Actors’ Secrets to Playing King Lear

Jonathan Pryce as King Lear

“Ian McKellen dreaded it, Albert Finney dodged it. As Simon Russell Beale prepares to play Lear in Sam Mendes’s eagerly awaited production, Laura Barnett talks to five actors who risked their sanity (and their knees) to wear the crown.”

Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.14.13

Fu Lei: A Spirit for the Ages
Source: The Great Flourishing | Published on 2014-01-15

NYT MoMA Critique Isn’t Just About Architecture
Source: Real Clear Arts | Published on 2014-01-14

MoMA’s Excoriated Expansion: The Critics Pile On (plus AFAM’s good year)
Source: CultureGrrl | Published on 2014-01-14

Three Choreographers Grace a Busy Week
Source: Dancebeat | Published on 2014-01-14

L.A. Dance Project Gets A Glamorous New Home


“L.A. Dance Project, launched in 2012 by star choreographer Benjamin Millepied, announced Monday that its new home venue will be the Theatre at Ace Hotel, an ornate, Spanish gothic-style auditorium that’s at the base of a newly-opened boutique hotel in a 1927 structure built by Hollywood royalty.”

US Appeals Court Strikes Down Net Neutrality


“The 2-1 ruling upheld the FCC’s right to regulate broadband access, but the court called into question the FCC’s authority to impose rules that dictate how broadband providers manage traffic on their networks.”

So Much For An Open Internet


“The FCC’s rules were the only thing keeping Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from picking winners and losers online. Musicians and other artists depend on the ability to compete alongside the biggest companies; we know what it’s like when just a few powerful corporations control our access to audiences.”

Audience Data Increasingly Determines What/How Movies Are Made


“Worldwide Motion Picture Group analyses data from a decade of audience research to determine if a script is marketable and how much money it is expected to make. Some screenwriters are worried Bruzzese’s method detracts from the creative process, but he told the BBC he is helping producers make films that audiences want to see.”

So Art Is A Great Investment? (Maybe Not So Much)


“When looked at more carefully as an investment category, art falls short relative to many of the other assets to which it is frequently – and favourably – compared. These include both traditional and alternative investments, whether public and private equity, gold, wine, or residential property. Its lack of correlation to such assets is also questionable.”

Want To Be Successfully Creative? Build A Machine


“Lots of people like to talk about “the creative process,” but whiff when it comes to having any insight about adaptive Machine structures. In fact, I think our culture generally has trouble seeing how strategy is directly connected with implementation.”

The Best Music Journalism Of 2013?


Jason Gross’s annual list. “Gathering up this list of my favorite music articles of last year is also a nice way to try to chase away the blues about journalism, another industry in desperate, confusing times.”

Could Traditional College Campuses Be Endangered?


“As the business of education moves online, is the traditional quadrangle-dormitory-lecture hall-library configuration really going to be necessary? Could the college campus go the way of – gulp – the bricks-and-mortar bookstore?”

Julie Taymor – Out From Under The Web


This was Ms. Taymor’s first return to the theater since being fired from “Spider-Man” nearly three years ago. She knew that, fairly or not, eyes would be trained on Brooklyn to see how she fared. Or, to put it another way, there was “a big Spider-Man hanging over this.”

Has The Museum Of Modern Art Lost Its Way?


“Disconnected from its past, impatient with the present and tearing into the future under the vague banner of “The New,” it has ceased to be the sui generis institution it had been throughout much of its history. Instead it is virtually indistinguishable from every other museum of modern and contemporary art around the world.”

Richard Maxwell Wins $20K Spalding Gray Award


The prize, named after the late actor and monologuist, includes a $20,000 commission to create a new theater work (which Maxwell already has planned) to be staged at each of four participating institutions, including P.S. 122 in New York and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Former Imelda Marcos Crony Sentenced in Art Theft/Sale


“A former personal secretary to Imelda R. Marcos was sentenced on Monday to two to six years in state prison in New York for conspiring to sell Impressionist masterpieces belonging to the Philippine government that disappeared when Ferdinand Marcos was ousted as president.”

Jazz Trumpeter Roy Campbell Jr., 61

Roy Campbell

“[He] always looked relaxed, with a Bronx-bred saunter to his step and often a leather baseball cap pulled low over his eyes, but he always played hard, whether for a European concert hall or a New York subway platform.”