Desert Island Culture Blogs

I’ve been reading culture blogs for more than 15 years and while it’s normal for most to cycle in and out of my regular reading routine, a few have remained constant. I like to think of them as my desert island culture blogs. No matter what, the authors examine consistently thought-provoking material and offer observations that evolve over time and challenge conventional wisdom. One of those blogs is celebrating its 14th …

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It’s Thursday. Still Sick.

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I’m still under the weather and need to take a bit more time to recuperate. While I’m sorry the residency at Fredonia State University of New York had to be bumped by this, I am grateful we were able to reschedule a time for September, 2018. We’ll circle back to that in the fall; in the meantime, there’s an interesting quartet of new job listings at the Music Academy of the …

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Need Alternatives To Adobe Creative Suite?

I’m still slogging along under the weather, so today’s post will be another quickie, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it may not be of much value. Several weeks ago, I noticed composer, academic, and all around sharp knife in the drawer David MacDonald posted something on his Facebook wall about starting the process into migrating away from using Adobe Creative Cloud. For many arts orgs and arts entrepreneurs, …

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How Would You Define Diverse Programming?

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Pop quiz! Which of the following items is not an example of diverse artistic programming: Operas written by women. Operas written by minorities. Operas written by living composers. Operas written by dead white guys. Over the weekend, a friend’s Facebook post caught my attention when it pointed out some 2018/19 season announcement marketing copy from the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s website (emphasis is found in the original copy): We pride ourselves …

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Sick Day

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I’m taking a sick day so just a quick post linking over to something from culture writer Brian Wise back in July, 2017: Five Things Every Orchestra Website Should Get Right. Of particular interest is the recommendation about date formats: International users: Your date format should be clear and understandable outside the U.S. (as much of the world doesn’t follow a month/day/year format and wall-style calendars often start on Mondays). About two …

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