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Does A New Classical Music Streaming Service Solve The Meta-Data Problem?

Music streaming services such as Spotify and Apple have notoriously bad interfaces for classical music. The problem is meta-data, the absence of which makes it difficult to properly search. Now Idagio, “launched in the United States and Canada last fall, is a new streaming service focusing solely on classical recordings—but focusing on doing it right.” – Vogue
Tags: Art, Music, 05.15.19

We’ve Long Imagined Artificial Beings. It Was A Useful Exercise. But Now We’re Close To Seeing It Become Real, Will We Be Disappointed?

Ian McEwan: “The ancient dream of a plausible artificial human might be scientifically useless but culturally irresistible. At the very least, the quest so far has taught us just how complex we (and all creatures) are in our simplest actions and modes of being. There’s a semi-religious quality to the hope of creating a being less cognitively flawed than we are.” – Edge
Tags: Art, Ideas, Ian McEwan, 05.15.19

What Public TV And Radio Learned About Members And How They Support Public Media

“The age of 58 — and whether a member is older or younger — is the generational divide between donors who want more on-demand programs and those who are less likely to know that those programs are even available. It also correlates to how much members are willing to pay and what would inspire them to pay more.” – Current
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, 05.15.19

The Non-Performing Musicians’ Agent: Is It Fraud, Incompetence Or Unrealistic Hopes?

“The combination of necessary professional arrogance, high hopes, and even bigger disappointment has allowed conspiracy theories to gain currency among the musicians who feel cheated by Evangelista.”  – Van
Tags: Art, Music, 05.15.19

A New Tool Links The Arts To Measurable Social Impacts

Americans for the Arts CEO Robert Lynch says that his organization’s Arts + Social Impact Explorer “consolidates and highlights concrete ways in which the arts intersect with and have an impact on other sectors of society … [how, for example, the arts] help people with cancer cope with stress through painting, assist people with Parkinson’s increase their vocal strength through singing, and support patients undergoing treatment or unable to leave their beds with live, in-room performances.” – I...
Tags: Art, Issues, Parkinson, SJ, Robert Lynch, 05.15.19

The Internet Is Fragmenting And Information Is Being Balkanized. Here’s How

A separate internet for some, Facebook-mediated sovereignty for others: whether the information borders are drawn up by individual countries, coalitions, or global internet platforms, one thing is clear – the open internet that its early creators dreamed of is already gone. – BBC
Tags: Art, Facebook, Media, 05.15.19

Tax Records: James Levine’s Company Received $936K In His Final Season

The payments to Phramus were disclosed Wednesday when the Met released its tax return for the year ending last July 31. The payments to Phramus were in the calendar year 2017. – Yahoo! (AP)
Tags: Art, People, James Levine, 05.15.19

‘The Kafka Of Uruguay’ (And Why It Makes Sense That Uruguay Produced One)

“In Latin America, it’s said that Chile produces poets, Argentina produces short story writers, Mexico produces novelists, and Uruguay produces ‘los raros‘ — the strange ones.” And, writes his translator, Annie McDermott, “[Mario] Levrero was a raro of the highest order.” – Literary Hub
Tags: Art, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Words, Kafka, Latin America, 05.15.19, Annie McDermott, Mario -RSB- Levrero

Saarinen’s Iconic JFK Terminal Reopens As A Hotel

Completed in 1962, the year after Saarinen died, the Flight Center was considered a triumph of architecture and engineering. But it proved impractical as planes got bigger and airport security tighter. It was abandoned in 2001 and robbed of some of its autonomy a few years later, when JetBlue built a large new terminal behind it. – Architectural Record
Tags: Art, Jetblue, Visual, Saarinen, 05.15.19

UK Dancer Denied Visa To Perform In Seattle This Weekend

The O-category visa includes a range of professions, however arts presenters across the country report an uptick in rejected visa applications. Most recently, two dancers from Russia’s famed Bolshoi Ballet were denied temporary entry to perform at a fundraising gala for a youth dance competition. – KUOW Seattle
Tags: Art, UK, Russia, Dance, Seattle, Bolshoi Ballet, 05.15.19

Meet The Woman Who’s (Finally) Taking The Helm Of The National Ballet Of Cuba From Alicia Alonso

“Over the years, rumors of possible successors have surfaced and vanished, as [the now-98-year-old] Ms. Alonso, at least partially blind since the 1940s, talked of living to 200. But her grip has finally loosened. In January, the Cuban ministry of culture appointed Viengsay Valdés, the Ballet Nacional’s 42-year-old prima ballerina, as the troupe’s deputy artistic director … She is now responsible for all artistic decisions: programming, casting, promotions.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Alonso, Alicia Alonso, National Ballet of Cuba, 05.15.19, Ballet Nacional

Planned New Airport For Machu Picchu Horrifies Archaeologists, Historians

“Bulldozers are already scraping clear millions of tonnes of earth in Chinchero, a picturesque Inca town about 3,800 metres above sea level that is the gateway to the Sacred Valley.” Says one Peruvian art historian, “This is a built landscape; there are terraces and routes which were designed by the Incas. Putting an airport here would destroy it.’ – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Visual, Chinchero, 05.15.19

Pennsylvania Ballet Adopts New Ranking System, And Lots Of Dancers Get Promotions

“Artistic director Ángel Corella has … add[ed] demi-soloist and first soloist levels to the mix. PAB now joins a handful of other U.S. companies, including Miami City Ballet, Houston Ballet, Ballet West and Tulsa Ballet, that have adopted a more European-style, multi-tiered ranking system.” – Pointe Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Pennsylvania, Angel Corella, Tulsa Ballet, 05.15.19, Miami City Ballet Houston Ballet Ballet West

Britain’s Equivalent Of ‘Jerry Springer Show’ Cancelled After Guest Found Dead

“Given the gravity of recent events,” said the CEO of the ITV network in a statement, “we have decided to end production of The Jeremy Kyle Show.” The grave recent event was the death of a 63-year-old man a week after he failed an on-camera lie detector test while claiming that he had not cheated on his girlfriend. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, Britain, Jeremy Kyle, 05.15.19

Actress Machiko Kyo, 95, Star Of ‘Rashomon’

“A prolific actress who appeared in plays, television series and more than 80 films, … she was among Japan’s earliest on-screen sex symbols, known for playing elegant and assertive princesses, noblewomen, geishas and prostitutes. Her performances marked a striking departure from traditional roles for Japanese actresses.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Japan, People, Machiko Kyo, 05.15.19

The Arts Funder Created To Get Away From The Culture Wars Fought Over The NEA

In 2006, weary of the endless political battles over the NEA and worried about the cuts to its funding, the Ford, Prudential, Rockefeller, and Rasmuson Foundations joined forces to create a private-sector equivalent, United States Artists. Says former chair Susan Berresford, “There was an idea that outside the government, there could be an endowment to free yourself from understandable political pressures [in order] to take some risks.” – New York Observer
Tags: Art, Issues, Nea, 05.15.19, Ford Prudential Rockefeller, Rasmuson Foundations, United States Artists Says, Susan Berresford

Weinstein Company (As In Harvey) Files For Bankruptcy Liquidation

“In a bankruptcy filing on Tuesday, lawyers for the studio … said it was burning through what little cash it had left. … The Weinstein Company has been negotiating for more than a year with insurers, creditors and women who have sued for compensation for abuse, and the filing could be legal maneuvering intended to speed up a resolution.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, Weinstein Company, 05.15.19

Jeff Koons Once Again Holds Record For Most Expensive Work By A Living Artist

Sold for $91.1 million, “Rabbit, a stainless steel casting of an inflatable rabbit, was the star of [Christie’s] spring sale and overtook the previous record set by British painter David Hockney’s Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), which sold last November at Christie’s for $90.3 million.” – Yahoo! (AFP)
Tags: Art, David Hockney, Jeff Koons, Visual, Christie, 05.15.19

How Theatre In Zimbabwe Has Been Dealing With Two Decades Of Upheaval And Poverty

Journalist and playwright Farai Mabeza gives a survey of the sector and the ways its artists have been opening windows on the society’s social and political problems despite a severe lack of financial resources. – HowlRound
Tags: Art, Theatre, Zimbabwe, 05.15.19, Farai Mabeza

Met Museum Says It Won’t Accept More Sackler Money

“The moves reflect the growing outrage over the role the Sacklers may have played in the opioid crisis, as well as an energized activist movement that is starting to force museums to reckon with where some of their money comes from.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, 05.15.19

Pittsburgh Opera Postpones Major New Opera. What (If Anything) Does This Say About New Opera? (About Pittsburgh Opera?)

The company expected to deliver “Bhutto” — a dramatic treatment of the history of Pakistan’s Bhutto political dynasty — this coming November. However, “Bhutto” has been removed from next season’s lineup and put on hiatus primarily due to lack of funding, according to the opera. – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Tags: Art, Music, Pakistan, Pittsburgh Opera, Bhutto, 05.15.19

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