According to NPD Group, 2.7 million poster and foam boards were sold in the US in the week leading up to the post-Inauguration march. That’s 33 percent more poster board that was sold during the same time period in 2016!

"Archaeologists in the northern Shanxi province of China have uncovered a vibrant record of the customs and costumes of the people living in the area about 1,000 years ago. An ancient tomb filled with colorful, partially preserved murals resurfaced in Datong City as part of Datong Municipal Institute of Archaeology's excavation of 31 tombs of the Liao and Jin dynasties."

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles has made two recent curatorial hires: Amanda Hunt, who will now be the museum’s director of education and public programs, and Anna Katz, who will be an assistant curator. Hunt began her position … Read More

Jennifer Schuessler's guide on the trip is Kory Stamper, one of Merriam-Websters new generation of social-media stars.

"Newspaper style has long been to omit that final comma. But every stylebook that allows omission of the Oxford comma includes a caveat, often forgotten: Once the sentence moves beyond a simple series, that comma might be necessary for clarity."

Just days before Hong Kong elects its new leader, Art Basel Hong Kong opened to the public on Thursday and continues through Saturday. Situated along the northern waterfront of Hong Kong Island and flanked on one side by a major construction … Read More

"Dennett does not believe that we are 'mere things.' He thinks that we have souls, but he is certain that those souls can be explained by science. If evolution built them, they can be reverse-engineered. 'There ain't no magic there,' he told me. 'Just stage magic.'"

Daniel Suggs reviews the early history of the science of the soul in the Western world, from Vesalius to Donne to Marlowe to Overton to the New England doctor who determined (with methodology that wasn't exactly rigorous or ethical) that the soul weighs 21 grams.

John Wetherill, 62, accuses music director Krzysztof Urbański, 34, of a five-year campaign of harassment, including attempts at public humiliation, in an effort to get Wetherill to retire or give up his principal chair in favor of a younger player. The ISO has no comment. (Where's the musicians' union?)

News in BriefsSterling Ruby is working in a spectacularly commercial fashion thanks to what gets called “patronage” from Calvin Klein. On top of a big advertising campaign, the artist has redesigned the style company’s office building—complete with work enlisting his … Read More

It's called the encephalophone (brain instrument), and it was developed "with a double-edged purpose: to explore new frontiers in music technology and as a possible therapeutic tool for people who'd suffered from strokes or neurological problems like ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease)."

"If you think you can wait a few months to avoid the long lines and crowded galleries at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, you'll need a new strategy." Peggy McGlone reports.

The Director of Engagement at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester writes about how she and her colleagues developed their two-years-and-running project, You,The Audience.

"Repeated injuries - and a longing to finally join her boyfriend of several years, New York City Ballet resident choreographer and dancer Justin Peck - mean that Delgado is retiring from the company."

Władysław Kaźmierczak and Ewa Rybska face charges, which they insist are politically motivated, of financial malfeasance from the 2000s, when Kaźmierczak was director of the Baltic Gallery for Contemporary Art in Słupsk. The pair's work has been critical of the right-wing-nationalist Law and Justice Party, which is currently in power in Poland.

I know you won’t judge me
This Arts Advocacy Day, the stakes are much higher. As we work to make the case for the arts, we wonder, is our data keeping pace? We’re using love (or breakup) letters as a creative and fun design research method to get powerful insight into the perceptions of our stakeholders. ... read more
AJBlog: Field Notes Published 2017-03-23

Flyover country? Nonsense in jazz, politics, crime fiction
There’s no such thing as “flyover country” — except in the minds of careless or ignorant people who ought to know better. For instance: Jazz lives throughout the US and the world, not only in New York. ... read more
AJBlog: Jazz Beyond Jazz Published 2017-03-23

Ice cream and coffee
Quite a lively discussion in class this week, about how conservatories could change. One quick takeaway: That the Juilliard graduate students in my class would love to go to a school where the focus was ... read more
AJBlog: Sandow Published 2017-03-23


"The most venerable American orchestras take pride in having a distinctive sound: the Philadelphia strings, the Chicago brass, the Cleveland blend. The New York Philharmonic has prized a virtuosity that edges, for better or worse, into brashness. The L.A. Phil, by contrast, has a tradition of no tradition: its sense of self resides not in a fixed repertory but in a mediation between past and present. That spirit of flux has persisted across several generations and now seems part of the institution’s identity—although, in the fragile sphere of the performing arts, nothing can be considered permanent. As a critic, I have made a habit of following this orchestra wherever it goes, and I am therefore hesitant to offer advice as it plots its future. But the adage of another noted Southern California composer comes to mind: keep on keeping on."

Pictures at an Exhibition presents images of one notable show every weekday. Read More

Let us be reasonable here. I am too old and have published too much to be thought ignorant enough not to be aware of the objections put forward by the miffed 13. But, I contend, writers who publish are always writing at the top of their form. No one writes down. It’s difficult, almost impossible. Writers cursed with too much “talent” are unable to stoop to conquer.

"When it comes to opera, the council does not appear to know what is best for opera in Ireland and seems shy of taking the advice of the report writers it has hired to tell it what might be better for opera in Ireland."


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