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Mónica Lugo talks about inspiring young people through the arts

Mónica Lugo, Head of Alegre Strings & Interim Department Chair of Strings at Merit School of Music, shares about inspiring young people through their culture and musical excellence.

A Morbid Month of Artworld Losses: Kenneth Baker, David Finn, Michael Sillerman

An occupational hazard of my advanced age has been a sense of sad obligation to post appreciative obits of

In need of a shape-up

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review the Broadway transfers of Thoughts of a Colored Man and Dana H. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Barbershops of the...

Replay: Ralph Richardson appears as the mystery guest on What’s My Line?

Ralph Richardson appears as the mystery guest on an episode of What’s My Line? originally telecast live by CBS on July 28, 1963. Bennett Cerf, Peter...

Five Observations on the Arts 18 Months into COVID: Finances

Many arts organizations are coming out of the COVID shutdown in better financial shape than they were going in.

‘A Low-Rent Shangri-La Beyond Borders’

As the steep streets bow to the river, I have been falling through holes for some months seeking a

Quick Study: Local Arts Agencies as Creative Connectors

To celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month, this episode of Quick Study looks at the critical role of local arts agencies in a post-COVID-19...

Love, Solace and Deadly Nightshade

There’s a bit of a hidden treasure, if not quite on my doorstep, then only an hour’s drive away towards the Cotswolds. Compton Verney is an historic manor and parish, with a Grade-I listed  country house, redesigned by Robert Adam in the 1760s and landscaped by Capability Brown in 1768. The tiny parish was 119 […]

Piffaro the Philadelphia Renaissance band: A new sun rises again and again

Once the upstart child of the early-music counterculture, Piffaro the Philadelphia Renaissance Band is now downright venerable at age 40 as its founders are ceding...

Permit Me a Moment to Bask in This Review

I hadn’t seen it until today, and I have no idea who Hope Goldsmith is. But on Oct. 14 this is what she wrote: This...

Down Mexico Way (with a detour to Italy)

I could not at first remember why I bore a grudge against the late Angela Carter. But a rapid ...

Snapshot: Liberace stars in The Loved One

A scene from The Loved One, Tony Richardson’ 1965 screen version of Evelyn Waugh’s satirical novella about Forest Lawn, starring Robert Morse and Liberace. The...

Slow & Simple

As part of Engaging Matters’ 10th Anniversary, we are highlighting important and/or popular posts from the past. In reviewing such posts it became clear...

Newark Museum’s Dan Mask Fetches 50 Xs Its High Estimate; Banksy’s “Balloon”/”Bin” Wafts to $25.4m

When an object at auction fetches many multiples of its expected price, as happened with the Newark Museum’s recent

Donna Meija talks about social justice in the arts

Donna Mejia, Associate Professor, former Director of Graduate Studies in Dance and Crown Institute Inaugural Chancellor’s Health and Wellness Scholar in Residence at the University of Colorado Boulder discusses social justice as an artist educator.

“But how is it?” Audience Confidence, COVID and After

What will it take for audiences to feel confident to attend in person at this stage of the COVID pandemic?

Newark Museum’s Latest Deaccession Misdirection: Offloading African Objects (& other dubious disposals)

Chris Crosman, founding chief curator of Crystal Bridges Museum, tipped me off this week to the Newark Museum of

Scandalous Biographers and Their Publishers

Ruth Franklin in conversation with Laura Marsh, Tim Duggan, Katha Pollitt, and Ian Buruma.

Type? Writer.

The lede reads: “Daniel hoped he hadn’t made a big mistake. It was a birth day present coming fr om Europe. Shipping was a...

Substrate: The Embodied Brain

It is strangely common to talk about our brain and our body as separate entities. Or to consider our senses and sensibilities as opposites,...

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