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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