Posted at 10:00 AM on July 21, 2009
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Dance
The Lakeville City Ballet has been robbed of dozens of costumes and some major set pieces for its annual production of "The Nutcracker."
So who would want to steal a bunch of tights and a big sleigh? A competing ballet company in dire financial straits? A Rat King determined to triumph in the end?
The lock on the storage facility was intact, so it looks like an inside job. Meanwhile neighboring city ballets have offered to lend costumes and/or hold fundraisers to help out. Fortunately dress rehearsals don't start until October.
Posted at 12:29 PM on July 21, 2009
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Books
One of the great joys of being an arts reporter is the occasional surprise package that shows up in the mailbox. Often it contains stuff not worth a mention, but today I opened one up to find an uncorrected proof of "The Magician's Elephant," Kate DiCamillo's latest work. It's the story of an orphan boy in search of his sister, and a strange fortune that sends him on an even stranger journey.
Flipping through, I found this lovely bit of prose, which I thought you might like:
She dreamed that she was flying high over the world, her habit spread out on either side of her like dark wings.
She was terribly pleased because she had always, secretly, deep within her heart, believed that she could fly. And now here she was, doing what she had long suspected she could do, and she could not deny that it was gratifying in the extreme.
Sister Marie looked down at the world below her and saw millions and millions of stars and thought, I am not flying over the earth at all. Why, I am flying higher than that. I am flying over the tops of the stars. I am looking down at the sky.
And then she realized that no, no, it was the earth that she was flying over, and that she was looking not at the stars but at the creatures of the world, and that they were all, they were each - beggars, dogs, orphans, kings, elephants, soldiers - emitting pulses of light.
The whole of creation glowed.
The Magician's Elephant is published by Candlewick Press and appears on bookshelves this September.
Posted at 3:45 PM on July 21, 2009
by Euan Kerr
Filed under: Film
G-Force members Juarez and Darwin consider their weekend movie options in the Movie Natters Poll (Image courtesy Walt Disney Pictures)
You can't complain about being starved for new choices this weekend: there are tricked-out guinea pigs, French artists, young love (with a lot of music,) a scary new addition to the family, a boor giving relationship advice, and a re-release of an edgy Gallic classic.