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Monday, October 30, 2006

Henry Fogel Goes On The Record

Henry Fogel, president of the American Symphony Orchestra League, launches a new blog this week. His new blog is called On the Record: With Henry Fogel. Check it out.

Sandow's Back
Greg Sandow's back with another chapter of his book in progress about the future of classical music. You can read the latest installment here.

By Douglas McLennan

Monday, August 14, 2006

The Da Vinci Coda As The Da Vinci Code movie falls off movie screens, a blockbuster that failed to meet expectations, and the book on which it's based also ends a long run on the best-seller lists, Jack Miles has some reflections on a cultural phenomenon and what it says about our times... ArtsJournal 08/14/06 By Douglas McLennan

Monday, January 23, 2006

Come Watch Greg perform His Book Music critic and AJ Blogger Greg Sandow is back with new installments of his new book-in-progress. It's a book he proposes to write in front of a live ArtsJournal audience at The Future of Classical Music?.... By Douglas McLennan

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Center of Dance Archive Our discussion last week on the center of contemporary dance has been archived at:Center of The Dance World. Thanks to our bloggers and to the readers who added so much to the discussion. By

Friday, September 2, 2005

Hurricane Katrina & The Arts Here are links to stories about cultural institutions on the Gulf Coast, and links to other information regarding hurricane relief... By

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Critical Conversation II - One Week Music Critics Blog Is there a fundamental difference in the ways music critics see their roles? Are European classical music critics different from American critics? Are there different expectations of London critics than New York critics? Between critics in the “second cities” of America and those of Europe? Consequentlyis the level of public discussion about music different in North America than in Europe? This week only, we've invited 17 distinguished music critics from the US, UK, Australia and Canada to discuss what they do... By

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Midori Blogs ArtsJournal For the next two weeks, Midori blogs on ArtsJournal while she's on tour in Asia. Midori in Asia will be a blog in the form of a conversation between Midori and AJ editor Douglas McLennan By

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

AJ's New Jazz Blog Yes - finally we have a new blog about jazz. It's called Rifftides and it's written by veteran jazz journalist Doug Ramsey. He is a winner of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for writing about the music of Bill Evans. He has contributed to Jazz Times since 1975 and, before that, wrote regularly for Down Beat. His most recent book is "Take Five: The Public and Private Lives of Paul Desmond." Enjoy. By Douglas McLennan

Sunday, March 6, 2005

Our Public Conversation On The Arts Has Been Archived Last week (March 7-11), ArtsJournal presented a group blog discussion by some of America's most interesting figures in the arts. Titled: "Is there a better case to be made for the arts?", the blog was inspired by a new RAND study "Gifts of the Muse" which looks at arts advocacy and participation. Distinguished bloggers include: Bill Ivey, Midori, Robert L. Lynch, Glenn Lowry, Ben Cameron, Andrew Taylor, Joli Jensen, Jim Kelly, Adrian Ellis, Russell Willis Taylor, and Phil Kennicott. This blog was presented with the generous support of The Wallace Foundation. By Douglas McLennan

Monday, October 18, 2004

Doug Back ArtsJournal managing editor Doug McLennan returns from a monthlong trip to Africa today, and will shortly be retaking the reins here at ArtsJournal. Hopefully, most of our readers never noticed he was gone, but for those of you who did, thanks for your patience as Laura and I struggled to fill some pretty big shoes. Welcome home, Doug.
By Sam Bergman

Thursday, September 16, 2004

AJ Editor Away From now until October 18, ArtsJournal editor Douglas McLennan will be on vacation. In his absence, Sam Bergman will be running the website, with the assistance of Laura Collins-Hughes. Any issues regarding the website or newsletters should be emailed to: See you in late October.
- Doug
By Douglas McLennan

Sunday, August 22, 2004

An ArtsJournal Conversation Looking for our 10-day "topic" blog Critical Conversation? It ran from July 27th through August 7th, 2004, and featured a dozen of America's best music critics discussing whether or not it is still possible for a Big Idea to animate classical music. Our bloggers included: Alex Ross from the New Yorker, Kyle Gann from the Village Voice, Justin Davidson from Newsday, Scott Cantrell from the Dallas Morning News, Charles Ward from the Houston Chronicle, Wynne Delacoma from the Chicago Sun-Times, Andrew Druckenbrod from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Kyle MacMillan from the Denver Post, Greg Sandow from the Wall Street Journal, Anne Midgette from the New York Times, John Rockwell from the New York Times, and John von Rhein from the Chicago Tribune. To read more about the blog, go here By Douglas McLennan

Sunday, July 11, 2004

AJ's New Movie Blog I'm thrilled to announce that this week we debut a new blog about movies on AJ - Serious Popcorn - written by critic Martha Bayles. Martha doesn't write movie reviews - she places movies in the social context, and her cultural associations make for a great read. From 1984-1990 Martha was TV and arts critic for the Wall Street Journal.  From 1994-1997 she was literary editor of the Wilson Quarterly. Now she teaches at Boston College. You can find it here at Serious Popcorn. By Douglas McLennan

Friday, May 28, 2004

New AJ Blogger Today we introduce a new blogger on ArtsJournal. Tommy Tompkins has worked as a letter carrier, autoworker, cabbie, and songwriter, and has spent two decades working in the alternative press, the last 13 years as arts editor at the San Francisco Bay Guardian. His pungent writing on popular culture offers the insights of someone - as he puts it - "born without mid-range responses." His new blog is called extreme measures. Check it out. By Douglas McLennan

Sunday, March 14, 2004

Creating A Marketplace of Ideas: But First, The Bill Do we get the culture we deserve? William Osborne takes a look at the way America and Europe promote their cultures. There is, he reports, an obvious reason why Europe has more orchestras, operas, and dance companies and why the citizenry seem more culturally literate. By William Osborne

Tuesday, March 9, 2004

ArtsJournal Live Thanks to everyone who showed up last Wednesday at the Landmark Tavern in New York City for our first live ArtsJournal event. About 100 readers came to meet six of our AJBloggers - Terry Teachout, Jim Russell, Tobi Tobias, Jan Herman, Kyle Gann and Greg Sandow - plus AJ editor Doug McLennan. It was great to meet you all, and the consensus seemed to be that we should try to do this again somewhere. So stay tuned. By Douglas McLennan

Thursday, February 26, 2004

ARTSJOURNAL - Live And In Person Wonder what your favorite ArtsJournal blogger looks like on the other side of that computer screen? Then join us in New York City, Wednesday, March 3 at the Landmark Tavern (11th and 46th) as AJ editor Doug McLennan and six of our ArtsJournal bloggers gather informally to meet and chat about all things cultural. Greg Sandow, Terry Teachout, Jan Herman, Kyle Gann, Tobi Tobias, James Russell and John Perreault will all be there from about 6:30 on into the evening. Very informal. No program, just talk. By

Sunday, February 8, 2004

An Experiment This week, we're launching an experiment on ArtsJournal - a new "temporary" blog by Sam Bergman, called RoadTrip. Sam is a violist in the Minnesota Orchestra, and he's one of the youngest players in the orchestra. For the next three weeks (Feb 8-26) the Minnesota Orchestra will be on tour - first stop is Carnegie Hall (Feb 9), followed by three weeks in Europe - Berlin, Vienna, Glasgow, London... and Sam will be writing a blog about life inside a large orchestra on tour. If you're a regular reader of AJ... By Douglas McLennan

Monday, January 12, 2004

A New AJBlog Today we welcome Tyler Green to the pages of ArtsJournal. Tyler writes a popular blog on visual arts called Modern Art Notes. That brings the number of ArtsJournal blogs to an even dozen.You can check out all the latest blog postings at AJBlog Central By

Saturday, December 6, 2003

ArtsJournal Wins ASCAP Award ArtsJournal has won a 2003 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. Though I wasn't able to be in New York for the ceremony at Lincoln Center Thursday night, one of our distinguished founding bloggers, Terry Teachout, attended on our behalf and wrote this account. By Douglas McLennan

Sunday, November 9, 2003

A Little Fine Tuning Sharp-eyed readers will notice some changes on ArtsJournal this morning. First, we have a new sponsor - Rolex - whose presence you will notice in several places around the site. Second - we've revamped our newsletter services, automating some previously labor-intensive (for me) parts of the process. Third... By Doug McLennan

Monday, November 3, 2003

AJ Blog Central A new AJ blog launches today - Drew McManus looks at the art of orchestras and how they work. His blog is called Adaptistration and he wonders if orchestras can find a better way to endure their vitality.
That brings the number of AJ bloggers to eight. You can visit
AJ Blog Central to see all our blogs so far:
Terry Teachout's About Last Night
Andrew Taylor's Artful Manager
Tobi Tobias' Seeing Things
Greg Sandow's Sandow
Jan Herman's Straight Up

Bob Goldfarb's In Media Res.

Kyle Gann's PostClassic
By Douglas McLennan

Monday, July 14, 2003

Announcing ArtsJournal Blogs We've assembled some of the best writers on the arts and asked them to start blogging on their favorite subjects. Among our new bloggers launching today are: Terry Teachout, drama critic for the Wall Street Journal and music critic for Commentary; Andrew Taylor, director of the Bolz Center for Arts Administration; and Tobi Tobias, formerly dance critic for New York Magazine... Later this week Greg Sandow, classical music critic for the Wall Street Journal, will join in... By Douglas McLennan

Tuesday, July 8, 2003

Coming Next Week Next Monday (July 14) ArtsJournal introduces a new feature: AJ Blogs, written by some of the best arts writers in the business. Among our new bloggers are: Greg Sandow, classical music critic for the Wall Street Journal; Terry Teachout, drama critic for the Wall Street Journal and music critic for Commentary; Andrew Taylor, director of the Bolz Center for Arts Administration; and Tobi Tobias, formerly dance critic for New York Magazine... By

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

New Classified Ads After numerous requests, we've decided to begin a classified ad section for ArtsJournal newsletters. Among our 10,000+ subscribers, we count the arts editors, writers and critics of the world's top newspapers, magazines and broadcasters as well as museum directors, orchestra managers, arts administrators, artists and arts lovers. For very reasonable rates you can advertise a tour or event, fill an arts job, promote a program, or sell an item. For information and rates, go here. By

Monday, January 6, 2003

Sites That Ask You To Register If you encounter a registration screen when you click on any link, try the ArtsJournal registration
Username: ajreader (or ajreader@artsjournal.com if an email is requested)
Password: "access"

Sunday, December 29, 2002

The Year End After a slow Christmas week, we'll be publishing daily this week except for New Year's Day. New features this week - note that the "yesterday's stories" feature is back so you can catch up on days you miss. We'll also start archiving the weekly newsletters again beginning with next week's edition. ArtsJournal's annual end-of-year features went up this weekend... By Douglas McLennan

Tuesday, December 24, 2002

AJ's Christmas Schedule ArtsJournal will be taking Christmas Day off, and publishing on a reduced schedule for the rest of this week. Full updates will resume Sunday. Happy holidays. By Douglas McLennan

Sunday, December 22, 2002

Return To Yesterday's News Of all the changes in ArtsJournal's redesign two weeks ago, the most-lamented was the loss of an easy way to access "yesterday's stories." Dozens of you wrote to request its return... By Douglas McLennan

Tuesday, December 17, 2002

Passwords If you encounter a prompt for registration when you click on any of our story links, try Username: "ajreader" or "ajreader@artsjournal.com" and use "access" for the password. We've registered at most of the sites whose stories we point to. By Douglas McLennan

Sunday, December 15, 2002

New Features Last week we launched the new-look ArtsJournal. This week, and over the next few weeks we'll be adding new features. First up is this - a weekly list of the most-clicked stories from the past week... By Douglas McLennan

Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Dear Readers Welcome to the new ArtsJournal. While we have a new look, you should find most of our familiar features in their usual places. Navigation through the site is essentially the same, as is... By Doug McLennan

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