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Netflix’s Plan To Keep You Watching

We define quality from the perspective of the audience. So if the audience loves the movie, it’s great. That’s quality. “Irish Wish” maybe didn’t scratch the itch for you, but 65 million people watched that movie. - The New York Times

Seattle’s Wing Luke Museum Staff Walks Out Over Exhibit On Hate

The walkout, which involved about half the museum’s staff, has shut the museum down for several days (a reopening date has not been set), and the employees involved say they plan to withhold their labor until their demands are met. - Seattle Times

Yuja Wang’s Fashion Forward Art

What would happen if a male pianist chose to highlight his body in a similar way? Some boundaries have yet to be tested. - The New Yorker

Why Songwriters and Publishers Are Fighting With Spotify

Their dispute stems from SPOT’s controversial decision to reclassify its Premium tiers as ‘bundles’ by combining music and audiobooks, which has resulted in Spotify paying a lower mechanical royalty rate in the US to publishers and songwriters than standalone music subscription services. - Music Business Worldwide

We Desperately Need A New Copyright Law For AI

In the new, global media ecosystem, AI and user-generated content will interact in a symbiotic cycle of information and transformation. The U.S. should therefore move with urgency to assert a national interest in our communal creative expression. - The Hill

Weeping And Wailing On Broadway (And This Is Good News)

Critic Elisabeth Vincentelli reports that audiences being moved to actual tears (and, yes, even wailing on occasion) has become surprisingly commonplace this season — and it's all because of the way the scripts and cast are connecting with viewers. - The Washington Post (MSN)

AI In The Arts? It’s A Labor Issue

If you think a poem made like a hot dog of stolen words sounds interesting, that’s fine, but no one should lose their job over that experiment. This entire report makes clear to me that the powers that be see AI as a way to make more money by squeezing down their cost of labor. -...

Missy Mazzoli Is Composing An Opera About The Opioids Crisis

The Galloping Cure, with a story and libretto by Karen Russell (author of the novel Swamplandia!) and Royce Vavrek (possibly America's busiest librettist), will be directed by Tom Morris (who co-directed War Horse) and produced by former ENO chief John Berry, with four major opera houses on board. - The Observer (UK)

At NYCity Ballet, Audiences Are Getting Younger

In 2023, 53% of ticket buyers were under age 50, and people in their 30s made up the largest age segment by decade. Five years earlier, in 2018, 41% of ticket buyers were under 50, and people in their 60s made up the largest age segment. - AP

How An Antiquities Dealer On A Small Danish Island Discovered The British Museum Thefts

"In 2020, Danish antiquities dealer Dr. Ittai Gradel began to suspect an eBay seller he had been buying from was a thief who was stealing from the British Museum. … More than two years later, the museum would announce that thousands of objects were missing, stolen or damaged from its collection." - BBC

Ransomware Hackers Claim Responsibility For Christie’s Attack

A hacker group called RansomHub said it was behind the cyberattack that hit the Christie’s website just days before its marquee spring sales began, forcing the auction house to resort to alternatives to online bidding. - The New York Times

At New York City’s Public School For Dance

"Ballet Tech … isn’t just a dance school; it’s an academic one, too. A collaboration between the New York City Department of Education and the Ballet Tech Foundation (created by choreographer Eliot Feld), the school — on Broadway and 19th Street — is for students in fourth grade through eighth." - The New York Times

Inside Pacific Symphony’s Music Director Search

It’s been a golden period for top-shelf conductors seeking a new gig – and a more competitive time for orchestras looking to hire one. - Culture OC

Britain’s Leading Literature Festival Drops Its Principal Sponsor After Withdrawals And Boycott Threats

The British investment firm Baillie Gifford became lead sponsor of the Hay Festival in 2015, but this year a number of the marquee participants at high-profile events canceled their appearances over what they see as Baillie Gifford's excessive ties to the fossil-fuel industry and the Israeli government. - The Guardian

With Its Director Problem Dealt With, What’s Coming For Nashville’s Arts Agency For 2025?

"Freshly under interim leadership, the Metro Arts Commission would receive $5.5 million, … on par with last year's budget. … The release of these dollars is contingent on two things: The commission must submit an annual report on the grant recipients, and Metro Council must approve the commission's award criteria." - The Tennessean (MSN)

Embattled Director Of Nashville’s Arts Funder Pushed To Resign (With $200K Payout)

Daniel Singh, who, over two years as director of the agency Metro Arts, alienated many staff members and presided over an extremely messy round of grant-awarding this past year, accepted a negotiated settlement the night before the Metro Arts Commission met to consider firing him. - Nashville Banner

Pittsburgh Symphony Provides $125 Million In Economic Impact To Its Region

"For every dollar the symphony spends, it generates about $4 in the local economy, leading to a total of $125 million in regional impact for (FY2023-24). Plus, the symphony, which operates with a budget of about $33 million, helps sustain about 1,900 jobs in the region annually." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Hackers Who Paralyzed Christie’s Threaten To Leak Clients’ Confidential Info

"Brett Callow, a threat analyst at Esmisoft, a cybersecurity firm based in New Zealand, posted on X an image of a post from (the website of cybercriminal gang) RansomHub with a blurred sample of some of the information contained in the trove." - Artnet

Caleb Carr, Military Historian And Author Of “The Alienist,” Has Died At 65

"The scarred and gifted son of founding Beat Lucien Carr, (he) endured a traumatizing childhood and became a bestselling novelist, accomplished military historian and late-life memoirist of his devoted cat, Masha." - AP

Surprise Palme d’Or Winner At 2024 Cannes Film Festival

The top prize went to Sean Baker's "sex worker screwball comedy" Anora; the Grand Prix went to Payal Kapadia's All We Imagine As Light, the first Indian film in competition in 30 years. A special jury prize went to The Seed of the Sacred Fig by Mohammad Rasoulof, who secretly escaped Iran. - France 24

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AI In The Arts? It’s A Labor Issue

If you think a poem made like a hot dog of stolen words sounds interesting, that’s fine, but no one should lose their job over that experiment. This entire report makes clear to me that the powers that be see AI as a way to make more money by squeezing down their cost of labor. - LitHub

Have We Lost The Context Of Our Arguments?

The crowd addicted to slander and the crowd addicted to censorship are displaying at high visibility the symptoms of what psychologists call disinhibition. When people feel themselves entirely at home, with a group they are sure of, they shed the restraints that are useful in securing a minimal self-censorship in mixed or uncertain company.  - Compact Magazine

The Algorithmic Radicalization Of Culture SuperFans

Social platforms can have a radicalizing effect on fandoms. When we study algorithmic radicalization, we tend to do so in the context of politics, but the same systems might also calcify our beliefs about cultural products. Yet we still have a fairly limited understanding of how all of this works. - The Atlantic

What Accounts For The Difference In Energy From One Person To Another?

“Some people are more alive than others. Even permanently so.” I find that true to my own experience, even if it is hard to state clearly in what form such vitality exists. - Lapham's Quarterly

Our Complicated Relationship With Nostalgia

Even if nostalgia is a less “dangerous emotion” today than it seems to have been to the Swiss soldiers, it well deserves to be taken seriously and sympathetically. - The Guardian

How Our Phones Have Warped The Ways We See The World

Your phone mirrors the world back to you. But what you see is the world you want to see—a “frictionless,” “responsive,” “immediate,” “obedient,” “commercialized,” “optimized” simulacrum of your own will accomplished. - The Point

We Desperately Need A New Copyright Law For AI

In the new, global media ecosystem, AI and user-generated content will interact in a symbiotic cycle of information and transformation. The U.S. should therefore move with urgency to assert a national interest in our communal creative expression. - The Hill

With Its Director Problem Dealt With, What’s Coming For Nashville’s Arts Agency For 2025?

"Freshly under interim leadership, the Metro Arts Commission would receive $5.5 million, … on par with last year's budget. … The release of these dollars is contingent on two things: The commission must submit an annual report on the grant recipients, and Metro Council must approve the commission's award criteria." - The Tennessean (MSN)

Embattled Director Of Nashville’s Arts Funder Pushed To Resign (With $200K Payout)

Daniel Singh, who, over two years as director of the agency Metro Arts, alienated many staff members and presided over an extremely messy round of grant-awarding this past year, accepted a negotiated settlement the night before the Metro Arts Commission met to consider firing him. - Nashville Banner

France’s Post Office Has Issued Scratch-‘n’-Sniff Stamps. They Smell Like Baguettes.

The bread scent comes from microcapsules embedded in the ink. The major challenge was to get the ink onto the stamps without breaking those microcapsules before customers ever got to sniff them. - Dezeen

Sony Chief: Company To Focus On Entertainment Rather Than Devices

Yoshida said the company is now emphasizing the creative process itself instead of prized products of the past like the Walkman portable music player and Trinitron color TVs. He said “synergies” are no longer between entertainment and electronics, but determined by intellectual property spanning animation, music, games and films. - AP

The Sad State Of Wisconsin’s Public Arts Support

"In the state of Wisconsin, we have very little public sector support for the arts. So, whereas in other cities, these gaps that exist between what needs to be spent and what can be generated from performances and philanthropy oftentimes, a chunk of that is filled by public sector contributions. Here, that's not the...

Yuja Wang’s Fashion Forward Art

What would happen if a male pianist chose to highlight his body in a similar way? Some boundaries have yet to be tested. - The New Yorker

Why Songwriters and Publishers Are Fighting With Spotify

Their dispute stems from SPOT’s controversial decision to reclassify its Premium tiers as ‘bundles’ by combining music and audiobooks, which has resulted in Spotify paying a lower mechanical royalty rate in the US to publishers and songwriters than standalone music subscription services. - Music Business Worldwide

Missy Mazzoli Is Composing An Opera About The Opioids Crisis

The Galloping Cure, with a story and libretto by Karen Russell (author of the novel Swamplandia!) and Royce Vavrek (possibly America's busiest librettist), will be directed by Tom Morris (who co-directed War Horse) and produced by former ENO chief John Berry, with four major opera houses on board. - The Observer (UK)

Inside Pacific Symphony’s Music Director Search

It’s been a golden period for top-shelf conductors seeking a new gig – and a more competitive time for orchestras looking to hire one. - Culture OC

Pittsburgh Symphony Provides $125 Million In Economic Impact To Its Region

"For every dollar the symphony spends, it generates about $4 in the local economy, leading to a total of $125 million in regional impact for (FY2023-24). Plus, the symphony, which operates with a budget of about $33 million, helps sustain about 1,900 jobs in the region annually." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

What The LiveNation/TicketMaster Lawsuit Might Mean

Live Nation is essentially a monopoly, the government argues. Its complaint notes the concert giant directly manages more than 400 musical artists, controls around 60 percent of concert promotions at major concert venues across the country, and owns or controls more than 265 concert venues in North America - Washington Post

Seattle’s Wing Luke Museum Staff Walks Out Over Exhibit On Hate

The walkout, which involved about half the museum’s staff, has shut the museum down for several days (a reopening date has not been set), and the employees involved say they plan to withhold their labor until their demands are met. - Seattle Times

How An Antiquities Dealer On A Small Danish Island Discovered The British Museum Thefts

"In 2020, Danish antiquities dealer Dr. Ittai Gradel began to suspect an eBay seller he had been buying from was a thief who was stealing from the British Museum. … More than two years later, the museum would announce that thousands of objects were missing, stolen or damaged from its collection." - BBC

Ransomware Hackers Claim Responsibility For Christie’s Attack

A hacker group called RansomHub said it was behind the cyberattack that hit the Christie’s website just days before its marquee spring sales began, forcing the auction house to resort to alternatives to online bidding. - The New York Times

Hackers Who Paralyzed Christie’s Threaten To Leak Clients’ Confidential Info

"Brett Callow, a threat analyst at Esmisoft, a cybersecurity firm based in New Zealand, posted on X an image of a post from (the website of cybercriminal gang) RansomHub with a blurred sample of some of the information contained in the trove." - Artnet

Van Gogh’s Addiction To Coffee: What He Told His Doctor

“Rey says that instead of eating enough and regularly I have been particularly sustaining myself with coffee and alcohol. I admit all that, but it will still be true that I had to key myself up a bit to reach the high yellow note I reached this summer.” - The Art Newspaper

Australia’s Richest Art Prize Put On Hiatus

The prize was established in 1988, initially as a biannual event, and was then awarded every year from 2007, other than in 2020 due to Covid lockdowns. But the prize was not given out in 2023, though no announcement was made that it had been cancelled, and it will not reappear in 2024. - The Guardian

Britain’s Leading Literature Festival Drops Its Principal Sponsor After Withdrawals And Boycott Threats

The British investment firm Baillie Gifford became lead sponsor of the Hay Festival in 2015, but this year a number of the marquee participants at high-profile events canceled their appearances over what they see as Baillie Gifford's excessive ties to the fossil-fuel industry and the Israeli government. - The Guardian

Oh, Great, They’re Using Rupert Murdoch’s Newspapers To Feed ChatGPT

The deal between OpenAI and News Corp. means that ChatGPT will be drawing text and info from The Wall Street Journal and Britain's The Times, yes, but also from the New York Post and the London tabloid The Sun. - The Guardian

What, Exactly, Are Editors Supposed To Do?

That editors edit, which would seem to go without saying, turns out to be a pretty facile summary of a role whose essential ambiguities make it best suited to confidence men or obsessives. The most we can say is that the editor assists the writer. - Tablet

Let Your Phone Condense And Describe Books. What Could Go Wrong?

The most potent enemy of reading, it goes without saying, is the small, flat box that you carry in your pocket. In terms of addictive properties, it might as well be stuffed with meth. There’s no point in grinding through a whole book when you can pick up your iPhone. - The New Yorker

Is The Voynich Manuscript, Undeciphered For 600 Years, Actually About Gynecology?

"Macquarie University research fellow Keagan Brewer and his co-author Michelle L. Lewis seek to corroborate previous suspicions that the enigmatic illustrated text served as a medieval guide to the female reproductive system — based on its imagery and context, as opposed to its (still-unreadable) text." - Artnet

A Slave Narrative Full Of Righteous Fury Reappears, Un-Bowdlerized, After 169 Years

John S. Jacobs escaped his master in 1839, joined a whaling crew and eventually landed in Australia, where he published The United States Governed by Six Hundred Thousand Despots — a memoir of enslavement and escape and a ferocious critique of the US Constitution — in a Sydney newspaper in 1855. - The New...

Netflix’s Plan To Keep You Watching

We define quality from the perspective of the audience. So if the audience loves the movie, it’s great. That’s quality. “Irish Wish” maybe didn’t scratch the itch for you, but 65 million people watched that movie. - The New York Times

Surprise Palme d’Or Winner At 2024 Cannes Film Festival

The top prize went to Sean Baker's "sex worker screwball comedy" Anora; the Grand Prix went to Payal Kapadia's All We Imagine As Light, the first Indian film in competition in 30 years. A special jury prize went to The Seed of the Sacred Fig by Mohammad Rasoulof, who secretly escaped Iran. - France...

Hollywood’s New Era Of Translation And Subtitles

Across many films and series about Asians and Asian Americans, language is increasingly used as a world-building tool. - The New York Times

As Social Media Breaks, News Orgs Experiment With Analog Outreach

To reach affected audiences, the Tribune printed 500 flyers and 1,000 postcards in English and Spanish. Journalists knocked on doors in the neighborhoods where they’d reported and made additional stops in school pick-up lines, churches, grocery stores, laundromats, and other spots where residents gather. - NiemanLab

Remarkable: How AMC Movie Theatres Have Survived Despite Massive Debt

“We’re still here,” Adam Aron says of Kansas-based AMC, which operates 895 theaters globally. “When you think about what we’ve been through the past four years, it’s kind of a miracle. It could have gone kaplooey 10 times, but it didn’t. And good for us. We’re almost finally through it.”  - Variety

Fresh From Firing Storytellers At Pixar, Disney CEO Bob Iger Tells Artists To “Embrace Technology Change”

“Don’t fixate on its ability to be disruptive — fixate on ability to make us better and tell better stories. Not only better stories, but to reach more people,” Iger said. - Variety

At NYCity Ballet, Audiences Are Getting Younger

In 2023, 53% of ticket buyers were under age 50, and people in their 30s made up the largest age segment by decade. Five years earlier, in 2018, 41% of ticket buyers were under 50, and people in their 60s made up the largest age segment. - AP

At New York City’s Public School For Dance

"Ballet Tech … isn’t just a dance school; it’s an academic one, too. A collaboration between the New York City Department of Education and the Ballet Tech Foundation (created by choreographer Eliot Feld), the school — on Broadway and 19th Street — is for students in fourth grade through eighth." - The New York...

Study: Audiences Rate Male Dancers’ “Coalition Quality” Higher

Researchers found that groups of male dancers were perceived as having higher coalition quality compared to groups of female dancers, regardless of the synchronization level of their movements. - Psypost

Former Office Manager Of Florida’s Naples Ballet Charged With Stealing Over $100,000

"Nicole Christine Saunders, 54, faces charges of scheme to defraud, grand theft over $100,000 and criminal use of personal identification information. … Police said the business fell victim to a complex fraud scheme, allegedly orchestrated by Saunders, their office manager over four years." - Naples Daily News

Meet The Only Breakdancing Competitor At This Summer’s Olympics With A PhD In The Subject

"Dr. Rachael Gunn, … the 36-year-old B-girl known as 'Raygun', a portmanteau of her name, completed a thesis in 2017 on the intersection of gender in Sydney's breaking scene while training to become one of (Australia's) top dancers." - Reuters

In Britain, A Dance Star Says He Wants To Clear His Name

Giovanni Pernice, a professional dancer on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, said “he is ‘surprised’ by media reports about his teaching methods and rejects ‘any suggestion of abusive or threatening behaviour.’” - BBC

Weeping And Wailing On Broadway (And This Is Good News)

Critic Elisabeth Vincentelli reports that audiences being moved to actual tears (and, yes, even wailing on occasion) has become surprisingly commonplace this season — and it's all because of the way the scripts and cast are connecting with viewers. - The Washington Post (MSN)

“Stereophonic” Was Going To Be David Adjmi’s Final Play, And It Made Him Crazy. Now It’s The Most-Nominated Play In Tony History.

"During the audition process, as characters recited certain lines over and over, Adjmi realized the play had become autobiographical. At one point, he felt physically sick. … Even now, Adjmi said he has a hard time watching the play, comparing it to 'having people watch you take a shower.'" - The Hollywood Reporter

Brooke Shields Elected President Of Actors’ Equity

"Shields got 2794 votes, vs. 1940 votes for stage manager Erin Maureen Koster and 834 for Chicago-based actress Wydetta Carter, according to a tally shared with Broadway Journal. Shields hasn’t served in Equity’s governance, unlike Koster and Carter, who continue to have top positions in its volunteer leadership." - Broadway Journal

Michelle Terry On The Vicious Abuse She Faced For Casting Herself As Richard III

"The misogyny has far outweighed the disability discourse. There was potential for ... a vital discussion around disability justice – which as an organisation (Shakespeare's Globe is) engaged in. But the level of hate and anger towards me was dangerous. Bad things happen to people when this stuff is allowed to run rife." -...

Director Matthew Warchus Announces His Departure From London’s Old Vic

The seven-time Tony and five-time Olivier nominee (he's won one of each) will step down in September of 2026, concluding an 11-year tenure that has seen the Old Vic present 25 world premieres and transfer multiple productions to the West End and Broadway. - Playbill

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Shows Signs Of Revival

The reason for the return to larger-cast shows gets at the heart of what makes the 89-year-old company unique. OSF is one of the biggest nonprofit theaters in the U.S., but it’s based in Ashland, Ore., which has a population of just over 21,000 — about one-sixth the size of Berkeley. - San Francisco Chronicle...

Caleb Carr, Military Historian And Author Of “The Alienist,” Has Died At 65

"The scarred and gifted son of founding Beat Lucien Carr, (he) endured a traumatizing childhood and became a bestselling novelist, accomplished military historian and late-life memoirist of his devoted cat, Masha." - AP

Morgan Spurlock, Who Made Documentaries “Super Size Me” And “The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” Has Died At 53

After Super Size Me, in which he ate only at McDonald's for a month (and suffered for it), Spurlock was for a time as prominent a documentarian as Michael Moore, producing 70 films on subjects like consumer susceptibility to marketing (The Greatest Movie Ever Sold) and minimum wage labor (30 Days). - Variety

Law Enforcement Is Now Investigating Attempt To Foreclose On And Auction Off Graceland, Elvis Presley’s Home

Once Presley's granddaughter, actress Riley Keough, filed suit and provided evidence that the organization attempting to foreclose doesn't actually exist, the apparently fraudulent attempt was withdrawn. Now the Tennessee Attorney General is investigating, and so, reportedly, is the FBI, which won't officially comment. - AP

Memphis Judge Puts Hold On Auction Of Graceland To Pay Debt That May Not Actually Exist

"Shelby County Chancellor JoeDae Jenkins issued a temporary injunction against the proposed auction that had been scheduled for Thursday in Memphis, where the king of rock ‘n’ roll’s former home is located." Elvis Presley's granddaughter says the debt allegedly racked up by Lisa Marie is based on fraudulent documents. - AP

Tom Lehrer Is A Biting Satirist And Still Alive At 96. So Why Did He Give It All Up?

Was it because, as a child mathematics prodigy, he wanted to fulfil his real vocation and become a great mathematician? Apparently not. He taught the course that humanities and social science majors have to take in the US university system. “Math for tenors,” he calls it. - The Guardian

Elvis Presley’s Granddaughter Sues To Prevent What She Says Is A Fraudulent Foreclosure On Graceland

Riley Keough argues that the planned auction of Elvis's home in Memphis to repay a $3.8 million loan to her mother, Lisa Marie Presley (who died last year), is based on forged documents — and that not only did the loan never exist, the company demanding repayment doesn't actually exist, either. - NPR

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The Algorithmic Radicalization Of Culture SuperFans

Social platforms can have a radicalizing effect on fandoms. When we study algorithmic radicalization, we tend to do so in the context of politics, but the same systems might also calcify our beliefs about cultural products. Yet we still have a fairly limited understanding of how all of this works. - The Atlantic

Morgan Spurlock, Who Made Documentaries “Super Size Me” And “The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” Has Died At 53

After Super Size Me, in which he ate only at McDonald's for a month (and suffered for it), Spurlock was for a time as prominent a documentarian as Michael Moore, producing 70 films on subjects like consumer susceptibility to marketing (The Greatest Movie Ever Sold) and minimum wage labor (30 Days). - Variety

How A Gifted Black Musician Lost Tenure At The Kansas City Symphony, And How He’s Fighting Back

Principal percussionist Josh Jones was told over and over that his audition was the best people had ever heard, and he regularly got high praise from the music director. Two years later, he was told his organizational skills were lacking and denied tenure. Was this really about race? - The Washington Post (MSN)

US To File Anti-Trust Suit Seeking To Break Up LiveNation And TicketMaster

Among the practices the department plans to challenge are exclusive ticketing contracts that Ticketmaster has with many of the venues where high-profile acts perform. - The Wall Street Journal

Conductor François-Xavier Roth Accused Of Unsolicited Sexting

The accusations against the 52-year-old Frenchman — currently music director of the orchestra and opera in Cologne as well as founder/director of the widely-hailed period-instrument orchestra Les Siècles — were revealed by Le Canard enchaîné, a magazine famous for both satire and serious investigations. - Van

How The Disassembling Of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wayfarers Chapel Will Actually Work

It's not just that the job is delicate; it has to be done quickly, because the site is undergoing a slow-motion landslide due to two winters of heavy rains. The ground under the chapel is now moving at the rate of roughly seven inches per week. - LAist

Philadelphia’s Wilma Wins 2024 Tony Award For Regional Theatre

"Founded in 1973 as an avant-garde theater project committed to local actors, the Wilma has been renowned for its experimental, boundary-pushing work. ... It is the first theater in Pennsylvania to win the award, which ... includes a grant of $25,000." - The Philadelphia Inquirer (MSN)

Penguin Random House Lays Off Publishers Of Two Of Its Most Prominent Imprints

"The Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a Penguin Random House division, announced Monday the dismissals of Alfred A. Knopf publisher Reagan Arthur and Pantheon/Schocken publisher Lisa Lucas. A publishing official … said that the restructuring was for financial reasons." - AP

Is The Australian Ballet Fighting Back Against Body-Shaming? Or Just Being Pissy About A Very Negative Review?

Artistic director David Hallberg and others are indignantly rebuking The Sydney Morning Herald, saying that "critique of dancers' bodies" is "not acceptable." The sentence in question: "The dancers are fabulous, although – and perhaps this was the lighting – (they) seem unusually thin this season." The assessment of the choreography, however, is blistering. -...

Barbara Hannigan Takes Her First Chief Conductor Job

The Canadian-born soprano/conductor will begin, as of August 2026, a three-year term as chief conductor and artistic director of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. She remains principal guest conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony in Sweden and takes the same position at Switzerland's Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne this summer. - Ludwig Van

Will Glasgow Ever Restore Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Burned Out School Of Art?

“People wept in the street when the magnificent Mackintosh building was nearly destroyed by two fires. So why, 10 years on and despite overwhelming support for restoration, is there still no plan—or funding—for its repair" - The Observer (UK)

Print Isn’t Dead As Christie’s Relies On Print Catalog After Cyberattack Takes Control Of Website

The auction house said that “the marquee sales that account for nearly half of its annual revenue would continue, despite the company having lost control of its official website last Thursday in a hack that is testing the loyalty of its ultrawealthy clients amid its spring auctions.” - The New York Times
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