“I got to have the most amazing birthday party ever courtesy of Danny DeVito and his family. I got to travel. And, on a pragmatic level, it helped me pay for college.”
“It struck me a long time ago that it didn’t really matter on what level people were working on anything, it was just as important to them as the people working on what’s perceived as a higher level. The major leagues as opposed to the minor leagues or off-off-off Broadway as opposed to Broadway. It really is all the same.”
“Ms. Chablis was a standout character in the book, in which the author, John Berendt, introduced the world to Savannah and the sometimes eccentric people who live there.”
Morin’s financial adviser, Edward Mullen, said the library worker was able to accumulate so much wealth because he never spent any money. Mullen started working with Morin in the early 1970s, and said by the 2000s he had saved quite a bit of cash in his checking and savings accounts. There was almost $1 million in his retirement account alone.
The Istanbul court ruling ends the long-running legal saga which began in October 2012 when Say went on trial on charges “insulting religious beliefs” in a series of Twitter posts. In a hugely convoluted process, the Turkish classical star was initially handed a 10-month jail sentence in 2013 before a retrial was ordered the same year in which he received an identical sentence.
For all her work with the likes of John Cage, Yoko Ono, and Nam June Paik, it was as booker, presenter and grand impresaria that she made her considerable mark on 20th-century art – especially with New York’s Avant Garde Festival (1963-80). “[She] invented the festival, produced it and coaxed city officials who didn’t know performance art from police procedurals into endorsing it.”
The original story in the NYT detailed the love story. Here’s more background: Anne Radice was for a time head of the NEA. She was “criticized for appearing to save the NEA but effectively neutering it—for doing what her predecessor had been fired for not doing when he stood up for art on First Amendment grounds. In quick succession, Radice followed words with actions.”
“The residency took an more decisive turn towards the strange this past week when the Hanjin Shipping Company, the world’s seventh-largest container line, filed for bankruptcy on August 31, leaving the current artist-in-residence, Rebecca Moss, and the crew on the Hanjin Geneva stranded off the coast of Japan.”
“Author John Berendt’s nonfiction account of life in Savannah was a pop-culture phenomenon of the 1990s and featured Lady Chablis as a sassy, blunt-spoken character who exposed some of the city’s dirty laundry. [She] insisted on playing herself in the 1997 movie directed by Clint Eastwood … and was featured in Time magazine and appeared on Today, Oprah and Good Morning America.”
The tenor Johan Botha, who performed for more than two decades at the world’s major opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Royal Opera House in London and the Vienna State Opera, died Thursday morning in Vienna.
“Toward the end of my run in the Broadway company, you know, it got a little scary outside the theater. I was negotiating secret exits the last month of the run. It was unsafe for me to do the stage door. It wasn’t that good fans turned bad or anything like that. It’s just that when people feel like time is finite to see someone, the urgency is what makes it scary. You know, ‘We have to get that selfie now.’ ‘We have to get this autograph right now,’ as opposed to life being long.”
“Nicholas Serota is stepping down as director of the Tate after 28 years in charge to be the next chairman of Arts Council England. The timing of the move next February, … months after the opening of a new wing of Tate Modern (Switch House) will come as a surprise to many although there has been speculation … that such a move was on the cards.”
“Uncommonly versatile, Botha shone in roles ranging from Florestan in Beethoven’s Fidelio to main figures in works by Verdi, Wagner, and Richard Strauss. … Over a nearly 30-year career, he appeared on most of the world’s top stages including La Scala, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, New York’s Metropolitan Opera and the State Opera in Vienna, where he made his home.”
“Braunstein was a purveyor of contemporary art when there was little market for it in the Bay Area, and an early champion of such artists as painters John Altoon and Mary Snowden. She was particularly supportive of artists who worked in clay, taking the so-called “craft” medium of ceramics seriously and building an audience for the work of Peter Voulkos, Richard Shaw and Robert Brady, among others.”
“He composes, he travels, he coaches young musicians in their performances of 30-year-old scores. Asked whether he has any plans to retire — like his fellow octogenarian, the novelist Philip Roth — Reich professes to not quite understand the question.”
“Like today’s tech moguls, Guglielmo Marconi was heavily contested by some of his rivals. Like them, he rose above the fray by sheer determination, as well as talent, luck and vision. But more than any of today’s icons – more than Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and the rest – Marconi was uniquely at the center of the communication revolution of his time.”
“Smart-Grosvenor first gained widespread attention in 1970 with the publication of her book Vibration Cooking or, The Travel Notes of Geechee Girl. Later she would gain even greater fame as a regular contributor to NPR and host of her own television cooking show.” (Among her many other gigs: backup singer for Sun Ra.)
“Mr. Butor objected to being characterized as a member of the nouveau roman movement, although he shared a publisher … [with] leading figures in the school. His novels shared certain characteristics with theirs – a cameralike detachment, an indifference to psychology, a preoccupation with physical details and the instability of human perception – but he took a more philosophical and political approach.”
Pyotr Pavlensky – the man who literally sewed his lips shut to protest the Pussy Riot trial, nailed his scrotum to Red Square, and set fire to the headquarters of Russia’s secret service as an art project – is being honored by the St. Petersburg branch of the fast food chain with a series of special-edition hamburgers named for his most famous
“David would only be caught doing mundane things if it’s what he was actually doing. He’d never play up to the camera. It just turned out that it was just morning to night, he’s in the studio and he’s like that since he was a child, working and working on the studio. That’s all he does, he’s a hardcore artist.”
“Javier asks if I’d like to see his garden. He keeps one on the roof of the marquis of the Richard Rodgers theater, so that he could be alone for a few minutes on performance days, and so that he could watch things grow.”
“It should come as no surprise that where the arts were concerned, the Obamas didn’t just ignore the Pennsylvania Avenue playbook, they wrote their own script. They established dynamic programs and raised considerable money for arts initiatives. They also sometimes drifted away from the traditions of the past, which could leave locals frustrated and impatient.”
“Barack and Michelle Obama are arguably more conversant in popular culture than any other couple that has occupied the White House. And in four months, when his presidency comes to a close, they will depart as full-fledged celebrities, embraced by America’s two arbiters of cool: Hollywood and hip-hop.”
“He is interested in culture, to be sure, but it is the living culture of our time, often the celebrity culture of popular music and commercial theater, but rarely the stuff people used to call “high” culture. Or that, at least, is the image his handlers have crafted.”
“The portrait became iconic overnight. Photographed in Washington D.C. in 1967, it showed a Vietnam War protester, Jan Rose Kasmir, holding a flower as she confronted a row of National Guard servicemen outside the Pentagon. The image became a symbol of the flower power movement and helped change public opinion against a war that had already lasted more than a decade.”
“I don’t believe in the Nietzschean notion that what doesn’t destroy you makes you stronger. You see these soldiers come back with PTSD; they’ve been to war and seen death and experienced these existential crises one after the other. There are traumas in life that weaken us for the future. And that’s what’s happened to me. The various slings and arrows of life have not strengthened me. I think I’m weaker. I think there are things I couldn’t take now that I would have been able to take when I was younger.”
“In case you haven’t seen the viral video of the incident – which, it turns out, was filmed by [her] friends – it is 18 minutes of mayhem.” (And she had considered using cockroaches.) Now that she’s in trouble, she’s very, very sorry.
“The document, called The Will of Naunakht, tells the story of a woman who decided only some of her eight children should be recipients of her estate and clearly disinherits others for not taking care of her in her old age. … Those who contested the will in the future could be recipients of a severe punishment – ‘a hundred blows’ and [confiscation of] his property.”
“In 1938, the Munchkins were paid US$50 per week, about US$900 in 2016. Meanwhile, Toto and her trainer earned US$125 per week, which would now equate to about US$2,100 per week. The Munchkin cast never even saw their names in the credits.”
Frustration is present in Cage’s missives to orchestral and museum directors around the world as he struggles to earn a living and be taken seriously as a composer. For decades, he was his own booking agent and asked people to help underwrite concerts. As well, he pleaded valiantly trying to establish a center for new music at Cornish School, Bennington College, and Mills College—all for naught. Tellingly, he wrote to young composer, “I never made enough money (from my music) to live on until I was fifty. Interrupted my music in order to do odd jobs in order to eat, etc.”