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Netflix Is Adding Subscribers At A Record Pace. And Investing Billions More In Original Shows

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 15:02

"In 2016, Netflix spent $5 billion on original programming. Five of the 10 shows people searched for most often last year are Netflix originals, company officials said, citing Google data during an earnings call. Eager to build on that, Netflix plans to spend $6 billion creating 1000 hours of new content this year, more than doubling its 2016 lineup."

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Listen To Lin Manuel Miranda's Early Drafts Of Songs From "Hamilton"

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 14:31

Listening to the tracks, it’s as though writing, composing, and starring in Hamilton wasn’t enough for Miranda—on the demos, he finally is the entire musical.

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Police Break Up Big European Art Trafficking Ring

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 14:00

The criminal network handled artworks looted from war-stricken countries, as well as works stolen from museums and other sites, the statement said. In the southern Spanish city of Murcia, the police recovered about 500 archaeological pieces, including 19 stolen from the city’s archaeological museum in 2014.

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Is There A Business In Music Written By Artificial Intelligence?

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 13:31

Several start-ups are now trying to commercialize A.I. music for everything from jingles to potential pop hits. Jukedeck, for instance, is looking to sell tracks to anyone who needs background music for videos, games or commercials.

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How Art Gets Chosen For The White House

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 13:02

"The White House is actually an accredited museum, with a curatorial staff and a committee dedicated to its preservation. So if the Trumps do decide to add to its collection, they'll have plenty of help."

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Henry Ford Museum To Change Its Name

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:31

The museum now will be known as the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. The museum was founded by auto pioneer Henry Ford and is part of The Henry Ford, a popular tourist destination in Dearborn, Michigan.

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For A Decade The Number Of Live Music Venues In London Has Been Declining - Until This Year

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:02

"The London Music Board report shows that 94 venues currently operate in the capital – the same as in 2015, but down from 144 in 2007. Previous reports had claimed there were 88 venues operating in 2015, but this number was increased after a small number of venues were re-categorised as grassroots music venues in a recent mapping process."

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Why Brazil's Greatest Writer Gave Up Writing

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:31

Raduan Nassar was forty-eight and at the height of his literary fame when, in 1984, he gave an interview with Folha de São Paulo, the country’s biggest daily newspaper, in which he announced his retirement. He wanted to become a farmer. “My mind is lit up with other things now; I’m looking into agriculture and stockbreeding,” he told the interviewer. Many were baffled.

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How Technology Will Change Us (Literally)

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:01

"For tens of thousands of years, technology has been directed outward—on the world at large. Now, for the first time in human history, technology has reached a point where it can be directed inward—back on its creators. Technology has found something new it would like to change: Us."

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What's Next In Theatre? A Fascination With European Avant-Garde Adaptations

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 10:31

"Despite being highly different in content, the intentions behind the productions were strangely similar. They articulated an emerging aesthetic of theatrical art where originality is sacrificed in favor of irony, surface meaning is discarded as false, and even technological advances can’t turn our heads away from the specter of the past."

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Claim: European Culture Is Actually A Made-Up Idea

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 10:02

"The idea of a coherent European culture is actually quite new. Scattered uses of the phrase appeared in the 19th century, but it was only in the 1920s and ’30s that the idea came of age. Those decades saw an unprecedented burst of attention for the idea of Europe, in which the age’s leading liberal intellectuals developed a compelling vision of the continent’s purportedly shared cultural identity."

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Just What, Exactly, Is "Popular" Music?

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 09:31

Of the countless terms for categories of music, the least useful phrase I know is “popular music.” It provides no information about the music itself: no suggestion of how it sounds or what mood it might conjure, no indication of the traditions it grows from or defies, and no hint of whether it could be good for dancing, for solitary listening, or for anything else.

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So Your Movie Was A Hit At Sundance? (You're Still Not Going To Make Any Money)

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 09:01

"Most Sundance films these days are lucky to earn six figures at the box office — in total. For instance, the comedy “Wiener-Dog,” a follow-up to the 1995 indie hit “Welcome to the Dollhouse,” collected $470,575 last summer before arriving on Amazon. Have streaming and video on demand made up the art-house slack? Or even broadened the audience?"

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The Film 'A Dog's Purpose' Spawned A Viral Dog Abuse Video, And Here's What Went So Wrong

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 08:30

One of the producers, a dog- and cat-owning vegan, explains that the dog is absolutely still alive, that the individual dog trainer is being investigated, and that he thinks (of course) the video editing was "fake news" - a publicity stunt for PETA and TMZ.

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All Of The Winners Of The American Library Association's Youth Awards (Spoiler: John Lewis Cleaned Up)

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 08:00

You thought the Congressman's books were selling out before? Now it's won quite a few of the coveted youth awards. But here's a list of all of the winners and honor books, including the Newbery, the Caldecott, the Printz and so many more, from this morning's ALA Midwinter gathering in Atlanta.

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Is IKEA Destroying The Antiques Trade?

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 07:30

Well, the antiques business is at its lowest point since the 1930s, and IKEA is cruising along. One design critic lists six alternatives, including an open-sourced furniture design shop.

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The Composer's Job During The Trump Administration

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 07:00

And not just the job of composers, but of every creative person: "There’s a lot of talk about opposing extremism and intolerance in the world and it’s fine to oppose violence and destruction through developing a counter-narrative or developing a cogent military strategy (those are vital things), but the ultimate response of resistance to violence and destruction is creation."

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In South Korea, 'Abused And Humiliated' Government Officials Reveal Push To Blacklist Artists

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 06:45

A former minister of culture said that junior officials gave him evidence of the blacklists:"They were told to destroy the data, but they collected and saved it." Up to 10,000 artists and writers were on the list by 2015, sources say.

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One Thing That's Key To The Writing Life

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 06:30

"Wanting is not enough. I have wanted to climb a fourteener—here in Colorado, this is a peak over 14,000 feet—but I have yet to put in any effort to accomplish it. And unless I start training for a marathon hike, this will remain an unrealized ambition. Drive is the will to achieve. It is a state of mind that propels you to act. In the years before my book came out, I had the drive to write. I made compromises in order to have the time and space to make my art."

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On Stage Now: Resistance, Catharsis, Community

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 06:15

Questions for now: "What will the art be like? Will it offer effective resistance to the Trump administration? Solace to the audience? Will theatrical craftsmanship suffer in the face of what Martin Luther King Jr. called the fierce urgency of now? Is this a time that will allow for nuance and complexity? Will any protest plays emerge of lasting value?"

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