Can You Really Prosecute Someone For Rap Lyrics? (It’s Being Done)


“The proliferation of cases has alarmed many scholars and defense lawyers, who say that independent of a defendant’s guilt or innocence, the lyrics are being unfairly used to prejudice judges and juries who have little understanding that, for all its glorification of violence, gangsta rappers are often people who have assumed over-the-top and fictional personas.”

Color As Sounds, Paintings As Music (Literally)


“In Neil Harbisson’s cybernetic world, every color has a corresponding note: Red is F, orange is F sharp, G is yellow, C is blue, A is green and so on. He listens to Warhols, paints with sounds and writes music based on what he sees around him.”

Rocking Out To Opera (A Whole Different Vibe)


“The company fosters an atmosphere that is the antithesis of intimidating: You can wander in and out without too much worry about losing your place in the story. Shouting during a favorite moment is hardly a breach of etiquette. And if you’re moved (or you pretend to be moved) by a power ballad, the rhythmic waving of a hand clutching a lighter is not out of place.”

Cut The Fulbright Scholarships? What A Bad Idea


“As tensions escalate with countries that were once touchy allies, what we need are more Fulbright grantees in the world, not fewer. Sure, $30 million seems like a lot of money—but it’s actually 0.06 percent of the proposed total State budget.”

Radical Departure: A Gender Difference In Artistic Evolution?


“Radical breaks in style are technically gender neutral, and there are certainly men who have roamed among forms, styles, and even media. I am speaking of a tendency, one that seems to be more noticeable in women working in the twentieth century and beyond, perhaps owing to the fact that more work by women has found its way into the world since 1900.”

The Amazon Books Problem


“There’s a fundamental problem with bookselling as a business: put bluntly, it’s that people aren’t really into buying books. Bezos discovered this via a 1998 survey that found most shoppers didn’t use and probably never would, because—well—Americans buy very few books.”

Osmo Vänskä Is In Talks With Minnesota Orchestra, But –


Would he accept an offer? “Yes, if I can do good music. If I’m going to be able to take care of the orchestra and being their artistic director. And if I’m allowed to make music with them, yes. Otherwise, not.” He also says that the process of “cleaning up things … should happen at every corner of the organization.”

Musicals Move Ever Farther Into Opera Houses’ Repertory

musicals at the opera house

The trend started as a way to increase box office income and get some new people inside the building, but now companies in both the U.S. and Europe are proudly mounting full-scale productions of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Sondheim and even Andrew Lloyd Webber. (Don’t worry, they’re not going to do Mamma Mia!.)