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A Dancer Who Works In Sneakers (And Dances Right Through Many Pairs Of Them Per Year)

September 14, 2014 - 1:00pm

“Most of my shoes last two and a half weeks. I wear a lot of Jordans because they feel really good and are comfortable when I’m dancing and they have just enough toe support.”

New Playwrights Will Never Defeat Romeo & Juliet – But Can They At Least Get A Hearing?

September 14, 2014 - 12:30pm

“I get it. Dead people work for cheaper than those of us who breathe air. And they’ve got more name recognition and audience draw. Plus, they won’t show up to rehearsal with script changes or input. There’s no need to spend money ‘developing’ their plays. Their work is finite. Frozen forever in perfection.”

So, Turns Out People Under 30 – AKA Millennials – Love Print Books

September 14, 2014 - 12:30pm

Millennials may not care for libraries the same way Gen-Xers and Boomers do, but they sure do love books in print form.

For A Hard-working Actress, Finally A Chance At The Bronze Ring

September 14, 2014 - 12:25pm

“Her characters often serve to ‘hold up the wall’ of the narrative, she said, like the empathetic best friend in ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ or the kindly stranger in ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.’ Or the kindly mental-institution psychiatrist in ‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story,’ the kindly rape-treatment counselor in ‘Trust’ or the kindly medium in ‘Beautiful Creatures.'”

Three City Ballet Dancers Are About To Break Into Stardom – In Broadway Musicals

September 14, 2014 - 12:01pm

“Not many musicals require the specialized skills of world-class ballet dancers. It’s mostly a fluke that three high-profile shows with such needs are opening within months of one another.”

(Why) Are We OK With Oil Barons Funding Natural History Museums?

September 14, 2014 - 12:00pm

“The politics isn’t in the science itself — science is raw data, as close to the truth as you can get. The funding is about how we are interpreting that knowledge to further an agenda”

The Dismantling Of A (Formerly Very Good) British Education

September 14, 2014 - 12:00pm

‘Oh, wowww!’ she cried, ecstasy lifting her voice above the wind whipping off the marshes. ‘New brutalism! Rarely seen any so pure. First pressing. Cold pressing. Purrrfect!’

The Cult Of Jeff Koons Must Die

September 14, 2014 - 11:30am

“Koons is alert to a tendency on the part of the art audience to submit—to submit to something (to anything) that exerts a certain discomfiting power. This is the S&M of the contemporary art world, with the audience angling for an opportunity to grovel at the feet of the superstar.”

One Problem For The Locked-Out Atlanta Symphony Musicians: Size

September 14, 2014 - 11:15am

“You can’t (cut) this orchestra any further. Either you try to maintain it and grow it back in the direction from where we came, or it’s over — it’s not the same orchestra any more.”

In Los Angeles, The Art World Tilts To The East

September 14, 2014 - 10:00am

“Today, for new or newly relocating galleries, both commercial and nonprofit, it’s industrial warehouses — with plenty of parking — south of the 10 Freeway and east of the L.A. River.”

Is It OK To Censor Art When It Hearkens To A Deeply Racist Past?

September 14, 2014 - 10:00am

The Barbican Centre’s planned ‘Exhibit B’ “invites liberals to feel the ‘discomfort’ of their colonial history while fawning over the naked and prostrate black body.”

Want To Engage People With An Unknown Attraction? Make It A Game

September 14, 2014 - 9:30am

“The beauty of play is that it can take so many forms. So the river becomes this 51-mile-long blank grey canvas for the collective imagination of a city, of many cities.”

Without This Man, You Likely Wouldn’t Know A Damn Thing About Rock ‘n’ Roll

September 14, 2014 - 9:00am

“Cosimo Matassa, whose used-record business in New Orleans led him to sell new records, which led him to open a tiny studio that helped jump-start rock ’n’ roll by recording early hits by the likes of Fats Domino and Little Richard, died on Thursday in New Orleans. He was 88.”

NAMP Arts Marketing Workshop

September 14, 2014 - 8:37am

The National Arts Marketing Project presents Arts Marketing Season Jump Start hosted by Palm Beach Opera on September 26, 2014. This day-long interactive workshop is designed to get your marketing efforts for the new season off to a solid start. Sara Billmann, who has served as marketing director at the University Musical Society, a multi-disciplinary presenter in Ann Arbor, MI for the past 18 years, will provide insight and tactical suggestions on finding and retaining audiences, effective messaging, and measuring results, interspersed with group and individual activities that will immediately jump-start your efforts and help you bring a business mindset into your arts marketing activities. Cost: $75


So Hollywood’s Not Actually LGBT-Friendly, Actors Say

September 14, 2014 - 8:30am

“While 53% of lesbian and gay actors were ‘out’ to all or most of their fellow actors, the report found that only 36% had revealed to agents they were gay, and only 13% had told industry executives.”

Ian McEwan Used To Be Out To Shock, But Now He’s A Novelist Of Compassion – What Happened?

September 14, 2014 - 8:00am

“One can’t go on writing in his mid-60s as though he is 19 years old,” says the author of Atonement and The Children Act.

New Effort Will Translate Shakespeare’s Complete Works Into Mandarin

September 13, 2014 - 9:00am

“Culture secretary Sajid Javid also announced £300,000 for a Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) tour of China.”

When Artists Run Afoul Of Social Media

September 12, 2014 - 4:44pm

“It’s no secret that Facebook and Twitter can help classical musicians promote their work outside of traditional news media outlets. But when artists cross certain boundaries or get overly political, they can quickly find their careers at risk.”

Duke Ellington’s Grandson Sues Over Recording Company Royalties

September 12, 2014 - 8:08am

“In the lawsuit, Paul Ellington says EMI should stop deducting 50 percent commissions to foreign subpublishers that its parent company now owns before splitting the rest with Ellington’s heirs.”

Any Last Words? (Why Writers Aren’t Good About It)

September 12, 2014 - 8:02am

“Few writers have willingly put their last word to paper. Few have composed the literary equivalent of a last will and testament. Most of the time, the creator comes up dry.”