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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