JUDGE BANS BROADCAST OF FILM nominated for top Canadian
film honor while Saskatchewan murder trial is on. CBC
NATURAL PHENOMENA IN CULTURAL TERMS: John MacDonald's inaugural
speech as head of Australian art at the National Gallery of
Australia. Sydney Morning
UP THE TRADITIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL: If a madonna playing an
accordion was too much for the last Adelaide Festival, wait
till next year. Australia's largest festival reinvents. Sydney
Morning Herald 10/26/99
YOU WANT TO GET AN ARTS GRANT know your terms. A Montreal
artist applied for a grant to write a book about the porno company
he works for. He didn't get it. Next time call it "erotica."
Toronto Globe and Mail
OF CONTROVERSIAL ART: Legendary arts educator Philip Yenawine
says the professional art world has failed the public and themselves.
Brooklyn brawl is all too sadly familiar. Salon
EDGE: These days, knocking an Australian product - including
art - is regarded as disloyal and unhelpful in nation-building.
Where are the critics?
Sydney Morning Herald 10/25/99
IN ISRAEL: Is
the country's mainstream art becoming too commercial? AND:
music captivates Israel - has authorities worried. AND:
a major international museum from scratch in few short decades.
New York Times 10/24/99(registration
required for access)
A HOMEGROWN CULTURAL INDUSTRY: Canada's Canadian content
rules are just a game everyone plays - lip service so you can
make an American deal. Toronto
Globe and Mail 10/23/99
PARLIAMENT will appoint committee to investigate whether
British Museum should return the Elgin Marbles to Greece. BBC
PROTEST: Tuesday, artists hung a giant "censored"
sign over a billboard promoting the arts in Hartford after city
officials pulled a piece of artwork from a show at a public
gallery. Hartford Courant
Schuyler Chapin, New York's commissioner of culture, is caught
between a peeved mayor and arts supporters clamoring for Chapin's
support in the Brooklyn Museum debacle.
New York Times 10/20/99
THE AIR: When the New Zealand government wanted to auction
off part of the wireless transmission spectrum earlier this
year, the indigenous Maori claimed it as property granted them
under 19th Century treaties with settlers. The government rejects
PRESCRIPTION: Russia -where copyright piracy is rampant
- agrees to align its copyright laws with the European Union.
MARTHA STEWART: The doyenne of do-it-yourself and the World
Wrestling Federation venture onto the floor of the stock market
with initial public stock offerings.
CUSTOMS SERVICE opening a new center to combat theft of
intellectual property. Seizures of stolen movies, software and
music have nearly doubled since 1994. CBC
Hollywood literary agents rallied to shut down a new internet
site that promised overnight review of scripts submitted to
the industry for bidding. Variety.com
HAS ITS OWN "BROOKLYN": Familiar reruns on the
Art Controversy Network. Why do these things always seem to
play out the same way?
Hartford Courant 10/17/99
BOSTON: A new cultural center is much needed - so why is
the process of trying to build one so confusing and convoluted?
Boston Globe 10/17/99
PASSES CHILD ACTOR LAW to safeguard earnings of young actors.
GOVERNMENT SPENDING LESS ON CULTURE: according to a new
government report. CBC
INCREASE IN NEA BUDGET: The US Senate's supporters of the
National Endowment for the Arts decide not to fight for an increase
in the arts agency's budget. Washington
FOR THE ARTS: The Australian government has come up with
a bureaucratic alphabet - the "Business Case for Cultural
Investment Guide" and the "Cultural Products Menu"
- as it tries to promote business investment in the arts. Sydney
Morning Herald 10/14/99
OF MUSIC: Last week's concert in Miami by Cuban band Van
Van provoked huge demonstrations outside. Intense media attention
was partly to blame. Miami
PROOF: Kids are putting away the video games and devouring
the sorcery of Harry Potter. Some parents worried about the
wildly popular stories have persuaded South Carolina's Board
of Education to review whether the books should be allowed in
(AP) Philadelphia Daily News 10/14/99
OLYMPIC ARTS FESTIVAL: On putting together the cultural
program to accompany the Olympic games, its director says: "I
felt the program should have scale, be youthful in tone and
be a bit quirky because that's how Australia is perceived."
Sydney Morning Herald
IS LOBBYING to get culture off the agenda in next month's
international talks on world trade. France wants TV and film
kept off the negotiating table, fearing Hollywood will swamp
the Euro industry. Variety.com
WARY: threats about investigating violence and pop culture
may make good politics, but (thanks to polls and lobbyists)
American politicians are unlikely to pass new laws regulating
the entertainment industry.
New York Times 10/13/99
ARNOLD OR BRUCE OR SYLVESTER: Planet Hollywood's stars stayed
away from court as the restaurant chain filed in bankruptcy
court to close nine of its restaurants.
(Reuters) Contra Costa
CUBAN BAND VAN VAN plays Miami Saturday to protests from
thousands of demonstrators. Miami
The grand great contemporary arts of Europe - observations by
David White. New
York Times 10/11/99
ARTS CENTERS: The Barbican and South Bank are London's two
one-stop arts centers. But while there's a rivalry of sorts,
business is booming for both. Financial
A Tower Video clerk in Dallas who sold a porno tape to a police
officer gets charged with obscenity. I can't believe community
standards are different from California's, a Tower exec told
the cops. Dallas Observer
OF THE ARTS: A decade ago, urban decay. Philadelphia's recasting
of a downtown street as a mecca of culture has been more successful
than anyone thought possible. Now a plan to extend it. Philadelphia
FAIR: Disney opens its Millennial Village at Epcot in a
blaze of color. Tampabay.com
TECH MILLIONAIRES have sprouted in the rain forests of Seattle,
leading to a boom in philanthropic giving. AP
(Yahoo Daily News) 10/5/99
MAKES MIDDLE-EAST PEACE ACCORD: The Happy Kingdom backs
down on portrayal of Jerusalem and averts Arab boycott. Washington