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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Week in Review – June 20, 2014

What caught our eye this week…

THEATRE
While die-hard Sondheim enthusiasts get up in arms over changes to the upcoming film version of Into the Woods, one voice suggests directing that outrage to help prevent censorship of student productions

A theatre artist tells a tale of unsafe practices and lack of responsibility at the renowned Double Edge Theatre training program…

CLASSICAL
The International Beethoven Project announces a fourth annual festival in Chicago but with some musicians still unpaid from last year’s event…

Bucking the national trend, Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera agree on a contract extension with their musicians – 14 months early…

OPERA
On the heels of San Diego Opera‘s near collapse, Palm Beach Opera‘s remarkable turnaround is being cited as an example of positive change…

We had a double shot of The Metropolitan Opera this week with a tax filing revealing the general manager’s $1.8M annual compensation amid tough contract talks and a cancellation of the simulcast of the controversial John Adams opera Klinghoffer due to concerns about rising global anti-Semitism, a move that leaves Adams less than thrilled

And a Tweep shares her stylish audition wardrobe:

VISUAL
One of the world’s leading practitioners of rozome (Japanese textile art) leaves her New Hampshire home next month to embark on a one-year solitary retreat in New Zealand…

The Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) takes the rare step of sanctioning the Delaware Art Museum following its sale of art to pay off debts. In addition, the AAMD asks its members to refrain from loaning art or collaborating with the museum…

And the National Gallery of Art makes us happy (and hungry) with this Tweet:

CROWD
From Kickstarter: A Long Beach, California dancer wants help finishing his children’s book where a snake learns lessons through dance…

From Indiegogo: A Lake Dallas, Texas student wants to keep his afro while raising money for the local band…

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Week in Review – June 10, 2014

What caught our eye this week…

THEATRE A production of Tennessee Williams’ classic A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof got more than a little heated when an actor got into a kerfuffle with an inebriated, gay-bashing audience member. In fact, the Repertory East Playhouse production closed that very night after the actor was fired and a co-star resigned in protest…

And Sunday’s telecast of the Tony Awards prompted some on Twitter to reach for the stars…

OPERA
One of our Tweeps this week introduced us to the concept of Opera fan fiction. Like Twilight fan fiction only much, much better…

And another Tweep introduces us to a new bonus word…

VISUAL The Big Three automakers pledge $26 million to prevent Detroit Institute of Art‘s collection from being sold as part of that city’s bankruptcy… Meanwhile, the lack of a bailout discussion for the Wright Museum demonstrates a far different climate for Detroit’s “black museums”…

A Queens building’s reputation as an arts haven is put in jeopardy as a landlord begins a series of evictions

Anybody remember where we put our beached whale? Oh, there it is

LEGAL
After years of music industry complaints about outdated federal regulation, the Justice Department announced it will review the agreements that govern Ascap and BMI. Nearly 3/4 of a century old, these “consent decrees” determine who can get paid what for music and have clashed with the modern business practices of streaming services like Pandora and Spotify…

DANCE How a choreographer’s successful company died – he killed it

CROWD From Kickstarter: A community in Paragould, Arkansas wants to start a teeny, tiny free library

From Indiegogo: A controversial Floridian judo Olympian wants to sell you her art so she can return to the Olympics…

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