Week in Review – September 19, 2014

What caught our eye this week…

INTERNATIONAL
While Scotland decided its fate this week, two related and unusual arts stories popped up. Apparently ukeleles are trumping the traditional recorder as the instrument of choice for Scottish school children… And a small city in Pakistan supplies much of the world’s bagpipies…

FILM
After years of decidedly mixed financial results, many states are saying “Cut! That’s a wrap!” to once revered film tax credits. Except California, which is doubling down after seeing one of its key industries fly to other states…

JAZZ
One of our singer tweeps gets a little TMI when describing her next album:

OPERA
In an expected move to satisfy its shiny new labor contracts, the Metropolitan Opera eliminates 22 nonunion positions, largely through layoffs. The cuts are expected to save the company as much as $90M over four years. Meanwhile, the new season gets underway with as many as 1,500 workers at once making it happen: DANCE
This from the Washington School of Ballet‘s adorable “Decorate a Pointe Shoe” contest…

VISUAL
Attendance at the Corcoran Museum of Art has quadrupled since a judge approved the museum’s merger that will end its independence and shrink its collection.  Former Corcoran staffers will hold a funeral for the museum, complete with obituary and cemetery walk

One defiant creditor still wants to sell the Detroit Institute of Art‘s collection, swimming upstream against every remaining creditor that has settled with the city. If the bankruptcy plan is not approved, the museum is prepared to sue to protect its collection…

And a tweep gives us the shivers:

CLASSICAL
Further fallout from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra labor dispute—the group’s youth orchestra auditions have been indefinitely postponed by request of the American Federation of Musicians. The season would have marked the youth ensemble’s 40th anniversary…

CROWD
From Kickstarter: Boston-area singers want help archiving renowned local singer Mary Pratt‘s work, threatened due to the onset of her Alzheimer’s:

From Indiegogo: The only performing arts conservatory in the state of South Carolina wants your help to open their doors

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Week in Review – September 12, 2014

What caught our eye this week…

THEATRE
Revered Chicago actors Molly Glynn and Bernie Yvon tragically die in separate accidents on the same day. This follows recent losses of two other area actors and a local TV personality/theatre-lover. We link to a memorial trust for Glynn in our CROWD section below…

A tweep from Virginia reminds us we’ve each got our own particular talents:

CLASSICAL
Another symphony labor dispute turns ugly, with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra locking out its musicians, marking the second such dispute in two years. The roar of the crowd has become so negative that the symphony has shut down the comments feature of its website…

OPERA
On a more upbeat note (ugh), the San Francisco Opera Orchestra‘s musicians have ratified a new contract with little-to-no mishegas…

Apparently, strict baptists tend to sing low:

DANCE
A Boston-area woman revives the North Atlantic Ballet, a troupe founded by her late father…

JAZZ
The tsunami of negative feedback to a satire of Sonny Rollins in The New Yorker has caused one critic to declare that jazz needs a “better sense of humor.” He suggests focusing on better satire, including this priceless bit from “The Office”:

EDUCATION
Yes, Virginia, you can teach college and be a creative musician at the same time…

VISUAL
The Smithsonian is conducting a series of workshops around the country for the preservation of African-American family artifacts…

From the celebrity-love-and-marriage desk, Arnold Schwarzenegger recently had estranged wife Maria Schriver’s image removed from his governor portrait before its official unveiling…

LITERATURE
The heartbreaking landscape faced by today’s creative writing majors…

CROWD
From GiveForward: As noted above, friends of the late, great Chicago actress Molly Glynn have set up a memorial trust in her honor…

From Indiegogo: An Alabama writer wants to customize erotica just for you!

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Week in Review – September 5, 2014

What caught our eye this week…

THEATRE
The State Department denies visas for a dozen Syrian women to perform their version of a Greek tragedy in Washington, DC, marking a disturbing trend of artist visas being increasingly difficult to obtain…

Calling it “endurance performance art,” A Columbia University student drags her mattress everywhere she goes on campus until her rapist is gone:

What’s the value of $3,000 to Charleston‘s theatre companies?…

OPERA
Meet “the Jay Z and Beyonce of opera”…

Memphis Opera shakes things up when they take it to the street, the museum, the garden, and the movie theater with their “30 Days of Opera” festival…

CLASSICAL
Sioux City Symphony Orchestra turns 100 next year…

From the not-bad-for-almost-imploding-a-year-ago desk, Minnesota Orchestra announces record gifts, including one for $10M.

VISUAL
An unfortunate map of which NYC schools are lacking a certified arts teacher:

EDUCATION
Northpoint Elementary School in Minnesota, one of 35 “Turnaround Arts” schools in the nation, gets ready to open its doors

TOWN & COUNTRY
Business Insider announces the 20 Best US Cities for Culture, based on the number of arts events offered per capita. Seattle tops the list, followed by Indianapolis and Miami…

LITERATURE
Fantasy author Ksenia Anske pretty much sums up the writer’s mind:

CROWD
From Kickstarter: A hula hooper from Ellensburg, Washington wants to take her LED hoop act on tour to children’s hospitals:

From Indiegogo: A Philadelphia collective wants to stop HIV/AIDS by staging a play that includes on-site testing:

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