Monday, October 29, 2007

1st\NW Quadrant 11/5 '07

The Approval Matrix: Week of November 5, 2007


Dumbledore, it turns out, the wise and wizened wizard of “Harry Potter” fame, is taking his place alongside other media figures, like Bert and Ernie and Tinky Winky of the Teletubbies. For all, sexuality has become an issue. Dumbledore is, as his creator, J. K. Rowling, asserted at Carnegie Hall, gay. (New York Times)
(Photo courtesy of Murray Close/Warner Brothers Pictures)

Garrison Keillor Stalker

Garrison Keillor has gotten a restraining order against a Georgia woman he claims has made telephone calls and sent him explicit e-mails and disturbing gifts, including a petrified alligator foot and dead beetles. (Gawker)

“Young Frankenstein” Scalpers

“Young Frankenstein” is one of the biggest deals headed to Broadway so far in 2007-08. Top ticket prices will be $120, with some "premier" and "premium" seats priced at $450 and $375 per ticket. The New York Times reported that the $450 orchestra ticket price will apply to the 100 or so best seats in the house. At the time of the August 7 first preview in Seattle, the Broadway advance was already around $15 million. (BAM)

Scalpers may have over anticipated demand by raising the price too much, because there are seats still available during the previews.

Opening night is November 8 at the Broadway Hilton Theatre.

Nellie McKay

"The 24-Hour Plays" on Broadway is an annual benefit in which six one-acts are written, cast, directed and performed in less than a day. (24HourPlays)

Nellie McKay who is a British-born American singer-songwriter, actress and former stand-up comedian, served as musical guest. (Playbill)

She is noted for her critically-acclaimed debut album “Get Away from Me.” (Wikipedia)

Apparently, her performance during the "The 24-Hour Plays" was, “barely audible.” (NY Magazine)

Compañía Nacional de Danza

Spain’s acclaimed Compañía Nacional de Danza made its BAM debut from October 16th through 20th with three works of choreography of Artistic Director Nachio Duato: Por Vos Muero, Castrati, and White Darkness.

Deborah Jowitt of the Village Voice wrote that, “White Darkness deals with drug addiction, but there’s so little sordidness that, unless you read the program before seeing the piece, you mightn’t know that the white powder that, spotlit, pours down from above at various times and in various places onstage is meant to be heroin (or cocaine). It could be a miraculous blessing from heaven. People lie neatly down around a pool’s circumference to sleep, or kneel devoutly by another supply. A woman (Yolanda Martín), guided or guarded by a man (Dimo Kirilov) is fatally attracted to the substance; others hang her out over “their” pool; Martín and Kirilov pour small quantities of it between each other’s hands. In the end, several individuals are isolated by their craving in squares of light, and the white stuff rains down on Martín until she’s turned th color of ash. Kirilov walks out of her life.
(Photo courtesy of Jack Vartoogian)

Tomayo Painting

Oct. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo's ``Tres Personajes,'' a 1970 painting vibrating with reds, yellows and purples, may fetch as much as $1 million at a Sotheby's auction on Nov. 20, the work's first public viewing since Elizabeth Gibson spied it in a mound of garbage on a Manhattan sidewalk. Gibson, a tall, blond 53-year-old resident of the Upper West Side, went out for a cup of coffee on a Saturday morning in 2003. She spotted a large painting poking out from among the garbage bags left on the sidewalk on West 72nd Street. In her pre-caffeinated haze, she kept walking.

``I'm all about de-cluttering, so why was I going to take it home?'' she recalled in an interview.

A few minutes and a cup of coffee later, Gibson returned to the trash pile, saw the painting and reconsidered. ``I saw it was a big painting,'' she said. ``It needed a sleek, large apartment.''

After finding a million-dollar painting in the trash, Gibson has reaped some gain herself. She collected a $15,000 reward from the owner as well as an undisclosed fee from Sotheby's. Her experiences have inspired her to begin writing a book. Uribe, meanwhile, is focused on the sale in November.

Tamayo, who died in 1991, remains one of the most sought- after Latin American artists. His 1955 ``America (Mural)'' fetched a record $2.59 million at Christie's International in New York in 1993.

Million Dollar Painting Found in Garbage

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