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June 19, 2013
Los Angeles Times 06/18/13
A Buddhist Monk Confronts Suicide In Japan
"Larissa MacFarquhar ... talks with Sasha Weiss about the culture of suicide in Japan and how Ittetsu Nemoto's belief in suffering as a path to self-knowledge has prepared him to help the suicidal."
The New Yorker 06/17/13 (audio)
June 18, 2013
The Moscow News 06/13/13
Sacramento Lags In Arts Funding And Economic Benefits, Finds Study
The most recent "Arts and Economic Prosperity" study from Americans for the Arts finds that arts organizers pumped $82 million into the region's economy (with attendees contributing almost $30 million more), but that, compared to cities of similar size such as Portland and Indianapolis, Sacramento sees less arts spending and notably less economic benefit.
The Sacramento Bee 06/16/13
June 17, 2013
The Oregonian 06/12/13
June 16, 2013
Why Have Egyptian Artists Stormed And Occupied Government Offices?
"The angry protesters say the firing is an example of how the ruling Muslim Brotherhood is trying to control Egypt's cultural scene through the new minister. Some fear the Islamists are trying to suppress artistic expression that runs counter to their conservatism."
California Budget: Abysmal For Arts Funding
The budget "positions California to extend its hold on last place in the nation in per capita funding for its state arts agency. It has ranked 50th since 2003, except for a brief escape in 2011 when Kansas temporarily eliminated all arts funding."
Los Angeles Times 06/15/13
June 14, 2013
Is Censorship Stifling Australian Art?
"Unfortunately, it seems that challenging Australian art is attacked and censored. And if we are only permitted to view "correct", officially sanctioned work then art's primary function - to reveal us to ourselves - is destroyed. "
The Guardian (UK) 06/14/13
UK Arts Funding Cuts Will Be 5 Percent
"The extent of spending cuts had been expected to be much higher after the Treasury wrote to departments earlier in the year, warning most ministers they would have to cut up to 10 per cent of their budgets for the year 2015-16."
June 13, 2013
The Architecture Critic Who's Making A Difference In New York
The New York Times' Michael Kimmelman has "all but dispensed with reviewing buildings, focusing instead on 'who benefits from them and who doesn't.' Architecture, as he defines it, encompasses real estate, zoning, transportation, bike lanes, rising sea levels, affordable housing, and the workings of power--not the least of which his own."
New York Magazine 06/07/13
How The "Black Swan" Ruling Could Change How Interns Are Used
"For anyone who has ever had an unpaid internship, the Black Swan situation sounds familiar, which makes this ruling even more encouraging. Indeed, many internships appear to be within the grounds of the very internship that a U.S. federal judge just found illegal, both setting a precedent for future disgruntled worker bees and also scaring potential intern abusers into paying their summer or short-term staffers some actual money."
The Atlantic 06/12/13
The Guardian (UK) 06/12/13
June 12, 2013
Much-Awaited Report On Liberal Arts Education To Land Among Controversy
"The report, requested with much fanfare in 2010 by a bipartisan group in Congress and produced by a blue-ribbon commission assembled by the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is likely to land as controversy continues to surround Leslie Cohen Berlowitz, the academy's embattled president and one of the report's prime movers."
The New York Times 06/11/13
Huffington Post 06/11/13
The Stage (UK) 06/10/13
June 11, 2013
Art Everywhere? Is That Really A Good Thing?
"This is a scheme that prioritises the accessibility of art over quality. The most obvious problem is that they will be prints of real pictures, pictures that are better seen in the flesh, so to speak."
The Scotsman 06/11/13
Is It Okay (Or Even Legal) To Make Art From Other People's 'Abandoned' DNA?
"It has been described as both 'creepy' and 'cool'. But amid the publicity surrounding a provocative art project that creates 'facial reconstruction' sculptures based on the analysis of DNA on cigarette butts, chewing gum, and other detritus collected from the streets of New York City, one question has remained unasked: is it legal?"
New Scientist 06/10/13
Can China's Equivalent Of Colonial Williamsburg Become A Hotbed Of High Culture?
"About 75 miles southwest of Shanghai is a beautifully restored, 1300-year-old 'water-town' called Wuzhen where Chinese tourists flock each year." Yet with a landmark new performing arts center and an equally new international theater festival that's both artistically challenging and a big box-office success, Wuzhen is making a bid to become a cultural destination along the lines of Avignon, Aix, and Edinburgh.
Royal Albert Hall Did Record-Breaking Business In 2012
"With a wide-ranging programme that included the BBC Proms, Cirque du Soleil, concerts by Gary Barlow and Emeli Sande, boxing and tennis tournaments and the world premieres of Skyfall
in 3D, ... [the London venue] reported a record year for business in 2012 with operating income growing 4.3% to £16.8 million to produce an operating surplus of £4.5 million."
The Stage (UK) 06/06/13
June 10, 2013
The Psychology Of Scalping - Why We Put Up With It
"Few products are so underpriced that an entire subsidiary industry exists to take advantage of the discrepancy. Yet concerts and sporting events consistently price their tickets low enough that street scalpers risk jail time to hawk marked-up tickets, and StubHub makes hundreds of millions a year in revenue."
The New York Times 06/04/13
June 9, 2013
If Data Is Our Currency, What Will We Pay For Privacy?
"That's what most people believe about their email, for instance -- sure, the email provider could read it, but probably nobody is going to bother. We assume that we will hide in the crowd, protected by its very size."
African Americans Give U.S. Entertainment Options A Failing Grade
"What I heard fell into two distinct categories. First, there's not much to do, and the little there is to do is of low quality and/or unsafe. The second category of complaint boiled down to: Entertainment in my neighborhood is geared toward white people, and I feel out of place."
Sapping Attention 06/07/13
The Wall Street Journal 06/06/13
June 7, 2013
Creative Scotland Gets A New Chief
"Janet Archer, who is currently director of dance at Arts Council England, will take up her post in July. Creative Scotland has been without a leader since Andrew Dixon resigned in December last year."
Arts Or Entertainment? (Or Both?)
"They see something defined as "art"; they don't have a rewarding or relevant personal experience (or at least not an experience that fits with a high ticket price); so they decide the arts are not for them. Meanwhile they are having arts experiences in bits and pieces throughout their lives, but don't connect them with the arts at all."
Barry's Blog 06/02/13
June 6, 2013
Arts Hubs Around The World Unite
"Network members will share resources, discuss the impact of urban policies and economic developments on cultural centres, and assess trends in technology and the creative industries."
The Art Newspaper 06/05/13
Patent Trolls Are Killing American Innovation
"Go to any technology conference these days, and you're likely to find VCs who say that there are entire sectors they refuse to invest in, just because the waters are so troll-infested. Google and Apple might be able to do interesting things in wearable computing, for instance, but a single lawsuit could easily wipe out a startup in the same space -- even if it was entirely frivolous."
Why Supporting Creativity Education Ought To Be Core To Philanthropy
"Philanthropy can and should view the arts as a way to accomplish its wider mission. Broadening and expanding the vision about how we categorize the arts and putting them front and center on the necessary and core list, not the optional list, is an important first step."
Huffington Post 06/05/13
Backstage At The New Mariinsky 2
"The new Mariinsky Theatre is a site of pilgrimage in St. Petersburg. Ballet and opera enthusiasts are coming in droves to witness first-hand the modern productions and admire the amber onyx encasing the concert hall. But what is going on behind the scenes? We went there to find out."
Russia Beyond the Headlines 06/04/13
June 5, 2013
Venice Is Dying. Here's How
"As the British economist John Kay has said, Venice would be a great deal better run if it were being managed by the Walt Disney Company; unfortunately, the Italian media failed to get the irony."
New York Review of Books 06/05/13
The Telegraph (UK) 06/04/13
The Stage (UK) 05/30/13
The Conversation (UK) 06/04/13
Cities Behind Stalled Arts Center Of North Texas Can't Even Agree To Dissolve It
"More than seven months after plans to dissolve the Arts Center of North Texas were put into motion, the three owner cities have still not come to an agreement over how to best carry out that task. ... The project is jointly owned by Plano, Frisco, and Allen [in metro Dallas-Ft. Worth], but all momentum stopped in May 2011 when Frisco voters decided to pull out of the project."
Pegasus News (Dallas-Ft. Worth) 06/03/13
June 4, 2013
Miss Manners Looks At Renaissance Etiquette
Judith Martin: "English readers in the early 17th century assumed Tom Coryate, a professional jester turned travel writer, was joking when he reported that Italians did not attack their food with hands and hunting knives as did normal people, even normal royalty. Those finicky Italians wielded forks, a nicety that did not become common in the rest of Europe for another two centuries."
The New York Times Book Review 06/02/13
June 3, 2013
Big California Arts Funding Bill Stalls
"The bill would have secured $75 million in guaranteed annual funding for the California Arts Council but was frozen last week without a vote. Now advocates aim to persuade legislators and Gov. Jerry Brown to give the agency at least a modest increase as they determine the state budget for the coming fiscal year."
Los Angeles Times 05/31/13