April 2008


As reported in today’s New York Times, much anger has been aroused over New York University‘s plans to raze (and rebuild) the historic building. Maybe this “dialogue” will evolve into a full blown “conversation” at some point. In the meantime, if you’re interested in voicing your particular concerns, Matt Windman’s blog offers some tips.

Image credit: New York Public Library Digital Gallery Image ID #482856

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The connection to performing arts archives seems to grow ever more tenuous in these posts, but Ephemeral Archives felt we must salute Brian May on the occasion of his official installation as the fourth Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University yesterday.

Does this mean that the LJMU Special Collections and Archives will collect even more actively in the area of performing arts? Collections they already have processed include: the England’s Dreaming Punk Archive, Everyman Theatre Archive (some of which is digitized) and Frankie Vaughan Archive.

It also gives us another excuse to gratuitously link to another YouTube video.

The seventh annual EMP Pop Conference is taking place this entire weekend in Seattle. Last evening’s keynote panel, Ritmo and Blues: Hidden Histories Shaking Up “American” Pop (which kinda sorta sounds like one of the breakfast specials at the nearby 5 Spot) offered a diverse set of musings on the featured exhibition at the museum, American Sabor: Latinos in U. S. Popular Music.

You can read an overview of the conference offerings and atmosphere here. Doubtless there will be many attendees live blogging it, but, sadly, we don’t have the time to join them.

Not to be outdone, the University of Washington’s School of Music is presenting a Music Theater symposium today and tomorrow. Topics to be discussed include William Finn, Flower Drum Song, Porgy and Bess and Cabaret.

Winter Garden

Reading from the West Coast, I was struck by that phrase in Ben Brantley’s myopic blip of a review of the City Center Encores! staging of Juno last week in the New York Times. Oh you jaded, jaded New Yorkers! Not appreciating sufficiently either Encores! or performing arts archives.

Image credit: NYPL Digital Gallery Image ID #TH-57070