Orange County PAC Suffers Major Drop In Attendance

“The Orange County Performing Arts Center saw “a decline of 43.1 percent in paid attendance, 53.1 percent in ticket revenue and 36.5 percent fewer performances compared to the previous season.” That said, the center “managed to show an operating surplus of $256,000. Still, it faces a deficit of about $744,000 because of last year’s bond market crisis.”

‘British Film-Goers Don’t Like British Films And UK Distributors Can’t Get Them Into Cinemas’

So goes the plaint about a new wave of indie movies in Blighty. Says one producer-director, “There is a certain amount of familiarity breeding contempt. This is true of British distributors as well as of British critics. We [the British] tend toward the exotic. If things are too familiar, they are often considered less interesting.”

A Cache Of Rare Old 78s Discovered In English ‘Stately Home’

While visiting Brodsworth Hall in Yorkshire, a retired recording engineer noticed a disc that turned out to be an excerpt from Bohème recorded by Enrico Caruso and Geraldine Farrar in 1908. It was part of a trove that includes violinist Mischa Elman playing Souvenir de Moscou in 1906 and Sousa conducting Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in 1905.

‘One Of The Most Influential Comedy Minds In The English-Speaking World’ (And Most Americans Have Never Heard Of Him)

That would be the prolific Scottish writer-director-producer Armando Ianucci, creator of the new political satire In the Loop (and its BBC-TV progenitor, The Thick of It) and the man who blazed a path for, among others, Jon Stewart, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Colbert, Sacha Baron Cohen and Wag the Dog.