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The Myths Of A Common Language

If the confusion of tongues is not the primary source of human conflict, might the corollary be true: that resolving conflict doesn’t require a common language? - Psyche

How Many Composers Ever Get To Have Two Operas Premiere In New York At The Same Time?

"One new opera demands an enormous amount of attention, but two is downright invasive," says Ricky Ian Gordon. His Intimate Apparel (adapted by Lynn Nottage from her play) is at Lincoln Center Theater, while New York City Opera is producing The Garden of the Finzi-Continis. - The New York Times

A Lot Of Broadway Shows Have Closed Temporarily. Could That Become A Standard Business Model?

The highly contagious omicron variant has given productions a reason to shut down for what happen to be the slowest two months of the year (when many shows die even in ordinary times), reopening in March as tourists start coming back. Could that practice work out long-term? - TheaterMania

The Newbery Award Has Been Honoring Children’s Books For 100 Years. Not All Of Them Hold Up.

People tend to give books that win classic or canonic status, presuming that a Newbery medalist from decades ago will always be good for today's kids. That isn't true, of course. So what should, and shouldn't, do we do about the winners that seem benighted these days? - Slate

The Abuse Lawsuit Against UNCSA Is Even Bigger Than You Thought

Most of the reporting about the case has focused on sexual abuse of students in the dance division, but the allegations (and the defendants) also include violent physical abuse and bullying and reach into the theater and music programs as well. - The New York Times

Large Limestone Sphinxes Unearthed In Luxor

"A German-Egyptian team of researchers, led by archaeologist Hourig Sourouzian, discovered the artifacts half-submerged in water during their restoration of the funerary temple of the pharaoh and the Colossi of Memnon, two monumental statues in his likeness." - ARTnews

A Film Studio In Space? That’s The Plan — And Within Three Years, No Less

A company called Space Entertainment Enterprise intends to open a space station containing both a film and TV studio and a sports/performance arena for clients who want to produce work in a micro-gravity environment. The scheduled completion date is December 2024. - Variety

Pioneering Black Conductor Everett Lee Dead At 105

He was the first African-American to be a music director on Broadway (On the Town, 1945) and the first to conduct an orchestra in the American South (Louisville Orchestra, 1953). He earned respect from critics and musicians, but nevertheless had to make his career in Europe. - The New York Times

Could End Of The BBC’s License Fee Spell The End For Public Broadcasting?

The licence fee announcement needs to be seen as part of a wider legacy in which the government has questioned the relevance of the whole idea of Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) and its role in the 21st century. - The Conversation

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Settles Wrongful Termination Suit With Former Director Nathalie Bondil

Bondil’s claim alleged the board “orchestrated, led, and continues to lead an intentional campaign of defamation and destruction of her reputation.” Now, the museum has walked back its criticisms of its former leader. - Artnet

Can Theatre Learn Something About Value From Professional Soccer?

At a time of a public health emergency, more people appear to have prioritised football than theatregoing. We should ask why. The answer is likely to be less about price and more about perceived value. - The Stage

Auction Of Nelson Mandela Personal Items Is Blocked

The South African government objected to the sale, which was scheduled to take place later this month, arguing that several items on the block, including the key to Mandela’s prison cell, had been illegally exported from the country. - Artnet

Ancient Cynicism Was Empowering. The Modern Version Is Paralyzing Us

What was satire then is ideology today: Cynicism—the belief that people are generally morally bankrupt and behave treacherously in order to maximize self-interest—dominates American culture. - The Atlantic

The Oakland Symphony After Michael Morgan’s Death

Morgan’s leadership — which was characterized by people who knew and worked with him as values-based, community-oriented, and energetic — left no doubt among those at the Oakland Symphony about what the identity of the organization moving forward would be. - San Francisco Classical Voice

Dutch Government Will Buy A Rembrandt For €175 Million From An Offshore Tax Haven, Angering Public And Lawmakers

The Standard-Bearer (1636) is being purchased from the Rothschild family via a trust in the Cook Islands which is owned by a holding company in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines — this while the government's official policy is (supposed to be) to crack down on tax avoidance. - The Guardian

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