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American Ballet Theatre to Leave City CenterMoving to David Koch Theater


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#31 Ilya

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 07:26 PM

Quite frankly disagreeing with what the Koch brothers stand for is not what I would call being "intolerant" of his political views.
Intolerant is a loaded word, and I think incredibly poorly applied in this case. I'd love to say more but I don't want to cross the line.


Well there is disagreeing with someone, and then there is comparing him to a Nazi sympathizer and to a convicted felon, and alleging that he has done some (of course, unspecified) "despicable things"---all, it seems, because Mr. Koch supports conservative causes. I do not think Mr. Koch deserves this, and I for one am grateful for his support of NYCB and ABT.

Where the support for the National Endowment for the Arts? For smaller, regional companies? Someone else mentioned he contributes to PBS...great-his political policies want to remove funding from all of these organizations that he supposedly values.


He spends an enormous amount of money on philanthropy; however, even he cannot support everything. There is still a lot of good philanthropic work left for the rest of us. Posted Image

He (and other libertarians) does not want to remove funding from all these organizations. He wants their supporters to contribute voluntarily, instead of being forced by the government to do so. One can argue about the pros and cons of this approach. However, considering that about 99% of taxpayers will never, ever watch a ballet, I do feel guilty sometimes about asking all of them to subsidize my expensive habit of going to lots of ballet performances.

#32 sandik

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 03:07 PM

However, considering that about 99% of taxpayers will never, ever watch a ballet, I do feel guilty sometimes about asking all of them to subsidize my expensive habit of going to lots of ballet performances.


Big chunks of my taxes, from the federal level down to the local, are spent on things that I have moral objections to, as well as those things I have no interest in -- I don't regret any of the public subsidy to the arts.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 04:23 PM

Hear, hear! We homeschoolers still have to pay taxes to help the school board....(hey, maybe we should ask to redirect them--to places we want to support)

#34 vipa

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 06:02 PM

Hear, hear! We homeschoolers still have to pay taxes to help the school board....(hey, maybe we should ask to redirect them--to places we want to support)


Taxes are spend on ballet, theater etc that some people don't attend because it's good for the economy. People who go to theater go to restaurants, frequent local stores etc. while attending events. The Koch brothers supported defunding state support of a theater because "a lot of people don't like Shakespeare." To me that is short sighted.

Home schoolers - I have friends in that position. I don't think we pay taxes to fund schools to pay for our own children's education. If that was the case childless people wouldn't pay taxes that go to schools. We pay taxes to fund schools, so that we have an education population, which is essential for a democracy.

The quality of public schools IMO is a separate debate.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 04:02 PM

This isn't much, but the (slightly) revised subscription brochure I received in today's mail says that the fall season October 30-November 10 will feature "an eclectic repertoire of one-act ballets," so I guess they're saving all the full-lengths for the Met seasons. It also says that on-sale dates for performance tickets for the fall season (and the Nutcracker Dec 13-22 at BAM) are TBA.


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