In July, “Channel 4 is to become the first UK broadcaster to put its back catalogue online completely free of charge.” Among the shows to be available on demand are Queer As Folk, Father Ted, Shameless and Da Ali G Show.
“By the 1850s, newspaper stories about death were becoming more organized – and writers were striving to convey the reality of death without having to state the unpleasant truth that somebody had actually died. So readers learned of decedents who had been scathed by the wing of the destroying angel, or erased by the omnipotent author. What changed that? The Civil War.”
“Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater has made a name for itself as a presenter of dark, edgy, groundbreaking theater.” This season, after losing half a million dollars last year and slashing its budget, the company’s offerings look different — which is to say, frothier and more mainstream. “But in moving from dark drama toward light farce, from the fringe toward the center, WHAT is hardly alone this year among New England’s summer theaters.”
“The High Line emulates Paris’s Promenade PlantÃ©e, a magical arbor that runs nearly three miles atop a disused railway viaduct, from the Bastille Opera to the city’s edge. But for now, the New York version goes hardly anywhere. At 20th Street, it hits a chain-link fence separating the current park from its future extension. You can stroll the entire open length in less than ten minutes.”
What happened to push the Phoenix Symphony to the brink of disaster?
“Our idea is to get our works read — not to create mounds of paper. Our function has always been curatorial, to say, ‘Here’s stuff to pay attention to.’ Whether that stuff comes in electronic form or between book covers is irrelevant. We want to make books available in as many different ways as possible.”
“While this summer boasts a raft of de rigueur studio blockbusters, the “Angels & Demonses” and “Star Treks” of the world, it also features a crew of A-list directors pointedly departing from the kinds of films that made their reputations, often chucking the trappings of big-budget filmmaking in search of the high of flying by the seats of their pants.”
“Readers were asked to pick which of four scientific articles was being depicted in a dance (you can watch the performance again here). The good news is that 54 percent of Lab readers correctly guessed that the dance, which was professionally choreographed (by Jinn Liang Chaboud) and performed, was an interpretation of a study of DNA polymerase salt kinetics by Vince LiCata of Louisiana State University.”
“Better known as a recording company that takes a special interest in American classical compositions, Naxos has recently expanded into movie restoration, reviving semi-legendary documentary films whose musical scores have proven more durable than their pictorial aspects and thematic pretensions.”
“Buffeted by high production costs, the ever-widening problem of piracy and a reluctance by established record companies to produce CDs for many shows, the cast album seems to survive today largely on the will of a few people determined to keep show music enshrined.”