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What To Do With A Great Ballet Choreographer’s Turkeys?

“Modern dance companies dedicated to a single choreographer generally have audiences ready to invest in the artist — even when not successful — as much as the art,” but it’s not so simple for classical ballet companies. “What happens when a choreographer of stature misfires? Should the work remain in the repertory? And what about a work that fails on some levels but not others?” Hanna Rubin talks to the leaders of a couple prominent ballet companies about the issue. – Dance Magazine
Tags: DANCE, 04.15.19

The Greatest Dance Teacher Who Never Told You **Anything** — Students Remember Merce Cunningham

Karole Armitage: “Merce did not talk to anyone, ever. He gave no corrections, no communication.” Michael Cole: “He never admonished anybody. … We rehearsed completely in silence.” Valda Setterfield: “He always said: ‘I don’t tell people what to do. If they don’t ask me questions, they’re not ready to hear the answer.'” – The Guardian
Tags: DANCE, 04.15.19

The World Order Was Created For Nations. But Increasingly Cities Are Taking The Lead

No, Chicago isn’t about to negotiate with North Korea. And London isn’t making a mutual defense treaty with New York. But on a range of issues from climate change to workers’ rights, cities are making pacts with one another. – CityLab
Tags: Art, New York, London, North Korea, Chicago, Issues, 04.15.19

Over The Next 20 Years Trillions In Wealth Will Be Inherited. How Will This Change Philanthropy?

One report last year estimated that transfers to Gen-Xers and millennials over the next decade alone could yield more than $2o billion a year in new grants to nonprofits. – Inside Philanthropy
Tags: Art, Issues, 04.15.19

Why We Love Music? A Battle Between Order And Disorder

Human beings have a conflicted relationship to this order-disorder nexus. We are alternately attracted from one to the other. We admire principles and laws and order. We embrace reasons and causes. We seek predictability. Some of the time. On other occasions, we value spontaneity, unpredictability, novelty, unconstrained personal freedom. 
Tags: Art, Music, 04.15.19

American Museum Of Natural History Backs Out Of Event For Brazilian President Bolsonaro

When word got around last week that a private group was renting the AMNH for an evening honoring Jair Bolsonaro, who has been making aggressive plans to open the Amazon rainforest for logging, mining, and farming, museum staffers, donors, and even board members objected. It seems they’ve been heard. – The New York Times
Tags: Amazon, Art, Issues, Amnh, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro, 04.15.19, American Museum Of Natural History Backs

The Improbable Story Of The Guy Who Bought A $1k Painting Over The Internet And Sold It As A Leonardo Worth $500M

Today, of course, the contents of Lot 664 are worth far more than that: The picture has since sold once for $127.5 million and again, in a record-setting auction at Christie’s, for close to half a billion dollars. It has been held up as the “male Mona Lisa” and the “Holy Grail of old-master paintings” and derided by this magazine’s art critic, Jerry Saltz, as a “two-dimensional ersatz dashboard Jesus.”  – New York Magazine
Tags: Art, Jesus, Visual, Christie, Jerry Saltz, 04.15.19

Jackie Sibblies Drury’s ‘Fairview’ Wins Pulitzer Prize For Drama

And Vox‘s Constance Grady says the play “made me the most uncomfortable I have ever been inside a theater. In a good way.” – Vox
Tags: Art, Theatre, Vox, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Constance Grady, 04.15.19

Ellen Reid’s ‘p r i s m’ Wins Pulitzer Prize For Music

“The Pulitzer jury described the winning piece as a ‘bold new operatic work that uses sophisticated vocal writing and striking instrumental timbres to confront difficult subject matter: the effects of sexual and emotional abuse.'” Here, along with sound samples, is a Q&A with the composer and reporter Tom Huizenga. – NPR
Tags: Art, Music, Ellen Reid, 04.15.19

Actress Georgia Engel, Known For ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ And ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’, Dead At 70

“She could get a laugh on literally every line you gave her,” remembered Raymond‘s creator. “I’ve never seen anything like it.” She received three Emmy nominations for her work on that series and two others for her performance as Georgette, the sweet-but-dim girlfriend of anchorman Ted Baxter, on MTM; she had an extensive stage career as well. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Mary Tyler Moore, Raymond, MTM, Georgette, Ted Baxter, Georgia Engel, 04.15.19

An Eyewitness Account Of The Notre-Dame-De-Paris Fire

Rachel Donadio: “I was standing in a hushed, pained throng along the Quai d’Orléans of the Ile Saint-Louis facing the back of the basilica, and when I watched the spire fall, I gasped and choked back tears. In this, I was not alone.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Visual, Île Saint Louis, Notre Dame de Paris, Rachel Donadio, 04.15.19

Notre-Dame-De-Paris Fire: What We Do And Don’t Know About The Damage

As President Macron said, “The worst has been avoided” — meaning that, at least, the walls and the twin front towers didn’t collapse and there were no deaths. Here’s the current info. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, Macron, Notre Dame de Paris, 04.15.19

On April 16, 100 Solos For Merce Cunningham’s 100th Birthday (And You Can Watch Them Anywhere)

“One night. Three cities. Seventy-five dancers. And three unique sets of 100 solos, all choreographed by Merce Cunningham.” And if you can’t be in London, New York, or Los Angeles to watch in person, here’s how to stream them live. – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Dance, London New York, Merce Cunningham, 04.15.19

Aretha Franklin Awarded Special Posthumous Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer board gave the late singer a Special Citation “for her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades.” She is the first individual woman to receive the Special Citation in its 89-year history. – Detroit Free Press
Tags: Art, People, 04.15.19

Powers’s ‘Overstory’, Stewart’s ‘The New Negro’, Blight’s Frederick Douglass Bio, Griswold’s ‘Amity And Prosperity’ Win Literary Pulitzers

The 2019 Pulitzer Prizes for freestanding books went to The Overstory by Richard Powers (fiction), Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold (general nonfiction), The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart (biography), Frederick Douglass, Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight (history), and Be With by Forrest Gander (poetry). – Publishers Weekly
Tags: Art, America, Words, Richard Powers, Eliza Griswold, Alain Locke, Jeffrey C Stewart, David W Blight, 04.15.19, Frederick Douglass Bio Griswold, Frederick Douglass Prophet, Forrest Gander

Carlos Lozada Of Washington Post Wins Pulitzer Prize For Criticism

The Post‘s nonfiction book critic was honored “for his ambitious and innovative essays that range across politics, presidential history, immigrant memories, national security reporting and feminist analysis to probe national dilemmas.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Post, People, Words, 04.15.19, Carlos Lozada Of Washington Post

Researcher Claims To Have Discovered Shakespeare’s Home In London

“The place where Shakespeare lived in London gives us a more profound understanding of the inspirations for his work and life. Within a few years of migrating to London from Stratford, he was living in one of the wealthiest parishes in the city, alongside powerful public figures, wealthy international merchants, society doctors and expert musicians.” – The Stage
Tags: Art, London, Theatre, Shakespeare, Stratford, 04.15.19

The Singularity Is Complete: Tyshawn Sorey Glues Together Jazz And Classical (And Whatever Else Appeals To Him)

Sorey’s work eludes the pinging radar of genre and style. Is it jazz? New classical music? Composition? Improvisation? Tonal? Atonal? Minimal? Maximal? Each term captures a part of what Sorey does, but far from all of it. At the same time, he is not one of those crossover artists who indiscriminately mash genres together. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Music, SJM, Sorey, 04.15.19, Tyshawn Sorey Glues

Why Hollywood’s Writers Are Firing Their Agents En Masse

Short answer: The Writers Guild of America asked them to. Longer answer: The Guild says agency practices have evolved to the detriment of writers and that writers are earning less as agents expand their businesses, creating conflicts of interest. But it’s difficult. Writers depend on agents to work on their behalf and have close relationships with them. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Guild, the Writers Guild of America, 04.15.19

Joyful music

Cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Connie Shih play music by bigtime male composers, and by women they loved. – Greg Sandow
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Steven Isserlis, 04.15.19, Connie Shih

Coltrane ’58

John Coltrane, Coltrane ’58: The Prestige Recordings (Craft)Every few years, curators of the great saxophonist John Coltrane’s extensive body of recordings come up with yet another retrospective of his work. – Doug Ramsey
Tags: Art, John Coltrane, Ajblogs, Coltrane, John Coltrane Coltrane, 04.15.19

Catastrophic Fire Rages At Notre-Dame Cathedral In Paris

The blaze in the great medieval cathedral broke out before 7 pm local time. While no human casualties have been reported, the church’s spire and most of its roof have collapsed, smoke is pouring through the historic stained-glass windows, and crews are rushing to salvage what they can of the building’s art. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Paris, Visual, Notre Dame Cathedral, 04.15.19

EU Approves Copyright Reform: Could This Bring Down The Internet As We Know It?

“While the legislation does not explicitly state so, it is widely assumed that to conform with the law, online platforms will have to install filters to prevent users from uploading copyrighted material. Opponents say this is technically impossible and will lead to widespread censorship.” – Billboard (Reuters)
Tags: Art, Eu, Issues, 04.15.19

The Joy – And Reality – Of The American Library In Paris

If you’re an English-speaker jaded about the City of Lights, head to the library. “As I learned more about the American Library and its place in the history of literary Paris, I recovered some long-repudiated belief in the city’s magnetic pull and inspirational force. Conjuring scenes of my old heroes in the library’s reading rooms made me swoon all over again, decades after their work first moved me.” – LitHub
Tags: Art, Paris, Words, 04.15.19

Americans Are Losing Whatever Empathy For ‘Others’ That They Once Had

Americans seemed to be into empathy from roughly post-WWII to the 2000s. Then things started going sideways. Now, it’s “Empathy, but just for your own team. And empathizing with the other team? That’s practically a taboo. And it turns out that this brand of selective empathy is a powerful force.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Ideas, 04.15.19

Writers Rally, Agents Dig In Over The Weekend

Writers vs. agents heated up over the weekend, and the sides don’t look any closer than they were last week. “The contract battle between the WGA and Association of Talent Agents came to a boil on Friday night, just as broadcast TV’s traditional staffing season is starting. With the broadcast network upfronts only a month away, pilot orders will be made in the coming weeks, which means showrunners will need to fill out writers rooms.” – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, WGA, Association of Talent Agents, 04.15.19