From Today’s ArtsJournal Blogs 12/19/13

To Be (a charity) or Not To Be, That is the $40 Billion Question
Source: Field Notes | Published on 2013-12-20

What To Make of The Christie’s Evaluation
Source: Real Clear Arts | Published on 2013-12-20

Roof collapses in London theatre during show
Source: Slipped Disc | Published on 2013-12-19

Pina Bausch Returns to Juilliard
Source: Dancebeat | Published on 2013-12-19

Nelson Algren on Frank Lloyd Wright
Source: Straight|Up | Published on 2013-12-19

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Nutcrackers Across The Oceans

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“Although the Royal Ballet’s “Nutcracker” is praised by many as an excellent version, and by some as the best, it made me homesick for America as nothing else did during a four-week visit to my native land.”

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The Walker Art Center’s Good Year (Don’t Mind The Cuts)

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The report emphasized several nonfinancial “measures of success,” including six Walker-organized exhibitions, a half-dozen performing arts commissions, and 41 film and video premieres. The center added 80 pieces to its permanent collection. It also sent four exhibitions to nine U.S. cities, where they were seen by more than 190,000 people.

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Philip Glass’s Bond With Dance

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The composer’s speech at the Dance Magazine Awards moved editor Wendy Perron (and much of the audience) so much “that I wanted to transcribe it and share it with you.”

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Full-Frontal Jesus in Late Medieval Art

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Lee Siegel: “But in casting aside Christ’s garments, the Franciscans made Christ’s nude body a focal point. As a result, according to Steinberg, from about the middle of the thirteenth century until the sixteenth century artists lavished particular care on Christ’s penis, the part of Christ’s body that made him most mortal, and which proved his union with humankind.”

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New Owner Promises Handmade Steinways for Years to Come

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“For 160 years, the pianos made by Steinway & Sons have been considered the finest in the world. So when hedge fund billionaire John Paulson recently bought the company, it struck fear in the hearts of musicians: Would the famously handcrafted pianos be changed, for the sake of efficiency?”

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The Japanese Drummer Who Invented Karaoke

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“He was a drummer, by trade and sensibility, which means he ended up returning home ‘almost penniless’ to live with his parents at the age of 28. He started playing the keyboard in particular bars called ‘snacks’.”

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