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Closing an Opera With 'Dignity'

John M. Eger | Posted 04.14.2014 | Arts
John M. Eger

After 49 years, the San Diego Opera announced a few weeks ago, it was closing its doors. Ian Campbell, the Opera's CEO and artistic director, said: "...

Hong Kong Zeros in on Creativity

John M. Eger | Posted 04.06.2014 | Arts
John M. Eger

We have known for some time that public art with sculptures, statues, and murals everywhere, and buildings with their uniquely carved doorways, cornices, and columns are usually what distinguish one city from another.

The Global Search for Education: With a Capital "A"

C. M. Rubin | Posted 03.12.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"It breaks my heart to think there are children out there who are not being exposed to Arts education. We have to change this!" - Ashley Brown As...

The Next Hit Show?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 03.05.2014 | Arts
C. M. Rubin

"This is a story about how love changes over time...The hope is that the emotion of that theme + a twisting thriller plot + great tunes = something u...

Cultural Ambassadors to the World

Bessie A. Winn-Afeku | Posted 04.15.2014 | Arts
Bessie A. Winn-Afeku

Known for its mix of classical ballet and modern dance, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was founded in 1958 by Alvin Ailey, during a time when African-Americans had little access to classical dance.

Alice - The New Opera

C. M. Rubin | Posted 03.21.2014 | Arts
C. M. Rubin

"Dodgson himself wrote that he imagined his work as musical theater -- an "operetta"." - Gary Bachlund Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska are schedul...

Dance And Capitalism: A Love-Hate Relationship

Nora Younkin | Posted 01.16.2014 | Arts
Nora Younkin

What is the biggest crisis facing contemporary concert dance? If you ask almost anyone in the field, they won't say talent is sparse. They won't say there is a creativity deficit. They won't say there aren't enough innovative collaborators.

APAP 2014: Six Things the Performing Arts Should Be Talking About in 2014

Marc Kirschner | Posted 03.15.2014 | Arts
Marc Kirschner

The broader point to be discussed is this: we have transitioned away from a paradigm where newspaper critics act as the gatekeeper between art and audiences to a new reality where algorithms perform that function.

Could Poetry Start an Educational Revolution?

Travis Nichols | Posted 03.04.2014 | Books
Travis Nichols

Dorothea Lasky is a force of nature. Not only has she published three full-length books and numerous chapbooks of magnificent poetry, she is also a fierce advocate for placing creativity at the core of childhood education.

Kennedy Center For Performing Arts Names First Female President

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 12.10.2013 | Arts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was named president of the Kennedy Center, becoming the first woman to lead the perform...

Indo-American Arts Council at Fifteen with Who's Who of South Asian Celebrities

Jim Luce | Posted 02.03.2014 | Arts
Jim Luce

No one in Manhattan can throw a gala like Aroon Shivdasani, and the fifteenth anniversary fete of her Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) was everything...

Sandra Bernhard Does 'Sandyland'

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 02.03.2014 | Arts
Elysabeth Alfano

"I think you are at your best when allowed to be yourself. No direction for your personality is the best way to go."

Defining Outcomes in Arts Education

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 02.02.2014 | Impact
Bruce E. Whitacre

Arts skills are for everyone, not just the future actors and directors and stage carpenters of America. For many children, the only opportunity for this experience is in school.

Making NYC Affordable for Artists

Lane Harwell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Lane Harwell

Where I agree with Byrne is on what is at stake when we ask the question about affordability for artists: both the present and the future, what he calls "ongoing creative life."

REVIEW: Broadway's 'Big Fish'

Christian Nilsson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Christian Nilsson

The musical opens with a big dance number that features a mermaid, giant, witch and every other character we've yet to formally meet. Subsequently, the score provides only enough to keep the audience engaged up to the show's tearjerking finale.

Engaging Children Through Costumes

Justin Moss | Posted 09.16.2013 | Arts
Justin Moss

Although the season is over, Florida Grand Opera (FGO) continues its efforts to bring opera to the community through partnerships targeting local children with an interest in the arts.

The Faithful Shopper: Best for Books

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 09.09.2013 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

It's been a couple of years since I've written about the independent bookseller scene - and thank the literary gods, it's as strong as ever! Between t...

Bedlam Theatre: Early Over-Excitement

Thom Louis | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thom Louis

We are about one month from the first day of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This landmark was announced with excitement on the Fringe society's Facebook feed and followed by a flurry of likes.

Is Your Child Ungifted?

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 08.27.2013 | Science
Scott Barry Kaufman

When Jay Leno asked Steve Carell how his kids were doing, he didn't seem too concerned: "I hate it when people talk about kids on talk shows. I hat...

You Are Not Your Talent

Adria Firestone | Posted 06.29.2013 | Arts
Adria Firestone

You have the power to create your life as you want. Use your precious energy to build yourself and your skills, not tear others down. Use your power of choice every moment of every day to make your life a magnificent work of art. Your life is the most important work of art you will ever create.

The Fine Art of Education

Amy Weisberg, M.Ed. | Posted 06.22.2013 | Los Angeles
Amy Weisberg, M.Ed.

As politicians and educators look for ways to improve attendance, graduation rates and test scores, I would challenge them to support the arts, provide funding and treat the artists and their teachers with the respect they deserve.

Dancing to the Right

Adria Rolnik | Posted 06.10.2013 | Arts
Adria Rolnik

One day my knees are the problem, another day my back, some days my hips or feet. As an adult dancer who takes two to three ballet classes a week, I get sick and tired of my never-ending aches and pains, but that's the reality when you're still taking class and you're over 50...

Opera vs. the Economy: Verismo 2.0 Pulls 'Wildcard'

Roxane Assaf | Posted 05.20.2013 | Arts
Roxane Assaf

Verismo 2.0 cleaves to a motto of feasibility. Opera with full orchestra is exciting for a singer and alluring for a producer. But small companies have been brought to ruin by the insistence upon this luxury.

'La Traviata' 160 Years Later

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 05.15.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The Met Opera returned its minimalist and modernistic production of La Traviata to the stage Thursday night with a thrilling Diana Damrau singing Viol...

Woody and Me

Gary M. Krebs | Posted 04.22.2013 | Entertainment
Gary M. Krebs

To me, Woody Allen is an unparalleled artist who has entertained and inspired me (and many other nebbishes) from childhood to present. While attending the Tisch School of the Arts (NYU), my single-minded freshman year goal was to meet Woody Allen.