The superstar soprano, still not fully retired at age 81, is accused of dodging more than €500,000 in taxes on roughly €2 million in income in 2010 by using the good old tax haven ploy.
Archives for April 2014
“Forget the Berliner Philharmonie. The hip place to hear classical music here in the capital of Germany isn’t the late Hans Scharoun’s acclaimed concert hall but a former tram-repair shop with free booze and a collection tin for donations” – not to mention a bunch of restored historic instruments and the guts of other old pianos strewn about the place.
AJBlog: Sandow | Published 2014-04-29
174 LACMA Donors = $4.1 Million + 10 Varied Acquisitions
AJBlog: Real Clear Arts | Published 2014-04-30
From Wagner to Sedaka: Heppner’s “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do,” His (and Beal’s?) Swansong (with video)
AJBlog: CultureGrrl | Published 2014-04-29
Diva breaks a leg. Literally.
AJBlog: Slipped Disc | Published 2014-04-29
“The concerts, organized by pro-pot promoter Edible Events, will start May 23 with three bring-your-own marijuana events at the Space Gallery in Denver’s Santa Fe arts district and culminate with a large, outdoor performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Sept. 13. They are being billed as fundraisers for the CSO, which will curate a themed program of classical music for each show.”
Sergei Gepshtein believes the cinema of the future might even be a shared, immersive experience, one in which the events seem to unfold all around the viewer. “You could enter it like architecture, and there could be other people in the same space,” he says.
This is when the “Save My Show” campaigns get going. Online petitions and snail-mail letters sent to execs who pay other people to ignore these things. Ever see a TV show set in an office or a police precinct where there’s paper on people’s desk? A lot of that is letters from people pleading that some long-cancelled show featuring a teenage dreamboat is kept on the air.
“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” led the Tony field with 10 nominations. “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” received eight, including one for its star, Neil Patrick Harris.
“Box office sales yielding 69 per cent of capacity for about 120 performances must be assessed in relation to comparable figures fifteen years ago showing nearer 80 per cent for about 180 performances, but this is still a vast improvement, allowing for a small surplus (as yet unaudited).”
“There’s got to be even more interesting things to do. Mapping techniques, network analysis and visualizations are among the tools he cites that could lead to breakthroughs in art history that are impossible, or very slow going, using traditional study methods.”
“The $35 million project—the first full cleaning in the Colosseum’s history—aims to return it to its former splendor, while also strengthening the overall structure. Earthquakes, the pillaging of pieces of its outer frame, heavy car traffic and Rome’s nearby subway have damaged key parts.”
“Will the 2014 Tony Award nominations, which will be announced Tuesday morning, reflect the hottest-selling plays and musicals on Broadway? Or did the Tony nominators, who cast their votes in secret on Monday, favor shows with more artistic merit than box office juice?”
Hillel Nahmad’s lawyers, Benjamin Brafman and Paul L. Shechtman, are asking that their client, a first-time offender, be permitted to avoid prison and instead operate a program that would bring young people living in a Bronx homeless shelter to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
“Insulting stereotypes of Africans are at the heart of why celebrity famine relief gets the whole problem so badly wrong, not only in 1984 but still today.”
“Actress Valerie Harper has been hit with a $2 million lawsuit by Broadway bigshot Matthew Lombardo, who charges she didn’t tell him she had cancer until after she signed on to star in his play.”
“It is believed Miguel de Cervantes, whose best known work is Don Quixote, was buried in the convent the day after his death in 1616. However the exact location of his remains is a mystery and there is no tombstone marking the spot where his remains lie.”
“The emancipation of digital reading habits, like those of the printed book before them, allows us to choose the way we read. Just as some prefer edited collections and anthologies, some will enjoy having their fictions selected for them each month, apportioned in daily servings that arrive at appointed times that make them easier to consume.”
“Since 2011, there has been an increase in the percentage of people who visit museums and attend performances of classical music, jazz and musical theater—but there were decreases for plays, classical dance and opera. The individual rate of attendance has dropped since 2011, with about half of respondents continuing to attend cultural activities once or twice a month, but only 15% attending three times or more—down from a previous 22%.”
Prosecutors want the judge to send Hillel Nahmad to federal prison for 12 to 18 months for his involvement in an international gambling ring. Nahmad’s defense attorneys say he should be sentenced to paying for and running a scheme to bring Bronx schoolchildren to the Met Museum.
“Yes, it’s true: City Ballet is turning itself – and more than 40 members of its company – over to a man who has never choreographed before. He watched his first ballet in June. Do you hear that sound? Choreographers everywhere are eating their hearts out.”
“Before this year theaters in the five boroughs were ineligible for the annual award, which was created to honor theaters that did outstanding work outside of the unofficial industry capital of New York City.”
“As a literary critic who says he aims to study books without actually reading them, Franco Moretti … [treats them] like data: taking massive digital archives of texts and using computers to scan them for patterns no human reader would have the time, attention or patience to sift out.”
On one hand, many Alan Hollinghurst fans complained about how (relatively) demure his 2012 novel The Stranger’s Child was. On another, as Michael Cunningham observed about his The Hours, “I can’t help but notice that when I finally write a book in which there are no men [redacted], I suddenly win the Pulitzer Prize.”
Their lips are moving? No, it’s not that simple, even though most people tell an average of three (usually tiny) lies in a ten-minute conversation. What’s more, studies indicate that most people’s ability to tell if someone is lyng is barely better than chance.
For Buddhism (as opposed to Hinduism), a better word is rebirth, argues scholar Jay Garfield – and while Buddhism itself doesn’t necessarily require a belief in rebirth, actual Buddhists probably do.
“[The] pioneering British cultural historian … was most widely known outside academia as the star witness for Lady Chatterley’s Lover in a 1960 trial that ended British censorship of that novel.”
“[There’s] a national labor movement in which thousands of adjuncts are fighting for change within the higher-education system. In the short-term, adjuncts are demanding a living wage, but they are also proposing long-term solutions to structural problems ailing universities.”
“Stéphane Denève, the ebullient French conductor of the corkscrew locks who has been a frequent visitor to the orchestra’s podium, will become principal guest conductor in the fall. Romanian-born Cristian Macelaru, the orchestra’s associate conductor, will take the upgraded title of conductor in residence.”
Way Beyond Museum Walls: A Driving Tour
AJBlog: Real Clear Arts | Published 2014-04-29
Silence or Violence
AJBlog: We The Audience | Published 2014-04-29
Public support for the arts and the letter of the law
AJBlog: For What it’s Worth | Published 2014-04-28
Which circle do you serve?
AJBlog: The Artful Manager | Published 2014-04-28
The great primal battle of modern urbanism is coming to the lyric stage. courtesy of composer Judd Greenstein, librettist Tracy K. Smith (a Pulitzer-winning poet), and director Joshua Frankel.
“When I first came to the Metropolitan Opera in 2006, I was aware of the problems and the financial challenges. But I hoped that it would be possible to earn our way out of these financial challenges by increasing ticket sales and by launching our very successful movie theater showings. But in the last few years, it’s become obvious that in spite of our successes, the audience for opera is not increasing.”