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What’s Going to Drive Our Economy in 50 Years?

Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky is leaving office at the end of year. He served five terms as the supervisor of the 3rd District, which includes the Westside, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Malibu and the San Fernando Valley. Mark Swed's Los Angeles Times article applauds Yaroslavsky's efforts as a champion of arts. "For Yaroslavsky, art is not something to be fussed over but simply a vital part of everyday life, be it civic or domestic," the article states. It goes on to...

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Marketing

“Popular” is Not the Opposite of “Relevant”

For this series, we've reached into the vault to share a few pieces that are still relevant today. If you have a moment, read the piece from the Los Angeles Times wherein two local L.A. critics talk about the small theater scene. It’s worth reading for its own merits, and it's an interesting discussion with a number of really perceptive insights from the two critics, Charles McNulty and Steven Leigh Morris. But one thing Morris said stood out that I want...

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The Importance of Ecosystem

Last week, as the host, curator and co-organizer of TEDxBroadway, I talked about the Broadway Ecosystem. I say this all the time and every year on stage at TEDxBroadway, but every year people think it’s a new idea. It’s not a new idea, but it is a VERY important one. Theaters, restaurants, homes, academic institutions, hotels, tourist destinations, stores, public spaces, social services and everything else that people need and want exist together and affect each other. It sounds obvious,...

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No Tug of War Between Diversity and Success

Recently, as this article from the Los Angeles Times explains in-depth, leaders in the world of Los Angeles theater got together and talked about a whole range of things. The conversation eventually turned in the direction of diversity. Of course, this is a very worthwhile topic, particularly as the audiences in most theaters of significant size tends not to be a representative cross-section of the cities in which they are situated. On the other hand, these conversations seem to drift in...

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Goodbye 2013: A Look at Some of the Year’s Newsworthy Trends

Before we say goodbye to 2013, we thought we’d review a few of this year’s interesting trends highlighted in the news. • Moving Sound to Anywhere but the Concert Hall: The Los Angeles Times spots the latest push to get music out of the concert hall and into museums and galleries, alternative spaces and train stations, and parks and Beverly Hills formal gardens. • Younger Audiences Have On-Demand Mentality: Regional artistic directors say they're being slammed by the on-demand mentality (cable...

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