11.30.17

Classical Music World Worries Over Clampdown On Trade In Rosewood

"New regulations on the international movement of rosewood have hit hard in parts of the music industry, which has long relied on rosewood as a 'tonewood' used in many kinds of instruments, including guitars, cellos and clarinets. The reason for the [customs] crackdown, and for Katz's anxiety? China. Specifically, Chinese consumers' growing demand for rosewood or 'hongmu' furniture."

It Took An Army To Install The Met’s Michelangelo Show

Among the most complex of the installations was the effort to mount a large-scale drawing that was a preliminary study for a fresco in the Vatican’s Pauline Chapel. The work arrived inside a metal case weighing 650 pounds, and required not only a forklift to install it securely, but also scissor lifts and 40 people to help with the task. Marcello Venusti’s famous copy of Michelangelo’s Last Judgment was even heavier, weighing in at 750 pounds.

Inside Brazil’s Culture Wars

Despite its libidinous carnival, sexy music and skimpy clothes, Brazil is also a deeply conservative and religious country – and it is currently witnessing a culture war between those two sides of its national character. The battlefield for those skirmishes has been the country’s museums and cultural institutions.

Inside Brazil’s Culture Wars

Despite its libidinous carnival, sexy music and skimpy clothes, Brazil is also a deeply conservative and religious country – and it is currently witnessing a culture war between those two sides of its national character. The battlefield for those skirmishes has been the country’s museums and cultural institutions.

Remember How Bookstores Used To Be Before Christmas?

This lovely piece is by a woman who worked as a book wrapper: "In the weeks before Christmas the Chinook was loud and warm and full. Toddlers threw stuffed monkeys from the two-story playhouse in the children’s book section; men in hiking boots and dirty ski jackets bent over topographical maps they’d pulled from tall oak chests containing all the landscapes of the West: every vein, every slope, from the prairie to the Pacific. Shoppers balanced tall stacks of books in their arms, left stacks of books on the wide black counter while they went back for more."

A Los Angeles Bureau Moves A Famous Piece Without Consulting The Artist – Who Says It’s No Longer A Work Of Art

On the other hand, if they hadn't moved "Vermonica," who knows what might have happened? "We were recently contacted by the property management at that strip mall and we were told that [the lamps] needed to be removed — I think, because they are redesigning the parking lot or there will be construction going on there. ... The timeline sped up because one day they started doing some work over there and they called and said, ‘We need to have two lights removed immediately.’ Our sense of urgency was to protect and preserve the streetlights so that they wouldn’t be damaged or removed by someone other than us."

Nine Women Accuse Lauded Playwright Of Sexual Harassment And Rape

Almost all of the women said they felt betrayed by a man they had considered a mentor. Israel Horovitz, "as the founding artistic director of Gloucester Stage, a respected regional theater that called itself a 'safe harbor for playwrights,' and as an Obie-winning writer whose work was produced frequently in New York and Paris, has had the power to offer roles, jobs or a helping hand to generations of actors."