News & Noteworthy (Week of May 18)

A lot goes on in our world each week — some news you may catch, and some may slip by your radar. Below are a few articles that caught our attention, and we didn’t want you to miss ’em!

“Dreamgirls” at the Smithtown Performing Arts Center

Portia de Rossi’s Plan to Change the Art Market: Taylor Dafoe reports for artnet news that Portia de Rossi is launching her own startup, called General Public, which “produces three-dimensional reproductions of works of art, a mix between original painting and print using a special process invented by the actress working with Fujifilm.” Dafoe continues: “For de Rossi, allowing artists to distribute high-quality replicas of their work directly to an audience is all about democratizing art and putting value in the hands of the creators. … The aim is to make high-priced, one-of-a-kind works available to those who don’t have the means or know-how to purchase them from galleries (hence the name General Public).”

Diversity is Having a Moment on Local Stages: Newsday‘s Jim Merritt shares a list of “four theater productions that reflect some of Long Island’s racial diversity in casting, subject matter and creative teams.” HAIRitage, Dreamgirls, One Woman Man, and Now You’re Talking, Lawngisland Stories are all playing in May and June. “‘Prior to this there weren’t that many roles for us. They were doing a lot of standard plays and a lot of the productions didn’t have many African-American parts in them, at least on Long Island,’ Marlo Roberson, [Theater 294’s artistic director,] says.”

Entertainment Venues Planned for Lincoln Yards on Chicago’s North Side: According to Ryan Ori for the Chicago Tribune, “Live Nation Entertainment has struck a deal to help build and operate as many as five entertainment venues within Sterling Bay’s massive Lincoln Yards development … The agreement adds another heavy hitter to the planned sports and entertainment complex. Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts recently announced a joint venture with Sterling Bay to bring a United Soccer League expansion team to a planned 20,000-seat stadium along the Chicago River.”

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