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Friday, March 17


Help Me - I'm Over-Entertained! "I now have more entertainment in my diet than I could ever possibly hope to consume. If entertainment was food, I’d be stuffed. I’d be grossly overweight. What does it all mean, you may ask. What are the implications of having so many choices? Well, for starters, it means I have to be very selective..." London Free Press 03/16/06
Posted: 03/16/2006 7:32 pm

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Visual Arts

MFA Officials To Meet With Italian Officials Boston's Museum of Fine Arts director Malcom Rogers will go to Italy to meet with officials over Italian claims that the MFA has looted objects in its collection. "What we hope comes out of this is the exchange of information, information we have not received yet. Right now, we don't even have a list of the objects the Italians believe were looted and sold to the MFA." Boston Globe 03/16/06
Posted: 03/16/2006 7:26 pm

Inspired To Copy? When is an image borrowed from an artist and when is it inspired by him? Jan Herman wonders after spotting a recent magazine layout that contains images he remembers that were made 39 years ago... Straight Up (AJBlogs) 03/13/06
Posted: 03/16/2006 7:16 pm

Gagosian In Chelsea Gagosian is opening a big new gallery in Chelsea. "Already the art world's leader in exhibition space, Gagosian Gallery is converting a warehouse into a gallery in New York's Chelsea district. This would be Gagosian's fifth gallery worldwide, its third in New York, and its second in Chelsea, the city's contemporary-art mecca." Bloomberg.com 03/16/06
Posted: 03/16/2006 5:17 pm

Leak In Spain's Reina Sofia Museum Damages Paintings Madrid's Reina Sofia modern art museum opened an acclaimed new wing last September. But there was a serious flaw. "Days before the new wing, designed by France's leading avant-garde architect Jean Nouvel, was inaugurated by Queen Sofia to international acclaim, drops falling from the ceiling left marks on an important painting by the Spanish master of cubism Juan Gris, Frutero y periodico (fruitbowl and newspaper)." The Independent (UK) 03/16/06
Posted: 03/16/2006 5:07 pm

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Seattle's Chamber Orchestra Folds After 33 years, Seattle's Northwest Chamber Orchestra has declared bankruptcy and folded. The orchestra cited "incredible competition for ticket sales and contributions," as well as "declining audiences and financial woes," as the reasons for the orchestra's demise. Seattle Times 03/17/06
Posted: 03/17/2006 12:03 am

LA Phil Jumps Into The Download Business The Los Angeles Philharmonic unveils plans to begin making digital downloads of its concerts available. "Ten years from today, they might not be making CDs. We really don't know what the delivery system will be. The new technology takes investigation, investment and practice." Los Angeles Times 03/17/06
Posted: 03/16/2006 11:35 pm

A New Plate Of ENO The English National Opera has hastily assmbled a new season for next year. "Opera companies usually plan and book years in advance but so deep has the crisis been at ENO that in December there was not one confirmed production for the 2006-07 season." The Guardian (UK) 03/16/06
Posted: 03/16/2006 11:15 pm

So How Much Of A Factor Are Ticket Prices? "It's a truism in the classical music business that income from ticket sales rarely covers more than 50 percent of the cost of putting on a performance, and our look at some representative Bay Area groups supports that. Given this fact, every organization, regardless of its size or prestige, has to do a lot of fundraising just to break even. But how those prices are determined can still be a mystery to the concert-going public." San Francisco Classical Voice 02/21/06
Posted: 03/16/2006 7:20 pm

First For What? What's all the fuss over new music premieres? New music these days usually only gets attention at its premiere. But just what is the definition of a premiere? And why do we care? NewMusicBox 03/15/06
Posted: 03/16/2006 5:40 pm

Is Jazz Chamber Music? "Chamber music is not defined by individuals, it is defined by the collective zeitgeist, the pulse of the times. In these times there is an abundance of jazz that resembles modern classical music. It is valued in performances in small concert halls all over the world. To me, that answers the question. If we are talking about Chamber Music AMERICA (and not Asia or Europe) it defies logic to claim that it has no place at the funding table. Jazz IS America. Let's also remember that jazz is not one thing." NewMusicBox 03/16/06
Posted: 03/16/2006 5:35 pm

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Arts Issues

Turnaround: Saratoga Finishes In The Black For the first time in years, Saratoga's (NY) Performing Arts Center has balanced its books. "Auditors found no major problems with SPAC's finances, a major achievement following a scathing 2004 state audit that cited mismanagement and poor business practices." The Saratogian 03/16/06
Posted: 03/16/2006 11:44 pm

NYers Turning Out For Talk New Yorkers are flocking to lectures. "The current enthusiasm for lectures and spoken-word events calls to mind the 19th century, when crowds flocked to hear Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Mark Twain and Henry Ward Beecher lecture. At the peak of the country's lecture craze in the 1850's, nearly 400,000 people a week attended lectures in the northern and western parts of the country. But why the resurgence now?" The New York Times 03/17/06
Posted: 03/16/2006 8:11 pm

Da Vinci Code Stakes (They're High For All Of Us) "There's more at stake here than Dan Brown's royalties. If the judge in London rules that the set of ideas Leigh and Baigent espoused can be copyrighted, it would set a troubling precedent that could trip up authors and filmmakers who craft works around any new historic or scientific research. It's worth noting that a federal judge in New York rejected a lawsuit against Brown last year by novelist Lewis Perdue, saying any similarity between their books was in ideas that could not be copyrighted." Los Angeles Times 03/14/06
Posted: 03/16/2006 7:29 pm

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Arts Center Has a Plan to Help Newark Revive New York Times 3/16/06
One Minute You're Up.... Dallas Morning News 3/12/06
Art and Reality 01/11/2006
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Jerry Lewis Gets France's Highest Honor Jerry Lewis was awarded the French Legion of Honor this week. "Lewis received the honorary title of 'Legion Commander' in a raucous ceremony in Paris – hamming it up for the cameras, winking, sticking out his tongue and making his trademark funny faces. True to form, the comedian turned what is generally a sober event – set in a gilded hall of the Ministry of Culture – into a virtual slapstick routine." San Diego Union-Tribune (AP) 03/16/06
Posted: 03/16/2006 8:03 pm

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Workshop Denies Bias, Wonders At Controversy New York Theater Workshop continues to insist that the dustup over the cancellation of "My Name Is Rachel Corrie" is nothing more than a misunderstanding, and not, as some critics would have it, a deliberate attempt to silence certain theatrical voices. "Whether a misunderstanding or not, how the workshop, an artistically bold and popular company, found itself in such an embarrassing public jam still baffles [the company's directors,] who said they did not know the extent of the public relations damage and financial cost." The New York Times 03/16/06
Posted: 03/16/2006 6:29 am

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Brown's Brief - Fascinating Reading A brief filed in a London court details author Dan Brown's process in writing the Da Vinci Code. It's a 69-page, unofficial memoir from an author who has rarely spoken to the media since his novel became an international sensation, a document intended not for reporters or general readers but for the officials of a British courtroom. Yahoo! (AP) 03/16/06
Posted: 03/16/2006 7:43 pm

Barnes & Noble's Boffo Quarter The bookseller's income was up 6.3 percent in the last quarter of 2005. "For the quarter ended Jan. 28, Barnes & Noble earned $122.98 million, or $1.76 per share, helped by strong book titles across all categories and a robust online business. That compares with $115.63 million, or $1.56 per share, in the year-ago period." Yahoo! (AP) 03/16/06
Posted: 03/16/2006 7:41 pm

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Ex- Michigan Public Radio Employees Charged With Corruption Three former employees of Michigan Public Media have been charged with "illegally accepting golf club memberships, Persian rugs, airline tickets and massages in exchange for on-air considerations at the state's top public radio station." Detroit Free Press 03/17/06
Posted: 03/17/2006 9:12 am

Sorting Out Where Movie Critics Are In The Food Chain "It is known that the opinions of America's movie critics, the majority of whom work for newspapers, do not necessarily have a great impact on a film's box office. Film reviewers do, however, have a real impact on adult filmgoers who are seeking a high-quality movie and on the growing number of organizations that award prizes for movies." Baltimore Sun 03/12/06
Posted: 03/16/2006 7:24 pm

New Policy For A New Radio Landscape Canada needs a new official policy on commercial radio. "We no longer have one single and regulated system of radio services delivered over the public airwaves and free of charge to Canadians. Instead, we have both a regulated system of the past and a largely unregulated, parallel system of new delivery platforms for audio content." CBC 03/16/06
Posted: 03/16/2006 4:56 pm

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Wales Goes Dancing Wales' culture minister says things are well for dance in his country. "There is no doubt that there is much to celebrate in dance in Wales at present. Young dancers from Wales are making names for themselves, particularly in contemporary dance. We have seen dance performances from international ballet companies such as the Kirov for the first time in Wales as well as innovative productions from our own dance companies such as Earthfall, Diversions and India Dance Wales." NewsWales 03/16/06
Posted: 03/16/2006 11:48 pm

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