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An Idea To Make Theatre Sustainable Again

"I’m trying to get artists to think of themselves as owners, not employees. So there’s a direct connection between the bottom line and their bank account. But the artists are in charge! They decide what plays to do, who is doing what, how much money will be spent on a production, and so forth." - Howlround

We Recreated Leonardo Da Vinci’s Harpsichord-Viola From His Own Designs

After five years of research, a team at Leonardo3, an interactive museum/exhibition center in Milan, built the instrument from drawings and notes in the 93rd folio of Leonardo’s Codex Atlanticus (1478). And, in doing so, they learned why the harpsichord-viola had not been built and played before … - Artnet

Warner And Paramount Are No Longer Talking Merger

Warner Bros. Discovery is no longer pursuing a merger with Paramount Global as its shares trade near a 52-week low, according to people familiar with the matter. - CNBC

Why Armistead Maupin, The Echt-San Francisco Writer, Up And Moved To London

"In fact, he and husband Chris Turner – a photographer in his early 50s – have been living in England for nearly five years, after leaving the city he immortalised back in 2019. 'I love San Francisco as much as anybody else, but I had sort of done it.'" - The Guardian

A Look At Northern Ballet’s Artistic Compromises Around Live Music

The musicians I spoke to have all seen Sinfonia work and income decrease significantly because of the switch from exclusively live music to occasional live work supplemented by recording sessions and royalties from performances. - Van

500-Year-Old Flemish Triptych Turns Up In (Of All Places) Guernsey

"Experts said it is from the workshop of important Flemish artist Pieter Coecke van Aelst, or by an artist in his circle. The triptych, (depicting the Adoration of the Magi) across three hinged panels, is due to go to auction next month." - BBC

By The End Of This Year, Streaming Video Will Be Pulling In More Money Than Pay TV, Say Analysts

"Streaming revenue is poised to overtake pay TV subscription revenue by the third quarter of 2024, boosted by the recent uptick in ad-supported offerings, London-based research firm Ampere Analysis predicts." - TheWrap

The Maven Who Assembled A Massive, Now-Priceless Collection of Yiddish Literature

"Scholars had estimated that there were about 70,000 books waiting to be rescued. (Aaron) Lansky went on to gather 1.5 million Yiddish books — a trove that evolved into the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Mass., one of the nation’s leading Jewish cultural institutions." - The New York Times

Israel Will Not Be Disinvited From Venice Biennale, Says Italy’s Culture Minister

"In a tersely worded statement sent out earlier today, (Gennaro) Sangiuliano called (an open letter calling for Israel to be excluded) 'shameful' and claimed that those who signed it had threatened to undo a culture of freedom in Italy." - ARTnews

Jaap van Zweden’s Next Band Will Be L’Orchestre Philharmonique De Radio France

As he finishes up his terms as music director of the New York and Hong Kong Philharmonics and begins a new tenure at the Seoul Philharmonic, the Dutch conductor announced that, starting in 2026, he will succeed Mikko Franck as music director of the Paris-based radio orchestra. - AP

Edinburgh Fringe Frustrated As Its Bid For Long-Term Funding Is Rejected

In fact, the enormous theatre festival hasn't been on Creative Scotland's list of "regularly-funded organisations" (those with three-year "core funding" grants) since 2018, and the agency says it gives the Fringe money through other channels. - The Scotsman

England’s Local Governments Are Flat Broke, And Arts Are Among The First Things They’re Cutting

"More than half the councils that responded to a survey said they were likely to be unable to balance their books in the next five years. Two-thirds said they were cutting services. Parks, leisure facilities, arts and culture are at the top of the list." - BBC

Rhiannon Giddens: Country Music Belongs To Everyone

"All of these comments, which range from simply ignorant to downright misogynoir, presuppose that commercial country music is a legacy that belongs only to white, rural southerners. And that supposition is just plain wrong." - The Guardian

Merriam-Webster Breaks The Internet Over Grammar Change

"It is permissible in English for a preposition to be what you end a sentence with," the dictionary publisher said in a post shared on Instagram last week. - NPR

More Music Removed From TikTok

TikTok says up to 30% of what it calls "popular songs" could be lost. But some industry estimates say up to 80% of all music on TikTok could be muted. - BBC

A Surge In Online Book Clubs Followed By New Friendships In Real Life

User numbers of an app called “Bookclubs,” designed to help organize clubs, grew 240% from 2020 to 2021. Since then, its user base has been roughly doubling annually, the company says. The app currently has just under one million users with accounts. - The Wall Street Journal

The Refined Art Of Campaigning For An Oscar

To campaign for an Oscar, as for the Presidency, you need a narrative—some compelling story, decided on by a combination of the nominee, campaign strategists, and the media, that gives voters a warm, happy, check-the-box feeling. - The New Yorker

Maps Show Us Not Only Where We Are But Who We Are

Cartography has become one of the most successful technologies we have developed for understanding the world around us. At the same time, maps have become important cultural and artistic objects that we value greatly. - The Conversation

Literary Festivals Are Now Having To Worry About Safety And Risk Management

For instance, moderators at the Perth Festival Writers’ Weekend in Australia were sent a memo titled "Facilitator safety tips." Among those tips: discussing with panelists in advance what are off-limits topics and ending (or simply forgoing) audience Q&As if they risk becoming too inflammatory. - The Guardian

Why Is Debate On College Campuses So Difficult These Days?

The fact of the matter is that the problem is not our students. It is us: faculty and administrators who are too afraid—of random people on social media, hard-core activists, irritable alumni, assorted “friends” of Harvard—to allow a culture of open debate and dialogue to flourish. - The Wall Street Journal

By Topic

Philosophy, Folk Wisdom, And Rethinking Values

I still believe in philosophy’s capacity to seek truth, but I’m conscious that I’ve tethered myself to an academic heritage plagued by formidable demons. - Aeon

In 1995 A Crowd Gathered To Describe Data On The Internet…

By the end of the long weekend, the eclectic crowd had created a radical system for describing and discovering online content that still directly powers web search today, and which paved the way for how all content is labelled and discovered on the open web. - Aeon

The Ethics Of Fandom

Sports fandom raises a number of interesting and important philosophical issues such as the connection between sports fandom and identity, and whether it is better to be a committed fan of a particular team or to appreciate the sport from a more neutral perspective. - Aeon

The Return Of Physical Media

When streaming fatigue strikes, guess what? DVDs and Blu-Rays are right there. - The Verge

As The Hotly Anticipated Live-Action ‘Avatar’ Sputters On Netflix, Is This Genre Over?

If an animated movie or series is good enough, or in the case of Avatar: The Last Airbender far beyond simply “good,” why mess with live-action remakes? - CBC

Art Shows The Reality Of War In A Way The News Can’t Quite Reach

Thinking about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, for instance, “to come close to the feeling and texture of war as it is lived behind the lines – and behind front doors – it is necessary to turn to the work of Ukrainian artists, writers, playwrights and filmmakers." - The Guardian (UK)

England’s Local Governments Are Flat Broke, And Arts Are Among The First Things They’re Cutting

"More than half the councils that responded to a survey said they were likely to be unable to balance their books in the next five years. Two-thirds said they were cutting services. Parks, leisure facilities, arts and culture are at the top of the list." - BBC

Why Is Debate On College Campuses So Difficult These Days?

The fact of the matter is that the problem is not our students. It is us: faculty and administrators who are too afraid—of random people on social media, hard-core activists, irritable alumni, assorted “friends” of Harvard—to allow a culture of open debate and dialogue to flourish. - The Wall Street Journal

How Disney Built The Disney Adult Industrial Complex

Whether Disney adults are embarrassing or enchanting is largely a matter of opinion. What is missing from endless comment sections is the fact that they are a creation of the Walt Disney Company – a character constructed just as carefully as Elsa or Donald Duck. - New Statesman

It’s Artists Who Rule New York

If no one industry rules the city, one group of people does: artists. Every year, a new generation of them arrive in New York hoping to make their name. Those of us who aren’t artists come here for them, too. - The New York Times

As Frank Gehry Turns 95, Los Angeles Should Give Him The Disney Hall He Actually Wanted

Improving DTLA desperately needs advocates - and a focus, which the area could provide. “The sorry fact is that the hall has never been the best it can be, and there seems to be far too little motivation to take the place to its necessary next step." - Los Angeles Times

Pro-Palestinian Supporters Drown Out Presenters, Winners At Indie Spirit Awards

"A few attendees stepped outside to acknowledge the incident and see what was going on, but the awards show continued. Host Aidy Bryant said on stage, 'We’re at the beach and people are exercising their freedom of speech.’” - IndieWire

We Recreated Leonardo Da Vinci’s Harpsichord-Viola From His Own Designs

After five years of research, a team at Leonardo3, an interactive museum/exhibition center in Milan, built the instrument from drawings and notes in the 93rd folio of Leonardo’s Codex Atlanticus (1478). And, in doing so, they learned why the harpsichord-viola had not been built and played before … - Artnet

Jaap van Zweden’s Next Band Will Be L’Orchestre Philharmonique De Radio France

As he finishes up his terms as music director of the New York and Hong Kong Philharmonics and begins a new tenure at the Seoul Philharmonic, the Dutch conductor announced that, starting in 2026, he will succeed Mikko Franck as music director of the Paris-based radio orchestra. - AP

Rhiannon Giddens: Country Music Belongs To Everyone

"All of these comments, which range from simply ignorant to downright misogynoir, presuppose that commercial country music is a legacy that belongs only to white, rural southerners. And that supposition is just plain wrong." - The Guardian

More Music Removed From TikTok

TikTok says up to 30% of what it calls "popular songs" could be lost. But some industry estimates say up to 80% of all music on TikTok could be muted. - BBC

Conductor Jan Latham-Koenig Pleads Guilty To Soliciting Sex From A Minor

Prosecutors say the 70-year-old was chatting, first on an dating app and then directly on WhatApp, with someone he believed to be a 15-year-old but was in fact an undercover officer. He was arrested last month at the coffee shop where he had arranged for them to meet. - BBC

Simone Young Extends Contract As Chief Conductor Of Sydney Symphony

She began her initial term in 2022, and it was set to expire at the end of this year. With her contract ending in 2026 (at the earliest), she will get to see through the SSO's four-year project performing Wagner's Ring cycle in concert. - Limelight (Australia)

500-Year-Old Flemish Triptych Turns Up In (Of All Places) Guernsey

"Experts said it is from the workshop of important Flemish artist Pieter Coecke van Aelst, or by an artist in his circle. The triptych, (depicting the Adoration of the Magi) across three hinged panels, is due to go to auction next month." - BBC

Israel Will Not Be Disinvited From Venice Biennale, Says Italy’s Culture Minister

"In a tersely worded statement sent out earlier today, (Gennaro) Sangiuliano called (an open letter calling for Israel to be excluded) 'shameful' and claimed that those who signed it had threatened to undo a culture of freedom in Italy." - ARTnews

Maps Show Us Not Only Where We Are But Who We Are

Cartography has become one of the most successful technologies we have developed for understanding the world around us. At the same time, maps have become important cultural and artistic objects that we value greatly. - The Conversation

The Photographer Whom Kirill Serebrennikov Calls “A Russian Cartier-Bresson”

"(Dmitri Markov's) subjects were always the most vulnerable in society: orphans, alcoholics, addicts, homeless people, the very old and dying, conscripts and children. It was a side of Russia absent from bombastic official narratives under Putin, but one that was instantly recognisable to most Russians." - The Guardian

West Virginia Bill Would Let Museums Be Prosecuted For Displaying “Obscene” Artworks

House Bill 4654, now in the state senate, would "remove exemptions for criminal liability from schools, libraries, and museums, allowing them to be criminally charged for the distribution and display of 'obscene' matter to minors." (The bill does not define "obscene.") - Artnet

Workers Are Protesting A ‘Toxic’ Work Environment At The Minneapolis Institute Of Art, And Even David Lynch Is Involved

What’s up at Mia? “Turmoil ... over exhibitions, equity and the institution’s future is boiling over into public view following the recent firing of a top curator." - MPR

The Maven Who Assembled A Massive, Now-Priceless Collection of Yiddish Literature

"Scholars had estimated that there were about 70,000 books waiting to be rescued. (Aaron) Lansky went on to gather 1.5 million Yiddish books — a trove that evolved into the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Mass., one of the nation’s leading Jewish cultural institutions." - The New York Times

Merriam-Webster Breaks The Internet Over Grammar Change

"It is permissible in English for a preposition to be what you end a sentence with," the dictionary publisher said in a post shared on Instagram last week. - NPR

A Surge In Online Book Clubs Followed By New Friendships In Real Life

User numbers of an app called “Bookclubs,” designed to help organize clubs, grew 240% from 2020 to 2021. Since then, its user base has been roughly doubling annually, the company says. The app currently has just under one million users with accounts. - The Wall Street Journal

Literary Festivals Are Now Having To Worry About Safety And Risk Management

For instance, moderators at the Perth Festival Writers’ Weekend in Australia were sent a memo titled "Facilitator safety tips." Among those tips: discussing with panelists in advance what are off-limits topics and ending (or simply forgoing) audience Q&As if they risk becoming too inflammatory. - The Guardian

New York Is Home To More Endangered Languages Than Anywhere Else

All told, there are more endangered languages in and around New York City than have ever existed anywhere else, says Perlin, who has spent 11 years trying to document them. - The New York Times

Israeli Forces Have Destroyed Another Library In Gaza

Al-Kalima joins a long list of destroyed libraries. In addition, “the Central Archives of Gaza (which contained 150 years of records pertaining to Gaza’s history) and the Great Omari Mosque (which contained one of the most significant collections of rare books in Palestine) have both also been destroyed.” - LitHub

Warner And Paramount Are No Longer Talking Merger

Warner Bros. Discovery is no longer pursuing a merger with Paramount Global as its shares trade near a 52-week low, according to people familiar with the matter. - CNBC

By The End Of This Year, Streaming Video Will Be Pulling In More Money Than Pay TV, Say Analysts

"Streaming revenue is poised to overtake pay TV subscription revenue by the third quarter of 2024, boosted by the recent uptick in ad-supported offerings, London-based research firm Ampere Analysis predicts." - TheWrap

The Refined Art Of Campaigning For An Oscar

To campaign for an Oscar, as for the Presidency, you need a narrative—some compelling story, decided on by a combination of the nominee, campaign strategists, and the media, that gives voters a warm, happy, check-the-box feeling. - The New Yorker

For Its 30th Anniversary, An Oral History Of “Schindler’s List”

"Speaking to those who labored to get the film onscreen — including stars Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley and Ralph Fiennes, composer John Williams, agent Michael Ovitz and Martin Scorsese ... — what follows is the most complete telling of one of the most important movies not just of Spielberg’s career." - The Hollywood Reporter

John Waters Is Making His First Movie In 20 Years

The film, set to begin shooting in Baltimore (of course) later this year, is an adaptation of Waters's 2022 novel Liarmouth (subtitled "A Feel-Bad Romance"). Aubrey Plaza will star as a compulsive liar and scammer named Marsha Sprinkle. - The Guardian

Supreme Court Hears Case That Would Fundamentally Change Social Media

The laws, championed by right-leaning state lawmakers, are rooted in the idea that the tech platforms have had a bias against conservatives. They’ve long lambasted social media practices that limited the reach of certain accounts, while tech companies have denied that they are discriminating against certain types of political speech. - Deadline

A Look At Northern Ballet’s Artistic Compromises Around Live Music

The musicians I spoke to have all seen Sinfonia work and income decrease significantly because of the switch from exclusively live music to occasional live work supplemented by recording sessions and royalties from performances. - Van

Looking At The Financial State Of Dance In the U.S.

"Multiple reports published since last summer have shed long-awaited light on the fiscal health of the country’s dance sector. What those numbers say isn’t simple to summarize. … (For instance,) even when the changes in dollar amounts appear positive, adjustments for inflation erase most gains (and deepen losses)." - Dance Magazine

How Robert Garland Is Navigating His First Season In Charge At Dance Theater Of Harlem

“Garland is big on history. His passion for linking ballet to the events of the real world, past and present, is an important part of his vision." - The New York Times

The Outsider Queer Trio Running — Entirely Together — The Ballet National De Marseille

"(Marine) Brutti, Jonathan Debrouwer and Arthur Harel are the trio behind (La)Horde. They met 14 years ago on Paris’s queer club scene and ... started helping each other out with projects. Over time it coalesced into something official and since 2019 they have been (BNM's) artistic directors." - The Guardian

“Not Every Giselle Has To Be Fragile And Petite”: New English National Ballet AD Aaron Watkin

"A lot of people in the culture have grown up with a certain physical ideal. The more traditionally minded are bound to the idea that certain characters have to be small, innocent looking blondes. But … it’s not only small women who have their hearts broken." - The Telegraph (UK) (MSN)

Alvin Ailey Company Performance In Birmingham, Alabama Cancelled Mid-Show Due To “Cold Temperatures Backstage”

The performance on Feb. 17 began 40 minutes late, the company did one piece, then there was another 40-minute wait before the audience was told the show was over. The dancers' contract requires a backstage temperature of 72°F.; the venue claims the temperature was 68°F to 70°F. - WBMA (Birmingham, AL)

An Idea To Make Theatre Sustainable Again

"I’m trying to get artists to think of themselves as owners, not employees. So there’s a direct connection between the bottom line and their bank account. But the artists are in charge! They decide what plays to do, who is doing what, how much money will be spent on a production, and so forth."...

Edinburgh Fringe Frustrated As Its Bid For Long-Term Funding Is Rejected

In fact, the enormous theatre festival hasn't been on Creative Scotland's list of "regularly-funded organisations" (those with three-year "core funding" grants) since 2018, and the agency says it gives the Fringe money through other channels. - The Scotsman

North Carolina Theatre In Raleigh Cancels Season And Files For Bankruptcy

"The theater’s board announced the decision Friday, citing 'external forces during and after the pandemic,' including higher production costs, the loss of corporate and personal sponsorships, a decline in sales and a slow return of audiences to live venues." - The News & Observer (Raleigh) (MSN)

Texas High School Cancels Student Production Of “The Laramie Project”

When notifying parents, school district leaders in the Fort Worth suburb of Keller gave no reason for cancelling the docudrama about the 1998 murder of gay student Matthew Shepard; a spokesman later said administrators wanted a play like previous productions of Mary Poppins and White Christmas. - The Dallas Morning News (MSN)

As ‘The Outsiders’ Makes Its Way To Broadway, The Young Cast Visits Its Oklahoma Inspiration

The cast and crew took a “granular, history-flecked tour of the place where, about 60 years earlier, S.E. Hinton’s coming-of-age story was written and set. Hinton, 75 and still a beloved local, was a star attraction." - The New York Times

Why Is Second City Moving To First City?

In Brooklyn, “on the site of an old record shop and club, the company has built a 200-seat mainstage, a 60-seat second stage, several classrooms, where improv and comedy writing are taught, and a restaurant." - NPR

Why Armistead Maupin, The Echt-San Francisco Writer, Up And Moved To London

"In fact, he and husband Chris Turner – a photographer in his early 50s – have been living in England for nearly five years, after leaving the city he immortalised back in 2019. 'I love San Francisco as much as anybody else, but I had sort of done it.'" - The Guardian

Another Week, Another Gérard Depardieu Sexual Assault Allegation

"(A) 53-year-old (set) decorator alleges that Depardieu grabbed her and kneaded her waist, stomach and breasts during filming for Les Volets verts, or The Green Shutters, lawyer Carine Durrieu Diebolt said Monday. Other people intervened to stop him, the lawyer added." - AP

She Stole Many A Scene In The Wire, And Now She Wants To Show An Even Grittier Baltimore

Felicia “Snoop” Pearson got her acting start on The Wire after she introduced herself to actor Michael K. Williams at a nightclub, a chance that “kick-started Pearson’s reign as one of television’s most harrowing characters." - The New York Times

Being The First Is A Lot To Carry

Lily Gladstone, who may win Best Actress at the Oscars, isn’t new to Hollywood, but this is a different level. “After more than two decades of acting, she has become a star, a role model, a potential engine of change. It’s a lot for anyone.” - Washington Post

Star Trek Actor Kenneth Mitchell Has Died At 49

Mitchell, who was diagnosed with ALS five and a half years ago, “played three roles in three seasons on Star Trek: Discovery. The last character, Aurelio, who used a hoverchair, was created to reflect the actor’s need for a wheelchair." - MSN (Los Angeles Times)

Kumar Shahani, Leader Of India’s Arthouse Parallel Cinema Movement, Has Died At 83

Shahani "was known for his formalist style of filmmaking and his landmark films include Tarang (1984), Khayal Gatha (1989) and Kasba (1990).” He also worked hard to help India archive and restore films via the Film Heritage Foundation. - Variety

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As Frank Gehry Turns 95, Los Angeles Should Give Him The Disney Hall He Actually Wanted

Improving DTLA desperately needs advocates - and a focus, which the area could provide. “The sorry fact is that the hall has never been the best it can be, and there seems to be far too little motivation to take the place to its necessary next step." - Los Angeles Times

Art Shows The Reality Of War In A Way The News Can’t Quite Reach

Thinking about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, for instance, “to come close to the feeling and texture of war as it is lived behind the lines – and behind front doors – it is necessary to turn to the work of Ukrainian artists, writers, playwrights and filmmakers." - The Guardian (UK)

Investigators Say The Art Institute Of Chicago Is Clinging To A Nazi-Looted Schiele Drawing

“The institute’s decision to continue to fight the efforts by Manhattan prosecutors to retrieve its Schiele work makes it a lone holdout among the museums and collectors who received warrants from investigators telling them they possessed stolen property." - The New York Times

As ‘The Outsiders’ Makes Its Way To Broadway, The Young Cast Visits Its Oklahoma Inspiration

The cast and crew took a “granular, history-flecked tour of the place where, about 60 years earlier, S.E. Hinton’s coming-of-age story was written and set. Hinton, 75 and still a beloved local, was a star attraction." - The New York Times

Hollywood’s Musicians Reach A Tentative Deal With The Studios

The musicians’ union calls it “a major win” and “a watershed moment.” Next up: The “below the line” workers - that is to say, the Hollywood crew members in IATSE and the Teamsters - start to bargain. - MSN (Los Angeles Times)

News Website DCist Shut Down By NPR Outlet WAMU; 15 Staffers Laid Off

As with (still-operational) local news sites Gothamist, LAist, and others, DCist was acquired by its nearby public radio station when the -ist sites' parent shut down. WAMU management says it is refocusing on audio content, and the DCist website is now unavailable to the public. - The Washington Post (MSN)

Britain’s Second City, Effectively Bankrupt, Announces Elimination of All Arts Funding

In Birmingham, which faces a long-brewing cash crisis, "grants to regularly-funded arts organisations will face 50% cuts this year and 100% next financial year." This includes, among others, the City of Birmingham Symphony, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham REP Theatre, IKON Gallery, and Birmingham International Dance Festival. - Birmingham Live

The Terrifying Logistics Of Getting An Entire U.S. Symphony Orchestra Packed Up And Onto The Plane For A European Tour

"(It's) a finely tuned and precisely orchestrated operation, requiring months of advance planning and permitting, a crew of nearly a dozen workers and an all-hands effort by the musicians themselves." Michael Andor Brodeur watches as DC's National Symphony prepares and sets off. - The Washington Post (MSN)

At 61, Jodie Foster Is Finally Unclenching And Letting (Some Of) Her Guard Down

"At a certain point, the survival tool, which has kept you safe and kept you warm, which has kept you with your family, it’s allowed you to exist in the world — you gotta cut that fucking thing off," she said. "You gotta cut that thing off, because it’s killing you." - The Atlantic

Israeli Forces Raid, Destroy Publishing Houses In The West Bank

"IDF raids on Palestinian publishing houses are nothing new. Seven Palestinian publishing houses were raided or destroyed over a six-month period in 2016-2017, and eleven more were targeted in a seven-month period in 2021." - LitHub

The Life Of A Pro Whistler, Including Her New Album And Her ‘Barbie’ Fame

Molly Lewis: "People often don’t have a reference for whistle music apart from a jingle or a riff in a bad pop song. … I think it’s a beautiful instrument." - Washington Post

New Biographies Of Recently Deceased Celebrities Are Coming From – You Knew It – AI

This is a "macabre new publishing subgenre: hasty, shoddy, A.I.-generated biographies of people who have just died." - The New York Times
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