Week in Review – July 25, 2014

What caught our eye this week…

FUNDING
Philadelphia‘s city council beefs up its cultural fund budget by $1.3M in a triumph of arts advocacy…

PUBLISHING
Self-published authors can sometimes earn more than those signed by big-name publishing houses…

TOWN AND CITY
Scranton, PA is apparently the new Brooklyn…

THEATRE
Dialect coaches are in the spotlight this week as they work on their Shaw with Pygmalion in San Francisco and My Fair Lady in Minneapolis

As she adjusts to parenthood, a Seattle playwright breaks up with her theatre community

OPERA
In addition to The Metropolitan Opera‘s labor woes, which may lead to a lock-out next week, its revenue from HD broadcasts in movie theatres took a dive last year and has been stagnant for three years…

FILM
Some early buzz makes us want to see a much-anticipated new movie…

VISUAL
Although we spend much of our time talking about Detroit Institute of Art‘s role in that city’s bankruptcy, they’re doing some pretty cool things outside of that…

DANCE
ICYMI, getting your groove on can help ease hip and knee pain

ROCK
A Rhode Island band is taken off a US Airways flight for carrying…a guitar…

CROWD
From Kickstarter: An 11-year old aspiring trombonist from Raleigh, NC wants lessons and his own instrument, even though right now his playing “sounds kinda like farts”…

From Indiegogo: A Tuscon, Arizona troupe needs a full orchestra and rehearsal pianist for its Les Miserables, performed for low-income communities…

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Week in Review – July 18, 2014

What caught our eye this week…

CLASSICAL
Members of the Cleveland Orchestra, in an attempt to kill us with cuteness, serenaded cows at the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

THEATRE
Philly shows us how Bastille Day is done…
Video: Bastille Day With a Philly Twist

Apparently things can get exciting hanging around Seattle Repertory Theatre



OPERA
If opera is dying (as many suggest), someone forgot to tell opera

A Seattle Times columnist slaps down what she sees as a “yellowface” production of The Mikado and the Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society slaps her right back

POETRY
North Carolina’s governor bypasses the state’s arts council to appoint a poet laureate without many laurels. She has since resigned

VISUAL
Corcoran Museum of Art fires back at critics who filed a legal challenge to the planned merger with National Gallery of Art and George Washington University. Meanwhile, said merger will force layoffs of 1/3 of the museum’s staff…

Change.org + Wikipedia + MySpace + art = something new?…

In a study whose results surprised exactly no one in our business, making art may keep your brain healthy

DANCE
The first American dancer to join Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet wants to expand the dance world beyond the Swan Lakes and Sleeping Beautys…

PEOPLE WHO GET IT
Cincinnati‘s mayor gets it

CROWD
From Kickstarter: An indie recording artist from Capistrano Beach, CA wants to tour Europe and end racism

From Indiegogo: The independent film version of Netflix wants to bring the best-movies-you’ve-never-heard-of to your phone…

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Week in Review – July 11, 2014

What caught our eye this week…

THEATRE
While San Jose Repertory Theatre fades away, Palo Alto’s TheatreWorks thrives

Rochester Shakespeare Players stages what may be the first-ever American Sign Language/English production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in North America…

Boston will lose one of its most valued fringe theatre spaces…

OPERA
Metropolitan Opera‘s ongoing labor disputes reveal the financial realities of daily life at the Met…

A globetrotting mezzo-soprano finds a bicycle essential we all could use:

FILM
After almost 40 years since its release, Richard Dreyfuss’ kids realize that Jaws makes no sense


VISUAL
The Bay Area loses an inspiring photographer found dead in his apartment

With all of the support flowing to aid Detroit Museum of Art‘s recovery (whose collection is newly valued at $4.6 billion), some smaller cultural groups worry about dwindling funding for them…

DANCE
The NYPD cracks down on that most dangerous of threats – subway acrobats

CLASSICAL
The world’s most-used musical sequence has a fascinating history and a really odd name…

The World Cup is an opportunity to remember how hard our national anthem is to sing

CROWD
From Kickstarter: A Georgia photographer wants to shoot breastfeeding mothers from around the country…

From Indiegogo: A Jersey shore dinner theatre needs a sound system

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Week in Review – July 7, 2014

What caught our eye this week…

FUNDING
A self-proclaimed statistics nerd makes her case that failing arts organizations should be allowed or encouraged to die…

THEATRE
The winner of this year’s Elliott Hayes Award for dramaturgy gives an inspiring speech recounting how a week at the lake became a movement for change…

A New York theatre artist heads to Kenya to interview survivors of sexual assault in preparation for a play confronting rape culture in America and Kenya through the lens of the Medusa myth…

What can be done about the commodification of the Broadway musical? Nothing

A Massachusetts high school looking to cut costs makes the difficult choice between acting or tech theatre classes…

OPERA
Wolf Trap‘s swanky new supertitle technology allows you to follow the translation of an opera from your smartphone, tablet, or Google Glass…

American Airlines knows how to treat opera singers right…


VISUAL
The fight to save DC’s Corcoran Museum of Art has moved to the courts as an advocacy group calls for a judge to halt the planned takeover of the gallery by the National Museum of Art and George Washington University and one critic weighs in on why the group’s petition should be heard…

A Los Angeles artist will literally connect neighborhoods with his work as he designs a replacement for the city’s Sixth Street Viaduct…

We don’t think this painting that sold at Christie’s for over two million pounds has quite enough blue in it…

CLASSICAL
Chicago Chamber Musicians announce that they may or may not be closing their doors for good…

A Salt Lake City violinist finds a way to practice while canoeing

And if anyone wants to get us an early birthday present…
https://twitter.com/artsinamerica/status/483680815600377856

CROWD
From Kickstarter: A musician from El Cerrito, CA needs an accordion to go with his Lederhosen…

From Social Seam: America’s oldest community theatre needs to update its fire alarm and suppression systems

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