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Is it better to be wise or clever? Cleverness has been much in evidence lately at New York's Lincoln Center, that mid-century performing arts complex recently revived by a willfully witty matrix of interventions by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, whose delightful LED-stair-risers, paraboloid park, and subtle .... read more
The Vivian Beaumont Theater was probably the most admired of Lincoln Center's original buildings, which isn't saying much. But Eero Saarinen's theater, designed in association with the set designer Jo Mielziner and finished in 1965, has always had a serene, self-assured modernist grandeur to it, refreshingly .... read more
It's rising fast on the Stanford University campus: Bing Concert Hall, the $111.9 million venue that's scheduled to open the weekend of Jan. 11-12 with concerts by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Los Lobos.

Monday afternoon, journalists had a sneak preview of the .... read more
When the Spoleto Festival USA opened shop here in 1977, its performing spaces were a motley combination of revived old theaters, modern auditoriums and outdoor arenas. To some extent, that's how it still is, but in recent years the festival, the city of Charleston and private .... read more
Harmony atrium, a privately owned public space, was a defacto homeless shelter and small rock-climbing business. Lincoln Center sponsored the space with the true intention of creating a place for the public.

Wedged into Manhattan's dense fabric, the 7000 SF passageway serves as Lincoln .... read more
"The Hoover Dam made Vegas what it is today," says the architect David Schwarz, who's standing inside his firm's new, $475 million concert hall, the Art Deco-inflected Smith Center. Schwarz is referring to the thousands of construction workers who built the dam in the 1930s. On .... read more
By Robin Pogrebin

At a time when Broadway has grown increasingly costly, Lincoln Center Theater is opening a new stage on Tuesday that will feature work by emerging playwrights, directors and designers, and will charge just $20 for every ticket.

The 112-seat .... read more
New York-based architects Weiss / Manfredi and Philadelphia-based landscape architects OLIN have been announced as winner of the National Mall Design Competition for the Washington Monument Grounds at Sylvan Theater in Washington, DC. Weiss / Manfredi and OLIN were one of three winning teams selected by the .... read more
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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A designer of theatres visits 4 great performance spaces you have to see before you die

Escape from Neutrality
By Joshua Dachs - American Theatreread more
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