DIGGING UP HISTORY

Digging the new Athens subway proved an opportunity to unearth fascinating layers of history. Now that the subway has opened, some of the finds are now on display, including relics from “a mass grave from the time of the Peloponnesian War, presumed to be full of victims of the plague which struck the Athenians in 430BC, when people crowded into the city from the countryside for protection.” – Financial Times

SHOPPING BY DESIGN

The fashion store Prada has chosen three A-list architects to design its new stores: Rem Koolhaas’s OMA, in Rotterdam, Zurich’s Herzog & de Meuron and Tokyo’s SANAA. Between them, these ‘Pradarchitects’ are designing six buildings that are meant to ‘reinvent the concept of shopping’ Gradually, we are witnessing a merging of theatre, worship, fashion, architecture, design and shopping.” – The Guardian

ART CONTRIBUTION

“Colombian artist Fernando Botero has donated a collection of works of art worth an estimated $250 million to two museums in Colombia, one in the capital Bogotá, the other in Medellin, the artist’s native city. The collection includes more than 200 paintings, drawings and sculptures by Botero as well as 100 works by Picasso, Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Degas, Toulouse Lautrec, Matisse, Chagall, Miró, Klimt, Dali and Henry Moore, from the artist’s own collection.” – The Art Newspaper

ACTOR ARRESTED FOR SLASHING PICTURES

A leading Polish actor is arrested for slashing pictures in a gallery. The exhibition was called “The Nazis” and depicted actors from movies in Nazi uniforms. “I defend the right to say that there are some frontiers of decency which were clearly overstepped in this exhibition, and I reacted violently in the hope that my gesture will highlight my objections.” – The Art Newspaper

THEATRE TREATY

Delegates from 90 countries expect to agree on an international treaty to protect actors’ rights. “The treaty, which aims to protect performers against the unauthorized use of their work, is being negotiated under the auspices of WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the United Nations body that oversees copyright and trademark protection.” – Montreal Gazette

CULTIVATING THE NEXT GENERATION, NO DOUBT

A mother calls up a radio program in Sydney to complain about having to pay $27 for a ticket for her in-arms baby when she went to “Annie.” The producer responds: “We are not a charity. The company could have $45 or $50 for the baby.” And the radio station’s switchboard lights up and patrons call the theatre to cancel their tickets. Sydney Morning Herald

UNIVERSAL MUSIC?

“The celestial jukebox, according to its legions of proponents, will be a vast digital cloud of music that contains every song ever recorded. Rather than having to lug around compact disks and cassettes to stick in stereos or car players, people will be able to log onto the celestial jukebox from computers, televisions, stereos, automobiles, cell phones and even household appliances.” Trouble is, it’ll never work. – Inside.com