#TBT: 13 Years Later And Still No Box Suites And Chicken Strips

There’s a fascinating article by Mark Fisher in the 9/27/17 edition of The Guardian (H/T Ceci Dadisman’s ARTSMAIL newsletter) that examines the success of a Glasgow based theater series that encourages attendees to bring food and drink to the performance.

Adaptistration People 169When discussing The Guardian article with a colleague, she mentioned “What would the arts and culture landscape here in the US look like if theaters let you eat and drink while the show is happening? And hey, that would make a great Adaptistration topic.”

Yes. Yes it would. Just like it did back in 2004.

The conversation reminded me of a post from 2004 titled Box Suites and Chicken Strips that examines the merits of relaxing what are usually stringent prohibitions against food and drink inside a venue. It even goes so far as to suggest this should be an expected accommodation when designing new concert halls.

Box Suites and Chicken Strips

#TBT Is Now A Thing

The recent exchange with my colleague reminded me that with more than 3,600 articles over 14 years, the blog has lived long enough to see topic cycles come and go.

As such, I’ve decided to make each Thursday an official Throwback Thursday (#TBT) event featuring an existing article and its relevance to current topics and events.

In fact, I would be surprised if a few “what the hell was I thinking?” posts don’t show up from time to time.

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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