Ai Weiwei Sculpture Unveiled in NYC
Weiwei remains imprisoned; in his honor, New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled Weiwei's giant bronze sculpture installation in Manhattan's Pulitzer Fountain.
SFJazz Breaks Ground on $50 Million Hub, New Era
The SFJazz Center will be located at Fell and Franklin.
Dancer Rory Hohenstein Returns to Bay Area
The former San Francisco Ballet soloist returns to the Bay Area as a guest artist with Walnut Creek's Diablo Ballet.
'Gypsy' Playwright Arthur Laurents Mourned
The writer of West Side Story and the film The Way We Were has passed away.
Pixar's Nick Pitera becomes YouTube singing star
A 25-year-old animator goes viral ... the next Trannyshack star? Watch his One Man Disney Movie:
From Sacramento Press:
Sacramento Opera Has Three Days to Raise $14,000
After canceling its last two shows of the season, the organization needs $ to ensure next season.
From The New York Times:
Neil Patrick Harris Will Return as Tony Awards Host
The Tony's will be hosted by Harris (from the TV show How I Met Your Mother), who's been making headlines recently for becoming a dad sans mother.
From The New York Times:
Getty Trust's Pick for President Surprises Art World
The world's wealthiest arts organization appoints a new leader: James Cuno, the director of the Art Institute of Chicago.
From the Chicago Tribune:
Oprah's Broadway Acting Dream is on the Express Track
With her last television show looming (May 25), Oprah turns to the stage. She hasn't decided what yet, but she's been meeting with producers in New York to plan her return to acting.
From the Los Angeles Times:
Live Nation, Groupon to Launch Discount Ticket Site
Ticketmaster/Live Nation Entertainment think that starting a discount service (expected to launch in June) will amend last year's big drop in attendance. Hmmm, doesn't it seem easier to just get rid of all of those service fees?
From The Washington Post via the Associated Press:
PBS, Seeing Weakness Among Its Competition, Plans to Air Arts Festival in Fall
PBS will air arts programming on Friday nights for nine straight weeks starting in October -- highlights include Give Me the Banjo narrated by Steve Martin and San Francisco Ballet's production of The Little Mermaid.
From the Guardian:
Tony Kushner's Honour Restored by University Board's Unanimous vote
The playwright (Angels in America) was under scrutiny for not being sufficiently pro-Israel.
From the IFC.com:
NEA Now Offering Grants for Video Games
National Endowment for the Arts funding will move beyond radio and television.
From the Arts Journal:
Why So Much Stein? Why Not?
It will be all about Gertrude Stein in SF in the next few months at such venues as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Contemporary Jewish Museum and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
From The Week:
Bristol Palin's 'Bafflingly Contrived' New Reality Show
After being so "popular" on Dancing with the Stars, Sarah Palin's daughter will be starring in her own reality show. Be sure to scroll to end of the article to read all the snarky comments.
Speaking of (in)famous mothers, Becoming Chaz, a documentary following gender transition of Cher's daughter, is hitting the TV this week:
Rare Beatles Photos (That Have Never Been on Display Outside of Europe) on View at SF Art Exchange
From May 7 through June 15, you can remember having Beatle-mania. Also, in the news, Strawberry Fields, Not Quite Forever: Gates at Beatles Landmark Are Removed from the The New York Times.
Miscellaneous News You Can Use
San Francisco Arts Commission will be honoring Richard L. Greene with a Lifetime Achievement Award later this month at the SF Fine Art Fair. More info at sffineartfair.com.
Gleek alert: If you have some cash to spare, Glee star Darren Criss will be performing on May 14. More info at marinesmemorialtheatre.tix.com.
SHN announces their new season, which includes American Idiot and Harold Pinter's The Caretaker starring Jonathn Pryce. More info at shnsf.com.