“I believe that there is a strong rationale for the creation of a Cultural Endowment Foundation. It should aim to synthesise existing evidence, promote greater evidence use and generate rigorous new evidence (through supporting and evaluating promising interventions) on one and only one issue: how can we narrow social class gaps in adult arts attendance?”
ArtsProfessional Published: 03.28.17
“The opposing forces were represented by two powerhouse teams of Chicago attorneys: former U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald, former Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick M. Collins, and Tinos Diamantatos represented the British Museum; former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb, Sam Adam Jr., and Robert A. Clifford argued for Greece. And each side produced an expert witness.”
Chicago Reader Published: 03.24.17
“The top 10 most-visited attractions in the country were all in the capital. Seven of those saw a fall in numbers, including The Natural History Museum and the V&A, which both suffered a drop of 12%. The overall visitor numbers for London attractions last year were level.”
BBC Published: 03.27.17
“For almost any device, claiming one individual as the inventor is problematic to say the least. Conception, demonstration and implementation can be very different things, and the path connecting them is typically not a line but a long, challenging and tortuous route.”
Aeon Published: 03.28.17
“Exposure to entertainment television, particularly at a young age, can contribute to making individuals cognitively and culturally shallower, and ultimately more vulnerable to populist rhetoric,” write Ruben Durante of Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Paolo Pinotti of Bocconi University, and Queen Mary University of London’s Andrea Tesei. “By popularizing certain linguistic codes and cultural models, entertainment television may have contributed to creating a fertile ground for the success of populist leaders,” they add.
Pacific Standard Published: 03.28.17
“After 11 seasons of fizzle-outs, it doesn’t look like The Voice is in the business of really making superstar dreams come true. But it has perfected the art of selling the glittering El Dorado promise of the American Dream, a myth so enticing that it still draws seekers, though all evidence suggests they probably won’t find what they’re looking for.”
The Atlantic Published: 03.27.17
“Not long after I moved to New York, Michael Jackson died. O had no idea who Michael Jackson was. ‘What is Michael Jackson?’ he asked me the day after the news – not who but what – which seemed both a very odd and a very apt way of putting it, given how much the brilliant singer had transmuted from a human into an alien being. O often said he had no knowledge of popular culture after 1955, and this was not an exaggeration. He did not know popular music, rarely watched anything on TV but the news, did not enjoy contemporary fiction, and had zero interest in celebrities or fame (including his own). He didn’t possess a computer, had never used email or texted; he wrote with a fountain pen. This wasn’t pretentiousness; he wasn’t proud of it; indeed, this feeling of “not being with it” contributed to his extreme shyness. But there was no denying that his tastes, his habits, his ways – all were irreversibly, fixedly, not of our time.”
The Observer (UK) Published: 03.26.17
“I think the more people understand how much power the wealthy have through philanthropy, the more they’re likely to see it as part of this larger pattern of the wealthy speaking with a larger and larger voice, even as ordinary people struggle to be heard at all.”
The Atlantic Published: 03.28.17
“The coin, which police said was protected by bulletproof glass, carries a nominal value of C$1m and was produced by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2007. Known as the “Big Maple Leaf” and made of the purest bullion, only five have so far been produced, according to the mint’s website. One side features a maple leaf, the other a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.”
The Art Newspaper Published: 03.28.17
In January the company cancelled the second half of its current season after racking up $200,000 in debt. General director Mark Beudert lives in Indiana and ran Eugene Opera on a part-time basis – a situation about which the board chair said, “We’ve just reached a stage where that as a model is not going to work for us.”
Oregon Public Broadcasting Published: 03.27.17
“Isherwood will be writing for Broadway News, a new online venture from Broadway Briefing, an aggregator of theater news. Isherwood will be joined in reviewing by Elizabeth Bradley, an arts academic at New York University and former producer, manager and administrator with long ties to Canada’s Stratford Festival and the Sony Centre in Toronto, among others. The new site will launch next week.”
Deadline Published: 03.27.17
Though details have yet to be finalized, most of the studios agree that they must come up with new ways to shorten the gap between a movie’s theatrical release and its home video debut.
Los Angeles Times Published: 03.27.17
Erik Piepenburg visits Stewart Laing, designer of the enormous, glaringly colored sets that revolve around the audience in director Richard Jones’s revival of the Eugene O’Neill play.
New York Times Published: 03.27.17
“It got so demoralizing. I’d gone to NYU and I’d trained with some of the great acting teachers and I was constantly doing Murderer No. 2 or Janitor No. 3 and it was just like, ‘Am I always going to have a number next to my name?'”
Vulture Published: 03.27.17
Actress Playing ‘Malvolia’ Hits Back At Telegraph Column Arguing Actresses Should ‘Get Their Mitts Off Male Actors’ Parts!’
Telegraph critic Dominic Cavendish used the current National Theatre production of Twelfth Night, which features Tamsin Greig as a female Malvolio, as a jumping-off point for a column suggesting that gender-reversed casting is becoming entrenched and that actresses – and theatres – should spend energy finding and developing female equivalents to the roles of, say, Hamlet or Willy Loman. Now Greig has responded, saying not only that Cavendish used “slightly unenlightened vocabulary,” but also that “he would not have dared to say anything if it had been a black man playing Malvolio.”
The Stage (UK) Published: 03.27.17
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The New York Times‘s co-chief art critic looks at how the debate over Schutz’s Open Casket at the Whitney Biennial has developed, reminds us that African-American opinion on the issue is not monolithic, and suggests that those calling for the painting to be suppressed or destroyed have more in common with, for instance, Rudy Giuliani’s crusade against Chris Ofili’s The Holy Virgin Mary than they might like to admit.
New York Times Published:03.27.17
David Patrick Stearns talks with orchestra percussionist Chris Deviney about the concerto he’s fashioned out of three cuts from Metheny’s album An Imaginary Day.
Philadelphia Inquirer Published:03.27.17
“Better known for her passionate, tragic relationship with Rodin and her 30-year confinement in a psychiatric hospital near Avignon, [Camille] Claudel was largely forgotten as an artist until the late 1970s. The new museum holds most of the sculptures that she did not destroy when her affair with Rodin ended.”
The Art Newspaper Published:03.27.17
The Chicago Blues Experience, scheduled to open in spring 2019 just a block from Millennium Park, will include three floors and a lounge with music by a house blues band.
Crain's Chicago Business Published:03.27.17
“Though Mr. Storey struggled for recognition at first, he went on to win Britain’s premier fiction award, the Man Booker Prize, in 1976 for his novel Saville, in which a miner’s son breaks away from his background. Two of his novels were shortlisted for the award. Three of his works were named best play by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, all within four years in the 1970s. He also earned two Tony nominations.”
New York Times Published:03.27.17
Michael Schulman offers an essay on Lynn Nottage’s Sweat.
The New Yorker Published:03.27.17
“Some writers swoon over language: ‘It’s my muse, my lover’, and so on. Well, it’s my enemy, and I seem to spend all my life arguing and battling with it. Also, sitting down at a desk aggravates my sacroiliac joint, so by the end of a week of solid writing I’m pretty much bed-bound or crawling around on all fours. What else? Writing is static, unsocial, and restricts opportunities for the uptake of vitamin D via dermal synthesis.”
The Guardian Published:03.25.17
“Clumsy, aggressive, cheap-looking (despite costing £100,000), it’s the very opposite of a raindrop. Like the worst public art, it’s also the very opposite of art — ungenerous, suggestive only of itself. Who to blame? The artists, Solas Creative, for sure. But also the arrogance of the bureaucrats who commissioned it.”
The Spectator Published:03.25.17
Candidates included Lin-Manuel Miranda and Liam Neeson. See who he auditioned and who he chose.
The surplus was $687,000 on revenue of $62.4 million, with attendance of 512,016, the festival reported at its annual general meeting on Saturday. According to a news release, passing the 500,000 mark is significant because it’s “where the festival begins to operate most effectively.”
Toronto Star Published:03.25.17