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Competitive Punning: It's Not Just A Thing, It's An Entire Subculture, And This Guy Went Inside It

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Joe Berkowitz: "Picture someone practicing for a pun competition. It's the saddest Rocky training montage of all, isn't it? In my case, the image entails a man firmly in his midthirties, sitting alone in his bedroom with the door shut, making puns about colors. ('Is having the blues what made Matthew Perry wrinkle?') The thought […]

Jobs Of The Future For Humans Will Require Emotional Intelligence

"Only a tiny percentage of people in the post-industrial world will ever end up working in software engineering, biotechnology or advanced manufacturing. Just as the behemoth machines of the industrial revolution made physical strength...Show More Summary

Is The Controversy Over Hedy Weiss' Chicago Theatre Review Overblown?

Theater is of course a highly public endeavor, and the world outside is a big bad place, with lions and tigers and critics who have opinions. If its practitioners want safety, they should practice their craft behind closed doors.

Have Older Women Become The Hot New Things In The Art World?

"Demand for older, female artists like Herrera, who was famously 89 when she sold her first artwork and is now a ripe 102, has risen sharply in recent years, the result of a perfect art-world storm. As institutions attempt to revise the art-historical canon, passionate dealers and curators see years of promotion come to fruition, […]

Are Tech Metaphors Getting In The Way Of Our Understanding Of The Brain?

"In this technology-ridden world, it’s easy to assume that the seat of human intelligence is similar to our increasingly smart devices. But the reliance on the computer as a metaphor for the brain might be getting in the way of advancing brain research."

Does The Public's "Julius Caesar" Controversy Prove Theatre Still Matters?

"Amid all the dumbed-down outrage, it’s good to be reminded that theater is still a dangerous art form. The reason Plato, the church fathers, generations of Lords Chamberlain and Jesse Helms and his National Endowment for the Arts-axing kind distrusted the stage had little to do with its use as a forum for intellectual debate. […]

Is Square Dancing The World's Whitest Dance Form? Actually, No

As early Americans adapted the country dances of Europe, African-Americans (often enslaved, alas) were right there - first as musicians, then as callers. Erin Blakemore gives us the history.

Alan Gilbert's New Conducting Job Will Be At The World's Hottest New Concert Hall

"He is leaving a fixer-upper on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for a sleek new home in Hamburg, Germany. Alan Gilbert, the departing music director of the New York Philharmonic, announced Friday that he would be the next chief conductor of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, whose striking new $843 million concert hall overlooking Hamburg's […]

'Indecent' Isn't Closing On Broadway After All

"In a rare, almost unheard-of move, the play's producers announced late Thursday that the production - which was set to close on June 25 because of poor ticket sales - would in fact stay open through Aug. 6 at the Cort Theater. The play, which was written by the Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel, won […]

Do Free And Discount Tickets Really Make Opera More Accessible?

Some observers question whether free or low-cost opera tickets really are reaching new audiences, as opposed to being giveaways to fans who'd come anyway. Here, the general director of Opera Holland Park in London describes the several different programs of the sort his company offers, explains the philosophy behind the schemes, and describes the experience […]

What German And Austrian Orchestras Were Willing To Do Under The Third Reich

"What the two orchestras had in common was a nationalistic ethos, a belief in the superiority of Austro-German musical culture that approached triumphalism. One of the darkest manifestations of this ethos was their shared reluctance to hire Jews. The Berlin Philharmonic employed only four Jewish players in 1933, while the Vienna Philharmonic contained only 11 […]

Van Cliburn Was The Biggest Music Star In The World. and Then He Wasn't. What Happened?

"It seems that what happened was that Cliburn simply stopped growing, as though he was trapped in a creative stasis like a bug in amber. One thinks of James O’Neill, a distinguished actor who was the father of Eugene O’Neill. In later life, he only took on one role—Dumas’s Edmond Dantès in The Count of […]

Why Performance Art Has Become A Hot New Thing (Again)

As performance art becomes more popular, it is changing. Many are embracing elements of dance, film, theatre and sculpture, even street theatre and rap music. “Performance art was stuck in the 1970s: protest, people cutting themselves,” RoseLee Goldberg, the founder of Performa, said last year. “Some years ago I wondered: why don’t we have visually […]

Turning Simon Rattle Into A Digital Abstract

"The London Symphony Orchestra teamed with techies from the University of Portsmouth and Vicon Motion Systems, who captured Rattle's movements while conducting, appropriately, Elgar's Enigma Variations. Digital artist Tobias Gremmler was then called in to convert the gestures into animated films."

Man Brings Ornament To "Antiques Roadshow" And Finds Out He Has A £1 Million Faberge

"The expert said it's probably the second time he's ever done that type of valuation. I think he was reluctant to say £1 million and nervous to say it was worth that much. We've had one of the most significant jewellery finds in 40 years of Antiques Roadshow history - but we don't want to […]

Critic Edit DeAk, 68, Champion Of Outsider Artists

"[She] made it her mission in the 1970s and ?80s to cover art and artists overlooked by the mainstream press through the journal Art-Rite, which she helped found, and in the pages of Artforum."

Scientists: Here's How To Have Great Brain Functioning As You Age

"Scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital studied 17 'superagers,' people over 65 who have the mental function of those in their 20s. The goal was to find out if there were any observable differences between superager brains and normal brains, and if so, whether the rest of us could use that information to give ourselves better […]

A 'Bechdel Test'-Style Rating To Cover Gender Stereotyping

"Founded in 2003, Common Sense Media provides parents with an online rating system that suggests age-appropriate shows for children, highlighting those that underscore admirable character traits like courage, empathy and perseverance. Show More Summary

Defining America's Deep Cultural Divide

The Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation survey of nearly 1,700 Americans — including more than 1,000 adults living in rural areas and small towns — finds deep-seated kinship in rural America, coupled with a stark sense of estrangement from people who live in urban areas. Nearly 7 in 10 rural residents say their values differ from […]

The First Female Photographer - And Her Exquisite Botanical Images

Born in 1799 in Kent, south of London, Anna Atkins "made her most significant contribution across 10 years in the mid-19th century in which she created at least 10,000 images by hand. But it was what she did with those pictures that gave her a place in art history.... She created the first book […]

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