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  • Jul 25, 2018In Kennedy Center Honors first, ‘Hamilton’ to be awarded prestigious arts prize

    By   Peggy McGlone July 25 Washington’s “Summer of ‘Hamilton’ ” will stretch into December, when the Kennedy Center Honors salute the groundbreaking musical and its four creators, marking the first time a work of art has been spotlighted at the annual celebration of the performing arts. “ Hamilton ” and its creative team — composer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail, music director Alex Lacamoire and choreographer   Andy Blankenbuehler   — will receive a special honor Dec. 2 in a ceremony...
  • Jul 25, 2018Meet the Blind Choreographer Envisioning a New World of Dance

    By   Victoria Dombroski   | Posted July 24, 2018   Mana Hashimoto  is a New York City-based contemporary dancer and choreographer whose career has spanned from her native Tokyo to many stages worldwide. She also happens to be blind. After losing her eyesight due to optic nerve atrophy, she was determined to keep dancing despite the unexpected obstacle. Since then, she has dedicated her life to merging blindness and dance, and to create artistic works through the use of her remaining senses.   How did losing your eyesight change your...
  • Jul 5, 2018Nicholas Serota: Here’s how the Arts Council can help you understand your audience better

    by  Nicholas Serota  -  Jul 5, 2018 Running a theatre can be a lonely business. This is true for both executive directors and artistic directors; and even working as a pair, you can be out on your own. It’s a balancing act. You have to fill seats and do work of genuine creative ambition. You have to build an audience and nurture the relationships that go with that, hoping you can encourage some of those who begin by buying tickets to become more active as partners, perhaps even giving you financial support. It is a big ask, and it’s becoming more...
  • Jul 5, 2018The Three Kinds Of Biases That Lead To Fake News In Your Social Media Feeds

    Indiana University researchers “have found that steep competition for users’ limited attention means that some ideas go viral despite their low quality — even when people prefer to share high-quality content.” Social media are among the  primary sources of news in the U.S.  and across the world. Yet users are exposed to content of questionable accuracy, including  conspiracy theories ,  clickbait ,  hyperpartisan content ,  pseudoscience  and even  fabricated “fake news” reports . It’s not surprising...
  • May 29, 2018Why We All Need Our Personal Space (And How We Define It)

    MICHAEL GRAZIANO   MAY 24, 2018   President Trump has a signature handshake. It hit the world stage at the United Nations meeting last year   when he grabbed Emmanuel Macron’s hand   and appeared to aggressively pull the French president closer. Ever since, he’s shown a consistent tendency to loom into other people’s personal space, or pull them toward him.   Everyone has a personal space, an instinctive protective zone. We’re always jostling to maintain our own space and to navigate around...
  • May 29, 2018This is your brain on improv

    The World in Words May 24, 2018 · 4:30 PM EDT By   Patrick Cox   Does the brain of a comedy improv actor or freestyle rapper work in a particular way? Is it measurably different? Is it processing language (or sound) faster than a regular, lower-improvising brain?   Or is something else also going on— something to do with how we judge ourselves?    We at  The World in Words  podcast have wondered about all this for some time. Not because we possess lightning-fast improv skills (if...
  • May 4, 2018France Plans an Extreme Makeover for Struggling Small Cities

    FEARGUS O'SULLIVAN MAY 2, 2018 Action Coeur de Ville  aims to undo the damage of urban sprawl in more than 200 city centers across the country France’s city centers are about to get one of the biggest makeovers in their history. Following an announcement last month, the country is launching a vast €5 billion ($6.1 billion) plan called   Action Coeur de Ville   (Action: Heart of the City) intended to revamp 222 city cores over the next five years with new stores, offices, co-working spaces, and renovated housing. The amount of money...
  • May 4, 2018Margaret McDermott, Giant Of Philanthropy In Dallas, Dead At 106

    PEOPLE   May 4, 2018   5:46 am Margaret McDermott, who personified the "greatest generation" of givers in Dallas philanthropy and who bestowed millions upon institutions linked to the arts, education and science, died Thursday. She was 106. Her daughter, Mary McDermott Cook, confirmed the death shortly after 3 a.m. Born in Austin on Feb. 18, 1912, before the start of World War I, the University of Texas alumna began her post-collegiate years as a journalist, her byline showing up first in the  Dallas Times Herald  and later  The Dallas...
  • May 4, 2018There Will Be No Nobel Prize For Literature In 2018

    WORDS   May 4, 2018   5:15 am UPDATED Nobel Prize in Literature won't be awarded this year due to scandal Swedish Academy announces decision to put prestigious prize on hold until 2019 Though it awards the Nobel Prize in Literature — one of the richest, most prominent literary honours in the world — the Swedish Academy is typically a secretive group, one that offers up little detail on how it does its work. That process has been upended this year, culminating in the academy announcing Friday that the prize will not be...
  • Mar 29, 2018Here’s The African-American Museum That Charleston, And America, Need

    Charleston, S.C. — The unmarked property, beside a big, bland postwar apartment building, is now an empty grass lot and de facto park. Cabin cruisers gently bob at a pier. In this part of Charleston, just north of the historic, postcard district, industry has increasingly been giving way to boxy condominium developments with names like The Gadsden, after this city’s Revolutionary War-era patriot, merchant, and sometime slave trader,   Christopher Gadsden . Justice delayed, as the saying goes. If it’s to be served, that empty plot, still waiting on...
  • Mar 29, 2018Podcasts Get the Hollywood Treatment, Complete With Zach Braff

    By   AMANDA HESS MARCH 28, 2018 In the spring of 2016, Zach Braff reported to the offices of the producer John Davis in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles, looking to pitch himself as the director of a film. “Mmm, nah,” Mr. Davis told him. “You’re not going to do a movie. You’re going to do a TV show.” Mr. Davis had recently optioned a podcast — a first for his company — and he wanted Mr. Braff to star in a sitcom version. Mr. Braff (“Scrubs,” “Garden State”) was skeptical, but he agreed to give...
  • Mar 29, 2018The Most Popular Exhibitions In The World This Year

    Published in   The Art Newspaper   on   03.26.18 The Art Newspaper compiles a list of shows by category. In top sport was Modern masterpieces from the Shchukin Collection—by Picasso, Matisse and Gauguin, among others—were seen by 1,205,000, a staggering 8,926 visitors a day in Paris. Top Ten Post-Impressionist And Modern The Fondation Louis Vuitton’s blockbuster smashes into the top spot, beating the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, which topped this category in our last survey. The Brazilian venue is the only...
  • Mar 2, 2018Five libraries around the world that are open despite the odds

    On World Book Day, a look at libraries from Egypt to Dominica that have remained open despite death threats, extreme weather and terrorism.   he Vanished Library in Cairo, Egypt   A converted villa in an affluent district of south Cairo is home to the Bardo Clubhouse, a buzzing cultural hub with a library on its ground floor. Founded by passionate book lover Omar Amin, who left his job in marketing in November to dedicate himself to the library full time, the multilingual collection is made up of donations, including a first edition Harry Potter and a 1927...
  • Mar 2, 2018World’s Largest Digital Art Announced For Chicago

    By   Julissa Treviño smithsonian.com March 1, 2018 hen Chicago’s Merchandise Mart opened in 1930, commanding two-and-a-half city blocks in the city’s downtown Loop, it was the world’s largest building. That title stood for more than ten years, until the art deco building was usurped by the Pentagon outside Washington, D.C., in 1943. Now, the historic space is poised to take on a new “world’s-largest” mantle—this time for its art. A new initiative will turn its limestone exterior in the world’s largest...
  • Jan 25, 2018A Japanese Way Of Thinking About Space

    When you are the first person to arrive in a meeting room, do you think of it as being empty or full? If you were raised in the West, a meeting room is made for people to meet. Therefore, if there are no people in that room, then of course it must be empty. As philosopher Henk Oosterling remarks, in the West, “a room is empty until someone enters.” However, in the East, space is understood a bit differently. In Japan, spaces have meanings prior to any activity that happens within them. For example, as a space in Japanese culture is understood by how it shapes...
  • Jan 25, 2018'Shape of Water' takes top prize at politically charged PGA Awards

    By   GLENN WHIPP "The Shape of Water," Guillermo del Toro's striking, sensual fantasy film, won the Producers Guild of America's top honor Saturday night at the PGA Awards, cementing its place as one of the front-runners of this year's wide-open Oscar best picture race. Del Toro did not attend, with "Shape of Water" cast member Richard Jenkins saying he was in Mexico with his ill father. Jenkins read a letter from the Mexican filmmaker, dedicating "a little moment and the honors of this night to both my father and my mother, to whom my...
  • Jan 25, 2018Agnès Varda Is the Oldest Nominee in Oscar History — And She Doesn’t Care

    By   Chris Lee Introducing   Agnès Varda   at the Governors Awards in November, where she received an honorary Oscar for her enormous body of work, Angelina Jolie referred to the 89-year-old director by the nickname that has singularly affixed itself to Varda for the overwhelming majority of her six-decade career: the grandmother of French New Wave. On Tuesday, the feminist trailblazer received an Oscar nomination for best documentary for   Faces Places ( Visages Villages   as it is known in her native language), the doc feature she...
  • Dec 12, 2017These Stunning A.I. Tools Are About to Change the Art World

    By   Gabriel Nicholas C hris Rodley doesn’t consider himself an artist or a computer scientist. But when he tweeted an image he created using a machine-learning algorithm that crossed a page of dinosaur illustrations with a page of flower prints, many assumed he was both. The cleverly merged image, which looks like a horticulturist’s take on   Jurassic Park , went viral. Soon after, he found himself inundated with messages asking to purchase high-resolution copies. “It was a highly successful procrastination attempt,” says Rodley, a Ph.D....
  • Dec 12, 2017THE BRAINS OF JAZZ AND CLASSICAL MUSICIANS RESPOND DIFFERENTLY TO SURPRISING SOUNDS

    BY: TOM JACOBS 5 Can   creativity   be taught? Not directly, perhaps. But if such a curriculum exists, it would train one's brain to regard unforeseen occurrences as potential springboards, rather than disturbing anomalies. Fortunately, there is at least one type of specialized training that shapes neural activity in precisely that way. Its students aspire to be the next Miles, Mingus, or   Monk. In a new,   small-scale study , a Wesleyan University research team led by   Psyche Loui and Emily Przysinda report the brains of jazz musicians are...
  • Nov 8, 2017David Hallberg On His Struggle With Perfectionism

    Published in Dance Magazine on   " 11.07.17            David Hallberg 's   much-anticipated memoir ,   A Body of Work: Dancing to the Edge and Back ,   comes out today . The book offers insight not only into his journey back from a traumatic injury, but gives tantalizing glimpses into his backstage life and his partnerships with star ballerinas like Natalia Osipova. For   a sneak peek, here's an excerpt about his struggle with perfectionism, and the magic that he realized could happen once he...
  • Nov 8, 2017A Year After Bankruptcy, New York’s Big Apple Circus Is Back

    Published in New York Times on   " 11.07.17 With $8 million in debt, the beloved one-ring circus had seemed like it was finished for good, but - after an auction and a switch to for-profit status - it's back in its old digs at Lincoln Center. Alexis Soloski paid a visit. A year ago, the Big Apple shrank a little. Big Apple Circus, which opened in 1977, had amassed more than $8 million in debt and did not produce a fall show. A crowdfunding campaign sputtered, and the circus filed for   bankruptcy . But after a successful auction,   Big Apple...
  • Nov 8, 2017Smithsonian’s Air And Space Museum To Get Seven-Year Renovation

    Published in Smithsonian Magazine on   " 11.07.17   "Given its four decades of life and enduring heavy traffic, it comes as little surprise that the museum is now in need of major renovations. Acting on severe structural degradation as well as a desire to breathe fresh life into its air and space exhibitions, the Smithsonian has announced that a sweeping, seven-year upgrade will commence this coming summer. Happily, ... only half of the space will be inaccessible at any given moment." Read More:...
  • Oct 10, 201730 Publishers Reject Novel For Being ‘Too ***’ For Mass Market, So Crowdfunding Comes To Rescue

     ‘Don’t tell me there’s no one out there who wants to read about *** lives’ … Matt Cain in Victoria Square, Bolton. Photograph: Simon Taylor/Attitude A novel that was rejected more than 30 times by publishers for being “too ***” has been inundated with backing from names including David Walliams, Mark Gatiss and SJ Watson after its author turned to crowdfunding. Matt Cain’s  The Madonna of Bolton  tells the story of Charlie Matthews, who falls in love with Madonna on his ninth birthday. The obsession “sees...
  • Oct 10, 2017Can There Be A Weinstein Company Without Harvey Weinstein?

    Harvey Weinstein, who faces accusations of sexual harassment stretching back decades, is the driving force behind the Weinstein Company.   Credit Emily Berl for The New York Times LOS ANGELES — A bicoastal staff meeting of the Weinstein Company was hastily convened late Thursday. Staff members were scared and shaken after public complaints of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein, the entertainment company’s pugnacious co-founder. With the help of a video conferencing system, David Glasser, the Weinstein Company’s president and chief operating...
  • Oct 10, 2017Diller Scofidio + Renfro To Design London’s Long-Awaited Concert Hall

    Architect Elizabeth Diller says the venue will 'be sensitive to the inherited character of the Barbican and its vital role in Culture Mile' © Ungano + Agriodimas New York-based architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro have been chosen to design London’s new £250m concert hall. The architects were selected by the City of London Corporation from a shortlist of well-established names, including Frank Gehry and Renzo Piano, to design the new Centre for Music. The concert hall will be built on the current site of the Museum of London as a permanent home for Simon...
  • Sep 18, 2017 Civil rights anthem We Shall Overcome freed from copyright

    The first verse of the song, which has come to symbolize the spirit of protest, is no longer under copyright after a New York verdict The first verse of the civil rights anthem We Shall Overcome is no longer under copyright, a New York federal judge   ruled   on Friday. Described as the “most powerful song of the 20th century” by the Library of Congress, the   suit against   the existing copyright holders was brought last year by the same   legal team   who had successfully disputed longstanding ownership claims over Happy...
  • Sep 18, 2017Emmy winners 2017: the complete list

    All of the night’s big winners (and losers), all in one place by   Bryan Bishop @bcbishop     Sep 17, 2017, 8:21pm EDT   The 69th Emmy awards have come and gone, and the night ended up being a very big deal for streaming services — well, one streaming service in particular, at least. In total, online platforms like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu racked up more than 120 Emmy nominations this year, with   Netflix’s   Stranger Things   coming in as one of the most-nominated shows of the year . (It earned 18 different...
  • Sep 18, 2017NEWS FotoFocus Symposium to Address Feminism and Politics in Photography This Fall

    BY   Andy Battaglia   POSTED   09/14/17 A one-day symposium organized by FotoFocus in Cincinnati will feature a slate of panels and presentations in the service of themes embedded in the title “Second Century: Photography, Feminism, Politics.” At Memorial Hall on October 7, a keynote conversation between the photographers Tabitha Soren and Katy Grannan will top a roster including curators, critics, journalists, and institutional figureheads. Writer Aruna D’Souza will present a talk titled “Photography in an...
  • Aug 25, 2017The Industries Whose Money Drives The Art Market In The 2010s

    Post to Faceboo By Anna Louie Sussman Aug 22nd 2017 Money makes the world go round, and the art world is no exception. But where that money comes from has evolved over the past 20 years. Artsy analyzed two sample cohorts of the world’s top collectors to see how the industry make-up behind the most elite collectors has changed over the last two decades. The big takeaways? Finance is in, really in. “Other”—a designation we used for lawyers, doctors, architects, and individuals who didn’t fit into the most highly represented...
  • Aug 25, 2017Music Big Band Contractor Sends Out Fat-Shaming Memo, Gets Pushback – And Promptly Shuts Down

      By   Jennifer Liu   on   August 24, 2017 On Tuesday, two singers   released a memo   from Sheraton Cadwell Group, a Toronto firm that contracts and manages big bands, that read in part, “As per our highly selective casting requirements … only singers who are physically fit and slim (or at the very least, those who know how to dress strategically/suitably in order to not bring attention to their temporary physical/dietary indulgences) would be showcased with our boutique orchestras.” On Wednesday, word of the memo hit the...
  • Aug 25, 2017New World Record For Dancing Robots

    “On a large plaza in the city last week, company staff diligently set up more than one thousand of the 18-inch robots to attempt the dancing record. You’ll be pleased to know that the team achieved the feat, with a total of 1,069 Dobi robots strutting their stuff in sync with one another, and as a consequence delighting the  Guinness World Record officials  who had traveled to Guangzhou to verify the effort.” Watch Video Here: https://youtu.be/ouZb_Yb6HPg
  • Aug 7, 2017If Amazon Is Going To Have A Drone Delivery Army, It’ll Need A Drone Repair Platoon As Well

    Amazon has long had ambitions for autonomous package delivery, but before drone  delivery can go into wider use , there’s some obstacles to overcome. Recently, the company has filed for numerous patents, from a  drone beehive placed in populated areas  to  dropping packages with parachutes  to a  massive airship .  Business Insider  spotted a new patent filing : one for a network of mobile workstations based on boats, tractor trailer trucks, trains, or other vehicles, which can be driven to areas of high demand. The idea presented...
  • Aug 7, 2017Google Has Figured Out How To Make Your Phone Photos Better Before You Take Them

    TAKING INSTAGRAM-WORTHY PHOTOS  is one thing, editing them is another. Most of us just upload a pic, tap a filter, tweak the saturation, and post. If you want to make a photo look good without the instant gratification of the Reyes filter, enlist a professional. Or a really smart algorithm. Researchers from MIT and Google recently showed off a  machine learning algorithm  capable of automatically retouching photos just like a professional photographer. Snap a photo and the neural network identifies exactly how to make it look better—increase contrast a...
  • Aug 7, 2017Ty Hardin, Who Carved A Niche Playing ‘Bronco,’ Has Died At 87

    Ty Hardin was best known for his role as the gunslinger Bronco Layne.   Credit Warner Bros. Ty Hardin , who roamed the West searching for adventure in the television series  “Bronco”  in the late 1950s and early ’60s, died on Thursday in Huntington Beach, Calif. He was 87. His wife, Caroline, confirmed his death, but said the cause had not been determined. In a television landscape crowded with gunslingers like Sugarfoot, Cheyenne, Lucas McCain (the Rifleman) and Bret Maverick, Mr. Hardin carved a niche playing Bronco Layne, a...
  • Aug 2, 2017Lost Play By ‘Peter Pan’ Author Turns Up In Texas

    J.M. Barrie, at work at his desk in an undated photograph. Getty Images It has been 80 years since J.M. Barrie died. It has been even longer since Peter Pan's creator penned  The Reconstruction of the Crime  with humorist E.V. Lucas — and yet in all this time, editor Andrew Gulli says the brief play the pair pulled together never glimpsed the stage or even the printed page. That changes this week, as Gulli's  The Strand Magazine  has finally published the typescript of the bedroom farce  long squirreled away  at the University of Texas' ...
  • Aug 2, 2017After Five Years, What’s Next for Crystal Bridges Museum?

    Aerial view of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. ADAIR CREATIVE/COURTESY CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, BENTONVILLE, ARKANSAS Founded by Walmart heiress Alice Walton, currently the wealthiest woman in the United States, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened its doors in 2011, but despite a commendable five-year record of accomplishment, it remains a perplexing outlier among the country’s well-endowed art museums—and not just because, like Walton, it grew up in Northwest Arkansas. During its run so far, leadership has pivoted around a minefield...
  • Aug 2, 2017Met Museum Turns Over A Second Ancient Artwork To Police

    The head of an ancient marble sculpture of a bull on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art is at the center of a legal case.   Credit William and Lynda Beierwaltes Manhattan prosecutors have taken custody of an ancient bull’s head that was on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art because of concerns that the antiquity was looted from a Lebanese storage area in the 1980s during Lebanon’s civil war. Met officials said that one of their curators raised concerns about the artifact after researching it last year, prompting the museum to alert Lebanese...
  • Jul 17, 2017For Syrian Actors, An Intensely Lengthy, Challenging Road To The United States

    Mohamad Alrefai in “While I Was Waiting.” The play, based on a true story, will be performed at Lincoln Center this week.   Credit Didier Nadeau BEIRUT, Lebanon — A group of Syrians has been invited to stage a play this week at  Lincoln Center  in New York. For the cast and crew, scattered across six countries, getting to the United States has been the real-life drama — in part maddening, in part farcical. The play’s lead actor, Mohamad Alrefai, showed up for his first interview at the United States Embassy in Beirut eager...
  • Jul 17, 2017Confronting The Past Through Pop-Up Refugee Art

    Latif Mukasa, center, an artist and refugee from Uganda, giving a tour of the Temporary Museum in Amsterdam, a pop-up exhibition showcasing the experience of migrants. Mr. Mukasa and a visitor sit on a metal bed taken from an asylum-seeker’s bedroom, part of “The Maquette of Dreams” by Mounira Al Solh. Credit Ilvy Njiokiktjien for The New York Times AMSTERDAM — In 2010, Latif Mukasa, an artist and *** rights activist from Uganda, was forced into hiding after his name and photograph were printed in a newspaper’s list of “Uganda’s 100 Top...
  • Jul 17, 2017The Next Big Thing In Books: James Comey

    James B. Comey has been meeting with editors and publishers in New York. His book is expected to go to auction this week.   Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times James B. Comey, the former  F.B.I.  director who was  fired  in May by President Trump, is writing a book about his experience in public service, including his tumultuous and brief tenure in the Trump administration. Mr. Comey has been meeting with editors and publishers in New York in recent days, and is being represented by Keith Urbahn and Matt Latimer, partners at the literary agency...
  • Jul 13, 2017Artist Creates Yet More Paints That Only Anish Kapoor Is Forbidden To Use

    Image courtesy Stuart Semple / CultureHustle.com The “final blow” in the Anish Kapoor-Stuart Semple color war is two psychedelic, crystalline paints that can’t be purchased by Kapoor. The  "color war" between British artists Stuart Semple and Anish Kapoor  has entered a new, rainbow-hued round of conflict. It all started back when Kapoor got exclusive rights to use  Vantablack paint, the blackest of blacks , and wouldn't share it with other artists. Semple retorted by making  the pinkest pink, which anyone could buy  except Kapoor...
  • Jul 13, 2017Changing Young People’s Minds About Classical Concerts Will Not Be Easy

    Music in the Round, Sheffield, UK. Image Credit: Independent Sheffield (http://independent-sheffield.co.uk/music-in-the-round/) It’s been a much debated subject for years now, but what are the barriers that seem to be preventing, or disinclining, young people from going to classical music concerts? Even a casual glance across the rows of seating at a typical symphony concert will yield the truth of the matter. Children and young adults are conspicuous by their absence, and this is despite the strenuous efforts of the creative and marketing teams behind our orchestras to...
  • Jul 13, 2017British Student Arrested Under Terrorism Laws For Owning ‘The Anarchist Cookbook’

    It was a quiet night until the bombs began crashing out of the sky. Only a few minutes earlier, on the roof of a gray, single-story building not far from the city of Manbij in northern Syria, Josh Walker had been peacefully sleeping. Now the walls were collapsing beneath him, he was surrounded by fire, and his friends were dead. Walker, a 26-year-old university student from Wales in the United Kingdom, was in Syria volunteering with the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, a Kurdish-led militia that has been a leading force in the ground battle against the Islamic...
  • Jul 6, 2017U.S. Authorities Are Delaying And Denying More Visas To Visiting Artists (And Giving More Ulcers To Presenters)

    German group Boreas Quartett Bremen. (Courtesy Alasdair Jardine) Immigration lawyers believe the State Department has been denying more artist visas after President Trump ordered heightened vetting for all visa applications earlier this year. In a March 6  memo , released after Trump issued his  second executive order  on immigration, the president directed "immediate implementation of additional heightened screening and vetting protocols and procedures for issuing visas." The memo, according to some prominent attorneys who specialize in artist travel,...
  • Jul 6, 2017Kelan Phil Cohran, 90, Chicago Jazz Composer, Bandleader, Teacher, Macher

    Kelan Phil Cohran is seen playing his harp on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in an exhibit at the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago celebrating the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians).  (Terrence Antonio James / Chicago Tribune) Chaka Khan and Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White studied with him. The globally influential Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) was co-founded by him. And generations of musicians drew inspiration from the pioneering work of...
  • Jul 6, 2017Revisiting The First Great Art Heist Of The New Millennium

    As the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2000, crowds around the world went wild. It was not only a new year, worthy of all the celebration that entails, but also a new millennium, one that many believed would start in  'Y2K' disaster . But the crisis was averted, the clocks and computers rolled back to zero with nary a hiccup, and the revelry began in full force in towns like Oxford, England.   While many had been preparing for the evening by stocking up on canned goods and bottled water (just in case), one person in the U.K. had a different idea of...
  • Jun 27, 2017Luxury-Brand Mogul To Build Art Museum In Paris’s Old Stock Exchange

    The interior of the Bourse de commerce, which the Pinault Foundation – with architect Tadao Ando – will transform into a contemporary art museum in Paris. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters It is the latest chapter in the  art-world rivalry  of two of France’s richest businessmen: a saga of momentous contemporary art collections and a quest by their owners to build Paris museums that would transform the city’s landscape. When the French luxury goods tycoon  François Pinault  – once described as the most powerful man in...
  • Jun 27, 2017Pro Theater Workers In U.S. Still Disproportionately White And Male, Says Actors’ Equity Study

    A line at the TKTS box office in Times Square, run by the Theater Development Fund. Credit Mark Abramson for The New York Times Women and minority actors and stage managers are getting fewer jobs and often wind up in lower-paying shows than white male theater artists, according to a new study by  Actors’ Equity . The study, released as the union is increasing its focus on diversity issues, is based on an examination of employment data for shows that opened between 2013 and 2015. It comes amid a flurry of efforts to quantify a concern that has been expressed...
  • Jun 27, 2017Why Is Yo-Yo Ma Devoting So Much Time To Outreach In Chicago?

    Cellist Yo-Yo Ma with members of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago at the Concert for Peace at St. Sabina Church. Why does the celebrated cellist devote his time and talent to making our city a better place? For Ma, it’s not about the music —— or any art, really. "It’s about people." He bounds onto the stage with the grace of an athlete and the verve of a motivational speaker. The audience stands, cheering, before the first note sounds. Even if they've never heard him play, they've heard of Yo-Yo Ma. The legendary cellist is headlining the Concert for...
  • Jun 20, 2017John Avildsen, 81, Director Of ‘Rocky’ And ‘The Karate Kid’

    Sylvester Stallone in the first Rocky film, with Al Silvani (left) and Burgess Meredith as his cornermen. Initially sceptical about the script, Avildsen shot the film in 28 days for $1m. Photograph: Everett Collection/Rex The director John Avildsen, who has died aged 81, enjoyed his greatest success with two hit movies about sporting underdogs. Rocky (1976) launched the career of its writer,  Sylvester Stallone , who also starred as the down-at-heel Rocky Balboa, an amateur boxer with an unlikely shot at the world heavyweight title. Avildsen, who was initially sceptical...
  • Jun 20, 2017The Kennedy Center May Honor JFK, But It’s LBJ’s View Of The Arts That Prevailed

    Rendering of the new Kennedy Center expansion. (Courtesy Kennedy Center) To passionate arts lovers, the words of John F. Kennedy sound like Holy Writ. “I look forward to an America which will reward achievement in the arts as we reward achievement in business or statecraft,” reads one of the 35th president’s ringing exhortations, prominently chiseled on the walls overlooking the Kennedy Center terrace. Nearby is another: “This country cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor.” When the Kennedy Center expansion project opens to the...
  • Jun 20, 2017Forger Arrested For Selling Fake Damien Hirst Prints – For The Third Time

    Damien Hirst in 2012 standing in front of one of his paintings at the Gagosian Gallery in New York. Photograph: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images Three men were charged in New York on Monday with making counterfeit  Damien Hirst  prints which they sold on for more than $400,000. The fake “limited-edition” Hirst prints were sold online to dozens of art buyers around the world, according to Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance. The group included a man who had been released from prison only 15 days earlier for a similar scheme. “The art...
  • Jun 13, 2017How Howard Shalwitz Led DC’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre From Madcap Hole-In-The-Wall To New Play Powerhouse

    Founding Artistic Director of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company Howard Shalwitz. (Keith Lane/For The Washington Post) Washington theater is a city of niches, and few brands are as indelible as Woolly Mammoth’s. A “Woolly play” is new, big, wild. The acting is hyper-real. The design might blow up. The whole thing can soar or splat. Howard Shalwitz laid down those markers when he created Woolly in 1980 with actor Roger Brady and manager Linda Reinisch. With a nutty-sounding play called “The Kramer” — a sinister office comedy that might be...
  • Jun 13, 2017Actress Glenne Headly Dead At 62

    Glenne Headly in 1997.   Credit via Photofest Glenne Headly, whose acting career took shape at the renowned Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago and found its biggest audience in Hollywood with films like “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “Dick Tracy,” died on Thursday in Santa Monica, Calif. She was 62. The cause was complications of a pulmonary embolism, her husband, Byron McCulloch, said. Ms. Headly moved easily from comedy to drama and from stage to screen. Not often cast in lead roles, she played her parts with a subtle, scene-stealing...
  • Jun 13, 2017National Museum Of American Jewish History Lays Off Nearly One-Quarter Of Its Staff

    (ED HILLE / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER) -  The National Museum of American Jewish History officially opened to the public Nov. 14, 2010 with a dedication ceremony on Independence Mall and a visit by Vice President Joe Biden. After running a string of annual deficits, the  National Museum of American Jewish History  has embarked on a major retrenchment, including layoffs, museum officials said this week. The institution, which opened a $150 million building on Independence Mall in 2010, laid off 12 staff members outright on Friday. Other positions, now empty, will...
  • Jun 5, 2017The Benefits Of Being An Older Ballerina (Yes, Even Into Their 40s)

    Greta Hodgkinson (L), Sonia Rodriguez (C) and Xiao Nan Yu (R), and pose for a picture at a studio inside the Walter Carsen Centre at the National Ballet of Canada, in Toronto, Friday May 26, 2017. It might be one of Toronto’s most idiosyncratic spots, the stretch of road where the crumbling artery into the city’s downtown core runs alongside the National Ballet of Canada headquarters. In a window overlooking the Gardiner Expressway, the company’s three most senior ballerinas are quick with suggestions on how to pose. Time for a Globe and Mail photo shoot is...
  • Jun 5, 2017Banksy offers Bristol electorate free print if they vote against Tories

    Banksy’s Brexit mural, which appeared near the port of Dover in May. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Graffiti artist  Banksy  has offered voters a free limited edition print if they vote for anyone other than the Conservatives this Thursday. The anonymous artist made the offer to voters in the Bristol North West,  Bristol West, North Somerset, Thornbury and Yate, Kingswood, and Filton and Bradley Stoke constituencies. Banksy posted the offer on his  website  on Saturday. “Simply send in a photo of your ballot paper from...
  • Jun 5, 2017Terry Gilliam’s ‘Don Quixote’ Shoot Wraps After 17 Years and Multiple Setbacks

    After almost 20 years of pre-production, principal photography has wrapped on  Terry Gilliam ’s “The Man Who Killed  Don Quixote .” The shoot for the Don Quixote-inspired feature took place in Spain and Portugal. Gilliam teamed with Tony Grisoni on the screenplay, reuniting the pair who worked together on “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” among other titles. “ The Man Who Killed Don Quixote ” has been notoriously plagued by problems ranging from on-set disasters (including a flash flood) to production and funding issues....
  • Jun 1, 2017Report From Mongolia: What Has The Philadelphia Orchestra Gotten Itself Into?

    DAVID PATRICK STEARNS - Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia ULAANBAATAR – Coming in for a landing at Genghis Khan Airport this week, a group of Philadelphia Orchestra musicians will be literally dropped into a parallel world where familiarity feels eerie and the exotic is oddly reassuring. The brown hills, dry heat, and brilliant blue skies here seem strangely like Southern California – except that a herdsman with a small group of cows is making his way up a steep incline near the airport. Outside the small but modern terminal, a half dozen presumably wild horses are...
  • Jun 1, 2017Noose Found Inside African American Museum in Washington

    The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington. Credit Lexey Swall for The New York Times A noose was found Wednesday at an exhibition on segregation inside the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, the  Smithsonian Institution announced . Museum visitors found the noose on the floor in front of a display titled, “Democracy Abroad. Injustice at Home,” and it was reported to the United States Park Police. The permanent exhibition, “Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: Era of Segregation...
  • Jun 1, 2017Controversial Walker Art Center Sculpture Will Be Dismantled And Burned

    Dakota leaders will oversee the dismantling of the controversial sculpture "Scaffold," beginning Friday. The gallows-like work then will be burned in a ceremony in the Fort Snelling area. Dakota tribal elders will oversee the dismantling of the controversial sculpture “Scaffold” beginning Friday, then hold a ceremonial burning of the wooden timbers of what once was envisioned as a cornerstone of the renovated Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. That plan, proposed by a Dakota committee, was  announced Wednesday  after a three-hour meeting with Walker Art Center...
  • May 23, 2017New York Gets Its First Museum Devoted To Contemporary Islamic Art

    An installation view of  Exhibition 1  at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Art (all photos © Charles Benton unless otherwise noted) “It was inspired by my favorite mosque in the world … the Faisal Mosque in Islamabad,” he said. “Have you been there?” I asked. “No, no, but I’m dying to go,” he responded. Standing in the bookstore of  the Institute of Arab and Islamic Art  on a bright day in Soho, this was how Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Al-Thani explained the angular logo for his recently established...
  • May 23, 2017Ringling Bros. Circus Wasn’t Just A Show, It Was A Major Logistical Feat

    A Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's circus truck is unloaded as the "Out of this World" show is set up at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore. This was one of the last few stops on the circus's final tour. - Claire Harbage/NPR On the steps above the makeshift stables, the circus priest is getting nostalgic. "I did a baptism once in Fort Worth, Texas. ... I came in on an elephant carrying the baby, which was four weeks old," the Rev. Jerry Hogan says. "Now that baby is 15. I've married a lot of these kids and I've baptized their kids, and watched them grow." It's late...
  • May 23, 2017The Beatles’ ‘A Day In The Life’ – An Exegesis

    The Beatles during a recording session at EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London, in 1967. From Left: George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr. It’s received wisdom that  Sgt. Pepper ’s Lonely Hearts Club Band , which arrived 50 years ago in the long record-breaking summer heat of 1967, is one of rock’s greatest albums. Inspired by Brian Wilson’s obsessive labor on the Beach Boys’ epic  Pet Sounds,  the  Sgt. Pepper  studio sessions were weeks of ideas tried, ideas rejected, and things tried anew....
  • May 16, 2017What Deborah Borda Told Curtis’s Graduating Class: Be ‘Soldiers For Music’

    Orchestra management veteran Deborah Borda, who takes over as president and CEO of the New York Philharmonic in the fall, gave the commencement speech Sat., May 15, 2017, at the Curtis Institute of Music. While the graduating scholars of Haverford College heard this year from author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Penn students from Sen. Cory Booker, the three dozen or so singers, pianists, violinists and other musicians taking degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music were implored by an industry leader to become “soldiers for music.” Deborah Borda, who leaves as...
  • May 16, 2017Enough With The Violence-Against-Women Scenes In Contemporary Ballet!

    Sterling Hyltin, thrown into the air by male dancers in a scene of violence on the opening night of “Odessa,” at New York City Ballet. Credit Andrea Mohin/The New York Times When the curtain went down on Alexei Ratmansky’s dense, complicated new work for New York City Ballet last weekend, the end of a long Sunday matinee, my friend and I turned to each other, not sure what to think. “What was with the gang rape scene?” I said. My friend shook his head, as unenthused as I was. We both had been struck by it: a scene in which the...
  • May 16, 2017Using X-Rays To Find The Palimpsests Of A Young French Impressionist

    Senior conservator of paintings, Ann Hoenigswald is interviewed in front of X-ray images of works by Frederic Bazille at the National Gallery of Art. Hoenigswald has been investigating some paintings by Bazille. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post) While visitors to the National Gallery of Art’s new Impressionist exhibit see lush landscapes and intimate portraits, conservator Ann Hoenigswald spots clues involving an artist fixing mistakes and evidence of earlier compositions hidden underneath. Like a detective, the National Gallery’s senior conservator of paintings...
  • May 9, 2017Stradivarius Violins Lose Yet Another Blind Test To New Instruments

    Violinist Mira Wang plays the Ames Stradivarius violin. In 2012,  Claudia Fritz  from Sorbonne University packed a small concert hall near Paris with 55 volunteers from the violin world, including musicians, violin makers, music critics, composers, and more. From the stage, she asked seven internationally renowned soloists to play six violins. Three of these were new. The other three were Stradivarius violins, built by Italian craftsman Antonio Stradivari during the 17th and 18th centuries. Stradivari reportedly made around 1,100 violins and violas. Around half of...
  • May 9, 2017Man Slashes $3 Million Painting In Aspen Gallery

    One of two cuts made in the "Untitled 2004" painting by Christopher Wool. The quiet of Aspen's offseason was punctured this week by a $3 million crime as unusual as it was bizarre. An unknown man wearing sunglasses, a hat and a full beard on Tuesday afternoon entered a high-end art gallery near the base of Aspen Mountain, made a beeline for a wall-sized painting by artist Christopher Wool and slashed the canvas twice with a knife or razor blade before running out. "It's crazy," Gregory Lahmi, owner of the Opera Gallery on Dean Street, said Wednesday. "First of all, I'm...
  • May 9, 2017Midgette And Kennicott Dish The Met Opera 50th Anniversary Gala (And The House Itself, And The State Of Singing)

    The Metropolitan Opera Chorus in a scene from Barber's Antony and Cleopatra during the 50th Anniversary at Lincoln Center Gala. (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera) NEW YORK —  On Sunday, the Metropolitan Opera, America’s leading opera house, celebrated the 50th anniversary of its home at Lincoln Center. Two Washington Post critics trade thoughts about the gala, opera, and the buildings that house it. Anne Midgette:  The Metropolitan Opera gala offered a cross-section of today’s opera world, from an opening aria by the venerable Plácido Domingo...
  • Apr 25, 2017That Ballerina Fired For Being Too Tall? She’s Headlining A New Ballet Company That’s Making Diversity Its Focus

    Pennsylvania Ballet principal dancer Sara Michelle Murawski will be dancing next season for the American National Ballet in Charleston, S.C. Sara Michelle Murawski, the ballerina fired from the Pennsylvania Ballet in December  because she was too tall , has been hired by a new company -- one that plans to highlight diversity. The American National Ballet will open its first season in the fall in Charleston, S.C., and Murawski was its first dancer announced. The Pennsylvania Ballet had notified her on the day after her final performance as the Sugar Plum Fairy that...
  • Apr 25, 2017The Art World Has Gone To War With Trump – But Will It Shoot Itself In The Foot?

    Courtesy of the artist and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York The protests started almost immediately after the presidential election. An artist named Annette Lemieux emailed the Whitney Museum and asked that her installation  Left Right Left Right  — a series of life-size photographs of raised fists turned into protest signs — be turned upside down. The artist Jonathan Horowitz and some friends started an   Instagram feed called  @dear_ivanka , attempting to directly appeal to the soon-to-be First Daughter and shame her into pushing her...
  • Apr 25, 2017A New Tool To Fight Art Forgery And Fraud: Online Bots Trolling The Dark Web

    Water Lilies by Claude Monet (1919). Copies of works by the French Impressionist are often passed off as genuine by criminals. Image: Metropolitan Museum of Art A new platform launching this month from Art Fraud Insights seeks to clean up the unregulated online art marketplace by hunting down fakes, forgeries and copyright infringement. The Art and Artistic Legacy Protection (AALP) service will work with artists and artist-endowed foundations to scour the darkest corners of the internet for bogus sale listings and unauthorised copies.  “There is a vast network of highly...
  • Apr 18, 2017Christine Goerke – How A Mozart Soprano Overcame A Vocal Crisis And Became Everyone’s New Favorite Brünnhilde

    Christine Goerke blowing a kiss to the crowd during a curtain call in February after her performance as Brünnhilde in “Götterdämmerung” at the Canadian Opera Company.   Credit Cole Burston for The New York Times TORONTO — She had just immolated herself onstage in one of the most demanding roles in opera: Brünnhilde, the Valkyrie who becomes mortal and redeems the world in Wagner’s epic “Ring” cycle. But as the soprano Christine Goerke basked in a standing ovation in February with the Canadian Opera Company here,...
  • Apr 18, 2017Michael Ballhaus, 81, Cinematographer For Scorsese And Fassbinder

    Michael Ballhaus, left, with the director Martin Scorsese on the set of The Departed, the 2006 Oscar winner. ‘It was Michael who really gave me back my sense of excitement in making movies,’ Scorsese said. Photograph: Allstar/Warner Bros The cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, who has died aged 81, helped to realise the work of two visionaries:  Rainer Werner Fassbinder , with whom he made 15 films, and  Martin Scorsese , for whom he shot seven, including the gruesome gangster drama  Goodfellas  (1990), which tested this exceedingly gentle man’s...
  • Apr 18, 2017Misty Copeland And Justin Peck Curate Ballet Series At Kennedy Center

    Misty Copeland (Bebeto Matthews) Since his career as a dance maker took off just five years ago, New York City Ballet resident choreographer Justin Peck has traveled the country creating works for companies large and small. Personally, professionally and artistically, he’s been deeply involved in ballet across America. Fittingly, having lived its moniker, Peck curated part of the “Ballet Across America” series at the Kennedy Center April 17 and April 19-23. “I’ve been exercising a different part of my brain,” Peck says with a laugh in a...
  • Apr 11, 2017Arkansas Lawmaker Tried To Ban Howard Zinn’s Books From Classrooms – And It Backfired

    Last week nearly 700 Arkansas teachers and school librarians received copies of books by Howard Zinn—thanks to a right-wing state representative. Well, not exactly. But here’s the story. Recently, Republican Kim Hendren, introduced legislation that would prohibit teachers in all public schools or state-supported charter schools from including any books in their curriculum by—or even "concerning"—the historian  Howard Zinn , author of the classic  A People’s History of the United States , who died in 2010. In response,...
  • Apr 11, 2017Stolen Normal Rockwell Painting, Now Worth $1 Million, Returned After 40 Years

    Stolen more than 40 years ago, a folksy painting of a slumbering child by American illustrator  Norman Rockwell   has been returned  to its rightful owners by the FBI. The unlikely recovery ends what the work’s original insurance company  has called  “one of the art world’s greatest mysteries for over four decades.” Though purchased in the 1950s for a nominal sum under $100—at a time when there was little to no demand or market for Rockwell’s original paintings—the current fair market value of the work...
  • Apr 11, 2017Last-Ever Round Of Annenberg Arts Fellowships Announced

    Careers in the fine arts can't be created with love or money. But the right combination of the two at the right time has boosted any number of recipients of the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts, which has distributed $6 million to 70 artists over 10 years and which will formally announce its final round of grants Wednesday at the University of Pennsylvania.  Recipients have included ballet star Misty Copeland, Broadway's Bryce Pinkham,  Moonlight  actor Andre Holland, and numerous opera singers, including soprano Brenda Rae...
  • Apr 3, 2017Ikutaro Kakehashi, The Man Behind The Roland Drum Machine And Synthesizer, Has Died At 87

    The Roland TR-808 drum machine. Photograph: Publicity image Tributes have been paid to the man behind the synthesiser and drum machines that revolutionised electronic music in the 1980s and 90s, Ikutaro Kakehashi, who has died aged 87. The Japanese engineer founded the Roland Corporation in 1972 and invented a range of electronic drum machines and synthesisers used throughout popular music since the mid-1970s – by performers from Prince to New Order, Dr Dre to Kraftwerk. Kakehashi led Roland for four decades, and in his time developed one of music’s best-known...
  • Apr 3, 2017Hyperallergic’s April Fool’s Article Is Once Again The Best Thing Ever: Airbnb’ing The Met

    A view of one of the many listings by the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Airbnb (screenshot by the author) Today, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Airbnb launched a partnership that will allow visitors to rent out several of the institution’s historical rooms for a night at a time. The announcement comes after reports that the Upper East Side museum, which was the  second-most-visited  in the world last year and had a budget of roughly $300 million, is facing a budget shortfall of  $10 million . Now, as it looks to capitalize on its collection in...
  • Apr 3, 2017Secrecy And (Rather Salacious) Revelations At The Met

    Thomas P. Campbell, director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, who resigned in February and will leave in June.   Credit Karsten Moran for The New York Times In 2010, the Metropolitan Museum of Art hired Erin Coburn away from the J. Paul Getty Museum, lauding her as its “first chief officer of digital media” — a role created and promoted by the Met director and chief executive, Thomas P. Campbell, as part of his efforts to move the museum into the 21st century. Two years later, Ms. Coburn quietly left, along with a confidential settlement from the...
  • Mar 28, 2017Why John Leguizamo Writes Scripts For Himself

    John Leguizamo in  Latin History for Morons , which he also wrote.   Photo: Public Theater Like much of his work, John Leguizamo’s sixth play deals with a father-son relationship — only this time, he’s the dad. Leguizamo, 52, is himself the father of two, and it’s his son, Lucas, who becomes the focal point of  Latin History for Morons  — opening today at the Public Theater  —  when a classmate calls him a racial slur. The actor and playwright penned his theater debut — the one-man show  Mambo Mouth...
  • Mar 28, 2017The Philadelphia Orchestra Is Playing Pat Metheny This Weekend – And It’s Not A Pops Concert

    PHOTO: CLEM MURRAY - Chris Deviney, 51, principal percussionist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, practices in the percussion room at the Kimmel Center the concerto he created from three pieces by jazz guitarist Pat Metheny. Pat Metheny's  An Imaginary Day  is morphing into a not-so-imaginary percussion concerto -- to be performed this week by the Philadelphia Orchestra at its Thursday-through-Saturday concerts. The much-lauded jazz guitarist will not be on stage at the Kimmel Center.  Imaginary Day: Concerto for Vibraphone, Marimba, and Orchestra  is...
  • Mar 28, 2017Rodin’s Mistress Steps Out Of His Shadow With A Museum Of Her Own

    Camille Claudel working in her studio in 1887 More than 70 years after her death, the sculptor Camille Claudel—Auguste Rodin’s muse and mistress—has a museum of her own. The Musée Camille Claudel opened in her former family home in Nogent-sur-Seine, around 70 miles southeast of Paris, on 26 March.  Better known for her passionate, tragic relationship with Rodin and her 30-year confinement in a psychiatric hospital near Avignon, Claudel was largely forgotten as an artist until the late 1970s. The new museum holds most of the sculptures that she...
  • Mar 21, 2017A Look Inside Disney’s Massively Lucrative Remake Factory

    Photo-Illustration: Maya Robinson Back in 2007, Tim Burton made  a splashy homecoming . The director had spent the early part of his career working on short films for Disney and animating on now-forgotten projects like  The Fox and the Hound ; now he was returning to the studio to develop a pair of ambitious remakes, one of his short film  Frankenweenie  and the other a live-action remake of the animated  Alice in Wonderland . The reason that Disney had been so keen to lure the director back had mostly to do with product. In the years since...
  • Mar 21, 2017Robert Silvers, a Founding Editor of New York Review of Books, Dies at 87

    Robert B. Silvers in his office at The New York Review of Books in 2012.   Credit Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times Robert B. Silvers, a founder of The New York Review of Books, which under his editorship became one of the premier intellectual journals in the United States, a showcase for extended, thoughtful essays on literature and politics by eminent writers, died on Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 87. Rea S. Hederman, the publisher of The Review, confirmed the death. The New York Review, founded in 1963, was born with a mission — to raise...
  • Mar 21, 2017Comic-Con Museum to Open in Balboa Park

    A 1930s baseball bat, 1950s tennis racquet and 1980s skateboard — all totems of San Diego’s rich sporting history — are being swapped out for comics, movie props and souvenirs of today’s pop culture in a major shift at Balboa Park. The San Diego Hall of Champions, a park institution since 1961, is going out of business and San Diego Comic-Con International is taking its place in a deal blessed by the city Wednesday and announced Thursday. The sports museum, a creation of the late Bob Breitbard, builder of the San Diego Sports Arena and inveterate...
  • Mar 15, 2017As Immigration Rules Tighten And Federal Funding For The Arts Disappears, What Happens To Classical Music In The US?

    The anti-immigrant phobias surging through Europe and North America have so far had little practical effect on classical music organizations, although there are notable exceptions — one of Britain’s most beloved orchestras, The European Union Baroque Orchestra, is presenting its last U.K. concert on May 19 and will then move to Antwerp.  The orchestras’ general manager, Emma Wilkinson, said recently, in the context of post-Brexit Europe: “I do worry that European orchestras will not be inviting talented British musicians to work with them. It will just...
  • Mar 15, 2017Misha Mengelberg, 81, Pioneering Pianist Of Europe’s Jazz Boom

    Misha Mengelberg performing in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, in 1996. Photograph: Frans Schellekens/Redferns In his last years the Dutch pianist, composer and improviser Misha Mengelberg, who has died aged 81, would sometimes whistle and sing in conversation with visiting friends when advancing Alzheimer’s disease made words particularly elusive. But conversing this way was perhaps not as big an inconvenience for Mengelberg as it might have been for some, since much of the music he had initiated and participated in for more than 50 years resembled a spontaneous conversation in...
  • Mar 15, 2017Dance Or Die: He Faced Down Death Threats From ISIS And His Father Rather Than Give Up Ballet

    Jean-Pierre Frohlich and Ekaterina Krysanova, a principal dancer for the Bolshoi Ballet. Credit Damir Yusupov for Bolshoi Theatre In 1951, “The Cage” shocked the world. Prickly and intense, this  Jerome Robbins  ballet concerns a female-dominated world where acts of violence are everyday occurrences. A Novice is born into an insect tribe, led by a Queen. Instinctively, the Novice knows what to do when a male intruder enters: She crushes his neck between her knees. She falls in love with a second intruder, but in the end, kills him, too. Her backup is a...
  • Mar 7, 2017For The Country Music Industry, The Subject Of Donald Trump Is Kryptonite

    The man’s face  is shrouded by shadows, but the silhouette is unmistakable: comb-over hairdo, thick neck, beefy red power tie. Two fists, bronzed and engorged like mylar balloons, pump skyward from a podium in a pugilistic dominance display. The reign of the 45th US president, as depicted in a  music video released late last month  by the outsider country artist Sturgill Simpson, is short-lived. It ends in an act of left-wing wish-fulfillment, with a boy in a cape destroying both the podium and a massive, barbed border wall, allowing a procession of...
  • Mar 7, 2017How The Hirshhorn Spent Two Years Preparing For The Yayoi Kusama Show

    The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden spent two years preparing to give visitors about 20 seconds of wow. “ Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors ” invites visitors to consider their place in the universe by immersing themselves in the Japanese artist’s whimsical and ethereal installations. The ephemeral nature of the exhibition’s mirror rooms — the enclosures that seem simultaneously cosmological and kitschy — belies the painstakingly detailed work required to host it. From constructing the conceptual artworks to controlling the...
  • Mar 7, 2017The Flapbooks Of 16th-Century Venice (They Were Oh-So- Naughty)

    Imagine you were a rich European in the 16th century, and you wanted to travel. Top on your bucket list might be Venice, a cosmopolitan, free-wheeling city, known for its diversity, romance, and relaxed mores. Venice was a wealthy place, where Titian, Tintoretto, and other famous artists were  at the height of their powers . As a republican port city, it was tolerant of all sorts of people and all sorts of behavior in ways that other European cities were not. While in Venice, you might purchase a flap book to help you remember the good times you had there. Above...
  • Feb 27, 2017The UK, Waterstones Opens ‘Unbranded’ Small Bookstores To Some Backlash

     The Waterstones store in Southwold is located in a grade II-listed building, and has a sign written in plain lettering above the front door. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo The managing director of book retailer  Waterstones  has defended the company’s decision to open three unbranded stores, saying it will be good for “customers, town centres and... staff.” Waterstones has recently opened three stores under different names, sparking accusations that they are posing as independent bookshops to avoid the backlash against the homogenisation of...
  • Feb 27, 2017A Shoving Match, Possibly Involving A Neo-Nazi, Broke Out At The Minneapolis Institute Of Art This Weekend

    Exterior view of the 24th Street entrance to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. A shoving match broke out in a most unlikely place, the typically serene Minneapolis Institute of Art, where three people who appeared to be neo-Nazis fought with several others in another group of activists, a witness said Sunday. Security guards arrived at the mayhem Saturday afternoon on the museum's third floor, broke up the confrontation and had one of the reputed neo-Nazis on the floor, said museum visitor Will Bildsten. A friend of Bildsten's said he saw punches thrown during the...
  • Feb 27, 2017There Was A Time When ‘Casablanca’ Was An Object Of Art-House Worship, But That Time Is (Finally?) Ending

    Photo illustration by Natalie Matthews-Ramo. Photo by Thinkstock. Still by Warner Bros. In 1957, the Brattle Theater on Harvard Square kicked off its Humphrey Bogart series with the 1942 classic  Casablanca.  Bogart himself had just died, and the response to the film was rapturous. By the fourth or fifth screening, “the audience began to chant the lines,” the theater’s then-manager told Noah Isenberg, author of  We ’ ll Always Have  Casablanca:  The Life, Legend and Afterlife of Hollywood ’ s Most Beloved Movie .  It...
  • Feb 22, 2017What Will DC’s Shakespeare Theatre Do Without Founder Michael Kahn?

    Michael Kahn, longtime artistic director of Shakespeare Theatre Company, will leave that position after the 2018-2019 season. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post) On any given night, in the houses that Michael Kahn built, you could find yourself transported to Illyria or Bohemia, to Dunsinane or Athens. Next to you might be seated a justice of the Supreme Court or an accountant from Gaithersburg or an English teacher from Manassas — all slaking their classical thirsts. Up on the stages of his Shakespeare Theatre Company, you were apt to encounter actors, nationally known...
  • Feb 22, 2017New Music Is Booming In L.A. – And There’s One Problem With That

    It was succinctly called “Noon to Midnight.” On Oct. 1, 2016, for 12 continuous hours, a succession of wide-ranging contemporary music concerts ebbed, flowed, and overlapped throughout Walt Disney Concert Hall: its auditorium, its lobbies, its stairways, its gardens, and eventually out onto the street. Presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as part of its Green Umbrella series, this marathon of musical performances and multistage logistics attracted an enormous — and in many cases younger — audience. Many stayed for the entire 12 hours....
  • Feb 22, 2017Met Museum Director Makes The Case For The NEA In New York Times Op-Ed

    Thomas Colligan Four years ago, in a small warehouse in central  China , a team of Chinese archaeologists showed me objects that they had unearthed from a nearby ancient tomb. Laid out on a folding table was an exquisite array of vases, ritual vessels and a set of heart-stoppingly beautiful silver gilt tigers and dragons that fit in the palm of my hand, perhaps part of a long-forgotten regal board game. These finds were a keyhole through which we could glimpse the sophistication of the Han dynasty rulers, who, 2,000 years ago, conquered and united the enormous region that...