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What Really Determines The Size Of An Orchestra Audience? The Conductor? Program? Place?

15 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"Professionally, of course, I’m always interested in the size and composition of whatever audience turns up for a concert. It’s an ongoing fascination to try and work out what factors have gone into a particular turnout. The reality can sometimes be surprising."

Justin Davidson Mulls The Point Of Criticism After NYT Critic Declines To Review Restaurant And Writes About It Anyway

15 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"No critic can know what another diner brings to the table or an audience member to a concert hall, what vicarious joy—or scorn—a reader draws from a review. Which is why I object to one of Pete Wells’s most ringing self-justifications for taking a pass on this particular restaurant: that the people who eat there […]

Claim: On The West Coast Women Are Getting More Visibility In Opera

15 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“First and foremost, if you ask little girls what a scientist looks like, it’s Einstein. If you ask adults what does a composer look like, they would think of men – like Mozart.  And if you look in the seasons of the major orchestras and opera houses, it’s not some big secret. There is music […]

Dense American Cities Are Becoming Denser. Less Dense Cities Are Becoming Less Dense

15 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

There’s a clear pattern in which metro areas are becoming more urban: Dense metros are getting denser. Meanwhile, sprawling metro areas are spreading out further. It’s another example of a polarized America, of places becoming more unlike each other: not only with respect to income inequality and politics, but also with growth patterns.

The Writers And Directors For 'I Love Dick' Are Mostly Female - And The Sex Scenes Are Wilder Because Of It

15 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Showrunner Jill Soloway and several of the show's actresses, as well as the (male) director of photography, talk about how the different atmosphere on set and in the scripts (yes, including the lack of "the male gaze") makes everyone willing to take bigger risks.

Director Of Arizona Commission On The Arts Resigns

15 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"Robert Booker led the state Arts Commission through an often challenging period marked by recession-era budget reductions and major shifts in the state’s public policy environment. Nevertheless, under Booker’s leadership, the Arts Commission...Show More Summary

The 90-Year-Old Director Of 'Shoah' Bluffed His Way Into North Korea - Where He Had Once Had A Lover

15 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Claude Lanzmann told the DPRK authorities that he was shooting a film about tae kwon do - and he kept it up with his ever-present government minders, who believed him. In reality, he was revisiting the scene of an affair some 60 years earlier.

Trump Family’s Bizarre Goth Visit to Vatican Sparks Meme Wave

15 hours agoArts : Art Fag City

Donald, Melania, and Ivanka Trump paid an extremely awkward visit to the Pope this week, and the only ones who seemed to enjoy themselves were everyone on the internet. This is the latest in a string of GIF-able, meme-able moments from...Show More Summary

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