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What In The Hell Is Going On At Carnegie Hall?

October 4, 2015 - 11:06pm

“Mr. Perelman is stepping down this week as Carnegie’s chairman after just eight months; Mr. Gillinson remains in charge but under an internal investigation; and Carnegie, the most important concert hall in the nation, if not the world, finds itself facing an unusual public crisis in the midst of a $125 million fund-raising drive. It is not how the hall expected to be starting an anniversary season.”

The Digital Pipe Organ Revolution

October 4, 2015 - 8:27pm

“‘The instrument I’m most interested in building is the one I hear in my head,’ said Marshall, a quiet man given to sturdy shoes and holstering his smartphone on a belt. ‘To be able to go in any direction — as far as the mind can dream.'”

Staging A Musical With Deaf Actors

October 4, 2015 - 8:05pm

“For this ‘Spring Awakening,’ the director Michael Arden, the choreographer Spencer Liff and the actors themselves have devised an array of silent cues: hidden lights, coded gestures, timed touches and prompting props.”

How Eileen Myles Became Such A Cult Favorite

October 4, 2015 - 7:19pm

“Somebody asked me for poems for an anthology of American female poets to be published in Italy. It was very easy to think about which poems of mine I would like to see translated into Italian. The kind of vernacular poetry I write, it’s like those candies that burst when you put them in your mouth, so I thought about which ones would burst well in Italian.”

Movies That Hit The Perfect Historical Note (At A Time Of Crisis And Upheaval)

October 4, 2015 - 6:32pm

“‘We were surprised it wasn’t being talked about in the national media,’ Mr. Barber said. ‘And then, right when we thought we were done, the events in Ferguson unfolded. And it became talked about at a much higher level.'”

Why ‘Hamilton’ Has Caught Fire At This Historical Moment

October 4, 2015 - 6:26pm

“It takes only one listen to figure out that Donald Trump will not be one of the show’s numerous fawning audience members or backstage guests. In fact, I’m convinced that every time you listen to the cast recording straight through, one of Trump’s Horcruxes is destroyed.”

Margaret Atwood On Her New Book, And A Lot More

October 4, 2015 - 5:48pm

“You can’t face this alternative, so let’s pretend it’s not there. You can’t face global warming, so let’s pretend it’s not there. We know that Santa Claus is really our parents, but we don’t want to look at that too closely. People do that all the time. We know Stephen Harper is a dictator in the making, but he’s convinced some people that they’re going to be financially better off under him, which is untrue.”

Goya’s Bleakest, And Most Modern, Paintings Came From War

October 4, 2015 - 5:32pm

“Goya’s close experience of the war brought only disillusionment. Courage is much less visible than cruelty in The Disasters of War: Zaragoza, after all, could only hold out for so long. He remorselessly shows the atrocities committed by both sides. Because this was the first guerrilla war, it released a new kind of violence.”

James Levine Steps Down From Conducting New Opera ‘Lulu’ At The Met

October 4, 2015 - 4:26pm

“The announcement did not directly address Mr. Levine’s history of health problems, but said that ‘faced with the demands of rehearsing and performing two large-scale operas simultaneously this fall,’ he would concentrate his energies on Wagner’s ‘Tannhäuser,’ which opens on Oct. 8. The overlapping runs of two of Mr. Levine’s favorite operas were to have been a highlight of the Met’s 2015-16 season.”

A Swashbuckling, Cross-Dressing, Sword-Fighting 17th Century Opera Singer Gets Her Own Young Adult Book

October 4, 2015 - 4:12pm

“Whenever society starts to think about, what does gender mean, what does sexuality mean, she’s just one of the names that comes up, and people start thinking about her, and talking about her, and portraying her all over again.”

GarageBand: Good Or Bad For Music?

October 4, 2015 - 3:50pm

“While audiophiles and classic rock enthusiasts might sneer at the software’s humorously simple design, digital natives simply see it as making something impenetrable now liberatingly accessible.”

The New Arts Center In Buenos Aires Hosts 10,000 Visitors A Day

October 4, 2015 - 3:02pm

“Remarkably, everything in it is free, from video installations to comedy acts to symphony concerts.”

Speaking Of Translation … Women Theatre Critics Get It Way More Than Men

October 4, 2015 - 2:51pm

“We need to get to a stage in our theatre when a woman can be allowed to tell her own story, without translation – in all its complexity, and grotesqueness, and ugliness, and non-conformity, and sometimes conformity, and sometimes subversion. Not as a feminist statement. But just ‘coz. Because we are women theatre makers and this is how we see the world, and our view is just as valid as the culturally predominant male lens we’ve spent so much time translating.”

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival Explains (Further) The ‘Translating Shakespeare’ Initiative

October 4, 2015 - 2:05pm

“There will be a dramatist’s perspective in the center of these plays for the first time in 400 years. Typically, we rely on information about the plays from actors, directors, dramaturgs, designers, and scholars. I’m asking the writers to go into the plays (I keep joking about giving them coal miners’ hats) and see what they discover about how the plays work from within their structure. Compressing the length of the project to three years also was strategic. I just wanted a snapshot of ‘now,’ how we think about Shakespeare now.”

Selling A Norman Rockwell To Fund Journalism

October 4, 2015 - 1:45pm

“”We are able to expand our mission and do even more for the profession of journalism and press freedom,’ he said. ‘That’s a great legacy for Norman Rockwell.'”

Workers At London’s National Gallery Come To An Agreement, End Strike

October 4, 2015 - 1:00pm

“Union members had been on strike for more than 100 days in protest against plans to switch visitor services to a private company. PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said he still opposed privatisation, but had been unable to prevent it.”

A Dance ‘Telenovela’ Unfolds Across Many Different Neighborhoods In L.A.

October 4, 2015 - 12:15pm

“With today’s audiences having Twitter-like attention spans and where dances choreographed for TV shows like ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ generally encompassing about two minutes, Duckler said her goal — and main test — ‘was to make a dance work that lasts for five hours.'”

It’s OK – Even Vital – To Be A Film Snob

October 4, 2015 - 11:02am

“I look up in admiration at models of artistic perfection, sound judgment and noble achievement, and I look down on what I take to be the stupid, cheap and cynical aspects of public discourse. … If the words nerd and geek can be rehabilitated — if legions of misunderstood enthusiasts can march from the margins of respectability to the heart of the mainstream — then why not snob as well?”

The Future Of Landscape Design

October 4, 2015 - 10:20am

“Over the past decade, Hayes, 56, has become known for her blown-glass terrariums: biomorphic bubbles that house miniature ecosystems of ferns, bonsai, crystals and flowering plants. In creating them, Hayes reinvented a Victorian concept—the portable greenhouse—by giving it a curvy shape and a pristinely futuristic aesthetic.”

Amazon Won’t Sell Chromecast Or Apple TV Anymore – And That’s Important

October 4, 2015 - 9:48am

“On its face, it’s insane that the biggest e-retailer in the world, looking at the stunningly lucrative consumer electronics market, would stop selling some of its biggest sellers. As of this writing, Google Chromecast was the sixth-best seller in Amazon’s US electronics store, and Apple TV was 14th — two of just a handful of non-Amazon products at the top of the list. What is the endgame here?”