Bartolomeo Scappi, who was the personal cook of popes and author of the earliest illustrated cookbook, was the first man known to have scoured different cities for new ingredients and recipes and to have invented new dishes just for the sake of creativity. His banquets were renowned among prelates and nobles all over Europe.
“The awful thing is, I’m very aware when I’m being difficult, but I’m usually so scared. And that’s shaming, at the age one is. Because every time I start anything, I think, ‘This time I’m going to be like Jude, and it will all be lovely, it will be merry and bright, the Quaker will come out in me.’ But it never works.”
Lyric general director Anthony Freud, along with the company’s CFO and board chairman, remember the days (the ’90s and before) when their season sold out on subscription, describe the extra attention they’re offering subscribers today, and list half a dozen strategies they’re using to strengthen operations and increase income (which has been suffering).
Traditionally, the network took care to keep reporters from even knowing what donors or organizations might be funding coverage of the stories they work on. But it’s difficult to do that at the same time you’re trying to be clear to listeners about who’s providing the money to support the reporting.
“My small town was in what I call a new play desert. If you were a playwright, the closest market for your new play was a few workshop opportunities forty-five minutes away in the next city. There was a regional theatre, a theatre department at the local university, and a community theatre, but none of them were very open to producing or even reading new plays. After taking two playwriting classes at my alma mater, I found myself surrounded by ten or so students that had caught the writing bug with no outlet left to develop their plays once the semester was over. So I took it upon myself to provide that outlet for them and myself. I stepped out of the theatre “dojo” to provide an oasis in the middle of this desert.”
Mr. Hays had been a Bible salesman, an apparel salesman and a majority shareholder in a business employing college students to sell magazine subscriptions every summer. And he and his wife adored Paris, and French art. “The gift — the largest foreign donation of art to France since World War II — was announced by President François Hollande in a ceremony at the Élysée Palace in October after months of negotiations with the couple.”
Responding to a fierce takedown by author Fatima Bhutto (read that here), the director says she normally wouldn’t respond to criticism, but “Bhutto seems intent on inflaming the racial and religious divisions that my film is intended to challenge.”
The role of smell in cultural preservation is getting its own attention – and the tool of the preservationists is “a sampling device that looks like a contraption out of Jules Verne: a crystalline dome with plastic tubing snaking from its side. The sampler is placed gently on objects — rare books, furniture, carpets — to capture the escaping molecules that create a distinct smell.”
Anderson doesn’t want the archives to go to a university where no one can access them. That said, some things can’t be captured: “The one thing I really miss from this archive that was such a big part of Lou — and can’t really be archived — is his dedication to meditation. He made a very extensive study of the nature of mind, but there is no physical trace of it. He left no footprints.”
Fox wrote for every age, and so, critics said, her adult work was often discounted. “Fox’s best-known novel for adults is ‘Desperate Characters’ (1970), about the disintegration of a marriage. It was made into a film of the same title, released the next year and starring Shirley MacLaine and Kenneth Mars.”
The book, which was written from 1989-1995 and hidden away until a chain of strangers had the chance to smuggle it out, is a series of stories that “are a frank look at the life of regular citizens trying to get by under a repressive regime. Many of the characters fail to grasp the reality of the world in which they live, either through ignorance, stubbornness, or a misguided hope that the regime is more reasonable than it really is.”
Disaster science, in which lots of little, seemingly inconsequential things add up to large problems. For instance, at the Oscars, “having senior executives taking such a front-line role can be a recipe for trouble – they’re more likely to assume they’re going to do it right. Many accidents have been triggered by very experienced workers who grew overconfident and complacent — wilderness firefighters, for example, are most likely to be killed or injured in their 10th year on the job.”
“One expects change when a new artistic director takes over, as Kent did half a year ago. But in Thursday’s opening-night performance at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater, marking the start of the company’s spring season, it was clear that Kent’s touch is a subtle and sensitive one, apparent in such artistic intangibles as musicality, an apt quality of airiness and an overall attention to detail.”
“Conducted with coresearcher (and Collaboraction intern) Mariah Schultz, the study is a look at female representation in various theater-industry job categories at theaters nominated for Jeff Awards for the 2015-2016 season. The data, which does not include musicals, covers 52 theaters and 250 plays. The results are sobering but not surprising.”
“If SXSW determines, in its sole discretion, that Artist or its representatives have acted in ways that adversely affect the viability of Artist’s official SXSW showcase,” the contract states, then one of several actions can occur, including “SXSW [notifying] the appropriate U.S. immigration authorities of the above actions.”