“In a world where you can instantly look up and listen to any song you like, what’s the point? Meanwhile, the proliferation of new bands, and new genres, has made the musical landscape ever more difficult to navigate. Radio’s more natural role in this world might be in introducing listeners to new music, stuff they don’t already know they like. It might look a little more like the radio stations of old, before deregulation. That is to say, it might look a little more like East Village Radio.”
“Rothko’s work is pretty much all about the color, so the murals, in their faded condition, seemed to be dead … [and] it was impossible to restore them by conventional means. So a solution was borrowed from a technique known as ‘compensating illumination’ … Five digital projectors have been programmed to light the canvases so that the original colors reappear. At four o’clock every day, the projectors are turned off one by one, and the colors revert to (mostly) muddy blacks and grays. … As one observer put it, when the lights go off, comedy turns into tragedy.”
The day after the director of Novosibirsk’s opera house was fired over a controversial production of Tannhäuser, a top Kremlin official “proposed that theatrical productions be subject to ‘inspections’ before they are presented to the public. Though [he] did not use the word ‘censorship’ (which is explicitly prohibited by the Russian constitution), this would represent a return to the Soviet system of preliminary censorship, in which no work of literature, theatre, or film could appear without the approval of government censors.”
“The American Theatre Critics Association, ATCA, the only national organization of American theatre critics, has been struggling with their criteria for membership. Right now they admit people who, as they put it, write professionally, regularly, and with substance about the theatre. But what does professional mean at a time when only a handful of critics derive all their income from their reviews?”
“The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is losing two of its most treasured members this summer. Antonio Douthit-Boyd and Kirven Douthit-Boyd — who were married in 2013 — have been named the co-artistic directors of the Center of Creative Arts, the St. Louis organization where Antonio Douthit-Boyd trained.”
“The play is a highly transformative parody of the television series that, although it appropriates a substantial amount of ‘Three’s Company,’ is a drastic departure from the original that poses little risk to the market for the original,” the judge wrote, noting that copyright law “is designed to foster creativity.”
“A bomb destroyed some of our sets that were stored in a warehouse near the airport, we’ve lost 20 percent of our staff — or 150 people — and we are short of cash,” said the weary head of the theatre, Yevgeny Denisenko. “Tomorrow I will pay the salaries (that were due in) December.”
The National Palace Museum in Taipei organised the top three best-attended exhibitions in 2014.
“The figure raises questions about the growing influence of a small number of galleries in a rapidly consolidating art market—especially when they often offer logistical and financial support for exhibitions. At the same time, some wonder whether museums are doing enough to expose the public to art they would not otherwise see.”
“Even though it’s not clear how long it will take the majority of people to subscribe to an on-demand streaming music service, it’s almost certain to catch on. It’s coming—record labels want people renting their music, and consumers want access to it all.”
“In a series of studies, a Yale University research team led by psychologist Matthew Fisher shows that people who search for information on the Web emerge from the process with an inflated sense of how much they know—even regarding topics that are unrelated to the ones they Googled.”
“As Italy’s unofficial national symphony for more than 100 years,” the orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia “has long commanded respect and attracted the finest conductors. And while it is regularly ranked among the world’s top orchestras, it has had its ups and downs, like most such groups.” Over the past ten years, things have been up, thanks to music director Antonio Pappano.
“As a composer and theorist, he shaped the path of modernism in postwar Europe. As a conductor, he redefined concert programming. As an educator and administrator, he oversaw the creation of groundbreaking music facilities.”
“It used to be that an April Fool’s joke was, very obviously, an April Fool’s joke. … [But] the World Wide Web is an epistemological free-for-all.”
What we need for April Fool’s Day: “Here’s a brief wander through some of the most interesting findings Science of Us could dig up on trust, skepticism, and gullibility, specifically as they apply to our relationships with each other.
The Ethics of Engagement
AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2015-04-01
The Whitney Tests the Market: $$$ And Hours
AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2015-04-01
Grousing about Klaus: Biesenbach and MoMA Get Björked
AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2015-04-01
Juilliard Dance Tackles Masterworks
AJBlog: Dancebeat Published 2015-04-01
AJBlog: RiffTides Published 2015-04-01
AJBlog: Infinite Curves Published 2015-04-01
Keeping the lights on in a glorious old picture palace
AJBlog: Lies Like Truth Published 2015-04-01
“Many cable networks abandoned classic TV shows once the baby boomers who watched them moved out of the 18-to-49 age group that advertisers covet most. That’s created an opening for multicast TV networks — the channels that viewers can watch over the air for free with a digital antenna — to come to their rescue.”
Actors’ Equity has been aiming to educate the consumer and protect its members with an “Ask If It’s Equity” campaign that today expanded to Washington and eight other cities. (It tested earlier in Chicago.) The website www.askifitsequity.com will allow visitors to check touring shows city by city, and the D.C./Baltimore market will be seeing a digital ad and Twitter effort.
“The biggest offender is still the alternative minimum tax, despite the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which brought long-overdue reform. Two provisions of the A.M.T. hit a disproportionate number of actors, screenwriters and directors: In calculating it, taxpayers can’t deduct employee business expenses, nor can they deduct state, local and property taxes.”