“I think Edinburgh, Hong Kong, Sydney – those sort of festivals that are known globally as some of the most exciting, most interesting, defining festivals in the world, they have anchors in the cities that they’re in, but their content isn’t narrowly focused on the cities or the countries that they’re in.”
At the Oregon Symphony, Showalter represents a victory for the Re-inventors, one that I wouldn’t have predicted last fall when it looked as though the Cutters on the board had the upper hand.
Ten years after he founded the Forsythe Company, based in Frankfurt and Dresden, following a controversial wavering of support from the city of Frankfurt (where he spent 20 years leading Ballet Frankfurt to international renown), William Forsythe is leaving his troupe on the hands of former Frankfurt dancer Jacopo Godani. (“I am assuming that the name of the company will change,” said Forsythe.)
“The Victoria & Albert Museum is to start collecting contemporary paraphernalia, such as IKEA teddy bears and a pair of Katy Perry brand false eyelashes … [acquired] as part of a new tactic called ‘Rapid Response Collecting’.”
Tim Page reminds all you millennial types just why Karlheinz Stockhausen was important enough to make the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – and why it’s the composer’s own fault that a generation or two of music geeks has grown up more or less unaware of him.
“A Stradivarius violin forgotten in a closet for decades and formerly owned by a reclusive U.S. heiress to a copper fortune could sell for as much as $10 million in a sealed bid auction next month, according to Christie’s.”
“Frank Borzage’s 1932 version of A Farewell To Arms is certainly a great movie, as sublime and rapturous as anything he made, but Borzage’s aesthetic values are the polar opposite of Hemingway’s – shimmering and intensely romantic, all his movies feel as if they were shot in heaven – and the result, which fits snugly into the director’s canon, has no place at all in the writer’s”
“Apart from any critical reappraisal, Rockwell’s paintings show that in art, as well as in the stock market, it can pay to be a contrarian. Rockwell’s paintings have turned out to be a singularly good investment.”
“It is much better for a writer to be underrecognized than over, in terms of keeping one’s head down, like the proverbial Japanese nail, so that one might observe the world unhammered and unimpeded. Abjure fame and avoid obscurity. But between those extremes lies the perch where a writer occasionally might do some good work.”
“The first of three fundraisers in which invite-only attendees were encouraged to bring their own marijuana, Friday’s ‘Classically Cannabis’ event also featured a patio on which attendees casually smoked pot from joints, vaporizer pens and glass pipes under umbrellas as a light rain fell.”
“One line of complaint can be boiled down to the assessment of a critic at the time of the National Gallery The Passions that Viola is ‘a master of overblown, big-budget, crowd-pleasing, tear-jerking hocus-pocus and religiosity.'”
“The e-reader certainly sorts out the sheep from the goats, and divides those who need to read from those who like to turn the pages.”
“Amazon is holding books and authors hostage on two continents by delaying shipments and raising prices. The literary community is fearful and outraged — and practically begging for government intervention.”
“Think carefully about your decision. It has been my experience that artists who create their own nonprofit corporate infrastructure have substantially less time to devote to art making”
“On ‘Can’t Tell Me Nothing’, Kanye raps ‘I had a dream I could buy my way to heaven’ and weirdly, that’s exactly what happened to Dante. He had a dream, kind of, and then he was in heaven.”
“Twenty years after an unremarkable opening, The Shawshank Redemption still holds a powerful grip on viewers. How one of Hollywood’s great second acts keeps making money.”