- The photograph in this post, of a gargoyle with a forked icicle hanging from its mouth, is worth a click. Hard to believe the cold weather was just a few days ago. [DCist]
- On more than one level the news about the D.C. Philharmonic, a new regional orchestra planning its first concert next month, is puzzling. Besides the National Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony, this area is already inundated with regional orchestras: the Maryland Symphony, the Annapolis Symphony, the McLean Symphony, the Alexandria Symphony, the Fairfax Symphony, the Prince William Symphony, Capital City Symphony, the National Philharmonic, Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, not to mention a few collegiate orchestras. Furthermore, the concept of marketing classical music on the basis of skin color has a "separate but equal" quality about it that just seems strange at this point in history. [Washington Post]
- Les Guignols de l'Info, the hilarious marionnette news show on Canal+ has been a mainstay of the average French person's life. It is hard to believe that the show is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month. [La Libre Belgique]
- Matthew Bourne and the vocal ensemble Seaming To create a work using six battered, out-of-tune pianos. [Financial Times]
- Fifteen relatively unknown paintings by Fernand Léger, all borrowed from private collections, at the Galerie Malingue in Paris through April 30. [Le Figaro]
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