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Daniel Day-Lewis Is Retiring From Acting

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 18:15

"The 60-year-old star, who has played presidents, writers, and gang leaders in a career that has spanned four decades, has one final film awaiting release, an untitled drama set in the world of high fashion" to be released this Christmas. He gave no reason, and his spokeswoman said, "This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject."

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UK Creative Industries Outline Needs In Brexit Negotiations

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 14:31

The government must become a “global-facing” nation after it leaves the European Union, according to the Creative Industries Federation, which has set out its demands to government as Brexit negotiations commence.

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Benjamin Millepied: Why Ballet Doesn't Interest Me Much

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 14:02

"There’s very little ballet that I like. I’m not interested in most of what’s happening in ballet. And so I think that women have been drawn to contemporary dance because it’s a more interesting field where you can see more interesting work. It draws upon more fields of art, there are more diverse influences. I think the problem with ballet, in general, is its insularity and the education that results from that."

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"Wonder Woman" Is The Biggest Hit Of The Year. So Why Was Gal Gadot Paid Only $300,000 To Star?

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 13:31

That pretty staggering disparity has left many people on Twitter gobsmacked, but in truth, Gadot’s $300,000 paycheck is perfectly in line with the amount of money paid to most actors at the beginning of their superhero careers.

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Study: Attractive Students Get Better Grades

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 13:01

"More attractive students earn higher grades when they are seen than when they are not seen," report economists Rey Hernandez-Julian and Christina Peters of the Metropolitan State University of Denver. This result, they add, was "driven mainly by courses taught by male instructors."

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Social Media Can't Help But Change The Way We Tell Stories, Write Fiction

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 12:29

"Maybe the abolition of privacy will kill the novel. But more likely, as with the invention of trains or rockets or sex, it will make it new. One of a writer’s rewards is to find himself alive in the detail of his stories, and the age of the internet provides a whole new funfair of existential provocations. In my childhood, the visiting funfair was called “The Shows”, and that is what I found when I went looking for heroes in the fiction machine, carnivalesque people who are bent of shape – by their pasts, by their ambitions or by their illusions – under the internet’s big tent. In a world where everybody can be anybody, where being real is no big deal, some of us wish to work back to the human problems, driven by a certainty that our computers are not yet ourselves. In a hall of mirrors we only seem like someone else."

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Philadelphia Orchestra Executive Director Allison Vulgamore To Step Down

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 12:22

Vulgamore, 59, said she will take some time to decide what to do next. She previously spent 16 years running the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and arrived in Philadelphia during a time of crisis. The Philadelphia Orchestra was running chronic deficits, had exhausted most of its unrestricted endowment, and had spent several months without a permanent president, board chairman, and music director before Worley took over as chairman.

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Maria Schneider: The Ten Plagues That Are Killing Music

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 12:01

"Musicians strive their whole lives to become like alchemists, healing the world with their music, turning the world’s pain to beauty. But we haven’t yet learned how to save ourselves. If we remain passive bystanders, I believe we will watch the music that we most value slowly silenced. Just ask the 80 percent of songwriters who have left the profession in Nashville."

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A Smart Conversation About The Differences Between Photos And Painting

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 11:31

"In reality, form is described in the beautiful halftones between light and shadow. Light will bounce off of an object at relative intensity depending on the angle of the planes of an object in relation to the light source. In other words, planes on a surface that face a light source will reflect the most light, and as the form turns away from the light, less light will bounce off of the form. This is true, even for black objects. Work done from photographs will never show this."

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The Word 'Interesting' Has Lost Most Of Its Interest

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 11:01

Chris Townsend: "If we really believe that something is interesting, then surely its interestingness should be self-evident. Must it really be flagged up, in a flagrantly unsophisticated way? I wouldn't write that I merely liked something, nor that a thing holds intellectual appeal to me, at least not without validating that statement. Yet, 'interesting' often sneaks by without making a case for itself. And once you start seeing it in your own work, you notice it everywhere. Interesting, despite its insufficiency as an autonomous unit, has a tenacious hold on writing and on everyday speech."

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Giant Entertainment Project Announced For Nashville

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:31

Under Los Angeles-based AEG's plans, the music venue would anchor a mixed-use entertainment district on a four-acre portion of the overall 15-acre former LifeWay Christian Resources campus. AEG's plans for the land under contract with Nashville Yards' master-developer Southwest Value Partners also calls for an 850-seat Regal Cinemas theater complex, a 600-700-capacity live entertainment club and a 240-room boutique hotel with other entertainment and up to a dozen food and beverage offerings.

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Nietzsche Was Not A Relativist (And He Wasn't Responsible For The World Wars, Either)

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:02

Patrick West: "Since his death in 1900, the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche has had the unfortunate distinction of being blamed for three catastrophes to have befallen Western civilization" - World War I (some of his bellicose writings), World War II (the whole Übermensch thing), and relativism (thanks to Foucault). "But is Nietzsche really to blame? And was he really a relativist? I would say that he isn't and he wasn't. I believe that it's time that the great man and free-thinker par excellence was reclaimed by the school of the Enlightenment."

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Nietzsche Had Much To Say That Explains Trump, Brexit

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 09:31

Despite Nietzsche’s pointed, if sporadic, political commentary, there’s a debate among scholars about the political relevance of his thought. On the one side are those who think Nietzsche’s concerns were largely apolitical. If you comb through his texts, you don’t find much that speaks directly to traditional political concerns. And when he does touch the political, it’s never in any systematic way; there’s no unified theory. On the other side are those who see in Nietzsche a deeply political thinker. It’s true that much of his writing is about morality and the role of art in society. But if you believe, as I do, that ethics and culture are inseparable from politics, Nietzsche’s ideas are inescapably political.

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YouTube Can't Actually *Ban* White-Supremacist Or ISIS Recruiting Videos - But It Can (And Will) Bury Them

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 09:03

Videos that promote abhorrent ideas or ideology don't violate YouTube's terms of service if they don't actually encourage acts of violence, and blocking content based on the ideas it contains is a slippery slope the company would rather avoid. But that doesn't mean that it can do nothing ...

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Music Critics Association Launches Award For Best New Opera And Picks Its First Winner

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 08:31

After many more glowing reviews, the Music Critics Association of North America (MCANA) has named Breaking the Waves winner of its first Award for Best New Opera in North America. The award, which recognizes musical and theatrical excellence, will be given annually to a fully staged work that received its world premiere in the preceding calendar year. “Of the new operas that I saw in 2016,” said Heidi Waleson, opera critic of the Wall Street Journal,  “I would say that Breaking the Waves was the most original, the most harrowing, and the most moving.”

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A Dance Critic Gets To Dance (For Seven Seconds) In An Yvonne Rainer Work

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 08:04

Siobhan Burke: "'Greetings, folks,' the email began, addressing a BCC-ed list of recipients to which I was sure I had been added by mistake. I read it twice, three times, refreshed the page. Because it's not every day that you hear from Yvonne Rainer - the choreographer, dancer, writer, filmmaker and game-changing force in dance history - with an invitation to dance in her work."

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Leonardo DiCaprio Turns Over His Picasso And Basquiat Paintings To U.S. Gov't For Massive Malaysian Corruption Case

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 07:36

It's the same case - the alleged theft of $540 million from 1MDB, the Malaysian sovereign wealth fund - that has the Justice Dept. trying to acquire the rights to such films as Dumb and Dumber To and The Wolf of Wall Street (which starred DiCaprio).

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Alt-Right Sends Death Threats To Scholar For Article On Ancient Greek Statuary (To This We've Come)

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 07:05

Historian Sarah E. Bond wrote an essay reminding us, as others have before, that a great deal of Greek and Roman sculpture was not intended to be seen as milky-white marble - it was painted. As Bond puts it, the alt-right "viewed the piece as 'liberal professor says that all white statues are racist.'"

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The New BBC Cardiff Singer Of The World Is -

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 06:34

Catriona Morison, a Scottish mezzo who didn't win any of the semi-final rounds and made it to the final in the wild-card slot. Morison, the first Briton ever to win this competition, also shared the Song Prize (the main prize is for operatic repertoire) with Mongolian baritone Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar.

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Fort Worth Symphony Hires 'Mr. Fix-It' As Interim President

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 06:18

Just a month after the CEO who led management through last fall's bitter strike, Amy Adkins, resigned, the orchestra's board has engaged David Hyslop, whom Michael Granberry describes as "the Mr. Fix-It of troubled arts organizations. He swoops in to clean up the mess and then goes back home to Minnesota."

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