Three Things Today – October 7, 2015

Again with the something new (or old, because we’ve done it once already): Three Things Today. Three things we think might interest you. We hope you’ll tell us if you agree. Or disagree.

  1. In the battle to revive New York City Opera, one faction woos (and wins) the backing of creditors.
  2. A lesser-known casualty of the South Carolina floods—Columbia Classical Ballet Company.
  3. Apparently, our personal lives are doomed. Doomed!

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Two Minutes – Joe Nathan Barrett

Enjoy the latest episode of Two Minutes—unedited audio snapshots of our most intriguing conversations with artists.

Meet Joe Nathan Barrett, a music missionary we met in 2012, making his living busking on the streets of New Orleans. We’ll let him take it from here…

When we left him two years ago, Joe was content living off the grid (no phone and his email was shared with a friend) so we haven’t as of yet been able to catch up with his current whereabouts. But we’ll keep trying!

Special thanks to Juliet Rotenberg, who transcribed this interview.

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Week in Review – October 27, 2014

What caught our eye this week…

VISUAL
In their efforts to combat graffiti’s role in the city’s urban blight, Detroit’s police officers are being forced to confront the question – what is art?

Christie’s and Sotheby’s disagree over whether to treat the sale of two paintings by Austrian Expressionist Egon Schiele as looted Nazi art (Christie’s does, Sotherby’s doesn’t)…

MUSIC (Law & Order Edition)
Musician Andrew Kalleen of the duo Lawrence & Leigh is assaulted and arrested for performing on a NYC subway platform, even after the arresting officer admits he hasn’t broken any laws according to the MTA’s own rules of conduct:

Continuing on this theme, New Orleans is considering restricting “non-amplified live music” to certain areas of the city, putting some venues and restaurants at a potential disadvantage…

OPERA
Acclaimed mezzo-soprano (and Kansas City native) Joyce DiDonato has discovered the limits of social media. The singer has received the most votes in a social media poll asking who should sing the national anthem at each game of the World Series. To date, she has still not been chosen. In the meantime, fans have been content to voice their opinion of those who were chosen to sing:

POP MUSIC
Two things we didn’t know: (1) Kenny G is huge in China, (2) Kenny G stopped by the Hong Kong protests and ticked off the rulers of the country in which he is huge…

THEATRE
A DC-area actress tackles what it’s like to shed it all for the stage…

FUNDING
The turmoil at Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and recent closure of Georgia Shakespeare spark an outcry from local advocates for renewed investment in a state that ranks last in per capita arts funding…

CROWD
From Kickstarter: A husband and wife team want to give Burlington, VT‘s burgeoning stand-up scene its first actual comedy club:

From Indiegogo: A group of Orlando artists want help turning a moving truck into a mobile art gallery

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Two Minutes – Andrew Ward

Enjoy the premiere of our new project—Two Minutes—unedited audio snapshots of our most intriguing conversations with artists.

To start us off, we bring you Andrew Ward: scholar, gentleman, musician, and former New Orleans ghost tour guide. After taking his tour in 2011 we met him at a pub in the French Quarter where he delved into his passion project—“Wahida”—an album bridging the divide between America and the Muslim world through gospel music.

Take a listen…

Andrew now lives in Denver and continues his barrier-breaking work with the Entusi Music Festival, beginning performances in Uganda later this month.

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