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Top AJ Blog Posts For The Weekend Of 03.26.17

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:41:32 +0000

Squatting at The Bunker in London ‘Home Truths: An Incomplete History of Housing Told in Nine Plays.’ The play cycle runs from April 17 through May 13. ... read more AJBlog: Straight|UpPublished 2017-03-26 Mr. P.C. Found You must have been wondering—haven’t we all?—what happened to Mr. P.C.’s Guide To Jazz Etiquette And Bandstand Decorum. The […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.23.17

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:52:56 +0000

I know you won’t judge me This Arts Advocacy Day, the stakes are much higher. As we work to make the case for the arts, we wonder, is our data keeping pace? We’re using love (or breakup) letters as a creative and fun design research method to get powerful insight into the perceptions of our stakeholders. ... […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.22.17

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:52:11 +0000

You’re the best This Arts Advocacy Day, the stakes are much higher. As we work to make the case for the arts, we wonder, is our data keeping pace? We’re using love (or breakup) letters as a creative and fun design research method to get powerful insight into the perceptions of our stakeholders. ... read more AJBlog: […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.21.17

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:31:38 +0000

The NEA (and Other Things) The NEA, along with the NEH, the IMLS, the CPB, etc., etc., is very important for both symbolic and practical reasons. ... The other thing that concerns me is that, in general, attacks on public funding of the arts are not about money or the arts. ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.20.17

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 02:46:49 +0000

Love, Hate and Design Research Sigh. We live in interesting times. Increasingly folks are driven further apart, retreating into factions that love one thing/person or hate another. Naturally, we are right and they are wrong. ... read more AJBlog: Field Notes Published 2017-03-19 Operas That Dance The Brooklyn Academy of Music presents Mark Morris: Two […]

Top AJBlogs Posts From The Weekend Of 03.19.17

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 19:15:59 +0000

Poetry of the Absurd This is a tape cut-up I made with Carl Weissner way back in 1971. We used a recording of Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley speaking to members of the city council. We “cut” the tape ... read more AJBlog: Straight|UpPublished 2017-03-19   For The Weekend: A Beach Boys Song A La […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.16.17

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:40:58 +0000

NEA Funding: Beyond Votes, We Must Grow the Applause The President’s budget proposal to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts is merely an “opening argument.”  A very long legislative process now begins which will, hopefully, culminate in a budget that reflects moderation ... read more AJBlog: Audience Wanted Published 2017-03-16 It’s A Matter of […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.15.17

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 08:22:32 +0000

Midweek Extra: Howard McGhee With A Classic Ballad McGhee, one of the essential bop trumpeters, plays “Lover Man,” accompanied by Richard Davis, bass; Ted Dunbar, guitar; and Roy Haynes, drums; at Jack Kleinsinger’s “Highlights In Jazz” tribute to Charlie Parker ... read more AJBlog: RiffTides Published 2017-03-15  

Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.14.17

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 08:54:53 +0000

Contextualize First The tendency to imagine that community engagement demands all kinds of new work, new approaches, and new venues makes the consideration of engagement nearly impossible for some. ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2017-03-14 At the Top of the Met, Salaries Rose During Buyouts & Layoffs Consider the top two-thirds of this […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.13.17

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 08:09:30 +0000

The Pleasures of Taylor Paul Taylor American Modern Dance at Lincoln Center, March 7 through 26. ... read more AJBlog: Dancebeat Published 2017-03-13 Monday Recommendation: Bob Porter’s Soul Jazz Bob Porter, Soul Jazz: Jazz In The Black Community, 1945-1975, Xlibris Sometimes it’s good to get back to the basics. Bob Porter’s new book guides you […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.09.17

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 08:51:28 +0000

Female Power (from Medusa to Merkel) I love reading Mary Beard. She may be a professor, the highest of high-brow professors, but she writes — and speaks (albeit with a British accent) — like an actual human. Enjoy. ... read more AJBlog: Straight|Up Published 2017-03-09  

Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.08.17

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 10:28:31 +0000

Imagining a bright future Suppose in 10 years all problems that orchestras have will be solved! Suppose that orchestras have a vibrant young audience, that people all over the country are talking about what orchestras do. Suppose ... read more AJBlog: Sandow Published 2017-03-08  

Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.07.17

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 09:37:55 +0000

Essential Gradualism An occasionally expressed concern about community engagement is that current stakeholders will be driven away by imagined precipitous changes to the organization and/or its offerings. There are a couple of responses to this that ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2017-03-07 Ten Suggestions for Tom Campbell’s Successor at the Met In December […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.06.17

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 09:15:05 +0000

A Small Company with Big Ideas The New York Theatre Ballet performs in Saint Mark’s Church, March 1 through 4. ... read more AJBlog: Dancebeat Published 2017-03-06 Monday Recommendation: Joachim Kühn Trio Joachim Kühn New Trio, Beauty & Truth, ACT ... read more AJBlog: RiffTides Published 2017-03-06 Pauses that refreshed TV commercials rank high among […]

AJBlog Posts From The Weekend Of 03.05.17

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 21:15:54 +0000

Funny or die What makes a comedy? Perspective. Ask Shakespeare’s Malvolia, Titania, or Andrew Aguecheek if they’re living in a comedy and they’ll gaze at you with tear-stained incredulity. Publicly shamed, sexually humiliated, drugged and tricked into ... read more AJBlog: Performance MonkeyPublished 2017-03-05   SRJO With Carmen Bradford: Ella At 100 In Ella Fitzgerald’s […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.02.17

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 10:15:32 +0000

The Met, What Happens Next, Part Two As I indicated in yesterday’s post, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is in for a bit of a rough patch – but let’s not overdo it (as some people have). ... But the Met has gone wrong in not playing to its strengths. ... read more AJBlog: Real Clear […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.01.17

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 07:59:30 +0000

The Met: What Happens Next, Part One Tom Campbell’s forced resignation from the top post at the Metropolitan Museum of Art yesterday was both expected and shocking at the same time. Given the museum’s financial woes – most of which Campbell is responsible for – and internal morale, ... read more AJBlog: Real Clear Arts […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 02.28.17

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 09:41:47 +0000

When Free Is Insufficient They won’t even come when it’s free! That lament from an arts administrator, with eyes rolled and hands thrown up, demonstrates a profound lack of connection with the subject of the exclamation. It is usually ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2017-02-28 Who Should Lead the Met? Tom Campbell Decamps […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 02.27.17

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 09:53:21 +0000

Are Orchestras Better than Ever? Why Riccardo Muti is Wrong Are orchestras better than ever?  Riccardo Muti thinks so. Recently, ... he said: “The level of the orchestras in the world – especially in the seventies and eighties — has gone up everywhere.” ... read more AJBlog: Unanswered Question Published 2017-02-26 Burying the Bad News: Sotheby’s […]

Top AJBlogs From The Weekend Of 02.26.17

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:45:37 +0000

WHAT’S GOING ON IN OPERA? The news that Darren Keith Woods was summarily fired after a sixteen-year extraordinarily successful career as General Director of Fort Worth Opera added to some odd news from Vienna a short time ago seems inexplicable. ... read more AJBlog: OperaSleuthPublished 2017-02-23 The stories we weave are incomplete… It’s Black History […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 02.23.17

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:03:31 +0000

Music and Design Why do we talk about “seeing” bands or orchestral groups? How did album jackets and photography of musicians ... become important parts of music’s aura? Is a rock video a betrayal of what music is really about? ... read more AJBlog: CultureCrash Published 2017-02-23 The stories we weave are incomplete… It’s Black History […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 02.22.17

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:36:21 +0000

The “Leveraging Effect”: Why Small Grants from the Endangered NEA & NEH Matter Arts and humanities constituents rose to the challenge of meeting Monday’s deadline to gather more that 100,000 signatures on a petition to the White House calling for the federal government “to support the arts by ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2017-02-22 […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 02.21.17

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:52:07 +0000

Engagement Is Not . . . There are, of course, many things that community engagement is not. High on that list is “a magical elixir to cure all of the nonprofit arts industry’s ills.” ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2017-02-21 Portland Brings Kids To Jazz In the windows of a Target store on […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 02.20.17

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:12:38 +0000

On Entrepreneurialism and Publicness (or Whose Theatre Is It, Really?) I was disquieted when I encountered [Richard Swedberg's] discussion of cultural entrepreneurship a few years ago; however, it took completing a case study on the Margo Jones Theatre last year for me to identify the source of my unease. ... read more AJBlog: Jumper Published 2017-02-20 […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs For The Weekend Of 02.19.17

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:45:27 +0000

2017 Portland Festival Report No. 1 The Branford Marsallis Quartet and singer Kurt Elling combined in the first major concert of the 2017 Portland, Oregon PDX Jazz Festival. A packed audience in the capacious Newmark Theater heard a ... read more AJBlog: RiffTidesPublished 2017-02-18 The Martha Graham Dance Company’s New Visions The Martha Graham Dance […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 02.16.17

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:22:30 +0000

Finally, A Botticelli Exhibition in the U.S. The Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary, in Williamsburg, Va., has pulled off another noteworthy show, again eliciting important loans from Italy that other, larger museums would covet. ... read more AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2017-02-16 Propwatch: the dummy in The Pitchfork […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 02.15.17

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:26:23 +0000

Is The Institutionalization Of Our Arts A Dead End? 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, might have turned out ... read more AJBlog: diacritical | Douglas McLennan Published 2017-02-16 Is artistic leadership at […]