“I don’t take life for granted, and I don’t know if I will be alive in five years. As far as I know, no composer wrote on their score, ‘Forbidden to those under age 18.'”
“Less than a month after the 2014 Carreño Dance Festival was cancelled, the Sarasota summer intensive workshop for pre-professionals dancers is back – and with a new face and partnership that sent a wave of shock through local dance circles.”
“The result: the ‘MLA Subconference,’ organized with the chief aim of confronting loudly and bluntly, the very real problems crippling higher education today, from the adjunct labor crisis to ballooning student tuition. The subconference ‘shadows’ MLA by being held in the same city, one day before the established convention begins.”
Conservative pundit Heather Mac Donald: “Until 2011, students majoring in English at UCLA had to take one course in Chaucer, two in Shakespeare, and one in Milton – the cornerstones of English literature.” But no more. “What happened at UCLA is part of a momentous shift that bears on our relationship to the past – and to civilization itself.”
“It was always an ambitious mission to get a new group of people to think of themselves as art collectors and get them to spend their money on emerging artists. I think it worked great when we did periodic events, but because of our commitment to lower prices, it was hard to make ends meet when we had to pay rent every month.”
Classicist Charlotte Eagar writes about her project, with her husband and a Syrian director, to stage the antiwar Greek tragedy in Arabic translation with a cast of women who have fled their homeland’s vicious civil war for neighboring Jordan.
Peter Aspden: “There are few more powerful forms of revolt against stuffocation” – the feeling of being stifled by having too many things – “than to submit to an artistic experience.”
“When the people who have paid for the film are also your audience, you lose the latitude to innovate and surprise. Two roles that used to be distinct – investor and consumer – are now one, and as such the way the filmmakers can work is altered and limited, if they are to avoid a fan backlash and get funded a second time.”
“There are 240 members in the Academy’s music branch, which includes Mr. Burnett, and if those members come to view ‘Llewyn Davis’ as a tribute to the enduring power of their own craft, the film will be well on its way.”
That is, not that great compared to Charlotte Brontë’s last book, Villette. “It is high time it was recognised as the blazing work it is.”
“Product updates were few and far between. Given that Google can hire lots of people to do just about anything, the steady-state of Scholar gave me the idea that perhaps Google was going to sunset the service.”
“Featuring strong female characters in a film earned studios billions of extra dollars.” That’s billions with a b.
Juanita Moore, who died Dec. 31 at age 99, “fell through the cracks of a Hollywood system with little to offer a black actress besides small parts as maids and nannies.”
“In ads, stump speeches and other messages understood to have manipulative intent, three claims will persuade, but four (or more) will trigger skepticism, and reverse an initially positive impression.”
“There is no more beautiful sound than the voices of siblings swirled together in high harmony, and when Phil and Don Everly combined their voices with songs about yearning, angst and loss, it changed the world.”
“In 2013, he had no fewer than seven world premieres in five cities on three continents. It becomes increasingly evident that he is the most prolific choreographer alive, the most travel-hungry and the most historically conscious.”
Minnesota Orchestra musicians have been locked out of Orchestra Hall for more than a year – but “under the terms of its lease, the [Minnesota Orchestral Association] is required to show how the facility is being used to promote the arts in Minneapolis.” Hm.
These episodes of the original Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation “may have allowed viewers to reconsider knee-jerk and intolerant positions on sexual difference; as we see the pain caused by intolerance, we have a chance to rethink our positions.”
There’s an app for that. (Yes, really.)
“When Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark goes dark for good at the Foxwoods Theater [in Manhattan] on Saturday, just how much dimmer – and for how long – will the immediate neighborhood be?”