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This week’s podcast features a conversation with David Seidler, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of The King’s Speech . The film also received the much-coveted best picture nod, as well as an Oscar for Colin Firth’s portrayal of England’s George VI, who was determined...
Abraham Ritchie. Photo by Anna Wolak Like a ship heading towards open ocean, progressive art is constantly moving away from us. Culture does not slow down or stop when visual art is cut from school curricula or when art critics are fired from major newspapers. Rather it is the community that...
The MojoCats perform at Blue Monday. Photo courtesy of the Illinois Central Blues Club The Midwest has always been a hotbed for the blues. Kansas City. Chicago. St. Louis. But Springfield, Illinois? It’s not exactly the first place that comes to mind when you think of musical meccas. And yet...
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania When we visit a museum, there’s a good chance we’ll join up with a docent or pick up an audio guide. If we're at home, we might listen to a museum podcast or watch a video about the latest and greatest exhibits. But for those who are deaf or hard-of-...
Alexander Calder's La Grande Vitesse helped revitalize Grand Rapids' ailing downtown. Photo courtesy of the Grand Rapids Public Library Stamped on everything from the city's letterhead to its garbage trucks, Alexander Calder's La Grande Vitesse is much more than a landmark. It's...
Chad Bauman. Photo courtesy of Mr. Bauman In my role as director of communications at Arena Stage, I supervise media relations in addition to marketing and a few other areas. As originally intended, this blog was developed to discuss arts marketing, however from time to time, I stray a little and...
No Cash Value courtesy of flickr user bigcityal Arts and cultural organizations are long accustomed to referring to artworks as “assets”---but what about the U.S. government? Apart from the NEA and other cultural agencies, the deliberate use of this term to connote artistic value is not...
This week?s podcast celebrates the great Louis Armstrong, who was born 110 years ago today. Our guide to his career is the award-winning jazz critic (and Armstrong biographer) Gary Giddins. Giddins is second to none in his admiration of Armstrong; he believes that Armstrong is the single most...
Washington Post Maura Judkis. Photo by Jay Westcott, Politico In the last hour on Twitter, I've read that artist William Powhida's New York show is a dud, and that Hugo Weaving's performance as the Red Skull is a high point in Captain America . These weren't opinions from published...
"From K-12th grade, we're a wasted cause. We 'learn,' we do poorly on tests, we get expelled from school for fighting. Truth is, though, despite this stereotype displayed in the media, we care. We recognize that the failures and anger of city students is a product of our poor...

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