Thursday, September 24, 2020

Is this our future? by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review an Irish Repertory Theatre webcast of Geraldine Hughes’ Belfast Blues. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Geraldine Hughes gave a great performance …

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Almanac: Richard Stark on the cheapness of the rich by Terry Teachout

“Like all very wealthy women, Alice had strange cold pockets of miserliness.” Richard Stark, Flashfire Continue reading Almanac: Richard Stark on the cheapness of the rich at About Last…

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

An art museum sells its soul by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal “Sightings” column, I write about the disastrous decision of a small museum in upstate New York to sell its only important painting—and what it means …

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Snapshot: Buddy Rich plays “West Side Story” by Terry Teachout

Buddy Rich and his big band perform a medley from West Side Story arranged by Bill Reddie on TV in 1969:  (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in…

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Almanac: Brian Eno on technology by Terry Teachout

“When technology makes it perfect, art loses.” Brian Eno (quoted in Wired, January 1999) Continue reading Almanac: Brian Eno on technology at About Last Night.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Lookback: traveling light by Terry Teachout

From 2010: “No doubt the day is almost here when it will be possible for people like me to download the Complete Performances of Everybody to our computers…except that I’m no longer th…

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Almanac: Richard Stark on bureaucrats by Terry Teachout

“He was a bureaucrat, he lied effortlessly.” Richard Stark, Backflash Continue reading Almanac: Richard Stark on bureaucrats at About Last Night.

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Monday, September 21, 2020

Just because: Judy Holliday appears on What’s My Line? by Terry Teachout

Judy Holliday’s last TV appearance, as the mystery guest on What’s My Line? on April 28, 1963. (She died two years later.) John Daly is the host and the panelists are Shelley Berman, Ben…

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Almanac: Thomas Carlyle on biography by Terry Teachout

“A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-lived one.” Thomas Carlyle, “Richter” (courtesy of Richard Zuelch) Continue reading Almanac: Thomas Carlyle on biography at About Las…

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Friday, September 18, 2020

Opening a theatrical time capsule by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal I write about the 1955 TV version of Charles Laughton’s stage version of The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, starring Lloyd Nolan as Queeg. Here’s an excer…

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Almanac: C.S. Lewis on pride by Terry Teachout

“Catch him at the moment when he is really poor in spirit and smuggle into his mind the gratifying reflection, ‘By jove! I’m being humble,’ and almost immediately pride—pride at hi…

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Almanac: Charles Wilson on courage by Terry Teachout

“Courage is a moral quality; it is not a chance gift of nature like an aptitude for games. It is a cold choice between two alternatives, the fixed resolve not to quit; an act of renunciati…

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Snapshot: Leonard Bernstein conducts Beethoven by Terry Teachout

Leonard Bernstein and the Vienna Philharmonic perform the first movement of Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony in concert in 1978: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related vid…

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Almanac: Martin Luther King, Jr. on aspiration by Terry Teachout

“If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Leontyne Price sings before …

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Lookback: on Napoleon Dynamite by Terry Teachout

From 2010: I watched Napoleon Dynamite last night for the first time since its original release, and was pleased to see that it holds up exceptionally well…. Read the whole thing here. C…

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Almanac: George Eliot on despair by Terry Teachout

“There is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have d…

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Just because: Fred Allen and Oscar Levant in “The Ransom of Red Chief” by Terry Teachout

Fred Allen and Oscar Levant star in “The Ransom of Red Chief,” a 1952 dramatization of O. Henry’s short story that was released as part of an anthology film called O. Henry’s Full H…

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Almanac: Simon Callow on actors and memory lapses by Terry Teachout

“Very often when an actor forgets his lines, it is because a voice inside his brain has whispered to him, ‘Wouldn’t it be dreadful if you forgot the lines?’ And that voice has genera…

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Friday, September 11, 2020

Must they “die soon”? by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review a webcast of the Lincoln Center Theater premiere of Dominique Morriseau’s Pipeline. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * If you’re looking for st…

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Replay: Art Farmer and Jim Hall in 1964 by Terry Teachout

The Art Farmer Quartet, with Farmer on flugelhorn, Jim Hall on guitar, Steve Swallow on bass, and Walter Perkins on drums, plays “My Kinda Love” on a 1964 episode of Ralph Gleason’s J…

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Almanac: Pope on envy by Terry Teachout

Envy, to which th’ ignoble mind’s a slave,Is emulation in the learn’d or brave. Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man Continue reading Almanac: Pope on envy at About Last Night.

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Too great a (social) distance by Terry Teachout

In this week’s Wall Street Journal “Sightings” column I write about the likely effects of social distancing on the arts in America. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * With Labor Day in …

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Almanac: Emerson on envy by Terry Teachout

“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better for worse as his porti…

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Snapshot: Glenn Gould: Off the Record by Terry Teachout

Glenn Gould: Off the Record, a 1959 CBC documentary about the pianist’s life in his lakeside cottage: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in th…

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Almanac: Aeschylus on envy by Terry Teachout

“Few there are who can truly rejoice in their neighbor’s good fortune. In most, envy and malice taint the spirit.” Aeschylus, Agamemnon (trans. David R. Slavitt) Continue reading Alma…

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Managing Director, The Lab – Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service by Artsjournal

Working closely with the faculty Co-Founding Directors, the Managing Director will provide strategic direction and administrative management for the Laboratory for Global Performance and Pol…

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Everhart Museum – Executive Director by Artsjournal

As one of the oldest museums in Pennsylvania, the Everhart Museum is a vibrant interdisciplinary museum with significant collections in American folk art and wide-ranging specimens of natura…

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The Artist Trap: How Do You Get Paid In The Digital Age? by Artsjournal

There’s still plenty of money to be made in art, or writing, or music. It’s just not being made by the creators. Increasingly, their quest for personal artistic fulfillment is part of so…

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Hunter College Laid Off Half Its College Art Assistants. The Other Half Is Threatening Not To Work by Artsjournal

With an average enrollment of 125 students, Hunter’s art department is one of the largest in the US. The college assistants are usually given one-year contracts, with benefits, and they ar…

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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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Revealed: Gehry Plans For Two New Concert Halls Across From Disney Hall by Artsjournal

With fundraising for the Colburn School project stalled, Frank Gehry released to The Times images of his concert hall models for the first time. As the architect’s design demonstrates, the…

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