News from ArtsJournal.com
John Bell, 75, who established Bell Shakespeare in 1990, will step down at the end of 2015.
The Native American performer, known for her roles in the films Frozen River, August: Osage County, and Django Unchained, had gone missing earlier this month.
“[The] gifted Italian soprano … rose to instant fame in 1958 when she was called on to substitute for the mythic and sometimes mystifying Maria Callas in one of opera’s most dramatic episodes, and three years later surprised people again by ending her own career.”
The George W. Hunt Prize, sponsored by the Jesuit magazine America and Yale’s St. Thomas More Chapel, stipulates that nominees “should be familiar with the Roman Catholic tradition … [and] be a person of sound moral character and reputation and must not have published works that are manifestly atheistic or morally offensive.” (Good luck to the jurors on hashing that out.)
It’s a tough job bringing On the Town into the 21st century, especially for a high-profile Broadway revival, but Joshua Bergasse took it on.
Following on the huge commercial success of the 2012 Broadway revival of Glengarry Glen Ross that starred Pacino, David Mamet has wriiten a new play for the actor: China Doll. (The playwright says his new work “is better than oral sex.”)
The 49-year-old Bulgarian, who was appointed to the Columbus Symphony in Ohio last month, will lead the Chautauqua Symphony in western New York State, effective immediately. (Milanov also directs two orchestras in New Jersey and one in Spain.)
Is the problem how often those damned ads for Prius or Geico or Viking River Cruises interrupt the stream you’re trying to watch? Or is it that those same damned ads play over and over? (Which would be because there aren’t enough different ads in rotation.)
“People who perform heroic acts seem to do so instinctively, risking their lives to help someone else without giving the consequences much conscious thought.”
Sure, we know about dogs who’ve rescued people and the cat that chased a dog away from a toddler, but seals, hippos, and rats are among the many animals who’ve been observed displaying altruistic behavior. (Especially rats, some of whom have learned to locate land mines.)
“Last Friday, Working Artists and the Greater Economy (aka W.A.G.E.) announced that they will be rolling out their new W.A.G.E. Certification program, which promises to be a ‘paradigm-shifting model for the remuneration of artistic labor’.” Hrag Vartanian finds out just what wage rates W.A.G.E. has in mind.
No, not as a skater. (Our Eddie is 78, after all.) Dick Button – no doubt with an assist from Villella’s wife, once a champion skater herself – convinced him to try choreographing serious ice ballets. (And by the way, Villella says, “I will never work for a board again and I will never raise money again. It’s a beautiful freedom.”)
(And yes, “Did Jesus Save the Klingons?” is an actual Scientific American headline.)
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King Henrietta IV?
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“Artists should not be “slaves” to the market or “lose themselves in the tide of market economy”, Mr Xi told them. Nor should they “go astray while answering the question of whom to serve, otherwise their works will lack vitality”, he warned.”
“After a renovation marred by delays, infighting and controversy the Picasso Museum in Paris is due to open on the anniversary of the artist’s birth on 25 October.”
“Gerard Vaughan previously spent 13 years as director of the National Gallery of Victoria, leaving the role two years ago. He was also previously the director of the British Museum development trust and held an arts role at Oxford University.”
“Netflix looked like a lightweight yesterday. It may have revolutionized streaming. It may have ambitions to upend tired business models with digital age know-how. But it forgot that you never bring a knife to a gunfight.”
“If content providers continue to launch their own platforms, as HBO and CBS have done, the future of internet TV will not just be unbundled. It will be deeply fragmented. That could threaten the very companies that pioneered this space to begin with—and make it more difficult and more expensive to get everything you want to watch.”
“There’s the possibility for e-books to become the TV babysitters of this generation,” he said. “We don’t want parents to say, ‘There’s no reason for me to sit here and turn pages and tell my child how to read the word, because my iPad can do it.’ ”