“The ruling could bring either an appeal (the judge has already refused a Netflix bid for a stay) or some other bold move by Netflix that cuts against Wiles’ decision. Before the ruling was announced, Netflix filed additional papers that asserted that the bankruptcy court lacked constitutional authority to compel Netflix into amendments to its agreements.”
“With their controlled climates, confidential record keeping and enormous potential for tax savings, free ports have become the parking lot of choice for high-net-worth buyers looking to round out investment portfolios with art.”
Conor Friedersdorf revisits what befell Nicholas and Erika Christakis last fall when she suggested that students could advocate for themselves when they found someone’s Halloween costume offensive rather than demanding that the college police how students dress up.
“The move to subsume the Brazilian cultural ministry into the education ministry following the recent impeachment and suspension of President Dilma Rousseff has been reversed. … Bitter protests from the arts and culture community followed the initial announcement.”
“Dublin is again renewing a chronic pattern of hemorrhaging its artists. Many of Irelands most important artists – Dorothy Cross, Alice Maher, or James Coleman – have born the brunt of the Dublin property market, lost their studios, and subsequently moved out. Very few established artists remain here. And right now the sense is that, just as my own generation are attempting to consolidate firm working arrangements in the city, we are being forced out too.”
“Clever people will always find new ways to do things online and the live entertainment secondary ticketing market, as well as the primary market, needs to be alive to innovation and its consequences for the market.”
“Sure, the demographic group exists as an amorphous bloc. But you are as likely to come upon an archetypal millennial as you are to run into Joe Sixpack or be invited to a barbecue at the median American household. It’s hard to believe this even needs to be said, yet here we are: Macroscale demographic trends rarely govern most individuals’ life and work decisions.”
“If arts training programs continue to climb in popularity while budding artists from less affluence are deciding against studying the arts in college, does that mean the college-to-career trajectory is a myth? Has the arts degree become a luxury, or are artists from less advantaged backgrounds missing out on something?”
“The Chelsea hotel, on West 23rd Street, is still standing. But it is much diminished from the glory days when it hosted the likes of Dylan Thomas, Sid Vicious and Warhol’s Chelsea Girls. The halls are dusty from sheetrock; the doors are plastic sheets taped to the wall. Developers are hoping to turn the place into a luxury hotel or condos. But there are still some people still clinging to the place.”
Stanford Live is one of the most well-respected university-based arts presenters in the United States, and the Bing Concert Hall, which opened in January 2013 and cost more than $110 million to build, is Silicon Valley’s most prominent classical music venue.
“Given the economic costs and risks, why do museums, stadiums and other “concrete culture” receive such a privileged place in urban development? After spending the past 10 years conducting research on the topic, I’ve found that this privilege should end; as an alternative, cities should champion music festivals as a cheaper, adaptable way to bolster urban communities.”
“A school like Oberlin, which prides itself on being the first to have regularly admitted women and black students, explicitly values diversity. But it’s also supposed to lift students out of their circumstances, diminishing difference. … They move their lives to rural Ohio and perform their identities, whatever that might mean. They bear out the school’s vision. In exchange, they’re groomed for old-school entry into the liberal upper middle class. An irony surrounds the whole endeavor, and a lot of students seemed to see it.”
From the start, there was a disconnect between the “Let’s imagine” approach of the outside consultants and the “Let’s be real” attitude of local artists and administrators who are in the trenches making art flourish every day.
“The southern Italian regions of Sicily, Calabria and Campania have failed to spend hundreds of millions of euros in European Union (EU) culture and tourism funding,” which Brussels has now taken back.
“Newsstand sales and subscriptions were stable. But this could not offset declining revenues from advertising on the Internet, much less ensure the survival of the magazine.” [This article is in French; the translation comes via Google Translate.]
“The issues at the heart of this conversation stretch well beyond ‘The Mikado’ and highlight a movement taking place, at varying speeds, across a number of artistic media.”
“Some of the music industry’s leading players are demanding that ticket touting be made a criminal offence for all UK concerts, plays and sporting events.”
“The two sites – the Carnegie library in Herne Hill, south-east London, and the Minet library nearby – closed their doors on 31 March before planned works to turn each one into a “community hub”, a combination of a largely unstaffed library and a private gym. The council said this was the only option to keep both libraries open amid massive central government cuts to local authority budgets.”
“New services and platforms are great for consumers, but our weak laws have allowed them to siphon revenue away from the underlying music, leaving songwriters, performers and the whole industry choking on their dust.”
“In a 1983 essay, the writer Alice Walker coined the word to explain ‘prejudicial or preferential treatment of same-race people based solely on their color.’ Simply: lighter is better. … Yet even as terms like ‘yellowface’ and ‘whitewash’ sink into our cultural vocabulary, there remains confusion on basic matters of colorism.”
Colleen Dilenschneider: “Data suggest that some types of cultural organizations are perceived as more welcoming than others. Here’s how we could do better.”
There have been demonstrations this week at several cultural landmarks in Rio de Janeiro, and “thousands of others have congregated at cultural institutions in the past week, most directly associated with the Ministry of Culture, in Brasília, Curitiba, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Fortaleza, and other cities.”
“At one end of the mural that was destroyed was written, ‘Ideas are forever.’ At the other end was, ‘Writing is Sacred.’ Writing, in this case, meant graffiti, Rollins said. It was how the students were getting their voices heard.”
“Acting President Michel Temer, who took over last week after president Dilma Rousseff’s suspension for an impeachment trial, has cut the number of ministries from 32 to 23 in a measure he says will help streamline a bloated government. However merging the culture portfolio into the education ministry has provoked a storm of protest led by the country’s cultural elite.”
“More than half the applicants failed to receive organisational support from the Australia Council’s four-year funding round, and 65 previously-funded organisations no longer have funding.”
“The 70% reduction particularly hits artists such as writers and visual artists, who mostly work alone.
“Scandal has rocked a Queens-based arts charity that abruptly shut down on May 11. Healing Arts Initiative (HAI), founded in 1969, offered performances and workshops for the city’s poor, disabled, and elderly, but was brought down by a $750,000 embezzlement scheme that left director D. Alexandra Dyer disfigured after she was attacked with lye while investigating the organization’s finances.”
“The piece was made of materials including crude oil from the Gulf Coast, a teargas cartridge from Cairo’s Tahrir Square, and 340 lines of black stones, which, according to a release from the group BP or Not BP?, ‘symbolizes how BP’s operations in Egypt are ‘surrounded by human rights violations’.'”
“By now, this is a familiar template: 1. Brand implicitly endorses a mainstream progressive cause. 2. Small band of monsters reacts predictably. 3. Right-thinking Americans rush to embrace and defend the brand. … No matter how the fracas plays out, everybody wins in the end: The trolls get attention, responders get the warm and fuzzy pleasure of combating hate, and the brand comes out looking like a crusader for justice.”
“History’s roster of morons, you begin to realize, bears a worrisome resemblance to its roster of geniuses. Whomever you happen to rely on for your present stable perch—John Oliver, Elizabeth Kolbert, the Freakonomics guys — you can’t help but begin to feel the chair-legs wobble. Wrongness, now and forever, is an equal-opportunity affliction.”