Many of these lyrics – unperformed since 1947 and rediscovered six decades later in the National Library of Ukraine – “seethe with resentment but emphasize triumph. ‘Victory Song,’ recorded in 1947, encourages listeners to drink heartily and rejoice; soon ‘those German murderers will be out of our lives forever.’ Others mock their invaders, scoffing at their incompetence. … Some songs are plainly heartbreaking.”
Once the internet has something, it can republished and rediscovered by new trolls. Thus, the cost of damages trolls can inflict on individuals and businesses can be substantial—and ongoing. Setting aside the malicious Wikipedia rewrites and Yelp and Google review attacks, victims can find their computers hacked and destroyed and their homes vandalized. Once a private investigator gets into the mix the price climbs.
There are roughly 15,000 buildings in the old imperial capital that date from before the Russian Revolution, and many of them are in, frankly, terrible repair. But, one by one, the old landmarks are being renovated and repurposed by groups (formal and informal) of artists, who are turning them into galleries, performances spaces, reading rooms, and spaces for creative businesses.
When Egarr departs after the 2021-22 season, he will have been in the post – he succeeded founder Christopher Hogwood – for 15 years. The AAM, London’s oldest Baroque orchestra, has made more than 300 recordings: among its many landmarks were the first period-instrument discs of Handel’s Messiah and the complete Mozart symphonies.
“The romantic part of it is that I want to leave something to the people I’ve worked with over so many years. I want people to have work for a little while longer after I’m gone. [And] it’s way more fun for me than rehearsing repertory.”
“Just as plays have used fight consultants for decades, both for the safety of the actors onstage and to ensure convincing portrayals, now the title of intimacy director, choreographer or consultant is appearing more often in the credits. ‘As an actor, I can’t tell you the number of times where I’ve been told by a director, ‘So, kiss there,’ without any further direction or insight on where a person’s hands go, who initiates, who stops, how long does it go?’ says Emily Sucher, [an] intimacy consultant.”
“Her husband, Benny Fredriksson, took his life after Sweden’s Aftonbladet printed anonymous accusations that he was a ‘little Hitler’ who bullied and terrorised staff during his 16 years as head of Stockholm’s Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, the city’s leading arts and culture centre. The newspaper interviewed 40 people who claimed he had turned the centre into his own personal ‘dictatorship’, forced women to rehearse naked and pressed a woman to either have an abortion or forfeit a role.”
“Legions of museum staff at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) are racing to meet deadlines as the New York City institution undergoes a $450 million renovation and expansion, its second major overhaul in two decades. But due to stalled union negotiations over issues such as raises for longtime employees, healthcare costs, and job security for entry-level curators, more than 250 of them have been working without a contract since May 20th and are inching closer to going on strike for the first time since 2000, when the museum was about to close for its previous expansion project and significantly reduce its workforce with little guarantee that past employees would be hired back.”
“The average compensation for the music directors of 64 American ensembles … [has] topped $600,000 for the first time.” For the 2015-16 season, nine music directors were paid more than $1 million; Jaap van Zweden in Dallas and Riccardo Muti in Chicago made more than $3 million each.
“Walt Disney and 21st Century Fox shareholders on Friday voted in favor of a $71.3 billion deal, in which Disney will acquire large parts of Fox, including the 20th Century Fox film and TV studios, Fox’s entertainment cable networks and its international assets.”
“A record half a million people went to the Louvre’s Eugène Delacroix blockbuster, which is headed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the fall. The survey brings together 180 works that span the French painter’s career. With nearly 540,000 visitors, it is the busiest show in the history of the Paris museum.”
“The £8.8m budget cuts for 2018/19 extend the ongoing decline in [local] councils’ cultural spending, which has fallen by roughly £48m over the past five years. … Several large councils have cut their culture budgets entirely. This does not necessarily mean they have turned their backs on the arts. Some have transferred responsibility for culture to an independent entity, while others are balancing their budgets with raised income. A few that once allocated money for the arts now plan to turn a profit from cultural activities.”
Is the wildly popular “Hamilton,” unveiled to the world in 2015, a classic? Do we know yet if it is a transcendent touchstone of American culture, in the manner of a Sinatra, a Sondheim, or even a Dolly Parton? Does it merit this recognition before, say, Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” or Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” or Duke Ellington’s jazz compositions? Surely not. In this sense, the Kennedy Center is taking a risk with its long game, and messing with the mission of the Honors. Which is to say that the Honors have long sought to set in stone artistic achievement — not be part of the original, taste-making plaster.
When we turn on a movie or when we pick up a book, are we hoping that the movie or the book is good or are we hoping that the artist who made it is good? Run through your list of favorite movies or novels or paintings, then ask yourself what initially drew you to them. Was it the quality of the art or the quality of the artist’s character? Most people, if they are honest with themselves, will probably acknowledge that it’s the former, but that doesn’t mean that an artist’s character has no effect on how we see their art.
At the end of the day, the inclusion of “Sabrina” on the Man Booker long list is far from an insult to novel-writing or the written word. Rather, it’s a forward-looking acknowledgment that the literary world is changing, and that art can take unexpected forms.
The strongest performing trade format was downloadable audio, where sales jumped 36.1%. Sales of physical audio, however, continued to struggle; they were down 11.4% in the four month period. Hardcover sales rose 11.8% in the period, and trade paperback and mass market paperback sales inched ahead 1.4%. In a bit of a surprise, sales of board books, which had been growing quickly, fell 5.5%.
A solid majority of all adults (61 percent) believe that higher education is headed in the wrong direction, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. But that view is much more likely to be held by Republicans or those who lean Republican than by Democrats or those who lean Democrat. While both Republicans and Democrats express skepticism about higher education, they do so for different reasons — Democrats are more concerned about tuition rates, and Republicans are more concerned about their perceptions of campus politics.
Or was it more ambiguous? Director and MacArthur genius grant recipient Yuval Sharon: “All of these various ideas resonate with each other, or clash with each other, or sometimes don’t get told all the way to the end. … I love things that aren’t closed, because then the audience has such power and freedom to discover things for themselves.”
Uzo Aduba, who plays the character “Crazy Eyes,” explains how she created the character. “I found her voice Season 1 in one of the stage directions. They had described her as being innocent like a child, except children aren’t scary. And I had a flash in my mind of a woman holding a sledgehammer in one hand and sucking on a pacifier. “
It’s one of those seven deadly sins, “but is slothfulness actually wrong? If slothfulness means avoiding responsibility and failing to accomplish important, meaningful goals, then most likely yes. However, if slothfulness means getting more than seven hours’ sleep a night to improve health and increase productivity, then surely there’s nothing wrong with that.”
That’s the goal in Chen Shi-Zheng’s adaptation of The Orphan of Zhao, anyway. “Despite the familiarity of this 13th-century play to spectators in Mr. Chen’s homeland, they might have trouble understanding all the lines. The principal actors Mr. Chen has cast for this staging in China are almost all Americans, and they will speak in English. In fact, very little about the production will signal the story’s Chinese origins.”
What? The star died in 2016, but the studio says there’s enough leftover footage from the 2015 film The Force Awakens to include General Leia Organa in the next episode. “We were never going to recast, or use a CG character,” director J.J. Abrams said.
In Cincinnati, the Chamber Orchestra director says, “Since we don’t have to sell 3,000 tickets, we can be more inventive, we can forge ahead, we can go to bars and do little shows there. … We can look to the next way of what to do with this medium, classical music. How do we stay relevant?”
Jennifer Caldwell, who was working in the box office in London’s Arts Theatre, got the call to fill in when the understudy was already filling in someone else’s role: “One of the producers saw me on the box office and said ‘I’ve had an idea’ about getting me to fill in. I said maybe, so he said ‘what if we cut parts of the show – can you do a reduced version of the track?’ and I said why not! We rehearsed from 3.30pm until 5pm and were on stage at 7pm.”
The Captain is the best movie in years. Fight me.
Sir Charles Saumarez Smith “will leave at the end of the year and said he was departing at a time of ‘obvious strength and success.’ Just over a million people visited the gallery in 2017, and a £56m redevelopment of the site was unveiled earlier this year.” And then there are the blockbuster David Hockney and Anish Kapoor shows – triumphs for the RA.
The area is changing rapidly: “The promise of more light rail and Little Tokyo’s proximity to popular destinations like the Arts District are also increasing construction of market-rate housing that has led to the evictions of long-time residents, including Japanese American artists with ties to the Little Tokyo community.”
It’s familiarity, true: “There is an allure to the repetition of rereading, submitting to the rhythms of a narrative, place, and characters you know well, and the familiar emotions they evoke. Rereading also has a different pace. I tear through a book on the first read, to find out what happens next, but rereading feels mellower and more leisurely, even while relearning the parts I’ve forgotten.” But then, there’s the discovery of racism, sexism, classism, homophobia – basically, there’s the risk of understanding the suck fairy.
Speculation says that showrunner Kenya Barris has jumped ship for warmer waters at Netflix, but that’s unconfirmed. And “Barris will remain an executive producer on all of his ABC Studios shows,” including black-ish spinoff grown-ish.
“The Cleveland Orchestra was not aware of the of the allegations reported by The Washington Post about William Preucil in their July 26, 2018 article,” said executive director Andre Gremillet, in a written statement. “We take this matter very seriously and will promptly conduct an independent investigation.”