Our Links to Arts and Hurricane Katrina
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Posted: 09/02/2005 10:08 am
A Way For The Arts To Help Hurricane Relief
I am writing from Swine Palace, the professional theatre company affiliated with the Louisiana State University Department of Theatre in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I am hoping you can pass on to your readers information regarding an arts-related unified disaster relief effort. As the reports from New Orleans continue to come in, it is clear that South Louisiana faces a dire situation as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Here in Baton Rouge, we are expecting our population to double in the next few days as more evacuees and displaced citizens are relocated here.
Currently, Swine Palace is working on a number of ways to service the many evacuees in Baton Rouge and further participate in the disaster relief efforts. As such, we would like to appeal to our fellow arts organizations across the country to participate in what we are calling the Arts United for Hurricane Relief program. We are asking that organizations consider ways to solicit hurricane relief donations. Some of the ways that they might participate is by placing a donation jar in the their lobby, including an insert or ad in the program, including a link on their website or possibly donating the proceeds of a special performance. There are a variety of funds to which the proceeds can be donated including the American Red Cross (www.redcross.org), The Hurricane Katrina Displaced Residents Fund or the Hurricane Katrina New Orleans Recovery Fund both of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (www.braf.org) or the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund of the LSU Foundation. We are certainly not asking that any organization jeopardize their own funding efforts, but any assistance would be greatly appreciated. We are currently setting-up a link on our website (www.swinepalace.org) which will provide additional information, links and downloads as well as a list of all the organizations that participate. In the meantime, organizations who would like to participate can contact me at 225-578-9274 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your assistance.
Swine Palace Productions
Tower Dr. - LSU
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Posted: 09/02/2005 8:17 am
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Full Disclosure: Getty Fails To Turn Over Documents Related To Looting
"The J. Paul Getty Trust, which has said it was fully cooperating with Italian authorities, did not disclose a series of letters and photographs that show its chief antiquities curator maintained close relationships with dealers suspected of selling art looted from Italy, according to documents and interviews."
Los Angeles Times
Posted: 09/02/2005 7:08 am
Competing For Art
Major auction houses compete hard for the collections they sell. "To win a coveted collection, Sotheby?s and Christie?s will offer everything from elaborate dinner parties and Champagne and caviar served in the skyboxes to single-owner catalogues and all-expense-paid trips around the world. But what matters most right now is the money that the firms are guaranteeing and advancing to consignors, more so than the track record of the auction house or the personal relationships that have been created. In the majority of cases, when push comes to shove, the money will win.?
Posted: 09/01/2005 7:21 pm
Is Leipzig The Next Big Thing?
The city of Leipzig is opening a new museum, building on a thriving new visual arts scene. "The city's vast train station made it central Europe's transport hub and, particularly in music (Bach, Mendelssohn and Schumann all lived there for a while), it has long been a cultural hub as well. Now it is the storming art scene that is driving the city's rise, with young artists emerging from the conservative (they teach painting) academy being touted, with the usual art world hyperbole, as the successors to the Young British Artists, while their work is snapped up - leading collectors including Jay Jopling, Charles Saatchi and Marianne Boesky."
Posted: 09/01/2005 6:22 pm
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Can You Help The Louisiana Philharmonic?
A plea from the AFM: "As we all know the musicians of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra are currently, and likely will be unemployed from their orchestra for some time, due to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. In an effort to assist these musicians, it would be extremely helpful if those orchestras who have a need for substitute, extra or other casual musicians could make such need known to the LPO musicians who may desire such employment."
Posted: 09/01/2005 8:05 pm
Do You Have To Be Young To Write A Good Pop Song?
"As rock has got older, musicians and audiences have inevitably aged with it, but questions remain about what happens to the creative process over the years."
The Telegraph (UK)
Posted: 09/01/2005 7:03 pm
Rock Magazine Boom
The boom in iPod sales is fueling a surge in subscriptions to rock magazines...
The Telegraph (UK)
Posted: 09/01/2005 6:58 pm
In Praise Of Mozart's Wife
Mozart owed a lot of his success to his wife. "Constanze and her sisters were brought up in Mannheim, a centre of musical excellence. And, in addition to the sophistication she absorbed from this artistic milieu, she was intelligent - speaking excellent Italian and French as well as her native German. In many ways, she was an ideal wife for a composer. Mozart himself was firmly of that opinion."
The Guardian (UK)
Posted: 09/01/2005 6:40 pm
Details - The Repulsive Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner's personal shortcomings are well known. A new book lays it out in unstinting detail. "It?s all here: how often Wagner sponged off others, how many women succumbed to his psoriatic charms, what creditors he swindled, where he fled and why, what he said about Jews, how he used everybody, what friends and supporters (from the great Liszt to the sad Ludwig II) he bad-mouthed and in one way or another betrayed. Of course, how he could attract so many absolutely impassioned admirers is far less easy to understand than how he came to quarrel with most of them. But if charisma is puzzling when one doesn?t feel it oneself even in the case of contemporaries, how much more puzzling for this long-dead, repulsive little man, Wagner."
Times Literary Supplement
Posted: 09/01/2005 6:09 pm
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Gulf Coast Cultural Institutions In Peril
"The state of many cultural institutions in New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana and Mississippi are largely unknown, those preparing to help say. The Heritage Emergency National Task Force - a coalition of 36 federal agencies and national organizations - held a conference call yesterday to plan for help, said Jane Long, task force director. It is a project of Heritage Preservation, a national nonprofit, in Washington. The main problem, she said, is the lack of information, particularly about New Orleans."
Posted: 09/02/2005 8:36 am
Culture Minister: Public Will Vote Artists Into Academy
Membership in the recently propsed Academy of Scotland would include an artist voted in each year by the public. Scottish Culture Minister Patricia Ferguson: "I really want to get people involved in the process. There is an idea of making a People's Award, with one living artist a year being voted into the academy by the public. It would be a way of involving people in the arts directly ? and people do like expressing their opinion."
Posted: 09/01/2005 7:43 pm
A Record Edinburgh Summer
Edinburgh's festivals have had a great summer with ticket sales up substantially. "The Edinburgh Fringe sold a record 1,335,000 tickets, up 82,000 or 7 per cent, on last year, the Fringe Society said. The total value of the tickets sold was about £11,640,000, also up by at least the same margin. The Edinburgh International Festival, with a week still to run, said yesterday its ticket takings were up 13 per cent on this time last year. The Edinburgh International Film Festival reported an increase of 12 per cent."
Posted: 09/01/2005 7:11 pm
A Change In Priorities For Edinburgh Festival?
Next year Brian McMaster, the longest-serving director of the Edinburgh Festival, is stepping down. "The hunt for a new boss has started a bit late. The Festival Council's search party - chaired by Edinburgh's Lord Provost and made up of eight people whose experience and credentials on the international cutting edge of artistic trends seems worryingly minimal - must be losing sleep over the timetable. An appointment made next May with the successful candidate taking up the post less than a year ahead of his or her first festival isn't going to secure those prize artists with diaries filled five years ahead. And the unthinking choice of an internal appointment or of any inadequately experienced local hopefuls isn't the solution."
The Independent (UK)
Posted: 09/01/2005 6:51 pm
Alberta Rehabs Its Civic Performance Halls
In 1957, the cities of Calgary and Edmonton opened multi-purpose performance halls. Now they've been restored. "It would be hard to find someone in either city who hasn't had some first-hand experience with the Jubes. From the start, they were supposed to be civic meeting places, as suitable for high-school convocations as for musicals, operas and ballets."
The Globe & Mail (Canada)
Posted: 09/01/2005 5:56 pm
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Hermann Michael, 68
The conductor died six years after being diagnosed with a rare blood disease died today at his home in Uffing, Germany at the age of 68. He was a popular guest conductor and was music director of the Phoenix Symphony from 1997-2004.
Posted: 09/01/2005 7:34 pm
Fats Domino Missing In New Orleans
R&B legend Fats Domino is missing in New Orleans. "Domino, 77, a native of New Orleans, had remained with his family at their home in the city's low-lying 9th ward district."
Posted: 09/01/2005 5:36 pm
Ozawa Throws A Party
Conductor Seiji Ozawa is throwing himself a star-studded gala concert 70th birthday party in Japan. "Top musicians will perform while US Senator Ted Kennedy and composer John Williams have sent video messages. The charity concert is being held at the Saito Kinen Festival, which Ozawa set up in 1992. Guests will include Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and American jazz pianist Marcus Roberts."
Posted: 09/01/2005 7:50 am
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Broadway Theatre To Be Renamed For August Wilson
Broadway's Jujamcyn theatre group says it will "change the name of the Virginia Theater, at 245 West 52nd Street, to the August Wilson Theater. The new marquee, with a giant neon sign bearing the writer's signature, is to be unveiled on Oct. 17. Mr. Wilson, 60, will be the first African-American for whom a Broadway theater is named. He will take his place beside such theatrical figures as the playwright Eugene O'Neill, the composer George Gershwin and the actress Helen Hayes."
The New York Times
Posted: 09/02/2005 7:50 am
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Podcasting Comes To Books
The latest in books? Podcasting - or "podiobooks." "Are podcast books really anything more than a trendy version of audiobooks? Since podiobooks are delivered in easy and consumable 'chunks', much of the 'bookmarking' hassle has been taken away. The ease of consumption allows you to listen to many books at one time. And Podiobooks are also free from the technology hassles of downloadable complete audio books."
The Guardian (UK)
Posted: 09/01/2005 6:47 pm
Reclaiming Ray Bradbury
"Now that Ray Bradbury has officially been accepted into the halls of Literature, can we lesser life forms please have him back? To these eyes, many of Bradbury's most garishly 'literary' achievements are his least impressive. When the McCarthyite gloom of Fahrenheit 451 fades, it's the pulpy, childlike terrors that stick."
Posted: 09/01/2005 4:43 pm
Publishers Cash In On Poker
Some of the hottest-selling books around these days? Books on poker. "Publishers believe the national obsession with poker is growing, and they hope to cash in. What triggered the whole poker explosion was the world poker tour on TV in 2003."
Posted: 09/01/2005 7:35 am
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Public TV Granted Ability To Raise Money For Katrina Relief
The FCC has granted a waiver to public broadcasters to allow them to raise money for hurricane relief. "In general, noncommercial stations are prohibited from engaging in fundraising activities on behalf of any entity other than the licensee where such activities substantially alter or suspend regular programming. However, the Commission has granted one-time waivers of its policy to permit noncommercial television stations to raise funds for local disaster relief in the wake of 'extraordinary, widespread and catastrophic nature of the events precipitating the fundraising program'." Association of Public Television Stations
Posted: 09/01/2005 4:23 pm
Indian Court Gives Police Broad Powers To Seize Pirated Films
Responding to Hollywood studios' requests, an Indian court in Delhi court has "issued a warrant that empowers police to search for and seize pirated films anywhere in the city, an aggressive maneuver in the copyright wars. The type of court order involved, know as a general search and seizure warrant, is normally reserved for matters of national security, not copyright infringement. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (AP)
Posted: 09/01/2005 8:03 am
Jerry Hall Ads Banned From London Underground
Former model Jerry Hall won't be seen in the London Underground anytime soon. "Ads for her new reality show, "Kept," have been banned from London's subway system because the poster ? which shows Hall surrounded by several half-naked men with her holding a leash wrapped around their necks ? violates a rule banning the use of people as sex objects." Yahoo! (AP)
Posted: 09/01/2005 7:24 am
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Prokofiev's Cinderella In A Brothel? Permission Denied!
The Latvian National Opera has been prohibited by the Sergei Prokoviev estate from performing its production of the composer's ballet Cinderella after setting the classic children's story in a brothel. "Prokofiev's family feels very strongly that if you are going to present a new storyline, you should employ one of the many talented new composers to write new music for you."
Posted: 09/01/2005 7:43 am
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