Monday, February 20, 2017

Five Story Higlights From The Past Week 02.19.17 by Douglas McLennan

Last Week: Have performing arts centers led us to a dead end?… The new World Trade Center in New York demonstrates much of what is wrong with building today’s cities… The h…

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Join Us Today For A Livestream Today: Artistic Leadership In A Border City by Douglas McLennan

Following on Joe Horowitz’s essay Lincoln Center Snapshot: Bing, Bernstein, and Balanchine Fifty Years Later and the five responses to his provocation, we’re in El Paso, Texas …

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Is The Institutionalization Of Our Arts A Dead End? by Douglas McLennan

In his essay looking back on Lincoln Center on its 50th birthday, Joe Horowitz suggests that the cultural citadel built optimistically to be a launching pad for the American performing arts…

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Are Orchestras A Ticket Or An Art? Maybe We’re Thinking About The (Made Up) Model Wrong by Douglas McLennan

As recently as 1990, American symphony orchestras accounted for an average of 60 percent of their budgets in earned income. This meant, at the time, that if you weren’t selling enough …

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Five Highlights From This Week’s AJ: The Big Ideas You Need To Know, Says MIT by Douglas McLennan

This Week: Trump, the arts, the culture budget and protest… Harvard ART school gets suspended…MIT’s list of 10 things you need to know… Writers and money – the …

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Killing NEA, NEH And PBS Is Just Collateral Damage In The Commodification Of American Values by Douglas McLennan

So it begins. A report in The Hill, then picked up in the Washington Post, says that the Trump administration intends to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowm…

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Context: Hollywood’s Political Bias? It’s Money! by Douglas McLennan

Unquestionably, a majority of the people who work in Hollywood lean politically left. More than lean, in many cases. But how much of their politics makes it onto the big screen? Rory Carroll…

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Five Highlight Reads From This Week’s AJ: Did Originality Steer The Arts Wrong? by Douglas McLennan

This Week: The Trump era is a challenge to America’s arts institutions… Artificial intelligence is teaching us how to better-design concert halls… How originality has faile…

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Daniel Barenboim comes to YouTube by Terry Teachout

Today’s Wall Street Journal “Sightings” column is about Daniel Barenboim’s new YouTube channel. Here’s an excerpt. * * * At 74, Daniel Barenboim is very much in the news. Among oth…

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My favorite posts of 2016 by Terry Teachout

In addition to writing about theater and the other arts for a living, I also blog in this space purely for my pleasure. Here are ten of my favorite posts from the year almost past: • Febru…

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Almanac: Bertrand Russell on pleasure and its enemies by Terry Teachout

“Next to enjoying ourselves, the next greatest pleasure consists in preventing others from enjoying themselves, or, more generally, in the acquisition of power.” Bertrand Russell, “Rec…

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Snapshot: Toscanini conducts the William Tell Overture by Terry Teachout

Arturo Toscanini leads the NBC Symphony in a performance of Rossini’s William Tell Overture, originally telecast from Carnegie Hall on March 15, 1952: (This is the latest in a series of ar…

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Almanac: Josep Pla on the excitingness of evil by Terry Teachout

“One of the most disconcerting, unpleasant, and sordid aspects of life is the awareness that nearly all of us find an evil deed more exciting than a good one.” Josep Pla, The Gray Notebo…

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

My forgotten uncle by Terry Teachout

If my family had any dark secrets, they went to the grave with my parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. But like all families, we did have a few subjects of which we preferred not to spe…

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Ten years after: on guilty pleasures by Terry Teachout

From 2006: The phrase “guilty pleasure,” of course, is itself inherently problematic, because it implies that we ought to be hypocrites when it comes to our artistic responses. Kingsley …

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Almanac: Henry James on experience by Terry Teachout

“Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web of the finest silken threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and …

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Monday, December 26, 2016

On a screen, darkly by Terry Teachout

My brother, like me, is deeply attached to the increasingly distant past that we share. That’s one of the reasons why he and my sister-in-law live in the house where the two of us grew up,…

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Just because: Frank Craven plays the stage manager in Our Town by Terry Teachout

A scene from the 1940 film version of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, adapted by Wilder, Frank Craven, and Harry Chandlee from Wilder’s play and directed for the screen by Sam Wood. The scor…

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Almanac: Pauline Kael on filmed plays by Terry Teachout

“I like filmed theatre; I think there is a charge and a glamour about filmed plays and revues and vaudeville and music hall that one rarely gets from adaptations of novels or from those fe…

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Replay: Art Carney plays Santa Claus on The Twilight Zone by Terry Teachout

A scene from “The Night of the Meek,” an episode of The Twilight Zone originally telecast by CBS on December 23, 1960. The cast includes Art Carney and John Fiedler and the teleplay is b…

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Almanac: Eric Hoffer on kindness by Terry Teachout

“Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.” Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Almanac: Aldous Huxley on goodness by Terry Teachout

“Good is a product of the ethical and spiritual artistry of individuals; it cannot be mass-produced.” Aldous Huxley, Grey Eminence

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Snapshot: Claudio Abbado performs Mozart’s “Laudate Dominum” by Terry Teachout

Rachel Harnisch, Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic perform “Laudate Dominum,” a setting of Psalm 117 from Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore, K. 339, performed in 1999 a…

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Almanac: J.M. Barrie on kindness by Terry Teachout

“Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary?” J. M. Barrie, The Little White Bird

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Ten years after: on decorating a Christmas tree in adulthood by Terry Teachout

From 2006: Why, then, did I never get around to putting up a tree of my own after I left home? The answer, I suppose, is that since I made a point of coming back to Smalltown, U.S.A., for th…

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Almanac: Thoreau on goodness by Terry Teachout

“Goodness is the only investment that never fails.” Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Just because: From Miracle on 34th Street, Santa Claus on the commercialization of Christmas by Terry Teachout

A scene from Miracle on 34th Street, written and directed by George Seaton, featuring Edmund Gwenn and Philip Tonge. The film was released in 1947: (This is the latest in a series of arts-re…

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Almanac: Chamfort on kindliness by Terry Teachout

“A man without nobility cannot have kindliness; he can only have good nature.” Sébastien-Roch Nicolas de Chamfort, Maxims and Considerations

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Five Notable Stories From This Week’s ArtsJournal – Blockbuster Mozart? by Douglas McLennan

This Week: Mozart outsells every CD this year?… How artificial intelligence is changing thinking… Why should artists be entrepreneurs?… How the West dominated global cultur…

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Replay: Lee J. Cobb appears in Death of a Salesman by Terry Teachout

Lee J. Cobb stars in a TV version of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, directed by Alex Segal and originally telecast by CBS on May 8, 1966. Cobb created the role of Willy Loman in the …

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Almanac: Enid Bagnold on theater by Terry Teachout

“The theatre is a gross art, built in sweeps and over-emphasis. Compromise is its second name.” Enid Bagnold, Autobiography

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