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Is AirBnB A Threat To Urban Artist Spaces?

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 13:26

“The end result of an AirBnB’d neighborhood is not a profitable artist collective. Rather, it’s an international bedroom community of “post-tourist” upwardly mobile workers, an intermittently empty complex of condos for creatives who can parachute in, patronize local cafes, and then escape as quickly as they arrived.”

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Five Things Classical Musicians Need To Do To Survive

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 12:25

“People can always tell when they are being patronised, and the only way classical music will manage to survive is to reach wider audiences by believing in what it has to offer, and not by trying to change what it is.”

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China’s Great Wall Endangered

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 08:17

“Citing a recent report from the Great Wall of China Society, the newspaper claims that more than 30% of the original structure has disappeared. Approximately 74.1% is poorly preserved, and only 8.2% is in good condition. While concerns about the wall’s condition have deepened in recent years, the study appears to be the first to actually quantify the problem.”

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Why Do We Use Four-Letter Words?

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 07:09

“The use of offensive, obscene or taboo language is a linguistic feature in most human cultures, from the English “f**k off” to the French merde (sh**), and from the Indian sala (brother-in-law) to the Arabic yil’an abu ommak (curse your grandfather). While people tend to think of the “four-letter words” as modern phenomena, the reality is that the earliest recorded uses of these words date from 1,000 years ago (“f**k” is one of the most recent, from 1503).”

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What Is Lincoln Center’s Place In The Arts World?

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 06:35

“If a new generation of middle-class Americans chooses to move back into the inner cities, large-scale performing-arts centers might start to make fiscal and artistic sense. But even if that should happen, Lincoln Center will never again be culturally influential in the way that it was in the ’70s and ’80s.”

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Flip: Turns Out Casting A Strong Female Movie Lead Is Good For Box Office

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 05:37

“New mid-year figures suggest that not only do movies with women in lead roles sell well, but there might even be a link between female leads and overall attendance boosts.”

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Top AJBlogs Posts for July 2, 2015

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 21:03


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Front of House Manager

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 20:58

The A.R.T. at Harvard University is a leading force in the American theater, producing groundbreaking work in Cambridge and beyond.

American Repertory Theater
Job Function
Time Status
Patron Services
Salary Grade
55 – Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
Duties & Responsibilities

Duties & Responsibilities: Under the leadership of Artistic Director, Diane Paulus, the American Repertory Theater is poised to extend its Audience Services to support the vision of the Artistic Director and our productions, while enhancing the cultural climate of the community, and creating a model for American theaters. With this new visibility and energy, the Front of House Manager will join a Patron Services Department that is designed to respond the highest level of customer satisfaction.
The House Manager is a vital team member in the Patron Services department at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.). Reporting to the Audience Services Manager, the House Manager oversees all public areas of the A.R.T., ensuring the experience of each patron is safe and enjoyable.

Primary Responsibilities include ensuring the safety of patrons and execution of emergency procedures. House managing all Loeb Drama Center events; A.R.T. subscription performances and book-ins, HRDC main stage performances, Institute productions and presentations, A.R.T. receptions & A.R.T. rentals. Oversee the operations of the Bar and Concession areas. Manage the volunteer usher program.

Emergencies Procedures – Facilitate all emergency situations affecting patron safety while on duty. Such situations may include emergency evacuation of the building in the event of fire, bomb threat, power outage or other emergency in which patron safety is at risk; flood, fire or other physical plant problem which may or may not affect the audience or actors; fire alarms; security problems including intruders or theft; patron illness or accident; and inclement weather. Notify emergency authorities as required. Coordinate emergency actions with the Stage Manager, Front of House team, and volunteer ushers. Complete an accident report form for all incidents whether or not an injury was sustained. Submit report to the Audience Services Manager.

House Management – Maintain a consistent presence in the theatre throughout the performance. Manage the Front of House team for all productions and events during the scheduled performance/event. Explain emergency procedures and exit patterns to paid and volunteer ushers prior to each performance. Resolve seating problems, coordinating between patrons and the ticket office. Communicating with the Stage Manager ensuring each production start and ends on time. Supervise and assist in late seating procedures. Identify and adequately resolve any patron complaints/issues arising during productions. Be posted in a prominent location at intermission and following performances to handle patron inquiries. Ensuring the lobby is set up per the Education department’s instructions. Oversee distribution of marketing collateral. Supervise maintaining the appearance of lobby, bar, and auditorium areas. Provide nightly house manager report.

Bar Operations – Distribute cash and reconcile nightly sales, oversee inventory controls and provides Audience Services Manager with inventory needs in a timely manner. Assist the Audience Services Manager with the purchasing of concessions and merchandise. Ensure all bar equipment and POS terminals remain in clean, working order.

Front of House staffing – Work directly with the Audience Service Manager to assist in coordinating, training and maintaining the usher and bar staff. She/he will be solely responsible for coordination, scheduling, training and evaluation of the Volunteer Usher staff.

General Responsibilities will include maintaining and coordinating the repair of all Front of House ADA listening devices and ticket scanners. Respond to all emails and phone calls assigned to the Front of House office. Diligently oversee the organization and cleanliness of the Front of House office and storage areas. Attend the weekly Patron Services and Marketing meeting. Other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications
High school diploma or equivalent, Two years of experience managing a professional Front of House team, extensive experience working with the public, knowledge of ADA regulations, and exceptional organizational and communication skills; Tessitura “ticketing system or software” experience helpful. CPR and TIPS certification helpful. Ability to lift 30 lbs. Self-starter with ability to problem-solve efficiently and effectively. Highly organized and ability to work well with staff at all levels within the theater. Strong written and verbal skills and ability to multi-task in a fast-paced office are a must. Ability to work evenings and weekends required.

Additional Qualifications

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Measuring Hispanic Audience Clout In America

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 20:34

“The Hispanic market has grown from $1 trillion in buying power in 2010 to $1.5 trillion this year, according to Nielsen data. And Nielsen and Google surveys find members of that audience to be among both the heaviest viewers of TV and the earliest and most active users of new media technology.”

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BBC Slashes 1000 Jobs As Britons Migrate Away From TV To The Internet

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 20:23

“Some Britons have discarded their televisions — the main source of home viewing for half a century — in favour of tablets which many younger people use to watch programmes over a wireless Internet connection. The BBC’s Head of News, James Harding, last month predicted that by 2025, most people in the United Kingdom would probably get their television programmes over the Internet.”

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Are Too Many Movies Being Made?

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 19:47

“Let’s talk about this supposed crisis of overchoice in the film business. In the past couple of years, there have been a lot more movies released. Depending on where you live, there may be twice as many movies being released in theatres each week as there were in 2000.”

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Amazon’s New Pay-Per-Page Scheme Offers Shockingly Tiny Share To Authors

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 19:06

“In other words, for an author to make $1.30 on an ebook rental, he or she would have to write at least 220 pages, and the reader would have to flip through every page. As a literary editor told The Guardian, this could hit nonfiction writers and children’s book authors particularly hard, since their books tend to fall on the shorter side.”

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Music Consumption Up 14 Percent In 2015

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 18:19

“Nielsen Music’s 2015 U.S. mid-year report, released Thursday, shows a 14% increase in music consumption over the first six months of last year. What’s driving the increase? For one thing, on-demand streaming, which nearly doubled year over year, rising 92%.”

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Curtis Student Wins Top Tchaikovsky Violin Prize

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 17:50

“Yu-Chien “Benny” Tseng won the silver medal, second prize, in the Moscow competition, whose results were announced Wednesday. No gold award was given this year, which is not unusual. The Taipei-born violinist came to Curtis in 2008, and the following summer, at age 14, played Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center.”

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A Contradictory Story About When (And How) Harper Lee’s Novel Was Found

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 16:41

“The discrepancy between the two accounts raises questions about whether the book was lost and accidentally recovered, and about why Ms. Lee would not have sought to publish it earlier.”

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In Its Most Challenging Year, Whitworth Museum Wins £100,00 Art Fund Prize As UK Museum Of The Year

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 15:38

“The Whitworth underwent the largest physical transformation in its 125-year history in 2014. The project doubled its size and connected the building with its surrounding park. During its redevelopment the Whitworth continued to offer pop-up projects all over the city, maintaining established audiences and building new ones ahead of its February reopening.”

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Young Minimalist – The Disappearing La Monte Young

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 14:25

“Yet none of his major compositions are in print, he rarely performs, and he places such extensive restrictions on performances of his music that it’s rarely heard. He has all but disappeared, by his own hand.”

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The Curious Remaking Of David Foster Wallace

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 12:31

“He has become a character, an icon, and in some circles a saint. A writer who courted contradiction and paradox, who could come on as a curmudgeon and a scold, who emerged from an avant-garde tradition and never retreated into conventional realism, he has been reduced to a wisdom-dispensing sage on the one hand and shorthand for the Writer As Tortured Soul on the other.”

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Did Smooth Jazz Die On The Radio Because Of Bad Ratings Data?

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 10:30

“Smooth jazz was at the edge of a cliff. The Portable People Meter could have helped pull the format back or push it over. It turns out PPM gave it a swift kick right over the edge.”

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Can A Theatre Critic Be A Good Playwright?

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 10:22

“Does writing regularly about theatre make you a stronger playwright? I feel I’ve benefited from soaking up others’ work for years; I’m in a constant state of inspiration. (Sometimes I have to tell my own characters to pipe down so I can focus on the show.) My defense has always been that I was an artist—acting and directing Off-Off Broadway—before I became a critic. But there has to be some level of talent to nurture in the first place. If you have an ear for dialogue, an eye for structure, a feel for storytelling, reviewing can sharpen those gifts.”

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