The Shot That Shattered The Velvet Underground
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 »
Brooklyn Museum | Phillip Jones Griffiths
The Painting Of The Virgin Mary
“On stage, I make love to 25,000 different people, then I go home alone.”
This Is Not A Parrot
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 »
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 Radios, Movies, TV and the Internet have all superseded theatre and theatre is not sustainable without dirty great big handouts.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 »
UK arts bludger Mark Ravenhill comes clean on excesses of arts subsidies. His observations apply just as easily to the culture scene in New Zealand, especially under Helen Clark.
One of Britain’s leading playwrights has said funding cuts could be “a good thing” for the arts because artists would be less “safe and well behaved”.
Mark Ravenhill said he was against cuts but that the performing arts had been compromised by a “cosy” relationship with funders over the past 15 years.
He said artists “weren’t telling the truth” about the world often enough when public funding was more plentiful. Read more »
It doesn’t matter where, New Zealand, Australia, or the the UK the entitlement mentality of arts bludgers never ceases.
The bonus of this attempted bludge is that it will never be tried here, Winston Peters knows when he is bought and who bought him.
The £1.7bn Brits spend with online gambling companies every year should be taxed to support the arts, Lord Puttnam has argued.
The film producer and Labour peer said the UK is in “desperate need” of cultural skills and talent, and taking advantage of the boom in placing bets via the internet could aid the industry.
“We will need to find new ways to help support the arts,” Lord Puttnam wrote in the Yorkshire Post. Read more »