal

The development is the latest in what has been a tumultuous year for the N.R.A. It has struggled to right its finances; faced investigations in Congress and by Letitia James, the New York a…

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Breakdancing Is About To Become An Olympic Sport by Artsjournal1

“Breakdancing moved a step closer to the 2024 Olympics on Tuesday, and now organizers can look to book a street venue in Paris. Called breaking in Olympic circles, its medal debut was last…

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When A Philosopher Is Forced Not To Think by Artsjournal

Being a philosopher on brain rest is like being a point guard on hand rest. The major asset for your profession is suddenly not working reliably. – The New York Times

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Webster Vs. Worcester: America’s Dictionary Wars by Artsjournal1

As the desire for an authoritative dictionary of American English developed in the first half of the 19th century, there was a serious battle between the partisans of Noah Webster — who wa…

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Amazon Responds To NYT Story That Says It’s Lax On Policing Fake Books by Artsjournal

Amazon remains defiant that it is doing more than enough to combat the issue. In its blog post, the company claimed that in 2018 alone it “invested over $400 million in personnel and tools…

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This Museum Wants To Repatriate Its Benin Bronze. That’s More Complicated Than They’d Expected by Artsjournal1

A Q&A with two curators at the museum at the Rhode Island School of Design about the issues of provenance, law, and diplomacy around the future return of the museum’s 18th-century scul…

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Now Even Britain’s House Of Lords Thinks West End Tickets Are Too Expensive by Artsjournal1

“Liberal Democrat peer Patrick Boyle started the debate, in which he asked the government what ‘assessment they have made of the operation of the theatre market in London’ and what ste…

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Anna Burns’s ‘Milkman’ Gets Another Major Award, The Orwell Prize by Artsjournal1

The novel, which has already won the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, has received the first-ever Orwell Prize for political fiction. The more-established Orwell …

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Auction Of Caravaggio Discovered In Attic Called Off by Artsjournal1

“Judith and Holofernes, which was found under an old mattress in the attic of a house in the French city of Toulouse, was snapped up by a foreign buyer, the auction house selling it said o…

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Joyce Pensato, 78, Artist Who Gave Cartoon Characters De Kooning-Like Intensity by Artsjournal1

Robert Smith: “She subverted both sides of the high-low equation, ridiculing and exaggerating Abstract Expressionist technique while imbuing popular culture characters with raw, uncontroll…

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Some Good News From Nôtre-Dame: Near-Exact Replica Of Clock Destroyed In Fire Found by Artsjournal1

“With original drawings lost and no digital records, photographs of the historic clock were the only clue experts had about how they might rebuild it. Then French clockmaker Jean-Baptiste …

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Baltimore Symphony Nearly Doubled Its Debt In Less Than Two Years by Artsjournal1

“The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra owed its vendors $2.1 million as of late April … That’s almost an 81% increase over the $1.2 million the orchestra owed to merchants as of Sept. 25, 2…

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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Cinema Is Not An Oxymoron. It’s A Real Genre by Artsjournal1

“Haredim – a Hebrew word meaning ‘those who tremble at the word of God’ that encompasses a multiplicity of ultra-Orthodox Jewish sects – tend to isolate themselves from secular soc…

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In Times Like These, Are Jewish Jokes Still Funny? Let’s Ask The Comics Who Tell Them by Artsjournal1

“As anti-Semitic rhetoric and hate crimes resurge, is it still funny for us to be our own punching bags? Is it safe? In joking about money, neuroses, and the demasculinized Jewish man, are…

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Bass Spiro Malas Dead At 86 by Artsjournal1

“A stalwart at New York City Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, [he] was celebrated for his acting ability. His voice was modestly scaled, but he used it cannily, always finding ways for vo…

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Marvel Comics Moves Into Theatre With Series Of Plays For High Schools by Artsjournal1

“As if dominating movie theaters weren’t enough, Marvel is about to move into high school theater as well. The publisher has announced a partnership with theatrical publisher Samuel Fren…

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Beta Blockers (And How I Became Utterly Hooked On Them) by Artsjournal1

Shannon Paulus discovered them in college and found them a sort of miracle cure for pre-performance anxiety, just as so many performers have. Then she learned the hard way about the dangers …

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When Norman Mailer Covered The Moon Landing (It Wasn’t Pretty) by Artsjournal

“Mailer on the moonshot: loads of words, loads of money. A big deal for Life magazine. And for Mailer? Grim opportunism. Out of tune, bardically bereft, plucking (as it were) flaccid str…

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Michael Tilson Thomas’s Heart Surgery A ‘Complete Success’ by Artsjournal1

“The unspecified procedure [at the Cleveland Clinic] was, according to MTT’s statement in his announcement of taking medical leave, ‘in continuation of treatment for a heart condition …

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Two Houston Ballet Dancers To Lead Estonia’s National Ballet by Artsjournal1

First soloist Linnar Looris, a native son, has been named artistic director; Jared Matthews, who was a longtime soloist at ABT before coming to Houston as a principal dancer, will be assista…

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