It’s too late to fix the early seasons of Game of Thrones, but after actor Emily Meade asked HBO to hire someone to advocate for actors during sex scenes on The Deuce, HBO did it – and “Rodis’ hiring has made such an impact that showrunner David Simon told Rolling Stone in September that he would never work without an intimacy coordinator again. Following suit, HBO has now adopted a policy whereby all of its shows and movies with intimate scenes will be staffed with an intimacy coordinator.”
The revelation about the five Dead Sea Scrolls fragments reflects an ongoing tension between biblical-studies scholars and the museum. In their book Bible Nation, the scholars Candida Moss and Joel Baden criticized the Green organization for lacking “any sense of due diligence.” Judicious sourcing of artifacts is especially important given the rampant looting of archaeological sites in the Middle East in recent decades. Since the 1990s, hundreds of thousands of artifacts have been looted from Iraq alone. At this point, any recently discovered artifact being billed as an authentic fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls has to be met with cautious scrutiny.
After a thriving stage career, he went to Hollywood and appeared in 204 films, from Poltergeist to The China Syndrome to Return of the Living Dead to Mulholland Drive. Among his many TV appearances, he played the villain in the final episode of Little House on the Prairie and was for years the pitchman for Pathmark supermarkets.
Despite the declining ticket revenues, the COC is on a sound financial footing. Besides operating with what is essentially a balanced budget, the Canadian Opera Foundation has seen its endowment balance rise to $43 million. This is nearly double of what was in the bank at the end of 2009-10 — $22.4 million.
Chris Goldscheider, a former viola player in the orchestra at Covent Garden, said he could no longer work as a musician due to the ‘acoustic shock’ he suffered over a weekend rehearsal of Wagner’s Ring Cycle in 2012. He said the noise he was exposed to was unacceptable.
“In seven poetry collections, the most recent, Priest Turned Therapist Treats Fear of God, published this year, Mr. Hoagland found insights and imagery in the everyday: a pool in an Austin, Tex., park; a spaghetti strap on a woman’s dress that won’t stay put; an old man dying awash in paranoia from too much Fox News.”
“Installing Shadows (1978-79) according to Andy Warhol’s precise instructions has always been tricky. Not only does this single, monumental work consist of multiple silk-screened and painted canvases (102, to be exact), but they must also hang in the round, edge to edge.”
“Sixty years ago, the Swedish Academy awarded the Russian author Boris Pasternak the Nobel Prize for Literature, but less than a week later, under pressure from the Soviet government, Pasternak rejected the award. The story, which had more twists and turns than a Cold War-era spy novel, played out in The New York Times with one front-page story after another.”
Master’s student Andrew Lipian, an aspiring countertenor, accuses Daniels, now a tenured professor at the school, of sending nude selfies to Lipian, regularly coming on to him in conversation, and, on one occasion, drugging Lipian, removing his clothes, and groping him. (Earlier this year, Daniels and his husband were accused by another young singer of rape.)
The 17th-century Italian painter’s work has been getting lots of attention, and fetching ever-higher prices, over the past year or two. #MeToo is probably a factor (she was one of the rare victims of her time who insisted on a public trial of her rapist), as is the desire to compensate for the centuries of neglect female artists have received generally — but there’s also, quite simply, deserved recognition for her gifts as a painter.
“Works by Wassily Kandinsky from the State Russian Museum in St Petersburg that went on show in Riyadh on Tuesday at Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s controversial ‘Davos in the Desert’ are a teaser for a major exhibition on the Russian avant-garde artist to be held in the desert kingdom as part of expanding ties between Russia and Saudi Arabia.” (Khashoggi? Who’s that?)
After 20 years with American Ballet Theatre, Gomes resigned last December after someone (not with the company) accused him of sexual misconduct eight years earlier. In a Q&A, he discusses building a life as a freelancer and the colleagues who’ve been inviting him to perform with them.
The award-winning stage and film director is accused of embezzling from the Gogol Center, the award-winning avant-garde theatre he runs in Moscow. Reporter Oliver Carroll provides some background on both the director and the charges — which many observers say are trumped-up — and points out some basic weaknesses in the prosecution’s case.
“In an open letter issued Wednesday, artists, curators, and academics decried the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation’s decision to cancel a performance by the leftist punk band Feine Sahne Fischfilet. Originally scheduled for November 6, the concert was called off earlier this month because the band advocates for ‘politically extreme positions’.”
Referring to the misuse of “deeply personal” data, he said it was being “weaponised against us with military efficiency. We shouldn’t sugar-coat the consequences,” he added. “This is surveillance.” The strongly-worded speech presented a striking defence of user privacy rights from a tech firm’s chief executive.
The Julianne and George Argyros Plaza opened on Oct. 28, 2017, with 11 hours of pomp, partying, speeches, music and a dance company that defied gravity on a wall high above the crowd. Helped in part by a gift from the Argyros family, the Segerstrom Center’s rather drab and empty public plaza was transformed into an attractive and inviting outdoor space with an imposing stage, plenty of seating, a dramatic fountain and many other amenities, all planned to send a message: “linger here for a while.”
“The investigators found that Mr. Preucil and Mr. La Rosa engaged in sexual misconduct and sexually harassing behavior with multiple female students and colleagues over a period of years while employed by the Orchestra,” the orchestra’s statement read.
“Indra Jatra, an eight-day festival celebrated mostly by the Newar community, the native residents of Kathmandu, is also known as the festival of deities and demons. It especially honors Indra, the Hindu god of rain, to mark the end of the monsoon. The masks and dances can be fearsome, entertaining and awe-inspiring, depending on the performers’ movements.”
A look at two works, now playing in New York, set in the much-mythologized Old West: Puccini’s Girl of the Golden West at the Met and a revisionist Oklahoma! at St. Ann’s Warehouse.
“Though critics and audiences might often agree when naming their top performers, it can be difficult to define what characterises the very best actors. Leading theatre figures tell Lyn Gardner what it takes to reach the top and how today’s leading lights compare to past greats.”