Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.04.14

Corcoran Dissolution: Whither the Art-Sale Proceeds?
AJBlog: CultureGrrl | Published 2014-03-04

What would a Minnesotan orchestra look like? A reverie on place
AJBlog: Speaker | Published 2014-03-04

NEA: “Level Funding” for FY 2015
AJBlog: Real Clear Arts | Published 2014-03-04

Chamber Music For the People
AJBlog: CultureCrash | Published 2014-03-04

Diversity? Just do it
AJBlog: Performance Monkey | Published 2014-03-04




Philadelphia Theatre Company Slashes All Its Tickets To $25


Currently, the average ticket price for Wilma Theatre shows is between $31 and $35. “But houses are running at about 70 percent of paid capacity. The thinking is that while the theater will reap a lower per-ticket price, more tickets will be sold. The goal is to fill houses to 90 percent, with total earned ticket income therefore expected to remain at current levels.”

State Audit: New York Schools Are Failing Arts Education Mandates


“New York State public schools administrators aren’t taking art seriously, according to a new report filed by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli last Tuesday. The audit sampled 310 students who attended 166 public high schools from 2007 to 2011 and found that between 46% and 64% of them graduated without ever meeting the the minimum arts education requirements.”

Do The Humanities Really Need Defending?


“They are not under present existential threat. Further: their shrinkage, were it to accelerate, is likely to be less culturally significant than many of us believe. For instance, academic literary criticism could fade while literature itself (and its effects on the world) prospered.”

What It Takes To Be A Dance Therapist


“Creative arts therapy, also known as expressive therapy, includes dance, drama, art and music, according to Ehrman-Shapiro. She said not just any artist can be a therapist. For dance therapy, it requires a master’s degree and more than 3,000 hours of supervision from a dance therapist, just like a social worker.”

Long Lost Granados Opera Discovered


“In 1938, one of Granados’ sons sold the original opera to a prominent New York musician and publisher for $300 to raise money for the Republican cause in the Spanish Civil War. Other family members wanted it returned. The question of ownership remained the subject of litigation for decades until 1970 when the opera was reported destroyed in a warehouse fire in New York.”

Composer Robert Ashley, 83

Celestial Excursions

“As well as being known for his radical reinvention of the operatic form, fusing electronic music into his operas and theatre works, Ashley also co-founded the Cooperative Studio for Electronic Music in 1958 alongside Gordon Mumma, before creating the performing arts event ONCE Festival in the 60s. He won the John Cage Award for Music from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts in 2002.”

Could Starbucks Replace Your Local Bank?


“At U.S. Starbucks stores, nearly one-third of the transactions are now handled with the company’s pre-paid cards — which act as tiny de facto savings accounts. How long before Starbucks takes this to the next level?”

The Oscars: Hollywood’s Conflicted Selfie

Oscars selfie

Andrew O’Hehir: “The 2014 Oscars may be mercifully remembered for who won what, rather than for Ellen DeGeneres’ labored pizza-delivery gag or the star-studded selfie that allegedly ‘broke Twitter’ and may finally have convinced an entire generation of young Americans that social media is hopelessly lame.”

West Bank’s Freedom Theatre, Three Years After Its Founder’s Assassination

Jenin war horse … a sculpture at the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank

“Jenin, a camp in the north of the West Bank with more than 16,000 registered Palestinian refugees, is at the heart of a cultural resistance movement. … And tucked away within the camp is Freedom theatre, founded in 2006 by Juliano Mer Khamis, who believed in using cultural resistance to fight against occupation. He was killed in 2011 by a masked gunman outside his theatre.”

The Germ Theory of Democracy, Dictatorship, and All Your Most Cherished Beliefs

germ theory mosquito-

“Our moment-to-moment psychological reactions to the threat of illness, [some researchers] suggest, … may explain many of the basic differences we observe between cultures. How does your culture behave toward strangers? What kind of government do you live under? Who are your sexual partners? What values do you share? All of these questions may mask a more fundamental one: What germs are you warding off?”

U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Amazon Warehouse Employee Case

Supreme Court Amazon

“The Supreme Court said that it would hear a class action lawsuit filed in 2010 by former employees of Amazon contractor Integrity Security Systems who claim that, under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), they deserve back pay for the time” – 15 to 30 minutes each way – “they spent in security checks at the beginning and end of the day, which the warehouse mandated to prevent employee theft.”

‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’ Led to Everything Wrong With Post-Reagan America

Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Well, that what Heather Havrilesky argues: “Reading [Richard] Bach’s novella can feel like pinpointing the exact moment in American history when our disillusionment and outrage at society’s massive, grand-scale failures yielded to a new kind of personal arrogance, a championing of the individual over the group no matter the cost.”