By Bob Fischbach
Omaha World-Herald Staff Writer
The Blue Barn Theatre expects to move into a brand-new performance space in time for its 26th anniversary in 2014. But the new building will retain the intimate feel of the group's current space.
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"For the grand debut of Monte Carlo as a resort in 1879, the architect Charles Garnier designed an opera house for the Place du Casino," wrote Tom Wolfe in The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby (1965). "For the debut of Las Vegas as a resort in 1946, Bugsy Siegel .... read more
Built in 1923 for the Shriners (Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine), New York City Center reopened in October 2011 after a $56 million, two-phase facelift. A performing arts center since 1943, the theatre has now been revitalized as a home for world-class performances. Modern .... read more
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts opens and gives Las Vegas a hall for the ages
Say Las Vegas, and many things come to mind. Talk about seeing a show in Las Vegas and a few other things come to mind. What .... read more
You can almost hear timpani rumbling and horns ablaze when the Smith Center for the Performing Arts is mentioned in the Valley. Clouds part. Angels sing. People who were lost are found. A new cultural element, nurtured by donors with deep pockets and culturally altruistic .... read more
A unique facility that boasts unrivaled presentation capabilities, The Smith Center is a showcase work of both architecture and art. The $470 million complex opening on March 10 is the result of a harmonious combination of structural and fine art mastery with sustainable and technological innovation.
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Last week I saw a new concert hall that looked like a concert hall.
Imagine that. And in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas's neoclassical post office here is its only building on the National Register of Historic Places. Finished in 1933, it now .... read more
These days, Las Vegas is best known for its themed casinos (Luxor, Paris, New York, New York) and their intentionally cartoonish buildings. Architects tend to be appalled.
In that context, it's easy to dismiss the Smith Center for the Performing Arts as another .... read more
This joint -- if you can call a place that cost half a billion bucks a "joint" -- is impressive.
Taken in from the outside, the Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a statement of opulence. Defined by its art deco/Hoover .... read more
CMA has pledged $10 million to "Working on a Building: Country Music Lives Here," the capital campaign that will finance the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's expansion from 140,000 square feet to more than 350,000 square feet. This donation is the largest philanthropic gift in the .... read more
More than three years after a flood destroyed three of the most prominent fine arts buildings on the University of Iowa Campus, the Iowa state Board of Regents and members of the public got their first comprehensive look Tuesday at what the replacements will look .... read more
Lincoln Center Theater will open its new venue, the Claire Tow Theater, on June 4 with the premiere of "Slowgirl" by playwright Greg Pierce, the venue announced Tuesday.
The Claire Tow Theater, designed by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, is a minimalist, two-story structure built .... read more
Certain modern architects view the restoration of historic buildings like an archaeological dig that exhumes alterations over time and places the resulting evidence on display. Basel-based architects Herzog & de Meuron (with Platt Byard Dovell White as executive architect) approached the restoration of the Park .... read more
Josh Dachs has written about Black Box theaters called "The Neutrality Trap" which is featured in this month's issue of American Theater Magazine.Read "The Neutrality Trap" read more
While 2011 brought much-needed renovations to several major Manhattan venues, 2012 will see the opening of a number of new theaters around town. Their architectural renderings herald gleaming, Emerald City promise; in those computer-generated utopias, no show has yet flopped, and no one's disgruntled with their seat, .... read more
It's reasonable to imagine that, at press time, the fine folks over at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum are busting out the Champagne. The occasion? The museum has just received the single largest donation in its 44-year history.
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When Sarah McLachlan hits the unblemished stage of Burlington's Performing Arts Centre on its opening night tonight, she'll be met by a capacity crowd. In attendance at the brand-new $41-million facility will be fans, perhaps some dignitaries and boosters of the local arts scene.
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History and modern design will come together in a new $629 million, glass-walled concert hall to be built as a futuristic second home for St. Petersburg's 19th century Mariinsky theatre.
The Mariinsky Second Stage expected to open next year across the canal from the .... read more
For one of the oldest major performing arts venues in New York - one that's hosted many of the world's premier artists for nearly 70 years - City Center seems to have had something of a self-esteem problem.
It seated more than 2,700 people .... read more