Sharon Pian Chan: “The Mikado is the same shtick, different race. A black wig and white face powder stand in for shoeshine. Bowing and shuffling replaces tap dancing. Fans flutter where banjos would be strummed. … This is the wrong show – wrong for Seattle, wrong for this country and wrong for this century. And I don’t mean wong.”
“Last year one museum was built every day on average, though the rush has since ‘slowed’ to about one every three days” Author Cathy Giangrande talks about the various kinds of museums being opened, what they are and aren’t doing well, and how the government is and isn’t involved in the museums’ content.
A 1945 memo to the Corcoran’s trustees lays out the difficulties that the museum would face due to competition from the taxpayer-subsidized National Gallery, then only four years old.
“Symphonic music in gambling resorts isn’t unknown (the Philadelphia Orchestra plays the casino mecca Macau on its Far East tours). Still, with Atlantic City’s economy faltering … you might expect entertainment to trend a little lower rather than aim at a classical niche.” But not at the upscale Borgata, which just hosted Yuja Wang playing a Shostakovich piano concerto.
“Long headquartered outside of the city, the company has settled into its new home at Boardwalk Hall, with all the dancers living close by in two big houses. The company will dance regularly at the Claridge, on the Boardwalk at Kennedy Plaza, and in a series of ‘Up Close and Personal’ performances inside its new ballet studio.” Company founder/director Phyllis Papa talks about the company’s past and future.
“SAG-AFTRA reported a year-end surplus of $8 million “due to expense management efforts and increased revenue from dues and initiation fees.”
“While it is possible to create a do-it-yourself e-book, even those who have self-published their work do not recommend going it alone.”
Founder Peter Murray explains how the park once accused of desecrating the countryside is now 2014 UK museum of the year.
“I imagine all of the strings of text that have come before or after mine that similarly disappeared into the void. But what happens when those spaces stick around, as in a virtual world—when they can’t physically decay?”
“Every time a fluted column or pedimented doorway gets in the way of a future gallery, the same problem crops up: how to make a grand old building more rational and efficient without neutralizing its idiosyncrasies—how, in other words, to make it better without ruining it completely.”
“We need to be responsive to the way the industry is evolving and reflective of the kind of shows being produced … So much production is being done around town, and they don’t all fit into nicely, cleanly defined boxes.”
“In the obituaries and tributes that will flood the media in the coming hours and days and weeks, Castleton will not play as large as the major international ensembles Maazel shaped and led … But for the Washington region, Castleton offered a closer and more personal look at Maazel’s life and work, and even family.”
“The void left by a dead mother used to be filled by an evil stepmother, but in recent years another figure has stepped in to take her place: the ‘perfect father.'”
“If you didn’t have a good day — after putting your whole life into getting to this moment — it could be over in a flash. It’s heart-breaking. It’s human beings doing this.”
“Figures from the Author’s Licensing and Collecting Society show the median income of a working author last year was only £11,000, lower than the amount needed to live on, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and down 29% since the last survey in 2005.”
“He was revered for the precision of his baton technique, and for his prodigious memory — he rarely used a score in performances — but when he was at his most interpretively idiosyncratic, he used his powers to distend phrases and reconfigure familiar balances in the service of an unusual inner vision.”