The regional government of Calabria (the toe of the boot) has passed a law allowing a prisoner to have his sentence reduced by three days for each book he reads, up to 16 books per year.
“[The country's] eclectic, and often bizarre, mascots – known as yuru-kyara (laidback characters) – are put to work promoting everything from local cuisine and sightseeing spots to tax offices, the police and military, and even prisons.” Osaka prefecture is home to 45 of them, and the authorities want to cull the least productive ones.
Inside a makeshift fabric booth at the Acropolis Museum in Athens, as tourists pass by and look in, conservators use laser tools that look something like blow-dryers to remove the crusty grime that built up over decades on the graceful female statues that formed porch columns at the ancient temple. (slide show)
“They’ve probably never shared a stage together, and they are a strange match even by the odd-pairings standards of entertainment awards. Peter Sellars, the innovative Los Angeles-based director of opera and theater, and rock pioneer Chuck Berry were named the dual recipients of the annual Polar Music Prize, one of the highest honors in the field of music.”
Does theatre make you happy?
AJBlog: For What it’s Worth | Published 2014-05-08
Revenge On Germany: Bern Museum To Get Gurlitt’s Trove
AJBlog: Real Clear Arts | Published 2014-05-08
The Struggle of Creative Professionals, and a Gay Bookstore Down
AJBlog: CultureCrash | Published 2014-05-08
Italian reports: Pereira is safe at La Scala but on a yellow card
AJBlog: Slipped Disc | Published 2014-05-08
“[The furor over his remarks last fall] is an example of misquotation and actually quite a grotesque distortion from what I was saying. … I do understand that people who read it as it was reported were upset and even offended, but what I was actually saying was totally different. I was never against women conductors at all.”
“They charge that the foundation ignored Peggy Guggenheim’s last wish for the collection, which consists mainly of Cubist, Surrealist and abstract postwar art: that it be displayed in the palazzo in its entirety and without additions.” More generally, they’re furious over the expansionist, corporate character of the foundation’s current activities.