Diners Aren’t Critics, And Chefs Should Defy Those Who Pretend To Be


“When the creative self is unjustly maligned, it sometimes feels the need to respond in a way that might well be even more interesting than the work (or the meal) under debate. That might not be good for business, but it’s good for the cultivation of celebrity status. Heck, it’s good for the creative vitality of a city and its myriad art forms.”

Theatres Owe A Big Thank-you To The Churches That Host Them

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“The idea of sticking a theater inside a church or synagogue offers benefits for both sides. Impecunious theaters get cheap space (often in prime locations) and can avoid a whole variety of licensing and other costs by producing within the footprint of a church. Many churches have more space than they need … and arts groups bring in people who might just end up going to services.”

When Performers Turn Into Co-Creators


“It was clear from the start that musicians would need to contribute movement ideas because the musicians knew what their bodies were capable of doing while playing their instruments, and our goal was to create movement that was as natural and uncontrived as possible.”

What If We Added A Sex Scene To Moby Dick?

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“Translation is assumed to be faithful, whereas the substitution of adjectives is clearly a game. Likewise, when we rewrite the book from memory, we are assumed to be doing so faithfully, to the best of our paltry ability.”

San Diego Opera CEO Would Not Have Gotten Big Payout If Company Shut Down, Says Contract


“[Ian] Campbell’s original 2006 employment agreement said he would receive his annual salary through 2017, even if the opera shut down. KPBS obtained a signed copy of an amendment to that employment agreement, dated June 26, 2010, stating that after 2013 the board could terminate Campbell’s contract with 30 days’ notice.”

Was It Unfair Of La Scala To Fire Alexander Pereira Before He Arrived?


“His plan was to bring four Salzburg productions to La Scala over the next three seasons, up to 2017, with further collaborations in the future … Pereira’s La Scala predecessor Stéphane Lissner did exactly the same: he put on four productions from Salzburg in his last four seasons. And by buying in shows from Salzburg, Pereira would have been saving La Scala money.”

Manga About Fukushima Cleanup Become Hit In Japan


“As an insider’s account, 1F: The Labour Diary of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, has proved popular among readers seeking an antidote to patchy information from the government and the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), and at times wildly speculative media reports.”

Who’s The Best Blanche DuBois In 15 Years? L.A. Times Theater Critic Says It’s Renée Fleming

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Charles McNulty writes of the soprano’s performance in André Previn’s operatic adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play, “Fleming is quite simply the best Blanche I’ve seen since Elizabeth Marvel brutally assayed the role in Ivo van Hove’s brilliant deconstruction at New York Theater Workshop in 1999.”

Minnesota Orchestra Names New Top Officials

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Kevin Smith, who in 25 years at the helm of Minnesota Opera expanded its season, doubled attendance and sextupled the budget, will become the orchestra’s interim CEO as of Sept. 1. Dianne Brennan, who served for 16 years as the Guthrie Theater’s development director, will be the orchestra’s new Vice President for Advancement.

Former Ballet Stars Band Together To Try To Improve The Art Form


“I discovered that there were many former dancers of great repute who were under-utilized, not necessarily by choice. I rounded up a nice group of greats who wish to give back to the art form. They form my Artistic Advisory Board. Each of them have a voice and had great careers and were notable for either their musicality, presence, dramatic qualities or purity.”

The International Digital Library Is Here (But There Are Issues)


“All over the country research libraries are canceling subscriptions to academic journals, because they are caught between decreasing budgets and increasing costs. The logic of the bottom line is inescapable, but there is a higher logic that deserves consideration—namely, that the public should have access to knowledge produced with public funds.”