Archive for July, 2014

Photo Essay: Gandee Vasan Photographs Dogs in Sweaters

Painter and photographer Gandee Vasan discusses the more human characteristics of our canine companions and how to get a dog to stand up straight.

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Federal mediator joins New York’s Met Opera labor talks as lockout looms

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) – The unions representing the orchestra and chorus of New York’s Metropolitan Opera agreed to have a federal mediator join negotiations with management on Thursday in the final hours before a deadline for a threatened lockout. The Met said in a statement that management planned to negotiate into the night with its three largest unions on Thursday, the last day of the current contract.

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Photographer shoots for ‘Do Art’ campaignPhotographer shoots for ‘Do…

Photographer shoots for ‘Do Art’ campaign Laura Hill is the artist behind the photos setting the tone for the “Do Art” campaign.

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New York Met Opera proposes federal mediators in bitter labor dispute

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York’s Metropolitan Opera has proposed bringing in a federal mediator to resolve its most bitter labor dispute with musicians and other unionized employees in decades, the company said on Wednesday. The suggestion comes a day before current contracts expire, but will not alter the Met’s plans to lock out employees and suspend their health benefits on Friday if new agreements are not reached, the company said. The Met has said its labor force has become too expensive in a time of declining global interest in opera. Peter Gelb, the Met’s general manager, said this week that opera could become obsolete “if measures are not taken to make it fit in the 21st-century economy.” The mediation proposal was made at a meeting on Wednesday with the Met’s chorus, represented by the American Guild of Musical Artists, said Alan Gordon, the union’s national executive director.

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Artist’s foundation sues over NYC hotel painting

NEW YORK (AP) — A former owner of the Chelsea Hotel, for decades a famed artists’ haunt, have removed and won’t return a loaned Larry Rivers painting that hung in the lobby, the pop art pioneer’s foundation said in a lawsuit Tuesday.

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