“Although other people have played supporting roles in making Chicago fine arts radio station WFMT-FM a unique broadcast outlet that is respected around the world, one man saw to it that 98.7 FM would remain to this day an oasis of class, style and intelligence amid the rock-and-yak-dominated dial of commercial radio.”
The 32-year-old Belgian choreographer “is a rising star of European dance, and the fact that he agreed to collaborate with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet on his first piece for an American company, spending months on the process, is a major artistic coup for the bold young troupe.” The new dance, titled Orbo Novo, premieres this week at Jacob’s Pillow.
“After all, in his day the French thought potatoes – fried or otherwise – were poisonous, or at the very least unpalatable, and Franklin took part in changing their minds about this New World vegetable.”
“The scoops, and subsequent red-framed ‘exclusives’ about Jackson’s tangled personal and professional affairs, have brought not only massive attention to the site but also a journalistic reassessment as well. The question is: Did TMZ just get lucky with its Jackson coverage — a right-place, right-time lightning strike — or has TMZ built a smarter new-media organization that could teach the rest of the pack how to get it done?”
“A survey of corporate and private philanthropy to Australia’s 28 major performing arts companies reveals that in 2008 individual support through bequests, gifts of money and prescribed private funds had increased from 2004 by 119 per cent to $20 million.”
“At the height of his popularity, Jackson bent the music industry toward an androgynous, perpetually childlike model of superstardom. He managed a similar trick in transforming the architecture of this classic Santa Barbara County ranch property.”
“By opening pop up shops we are making a high streets more appealing to shoppers and visitors. And it’s not just happening in London. Many of the UK’s towns and cities are seeing their own high street galleries.”
“Like those brand-new ghost towns in Nevada and Arizona, the Spertus’s acclaimed building will stand mostly unpopulated, its distinctive, faceted glass facade a taunting portal to a locked vault. Treasures and programs that were easily accessible at its former location–a building of the same height, right next door–will now be available to the public a total of about 12 hours a month.”
Will anyone be fighting over any of today’s crop of movie songs 60 years from now? “Lose Yourself” — Eminem’s Best Original Song winner of 2002 — should be so lucky.