The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has pulled out of negotiations on broadcasting next year’s Sydney Festival. “Too expensive,” says the national broadcaster. Sydney Morning Herald
Hartford recently cut instrumental music from its school curriculum. City’s residents protest while taking stock of its other arts education programs. Hartford Courant
Last month a Texas county withdrew funding from the Texas Shakespeare Festival because of a production of “Angels in America” to which local officials objected. Here’s a version of playwright Tony Kushner’s letter defending the play against “art bullies.” The Nation
Hartford Ballet folded earlier this year, and many thought resident dance was through in Hartford. But Dance Connecticut has risen from the old company’s ashes and early signs are promising. – Hartford Courant
Five artists – choreographer Donald McKayle, visual artist Alexis Smith, TV producer Darren Star, R.E.M singer Michael Stipe, and director Julie Taymor – sit down to talk about art in the new century. Los Angeles Times 11/28/99
- And:LESSONS OF THE 20TH CENTURY: The wild ride that changed the meaning of visual art. Christopher Knight explains. Los Angeles Times 11/28/99
- And: 100 years of Cal art at the LA County Museum.
- And: A century of architecture.
- And: In TV. Media. Movies. Dance. Music. Theater.
- And: internet is key to LA theater prosperity.
Los Angeles Times 11/28/99
heads to this week’s World Trade Organization meetings in Seattle with cultural protection on its mind. CBC
The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia’s tour of the UK wasn’t going well and the budget was busted. Musicians quarreled with the conductor, then took matters into their own hands – they hit the street to play for money. Compassionate Swansea shoppers helped save them. – BBC
Hard to believe it’s been ten years – Ailey company looks back on the tenth anniversary of Judith Jamison’s reign. New York Times
It’s National Buy Nothing Day – culture jamming is a new movement dedicated to resisting the consumer urge when those about you have had their taste shaped by corporate America. CBC
Baltimore Sun music critic has been fired for plagiarism. – (AP) Baltimore Sun