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We Have Now Reached Peak Theater, And It’s All Downhill From Here

"Spring 2024 saw a frenzy of new shows opening in the face of two formidable obstacles: costs that have nearly doubled over a decade...

We Should All Just Relax About Apostrophes, Says John McWhorter

Here's his argument. He's wrong, of course. - The New York Times

The Paris 2024 Cultural Olympiad: An Explainer

Here's an explanation of the origins of the arts branch of the Games, a timeline history, and a preview of some of what will...

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wayfarers’ Chapel In California Will Be Dismantled

The glass-clad church, perched on an oceanside bluff in Los Angeles County, has suffered severe structural damage as the ground underneath it shifted due...

There’s Another Problem With That New York State Tax Credit For Producing Broadway Shows

To put it bluntly, a subsidy meant to support commercially risky work like A Strange Loop or Stereophonic or a revival of Ibsen's An...

After Industry-Wide Criticism, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Un-Cancels Jerusalem Quartet Concert

While it's too late to restore the first of the string quartet's scheduled performances there, the second, for Saturday night, was reinstated with additional...

After A Yearlong Standoff, Philadelphia Museum Of Art And Its Staffers Resolve Their Pay...

These raises were part of the museum's first union labor agreement, which was negotiated in 2022. Even so, the issue isn't settled: there's a...

NPR Adds An New, Extra Layer Of Editing, And Journalists There Are, Um, Concerned

Many of the network's reporters believe that this extra layer, called the "Backstop," was put in place only because of right-wing pressure over allegations...

Australia’s Richest Person Demands That National Gallery Take Down Her Portrait

Gina Rinehart, a mining magnate with a knack for attracting controversy and a lack of awareness of the Streisand Effect, is unhappy with her...

New York State’s Tax Credit For Broadway Shows Is Taking Too Damn Long To...

"(The $3 million per production credit) has been lauded as a lifeline for the struggling theatre industry, ... (yet) funds often do not arrive...

Even With Big Stars, Some Indie Movies Are Having Trouble Getting U.S. Distribution

"Projects that would previously have flown off the shelves domestically just don’t have the same immediate pulling power. And according to one source, it’s...

With These Prefab Kits, You Can Build Yourself A Frank Lloyd Wright House (A...

Two architects, both graduates of Wright's School of Architecture at Taliesin West in Arizona, have designed nine kit houses based closely on Wright's designs,...

Extensive Study Locates Characteristics That All Songs Worldwide Seem To Share

"Across cultures, (an international team of 75) researchers found, songs share certain features not found in speech, suggesting that Darwin might have been right:...

Is The Australian Ballet Fighting Back Against Body-Shaming? Or Just Being Pissy About A...

Artistic director David Hallberg and others are indignantly rebuking The Sydney Morning Herald, saying that "critique of dancers' bodies" is "not acceptable." The sentence...

The Woman Who Finally Got France To Take #MeToo Seriously

While there have been brief bursts of attention to the issue before, France had been notably resistant to the movement. In 2018, Catherine Deneuve...

Five Ways Matthew Barney Has Changed The Art World

Number Five: Macho Androgyny. "Fond of elaborate costumes that question traditional gender roles (flamboyant Freemason, tap-dancing satyr), Barney has worn skirts and dresses in...

Buyouts Weren’t Enough: Bay Area Public Radio Outlet KQED Will Have Layoffs

"In April, KQED instituted a voluntary buyout program. CEO Michael Islip said a small amount of buyout packages were accepted, but not enough to...

Natural History Curator Cleared Of Spider- and Scorpion-Smuggling In Turkey

Lorenzo Prendini of the American Museum of Natural History in New York had been detained at Istanbul's airport with 15,000 samples of (dead) endemic...

The Questions Posed By PEN America’s Meltdown Over Gaza

"What does it mean to defend writers amid a polarizing war? When should a group that promotes free expression for all take sides? And...

Barbara Hannigan Takes Her First Chief Conductor Job

The Canadian-born soprano/conductor will begin, as of August 2026, a three-year term as chief conductor and artistic director of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. She...

Getting Meta: A Regional Theater’s Play About A Regional Theater’s Search For An Artistic...

"Oakland playwright Jonathan Spector jokes that if his satire Best Available had a trigger warning, it would be 'realistic portrayals of working in nonprofit...

You’re In College Getting A BFA In Dance. How Much Do Good Grades Matter?

"Rather than exams and essays, the studio classes that make up the bulk of BFA programs evaluate students on less tangible benchmarks like artistry,...

When Benjamin Millepied Choreographed A Gender-Neutral “Romeo And Juliet”

You'd expect any controversy to be over his decision to have dancers leave the auditorium and perform around the building while cameras transmit their...

There Are Still Butlers Today, But They’re Not Like Downton Abbey’s Mr. Carson Anymore

Today's "executive butlers," who service the ultra-wealthy (who aren't just old-line nobility anymore) at England's grand country houses, are a cross between chief housekeeper,...

L.A. Opera Revives David Hockney’s Celebrated Sets For “Turandot”

"'We’ve been trying to program Hockney’s Turandot for 30 years,' said Rupert Hemmings, vice president of artistic planning for L.A. Opera, which … has...
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