Turns out that sales actually go up, at least for this nonprofit theatre in Utah – though that might partly be because, smart move, they “even rode Hamilton’s coattails a bit, staging a concert version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s earlier musical, In the Heights.”
The comedian and actor, whose turn with Tiffany Haddish in the 2018 Oscars was one of the beset moments of the night, can even imitate SNL (and now Amazon) co-worker Fred Armisen imitating her. Part of her skill comes from a tragic – and highly public – childhood.
Or even memory towns. The plan is to help those with memory issue – Alzheimer’s and other age-related dementia – in “reminiscence therapy.” The hope? “Dozens of faux ‘memory towns’ will sprout around the U.S. in coming years. Amid a retail meltdown, the malls where teenagers used to hit up American Eagle and Orange Julius could morph into escapist domains for the elderly.”
For generations, the children of Rio de Janeiro – and those farther afield – have been defining themselves and their history at the National Museum. “A former colonial slave traders’ home that was later turned into a royal palace, the building itself was the site of key moments in the country’s history, part of the national narrative, and therefore a place of deep symbolism and pride.” Now it’s almost all gone.
Some are repeats – Handmaid’s Tale vs. Game of Thrones – and others are familiar questions: Will The Americans win? Now, what about Atlanta?
From hurricanes to fires to tornadoes, high school theatres have been asking Samuel French to help them rebuild their lost play libraries. That was catch as catch can for years – but now it’s official (and those in the path of Hurricane Florence are likely to need it).
Nearly five years after a developer sneaked crews in during the night to paint over the graffiti murals, there’s a new space in town: The Museum of Street Art. “The museum, which fills the stairwell of a new hotel, will showcase 20 artists, all of whom painted at 5Pointz. It is meant to be a vertical love letter to the Lower East Side and the Bowery.”
Can the movies – “orphaned” because of the terrible behavior of their company’s founder – get any U.S. release? Hm, maybe … on Netflix. “Streaming and other digital-only releases appear to be an increasingly attractive distribution option for these titles, since it offers producers a revenue stream minus the media attention that comes with a traditional theatrical release.”
Strauss, who grew up and lived much of her life in Kansas City, was an independent Broadway producer who won a Tony for the Irish play “Da,” which ran for nearly two years. Then, “with the encouragement of the late Joseph Papp, founder of the New York Shakespeare Festival, Strauss returned to Kansas City to found a festival.” She built the 26-year-old fest from the ground up.
Historian Jill Lepore on writing a history of the entire country in less than 1000 pages, but still having to change the ending thanks to the presidential election of 2016: “It was just a watershed political moment. To not adjust to end there just seemed wrong, like a dereliction of duty as a historian.”
Mary Kelly, who has been creating conceptual and feminist art for decades – often with compressed lint from the dryer – says closing borders is devastating for artists. “Living all over very different places gives you insight about how different cultures and political systems work, but it also shows you in some way how things are connected. … Internationalism is, I believe, always connected to movements that are progressive and the opposite goes for closing down.”
It’s writing craft, of course – and making sure to have two points of view. Author Zoje Stage: “A lot of the tension in the book comes from the dual perspective of seeing how these two characters interpret the same event differently, which makes people question if one of them is more right than the other.” And then there’s the “European cinema” house setting …
Allen is frustrated “that she did not confront or report the man’s behaviour, and carried on working with him, explaining that she felt silenced because he had more power and money than her, and that she feared being labelled ‘hysterical’ and a ‘difficult woman.'” And she says she’s far from alone.
The dismissal of its principal oboist, Liang Wang, and associate principal trumpet, Matthew Muckey, is on hold while the union investigates, but the musicians are on unpaid leave. “The orchestra said in a terse statement only that after it had received reports that the two players had ‘engaged in misconduct,’ it retained Barbara S. Jones, an attorney at Bracewell and a former federal judge, to investigate. An orchestra official said the investigation took five months.”
Maureen Beattie: “We must not give up because when the media has moved on and it’s not famous people [being accused] anymore, that’s when the bastards are going to crawl out from under their slimy stones and go, ‘I’m here again, nobody’s going to be watching us.'”
Some employees may be leaking data, and there are definitely entities trying their damnedest to bribe employees as well, say brokers. (One solution: Raise Amazon employees’ salaries in China.)
Domestic theatre attendance fell to a 25-year low last year, partly, or maybe mostly, because of streaming – so theatre chains are not exactly friendly to services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. But the IMAX CEO says they’re all talking to him. “It’s inevitable that these big blockbusters that people are spending all this money on … are going to have a theatrical release and I think almost certainly an IMAX release.”
Winter is coming, and with it, the inevitable awards buildup. Now that three of the major fall film festivals have ended, The New York Times explains who’s on top right now.
Yes, he’s the first Black man – and only the second Black person ever, after Whoopi Goldberg in 2002 – to earn the entertainment superfecta. But “Legend’s well-earned moment runs the risk of becoming a kind of racial-progress overreach that is seen as a final piece of the puzzle, when in reality it’s just part of its framing.”
Hollein is still optimistic about not being the CEO, but will that last?
When he started the publication Radio Free Jazz, he didn’t know it, and he, would become a legend.
Even beyond the bombshell article from July accusing prominent men in the field of harassment, the “male-dominated field creates a ‘toxic culture’ that silences women in the profession and has kept a full reckoning from taking place. … 85 to 90 percent of the news imagery we consume is created by men. Last year, 90 percent of the images that The New York Times ran on their front page was made by men.”
Musicians can, with the right management in place, identify not as “us vs them,” but as part of the big circle of the orchestra.
Online lessons have changed the way many students learn the piano, especially jazz – and maybe made learning better and faster. Perhaps there is “something about the peculiar intimacy of the online lesson — the way it permits a student to scrutinize a teacher’s subtlest movements — that has transformed the learning process.”
The trombonist, Massimo La Rosa, has filed his own lawsuit “accusing two people of defamation for alleging that he ‘had committed and was criminally culpable for multiple sexual assaults on numerous college campuses [where La Rosa] had been invited to serve as a guest instructor.’ The orchestra did not specify whether the current suspension was related to the same or similar allegations.”
“It’s just what we need. Ryan Murphy will be showrunner. It’ll be about a sexy horror alphabet.”
“I think it’s about apartments.”
“Even better. Give apartments $4 billion, tell them to get campy fast.”
“Ones in Seattle. Big ones. Two-bedrooms or bigger.”
Actually, not a list of lists, but some questions and thoughts: “Is there such a thing as a happy list in literature? The blithe verbal sum of possessions, achievements or experiences? Isn’t the very act of setting such things down evidence of some vexation, a clue that something is missing? The collector’s catalogue, the merchant’s tally, the seducer’s black book: they are all examples of compensating control. Compensation for what? For a scouring anxiety, or cumbrous melancholy?”
The statue was near City Hall, part of the Pioneer Monument that was put up in 1894 – and which Native peoples in and near the city have been protesting for decades. There’s a lawsuit, of course, but the city didn’t destroy the statue; workers moved it into storage. “After the truck carrying the statue rolled away, the onlookers gathered in a large circle, where Dee Dee Ybarra, an Ohlone tribal leader who advocated for the statue’s removal, led the crowd in a traditional chant and a prayer for empathy and understanding.”
The tax code, which favors a class that can buy art, also takes away a tool that the ultra-rich used to sell the art they had collected. One art advisor: “The effect won’t be negligible.”
The author says of her horror novel and new movie: “After Brexit is Britain going to be a kind of Hundreds Hall, a decaying place with a big wall around it, with an inflated idea of itself, endlessly trying to keep alive a mythical kind of world?”