Week in Review – May 30, 2014

What caught our eye this week…

THEATRE
Kindness and generosity won the Internet on Tuesday as word spread about DC-area actor Frank Britton being assaulted at a cab stand outside the Forum Theatre. A friend set up a GoFundMe site with a modest goal to raise $3,000 for the uninsured Britton’s medical bills. Within just a few hours, that goal had been blown away and has now racked up over $47,000.

In a little-noticed moment, the average price for a Broadway show creeps above $100 for the first time…

LITERATURE
As we mourn the passing of Maya Angelou, writers from the Twin Cities, South Bend, IN, Asheville, NC, and many others pay tribute and talk about her influence on their careers…

CLASSICAL
Thanks to two generous donors, the Cleveland Orchestra has big ambition – to have the youngest audience of any orchestra in the country by its 100th birthday in 2018…

They had to  jump through many hoops but the Colorado Symphony pulled off its “Classically Cannabis” pot-friendly concerts…

VISUAL
Mosaic artist Jim Bachor has decided to give Chicago a hand filling its potholes (not that they asked him to)…

An ongoing dispute between the city of North Miami and its Museum of Contemporary Art heated up this week when a candidate to lead the museum was rejected following a dispute over whether or not the city had his social security number…

DANCE
What do you get when Yale’s director of dance studies teams up with a researcher at the Large Hadron Collider? The Higgs boson explained in a whole new way…

JAZZ
Debunking the myth of the jazz police

CROWD
From Kickstarter: A children’s theatre troupe in Martinez, CA wants wireless mics so their Peter Pan cast can be heard…

From Indiegogo: A Lawrence, Kansas author wants to give his marriage memoir away for free

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Week in Review – May 23, 2014

What caught our eye this week…

OPERA
The larger cultural conversation about gender parity blew up the opera world this week when five male critics blasted up-and-coming Irish soprano Tara Erraught‘s body rather than her voice in a recent performance. Needless to say, the internet reacted, including open letters by mezzo-soprano Alice Coote and bass baritone Trevor Bowes

After months of turmoil, San Diego Opera had a special announcement this week:


The company has signed on for a scaled-down 50th anniversary season, staving off closure with an impressive crowdfunding campaign. Fellow music BFFs San Diego Symphony will donate concert space while Houston Grand Opera will lend the Nixon in China sets at no charge. A day after the announcement, California’s AG announced an audit of the company…

A strike could be looming for Metropolitan Opera‘s orchestra musicians should contract talks not improve…

VISUAL
Detroit’s state house of representatives voted that  Detroit Institute of Art cannot renew a property tax millage once it expires in 2022. A key source of support, the millage allows for free museum admission, among other benefits…

Through “credible sources” the FBI has confirmed sightings of  long-missing Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art stolen during a notorious 1990 heist…

JAZZ
A Syracuse-area couple designs a home inspired by the music of jazz guitarist Pat Metheny

THEATRE
One of our Tweeps schools the Twitterverse on how little Off-Broadway actors actually get paid…

LITERATURE
To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee is reinstating a lawsuit against an Alabama museum for using the author’s trademarks without permission…

SCIENCE (yes, science!)
Surprising exactly no one in the music industry, a British Psychological Society has shown that musical training can increase blood flow to your brain

CROWD
From Kickstarter: An independent cinema in Hudson, Florida needs help converting to digital

From Indiegogo: A musician in Emporia, Kansas wants to start a free music and arts festival in town…

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Week in Review – May 16, 2014

What caught our eye this week…

CLASSICAL
Green Bay Symphony Orchestra says “thanks, but no thanks” to a grassroots effort to save the group, which is scheduled to disband after the 2014-2015 season.

DANCE
Bucking the current trend, Seattle’s Whim W’Him goes from pickup troupe to professional dance company, offering its corps of 10 dancers up to 35 weeks of work annually…

FUNDING
Florida’s legislature approved a whopping 384% increase in arts funding, rocketing the state from 41st to 5th in per capita arts spending per person.

OPERA
Aaand, they’re off! Metropolitan Opera begins labor talks in earnest, with the Local 1 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. While the tone was conciliatory, the two sides already have trouble agreeing on how to do math…

San Diego Opera and its controversial leaders are officially going their separate ways. The opera plans a press conference for Monday, bumped from today due to the San Diego county wildfires…

VISUAL
The Big Three automakers may chip in to help the Detroit Institute of Art raise needed funds to avoid having its works sold to bail out the city’s bankruptcy. Meanwhile
House reps take aim at an aid bill for the museum while a bankruptcy law expert calls shenanigans on the city’s proposed art-for-pensions deal.

THEATRE
Should Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber team up to write the next James Bond torch song?

CROWD
From Kickstarter: A Baltimore artist wants to create the first of a fleet of art trucks/mobile art galleries…

From Indiegogo: A St. Louis non-profit needs support for their efforts to help Syrian refugees complete their musical training

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Week in Review – May 9, 2014

What caught our eye this week…

CLASSICAL
Minnesota Orchestra‘s reinstated music director Osma Vanska now begins the long work of rebuilding a damaged ensemble…

Meanwhile, Orchestra Iowa shows us how it’s done in the Buckeye State…

Green Bay Symphony Orchestra calls it quits…

And Denver asks the Colorado Symphony to kindly extinguish its bring-your-own pot concerts

OPERA
Metropolitan Opera‘s singers union has taken the unusually public step of inviting the media to its first day of contract talks with opera management…

With the Save San Diego Opera crowdfunding campaign just over 92% of the way to its $1M goal, the singers union has dropped its suit against the opera, but the city’s arts council recommends the city cut funding by more than 50%. Even just the threat of closure can have an impact on one artist’s dreams…

Meanwhile, Opera Delaware cancels its May production due to financial concerns but sees potential on the horizon…

JAZZ
This fall, Philadelphia hosts OutBeat, the nation’s first GLBT jazz festival

THEATRE
For some more complex works, putting Broadway off for a while sets up better Broadway prospects…

From the international desk, the Globe to Globe Hamlet initiative (to bring the play to every country on earth in celebration of the Bard’s 450th birthday) is struggling on Kickstarter…

LITERATURE
New York apparently has an Outdoor Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society, a book group which loves “good books and sunny days and enjoying both as nearly in the altogether as the law allows”...

VISUAL
Rather than jettisoning the entire collection to help the city emerge from bankruptcy, one commentator suggests selling just one painting from the Detroit Museum of Art

CROWD
An LA improv comedy club without a front door wants some new digs…

An art collective that began on a Pittsburgh porch wants a permanent home…

And one of our Twitter friends messes with our mind about The Wizard of Oz:

And then puts it at ease:

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