“Bryan Fonseca, who founded the Phoenix Theatre in 1983, is leaving the organization after 35 years of serving as the group’s principal director and main artistic force … The stunning move comes in the midst of a major transition for the theater, which just moved into a newly built, $11 million downtown facility.” A press release quotes Fonseca as saying, “The board of directors believe that the institution now needs to redirect its energy to a solid fiscal focus, that there are other leaders more capable of putting their energies into meeting the [company’s] remaining financial demands.”
Michiko Kakatuni couldn’t stand the lies – the lies coming from the White House about journalists, and a lot more. She says, “It was an evolution of what I did at the Times, where I tried to take part in the conversation of ideas, both in fiction and nonfiction. This was like running a marathon instead of doing a lot of sprints.”
In the twentieth century, natural quiet—or, rather, the absence of radios and car horns and the presence of honking geese and howling wolves—became central to the conservation movement and the creation of natural parks. One founder of the Wilderness Society suggested in 1932 that designated wild areas would “interest the folks in the inexpensive joys of nature in lieu of the jarring jams of jazz.”
“On the positive side, the overall trend is growth. Radio revenues are up 18 percent to $1.03 billion, according to Moustapha Abdul, CPB’s director of station analysis. TV revenues grew 10 percent to $1.27 billion. But a closer look reveals that revenues actually dipped 4 percent among 194 radio grantees with annual budgets of less than $1 million and 5 percent among 75 TV grantees with budgets under $5 million.”
“[Theaster] Gates is just one of several high-profile board members (including Chance the Rapper, his father Ken Bennett and Eric Whitaker) who have departed in recent weeks. People familiar with the DuSable [Museum] say its problems stem from mismanagement and from precarious finances, as well as board and staff instability.”
“The shop — in the heart of the Diamond District, on West 47th Street — is crowded with used instruments and the whimsical sculptures that [Perry] Ritter creates during his downtime from spare saxophone parts. … His workbench is nestled in one of the densest commercial hives in the city, in a building largely occupied by jewelry merchants.”
The question of whether a particular shipper qualifies as a common carrier or a private carrier would probably make your eyes glaze over – until you realized that whether or not you have to pay, or collect, sales tax on thousands and thousands of dollars’ worth of art depends on the answer.
“The question, local cinephiles say, is why the police even bothered to seek charges. They say the case illustrates how onerous rules are needlessly hampering a local industry whose golden age of Bruce Lee kung fu films and Wong Kar-wai dramas seems long past, and which is now struggling to compete against rising competition from studios in South Korea and mainland China.”
While visits fell across the five London museums by 4.4% there was an 11% surge at Asian museums. The report suggests this was fuelled by “an emerging middle class with rising levels of education, cultural awareness and disposable income,” and “exposure to global cultural trends through online and social media”.
For over six years, Stéphane Breitwieser, an ordinary Frenchman with an extraordinary love of art, trolled museums and private collections across Europe, helping himself to the pieces that caught his eye. He amassed a private collection of his own, to the tune of 239 pieces of art and priceless artifacts from 172 institutions totaling over a billion dollars. He was one of the most prolific art thieves in modern history.
Almost 50 years after a Caravaggio was stolen, “the new lead on the whereabouts of the 17th-century painting – a depiction of the newborn Christ on a bed of straw, painted in the chiaroscuro technique – came from a former mobster-turned-informant, who revealed to Italian investigators that it had once been held by Gaetano Badalamenti, a Sicilian ‘boss of bosses’ who was known as one of the ringleaders of an infamous heroin trafficking network in the US called the Pizza Operation.”
Not only do workers at all festivals need a living wage, but “Other requirements include that employees have appropriate rest breaks and that workers are not subjected to unpaid trial shifts. … This follows recent news that unions are to crack down on ‘exploitative’ unpaid work placements at the fringe and a survey in January in which a third of workers at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe said they had worked without pay.”
Yes: The kids who could ignore the marshmallow and delay gratification were kids who knew that they would always be gratified in the end. What does this mean for the famous study? For one thing, “the capacity to hold out for a second marshmallow is shaped in large part by a child’s social and economic background — and, in turn, that that background, not the ability to delay gratification, is what’s behind kids’ long-term success.”
Many of the winners have gone on to good careers, but even more than dancers, the show has changed the discussion for choreographers. “‘Unless you were in the dance world, you didn’t even know the word ‘choreography,’’ said Mia Michaels, a three-time Emmy winner for her work on the show. ‘Choreographers became household names, which was incredible for our industry.'”
This is real: “Hot-Blood Dance Crew was created with help from iQIYI’s AI Brain, a system that uses machine learning algorithms to analyze video and search data and predict audiences’ likes and dislikes. iQIYI previously used the in-house AI to help create the rap reality show Rap of China, which debuted last June and became immensely popular; it had nearly 3 billion views during its initial run.”
Anyone who’s ever played a video game in a pizza place – this must be about 99 percent of Americans over age 30, surely – has Dabney and Atari cofounder Nolan Bushnell to thank. “The electrical engineer, U.S. Marine and Atari co-founder led a life about as eventful as his packed CV suggests — but things did really seem to accelerate when those thoughts of pizza entered the picture.”
New murals are meant to make the site where the South Tower used to stand have “a more finished appearance” as 2 World Trade Center stands in wait for an anchor tenant. They’re not meant to be permanent, but it is serious work. “Selected artists each received $1,000 for paint and a $2,000 honorarium. They have been up on ladders and scissor lifts spraying and daubing paint in view of tourists and downtown office workers. Six murals are completed or nearly done; two more are expected. All the works will be on display for at least a year.”
“All major construction that intrudes on Italy’s underbelly requires the presence of an archaeologist. Mr. Turchetta said he’d been on the job for about a year but that very little had turned up until this tomb. It was worth the wait, he said.” Understatement of the month: The fourth century B.C. tomb contained several skeletons, coins, and enough plant and pollen samples to potentially reconstruct the ancient landscape.
Some powerful (mostly male) voices in the music industry said the guidelines, originally meant to apply to R. Kelly and XXXTentacion, were unclear and would amount to censorship. But the leader of a women’s advocacy group said, “Women weren’t asking Spotify to play judge and jury. … We were just asking the company to stop promoting artists that have a documented history of physical and sexual abuse.”
Why did playwright David Henry Hwang and composer Huang Ruo take on the story of the 2011 suicide of 19-year-old Private Danny Chen? “Opera deals with big themes, with epic themes. … It’s very comfortable dealing with tragedy, with death and, of course, with love, also,” the playwright said, and the composer said, “This was an American story.”
The movie, directed by one of Jim Henson’s sons, is a little different from the Sesame Street many of us know. “The trailer alone features violence, prostitution, drug use, and sexually graphic scenes. But none of that was the focus of the suit filed last week by Sesame Workshop, the educational nonprofit that produces Sesame Street.”
But there is still a strong campaign against her. “Fonda’s incandescence has been deliberately dimmed, even in 2018, when the day seems to have arrived in which, as George McGovern predicted in 1988, ‘Jane Fonda will be fully atoned for anything that happened in connection with the war.'”