The Tourism Problem (It’s Killing Travel, Killing Experience, And Killing Places)


“In an age of unprecedented foreign travel, tourists get quite a bad rap, not least from tourists themselves. Of course, many high-minded people would scoff at the notion that they are tourists, beholden to the same vulgar taste as the travelling masses, even though, as we shall see, that hierarchy is not a very convincing one.”

How To You Contextualize Theatre To The Audience It Wants To Serve?


“What quickly became apparent is that the local authority officers share our ambition to find ways of increasing the perceived “usefulness” of the arts and asking: if the regular audience to theatre comprises only 8% of the population, what might the other 92% be interested in?”

Free “Happy Birthday!” (The Battle To Release An Iconic Song From Copyright)


A federal lawsuit filed by a group of independent artists is trying to change that, and lawyers in the case, in a filing last week, said they had found evidence in the yellowed pages of a nearly century-old songbook that proves the song’s copyright — first issued in 1935 — is no longer valid.

Lament Of The Anti-Social Writer (Does This Mean I Can’t Have A Career?)


“There’s my avoidance of readings, my fake enthusiasm as I swindle my own students out of their Friday nights to go to a lecture I won’t attend, my gag-triggering physical loathing of bookstores, my requirement that reading materials appear on my nightstand by benevolent conjury, without any consumer effort from me. There’s my acute failure as an educator to fill any tiny part of the role of writing-community steward that is assumed of me. There’s my own titanic hypocrisy most recently as I think about promoting a new book in the very community I can’t show love for. So here I am. In all my humility.”

Who Is Disrupting The Art World – A List


“We at artnet News put our heads together, polled some art-world veterans for suggestions, and assembled this admittedly subjective, non-comprehensive list of colleagues who have changed the shape of the American art world.”

Taking Stock Of The Arts In Kansas City


The city has made big investments in its arts. But it’s a time of transition as prominent leaders move on and arts institutions try to figure out what next.

Thinking About Buying A Gallery? Here’s What Can Go Wrong If You Don’t Ask The Right Questions


“I inherited a gallery manager who was extremely upset at everything. The invoice demands were flowing in – totalling at least half a million pounds – from a lot of irate people. I feel like a naive fool now.”

A First: Theatre Company Asks Taylor Swift For Song Rights Over Social Media And…


Five days before opening, all conventional efforts exhausted, the company resorted to trying to reach Swift on social media and in what may be a first, she granted the rights via Twitter just hours ago. While I suspect there are some contractual details to be worked out beyond “Permission granted,” presumably the tweet from Swift gives Belvoir Street enough comfort that they can proceed.

The 20,000 Vinyl LPs Trapped In Guantanamo


“There’s a live Bob Marley concert and Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra, John Coltrane recordings and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, part of a collection that for years the DJs wouldn’t discuss for fear that the bosses would order them to destroy them or ship the collection off the island, like other radio stations in the Defense Department broadcasting system.”

The Zen Master Of Dance In New York

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“Even in the depths of summer, when New York theaters close up shop and dance companies go on break or on tour, the ballet teacher Zvi Gotheiner keeps going to work, though he may not call it that. And dancers keep flocking to work with him.”

After A Year On The Job, Andris Nelsons Extends With Boston Symphony To (At Least) 2022

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“On Monday, the orchestra announced it has extended its contract with Nelsons through the 2021-2022 season. The contract, which had previously run until 2019, also includes an evergreen provision allowing Nelsons and the orchestra to add additional years.”

Do New York Theatergoers Really Dress Like Slobs? And Does It Matter?

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Alexis Soloski: “Mostly I’m in favour of dressing down. It seems democratising to me. Less elitist. It makes theatre seem like the kind of thing anyone and everyone can go do, which is what I devoutly wish. (Well, that and cheaper, better wine at the concession stands.)”

The Composer That Lyric Opera Of Chicago Found On YouTube

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The company was looking to commission an adaptation of Ann Patchett’s novel Bel Canto. Jimmy López remembers getting a call about it from his friend, conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya: “November 18th, 2010, I was having lunch and I got a call from Miguel. He said, ‘You need to go home and upload your vocal music to YouTube.'”

A Lot Of Art Galleries Lose Money – This Man Says He Can Fix That

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“In a slim, Day-Glo orange book that caused a furor when it was published in Germany last year, … a 31-year-old German entrepreneur/professor/art adviser named Magnus Resch … argues that most galleries are undercapitalized and inefficient, and moreover, that with McKinsey-like business strategies … the entire art market could be turned into a profit-generating machine.”

How Performers Are Paid for Performance Art

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The artists Gerard & Kelly “saw performer compensation ‘as a blind spot in how performance was entering [museum] collections’… They learned that the going rate museums paid performers in major 2010 exhibitions was about $20 an hour, which they found low and arbitrary. (This includes Marina Abramovic’s piece at the Museum of Modern Art, they said, and Tino Sehgal’s at the Guggenheim, the first performance piece that museum acquired.)” So they negotiated a wage formula for performers in their latest work, and included it in the license for any museum that wants to present it.

Orchestra That Just Fired Conductor Fires Executive Director, Too

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The executive committee of the [San Luis Obispo Symphony’s] board of directors voted unanimously to terminate Feingold’s employment and he was let go Friday … Feingold’s departure comes less than three months after the ouster of former Music Director Michael Nowak, who had held that post for 31 years and was widely considered the public face of the symphony.”

It’s Time To Start Liking Tom Cruise Movies Again


“Somewhere along the way Cruise went from being the biggest star on the planet to his own films’ worst enemy.” (We all remember the Oprah Couch-Jumping Incident.) “There was something about Tom Cruise’s … well, Tom Cruise-ness that felt like it needed to be brought down a peg.” But Bilge Ebiri, after watching all of his movies for an assignment, argues that Cruise is an underrated, and sometimes ingenious, actor.

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Last Story Is Finally Getting Published

FILE - In this file photo from the 1920s, American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald poses for a portrait. A short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, "Temperature," is receiving its publishing debut in the current issue of the literary quarterly The Strand Magazine. (AP Photo/File)

“‘And as for that current dodge ‘No reference to any living character is intended’ – no use even trying that,’ Fitzgerald warns at the start of ‘Temperature,’ an 8,000-word piece dated July 1939 that is receiving its publishing debut in the current issue of the literary quarterly The Strand.

A ‘Sneaky Feminist Honesty Bomb': The Observer Interviews Amy Schumer

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On doing a press tour to promote her movie: “I don’t want to dress like a dickhead and talk about myself. A lot of it feels like I’m being punished for doing something that I’m proud of. Imagine all day having to talk about your writing. Wouldn’t you just run a warm bath and open your wrists?”

An Open Letter From A Copy Editor To Hollywood Title-Makers


When you’re giving a movie its title – say, Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, or The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2, or Crazy, Stupid, Love. – punctuation is not your friend.

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Where Can You Afford To Live As An Artist? Here’s Why New Orleans Ranks No. 1


So, what’s a poor, pragmatic artist to do? According to a new study from the personal finance website SmartAsset, they should consider moving to New Orleans. The birthplace of jazz has much more than just music: it has the best affordability-to-culture ratio out of the 187 largest cities in the United States. Also, beignets.

New Report On Abuse Of Migrant Labor Abuse At Abu Dhabi Museum Construction


Over the past year, Gulf Labor members travelled to Abu Dhabi and India to interview more than 50 workers. Although press reports often focus on living and working conditions on Saadiyat Island, the researchers found that “underpayment is far and away the primary concern” for the workers themselves.

Charlie Hebdo Was Always Poor. But Tragedy Brought A Flood Of Money. It’s Not Easy


In the space of a few months, a publication with a storied past but uncertain future, beset by dwindling revenues and readership, casting around for financial support, has been transformed into a cash cow. People who had scarcely heard of the paper now flaunt the ubiquitous “Je suis Charlie” badge.

How Can You Be A Middle Class Artist When The Middle Class Is Being Wiped Out?


“How can artists serve the social good, create excellent work, and critique the system when it is the system which is actively eroding the social good and preventing them from accomplishing excellent work? The result is not meaningful creative engagement but a scramble for survival—a blurring of vision and base opportunism.”

Are We Losing Are Ability To Read Deeply?


It can be argued that we are reading more than ever. We read blogs, captions, tweets. Where information used to be exchanged in telephone conversations, now it is communicated through texting. But despite all this reading, there’s a growing concern among educational experts that literacy is declining. “What we are in danger of losing,” says Joseph Tabbi, “is the leisure and educational infrastructure that—alone among cultural institutions—is capable of training young minds of all economic classes across nations in the direction of the literary arts.”

There Are Plenty Of Reasons I Don’t Need The Theatre. And One Reason I Do That Trumps Them All

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“I am a reporter on The One Show on BBC One, where we get audiences of up to six million. At Edinburgh, the space I play seats 350 people. I am 67, I have six grandchildren, I have been an MP and a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, I have books currently in print in 24 countries around the world; I don’t need this. But I’m doing it – for four weeks, with just one day off. Why? Because the Edinburgh Fringe changed my life.”

A New National Center For Choreography (But You Can’t See It)


“The importance of the center – a project spearheaded by DanceCleveland and funded by a five-year, $5 million pledge from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation – is difficult to convey, given that it’s essentially an abstraction. Even when it’s fully up and running, the center, a standalone nonprofit, will basically amount to a network, a collection of diverse regional resources for choreographers to access as they conceive and create new dance.”

Cleveland Orchestra Picks A New Executive Director


“Andre Gremillet comes to Northeast Ohio by way of Australia, where he has served as managing director of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since November 2012. The distance notwithstanding, the administrator brings from there experience doing much of what the Cleveland Orchestra is still in the midst of doing here: connecting more deeply with its hometown while simultaneously raising its profile worldwide.”