Here you are with the first post-Blogger batch of new blogroll additions!
Mmm, I love me some good anonymous rant blog. Actually, I don’t, usually, but 99 Seats employs his/her undercover status for the greater good, offering incisive commentary on arts management, arts policy, and what 99 sees as the broken model for theater production in the US. 99 and I have traded some links in the past week, and I’m looking forward to exploring the little black box further.
I’ve been enjoying getting to know Phil Cubeta’s Gift Hub, one of the granddaddies of the philanthropy blogging world if Sean Stannard-Stockton is to be believed. Cubeta has a terse, acerbic wit and a sharply defined sense of social (especially socioeconomic) justice. Throw in his religious perspective (he bills himself as a “morals tutor” for the wealthy), and it makes for an unusual yet satisfying addition to the conversation.
Continuing the politically-aware theater professional thread, Toronto-based multi-disciplinary performer Aaron Talbot is primarily associated with a show called Superhero Live, but has also been keeping tabs on the arts funding saga in British Columbia better than most. It’s nice to have a voice from the wilderness to the North on the blogroll, to boot.
The Wicked Stage
Theater critic Rob Weinert-Kendt is Associate Editor of American Theatre magazine. He’s been linking to Createquity for some months now (and provided this blog’s best pull-quote ever the other week), and I figured it was about time I returned the favor. Rob’s site covers a range of topics related to the stage, and his style reminds me of Alex Ross’s popular The Rest is Noise in its brief, multimedia-heavy presentation. Along with several of its colleagues in the theatrosphere (99 Seats, the Clyde Fitch Report, Parabasis, etc.), The Wicked Stage has been among the few arts blogs to have followed the recent political drama involving the NEA with any seriousness. I’m not sure why it’s the theater blogs who seem more attuned to such matters (none of my classical music peeps have mentioned it at all, as far as I can tell), but I’m glad at least some are paying attention.