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Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.16.17

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:07:29 +0000

Art Is As Art Does A recent dinner conversation with friends rolled around to the question:  “What is art?” A long conversation ensued.  Someone offered up Wikipedia’s definition ... This group of arts administrators was unsatisfied. ... read more AJBlog: Audience Wanted Published 2017-01-16 Monday Recommendation: John Coltrane John Coltrane, Live At Birdland (Impulse) On this […]

Top AJBlogs For The Weekend Of 01.15.17

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 21:00:51 +0000

  This Week in Audience: The Arts As A Lens On The World This Week: A philanthropic might make more sense for your audience… Should you feel guilty watching big-screen movies on your phone?… Seeing your art as a lens on the world… Does putting opera on ... read more AJBlog: AJ Arts AudiencePublished 2017-01-15 […]

Today's AJBlog Highlight 01.13.17

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 04:09:13 +0000

Art Errors: Steve Cohen Evades Not Only the Feds, But Also the New Yorker’s Fact-Checkers When I read the art-related passages in the New Yorker‘s Total Return: When the feds went after a hedge-fund legend (aka Steve Cohen, the mega-collector ), all I could think of was: Where are the ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2017-01-13

Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.12.17

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:29:22 +0000

Good News for the New Year: Reinstallation of the Getty Villa If you’re down in the dumps about Trump, or just coping with some post-holiday blues, I’m making an effort this month to perk you up with something atypical of the hypercritical CultureGrrl — good news. ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2017-01-12  

Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.11.17

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:57:20 +0000

California in New York Two of the many dance performances that the week in the wake of New Years Day. ... read more AJBlog: Dancebeat Published 2017-01-11  

Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.10.17

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:11:54 +0000

What’s fear got to do with it? In 2014 the Wyncote Foundation commissioned Lutman & Associates to research digital adoption by legacy cultural institutions. ... When I spoke about the report at conferences and meetings, arts leaders’ responses were frequently that they knew they “should be” engaging digitally, but they feel overwhelmed about beginning. Surprisingly, the most […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.09.17

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:55:44 +0000

SWOT + What? The SWOT analysis is a well-known and highly valuable tool for strategic planning. ... Yet, I’ve found that there are four additional questions that deserve to be asked whenever undertaking a SWOT analysis ... read more AJBlog: Audience Wanted Published 2017-01-09 Dear White Orchestras The field is having a moment right now about the […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.05.17

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 09:51:56 +0000

12 Plays of Xmas:  9. The Town Fop by Aphra Behn ‘Art is our chief means of breaking bread with the dead.’ WH Auden speaks true - one of the pleasures of this little project has been sitting down with the past. Sometimes, however, ... read more AJBlog: Performance Monkey Published 2017-01-05 DBQ Having Fun […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.04.17

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 09:26:58 +0000

12 Plays of Xmas:  8. Ecstasy by Mike Leigh A friend points out that this hasn’t been the cheeriest of series. Few hugs and no sign at all of puppies. This may say something about me, or my bookshelves. ... read more AJBlog: Performance Monkey Published 2017-01-04  

Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.03.17

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 10:51:44 +0000

Cry of the Heart Several months ago,, the host of this blog, posted an article about opera in Great Britain that had the following teaser title: Opera Is Not Too Posh And Exclusive, And If You Think It Is, It’s Your Own Damn Fault, Says Opera Boss ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.02.17

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 10:39:11 +0000

7 Audience Development Resolutions for 2017 “Your beliefs become your thoughts; Your thoughts become your words; Your words become your actions; Your actions become your habits; Your habits become your values; Your values become your destiny.” – Mahatma Gandhi Together, let’s make these resolutions for 2017: ... read more AJBlog: Audience Wanted Published 2017-01-01 Patti Smith’s New Year’s Eve vow: “We […]

Today's AJBlog Highlights 01.02.17

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 04:35:12 +0000

Monday Recommendation: Andrew Cyrille Andrew Cyrille Quartet, The Declaration Of Musical Independence (ECM) Andrew Cyrille, a bold drummer, long since established his audacity and the independence underscored in the album title. This collection is notable for subtlety and daring ... read more AJBlog: RiffTides Published 2017-01-02 12 Plays of Xmas: 7 Egor Bulychev by Gorky I’ve seen a […]

This Weekend's AJBlogs Highlights

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 19:24:08 +0000

Music To Say Goodbye To 2016 To WELL, one of the worst years in recorded history is over. Every morning, as my consciousness returns, I am reminded that Leonard Cohen, Bowie, George Martin, and my dad are dead and that a ... read more AJBlog: CultureCrash Published 2016-12-31 12 Plays of Xmas: 5 Alkestis by Euripides/Anne Carson For […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 12.29.16

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 11:26:17 +0000

12 Plays of Xmas:  3. Ruined by Lynn Nottage I can’t remember how I missed the Pulitzer-winning Ruined when it played in London in 2010. It was at a favourite theatre (the Almeida) and starred favourite actors (Jenny Jules, Lucian Msamati). Maybe I was ... read more AJBlog: Performance Monkey Published 2016-12-29 My favorite posts of […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 12.29.16

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 08:44:21 +0000

Overbuilding of cultural facilities and ‘economic impact’ Followers of this blog are familiar with my thoughts on ‘economic impact‘ studies. But I think I have forgotten to mention yet another way in which these studies are not only useless, but positively harmful. ... read more AJBlog: For What It's Worth Published 2016-12-28 12 Plays of […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 12.27.16

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 08:34:36 +0000

12 Plays of Xmas: 1. Owners by Caryl Churchill Caryl Churchill is the presiding playwright of our era. At 78, every play she writes is an event – not because of their rarity, or a forelock-tugging spirit of sentimentality, but because ... read more AJBlog: Performance Monkey Published 2016-12-27 Triple Gravy Ray Brown wrote “Gravy Waltz,” […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 12.26.16

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 08:07:57 +0000

What do we actually mean by intrinsic benefits? If we cannot find any impacts, if attending music recitals doesn’t lead to your giving higher reported subjective wellbeing, what then? ... read more AJBlog: For What It’s Worth Published 2016-12-26 Monday Recommendation: Dr. Lonnie Smith Dr. Lonnie Smith, Evolution (Blue Note) The venerable organist’s doctorate is […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 12.21.16

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 10:09:46 +0000

The devastating debut of 4:48 Psychosis (the opera) stands high in 2016’s best 4.48 Psychosis Royal Opera / Lyric Hammersmith, London The guy behind the ticket counter at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre checked out my Brooklyn zip code and asked “Did you come over for this?”  ... read more AJBlog: Condemned to Music Published 2016-12-21 […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 12.20.16

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 10:08:39 +0000

Art For Christmas and Chanukkah Are still shopping for gifts this holiday season? An email from Winterthur this morning reminded me that I’ve been meaning to suggest giving the gift of art – or art books, even for children or grown-up kids. ... read more AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2016-12-20 Monday Recommendation: Redman’s And […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 12.19.16

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 09:37:39 +0000

Orchestras, equity and disruption Thinking about orchestras and equity, two things have helped me frame a perspective: Angus Maguire’s reboot ... read more AJBlog: SongWorking Published 2016-12-19 Chen Yi and Stylistic Synthesis Every year, we have our composition students do focused study of the works of a living composer, then Skype with that composer to […]

Top AJBlogs For The Weekend Of 12.18.16

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 21:00:01 +0000

This Week In Audience: How We Think About Measuring Audiences Edition This Week: Business models and arts audiences… The rising impact of crowdfunding on the arts… Big Data can measure the wrong things, so be careful… Data show audiences are less affected by information overload ... read more AJBlog: AJ Arts Audience Published 2016-12-18 Weekend Extra: “Freeway” […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 12.14.16

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 07:54:28 +0000

The Art Emerging In A New(ish) Museum Come along with me to see a new museum filled with contemporary art that, for the most part, hasn’t been overexposed. My recent trip took me to Morocco, where ... read more AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2016-12-1 Hedda Gabler: monster or philosopher? My colleagues among the London […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 12.13.16

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 10:26:55 +0000

Winter is Coming: What the Culture Sector Needs to Worry About Now I. Predicting the Unpredictable  If nothing else the recent election cycle has taught us to be very skeptical of those who say they can predict the future. ... read more AJBlog: Field Notes Published 2016-12-13 Wine and Cheese? In my last post I […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 12.12.16

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 09:41:23 +0000

What We Learned In Audience This Week: How We Define “Audience” This Week: Two stories worth noting – the segregation of DC theatre audiences and what it might tell us… The translation of live theatre to the small screen is more than just filming a ... read more AJBlog: AJ Arts AudiencePublished 2016-12-12 The National Gallery: […]

Top AJBlogs Post From The Weekend Of 12.11.16

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 21:15:17 +0000

A.A. Gill R.I.P. Adrian Gill would have been pleased and amused by the way his too-early death, aged only 62, has been noticed. It was repeatedly announced in the national BBC radio and ... read more AJBlog: Plain EnglishPublished 2016-12-11 Dancing Toward a Future “New Dances: Edition 2016” showcases Juilliard Dance’s four classes of students […]

Today's AJBlog Highlights

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 05:20:34 +0000

Amateur work On Facebook and Twitter I’ve been talking about bad graphic design in classical music. Why does bad design matter? Because we need a new audience. Our new audience comes — will come — from the ... read more AJBlog: Sandow Published 2016-12-09 Looking for love in Bodunk In the online edition of today’s Wall Street Journal, […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 12.08.16

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:18:40 +0000

Past Hits and a New Dance from Abroad The Alvin Ailey America Dance Theater at New York City Center, November 30-December 31. ... read more AJBlog: Dancebeat Published 2016-12-08  

Top Posts From AJBlogs 12.07.16

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:44:34 +0000

Middle Class Communities For the many of us reeling from the recent election, middle class communities are much on our minds. ... I thought it might be good to dig a little deeper into what this might mean for community engagement. ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2016-12-06 What to do about the NEA At […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 12.05.16

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:56:36 +0000

Dave Brubeck, Gone Four Years This is the fourth anniversary of Dave Brubeck’s death at age 91. Under the heading, “Always remembered, never forgotten,”  ... read more AJBlog: RiffTides Published 2016-12-05 The Tempest-Tost Find a Home (at Stratford-upon-Avon) Prospero with sturdy staff and Ariel with extreme D.A.. ... read more AJBlog: Plain English Published 2016-12-05 […]

This Weekend's Top AJBlog Posts 12.04.16

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 21:19:54 +0000

Two for One Dylan Crossman Dans(c)e shares a program with Caleb Teicher & Company at Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center... read more AJBlog: Dancebeat Published 2016-12-04 This Week In Audience: Are Our Common Cultural Experiences Suffering Because Of High Ticket Prices? This Week: A relation between common experiences and ticket prices?… Some clues about why arts […]