Boston’s New Arsenal Arts Center Struggles

“Three months after its grand opening gala, the $7.5 million Arsenal Center for the Arts in Boston is struggling to book its new space and facing the resignations of two top officials. The Arsenal Center for the Arts serves as the home for New Repertory Theatre and the Watertown Children’s Theatre and also contains spaces for art shows, classes, and dance performances.”

Venice Biennale Director To Join Philadelphia Museum

Curator Robert Storr is joining the staff of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. “Storr, a graduate of Swarthmore who has taught at Tyler School of Art, the University of the Arts, and the University of Pennsylvania, will continue to teach at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts and hold his position as director of the 2007 Venice Biennale.”

SF Mayor: Architecture Matters

San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom wants to make quality architecture a priority in his city. “He takes potshots at predecessors who allowed “a dumbing down of quality.” He says developers should be held responsible for how their buildings look, and he wants the city to be known for new landmarks as well as old favorites — even if some people cringe at what they see.”

La Scala’s Big Opening Success

After much conjecture about it, La Scala’s opening night went off as a success, and English conductor Daniel Harding proved himself. Thursday’s headline in the Italian daily La Repubblica read, “Harding, the Boy Maestro, Opens the Era for the New Scala.” And in Corriere della Sera, the headline was, “Harding Conquers La Scala.”