“And you don’t always think about how difficult it is to succeed in a field that requires you to be able to bounce from one singing gig on Newbury Street, hop a Green Line car and bang out another in Newton, before zooming back to Harvard Square for the final performance of the day.”
Archives for April 2014
In his 11th play, Carl Djerassi – now 90 and irked that most people have no idea that he’s done anything since he developed the oral contraceptive at age 28 – depicts Theodor Adorno and Hannah Arendt investigating what was in the famous briefcase Walter Benjamin carried across the Pyrenees. The answer: porn.
Researchers report that they’ve found that guitarists can synchronize their neural networks (gosh, like string quartets?) and, when they’re shredding, turn off the parts of the brain associated with big-picture goals (maybe like jazz musicians riffing?). But what about violists and bassoonists, huh?
Yep, We Do That
AJBlog: Engaging Matters | Published 2014-04-30
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AJBlog: For What it’s Worth | Published 2014-04-30
St. Gauguin: Trouble in Paradise
AJBlog: Artopia | Published 2014-04-30
“Bronze” — A Reprise, Sort Of
AJBlog: Real Clear Arts | Published 2014-05-01
Storify of My Top-to-Bottom Wander Through the Metropolitan Museum: Graham’s Rooftop Funhouse
AJBlog: CultureGrrl | Published 2014-04-30
“Terry Teachout has distinguished himself, not just as a first-rate journalist, but as a supporter of the arts,” the Bradley Foundation’s president, Michael W. Grebe, said in a written announcement of the prize, which also cited Teachout’s work as a biographer (books about Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, H.L. Mencken and George Balanchine), a playwright and an opera librettist.
The organization, made up of donors who have given $100 or more, voted to rescind the board of directors’ vote to close the company, a move which isn’t legally binding, and to veto any liquidation of the company’s assets – a decision which may well be binding under both the organization’s own by-laws and California law.
“The 2014 Pulitzer Prize for theater went this month to Annie Baker for her play The Flick. The runners-up were Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori for Fun Home, and Madeleine George for The Curious Case of the Watson Intelligence. All those works have two things in common: They were written by women, and they didn’t play on Broadway.”
Adam Gopnik: “Of all the books written in French over the past century, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince is surely the best loved in the most tongues. This is very strange, because the book’s meanings – its purpose and intent and moral – still seem far from transparent, even seventy-five-plus years after its first appearance.”
“The subsidised company has announced a long-term partnership with commercial producers Michael Grade and Michael Linnit, which it said would see it present ‘world-class musical theatre’ in its London Coliseum home. It is understood that ENO hopes these productions may transfer to the West End.”
The National Theatre, the Royal Opera House, Sadler’s Wells, English National Opera and the Southbank Centre have, over the past 18 years, have been given £315 million of Lottery arts funding. In that same period, the 10% of England’s local authorities with the lowest levels of community arts engagement received £288 million.
“As the museum’s first theatrical group in residence, the Civilians, a self-described center for investigative theater, will collaborate next season with Met curators and visitors to create works of theater inspired by objects in the museum’s American and Egyptian art collections.”