Today’s Top AJBlog posts 01.05.14

West Wing Dramas: Cleveland Museum’s Insubstantial Information and Creative Accounting
Source: CultureGrrl | Published on 2014-01-06

Should news organizations foster greater transparency about their arts coverage?
Source: Lies Like Truth | Published on 2014-01-05

First spat of 2014: Maestro opens opens fire on Canadian Opera
Source: Slipped Disc | Published on 2014-01-05

Recommended 2013 jazz-beyond-jazz recordings
Source: Jazz Beyond Jazz | Published on 2014-01-03

These Artists (May) Own The Moon

Moonlight Leonid Tishkov

“With nations hamstrung from competing, this would inevitably lead to private companies holding power over national governments. This situation has emboldened a group of artists to trump everyone and claim the moon for themselves.”

Tribute Bands: How And Why?

Bootleg Beatles at the Brighton Centre

“While artists performing others’ songs is as old as pop and rock itself, over the past couple of decades the faithful reinterpretation of earlier groups’ repertoires, looks and quirks, even appropriately-accented onstage chat, has become big business and a process whereby the greats of the past are presented to new generations of fans.”

Robert Indiana’s Career Was Made, And Ruined, By LOVE

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“In 1968, Manhattan’s Museum of Modern Art bought a painting called LOVE — and made artist Robert Indiana famous. It became a sculpture, a stamp, greeting cards. And it obliterated the rest of Indiana’s career. The artist has been pretty much ignored by the art world for the past few decades.”

Blood Is In At The Theatre, But Making Blood Is The Fun Part?

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“I special order blood, build pneumatic delivery systems, cobble together elaborate systems of bags and tubes and valves from medical, veterinary, cooking, and industrial parts to solve simple stage moments that need to look effortless but are exceptionally complicated theatrical moments.”

The Globe Gets A Companion Indoor Theatre, Lit By Candles


“It’s not a reconstruction of one particular theatre – it’s an archetype of the kind of indoor spaces in which the late romances of Shakespeare, the dark revenge plays of John Webster and the satirical city comedies of Ben Jonson would have been performed.”

Oscar Documentary Short List Looks To Political Films

Pussy Riot

“They include excoriating cinematic treatments of Indonesian death squads, evangelical homophobia in Uganda, the uprising in Tahrir Square and an attack on the incarceration of orca whales in marine parks” – and an already-banned-in-Moscow doco about Pussy Riot.

Fan Fiction Is Who We Are


“Like a funhouse mirror (usually a useless metaphor), fan fiction isn’t just entertaining for what it exaggerates, but for what it reveals in the exaggeration.”

USA! USA! Er, At Least With (Ice) Dancing


“Olympic ice dancing also now carries the reality-television, celebrity-culture appeal of shows like ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ programs that have turned the salsa, tango and fox trot into somewhat quantifiable competitions.”

Should Minneapolis Terminate The Lease For Orchestra Hall?


Minnesota Orchestra musicians have been locked out of Orchestra Hall for more than a year – but “under the terms of its lease, the [Minnesota Orchestral Association] is required to show how the facility is being used to promote the arts in Minneapolis.” Hm.

Is High School Theatre Dying Because Of Censorship?

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“Why aren’t more high schools producing David Mamet plays, or Neil LaBute, Yasmina Reza, John Logan, or Rajiv Joseph, and thereby exposing the students and the school community to new works? Because they’re too busy with Beauty and the Beast, Seussical, and The Wizard of Oz.”