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Ampersand: Episode 1 | USC Annenberg Radio News

Ampersand: Episode 1 | USC Annenberg Radio News | Arts Camp | Scoop.it

In Ampersand's first episode, we explore the blur between art and public space, talk personal stories with New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow, and take a look behind the scenes of "Dreaming Sin Fronteras," a touring performance that blossomed from the stories of U.S. immigrants.

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"And the play goes on:" Of late, my artistic energies have been channeled into producing this podcast with my colleagues in USC Annenberg's Masters of Specialized Journalism program. In episode 1 we interview artistic director Yuval Sharon about public opera, sit down with New York Times Columnist Charles M. Blow and share the stories of undocumented youth and their dreams for a better life.  

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Misty Copeland's Under Armour Ad Is Like Nothing You've Ever Seen

Misty Copeland's Under Armour Ad Is Like Nothing You've Ever Seen | Arts Camp | Scoop.it
We've been anxiously awaiting Misty Copeland's first commercial for Under Armour ever since we learned that the American Ballet Theatre soloist signed with the athletic company back in January. And from the looks of this 60-second spot, it was well w...
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When Free People's ballet ad aired in May, the professional dance community voiced vehement disapproval. But there might be hope for dance and advertising in this spot for Under Armour. Featuring ABT soloist Misty Copeland, it features the artistry and athleticism of an amazing dancing body. 

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Media Maven - Encountered this calm black and white statement...

Media Maven - Encountered this calm black and white statement... | Arts Camp | Scoop.it
Encountered this calm black and white statement against the hustle of New York City, as I turned the corner onto the Lincoln Center’s placid plaza, having just seen a young ballerina-in-training...
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Art in motion: So beautifully worded, I almost forgot that this was an ad. Now that's advertising artistry. 

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Trained Dancers Are Completely Appalled by This Ballet Ad for Free People Clothing

Trained Dancers Are Completely Appalled by This Ballet Ad for Free People Clothing | Arts Camp | Scoop.it
Imagine a Gatorade ad where a kicker misses every field goal, or a Nike spot where a runner trips over hurdles. It would be a little bizarre. Something similar, though perhaps not as obvious to the average viewer, happens in this ad from Free People clothing, and it has many trained dancers in an uproar.
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Triple Threat:  Dancers aren't usually the chatty types, but this ad has them talking. "Offensive," or poorly planned, this spot brings the three "As" of dance--artistry, aesthetics, and athleticism--into competition. In the world of film and fashion though, which one should matter the most?

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I Am Not My Job: Why I Left New York City

I Am Not My Job: Why I Left New York City | Arts Camp | Scoop.it
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If you've ever dreamed of moving to the Big Apple to pursue your artistic hopes and dream, you might want to read this before buying that one-way ticket to NYC. 

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A Memorial Inscription’s Grim Origins

A Memorial Inscription’s Grim Origins | Arts Camp | Scoop.it

mething Questions have arisen about whether a quotation from a translation of Virgil’s “Aeneid” about two warriors’ deaths is appropriate for the National September 11 Memorial Museum.

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Out of Context: You know that urgent feeling you get when you're writing a paper, or speech and feel the need to start it off with a profound quote? You find something inspiring that sounds good and slap it on the top, thinking you found the absolutely best possible expression that captures your sentiments exactly. But when you research the source and context of the quote, you find that those words are alarmingly out of place with the argument you've just proposed. I did this once. For my college application, I quoted from what I thought was Machiavelli's The Prince. And while I thought that was an daring choice of words, I was even more surprised when I did a last minute check and found out that Stalin had actually said those words. I had to change the entire spin of my personal essay the day before it was due and justify why a young woman like myself hoping to major in history, politics, or public policy, would be turning to Stalin for inspiration. Inevitably I had to take the quote out of context and apply it to a new framework. Miraculously it worked. I got into college with that essay. But I can't help but wonder,  has the 9/11 Memorial Museum made a very terrible mistake by taking this Virgil quote far from its original context? Or is the source material strangely fitting? Does the context of the quote selected skew the message of the museum, or do the words stand alone and speak for themselves? Thanks to SD for this lead. 

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PHOTOS: Heathers: The Musical Costume Sketches Are So Very | TIME

PHOTOS: Heathers: The Musical Costume Sketches Are So Very | TIME | Arts Camp | Scoop.it
The show's costume designer talks to TIME about perfecting the look
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Heathers' costumes rule the school! 

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Review: Barry Manilow's 'Harmony' musical can sing but needs work

Review: Barry Manilow's 'Harmony' musical can sing but needs work | Arts Camp | Scoop.it

 deA show about the late Weimar era vocal troupe the Comedian Harmonists bearing the title "Harmony" had better have memorable singing, and on that score this musical by Barry Manilow and his writing partner Bruce Sussman doesn't disappoint.

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Mostly agree with this critic's assessment. Music soars, but book and lyrics leave something to be desired. Even so, the story of the Comedian Harmonists is a story worth being told. Their story of tolerance amidst adversity is inspiring, even if not perfectly executed.  Also, why is it a thing for women to sing love ballad's in their lingerie? (see photo.) I think woman can be clothed and sing about love at the same time, thank you. 

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From Breaking Bad to Lost: The Quality of 13 Famous TV Shows, Charted Over Time | Wired Design | Wired.com

From Breaking Bad to Lost: The Quality of 13 Famous TV Shows, Charted Over Time | Wired Design | Wired.com | Arts Camp | Scoop.it
In your heart, you've always known that the last season of Lost totally sucked. Now you have the charts to back it up.
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"Not date, but data:" An new algorithm can display TV show success rates in graphic form. But can our TV likes and dislikes be really distilled down to a couple of data points? I'm interested to know: How does your favorite program stack up?

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"Frida Kahlo, Her Photos," The Museum of Latin American Art

"Frida Kahlo, Her Photos," The Museum of Latin American Art | Arts Camp | Scoop.it
Wouldn't you love to peek inside Frida Kahlo's personal photo album? To see the images that have special meaning for the artist, images that paint a picture that varies greatly from the tortured individual portrayed in her paintings? You can....
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Anne Sweeney, Top Disney TV Executive, Will Step Down

Anne Sweeney, Top Disney TV Executive, Will Step Down | Arts Camp | Scoop.it
Ms. Sweeney, one of the most powerful women in the entertainment industry, will leave in 2015 after 18 years at the company to become a television director.
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Anne Sweeney broke through a lot of glass ceilings to get to the top of the TV world, so her announcement to pursue a creative- second-career in directing comes as a major surprise to the media world. Is this move an inspiring story, or a carefully crafted exit strategy? I ask you Arts Campers: Would you give up your C-suite, executive job to pursue your true and/or hidden passion?  

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An Illustrated Field Guide to Mythic Monsters, from Gremlins to Zombies to the Kraken

An Illustrated Field Guide to Mythic Monsters, from Gremlins to Zombies to the Kraken | Arts Camp | Scoop.it
A vibrant dance across the global spectrum of the popular imagination.

"Legendary lands … have only one characteristic in common: wheth
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The Mythology: Since we are on the subject of fantasy and literature this seems like a fantastic book for those of you craving some "monsters-in-the-closet" bedtime stories. 

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Oscar Olympics 2014 (Men’s Gold Medal Final)

Oscar Olympics 2014 (Men’s Gold Medal Final) | Arts Camp | Scoop.it
Come watch thespians in their natural (and sometimes Botoxed) state on their ultimate quest for Oscar gold - Lifting our spirits with each muscle flex as they compete for recognition, a possible HBO deal -- and even more glory than a Wheaties box -- a…
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Some of these leading men should get gold medals and Oscars just for their good looks! 

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A Picture Of Language: The Fading Art Of Diagramming Sentences

A Picture Of Language: The Fading Art Of Diagramming Sentences | Arts Camp | Scoop.it
Once a popular way to teach grammar, the practice of diagramming sentences has fallen out of favor.
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Through diagramming writing can truly become an art form, but is our educational system willing to teach design principles alongside grammar? The Common Core excludes diagramming from the teaching of sentence structure, yet it is also attempts to integrate creative practices into education. Is sentence diagramming not creative enough? 

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Meet The Man Behind 'Not Art'

Meet The Man Behind 'Not Art' | Arts Camp | Scoop.it
In some of the most unlikely spaces around Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston, the spray painted words "Not Art" have been popping up on everything from
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Not art and no apologies: Is it art or a publicity stunt? Calling Shia La Beouf. 

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This Married Couple Does Choreography Together And It's Super Sexy

This Married Couple Does Choreography Together And It's Super Sexy | Arts Camp | Scoop.it
Meet Keone and Mariel Madrid, choreographers and dancers (and BABES) extraordinaire.
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The most interesting fusion of pop & contemporary modern that I've ever seen. I love how joyful & emotional the music is, yet the movement is intricate and innovative. 

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MFA vs. TMZ

MFA vs. TMZ | Arts Camp | Scoop.it
MFA and NYC both look down on superficial Hollywood. Is there any hope for real literature in Los Angeles? 
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As a bi-coastal, creative type, who has worked in the movie industry but also lived on the east coast a train-ride from the Big Apple, I've often wondered how my creative growth would have differed had I moved to New York City, instead of returning to Los Angeles after graduation. My main artistic interests, writing and dance, would naturally gravitate to New York's publishing and modern dance scenes. Yet I am a loyal and firmly planted Angeleno with half of my family roots extending deep into the mountains and orange groves of Southern California since the turn of the 19th century. I'm  essentially a Southern Californian. So much of my sense of self stems from this identity, yet my artistic essence seems fundamentally at odds with Los Angeles' raison d'être, film and entertainment.  I want to write  and dance like a New Yorker, yet live like a Southern Californian who can sport sunglasses and flip flops on any give day. I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to reconcile my bi-coastal bipolarism. Los Angeles itself seems to suffer from the same type of systemic extremes--at once beach, city hub, valley, desert, movie set, sprawling suburb, and densely packed traffic zone--LA is not so much a city but a land of differences, all trying to be too many things at once and all at the same time. Ironically, the only literary type of metaphor I can construct for LA, is to look to actress Kelly Reilly, who portrays a bipolar doctor on ABC's new medical drama, "Black Box." Only a few episodes in and we already know that Dr. Catherine Black is defined by her multifaceted nature, split personalities, and alternative states of being. So too is LA--defined by difference, rather than a unified and clean iconography.  But perhaps this sort of dynamic-dual identity is exactly what LA need's to become a literary star in its own right.  LA's this up-and-coming starlett who has the incredible privilege of picking her next big role.  And I can't help but feel that it will be up to Los Angeles' creatives to cast her in her next big feature. 

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How to be a creative professional

How to be a creative professional | Arts Camp | Scoop.it
Every artist has his or her own ritual; the right mood for creativity. They are all unique, but routine, nonetheless. Has the opportunity to do things on our own hindered our ability to feel the freedom of our art, or…
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Writer's block: Feeling your creative energy being stifled? Here's a dose of inspiration to get you through the week.

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PaleyFest 2014: What ‘Lost’ taught me about home

PaleyFest 2014: What ‘Lost’ taught me about home | Arts Camp | Scoop.it
The audience is buzzing with anticipation at the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland Center, as I settle into my seat with a thousand other Lost fans for my first ever PaleyFest. Even though I’ve been to the Dolby, “everything…
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The LA Chronicles: My first published Hollywood essay!

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Barak Marshall: 'Accidental' choreographer

On a stormy Sunday inside a Fairfax-Pico dance studio, Barak Marshall steps in time and claps his hands for the 10-member BodyTraffic ensemble he's rehearsing. "It's Elvis to the side," the...
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I saw LA-based dance company BODYTRAFFIC perform excerpts of his work on Thursday. A cross between Middle Eastern pop music and folk dance, Barak Marshall's choreography is as fascinating as his unlikely entrance into the dance world. 

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'Mad Men': Jon Hamm and Co. Set the Stage for Season 7

'Mad Men': Jon Hamm and Co. Set the Stage for Season 7 | Arts Camp | Scoop.it
The cast of Mad Men was on its best behavior at PaleyFest on Friday night, navigating away from spoilers about the upcoming seventh and final season -- even though creator Matt Weiner was not onstage to help police the panel.

After screening an encore of the sixth season finale -- fans groaned when Weiner, there for an introduction, broke the news that the April 13 premiere was not on deck -- Jon Hamm and the rest of the cast rehashed some of the bigger moments of the most recent episodes to air.
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The Mad Men kept quiet about their upcoming season, but I was just excited to be in the same auditorium as Jon Hamm. 

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Traveling Frida Kahlo Photography Exhibit Opens at MOLAA

Traveling Frida Kahlo Photography Exhibit Opens at MOLAA | Arts Camp | Scoop.it
Its only showing on the entire West Coast, Long Beach’s Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) has officially opened its much-anticipated Frida Kahlo, Her Photos exhibit.
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Lost Reunion @ PaleyFest: Outrigger Mystery 'Solved,' the Clone Theory, Icky Kissing and More

Lost Reunion @ PaleyFest: Outrigger Mystery 'Solved,' the Clone Theory, Icky Kissing and More | Arts Camp | Scoop.it
They simply had to go baaaaack! At PaleyFest on Sunday night, Lost alumni Josh Holloway, Yunjin Kim, Jorge Garcia, Ian Somerhalder, Maggie Grace, Henry Ian Cusick and Malcolm David “Walllltttt!” Ke...
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Don’t Quote Me on This

Don’t Quote Me on This | Arts Camp | Scoop.it
How can we be more self-reliant online?
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Going very meta on this--I'm sharing a link about an article about sharing links, or "quotations" on my various social media platforms so that you'll also read this, share it, and quote it, too. #theinternet

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22 Books You Should Read Now, Based On Your Childhood Favorites

22 Books You Should Read Now, Based On Your Childhood Favorites | Arts Camp | Scoop.it
Recapture all of that youthful wonder.
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For the first time in a long time I have finished reading a novel for pleasure. Even though I truly love reading, I don't always set enough time for this pursuit. I don't give myself room to indulge in the whimsy and magic that books offer, so to change that I'm adding some of these fantastical books to my reading list. 

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