One of them has even agreed to be identified publicly. All of them have given plenty of unsavory detail.Add a Comment
One of them has even agreed to be identified publicly. All of them have given plenty of unsavory detail.Add a Comment
At the International Festival of Authors in Toronto, Andrew Wylie “call[ed] Amazon ‘the equivalent of ISIS,’ 50 Shades of Grey ‘one of the most embarrassing moments in Western culture,’ and self-publishing ‘the aesthetic equivalent of telling everyone who sings in the shower they deserve to be in La Scala’.”Add a Comment
“[Cage] literally represented for me everything cool and removed and sophisticated at a time when I was trying to wend my way into the art world.” The choreographer talks about the genesis of his dance-theater work Story/Time.Add a Comment
During his 15-year tenure, Michael E. Shapiro led a $160 million, three-building expansion, raised $20 million for acquisitions, established an art conservation center, launched partnerships with major European museums, and founded an award for African-American art and artists.Add a Comment
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission rule would “ensure that over-the-top Internet streaming services are given the same treatment as cable companies and satellite television companies. … Broadcasters would be barred from stopping online video providers from carrying their content and that online video providers would be empowered to negotiate fair licensing deals with content providers.”Add a Comment
Where kissing is concerned, there is an entire categorization of this most human of impulses that necessitates taking into account setting, relationship health and the emotional context in which the kiss occurs. A relationship’s condition might be predicted and its trajectory timeline plotted by observing and understanding how the couple kiss. For instance, viewed through the lens of a couple’s dynamic, a peck on the cheek can convey cold, hard rejection or simply signify that a loving couple are pressed for time.
A kiss communicates a myriad of meanings, its reception and perception can alter dramatically depending on the couple’s state of mind. A wife suffering from depression may interpret her husband’s kiss entirely differently should her symptoms be alleviated. Similarly, a jealous, insecure lover may receive his girlfriend’s kiss of greeting utterly at odds to how she intends it to be perceived.
So if the mind can translate the meaning of a kiss to fit with its reading of the world, what can a kiss between a couple tell us? Does this intimate act mark out territory and ownership, a hands-off-he’s-mine nod to those around? Perhaps an unspoken negotiation of power between a couple that covers a whole range of feelings and intentions; how does a kiss-and-make-up kiss differ from a flirtatious kiss or an apologetic one? What of a furtive kiss; an adulterous kiss; a hungry kiss; a brutal kiss? How does a first kiss distinguish itself from a final kiss? When the husband complains to his wife that after 15 years of marriage, “we don’t kiss like we used to”, is he yearning for the adolescent ‘snog’ of his youth?
Engulfed by techno culture, where every text message ends with a ‘X’, couples must carve out space in their busy schedules to merely glimpse one another over the edge of their laptops. There isn’t psychic space for such an old-fashioned concept as a simple kiss. In a time-impoverished, stress-burdened world, we need our kisses to communicate more. Kisses should be able to multi-task. It would be an extravagance in the 21st-century for a kiss not to mean anything.
And there’s the cultural context of kissing to consider. Do you go French, Latin or Eskimo? Add to this each family’s own customs, classifications and codes around how to kiss. For a couple, these differences necessitate accepting the way that your parents embraced may strike your new partner as odd, even perverse. For the northern lass whose family offer to ‘brew up’ instead of a warm embrace, the European preamble of two or three kisses at the breakfast table between her southern softie of a husband and his family, can seem baffling.
The context of a kiss between a couple correlates to the store of positive feeling they have between them; the amount of love in the bank of their relationship. Take 1: a kiss on the way out in the morning can be a reminder of the intimacy that has just been. Take 2: in an acrimonious coupling, this same gesture perhaps signposts a dash for freedom, a “thank God I don’t have to see you for 11 hours”. The kiss on the way back in through the front door can be a chance to reconnect after a day spent operating in different spheres or, less benignly, to assuage and disguise feelings of guilt at not wanting to be back at all.
While on the subject of lip-to-lip contact, the place where a kiss lands expresses meaning. The peck on the forehead may herald a relationship where one partner distances themselves as a parental figure. A forensic ritualized pattern of kisses destined for the cheeks carries a different message to the gentle nip on the earlobe. Lips, cheek, neck, it seems all receptors convey significance to both kisser and ‘kissee’ and could indicate relationship dynamics such as a conservative-rebellious pairing or a babes-in-the-wood coupling.
Like Emperor Tiberius, who banned kissing because he thought it helped spread fungal disease, Bert Bacarach asks, ‘What do you get when you kiss a guy? You get enough germs to catch pneumonia…’ Conceivably the nature of kissing and the unhygienic potential it carries is the ultimate symbol of trust between two lovers and raises the question of whether kissing is a prelude or an end in itself, ergo the long-suffering wife who doesn’t like kissing anymore “because I know what it’ll lead to…”
The twenty-first century has witnessed the proliferation of orthodontistry with its penchant for full mental braces. Modern mouths are habitually adorned with lip and tongue piercings as fetish wear or armour. Is this straying away from what a kiss means or a consideration of how modern mores can begin to create a new language around this oldest of greetings? There is an entire generation maturing whose first kiss was accompanied by the clashing of metal, casting a distinct shadow over their ideas around later couple intimacy.
Throughout history, from Judas to Marilyn Monroe, a kiss has communicated submission, domination, status, sexual desire, affection, friendship, betrayal, sealed a pact of peace or the giving of life. There is public kissing and private kissing. Kissing signposts good or bad manners. It is both a conscious and unconscious coded communication and can betray the instigator’s character; from the inhibited introvert to the narcissistic exhibitionist. The 16th-century theologian Erasmus described kissing as ‘a most attractive custom’. Rodin immortalized doomed, illicit lovers in his marble sculpture, and Chekhov wrote of the transformative power of a mistaken kiss. The history and meaning of the kiss evolves and shifts and yet remains steadfastly the same: a distinctly human, intimate and complex gesture, instantly recognizable despite its infinite variety of uses. I’ve a feeling Sam’s ‘You must remember this, a kiss is just a kiss’ may never sound quite the same again.
Headline image credit: Conquered with a kiss, by .craig. CC-BY-NC-2.0 via Flickr.
He produced, directed, and acted; he co-authored, among other projects, Paris, Texas; and “played a key role in launching the careers of fellow Texans Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson.”Add a Comment
“[We] gathered data on the 2014-15 seasons that have been programmed by 21 major American orchestras … [and] created a database.” Here are some early stats on how much music by female composers and American composers are being performed and which composers (living and dead) the orchestras are playing most.Add a Comment
“We have this idea, partly because of the past, of choreographers just coming and dancers just doing as if they’re not thinking. We know that dance is as much a cognitive act as it is a physical act. That’s why I’ve been very interested in physical thinking. If it’s a cognitive act, how is it that you can inspire people to be more creative cognitively?”Add a Comment
“One of the biggest misconceptions people have about mindfulness is that you can train yourself to stay in this mindful state all of the time. … Even if you spent 20 years in a Tibetan monastery, you would not be able to stay in a mindful state. We are not, evolutionarily, designed to stay in this blissful, present-moment awareness state.”Add a Comment
That’s how Edward Limonov described himself. He was “at once a rebel and a totalitarian, a salacious writer of semifictionalized memoirs who, after years in the West” – as a drugged-out thug in New York and a celebrated author in France – “stood with the Serbs in the Bosnian war and then returned to Russia to become an ultranationalist political agitator.”Add a Comment
The 91-year-old director is furious that the Milan opera house packed off his gold-covered extravaganza, which opened La Scala’s 2006-07 season, to the opera in Astana, Kazakhstan. (Never mind that Zeffirelli is getting a share of the proceeds, or that La Scala can borrow it back for free whenever it wants.)Add a Comment
The Director of Marketing is responsible for identifying and activating comprehensive strategies based on the institutional goals established by the organization’s multi-year strategic plan.
He/she is responsible for meeting or exceeding earned revenue goals, institutional press and external relations in coordination with an out-of-house Public Relations/Press and Media agency, supervising customer and box office services, identifying and meeting the marketing needs of the education programs generated by the Kansas City Ballet School as well as its Community Education activities.
Working closely and proactively with other senior staff/department heads, the Director of Marketing participates as part of the senior management team reporting directly to the Executive Director. The Director of Marketing is responsible for Kansas City Ballet’s overall brand continuity, audience development through marketing, public relations and promotional activities and programs.
Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
1. Plan and implement all ticket sales campaigns including season ticket sales, sales of Kansas City Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker (Note: in 2015, a completely new Nutcracker production will be introduced to the community), single ticket sales campaigns and all other productions. Design and direct ticket pricing strategies that will develop long term audience growth, packaging strategies and non-cash sponsorship strategies in coordination with the Development Department.
2. Design, implement and facilitate annual and long term marketing plans for Kansas City Ballet. Support and facilitate development and implementation of Kansas City Ballet School, Development Department and Community Outreach marketing plans as needed.
3. Plan and administer the Ballet’s annual marketing operations budget; support development of Long Range Strategic marketing budgets.
4. Track, report and act on sales trends and data including dynamic pricing policies.
5. Organize and implement audience cultivation relations including
a. Audience development activities
b. Special events
c. Audience satisfaction surveys
6. Supervise KCB’s RFP protocol process including soliciting RFP’s from desirable prospective vendors and media partners; oversee buying process. Develop and direct printed material campaigns for all KCB purposes, including but not limited to brochures, season announcements, postcards and other direct mail, newspaper advertisements, billboards, and electronic and social media.
7. Oversee communications activities through communications/public relations coordinator and PR consultant including external and internal communications and systems, public relations efforts and external vendors and consultants.
8. Administer marketing database which includes audience and prospect information, mailing list applications, etc. Kansas City Ballet employs the Tessitura software as a joint venture with the Lyric Opera, Kansas City Symphony and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
9. Oversee KCB’s electronic marketing efforts including supervision of web site design, maintenance and email marketing and keep abreast with all contemporary social media opportunities.
10. Supervise Associate Marketing Director, Marketing Manager, Box Office Manager, Publicist, Telemarketing Manager, Electronic Media Coordinator. Make staffing and hiring decisions within marketing department.
Experience: College degree required. Concentration in Marketing, Business Advertising or Communications preferred with at least five years as a marketing director or associate marketing director preferred. Strong leadership and consensus building skills; marketing management and strategic planning experience; a proven track record in developing and administering a successful marketing program.
Required Skills: The successful candidate will be a highly organized self-starter; someone able to work well with personnel at all levels in the organization as well as with donors, volunteers and other arts professionals. Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Windows 7 based computer applications is essential; familiarity with Tessitura audience and development software is a high value asset.
Special Skills: Background in not-for-profit performing arts or arts marketing is a definite plus; a sophisticated understanding of the challenges and realities of programming a multi-faceted season of dance ranging from the traditional full length narrative story ballets to mixed repertoire to the introduction of new work to audiences and a rational, cost effective clearly stated point of view on how to approach that challenge will give a candidate a significant competitive advantage.
Beginning in 2016-17, a one week season of performances will be added to the annual offerings in order to provide more opportunity for mixed repertory to be presented. The new second company of Kansas City Ballet, KCB II, will soon establish a busy schedule of performances around the community which, when required, will be enhanced by the addition of dancers from our Student Trainee group.
Kansas City Ballet has a deep commitment to programming in the community for schools and in community centers. Our Reach Out and Dance (ROAD) program, originally fashioned after the concepts designed by Jacques D’Amboise’s National Dance Institute, are currently being held for 4th graders in 13 schools throughout the region.
Financial Profile: Kansas City Ballet is in excellent financial health. With a $7 million operating budget, the company has no long term debt, has a cash reserve equaling 18% of its budget, has an endowment in excess of $8 million, and has completely paid for its new home at the Bolender Center.
COMPENSATION & APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Compensation will be competitive for this position. Other benefits include:
• Paid vacation
• Health and Disability insurance (employer pays 85% of premium)
• Dental program (Employee paid)
• 403(b) retirement program with employer match
• Flexible Spending Account
• Free dance classes for immediate family (some exclusions)
• Tickets to all Ballet performances as available
Interested qualified candidates are invited to submit resume, salary history, names and contact information for a minimum of three references and a brief, well composed cover letter describing interest, relevant qualifications and experience to Mary Allen, Assistant to the Executive Director, Kansas City Ballet, Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity, 500 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108 Attention: Marketing Director Search. Or, by e-mail (preferred method):
Kansas City Ballet is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to diversity and inclusion throughout our organization.Add a Comment
Engagement Research: Talk to Them
AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2014-10-28
Finding My Chowder — Part 2
AJBlog: Out There Published 2014-10-29
Farewell to Poet Galway Kinnell
AJBlog: CultureCrash Published 2014-10-29
Bad News: NY Times as Insert for Christie’s Advertising Section (plus: me at NYU)
AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2014-10-29
Timing is everything, and Humble Bundle has just launched a horror themed bundle with many comics including Shadowman, afterlife with Archie, Buffy and prose works by Stephen King, George R.R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Joss Whedon, Joe Hill, Max Brooks and many more.
Customers can name their price for Shadowman Vol. 4: Fear, Blood, and Shadows, Song of Kali, The Mocking Dead #1, Houses of the Holy, The Last Zombie, Zombies: The Recent Dead, plus two songs by band-on-the-rise, A Sound of Thunder. Those who pay more than the average price will also receive Buffy Omnibus Vol. 1, Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: The Dark Watch Vol. 1 & 2, Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer, Swan Song and Knights of Sidonia, Humble Bundle’s first ever manga title. Customers who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above, plus Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror, the Eisner award-winning Locke & Key Vol 1: Welcome To Lovecraft and the first two issues of the acclaimed series Afterlife with Archie.
“Humble Bundle is proud to include so many quality horror titles in one place,” said Humble Bundle’s Director of Books Kelley Allen. “From vampires to witches plus a horde of zombies, this bundle has everything a horror reader could want by some of the genre’s biggest names.”
PS: did anyone catch how much the Star Wars bundle made?Display Comments Add a Comment
While digital comics have changed the medium for good, individual comics apps haven’t really taken off as much as you might think. But there are some good ones out there: Comic Chameleon is a webcomic aggregator that actually picks up popular webcomics like Questionable COntent, Girls with Slingshots and the like. And with permission. They’ve been around on iOS for a while, but now they’ve got a Kickstrter fo develop an Android version. It’s about halfway to a $13,000 goal, so it looks pretty solid to go all the way. But in a twist, some of the Kickstarter money will go to creators:
10% of the campaign will go to the artists of your choice
If you care about supporting independent webcomic artists as much as we do, you’ll be happy to know that when you contribute to our campaign, 10% of your pledge will go to up to 3 artists of your choice who publish with our app. We’ve always been as much about supporting artists as we’ve been about entertaining you, and our Kickstarter is no different.
We’ve talked to head guy Bersie Sou a few times and he seems like an on the level guy. This is another strong move.
How about it, Beaterati? Do you read comics on your phone via apps like Comic Chameleon? Why or why not?
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“‘This was a crime against humanity,’ says Princeton University architectural historian Beatriz Colomina—not known for understatement—about Piano’s treatment of Le Corbusier’s structure. ‘It’s such a mythical building and it is being destroyed by somebody who is a good architect.'”Add a Comment
And at Game 6, the Kansas City Symphony performed. “‘I think it’s a magnificent statement about what Kansas City is and the importance of both major league sports and major league performing arts,’ Frank Byrne, Symphony executive director, said on Monday.”Add a Comment
“What does this mean for authors? Should we give up on interactive fiction? No, I don’t think so, but I do think we need to be aware from the outset it that it may have to be limber enough to straddle several mediums and formats.”Add a Comment
“Her character worked for Underwood from the time he was a member of the House of Representatives from South Carolina through his recent career upturns.”Add a Comment
“That essay Langston [Hughes] wrote, ‘The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain’ — I’m thinking of both sides of his argument in that. One is that obviously you’re always a black writer, but also you have to work with your gifts first and shut that out when you’re actually composing. What do you guys think? That’s how I approach it, but it might be naïve.”Add a Comment
“The decision puts pressure on its rival chain Picturehouse, which is embroiled in a dispute over pay at its Ritzy cinema in Brixton. Picturehouse, owned by multiplex group Cineworld, agreed to the demands for the living wage, but then said 20 redundancies would have to be made to accommodate the rise.”Add a Comment
“It’s hard to say how many people dance on the subway today, but the dancers generally put the number in the low hundreds — a spike that some older performers attribute to the sharp decline of arts and physical education funding since the recession.”Add a Comment
“The specific uses haven’t been determined yet, she said, but ‘we’re working with LACMA and Sony and other arts organizations to come up with a final program’ before starting design work on renovations.”Add a Comment