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Weekend, March 18-19


Do Buildings Build Jobs? Not What The Economists Say... "For a decade and a half, the belief that sports teams were economic drivers helped persuade cities and states to shower billions of dollars on major league sports teams, most of it to build state-of-the-art stadiums." But "a small community of economists who have taken up and methodically rejected many of the claims made about the economic benefits of major league sports teams: that they create jobs or bring money to local businesses or otherwise spur economic growth." So why are cities still falling for these arguments? Boston Globe 03/19/06
Posted: 03/19/2006 8:40 am

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Do American Museums Need An Exit Strategy? The Metropolitan Museum has made a deal with the Italians to return artwork. But this is just the beginning. "With the Italians playing their cards close to their vests and other nations, such as Greece, Turkey and Egypt, examining the prospects of making their own claims against American museums, worried museum officials are wondering who's next." Chicago Tribune 03/19/06
Posted: 03/19/2006 9:01 am

Reinventing America's Tallest Building Chicago has approved the construction of what will be America's tallest building. "The design for the $550 million tower, which was breathtaking but hardly flawless when it was introduced last July, has taken some important steps forward, both in the sky and along the ground. Now here's the trend part of the story: If this tower and Jeanne Gang's sensuous Aqua high-rise both get built, Chicago will be running a clinic in the new aesthetic possibilities offered by skyscrapers that are places to live rather than work." Chicago Tribune 03/19/06
Posted: 03/19/2006 8:57 am

Boston's MFA Dances With Italian Government Boston's Museum of Fine Arts is in a high-stakes dance with the Italian government over art the Italians claim has been looted. "The Italian investigators sit on one side of the table, their cards held close to the vest. Just what have they got? Can their hand prove what so many have said for years: that the MFA bought art looted from Italian archeological sites?" Boston Globe 03/19/06
Posted: 03/19/2006 8:33 am

Tate - If Not A Museum, Then... The Tate is not oficially registered as a museum. "The gallery is currently in the anomalous position of not being among the 1,800 museums accredited to the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA). It is the only nationally-funded museum without this status. The reason for Tate being outside the MLA scheme is simple: it refuses to accept its guidelines on deaccessioning, which are part of a much broader set of standards." The Art Newspaper 03/16/06
Posted: 03/19/2006 8:27 am

British Museum Breaks Ticket Sales Record The British Museum has broken a record for advance sales for a show, selling almost 11,000 tickets. "Michelangelo Drawings: Closer to the Master, overtook the previous record holder, 2005's Persia exhibition, which had 3,670 advance sales. The Michelangelo show opens on Thursday and features 90 drawings." BBC 03/19/06
Posted: 03/19/2006 8:04 am

Picasso's Daughter: They're Fake Maya Widmaier-Picasso, the artist's daughter, who autheticates his work, says that drawings sold on Costco are not by him. "Those two works, photographs of which were shown to her by The New York Times, were offered by the dealer with certificates in French saying that Ms. Widmaier-Picasso had authenticated them. Pointing to anomalies in the certificates — grammatical errors, wording that departed from her style, handwriting that did not match hers and the placement of words on the page — the artist's daughter said both documents were forgeries." The New York Times 03/18/06
Posted: 03/19/2006 7:51 am

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Band Sells Shares To Its Fans When Leeds band Four Day Hombre went looking for a record deal, they were unable to get the creative and financial control they were looking for. So they turned to their fans and recruited 30 investors to fund their debut album, which is out on Monday. The investment could be about to pay off, with the band being described as "somewhere on the radar between Coldplay and Radiohead." BBC 03/19/06
Posted: 03/19/2006 8:22 am

Glyndebourne Goes Hip Hop Glyndebourne is staging a hip hop version of Mozart's Cosi fan Tutti. "In putting on School 4 Lovers, organisers at the venue in Sussex, South England hope to attract more young people to Mozart's work - and opera in general - in the 250th anniversary year of his birth." BBC 03/19/06
Posted: 03/19/2006 8:17 am

David Robertson Wins Ditson Prize David Robertson has been awarded Columbia University's 2006 Ditson Conductor's Award for his championing of American music. The St. Louis Symphony music director gets $25,000 for the honor. PlaybillArts 03/17/06
Posted: 03/19/2006 7:47 am

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Arts Issues

Who Owns The Public? "The practice of street photography has a long tradition in the United States, with documentary and artistic strains, in big cities and small towns. Photographers usually must obtain permission to photograph on private property — including restaurants and hotel lobbies — but the freedom to photograph in public has long been taken for granted. Remarkably, this was the first case to directly challenge that right. Had it succeeded, "Subway Passenger, New York City," 1941, along with a vast number of other famous images taken on the sly, might no longer be able to be published or sold." The New York Times 03/19/06
Posted: 03/19/2006 9:14 am

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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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Violinist Sues Seattle Symphony The complaint alleges "intentional emotional distress arising out of the hostile environment and harassment ... over a long and extended period of time." The violinist, who has an anxiety disorder that developed in his late teens, said in his suit that he has suffered "persistent and severe discrimination." Seattle Post-Intelligencer 03/16/06
Posted: 03/19/2006 9:22 am

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Can Chicago Repeat "Wicked"? "Wicked" has been a huge hit in Chicago. Can its success be repeated? "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" hopes to do just that. "In Chicago, at least, "Spelling Bee" and "Wicked" have some notable similarities. Both musicals currently are successful -- and profitable -- on Broadway. Both share a New York-based producer in David Stone. Both will have open-ended, dedicated, sit-down Chicago productions (as distinct from mere stops on a tour) that hope to be around for years." Chicago Tribune 03/19/06
Posted: 03/19/2006 8:51 am

After 21 Years Adams Leaves TheatreWorks One of the Bay Area's longest-serving and most successful managing directors is leaving. Randy Adams has led TheatreWorks, and "for 21 years, working with founder and Artistic Director Robert Kelley, Adams helped transform an ambitious small Palo Alto company with a $300,000 budget to one of the region's leading theaters, operating in two cities, with a growing national reputation and a budget of $7 million." San Francisco Chronicle 03/19/06
Posted: 03/19/2006 7:26 am

A Theatre Collective Decides To Appoint A Leader Since its founding 28 years ago, Minneapolis/St. Paul's Theatre de la Jeune Lune has been a collective, without a sole leader. That is about to change, as the company names its first director. "It is about time, said many admirers. Some feared that the theater's internal fights over its direction and its guiding ideology, exacerbated in recent years by interpersonal rancor that has all but paralyzed decisionmaking, would lead it the way of the dodo." The Star-Tribune (Mpls) 03/19/06
Posted: 03/19/2006 7:20 am

New Theatre, No Adventure Minneapolis' Guthrie Theatre is about to move in to a new $125 million theatre. As a prominent regional theatre, it can program almost anything it wants. But "the theater's season announced this week is not merely unadventurous. This line-up is downright deflating, especially since it is the first opportunity to see shows in a hard-won facility sold partly on the promise of being a place that will push theater forward." The Star-Tribune (Mpls) 03/19/06
Posted: 03/19/2006 7:18 am

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Lawyers Wrap: Brown's Da Vinci Code Ideas Not Original The lawyers defending Dan Brown from plagiarism charges wrapped up their case: "The ideas are of too general a nature to be capable of copyright protection. Many of the ideas complained of were not original to The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. They were merely copied from others. The claimants were doing themselves exactly what they complain of in Mr Brown." BBC 03/19/06
Posted: 03/19/2006 8:13 am

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The Little Station That Could "In this big-money era of consolidated station ownership and homogenized program formats, smaller, independent stations like Chicago's WVON - with its tiny audience of mostly older listeners, weak broadcast signal and modest revenues-face oblivion. Yet the station perseveres, in large part because it fills a niche no general-market station would: providing a venue for its mostly African-American listeners to express their anger, hurt and pride and to share information about which politicians to believe in-a short list-or when to show up to protest a school closing or how to break off a little piece of the American Dream. WVON is more than a radio station; it's a family business that has become a community trust." Chicago Tribune 03/19/06
Posted: 03/19/2006 8:48 am

Putting Teeth Behind A Definition Of Indecency So the FCC has fined CBS $3.6 million for "obscene" scenes in "Without a Trace." "For reasons that baffle the rest of the world (in this case, they don't hate us, they pity us), the United States is far more prudish about sex than violence on television. But as long as sexually explicit material is officially taboo, then the episode did seem to meet the test: the scene of teenagers holding an orgy in a suburban house was quite blue. The camera lingered on writhing bodies and sweaty threesomes just a little longer than was strictly necessary to make the point that sexually transmitted diseases are a growing problem in high school." The New York Times 03/18/06
Posted: 03/19/2006 7:55 am

Did Tom Cruise Threaten Over South Park Show? Did Tom Cruise threaten to not do any publicity for the latest Mission Impossible movie if Comedy Central (owned by the same company as the movie is produced by) didn't pull an episode of South Park that made fun of Scientology? Cruise's reps deny the claim. Cruise "had nothing to do with any programming" they say. "At no time did Tom Cruise say he would not do publicity" for "M:I III." "OK, but one problem: No one at Viacom has publicly offered a satisfactory explanation of why the repeat, scheduled for Wednesday night, was pulled." Washington Post 03/19/06
Posted: 03/19/2006 7:42 am

The Curious Case Of The South Park Weenies First, Isaac Hayes quit "South Park" because he didn't like that the show was making fun of religion. Then Comedy Central pulled the show Hayes had quit over after pressure from Scientologists. "In 10 years and over 150 episodes of 'South Park,' Isaac never had a problem with the show making fun of Christians, Muslims, Mormons or Jews. He got a sudden case of religious sensitivity when it was his religion featured on the show." Washington Post 03/19/06
Posted: 03/19/2006 7:36 am

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Tere O'Connor On Dance: "I feel it's unfortunate that people feel that there's a hidden intellectualism in dance, but it's one of those places where marginalization looks elitist and it's not. Lace-making is not a popular thing, and in a way it's the same thing with dance. We're small, not because we don't want more people, but because this is a different way of looking at the world that isn't born out of capitalism or religion." The New York Times 03/19/06
Posted: 03/19/2006 9:20 am

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