“Drive-ins also appealed to a new audience-a mixed bag of viewers of different classes, neighborhoods, and races. … They were some of the South’s first integrated sites, and African-American moviegoers felt more safe and respected there than in the dirty balconies of Jim Crow movie theaters. Obese and disabled people, housewives and children, and working-class families also flocked to drive-ins. This sense of mixing … created anxiety among cultural and business leaders and a perception of the movie theaters as ‘passion pits’ where anything could happen.”
A performance of Borodin’s Prince Igor at Bulgaria’s national opera house was interrupted, and then cancelled after the building was evacuated, due to an overpowering smell.
“Starting with a Petite Messe Solennelle in 1987, [the Teatro Comunale di] Bologna has provided the orchestra and chorus for the main productions each year, resulting in almost 50 video and audio recordings.” But the opera house has now broken off relations with the Pesaro-based festival – and “it’s not an amicable split.”
“Right now, students at hundreds of MFA and BFA acting programs across the country are rushing from scene class, to voice, movement, and an array of “specialties”: Lecoq, Laban, Suzuki, Grotowski, commedia, kinetics, Fitzmaurice, Alexander, clown, mask, musical comedy, the list goes on. Later tonight they may be performing on stage, putting all that learning into practice in front of an audience. One performance experience most acting students are doing very little of is acting in front of a camera. Professional training programs aren’t training actors; they are training actors for a career in the theatre. This is a problem.”
“Why did Soviets focus on Hemingway? He first caught their attention in 1935 by writing for the far left American journal New Masses. His article was an angry denunciation of the U.S. establishment for leaving a large group of veterans, at work on government relief, to die in the path of a hurricane that struck the Florida Keys that year. Then, during the Spanish civil war, he came into contact with Comintern agents, Soviet spies, and communist guerrillas. They intrigued and captivated him, all the more so because they were fighting for a cause that had ignited his passion: anti-fascism. “
From the “Art for Tomorrow” conference: “My dream is a Syrian refugee a few years living in Germany explaining a Christian sculpture to a Berliner. Our society becomes more and more complex and multiethnic, multicultural, multireligious, it’s important really to explain to each other what we are and where we come from. This political issue is, I think, the most important task for a museum.”
One of its five public strategies to meet that goal: “Netflix is now dividing up its subscriber base into 1,300 taste communities, which are solely based on past viewing behavior. Each and every user can belong to multiple such communities, and all of these communities spread across the globe. Sure, Yellin admitted, German comedians may be more popular in Germany, but there’s also plenty of users in the U.S. who turn into their shows.”
As part of an endowment for the IAMA Theatre Company in Los Angeles, Rhimes is starting a competition for playwrights. She said, “I think it’s hard for any playwright to find opportunities. … If people aren’t being included, then I’m going to find a way to make sure they’re included. I’m going to find a way to make sure they have opportunities.”
But the numbers for print books are not due to e-books gaining or waning in popularity. Instead, they’re due to events beyond booksellers’ control – like Brexit, the U.S. election (and its result), and, in Ireland, the popularity of 2016 titles marking 100 years since the Easter Rising.
The NEA budget is worth almost 8 million taco bowls at Trump Tower (but it’s worth less than a single Picasso).
To put it mildly, Berry was key to rock & roll. “Starting with his first hit, 1955’s ‘Maybellene,’ Berry penned a collection of songs that, in both groove and teen-life mindset, became essential parts of the rock canon: ‘Roll Over, Beethoven,’ ‘Rock & Roll Music,’ and especially ‘Johnny B. Goode’ were witty, zesty odes to the then-new art form — songs so key to the music that they had to be mastered by every fledgling guitarist or band who followed Berry.”