Saturday, April 09, 2011
This is the weekend we've been waiting for -- the first of the many thousands of daffodils that surround Fritz's center have opened, and up here at the house, crocus are pushing up through the carpet of leaves. The fall crop of lettuce, bok choi and spinach in the cold frame are flourishing and providing plenty of salads.
The Symposium at Greenfield on French opera wound up on Wednesday. It went very well, the crowd that attends being lively, highly literate and very interested in the little personal stories and tales so bizarre that they trump any fiction. They've told me that they particularly like the bits of historical context that I have always used in my teaching to tie the art to the political and cultural conditions that fostered its creation. I opened with a short explication of the Second Empire:
We begin with the great engine of French society in the last half of the 19th century, the Second Empire. Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, lackluster nephew of THE Napoleon, blundered his way into the position of President of France and one day, on the chance nobody was looking, staged a coup d’etat, declared the return of Empire, with him and his exquisite wife Eugenie as Emperor and Empress. The French, thrilled at the prospect of the return of Imperial glory, approved wholeheartedly.
A suggestion was made at the end of the session that I do American opera next year, which Fritz suggested be enlarged to Opera in English; that would allow me to include composers like Henry Purcell, Benjamin Britten and William Walton in the program. I think I could have a lot of fun with that.
White Flag Gallery, a pop-up fine arts venue, opens in Manchester
Empty store fronts have become the norm, not just in downtown Manchester but in cities across the country. In an effort to curb these vacant store fronts from dragging down the businesses around them and to give small start-ups a chance to build a customer base many landlords and city councils are, more and more, turning to the idea of pop-up stores to help.
A pop-up store is when a business or group opens up a short term store in an otherwise empty space. Landlords love the idea because it not only gives them a small amount of revenue from a rental that otherwise would be sitting empty but it brings in people who might not otherwise view the space. Landlords hope that one of these customers will decide the location and space is right for their established enterprise and that they’ll end up a long term lease. The advantage of a pop-up store for a small business or group is the short term use of a location without having to come up with first, last, and a security deposit- or having to make a long term commercial lease commitment.
The Big Takeover’, featuring work from artists around the area, for sale, for just one evening.
The White Flag Gallery is hoping their impromptu art nights will not only help local artists reach a wider audience but also help local landlords fill some of their empty spaces. The White Flag Gallery is Manchester’s first pop-up art gallery and ‘The Big Takeover’ exhibit is being sponsored by the Manchester Arts Commission and GoodGood Manchester.
We already have pop-up restaurants which allows the potential restaurateur an opportunity to test an idea and possibly build a following before taking the big leap.