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Tag: 03.19.21

Hear For Yourself The Difference Between A $5,000 Cello, A $180K Cello, And A...

Wendy Law uses the same bow, in the same room with the same microphone, to play the opening of Bach's First Cello Suite on...

It Seems We Do Know What Shakespeare Looked Like — ‘A Self-Satisfied Pork Butcher’

That choice phrase from a 20th-century critic was about the effigy installed above Shakespeare's grave in Stratford-upon-Avon. The general presumption had been that the...

Two New York Times Critics Discuss Whether They Dare Go To An Indoor Play...

Laura Collins-Hughes: Alexis, when you saw the invitation, what went through your mind?Alexis Soloski: Panic, basically. … I won't be vaccinated for months and...

Reports Of James Levine’s Death Are Telling

Josh Kosman: "When a composer pleads for a more sympathetic view of Levine because of his advocacy for new music, or when an opera...

What A Post-COVID UK Classical Music World Might Look Like (Muddled)

"The unevenness of response across the London halls, from the vagueness and uncertainty of the SBC to the Wigmore Hall’s dauntless ongoing programme of...

Good Luck Watching The Oscar Contenders In The UK

How "democratic" are these streaming Oscars when they're almost impossible to find, and expensive to subscribe to, in the UK? The coronavirus, and attendant...

Museum Directors Are Still Divided Over Selling Art During The Pandemic

Things aren't necessarily getting easier for museum directors thinking about what to do with their collections, and whether they should rely on their boards...

The Push For Ever More Content For Shondaland

At Netflix, Bridgerton (at least the first season) succeeded beyond executives' wildest dreams. But the Shondaland production team wants a lot more than just...

Equity Actors Would Very Much Like To Go Back To Work

And they're not shy about asking the union to move up the timeline - please. "We feel unheard, we feel left out, and we...

Henry Darrow, Who Fought For Roles For Latinos And Was The First Latino Zorro...

Darrow was "best known as Manolito Montoya in the hit Western The High Chaparral," but he was also "an activist who worked to expand...

Trying To Scout Locations During A Pandemic

It's not easy for film and TV production location scouts at the moment. There's a lot of digital photography, and a lot of after-the-big-Zoom-meetings...

The Outsize Impact Of Celebrity Documentaries

The intense responses to the R. Kelly, Britney Spears (who, unlike the others on the list, is not portrayed a predator but rather a...

How Libraries Are Dealing With, And Helping Solve, Digital Inequity

Pandemic-related shutdowns mean that the people who need help printing, filling out, and scanning documents - "There are lots of forms, which demand lots...

Cepillin, Clown Beloved Across Latin America, Has Died At 75

Cepillín, whose non-performing name was Ricardo González Gutiérrez, was a Mexican clown with a half-century-long career. He "hosted TV shows broadcast from Mexico, sold...

Producers, Actors, And Publicists Are Keeping Pressure On The HFPA

Even weeks after the Golden Globes, Hollywood isn't relenting; this reckoning has been a long time coming. "Now, with the very survival of the...

We Know Amazon Is A Danger To Workers And Retail, But Do We Care?

Well, that's ... a good question. "We know how Amazon treats its workers, how it squeezes its sellers, how it devastates small businesses, and...

A Return To Episodic TV

Is the binge better? Or is it OK to let episodes marinate for a week before returning to a story? When Netflix first dropped...

The Guy Who Possibly Found The Author Of Shakespeare’s Source Material For Hamlet

And other plays too. This isn't a "Shakespeare didn't write his own plays" theory; it's a theory about an Elizabethan playwright named Thomas North...

Beloved New York Bookstore The Strand Has Become A Union Busting Stereotype

This is not great. "The past year ... has laid bare just how perilous a job you like, or even love, can be when...

The New Rules Of Moviegoing

Start with an "electrostatic disinfectant sprayer," add in a seat buffering system, and don't forget prepackaged condiments for your popcorn. (But ... what about...

A Paris Ballet Star Dances With Memories, And Anselm Kiefer Paintings

Hugo Marchand's new memoir speaks of feelings that seem to beset nearly every dancer - of not belonging, of self-doubt, and of stage fright....

Marianne Carus, Founder Of Cricket Magazine, 92

Carus believed that children should read - and see - high-quality short stories, poetry, and art. In 1982, she said in an interview, "So...

Computers V. Humans – What’s Possible?

The greatest imaginative challenge seems to be foreseeing which changes will arrive sooner than expected (computers outplaying chess grandmasters), and which will be surprisingly...

Small Independent Opera Companies Are Saving Opera

Across Canada, indie opera companies are making the art form cool again; daring and provocative again. Pre-pandemic, the collective mass of these companies was on...

Museums Battle Over The Ethics Of Selling Art To Survive

The debate has grown heated in recent weeks, pitting museum against museum, and forcing the association — which serves as the industry’s referee and...