“Pat Martino had brain surgery in 1980 to remove a tangle of malformed veins and arteries. At the time he was one of the most celebrated guitarists in jazz. Yet few people knew that Martino suffered epileptic seizures, crushing headaches, and depression. Locked in psychiatric wards, he withstood debilitating electroshock therapy. It wasn’t until 2007 that Martino had an MRI and not until recently that neuroscientists published their analyses of the images. Galarza’s astonishment, like that of medical scientists and music fans, arises from the fact that Martino recovered from surgery with a significant portion of his brain and memory gone, but his guitar skills intact.”
“Ms. Wersba began writing in the 1960s, and her work reflected the era’s new realism in literature for younger readers with stories no longer confined to intact nuclear families and sanitized goings-on like prom nights. Some of her frank themes generated criticism; others generated praise.”
The first thing to say is that Lloyd Webber is a total theatre animal. He has a nose for what will work on a stage, whether it be an odd collection of TS Eliot poems (Cats), a mad 19th-century melodrama (The Phantom of the Opera) or the inspirational anarchy of a scruffy teacher (School of Rock). Sometimes, as with the superfluous Stephen Ward (about the man at the centre of the Profumo scandal), the nose seems badly blocked. But reading Lloyd Webber’s recently published mammoth memoir, Unmasked, you realise where this instinct comes from.
After debuting at age 19 with the Philadelphia Orchestra and later conducting under three different titles (including acting music director for one season) at the Chicago Symphony, he became the first music director of what was then called the Florida Gulf Coast Symphony (formed from the merger of ensembles in Tampa and St. Petersburg). He then molded it – sometimes with harsh criticism of musicians – into an accomplished professional orchestra.
“Avruch played Bozo the Clown [on the eponymous children’s television show] from 1959 to 1970, a clown character particularly popular in the U.S. in the 1960s because of widespread franchising in television. Avruch became the first nationally-syndicated Bozo.”
“On magazine covers and in newspaper pages, Mr. Grossman chronicled and caricatured a half-century’s worth of politicians, pop-culture figures and social issues. He had a knack for causing a stir with his colorful images, whether they be one-shot covers for magazines like Rolling Stone and Time or serial comic strips for The New York Observer or New York magazine.” One of his most famous images was a National Lampoon cover showing Richard Nixon with a breathtakingly long Pinocchio nose; another was on the poster for the greatest film comedy of all time.
“Ms. Westphal’s canvases – which included quilts, kimonos, dresses and baskets – reflected her life and her world travels, and were distinguished by her pioneering use of heat-dying processes to transfer photocopied images onto fabrics.”
Third Angle New Music, Portland’s oldest new music ensemble that performs, commissions and records innovative contemporary classical music is seeking an experienced candidate for Artistic Director.
The board and staff have formed a search committee to recruit and select an AD to create a cohesive musical voice as well as to think strategically about the future of new music and Third Angle. The new AD will be only the fifth person to hold that position in the organization’s 33-year history.
The Artistic Director’s key responsibilities include the following:
- Serve as the public face of the organization.
- Advocate for Third Angle and for new music in general.
- Lead the organization in carrying out its mission and achieving the goals defined by the Board of Directors in the Strategic Plan.
- Articulate in a clear and compelling way Third Angle’s artistic goals, plans and rationale.
- Program outstanding concerts, drawing on Third Angle’s storied history while also forging a unique musical voice that will reach new, untapped audiences.
- Develop season concerts, outreach and educational activities in alignment with the organization’s budget, strategic and marketing goals.
- Stay abreast of new developments and trends in contemporary music, including what is being performed and created by similar-sized ensembles nationally and internationally.
- Seek and obtain new opportunities for performances by Third Angle musicians locally and regionally.
- Collaborate with the Executive Director and staff on planning major projects in Third Angle’s commissioning, recording and education initiatives.
- Submit artistic plans on a timely basis and provide accurate projections of rehearsal time.
- Write articulately and professionally about the artistic choices and direction of the organization.
- Set and uphold the highest artistic standards for the Third Angle musicians and productions.
- Lead rehearsals, performances and recordings.
- Thoroughly prepare for rehearsals and make effective use of rehearsal time.
- Write Artistic Director’s notes for each concert.
- Introduce from the stage performers and performances presented by Third Angle.
RELATIONS WITH BOARD, PERFORMERS, STAFF and COMMUNITY
- Develop and maintain good working relationships with all stakeholders in the Third Angle community.
- Cultivate and maintain good working relationships with Third Angle musicians to inspire and encourage their ownership in and loyalty to Third Angle and its programs.
- Work closely and cooperatively with the Executive Director (ED), including consulting with the ED during the development of season programming and regarding musician personnel decisions.
- Develop and maintain a working partnership with the Board by regularly participating in Board meetings and apprising Board members of artistic endeavors and challenges and their significance.
- Encourage open, regular communication and cooperation between musicians, Board members and staff.
- Select Third Angle musicians and guest artists.
- Consult with the ED on staff hiring.
- Work with the Board and ED to cultivate individual, government, foundation and corporate donors.
- Support and participate in fundraising activities on behalf of the organization.
- Write donor appeal letters as requested.
- Accompany Board members and/or the ED to selective meetings with major institutional funders and individual donors as well as prospective donors.
AUDIENCE BUILDING, COMMUNITY RELATIONS
- Boost audience-building goals through innovative programming, engaging and informative post-concert Q&A and educational and community outreach programs.
- Actively grow the educational program and participate as a guest artist.
- Cultivate and establish good relationships with artistic leaders in Portland as well as nationally and internationally.
For more information and instructions on how to apply, please visit: http://thirdangle.org/buzz/
Carlo Parodi, founder of the Giacomo Casanova Foundation (and, not incidentally, CEO of the winery Casanova Prosecco), plans to site the museum in six rooms at the Palazzo Pesaro Papafava in Venice – and also hopes to create a temporary pop-up museum that would travel to such cities as Paris, Tokyo, New York, Beijing, and London.
“The fact that more than 100 journalists were murdered is, in [large] part, to be blamed on the freedom of the press today,” the Nobel-winning Peruvian author told a radio interviewer, “which allows journalists to say things that were not permitted previously. Narcotics trafficking plays an absolutely central part in all of this.” Mexicans, as one might expect, are not happy about this.
Nasrallah was a journalist, teacher, lecturer and novelist who advocated for women’s rights and wrote about refugees and war in Lebanon. Her books “recount the emptiness left by immigration, the women left behind by men seeking a better life beyond war-torn Lebanon, the parents abandoned by children desperate to fulfill the dreams they had been denied.”
Wilhelm was a trailblazer, “one of the few women writing science fiction under their own names in the 1960s, and her books quickly gained a following as well as awards. Unlike many of her colleagues, she straddled genres, between futuristic fantasies and enigmatic mystery novels. She set her science fiction in the near term and imposed present-day sensibilities.”
Daniel Wu’s life is not well-known in the U.S., even though he’s a Cali native. Why? He randomly took a trip to Hong Kong after he got an architecture degree, and in Hong Kong, he was discovered – and turned into a movie star, with three movies his first year there and six the year after, and more, and more, and more … “The 43-year-old actor and producer is now a superfamous A-lister who gets swarmed by paparazzi whenever he leaves the house.”
Bulick, a folk musician and potter and human of many talents,”supervised the nation’s first comprehensive regional cultural planning process, Arts Plan 2000. That document led to the creation of the Regional Arts & Culture Council, an autonomous nonprofit serving [Portland’s three] counties. During Bulick’s tenure the agency quadrupled in size to a budget of more than $4 million and more than 20 full-time staff, and it launched nationally praised and imitated neighborhood arts, youth-at-risk, public art, cultural tourism and arts in education initiatives.”
Saul Bellow never followed his Québec into the contemporary world. Before Alice Munro won in 2013, he was the only Nobel Prize recipient in literature to have been born in Canada. Yet besides a library in Lachine that bears his name, his historical presence is invisible. By contrast, another Jewish scion of Montréal, Leonard Cohen, is enjoying a yearlong retrospective at the Musée d’Art Contemporain, the entirety of whose galleries are devoted to works depicting or inspired by or tangentially related to that beautiful loser.
Dave Itzkoff visits the comedian at his 19-bedroom mansion (complete with multiple aquariums, bowling alley, basketball court, and Rolls-Royces), and accompanies Morgan on a visit back to one of the Brooklyn housing projects where he grew up – and where he and some residents still recognize each other.
Seven months after the death of Joan, his wife of almost 70 years, beset with pneumonia, the apparent victim of gross financial malfeasance and surrounded by a panoply of Hollywood charlatans and mountebanks, he may be facing his greatest challenge, every bit the equal of any of the psychologically flawed superheroes he helped shepherd into being. According to one insider with working knowledge of Lee’s current situation, “It’s a real fucking mess over there. I think his money will be gone in a few weeks… Stan and [his daughter] JC are literally being picked apart by vultures.”
“The image of Stephen Hawking … in his motorised wheelchair, with head contorted slightly to one side and hands crossed over to work the controls, caught the public imagination, as a true symbol of the triumph of mind over matter. As with the Delphic oracle of ancient Greece, physical impairment seemed compensated by almost supernatural gifts, which allowed his mind to roam the universe freely, upon occasion enigmatically revealing some of its secrets hidden from ordinary mortal view. Of course, such a romanticised image can represent but a partial truth.” An obituary by Hawking’s Cambridge colleague Roger Penrose.
Two of the women have described incidents over the past 10 years in which they were sent to Mr. Meier’s New York apartment, where he exposed himself, according to interviews with one of the women and several former employees of the firm. A third woman said in an interview that Mr. Meier grabbed her underwear through her dress at a firm holiday party, and a fourth said he asked her to undress at his apartment so she could be photographed.
“Working largely out of the artistic limelight at her home in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., Ms. Stein resurrected historical weaving techniques and merged them with 20th-century Bauhaus design sensibilities.” She also, early in her career, made sock puppets out of actual socks – and one of those puppets became very famous.
The 65-year-old member of show-business royalty – she’s the daughter of Judy Garland and the half-sister of Liza Minnelli – was performing at a London jazz club when she started forgetting her patter and the lyrics to her songs. Shortly after the show ended, she collapsed backstage and was taken to a hospital, where the initial diagnosis was made.
“[He was] a force of nature, a whirlwind, an ambulant torrent of surreal invention, physical and verbal, whose Liverpudlian cheek masked the melancholy of an authentic clown. ‘This isn’t television, missus,’ he’d say to the front stalls, ‘you can’t turn me off.’ And then he would embark on an odyssey of gag-spinning that, over five hours, would beat an audience into submission, often literally, banging a huge drum and declaring that if we did not like the jokes he would follow us home and shout them through the letter-box.”
“[He] started building his career in the 1950s Soviet Union, gradually becoming one of the best known and beloved actors of his generation. He received multiple awards for his film and stage work, including the 1980 Boston International Film Festival award for his portrayal of a 19th century Russian nobleman in Oblomov. In his later years, he taught acting in Moscow and served as director of several large theaters, including the legendary Chekhov Moscow Art Theater. … In addition to theater and movie roles, Tabakov was also popular for his voiceover work in children’s cartoons.”
The Met did not release the specific findings of its investigation, which it said had included interviews with 70 people. The statement also said that the investigation had “uncovered credible evidence that Mr. Levine engaged in sexually abusive and harassing conduct toward vulnerable artists in the early stages of their careers, over whom Mr. Levine had authority,” adding that he was also being fired as the artistic director of the Met’s young artists program.
The woman who wrote the “Overlooked” New York Times obit for Plath says, “The obituary I was going to write would be very different from the obituary we would have written when Plath died. In some ways, I think, it turned out to be more true to who she really was.”
The poet won praise everywhere. “Stanley Kunitz once praised her ‘brilliant nervosity’ and ‘taste for the fantastic.’ Tracy K. Smith, the current United States poet laureate, who was a student of Ms. Brock-Broido’s at Columbia University, said in a telephone interview, ‘She was just a full-force, wonderful presence of creativity, magic, belief and reverence for poetry.’ Ms. Brock-Broido called her style something simpler: ‘feral.'”
“Mattel has worked in close partnership with the Frida Kahlo Corporation, the owner of all rights related to the name and identity of Frida Kahlo, on the creation of this doll,” a spokesperson said. “In addition to the Frida Kahlo Corporation being an important part of the doll development process, we have their permission and a legally binding agreement to make a doll in the likeness of the great Frida Kahlo.”
The former chief conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France and the Opéra-Bastille in Paris has been forced to withdraw from performances next week of La Bohème at La Fenice in Venice after his car was hit by a truck.
It seems an apt time to weave together a few of the threads that made Bob Capanna who he was — the Bobness of Bob, if you will. Capanna embodied a set of high ideals that arts institutions might aim for as the sector struggles with questions of identity versus survival, art versus entertainment, flavor-of-the-month programming ideas to please funders versus core mission, and the endless strain of working harder for an ever-smaller slice of the attention pie.
Jamie is the Bernstein child we usually hear from, but in this interview, Alexander talks about life with his father (and his mother) as well as Lenny’s music-making, social activism, and dealing with the demands of his work. “[As] he started conducting more abroad, the entourage around him grew larger and larger, and he became more and more of an industry. That was hard for him to handle. One day I remember him shouting, ‘I hate Leonard Bernstein!'”