Other Voices, Other Rooms

As the Arts Whisperer, The Troy Record’s Bob Goepfert writes with grace and eloquence about “33 Variations,” the current production at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, and his reaction to watching a play about a character dying of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), the same illness that claimed his wife just six months ago.

Speaking of theater, at GailSez it’s all theater, all the time: local theater news, listings and reviews.

J. Eric Smith hilariously sums up life on the road for a band on its first tour.

We live in interesting times: Paul Rapp explains The Great Rights Migration of 2013 when music recording artists from the 70’s will demand that the publishing rights to their music revert back to them. A mess of lawsuits is predicted.

What to do with the kids and family this weekend: Have Capital District Fun.

This weekend you can name your own price for cat adoptions (minimum $1) at any of the adoption clinics sponsored by Mohawk & Hudson River Humane Society. All cats are spayed or neutered prior to adoption, vaccinated for rabies and distemper, tested for Feline Leukemia, and dewormed. Adoptions also include a free bag of Science Diet cat food, 30 days of free pet insurance, and coupons for Hoffman’s Car Wash, Jiffy Lube and ismile photos.

Who knew? Good poker players fold more than 50% of their hands, ballerinas tend to smoke a lot, and 1 horse = about 15 horsepower. Counterintuitive wisdom from Ask.Metafilter.

Having been on both sides of gentrifcation issues over the years, I think I can understand the frustration on both sides, but the story’s pretty sad: Gangs Attack Artists in Istanbul

Wierd Art News: Mike Ballard had his coat stolen in a bar and it bothered him a lot. So he went on a 10-year rampage, stealing hundreds of other peoples’ coats. In his new art project, he’s giving them back.

Each coat and its contents have been meticulously catalogued and stored, never worn nor stolen from. Now without space to continue and having come to terms with his loss, Ballard has decided to return the coats to their rightful owners by exhibiting them. If owners can correctly identify the pocket contents or the date and location of the theft, the coats will be returned.

Appropriation has long been present in the art world, but never before has a show been constructed entirely out of stolen items. “I recognise the risk that comes with doing this show, but as Picasso once said, ‘Good artists copy, great artists steal’.”

  1. Dan says

    This is plagiarism. None of the details or backstory are actually true – the “artist” stole the entire concept and the details of the story from a hoaxer who appeared on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine Show last year.

  2. Sara says

    I assume you’re talking about the Mike Ballard story. Do you have a source?

  3. Dan says

    Here’s the proof in my website link which takes you to an mp3 of the Jeremy Vine show broadcasts.


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