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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Pioneering Tuba Virtuoso Constance Weldon Dead At 88 by Artsjournal1

Believed to be the first woman to play tuba in a fully professional orchestra in the U.S., she was hired by the Boston Pops in 1955, after her second time at Tanglewood, and went on to hold …

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Houston Ballet Waltzes Into The ‘Bayadère’ Wars by Artsjournal1

“A Hindu rights activist based in Nevada is accusing the Houston Ballet of cultural insensitivity and is urging it to cancel its upcoming performances of La Bayadère, scheduled for Februa…

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Dorothy Parker’s Ashes: An Odyssey From A File Cabinet To Baltimore To The Bronx by Artsjournal1

The tale of the author’s cremains, which would likely have amused her as much as irked her, includes appearances by Martin Luther King and the NAACP (to whom she left her estate), Lillian …

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Longest Concert In History Just Had Its First Chord Change In Seven Years by Artsjournal1

Back in 2001, a group of people decided to take the tempo direction in John Cage’s 1985 work As Slow As Possible to an extreme and began a performance (of the composer’s 1987 arrangement…

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Philadelphia Museum Of Art COO To Step Down Next Year (Not At All Because Of This Year’s Scandals) by Artsjournal1

“[Gail] Harrity, 70, who joined the museum in 1997 as chief operating officer and was named president in 2009” — that is, second-in-command after the museum’s director — “has bee…

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UK Culture Secretary Says He Wants To See Performance Venues Open As Normal For Christmas by Artsjournal1

Using articles in this past weekend’s Mail on Sunday and Sunday Times, secretary Oliver Dowden announced what he’s calling “Operation Sleeping Beauty,” a plan “to bring back some o…

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More Pay Cuts And Layoffs At Pittsburgh Symphony by Artsjournal1

“To alleviate the [lockdown-induced budget] shortfall, orchestra musicians have amended their contract to take a 25% cut in base salary in the 2020-21 season and a 50% cut in overscale pay…

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Kennedy Center Spent More Than $50 Million To Present ‘Hamilton’ by Artsjournal1

That amount is almost five times what the complex paid producers to put on the next most expensive show, the Broadway tour of The Book of Mormon in 2015. The price is also more than theaters…

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This Manuscript Book May Be The Only Surviving Relic Of Thomas Becket by Artsjournal1

The elaborate shrine to Becket at Canterbury Cathedral, where he was Archbishop and where he was murdered at the altar by King Henry II’s knights in 1170, was smashed to bits by Protestant…

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There’s One Place In Times Square That’s Already Presenting Indoor Broadway Concerts by Artsjournal1

Thank goodness for liquor-law loopholes, because one of them is the reason that Open Jar Studios, a complex normally used for rehearsals, has become the only indoor venue in New York City pr…

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How Much Difference Does Rotten Tomatoes Really Make In A Movie’s Success? by Artsjournal1

“As recently as a few years ago, the movie-review aggregator was seen as something of an industry bogeyman. But is there a correlation between box office receipts and a high (or low) score…

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Friday, September 4, 2020

How A Speech Coach Saved Janet Malcolm’s Bacon In Her Libel Trial by Artsjournal1

The first time that Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson’s lawsuit against Malcolm and The New Yorker went to court, she writes, the personal manner she and her colleagues at the magazine had cultiva…

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‘Patriotism Ain’t No One Song’ — A Classical Critic Considers America’s Anthems (Plural) by Artsjournal1

Michael Andor Brodeur looks at the NFL’s decision to add “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” to “The Star-Spangled Banner” before games, and ponders other anthems (because that’s what …

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There’s One Country In The Americas Where An Indigenous Language Is Still In Constant Use by Artsjournal1

“Paraguayan Guaraní – a language descended from several indigenous tongues – remains one of the main languages of 70% of the country’s population. And unlike other widely spoken nat…

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David Graeber, Author Of ‘Bullshit Jobs’ And Co-Organizer Of Occupy Wall Street, Dead At 59 by Artsjournal1

“His 2011 book Debt: The First 5,000 Years was an anti-capitalist analysis that struck a chord with many readers in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Graeber’s rigorous, readable ra…

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Have A Look At L.A.’s New Streetlights by Artsjournal1

“Team names and locations were not attached to the submissions when a panel of six professionals … judged them, so it was with surprise and delight that the jury discovered it had select…

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The First Live Musical On The West End Since Lockdown Will Be — by Artsjournal1

— Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World, which will get matinee and evening performances (socially distanced, of course) on Sunday, October 11 at the London Palladium, the theatre w…

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Jazz Was Born As Resistance Music. It Got Institutionalized. Can It Get Its Protest Mojo Back? by Artsjournal1

“As it evolved, jazz remained a resistance music precisely because it was the sound of Black Americans building something together, in the face of repression. But at the end of the 1960s, …

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New BBC Boss Rules Out Change To Subscription Model by Artsjournal1

In the old-yet-new-again debate over the licence fee (charges to every UK household that owns a TV) that funds the national broadcaster — and appointed by a Conservative government that do…

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Colorado Ballet Furloughs All Its Dancers by Artsjournal1

“Virtual rehearsals had been running for five weeks when [company members] got the news: Colorado Ballet’s PPP loan had run out, and [all] of Colorado Ballet’s dancers were being furlo…

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Why Australia’s $75 Million Arts Rescue Package Is A Mess by Artsjournal1

“The recipients will be selected by Department [of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications] officials. Their proposals must be ‘efficient, effective, economica…

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The Biggest Problem BBC’s New Chief Has To Solve by Artsjournal1

It’s funding, of course. Over the long term, it’s probably increasing income from exported BBC programming. But in the near term, it’s what to do about the TV licence fee that funds th…

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Community Engagement Network by Artsjournal1

Two years ago ArtsEngaged created the Facebook group Become Indispensable as a mechanism for people interested in community engagement in the arts to learn and share. That group’s advisory…

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Who’s Leaving the Metropolitan Museum? A Partial List of Retirees by Artsjournal1

It’s with dejected déjà vu that I report the imminent departure of some 90 Metropolitan Museum staffers from more than half a dozen departments. – Lee Rosenbaum

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Thursday, September 3, 2020

Good Improv Performers Adapt To Almost Anything On The Spot. How Are They Adapting To COVID? by Artsjournal1

“An art form and industry built on ‘Yes, and …’ face a world of ‘no,’ ‘maybe,’ and ‘who knows.’ … Whether it’s reshaping content to fit a new medium, staring down the…

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‘What The Country Needs Now Is A Really Good Four-Letter Word’ by Artsjournal1

Wilfred McClay: “I hear you, gentle reader, saying that surely I must be kidding. We need more profanity? Aren’t we already being inundated with it? … And that’s exactly the problem.…

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BBC Doesn’t Deliberately Favor Lefty Comedians. It Can’t Find Any Right-Leaning Ones Who Are Funny. by Artsjournal1

Earlier this week, The Daily Telegraph reported that the incoming BBC director general planned to cancel left-leaning comedy shows because the broadcaster’s comic programming was unfairly …

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Choreographer Camille A. Brown Starts An Online School For Black Social Dance by Artsjournal1

“Whether the Juba or stepping, social dance has always been a big component of Ms. Brown’s choreography. … When the pandemic hit, … like many other dancers and choreographers, she tu…

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The Corona-Crisis Is Killing LA’s Dance Schools by Artsjournal1

“[Multiple announcements of closures] paint a picture of a dance landscape in crisis. Without dance studios, professionals lose their places to train or work out new art before it appears …

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Art Basel Miami Beach 2020 Is Officially Cancelled by Artsjournal1

Thanks, COVID: following similar decisions for Art Basel Hong Kong and the flagship fair in Switzerland, 2020 becomes the first year in decades without a single live Art Basel event. – ART…

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Hackers Steal Donor Info From Smithsonian, UK National Trust, Other Nonprofits by Artsjournal1

In a ransomware attack in May on the computer security company Blackbaud, hackers copied names, contact info and donation summaries from the databases of the Smithsonian, Britain’s Nationa…

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