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If they were any good the market would pay for their work

Aussie arts bludgers are having a whinge. 

The government has slashed their subsidised lifestyle.

Last week, the Australian arts community reacted in horror as news was released of the defunding of around 65 arts companies and organisations. In what is already known as “Black Friday”, the Australia Council released its latest figures for multi-year funding, revealing the bleak result of years of cuts and bungled policy.

So far discussion has focused on the crisis facing small-to-medium companies and organisations. But this has obscured where the real damage is happening. The number of Australia Council grants to individual artists and projects has decreased by a staggering 70% since the 2013/14 financial year.   Read more »

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We have done without the theatre for nearly ten years I think we can do without it forever

The arts luvvies are on the bludge again demanding the government fund the restoration of a shithouse theatre that no one has used for nearly ten years.

If we have done without it for ten years we can do without it forever.

The fate of Auckland’s historic St James Theatre could be in the Government’s hands, according to the Labour party’s heritage spokeswoman Jacinda Ardern.

Renovations of the 87-year-old Queen St building, which closed as a theatre in 2007 over safety concerns, are well underway alongside a 300-unit apartment development.

Major works are due to begin in March next year, but a shortage of funding still dogs the project, which has an estimated cost of between between $60 million and $70m.

“Auckland Council has partnered with Auckland Notable Properties Trust to develop a salvage plan and come to the party with $15m,” Ardern said.

“But even with a generous contribution from the owners and others, there is still a funding shortfall.

“If the remaining funding needed for the restoration is not found, we risk the doors remaining closed and the theatre mothballed.”

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Photo: Mike Browne

Photo: Mike Browne

Gooey Gumhead Statue

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Photo: Bob Adelman Andy Warhol at 47th Street Factory poses on notorious Factory red couch with Jackie Kennedy silkscreen. 1965, New York City.

Photo: Bob Adelman
Andy Warhol at 47th Street Factory poses on notorious Factory red couch with Jackie Kennedy silkscreen. 1965, New York City.

The Shot That Shattered The Velvet Underground

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I might remove my life ban on attending arts events for this

Duck Dynasty Season 3

Regular readers will know that I despise the arts, and especially the arts luvvies who are sustained by a bludging culture.

Excuse me while I channel New Zealand’s most prolific arts, travel and lifestyle blogger for a moment.

I haven’t attended a show willingly in many a year, probably decades.

But I might consider my lifetime ban on attending the arts for this.

In what The New York Times is calling “one of the more audacious theater projects in years,” the Robertson family is working with influential Broadway producer Michael David to create a Las Vegas musical based on the story of the family’s rise to fame. But before rehearsals have even begun, the show is causing a stir among some LGBT advocates. The Times reports that some of David’s fellow producers, are “aghast” at the idea of one of Broadway’s own working with the controversial Phil Robertson.

“The show will end up challenging the views and assumptions of people across the political spectrum, more than most theater does,” said David. “The Robertsons are so unusual, their story so juicy, and theater shouldn’t be limited to telling stories about people you resemble or revere.”    Read more »

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Photo/ Phillip Jones Griffiths

Photo/ Phillip Jones Griffiths

Brooklyn Museum | Phillip Jones Griffiths

The Painting Of The Virgin Mary

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© JIM MARSHALL PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC. San Francisco, 1968.  1965 TYPE 356 C: The 356 was Porsche’s first production model and had a nearly two-decade run as both a closed coupe and a convertible. This particular car is from the model’s last year of production and features a decidedly non-factory paint scheme, created at the request of famed singer Janis Joplin, who bought the car used and had it customized by a roadie for her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company. Apparently her friends were not the only ones who all drove Porsches.

© JIM MARSHALL PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC. San Francisco, 1968.
1965 TYPE 356 C: The 356 was Porsche’s first production model and had a nearly two-decade run as both a closed coupe and a convertible. This particular car is from the model’s last year of production and features a decidedly non-factory paint scheme, created at the request of famed singer Janis Joplin, who bought the car used and had it customized by a roadie for her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company. Apparently her friends were not the only ones who all drove Porsches.

“On stage, I make love to 25,000 different people, then I go home alone.”

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Johannes Stoetter

Johannes Stoetter

This Is Not A Parrot

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Len Brown’s Secret “Gifts and Inducements” Register?

via Newstalk ZB

via Newstalk ZB

The tipline is hot with news of a committee in Len Brown’s Auckland Council running a “register of gifts and inducements”.

It’s for a committee that spends over $10 million a year of ratepayers’ money, mainly on liberal elite luvvies in  the arts like opera and plays and string quartets. The sort of stuff David Farrar would get free tickets to.  Read more »

Theatre ends 50 years of bludging

What bludgers like Brian Rudman don’t understand is that theatres are at least four generations of technology behind the times. Radios, Movies, TV and the Internet have all superseded theatre and theatre is not sustainable without dirty great big handouts.

Wellington’s longest running professional theatre, Downstage, will close its doors for good at the end of the week after a decision by Creative New Zealand to stop funding it next year.

The theatre had presented shows for 50 years.

The board had not taken the decision lightly, said Downstage Theatre Trust chairman Allan Freeth.  Read more »