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After years of music industry complaints about outdated federal regulation, the Justice Department announced it will review the agreements that govern Ascap and BMI.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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