“His presence is guaranteed to make anything go viral, whether it’s a literary festival, a TV miniseries, or one of the most frequently staged Shakespearean tragedies. … Combine photos of him looking intuitive or alluring with pictures of fuzzy kittens and it’s a wonder the Internet doesn’t implode.”
Carl Heap, longtime artistic director of the UK’s Medieval Players: “We soon discovered that it was not so much the material of medieval theatre that assured our success, but its style. Central to this style was the acknowledgment by the actors of a visible, lit, audience.”
Every year Nikki Haley uses her line-item veto power to try to zero out the South Carolina Arts Commission’s budget, and every year the state Legislature overrides her veto and restores the funding. This year, for once, she didn’t bother, and the Commission’s $2.9 million budget is intact.
That’s one of the suggestions – for the city, suburban towns, and the county – made by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Cultural Life Task Force, convened by local government to suggest solutions to what the task force found was a year-after-year shortfall of $8 million in the local arts sector.
“What Martin actually gives us is a fantasy version of what the historian Alfred Crosby called the Post-Columbian exchange: the globalizing epoch of the 16th and 17th centuries. A world where merchants trade exotic drugs and spices between continents, where professional standing armies can number in the tens or hundreds of thousands, where scholars study the stars via telescopes.”
“Four or more years of musical training in childhood was linked to faster neural responses to speech, even for the older adults who had not picked up an instrument for more than 40 years.”
“Speaking at the International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference in London, Howard Panter, who owns 11 West End theatres, said that theatres upwards of 100 years old were not built to last this long, and as such are ill-equipped to cater for modern-day audiences.”
“The arrangements also give dealers, who mostly operate out of one venue, access to an auction house’s global spaces and collector base while the auction houses are able to present the more in-depth look at artists that dealers can provide.”
“Do we really have to worry about whether symphony orchestras are doing their job as the headlining ambassadors of music and culture? The ambassadoring act isn’t what it used to be.”
“I can see absolutely no reason why every arts organisation in this country cannot raise philanthropic funds. I think there are all sorts of cultural, institutional barriers to that. I think that too many arts organisations think, ‘well, we live in an area where rich people don’t live, so they’re not going to back the arts’. I think that is pathetic, frankly.”
“The New York-based Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has committed up to $10 million, and the J. Paul Getty Trust of Los Angeles has pledged $3 million to the federally mediated deal, … , which would protect the city-owned DIA from having to sell its treasures while easing cuts to city pensioners in Detroit’s bankruptcy.”
“Colombian writer Juan Gabriel Vásquez today emerged as the 2014 winner with the third of his novels to appear in English, The Sound of Things Falling, translated by Canadian Anne McLean.”
The number of donors increased by nearly 700% between the beginning of 2014 and the end of March; the amount pledged rose at a similar rate over the period – and then doubled from that in April.
“Sound designers working on Broadway and at theaters nationwide erupted in outrage after a committee that oversees the Tony Awards decided Wednesday to eliminate future awards for best sound design of a play and of a musical.”
The primary change is that “samples and interpolations of previously written songs [will] be allowed in all Grammy Award songwriting categories, including song of the year. … Previously, samples or interpolations were allowed in only the Best Rap Song category.”
“Bounden works like this: two players hold the phone from opposite ends and guide a cursor through a sort of maze on the screen while music plays; the shape of the maze forces the players to twist, spin, and loop around and under each other, as in a dance. The underlying choreography was developed by Ernst Meisner of the Dutch National Ballet, and the app contains videos of company members performing the finished dances.”
One of the paintings that Knoedler & Company sold as a Jackson Pollock was signed “Pollok”. “The gallery’s former president, Ann Freedman, insisted that she and her colleagues had had no reason to think that any of the paintings were counterfeit.”
“In this 1922 letter, the British Director of Public Prosecutions, Sir Archibald Bodkin, issued an official opinion on James Joyce’s book Ulysses: ‘In my opinion, there is more, and a great deal more than mere vulgarity or coarseness, there is a great deal of unmitigated filth and obscenity.'”
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British singer Sarah Brightman is scheduled to begin training this year for a 2015 flight to the International Space Station where she hopes to become the first professional musician to sing from space, according to the company arranging the trip.
Before taking the helm at the Kauffman Center, Chu had served as fund executive at the Kauffman Fund for Kansas City; vice president of external relations for Union Station; and vice president of community investment with the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.
Over a seven-decade career in theater, television and film, often in partnership with husband Ossie Davis, she greatly expanded the range of roles black actresses could play in the U.S.; gave landmark performances in Shakespeare and soap opera, Hansberry and Fugard and Spike Lee; picketed theaters that refused to cast her African-American colleagues; and played a high profile in the wider civil rights struggle.
The Culture Track research found that culture is “social first,” meaning a big part of the attendance decision is based on making connections and spending time with friends and family. This holds true especially for millennials, who are the least likely to participate in an event alone.
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“As computers become more powerful and pervasive, our standards shift. Fifty years from now, a soccer-learning, header-calling, wise-cracking machine might seem more like a party trick than a thinking being.”
“It’s an enormous laundry list of indiscretions,” said Councillor Pam McConnell, who recently joined the theatre’s board. Ms. McConnell said anyone who reads the report will understand why the city’s audit committee is recommending council take tighter control of the theatre by installing a temporary board.
“Staging a Ring cycle in Connecticut with a digital orchestra is the dream of Charles M. Goldstein, a musician and would-be impresario who was once an extra chorister at the Met, and who founded the Hartford Wagner Festival with the idea that one day Connecticut could become the only place outside of Bayreuth, Germany, to perform entire Ring cycles every year.” Not surprisingly, lots of people in the music world object.
“Charles Wright once said, ‘I want to be the anonymous author.’ But for 44 years this modest Southerner has been publishing poetry, and the accolades have kept arriving: a National Book Award, a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Critics Circle Award, a Bollingen Prize.” And now the biggest honor an American poet can have.