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The Brat Whisperer

Much like The Responsibility Scallop, The Brat Whisperer* is another neologism of mine for organizational theory. One of the first things I learned building ensembles at conservatory was this: the first thing you do, fire the brat. If you can’t turn up on time, communicate clearly and quickly, be sensitive...

No Experiences No. 2

This is a film of a setting of a poem inspired by a tweet by a robot (**Late Update: Okay, it turned out it wasn’t a robot.**). Jason Buckwalter and Kimberly Christie are thoroughly charming, and John Belkot did a great job directing this little film. Victoria Nece did the...

One of my favorite things about Greg Jukes

Is that sometimes he just emails me to say “Hey! I’m playing your piece tomorrow… in Alaska!” Dude. Sweet. That’s his view. Greg’s sweet theatrical ensemble, The Fourth Wall, is the guest artist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks New Music Festival, and they’re playing an awesome program, including Crystal...

Why yes, I think I will read Adam Huttler on House of Cards

And shockingly, I basically agree with him. I know. Unprecented. Definitely read his post. I’ll wait. Basically, he walks you through the data-driven story of creating the House of Cards remake for Netflix. Users loved the original series, and those users also loved Kevin Spacey and David Fincher. So Netflix...

Ian Richter playing Prufrock in Baltimore

On Feb. 13th Ian Richter is going to be rocking the heck out of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, as he often does. Churches in a lot of cities host short lunchtime concerts. It’s a great way to make a cultural contribution and engage office workers in their...

#24MAG issue 4 is done!

We did it again. A horde of talented folks spent 24 solid hours making a magazine. I pushed myself harder than ever for this issue. I masterminded the food for the entire crew, which was, this time, huge. I was looking for creative satisfaction from the food, but various circumstances...

The Met in HD, MOOCs, and the Distributors of the Future

There’s a fascinating discussion going on right now. It’s about what the arts sector will look like for the next couple of generations. The most recent chapter was started by Michael Kaiser, picked up by Diane Ragsdale, and then continued by Adam Huttler. Basically, Michael is arguing for increased efficiency...

New Video of Crystal Tresses in the Sky

Greg did this performance at Exapno in July, and the footage has been sitting around on my computer since then. Then I got Premiere Elements and can finally have an easier time dealing with all the concert footage living on my drives…. Yeah… there’s a lot of it. His ensemble,...

NAMPC post-game

The National Arts Marketing Project conference was a blast. There were lots of smart people, the conference was very well organized, and I was upside down (photo credit: @lynnekingsley). It rocked. I spoke with Sara Eileen Hames and Casey Middaugh about how arts organizations can use Kickstarter to rapidly prototype...

New Videos of The Stain of Love!

Jason Buckwalter is awesome. He’s a wonderful singer, he’s funny onstage, and he always does a wonderful job with my music. This performance was at the Mount Vernon Music Space in Baltimore, as part of a concert I organized together with Megan Ihnen and Zachary Herchen called “Everybody We Know,...

Chefs and Musicians Again

Last time I blogged about my two favorite professions, I recommended that musicians look at how restaurants deal with lots of quantitative and qualitative in-depth feedback from their customers (how many of what sold, what the waiters say the customers said, etc.). As I’m on vacation, I thought I’d return...

Ruckus NYC Totally Rocked

We’re coming up on two weeks since Ruckus NYC. After recovering from a computer failure, we can begin work on the conference videos and concert footage. Also in that time we’ve been paying artists and speakers $50 each. With almost three dozen people involved, we’re very proud to be able...