Tell Us How You Really Feel

A 9/25/21 Facebook post from conductor David Leibowitz caught my eye because it’s hard to miss something that begins with “Dear Met Opera: F*** you for your incredibly horrible online ticket purchasing site.” The full post provides more context: Dear Met Opera: F*** you for your incredibly horrible online ticket purchasing site. Timing out before one can pay is not good customer relations. I guess that when you don’t give a …

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Wait, Interns Aren’t Here For Us?

I always love it when Joe Patti doesn’t hold back on a topic and he really opened up on one near and dear to me: predatory arts org internships. He examines an internship environment that was so caustic, it caught the attention of the L.A. Times and he brought everything together in the best possible way: As business journals try to analyze the motivations behind the current Great Resignation, it would behoove the theater world to note …

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If You’re Looking For Arts Org Vax Policy Resources, I’ve Got Nearly 200 For You

After a pandemic break Scott Silberstein, HMS Media Co-founder and Executive Producer, is back at his Hot Topics newsletter and the most recent issue has a wealth of resource links to a variety of venue Covid policies: American Players Theater Milwaukee Rep  Upstate New York, including Schenectady, Albany, Rochester, Buffalo, Elmira and Syracuse In Ohio, the Cleveland Playhouse, the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati and Kuss Auditorium at Clark State in Springfield Altria Center in …

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Get Cary Elwes On the Phone!

Orchestras are starting back into live, in-person events and it’s clear everyone is happy to be back. In San Francisco, they even managed to get a good laugh out of wearing masks. The 9/23/21 edition of SFGate.com published an article by Amy Graff that reported on a live movie music concert that featured the film The Princess Bride that had a line which left the audience in tears (in a good …

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When It Comes To Our Audience, Are We Curious Or Judgmental?

There’s a great article by Whit Honea in the 9/23/21 edition of The Washington Post that examines the value of Apple TV’s Ted Lasso. It’s a fabulously reflective post about an equally wonderful show but the part that jumped out was toward the end when the author highlights one of the show’s underlying points: “Be curious, not judgmental” (emphasis added). “Be curious, not judgmental.” In a pivotal moment, Ted faces Rebecca’s ex-husband, …

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