Our big takeaway from the project was finding a common point of interest and building engagement with groups around that. If we started with people who were too far removed from the work, we failed. We had to be realistic about the learning journey audiences were on, given that we were only performing in venues for one or two nights, with an eight to ten week lead-in. We thought creatively about the elements of the production that the groups we hoped to engage might connect with. That could be anything from the politics, to the music or props, to the feel of the show (more like a gig or cabaret).
Temple co-founder Lucien Greaves announced that his church’s intellectual property case against Warner Bros. and Netflix for copying the organization’s iconic statue of goat-headed deity Baphomet for the set of the series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has been “amicably settled.”
Blame, or credit, novelist David Simon and his series The Wire with leading the way.
The complaint says Davit Hovhannisyan, who is 37 and has been with the company since 2004, “began to whip [his ex-wife]’s face with a bath rug and then slapped her with an open fist, saying, ‘Don’t make me do this.'”
In 2018, 481 U.S. colleges and universities picked common readers – and they prefer new or recent books to classics: “67 percent of common reading books assigned were published after 2011.”
Novelist Rose Tremain and poet Robin Robertson have both railed against contemporary poetry in recent days. Whoops. “Detractors of new poetry make judgments about craft based on conservative assumptions about poetic traditions, forms, style. But radical aesthetics have their own craft and traditions, formed from intersecting political and linguistic concerns. So this isn’t a question of craft at all.”
Here’s my list of recommended Broadway, off-Broadway, and out-of-town shows, updated weekly. In all cases, I gave these shows favorable reviews (if sometimes qualifiedly so) in The Wall Street Journal when they opened.
Just under half of all UK theatres currently at risk are in coastal towns, the Theatres Trust has revealed, as it issues a plea for seaside venues to be “restored and repurposed”. By investing in the buildings, it claims that they could become cultural hubs to “serve their local communities and drive regeneration”.
What Britpop originally was – a way of reclaiming an identity for gaudy, magpieish British music from the grey blanket of grunge, then slapped on the cover of Select magazine in April 1993 – was not what it became. Of course it wasn’t: the essence of every pop movement is altered by exposure, when it becomes about its consumers’ interpretations rather than its creators’ intentions. Punk went from art school kids seeking to shock to blokes with mohicans drinking cider outside shopping centres. Britpop went from something arch and wry and awkward to beery singalongs with arms around shoulders. In that transformation, though, Britpop did give new vigour to a strand of conservatism that has long existed in pop music – the one that believes there is A Proper Way To Do Things.
A few copy editors have proposed a radical solution to the “who/whom” problem: kill off the “whom.” And yet there are those who believe in “whom” and wish to see it used correctly.
“Arts and media does stand out as the area where there is greatest mismatch between the numbers of students taking the courses and the employment prospects at the end. There is a point up to which courses that engage learners have value, but ultimately there have to be viable prospects at the end.”
According to the research, 86% of internships in the arts, which includes theatre and music, are unpaid. Its definition of unpaid includes expenses-only placements, and those that offered rates below the minimum wage. The research highlights how the arts had 32% fewer working-class interns than in the graduate population as a whole.
The 12th-century tower reopened to the public in 2001 after being closed for more than a decade to let workers reduce its slant. By using hundreds of tons of lead counterweights at the base and extracting soil from under the foundations, engineers initially shaved 17 inches off the lean.
In a world in which some of our more successful or esteemed novelists — Margaret Atwood, Gillian Flynn, George R.R. Martin, Salman Rushdie, Kevin Kwan, Neil Gaiman, Tom Perrotta, Noah Hawley, A.M. Homes, Jonathan Ames, Megan Abbott and David Benioff, to name only a few — have written or are writing for the small screen, literary academia has less reason than ever to be sheepish about preparing its charges for the solaces of a healthy paycheck.