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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