LA Without the NEA, Her Opponent and more - This Week's Must Read

HERE ARE THIS WEEK'S BEST ARTICLES ABOUT THE PERFORMING ARTS AND CULTURE

  • What does the NEA's $148-million budget buy? 7,789,473 taco bowls but not even one mile of the 405 Freeway (LA Times)
  • What are We Watching? What are We Teaching? Preparing Acting Students for the New Golden Age (Howlround)
  • Look Back at the Original Production of Miss Saigon (Playbill)
  • Gender-Bending Debate Play ‘Her Opponent' to Open Off Broadway (NY Times)
  • What Theatre Artists and Administrators Should Know About Sexual Harassment (Howlround)
  • A Conversation With Anne Bogart: “I'm Absolutely Certain That Certainty Is Bad” (Theatre Times)
  • Two Female Playwrights Arrive on Broadway. What Took So Long? (NY Times)

The LA Times is doing a series on what local companies will be affected if the NEA is cut - CHECK IT OUT

And for some FUN: Donald:  The Musical

What "must read" stories in the arts did you encounter this week?


Save the NEA Edition of: This Week's Must Read

HERE ARE THIS WEEK'S BEST ARTICLES ABOUT THE PERFORMING ARTS AND CULTURE

As most of you are aware, the Trump administration has proposed complete elimination of the NEA. So here are a bunch of stories about it to make sure you're up to date.

  • Trump Proposes Eliminating the Arts and Humanities Endowments (NY Times)
  • How would the death of the NEA affect your community? California can cite 162 ways (LA Times)
  • What is the National Endowment for the Arts and what would we lose without it? (For starters, works like 'Hamilton') (LA Times)
  • The NEA works. Why does Trump want to destroy it? (LA Times)
  • Trump Wants to Eliminate the NEA. Here's What That Means for L.A. (LA Weekly)
  • If Trump really wants to unify American culture, he should fund public broadcasting (Washington Post)
  • Arts and Humanities on President Trump's Budget Chopping Block (American Theatre)
  • Statement from NEA Chair Jane Chu on FY18 Budget (NEA Arts Work Blog)
  • Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton: Rescue the arts from the budget chopping block (CNN)
  • Actors' Equity President Kate Shindle calls Trump's proposed elimination of NEA grants "a job killer" (Time Out)
  • Seven Influential Filmmakers Whose Careers Were Launched By Federal Funds (Esquire)
  • Tony Kushner on Trump's proposed arts cuts: 'It's an appalling idea' (Guardian)
  • In the Absence of Federal Arts Funding (Bloomberg)

Here are a couple of Onion Articles for sad laughs

  • Trump Says Wasteful NEA Hasn't Produced Single Valuable Work Since Claes Oldenburg's ‘Giant Three-Way Plug' (Onion)
  • Gaunt, Hollow-Eyed Big Bird Enters Sixth Day Of Hunger Strike Against Proposed Trump Budget (Onion)

Be sure to write to your representatives to tell them why you support the NEA.

What "must read" stories in the arts did you encounter this week?


Buffy Forever, Phillipa Soo Sings and Schmucks - This Week's Must Read

HERE ARE THIS WEEK'S BEST ARTICLES ABOUT THE PERFORMING ARTS AND CULTURE

  • Phillipa Soo Sings "Times Are Hard for Dreamers" in This Amélie Bonus Track (TheaterMania)
  • Theatres as Town Halls, With Politics (Occasionally) on the Agenda (American Theatre)
  • On ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' we fell for the Slayer along with Angel, Riley and Spike (Washington Post)
  • The opera about Walt Disney, and how Long Beach landed the U.S. premiere of 'The Perfect American' (LA Times)
  • How Pasadena's A Noise Within theater troupe builds a future on the past (LA Times)
  • On Schmucks, a Comedian Interviews People You Hate (Even Martin Shkreli) (LA Weekly)
  • Shut down but not silenced: Isis play Homegrown demands to be staged (Guardian)
  • Crossing Over: Arts, Military, and Passing to the Other Side (Howlround)
  • Merce Cunningham as Collaborator, Breaking Down Hierarchies in Art and Bodies (NY Times)
  • Theatre of the Oppressed in Iraq (Theatre Times)
  • A Brief History of the Gender Parity Movement in Theatre (Howlround)
  • The First U.S. Artist Ever Convicted of Obscenity Brings His Twisted Vision to L.A. (LA Weekly)

What "must read" stories in the arts did you encounter this week?


McNulty Gives the Snark on God Looked Away - This Week's Must Read

HERE ARE THIS WEEK'S BEST ARTICLES ABOUT THE PERFORMING ARTS AND CULTURE

  • For some wonderful snark see Charles McNulty's "commentary" on God Looked Away at the Pasadena Playhouse starring Al Pacino and Judith Light (LA Times)
  • Bitter Gertrude looks at the Bechdel Test and issues with white feminism (Bitter Gertrude)
  • A very interesting study on immigrants and their engagement with the arts (NEA Arts Works)
  • Pundits are treating Trump like theater. They should learn from the real critics (Washington Post)
  • Meet the Artist Who Made Herself Look the Way Body Dysmorphia Feels (L.A. Weekly)
  • Check out this photo series of comedians baring their souls (L.A. Weekly)
  • “Rules of Seconds” – Interview with playwright John Pollono (Arts Beat LA)
  • Our Next Step in Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression (Fractured Atlas)
  • Fun and informative blog on:  Theatre-ing While Disabled: Intern Edition (Howlround)
  • After all the crazy Oscar drama live onstage, one idea endures: the power of empathy (LA Times)
  • From Mabel to Momma Rose, Celebrating the Stage Work of Bernadette Peters (Playbill)
  • 13th installment of Submitting Like A Man: Women's Futures Month (Howlround)

What "must read" stories in the arts did you encounter this week?


Hillary Clinton receives a standing ovation and the Equity debate continues - This Week's Must Read

HERE ARE THIS WEEK'S BEST ARTICLES ABOUT THE PERFORMING ARTS AND CULTURE

  • John Cleese: How to write the perfect farce (Guardian)
  • See Hillary Clinton and Steven Spielberg at Sunset Boulevard (Playbill)
  • 2 Cast Albums Hit Billboard Top 20 for the First Time in 50 Years (Playbill)
  • The most fearless woman in opera? Patricia Racette on coming out, Trump, nudity and the demands of 'Salome' (LA Times)
  • Unmasking the Trauma: A Look at Research on Mask Making as a Creative Arts Therapy (NEA Art Works)
  • Watch Phillipa Soo Perform From Amélie (Playbill)
  • Headlong Theatre's “1984”: Orwell's Nightmare Or A Smug Satire For The Inner Party? (The Theatre Times)
  • In Search of an Artistic Sabbatical (Howlround)
  • What Has Equity Won in Los Angeles? (American Theatre)
  • A new satire must emerge – one that breaks out of the liberal bubble (Guardian)
  • Privilege is playing too great a role in the arts (Guardian)

 
What "must read" stories in the arts did you encounter this week?


Jake Gyllenhaal Sings and Mark Ruffalo Stands up for LA Theatre - This Week's Must Read

HERE ARE THIS WEEK'S BEST ARTICLES ABOUT THE PERFORMING ARTS AND CULTURE

 

  • Study reveals which moves can take you from disco disaster to dancing queen (Guardian)
  • Playbill Vault's Today in Theatre History: February 10 (Playbill)
  • Trending Now—an Arts Imperative in Economic Policy (NEA Arts Work)
  • Lighting Plots For Super Bowl LI Halftime Show (Live Design)
  • He believes in the arts as a basic right for kids. He is getting a $200,000 award for working for that (LA Times)
  • See Broadway After the Storm: Wintry Shots From a Snow-Covered Theatre District (NY Times)
  • Meryl Streep to Present Stephen Sondheim With PEN Award (Theater Mania)
  • Mark Ruffalo Stands up for Acting and LA Theatre (American Theatre)
  • Radical Empathy is the Theatre Artist's New Job (Howlround)
  • ‘Disgraced' Playwright Turns to a New Subject: Wall Street (NY Times)
  • What do we do in the time of Trump? The theater community is trying to figure out the answer (Washington Post)
  • L.A. Theater's Witch Hunters go after Playwrights Arena (Stage Raw)
  • A conversation with director Garry Hynes (Howlround)
  • Jake Gyllenhaal Sings from SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE (Broadway World)

What "must read" stories in the arts did you encounter this week?