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12.9.10

In Brief: Season Opening Edition

Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to good things in Blogville and Beyond.
  • With hat tip to Boing Boing, the video embedded at right shows an ingenious use of an anamorphic image, to get drivers to slow down on a neighborhood street. [YouTube]

  • For posting unauthorized photos of performances at the Royal Opera, a blogger was threatened with litigation and, worse, exclusion from future performances at Covent Garden. After the predictable outcry, the company's legal and business affairs office relented and even apologized. [Intermezzo]

  • La Cieca has a report on some of the backstage scuttlebutt about the Met's new staging of the Ring cycle, where technical glitches are causing delays in rehearsals. [Parterre Box]

  • Opera companies everywhere are opening their fall seasons. The Aida at San Francisco Opera, directed by Zandra Rhodes, is apparently more beautiful to look at than to hear, although Dolora Zajick made a fine Amneris. [San Francisco Classical Voice]

  • Next week Pope Benedict XVI will make an official visit to Great Britain. The Vatican has announced that, during the Pope's liturgies, most of the Mass will be said in Latin. Thomas More would be so proud. [Whispers in the Loggia]

  • I mentioned the conservative opposition in France to the Murakami exhibit at the Château de Versailles. If you are wondering just what could have sparked such controversy, look no further than these images of some of the sculptures (probably NSFW, even if it is art). [Le Monde]

  • In news surprising to no one, the Vatican fears that the high number of tourists who view the Sistine Chapel is damaging the frescoes there. [CBC]

  • Woot, nine years and 100 issues! [Bookslut]

  • Photos and commentary from a rare visit to Devil's Island, the northernmost point in Wisconsin. [Boing Boing]

  • A gallery of photos, some previously unpublished, from an early feature on the discovery of cave paintings at Lascaux. One of the workers there can be seen smoking a pipe in the cave. [LIFE]

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