Week in Review – August 22, 2014

What caught our eye this week…

OPERA
Metropolitan Opera dodges a major bullet, clearing the final hurdle in negotiations with multiple labor unions. But the show already goes on for the hundreds of artists who will produce The Marriage of Figaro, the Met’s first opera of the season:

Meanwhile, while the grand ol’ opera tradition appears to have been saved (for now), opera itself continues to undergo an astonishing revitalization and transformation

CLASSICAL
From the Reasonably Good News desk, the Pittsburgh Symphony has some success in its long, slow climb out of less-than-robust financial health…

A Minnesota Orchestra violinist fiddles during his own brain surgery to relieve a persistent tremor…

In less happy violin news, New York violinist Mary Whitaker was found shot in her Westchester home, the victim of an apparent homicide…

VISUAL
A D.C. Superior Court judge approves the Corcoran Gallery of Art‘s controversial plan to merge with the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University. In a slightly more disturbing development, an adjunct instructor at the Gallery may have been fired because of her vocal opposition to the merger…

And add this to our sneaker art collection:

THEATRE
Broadway casts across the Great White Way (including the half-naked boys of Newsies) are dousing themselves to support the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

And this makes our head hurt:

DANCE
Ballet superstar David Hallberg keeps his rabid social media fanbase up to speed on every step of his recovery from ankle surgery…

St. Paul Ballet‘s financial troubles produce a rare solution – a successful, dancer-run company…

TECH
SoundCloud is slowly introducing ads in order to pay the musicians who use the site…

FUNDING
Voters in Los Angeles County this November will have the chance to allocate tens of millions of greenbacks to arts institutions as part of a larger ballot measure…

CROWD
From Kickstarter: ArtLifting wants to expand their program that helps the homeless make a living selling their art:

From Indiegogo: An Atlanta rock band’s van got robbed while on tour in Portland. They’d love your help recouping some of the stuff they lost…

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Week in Review – August 15, 2014

What caught our eye this week…

THEATRE
Tuesday was a sad day in Pittsburgh as the August Wilson Center for African American Culture officially went up for sale, the latest chapter in that city’s decades-old efforts to erect a successful African American cultural center…

The Shakespeare’s Globe‘s ambitious every-country-in-the-world tour of Hamlet hits the states but Chicago is underwhelmed… And some people, even ridiculously intelligent and revered public radio hosts, just don’t get the Bard, prompting an epic public radio/King Lear Twitter mashup…

FUNDING
The good money news continues with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts awarding over $15.7M in grants, $100K more than last year…

WORLD MUSIC
Minneapolis mourns the death of fearless Somali singer Saado Ali Warsame, who made her home there briefly before returning to her native country to become one of the first women in the Somali parliament…

Alaska‘s hottest new musical group (and symbol of the state’s growing diversity) is a mariachi band

JAZZ
Two Washington Post columnists duke it out over whether jazz is alive, dead, or just plain dull

OPERA
Mediated contract negotiations continue at Metropolitan Opera with a new deadline of Sunday looming large. Meanwhile, Met fans are as divided over the shenanigans as the participants…

San Diego Opera‘s 50th anniversary season brochure recently hit mailboxes. The embattled company, whose phoenix-rising-from-the-ashes story emboldened hearts and minds of opera lovers nationwide, chose as the iconic image for this historic piece…a short white man in a brown suit

And mezzo soprano Jamie Barton can get a little…intense about Iron Chef…

VISUAL
Philadelphia Museum of Art makes our head hurt with a really hard question:


CROWD

From Kickstarter: A Houston dance studio needs a new ceiling and floor

From GoFundMe: Artists from New Orleans, Nashville, and Denver want to mount a unique music festival in Uganda

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