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Australian Playwright Says It’s Time For The Return Of Radio Plays

October 29, 2014 - 11:00am

“The internet means a lot of people can listen to the [BBC] World Service online. No writer is going to turn up their nose at a potential 40 million listeners.”

Neil Patrick Harris – Star Of ‘How I Met Your Mother’ And ‘Gone Girl’ – To Bring A Variety Show To Television

October 29, 2014 - 10:51am

“Peacock alternative TV head Paul Telegdy told Vulture that he’s been looking to get a variety series on the network for a long time, and that Harris has always been at the top of his list of potential hosts.”

Sorry, Neil Patrick Harris, Your Variety Show Can’t Compete With YouTube

October 29, 2014 - 10:50am

“Variety shows are like the soccer of American television. It is the most popular sport in the world but, no matter how hard anyone has tried in recent years, it just won’t catch on here like it does internationally.”

We Think Quantum Mechanics Is About Schrödinger’s Cat, But All Of Life Depends On It

October 29, 2014 - 10:40am

“A quantum theory of smell sounds outlandish, perhaps, but evidence has recently emerged to support it: it was found that fruit flies can distinguish odorants with exactly the same shape but different isotopes of the same elements, something that is hard to explain without quantum mechanics.”

Will Orson Welles’ Last Movie Finally Get Rescued From A Gritty Paris Warehouse, And Finished?

October 29, 2014 - 10:30am

“It is the latest event in a saga marked by legal squabbles, clashing egos, the spiriting away of a working print and, briefly, the disappearance and recovery of the reels last summer after a storage company went bankrupt.”

This 83-Year-Old Dancer Is Still Onstage

October 29, 2014 - 10:20am

“‘Eat your heart out, Beyonce,’ she says watching herself do moves that are strikingly similar to the pop diva’s.”

The Broad Museum Is Really Going To Open, After A Dispute And Delay

October 29, 2014 - 10:10am

“The museum is claiming that the problems have driven up costs by at least $19.8 million and caused the museum to delay its opening by at least 15 months.”

Last Ditch Efforts To Prevent Strikes In London’s West End

October 29, 2014 - 10:00am

“The union is seeking London living wage – £8.80 – for workers on three pay grades below that rate, and a 6% rise for all other members.”

Archivist for San Francisco Opera Association

October 29, 2014 - 7:30am

San Francisco Opera Association seeks an experienced Archivist to provide leadership while ensuring the preservation and availability of San Francisco Opera Archives. Full-time, Exempt position eligible for company benefits.

Established in 1923, San Francisco Opera is one of the world’s leading producers of opera, presenting a roster of traditional and contemporary lyric theater repertory at the historic War Memorial Opera House. Hailed as an industry leader, San Francisco Opera has been acclaimed for its presentation of the world’s finest opera singers, conductors, directors and designers in innovative and bold productions. The Company is distinguished for producing numerous World and American premieres and for its internationally celebrated young artist training program, the Opera Center.


To provide leadership while ensuring the preservation and availability of San Francisco Opera Archives

– Master’s Degree in Library Science with a concentration in archives management
– Preferred degree in history
– Minimum ten years archiving management experience
– Certified Archivist preferred
– Superior project management and organizational skills
– Excellent computer skills required, including strong familiarity with Microsoft Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop and Outlook
– Outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with all artists, staff, public, and volunteers in a professional, confidential and tactful manner
– Ability to apply good judgment, creative thinking to all strategic planning activities
– Ability to work independently; prioritize tasks
– Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment
– Knowledge of opera and classical performing arts preferred but not required
– Reliable daily attendance and punctuality
– Must perform the functions of the position in a safe manner
– Detailed understanding and experience with the most current archival/records management technology


– Provide professional archive leadership to continue the development of the Company’s Archive across all departments
– In accordance with accepted standards and practices, preserve important objects and documents, including works of art, transcripts of meetings, photographs and historic objects, production elements (costumes, props, renderings, etc.), electronic media in different formats and traditional paper records of San Francisco Opera and its affiliate organizations
– Plan and oversee the Archive arrangement and cataloguing of collections
– Provide archive protocols to Senior Staff members on how to identify and implement respective department’s archive
– Collect, organize and maintain control over a wide range of information deemed important for permanent safekeeping
– Develop a comprehensive plan for public access to the Archives in the soon-to-be-open Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera
– Collaborate with IS and Communications on the process by which the online archive will be maintained and continued
– Recommend, implement, and manage the integration of sophisticated archival/records management technology
– Determine the education and public outreach programs such as tours, presentations, and lectures relating to the Archives
– Develop and responsibly manage the Archives budget
– Provide leadership and manage employee relations with all assigned staff and archive volunteers
– Collaborate with the SFO Media Department on the preservation of existing and upcoming video/radio broadcasts


– Provide a detailed audit of the current Company Archive and develop a comprehensive operational plan
– Direct the acquisition, storage and exhibition of collections, including negotiating and authorizing in collaboration with the Director of Communications on the purchase, sales, exchange, or loan of collections 
– Participate in fund raising for the Archives, which may include the writing and reviewing of grant proposals, journal articles, publicity materials as well as attendance at meetings, conventions, and civic events
– Develop and implement a plan to integrate the Opera’s archival materials stored at the Museum of Performance and Design with the Wilsey Center for Opera Archives
– Prepare archive materials for the Company’s Centennial Celebration, beginning with the 2022 season
– Pursue alternative storage possibilities
– Performs other job-related duties as assigned


E-mail required cover letter and résumé with salary requirements directly to or fax to (415) 551-6297. No phone calls please. San Francisco Opera only retains résumés that are sent in response to specific, posted job openings.


Qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records will be considered for this position in accordance with
the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

Met’s “Death Of Klinghoffer” Is Selling Tickets

October 29, 2014 - 4:04am

Despite protests, weak advance sales, interruptions, and all the other mishegas, the John Adams opera “has sold more tickets than any other opera currently at the Met. General manager Peter Gelb “expects the opera ultimately to earn 70 to 75 percent of its potential ticket revenue, about average for recent seasons.”

This Pianist Is About To Turn 90, And She Still Does Concert Tours – Alone

October 29, 2014 - 3:52am

She still learns new music, too, and she rides the New York subway, and she carries her own luggage. “I walk around with my 60-year-old friends and they tell me to slow down.” Meet Ruth Slenczynska.

Philadelphia’s Prince Music Theater Calls It Quits

October 29, 2014 - 3:41am

“Having received no offers for a takeover, the organization that occupies the Prince Music Theater on Friday terminated its lease with the owners of the building on Chestnut Street just west of Broad Street. American Music Theater Festival, founded in 1984, also intends to dissolve. The future of the building is uncertain.”

The 100 Most Valuable Movie Stars Of 2014

October 29, 2014 - 3:35am

Vulture has collected data (including domestic and foreign box-office numbers, social-media buzz, critical respect, Twitter mentions, Oscar nominations/wins, and E-Score Celebrity rankings by E-Poll) in every important metric that measures modern movie stardom, inputting those numbers into a formula crafted with our guest statistician, FiveThirtyEight’s Harry Enten.”

It’s The World’s First-Ever Iranian Feminist Vampire Western

October 29, 2014 - 3:27am

Oh yes, it’s real. It was quite a hit at Sundance last winter, and it’s already been nominated for a Gotham Award. (includes trailer)

Why Would Harvey Fierstein, Of All People, Write A Show About The 1899 Newsboys’ Strike?

October 29, 2014 - 3:05am

“Kids love it” – his brother’s kids, specifically, loved the Disney movie – “so I had that affinity. I got stuck with the story, and there was little I could change, but, as the strike happened during the time of the women’s struggle to vote, I began thinking about my own recent turn of the century.”

Maya Angelou Describes Her Stepfather’s Greatest Con, And The Racist Who Fell For It

October 29, 2014 - 2:59am

“Suffice to say the scam includes one racist Southerner, three persuasive actors, a tract of land, and $50,000 in cash.” (video)

75 Years Of Live Literature At The 92nd Street Y

October 29, 2014 - 2:59am

“Seventy-five years ago on Sunday, writer William Carlos Williams helped inaugurate what would become this country’s most famous literary reading series, at New York’s 92nd Street Y Poetry Center.” (includes audio clips)

HBO Expected To Lay Off More Than 150 People This Week

October 29, 2014 - 2:55am

The cuts, amounting to about 7% of HBO’s workforce, are part of company-wide layoffs at Time Warner.

Positive Thinking Isn’t Always So Powerful – It Might Even Hold You Back

October 29, 2014 - 2:50am

“As a German citizen who came to the United States relatively late in life, I was initially struck by how much more positive thinking was valued in the United States than back in Europe.” Research psychologist Gabriele Oettingen had presumed this was a good thing – until she started doing some studies. It seems that some kinds of positive thinking are a lot less helpful than others.

Dancing About Peptides: Science PhD Students Choreograph Their Theses

October 29, 2014 - 2:44am

“Why would you want to write a PhD abstract when you could make it truly abstract – through the medium of interpretive dance? For the seventh year running, Science magazine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science have challenged PhD students to do just that.” (includes video)