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Satire Artist Proposes Wind Farm Vacation A planned windfarm off Nantucket Island has drawn the ire of residents worried about their views. Now Artist Jay Critchley has an idea to pretty it up. Critchley has "submitted a proposal to the Corps of Engineers for 'Martucket Eyeland,' a 'Las Vegas-style, family-oriented vacation land' to be built in the ocean on a corner of Cape Wind Associates' planned Nantucket Sound wind farm. The man-made island would offer the sights of Cape Cod - including the Pilgrim Monument - with terrific views of the turbines." Cape Cod Times 03/25/06
Posted: 03/26/2006 12:22 pm

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Aesthetic Competition Walker Art: Off Center Blog
Culture Clash Travel + Leisure, April 2006
William Safire And Art That's Good for You Washington Post 3/15/06
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Visual Arts

Condo Developer Markets The Art A Toronto condo developer is "in the process of buying $700,000 worth of art from local galleries. Condo buyers will be invited to select their piece from the collection when the as-yet-undeveloped units hit the market in April. The idea was to offer an incentive that reflected the spirit of the art-rich neighbourhood. The question is, will this investment help ease the pang of gentrification for long-time residents?" Toronto Star 03/26/06
Posted: 03/26/2006 1:09 pm

BBC Defends Spending On Art The BBC is defending itself against critics who are protesting the corporation spending £4m on art. "Well-known artists including Rachel Whiteread and Tracey Emin are among those who have been asked to produce artworks for the corporation under a programme of purchasing public art linked to the redevelopment of Broadcasting House in London." Scotland on Sunday 03/26/06
Posted: 03/26/2006 11:57 am

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Orchestras Discover The Internet (Finally!) Want to download that orchestra concert you heard last week? Soon you may be able to. "Negotiations are under way with orchestras in London, Paris and three German cities. The current intention is for each orchestra to offer, on average, four concerts a season for digital downloading, and one of the four would also be released on CD. The project reflects a seismic shift in the way music is being discovered, distributed and heard." The New York Times 03/26/06
Posted: 03/26/2006 12:57 pm

Minnesota Orchestra Gets Played In Big Land Deal The orchestra had bought land for an amphitheatre. When the plan fell through, the orchestra decided to sell the land. "Last summer, the orchestra officially transferred the land to MOA Property Co. On that same day, property records indicate, MOA sold the land to Target for several million dollars more than what it paid the orchestra. While the orchestra's board chairman said that an opportunity to make money may have been lost, he had no regrets." The Star-Tribune (Mpls) 03/25/06
Posted: 03/26/2006 11:59 am

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Arts Issues

500,000 Rally In LA Against Immigration Bill Perhaps the largest demonstration in LA history gathered to protest federal legislation that would crack down on undocumented immigrants, penalize those who help them and build a security wall along the U.S.' southern border." Los Angeles Times 03/26/06
Posted: 03/26/2006 1:17 pm

Toronto Entertainment's "Downward Spiral" "Toronto's entertainment industry has been trapped in a long, downward spiral. How badly did Toronto think it needed "The Lord of the Rings," the colossal, $28 million musical spectacular that officially opened here Thursday night to high hopes but reviews that fell far short of expectations? Badly enough that the Ontario government agreed to risk $3 million in public money in this for-profit show -- not for the building but, incredibly, the actual production -- despite charges that deficit-strapped provincial taxpayers were now being asked to subsidize someone's singing hobbits." Chicago Tribune 03/26/06
Posted: 03/26/2006 12:49 pm

McMaster: Keep Edinburgh Scottish The outgoing director of the Edinburgh International Festival says the festical is financially sound. "Brian McMaster, who steps down at the end of this year's Festival, also warned against any reduction in its Scottish talent, saying he would be 'surprised and bloody angry' if that happened." Scotland of Sunday 03/26/06
Posted: 03/26/2006 11:54 am

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Rough ride for a rough stone Scotsman 3/20/06
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
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Man Behind The Curtain - Steve Jobs "Whether he's inspiring his staff or negotiating with captains of industry, Jobs has outsize abilities to persuade, motivate, inflame the imagination and enrage. How did he get this way? Like the Wizard of Oz, Jobs tries his best to hide behind a curtain, keeping a tight rein on media access and dealing harshly with friends who say too much to biographers." San Francisco Chronicle 03/26/06
Posted: 03/26/2006 1:23 pm

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Seattle Rep To Produce "Rachel Corrie" Seattle Repertory Theatre will be the first big American company to produce the controversial "My Name is Rachel Corrie." "The fact that Rachel Corrie was from Olympia, and went to college at Evergreen, is a big part of why we want to do this. This is about someone local, who could have been any of us. And it's about what happens when your passion and activism reaches the level that hers did." Seattle Times 03/26/06
Posted: 03/26/2006 1:13 pm

"Rings" Panned In The Press The new "Lord of the Rings" musical got generally beat up by critics last week. "Most reviewers said the show, which runs to almost four hours, did not live up to expectations. The Toronto Star described it as 'dull', while the Toronto Sun said it 'falls victim to its own hype'. But the granddaughter of author JRR Tolkien praised it for staying true to his classic tale. BBC 03/26/06
Posted: 03/26/2006 12:30 pm

  • "Inventive" - A Minority View Of "Lord Of The Rings" "The Lord of the Rings is the most inventively staged show in history — as, indeed, it needed to be. The production’s pyrotechnics make all those gasp-inducing moments from blockbuster shows past seem primitive. That chandelier dropping in Phantom of the Opera? Pshaw. That helicopter landing in Miss Saigon? Ho hum. That revolving stage in Les Misérables? Puh-lease. More than that, these greatest hits of stagecraft seem gimmicky in hindsight. They don’t flow from a coherent vision of the source material in question or bear witness to a singular, original aesthetic — as LOTR’s gobsmacking special effects do." CBC 03/25/06
    Posted: 03/26/2006 12:14 pm

A "Fahrenheit 451" For The Information Age "More comic books, more sex. More nonbooks, more gossip. Plenty of facts but no meaning. Sounds like an average day at a 2006 magazine rack, or in cyberspace, or on the couch with television remote in hand. The danger was never really that we would lose access to information; it was that we would lose the ability, or the desire, to make intellectually rigorous use of it." The New York Times 03/25/06
Posted: 03/26/2006 12:10 pm

Jeune Lune Attempts To Get Back In Tune Minneapolis' Theatre de la Jeune Lune announced last week that it was abandoning its longtime collective leadership model. "It's a long-overdue move. Though Jeune Lune pulled down the 2005 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater, it has been stuck in a morass that has hamstrung the company aesthetically and crippled it programmatically." St. Paul Pioneer-Press 03/25/06
Posted: 03/26/2006 12:02 pm

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A Year Of Reading About It... "Whether due to the short attention spans of readers, the churn of the book-publishing world or some kind of writing meme, authors are slicing and dicing up their experiences and their studies into rapidly digestible, often bestselling 12-month packages." The Globe & Mail (Canada) 03/26/06
Posted: 03/26/2006 1:01 pm

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When Video Goes Viral Video clips sampled, made and circulated on the net are hot. "These things are becoming ground zero for pop culture. It's no longer the moment on the Jon Stewart show, it's 'Did you watch the viral video of the moment on the Jon Stewart show?' "
The New York Times 03/26/06
Posted: 03/26/2006 12:54 pm

Korean TV Drama Sweeps The Globe "TV dramas have become South Korea's hottest export since cell phones, female golfers and kimchi. The Korean craze, which also includes music and film, has swept through Japan, China, the Philippines, Singapore and most of Asia and is now making its way across the United States." Backstage 03/25/06
Posted: 03/26/2006 12:37 pm

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All Roads Lead To Katherine Dunham? "Dunham brought to audiences, other artists and students an array of movement possibilities that had not been seen or used before in contemporary dance. Today it's impossible to imagine modern dance without these influences." Los Angeles Times 03/26/06
Posted: 03/26/2006 1:04 pm

Denver Dance Doyen Survives A Rough Year Cleo Parker Robinson is a long time luminary in Denver's dance scene. "But Robinson's optimism has been sternly tested during the past year by events that threatened her company financially and brought her great sadness. Last year the company was stung when the Denver Center for the Performing Arts ended a major annual gift of $200,000 it had been making since 1998." And that was just the start of the troubles... Rocky Mountain News 03/25/06
Posted: 03/26/2006 12:06 pm

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