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Posted 10 October 2013 - 09:26 PM

An argument that David Koch's name should be removed from the former State Theater from Harold Meyerson for The American Prospect.

 

That’s what differentiates David Koch from all the other right-wing and otherwise questionable gazillionaires after whom cultural institutions are named. To be sure, Leland Stanford may have headed a railroad that purchased the California State Legislature before he endowed a world-class university; Henry Clay Frick may have had his goons mow down striking steelworkers before he turned his mansion into a museum—the tribe of miscreant millionaires turned cultural benefactors is large and consistently being replenished, if only because miscreant millionaires feel the need to purchase respectability. But to persist in granting such respectability to the nation’s largest funder of the ongoing assault on majority-rule democracy is something else again. Koch is perfectly free to build his own theater with his own money should he wish, much as Stanford funded a private university and Frick his own art collection. But the city of New York should no more honor Koch in 2013 than it should have honored Jefferson Davis or John C. Calhoun in 1863....

 

 



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Posted 11 October 2013 - 02:24 PM

The photographer Leigh Ledare takes some controversial shots of his mother, a former ballet dancer.

 

 A look at the arc of Tina Peterson's life explains things further. At 16, she appeared as a beautiful, precociously talented ballerina in Seventeen magazine. Later, she danced at the Joffrey and the New York City Ballet before working briefly as a model. She then married, had two children, and – when the marriage failed – worked on and off as an exotic dancer.

 



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Posted 19 October 2013 - 11:22 AM

Dance Theatre of San Francisco makes its debut.

Henry says that all 13 performers this weekend have ballet experience. But the dance makers will go their different ways in these premieres. Although Erik Wagner was a member of the SF Ballet corps, "his work is very modern in style," Henry says.....

 

It is that lack of stylistic orthodoxy that motivated Henry to put together this inaugural season in a mere four months. She has been a member of the San Francisco Opera ballet corps and appeared here last season with Napoles Ballet. Her professional attitude is admirable: every dancer and choreographer will be paid, and their production costs defrayed. With an eye toward the future, Henry is busy building a board of directors.

 




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