Sunday, December 4, 2016

This Week’s Top ArtsJournal Reads: An Artist Identity Crisis? by Douglas McLennan

This Week: The next wave of arts journalism layoffs begins… Lots of debate about the role of artists in the Trump era… Prominent Canadian artists petition the government to ̶…

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Red sauce and water by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review the new musical version of A Bronx Tale. Here’s an excerpt. * * * When should a movie be turned into a Broadway musical? “Never” is a big word…

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Replay: William Klein’s Broadway by Light by Terry Teachout

Broadway by Light, a 1958 documentary film by William Klein. The musical score is by Maurice Le Roux: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos that appear in this space each Mo…

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Almanac: Ed Solomon on mass opinion by Terry Teachout

“A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals—and you know it.” Ed Solomon, screenplay for Men in Black

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Total immersion by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal “Sightings” column I write about the immersive-art trend. Here’s an excerpt. * * * Not counting “Hamilton,” Broadway’s hottest musical is “Nata…

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So you want to see a show? by Terry Teachout

Here’s my list of recommended Broadway, off-Broadway, and out-of-town shows, updated weekly. In all cases, I gave these shows favorable reviews (if sometimes qualifiedly so) in The Wall St…

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Almanac: Susan Sontag on taste by Terry Teachout

“Taste has no system and no proofs.” Susan Sontag, “Notes on Camp”

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Snapshot: George Shearing plays “Dreamsville” by Terry Teachout

George Shearing and Neal Swainson perform Henry Mancini’s “Dreamsville” at the Munich Philharmonie in 1992: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos that appear in this s…

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Almanac: George Shearing on taste by Terry Teachout

“For me, something is in good taste if I can accept it, understand it, and judge it as valuable property.” George Shearing (interviewed in Leonard Lyons, The Great Jazz Pianists: Speakin…

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ten years after: shopping for Christmas in a small town by Terry Teachout

From 2006: I lost my mother in Wal-Mart last Friday. This sounds less like a true-life event than the first line of the sort of song you might hear on the radio in Smalltown, U.S.A., but it …

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Almanac: John Buchan on taste by Terry Teachout

“It is only a dying cause which can attain to perfect taste.” John Buchan, A Lodge in the Wilderness

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Monday, November 28, 2016

The common problem by Terry Teachout

I have a theory that you don’t become a full-fledged adult until you’ve weathered the death of someone with whom you are intimate, not in distant memory but at the actual moment of that …

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Just because: The Stanley Brothers sing “Worried Man Blues” by Terry Teachout

The Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys perform “Worried Man Blues” on Rainbow Quest, a TV series hosted by Pete Seeger. This episode was taped in 1965: (This is the latest in …

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Almanac: Solzhenitsyn on truth and lies by Terry Teachout

“To stand up for truth is nothing. For truth, you must sit in jail. You can resolve to live your life with integrity. Let your credo be this: Let the lie come into the world, let it even t…

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

This Week’s Top AJ Stories: Does Pittsburgh Symphony Strike Settlement Solve Anything? Should Arts Funding Be Dependent On Encouraging Bad Behavior? by Douglas McLennan

This Week: Did settling the Pittsburgh Symphony strike just kick the can down the road?… The idea of progress is a fragile (and recent) notion… Why should this arts funding depen…

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Two thoughts about music by Terry Teachout

Mrs. T and I just got back from seeing Maria Schneider’s first set at the Jazz Standard. Two thoughts come to mind, the first original and the second not: • In the presence of music, tim…

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Sutton Foster, up close by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review an important new off-Broadway revival of Sweet Charity. Here’s an excerpt. * * * Why is the New Group, which specializes in hard-headed plays by s…

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Replay: Peggy Lee sings “Blues in the Night” by Terry Teachout

Peggy Lee sings “Blues in the Night,” by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer, on The DuPont Show of the Month: Crescendo, originally telecast by CBS on September 29, 1957: (This is the latest…

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Almanac: La Rochefoucauld on gratitude by Terry Teachout

“The gratitude of most men is but a secret desire of receiving greater benefits.” François de La Rochefoucauld, Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Almanac: Thoreau on gratitude by Terry Teachout

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite,—only a sense of existence.” Henry David Thoreau, l…

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A visit from my niece by Terry Teachout

I recently reread a novel, Jon Hassler’s North of Hope, whose protagonist, Frank Healy, is a fortysomething priest without family ties. His mother died when he was twelve, after which his …

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Snapshot: Aaron Copland conducts El Salón México by Terry Teachout

Aaron Copland leads the New York Philharmonic in his El Salón México, introduced by Leonard Bernstein. This performance was part of “Aaron Copland Birthday Party,” a Young People’s C…

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Almanac: Dorothy Parker on poverty and the imaginative writer by Terry Teachout

“Being in a garret doesn’t do you any good unless you’re some sort of a Keats. The people who lived and wrote well in the twenties were comfortable and easy living. They were able to f…

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Ten years after: Allen Drury and our changing concept of shame by Terry Teachout

From 2006: Can you seriously imagine a senator, or any other public figure, commiting suicide under similar circumstances today? In fact, let’s take it one step further: can you think of a…

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Almanac: Dorothy Parker on writing for the movies by Terry Teachout

“Hollywood money isn’t money. It’s congealed snow, melts in your hand, and there you are.” Dorothy Parker, interviewed by Marion Capron (Paris Review, Summer 1956)

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Silent partners by Terry Teachout

It doesn’t happen all that often these days, but I found myself home alone in New York last Friday night. Mrs. T was in Connecticut. I had no show to see that evening, nor was a pressing d…

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Just because: Richard Diebenkorn on painting by Terry Teachout

Richard Diebenkorn talks about starting work on a painting in an undated interview: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos that appear in this space each Monday, Wednesday, a…

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Almanac: Dorothy Parker on fashion by Terry Teachout

“Let’s face it, honey, my verse is terribly dated—as anything once fashionable is dreadful now.” Dorothy Parker, interviewed by Marion Capron (Paris Review, Summer 1956)

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This Week’s AJ Highlights: “Hamilton” Teaches The Art Of Protest, At Last Some Real Data On Orchestras by Douglas McLennan

This Week: That Mike Pence goes to “Hamilton” story? A textbook protest… Finally – some real data on the health of orchestras… Arts criticism is either being re…

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Immersed in Tolstoy by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal drama column I review the Broadway transfer of Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, directed by Rachel Chavkin. Here’s an excerpt. * * * Immersi…

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Replay: Howard Lindsay appears in Life With Father by Terry Teachout

Howard Lindsay and Dorothy Stickney appear in a scene from Life With Father, a play adapted by Lindsay and Russel Crouse from Clarence Day’s autobiographical essays. The scene is introduce…

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