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Laura Prudom

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'Gossip Girl' Finale Recap: Did Blair Choose Chuck or Dan?

Laura Prudom | Posted July 14, 2012

Though there were plenty of jaw-dropping, credulity-stretching scenes in the Season 5 finale, they were shocking for all the wrong reasons. In the blink of an eye, five years of character development has fallen by the wayside.
Emily Pilloton

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Advice for Design Graduates: Start Now

Emily Pilloton | Posted July 14, 2012

Almost five years ago, I quit a corporate retail design job, moved in with my parents, and started a nonprofit design agency. Many people called this impulsive. What some call impulse, others call initiative. Ideas are worth little without action.
Bill Moyers

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WATCH: Tom Morello and Bill Moyers: Music and Message

Bill Moyers | Posted July 14, 2012

This weekend, Tom Morello shares his music, message, and mission -- and I'm all ears.
John G. Fox

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The First Athletes Ever And 7 Other Moments In Sports History

John G. Fox | Posted July 14, 2012

"Why do we play ball?" That was the heady question my then 7-year-old son tossed out to me one day during an innocent game of backyard catch. As a father, anthropologist, and sports fan, I couldn't resist the call of duty to set off in search of an answer.
Evelyne Politanoff

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Helena Blomqvist: Stories From Another World

Evelyne Politanoff | Posted July 14, 2012

Winnie So

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Hong Kong's Art Week: 8 Hong Kong Artists to Watch

Winnie So | Posted July 14, 2012

While many will go to catch a glimpse works by big-name artists such Yayoi Kusama, this is also the week when Hong Kong's artists get showcase their work to a wider audience.
Carmel Dean

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Song Blog #1: 'Still I Rise'

Carmel Dean | Posted July 14, 2012

Song Blog is a YouTube series for those people who are interested in not only hearing and seeing original work being performed for the first time right before their eyes, but who also like to have a behind-the-scenes look at the Broadway actors who learn and perform these songs.
Suzanne Hegland

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Are We Teaching Our Kids to Binge Drink?

Suzanne Hegland | Posted July 14, 2012

Allowing our kids to drink at home as a way to avoid drunk driving doesn't get at the real problem with our attitude toward drinking in this country.
Liz Smith

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Joan Rivers Hates You. No, Not Kidding, She Really Does! (Her New Book Tells All)

Liz Smith | Posted July 14, 2012

With all the ponderous punditry on same-sex marriage -- not to mention President Obama on the cover of Newsweek with a rainbow-colored halo, being called "Our First Gay President"--I think we need some irreverence.
Agustin Fuentes

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7 Sex Myths Debunked

Agustin Fuentes | Posted July 14, 2012

Gender is a powerful reality; it is the perception and expectation of differences between males and females and it shapes both our bodies and our society. Gender differences are real and important, but they are not hard wired or even static. So let's bust some of those myths.
Jonathan Kim

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ReThink Review: God Bless America -- Bobcat's Scream

Jonathan Kim | Posted July 14, 2012

Bobcat Goldthwait is mad as hell, and he's not going to take it anymore. At least, the two main characters of his dark comedy God Bless America won't.
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

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Michael Uthoff and Ballet Arizona

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted July 14, 2012

She was terrifically talented, one of the best dancers he had ever worked with, and he had never even considered anyone else for the part. Couldn't he, it was suggested, cast a more suitable dancer? Perhaps one who was blond?
David Kudler

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Riverrun to a Monitor Near You: Joyce's Manuscripts Now Online

David Kudler | Posted July 14, 2012

The Irish National Library has very quietly taken advantage of the entry this year into the public domain of the works of Irish novelist James Joyce by posting its horde of rare Joyce manuscripts on its online archive.
Joshua Stanton

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The Irony of Jewish American Heritage Month

Joshua Stanton | Posted July 14, 2012

While I agree in good measure with President Obama's statement and feel that our community is honored to have a heritage month of its own, I fear that such a month may reduce the religion-state separation that enabled the Jewish community to thrive in the first place.
Margaret Fuhrer

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In Bloom: New York City Ballet's Spring Gala

Margaret Fuhrer | Posted May 14, 2012

At New York City Ballet's spring gala last Thursday night, the company gave us two premieres and a re-costumed Balanchine masterpiece. There was a sense of freshness and renewal.
Michael Meade, D.H.L.

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You Already Won the Lottery

Michael Meade, D.H.L. | Posted July 14, 2012

Rich or poor, lucky in life or oppressed by it, we each must eventually accept the lot we were given and play the hand we have been dealt or else be but a pawn in a game where others determine the outcome for us.
Jeryl Brunner

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With Her New Nunsense Touring Show, Cindy Williams Kicks WITH a Habit

Jeryl Brunner | Posted July 14, 2012

Cindy Williams is still capturing the hearts of audiences. But this time she breaks out her habit. Williams stars as Mother Superior in the national tour of Nunset Boulevard: The Nunsense Hollywood Bowl Show.
Molly Fosco

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'Girls' Will Be Girls

Molly Fosco | Posted July 14, 2012

Girls may not be realistic on the whole, and I agree lacks in certain areas, but I will keep watching every week, and I know without a doubt that I'll be entertained.
Mike Ryan

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'SNL' With Will Ferrell: Relevancy Poll Week 21

Mike Ryan | Posted July 14, 2012

With only 10 sketches and too many guest stars to list, Will Ferrell hosted installment of "SNL" was not a great week to have the title of "cast member." Well, unless your name is Andy Samberg.
Michael Giltz

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Theater: Bebe Neuwirth Still Looks Dreamy in "Midsummer"

Michael Giltz | Posted July 14, 2012

The Classic Stage Company's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream has an eye-catching set and an eye-catching cast in various stages of undress. But the visage you're most likely to remember is that of the self-assured Neuwirth.
Arianna Huffington

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My Conversation With the Dalai Lama: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality (VIDEO)

Arianna Huffington | Posted July 14, 2012

For his decades-long passion to bring together science and spirituality the Dalai Lama was awarded the Templeton Prize this week. I sat with him before the awards ceremony. Here is our conversation.
Izzy Stambler

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Girl in Progress : Coming into Character

Izzy Stambler | Posted July 14, 2012

This film is a coming-of-age story with a single mother, Grace, trying to raise her daughter Ansiedad. In this story, Ansiedad studies other coming-of-age stories in order to create her own.
James Franco

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Haunted Tour in New Orleans

James Franco | Posted July 14, 2012

At a carnival, inside a fun house or around a campfire, the recitation of disturbing information serves to create a certain mood. Basically, New Orleans is an amusement park where you can get killed.
Sheila Hageman

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Sarah Tressler Inspires Stripper to Sue for Sexual Harassment

Sheila Hageman | Posted July 14, 2012

Strippers all over the world are subjected to the worst sexual harassment imaginable. In a way, strip clubs have become the last sanctuaries for men who still feel the need to degrade women to feel better about themselves.
Yolanda Reid Chassiakos

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Quit Canceling The Shows We Love

Yolanda Reid Chassiakos | Posted July 14, 2012

Every spring, I'm forced to say good-bye to welcome visitors who've graced my home week after week. Yup, I'm talking about my favorite TV series that somehow find themselves on the chopping block even though millions of viewers enjoy them.
Jon Chattman

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: 'Drugs' With Adam Tyler

Jon Chattman | Posted July 14, 2012

As I found out soon after meeting him, there's more to Adam Tyler than shaking his moneymaker and glamming it up. He's a Berklee-trained musician who should soon become a household name -- especially on the dance scene.
Erika Christakis

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The Hypocrisy of Breastfeeding Shamers

Erika Christakis | Posted July 14, 2012

Why are we so quick to criticize 'extended breastfeeding' (even the term smacks of clinical judgment) when we have no such impulse to crack down on the myriad ways that adults fuel their own oral fixations?
Dr. Peggy Drexler

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Female Role Models: The Absent Conversation

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted July 14, 2012

The great post-feminist irony is that in an age of hard-won female opportunity, media is channeling that opportunity to a place of hyper-sexualized stupidity. It's not who you are -- it's how hot you are.
Holly Cara Price

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Chip Taylor: Still Chasing the Chills

Holly Cara Price | Posted July 14, 2012

It is difficult -- well nigh impossible really -- to cover a career like that of Chip Taylor's in just a few hundred words.
Daron Hagen

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Obsessed: Marc Blitzstein

Daron Hagen | Posted July 14, 2012

Marc Blitzstein's musical DNA -- strict adherence to economy of means, a passion for combining words and music, the belief that music can promote social justice, an abhorrence of pretension -- are woven inextricably into the music I compose.
Abe Schwartz

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Movie Cloud Could Be a Game-Changer for Independent Film

Abe Schwartz | Posted July 14, 2012

If you haven't heard of Movie Cloud, allow me to lay it out for you. Dov Simens (the world-renowned film instructor) and Derek Christopher (president of TV/Film Seminars) have set out to revolutionize the way independent films are produced, distributed, and consumed. The duo...
Robert Bettmann

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The 99 Percent Arts

Robert Bettmann | Posted July 14, 2012

The arts are positively integrated into the Occupy Movement in several ways, but they are also a front on which activists are attacking the economic system.
Blue Carreon

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A Conversation With Artist James Nares

Blue Carreon | Posted July 14, 2012

James Nares describes in vivid detail what a well-dressed woman is like and what Botox can do to your face.
Michael Kaiser

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Blog 150: My Visit to Skidmore

Michael Kaiser | Posted July 14, 2012

Spending two days with these students in classes and lecture was exciting and enlightening. They know far more about arts management than I could have dreamed of at that age.
Wilborn Hampton

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'Death Of A Salesman': Beyond A Smile And A Shoeshine

Wilborn Hampton | Posted July 14, 2012

Of the half dozen or more Willys that I have seen, including the most recent Broadway incarnations, the only one to instill genuine sympathy for this otherwise deluded blowhard is the current one, Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Liz Smith

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Rita Wilson Covers AM/FM Classics On Her New Album

Liz Smith | Posted July 14, 2012

Recently, Rita performed an exclusive gig at the Troubadour Club in West Hollywood. (This famous spot has seen Linda Rondstadt, The Eagles and Elton John, back in the day.) The crowd loved her.
Maureen Ryan

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'Smash' Finale: Does The Show Learn From Its Mistakes?

Maureen Ryan | Posted July 14, 2012

When it comes to group hate-watching, "Smash" is the gift that keeps on giving ... I thought, "Smash's" team is correcting the problems that have long plagued this drama. And then I watched the "Smash" season finale.
Daniel Gulati

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What to Do When Someone Asks for a Favor

Daniel Gulati | Posted July 14, 2012

By qualifying those who ask for favors, you've designed a system that is both effective and efficient: You're quickly identifying those who most want your help, you're not ignoring or denying anyone, and importantly, you're preserving your own valuable time.
Noel Gallagher

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Tales From the Middle of Nowhere (Vol. 2): So Lima? That's in Peru, By the Way

Noel Gallagher | Posted July 14, 2012

It's also the place where I wrote that song of mine called If I Had A Gun. Nice place. Foggy. Stinks of dead fish!! Got a little bit wasted the first night on that drink 'pisco sour'?
Maureen Ryan

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'Mad Men' Recap: Worst Episode Of The Season ... And Not Just Because Of Betty

Maureen Ryan | Posted July 13, 2012

Any episode that prominently features Betty is a lesser episode of "Mad Men." She just isn't as interesting as the show thinks she is, and when she turns up, "Mad Men's" ability to tell stories about bitterness and dissatisfaction becomes noticeably unsubtle.