Week in Review – September 12, 2014

What caught our eye this week…

THEATRE
Revered Chicago actors Molly Glynn and Bernie Yvon tragically die in separate accidents on the same day. This follows recent losses of two other area actors and a local TV personality/theatre-lover. We link to a memorial trust for Glynn in our CROWD section below…

A tweep from Virginia reminds us we’ve each got our own particular talents:

CLASSICAL
Another symphony labor dispute turns ugly, with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra locking out its musicians, marking the second such dispute in two years. The roar of the crowd has become so negative that the symphony has shut down the comments feature of its website…

OPERA
On a more upbeat note (ugh), the San Francisco Opera Orchestra‘s musicians have ratified a new contract with little-to-no mishegas…

Apparently, strict baptists tend to sing low:

DANCE
A Boston-area woman revives the North Atlantic Ballet, a troupe founded by her late father…

JAZZ
The tsunami of negative feedback to a satire of Sonny Rollins in The New Yorker has caused one critic to declare that jazz needs a “better sense of humor.” He suggests focusing on better satire, including this priceless bit from “The Office”:

EDUCATION
Yes, Virginia, you can teach college and be a creative musician at the same time…

VISUAL
The Smithsonian is conducting a series of workshops around the country for the preservation of African-American family artifacts…

From the celebrity-love-and-marriage desk, Arnold Schwarzenegger recently had estranged wife Maria Schriver’s image removed from his governor portrait before its official unveiling…

LITERATURE
The heartbreaking landscape faced by today’s creative writing majors…

CROWD
From GiveForward: As noted above, friends of the late, great Chicago actress Molly Glynn have set up a memorial trust in her honor…

From Indiegogo: An Alabama writer wants to customize erotica just for you!

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Week in Review – September 5, 2014

What caught our eye this week…

THEATRE
The State Department denies visas for a dozen Syrian women to perform their version of a Greek tragedy in Washington, DC, marking a disturbing trend of artist visas being increasingly difficult to obtain…

Calling it “endurance performance art,” A Columbia University student drags her mattress everywhere she goes on campus until her rapist is gone:

What’s the value of $3,000 to Charleston‘s theatre companies?…

OPERA
Meet “the Jay Z and Beyonce of opera”…

Memphis Opera shakes things up when they take it to the street, the museum, the garden, and the movie theater with their “30 Days of Opera” festival…

CLASSICAL
Sioux City Symphony Orchestra turns 100 next year…

From the not-bad-for-almost-imploding-a-year-ago desk, Minnesota Orchestra announces record gifts, including one for $10M.

VISUAL
An unfortunate map of which NYC schools are lacking a certified arts teacher:

EDUCATION
Northpoint Elementary School in Minnesota, one of 35 “Turnaround Arts” schools in the nation, gets ready to open its doors

TOWN & COUNTRY
Business Insider announces the 20 Best US Cities for Culture, based on the number of arts events offered per capita. Seattle tops the list, followed by Indianapolis and Miami…

LITERATURE
Fantasy author Ksenia Anske pretty much sums up the writer’s mind:

CROWD
From Kickstarter: A hula hooper from Ellensburg, Washington wants to take her LED hoop act on tour to children’s hospitals:

From Indiegogo: A Philadelphia collective wants to stop HIV/AIDS by staging a play that includes on-site testing:

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Week in Review – August 22, 2014

What caught our eye this week…

OPERA
Metropolitan Opera dodges a major bullet, clearing the final hurdle in negotiations with multiple labor unions. But the show already goes on for the hundreds of artists who will produce The Marriage of Figaro, the Met’s first opera of the season:

Meanwhile, while the grand ol’ opera tradition appears to have been saved (for now), opera itself continues to undergo an astonishing revitalization and transformation

CLASSICAL
From the Reasonably Good News desk, the Pittsburgh Symphony has some success in its long, slow climb out of less-than-robust financial health…

A Minnesota Orchestra violinist fiddles during his own brain surgery to relieve a persistent tremor…

In less happy violin news, New York violinist Mary Whitaker was found shot in her Westchester home, the victim of an apparent homicide…

VISUAL
A D.C. Superior Court judge approves the Corcoran Gallery of Art‘s controversial plan to merge with the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University. In a slightly more disturbing development, an adjunct instructor at the Gallery may have been fired because of her vocal opposition to the merger…

And add this to our sneaker art collection:

THEATRE
Broadway casts across the Great White Way (including the half-naked boys of Newsies) are dousing themselves to support the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

And this makes our head hurt:

DANCE
Ballet superstar David Hallberg keeps his rabid social media fanbase up to speed on every step of his recovery from ankle surgery…

St. Paul Ballet‘s financial troubles produce a rare solution – a successful, dancer-run company…

TECH
SoundCloud is slowly introducing ads in order to pay the musicians who use the site…

FUNDING
Voters in Los Angeles County this November will have the chance to allocate tens of millions of greenbacks to arts institutions as part of a larger ballot measure…

CROWD
From Kickstarter: ArtLifting wants to expand their program that helps the homeless make a living selling their art:

From Indiegogo: An Atlanta rock band’s van got robbed while on tour in Portland. They’d love your help recouping some of the stuff they lost…

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Week in Review – August 15, 2014

What caught our eye this week…

THEATRE
Tuesday was a sad day in Pittsburgh as the August Wilson Center for African American Culture officially went up for sale, the latest chapter in that city’s decades-old efforts to erect a successful African American cultural center…

The Shakespeare’s Globe‘s ambitious every-country-in-the-world tour of Hamlet hits the states but Chicago is underwhelmed… And some people, even ridiculously intelligent and revered public radio hosts, just don’t get the Bard, prompting an epic public radio/King Lear Twitter mashup…

FUNDING
The good money news continues with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts awarding over $15.7M in grants, $100K more than last year…

WORLD MUSIC
Minneapolis mourns the death of fearless Somali singer Saado Ali Warsame, who made her home there briefly before returning to her native country to become one of the first women in the Somali parliament…

Alaska‘s hottest new musical group (and symbol of the state’s growing diversity) is a mariachi band

JAZZ
Two Washington Post columnists duke it out over whether jazz is alive, dead, or just plain dull

OPERA
Mediated contract negotiations continue at Metropolitan Opera with a new deadline of Sunday looming large. Meanwhile, Met fans are as divided over the shenanigans as the participants…

San Diego Opera‘s 50th anniversary season brochure recently hit mailboxes. The embattled company, whose phoenix-rising-from-the-ashes story emboldened hearts and minds of opera lovers nationwide, chose as the iconic image for this historic piece…a short white man in a brown suit

And mezzo soprano Jamie Barton can get a little…intense about Iron Chef…

VISUAL
Philadelphia Museum of Art makes our head hurt with a really hard question:


CROWD

From Kickstarter: A Houston dance studio needs a new ceiling and floor

From GoFundMe: Artists from New Orleans, Nashville, and Denver want to mount a unique music festival in Uganda

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Week in Review – July 25, 2014

What caught our eye this week…

FUNDING
Philadelphia‘s city council beefs up its cultural fund budget by $1.3M in a triumph of arts advocacy…

PUBLISHING
Self-published authors can sometimes earn more than those signed by big-name publishing houses…

TOWN AND CITY
Scranton, PA is apparently the new Brooklyn…

THEATRE
Dialect coaches are in the spotlight this week as they work on their Shaw with Pygmalion in San Francisco and My Fair Lady in Minneapolis

As she adjusts to parenthood, a Seattle playwright breaks up with her theatre community

OPERA
In addition to The Metropolitan Opera‘s labor woes, which may lead to a lock-out next week, its revenue from HD broadcasts in movie theatres took a dive last year and has been stagnant for three years…

FILM
Some early buzz makes us want to see a much-anticipated new movie…

VISUAL
Although we spend much of our time talking about Detroit Institute of Art‘s role in that city’s bankruptcy, they’re doing some pretty cool things outside of that…

DANCE
ICYMI, getting your groove on can help ease hip and knee pain

ROCK
A Rhode Island band is taken off a US Airways flight for carrying…a guitar…

CROWD
From Kickstarter: An 11-year old aspiring trombonist from Raleigh, NC wants lessons and his own instrument, even though right now his playing “sounds kinda like farts”…

From Indiegogo: A Tuscon, Arizona troupe needs a full orchestra and rehearsal pianist for its Les Miserables, performed for low-income communities…

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Week in Review – July 18, 2014

What caught our eye this week…

CLASSICAL
Members of the Cleveland Orchestra, in an attempt to kill us with cuteness, serenaded cows at the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

THEATRE
Philly shows us how Bastille Day is done…
Video: Bastille Day With a Philly Twist

Apparently things can get exciting hanging around Seattle Repertory Theatre


OPERA
If opera is dying (as many suggest), someone forgot to tell opera

A Seattle Times columnist slaps down what she sees as a “yellowface” production of The Mikado and the Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society slaps her right back

POETRY
North Carolina’s governor bypasses the state’s arts council to appoint a poet laureate without many laurels. She has since resigned

VISUAL
Corcoran Museum of Art fires back at critics who filed a legal challenge to the planned merger with National Gallery of Art and George Washington University. Meanwhile, said merger will force layoffs of 1/3 of the museum’s staff…

Change.org + Wikipedia + MySpace + art = something new?…

In a study whose results surprised exactly no one in our business, making art may keep your brain healthy

DANCE
The first American dancer to join Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet wants to expand the dance world beyond the Swan Lakes and Sleeping Beautys…

PEOPLE WHO GET IT
Cincinnati‘s mayor gets it

CROWD
From Kickstarter: An indie recording artist from Capistrano Beach, CA wants to tour Europe and end racism

From Indiegogo: The independent film version of Netflix wants to bring the best-movies-you’ve-never-heard-of to your phone…

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Week in Review – July 11, 2014

What caught our eye this week…

THEATRE
While San Jose Repertory Theatre fades away, Palo Alto’s TheatreWorks thrives

Rochester Shakespeare Players stages what may be the first-ever American Sign Language/English production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in North America…

Boston will lose one of its most valued fringe theatre spaces…

OPERA
Metropolitan Opera‘s ongoing labor disputes reveal the financial realities of daily life at the Met…

A globetrotting mezzo-soprano finds a bicycle essential we all could use:

FILM
After almost 40 years since its release, Richard Dreyfuss’ kids realize that Jaws makes no sense


VISUAL
The Bay Area loses an inspiring photographer found dead in his apartment

With all of the support flowing to aid Detroit Museum of Art‘s recovery (whose collection is newly valued at $4.6 billion), some smaller cultural groups worry about dwindling funding for them…

DANCE
The NYPD cracks down on that most dangerous of threats – subway acrobats

CLASSICAL
The world’s most-used musical sequence has a fascinating history and a really odd name…

The World Cup is an opportunity to remember how hard our national anthem is to sing

CROWD
From Kickstarter: A Georgia photographer wants to shoot breastfeeding mothers from around the country…

From Indiegogo: A Jersey shore dinner theatre needs a sound system

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Week in Review – July 7, 2014

What caught our eye this week…

FUNDING
A self-proclaimed statistics nerd makes her case that failing arts organizations should be allowed or encouraged to die…

THEATRE
The winner of this year’s Elliott Hayes Award for dramaturgy gives an inspiring speech recounting how a week at the lake became a movement for change…

A New York theatre artist heads to Kenya to interview survivors of sexual assault in preparation for a play confronting rape culture in America and Kenya through the lens of the Medusa myth…

What can be done about the commodification of the Broadway musical? Nothing

A Massachusetts high school looking to cut costs makes the difficult choice between acting or tech theatre classes…

OPERA
Wolf Trap‘s swanky new supertitle technology allows you to follow the translation of an opera from your smartphone, tablet, or Google Glass…

American Airlines knows how to treat opera singers right…


VISUAL
The fight to save DC’s Corcoran Museum of Art has moved to the courts as an advocacy group calls for a judge to halt the planned takeover of the gallery by the National Museum of Art and George Washington University and one critic weighs in on why the group’s petition should be heard…

A Los Angeles artist will literally connect neighborhoods with his work as he designs a replacement for the city’s Sixth Street Viaduct…

We don’t think this painting that sold at Christie’s for over two million pounds has quite enough blue in it…

CLASSICAL
Chicago Chamber Musicians announce that they may or may not be closing their doors for good…

A Salt Lake City violinist finds a way to practice while canoeing

And if anyone wants to get us an early birthday present…

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CROWD
From Kickstarter: A musician from El Cerrito, CA needs an accordion to go with his Lederhosen…

From Social Seam: America’s oldest community theatre needs to update its fire alarm and suppression systems

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Week in Review – June 27, 2014

What caught our eye this week…

THEATRE
Two stunning examples of artistic overreach this week, when a director in Houston rearranges significant portions of the musical Hands on a Hard Body and a Milwaukee company casts a female lead as male in David Mamet’s Oleanna

The closing of San Jose Repertory Theatre may lead to larger economic ripples in the city’s downtown economy…

And we all mourn the closing of our favorite shows in different ways:

ROCK
In honor of this week’s 30th anniversary of the release of Prince’s Purple Rain, we were treated to two congressmen showing their love for the seminal work

OPERA
Drama continues to follow the Metropolitan Opera, this time with graffiti sprayed in its administrative offices. Although it appears the perpetrator had access to the building, officials deny a connection to the opera’s ongoing acrimonious labor talks…

VISUAL
The Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC and the Detroit Institute of Art make their way onto Buzzfeed‘s “18 Hidden Gems Around the World That You Need to Visit” list..

And the Denver Art Museum has a little lobby scuffle on its hands:

FUNDING
Milwaukee bucks the national trend and announces that it will revive school art, music, and gym programs in order to attract families fleeing the city for better options…

Los Angeles was the place to be this week: the LA Board of Education approves a large budget increase hailed by Arts for LA as a positive step towards giving students tools to enter the “creative workforce” and the city council says yes to a plan to fund the creation and preservation of street murals

CROWD
From Kickstarter: A dancer in Maui wants to buy 25 waterproof iPods for an epic Beach Dance this December…

From Indiegogo: A Long Island chorus wants to put on a concert and record an album to benefit veterans in their community…

And we’ll leave you with this morsel of truth, brought to our attention by a Twitter friend:

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