Week in Review – April 11, 2014

What caught our eye this week…

OPERA
Drama over the potential closure of San Diego Opera continues. The company’s staff and chorus sang for their future to the San Diego City Council, though the final decision rests with the opera’s board  whose chair now says she wants to save the company. Meanwhile, the American Guild of Musical Artists, which represents the singers, has asked the National Labor Relations Board to freeze the company’s assets and Opera America has weighed in with transition suggestions…

The latest labor talks at the Metropolitan Opera have gotten off to their most contentious start in decades complete with emails about bedbugs in the men’s dressing rooms…

THEATRE
After much community protest and an overwhelming display of support at a local forum, Timberlane High School‘s administrators reversed their decision to cancel the 2015 production of Sweeney Todd. The Plaistow, NH school will perform the PG-rated “school edition” as well as produce an “alternative production” for those not comfortable with the Sondheim musical…

Not so fortunate are the students of the University of South Carolina Upstate who won’t be seeing Leigh Hendrix‘s comedy piece How to Be a Lesbian in 10 Days or Less which the university canceled when state legislators accused it of “recruiting…aberrant behavior.” The show was to have been featured as part of the university’s Bodies of Knowledge conference. Hendrix has posted a video response

FUNDING
A committee in the Massachusetts state house of representatives has proposed a 54% cut ($11 million to $5 million) to funding for arts, humanities & sciences. Representative Cory Atkins has introduced an amendment to restore the funding with 102 representatives co-signing to date…

VISUAL
The battle over Detroit Institute of Art‘s collection continues with a group of creditors proposing several billion-dollar bids to sell off all or some of the museum’s collection as part of the city’s attempts to emerge from bankruptcy. A Detroit Free Press columnist ain’t having it

The takeover and restructuring of the Corcoran Gallery in DC is more complex and drawn out than expected…

From the international crime & punishment desk, a fugitive manages to become finance chief of a Czech museum, stealing 1/3 of its annual budget…

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