A court in Bermuda has ruled that the trust controlling the estate of the Swiss magnate Christof Engelhorn may not renege on the pledge he made before he died to donate 130 million Swiss francs toward the construction of a modular opera house near Lucerne’s famous Cultural Center.
The 29-year-old New Jersey native first came to notice as (arguably) the anti-hero in the documentary The Audition, about the 2007 Met National Council Auditions.
Academic prose is, ideally, impersonal, written by one disinterested mind for other equally disinterested minds. But, because it’s intended for a very small audience of hyper-knowledgable, mutually acquainted specialists, it’s actually among the most personal writing there is.
“Winning a prestigious award not only garners more attention for a book, but also more negative reviews.” Hunh.
“It is largely a portrait of what Ms. Callahan calls ‘unique personal style,’ or sartorially inclined ordinary folk. Recent posts include a man clad in form-fitting, head-to-toe leather, and a blonde bombshell whose off-the-shoulder dress showed off her extensively tattooed back.”
“Donna De Salvo, the museum’s chief curator and deputy director of programs, said the form is ‘extremely vital,’ offering opportunities in an art market that has become harder to penetrate. The Internet and social media allow artists to come together over many miles, and, as lines blur between disciplines, collectives fulfill the greater need for collaborations.”
“Often it’s the adults, not the children, who are badly behaved. I have seen adult audiences bristle at the arrival of a school party at the theatre, as if they resent the intrusion of young people into what they see as an adult-only arena.”
Leonard Slatkin: “When it comes to the African-American sector of the classical music workplace … there remain but a few who are in the forefront of the industry. Many attempts to alter this situation have seemed patronizing, and, in many cases, unfair.”
“Technological advances, shifting artistic values and dizzying spikes in art prices have turned the world of visual arts into a boxing ring for intellectual-property rights disputes.”
“Let me tell you about how I finally saw Schindler’s List. I planned a party—complete with wine, hummus, and Korean tacos—and sat down with seven friends to sit through three hours and 14 minutes of unrelenting horror.”
“Her willingness to back the visions of directors such as Anderson, Jonze and Bigelow could even be said to put a 21st-century spin on the sort of cultural patronage practised in Renaissance Italy by the Medici family.”
For instance: Alfred, Lord Tennyson:
“Is the goal so far away?
Far, how far no tongue can say,
Let us dream our dream today.”
One large venue promoter “has promised to introduce a uniform ticket policy for disabled people who need to be accompanied by a carer after a legal challenge was launched by a wheelchair-bound customer who claimed the York Barbican had discriminated against him.”
“The bikes will be wrapped in a removable graphic paper with a design by the fair’s 2014 commissioned artist, Xu Zhen. Titled ‘Under Heaven (detail),’ the designs — based on a larger work by the artist — apply much like a decal and will be removed when the fair ends.”
“Perhaps most Amazon Prime customers will see an extra £30 a year as a good deal for a choice of 15,000 movies and programmes. Or perhaps they will look at the range of video content – not much stronger, as far as I can see – and decide not to renew their subscription.”
“Veronica Mars will be released by Time Warner Inc.’s Warner Bros. in about 270 theaters on March 14, the same day that it is available to buy or rent online. It will mark the first time one of Hollywood’s six major studios has distributed a movie in theaters and for home viewing at the same time in the U.S.”
“It is interesting to see the difference between removing text from say The New York Times, a text heavy site, versus Tumblr, where the difference is negligible.”
“Thirty years ago this week, the 1984 Winter Olympics were held in Sarajevo, the capital of present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina. Ten years later, the Olympic site, the city, and its inhabitants were gripped in a ferocious war that still resonates today.”
The Atlantic: “Possible?”
Steven Jiang: “Not really.”
Kaiser Kuo: “The most egregious bit in Feng’s backstory.”
Evan Osnos: “The answer is no.”
“Some experienced show business hands wonder if Hollywood has worn out moviegoers by blasting them with too much nomination-related marketing.”
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“We were far too busy gathering family, collecting what we could from our devastated home and fleeing the city to notice that the Court Theatre – the largest theatre company in the country – was effectively dead. No home, no show.”
“The money is heading toward smaller bookstores, which are under pressure from competitors like Amazon and e-books. Patterson’s own books are big sellers everywhere — he doesn’t depend on small bookstores to succeed. But his giveaway is driven by a broader concern.”
“Tito Muñoz, who currently serves as music director of the Opéra National de Lorraine and Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy in France, will take the baton at Phoenix’s Symphony Hall for seven classics concerts in the 2014-15 season. A native of Queens, N.Y., he is 30 years old — the same age of his predecessor, Michael Christie, when Christie came to the Valley in 2004.”
“Like humans, dogs appear to possess brain systems that are devoted to making sense of vocal sounds, and are sensitive to their emotional content. These systems have not previously been described in dogs or any non-primate species.”
“The lawsuit says the foundation stopped authenticating his works in 2012. It alleges the goal was to limit the number of authenticated works so they would be worth more money.”
Rather than single out 2013 as an exceptional year for drama on stage and screen, I posit a different reason for its noteworthiness: It marked the period in which grade inflation by critics became a commonly deployed strategy for dealing with the cultural and economic insecurity that shows no signs of abating in post-recessionary America.
“Closed captioning is designed to help the deaf and hearing-impaired enjoy television and receive important news and weather reports. Unfortunately, captions are often riddled with typos and incomplete sentences that leave viewers struggling to make sense of what is being said.”
“With his square chest, broad shoulders, and tapered legs, Oscar is an art deco god. But, as familiar as he may be, it turns out we don’t know Oscar very well. For one, Oscar’s name isn’t Oscar.”
David M. Rubenstein has donated $200 million to cultural institutions that belong to, and are usually funded by, the Federal government: the National Archives, the Kennedy Center, the National Zoo, and even the Washington Monument.