News from ArtsJournal.com
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.)
At The Philbrook: Retrospective For A No-Longer-Needed Exhibition
AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2014-10-16
What’s new in dynamic pricing?
AJBlog: For What it’s Worth Published 2014-10-16
Was Beethoven a Bad Influence?
AJBlog: CultureCrash Published 2014-10-16
AJBlog: Dancebeat Published 2014-10-16
King Henrietta IV?
AJBlog: Plain English Published 2014-10-16
“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.’ ”
“Could we lose the orchestra altogether, as happened in Miami and Honolulu in recent years? Of course we could. These things always seem impossible until they happen. There is a cascading effect flowing from the lockout. We are losing subscribers. Donors are angry. The crisis feeds on itself.”
“In Beijing, police detained about 11 artists, poets, and journalists from Songzhuang Artist Village who were planning a pro-democracy poetry reading that would also showcase posters expressing sympathy for the Hong Kong demonstrators.”
“Yet after only two days of participating in the mediated negotiation process (October 7-8), the WAC’S representatives … left the table to await further guidance and instruction from the WAC Governing Board [and have not returned] … Clearly, once again, they arrived at the table with neither proposals nor the ability to authorize a deal.”
“Some say she’s killing ‘real’ flamenco – but Rocío Molina has no time for conservatism. She’s teaming up with a Korean hip-hop dancer and takes her inspiration from Nietzsche and Brueghel.”
“Roughly a month after Shakespeare & Company’s new executive director and president, Rick Dildine, arrived at his job at the helm of the venerable Berkshires company from a similar job at the helm of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, he announced the departure of artistic director Tony Simotes, effective on Nov. 10, several months before the end of Simotes’ contract.”
“There will be two versions of the musical available – a 30-minute version for primary schools and 70-minute adaptation for secondary schools.”
“The atmosphere has become so toxic that critics and developers are urging big companies in the $70-billion-a-year video game industry to do more to stop it.”
“London fringe venue the Twickenham Theatre is to close just days after its first production – Sweeney Todd starring David Bedella – came to an end. [The company] has been told it has to vacate the premises after the pub over which it is based … was sold without warning.”
“As soon as the Nobel Prize in Literature was announced on Thursday, people started asking the inevitable question: Who is Patrick Modiano? … Here, let’s raise another question: Why is it that, so often, when a Nobel Prize is awarded to a non-American writer, readers in the U.S. – even the most well-read and cosmopolitan among us – find themselves drawing a blank?”