Tuesday’s Art Notes

BY Tom LeGro  January 5, 2010 at 10:30 AM EST

The Burj Dubai tower; Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images

—The Burj Khalifa is lit up during an opening ceremony yesterday in the United Arab Emirates. The building stands at 2,717 feet, making it the world’s tallest man-made structure. PBS NewsHour correspondent Hari Sreenivasan writes about the Burj Khalifa in the Rundown and talks to the senior structural engineer on the project. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images.)

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Katherine Paterson, the author of kids’ lit classics like “The Bridge to Terabithia” and “Jacob Have I Loved,” was named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature today at the Library of Congress. She takes over for Jon Scieszka, the author and illustrator who was the first to hold the title.

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Researchers at Dartmouth College say they’ve developed a computer analysis that can tell if a work of art is a forgery by compiling visual data from works that are known to be authentic.

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Lower prices is the ticket to bigger audiences, says Michael Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center in a blog post for the Huffington Post. Recent studies have shown that concert and theater attendance shrank noticeably over the last six years.

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Those would-be audience members may very well be putting on productions of their own rather than going to professional productions. According to Newsweek, the current recession-fueled Do-It-Yourself movement may be less revolutionary than a revival of old values.