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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Douglas McLennan

Doug is a longtime arts journalist, and the founder and editor of ArtsJournal.com, he's frequent keynoter on arts and digital issues, and works with a number of arts organizations nationally.

What Seattle Is Losing: A Culture of Risk?

Many of Seattle's arts institutions are so focused on the essentials of survival it’s increasingly difficult to experiment or play. When margins are so close, a failed project is less tolerable.

Model Of Reinvention: Seattle Symphony At A Crossroads

A decade ago the orchestra was badly broken. After ten years of huge progress the SSO is playing better than it ever has and is a model of reinvention. And now another crossroads.

Some Are Celebrating Facebook’s New Investment In News. Here’s Why It’s Bad

Facebook's "benevolence" in investing hundreds of millions in paying for some content is really the nail in the coffin.

Bumber-Gone? How An Iconic Seattle Festival Lost Its Way And How It Might Be Reinvented

What explains the flagging fortunes of Bumbershoot, which has over the past 20 years become less and less distinctive, spectacularly more expensive to attend, and suffered diminished attendance and an increasingly unsustainable business model?

I-976 Trust Issues: Opening For A Governor Eyman?

Now, after hearing from voters, officials are risking further distrust by ignoring them thereby putting in jeopardy future tax asks, no matter how justified.

Intiman: Theatre Of The Future? (an update on the “theatre that wouldn’t die”)

The existential question is what exactly Intiman is at this point. The speed at which money has been raised so far suggests there's still a constituency willing to find out, but the Big What is still an open question.

After Trump: Lessons On Deprogramming A Cult

Alex Hursh in The New Republic explores the cult of Trump. How do you talk cult-members back from the edge when Dear Leader falls?

Intiman: The Theatre That Wouldn’t Die

One of Seattle's primary theatres dodges a bullet and soldiers on. The question is should it?

Pull Up The Ladders: Why Rural Americans Vote Against Their Own Self-Interests

Writer Monica Potts returned to her roots in rural Arkansas after some 20 years away, and discovered that people there aren't just against immigrants and big city folk, they oppose anything they themselves won't use.

A Stunning Take Down Of Boeing

Wonder why Boeing's stock hasn't plunged since two of its planes crashed? Writer Maureen Tkacik traces how Boeing downgraded the actual designing and making of planes in favor of questionable supply chain mandates and insulating its stock price from market shocks.

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You’re Served: Standing Up To Sheriff Jimmy Clark In The 1964 Deep South

Dispatched to Selma with a summons and complaint, I was instructed to con my way into Clark’s office and serve him with the papers.

Review: “Evgenyi Onegin” – Pain! Passion! Poetry! (hold the irony . . .)

I suddenly realized how lucky we are to have it at all. If the poet who created the story and the composer who set it to music 40 years later had ever actually met, they would probably have disliked each other enough to make collaboration impossible.

Advice to Democrats: Vive Les Cafes!

France is working on a rural agenda, and Democrats in America could borrow some of the ideas for reviving cafes and hang-out places.

All Jumbled Up: The Shifting Politics Of Trade In The China And NAFTA 2.0 Deals

While both Trump and Democrats have been politicizing the trade issue, the President not bashing China and Democrats voting in favor of his USMCA are encouraging. I sense a growing realization that trade wars are not good for the economy.

Two Jeers for ‘The Two Popes’

As history, the Netflix film 'The Two Popes' is baloney on steroids. It’s also brilliantly acted, sometimes amusing, and occasionally moving.